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CD Review: OZ THE GREAT AND POWERFUL soundtrack

OZ THE GREAT AND POWERFUL soundtrack | ©2013 Intrada Records

Long before fairy tale movies were in vogue, Danny Elfman was applying equal parts enchantment and foreboding to such fractured Tim Burton fantasies as EDWARD SCISSORHANDS, THE NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS and BIG FISH. So it’s no surprise that a filmmaker prone to dark, deceptively kid-friendly adventures would start the recent trend off with ALICE IN WONDERLAND, even if it was a film that pretty much went down the rabbit hole. However, Elfman’s strikingly themed score stayed above the helter-skelter effects fray with its clever plays on English propriety. Now, Elfman’s music truly gets to fly in the genre for Sam […]Read On »

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Movie Review: THE COMPANY YOU KEEP

THE COMPANY YOU KEEP movie poster | ©2013 Sony Pictures Classics

Rating: R Stars: Robert Redford, Shia LaBeouf, Julie Christie, Sam Elliott, Terrence Howard, Richard Jenkins, Anna Kendrick, Brit Marling, Stanley Tucci, Nick Nolte, Chris Cooper, Susan Sarandon, Jacqueline Evancho, Stephen Root Writer: Lem Dobbs, based on the novel by Neil Gordon Director: Robert Redford Distributor: Sony Pictures Classics Release Date: April 5, 2013 A movie that has in its cast Robert Redford, Shia LaBeouf, Julie Christie, Sam Elliott, Terrence Howard, Richard Jenkins, Anna Kendrick, Brit Marling, Stanley Tucci, Nick Nolte, Chris Cooper, Stephen Root and Susan Sarandon is obviously worth seeing, no matter its content or execution. THE COMPANY YOU […]Read On »

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Movie Review: EVIL DEAD

EVIL DEAD (2013) movie poster | ©2013 Screen Gems/Film District

Rating: R Stars: Jane Levy, Shiloh Hernandez, Jessica Lucas, Lou Taylor Pucci, Elizabeth Blackmore Writers: Fede Alvarez & Rodo Sayagues, based on characters created by Sam Raimi Director: Fede Alvarez Distributor: TriStar/FilmDistrict The original EVIL DEAD film was made in Michigan in 1981. It launched the careers of its director/writer Sam Raimi, producer Robert Tapert and star Bruce Campbell. The trio reteamed on EVIL DEAD 2: DEAD BY DAWN and the third film in the series, ARMY OF DARKNESS. It’s the latter two that most people remember, with Campbell as the astoundingly dense protagonist Ash smashing plates over his own […]Read On »

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JOHN DIES AT THE END Highlights this week in Blu-ray and DVD Releases

JOHN DIES AT THE END | (c) 2013 Magnolia 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: JOHN DIES AT THE END – Woman exploding into snakes. A meat monster coming to life from a freezer. A zombie looking for the axe that killed him. A flying moustache. A bratwurst phone. A mall of the dead. Ginormous hybrid machine creatures. This is just a […]Read On »

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Movie Review: LUCKY BASTARD

LUCKY BASTARD movie poster | ©2013 Vineyard Haven Pictures

Rating: NC-17 Stars: Don McManus, Jay Paulson, Betsy Rue, Chris Wylde, Catherine Annette, Lee Kholafai, Lanny Joon Writers: Robert Nathan & Lukas Kendall Director: Robert Nathan Distributor: Vineyard Haven Pictures Release Date: April 5, 2013 “Found footage” is a popular horror subgenre these days. LUCKY BASTARD applies it to a thriller that is not supernatural and not exactly horror, though it’s right on the border, using the format deftly to draw us into the action right across the room. It’s unnerving and unsettling, because we like most of the readily credible characters and also because of the structure. We’ve seen […]Read On »

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TV Review: VIKINGS – Season One – “Raid”

The Earl (Gabriel Byrne) in VIKINGS "Raid" | (c) 2013 History/Jonathan Hession

Cast: Travis Fimmel, Clive Standen, Katheryn Winnick, Gabriel Byrne, Gustaf Skarsgard, Jessalyn Gilsig, George Blagden Writer: Michael Hirst Director: Ciaran Donnelly Network: Airs on History, Sundays at 10 p.m. Original Telecast: March 31, 2013 This was an exceptionally brutal episode of VIKINGS. And when I say that it is actually saying something considering every episode of this show on History has been very brutal. But “Raid” was by all means the fall of the Lothbroks at the hands of the ruthless Earl Haraldson (Gabriel Byrne). Haraldson has pretty much been dead set on eliminating made a move to eliminate Ragnar […]Read On »

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AMERICAN IDOL Recap: Burnell Taylor booted off the show

Burnell Taylor is eliminated from AMERICAN IDOL | (c) 2013 Fox/ Michael Becker

Stars: Randy Jackson, Keith Urban, Mariah Carey, Nicki Minaj, Ryan Seacrest Network: Airs on Fox, Wednesdays and Thursdays at 8 pm Original Telecast: April 4, 2013 It was decision time once again on the world’s greatest karaoke competition, AMERICAN IDOL. But would it be another dude going home? Or would our first female get the boot? By now you know that xx was voted as the bottom performer and was not saved by the judges. Janelle Arthur was also in the bottom two. I’ll save you what happened on the rest of the filler show including performances by Carrie Underwood, […]Read On »

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TV Review: GAME OF THRONES – Season 3 – “Valar Dohaeris” – Season Premiere

Kit Harington in GAME OF THRONES - Season 3 - "Valar Dohaeris" | ©2013 HBO/Helen Sloan

Stars: Peter Dinklage, Lena Headey, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Michelle Fairley, Emilia Clarke, Aidan Gillen, Iain Glen, Kit Harington, Ciaran Hinds, Isaac Hempstead-Wright, Richard Madden, Sophie Turner, Maisie Williams, John Bradley, Jack Gleeson, Charles Dance, Rory McCann, Stephen Dillane, Carice Van Houten, Conleth Hill, Sibel Kekilli, Liam Cunningham, Natalie Dormer, Gwendoline Christie, Finn Jones, Julian Glover, Joe Dempsie, Nicholas Blane, Oona Chaplin, Rose Leslie, Jerome Flynn, James Cosmo, Ian McElhinnie 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 Minahan Network: HBO, Sundays @ […]Read On »

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TV Review: AMERICAN IDOL – Season 12 – “7 Finalists Compete”

Angie Miller performs on AMERICAN IDOL | (c) 2013 Fox/Ray Mickshaw

Stars: Randy Jackson, Keith Urban, Mariah Carey, Nicki Minaj, Ryan Seacrest Network: Airs on Fox, Wednesdays and Thursdays at 8 pm Original Telecast: April 3, 2013 They finally are giving us something new on the world’s greatest karaoke competition, AMERICAN IDOL, in classic rock night. Finally, after slugging our way through yet another rotten Beatles night and other bad themes, this is something I think most everyone can get behind. But even though they could compress the show into one hour, we still have two hours of TV to sit through meaning lots of filler, which I will not be […]Read On »

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DANCING WITH THE STARS Season 16 Recap: Wynonna Judd eliminated on DWTS Prom Week

Tony Dovolani and Wynonna Judd on DANCING WITH THE STARS - Season 16 | ©2013 ABC/Craig Sjodin

Stars: Wynonna Judd, D.L. Hughley, Jacoby Jones, Lisa Vanderpump, Andy Dick, Victor Ortiz, Zendaya Coleman, Aly Raisman, Ingo Rademacher, Kellie Pickler, Sean Lowe Network: ABC, airs Mondays, Tuesdays Original Telecast: April 2nd, 2013 Tonight’s DANCING WITH THE STARS results show reminds us of how hard it really can be to say goodbye. Wynonna Judd & Tony Dovolani, sadly, have left the competition. Voted out second, Judd & Dovolani weren’t even in the bottom two last week but low scores this week placed them in last place. Sometimes, it just seems some go way before their time. This is definitely a […]Read On »

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