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Movie Review: RAYA AND THE LAST DRAGON

RAYA AND THE LAST DRAGON movie poster | ©2021 Walt Disney Pictures

Rating: PG Stars (voices): Kelly Marie Tran, Awkwafina, Izaac Wang, Gemma Chan, Daniel Dae Kim, Benedict Wong, Sandra Oh, Alan Tudyk Writers: Qui Nguyen & Adele Lim, story by Paul Briggs, Don Hall, Adele Lim, Carlos Lopez Estrada, Kiel Murray, Qui Nguyen, John Ripa, Dean Wellins, story ideas by Bradley Raymond, additional story contributions by Helen Kalafatic Directors: Don Hall & Carlos Lopez Estrada, co-directors, Paul Briggs & John Ripa Distributor: Walt Disney Studios Release Date: March 5, 2021 RAYA AND THE LAST DRAGON is a charming animated quest that goes more or less exactly where we’d expect. It moves […]Read On »

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HANNIBAL: Creator Bryan Fuller on the three-season TV series – Exclusive Interview – Part 1

HANNIBAL Season 3 Key Art | ©2014 NBC

This story was originally posted on ASSIGNMENT X  on June 17, 2015 and is being reprinted to highlight the series re-airing on Netflix. HANNIBAL, the three-season series adapted by executive producer Bryan Fuller from Thomas Harris’s novels (as well as the films based on them, including MANHUNTER and THE SILENCE OF THE LAMBS), is now streaming in its entirety on Amazon Prime. CBS is currently airing a whole new take on the novels, CLARICE, on Thursday nights, which refers to but never names the serial killer, who helped Clarice Starling (played on the show by Rebecca Breeds) capture a different […]Read On »

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Movie Review: WRONG TURN 2021

WRONG TURN | ©2021 Lionsgate

Rating: R Stars: Charlotte Vega, Adain Bradley, Matthew Modine, David Hutchison, Emma Dumont, Dylan McTee, Vardaan Arora, Adrian Favela, Tim deZarn Writer: Alan McElroy Director: Mike P. Nelson Distributor: Lionsgate Release Date: February 23, 2021 WRONG TURN 2021 is in theory a remake of the much-sequelized 2003 WRONG TURN. It even has the same writer, Alan McElroy. However, while it has the same general premise – a group of young, attractive people go into the woods and have trouble with the folks who live there – it doesn’t have exactly the same plot, or even exactly the same genre. Indeed, […]Read On »

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HONOUR: Executive producer Liza Marshall on new British film – Exclusive Interview

Keeley Hawes in HONOUR| ©2021 Britbox

HONOUR is a fact-based drama that follows the investigation, led by British police detective Caroline Goode (played by Keeley Hawes, also one of the executive producers) into the 2006 disappearance of Banaz Mahmod (Buket Kamur). Goode’s inquiry leads her to learn about the disturbing practice of “honor killings,” which consist of men murdering women, often family members, for perceived infractions against patriarchal culture. HONOUR executive producer Liza Marshall has an extensive career in both narrative and documentary films and television. Her previous work includes the RED RIDING films, WELCOME TO THE PUNCH, SPRINGSTEEN AND I, TABOO, and RIVIERA. Speaking by […]Read On »

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Movie Review: THE SINNERS

THE SINNERS movie poster | ©2021 Brainstorm Media

Rating: Not Rated Stars: Kaitlin Bernard, Brenna Llewellyn, Brenna Coates, Aleks Paunovic, Tahmoh Penikett, Lochlyn Munro, Michael Eklund, Keilani Rose, Jasmine Randhawa, Natalie Malaika, Carly Fawcett, Jerry Trimble, Loretta Walsh, James Neate, Elysia Rotaru, Dylan Playfair, Jen Araki Writers: Courtney Paige & Erin Hazlehurst & Madison Smith, story by Courtney Paige Director: Courtney Paige Distributor: Brainstorm Media Release Date: February 19, 2021 THE SINNERS is one of those movies where the direction is better than the acting. Debuting feature director Courtney Paige creates beautiful, rich images, and gets good performances from her cast. The script she wrote with Erin Hazlehurst […]Read On »

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YOUNG ROCK: Actor Bradley Constant on new NBC comedy – Exclusive Interview

Bradley Constant as Dwayne 15 yrs in YOUNG ROCK - Season 1 |©2021 NBC/Mark Taylor

YOUNG ROCK is NBC’s new half-hour Tuesday night comedy, based on the real life of Dwayne Johnson, aka The Rock. By now, everybody who hasn’t been dwelling under a rock knows Johnson as a star wrestler turned star movie actor. YOUNG ROCK explores Johnson’s less-famous formative years. Johnson appears as himself in flashforwards to 2032, when he’s being interviewed, by Randall Park (also playing himself) during a presidential run. Johnson serves as narrator, while three different actors portray him at younger ages: Adrian Groulx is ten-year-old Dwayne, Uli Latukefu plays him at eighteen, and Bradley Constant plays Johnson at age […]Read On »

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Movie Review: THE MAURITANIAN

THE MAURITANIAN movie poster |©2020 STX Films

Rating: R Stars: Tahar Rahim, Jodie Foster, Benedict Cumberbatch, Shailene Woodley Writers: M.B. Traven and Rory Haines & Sohrab Noshrvani, screen story by M.B. Traven, based on the book GUANTANAMO DIARY by Mohamedou Ould Slahi, edited by Larry Siems Director: Kevin Macdonald Distributor: STX Films Release Date: February 12, 2021 THE MAURITANIAN is based on Mohamedou Ould Slahi’s nonfiction book GUANTANAMO DIARY (edited by Larry Siems, as is noted in the credits), which details his decade-plus of detention in that facility. The film, directed by Kevin Macdonald from a screenplay by M.B. Traven and Rory Haines & Sohrab Noshrvani, screen […]Read On »

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Movie Review: JUDAS AND THE BLACK MESSIAH

JUDAS AND THE BLACK MESSIAH movie poster | ©2020 Warner Bros.

Rating: R Stars: LaKeith Stanfield, Daniel Kaluuya, Jesse Plemons, Dominique Fishback, Ashton Sanders, Algee Smith, Darnnell Britt-Gibson, Lil Rel Howery, Dominique Thorne, Martin Sheen, Robert Longstreet Writers: Will Berson & Shaka King, story by Will Berson & Shaka King and Kenny Lucas & Keith Lucas Director: Shaka King Distributor: Warner Bros. Release Date: February 12, 2021 JUDAS AND THE BLACK MESSIAH concerns two real-life figures, 1960s Black activist Fred Hampton, and FBI informant William O’Neal. We’re in 1968 Chicago, with periodic interview sequences set later, in 1989. As depicted here (and as discernable in the historical record), Hampton (Daniel Kaluuya) […]Read On »

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Movie Review: SOUL

SOUL movie poster | ©2020 Disney/Pixar

Rating: PG Stars (voices): Jamie Foxx, Tina Fey, Angela Bassett, Alice Braga, Richard Ayoade, Wes Studi, Fort une Feirnster, Zenobia Shroff Writers: Pete Docter & Mike Jones & Kemp Powers Director: Pete Docter Co-Director: Kemp Powers Distributor: Disney Release Date: December 25, 2020 SOUL has been nominated for two Golden Globe Awards, including Best Animated Motion Picture and Best Score (by Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross, with jazz compositions and arrangements by Jon Batiste), and will no doubt get some Oscar nods as well. The title of SOUL comes from both the spirit of jazz music, dear to the heart […]Read On »

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NURSES: Actress Natasha Calis on new NBC medical drama – Exclusive Interview

Natasha Calis as Ashley Collins in NURSES - Season 1 | ©2021 NBC/Matt Barnes/eOne

NURSES is airing its first season Tuesday nights on NBC. Season 2 wrapped shooting in October, 2020. The medical drama deals with the nursing staff at the busy (fictional) St. Mary’s Hospital in down Toronto, Canada. Natasha Calis plays nurse Ashley Collins, dedicated to her patients and loyal to her friends. Calis began acting at the age of seven, with a live-action role in THE CHRISTMAS CAPER. Soon after, Calis was voicing characters in animated BARBIE and DINOSAUR TRAIN programs. Other credits include leads in the films THE POSSESSION, THE HARVEST, and HEARTBEAT, and in the series THE FIRM and […]Read On »

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