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Movie Review: ENCOUNTER

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Rating: R Stars: Riz Ahmed, Octavia Spencer, Lucian-River Chauhan, Aditya Geddada, Rory Cochrane, Shane McRae, Janina Gavankar, Misha Collins, Keith Szarabajka Writers: Joe Barton and Michael Pearce Director: Michael Pearce Distributor: Amazon Studios Release Date: December 3, 2021 ENCOUNTER is a movie that’s hard to discuss in specifics without spoiling most of it. At the start, an ominous comet streaks through sky. It touches down in a North American forest, where the insects are shown busily devouring each other in close-up. Meanwhile, in a town, a tiny, weird creature buries deep into a human’s skin. Former U.S. Marine Malik Khan […]Read On »

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Movie Review: THE ADVENT CALENDAR (LE CALENDRIER)

THE ADVENT CALENDAR Key Art | ©2021 Universal Pictures/Shudder

Rating: Not Rated Stars: Eugénie Derouand, Honorine Magnier, Clément Olivieri, Janis Abrikh, Cyril Garnier, Vladimir Perrin, Jean-François Garreaud Writer: Patrick Ridremont Director: Patrick Ridremont Distributor: Universal/Shudder Release Date: December 2, 2021 THE ADVENT CALENDAR is worth seeing for its title object alone. The antique wooden advent calendar, with a different size and design for each of its doors, is a joy of design, something any collector of folk art would be delighted to own – assuming they didn’t know what this advent calendar does. Eva Roussel (Eugénie Derouand) introduces herself, speaking directly into camera. She says she is a paraplegic, […]Read On »

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ALEX RIDER: Actors Ronke Adekoluejo and Brenock O’Connor on Season 2 – Exclusive Interview

ALEX RIDER - Season 2 key art | ©2021 IMDb TV

ALEX RIDER premieres all eight episodes of its second season on Friday, December 3, on Amazon Prime’s free-to-everyone (including non-Amazon subscribers) service IMDb TV. Based on the series of worldwide best-selling novels by Anthony Horowitz (an executive producer on the series), ALEX RIDER follows the title character, played by Otto Farrant, a sixteen-year-old student who is recruited by an offshoot of England’s MI-6 (the British equivalent of the CIA) to act as a spy for them. In Season 2, it would seem that Alex’s work for the government is concluded. This doesn’t stop him from investigating how an explosion that […]Read On »

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CANDYMAN: Star Vanessa Estelle Williams on 9-1-1 and the 1992 and 2021 CANDYMAN films – Exclusive Interview

Vanessa Estelle Williams as Anne-Marie McCoy in CANDYMAN | ©2021 Universal Pictures/MGM

CANDYMAN has a long history, both on and offscreen. Originally a short story by Clive Barker, “The Forbidden” was adapted into the 1992 movie CANDYMAN by writer/director Bernard Rose. Rose moved the story from Barker’s London to Chicago’s then-infamous Cabrini-Green low-income housing projects. Here, it was learned that Daniel Robitaille (played by Tony Todd), a Black man murdered in the 1800s by a white mob, had become the hook-handed spirit Candyman. Anyone who says his name five times into a mirror invokes a visitation and very bloody consequences. The original CANDYMAN film had Candyman kidnapping a Black infant, who was […]Read On »

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Movie Review: tick, tick … BOOM!

TICK, TICK … BOOM! movie poster | ©2021 Netflix

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Andrew Garfield, Alexandra Shipp, Robin de Jesus, Vanessa Hudgens, Joshua Henry, Jonathan Marc Sherman, MJ Rodriguez, Ben Ross, Judith Light, Bradley Whitford Writer: Steven Levenson, based on the stage musical by Jonathan Larson Director: Lin-Manuel Miranda Distributor: Netflix Release Date: November 19, 2021 TICK, TICK … BOOM! the movie is based on the late Jonathan Larson’s stage musical TICK, TICK … BOOM!, which was about Jonathan Larson writing a musical. The movie can’t help having automatic added pathos by the fact of Larson’s death at the age of thirty-five, the night before his second produced musical, RENT, […]Read On »

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Movie Review: AUTUMN ROAD

AUTUMN ROAD movie poster | ©2021 Gravitas Ventures

Rating: Not Rated Stars: Lorelei Linklater, Riley Cusick, Justin Meeks, George Welder, Jordan Wright, Ranger Lerway, Maddie Lea, Jonas Lerway, Lar Park Lincoln Writer: Riley Cusick Director: Riley Cusick Distributor: Gravitas Ventures Release Date: November 23, 2021 AUTUMN ROAD represents a major challenge for filmmaker Riley Cusick. Not only does Cusick write and direct, but he also stars as twin brothers Charlie and Vincent. Given all he’s taking on, Cusick does an admirable job with all but one of these tasks. We first meet Charlie (played as a young teen by Ranger Lerway) and Vincent (played as a youth by […]Read On »

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LEVERAGE: REDEMPTION: Actor and director Noah Wyle on the new reboot – Exclusive Interview

Noah Wyle in LEVERAGE: REDEMPTION | ©2021 Electric Entertainment

LEVERAGE: REDEMPTION has now released the second half of its first season. All sixteen episodes are now streaming on Amazon Prime’s free-to-everyone (including non-Amazon subscribers) service IMDb TV. In LEVERAGE: REDEMPTION, Noah Wyle plays Harry Wilson, a New Orleans corporate lawyer looking for, well, redemption after years of acting as a fixer for big-money bad guys. Harry finds a way to start making amends when he joins the LEVERAGE team of good-guy grifters. Gina Bellman as Sophie Devereaux, Christian Kane as Eliot Spencer, and Beth Riesgraf as Parker all reprise their roles from the original 2008-2012 LEVERAGE. Aleyse Shannon plays […]Read On »

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Movie Review: GHOSTBUSTERS: AFTERLIFE

GHOSTBUSTERS: AFTERLIFE movie poster | ©2021 Sony/Columbia

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Mckenna Grace, Finn Wolfhard, Carrie Coon, Paul Rudd, Logan Kim, Celeste O’Connor Writers: Gil Kenan & Jason Reitman, based on characters created by Dan Aykroyd and Harold Ramis Director: Jason Reitman Distributor: Sony/Columbia Release Date: November 19, 2021 GHOSTBUSTERS: AFTERLIFE is directed and co-written (with Gil Kenan) by Jason Reitman. Reitman is the son of Ivan Reitman, who directed 1984’s GHOSTBUSTERS and 1989’s GHOSTBUSTERS II (he’s also one of the producers here). Oddly, though, GHOSTBUSTERS: AFTERLIFE doesn’t feel like a film directed by either Reitman, based on their work (Jason Reitman’s previous credits include UP IN THE […]Read On »

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Movie Review: HIDE AND SEEK

HIDE AND SEEK movie poster | ©2021 Saban Films

Rating: R Stars: Jonathan Rhys Myers, Jacinda Barrett, Sue Jean Kim, Mustafa Shakir, Quinn McColgan, Eli Golden, Avril Wei, Joe Pantoliano, Alejandra Rivera Flaviá, Josh Alscher Writer: Joel David Moore, based on the film HIDE AND SEEK written by Huh Jung Director: Joel David Moore Distributor: Saban Films Release Date: November 19, 2021 HIDE AND SEEK, directed and written by Joel David Moore, is a remake of the 2013 South Korean thriller of the same title, directed and written by Huh Jung. Moore does a good job of creating tension and menacing atmosphere, even though the plot takes a couple […]Read On »

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YELLOWJACKETS: Actor Warren Kole on the Showtime limited series – Exclusive Interview

Warren Kole as Jeff Sadecki in YELLOWJACKETS - Season 1 | ©2021 Showtime/Brendan Meadows

YELLOWJACKETS, the new limited thriller series created by Ashley Lyle & Bart Nickerson, premiered on Showtime Sunday, November 14, with new episodes arriving on subsequent Sundays. In YELLOWJACKETS, we jump back and forth between twenty-five years ago and the present. In the past, a championship New Jersey high school girls’ soccer team crashed in the wilderness and were stranded for nineteen months. Now, as the survivors get on with their diverse lives, mysterious messages suggest that dangerous truths may come to light. Warren Kole plays the adult Jeff Sadecki, married to crash survivor Shauna Sheridan, played by Melanie Lynskey. The […]Read On »

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