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Movie Review: SYNCHRONIC

SYNCRHONIC movie poster | ©2020 Well Go USA

Rating: R Stars: Anthony Mackie, Jamie Dornan, Katie Aselton, Ally Ioannides, Ramiz Monsef, Bill Oberst Jr. Writer: Justin Benson Directors: Justin Benson & Aaron Moorhead Distributor: Well Go USA Release Date: October 23, 2020 SYNCHRONIC is a pleasingly thoughtful, atmospheric, character-driven film. It has time travel in it, but it is likely to remind viewers more of PRIMER than, say, BACK TO THE FUTURE. Something deeply odd is happening in the Garden District of New Orleans. People are taking a designer drug called Synchronic, having what we first take to be very strange visions, and then dying in definitely strange […]Read On »

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Movie Review: TO YOUR LAST DEATH

TO YOUR LAST DEATH movie poster | ©2020 Quiver Distribution

Rating: Not Rated Stars (voices): Morena Baccarin, William Shatner, Dani Lennon, Bill Moseley, Ray Wise, Mark Whitten, Benjamin Siemon, Florence Hartigan, Damien C. Haas Writers: Tanya Klein & Jim Cirile Director: Jason Axinn Distributor: Quiver Distribution Release Date: October 6, 2020 TO YOUR LAST DEATH bills itself as “the first-ever U.S.-made 2D animated horror movie.” Whether or not this is accurate, it’s an intriguing specimen. Imagine TALES FROM THE CRYPT meets TWILIGHT ZONE meets SAW meets Grand Guignol Greek tragedy played out as modern family psychodrama, played out in limited animation, and (if your head can stop spinning after this […]Read On »

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Movie Review: THE WITCHES

Rating: PG Stars: Jahzir Bruno, Octavia Spencer, Anne Hathaway, Stanley Tucci, Kristin Chenoweth (voice), Codie-Lei Eastick, Chris Rock (voice) Writers: Robert Zemeckis & Kenya Barris and Guillermo del Toro, based on the novel by Roald Dahl Director: Robert Zemeckis Distributor: Warner Bros. Release Date: October 22, 2020 THE WITCHES, now on HBO Max, is what is sometimes known as a “family film.” This is not in the literal sense, as in actually being suitable for family members of all ages. Rather, it’s made for children, with parents, older siblings and other folks seeing the possibilities and wishing it was better. […]Read On »

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UTOPIA: Actors Desmin Borges, Jessica Rothe and Cory Michael Smith talk Season 1 of the new genre series – Interview

UTOPIA Season 1 | ©2020 Amazon

UTOPIA is now streaming its entire first season on Amazon Prime. Based on the British series created by Dennis Kelly, UTOPIA has been adapted as an American-set version by executive producer Gillian Flynn. The series brings together a group of comic book fans, who are excited at the discovery of a sequel to their favorite underground graphic novel. They learn that the events and characters in the books are real, and find themselves in opposition to a sinister tech company. Desmin Borges plays obsessive/compulsive genius Wilson Wilson, and Jessica Rothe plays Sam, two of the comic book aficionados. Cory Michael […]Read On »

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TV Review: SUPERNATURAL – Season 15 – “Gimme Shelter”

Misha Collins as Castiel and Alexander Calvert as Jack in SUPERNATURAL - Season 15 - "Gimme Shelter" | © 2020 The CW Network, LLC./Katie Yu

Stars: Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles, Misha Collins Alexander Calvert, Emily Swallow, Steve Bacic, Nicole Munoz, Sara Southey, Meghan Drew, Adam Beauchesne, Mark Dozlaw Writer: Davy Perez, series created by Eric Kripke Director: Matt Cohen Network: The CW, Thursdays @ 8 PM Original Airdate: October 15, 2020 With so few episodes left to go, it’s a little odd that the SUPERNATURAL segment “Gimme Shelter” seems to inch the series arc along only slightly. Yes, the case of the week kinda/sorta has something to do with Castiel’s (Misha Collins) emotional journey, but a lot of it moves Dean (Jensen Ackles) and Sam […]Read On »

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Movie Review: LOVE AND MONSTERS

LOVE AND MONSTERS movie poster | ©2020 Paramount Pictures

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Dylan O’Brien, Jessica Henwick, Michael Rooker, Dan Ewing, Ariana Greenblatt Writers: Brian Duffield and Matthew Robinson, story by Brian Duffield Director: Michael Matthews Distributor: Paramount Pictures Release Date: October 16, 2020  LOVE AND MONSTERS has a slightly misleading title. In the filmmakers’ defense, it’s easy to see where they felt that something a little more on target, like GOOD-HEARTEDNESS AND MONSTERS, wasn’t quite as catchy. They are absolutely not kidding about the MONSTERS part of the title. As our main character/narrator Joel Dawson (Dylan O’Brien) informs us, we’re seven years into a post-apocalypse, when Earth was threatened […]Read On »

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Movie Review: DON’T LOOK BACK

DON'T LOOK BACK movie poster | ©2020 Gravitas Ventures/Kamikaze Dogfight

Rating: Not Rated Stars: Kourtney Bell, Skyler Hart, Will Stout, Jaqueline Fleming, Damon Lipari, Amanda Grace Benitez, Han Soto, Stephen Twardokus, Dean J. West, Bryan Batt, Jeremy Holm, Rainn Wilson, Orlando Eric Street Writer: Jeffrey Reddick Director: Jeffrey Reddick Distributor: Gravitas Ventures/Kamikaze Dogfight Release Date: October 16, 2020 DON’T LOOK BACK shares a pedigree with FINAL DESTINATION. Both films were written by Jeffrey Reddick, who makes his feature directing debut here. Moreover, both are horror films that center around the concept of a group of people who share a traumatic experience, and are later haunted by it. The film begins […]Read On »

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SUPERNATURAL: Actor Misha Collins gives the scoop on the end of the series – Exclusive Interview

Misha Collins as Castiel in SUPERNATURAL - Season 15 - "Gimme Shelter" | © 2020 The CW Network/Katie Yu

When Misha Collins first appeared on SUPERNATURAL in its fourth-season premiere way back in 2008, nobody – including Collins – had any idea that he’d become a series regular. However, in SUPERNATURAL’s fifteenth and final season, now airing Thursday nights on The CW, Collins’s angel Castiel has become a beloved and essential part of Team Winchester, which currently consists of monster-fighting brothers Sam (Jared Padalecki) and Dean (Jensen Ackles), plus half-human/half-angel Jack (Alexander Calvert), who is sort of Castiel’s adopted son. As SUPERNATURAL viewers know, our heroes are currently involved in fighting none other than God, aka Chuck (Rob Benedict), […]Read On »

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VICTORIA ROWELL – Exclusive Interview – The actress talks about THE RICH AND THE RUTHLESS and more – Part 2

Victoria Rowell

In Part 2 of our exclusive interview with writer/director/producer/actor Victoria Rowell, she talks more about her soap opera THE RICH AND THE RUTHLESS, about her home makeover series TRASH VS. TREASURE, and the challenges of being a Black multi-hyphenate in today’s Hollywood. Rowell appears in two segments of BET Her’s streaming drama about breast cancer, THE WAITING ROOM, both of which premiere Saturday, October 17, on BET Her. ASSIGNMENT X: Does having THE RICH AND THE RUTHLESS be produced by you, a Black woman, make for any major differences between your show and a white-produced soap opera? VICTORIA ROWELL: Well, […]Read On »

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VICTORIA ROWELL – Exclusive Interview – The actress discusses making television during COVID – Part 1

Victoria Rowell, Boston Globe, May 5, 2007 | photograph by Elizabeth Lippman/courtesy Getty Images

Victoria Rowell is a true hyphenate. Originally from Portland, Maine, Rowell started out as a ballet dancer, then branched out into acting. Some of her better-known performances include work in DUMB AND DUMBER, EVE’S BAYOU, her eight seasons on DIAGNOSIS MURDER, and her work as Drucilla Barber Winters from 1990 through 2019 on THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS, for which Rowell received eleven Image Awards and three Daytime Emmy nominations. Rowell is also a best-selling nonfiction author, whose memoir, THE WOMEN WHO RAISED ME, has continuously been in print for the past thirteen years. As a screenwriter, she has created, […]Read On »

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