Legends – Lords of War

by Alan Rapp on August 28, 2014

in Television Reviews 

  • Title: Legends – Lords of War
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Legends - Lord of War

In order to track down the missing Russian scientist (David Meunier) and his family before the man is forced to complete making the VX gas, Martin Odum (Sean Bean) assumes the role of arms dealer Dante Auerbach. Calling on an old business associate (Dominic Raines), Dante is given an introduction to the seller (Necar Zadegan) of the Chechnyans whom he must convincingly woo to get one step closer to stopping the gas from hitting the black market. In doing so he will eventually be led to the man (Alon Aboutboul) behind the scientist’s kidnapping and the creation of the gas whom is prepared to sell Dante the goods provided the man proves himself first.

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Covert Affairs – Sensitive Euro Man

by Alan Rapp on August 27, 2014

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  • Title: Covert Affairs – Sensitive Euro Man
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Covert Affairs - Sensitive Euro Man

After making the hard call of going to the CIA with evidence that links Ryan McQuaid (Nic Bishop) to the Chicago bombing, Annie (Piper Perabo) chooses to ignore Auggie‘s (Christopher Gorham) advice and follow her heart which tells her that McQuaid is being set-up. With the spurned Hayley (Amy Jo Johnson) back on the case looking for a connection between the pair, McQuaid and Annie look into the motives of McQuaid’s top assistant Caitlyn Cooke (Perrey Reeves) whose actions suggest she has framed her boss for one attack while planning another which only Annie can stop in time.

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Magneto #8

by Alan Rapp on August 27, 2014

in Comics

Magneto #8Continuing the trend of the comic in recent months Magneto #8 features an increasing number of flashbacks and panels from Magneto‘s complicated past narrated through the current version’s search for justice. The latest issue also offers up another group of mutant killers and traffickers for Magneto to track down leading to S.H.I.E.L.D. finally catching up with the vigilante and the reveal of the less-than-noble goal of Magneto’s quest.

Personally I’m all in favor of Magneto being reinstated back to full strength, but evil Beast storyline already opened the door for that as a possibility (only to be immediately ignored by every X-book afterwards). The choice offered here takes the character down a darker road which may offer some intriguing storylines but probably doesn’t serve the character all that well in the long run. If Magneto is restored to full power (whatever costs may be involved) the question then becomes where does he fit in the larger X-Men and Marvel universes? For fans.

[Marvel, $3.99]

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An Interview with Keira Knightley

by Alan Rapp on August 27, 2014

in Books & Magazines

Keira Knightley - Interview (September 2014)

Helping promote her new film The Imitation Game, Keira Knightley sat down for a photo shoot and interview for this month’s photographers’ issue of Interview magazine. You can find the pics from the shoot inside.

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  • Title: Pretty Little Liars – Taking This One to the Grave
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Pretty Little Liars - Taking This One to the Grave

The mid-season “fatale finale” lives up to its name as before the end of the episode one Liar will be arrested and one series regular won’t live long enough to see the closing credits roll. Paranoia over Alison‘s (Sasha Pieterse) latest plans makes strange bedfellows as the Liars enlist the help of Mona (Janel Parrish) to discover just what Alison has told the police and where she has shifted suspicion concerning the death of Bethany Young. The unusual partnership culminates in Mona and Spencer (Troian Bellisario) sneaking into Radley in Charlie’s Angels fashion, with the help of Aria (Lucy Hale), to find evidence that will turn the police’s attention away Spencer and back on Alison who Mona believes to be A.

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Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season Ten #6

by Alan Rapp on August 26, 2014

in Comics

Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season Ten #6The second arc of Season 10 begins here with Buffy and the Scoobies dealing with the harsh realities of living in a big city out of their meager price range. Offered an opportunity at a new place to live, Buffy gathers the team to help exorcise a haunted house which isn’t so much haunted by ghosts as controlled by a demon who offers his victims idyllic visions of lives not lived while slowly draining their lives.

With the conclusion of the previous arc co-writer (and former Scoobie) Nicholas Brendon says goodbye leaving Christos Gage in control of the writing duties. Rebekah Isaacs is also supplanted here by Karl Moline. Although Xander’s voice is lessened a bit by both the story and Brendan’s abscence, neither the sound nor look of the characters is hurt by the changes.

The only surprise with the fake reality is the one character who refuses to see through the lies as Giles continues to struggle with his new reality as a teenager cut off from his old life which will likely continue to be a theme of the series going forward. Worth a look.

[Dark Horse Comics, $3.50]

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Elementary – The Complete Second Season

by Alan Rapp on August 26, 2014

in DVD Reviews 

  • Title: Elementary – Season Two
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Elementary - The Complete Second SeasonElementary‘s Second Season continued to build on the modern day Sherlock Holmes‘ (Jonny Lee Miller) adventures in New York City by introducing new versions of classic characters, returning “The Woman” (Natalie Dormer) to trouble the detective once more, and offering plenty of mysteries for Holmes and Joan Watson (Lucy Liu) to solve.

Highlights include Holmes’ return to London and introduction of Lestrade (Sean Pertwee) and Mycroft Holmes (Rhys Ifans) in the season premiere, murders surrounding an unsolvable mathematical problem, a murder from Holmes past effecting a current case, Watson discovering a link between Holmes and a girlfriend, the arrival in New York of the woman (Olivia d’Abo) who came between the Holmes brothers, Holmes considering returning to London, Holmes working to set things right after he frees a murderer from a frame job he deserved, the attack on Detective Bell (Jon Michael Hill) which threatens the man’s career and friendship with Holmes, and a dinosaur.

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News and Notes

by Alan Rapp on August 26, 2014

in News

News and NotesUSA Today is reporting Donald Glover will be voicing Miles Morales in this Sunday’s new episode of Ultimate Spider-Man: Web Warriors

The Hollywood Reporter is reporting Adrianne Palicki has been cast as Mockingbird for the upcoming Second Season of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

Cinema Blend is reporting that director Marc Webb has confirmed Kraven and Mysterio will part of the Sinister Six in The Amazing Spider-Man 3

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Samurai Jack #11

by Alan Rapp on August 26, 2014

in Comics

Samurai Jack #11Beginning a new arc, Samurai Jack #11 leads Samurai Jack to Soule the Seer who believes the samurai’s enchanted blade holds the key to finally sending the time-displaced warrior home. When Soule’s incantations go wrong, however, Jack is left without his trustworthy blade and the one weapon in all of creation which Aku fears.

In the comic’s rotating stable of artists, Andy Suriano provides some of the series best panels with his work in Samurai Jack #11. I particularly enjoyed the Luke and Yoda style trekking as Jack carries Soule on his back to what his mistakenly believes is magical spot which will lead him home.

It will be interesting to watch “The Quest of The Broken Blade” unfold as Samurai Jack will work to restore his sword whose spirit has been lost leaving Jack more vulnerable than ever to Aku’s attacks. And how soon will it take Aku to realize Jack is no longer armed with the blade? Worth a look.

[IDW, $3.99]

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Beware the Batman – Nexus

by Alan Rapp on August 25, 2014

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  • Title: Beware the Batman – Nexus
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Beware the Batman - Nexus

Alfred‘s (JB Blanc) absence begins to effect Batman (Anthony Ruivivar) as the Dark Knight pushes himself to the limits on a consistent basis with no one to pull him back from the edge. The introduction of Harvey Dent (Christopher McDonald) as the Gotham City District Attorney with a grudge against all costumed freaks including Gordon’s “pet” doesn’t help maters when Anarky (Wallace Langham) returns to frame Batman for a series of bombings which Dent is more than willing to attribute to the Dark Knight (even when witnessing evidence to the contrary with his own eyes).

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