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Black Sails – There Are Storms Coming!

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While season one of Black Sails (Starz, Saturdays, 9/8C) introduced the characters, the very ahead-of-its-time pirate government and economic system and Captain Flint’s goal of true independence for Nassau, season two found Flint and his crew looking to make the biggest score in history and, in so doing, produce the financial support to make his dream possible, it also looked at Flint’s past and gave us insight into how he became the man he is in the show’s present.

Beginning with tonight’s third season premiere, Black Sails is headed into shipkiller storms – physically and metaphorically.

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Blackbeard Boards Black Sails For Third Season!

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Edward Teach – better known as Blackbeard – is coming to Black Sails. Starz announced the addition of Ray Stevenson to the show’s cast to play the one of the most infamous pirates in the history of seafaring.

Teach will be returning to Nassau after an extended period away to discover that things are most definitely not as he left them.

A brief teaser for season three will be shown during Black Sails’ epic season two finale Saturday, March 28th (9/8C). For further details, follow the jump.

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Pressure Trailer: The Divergent Series: Insurgent: Stand Together!

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Summit Entertainment has released the final trailer for Insurgent, Part 2 of The Divergent Series. It’s title, Stand Together refers to much more than just the Tris/Four relationship.

It’s a heckuva trailer. Check it out after the jump. Insurgent prmieres on March 20th.

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Serious Response Trailer: The Divergent Series: Insurgent

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The new trailer for Insurgent is entitled Fight Back. Sounds like a plan. Check it out after the jump.

Insurgent opens on March 20th.

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Fugitive Trailer: Divergent Series: Insurgent!

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Tris and Four are on the run, along with the rest of the Divergents, in the new trailer for the second film in the Divergent series, Insurgent.

Why? Because there’s a box that can only be opened by a Divergent – and it will give Jeanine and her Erudite faction what they need to take over.

Check it out after the jump. Divergent Series: Insurrection opens on March 21, 2015.

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The Three Musketeers – It Ain’t Art But Boy Is It Fun!

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Paul W.S. Anderson makes semi-big budget B-movies that repel critics as much as they attract a hardcore group of fans. In his most ambitious film yet, Anderson gives us the best bits from Alexandre Dumas’ The three Musketeers – and airships! In 3D! And, yes, it’s great fun!

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MOVIE REVIEW: Punisher: War Zone: Even Stevenson Can’t Save The Punisher!

I’m a bit of a Marvel movie geek. I’ve seen all of them – including the Dolph Lundgren Punisher and George Lucas’ Howard the Duck, and the TV-movie of Doctor Strange [which I have on VHS]. I have most of them on DVD – and have re-watched most of them [including Howard the Duck] – and I really wanted Punisher: War Zone to be good. Sadly, it is the worst of the lot.

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Why? Well, like another action movie I reviewed recently, Max Payne, PWZ is an exceptionally well crafted film, technically, but it’s simply awful as a story. The thread thin plot is simply an excuse to create mayhem, much of it so far over the top that it becomes [somewhat queasily] hilarious.

Director Lexi Alexander is a stuntwoman turned director, so she understands how to stage action set pieces of both the fistic and bullets & booms varieties. There’s a lot of imagination in those areas and they’re supported by solid and occasionally very good performances from the cast – Ray Stevenson, especially, embodies Frank Castle as well as he can be.

In the end, though, all the the technical expertise in the world can’t hide the fact that this is a Marvel movie that lacks what Marvel has always been good at – heart and soul. Punisher is literally “sound and fury, signifying nothing.” No wonder Thomas Jane wanted nothing to with it.

Final Grade: D

Unexpected Pleasures: Gabriel, Outpost, Rowan Atkinson Live, Sands of Oblivion and Black Moon Rising

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If you want to watch something a little different from your average Hollywood Blockbuster, or want a night off from playing online games at http://www.poker.dk, then you might want to take a look at some of these lesser known titles. Beginning this week, I’ll be looking at B-movies, unheralded re-releases and direct-to-video releases on a roughly weekly basis. Let’s start with Australian indie Gabriel [archangels versus fallen], Outpost [a new form of scientifically created undead], Rowan Atkinson Live! [he’s way more than Black Adder or Mr. Bean], Sands of Oblivion [archaeologists searching for buried movie sets], and Black Moon Rising [an early Tommy Lee Jones heist flick].

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