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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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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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NANANANANANANANANANANANANANANANA cool toyyyyyyys. For all the DC fans with a love of collectibles and limited funds, New York Toy Fair 2015 was a pretty crappy place, because it introduced all these things that you’ll probably want to buy, but can’t. To people with a little money in their bank accounts: Congratulations! Come this October, you can buy the Batman: The Animated Series Batmobile, which fits two 6″ action figures, lights up in the front and back, and has actual moving wheels.

Also debuting from DC Collectibles at the Diamond Comics booth: A new 6″ action figure line called “Icons” and new Batman: The Animated Series figures, including a deluxe one of Roxy Rocket, out this August. Some truly amazing upcoming statues were also on display, like four new additions to the Bombshell line (Lois, Batwoman, Harley and the Joker, and Catwoman), Arkham Knight figures, and a Black & White statue of Harley Quinn based on Paul Dini’s original character sketch. Check out pictures behind the cut.

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At New York Toy Fair 2015, which kicked off on Saturday and is running through Tuesday, there is A) a lot of Frozen, B) A LOT OF FROZEN, C) a Tribble coin purse from The Coop (bless), and D) all the Funko you can shake an adorable plastic figurine at. If you weren’t there either because you weren’t in New York or you were in New York but made the completely reasonable decision to stay indoors where it wasn’t frakking freezing, you can live the experience vicariously through me. There’s no visual aid for my reaction to the upcoming X-Files figures, above, but it was something like this. Behind the cut: Avengers: Age of Ultron, Jaws, Game of Thrones, Doctor Who, Arrow, Firefly, The Fifth Element, Star Trek, and more!

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After last week’s disaster Jupiter Ascending, I needed to watch something good. Something that goes for the same campy, glorious fun that Jupiter tried for with the space opera genre, but one that doesn’t get too bogged down in its own bullcrap. Something that’s fun. Something with fight scenes. Something with a Mighty Morphin Power Rangers homage*. Thanks, Kingsman: The Secret Service. You delivered.

*The scene I’m thinking of–you’ll know it when you see it–probably isn’t an intentional homage, but I like the idea of a sinister cabal of directors working under the table to get MMPR references into their movies. Let me have this.

Spoilers follow…

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Chris Pratt’s already taken over the Marvel and Jurassic Park universes, and now rumor has it he’ll be whipping bad guys into shape (har har–Nerd Approved readers, you can always expect bad puns from me) as a reboot version of Indiana Jones. I’ve seen some people be skeptical of this, even fearful that we’re quickly approaching a Benedict Cumberbatch-style critical mass of Pratness, but I say bring it on. Let’s cast Bert Macklin, FBI in every. Single. Thing.

Well, half the things. Emily Blunt can get the other half. For Star-Lord/Andy Dwyer/Johnny Karate/the world’s supreme Velociraptor wrangler, let’s start with the following five:

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Do you ever find yourself thinking that those big-budget geeky  movies you like just make too much sense? Yeah, OK, we get flying cars and giant battles and spaceships and all that. But where are the odd religion references? The out-of-left-field sexual innuendos? The David Lynchian surrealness?

Thank you, bootleg movie subtitles. Even when the words you’re trying to translate are literally on the screen, you still provide us with the utmost in mistranslated hilarity. Now that’s dedication.

Let’s start with the most infamous movie mistranslation, the one that inexplicably substituted the Jedi Council for the Presbyterian Church and gifted the world with at eternal piece of internet vernacular. Iiiiiit’s…

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