Marvel second installments ranked — including ‘Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness’

Benedict Cumberbatch’s Dr. Stephen Strange may have five Marvel Cinematic Universe credits to his name, but, remarkably, he’s only just now getting an official follow-up to his 2016 debut film, “Doctor Strange.” That’s part of the charm of the sprawling MCU. But there’s also a fine art to making a direct sequel within those interconnected franchise parameters. So in honor of the long-awaited debut of “Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness,” we decided to look back on how Marvel second installments have fared over the years.

‘Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness’ review: Marvel makes a messy horror movie

If you’ll forgive the pun, “Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness” is a strange movie. It’s one-third a sweaty act of Marvel brand expansion; one-third a somewhat confusing follow-up to the Disney+ series “WandaVision”; and one-third a pretty fun Sam Raimi action horror comedy in the vein of his “Evil Dead” series. FOX film critic Caroline Siede reviews Marvel's latest.

TV recap: ‘Welcome to Flatch’ has dresses and disappointments

Welcome back to "Welcome to Flatch" recaps! In this week’s episode, "Dinners, Dresses and Dumps," Kelly plans a special dinner when her dad comes home. Meanwhile, Shrub and Beth start spending a lot of time together and Cheryl breaks out her lucky dress for a date with Jimmy.

May movie preview: Doctor Strange, Top Gun, Downton Abbey and a brand new Chip 'n Dale

“Top Gun: Maverick” is finally (finally!) soaring into theaters after the pandemic pushed back its release by nearly two years. Plus Benedict Cumberbatch’s Doctor Strange will be doing some soaring of his own in the highly-anticipated “Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness.” Here’s what’s headed your way, cinematically speaking, in May 2022.

Tubi to release over 100 original titles in the next 12 months

Tubi plans to release more than 100 original titles in the next 12 months. Tubi’s new programming will include entries in the Black Cinema, thriller, horror, sci-fi, romance, documentary and adult animation genres. Those originals will join the 40,000+ premium movie and television titles that make Tubi’s library the largest in free ad-supported streaming.

‘The Freak Brothers’ renewed: Tubi’s animated stoner comedy blazes on for season two

Fans of “The Freak Brothers” have something to celebrate. The original Tubi adult animated comedy has been renewed for a second season, which is set to premiere in December 2022. Based on Gilbert Shelton’s cult classic comic, "The Fabulous Furry Freak Brothers," the series follows three 1960s hippie stoners who smoke a magical strain of weed, only to fall into a 50-year slumber and wake up in the 2020s.

Celebrate Shakespeare’s birthday with these free movies and plays

In honor of Shakespeare’s 458th birthday on April 26th (or maybe April 23rd? It’s confusing), we’ve rounded up some filmed adaptations/riffs on his most famed works — all of which are streaming for free on Tubi. So pick a comedy or tragedy to get you started, and toast Big Willy on his birthday.

‘Romy and Michele’s High School Reunion’ is still timeless at 25

The “be true to yourself” messaging of “Romy and Michele's High School Reunion” has made it a timeless favorite for 25 years. (And it’s one that’s currently streaming for free on Tubi.) Film critic Caroline Siede reflects on a quarter-century spent with the inventors of the Post-It.

Review: ‘The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent’ is a slapdash showcase for a screen legend

In real life, Nicolas Cage is having an extended moment. His indie drama “Pig” got rave reviews last year, a just-released book called “Age of Cage” articulates the importance of his long, eclectic career and the new movie “The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent” is his first live-action starring role to receive a wide theatrical release in ages. Film critic Jesse Hassenger reviews.

TV recap: ‘Welcome to Flatch’ throws a fake funeral

Welcome back to "Welcome to Flatch" recaps! In this week’s episode, "RIP Cynthia," Kelly and Shrub volunteer at a senior computer class and the town gets a lesson on catfishing. Meanwhile, Mandy teaches Cheryl self-defense after she is attacked for her alliance with Pockton.

Review: ‘The Northman’ shines as a violent Viking revenge epic

Director Robert Eggers scales up his vision with his latest film “The Northman.” This violent Viking epic fuses Eggers’ thematic interest in the thin line between the real and the phantasmagoric with a grandiose, theoretically more accessible narrative about vengeance. Here's film critic Vikram Murthi's review.

‘Doctor Who’ review: A pirate-themed Easter special is a throwaway romp

There’s a big “Doctor Who” event on the horizon this fall: Jodie Whittaker will step down from her role as the Doctor just as showrunner Chris Chibnall hands over the reins to returning creator Russell T Davies. But first, it’s time for a rather aimless pirate romp in 19th century China! TV critic Caroline Siede reviews "Legend of the Sea Devils."

The best horror for Easter, streaming free on Tubi

Easter horror movies? You've got options. Film critic Katie Rife picks the month’s best horror, fantasy and sci-fi movies to stream for free, including some nightmarish Easter bunnies, an “Exorcist” and a zombified spring break.

‘Dual’ review: Two Karen Gillans, one deadpan dark comedy

"Dual," the latest from director Riley Stearn, s set in a near-future sci-fi world in which terminally ill patients are encouraged to make clones of themselves who can go on living in their place. What could possibly go wrong? FOX film critic Caroline Siede reviews this pitch-black comedy, which stars Karen Gillan ("Guardians of the Galaxy") and Karen Gillan ("Doctor Who').