TV Review: DANCING WITH THE STARS – Season 23 – Week 7 – Eras Night – Maureen gracefully exits the ballroom

Maureen McCormick and Artem Chigvintsev are eliminated in DANCING WITH THE STARS - Season 23 | ©2016 ABC/Craig Sjodin

Stars: Calvin Johnson Jr., James Hinchcliffe, Jana Kramer, Laurie Hernandez, Marilu Henner, Maureen McCormick,  Ryan Lochte, Terra Jolé Network: ABC, airs Monday Original Telecast: Oct. 24th, 2016 Well, we are quickly reaching the finish line for DANCING WITH THE STARS: Season 23 and still there is no leader of the pack. Tonight DWTS said goodbye to Maureen McCormick & Artem Chigvintsev but that was kind of expected. She was at the bottom of the tally board and Ryan Lochte & Cheryl Burke, although they are lacking in high scores, seem to have a big fan base who have kept them […]Read On »



JACK REACHER: NEVER GO BACK poster | ©2016 Paramount Pictures

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Tom Cruise, Cobie Smulders, Janika Yerosh, Aldis Hodge, Patrick Heusinger, Ninja N. Devoe, Holt McCallany, Robert Knepper Writers: Richard Wenk and Edward Zwick & Marshall Herskovitz, based on the novel NEVER GO BACK by Lee Child Director: Edward Zwick Distributor: Paramount Release Date: October 21, 2016 JACK REACHER: NEVER GO BACK makes this is a good week for movie franchises with second installments that improve upon their originals. Like OUIJA: ORIGIN OF EVIL, NEVER GO BACK fixes issues that went wrong the first time to deliver solid entertainment within its genre, in this case, the action thriller. […]Read On »


ALICE THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS highlights Blu-ray, DVD and Digital Releases for Oct. 18, 2016


  Movies: ALICE THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS – The sequel to Disney’s original ALICE live action movie is an interesting take on the myth of the classic tale. While it received so-so reviews from critics and fans were a bit disinterested in the whole film (read: it flopped at the box office), it does a good job of bringing back the elements of the first movie that made it good with a strong cast (Helena Bonham Carter, Anne Hathaway, Mia Wasikowska and, of course, Johnny Depp) and an interesting story about Alice (Wasikowska) returning to Neverland and once again battling […]Read On »



THE WHOLE TRUTH movie poster | ©2016 Lionsgate

Rating: R Stars: Keanu Reeves, Renee Zellweger, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Gabriel Basso, Jim Belushi Writer: Rafael Jackson Director: Courtney Hunt Distributor: Lionsgate Premiere Release Date: October 21, 2016 THE WHOLE TRUTH has a set-up that seems like it ought to make a perfectly good movie, or even a miniseries – lawyer defending a minor being tried as an adult for an act of patricide. However, the slow pacing, digressions that go nowhere and multiplying implausible details act against the movie’s best interests. Keanu Reeves plays Richard Ramsey, a Southern lawyer who narrates the film in what seems like an effort to […]Read On »



OUIJA: ORIGIN OF EVIL poster | ©2016 Universal Pictures

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Annalise Basso, Elizabeth Reaser, Lulu Wilson, Henry Thomas, Doug Jones Writers: Mike Flanagan & Jeff Howard, based on characters created by Juliet Snowden & Stiles White Director: Mike Flanagan Distributor: Universal Release Date: October 20, 2016 OUIJA: THE ORIGIN OF EVIL is a sequel, or rather a prequel, far superior to its 2014 predecessor. For starters, it makes much more sense and has many more organic scares. Those who pay attention to character names will realize what story we’re watching. Otherwise, apart from the Ouija board of the title, we have to wait for a brief post-credits […]Read On »


TV Review: DANCING WITH THE STARS – Season 23 – Week 6 – Latin Night – Amber Rose eliminated

Amber Rose and Maksim Chmerkovskiy are eliminated in DANCING WITH THE STARS - Season 23 - Week 6 elimination | ©2016 ABC/Eric McCandless

Stars: Amber Rose, Calvin Johnson Jr., James Hinchcliffe, Jana Kramer, Laurie Hernandez, Marilu Henner, Maureen McCormick, Ryan Lochte, Terra Jolé Network: ABC, airs Monday Original Telecast: Oct. 17th, 2016 A new leader is born on DANCING WITH THE STARS Season 23. On Week 6 aka Latin Night, those leaders are Jana Kramer & Gleb Savchenko, who brought the house down with their smoking hot and wet Argentine Tango. Yes, wet, they ended their dance under a steaming shower pounding down on them. Hot! It also earned them a perfect score, the only one of the night. Sadly, Amber Rose & […]Read On »


THE ACCOUNTANT: Composer Mark Isham plays a unique set of action skills – Interview

THE ACCOUNTANT composer Mark Isham | ©2016 Mark Isham

  One might expect composer Mark Isham to have had a tender musical upbringing that resulted in a soft-spoken composer who carried a powerfully blown trumpet. No doubt he was given some very different life choices than Chris – a highly functioning autistic youth with a natural gift for math and an equally big bullying target on his back, one that makes his military dad train Chris and brother in the killer skills that mature a budding genius into “The Accountant’s” cross between Rain Man and The Punisher. Certainly one of the crazier Hollywood films to give socially challenged characters […]Read On »


BERLIN STATION: Richard Jenkins on new EPIX series – Exclusive Interview

BERLIN STATION poster | ©2016 Epix

Richard Jenkins has a long, impressive resume that include an Emmy win for his lead actor turn in OLIVE KITTRIDGE and an Oscar nomination for his supporting work in THE VISITOR. A smattering of the Illinois-born actor’s other film credits include SILVERADO, HANNAH AND HER SISTERS, WOLF, STEP BROTHERS, LET ME IN and CABIN IN THE WOODS. Jenkins is currently working for director Guillermo Del Toro in THE SHAPE OF WATER. However, until now, Jenkins has only been a regular in one series, HBO’s SIX FEET UNDER. Epix’s BERLIN STATION, which premieres Sunday, October 16, has brought Jenkins back to […]Read On »



THE ACCOUNTANT movie poster | ©2016 Warner Bros.

Rating: R Stars: Ben Affleck, Anna Kendrick, J.K. Simmons, Jon Bernthal, Jeffrey Tambor, Cynthia Addai-Robinson, John Lithgow, Jean Smart Writer: Bill Dubuque Director: Gavin O’Connor Distributor: Warner Bros. Release Date: October 14, 2016 The intentions behind THE ACCOUNTANT are broadly good. The filmmakers want to show the audience that people on the autism spectrum can be just as capable, if not more so, than neuro-typical (non-autistic) folks. There are certainly plenty of examples of autistic people who are extraordinarily gifted in fields like math and music. Rather than giving us another “very special” drama, director Gavin O’Connor, writer Bill Dubuque […]Read On »


Blu-ray Review: RAISING CAIN

RAISING CAIN Blu-ray | ©2016 Shout! Factory

Stars: John Lithgow, Lolita Davidovich, Steven Bauer, Frances Sternhagen Writer/Director: Brian De Palma Distributor: Shout! Factory Suggested Retail Price: $24.93 I was never a huge fan of Brian De Palma’s 1992 thriller RAISING CAIN. Bringing the director back to his early thriller roots (like DRESSED TO KILL and BLOW OUT) that were drenched deeply in Alfred Hitchcock suspense and callbacks, CAIN came off as a trainwreck of a movie mixing tones and themes but never truly satisfying. Was it supposed to be a comedy? A thriller? A black comedy? A parody of other De Palma films? While there was an […]Read On »

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