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Movie Review: DON’T WORRY DARLING

DON'T WORRY DARLING movie poster | ©2022 Warner Bros.

Rating: R Stars: Florence Pugh, Harry Styles, Olivia Wilde, Chris Pine, Gemma Chan, KiKi Layne, Sydney Chandler, Kate Berlant, Nick Kroll, Timothy Simons Writer: Katie Silberman, story by Carey Van Dyke & Shane Van Dyke and Katie Silberman Director: Olivia Wilde Distributor: Warner Bros./New Line Release Date: September 23, 2022 DON’T WORRY DARLING is directed by Olivia Wilde and scripted by Katie Silberman from a story Silberman devised with Carey Van Dyke & Shane Van Dyke. As it progresses, what’s going on may remind viewers of several other specific films, one so much that it feels like it ought to […]Read On »


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Movie Review: CATHERINE CALLED BIRDY

Bella Ramsey in CATHERINE CALLED BIRDY | ©Amazon/Alex Bailey Photo: ALEX BAILEY © AMAZON CONTENT SERVICES LLC

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Bella Ramsey, Andrew Scott, Dean-Charles Chapman, Joe Alsworth, Isis Hainsworth, Billie Piper, Sophie Okenedo, Paul Kaye, Michael Woolfitt, Moya Brady, Archie Renaux Writer: Lena Dunham, based on the novel by Karen Cushman Director: Lena Dunham Distributor: Amazon Studios Release Date: September 23, 2022 (theatrical); October 7, 2022 (Prime Video) CATHERINE CALLED BIRDY is a cheerful non-romcom set in 1290 England. Director Lena Dunham, who also wrote the screenplay, has adapted Karen Cushman’s award-winning YA novel into an agreeable if uneven story of a whole family’s coming of age. Catherine, called Birdy (Bella Ramsey), is the fourteen-year-old daughter […]Read On »


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VAMPIRE ACADEMY: Actor J August Richards on new fanged role – Exclusive Interview

Pik-Sen Lim as Queen, J. August Richards as Victor Dashkov in VAMPIRE ACADEMY - Season 1 |©2022 Peacock/ Jose_Haro

Actor J. August Richards has played a number of lawyers (in CONVICTION, RAISING THE BAR, THE DEFENDERS, and NOTORIOUS) and doctors (in GREY’S ANATOMY and COUNCIL OF DADS), along with a sheriff’s deputy (in KEVIN [PROBABLY] SAVES THE WORLD) and a cyborg superhero (in AGENTS OF SHIELD). However, Richards is perhaps best known and loved for costarring as heroic vampire hunter Charles Gunn on ANGEL for that show’s five seasons, from 2000 through 2004. VAMPIRE ACADEMY gives Richards the opportunity to come full circle in a way. He plays series regular Victor Dashkov, a member of the vampire royalty. In […]Read On »


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RESIDENT ALIEN: Creator Chris Sheridan on the end of Season 2 – Exclusive Interview

Alan Tudyk as Harry Vanderspeigle and Sara Tomko as Asta Twelvetrees in RESIDENT ALIEN - Season 2 - "Radio Harry" |©2022 Syfy/James Dittiger

Syfy’s dramedy series RESIDENT ALIEN has been picked up for a third season. A good thing, too, because creator/show runner/executive producer Chris Sheridan says that the Season 2 finale, which airs on Syfy Wednesday, September 28, has a number of cliffhangers. RESIDENT ALIEN stars Alan Tudyk as an extraterrestrial with an unpronounceable-to-humans name who crash-landed near the small town of Patience, Colorado. The alien assumed the body and likeness of vacationing veterinarian Harry Vanderspiegle, who has since been deputized as the town doctor. Although Harry was sent to Earth to kill off humanity, he’s become human enough to not want […]Read On »


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Movie Review: PEARL

PEARL | ©2022 A24

Rating: R Stars: Mia Goth, David Corenswet, Tandi Wright, Matthew Sunderland, Emma Jenkins-Purro, Alistair Sewell Writers: Ti West & Mia Goth, based on characters created by Ti West Director: Ti West Distributor: A24 Release Date: September 16, 2022 We’re in 1918 Texas. Pearl (Mia Goth) is a young woman a certain amount of accurate self-awareness. She suspects there’s something wrong with her, and not just because her fiercely disapproving mother (Tandi Wright) keeps telling her so. Is Pearl’s problem that she isn’t as perfect as the silent film performers she idolizes? Is it that she’s not content with her lot […]Read On »


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Movie Review: SEE HOW THEY RUN

SEE HOW THEY RUN movie poster | ©2022 Searchlight

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Saoirse Ronan, Sam Rockwell, Harris Dickinson, Adrien Brody, Ruth Wilson, David Oyelowo, Reece Shearsmith, Shirley Henderson, Sian Clifford, Tim Key, Angus Wright, Jacob Fortune-Lloyd, Lucian Msamati, Charlie Cooper, Pippa Bennett-Warner Writer: Mark Chappell Director: Tom George Distributor: Searchlight Pictures Release Date: September 16, 2022 SEE HOW THEY RUN is a clever, amusing send-up of Agatha Christie-style murder mysteries. The movie is simultaneously a parody and an embodiment of the form. It’s filled with literary, cinematic and theatrical in-jokes, but it is also a respectable whodunit. The target audience for SEE HOW THEY RUN is most likely people […]Read On »


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Movie Review: HOW DARK THEY PREY

HOW DARK THEY PREY | ©2022 Film Valor

Rating: Not Rated Stars: Marc Lubbers, Josiah Schneider, Samuel Pygatt, James M. Reilly, Timothy Paul Jobe, Jeff Ronan, Paul Pallotta, Kelsey Nichole Black, David Polgar, Alisha Spielmann, David Johnson Writers: Adam Ambrosio and Jamison L. LoCascio, “Nelly” story by Anthony LoCascio Directors: Jamison L. LoCascio (“Harrowing,” “Blood Beach,” and “Nelly”) and Adam Ambrosio (“Encounter Nightly”) Distributor: Film Valor Release Date: September 15, 2022 When filmmakers have next-to-no-budget and are still determined to make a movie, one way to save money is to have much of the action take place in the exposition, and/or just off-screen. This is the case with […]Read On »


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PBS miniseries doc: THE U.S. AND THE HOLOCAUST – Exclusive Interview

THE US AND THE HOLOCAUST | ©2022 PBS

THE U.S. AND THE HOLOCAUST is a meticulously-researched documentary miniseries about what Americans did – or often did not do – to address the rise of fascism and genocide in Germany, and around the world, before, during and after World War II. The parallels to contemporary events are terrifying. The six-hour film airs on PBS over three nights – Sunday, September 18, Tuesday, September 20, and Wednesday, September 21 – in two-hour installments. The film was directed and produced by prolific documentarians and frequent collaborators Ken Burns, Sarah Botstein, and Lynn Novick. Novick was a director/producer with Burns on the […]Read On »


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HAZING: Filmmaker Byron Hurt and survivor Brent McClanahan II on new documentary – Exclusive Interview

HAZING | ©2022 PBS.org

“Hazing,” the term for initiation rites to college fraternities and sororities, is viewed by many as a stressful but playful rite of passage. Instead, it is often violent, humiliating, sometimes even lethal. HAZING, a documentary by filmmaker Byron Hurt, premieres on PBS’s INDEPENDENT LENS on Monday, September 12. Hurt, who has been through the fraternity system and was both in turn hazed and a hazer, now condemns the practice. In his film, Hurt speaks with survivors of hazing, and with friends and family of those who died. There are cases of beating-caused deaths and paralysis, a drowning none of the […]Read On »


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Movie Review: TRUE THINGS

TRUE THINGS Movie Poster | ©2022 Samuel Goldwyn Films

Rating: Not Rated Stars: Ruth Wilson, Tom Burke, Hayley Squires, Elizabeth Rider, Frank McCusker Writers: Harry Wootliff and Molly Davies, based on the book TRUE THINGS ABOUT ME by Deborah Kay Davies Director: Harry Wootliff Distributor: Samuel Goldwyn Films Release Date: September 9, 2022 Ruth Wilson is an always watchable performer. No matter what she is doing, she is vital and committed, and we believe her. As she’s in almost every frame on TRUE THINGS, this means the movie always has life, even if Wilson pretty much carries it on her back. In TRUE THINGS, Wilson plays Kate Perkin, a […]Read On »


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