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With S.H.I.E.L.D. loosing all but a handful of their facilities around the world to HYDRA and the U.S. Government officially branding it as a spy organization and sending troops to take over control of The Hub, Coulson (Clark Gregg) enacts Odyssey Protocol ordering all loyal agents to go to ground while ordering Skye (Chloe Bennet) to erase any record connecting any member of his team to S.H.I.E.L.D., and Antoine Triplett (B.J. Britt), flying them all out on his damaged, but still (mostly) operational, plane.

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We now have our final trailer for the X-Men: First Class sequel X-Men: Days of Future Past which features Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) sent back in time to convince a young and disillusioned Professor Charles Xavier (James McAvoy) to stop the rise of the Sentinels and the end of mutant kind (and perhaps all life) on Earth. The movie returns actors from both First Class and the original X-Men movies including Halle BerryAnna PaquinJennifer LawrenceEllen PageNicholas HoultShawn AshmoreLucas TillPatrick Stewart, and both Michael Fassbender and Ian McKellen as Magneto. The movie opens in theaters everywhere on May 23rd.

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While the Jeffersonian squints deal with a confounding body found in a suburban marsh, which only begins to make sense once they discover that the woman’s body had been cryogenically frozen for months before her body was dumped, Cam (Tamara Taylor) and Vaziri‘s (Pej Vahdat) relationship goes through a rough patch with the arrival of his disapproving parents (Pej Vahdat, Braeden Marcott) with whom Arastoo has never gotten along.

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Feeling more than a little unnecessary and out of place for a comic that just relaunched with a brand new issue last month, and feeling more like an annual or special than part of the ongoing continuity, the over-sized Daredevil #1.50 is 50th Anniversary celebration of the character which takes a look forward rather than back with what Mark Waid has in mind for the character going forward.

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The second-half of the “Monster Day” begins with the Powerpuff Girls defeated and dejected in their room and Steve‘s monster swarm destroying the city of Townsville and preparing for the night’s final festivities: eating the Mayor! Getting the kick in the butt they need from Professor Utonium, Bubbles comes up with a plan to even the odds by taking control of the remaining Mojobots and leading them into battle against the monster horde.

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The Counselor

by Cap'n Carrot on April 15, 2014 · 0 comments

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Despite the talent of director Ridley Scott, screenwriter Cormac McCarthy and an all-star cast, The Counselor is a mess. To be sure it’s a well-acted and well-produced mess with stand-out scenes, but it’s a mess none the less. The movie’s major flaw, other than McCarthy attempting to over-think a drug deal gone bad, is the less-than-believable dialogue from several of the film’s stars who come off as reading lines they haven’t quite fully bought into rather than delivering it naturally from the the mouths of fully-embodied characters.

Michael Fassbender stars as a character only ever referred to as “the Counselor,” a lawyer who makes the bad decision to get into the drug smuggling trade only to put the lives of himself, a friend (Javier Bardem), associate (Brad Pitt), and his beautiful fiance (Penélope Cruz) in danger.

Unfortunately for the Counselor, his friend’s crazy girlfriend (Cameron Diaz) has her own plan for the drugs, leaving everyone else to take the fall after executing her plans from the shadows.

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While an important subplot revolves around Regina (Lana Parrilla) beginning to properly teach Emma Swan (Jennifer Morrison) about magic, the majority of the storylines (both current and in flashbacks) of “The Jolly Roger” center around Hook (Colin O’Donoghue) and his interactions with the returning Ariel (JoAnna Garcia Swisher) once again in search of her missing Prince Eric.

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While trying to hide one Alec Sadler (Erik Knudsen) from the other, Kiera (Rachel Nichols)  tries to determine which one offers the time-displaced cop her best hope at getting back home. After only a few hours of returning, the future Alec has already made major changed to the timeline beginning with accidentally causing Kellog (Stephen Lobo) plan the assassination of Mr. Escher (Hugh Dillon), who he only learns later is actually Alec’s father. Kiera and the police also must deal with the reunified Liber8 as Garza (Luvia Petersen) returns home to find have made nice, and who Sonya (Lexa Doig) and Travis (Roger R. Cross) have made nice, and who the newly-elected Mayor (Tahmoh Penikett) wants desperately to distance himself from.

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With Samurai Jack and the Scotsman both turned into females by the Leprechauns the pair’s two-issue gender-bending adventures continue as Samurai Jacqueline and the Scotswoman seek to complete their bargain with the devious imps and confront the giant Cuhullin the Cruel.

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On a bad tip by an ATF informant (Alvin Joiner) Five-0 helped put in prison, the group is lured into an explosion leaving McGarrett (Alex O’Loughlin) and Danny (Scott Caan) trapped under several feet of rubble. While Catherine (Michelle Borth) and Grover (Chi McBride) help with the rescue effort, Kono (Grace Park) and Chin Ho (Daniel Dae Kim) head back to the prison to find the source of the tip and the reason someone was willing to blow up and entire building to take out members of Five-0.

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