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CD Review: THE DARK KNIGHT RISES soundtrack

THE DARK KNIGHT RISES soundtrack | ©2012 Watertower Music

The swelling, patriotic heroism that John Williams gave to SUPERMAN could just as well be a burst of crucifix-shaped sunlight in contrast to the thrumming, uber-dark approach that Hans Zimmer and James Newton Howard gave to what’s arguably the most downbeat, if not utterly grim comic book saga in movie history. And now that Howard has left the bat cave with his more emotionally conventional orchestral touch, Zimmer’s wall of beat-sound is now truly ruling the belfry, taking the musical saga to new depths of intoxicating grimness for  THE DARK KNIGHT RISES. Fans of old school superhero scoring might be …Read On »

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TV Review: WILFRED – Season 2 – “Secrets” – Season Finale

Elijah Wood in WILFRED - Season 2 - "Secrets" | ©2012 FX/Michael Becker

Stars: Elijah Wood, Jason Gann, Fiona Gubelmann, Dorian Brown, Allison Mack, Chris Klein, Eugene Byrd Writers: David Zuckerman and Scott Prendergast, series created by Jason Gann & Adam Zwar, adapted for American television by David Zuckerman Director: Randall Einhorn Network: FX, Thursdays at 10 PM Original Airdate: September 20, 2012 WILFRED ends its second season on a note of genuine mystery with “Secrets,” which hints that Wilfred may have been around for longer than we, or even he, ever imagined. As Jenna (Fiona Gubelmann) and Drew (Chris Klein) prepare to walk down the aisle that’s been made for them in …Read On »

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TV Review: LAST RESORT – Season 1 – “Captain” – Series Premiere

Camille De Pazzis, Sahr Ngaujah, Autumn Reeser, Jessy Schram, Scott Speedman, Andre Braugher, Daniel Lissing, Daisy Betts, Dichen Lachman in LAST RESORT - Season 1 | ©2012 ABC/Craig Sjodin

Stars: Andre Braugher, Scott Speedman, Daisy Betts, Robert Patrick, Dichen Lachman, Daniel Lissing, Sahr Ngaujah, Autumn Reeser, Jessy Schram, Omid Abtahi, Darri Ingolfsson Writers: Karl Gajdusek & Shawn Ryan, series created by Shawn Ryan & Karl Gajdusek Director: Martin Campbell Network: ABC, Thursdays @ 8 PM Original Airdate: September 27, 2012 In its opening episode “Captain,” LAST RESORT blends the best of several worlds – and not just the interior of a submarine, a lush tropical island (played by Hawaii) and the political trenches of Washington, D.C., although those are its primary settings. LAST RESORT’s basic premise is that the …Read On »

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Movie Review: HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA

HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA movie poster | ©2012 Sony Pictures Animation

Voices: Adam Sandler, Andy Samburg, Selena Gomez, Kevin James, Fran Drescher, Steve Buscemi, Molly Shannon, David Spade, Cee Le Green, Jon Lovitz Writers: Peter Baynham, Robert Smigel based on a story by Todd Durham, Dan Hageman, Kevin Hageman Director: Genndy Tartakovsky Distributor: Sony Pictures Animation Release Date: September 28, 2012 With CLOUDY WITH A CHANCE OF MEATBALLS, last year’s ARTHUR CHRISTMAS and now HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA, Sony Pictures Animation is eking out a wonderful identity for their children’s animated films. Fun, quirky, and very funny, each film proves to be a little ball of creative comedic energy that defies expectations and …Read On »

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Movie Review: LOOPER

LOOPER movie poster | ©2012 TriStar Pictures/Film District

Rating: R Stars: Bruce Willis, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Emily Blunt, Paul Dano, Piper Perabo, Jeff Daniels, Garret Dillahunt, Noah Segan, Pierce Gagnon Writer: Rian Johnson Director: Rian Johnson Distributor: TriStar Pictures/Film District Release Date: September 28, 2012 To say exactly which venerable time travel question LOOPER poses would be to give the game away. You’ll certainly know it when the film gets to it, but what’s especially cool is that writer/director Rian Johnson manages to come up with a new answer to the old moral conundrum. How we get there is a tale in itself. Joe (Joseph Gordon-Levitt), our protagonist and …Read On »

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TV Review: DOCTOR WHO – Series 7 – “The Angels Take Manhattan”

DOCTOR WHO - Season 7 - "The Angels Take Manhattan" poster | ©2012 BBC

Stars: Matt Smith, Karen Gillan, Arthur Darvill, Alex Kingston, Mike McShane, Rob David, Ozzie Yue, Bentley Kalu, Burnell Tucker   Writer: Steven Moffat Director:   Nick Hurran Network: BBC America, airs Saturday night  Original Telecast: September 22, 2012 In the fifth episode of DOCTOR WHO Series 7, “The Angels Take Manhattan,” the Doctor (Matt Smith), Amy (Karen Gillan), and Rory (Arthur Darvill) are in New York when a massive incursion of Weeping Angels introduce a host of problems, including the possible death – again – of Rory. When River Song (Alex Kingston), Amy and Rory’s daughter and psychopath, turns up to help …Read On »

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TV Review: ELEMENTARY – Season 1 – “Pilot” – Series Premiere

ELEMENTARY - Season 1 poster | ©2012 CBS

Stars: Jonny Lee Miller, Lucy Liu, Aidan Quinn Writer: Robert Doherty Directors: Michael Cuesta Network: CBS, airs Thursday nights Original Telecast: October 27, 2012 While CBS tends to play it safe from its procedurals to its comedies, it’s taken some pretty ambitious chances this season first with the exceptional VEGAS and now with ELEMENTARY. Both series feel like cable shows and despite having some familiar crime-solving elements, both have proven to be highly original and very entertaining. ELEMENTARY is an updated Sherlock Holmes story with the former Scotland Yard detective serving as a consultant to the New York police force. …Read On »

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THE AVENGERS Highlights this week in Blu-ray and DVD Releases

THE AVENGERS | (c) 2012 Disney Home Video

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 THE AVENGERS – Now, this is how you do a superhero team movie right. While there have been attempts in the past to blend characters together in order to make a blockbuster movie. They could not have done much better than Joss Whedon did with THE AVENGERS …Read On »

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TV Review: FRINGE – Season 5 premiere – “Transilience Thought Unifer Model-11”

Lance Reddick, Blair Brown, Joshua Jackson, Anna Torv, John Noble and Jasika Nicole in FRINGE - Season 5 | ©2012 Fox/Kharen Hill

Stars: Anna Torv, Joshua Jackson, Jasika Nicole, John Noble, Lance Reddick, Blair Brown, Georgina Haig Writer: J.H. Wyman Directors: Jeannot Szwarc, Miguel Sapochnik Network: Fox, airs Friday nights Original Telecast: October 28, 2012 I’ve said it before, I’ll say it again, FRINGE is one of the most ambitious and ground-breaking science-fiction series ever. It never rests on its laurels and it’s always quick to change its tone, focus and concept season by season in an attempt to tell challenging and complex stories even die-hard fans would never expect. After Season 4, FRINGE was on the bubble and almost didn’t return …Read On »

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TV Review: GLEE – Season 4 – “Makeover”

Sarah Jessica Parker in GLEE - Season 4 - "Makeover" | ©2012 Fox/Mike Yarish

Stars: Chris Colfer, Darren Criss, Jane Lynch, Kevin McHale, Lea Michele, Cory Monteith, Heather Morris, Matthew Morrison, Chord Overstreet, Amber Riley, Naya Rivera, Mark Salling, Harry Shum Jr., Jenna Ushkowitz, Whoopi Goldberg, Kate Hudson Writer: Ian Brennan Director: Eric Stoltz Network: Fox, airs Thursdays Original Telecast: September 27, 2012 Like last week’s episode “Britney 2.0,” the latest episode of GLEE dubbed “Makeover” is wading in familiar waters rehashing old stories and trying to find a way to move forward. The thing that’s fascinating about the series though, is that it’s more than aware of the mistakes and troubles it faces …Read On »

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