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Given Adam Sandler’s recent track record–Grown Ups 2, Blended, The Cobbler, Jack and Jill–do I really need to tell you that Pixels is bad? Fine. It’s bad. Really, really bad.

Don’t be lured in, fellow nerds, by the Pac-Man or the Dinklage. Granted, the effects are neat, and Dinklage is by the far best actor here because he out and out commits to being a mulleted weirdo. But none of it is worth sitting through 105 minutes of Sandler testing how uninterested he can be before director Chris Columbus pulls him aside and says something about it. Lines like “I got this. If I don’t, the world ends. Can’t let that happen” (screenwriters Tim Herlily and Timothy Dowling, folks!) are bad enough, but when they’re spoken by someone who sounds like he’s halfway to a coma, it’s just insulting.

I would re-watch any of these five terrible movies before giving Pixels a second shot.

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crazy cat products

Buckle up, because we’re about to go on a journey into the deepest depths of cat obsession. After the break you’ll find 14 products and concepts for cats that range from extravagant and bizarre to just plain awesome.

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dinosaur stuff

Dinosaur mania is in full swing thanks to Jurassic World, so we’ve rounded up 11 ridiculous dino-themed items that you can buy, wear and build.

Check them out after the break…

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Warner Bros. Consumer Products Exclusively Unveils the Batmobile

Ben Affleck’s Batmobile from Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice was publicly unveiled for the first time by Warner Bros. Consumer Products (WBCP) yesterday at Licensing Expo in Las Vegas.

We’ve already seen pictures and video of the updated Batmobile of course, but these new images will give you a much closer look—including a peek inside the cockpit.

Head after the break for all the images, including a synopsis for the film and a closer look at the costumes.

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Ash vs Evil Dead

Five days into filming for the new Starz show Ash Vs. Evil Dead, we got an exclusive look into the highly anticipated continuation of the cult classic franchise.

We had the honor of being among a select group of media outlets to speak to writer and creator Sam Raimi, Ash himself (Bruce Campbell), and executive producer Robert Tapert to get more insight on what fans can expect.

As you probably know, the beloved film saga turned television series picks up Ash’s story 30 years after his battles with the Deadites. He’s described as a shell of a man who has spent the last few decades “avoiding responsibility, maturity and the terrors of the Evil Dead”. That is, until evil once again threatens mankind and he is forced to face his demons – “personal and literal”.

How will the show blend comedy and horror? Why are the Deadites back? Where has his boomstick been all this time? And what’s the deal with Lucy Lawless’ character?

Check out the drool-worthy answers to these questions and more after the break.

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When I had the chance to take a look at play around with three brand new figures from DC Collectibles’ Batman: The Animated Series line, you’d best believe I jumped on it. I mean, look at these suckers. Robin, The Joker, and Man-Bat, out this month. They’re rad as hell. But there was one thing I wasn’t quite sure on…

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avengers age of ultron

Every year summer movie season gets pushed earlier and earlier. Last year it kicked off on April 4th with Captain America: The Winter Soldier; this year it roars into theatres with Furious 7 on April 3rd. Eventually studios will lap themselves, effectively leading to a year-long summer movie season, and 20th Century Fox will have an entire marketing team devoted to putting out teasers of trailers of teasers of trailers for whatever the next Wolverine X-Men movie is every 12 hours. But, thank God, we are not there yet. Instead, here’s (some of) what we have to look forward to over the next few months…

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I was never much of a Disney princess person. My favorites from the Mouse House were more along the lines of Aladdin and The Lion King than Cinderella, Beauty and the Beast, and Sleeping Beauty. This isn’t one of those horribly misogynistic Not Like Those Other Girls rants–“Disney princesses are for girly girls who only care about dresses and makeup and hair, ewwwwwww“–just a simple statement of where I was coming from when I went to a screening of Disney’s live-action Cinderella, directed by Kenneth Branagh and starring IRL Disney princess Lily James. The story of Cinderella, my inner child told me, is OK if you’ve misplaced your Mulan* VHS, but it’s kind of bland and, really, I’m only watching for Gus Gus.**

Thank you, Cinderella, for opening my eyes. Spoilers follow…

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The word on Chappie hasn’t been good. Currently it has a 54% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes, placing it lower than director Neill Blomkamp’s District 9 follow-up Elysium, which even the director has since admitted wasn’t all that good.

Haters can shoot it through the exhaust port. I loved it. Here’s why (spoilers follow).

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You know and I know that the Oscars, airing this Sunday, don’t tend to give genre movies a lot of love. Sometimes you have to take things into your own hands, you know? To that end, here are Nerd Approved’s picks for the 2015 geek Oscars, as voted upon by an expert panel of me. Disagree with the selections? Leave your own in the comments. And what’s your vote for the best genre film of 2014? Snowpiercer Snowpiercer Snowpiercer.

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