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TV Review: SUPERNATURAL – Season 11 – “We Happy Few”

Rob Benedict as Chuck Shurley in SUPERNATURAL We Happy Few | © 2017 Bettina Strauss/The CW

Stars: Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles, Misha Collins, Mark A. Sheppard, Ruth Connell, Emily Swallow, Rob Benedict, Barbara Eve Harris, Keith Szarabajka Writer: Robert Berens, series created by Eric Kripke Director: John Badham Network: The CW, Wednesdays @ 9 PM Original Airdate: May 17, 2016 There are now and have been other shows where the Devil is an actual onscreen character, but SUPERNATURAL should get some sort of theological fantasy award for bringing him together with God to hash out their issues. Yes, in the Season 11 penultimate episode “We Happy Few,” Lucifer, still in the body of Castiel (Misha Collins) […]Read On »

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TV Review: BONES – Season 11 – “The Nightmare in the Nightmare” – SEASON FINALE

David Boreanaz in BONES The Nightmare Within the Nightmare | © 2017 Patrick McElhenney/FOX

Stars: David Boreanaz, Emily Deschanel, Michaela Conlin, TJ Thyne, Tamara Taylor, John Boyd, Ryan O’Neal, Michael Grant Terry, Tim Guinee Writer: Michael Peterson, series created by Hart Hanson, based on the life and writings of Kathy Reichs Director: David Boreanaz Network: Fox Network, Thursdays @ 8 PM Airdate: July 21, 2016 The BONES Season 11 finale episode “The Nightmare in the Nightmare” has a suitably menacing and slightly surreal quality in keeping with its title. With Brennan’s (Emily Deschanel) subconscious trying to point our favorite forensic anthropologist to the identity of a serial killer, it’s no wonder she’s having bad […]Read On »

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Movie Review: A CURE FOR WELLNESS

A CURE FOR WELLNESS | © 2017 20th Century Fox

Rating: R Stars: Dane DeHaan, Jason Isaacs, Mia Goth, Harry Groener, Celia Imrie Writer: Justin Haythe, story by Gore Verbinski & Justin Haythe Director: Gore Verbinski Distributor: 20th Century Fox Release Date: February 17, 2017 A CURE FOR WELLNESS plays like Roman Polanski and Terry Gilliam had a cinematic baby – which got kidnapped and reared by Roger Corman in the last third. WELLNESS goes from beautifully photographed, slow-burn suspense to a Gothic gonzonana finish. The spooky part is mostly a worthwhile experience (with a few caveats), but it has a jaw-dropping change of tone that obliterates the earlier mood. […]Read On »

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Movie Review: THE GREAT WALL

THE GREAT WALL | © 2017 Universal

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Matt Damon, Ting Jian, Pedro Pascal, Andy Lau, Willem Dafoe, Hanyu Zhang, Lu Han Writers: Carlo Bernard & Doug Miro and Tony Gilroy, story by Max Brooks and Edward Zwick & Marshall Herskovitz Director: Zhang Yimou Distributor: Universal Release Date: February 17, 2017 Despite its title (barriers aren’t known for their motion), THE GREAT WALL hurtles along at an impressive pace, usually slowing only so that characters can come up with strategy. Set in 12th-century China, THE GREAT WALL begins with a supertitle that explains the size and amount of time it took to build the Wall, […]Read On »

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TROLLS highlights Blu-ray, DVD and Digital Releases for Feb. 7, 2017

TROLLS | © 2017 Fox Home Entertainment

Your guide to some of the new releases that are out this week. TROLLS – Why adults may not be excited about TROLLS, kids will love it. There’s a lot to like if you are kid. Lots of singing and dancing. Lots of catchy songs. A crazy simplistic plot involving an invading bad guys and a number of trolls having to save their friends is enough to drive you crazy but kids will be easy to follow along making it fun for them. Justin Timberlake and Anna Kendrick star so at least the singing is actually done by people who […]Read On »

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Movie Review: THE LEGO BATMAN MOVIE

LEGO BATMAN MOVIE | © 2017 Warner Bros

Rating: PG Stars (voices): Will Arnett, Rosario Dawson, Zack Galifianakis, Michael Cera, Ralph Fiennes Writers: Seth Grahame-Smith and Chris McKenna & Erik Sommers and Jared Stern & John Whittington, story by Seth Grahame-Smith, based on characters created by Bob Kane with Bill Finger for DC Comics Director: Chris McKay Distributor: Warner Bros. Release Date: February 10, 2017 In 2014’s THE LEGO MOVIE, one of the standout characters – and running jokes – was Will Arnett’s Batman. Still voiced by Arnett, Lego Batman is now back with his own THE LEGO BATMAN MOVIE. For those who loved the look of the […]Read On »

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Movie Review: HAVENHURST

HAVENHURST | © 2017 Brainstorm Media/Twisted Pictures

Rating: Unrated Stars: Julie Benz, Fionnula Flanagan, Belle Shouse, Josh Stamberg, Danielle Harris Writers: Andrew C. Erin and Daniel Farrands Director: Andrew C. Erin Distributor: Brainstorm Media/Twisted Pictures Release Date (theatrical and VOD): February 10, 2017  There is, of all things, what seems like a good mystery novel at the heart of HAVENHURST. Because of the movie’s structure, this may not be evident while we’re watching it. However, one of the key clues is ingenious. Unfortunately, the rest of the film, directed by Andrew C. Erin and written by Erin and Daniel Farrands, doesn’t have ideas that rise to this […]Read On »

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SPEECHLESS: Actress Kyla Kenedy discusses the new ABC series – exclusive interview

Kyla Kenedy as Dylan in ABC's SPEECHLESS | © 2017 ABC/Kevin Foley

In ABC’s Wednesday-night comedy SPEECHLESS, Kyla Kenedy plays Dylan DiMeo. Dylan is the athletic sole girl in a family that also includes high school students Ray (Mason Cook) and JJ (Micah Fowler). JJ has cerebral palsy, which means that he gets a lot more attention from mom Maya (Minnie Driver) than his siblings; dad Jimmy (John Ross Bowie) mostly tries to keep the peace. Prior to SPEECHLESS, Kenedy has also had arcs on THE NEW NORMAL and THE NIGHT SHIFT. The young actress from Charleston, SC, was also in six episodes of THE WALKING DEAD, where she memorably portrayed Mika […]Read On »

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Movie Review: WAR ON EVERYONE

WAR ON EVERYONE | © 217 Saban Films

Rating: R Stars: Alexander Skarsgard, Michael Pena, Tessa Thompson, Theo James Writer: John Michael McDonagh Director: John Michael McDonagh Distributor: Saban Films Release Date (theatrical and on demand): February 3, 2017 Apart from the fact that people have mobile phones and flat screen TVs, WAR ON EVERYONE could just about be set and have been made in the 1970s. It is written and directed by John Michael McDonagh, who also did the police black comedy THE GUARD and the (unseen by this reviewer) drama CALVARY. In THE GUARD, McDonagh presented us with a larcenous but ultimately heroic small-town cop (Brendan […]Read On »

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TV Review: BONES – Season 11 – “The Jewel in the Crown”

Sebastian Roche in BONES "The Jewel in the Crown" | © 2017 Patrick McElhenney/FOX

Stars: David Boreanaz, Emily Deschanel, Michaela Conlin, TJ Thyne, Tamara Taylor, John Boyd, Carla Gallo, Tom Wisdom, Sebastian Roche, Gilles Marini Writer: Jon Cowan, series created by Hart Hanson, based on the life and writings of Kathy Reichs Director: David Grossman Network: Fox Network, Thursdays @ 8 PM Airdate: July 14, 2016 With all due respect to the A storyline in the BONES Season 11 penultimate episode “The Jewel in the Crown,” the real story here is Hodgins (TJ Thyne). When Hodgins starts seeing evidence of earthquakes that no one else can feel, he argues that people underestimate the fault […]Read On »

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