• Title: The Blacklist – The Longevity Initiative
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The Blacklist - The Longevity Initiative

While Tom (Ryan Eggold) and the Major (Lance Henriksen) are forced to deal with the fallout of Reddington‘s (James Spader) actions leaving them both at the mercy of the pissed-off Aryan Nation group Die Entretetchen, Lizzie (Megan Boone) and the FBI look into a tech billionaire whose side project gives the episode its name. Obsessed with finding the secret to escaping death Roger Hobbs (Ralph Brown) has hired scientists across the globe including Julian Powell (Joshua Close) who has now started using human test subjects in his high-risk procedures.

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Person of Interest – Skip

by Alan Rapp on March 27, 2015

in Television Reviews 

  • Title: Person of Interest – Skip
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Person of Interest - Skip

While Reese (Jim Caviezel) deals with women trouble protecting his latest number, Finch (Michael Emerson) gets a number of his own whose threat comes directly from him. Immeadiately after sitting down to dinner with Beth (Jessica Hecht) the Machine spits out her number. With Root‘s (Amy Acker) interest piqued, Finch is forced to reveal the true nature of his relationship with Beth who he befriended solely to use as a way to install a Trojan Horse inside Samaritan via her now completed predictive algorithm. Now that Decima has become interested in her technology, with his hidden program inside, it seems the time to strike. However, one member of the team isn’t willing to live with the consequences of Finch’s plan.

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Home

by Alan Rapp on March 27, 2015

in Movie Reviews 

  • Title: Home (2015)
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HomeAlien occupation has never been so cute. Based on the children’s book The True Meaning of Smekday by Adam Rex, Home begins with the invasion of Earth by an alien race known as the Boov who relocate the entire world’s population to suburban-style camps while taking the rest of the planet for their own.

Oh (Jim Parsons) is a likable screw-up who finds himself on the run from his own people when he accidentally discloses the location of their new home to the alien race which has been pursuing the Boov across the galaxy. After encountering another fugitive in a human girl named Gratuity “Tip” Tucci (Rihanna) the two, along with Tip’s cat Pig, are thrown together as Oh agrees to help Tip find her mother Lucy (Jennifer Lopez) while learning there’s far more to the planet and its complicated people than the Boov’s buffoonish leader Captain Smek (Steve Martin) believes. Despite the number of humans and Boov shown on screen, Home has a tiny cast list. Other than Oh and Smek the only Boov who gets any lines is traffic cop Kyle (Matt Jones), who Oh mistakenly believes is his best-friend and who is sent to track Oh down after his latest mistake.

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Almost Home

by Alan Rapp on March 26, 2015

in Short Films

  • Title: “Almost Home”
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Setting up the events of Home, the new DreamWorks film about a group of aliens known as Boov invading Earth (check back tomorrow for the review), this short prequel offers audiences a first look at the Boov and the their previous attempts to find a new planet before arriving on Earth.

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Arrow – Suicidal Tendencies

by Alan Rapp on March 26, 2015

in Television Reviews 

  • Title: Arrow – Suicidal Tendencies
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Arrow - Suicidal Tendencies

Ra’s al Ghul‘s (Matt Nable) attempts to force Oliver (Stephen Amell) to accept his offer lead to more dead bodies with green arrows stuck out of their chests. Pledging to bring the vigilante to justice, Ray Palmer (Brandon Routh) takes his new A.T.O.M. suit for a spin only to discover the true identity of the man under the hood. Despite a pair of confrontations, both in and out of costume, the heroes eventually come to an understanding although the episode’s closing scene suggests thing are going to get far worse for Oliver and his friends before the situation with the League of Assassins is resolved.

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  • Title: iZombie – Brother, Can You Spare a Brain?
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iZombie - Brother, Can You Spare a Brain?

The second episode of iZombie settles into the murder-of-the-week template of having a coroner’s assistant, who is actually a zombie, but pretending to be a psychic, help a police detective (Malcolm Goodwin) solve murders after eating the brains of the victim. This week those brains involve a murdered artist whose passionate nature influences Liv (Rose McIver) to begin painting as well as reconsider her very practical reasoning for staying away from her former fiance Major (Robert Buckley) so as to not accidentally zombify him as well.

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Rihanna – Towards The Sun

by Alan Rapp on March 26, 2015

in Music News & Reviews

Here’s Rihanna with the official video for “Towards The Sun,” the first single from the Home soundtrack. The new animated film stars Rihanna, Jim Parsons, Steve Martin, Jennifer Lopez, and Matt Jones. Remember to check back tomorrow for my review.

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  • Title: Pretty Little Liars – Welcome to the Dollhouse
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Pretty Little Liars - Welcome to the Dollhouse

As expected, the Pretty Little Liars season finale “Big A Reveal” wasn’t what fans were expecting, but that doesn’t mean serious ground wasn’t made in the final episode of the show’s Fifth Season. There were three reveals to discuss. The first, that someone connected to the DiLarentis family named Charles is likely A raises more questions than it answers (and could quite easily be nothing more than the show’s latest red herring). The second involves the surprise return of another character from the dead. It’s the third, however, which is the important reveal as Peter (Nolan North) and Veronica Hastings (Lesley Fera) and Linda Tanner (Roma Maffia) all learn of the existence of A and get a good look at the horror the Liars‘ nemesis has put the girls through. Although the season ends on a cliffhanger with the fate of Mona (Janel Parrish) and all the Liars in doubt, the army against A has grown considerably over the course of a single episode.

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The Flash – Rogue Time

by Alan Rapp on March 25, 2015

in Television Reviews 

  • Title: The Flash – Rogue Time
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The Flash - Rogue Time

“Rogue Time” isn’t a bad episode by any stretch of the imagination but it’s hard not to feel disappointed when it undoes so much of what made last week’s show the best episode of the series so far. Stuck “a day and some change” in the past, Barry (Grant Gustin) has the chance to relive the events the past two days. Despite warnings from Harrison Wells (Tom Cavanagh) about not diluting the time steam with any changes, Barry chooses to act on his knowledge of the past taking down Mark Mardon (Liam McIntyre) before he can threaten Joe (Jesse L. Martin) or paralyze Singh (Patrick Sabongui).

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Batgirl: Endgame #1

by Alan Rapp on March 25, 2015

in Comics

Batgirl: Endgame #1Aside from being unclear as to why there is a Jokerized mob terrorizing all of Gotham I enjoyed Batgirl: Endgame #1 featuring Batgirl striving to save as many people as possible from the infected including using charades to help one little girl who nearly gets left behind before the bridge is blown.

The issue includes no dialogue (other than a single deep exhale of relief from our heroine on the finale page) meaning those (like me) not following the events of Batman: Endgame may be lost going in as there’s no preamble, discussion, or narration to get us up to speed. Thankfully Batgirl’s role in the issue is straightforward even if questions are left unanswered.

I’m still very much on the fence about the New 52’s version of Black Canary, or her new title as the lead singer of a touring band, but at least Batgirl: Endgame #1 makes Dinah less of the vacuous bitch than she’s been in the last few issues of Batgirl and allows the former besties to finally bury a hatchet whose very existence was perplexing to begin with. Worth a look.

[DC, $2.99]

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