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Movie Review: EQUALS

EQUALS | © 2016 A24/DirecTV

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Nicholas Hoult, Kristen Stewart, Jacki Weaver, Guy Pearce, David Selby, Bel Powley Writer: Nate Parker, story by Drake Doremus Director: Drake Doremus Distributor: A24/DirecTV Release Date (theatrical, DirecTV): July 15, 2016 In a number of ways, EQUALS resembles quite a few screen adaptations of young adult dystopian science fiction novels. In a future where people are born after having been subjected to neonatal injections designed to inhibit their emotions, Silas (Nicholas Hoult) and Nia (Kristen Stewart) fall in love. So what makes EQUALS different? For starters, it’s not an adaptation, nor is it aimed at the YA […]Read On »

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TV Review: GAME OF THRONES – Season 6 – “The Winds of Winter” – Season Finale

Lena Headey as Cersei in GAME OF THRONES |© 2016 HBO

Stars: Peter Dinklage, Lena Headey, Nicolaj Coster-Waldau, Kit Harington, Emilia Clarke, Natalie Dormer, Liam Cunningham, Sophie Turner, Aiden Gillen, Maisie Williams, Isaac Hempstead-Wright, John Bradley, Carice Van Houten, Jonathan Pryce, Diana Rigg, Finn Jones, Nathalie Emmanuel, Dean-Charles Chapman, Kristofer Hivju, Alfie Allen, Michiel Huisman, Jacob Anderson, Gemma Whelan, Jerome Flynn, Hannah Murray, Indira Varma, David Bradley, Ellie Kendrick, Bella Ramsey, Anton Lesser, Tim McInnerny, Julian Glover, Joseph Mawle, Ian Gelder, Eugene Simon, Roger Ashton-Griffiths, Hafpor Julius Bjornsson, Hannah Waddingham, Robert Aramayo, Aisling Franciosi Writers: David Benioff & D.B. Weiss, series created by David Benioff & D.B. Weiss, based on George […]Read On »

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Movie Review: THE PURGE: ELECTION YEAR

THE PURGE ELECTION YEAR movie poster | ©2016 Universal Pictures

Rating: R Stars: Frank Grillo, Elizabeth Mitchell, Mykelti Williamson, Joseph Julian Soria, Betty Gabriel, Terry Serpico, Edwin Hodge, Kyle Secor, Liza Colon-Zayas, Brittany Mirabile, Raymond J. Barry Writer: James DeMonaco Director: James DeMonaco Distributor: Universal Release Date: July 1, 2016 After the original 2013 THE PURGE and its sequel, 2014’s THE PURGE: ANARCHY, writer/director/film series creator James DeMonaco is back with THE PURGE: ELECTION YEAR. The biggest joke may be that what’s going on in the real world this year, politically and otherwise, has become so insane that what started as action horror/farfetched political satire now seems like something that’s […]Read On »

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Movie Review: THE LEGEND OF TARZAN

THE LEGEND OF TARZAN movie poster | ©2016 Warner Bros.

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Alexander Skarsgard, Samuel L. Jackson, Margot Robbie, Djimon Hounsou, Christoph Waltz Writers: Adam Cozad and Craig Brewer, story by Craig Brewer and Adam Cozad, based on the TARZAN stories by Edgar Rice Burroughs Director: David Yates Distributor: Warner Bros. Release Date: July 1, 2016 THE LEGEND OF TARZAN is a title that is at once helpful (this will be a movie about Tarzan) and misleading. Between all of Edgar Rice Burroughs’ stories about the Lord of the Jungle and the various films, cartoons and TV series about the character, using a “The” seems a bit overly authoritative. […]Read On »

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Robert McDowell and Andy Hull vocally unleash the SWISS ARMY MAN – Interview

SWISS ARMY MAN soundtrack | ©2016 Lakeshore Records

When you’re marooned on an ocean-lost island, many things come to mind in the madness of utter isolation. For the increasingly suicidal Hank (Paul Dano), it’s the Greek chorus (by way of Polynesian chant) of American composers Andy Hull and Robert McDowell. Their harmonies are full of tuneful lament and poetic irony, vocalese that turns to self-accusing song, all telling Hank to take The Big Dive. But just before he steps over the edge, Hank’s isolation is interrupted by the appearance of the very Manny (Daniel Radcliffe), whose very dead condition doesn’t mean that this can’t become the beginning of […]Read On »

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THE NEON DEMON composer Cliff Martinez – Interview

THE NEON DEMON | ©2016 Broad Green Pictures

If there’s one thing that composer Cliff Martinez shares in common with Jesse, the nymphet model of THE NEON DEMON, then it’s that both are soft spoken while rocking peoples’ worlds. For Jesse, it’s becoming a sensation that drives LA’s fashionistas wild with desire as The Next Big Thing. For former Chili Peppers drummer Martinez, it was creating a sound of alt. rhythmic minimalism that changed the face of indie scoring with Steven Soderbergh’s SEX, LIES AND VIDEOTAPE. But if Jesse has the misfortune of attracting equally gorgeous, if far more twisted people who want to absorb the blonde essence of her […]Read On »

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HUNTERS: Natalie Chaidez and Gale Anne Hurd talk new Syfy series – Exclusive Interview

Mark Coles in HUNTERS - Season 1 | ©2016 Syfy/Peter Brew-Beven

In Syfy’s Monday-night series HUNTERS, created by Natalie Chaidez, a new division of the government investigates whether certain terrorists are really extraterrestrials, and vice-versa. Chaidez, previously a writer/producer on HEROES, TERMINATOR: THE SARAH CONNOR CHRONICLES and 12 MONKEYS, is also one of HUNTERS’ executive producers. Another executive producer on the show is Gale Anne Hurd, a force behind such projects as TERMINATOR, ALIENS and THE WALKING DEAD. ASSIGNMENT X: Can you describe the basic setup of HUNTERS? GALE ANNE HURD: Imagine that we’re living in a world and aliens are indeed among us. And we’re not quite sure what their […]Read On »

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Movie Review: FREE STATE OF JONES

FREE STATE OF JONES poster | ©2016 STX Entertainment

Rating: R Stars: Matthew McConaughey, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Mahershala Ali, Keri Russell Writer: Gary Ross, story by Leonard Hartman & Gary Ross Director: Gary Ross Distributor: STX Entertainment Release Date: June 24, 2016 Rather extraordinarily, the broad facts of FREE STATE OF JONES are true. During the Civil War, a Mississippi farmer named Newt Knight brought together a small, multiracial militia and effectively seceded from the Confederacy. The story was previously fictionalized in the 1942 novel TAP ROOTS and its 1948 film adaptation. There remains a great deal of controversy about Knight’s motives and specific actions. In FREE STATE OF JONES, […]Read On »

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Movie Review: THE SHALLOWS

THE SHALLOWS movie poster | ©2016 Sony Pictures

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Blake Lively, Oscar Jaenada, Brett Cullen, Sedona Legge Writer: Anthony Jaswinski Director: Jaume Collet-Serra Distributor: Sony/Columbia Release Date: June 24, 2016 THE SHALLOWS pits Blake Lively’s surfer, Nancy Adams, against a Great White shark that has taken up residence near a secluded beach in Mexico. No one should go to a summer shark attack movie expecting plausibility – once in a great while, something like the all-too-believable OPEN WATER comes along, but that’s the exception. It’s usually not a problem, except when the movie wants to be taken seriously on a number of levels. THE SHALLOWS aims […]Read On »

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Book Review: THE LAST DREAM KEEPER

THE LAST DREAM KEEPER | © 2016 Ace Paperback Original

Writer: Amber Benson Publisher: Ace Paperback Original Publication Date: January 2016 Suggested Retail Price: $15 THE LAST DREAM KEEPER is a follow-up to Amber Benson’s THE WITCHES OF ECHO PARK. Anyone who is familiar with that area of Los Angeles probably wondered if Benson’s first book in this series was fact or fiction. Echo Park is funky and forested and seems entirely likely to host a coven of magical practitioners. In fact, WITCHES is a work of horror-tinged urban fantasy, with Lyse returning from out of state to tend to her beloved great-aunt Eleanora, who turns out to be Lyse’s […]Read On »

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