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Captain America The Winter Soldier Movie Review

Not content to rehash or mimic past comic book adaptations and sequels, Captain America the Winter Solider is a flawlessly executed film that raises the bar on superhero movies higher than it has ever been by stepping out of the confines of its own genre. While struggling to find his place in the world, Steve [...]

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Veronica Mars Movie Review

A near perfect love letter to fans of the series, Veronica Mars is also a compelling enough story and mystery to stand on its own. On the cusp of landing a big lawyer job in New York at a prestigious firm, Veronica Mars (Kristin Bell) is drawn back home to Neptune, CA when ex-boyfriend Logan [...]

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Dead Rising 3 (Xbox One) Review

Summary [8 out of 10] Dead Rising 3 is a massive open world zombie killing horror fan’s wet dream. The sheer scope of this game utilizes the improved hardware of the Xbox One to cram almost every square inch of real estate chalk-full of zombies for you to mow down in so many ways your [...]

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Street Fighter X Tekken Review (PS Vita)

[Summary 8 out of 10]: A mysterious object falls out of the sky, and a bunch of people want it. Cue all the fighting. What It’s Like: Like many fighting games, the story is a bit paltry, and there doesn’t seem to be a lot of reason behind the fighting part of the fighting, but [...]

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Thief Xbox One Review

Summary [6.5 out of 10] The next iteration in the Thief series, this installment finds master thief Garrett caught up in a revolution after a job goes wrong and his childhood friend is lost after they stumble into some manner of bizarre ritual. Garrett tries to go about his thieving business but when he starts [...]

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Pompeii Movie Review

A poor man’s amalgamation of several other movies, Pomepeii is poorly written mess that feels almost entirely pointless. Writing a plot summary seems redundant because before you walk in you’ve seen this movie several times before but Pompeii tells the story of Milo the Celt (Kit Harington), a slave turned Gladiator, whose entire village was [...]

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RoboCop (2014) Movie Review

Even with  story problems, poorly executed effects, lack of a compelling villain and lackluster action, the worst sin committed by the remake of RoboCop is that is very, very boring. In the year 2028, Omnicorp has robot peace keeping drones deployed in strife ridden areas of the world but the one market they cannot crack [...]

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Fable Anniversary Review (Xbox 360)

Summary [10 out of 10]: To those who are new to the Fable franchise, this is the very first in the series. Way back from the days of The Duke and before gamer scores, this game rose up and promised to be something wholly different than anything else we’d seen. And it was. You are [...]

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The Lego Movie Review

A multi-layered family comedy that works on several levels at once with some of the most consistently funny material I have ever seen wrapped in amazing animation, The Lego Movie is a solid hit out of the park. The Lego Movie tells the story of Emmet Brickowski (Chris Pratt), an unassuming construction worker who is [...]

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Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (ABC) S1:E13 *SPOILERS*

Ian Quinn is that man with the terrible pun on that magazine cover and the subject of our search. Phil puts the screws to Italian Hugo Strange and sips a tiny cup, I love it when a plan comes together. The team goes under cover and no one seems all that pleased. Ward apparently speaks [...]

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Assassin’s Creed IV: The Black Flag (Xbox One) Review

Summary [10 out of 10] Much superior installment compared to its predecessor, improvements in most areas where Assassin’s Creed III failed and more of what worked best (collision detection, clipping, Naval Combat). The game is a high seas action rush that brought back a joy and interest in pirates that I haven’t recalled since being a [...]

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The Blacklist (NBC) S1:E11 *SPOILERS*

  After a holiday hiatus we are back! Sorry for the delay on this one folks I was down and out with that super cold flu that’s been going around last week. Looks like our blacklister this week is the kid from Home Alone 3, at least that’s what the setup looks like… or is [...]

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Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (ABC) S1:E12 *SPOILERS*

We open this weekend with a school skinny dipping party at the school? Man, TV kids these days. Looks like their party was too cool for the pool, probably shouldn’t have drank that Coors Light. So basically this is going to be a college homecoming episode? But they are heading to the Scienctific one. Wait do [...]

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Ryse: Son of Rome (Xbox One) Review

Summary [6.5 out of 10] Ryse Son of Rome is a launch exclusive for the Xbox One that makes for an awesome reference disc to show off the system’s visual capabilities but falls short when it comes to compelling game play. Telling the story of a Roman soldier hell bent on revenge for the murder [...]

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Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (ABC) S1:E11 *SPOILERS*

After the recap we open on some sneaky Chitauri metal transactions and it turns out that they are smack dab in the middle of a S.H.I.E.L.D. bust May and Handsomeface come in punching and managing to beat the crap out of everyone. Holy crap… the companions just sad “Embrace the change…” Bad guy gets hustled into [...]

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The Wolf of Wall Street Movie Review

A big, loud, overblown, hilarious, disturbing and excessive film about the big, loud, overblown, hilarious, disturbing and excessive life of a douche bag stock broker who fleeced people of their hard earned dollars while filling his own pockets, The Wolf of Wall Street is a sobering look at the effects of excess and greed without [...]

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Magrunner: Dark Pulse (Xbox 360) Review

Summary [9 out of 10] Magrunner is an FPS puzzle solving game with a unique story for the genre, borrowing from H.P. Lovecraft’s Cthulhu Cycle, there is a sinister nature in this futuristic backdrop that hearkens back to Innsmouth and the 1920s. If you’ll recall we got to check this game out at E3. What [...]

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American Hustle Movie Review

As intricate as it is hilarious, American Hustle features tremendous performances, an engaging story and fantastic direction making it an easy front runner for best film of the year. Irving Rosenfeld (Christian Bale) is a con man who runs a simple scam and keeps things tight. He has several legit businesses for cover and laundering [...]

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The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug Movie Review

A more exciting and cohesive film, the second Hobbit film holds itself together much better than the first but is much lighter on weight and substance. Telling the next chapter in a journey that probably should have been contained in one movie, the Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug follows the hobbit Bilbo (Martin Freeman), Gandalf [...]

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Saving Mr. Banks Movie Review

An emotional, funny and ultimately heartfelt movie, Saving Mr. Banks may be taking some creative license with history but it is a magnificent film that compels and satisfies. Telling the story of the pre-production of Mary Poppins as Walt Disney (Tom Hanks) tries to convince author PL Travers (Emma Thompson) to sign over the rights [...]

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The Blacklist (NBC) S1:E10 *SPOILERS*

Mid-series finale and it looks like The Blacklist will be back for a Second Season next year. Huzzah. Agent IT Helpdesk was able to perform the System Reboot on a completely fake looking user-interface, but hey who am I to judge? At least that was more impressive than getting punched in the face. Lizzy is [...]

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Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (ABC) S1:E10 *SPOILERS*

Open at Havenworth penitentiary on our potentially psychic guy, probably not Mentallo, from last time. Super soldiers bust in and go for extraction, all business and punching. Ouch, wasn’t good to have pulled lunch duty that day as a prison guard. Phil talks about the 90s and has a grunge look in his eyes and a [...]

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Batman Arkham Origins (Xbox 360) Review

Summary [6.5 out of 10] A prequel to the awesome Batman Arkham series, Origins tries hard to match the glory of previous titles but falls short in all the wrong ways. A compelling story cannot make up for a game that feels rushed, off balance and incomplete. That It’s Like: Batman Arkham City: While it [...]

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XBox One 1st Impressions

While it is still too early for a formal system review, I spent all of the first  weekend with the Xbox One (aside for some diversions to sort out a major cable issue) and have some initial thoughts. Over the course of the weekend I put it through its paces with four retail games and [...]

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