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Rick and Morty: Season 4

America's favorite crazy scientist and his grandson return for more misadventures when the latest season of Adult Swim's hit series Rick and Morty: Season 4 arrive on Blu-Ray and DVD on September 22, 2020. I got the opportunity to check this season out ahead of its general release and I'm here to let you know if it's worth picking up.

Legendborn

After her mother dies in an accident, sixteen-year-old Bree Matthews wants nothing to do with her family memories or childhood home. A residential program for bright high schoolers at UNC–Chapel Hill seems like the perfect escape—until Bree witnesses a magical attack her very first night on campus. A flying demon feeding on human energies. A secret society of so called “Legendborn” students that hunt the creatures down. And a mysterious teenage mage who calls himself a “Merlin” and who attempts—and fails—to wipe Bree’s memory of everything she saw. The mage’s failure unlocks Bree’s own unique magic and a buried memory with a hidden connection: the night her mother died, another Merlin was at the hospital. Now that Bree knows there’s more to her mother’s death than what’s on the police report, she’ll do whatever it takes to find out the truth, even if that means infiltrating the Legendborn as one of their initiates. She recruits Nick, a self-exiled Legendborn with his own grudge against the group, and their reluctant partnership pulls them deeper into the society’s secrets—and closer to each other. But when the Legendborn reveal themselves as the descendants of King Arthur’s knights and explain that a magical war is coming, Bree has to decide how far she’ll go for the truth and whether she should use her magic to take the society down—or join the fight.

The Art of Saving the World

When Hazel Stanczak was born, an interdimensional rift tore open near her family’s home, which prompted immediate government attention. They soon learned that if Hazel strayed too far, the rift would become volatile and fling things from other dimensions onto their front lawn — or it could swallow up their whole town. As a result, Hazel has never left her small Pennsylvania town, and the government agents garrisoned on her lawn make sure it stays that way. On her sixteenth birthday, though, the rift spins completely out of control. Hazel comes face-to-face with a surprise: a second Hazel. Then another. And another. Three other Hazels from three different dimensions! Now, for the first time, Hazel has to step into the world to learn about her connection to the rift — and how to close it. But is Hazel — even more than one of her — really capable of saving the world?

Marvel’s Avengers

Square Enix and Crystal Dynamics’ take on Marvel’s Avengers is finally here! After spending a few weeks deep diving into the story and multiplayer missions, this is our official review of the extremely fun, though somewhat flawed adaptation on one of Marvel’s biggest franchises, Marvel’s Avengers.
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May 19, 2020
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THE BOTTOM LINE: Finally, a Worthwhile Movie Adaptation of a Video Game

It’s not a great film, but Sonic the Hedgehog delivers exactly what a video game movie should. It’s fast, fun, doesn’t linger over the details, and stays true to the...

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Victor Medina
May 09, 2020
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2.9
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3.0
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3.5
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4.0
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1.0
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THE BOTTOM LINE: ‘Guns Akimbo’ is 98 minutes of stupid, offensive fun

'Guns Akimbo' isn’t a particularly great film, but it manages to entertain in its own twisted way. It’s not everyone’s cup of tea, but if you’re not easily offended, you...

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Victor Medina
April 19, 2020
Overall rating 
 
3.8
The Movie 
 
4.0
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4.0
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3.5
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3.5
THE BOTTOM LINE: ‘The Last Full Measure’ is a Riveting Story of Courage

“The Last Full Measure” presents a compelling true story with a fantastic cast; Christopher Plummer is particular. It gets a bit melodramatic at times, but there’s no denying the power...

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March 15, 2020
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3.3
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3.0
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4.0
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4.0
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2.0
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THE BOTTOM LINE: Hartnett elevates a by-the-numbers crime drama

Don’t expect “Inherit the Viper” to be a great film, but you can expect a nice performance by Josh Hartnett. He elevates a pretty average crime drama into something watchable....

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March 04, 2020
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4.0
The Movie 
 
3.5
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4.0
Audio Quality 
 
5.0
Special Features 
 
3.5
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THE BOTTOM LINE: ‘Midway’ delivers a riveting, historical drama

“Midway” is a surprisingly solid historical drama that faithfully mixes fact with old Hollywood melodrama. There’s a bit too much reliance on CGI, and the dialogue is a bit stiff,...

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February 15, 2020
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3.6
The Movie 
 
4.5
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4.5
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5.0
Special Features 
 
0.5
THE BOTTOM LINE: ‘The Hurt Locker’ Remains a Riveting, Devastating Look at War

A decade after it won Best Picture, “The Hurt Locker” still holds up as an authentic, unflinching look at the men who go to war, and how they deal with...

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Victor Medina
January 21, 2020
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3.6
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3.0
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4.5
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4.0
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3.0
THE BOTTOM LINE: There’s Still a Little Magic in the Aging Comedy Duo

"Jay and Silent Bob Reboot" isn’t the comedy revelation you would hope for. It’s silly and obscene, but it misses as much as it hits. A lot of the jokes...

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January 08, 2020
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3.5
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3.0
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4.5
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4.5
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2.0
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THE BOTTOM LINE: ‘Judy’ soars on Zellweger’s masterful performance.

‘Judy' isn’t quite the comprehensive biopic you would hope for and it doesn’t pack the emotional punch it should have. However, Renee Zellweger is fantastic in the lead, and her...

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Victor Medina
December 30, 2019
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3.3
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2.0
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4.0
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4.0
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3.0
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THE BOTTOM LINE: ‘Last Blood’ is a Disappointing End for an Iconic Hero

Rambo deserves far better than this by-the-numbers rush job of an actioner. It does little to evoke the themes or feel of previous films, and relies on disjointed, often gory...

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November 05, 2019
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3.8
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4.0
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4.5
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3.5
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3.0
THE BOTTOM LINE: Universal Soldier still kills it after all these years

Universal Soldier is hardly a classic, but it’s a lot of fun, and features both Jean-Claude Van Damme and Dolph Lundgren at their best. Don’t take it too seriously, and...

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