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The Flash: Season 2, Episode 5 - “The Darkness and the Light”

Once again, this episode of The Flash offers a nice balance of super heroic science fiction mixed with just the right amounts of humor and drama.

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Arrow: Season 4, Episode 4 - “Beyond Redemption”

Sara's resurrection, Oliver's mayoral run, and a sleek new Arrow cave make "Beyond Redemption" as action-packed as it is emotionally charged.

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Supergirl: Season 1, Episode 2 - “Stronger Together”

After two episodes of Supergirl it is clear that the best and strongest thing about this series is Supergirl herself; Melissa Benoist steals every scene that she is in.

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‘Tomorrowland’ Captures Sci-fi’s Shiny Surfaces but Misses Its Geeky Heart

Brad Bird’s message, with which he clubs the audience about the head and shoulders, is that we could have had jet packs, space travel, and all of that by now -- if only we hadn’t stopped believing.

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Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: Season 3, Episode 5 - “4,722 hours”

The relatively quiet “4,722 hours” shows the ways in which we create paradise even in the midst of the ugliest realities.

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30 Oct 2015 // 7:34 AM

Jekyll and Hyde: Series 1, Episode 1 - “Harbinger”

The sideplots and shadowy organizations sell this updated Jekyll and Hyde far more than its eponymous hero.

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The Flash: Season 2, Episode 4 - “The Fury of Firestorm”

The Flash makes me feel like a kid again or, even better, like a superhero myself.

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Roger Luckhurst’s ‘Zombies’ Is Gory and Highly Informative

Zombies is just as much an anti-imperialist work as it is an historical examination of the walking dead.

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Arrow: Season 4, Episode 3 - “Restoration”

In the action-packed "Restoration", Oliver and Diggle hug it out, Felicity takes aim, and Laurel and Thea's excursion to Nanda Parbat takes a dangerous turn.

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Supergirl: Season 1, Episode 1 - “Pilot”

The pilot episode of Supergirl offers its own version of the old Superman tagline: You will believe a woman can fly!

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“Southpaw’s” Punches Are Too Predictable

Jake Gyllenhaal's performance is the only shining light in a film that relies too heavily on clichés.

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Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: Season 3, Episode 4 - “Devils You Know”

“Devils You Know” offers new insight into the season’s arc, while visual effects supervisor Mark Kolpack shares how to balance special effects and narrative.

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The Flash: Season 2, Episode 3 - “Family of Rogues”

In this week's episode of The Flash, the superhero asks "Do you trust me?" Once again, this series earns that trust.

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21 Oct 2015 // 2:00 AM

Deconstructing the Avengers: Bad Robot! Language Co-Opted

Like Joss Whedon himself, Ultron refuses to play fair: The bad robot in this film does not stand for the “shit” at all.

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Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: Season 3, Episode 3 - “A Wanted (Inhu)man”

Messy lives, bad decisions, and poor outcomes plague nearly everybody in this week’s episode.

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‘Goosebumps’ Delivers the Shivers in a Thoroughly Delightful Way

This is the kind of movie that reminds viewers of how much fun being frightened can be.

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16 Oct 2015 // 1:02 AM

Deconstructing the Avengers: Language Transcended ... Almost

Black Widow’s reputation for cajolery, subterfuge, coaxing, and subtle persuasion endow her with a silver tongue that almost transcends Hulk’s chaos and unbridled, unreasoning emotion.

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The Flash: Season 2, Episode 2 - “Flash of Two Worlds”

This week's episode proves that The Flash is both remarkably new and astonishingly vintage, both a tribute and a dare.

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Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: Season 3, Episode 2 - “Purpose in the Machine”

Last week’s episode pushed the boundaries of how much belief a viewer can logically suspend.

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12 Oct 2015 // 1:02 AM

Deconstructing the Avengers: Good and Bad Language

From the very outset Age of Ultron was weighed down by a lot of artistic, cultural, and commercial expectations: You don't take care of this particular problem by adding more weight.

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In Motion: On the Emptiness of Progress

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"Nils Pihl calls it, "Newtonian engagement", that is, when "an engaged player will remain engaged until acted upon by an outside force". That's "progress".

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