Fans of Deadpool rejoice, the Merc with a Mouth has made it to the big screen and has brought his raunchy hard R-rating humor with him. Not pulling any punches, director Tim Miller and screenwriters Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick succeed in capturing the core of one of Marvel’s most insane smart-ass characters as 20th Century and Ryan Reynolds both redeem themselves for their previous (and regrettable) collaboration of the character in X-Men Origins: Wolverine.
For his first film in half a decade Michael Moore turns his attention to education, workers’ rights, and prison policies in a whirlwind tour around the world from France to Tunisia. Where to Invade Next captures the best, and worst, of Moore who presents a compelling argument that the United States may want to look at other countries’ solutions to problems that are being handled better abroad than at home. “Invading” the nations to steal their solutions, Moore hopes to bring them all back home.
At its best Where to Invade Next is a compelling look at solutions to serious problems. The documentary offers valid arguments for America to look to alternative solutions (many of which were first proposed by Americans themselves). At its worst, the film becomes more about Moore mugging for the camera than his argument. While those open to the ideas raised in the film are likely to come away with some smart questions about how the United States deals with prisoners, students, and workers, those with an already low tolerance for the filmmaker’s antics won’t need to look very hard for an excuse to turn a deaf ear and tune him out (or, more likely, ignore the film completely).
Separated after a large earthquake, Scorpion sets out to save the city from a gas build-up and potential explosion. Forced into couple’s counselling by Paige (Katharine McPhee), a bickering Walter (Elyes Gabel) and Toby (Eddie Kaye Thomas) are forced to work together. With the rest of the team spending most of the episode working to save a trapped family, a visually-impaired Sylvester (Ari Stidham) and Ralph (Riley B. Smith) race to turn off the city’s gas a the source.
Matt Wagner’s twelve-issue maxi-series begins the second-half of its run with the Spirit hitting the underworld hard looking for information about the mysterious Mikado Vaas. The more our vigilante learns about the elusive black marketeer the more questions the Spirit has about why he caged on a faraway island for months and what Vaas’ plans are for Central City.
After a raucous party, where Lucifer (Tom Ellis) learns someone has been impersonating him and ruining his “good” name, Detective Chloe Decker (Lauren German) arrests a star quarterback for the dead woman who turns up floating in his pool the morning after. Convincing the detective to both consider other suspects, and allow him to help, Lucifer searches for the true guilty party and dispense his punishment. After an attack on the quarterback’s crazy ex-girlfriend (Sofia Vassilieva) the two storylines combine as Lucifer “improves” the police sting by hiring the leading suspect in the murder case, a fixer named Ronnie (Jodi Lyn O’Keefe), to find his impersonator and incriminate herself at the same time.