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Movie Review: ALICE THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS

ALICE THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS poster | ©2016 Walt Disney Pictures

Rating: PG Stars: Mia Wasikowska, Johnny Depp, Anne Hathaway, Helena Bonham Carter, Sacha Baron Cohen Writer: Linda Woolverton, based on the books by Lewis Carroll Director: James Bobin Distributor: Walt Disney Pictures Release Date: May 27, 2016 It’s not at all necessary to have seen 2010’s ALICE IN WONDERLAND to follow what’s happening in ALICE THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS. It’s clear enough that Alice (Mia Wasikowska), now a young sea captain in the 1800s by virtue of having inherited her father’s ship, has had some pretty astounding adventures both in Wonderland and in this world. When she returns to Wonderland, […]Read On »

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4K Ulta-HD Review: RISEN

RISEN | © 2016 Sony Pictures Home Entertainment

  Cast: Joseph Fiennes, Tom Felton, Peter Firth, Cliff Curtis, Maria Botto, Luis Callejo Writers: Kevin Reynolds, Paul Aiello Director: Kevin Reynolds Distributor: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment  An interesting, albeit strange, story of a pair of Roman soldiers that set off on a mission to find the body of Jesus Christ after uprising begins in the country over reports that they holy figure rose from the dead. RISEN stars Joseph Fiennes as Clavius, a non-believer tasked with solving the mystery of what happened to Jesus after he died in order to prove that he has not risen and is not […]Read On »

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TV Review: GAME OF THRONES – Season 6 – “The Door”

Jon Snow and Sansa Stark are reunited in GAME OF THRONES | © 2016 HBO

Stars: Peter Dinklage, Emilia Clarke, Kit Harington, Liam Cunningham, Carice Van Houten, Sophie Turner, Maisie Williams, Isaac Hempstead-Wright, Conleth Hill, Alfie Allen, Iwan Rheon, Gwendoline Christie, Daniel Portman, Aiden Gillen, Ben Crompton, Nathalie Emmanuel, Jacob Anderson, Kristofer Hivju, Iain Glen, Michel Huisman, Gemma Whelan, Tom Wlaschiha, Ellie Kendrick, Kristian Nairn, Richard E. Grant, Essie Davis, Pilou Asbaek, Kae Alexander, Ania Bukstein, Vladimir “Furdo” Furdik Writers: David Benioff & D.B. Weiss, series created by David Benioff & D.B. Weiss, based on George R.R. Martin’s “A Song of Ice and Fire” Director: Jack Bender Network: HBO, Sundays @ 9 PM Original Airdate: […]Read On »

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TV Review: DANCING WITH THE STARS – Season 22 – Week 10 – Season Finale – Nyle Dimarco and Peta Murgatroyd win!

Nyle DeMarco and Peta Murgatroyd win DANCING WITH THE STARS - Season 22 | ©2016 ABC/Adam Taylor

Stars: Ginger Zee, Nyle Dimarco, Paige Van Zant, Network: ABC, airs Monday Original Telecast: May 24th, 2016 It’s all over! The new champs of DANCING WITH THE STARS: Season 22 are Nyle Dimarco & Peta Murgatroyd! Despite being deaf, Dimarco held his own throughout the season touching everyone with his resilience and strength to overcome any obstacles, including actually hearing the music his was gyrating and shaking too. Paige Van Zant & Mark Ballas came in second and Ginger Zee & Val Chmerkovskiy came in third. Dimarco marks the first nonhearing contestant to ever win the competition. His touching fusion […]Read On »

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TV Review: DANCING WITH THE STARS – Season 22 – Week 10 – Finals Part 1 – It’s a tight race

Nyle DeMarco and Peta Murgatroyd in DANCING WITH THE STARS - Season 22 |©2016 ABC/Craig Sjodin

Stars: Ginger Zee, Nyle Dimarco, Paige Van Zant, Network: ABC, airs Monday Original Telecast: May 23rd, 2016 DANCING WITH THE STARS: Season 22 is drawing to an end and the race is tight. Paige VanZant & Mark Ballas are ahead with 59 points while Ginger Zee & Val Chmerkovskiy ended the night with 58 points. Right behind them is fan favorite Nyle Dimarco & Peta Murgatroyd with 57 points. Tomorrow there will be a season 22 champion, stay tuned. Paige Van Zant (MMA Fighter) and her partner Mark Ballas On fire! Carrie Ann Inaba said she was like a meteor […]Read On »

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TV Review: GAME OF THRONES – Season 6 – “Book of the Stranger”

Natalie Dormer as Margaery Tyrell in GAME OF THRONES | © 2016 HBO

Stars: Peter Dinklage, Nicolaj Coster-Waldau, Lena Headey, Emilia Clarke, Kit Harington, Liam Cunningham, Carice Van Houten, Sophie Turner, Conleth Hill, Alfie Allen, Iwan Rheon, Gwendoline Christie, Daniel Portman, Aiden Gillen, Lino Facioli, Dean-Charles Chapman, Jonathan Pryce, Ben Crompton, Natalia Tena, Nathalie Emmanuel, Jacob Anderson, Kristofer Hivju, Iain Glen, Michel Huisman, Finn Jones, Diana Rigg, Gemma Whelan, Joseph Nauhafu Writers: David Benioff & D.B. Weiss, series created by David Benioff & D.B. Weiss, based on George R.R. Martin’s “A Song of Ice and Fire” Director: Daniel Sackheim Network: HBO, Sundays @ 9 PM Original Airdate: May 15, 2016 At Castle Black, […]Read On »

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CD Review: THE ARK AND THE DELUGE soundtrack

THE ARK AND THE DELUGE soundtrack | ©2016 Music Box Records

Few film genres allow composers to write tone poems in the guise of scores like nature documentaries, their music getting to chronicle the grace, joy and life or death struggles of the planet in all of its infinite musical equivocations of the life force. Gabriel Yared set out to sea to in 1993 to sumptuously chronicle the glorious ballet between ocean and air. Hearing this glorious wash of melodic impressionism, you’re reminded that this Oscar-winning Lebanese composer just might be film scoring’s answer to France’s Claude Debussy, his DELUGE a cross between the flowing, romantic strings of “La Mer” as crossed […]Read On »

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Movie Review: THE NICE GUYS

THE NICE GUYS movie poster | ©2016 Warner Bros.

Rating: R Stars: Russell Crowe, Ryan Gosling, Angourie Rice, Matt Bomer, Margaret Qualley, Yaya DaCosta, Keith David, Beau Knapp, Lois Smith, Kim Basinger Writers: Shane Black & Anthony Bagarozzi Director: Shane Black Distributor: Warner Bros. Release Date: May 20, 2016 At first, a comparison between the new release THE NICE GUYS and the 1974 classic CHINATOWN may seem incongruous. The older film, after all, is an Oscar-winning drama, while THE NICE GUYS is solidly within the tradition of its director/co-writer Shane Black’s trademark action/buddy comedies. But hang on – both are period pieces (CHINATOWN is set in 1937, GUYS in […]Read On »

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CD Review: THE GREAT BUCK HOWARD soundtrack

THE GREAT BUCK HOWARD soundtrack | ©2016 La La Land Records

Before he became the go-to TV superhero scorer for DC with the likes of ARROW, THE FLASH and SUPERGIRL, Blake Neely was spending much of his scoring time during the first decade of the new millennium in the company of sweet romantic dramas like FIRST DAUGHTER, THE WEDDING DATE and STARTER FOR 10. One of his most delightful scores before he put on his cape was playing the amazing, jazzy mentalist tricks of 2008’s THE GREAT BUCK HOWARD. Director Sean McGinly based John Malkovich’s rage-prone mental illusionist on his own stint with The Amazing Kreskin, putting himself in the personage of Colin Hanks’ personal […]Read On »

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TV Review: DANCING WITH THE STARS – Season 22 – Week 9 – Semi Finals – Wanya Morris and Antonio Brown double elimination

Lindsay Arnold and Wanya Morris in DANCING WITH THE STARS - Season 22 |©2016 ABC/Craig Sjodin

Stars: Ginger Zee, Antonio Brown, Wanya Morris, Nyle Dimarco, Paige Van Zant, Network: ABC, airs Monday Original Telecast: May 16th, 2016 It’s week nine on DANCING WITH THE STARS: season 22 and the semi finals saw a lot of tens and many lifts, splits, turns and kicks; it was a no holds barred kinda night that ending with two couples leaving and three going to the finals next week. Ironically, Wayna Morris & Lindsey Arnold are the only couple to receive two perfect scores for the night and yet, they were eliminated from the show. Also exiting the ballroom were […]Read On »

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