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There are myriad ways in which one can interpret Darren Aronofsky’s latest, the sure-to-be-polarizing psychological thriller mother! Is it a parable about toxic masculinity and the fragility of the male ego? Is it an indictment of a patriarchal society that reduces women to subservient beings, meant only to satisfy the needs of their male counterparts? Is it an allegory for the very act of creation itself, whose foundations are rooted in destruction and chaos?

After Lucasfilm parted ways with Star Wars: Episode IX director Colin Trevorrow, several names were tossed around as possible replacements to finish out the trilogy, including The Last Jedi director Rian Johnson (who write the treatment for Episode IX) and The Force Awakens helmer J.J. Abrams. This morning, Lucasfilm confirmed that Abrams would step behind the camera once again.

Wrongfully accused of murdering a fellow teenager in a drive-by shooting, Colin Warner (Lakeith Stanfield) was arrested in August of 1980, and despite an unreliable witness whose testimony changed repeatedly and a complete lack of forensic evidence, convicted of second-degree murder. Warner would go on to spend more than two decades behind bars, while his childhood friend Carl King (Nnamdi Asomugha) worked tirelessly on the outside to prove his innocence and set Warner free.

This year has already provided a disappointing Stephen King adaptation, but fans of the master of horror need not worry because The Dark Tower may have been a bust, but IT is nearly everything they could have hoped for in this modern update of the source material. 

The merry band of the Ghost crew have come a long way from their whimsical beginnings on Star Wars Rebels and the third season released today on Blu-Ray shows the team more matured with higher stakes and bigger connections to major Star Wars lore. The Blu-Ray release is fairly robust and worthy of the series but is missing one ingredient to make this set an absolute must buy.

The theme of absolute power eventually leading to corruption isn’t exactly fresh, but Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata managed to examine it through an interesting new lens in Death Note, a manga series originally published weekly in the pages of Shonen Jump. The story of a young man with a supernatural notebook that gives him the power to kill anyone of his choosing spawned a well-received anime adaptation, several live-action films and a series of video games, and an English-language remake has been in the works for nearly a decade.

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment provided me with a free copy of the Blu-Ray I reviewed in this post. The opinions I share are my own. They’re not heroes, they’re Legends…or at least they’re on their way during Season 2 of DC’s Legends of Tomorrow. Season 1 of the superhero team definitely had its creative freshman season struggles, but seemed to find its voice in the back-half of the episodes. Season 2 took the momentum and ran with it embracing the sci-fi ridiculous of the show to become a refreshing palette cleanser from the darkness of its in-universe sister shows The Flash…

Netflix continues to be the place for some of the best TV anywhere, but has yet to really find their groove in the movie game. The streaming service takes a step in the right direction with their exclusive US release of What Happened to Monday? on August 18 – previously titled Seven Sisters in European markets.

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