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Almost everyone seems to have a Netflix account these days. Even those who do not can easily access the titles on Netflix through a friend’s or family member’s account. However, with Netflix’s subscription prices rising, and the number of titles on Netflix decreasing, it may be time to look elsewhere for your television or movie fix.

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video game movies

Remember the days when movies based on video games were virtually unheard of? Well, those days are gone … some say forever. Video games are now such big business in the entertainment industry that they have eclipsed other forms of media, and are gaining an increasingly large share at box offices across the country. In this mutually satisfying relationship, studios rely on the popularity of video games to attract movie-goers for increased ticket sales. Gaming companies embrace the entertainment infomercials (movies) that promote their products. It’s a commercial win-win.

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Watch Now: ROGUE ONE: A STAR WARS STORY (International Trailer)

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Star Wars R2-D2 Mighty Fine Leggings

Rogue One tells the story of resistance fighters who have united to steal plans to the dreaded Death Star. Felicity Jones leads the cast as Jyn Erso alongside Mads Mikklesen who plays her father, Galen Erso. Diego Luna (Milk) stars as Captain Cassian Andor with Donnie Yen (Ip Man, Blade II) as the blind spiritual warrior Chirrut Imwe, Jiang Wen (Let the Bullets Fly, Devils on the Doorstep) as his heavily armored best friend Baze Malbus,, Alan Tudyk (Firefly) as the droid K-2SO, Riz Ahmed (Nightcrawler, Four Lions) as the Rebel pilot Bodhi Rook, plus Forest Whitaker (The Last King of Scotland) as Saw Gerrera, a character first introduced in Star Wars: The Clone Wars, and Ben Mendelsohn (Bloodline, Mississippi Grind) as the film’s main antagonist, Director Orson Krennic.

Weekend Box Office Chart for August 12th to August 14th

Suicide Squad Poster Sublimated T Shirt
Suicide Squad Poster Sublimated T Shirt

I’ll admit, I was shocked. Sausage Party is really offensive, but in such a good way and it’s impressively funny. Oh and it actually has a storyline. I know, who knew.

1. Suicide Squad $43.7 Total: $222.8
2. Sausage Party $33.6 Total: $33.6
3. Pete’s Dragon $21.5 Total: $21.5
4. Jason Bourne $13.6 Total: $126.7
5. Bad Moms $11.4 Total: $71.4
6. The Secret Life of Pets $8.8 Total: $335.9
7. Star Trek Beyond $6.8 Total: $139.6
8. Florence Foster Jenkins $6.5 Total: $6.5
9. Nine Lives $3.5 Total: $13.5
10. Lights Out $3.2 Total: $61.1

Watch Now: SAUSAGE PARTY Movie Clip – Tweaking

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Sausage Party, the first R-rated CG animated movie, is about one sausage leading a group of supermarket products on a quest to discover the truth about their existence and what really happens when they become chosen to leave the grocery store. The film features the vocal talents of a who’s who of today’s comedy stars – Seth Rogen, Kristen Wiig, Jonah Hill, Bill Hader, Michael Cera, James Franco, Danny McBride, Craig Robinson, Paul Rudd, Nick Kroll, David Krumholtz, Edward Norton, and Salma Hayek.

Watch Now – World of Warcraft: Legion Extended Preview

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World of Warcraft Malefic Raiment Robe

The Tomb of Sargeras has been reopened, and the demons of the Burning Legion pour into our world. Their full, terrifying might is fixed on summoning the Dark Titan to Azeroth—and they’ve already located the key to his return.
With the Alliance and Horde devastated, only you can take up Warcraft’s most legendary artifacts, scour the ancient Broken Isles for relics of the Titans, and challenge the Legion before Azeroth’s last hope dies.
Steel yourself, champion. Extinction is imminent.

Take an extended look at many of the new zones, dungeons, bosses, and features coming to World of Warcraft on August 30.

Weekend Box Office Chart for July 29th to July 31st

Star Trek Apparel & Collectibles
Star Trek Apparel & Collectibles

Not to spoil anything, but the end of Star Trek Beyond was a little off to me. I mean it was like they forgot they needed an ending and wrote it on the fly while filming.

1. Jason Bourne $60.0 Total: $60.0
2. Star Trek Beyond $24.0 Total: $105.7
3. Bad Moms $23.4 Total: $23.4
4. The Secret Life of Pets $18.2 Total: $296.1
5. Lights Out $10.8 Total: $42.8
6. Ice Age: Collision Course $10.5 Total: $42.1
7. Ghostbusters $9.8 Total: $106.1
8. Nerve $9.0 Total: $15.0
9. Finding Dory $4.2 Total: $469.0
10. The Legend of Tarzan $2.4 Total: $121.8

Celebrate Harry Potter’s Birthday with Great Merchandise from StylinOnline!

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Looking for some great Harry Potter merchandise, Stylin Online has you covered!

Harry Potter Gryffindor Juniors Polo Shirt
Harry Potter Gryffindor Juniors Polo Shirt

Harry Potter Gryffindor Juniors Polo Shirt

Join the house of Gryffindor as a superhero wearing this fun Harry Potter shirt in junior sizes! The Harry Potter Gryffindor Juniors Polo Shirt is gray with a red, Velcro-attached cape and a tie. The front is embroidered with the “golden lion” crest of Gryffindor, a house of the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry from the Harry Potter series. The tie features the Gryffindor colors, crimson and gold!

The Rocketeer Reboot Is Coming!

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The Hollywood Reporter has the full story.

When the pic was released, it grossed only $46.6 million and came in fourth in its opening weekend (it was pummeled by Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves, City Slickers and Dying Young). Its performance was considered a disappointment by the studio and its creative team.

But a rare thing happened: The film took on a life of its own, engendering a massive following who loved its un-ironic, bright and straightforwardly heroic take on its characters, all abetted by a score by James Horner.

When Disney hosted a 20th anniversary screening of the movie at Hollywood’s El Capitan Theatre in 2011, fans — many in Rocketeer costumes — lined up for blocks.

It was around that time that the studio began mulling a reboot of the movie, but sources said it sought a way to differentiate it from another rocket-propelled flying hero: Iron Man.

The new take keeps the story in a period setting and offers a fresh view on the characters. Set six years after the original Rocketeer and after Secord has vanished while fighting the Nazis, an unlikely new hero emerges: a young African-American female pilot, who takes up the mantle of Rocketeer in an attempt to stop an ambitious and corrupt rocket scientist from stealing jet-pack technology in what could prove to be a turning point in the Cold War.

What Your Favorite Band Tee Says About You

Being a fan of musical artists is an active experience. You are never simply just a fan. Rarely do you simply sit there and mindlessly listen to their songs, bobbing your head along as you leave their albums on in the background while you write that paper or clean your apartment. If you love a band enough, you follow them on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, and even Snapchat. You breathlessly await concert tickets to go on sale so you can snap them up the minute they are released.

And, of course, you buy their t-shirts. There are a myriad of different ones sold by various artists. The ones you choose to buy, no matter who you are, make a statement. Here are just a few of the most popular artists, and what wearing their band tees says about you!

The Bands and What They Tell Us About You

I <3 Britney,” your shirt says? Well, “I’m an old-fashioned party girl who isn’t afraid to embrace my love of pop,” it says about you. Let’s be perfectly honest; everyone loves Britney Spears – but it takes a special kind of person to own up to their love enough to put it on a t-shirt and wear it proudly.

From her late nineties hits (that we still love to blast on road trips!) to her sultrier, more mature hits from the late 2010s, Britney Spears is the secret true love of all pop fans. A Britney baby tee is the perfect aesthetic to help you unashamedly own your love of one of this century’s most beloved singers.

  • Johnny Cash Original T-Shirt

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This particular t-shirt is officially licensed, and there are a multitude of personas one can adopt with this shirt. The person who owns this shirt owns their love of country music: The kind of music that throws back to the original greatness of American living, rather than super stylized twangs catering to a teenage southern audience.

Cash is one of the greats, and it is time the world recognized it – or rather that it recognizes that you know it. On the other hand, maybe you simply grew up listening to Johnny Cash with your parents and are embracing your love of an old childhood favorite.

  • Beatles Flag T-Shirt

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We like to think of the Beatles as the original “British Invasion.” To be fair, there have been many after them in the realms of music, film, and television, so it is more of a continual colonization rather than a one-time invasion.

Featuring an understated version of the original 1964 Hard Days Night album cover with the British flag placed in mosaic form over it – and “The Beatles” stitched off to the left. This shirt is the perfect way to declare your love of one of the most famous bands of all time without being flashy about it. This shirt is for the Beatlemaniac who does not feel the need to proclaim all they listen to is “real music.”

  • Journey Escape T-Shirt

Officially licensed by Journey, this particular t-shirt screams “I Love Karaoke” – but only if you look closely. Emblazoned with an official screen-printed Journey logo and image, the logo is tough to make out. “I love Journey, but I do not want people to know it right away.” Its “Don’t Stop Believing” stitched at the bottom outs you as someone who loves to scream ‘80s hits into the karaoke machine after a few drinks. This is the perfect t-shirt for those who want to proclaim their membership of the Journey fandom as subtly as possible.

Avenged Sevenfold is one of the most popular metal bands around and, again, one that, for whatever reason, many metal fans will shame you for liking, simply because of their mainstream appeal. This understated tee features the official Avenged Sevenfold skull and wings logo in white against a black background. The wearer of this shirt could not care less what so-called “true metal fans” think!

Paired with a cool leather jacket, you can subtly declare your love for one of the most beloved metal bands of the century. Also, wearing it as a snug baby tee adds to its appeal; you are not just wearing another band t-shirt, but one that is designed to look as good as anything else you might pick out to wear for yourself.

Whether you like it or not, the bands you represent with your t-shirts say a lot about your personality. But how you elect to present those bands – in other words, the specific t-shirt you choose – can say even more.

The Copa America Story

The Copa America was founded back in 1916 under the name “South American Football Championship.” In the beginning, this competition was held in one of the four nations competing: Uruguay, Chile, Argentina, or Brazil. The first tournament was held to commemorate Argentina’s Independence Day, which occurs on July 9th. The tournament would eventually expand to include more South American countries, and then in 1975 the name was officially changed to the Copa America.

The Tournament

There was no set pattern for when the tournament would occur. Sometimes it would be held every year, but there are instances of the tournament not being held for three, four, or even eight years. In 1975, along with the name change, it was made clear that nine teams would participate, the previous winner receiving a bye, and the tournament would be held every four years. These changes lasted until 1987, when it was decided to host the tournament in only one nation and to change it so that the tournament would be held every two years.

Beginning in 1993, North American and Asian countries were invited to join the competition. To this day, many of the countries in North America and Asia decline invitations due to player conflicts or security concerns, leading to a mostly South American tournament. The tournament held in 2016 marks both the first time the Copa America has ever taken place outside of South America, as well as the 100 year anniversary of the tournament.

Winners and Favorites

Since 1916, the Copa America has had eight individual winners, with Uruguay winning the most at 15 titles. Other winners include Argentina, with 14 titles, Brazil, with eight titles, Paraguay, and Peru, with two titles each, and Chile, Colombia, and Bolivia, with one title each. One surprising fact is that the host nation has won every Copa America tournament held in either Brazil or Uruguay.

This year, the United States is hosting the tournament, the first time any nation outside of South America has ever hosted. The favorites to win are the International powerhouse Argentina, led by five-time ballon d’Or winner Lionel Messi. Close behind are the teams Columbia, led by James Rodriguez; and Chile, led by Claudio Bravo. Two other teams ranked within the top ten nationally that are competing in the Copa America are Brazil and Uruguay.

The host nation, the United States, is ranked 31st. Sixteen teams have entered their names to compete in the competition of 2016. Of the 16 teams competing, ten of the teams are from South America, and the remaining six are from North America. The ten teams from South America include:

  • Argentina
  • Bolivia
  • Brazil
  • Chile
  • Colombia
  • Ecuador
  • Paraguay
  • Peru
  • Uruguay
  • Venezuela

The six teams from North America are:

  • Costa Rica
  • Jamaica
  • Mexico
  • The United States of America
  • Panama
  • Haiti

Fans

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Fans of soccer have always been fiercely loyal, especially South American fans. With Argentina ranked the number one team in the world, many people expect them to be victorious in the tournament, but just last year the tournament was held and in the final Argentina was defeated by Chile, a team that many believe will win again.

Although the Copa America is being held in both 2015 and 2016, it is not held every year. In fact, the competition has not been held on two consecutive years since 1946 and 1947. There still is no agreement on how long the break should be between the tournaments, and the next two are scheduled for 2019 and 2023, one of those being three years after the previous competition and the other four years.

Fans of the tournament can find merchandise online, and support their home country. Many fans will obtain tickets to watch the event live and support their favorite country in person. If you are unable to travel to the stadium, you can wear your gear at home and watch the games live on television along with millions of other viewers around the world.

Reason to Celebrate

The Copa America is a great reason to bring friends over and hang out to watch the game. Supporting your home country builds national pride, and you may get to witness some great goals or other exciting events.

Soccer is the world’s most renowned sport. People can go almost anywhere in the world, and the locals will understand the game, usually called football elsewhere. This world status is what makes international tournaments so great. Every country knows the rules, and every country will battle for victory. Put on the gear to support your country, grab some snacks, and celebrate the Copa America with the rest of the world.

The Universe’s Latest Nightmares: Rick and Morty

Horror is one of the most popular genres in any artistic work, such as literature, film, and television. In the golden age of television, there are about 450 shows aired across all platforms. It is difficult finding new ideas to engage viewers and make a hit show. Rick and Morty employ the classic horror genre and add a cosmic twist, making it the hottest new show in adult animation. Created by Justin Rolland and Community genius Dan Harmon, Rick and Morty follows the misadventures of Rick and his grandson Morty as they explore the infinite multi-verse.

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Rick and Morty

Loosely based on Back to the Future’s Doc and Marty, Rick and Morty spend each episode exploring their own and parallel universes. The show pays homage to cultural classics like Doctor Who, The Twilight Zone, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, and Nightmare on Elm Street.

The show is the epitome of cosmic horror, often subjecting characters to the unknown and frightening mysteries of the universe, like a monstrous alien that only feeds on babies. In episode “Rick Potion No. 9,” Rick accidentally transforms the population of earth into Cronenberg-like creatures, in reference to Canadian filmmaker David Cronenberg known for his work in depicting horrific creatures.

Rick

What makes this witty show unique is the contentious dynamic between Rick and Morty. Rolland and Harmon describe the pair as the perfect personification of bi-polar disorder. Rick Sanchez is an eccentric and alcoholic mad scientist. Aware of the futility of human existence, Rick eschews normal human practices like school and marriage. He often expresses his intellectual superiority to his family, especially to his unemployed son-in-law, Morty’s father, Jerry.

Morty

Morty, on the other hand, is a good-hearted 14-year-old. Employed by Rick, Morty accompanies him on his various adventures. Morty often conflicts with the morally questionable nature of the adventures Rick supports. In one episode, Rick explains to Morty that the reason he brings Morty with him everywhere is because Morty is so unintelligent that his brain waves counteract Rick’s genius brainwaves, acting like a cloaking device. This stealth allows Rick to hide from the many authoritative figures out hunting him.

Central Theme

Both characters highlight the show’s theme of self-existentialism. Viewers are constantly reminded that human existence is microscopic in comparison to the magnitude of the universe. Life is futile because, in an infinite number of dimensions, there is an infinite number of possibilities that could occur, and some live almost the same life.

This question of the meaning and purpose of life is also highlighted in the “Meeseeks and Destroy” episode in season one. Meeseeks are sci-fi like creatures created to serve a singular purpose. Once their purpose is served, their lives expire, and they vanish into thin air. Their willingness to help others comes from the fact that existence is painful to Meeseeks.

When Jerry, Morty’s incompetent father, asks a Meeseek to help improve his gold stroke, he sends his Meeseek into a state of desperation and agony. In turn, the Meeseek summons other Meeseeks to help out. When it becomes clear that Jerry’s golf skills will never improve, they turn on him and seek to kill him. It is Jerry’s wife Beth who gets him to better his posture and take a stroke off his golf game. Once the Meeseeks see this, they immediately begin to perish blissfully.

Family

What makes the show relatable is Morty’s dysfunctional family. His parents Beth and Jerry are constantly trying to find ways to sustain their marriage. Beth is an equine heart surgeon, while Jerry is an unemployed marketing professional. Beth, who is dissatisfied with her life, struggles with Jerry’s defiance of his mediocrity. They bicker and argue, but discover they were meant to be together in episode “Rixty Minutes.”

Summer is Morty’s 17-year-old sister. She is conventional like her parents and is only concerned with improving her status among her peers. This otherwise ordinary family is always facing the consequences of Morty’s intergalactic travels and dealings. Viewers identify with Morty’s family and find it fun to see how the characters react to conundrums presented by the dark depths of the universe.

Final Thoughts

Since airing on Adult Swim in 2013, the show has gained a large cult following, and critics acclaim it. The wacky, dark nature of the show allows it to be light-hearted, like a cartoon with depth, by challenging human nature about existence. Harmon and Rolland have teased fans by announcing the third season will probably not be released until next year, though in a recent Comic Con panel, Harmon suggested fans might be surprised at the end of 2016. All we can do is wait for this modern American classic to come back in full gear with more ethically dubious escapades in the multi-verse.

Fun Star Trek Facts

At 46 years old, Star Trek is one of the oldest and longest-running television shows in history. Each new generation and iteration of the show has spawned tons of awesome merchandise,  and brings together millions of fans around the world, some who have been Trekkies since the beginning, while still others are only just discovering their love for one of the most progressive and entertaining shows in television history.

For even the most diehard fans out there, there are still some hidden gem facts behind both the show and the movies that have escaped notice. The following are just a few fun facts about Star Trek that you probably didn’t know until now!

  • What should I tell my landlord? Years ago, when the cast of Star Trek: The Next Generation banded together to ask their producers for a higher salary per episode, actor Wil Wheaton was the first to receive an offer but not in payroll. The executives offered to have the rank of his onscreen character promoted to Lieutenant! Wheaton’s response? “So what should I tell my landlord when I can’t pay my rent? ‘Don’t worry; I just made Lieutenant’?”
  • Flicker me not. Star Trek: The Motion Picture was tricky to film, and not least because of the constant struggles related to its special effects. On the more technical side of things is a fun fact that many Trekkies may not be familiar with: On the set of the film, all of the screen displays were machinated primarily through film projectors that were looped and attached behind the set walls.

This was because most normal video monitors retain a refreshing rate that vastly differs from the rate at which film would operate in the cameras, releasing flickers of light that would ruin the “movie magic.”

  • Star Trek featured the first interracial onscreen kiss in 1968. It does not take a hardcore fan to know that Star Trek has always been at the forefront of human rights, often tackling hard questions and social justice topics light years ahead of its time.

The kiss between the traditionally white Captain Kirk and black Lieutenant Uhura did not stir as much controversy as one might expect, given the time frame. Even the most problematic responses were favorable.

Many critics applauded Star Trek for its willingness to portray an interracial couple, and one fan even wrote a letter to the producers saying, “I am totally opposed to the mixing of the races. However, anytime a red-blooded American boy like Captain Kirk gets a beautiful dame in his arms that looks like Uhura, he ain’t gonna fight it.”

  • Martin Luther King, Jr. was a huge fan of Star Trek. Sounds a little hard to believe, doesn’t it! Nevertheless, Dr. King was, in fact, one of the most famous fans of the series.

Such a big fan, in fact, that when Nichelle Nichols – the original actor who played the Lieutenant Uhura – told him that she was thinking of leaving the show, Dr. King convinced her to keep her role.

  • William Shatner wore “Spanx” onscreen. Yup, you read that right. The original Captain Kirk’s signature wraparound green outfit was introduced to hide Shatner’s belly due to some inconvenient weight gain. Re-watch the episodes, and you might start to see it!

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  • Nobody actually says “Beam Me Up, Scotty!” One of the most famous catchphrases to come from Star Trek is one that was never said in the original iteration of the show. In the show, characters would contact Scotty if they needed to transport somebody or something from an alien planet. This trope was created to keep special effects costs low.

For whatever reason, the phrase has caught on in popular culture – but if you comb through each episode of the first series, you will notice that it is not uttered once by anyone.

  • Lucille Ball stopped the show from pulling the plug. In its early years, Star Trek did not enjoy anywhere near the cultural relevance and popularity it does now. Gene Roddenberry, the creator of Star Trek, was already in deep waters with NBC executives due to his argumentative nature; this, in addition to the more liberal themes of the show, did not win him too many other friends among the network bigwigs.

But Lucille Ball, who loved the show herself and was president of Desilu Productions, the Star Trek studio’s parent company – managed to convince the executives to keep the show running for two more seasons. This was enough to bring the show back through network reruns, eventually gaining it a large following and the devoted fan base we have today.

One of the most intriguing aspects of any show is the secret history behind its run. Armed with this new knowledge, you can now call yourself a true Trekkie!

The Iconic Che Guevara

The revolution is not an apple that falls when it is ripe. You have to make it fall. Perhaps you have not heard of this quote, but you have probably heard of the man to whom it is attributed: Che Guevara. Born Ernesto Guevara on Jun 14, 1928, in Rosario, Argentina, Guevara would go on to become an influential author, physician, guerilla leader, and diplomat, all inspired by his revolutionary Marxist philosophy.

Today, Guevara is an icon, lovingly referred to as simply “Che” by adoring followers. His image, especially as depicted in the photograph Guerrillero Heroico, or “heroic guerilla fighter,” is now a ubiquitous symbol of counterculture rebellion and social revolution available on t-shirts and other memorabilia. But who was the man behind the icon? We dug a bit deeper. Read on to discover the real Che Guevara.

Early Life and Radicalization

Che Guevara

Guevara was born into a well-off family, which, though it had aristocratic roots, held socialist ideals. It seemed that rebellion was in Che’s blood; his father, noting his son’s restlessness and acknowledging their part-Irish heritage, said, “in my son’s veins flowed the blood of the Irish rebels.” In 1947, Guevara befriended Berta “Tita” Infante, a member of Argentine Communist Youth. The friendship was a formative one: Tita and he read Marxist texts together and discussed them.

Guevara gained acceptance to the University of Buenos Aires in 1948 to study medicine. As a young medical student in 1951 through 1953, he undertook the travels around Latin America that would spur his radicalization and his book The Motorcycle Diaries. His journeys took him through almost every country in Latin America, where he witnessed the degrading work conditions of Chilean miners, the poverty of Peruvian peasant farmers, and corporate hegemonies in Costa Rica.

Philosophy and Early Activism

Guevara’s journeys around Latin America opened his eyes to the disease, poverty, and hunger he could not alleviate, though he was a doctor. It convinced him that corporate exploitation of Latin America by, for example, the United States, was a new type of colonialism brought on by the evils of capitalism. Guevara conceptualized a united Hispanic continent pursuing social and economic liberation, prompting him to leave medicine, and take up political and literal arms.

Guevara had settled in democratic Guatemala when President Jacobo Árbenz had decreed that non-cultivated land, even if already held by an owner, was to be redistributed to landless peasants. The United Fruit Company, which had holdings in Guatemala, was most impacted by this decree.

A struggle followed in which forces and arms were sent from Communist Czechoslovakia to Guatemala to support the Árbenz government. However, the United States anti-communist agenda propelled the CIA to deploy several hundred Guatemalan mercenaries to overthrow the government. Guevara had connected with Cuban, Honduran, and Peruvian leftists while in Guatemala (who had given him the moniker “Che”), and supported the Árbenz government by fighting, doing medical work, and calling for resistance. Nonetheless, the United States won, executing hundreds of suspected Communists and returning the United Fruit Company’s land holdings.

Later Activism

Che Guevara

Guatemala and the United Fruit Company cemented Guevara’s ideology that the social good promised by Marxism could only be achieved and defended through armed struggle. After narrowly escaping from Guatemala to Mexico, Guevara teamed up with Fidel and Raúl Castro to overthrow the United States-supported Cuban dictatorship. From joining the Castros’ 26th of July Movement, Guevara played a key role in the guerilla campaign that ultimately deposed the Batista dictatorship.

Guevara played key diplomatic and military roles in the new Cuban government and was directly involved in repelling the Bay of Pigs Invasion and precipitating the Cuban Missile Crisis. While revolutionaries exalt Che Guevara, critics paint a harsher picture. During his time in the Castro regime, Guevara became known for his ruthlessness; he summarily shot people suspected of working against the regime, deserting from the military, or speaking against Guevara himself.

In addition to writing about his experiences and advocating for Cuban communism worldwide, Guevara also played a role in revolutions in the Congo, and finally in Bolivia, where he was captured and executed by Bolivian forces acting on behalf of the American CIA. With his death at age 39, Guevara immediately became a martyr for the communist cause.

Che Today

Che Guevara has been immortalized through his writings and merchandise, and his legacy in modern leftist movements. He left behind numerous texts, and his life and beliefs, and other writers, film-makers, and artists have embraced the complexity of Che Guevara in their works. Time magazine has named him among the 100 most influential people of the twentieth century. His image and name are immediately associated with revolution and social struggle, and those who are familiar with him are either adoring or repulsed by his actions, making him a perpetually intriguing historical figure.

Weekend Box Office Chart for July 22nd to July 24th

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Star Trek Beyond continues the post-reboot hot streak with an sweet $59.6 weekend take!

1. Star Trek Beyond $59.6 Total: $59.6
2. The Secret Life of Pets $29.3 Total: $260.7
3. Lights Out $21.6 Total: $21.6
4. Ghostbusters $21.6 Total: $86.8
5. Ice Age: Collision Course $21.0 Total: $21.0
6. Finding Dory $7.2 Total: $460.1
7. The Legend of Tarzan $6.4 Total: $115.8
8. Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates $4.4 Total: $40.3
9. Hillary’s America: The Secret History of the Democratic Party $3.7 Total: $3.7
10. The Infiltrator $3.2 Total: $12.2

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Star Trek USS Enterprise Fan Expo Canada T-Shirt

X-Men Film Series Breakdown

The X-Men film series has been going strong since 2000, when the original X-Men debuted in theaters. Since then, eight additional films, including several spin-offs focused on a single character, have graced the silver screen.

While recent years have seen the popularity of comic books as movies skyrocket, none have proven quite as popular as X-Men. The nine films have collectively grossed more than $3.9 billion worldwide, making it the eighth highest grossing franchise in history.

Two additional sequels are scheduled for release in 2017 and 2018; they will undoubtedly be just as popular as the current and past films. Additionally, the popularity of these films has spawned a wealth of clothing and memorabilia dedicated to the various X-Men characters. Read on for a breakdown of all nine released X-Men films.

Overview of X-Men Films

Given the debate regarding the rankings of all nine movies, the X-Men films are reviewed in the order in which they were released below. We will leave it up to you to decide on your favorite.

  • X-Men

The first film in the series introduces the audience to the conflict between Professor X (Patrick Stewart) and his X-Men, and Magneto (Ian McKellen) and the Brotherhood of Mutants. The two were once friends, but, as they grew up, came to believe in different paths toward human acceptance of mutants. Magneto advocates a forced approach that sometimes turned violent, whereas Professor X believes in peaceful integration.

  • X2

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Colonel Stryker (Brian Cox) brainwashes both Magneto (Ian McKellen) and Professor X (Patrick Stewart) into revealing the location of every mutant on earth using the Cerebro machine, intending to kill them all. Without their respective leaders to guide them, the X-Men and the Brotherhood of Mutants team up to foil Stryker’s plan. They are successful, but lose one of their own in the process.

  • X-Men: The Last Stand

The pharmaceutical industry has developed a mutant-suppressing drug, creating a divide between those in the mutant community who yearn to be “normal” and those who are happy as they are. Magneto (Ian McKellen) forms an army of mutants, including the resurrected Jean Grey (Famke Janssen), and declares war on humans. Some of the mutants fighting against Magneto and Grey, including Wolverine (Hugh Jackman), realize they have a choice to make: kill the one they love or witness the end of humankind.

  • X-Men Origins: Wolverine

X-Men Origins: Wolverine

This film was the first spin-off in the series, and focused on Logan/Wolverine’s (Hugh Jackman) origin story, including his relationship with half-brother Victor Creed (Liev Schreiber) who later becomes his nemesis Sabretooth. Logan’s evolution into Wolverine, including the insertion of indestructible metal into his skeleton, is also detailed, providing context for one of the franchise’s most popular and beloved characters.

  • X-Men: First Class

First Class jumps back in time, beginning with the origins of Professor X when he was just Xavier (James McAvoy), and Magneto, then known as Erik Lehnsherr (Michael Fassbender), and moving forward to the start of their relationship in 1962 during the Cuban Missile Crisis. Along the way, Xavier and Erik meet several other mutants, including Mystique (Jennifer Lawrence) and Hank McCoy (Nicholas Hoult), who they recruit to help them stop Sebastian Shaw (Kevin Bacon), a former Nazi mutant scientist intent on starting World War III.

  • The Wolverine

After being forced to kill Jean Grey, the woman he loved, Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) travels to Japan to reunite with an old friend whose life he saved previously. Along the way, Wolverine defends the friend’s granddaughter from various assassins while he struggles internally with his past decisions. This film only introduces familiar X-Men characters Magneto (Ian McKellen) and Professor X (Patrick Stewart) at the very end, when they meet him upon his return to the U.S. to warn him of a new threat to the mutant race.

  • X-Men: Days of Future Past

Days of Future Past jumps between time periods, allowing Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) to return to 1973 to stop an assassination and the ascension of robots known as the Sentinels that are eradicating mutants and their human allies. This film featured the cast of the original X-Men trilogy, as well as the newcomers from First Class, providing context for the characters in the past, present, and future.

  • Deadpool

Deadpool is the first in another spin-off series, following the popular Wolverine franchise. Wade Wilson (Ryan Reynolds), is a former Special Forces officer who is diagnosed with terminal cancer after meeting the love of his life, Vanessa Carlysle (Morena Baccarin). After meeting Ajax (Ed Skrein) who offers him an experimental cure that is actually a ploy to create a race of super-powered slaves, Wilson develops mutant healing powers and plots to get revenge on the man who took everything from him.

  • X-Men: Apocalypse

The most recently released film in the X-Men series centers on the first and most powerful mutant, Apocalypse (Oscar Isaac), who awakens after thousands of years to find the world very different, and more disappointing, than he left it. He recruits four equally disillusioned mutants, Psylocke (Olivia Munn), Storm (Alexandra Shipp), Archangel (Ben Hardy), and Magneto (Michael Fassbender), to cleanse the earth and start anew. Mystique (Jennifer Lawrence) and Professor X (James McAvoy) band together, along with a number of other mutants the audience has come to know through the series, to stop the end the world.