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Movie Review: ANTEBELLUM

ANTEBELLUM movie poster | ©2020 Lionsgate

Rating: R Stars: Janelle Monae, Eric Lange, Jena Malone, Jack Huston, Kiersey Clemons, Gabourey Sidibe, Marque Richardson, Robert Aramayo, Lily Cowles, Tongayi Chirisa, London Boyce Writers: Gerard Bush & Christopher Renz Directors: Gerard Bush & Christopher Renz Distributor: Lionsgate Release Date: September 18, 2020 If ANTEBELLUM were a script pitch, the response might be, “You can’t do that.” In fact, writers/directors Gerard Bush & Christopher Renz clearly could and did do it, because their film exists. Now the questions are 1) what are they trying to say, 2) did they actually succeed in saying it, and 3) whether they should […]Read On »

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Movie Review: SPIRAL

SPIRAL movie poster | ©2020 Shudder

Rating: Not Rated Stars: Jeffrey Bowyer Chapman, Ari Cohen, Jennifer Leporte, Ty Wood, Lochlyn Munro, Chandra West Writers: Colin Minihan & John Poliquin Director: Kurtis David Harder Distributor: Shudder Release Date: September 17, 2020 (Shudder stream) SPIRAL keeps us guessing for a good portion of its length as to whether its horror is sociological, psychological, or supernatural. We generally know the drill: new family moves to small town, the neighbors are a little odd, and weird stuff begins to happen. It’s the late ‘80s/early ‘90s. We can tell from the tech: Polaroid cameras, square computer monitors, and not a cellphone […]Read On »

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FILTHY RICH: Executive producer John Norris on new Fox series – Exclusive Interview

Aaron Lazar as Reverend Paul Thomas, Deneen Tyler as Nora Ellington, Mark L. Young as Jason Conley, Melia Kreiling as Ginger Sweet, Benjamin Aquilar as Antonio Rivera, Gerald McRaney as Eugene Monreaux, Kim Cattrall as Margaret Monreaux, Aubrey Dollar as Rose Monreaux, Corey Cott as Eric Monreaux, Olivia Macklin as Becky Monreaux and Steve Harris as Franklin Lee in FILTHY RICH - Season 1 in "John 3:3" | ©2020 Fox / Justin Stephens

FILTHY RICH, premiering Monday September 21 on Fox, is a dark comedy/drama series about a mega-church ministry. When Sunshine Network founder Eugene Monreaux (Gerald McRaney) dies in a plane crash, his widow Margaret (Kim Cattrall) is left to not only hold their empire together, but also to deal with the revelation that Eugene has several previously unknown offspring, all hoping for an inheritance. John Norris is an executive producer on FILTHY RICH, alongside series creator Tate Taylor; the pair’s previous projects include the Oscar-winning film THE HELP. Norris talks about FILTHY RICH’s origins, his background in visual effects, why he […]Read On »

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Movie Review: TEENAGE BADASS

TEENAGE BADASS poster | ©2020 Freestyle Digital Media

Rating: Not Rated Stars: Mcabe Gregg, Evan Ultra, Madelyn Deutch, Dillon Lane, Elsie Hewitt, Tucker Audie, Brandon “crsh.” White, Karsen Liotta, Julie Ann Emery, Kevin Corrigan Writers: Grant McCord & Matthew D. Dho Director: Grant McCord Distributor: Freestyle Digital Media Release Date: September 18, 2020 TEENAGE BADASS is an odd title for what is essentially an amiable indie rock story. We’re in Phoenix, AZ. The year is 2006, presumably to explain why inexpensive home recording equipment isn’t a thing yet. Our hero is Brad Jaffe (Mcabe Gregg), a seventeen-year-old whose two passions are playing drums and smoking weed. He lives […]Read On »

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AGATHA RAISIN: Executive producer Barry Ryan on the AcornTV series – Exclusive Interview

Ashley Jensen in AGATHA RAISIN - Season 3 - "As The Pig Turns" | ©2020 Acorn TV

AGATHA RAISIN is now streaming its first three seasons on AcornTV, with a fourth season commissioned. Based on the series of comedic murder mysteries by the late M.C. Beaton (real name Marion Chesney Gibbons), AGATHA RAISIN stars Ashley Jensen as title character, a well-to-do former p.r. woman who moves to the English countryside and finds herself compelled to investigate local crime. AGATHA RAISIN has an unconventional production history. Season 1 premiered in 2014. It then was out of production until 2018, when Season 2 was finally made. Executive producer Barry Ryan, who has been with AGATHA RAISIN since its inception, […]Read On »

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Movie Review: RENT-A-PAL

RENT-A-PAL movie poster | ©2020 IFC

Rating: Not Rated Stars: Brian Landis Folkins, Kathleen Brady, Amy Rutledge, Wil Wheaton Writer: Jon Stevenson Director: Jon Stevenson Distributor: IFC Films Release Date: September 11, 2020 RENT-A-PAL is one of those movies that’s hard to evaluate. It seems to be the movie that writer/director Jon Stevenson set out to make, it’s well-acted, and it works up some tension. However, it raises a lot of intriguing questions and then doesn’t answer them. It winds up not being any of the movies the setup leads us to hope we’re going to watch. We’re in 1990 Denver, Colorado. Forty-year-old David (Brian Landis […]Read On »

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COASTAL ELITES: Director Jay Roach, writer Paul Rudnick and stars Bette Midler, Dan Levy, Sara Paulson, Kaitlyn Dever and Issa Rae chat new HBO film

Bette Midler in COASTAL ELITES | ©2020 HBO

COASTAL ELITES premieres Saturday, September 12, on HBO. Writer Paul Rudnick had scripted what the network describes as a “socially distanced comedy” feature prior to the COVID-19 pandemic. However, Rudnick adapted his work to address the current situation. COVID-19 has dictated that the Television Critics Association Summer 2020 press tour takes place entirely online. This article is derived from the COASTAL ELITES online panel. Rudnick and his fellow COASTAL ELITES executive producer, director Jay Roach, and cast members Bette Midler, Kaitlyn Dever, Dan Levy, Sarah Paulson, and Issa Rae each appear from their respective homes, answering questions from the press. […]Read On »

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MATADOR: Actor Gabriel Luna gives the scoop on the action series – Exclusive Interview

Gabriel Luna in MATADOR - Season 1 | ©2014 El Rey

MATADOR originally aired on the El Rey Network in 2014. The series is now available in its entirety on Amazon Prime. Despite the title, MATADOR has nothing to do with bullfighting. Instead, Gabriel Luna stars as DEA agent Tony Bravo. Tony unexpectedly has his daydreams of being a professional soccer player fulfilled when he’s recruited by the CIA to try out for the L.A. Riot team in order to spy on its owner, international criminal Andres Galan (Alfred Molina). When Tony surprises his CIA handlers by securing a spot on the squad, his missions become more dangerous. When MATADOR, created […]Read On »

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LOVECRAFT COUNTRY: Showrunner Misha Green and stars Jonathan Majors and Jurnee Smollett talk Season 1 – Interview

LOVECRAFT COUNTRY - Season 1 - Key Art | ©2020 HBO

LOVECRAFT COUNTRY, now in its first season Sunday nights on HBO, is one of the wildest rides ever through the Midwest and Northeast of the United States during the 1950s. Based on the novel by Matt Ruff, LOVECRAFT COUNTRY has been adapted for television by executive producer/show runner Misha Green. The show follows Black U.S. Army veteran Atticus “Tic” Freeman, played by Jonathan Majors, who returns home to Chicago to find that his father, Montrose (Michael Kenneth Williams), has mysteriously disappeared somewhere in New England. Tic sets out to find his father, accompanied by his childhood friend Letitia “Leti” Lewis, […]Read On »

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Movie Review: MULAN

MULAN movie poster | ©2020 Walt Disney Pictures

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Yifei Liu, Donnie Yen, Li Gong, Jet Li, Jason Scott Lee, Yoson An, Tzi Ma, Rosalind Chao Writers: Rick Jaffa & Amanda Silver and Lauren Hynek & Elizabeth Martin; animated screenplay by Rita Hsaio, Christopher Sanders, Philip Lazebnik, Raymond Singer & Eugenia Bostwick-Singer, story by Robert D. San Souci, based on the legend of Mulan Director: Niki Caro Distributor: Walt Disney Pictures Release Date (on Disney+): September 4, 2020 MULAN tells the story of a young woman in ancient China who disguises herself as a young man. It was previously adapted for the screen as an animated […]Read On »

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