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It’s easy to compare Atomic Blonde to John Wick. Charlize Theron stars as a talented killer who will leave a wide swath of bodies in her wake through a series of well-executed stunt sequences. Director David Leitch (who was un-credited for directing some scenes in the previously-mentioned Keanu Reeves action flick) takes the helm and brings the same energy and feel to this project. However, the comparison only goes so far.

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Sometimes we all need to vent. Not making it out of the Wayne Securities offices in time for the company retreat Emily (Vanessa Hudgens) spent weeks planning, her team gets locked in the building during Dr. Psycho’s gas attack. Emily’s attempts to make the best out of a bad situation lead her into getting dosed with the gas which makes the normally conscientious co-worker brutal in her honesty to her teammates who, if they wish to save her, will have to make the ultimate sacrifice… by singing Kelly Clarkson karaoke.

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The third and fourth episodes of A Series of Unfortunate Events relocate the Baudelaire children to the home of an eccentric, but mostly harmless, uncle. A renown herpetologist, Dr. “Monty” Montgomery (Aasif Mandvi) proves to be a far more fitting guardian for Violet (Malina Weissman), Klaus (Louis Hynes), and baby Sunny than Count Olaf (Neil Patrick Harris) ever could be. Unfortuantely for everyone involved, Olaf shows up on Monty’s doorstep disguised as his new assistant. Knowing the man can’t be trusted, but believing it’s safer to keep the villain where he can be watched, Monty allows Olaf to stay. This, of course, turns out to be a deadly mistake.

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From the unconventional opening credits to the crushing final scene, Nocturnal Animals is a tour-de-force you won’t be able to take you eyes off of. Using a story within a story to reveal the truth about his characters, writer/director Tom Ford delivers a taut psychological thriller involving art gallery owner Susan Morrow (Amy Adams) whose blasé hoity-toity life is shaken by the arrival of a manuscript by her ex-husband (Jake Gyllenhaal). Shown in three interlocking tales, we are witness to Susan’s current timeline and marriage to husband number two (Armie Hammer), flashbacks of her marriage to Edward (Gyllenhaal), and the fictional tale which unfolds in brighter tones and more visceral glee than anything in her current life, rocking Susan to her core.

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AX IN MOTION – A Cosplay Montage ft. Defqwop – Heart Afire

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As Jesse (Dominic Cooper) begins putting his new powers to good use, Cassidy (Joseph Gilgun) stalls Fiore (Tom Brooke) and DeBlanc (Anatol Yusef) while failing to impress on Jesse the danger the preacher is in from two wayward angels. The episode also provides our first flashbacks to Jesse’s childhood and his relationship with his father (Nathan Darrow) and introduces Jackie Earle Haley as the town’s most influential man, Odin Quincannon, whose attendance at church in the episode’s closing scene is crucial to Jesse’s plan to grow and save All Saints’ Congregational Church.

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Someone is screwing with Elektra and Daredevil. Learning the fact that Elektra is searching for a missing daughter that might be his leads Matt Murdock to question everything. When the entire affair turns out to be a web of lies meant only to hurt Daredevil through Elektra it’s obvious we have a new (or perhaps old) villain in play.

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The Blacklist concludes its Third Season with a two-part episode of Reddington (James Spader), the FBI, and Susan Hargrave (Famke Janssen) all working together in hunting down the person responsible for the death of Elizabeth Keen (Megan Boone): Alexander Kirk (Ulrich Thomsen). By the end of the episode a couple of big secrets will be revealed, one shocking only Red, and the other explaining Kirk’s interest in both Lizzie and her daughter. While the first episode is more about setting up the show’s new spinoff and teasing big secrets in Tom‘s (Ryan Eggold) past, the conclusion focuses more on Red’s attempt to drive Kirk into the light by framing him as a terrorist in order to put a bullet in the man’s skull.

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Can the Devil be redeemed? “Take Me Back to Hell” begins with Lucifer (Tom Ellis) framed for murder and finally willing to allow Amenadiel (DB Woodside) to return him to Hell. However, given the mess the pair have made with both Maze (Lesley-Ann Brandt) and Malcolm (Kevin Rankin), Lucifer’s brother convinces him to stay around long enough to put things right. Although that choice nearly gets both of them killed, it also sets up the show’s upcoming Second Season.

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The First Season of The Shannara Chronicles comes to a close with the battle between good and evil, death, the fall of one villain and the rise of another, and plenty of cliffhangers should MTV decide to bring back the series for a Second Season. Like much of the First Season, the finale is a bit of a mixed bag. The climactic battle the series has teased us about for weeks finally comes to pass. It’s here the limits of a cable budget are felt as the battle lacks the size and scope of what the series has built up over ten episodes.

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