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Movie Review: DEAR EVAN HANSEN

DEAR EVAN HANSEN movie poster | ©2021 Universal Pictures

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Ben Platt, Julianne Moore, Kaitlyn Dever, Amy Adams, Danny Pino, Amandla Stenberg, Colton Ryan, Nik Dodani Writer: Steven Levenson, music and lyrics by Benj Pasek & Justin Paul Director: Stephen Chbosky Distributor: Universal Pictures Release Date: September 24, 2021 DEAR EVAN HANSEN is a new musical film, based on the stage production, which won Tony Awards for Best Musical, Best Book of a Musical, Best Original Score Written for the Theatre, and Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical. Not having seen the live version, this reviewer cannot make any comparisons, only […]Read On »

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AMERICAN RUST: Actor Alex Neustaedter on playing a small town murder suspect – Exclusive Interview

Alex Neustaedter as Billy Poe in AMERICAN RUST - "My Name is Billy"| ©2021 Showtime/Dennis Mong

AMERICAN RUST is a Showtime limited series, airing Sunday nights. Adapted for television by executive producer Dan Futterman from Philipp Meyer’s novel, AMERICAN RUST is set in the fictional small, rural Pennsylvania town of Buell, where a murder occurs. Alex Neustaedter plays Billy Poe, whom Sheriff Del Harris (Jeff Daniels) believes has committed the crime. However, Del is in love with Billy’s mother, Grace (Maura Tierney), and therefore tries to conceal any evidence pointing to the young man. Billy, meanwhile, is still in love with his now-married high school sweetheart Lee (Julia Mayorga), whose brother Isaac (David Alvarez) is Billy’s […]Read On »

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LEVERAGE: REDEMPTION: Star Christian Kane gives the scoop on the reboot – Exclusive Interview

Christian Kane and Gina Bellman in LEVERAGE: REDEMPTION | ©2021 Electric Entertainment

LEVERAGE: REDEMPTION is streaming the first half of its first season on both Amazon Prime and the free IMDBtv service, with the second half coming on October 8. In LEVERAGE: REDEMPTION, four of the do-good con artists from the original 2008-2012 LEVERAGE – both series created by Chris Downey and John Rogers, and executive-produced by Dean Devlin – reunite, along with new team members Henry Wilson (Noah Wyle) and Breanna Casey (Aleyse Shannon). The group was originally brought together by Nate Ford (Timothy Hutton, who does not appear in LEVERAGE: REDEMPTION) to bamboozle rich bad guys and aid their victims. […]Read On »

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Movie Review: SHELTER IN PLACE

SHELTER IN PLACE movie poster | ©2021 1091 Pictures

Rating: Not Rated Stars: Brendan Hines, Tatjana Marjanovic, Ola Kaminska, Kevin Daniels, Jey Reynolds Writers: Christopher Beyrooty & Connor Martin Directors: Christopher Beyrooty & Connor Martin Distributor: 1091 Pictures Release Date: September 14, 2021 SHELTER IN PLACE is set at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel (for Los Angeles non-locals, this is a real-life historic high-end establishment on Hollywood Boulevard). Fair warning: it takes place during a pandemic, when everything is on lockdown. If you feel that you’ve had enough of feeling isolated and trapped in your own recent experience and don’t want any more in your entertainment, this may not be […]Read On »

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Movie Review: BAD CANDY

BAD CANDY movie poster | ©2021 Dread

Rating: Not Rated Stars: Zach Galligan, Corey Taylor, Riley Sutton Writers: Scott B. Hansen & Desiree Connell Directors: Scott B. Hansen & Desiree Connell Distributor: Dread Release Date: September 10, 2021 BAD CANDY is a very mixed bag. There’s no question that the movie provides more stories than we might expect for a modestly-budgeted horror anthology. It also has good creature and gore effects. There’s a CREEPSHOW-comic book vibe here that is often fun, but sometimes unfortunately extends to the CGI, which doesn’t always match the stronger practical aspects. The framing device for BAD CANDY is the Chilly Billy show […]Read On »

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Movie Review: MALIGNANT

MALIGNANT movie poster | ©2021 Warner Bros./New Line Cinema

Rating: R Stars: Annabelle Wallis, Maddie Hasson, George Young, Jacqueline McKenzie, Michole Briana White, Jake Abel, Ingrid Bisu, Mckenna Grace Writer: Akela Cooper, story by James Wan & Ingrid Bisu and Akela Cooper Director: James Wan Distributor: Warner Bros./New Line Cinema Release Date: September 10, 2021 MALIGNANT is a word that can mean malevolent or, in medical terms, virulent/highly infectious. While MALIGNANT won’t be anybody’s idea of a medical drama, the title is apt. In a prologue, we’re at the Simion Research Hospital in 1993. Gabriel has just escaped from his holding cell. He is malicious, violent, and so able […]Read On »

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WHAT WE DO IN THE SHADOWS: Actor Mark Proksch gives the scoop on Season 3 – Exclusive Interview – Part 2

Mark Proksch as Colin Robinson in WHAT WE DO IN SHADOWS - Season 3 | ©2021 FX/Brendon Meadows

WHAT WE DO IN THE SHADOWS is back for its third season on FX on Thursday nights, with episodes available the next day on FX on Hulu and FX on Demand, and already renewed for a fourth season before Season 3 even premiered. In Part 2 of our exclusive interview with actor Mark Proksch, who plays energy vampire Colin Robinson in the supernatural comedy, he answers questions that would have been too spoilery to print before the Season 3 premiere on September 2. Before Proksch got on Zoom with Assignment X, he also participated in a group Q&A virtual session, […]Read On »

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Movie Review: THE LAST MATINEE (AL MORIR LA MATINEE)

THE LAST MATINEE movie poster | ©2021 Dark Star Pictures

Rating: Not Rated Stars: Luciana Grasso, Ricardo Islas, Emanuel Sobrė, Patricia Porzio, Bruno Salvati, Julieta Spinelli, Vladimir Knazevs, Franco Duran, Pedro Duarte Writer: Manuel Facal, story by Maximiliano Contenti Director: Maximiliano Contenti Distributor: Dark Star Pictures Release Date: August 24, 2021 THE LAST MATINEE is a Uruguayan/Argentinian has art and horror. The combination is not what it should be, though, due to extremely slow pacing. A subtitle informs us that we’re in the Uruguayan capital city Montevideo in 1993. Someone more familiar with Montevideo than this reviewer will need to weigh in on what’s changed there to require THE LAST […]Read On »

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WHAT WE DO IN THE SHADOWS: Mark Proksch on Season 3 – Exclusive Interview – Part 1

Mark Proksch as Colin Robinson in WHAT WE DO IN SHADOWS - Season 3 - "The Prisoner" | ©2021 FX/Russ Martin

WHAT WE DO IN THE SHADOWS flies into its third season in a double episode on Thursday, September 2, on FX, with episodes available the following day on Hulu and on FX on Demand. Prior to the Season 3 premiere, the show has already been picked up for Season 4. The comedy series, based on the film of the same name, follows the adventures of a quartet of vampires and their human familiar in Staten Island, New York. Mark Proksch plays Colin Robinson. Unlike his blood-drinking housemates, Colin is an energy vampire, who feeds by boring people. At the end […]Read On »

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Movie Review: CANDYMAN

CANDYMAN movie poster | ©2021 Universal Pictures/MGM

Rating: R Stars: Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Teyonah Parris, Nathan Stewart-Jarrett, Kyle Kaminsky, Coleman Domingo, Michael Hargrove, Brian King, Rebecca Spence Writers: Jordan Peele and Win Rosenfeld and Nia DaCosta, based on the 1992 CANDYMAN screenplay by Bernard Rose and the short story THE FORBIDDEN by Clive Barker Director: Nia DaCosta Distributor: Universal/MGM Release Date: August 27, 2021 CANDYMAN is being billed as “a spiritual sequel” to the 1992 feature film of the same name. Since that was set in Chicago’s Cabrini-Green housing projects, and the new movie is set in the upscale apartment complexes occupying the same area, and since […]Read On »

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