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Movie Review: Z FOR ZACHARIAH

Z FOR ZACHARIAH movie poster | ©2015 Lionsgate / Roadside Attractions

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Chiwetel Ejiofor, Margot Robbie, Chris Pine Writer: Nissar Modi, based on the novel by Robert C. O’Brien Director: Craig Zobel Distributor: Lionsgate/Roadside Attractions Release Date: August 28, 2015 Based on the novel by Robert C. O’Brien, Z FOR ZACHARIAH is a different kind of post-apocalyptic film. There are wastelands we glimpse from afar, but we’re not trapped in them. Likewise, there are no bands of marauders seeking oil, water, slaves or food. Instead, we are in a verdant valley that has somehow been untouched by what our heroine Ann (Margot Robbie) refers to as “the mistake,” which …Read On »

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THE MAN FROM U.N.C.L.E.composer Daniel Pemberton goes R.E.T.R.O. – Interview

THE MAN FROM U.N.C.L.E soundtrack | ©2015 Watertower Records

With its mod rhythms, shagadelic exotica, bold brass, bongo-driven percussion and sheer, string joy in death-defying adventure against world-conquering wannabes (while of course not musically messing up the hero’s Carnaby Street tailoring), the era-specific sound of spy jazz has been making a making a comeback at the cinema, played for delirious height of kitsch by Geoff Zanelli and Mark Ronson in MORTDECAI, THE KINGSMAN‘s head-blasting drive by Henry Jackman and Matthew Margeson, or used for pure chase adrenalin by Joe Kraemer in MISSION IMPOSSIBLE: ROGUE NATION. But while those two movies are latter-day exercises in battling villainous Eurotrash, THE MAN …Read On »

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TV Review: BONES – Season 10 – “The Next in the Last” – SEASON FINALE

Brennan (Emily Deschanel) examines remains at a crime scene in the season finale of Bones | © 2015 Patrick McElhenney/FOX

Stars: David Boreanaz, Emily Deschanel, Michaela Conlin, TJ Thyne, Tamara Taylor, John Boyd, Patricia Belcher, Eugene Byrd, Carla Gallo, Michael Grant Terry, Pej Vahdat, Andrew Leeds Writer: Stephen Nathan & Jonathan Collier, series created by Hart Hanson, based on the life and writings of Kathy Reichs Director: Ian Toynton Network: Fox Network, Thursdays @ 8 PM Airdate: June 11, 2015 After ten seasons, it looked like BONES was ready to call it a day with the season finale “The Next in the Last.” Then they got renewed. From the way this episode ends, it looks like it may be a …Read On »

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Blu-ray and DVD Reviews for the Week of August 25, 2015

THE WALKING DEAD Season 5 | © 2015 Anchor Bay Home Entertainment

Your time is short. We know this. So in order to expedite your buying and Netflix decision making, we provide you with a list of the cool and not-so-cool titles coming out for movies, television and everything in-between. So put your feet up, grab some popcorn and check out this week’s selections. Movies: ALOHA – ALOHA came under fire for a variety of reason and it took the hit at the box office by underperforming and only bringing in an opening weekend of $10 million. Directed by Cameron Crowe, who previously directed ALMOST FAMOUS, JERRY MAGUIRE and a host of …Read On »

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TV Review: BONES – Season 10 – “The Life in the Light”

Brennan (Emily Deschanel) and Booth (David Boreanaz) question a yoga instructor in BONES | © 2015 Patrick McElhenney/FOX

Stars: David Boreanaz, Emily Deschanel, Michaela Conlin, TJ Thyne, Tamara Taylor, John Boyd, Michael Grant Terry Writer: Keith Foglesong, series created by Hart Hanson, based on the life and writings of Kathy Reichs Director: Randy Zisk Network: Fox Network, Thursdays @ 8 PM Airdate: June 4, 2015 There’s a good procedural in the BONES Season 10 episode “The Life in the Light,” but to cut to the chase, the main thing that happens here is that Brennan (Emily Deschanel) finally lets Booth (David Boreanaz) come home after he gets his thirty-day abstention cake at his Gamblers Anonymous meeting. Booth doesn’t …Read On »

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FEAR THE WALKING DEAD: Scares, subtext and plotlines in Season 1 – Part 2 – exclusive interview

Lexi Johnson as Gloria after eating dinner on FEAR THE WALKING DEAD | © 2015 Justin Lubin/AMC

In Part 2 of our exclusive interview with AMC’s FEAR THE WALKING DEAD director/co-executive producer Adam Davidson, he talks about scares, subtext and more. AX: How often do you actually want to go for a hard scare where there’s a visual shock, versus something that’s scary but presented mundanely, like a zombie seen at a distance? ADAM DAVIDSON: There isn’t any mathematical equation, it really comes down to storytelling. [There’s a scene in the pilot in the high school] that wasn’t intended as a scare moment, but when we staged the scene and I started shooting, I was like, “This …Read On »

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TV Review: BONES – Season 10 – “The Woman in the Whirlpool”

Booth (David Boreanaz) tries to make amends with Brennan in BONES | © 2015 Patrick McElhenney/FOX

Stars: David Boreanaz, Emily Deschanel, Michaela Conlin, TJ Thyne, Tamara Taylor, John Boyd, Laura Spencer Writers: Kathy Reichs & Kerry Reichs, series created by Hart Hanson, based on the life and writings of Kathy Reichs Director: Dwight Little Network: Fox Network, Thursdays @ 8 PM Airdate: May 28, 2015 The BONES Season 10 episode “The Woman in the Whirlpool” moves several subplots along effectively and has some especially intricate forensic details. However, it is most notable for being scripted by novelist and forensic anthropologist Kathy Reichs, whose books and life are credited onscreen as the inspiration for the series, along …Read On »

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TV Review: FEAR THE WALKING DEAD – Season 1 – “Pilot” – Season Premiere

Lexi Johnson as Gloria in Fear the Walking Dead | © 2015 Justin Lubin/AMC

Cast: Cliff Curtis, Kim Dickens, Frank Dillane, Alycia Debnam-Carey, Mercedes Mason, Ruben Blades, Colman Domingo, Lorenzo James Henrie Writers: Robert Kirkman, Dave Erickson Director: Adam Davidson Network: Airs on AMC, Sundays @ 9 p.m. Original Telecast: Aug. 23, 2016 The interesting thing about the world of THE WALKING DEAD and it carries over to the spin-off show FEAR OF THE WALKING DEAD is that it exists in a universe where there have been no zombie movies or zombie lore. Because obviously they wouldn’t be nearly as confused as they appear to be when first seeing the dead come back to …Read On »

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Movie Review: HITMAN: AGENT 47

HITMAN AGENT 47 | © 2015 Twentieth Century Fox

Rating: R Stars: Rupert Friend, Hannah Ware, Zachary Quinto, Thomas Kretschmann, Ciaran Hinds Writers: Skip Woods and Michael Finch, story by Skip Woods, based on the videogame from Eidos Interactive Director: Aleksander Bach Distributor: Twentieth Century Fox Release Date: August 21, 2015 2007’s HITMAN, based on the Eidos Interactive videogame, was no great shakes. It wasn’t incompetent, but it seemed to suffer from an internal struggle, wanting to be a movie, but clinging to its less plot-and-character-driven roots. Now HITMAN: AGENT 47 is here. The good news is that it’s definitely a movie, and one with some decent plot twists …Read On »

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Movie Review: SINISTER 2

SINISTER 2 | © 2015 Gramercy Pictures

Rating: R Stars: James Ransone, Shannyn Sossamon, Robert Sloan, Dartanian Sloan, Lea Coco, Tate Ellington Writers: Scott Derrickson & C. Robert Cargill, based on characters they created Director: Ciaran Foy Distributor: Gramercy Pictures Release Date: August  21, 2015 The original SINISTER, released in 2012, was a very good, creepy horror movie. Its writers, Scott Derrickson & C. Robert Cargill, have scripted a sequel, SINISTER 2, that maintains the mythology while shifting the point of view around to do something new. There are meta reasons – that is, if one starts guessing why certain narrative and stylistic choices may have been …Read On »

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