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Gael García Bernal, Alison Pill, and Mariana Ximenes star in a movie about a director, a comic book artist, and a novelist all of whom are somehow the subject of each others works. Jason Priestley, Tyler Labine, and Don McKellar also star. opens in theaters on September 2nd.

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elementary-season-four-dvdFollowing the setback to his sobriety, Season Four of Elementary features the introduction of John Noble as Sherlock Holmes‘ (Jonny Lee Miller) father Morland whose nefarious dealings will earn his son back his consultant job with the NYPD and become of great interest to Joan Watson (Lucy Liu).

Highlights of the season include the show’s unique take on The Hound of the Baskervilles, the introduction of Joshua Vikner (Tony Curran) as Jamie Moriarty‘s (Natalie Dormer) successor, Sherlock and Watson working for the FBI, Sherlock tying three FBI cases together with a kidnapping case that has more to it than anyone else suspects, the introduction of Watson’s half-sister (Samantha Quan), and the introduction of Sherlock’s new friend Mittens (Betty Gilpin).

Other crimes of interest include a staged murder leading to a double homicide, murder involving a survivalist bomb shelter, murder by mushroom, the murder of a whistleblower, murder over an old video game, and the murder of a dying scientist.

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Things get bloody for the Killjoys as Dutch‘s (Hannah John-Kamen) plan to rescue Johnny (Aaron Ashmore) and Pawter (Sarah Power), bring down the wall, and kill Jelco (Pascal Langdale) runs into a few snags including putting her at the mercy of the leaders of an angry mob in the aftermath of a night’s activities that left more than one-hundred dead and questions that need to be answered. Needing to give D’Avin (Luke Macfarlane) time to implement the Killjoys makeshift Plan-B, Dutch holds out telling her captors where Jelco has been taken.

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legends-of-tomorrow-season-oneBuilding on the DC TV Universe created in Arrow and The Flash, DC’s Legends of Tomorrow is a mixed bag. Cobbling together characters created for the show and others introduced on the on the other two shows as an unruly bunch of time travelers out to save the future, the show had more than few ups and downs during its First Season. Time Master Rip Hunter (Arthur Darvill) plucks a group of heroes and villains from modern day (rather than choose heroes from a wide swath of time which would have made more sense) to save his family and stop the villainous immortal Vandal Savage (Casper Crump) from conquering the world.

Jumping through time, the First Season did have its moments such as a bleak future for Star City and Ray Palmer (Brandon Routh) and Kendra (Ciara Renée) getting stranded in 1958, but also some clunkers such as the team’s stop in the Old West.

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Despite the best intentions, Rowan‘s (Nicolas Cantu) plan to leave his family and hide the final Kyber Saber Crystal backfires when Naare (Grey Griffin) and Graballa (Dana Snyder) show up on the Wheel and target Zander (Eugene Byrd) and Kordi (Vanessa Lengies) for information. Not even R0-GR (Matthew Wood) and his first-hand knowledge of Jedi fighting techniques can prepare Rowan to make a proper rescue. The episode ends with Naare and the Empire one-step closer to reclaiming the last crystal and the Freemakers in need of a miracle.

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Keeping Dutch (Hannah John-Kamen) and Johnny (Aaron Ashmore) on their own separate storylines, “Full Metal Monk” sends Dutch and D’Avin (Luke Macfarlane) in search of another secret facility while Johnny and Pawter (Sarah Power) get into even more trouble snooping into the secrets of the wall. While both will find answers to what the company plans for Westerley, the cost proves much higher for Johnny and Pawter who find themselves trapped behind the wall which begins to force the entire populace into a more compliant state.

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castle-season-eight-dvdCastle limps to the finish line in its final season which separates the show’s couple by installing Beckett (Stana Katic) behind a desk and pushing Castle (Nathan Fillion) into the field as a private detective, often with the assistance of Alexis (Molly C. Quinn) and/or new recurring character Hayley Shipton (Toks Olagundoye).

Limiting Castle and Beckett’s time on-screen in several episodes removes much of the show’s trademark chemistry leading to a very up-and-down final season. The season is also saddled with another grand season-long conspiracy that is not fully resoloved. That said, Castle and Alexis’ father-daughter bonding proves entertaining and there is some fun to be had when Caskett is allowed to solve a few cases together.

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The first of five consecutive episodes all taking place with the Teen Titans stranded on a deserted island, “Coconut Cream Pie” plays like a cheap knock-off of Gilligan’s Island (complete with a generic millionaire and his wife thrown in to complete the crew of the S.S. Minnow). Of the five island episodes, this is one of the weakest forcing each member of the Titans into roles that don’t necessarily quite fit them, and beating a running gag to death involving Raven (Tara Strong) and coconut cream pies that never pays off.

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lucifer-season-one-dvdWhat would happen if the Devil went on vacation? And while on vacation decided to become a club owner who, in his spare time, solved crimes? That’s the basic premise of Lucifer. Based on the Vertigo Comics character created by Neil Gaiman, Tom Ellis stars as Lucifer Morningstar. Hardly hiding, while helping Detective Chloe Decker (Lauren German), the only woman not susceptible to the Devil’s charms, solve crimes, Lucifer lets everyone from Chloe to his psychologist (Rachel Harris) know that he believes himself to be the Devil. Despite witnessing the inexplicable, however, no one takes his admission seriously.

Highlights of the highly-enjoyable First Season include a very important missing cargo container, Lucifer searching for his stolen wings, the Devil attempting to do good (for all the wrong reasons), a priest being the prime suspect in a murder, Lucifer meeting Chloe’s showbiz mom, Lucifer searching for an impostor, and the final two episodes of the season where Lucifer is framed for murder.

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The search for the last remaining Kyber Saber Crystal turns into a race between the Freemakers and Naare (Grey Griffin) and her bounty hunter friends. Containing several nods to The Empire Strikes Back, “Showdown on Hoth” includes the Freemakers finding the abandoned Rebel base and running into a baby Wampa (whose angry mother will help secure the group’s escape). The episode also offers another appearance of Durpin (Richard Kind) by Plumestriker (Jeff Bennett) demoted to one of the most desolate locations in the Empire.

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