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How does a movie based off an amusement park ride end up with four sequels? Taking a page out of the book of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, the latest entry into the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise goes back to the beginning to try and recapture the magic of its best film. Although it delivers not much more than a pale imitation of Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, borrowing heavily from every major plot point, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales is easily the least shitty sequel in a franchise that knows something about shitty sequels.

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Baywatch

by Cap'n Carrot on May 25, 2017 · 0 comments

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Based on the 90s television show not good enough for network television which earned a following in syndication by providing soap opera style plots that often had little to do with the characters’ actual jobs of lifeguards, comes a new feature film version of the franchise. Dumb, almost entirely forgettable (I can’t name a single plot from the show either), and mostly an excuse to put beautiful people in swimsuits and have then run around on-camera, the movie is exactly what you’d expect.

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Immediately following Savitar killing Iris (Candice Patton), the Third Season finale opens with a big twist, and it won’t be the episode’s last. The good news for Team Flash is that Iris is alive and Savitar’s plan has failed. The good news for the show is a tremendous weight has been lifted off of Barry‘s (Grant Gustin) shoulders and we see a more hopeful and less brooding version of the character throughout the episode, even in the face of an emotional sacrifice to close out the episode. There’s a calm to Barry we haven’t seen in quite some time which serves both the character and the season finale well. Let’s hope this continues in to next season.

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Warren Ellis continues to re-envision the Wildstorm universe with the introduction of another key character in Henry Bendix. As was the case in his previous incarnation, Bendix is still the head of a super-secret government agency. He’s also still very much a complete dick, but this version does have a bit of a sense of humor (albeit still a dark murdery one).

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Leading in to next week’s season finale, “Sympathy for the Goddess” continues the search for the missing piece of the Flaming Sword while Lucifer (Tom Ellis) and Chloe (Lauren German) investigate the murder of one of Charlotte Richards‘ (Tricia Helfer) clients. The murder of the week is rather forgettable as the show’s main focus is on character interactions including Lucifer and Maze (Lesley-Ann Brandt) violently fighting out their disagreements and the demon’s attempts to help Dr. Linda (Rachael Harris) whose relationship with Lucifer has put her professional livelihood in jeopardy. The episode also finally allows Lucifer and Charlotte’s relationship to be known, albeit with a small twist, and seems to contradict itself regarding just who is God’s “favorite” son.

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Supergirl closes out its Second Season with an action-packed season finale which wraps up the Daxamite invasion story arc, says farewell to one supporting character and offers the return of another. Fighting as the champion of Earth, first Kara (Melissa Benoist) is forced to take down Superman (Tyler Hoechlin) who Rhea (Teri Hatcher) exposed to Silver Kryptonite. Next, she’ll take on the Queen of Daxam one-on-one while her friends attempt to save as many people as possible from the Daxamite fleet attacking National City.

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In the third issue of Francesco Francavilla’s mini-series Will Eisner’s The Spirit: The Corpse-Makers both the Spirit and plucky detective Lisa Marlowe continue investigating the odd case of disappearances and movements of a group accumulating lost souls for a dark purpose. Following a coroner’s van to a warehouse, the Spirit stumbles onto a dark ritual and an entire room full of zombies. Just what is going on?

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The age of the police consultant continues. Here’s the first look at ABC’s upcoming crime drama starring Jack Cutmore-Scott as a magician turned FBI consultant helping Ilfenesh Hadera solve unusual crimes. Amaury Nolasco and Vinnie Jones also star.

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brewsters-millions-blu-rayThe 1985 comedy stars Richard Pryor as a struggling minor league baseball player who comes into a small fortune. However, there is one catch. To earn the entire estate Montgomery Brewster (Pryor) must spend $30 million within 30 days to inherit $300 million. He must not accumulate any assets, and he is also barred from telling anyone the truth about his increasingly odd behavior.

While director Walter Hill‘s film may never be quite as funny as it should be, Brewster’s Millions does deliver some wacky hijinx with Monty’s spending sprees, his interactions with his teammates and best friend (an underutilized John Candy), and the various forces working against him. Lonette McKee also stars as his accountant/love interest.

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