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Movie Review: SKYSCRAPER

SKYSCRAPER movie poster | ©2018 Universal Pictures

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Dwayne Johnson, Neve Campbell, Chin Han, Roland Muller, McKenna Melvin, Noah Cottrell, Pablo Schreiber, Byron Mann, Hannah Quinlivan Writer: Rawson Marshall Thurber Director: Rawson Marshall Thurber Release Date: July 13, 2018 The title of SKYSCRAPER would seem to refer to the 210-story structure where most of the action takes place. “The Pearl,” as it is dubbed, is the (fictional) tallest building in all of Asia. But it’s easy to see where SKYSCRAPER could also metaphorically reference Dwayne Johnson’s character Will Sawyer, a hero of towering height, family love, moral rectitude and physical ability. Will was an expert […]Read On »

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Movie Review: DON’T WORRY, HE WON’T GET FAR ON FOOT

HE WON'T GET FAR ON FOOT poster | ©2018 Amazon Studios

Rating: R Stars: Joaquin Phoenix, Jonah Hill, Rooney Mara, Jack Black Writer: Gus Van Sant, story by John Callahan and Gus Van Sant & Jack Gibson & William Andrew Eatman, based on John Callahan’s book Director: Gus Van Sant Distributor: Amazon Studios Theatrical Release Date: July 13, 2018  DON’T WORRY, HE WON’T GET FAR ON FOOT is filmmaker Gus Van Sant’s biopic about the late cartoonist John Callahan (1951-2010), played here by Joaquin Phoenix. “Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far on Foot” is the caption of one of Callahan’s most famous pieces, which shows a posse out in a desert […]Read On »

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CONDOR: Co-creators Jason Smilovic & Todd Katzberg on new thriller series – Exclusive Interview

CONDOR - Season 1 Key Art | © 2018 AT&T Audience Network

CONDOR, AT&T Audience Network’s new Wednesday-night series, is based on the 1975 film THREE DAYS OF THE CONDOR starring Robert Redford, which in turn was based on James Grady’s novel SIX DAYS OF THE CONDOR. With the series, we get ten episodes of CONDOR, which stars Max Irons as Joe Turner, a young C.I.A. analyst who is horrified when everyone else in his office is murdered – and he is blamed for the mass killing. As Joe tries to clear his name and find out who is actually responsible, a major conspiracy goes to work against him. Jason Smilovic and […]Read On »

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Movie Review: SORRY TO BOTHER YOU

SORRY TO BOTHER YOU movie poster | ©2018 Annapurna Pictures

Rating: R Stars: Lakeith Stanfield, Tessa Thompson, Jermaine Fowler, Omari Hardwick, Terry Crews, Kate Berlant, Michael X. Sommers, Danny Glover, Steven Yeun, Armie Hammer, Forest Whitaker Writer: Boots Riley Director: Boots Riley Distributor: Annapurna Pictures Release Date: June 6, 2018 SORRY TO BOTHER YOU is agitprop comedy cinema at its most pointed. Director/writer Boots Riley has devised a wicked social satire that takes on race, economics, the corporate state and more. It’s often simultaneously funny and depressing in how close its outrageousness is to reality. Even when the third act takes a turn into sci-fi, the metaphors are grounded. Our […]Read On »

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Movie Review: THE FIRST PURGE

THE FIRST PURGE movie poster | ©2018 Universal Pictures

Rating: R Stars: Y’lan Noel, Lex Scott Davis, Joivan Wade, Mugga, Patch Darragh, Marisa Tomei, Luna Lauren Velez, Kristen Solis, Rotimi Paul Writer: James DeMonaco Director: Gerard McMurray Distributor: Universal Release Date: July 4, 2018 THE FIRST PURGE is actually the fourth in the film series created by James DeMonaco. A prequel to the other three, THE FIRST PURGE shows how the government-sanctioned “Purge,” which we find out was initially confined to Staten Island, New York, and called “the Experiment,” came to exist. For those who’ve somehow missed the other PURGE offerings, here’s the premise. The U.S. government has decided […]Read On »

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POSE: Co-creator Steven Canals on Season 1 – Exclusive Interview

Mj Rodriguez as Blanca in POSE - Season 1 | ©2018 FX/Pari Dukovic

FX’s Sunday-night drama POSE, now in its first season, explores and celebrates New York’s underground ballroom scene of the 1980s. The real-life ballroom world continues today with many changes, but it was and continues to be both a stage and a haven for transgender people, many of color, who compete in costume and dance categories. Steven Canals created the premise for POSE, which he subsequently developed with Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk as a series; Canals serves as a writer and co-executive producer. Previously, Canals worked as an assistant to Dustin Lance Black before writing for DEAD OF SUMMER. ASSIGNMENT […]Read On »

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INSTINCT: Series Creator Michael Rauch on his new CBS procedural – Exclusive Interview

Alan Cumming as Dr. Dylan Reinhart and Bojana Novakovic as Det. Lizzie Needham in INSTINCT - Season 1 - "Pilot" | ©2017 CBS Broadcasting, Inc./Jonathan Wenk

In the opening narration for CBS’s series INSTINCT, Alan Cumming’s character Dylan Reinhart playfully informs us that he was Agent Reinhart when he worked for the CIA, Professor Reinhart when he started teaching at a university, as well as becoming a best-selling author, and now that he’s helping NYPD homicide detective Lizzie Needham (Boyana Novakovic) solve cases, he’s Consultant Reinhart. In Dylan’s personal life, he’s married to restaurant owner Andy (Daniel Ings), who worries about the return to crime-solving; Lizzie is still mourning the line-of-duty death of her partner. No matter his title, Dylan is clearly on to something: INSTINCT […]Read On »

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TV Review: SUPERNATURAL – Season 13 – “Tombstone”

Misha Collins as Castiel and Jensen Ackles as Dean -- Photo: Bettina Strauss/The CW -- © 2017 The CW in SUPERNATURAL - Season 13 - "Tombstone" | © 2017 The CW/Bettina Strauss

Stars: Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles, Misha Collins, Alexander Calvert, Sarah Troyer, Jonathan Cherry, Eric Schweig Writer: Davy Perez, series created by Eric Kripke Director: Nina Lopez-Corrado Network: The CW, Thursdays @ 8 PM Original Airdate: November 16, 2017 The title of the SUPERNATURAL Season 13’s sixth episode “Tombstone” does refer to the traditional graveyard marker, but it also recalls not just the legendary Old West town, but the movie made about it (with Kurt Russell as Wyatt Earp and Val Kilmer as Doc Holliday). No, nobody time-travels there, or even visits a modern incarnation. Instead, it’s a weird reflection of […]Read On »

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IMPULSE: Maddie Hasson on Season 1of new sci-fi series – Exclusive Interview

Maddie Hasson in IMPULSE - Season 1 | ©2018 YouTube Premium/Erin Keating

In YouTube Premium’s new series IMPULSE, now streaming its ten-episode first season, Maddie Hasson plays small-town teenager Henrietta “Henry” Cole. During an extreme trauma, Henry discovers that she can teleport, but cannot control the ability. Hasson, originally from North Carolina, began dancing at age seven before moving on to acting. Her film and television credits include THE FINDER, TWISTED, I SAW THE LIGHT, NOVITIATE and MR. MERCEDES. After a Q&A panel for IMPULSE, Hasson takes time to discuss her work on the show in greater detail. ASSIGNMENT X: How did you become involved with IMPULSE? MADDIE HASSON: I auditioned, and […]Read On »

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Blu-ray Review: NIGHT OF THE LEPUS

NIGHT OF THE LEPUS Blu-ray | ©2018 Shout! Factory

Stars: Stuart Whitman, Janet Leigh, Rory Calhoun, DeForest Kelley Writer: Don Holliday and Gene R. Kearney based on the novel by Russell Braddon Director: William F. Claxton Distributor: Shout! Factory Suggested Retail Price: $22.96 Every once and awhile, you’ll scratch your heard and wonder “How did that film get made?” Usually it’s a film so utterly sincere and yet clueless at the same time, you just watch the train wreck unfold and enjoy it for what it is. Such is the case of curious 1972 science fiction thriller NIGHT OF THE LEPUS. MGM originally called the film RABBITS based on […]Read On »

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