Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation – The IMF (which means Impossible Missions Forces but seems like it’s never explained) is shut down just as the team finds evidence of the existence of The Syndicate, their legendary evil counterparts that are carrying out terrorist attacks around the world in an attempt to overthrow governments and establish a new world government. Ethan Hunt (played by Tom Cruise) gathers the rest of the now disbanded IMF team to track down The Syndicate and stop their plan for world domination. Be warned that they stopped the filming of this movie halfway through so they could “come up with a better ending” so it still may be rough. Stars Tom Cruise, Jeremy Renner, Simon Pegg, Rebecca Ferguson ,Ving Rhames, Sean Harris, and Alec Baldwin. Rated PG-13.
Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials – The sequel to 2014 Maze Runner and based off the second novel in the Maze Runner series, Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials takes place directly after the first Maze Runner film. Thomas and the rest of the Gladers escape the Maze to discover that not only has the world been hit by several solar flares that caused a virus to mutate and turned a large portion of the remaining population into zombie like creatures but the Maze itself was one giant test. Now Thomas and his friends must escape from WCKD, the evil organization running the maze and trying to find a cure while also controlling most of the remaining healthy citizens, but also survive the wasteland covered Earth until they can find all the answers they are looking for. Maze Runner was a surprise hit last summer and we’ve been looking forward to this sequel. Stars Dylan O’Brien, Dexter Darden, Alexander Flores, Jacob Lofland, Rosa Salazar, Alan Tudyk, Patricia Clarkson, Giancarlo Esposito, Aidan Gillen, Ki Hong Lee, Barry Pepper, Lili Taylor, Kaya Scodelario, and Thomas Brodie-Sangster. Rated PG-13.
Ted 2 – After Ted marries his girlfriend from the first movie, they try to have a baby of their own. However, they can’t get custody of any children since the government rules that Ted is his friend John’s property. So they challenge the court to prove that he is human and has a soul. Stars Mark Wahlberg, Seth MacFarlane, Amanda Seyfried, Morgan Freeman, Liam Neeson, Jessica Barth, Patrick Warburton, Nana Visitor, Michael Dorn, Dennis Haysbert, and John Slattery. Rated R.
Fantastic Four – Fox, trying really hard to keep their license of Fantastic Four while also trying to ride on all of Marvel’s built up goodwill, produces a version of the Fantastic Four that is even more hated than the previous attempts. In this unnecessarily dark reboot of the Fantastic Four’s origin story, Reed Richards and Ben Grimm are childhood friends that join Sue and Johnny Storm and (not blogger but a computer scientist) Victor von Doom in an attempt to build a “Quantum Gate” to a parallel dimension. Initially successful, they suffer an accident that gives them superpowers (believing they have lost von Doom and giving powers to Sue Storm who wasn’t even in the parallel world) and must learn to control their powers to stop the Earth from being sucked into the other dimension to provide extra energy as fuel. One of the worst movies of the year and super boring. I’d pass on it unless you loved it. Stars Miles Teller, Michael B. Jordan, Kate Mara, Jamie Bell, Toby Kebbell, Reg E. Cathey, and Tim Blake Nelson. Rated PG-13.
Marco Polo: Season 1 – The first season of the Netflix original series about a magic and martial arts based telling of the story of Marco Polo in China and the empire of the Khans. The series was picked up for a second season on Netflix with a Christmas special on the way. Not Rated.
Extant: Season 2 – The second season of the CBS sci-fi series about an astronaut who gets pregnant after being infertile and her husband makes a robotic son. Everything that I heard about this series made it sound crazy. Not Rated.
Teen Wolf: Season 5 – Part 1 – The first part of season 5 of one of the only good MTV shows with the TV version of Teen Wolf that’s completely overshadowed the original movie by this point. Though it says part one, the second half of the series doesn’t air until January 2016. Not Rated.
Chaika: Coffin Princess – Season 1 – A dubbed release from Sentai Filmworks! The first anime season of Chaika: Coffin Princess about a warrior and his sister that help the daughter of the fallen emperor reclaim the divided parts of his body to finally bury them even though others are after the body parts due to them containing high levels of magic. Not Rated.
Hayate the Combat Butler: The Movie – Heaven is a Place on Earth – A sub only release from Sentai Filmworks, with the continuing adventures of Hayate the Combat Butler. In this movie, it looks like Hayate goes on vacation with his master, but then ends up in a world where she no longer exists and he has a new master instead. Not Rated.
Daimidaler: Prince Vs Penguin Empire – A Funimation release that I can confidently say is an ecchi release. The high schooler Koichi discovers that he possesses Hi-ERo particles that allow him to pilot and power the mecha Daimidaler to fight the evil Penguin Empire. The penguins are humanoid penguins with “front-facing tails,” while the Hi-ERo particles are charged whenever the person possessing them gets excited with Koichi powering up by groping females. While the trailer does look very funny be warned this is a very pervy series. Not Rated.
One Piece: Season 7: Voyage Four – The next set of the English dub of One Piece with episodes 422 – 433. This set has Luffy arrive at the super prison Impel Down in an attempt to break his brother Ace out of prison before his scheduled execution. Of course, this being One Piece, Luffy run into some familiar foes and frenemies as he tries to break into the prison and then break out. Not Rated.
None this week.