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MOVIE REVIEW: Doctor Who: The Day of the Doctor

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As most of you know, this past Saturday saw television history being made. At 19:50 GMT (Greenwich Mean Time, also the time in London, England) the BBC television network held the world's largest simulcast of a television program in broadcasting history. All across the world people turned on their television sets, and a few select groups piled into movie theaters, and saw "The Day of the Doctor", the 50th anniversary feature-length episode of the television series Doctor Who. For many of us, this was the culmination of years of anticipation and speculation. Who will return?

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MOVIE REVIEW: The Wolverine

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Probably the most successful superhero film franchise of the past 14 years, the X-Men films, which are credited with kick-starting the modern superhero film genre with Bryan Singer's X-Men in 2000, are still going strong with Bryan Singer set to return next year with X-Men: Days of Future Past, Singer's first time in the director's chair of an X-Men film since X2: X-Men United in 2003. This year, however, saw the release of The Wolverine, a somewhat follow-up to 2009's X-Men Origins: Wolverine and a direct sequel to X-Men: The Last Stand. Loosely based on the fan favorite 1982 Wolverine miniseries by Chris Claremont and Frank Miller, The Wolverine was directed by James Mangold and sees the return of Hugh Jackman as Wolverine, a role he has reprised for all six X-Men films, including a small but memorable cameo in 2011's X-Men: First Class.

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The Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum

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We like to complain about all the things Washington, DC does wrong, but there's one thing that it gets very, very right--the Smithsonian Institution.  This past week, my wife and I took two visiting friends to the National Air and Space Museum, and a splendid time was had by all.  The highlight of the trip, for me, was to stand beside the retired Space Shuttle Discovery. 

But the Shuttle wasn't the only magnificent flying machine on display.  In fact, there was a mind-boggling collection of gliders, planes, rockets, satellites, helicopters, engines, models, and assorted detritus that just about everyone can find something to pique their interest.

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COMIC BOOK REVIEW: Star Trek: Countdown to Darkness

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Star Trek: Countdown to Darkness is a four issue miniseries that acts as a prequel to the new film Star Trek Into Darkness. The name is reminiscent of the title of the comic book prequel to the 2009 film, Star Trek: Countdown. Countdown to Darkness was written by Mike Johnson, writer of the original Countdown as well as the limited series Nero and the ongoing Star Trek monthly comic book, which is set in the JJ Abrams timeline, and was illustrated by David Messina, the artist on Countdown and Nero. Countdown to Darkness is a very interesting story and, with what little we know of the plot to Star Trek Into Darkness, does seem to set the movie up in the sense that you want to find out what happens next. It isn't "To Be Continued" so much as it definitely hints at another story, the film's story.

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MOVIE REVIEW: G.I. Joe: Retaliation

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Well, it's better than the first one, I can say that much for it. Here's the thing, I liked G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra, though I realize I'm in the minority on that one, but it was a perfectly mediocre movie. It wasn't fantastic, but it wasn't unwatchable, either. My biggest problem with the first G.I. Joe was that it was kind of just a two hour toy commercial. I would much have preferred a more straight-forward military action film. But it wasn't terrible, and in a lot of ways, Retaliation is slightly better.

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MOVIE REVIEW: “Day of the Dolphin” (1973)

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What a strange, laconic film this is! Seriously: It starts out relaxed, doesn’t move very far, and takes its own sweet time getting there. Also, it picks an odd place to end, proving Wells’ old saw about the difference between tragedy and triumph being where you decide to stop telling the story.

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Stargate: SG1 Season 1 Review

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What with the “Stargate” franchise being dead for the foreseeable future, and since my older kids kinda’ like it, It thought now was as good a time as any to review the series. I’d always wanted to do it in chronological order, but I never have. Also, there are a metric ton of SG1 episodes I’ve never seen, and a lot of SGA eps as well. I really didn’t start watching until it was on Syfy (Then called “Skiffy”), and while they endlessly repeated the earlier eps, I never made an effort to catch up.

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