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The Flash: Season 2, Episode 1 - “The Man Who Saved Central City”

This fabulous series has more in common with the comic book origins of these characters than with any cop drama.

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‘Malice’ and ‘Blown Away’ Are Two ‘90s Thrillers With Popcorn Niche Appeal

Star casts and noirish action make for fun nostalgia viewing.

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‘The Connection’ Makes Familiar Paths Exciting Again

Although there's not much new in its' story, the way that director Cédric Jimenez balances formal style and emotional substance makes The Connection a worthwhile watch.

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‘The Martian’ Does the Math

Ridley Scott’s futuristic lost astronaut epic strings a series of logic puzzles through a lighthearted ensemble dramedy that feels equal parts The Avengers and Gravity.

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Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: Season 3, Episode 1 - “Laws of Nature”

The arrival of the Inhumans creates the central tension in Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. “Laws of Nature"

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The Strange Changes: ‘Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’ Season Three and Its Real-World Analogues

The fallout from the events of season two of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. serves as an excellent metaphor for contemporary social and political shifts

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As in Real Life, the Characters in ‘Sicario’ Are Motivated—But Not Always Stable

Authority and outrage both go a long way toward defining the cause in Sicario, Denis Villeneuve's grim contemplation of the ongoing drug war.

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‘Mad Max: Fury Road’ Makes for a Furiously Good Time

Fury Road is a tour de force that may be the definitive Mad Max film, with a rich story world and intriguing characters and a Blu-ray featuring 90 minutes of making-of material.

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The Fable-like ‘Big Game’ Is a Step Up From the Usual B-movie Fare

Once and awhile, it’s nice to have a movie stick around for exactly the right amount of time.

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‘The Transporter Refueled’ Should Actually Be the Transporter, Rejected

An overly familiar pile of action movie clichés lacking the one element -- Jason Statham -- that made the original franchise worthwhile

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Owen Wilson Plays the Hapless American in ‘No Escape’

Again and again, No Escape shows that this is not how the clueless American planned for things to "work out", that he's a victim.

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How Might ‘Meru’ Be Measured?

Climbing Meru might be represented in a film, but even as it's shared here among the three climbers, each has his own version of what happened.

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Someone Sprayed Paraquat on ‘American Ultra’

This movie will harsh your buzz, man.

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‘Person of Interest - Season 4’ Continues to Offer Smart, Binge-worthy TV

This show's war of heroes, villains, and recurring characters of unknown loyalty interact and battle against each other in a way that demands the viewer's complete attention.

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Tarzan Meets Jane in the Urban Concrete Jungle of ‘Wild Thing’

From the wide range of ‘80s cheese to choose from, Wild Thing offers very little of the tang that makes the slightly better ‘80s schlock a little more fun to watch.

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‘The Man From U.N.C.L.E.’ = CIA + KGB + Girl

For all its archness and cleverness, for all its showy self-awareness, The Man from U.N.C.L.E. can't come up with a new idea.

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13 Aug 2015 // 8:30 AM

‘Orphan Black’ Is Truly a Family Affair

By widening its focus, season three explores the intertwined joy and heartbreak of family.

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11 Aug 2015 // 8:38 AM

Top 5 Left-Wing Action Films

Which are the best heart-pounding action films that lean towards the left of our political spectrum?

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Missed Opportunities in ‘Fantastic Four’

Angry teenagers in the midst of superheros' origin stories.

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Rock’s Bad Boy Mick Jagger Is Not Bad Enough for ‘Ned Kelly’

Tony Richardson’s 1970 Down Under biopic Ned Kelly provides lovingly filmed scenery--including the Rolling Stone’s Mick Jagger--but, in this version of the folk legend, bad boy Ned seldom seems to be the “wild colonial boy”.

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Con Brio: The Best New Live Band in America?

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"There’s a preciousness to McCarter and the rest of the mostly young band. You want to freeze the moment, to make sure they are taking it all in too. Because it’s going to change.

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