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Movie Review: ALIEN COVENANT

ALIEN COVENANT poster | ©2017 20th Century Fox

Rating: R Stars: Michael Fassbender, Katherine Waterston, Billy Crudup, Danny McBride, Demian Bichir, Carmen Ejogo, Jussie Smollett, Callie Hernandez, Amy Seimetz Writers: John Logan and Dante Harper, story by Jack Paglen and Michael Green, based on characters created by Dan O’Bannon and Ronald Shusett Director: Ridley Scott Distributor: 20th Century Fox Release Date: May 19, 2017 Ask any prospective audience member what genre they expect ALIEN COVENANT to belong to and the answers will be horror, space horror, monster movie or some variation thereof. ALIEN COVENANT broadly fits these parameters – it has aliens of various shapes and sizes that […]Read On »

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TV Review: DANCING WITH THE STARS – Season 24 – Week 9 – Semi Finals – Simone Biles ends in fourth

Simone Biles and Sasha Farber in DANCING WITH THE STARS - Season 24 | ©2017 ABC/Craig Sjodin

Stars: David Ross, Simone Biles, Normani Kordei, Rashad Jennings Network: ABC, airs Monday Original Telecast: May 15th, 2017 Wow! Again… wow! In a DANCING WITH THE STARS surprising upset and the biggest shocking elimination since Heather Morris & Maks Chmerkovskiy went home, Simone Biles & Sasha Farber were let go one week shy of DWTS: Season 24 – The Finals. Not shocking was the perfect score of the night the couple received for both dances, something no one else was able to achieve. Just like with our Presidential election, when something like this happens, maybe DWTS needs to rethink their […]Read On »

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HEAT: DIRECTOR’S DEFINITION EDITION highlights Blu-ray, DVD and Digital Releases for May 9, 2017

HEAT | © 2017 Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment

Your guide to some of the new releases that are out this week (or perhaps a week ago). HEAT: DIRECTOR’S DEFINITIVE EDITION There are a few movies that just do it for me. RONIN is one because I love the mash-up for characters all doing shady dealings in Europe. HEAT is one of Michael Mann’s best work because it has multiple players doing a variety of heinous crimes and brings together two actors that were (at the time) the top of their game in Al Pacino and Robert De Niro. Now, how both of these actors perform today is an […]Read On »

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Movie Review: KING ARTHUR: LEGEND OF THE SWORD

KING ARTHUR: LEGEND OF THE SWORD poster | ©2017 Warner Bros.

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Charlie Hunnam, Jude Law, Astrid Berges-Frisbey, Djimon Hounsou, Eric Bana, Aiden Gillen, Freddie Fox, Craig McGinlay, Tom Wu, Kingsley Ben-Adir, Neil Maskell Writers: Joby Harold and Guy Ritchie & Lionel Wigram, story by David Dobkin and Joby Harold Director: Guy Ritchie Distributor: Warner Bros. Release Date: May 12, 2017 On the one hand, there’s a protagonist called Arthur who pulls a magical sword out of a stone in medieval Britain, so the storytellers have pretty much got to acknowledge this is indeed a tale of Arthur and Excalibur. On the other hand, Mordred is a mage who […]Read On »

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TV Review: DANCING WITH THE STARS – Season 24 – Week 8 – Trio Night – Bonner Bolton rides off into the sunset

Bonner Bolton in DANCING WITH THE STARS - Season 24 | ©2017 ABC/Craig Sjodin

Stars: Bonner Bolton, David Ross, Simone Biles, Normani Kordei, Rashad Jennings Network: ABC, airs Monday Original Telecast: May 8th, 2017 DANCING WITH THE STARS: Trio Dance Night ended with few surprises and a “seen it coming” elimination. While Normani Kordei & Val Chmerkovskiy continue to dominate the dance floor, Bonner Bolton & Sharna Burgess seemed done with the competition and ready to go home. So, that’s just where they went after dancing two dances tonight: a regular duo dance and then a trio dance. Fan favorite Chicago Cubber David Ross & Lindsey Arnold made it through to the semi finals, […]Read On »

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TV Review: DANCING WITH THE STARS – Season 24 – Week 7 – Movie Night ends with double elimination

Nancy Kerrigan and Artem Chigvintsev in DANCING WITH THE STARS - Season 24 | ©2017 ABC/Craig Sjodin

DANCING WITH THE STARS: Movie Night had lots of flips and turns along with a double elimination to cap off the night, but not before a dance off between the six lower scoring couples. Normani Kordei & Val Chmerkovskiy scored a perfect score for their Argentine Tango which gave them immunity from the dance off. In the end bachelor Nick Viall & Peta Murgatroyd and Nancy Kerrigan & Artem Chigvintsev were voted off the show. Five couples remain, stay tuned. Nancy Kerrigan (Ice skating Olympian) and her partner Artem Chigvintsev Really enjoying herself. Carrie Ann Inaba told her to watch […]Read On »

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Composer Paul Haslinger gives a furious groove to RESIDENT EVIL: THE FINAL CHAPTER – Interview

RESIDENT EVIL: THE FINAL CHAPTER soundtrack | ©2017 Milan Records

When synth retro is all the rage in today’s scoring scene with the likes of STRANGER THINGS and IT FOLLOWS, Paul Haslinger can count himself as one of the O.G. genre gangsters whose exciting music for creatures, gunplay and kick-ass heroes has never stopped mutating. An Austrian bandmate in the seminal progressive synth-rock group Tangerine Dream during such seminal soundtrack likes as NEAR DARK and MIRACLE MILE, Haslinger immigrated to Hollywood with a prolifically successful scoring career. He’d venture from the cool, teen-centric electronic grooves of such scores as CHEATERS, CRAZY / BEAUTIFUL and BLUE CRUSH to a career-making partnership with the vampiric Lycan slayer Selene on […]Read On »

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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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