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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows

by Alan Rapp on September 25, 2016

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  • Title: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows
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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the ShadowsThe sequel to 2014’a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles returns Megan Fox and the rage-roid Turtles for a new adventure when scientist Baxter Stockman (Tyler Perry) breaks the Shredder (Brian Tee) out of prison and helps the leader of the Foot Clan assemble the pieces for a dimensional portal to open the way for General Krang (Brad Garrett) and his Technodrome.

Introducing the characters of Casey Jones (Stephen Amell) and mutants Rocksteady (Stephen Farrelly) and Bebop (Gary Anthony Williams), Out of the Shadows plays closer to the themes of the cartoon. While still flawed and ridiculous at times (as in how it gets Fox into a slutty schoolgirl outfit), Out of the Shadows is an improvement thanks to the new characters and better story. Will Arnett returns for comic relief as cameraman turned city hero Vernon Fenwick. Laura Linney also joins the cast as the police chief whose loyalties and motivations swing wildly depending on what is required in each scene to scene.

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The Transformers: The Movie

by Alan Rapp on September 20, 2016

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  • Title: The Transformers: The Movie
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The Transformers: The MovieSet 20 years in the future after the events of the show’s Second Season, 1986’s The Transformers: The Movie is memorable for killing off several major characters, introducing new concepts into the canon, and (despite its flaws) remaining the best theatrical Transformers movie. The strength of the film comes in it’s opening act during the Decepticons’ attack on Autobot City on Earth. Making way for new characters such as the energetic Hot Rod (Judd Nelson) and the crotchety Kup (Lionel Stander), the sequence kills off several original characters including Prowl (Michael Bell), Brawn (Corey Burton), Ratchet, Ironhide (Peter Cullen), and Optimus Prime (Cullen).

The death of Optimus Prime is a seminal moment for those who grew up with the toys, comics, and cartoon series. With the Matrix of leadership passed on to a brand-new character in Ultra Magnus (Robert Stack), the Autobots attempt to survive unaware that an even greater threat in the world-eating Unicron (Orson Welles) is looming. Taking the battered Megatron (Frank Welker) and remaking him into his lieutenant Galvatron (Leonard Nimoy) along with new soldiers, Unicron hopes to crush the Autobots.

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Scorpion – The Complete Second Season

by Alan Rapp on September 19, 2016

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  • Title: Scorpion – Season Two
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Scorpion - The Complete Second SeasonScorpion‘s Second Season continues the adventures of the team of super-geniuses saving the world from whatever calamity is threatening it this week. While continuing to deny his feelings for Paige (Katharine McPhee), Walter (Elyes Gabel) begins dating a woman (Brooke Nevin) he saves from having a bomb strapped to her chest while Paige finds temporary companionship with a Homeland Security agent (Scott Porter) and, after quite a few flirtations and false starts, two other members of the team will finally give into their feelings for each other.

Highlights include the team saving southern California from the dangerous after-effects of an earthquake, stealing a satellite weapon from an African dictator, getting stuck in a malfunctioning smart building they designed, take a trip to Cuba, and stop a Russian satellite from crashing into California. Happy (Jadyn Wong) and Toby (Eddie Kaye Thomas) get stuck in a snowstorm, Walter rescues Paige and Ralph (Riley B. Smith) from a runaway subway car, Scorpion takes a trip on a nuclear submarine, and the team plays super-hero.

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  • Title: The Big Bang Theory – Season Nine
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The Big Bang Theory - The Complete Ninth SeasonThe Ninth Season of The Big Bang Theory will finally see Penny (Kaley Cuoco) and Leonard (Johnny Galecki) tie the knot (with still issue to work through) and some big changes for Sheldon (Jim Parsons) and Amy‘s (Mayim Bialik) relationship which will go through a break-up and an unexpected reunion and escalation of the pair’s relationship. Howard (Simon Helberg) will deal with loss and impending fatherhood, and Raj (Kunal Nayyar) will juggle two women vying for his affections.

Not the strongest season of the show’s near decade run, other memorable moments include the return of Wil Wheaton, the boys’ road trip, and psychotherapy for both Leonard and Penny.

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Hawaii Five-0 – The Complete Sixth Season

by Alan Rapp on September 14, 2016

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  • Title: Hawaii Five-0 – Season Six
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Hawaii Five-0 - The Complete Sixth SeasonThe Sixth Season of Hawaii Five-0 continues the rise of Gabriel Waincroft (Christopher Sean) whose plans include taking out other organized crime leaders and getting Kono‘s (Grace Park) husband sent to prison for murder. Grover (Chi McBride) will also get a chance to close a case concerning his former friend and a Federal Prosecutor (Ingo Rademacher) begins a quest to prove corruption inside Five-0.

Highlights include heartbreak and a new love interest for McGarrett (Alex O’Loughlin), Chin (Daniel Dae Kim) discovering family in trouble, the introduction of Julie Benz as a mole withing Five-0 and love interest for Chin, the two-part season finale, Adam‘s (Ian Anthony Dale) prison escape, buried pirate treasure, Danny (Scott Caan) and Grace (Teilor Grubbs) getting stranded when his car is stolen, a farewell to Deb, and another unusual case on Halloween.

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