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Benjamin Wallfisch scores A CURE FOR WELLNESS – Interview

A CURE FOR WELLNESS soundtrack | ©2017 Milan Records

Madness and the curse of centuries-old grotesqueries have rarely been as elegantly conveyed as A CURE FOR WELLNESS, an auspicious entry into the time-honored genre of the sane man trapped in an insane asylum – or in this case a Swiss Alps spa seemingly dedicated to the spiritual, and physical health of its decrepit well-healed clientele. Much like a funeral director with obsessive detail to make an unholy mess spic and span, PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN and RING director Gore Verbinski has ensured that his institute resounds with old world, aristocratic class, all the better to hide the demonic suffering its delightfully […]Read On »

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TV Review: DANCING WITH THE STARS – Season 24 – Week 6 – Boy Band and Girl Group Night – Heather Morris eliminated

Heather Morris in DANCING WITH THE STARS - Season 24 | ©2017 ABC/Craig Sjodin

Stars: Heather Morris, Nancy Kerrigan, Bonner Bolton, David Ross, Simone Biles, Normani Kordei, Rashad Jennings, Nick Viall Network: ABC, airs Monday Original Telecast: April 24th, 2017 There is no other way to describe it than…stunning. Tonight on DANCING WITH THE STARS it was the most shocking elimination since Sabrina Bryan & Mark Ballas got voted out around the same time of the competition many, many, many years ago. And what makes it even more incredible is that Heather Morris & Maks Chmerkovskiy scored a perfect score, the first of this DWTS season, tonight doing a beautiful Rumba. Sometimes it hurts, […]Read On »

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Movie Review: UNFORGETTABLE

UNFORGETTABLE movie poster | ©2017 Warner Bros.

Rating: R Stars: Rosario Dawson, Katherine Heigl, Geoff Stults, Isabella Kai Rice, Cheryl Ladd, Sarah Burns, Whitney Cummings, Simon Kassianides, Robert Ray Wisdom Writer: Christina Hodson Director: Denise Di Novi Distributor: Warner Bros. Release Date: April 21, 2017 There are a few ripped-from-the-headlines aspects to UNFORGETTABLE, but to be specific would perhaps be too spoilery. Suffice to say that certain types of cyber-revenge make Christina Hodson’s screenplay plausible in its broad strokes. With different treatment, the subject matter could have been stomach-churning horror. However, under Denise Di Novi’s direction (the veteran producer’s feature directorial debut), UNFORGETTABLE is one of those […]Read On »

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TV Review: DANCING WITH THE STARS – Season 24 – Week 5 – Disney Night – No fairy tale ending for Erika Jayne

Erika Jayne in DANCING WITH THE STARS - Season 24 | ©2017 ABC/Craig Sjodin

Stars: Heather Morris, Nancy Kerrigan, Bonner Bolton, Erika Jayne, David Ross, Simone Biles, Normani Kordei, Rashad Jennings, Nick Viall Network: ABC, airs Monday Original Telecast: April 17th, 2017 It’s Disney night on DANCING WITH THE STARS! Mickey, Minnie, Donald and, making her first appearance on DWTS, Daisy all joined in on the fun while ABC self promoted all its upcoming features for the next couple of years. Okay, it was fun to watch too, but blatant, oh definitely. Top of the leader board this week was an almost perfect Normani Kordei & Val Chmerkovskiy who fell from the leader board […]Read On »

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Movie Review: THE LOST CITY OF Z

THE LOST CIITY OF Z movie poster | ©2017 Amazon Studios/Bleecker Street

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Charlie Hunnam, Robert Pattinson, Sienna Miller, Tom Holland, Angus McFadyen Writer: James Gray, based on the book by David Grann Director: James Gray Distributor: Amazon Studios/Bleecker Street Release Date: April 14, 2017 THE LOST CITY OF Z covers two decades in the early twentieth century. The movie feels a bit like it was made in the middle-late twentieth century, the ‘60s through the ‘80s, when there were more stories like this one, concerning men finding themselves by leaving civilization behind. The irony in THE LOST CITY OF Z is that Percy Fawcett (Charlie Hunnam) was actually in […]Read On »

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Movie Review: THE FATE OF THE FURIOUS

THE FATE OF THE FURIOUS movie poster | ©2017 Universal Pictures

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Vin Diesel, Jason Statham, Dwayne Johnson, Michelle Rodriguez, Tyrese Gibson, Chris “Ludacris” Bridges, Charlize Theron, Kurt Russell, Nathalie Emmanuel, Luke Evans, Elsa Pataky, Kristofer Hivju, Scott Eastwood Writer: Chris Morgan, based on characters created by Gary Scott Thompson Director: F. Gary Gray Distributor: Universal Release Date: April 14, 2017 Let’s start with one big selling point of THE FATE OF THE FURIOUS. It has an extended sequence, roughly midpoint, where director F. Gary Gray and his amazing stunt and vehicle team do things with vehicles that haven’t been done quite this way before. (It’s also liable to […]Read On »

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TV Review: DANCING WITH THE STARS – Season 24 – Week 4 – Most Memorable Year Night says goodbye to Mr. T

Mr. T in DANCING WITH THE STARS - Season 24 | ©2017 ABC/Craig Sjodin

Stars: Heather Morris, Nancy Kerrigan, Mr. T, Bonner Bolton, Erika Jayne, David Ross, Simone Biles, Normani Kordei, Rashad Jennings, Nick Viall Network: ABC, airs Monday Original Telecast: April 10th, 2017 By far my favorite night on DANCING WITH THE STARS is “The Most Memorable Year” night. Filled with emotion and honesty, it’s the night where we truly get to see the contestants for who they really are and where they came from, whether it be twenty years ago or, in the case of Mr. T, sixty four years ago. Sadly, Mr. T ended his run on DWTS tonight, along with […]Read On »

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TV Review: DANCING WITH THE STARS – Season 24 – Week 3 – Adios Charo!

Charo and Keo Motsepe in DANCING WITH THE STARS - Season 24 | ©2017 ABC/Craig Sjodin

Stars: Heather Morris, Nancy Kerrigan, Mr. T, Bonner Bolton, Erika Jayne, David Ross, Simone Biles, Normani Kordei, Charo, Rashad Jennings, Nick Viall Network: ABC, airs Monday Original Telecast: April 3rd, 2017 DANCING WITH THE STARS is well into season 24 and it couldn’t feel more rushed. Sorry, but I have a BIG pet peeve to vent here – there is a HUGE lack of drama when Tom Bergeron and Erin Andrews announce at the end of the show who is in jeopardy and then with one big woosh they announce the other nine or ten couples are safe. One of […]Read On »

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TV Review: BONES: THE FINAL CHAPTER – Season 12 – “The End in the End” – Series Finale

David Boreanaz and Emily Deschael in BONES - THE FINAL CHAPTER - Season 12 - "The End in the End" | ©2017 Fox/ Patrick McElhenney

Stars: David Boreanaz, Emily Deschanel, Michaela Conlin, TJ Thyne, Tamara Taylor, John Boyd, Cyndi Lauper, Patricia Belcher, Eugene Byrd, Carla Gallo, Brit Shaw, Laura Spencer, Michael Grant Terry, Pej Vahdat, Gerald Celasco, Sara Rue Writers: Jonathan Collier & Michael Peterson & Karine Rosenthal, story by Stephen Nathan, series created by Hart Hanson, based on the life and writings of Kathy Reichs Director: David Boreanaz Network: Fox Network, Tuesdays @ 9 PM Airdate: March 28, 2017 Some TV series, which shall go nameless here to avoid giving fame to the guilty, have endings so awful that it feels like the creators […]Read On »

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Movie Review: THE BLACKCOAT’S DAUGHTER

THE BLACKCOAT'S DAUGHTER | © 2017 A23

Rating: R Stars: Emma Roberts, Kiernan Shipka, Lucy Boynton, Lauren Holly, James Remar Writer: Osgood Perkins Director: Osgood Perkins Distributor: A24 Release Date (theatrical and VOD): March 31, 2017 If a singer holds a note, no matter how beautifully pitched, for too long, it becomes simply sound. The same holds true of ambiguity in a horror movie. If a filmmaker tries to cast doubt over every character and every action, it can be hard to work up suspense, because it’s unclear who is in danger. This is the case with THE BLACKCOAT’S DAUGHTER, written and directed by Osgood Perkins. There […]Read On »

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