The Flash: Things You Can’t Outrun

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There’s nothing that makes me happier than when a series becomes an ensemble piece and that’s just what The Flash became in “Thing You Can’t Outrun.” Every character had their time to shine, especially supporting characters like Caitlin and Cisco. The episode did a nice job developing those characters, along with laying some groundwork for future events.

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St. Vincent Review

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We live in a culture where we judge people, places, and things based on the initial look. There’s the old saying, “You never get a second chance to make a first impression,” and that is very true. But, at the same time, the first impressions we may get may not be accurate, especially when dealing with people. We may meet someone for the first time who just so happens to be having a terrible day. Maybe they just lost their job, their car was broken into, they lost a loved one. We never really know until we take the time to really get to know a person, to find out what their lives are like, and see beneath the exterior to find what good things are within. Such is the basis of St. Vincent, the big screen directorial debut from Theodore Melfi.

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Avengers: Age of Ultron Teaser Trailer Leaks Online Early, Marvel Blames Hydra

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The trailer shows off a plethora of goodies to come in the movie, like glimpses of Iron Man’s Hulkbuster armor, ballerinas (a reference to Black Widow’s past?), and our battle-weary heroes, all set to a creepy version of a Pinocchio song. What’s most important, though, was the introduction of newcomers Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch and the terrifying Ultron.

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Once Upon a Time: The Apprentice

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It is remarkable how Once Upon a Time seems to be getting better and better and The Apprentice was another stellar episode in this first half of season 4, balancing sweetness and happiness with darkness and heartache. The subplots involving Henry, Regina, Will Scarlet, and the Snow Queen were all engaging, especially Henry who brings out his cunning side to go under cover and become Gold’s apprentice. But it was the main storylines I found the most entertaining. In the Enchanted Forest of the past, we see Anna strike a deal with Rumple. Anna agrees to give an old man, the sorcerer’s apprentice, a potion in exchange for answers about her parents. Fearing it is poison, Anna can’t bring herself to do it. But she is horrified to learn it was all a trick and that the concoction was actually an antidote for the poison he was given the day before. The apprentice is then turned into a mouse (shall we call him Mickey?). But in truth, Rumple needed more: a tear from someone who has faced their inner darkness and turned away. Initially it did not happen with the old man, but when she is tempted to stab Rumple to escape captivity, his plan is fulfilled and he obtains the sorcerer’s very powerful hat which collects magic and could allow Rumple to keep his Dark One power but no longer be under the dagger’s control. Luckily for Anna, the mouse saves the day, biting Rumple and allowing her to gain his dagger and the sorcerer’s hat. She orders Rumple to send her home where she is happily reunited with Kristoff. This story not only revealed many significant things, but also was an obvious parallel to what happens between Hook and Gold in the present. Anna tells Rumple he is a monster to use something as precious as Love as a weapon. And that is exactly what he does with Hook/Killian.

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Operation S.I.N. Comic Book Starring Peggy Carter and Howard Stark Launches in 2015

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Peggy Carter and Howard Stark will star in Operation S.I.N., a five-issue series chronicling their worldwide adventures following the events in the series Original Sin. In it, they will be trailing an alien energy source that has been discovered in Russia and must keep it from falling into the wrong hands.

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