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10/26/2014 - 1:57pm
John Wick (Keanu Reeves) has led an idyllic life in the last few years:  He has Helen (Bridget Moynahan), his beautiful wife, enough money so he doesn’t have to work, a gorgeous home in the suburbs outside New York City and a peace of mind many of us lack.  Sadly, there’s a death sentence hanging over his happiness as Helen has an incurable disease that takes her life.  John is devastated and goes through the wake after her burial in a haze.  After everyone has left, a delivery person rings John’s doorbell.
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10/19/2014 - 3:16am
My father served in the army in Europe during World War II.  His job was to be a mechanic, fixing everything from jeeps to tanks to Howitzers.  He didn’t talk much about what he did or saw during his service and we somehow knew not to push it.  Once, after a few beers on a Saturday night, dad started talking about being sent to the Battle of the Bulge to repair a tank or artillery gun.  He’d never been that close to the real fighting during his time overseas and he admitted he was scared to death the whole time but he made it back unharmed.
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10/13/2014 - 1:29am
One of my earliest memories involving vampires involves the soap opera “Dark Shadows” and its leading man, the vampire Barnabas Collins.  “Dark Shadows” was one of the oddest soap operas in television history as it told the ongoing story of a family cursed by vampires, witches, werewolves and ghosts.  As a child of six or seven, it was mesmerizing to see the various traps and enemies Barnabas would need to escape.  The most dangerous was the witch who made him a vampire, Angelique.
10/06/2014 - 12:34am

Airline pilot Rayford Steele (Nicolas Cage) is leading a double life. On the outside, he's happily married to Irene (Lea Thompson) and they have two kids, Chloe (Cassi Thomson) and Raymie (Major Dodson); however, looks can be deceiving as Irene's newfound religious ferver has but a strain on her marriage and her relationship with Chloe. To surprise Rayford on his birthday, Chloe has flown home from college to attend an inpromptu party in his honor. Rayford ends up missing the party because he accepted a last second piloting job for a flight to London.

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09/28/2014 - 2:51am
Robert McCall (Denzel Washington) is a simple man with simple needs.  He lives in a small apartment in Boston, takes the train and bus to a home improvement warehouse, works hard and is well liked by his co-workers.  He’s helping Ralphie (Johnny Skourtis) prepare for the exam to become a security officer.  He’s a creature of habit and precision; traits he honed in a dark past he’s trying to leave behind as a highly-trained intelligence operative.
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09/21/2014 - 3:18pm
Wallace Bryton and Teddy Craft (Justin Long and Haley Joel Osment) are hosts of the “Not-See Podcast.”  They scour the internet looking for weird, funny and viral videos and talk about the people in them.  Then Wallace goes and interviews the participants.  Teddy doesn’t like to fly so Wallace acts as his eyes, hence the name Not-See.  Wallace is off to Canada to interview the man behind the viral video called the “Kill Bill Boy.”  He is seen in the video wielding a katana then accidently cutting his own right leg off above the knee.
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09/14/2014 - 3:46am
Colin (Idris Elba) killed a man in a bar fight and was convicted of manslaughter.  After serving five years, he’s up for parole; however, he’s also a suspect in the murder of five young women.  Prosecutors didn’t have enough evidence to try Colin for the five murders so they took the one conviction they knew they could win to get him off the streets.  One of the parole board members, Dr. Ross (Wilbur Fitzgerald), knows Colin is a suspect and states he believes Colin is a narcissist who becomes violent when he doesn’t get his way with women.
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09/07/2014 - 8:27pm
Peter Devereaux (Pierce Brosnan) is a retired CIA field operative living a quiet life in Switzerland.  He’s approached by his former spy boss John Hanley (Bill Smitrovich) to help extract a deep cover operative from Russia.  Natalia Ulanova (Mediha Musliovic) was recruited by Devereaux several years ago and has been the assistant to former Russian General Arkady Federov (Lazar Ristovski) who will soon be elected to the presidency.
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08/31/2014 - 12:20am
Mason (Ellar Coltrane) and his sister Samantha (Lorelei Linklater) are being raised by their single mother Olivia (Patricia Arquette).  Their dad Mason Sr. (Ethan Hawke) is working in Alaska at various jobs.  Olivia is going back to school and ends up marrying her Bill Welbrock (Marco Perella), her psychology teacher.  For a while, Olivia, Bill, Mason, Samantha and Bill’s two kids from a previous marriage are happy but Bill’s drinking and abusive behavior kills that relationship.  Mason and Samantha are growing and changing as is Mason, Sr.
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08/24/2014 - 10:39pm
The residents of Basin City, better known as Sin City, lead a hard life of drinking, smoking, infidelity and crime.  Marv (Mickey Rourke) enjoys beating up punks and anyone who deserves it.  Dwight (Josh Brolin), a private eye fighting his demons, has a woman from his past reenter his life.  That woman, Ava Lord (Eva Green), is a dame to kill for who broke Dwight’s heart but still occupies his thoughts.