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Movie Review: THE CALL

THE CALL movie poster | ©2020 Cinedigm

Rating: Not Rated Stars: Lin Shaye, Tobin Bell, Chester Rushing, Erin Sanders, Mike C. Manning, Sloane Morgan-Siegel, Judd Lormand Writer: Patrick Stibbs Director: Timothy Woodward Jr. Distributor: Cinedigm Release Date: October 30, 2020 THE CALL is a generically-titled but otherwise solid horror movie. It has a decent premise, a good set-up that makes the right revelations at the right times, and smart casting in two key roles. We’re in 1987, either because the filmmakers didn’t want to deal with the Internet and smartphones, or they just like the styles. They certainly go with the ‘80s ethos of having actors who […]Read On »

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TV Review: SUPERNATURAL – Season 15 – “Drag Me Away (From You)”

Christian Michael Cooper as Young Sam in SUPERNATURAL - Season 15 - "Drag Me Away (From You)" | © 2020 The CW Network/Colin Bentley

Stars: Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles, Lisa Berry, Christian Michael Cooper, Paxton Singleton, Elle McKinnon, Liam Hughes, Kelsey Crane, Ryan Alexander McDonald Writer: Meghan Fitzmartin, series created by Eric Kripke Director: Amyn Kaderali Network: The CW, Thursdays @ 8 PM Original Airdate: October 22, 2020  With this being the fifth-to-last episode of SUPERNATURAL, the episode “Drag Me Away (From You)” naturally … goes back to 1993, where we see the guys as youngsters. This kinda/sorta informs the present, though not as much as it should, giving the timing. The bigger news here is that Dean (Jensen Ackles) is really doubling down […]Read On »

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THE CONNERS: Actor Michael Fishman on Season 3 of the ABC comedy series – Exclusive Interview

Michael Fishman as D.J. Conner in THE CONNERS Season 3 | ©2020 ABC/Andrew Eccles

THE CONNERS is now in its third season, Wednesday nights on ABC. To celebrate Halloween, the half-hour comedy series airs the episode “Halloween and the Election Vs. the Pandemic” on Wednesday, October 28. This marks the narrative directorial debut of THE CONNERS regular Michael Fishman, who originated his role of D.J. Conner in the original nine seasons of ROSEANNE, 1988-1997, before returning for the reboot in 2018. (The ROSEANNE return was canceled after one season and spun off into THE CONNERS.) In an exclusive telephone interview, Fishman talks how he prepared to direct the episode of THE CONNERS, and much […]Read On »

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Movie Review: SYNCHRONIC

SYNCHRONIC 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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