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BATTLESHIP Highlights this week in Blu-ray and DVD Releases

BATTLESHIP | © 2012 Universal 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: BATTLESHIP – Yes, I acknowledge immediately that the whole premise of crafting a movie after a board game is just a disastrous proposition on a whole crapload of levels. Yes, I know that the film got lambasted left, right and center by fans, the Internet, critics and …Read On »

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TV Review: BREAKING BAD – Season 5 – “Say My Name”

Mike (Jonathan Banks) dumps his weapons in BREAKING BAD "Say My Name" | (c) 2012 Ursula Coyote/AMC

Stars:  Bryan Cranston, Aaron Paul, Anna Gunn Writer: Thomas Schnauz Director: Thomas Schnauz Network: AMC, airs Sunday Nights Original Telecast: August 26, 2012 “Say My Name” is a pivotal and gut-wrenching episode of BREAKING BAD, and one that answers many of the questions that have been building since the season began.  Questions such as: Is Walt really capable of becoming “Jesse James?” In Mike’s (Jonathan Bank’s) memorable turn of phrase, just because Walt shot Jesse James doesn’t make him Jesse James.  But the opening sequence of “Say My Name” says otherwise.  Walt, Jesse, (Aaron Paul) and Mike meet the crime …Read On »

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TV Review: COPPER – Season 1 – “Husbands and Fathers”

Molly Stuart (Tanya Fischer) stars in COPPER "Husbands and Fathers" | © 2012 BBC AMERICA/Cineflix (Copper) Inc.

Stars: Tom Weston-Jones, Kevin Ryan, Ato Essandoh, Anastasia Griffiths, Tanya Fischer, Kiara Glasco, Franka Potente Writer:  Tom Fontana & Will Rokos   Director: Jeff Woolnough     Network: BBC America, airs Sunday nights Original Telecast: August 26, 2012 COPPER has a really nice pacing to the storytelling of this series. I like that mysteries carry over from week to week, but they get wrapped up just the same within a reasonable time period. “Husbands and Fathers” is an appropriate title for this new episode, even if a lot of the connotation of the title is creepy … just plain creepy. Annie (Kiara Glasco) …Read On »

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TV Review: WAREHOUSE 13 – Season 4 – “There’s Always a Downside”

WAREHOUSE 13 S4 Theres always a Downside

Stars: Eddie McClintock, Joanne Kelly, Saul Rubinek, Genelle Williams, Allison Scagliotti, Aaron Ashmore, Jaime Murray, Ashley Williams, Kate Mulgrew, Alessandra Torresani Writer: Drew Z. Greenberg    Director: Constantine Makris Network: Syfy, Mondays @ 9 PM Airdate: Aug 13, 2012 I have such conflicting emotions where WAREHOUSE 13 is concerned. I like the series for the most part, and now that we’re in the fourth season there is a style and rhythm all it’s own for this show. (and now you hear the ‘but’ coming) However, I’m just not sure what this series is trying to be. When it started out …Read On »

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TV Review: TRUE BLOOD – Season 5 – “Save Yourself” – Season Finale

Stephen Moyer as Bill in TRUE BLOOD " Save Yourself" | (c) 2012 John P. Johnson/HBO

Stars: Anna Paquin, Stephen Moyer, Alexander Skarsgard, Sam Trammell, Ryan Kwanten, Rutina Wesley, Chris Bauer, Nelsan Ellis, Joe Manganiello, Deborah Ann Woll, Michael McMillian, Denis O’Hare, Kristin Bauer van Straten, Todd Lowe, Carrie Preston, Lauren Bowles, Valentina Cervi, Janina Gavankar, Lucy Griffiths, Giles Matthey, Jessica Clark, Robert Patrick, Carolyn Hennesy, Kristina Anapau, Louis Herthum, Dale Dickey, Kelly Overton Writer: Alan Ball, series created by Alan Ball, based on Charlaine Harris’ Sookie Stackhouse novels Director: Michael Lehmann Network: HBO, Sundays @ 9 PM Airdate: Aug. 26, 2012 At the end of last week’s “Sunset,” TRUE BLOOD viewers were left wondering how …Read On »

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Movie Review: THE APPARITION

THE APPARITION | (c) 2012 Warner Bros

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Ashley Greene, Sebastian Stan, Tom Felton Writer: Todd Lincoln Director: Todd Lincoln Distributor: Warner Bros. Release Date: Aug. 24, 2012 THE APPARITION owes a fair bit to the original PARANORMAL ACTIVITY, though it is not (much) a found footage film. Borrowing between horror movies isn’t necessarily a bad thing – last year’s INSIDIOUS had plenty of inspirations and still managed to be very scary – but it can be a problem when the project in question relies on a memorable piece of lore from another source as a primary plot twist. Other issues here are that writer/director …Read On »

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TV Review: TRUE BLOOD – Season 5 – “Sunset”

Denis O'Hare and Ryan Kwanten in a scene from TRUE BLOOD Sunset | (c) 2012 John P. Johnson/HBO

Stars: Anna Paquin, Stephen Moyer, Alexander Skarsgard, Sam Trammell, Ryan Kwanten, Rutina Wesley, Chris Bauer, Nelsan Ellis, Joe Manganiello, Deborah Ann Woll, Michael McMillian, Denis O’Hare, Kristin Bauer van Straten, Todd Lowe, Carrie Preston, Lauren Bowles, Valentina Cervi, Janina Gavankar, Lucy Griffiths, Giles Matthey, Jessica Clark, Robert Patrick, Carolyn Hennesy, Kristina Anapau, Phil Reeves, Erica Gimpel Writer: Angela Robinson, series created by Alan Ball, based on Charlaine Harris’ Sookie Stackhouse novels Director: Lesli Linka Glatter Network: HBO, Sundays @ 9 PM Airdate: August 19, 2012 The TRUE BLOOD episode “Sunset” considerably ups the stakes (pardon the pun) in the vampire/human …Read On »

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TV Review: HELL ON WHEELS – Season 2 – “Durant, Nebraska”

Eva (Robin McLeavy) stares on in HELL ON WHEELS Durant, Nebraska | (c) 2012 Michelle Faye/AMC

Stars: Anson Mount, Colm Meaney, Common, Dominique McElligott, Tom Noonan, Christopher Heyerdahl Writer:  John Shiban  Director: Adam Davidson    Network: AMC, airs Sunday nights Original Telecast: August 19, 2012 Well at the end of the last episode of HELL ON WHEELS we left Cullen Bohannan (Anson Mount) in a bit of a bad spot, which is pretty much where the new episode “Durant, Nebraska” picks up…but I want to actually talk about another moment of this episode first. There is a really well shot, completely speechless moment between Bohannan and the Swede (Christopher Heyerdahl) after Bohannan has surveyed his new living …Read On »

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TV Review: ANIMAL PRACTICE – Season 1 – “Pilot”

Monkey and Justin Kirk in ANIMAL PRACTICE - Season 1 | ©2012 NBC/Chris Haston

Stars: Justin Kirk, JoAnna Garcia Swisher, Bobby Lee, Kym Whitley, Betsy Sodaro, Tyler Lebrine Writers: Brian Gatewood & Alessandro Tanaka Director: Anthony & Joe Russo Network: NBC Original Telecast: Aug. 21st, 2012 The new fall season is fast approaching and with it comes a deluge of new shows trying desperately to find an audience. Point in case – the new comedy ANIMAL PRACTICE starring Justin Kirk and JoAnna Garcia-Swisher. Kirk plays a veterinarian set on doing things “his way” to a fault. Garcia-Swisher is his ex who comes back into town after a two-year exit to lay claim on the …Read On »

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TV Review: BREAKING BAD – Season 5 – “Buyout”

Jesse (Aaron Paul) in BREAKING BAD "Buyout" | (c) 2012 Ursula Coyote/AMC

Stars:  Bryan Cranston, Aaron Paul, Anna Gunn Writer: Gennifer Hutchison Director: Colin Bucksey Network: AMC, airs Sunday Nights Original Telecast: August 19, 2012  How gullible is Jesse Pinkman?  In “Buyout,” Jesse, (played, as usual, with a mesmerizing intensity by Aaron Paul), is tortured by the horrific aftermath of last episode’s train heist, and he seems to have finally realized that in order to save himself unending emotional pain, he’s got to get out of the crystal meth trade.  But will he?  “Buyout” leaves open the possibility that, whatever Jesse’s conscience might be telling him about Walter White’s (Bryan Cranston’s) potential …Read On »

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