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Near Dark: The Original Hillbilly Vamps

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Long before the teen angst pangs of Twilight or the fever heat of True Blood, director Kathryn Bigelow had an inkling of what a southern-fried vampire romance could be. Near Dark delivered on her vision of hillbilly vamps, an eighties cult classic that’s hard to believe is coming up on its thirtieth anniversary. The cinephiles at TIFF have dug out an archival print, so this Friday, July 21st, Bigelow’s blood-sucking hicks will rise again.

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Avengers: Ultron Revolution S03 E24: ‘Civil War, Part Two: The Mighty Avengers’

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Civil War continues in the Marvel Animated Universe as the Avengers disband from conflict in the shadow of the Inhuman Registration Act. From the ashes of the old, a new team is formed, the Mighty Avengers. Meet me after the jump for my thoughts on “Civil War, Part 2: The Mighty Avengers.”

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Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. S04 E10: “The Patriot”

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What makes a hero? We know that Director Jeffrey Mace’s past as a hero isn’t all it seems, but he does have a costume a powers, so what more does it take? Quake has all that too and has been pushed into the spotlight, but what makes a real hero? We may find out with this episode of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., after the jump, in my review of “The Patriot.”

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Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. S02 E01: Shadows

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New season, new time, new team members, and new attitude. In the aftermath of the first season of “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” and the events of Captain America The Winter Soldier, our team of super agents are in a whole new place and mindset. As the new leader of S.H.I.E.L.D., Agent Phil Coulson is working to build a new organization, albeit from the ashes, and in the shadows, as they are hunted by the military. The team continues to pick up the pieces, and encounter threats old and new as the second season begins, all this, and the Absorbing Man too. Meet me after the jump for my thoughts on “Shadows.”

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Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. S01 E20: Nothing Personal

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Good guys, bad guys, S.H.I.E.L.D., Hydra, sometimes it’s hard to tell who’s who, and it’s even harder to tell that when you’re talking about the deadly world of espionage and double agents. Everyone lies for a living, no one tells the whole truth, so who can you trust? On this series we have seen more than a few turncoats and double agents, and it’s not over. Meet me after the jump for my review of the aptly titled “Nothing Personal.”

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Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. S01 E18: Providence

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Battle lines have been drawn. SHIELD has fallen, and now pockets of the different sides of the good and evil coin, SHIELD and Hydra, are scrambling for what’s left. Agent Coulson’s crew are headed underground, but little do they know, one of their own – Agent Grant Ward – is a Hydra agent. Brace yourselves as things get even worse for our team, as they’re on the run, and Colonel Glenn Talbot is in pursuit… Meet me after the jump for my review of “Providence.”

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Avengers Assemble: The Avengers Protocol Part 1

av1Tomorrow morning is the television premiere on Disney XD of the new Marvel series “Avengers Assemble.” I was a big fan of the last series, “Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes,” which was canceled to make way for this new series. Word is they wanted to bring the characters more in line with other animation like “Ultimate Spider-Man.” We’ll see how it rates, after the jump.

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