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CD Review: SHAFT soundtrack

SHAFT soundtrack | ©2014 La La Land Records

Honkeys had their gun slinging, women-bedding superhero named James Bond for years until a 1971 sex machine named John Shaft showed that a black private dick could be just as bad-ass, especially when it came to an urban action-funk groove that got Isaac Hayes an Oscar winning song and nominated score. So perhaps it was a little ironic that a “white bloke from Luton” who’d been busy scoring 007 would land the music gig for John Singleton’s 2000 reboot, giving Sam Jackson a tailor-made vehicle to cement him as a big screen mofo. But even given Arnold’s urban pedigree that …Read On »

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Movie Review: TOMORROWLAND

TOMORROWLAND movie poster | ©2015 Walt Disney Pictures

Rating: PG Stars: George Clooney, Hugh Laurie, Britt Robertson, Raffey Cassidy, Thomas Robinson, Pierce Gagnon Writers: Damon Lindelof and Brad Bird, story by Brad Bird & Damon Lindelof & Jeff Jensen Director: Brad Bird Distributor: Walt Disney Pictures Release Date: May 22, 2015 Supremely well-intentioned and very uneven, TOMORROWLAND is a movie that’s easier to appreciate than to actually enjoy. Yes, it has some great concepts and delightful moments, but it also has long stretches that feel borrowed from dozens of other kid-friendly quest stories, along with some expository dialogue that goes on longer than is safe. TOMORROWLAND starts with …Read On »

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TV Review: DANCING WITH THE STARS – Season 20 – Week 10 – Season Finale – Willis & Chmerkovskiy take the gold!

Rumer Willis and Val Chmerkovskiy win DANCING WITH THE STARS - Season 20 | ©2015 ABC/Adam Taylor

Stars: Noah Galloway, Riker Lynch, Rumer Willis Network: ABC Original Telecast: May 19th, 2015 Yippee Ki…yah! Rumer Willis and Val Chmerkovskiy take the golden mirror ball trophy on DANCING WITH THE STARS season 20! What a night! What a competition! What a season! Willis and Chmerkovskiy consistently stayed at the top or close to the top of the leader board throughout the entire season, proving themselves again and again as the couple to reckon with come the finals. They scored three perfect scores on their last three dances and won the hearts of all the fans as Willis was portrayed …Read On »

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TV Review: DANCING WITH THE STARS – Season 20 – Week 10 – Season Finale – Freestyle Perfection!

Allison Holker and Riker Lynch in DANCING WITH THE STARS - Season 20 - Week 10 - Season Finale | ©2015 ABC/Adam Taylor

Stars: Noah Galloway, Riker Lynch, Rumer Willis Network: ABC, airs Mondays Original Telecast: May 18th, 2015 Another sensational night on DANCING WITH THE STARS as three couples perfect their Freestyle dances it’s a tight race to the finish. Rumer Willis & Val, Chmerkovskiy, Riker Lynch & Allison Holker and Noah Galloway & Sharna Burgess all received a flawless 40 for their Freestyles after all three recreated another one of their dances from the season. Willis & Chmerkovskiy and Lynch & Holker also received perfect scores for their redos while Galloway & Burgess earned just 32 points for their do-over dance. …Read On »

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Blu-ray and DVD Reviews for the Week of May 19, 2015

AMERICAN SNIPER | © 2015 Warner Home Video

Your time is short. We know this. So in order to expedite your buying and Netflix decision making, we provide you with a list of the cool and not-so-cool titles coming out for movies, television and everything in-between. So put your feet up, grab some popcorn and check out this week’s selections. Movies: Some good stuff this week including the Academy Award winning AMERICAN SNIPER mixed in with some not-so-good stuff that highlights the week of DVD and Blu-ray titles for the week of May 19, 2015. AMERICAN SNIPER – What hasn’t been said about AMERICAN SNIPER? It is an …Read On »

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Interview: Composer Geoff Zanneli helps pulls off a shagedlically artistocract art heist with MORTDECAI

MORTDECAI | ©2015 Lionsgate

  There’s no doubt that the O.G. masters of movie score Shagadelia knew they were being funny back in the ultra-60s day when Burt Bacharach had various James Bonds bouncing to the Tijuana Brass, or Charles Fox and Bob Crewe were disrobing Barbarella from her space suit to the strains of a female chorus and a funk guitar. Now with the groovy one-two punch of George S. Clinton and David Holmes making already-hip retro rhythms cool again for Austin Powers’ wacky spy jazz and the rocking organ-guitar grooves of twelve con artists pulling a big Vegas rip-off, everything old is …Read On »

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DVD/Video on Demand Review: AN IRISH EXORCISM

AN IRISH EXORCISM movie poster | ©2015 Virgil Films

Rating: Not Rated Stars: Aislinn Ni Uallachain, Dillon White, Brian Fortune, Paddy C. Courtney, Elaine Hearty, Anna Davis Writer: Martin Robinson Director: Eric Courtney Distributor: Virgil Films Release Date: May 12, 2015 The found-footage genre, that friend to every filmmaker who has a tale (and some who don’t) but no budget, ranges from the sublime to the idiotic. AN IRISH EXORCISM doesn’t break any ground – apart from perhaps being, as is claimed in the behind-the-scenes featurette, the only serious exorcism movie made so far in Ireland – but it’s a mostly good small-scale horror film. Writer Martin Robinson and …Read On »

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Movie Review: MAD MAX: FURY ROAD

MAD MAX: FURY ROAD poster | ©2015 Warner Bros.

Stars: Tom Hardy, Charlize Theron, Nicholas Hoult Writers: George Miller, Brendan McCarthy, Nick Lathouris Director: George Miller Distributor: Warner Bros. Release Date: May 15, 2015 It’s been 30 years since Mad Max battled Tina Turner in BEYOND THUNDERDOME and boy is his presence (and action adrenaline) needed. With the state of action movies reliant more on CGI over practical filmmaking, everything has become artificial live action cartoons. Thank goodness for director George Miller who returns to helm the fourth installment in his MAD MAX films – MAD MAX: FURY ROAD. And while the film does feature its share of CGI, …Read On »

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OUTLANDER: Author Diana Gabaldon discusses the move to TV – exclusive interview

Caitriona Balfe as Claire Randall in OUTLANDER | © 2015 Starz

Starz’s OUTLANDER, Saturdays at 9 PM, is now in the midst of its overwhelmingly popular first season and renewed for a second. The series tells the story of Claire Beauchamp Randall (Caitriona Balfe), a married WWII British Army nurse who finds herself transported to the Highlands of 1700s Scotland, where she meets, has to marry and eventually falls in love with Jamie Fraser (Sam Heughan), a local laird with his own castle – and major troubles with British officer Jack Randall (Tobias Menzies), the sadistic ancestor of Claire’s twentieth-century spouse Frank (also Menzies). Diana Gabaldon, who wrote the best-selling series …Read On »

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TV Review: DANCING WITH THE STARS – Season 20 – Week 9 – Judge’s Picks – Tears were flowing

Witney Carson and Artem Chigvintsev in DANCING WITH THE STARS - Season 20 - Week 9 | ©2015 ABC/Adam Taylor

Stars: Noah Galloway, Nastia Liukin, Riker Lynch, Rumer Willis Network: ABC, airs Mondays Original Telecast: May 11th, 2015 Another emotional night on DANCING WITH THE STARS as the couples perform two dances, one of which was mentored by one of the four judges – a first in DWTS history. The scores are so close that the contest is still anyone’s game. Two couples – Nastia Liukin & Derek Hough and Riker Lynch & Allison Holker – earned perfect scores tonight with 70 out of a possible 70 points. Right behind them is Rumer Willis & Val Chmerkovskiy with 68 points …Read On »

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