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Adam Bellotto is an entertainment writer (that is, film, television, gaming, comics, and anything else) and TV blogger for Starpulse. His work can be read at Film School Rejects and Perihelion Science Fiction, among other places. Find him on Twitter right over here- https://twitter.com/Eat_Sleep_TV

Will Fans Love (or Hate) 'The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1'

November 21st, 2014 5:03pm EST
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1
It's a big weekend for "Hunger Games" fans- after a year of waiting, the final "Hunger Games" film has made it to theaters. And it will make it to theaters again, next year, because paying twice to see two halves of the same movie is the new "it" thing.

But no matter- the first of the last "Hunger Games" films (what?) is here. And given the stampedes that saw "The Hunger Games" and "Catching Fire," it's a safe bet that every theater in the country is about to be stuffed full of frenzied moviegoers (now's as good a time as any to invest in fake butter and Sno-Caps).

Should you join the fr...
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'Arrow': 10 Heart-Wrenching Moments From 'Draw Back Your Bow'

November 20th, 2014 10:06am EST
Arrow
Do we have an overarching storyline for this season of "Arrow" yet? Season one was Robert Queen's little black book and the Dark Archer, while season two was Slade Wilson's revenge. Season three seems like it'll hinge on Sara's murder in the same way, except that story seems to have faltered recently.

Roy's innocent (well, innocent of Sara's murder, anyway), and the case has gone cold. We're closing in on the season's halfway point- things should hopefully pick up soon, and we'll see just what "Arrow" has planned for the long haul.

But for now, a villain-of-the-week story like "Draw Back...
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'Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D.': A How-to Guide To Alien Superweapons

November 19th, 2014 11:27am EST
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
Is it too early to say that "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." is on a roll after finally telling us what that alien gobbledygook was?

Aw hell, let's say it: "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." is on a roll. May it never end.

And from last week, we've upgraded from discovering one secret to discovering 800 billion. In no particular order, let's lay out what "The Things We Bury" taught us about S.H.I.E.L.D.'s current situation:

The Diviner is not a weapon.

The Diviner is a tool to end humanity (except for a select few), from long long ago.

The Diviner holds something even more powerful inside it.

The sec...
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'The Flash' Recap: Childhood Bullies Suck - 'The Flash Is Born'

November 19th, 2014 9:17am EST
The Flash
Let's all give a big round of applause to Tony Woodward, aka Girder (even if the CW's version doesn't go by that name; instead, "Girder" is a funky-looking training robot of Cisco's design), for being one of the most simple-minded supervillains anyone's seen in a long, long time.

In "The Flash is Born," Woodward's first act as a supervillain is to steal beer, a bright yellow Humvee, a couple ATMs, and go joyriding. His second and third acts, admittedly, are to beat the unholy hell out of Barry Allen (now that's a supervillain), but after that he's back to his old charms.

He kidnaps Iris- ...
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'Brooklyn Nine-Nine' Recap: Celebrate Thanksgiving With An Anthrax Scare!

November 17th, 2014 9:38am EST
Brooklyn Nine-Nine
Thanksgiving means so many things to the 'Brooklyn Nine-Nine' precinct. Some love their turkey day (and insist it ONLY be referred to as "Turkey Day"- thanks Boyle) while others deride the holiday and think turkey tastes like napkins.

But no one gets the holiday they wanted this year once a package of unidentified white powder ends up at the station.

It's an anthrax scare Thanksgiving! And worse, Captain Holt and Seargent Terry are out on other business, and for some terrible reason they've left Jake in charge (in any other circumstance, Amy would leap at the opportunity to sit in Holt's ...
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Fans Will Love (Or Hate) 'Dumb And Dumber To'

November 15th, 2014 4:30pm EST
Why Fans Will Love (Or Hate) 'Dumb And Dumber To'
"Dumb and Dumber To" is in theaters now. Right at this very moment. If you wanted to, you could stop reading this (please don't) and jet over to the local multiplex to see how Harry Dunne and Lloyd Christmas have aged in the last twenty years.

Yes, the world needs a "Dumb and Dumber" sequel about as much as it does another Ebola outbreak or Competitive Baby Tossing in the next Olympics. But then... it's Harry! And Lloyd! God, those guys are just so lovable. It's hard to say no.

Which is why we've gone ahead and said all the yeses and nos for you. Because there's good and bad in "Dumb and...
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'Arrow': 10 Boxing Glove Arrow-Worthy Moments From 'Guilty'

November 13th, 2014 9:37am EST
'Arrow' Recap: 10 Boxing Glove Arrow-Worthy Moments From 'Guilty
You know what? Let's just get this out of the way first.

BOXING-GLOVE-ARROW-BOXING-GLOVE-ARROW-BOXING-GLOVE-ARROW!!

That felt good.

A lot of plot momentum on this week's "Arrow"- Laurel and Ted upgrade from boxing lessons to vigilante lessons, Roy gets a legit superhero name and we get an answer on that whole "did Roy kill Sara?" thing. But most of all, a man got punched by another man while they were across the room from each other.

"Guilty" might have erred a bit too far on the cheesy side, but it's impossible to complain when boxing glove arrows are involved.

So with that in mind...
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'Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.': So THAT's What Those Carvings Were!

November 12th, 2014 10:46am EST
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
Too often "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." feels like the downtrodden little brother of the Marvel Universe. Sure, it gets to associate itself with big names like "Thor" and "Iron Man," but the movies are the ones hogging all the cool characters (like "Thor" and "Iron Man").

The only toys "Agents" gets to play with are the ones too inconsequential to ever get their own movie.

But then, sometimes you get episodes like "The Writing on the Wall."

Because those carvings- revealed, finally, as a three-dimensional map of what looks like a city- that's something. Something big. Something with the pote...
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'The Flash' Recap: The Flash Makes An Exploding Friend

November 12th, 2014 9:07am EST
The Flash
Where are all the honest, decent people in Central City? Ever since that particle accelerator blew, everyone crawling out of the woodwork with gas powers or tornado powers or a gun that makes things real cold has been unequivocally on the side of evil.

We need a few metahumans (who aren't Barry Allen) who can fight on the side of good.

And that's what Plastique (Kelly Frye) is here to do... even if she's far too troubled to actually be Barry's super-buddy (also, sorry, Oliver Queen, but you're just a dude in a hood with above-average bow skills. Call us when you can turn your fingers int...
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'Brooklyn Nine-Nine' Recap: Sleeping WIth the Enemy

November 10th, 2014 9:40am EST
Brooklyn Nine-Nine
"Brooklyn Nine-Nine" hasn't been pushing the Jake/Amy thing much this season, but eventually Jake would have to move on in earnest. Or start stalking her. One of the two.

And now, he has: "Jake and Sophia" is the christening of a new relationship; a relationship that's stated pretty plainly in the episode title. So long, Amy. Hello Sophia (played by guest star Eva Longoria).

How are the sparks between the two? Well, they're... not particularly sparky. In setting these two up for a relationship (a relationship that'll last all of three episodes, if Longoria's contract is to be believed), "...
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