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Blu-ray Review: IT’S ALIVE TRILOGY

IT'S ALIVE trilogy box art | ©2018 Shout! Factory

Stars: (IT’S ALIVE) – John P. Ryan, Sharon Farrell, Andrew Duggan, Guy Stockwell, James Dixon, Michael Ansara (IT LIVES AGAIN aka IT’S ALIVE 2) – Frederic Forrest, Kathleen Lloyd, John P. Ryan, John Marley, Andrew Duggan, Eddie Constantine, James Dixon (IT’S ALIVE III: ISLAND OF THE ALIVE) – Michael Moriarty, Karen Black, Laurene Landon, Gerrit Graham, Neal Israel, James Dixon Writer/Director: Larry Cohen Distributor: Shout! Factory Suggested Retail Price: $49.97 Writer-Director Larry Cohen (Q, THE STUFF, GOD TOLD ME) has made some pretty amazing films throughout his eclectic career and he’s done so by experimenting with genre tropes and twisting […]Read On »

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Movie Review: DEADPOOL 2

DEADPOOL 2 poster | ©2018 Fox

Rating: R Stars: Ryan Reynolds, Josh Brolin, Morena Baccarin, Julian Dennison, Zazie Beetz, T.J. Miller, Stefan Kapicic (voice), Brianna Hildebrand, Leslie Uggams, Karan Soni Writers: Rhett Reese & Paul Wernick & Ryan Reynolds, based on characters created by Rob Liefeld & Fabian Nicieza Director: David Leitch Distributor: 20th Century Fox Release Date: May 18, 2018  DEADPOOL 2, should there be any doubt, is the sequel to 2016’s DEADPOOL. Both are based on the comics created by Rob Liefeld & Fabian Nicieza. The original DEADPOOL, with its blend of comic book action, snarky meta humor, bloody violence and quick-sparring romance was […]Read On »

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RUNAWAYS: James Marsters talks Season 1 of Hulu’s Marvel series – Exclusive Interview

James Marsters in MARVEL'S RUNAWAYS - Season 1 | ©2018 Hulu

At this point, actor James Marsters has done plenty of straight drama and comedy – and time in a rock band, Ghost of the Robot – but he continues to uphold his genre cred. After his indelible performance as the vampire Spike in BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER and ANGEL, Marsters’s roles have included anti-human Brainiac on SMALLVILLE, religious zealot Barnabas Greeley on CAPRICA, galactic traveler Captain John Hart on TORCHWOOD, and many more. Now Marsters has added series regular Victor Stein in Hulu’s RUNAWAYS to the list. Adapted by Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage from the Marvel Comics saga created […]Read On »

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EMPIRE: Jussie Smollett chats Season 4 and acting and directing on the Fox series – Interview

Jussie Smollett in EMPIRE - Season 4 - "False Face" | © 2017 Fox/Chuck Hodes

EMPIRE star Jussie Smollett is having a spectacular first third to 2018. Besides being in his fourth season as middle son Jamal Lyon on Fox Networks’ Wednesday-night musical drama, Smollett makes his television directorial debut with an EMPIRE episode that airs later this season. His first feature-length studio album as a singer/songwriter SUM OF MY MUSIC, was released in March, and he seems very happy about all of it. ASSIGNMENT X: Jamal Lyon has a strong personality, he’s a singer/songwriter, he has a healthy ego, but his mother, father and brothers are often so out of control, he’s relatively the straight […]Read On »

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Movie Review: TRUTH OR DARE

TRUTH OR DARE movie poster | ©2018 Universal Pictures/Blumhouse

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Lucy Hale, Tyler Posey, Violett Beane, Hayden Szeto, Sophia Ali, Landon Liboiron, Nolan Gerard Funk, Sam Lerner, Aurora Perrineau, Tom Choi Writers: Michael Reisz and Jillian Jacobs & Christopher Roach & Jeff Wadlow, story by Michael Reisz Director: Jeff Wadlow Distributor: Universal Release Date: April 13, 2018 TRUTH OR DARE surprises on a lot of levels. For one thing, it’s that rare PG-13 horror flick that doesn’t seem to be pulling too many punches. Arguably almost as rare, it’s a teen-oriented story that doesn’t rely on its characters being idiots to keep the plot moving. The game […]Read On »

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Movie Review: PACIFIC RIM: UPRISING

PACIFIC RIM UPRISING movie poster | ©2018 Legendary/Universal Pictures

Rating: PG-13 Stars: John Boyega, Scott Eastwood, Cailee Spaeny, Burn Gorman, Charlie Day, Tian Jing, Jin Zhang, Aria Adria Arjona, Rinko Kikuchi Writers: Steven S. DeKnight & Emily Carmichael & Kira Snyder and T.S. Nowlin, based on characters created by Travis Beacham Director: Steven S. DeKnight Distributor: Universal Pictures Release Date: March 23, 2018 PACIFIC RIM: UPRISING is the sequel to 2013’s PACIFIC RIM, which was directed by Guillermo Del Toro. The new film is directed by Steven S. DeKnight. Someone else said one difference between the two is that the first film was a monster movie with giant robots, […]Read On »

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Movie Review: TOMB RAIDER

TOMB RAIDER | © 2018 MGM

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Alicia Vikander, Dominic West, Walton Goggins, Daniel Wu, Kristin Scott Thomas, Derek Jacobi Writers: Geneva Robertson-Dworet and Alastair Siddons, story by Geneva Robertson-Dworet and Evan Daugherty Director: Roar Uthaug Distributor: Warner Bros/M-G-M Release Date: March 16, 2018 Large on scale, small on impact, TOMB RAIDER is one of those movies that makes it hard to come up with enough informative words to shape a review. It’s okay. It’s not great, it’s not awful, it’s just one of those things that you can watch with mild enjoyment, if no real excitement. TOMB RAIDER is the origin story of […]Read On »

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TV Review: SUPERNATURAL – Season 13 – “Advanced Thanatology”

Jared Padelecki as Sam in SUPERNATURAL | © 2018 Katie Yu/The CW

Stars: Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles, Misha Collins, Lisa Berry, Seth Isaac Johnson, Alisen Down Writer: Steve Yockey, series created by Eric Kripke Director: John F. Showalter Network: The CW, Thursdays @ 8 PM Original Airdate: November 9, 2017 A big part of the charm of SUPERNATURAL is the craziness of its storytelling, which has just gotten loopier over the years. By Season 13, it revels in its own insanity. There may never have been a show where the ostensibly mortal lead characters keep dying and coming back, with the explanations for how and why this happens growing ever more complex. […]Read On »

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DECEPTION: Creator Chris Fedak talks magic and crime solving – exclusive interview

Jack Cutmore-Scott as Cameron in DECEPTION | © 2018 Craig Sjodin/ABC

ABC’s new series DECEPTION, which premieres Sunday, March 11, deals with the intersection of stage magic, a la David Blaine, and crime solving. When headliner magician Cameron Black, played by Jack Cutmore-Scott, is entangled in a murder, his efforts to clear his name cause him to team up with FBI agent Kay Daniels (Ilfenesh Hadera), which helps her sleuthing as well. Creator/executive producer Chris Fedak (who co-created CHUCK) explains DECEPTION’s premise during a Q&A session. “The idea behind this show is “tricking,” essentially. So many action shows, you have, “How do you capture bad guys?” Sometimes you get them doing […]Read On »

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Movie Review: THEY REMAIN

THEY REMAIN | © 2018 Paladin

Rating: Unrated Stars: William Jackson Harper, Rebecca Henderson Writer: Philip Gelatt, based on the novella -30- by Laird Barron Director: Philip Gelatt Distributor: Paladin Release Date: March 2, 2018 (New York); March 9, 2018 (Los Angeles)   Adapting Laird Barron’s novella -30-, screenwriter/director Philip Gelatt gets good horror mileage out of a strong premise and a small cast with THEY REMAIN. Although a few other characters show up now and then, and there’s a voice representing the employment company, THEY REMAIN is virtually a two-hander. Gelatt wrings maximum tension out of the set-up, and ends on a note that is […]Read On »

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