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The Saint of Killers (Graham McTavish) finally tracks Jesse Custer (Dominic Cooper) down. However, thanks to the show’s inconsistencies on how easy and well the cowboy can track it does allow Jesse, Tulip (Ruth Negga), and Cassidy (Joseph Gilgun) plenty of time to do a little research (in the public library no less) and discover just who the killer is and what he is after. While there are certainly goofy and highly-coincidental aspects to the episode (the public library sure has lots of resources about a mythological murdering cowboy, and Jesse suddenly knows how to get souls), “Sokosha” is a tense episode which works by finally putting Jesse up against the Saint of Killers and finding a way to beat the cowboy… at least for now.

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With most of the core cast gone, can Once Upon a Time recapture its magic with a new (yet very familiar story)? Here’s a first look at what’s in store for the show’s Seventh Season.

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Realizing Valentine‘s (Alan Van Sprang) plan, Clary (Katherine McNamara) and Jace (Dominic Sherwood) search for the Mortal Mirror with the help of Dot (Vanessa Matsui) who has become its protector following the death of its last guardian. It turns out the item is way easier to find than the other Mortal Instruments Clary has searched for since joining the Shadowhunters. Clary is conflicted by the mission. Despite seeing what her brother is capable of, but still unaware he’s walking around as Sebastian (Will Tudor), she hopes to save him and resents Jace for seeing the need to put him down.

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Released during San Diego Comic-Con, here’s the first look at Ready Player One based on the novel of the same name starring Tye Sheridan as a player searching for a prized Easter Egg in a virtual reality game. The game begins on March 30th.

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The celebration of Johnny (Aaron Ashmore) reaching Level 5 soon turns sour when other RAC agents appear to take the Killjoy in on a warrant for his arrest for the murder of Delle Seyah Kendry (Mayko Nguyen). While needing a place to hide and allies to fight the Hullen, Pree (Thom Allison) escorts Johnny and Dutch (Hannah John-Kamen) to the world of Ferran (who aren’t as glad to see the former leader as he hoped), leaving D’Avin (Luke Macfarlane) and new girl to track down the breadcrumbs that Kendry is still alive and a member of the Hullen.

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There’s a full cast of characters when both Josie and the Pussycats and the Archies travel to Tokyo for a concert with the other band from Riverdale set to be the Pussycats’ opening act. Although it’s a bit of a struggle to find room for everyone, there are some fun moments here including Val and Veronica bonding over clothes. The trouble starts, however, when the comic begins to fracture that hard-won peace between Josie and Alexandra.

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game-of-thrones-season-twoGiven the ending of Season One in which Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke) is literally reborn in fire while returning dragons to the world, I had high hopes for Season Two of Game of Thrones to raise its game. Sadly, this isn’t the case. Daenerys has become my favorite character, but due to circumstances beyond her control mean she spends nearly all of the show’s Second Season begging and whining (“Where are my dragons!”). Thankfully, by the end of the season, she seems to throw off her belligerent tantrums and take another step forward in her goal.

It’s the season’s penultimate episode which is the most memorable. While previously skirting around the larger battles around control for the Seven Kingdoms, the attack on King’s Landing provides the most action we’ve seen in the series so far. The episode also offers a big hero moment for Tyrion Lannister (Peter Dinklage). I can’t say the same for the boring Stannis Baratheon (Stephen Dillane) whose goal to lay siege to the city ends in disaster thanks to Tyrion’s cunning and bravery.

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Negotiations between the representatives of independent worlds turn out to be just the distraction Ryo (Alex Mallari Jr.) needs to put his plan into action. First, using his new programmer, he hacks into the Android‘s (Zoie Palmer) programming giving his team control of the ship and a way on-board using the Transfer Transit pods. The crew’s former teammate is a little less murderous than we’ve seen him recently, choosing not to harm his former friends. However, his inability to capture Five (Jodelle Ferland) proves to be his undoing as the girl hides aboard the ship and works to take back control of the Raza.

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Here’s the extended trailer for the upcoming sequel with Thor Chris Hemsworth enlisting the help of the Hulk (Mark Ruffalo), Loki Tom Hiddleston, and Valkyrie (Tessa Thompson) to stop the goddess of death Hela (Cate Blanchett) from destroying Asgard. Jaimie Alexander, Idris Elba, Benedict Cumberbatch, and Karl Urban also star. Thor: Ragnarok opens in theaters on November 3rd.

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The Karate Kid (1984) – Retrospective / Review

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