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Both sequel and prequel to 2008’s Mamma Mia!, Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again returns most of the core cast for another romcom plot set to the music of ABBA. Since we saw her last, Sophie (Amanda Seyfried) has managed to breathe new life in the dream of her recently departed mother (Meryl Streep) and is working towards the grand opening of the hotel. The return of her mother’s best friends (Christine Baranski and Julie Walters) helps lessen the pressure of her estranged relationship to Sky (Dominic Cooper) and the absences of two of her three fathers on the eve of the big day.

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Abandoned by their bestie, Domino’s gal pals go in search of the villains targeting their friend. Unfortunately they find them. While the flashbacks suggest there might be a familial relationship between the two, Domino #4 reveals that there is indeed a connection between the powers of both Prototype and Domino. Domino’s luck is derived from Prototype while making Domino hurt makes Prototype… well, honestly, I’m not exactly sure what his powers are yet.

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Following up the pair’s six-issue mini-series The Man of Steel, writer Brian Michael Bendis and artist Ivan Reis begin their run on the new ongoing Superman title. Superman #1 re-introduces readers to Superman‘s world, offers the creation of a new Fortress of Solitude, and includes cameos of Justice League members checking in after recent events.

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Although she doesn’t appear in the episode, Jaime Moriarty‘s (Natalie Dormer) shadow looms large over “You’ve Come a Long Way, Baby” as Sherlock (Jonny Lee Miller) mulls over his father’s (John Noble) plea for Sherlock to help him kill the only woman his son has ever loved before she kills his father. Of course there’s also a case of the week to solve, this one involving murder, cigarette smuggling, and an ATF undercover operation that has spiraled out of control, but it’s Sherlock’s dilemma which carries the episode.

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Here’s the new trailer for the upcoming biopic of the British rock band Queen starring Rami Malek, Lucy Boynton, Ben Hardy, Joseph Mazzello, Aidan Gillen, Tom Hollander, and Mike Myers. Bohemian Rhapsody will open in theaters on November 2nd.

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Game Night

by Cap'n Carrot on July 17, 2018 · 0 comments

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game-night-blu-rayJason Bateman and Rachel McAdams star in this forgettable comedy as competitive couple Max and Annie who host a weekly game night for their friends Kevin (Lamorne Morris) and Michelle (Kylie Bunbury), and Gary (Jesse Plemons) and his girl of the moment. When Max’s more successful brother Brooks (Kyle Chandler) hijacks game night with an elaborate murder mystery trouble ensues as “coincidentally” Brooks just happens to be kidnapped for real on the same night he hired actors to kidnap him as part of the game. And no one realizes it isn’t a game.

The script by Mark Perez (Accepted, Herbie Fully Loaded) offers some cheap laughs and chuckles, if you can swallow the absurd pretense. Lots of time is given to the relationships of the various couples, but it’s really only when all are involved and the crazy is turned up to 11 (such as throwing a priceless piece of art around a gangster’s mansion) that things get interesting.

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A Matter of Film examines of morphing narrative of Game of Thrones, specifically following the events of the Red Wedding.

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Ben Reilly: Scarlet Spider #21 offers two separate storylines for Ben Reilly and Kaine, while leading each down a path which should bring both Scarlet Spiders back together in the next issue. Reilly’s search for the doctor who can cure Abigail Mercury ends in a fight with Sauron, and a cryptic message from the dying scientist about the Diogenes Initiative.

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The latest case hits close to home when Sam’s (Rachel Bilson) ex-fiance (Greyston Holt), the one who dumped her on the red carpet, shows up after his home was burglarized. One of the items stolen from the apartment was the actor’s laptop which just happens to include a sex tape of the pair of them he never got around to deleting. Sam and Eddie’s (Eddie Cibrian) search into the burglary turns up the laptop but also draws the attention of some very bad people and the DEA who believe Sam’s ex may be into heroin smuggling and money laundering. While there’s still plenty of room for improvement,”Ex’s and Oh’s” is the best episode of the series so far offering a rationale for Sam’s overreactions and more enjoyable moments between Berto (Xavier de Guzman) and Monica (Alice Lee).

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Although I like the character, the are a couple of reasons I haven’t been a regular reader on one of his titles for quite some time. The character’s convoluted, and often retconned, history (which has been patched so often you can’t see what it was originally supposed to look like) and writers who focus on making Peter Parker‘s life a struggle without capturing the joy of being Spider-Man, have too often made Spidey comics a chore to read.

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