TV Review: DALLAS – Season 2 – “Trial and Error ”

Dallas - Season 2 - "Trial and Error" | ©2013 TNT/Skip Bolen

Stars: Larry Hagman, Patrick Duffy, Brenda Strong, Linda Gray, Josh Henderson, Jesse Metcalfe, Jordana Brewster, Julie Gonzalo Writer: John Whelpley Director: Millicent Shelton Network: TNT, airs Monday nights Original Telecast: Feb. 18th,  2013 The fifth episode of DALLAS, season 2, plays out with not much going on, at least for a drama like DALLAS, anyway. Expectations are high with this fast-paced, high-octane show, but this week’s installment lacks the gusto from previous weeks. C’mon guys kick it up a notch before the audience goes south. Ala THE OUTSIDERS – Do it for Larry! In a quick turn around Ann (Brenda […]Read On »



A GOOD DAY TO DIE HARD | (c) 2013 20th Century Fox

Rating: R Stars: Bruce Willis, Jai Courtney, Sebastian Koch, Rasha Bukvic, Cole Hauser, Yulia Snigir, Mary Elizabeth Winstead Writer: Skip Woods, certain characters created by Roderick Thorp Director: John Moore Distributor: 20th Century Fox Release Date: February 14, 2013 The good and bad thing about A GOOD DAY TO DIE HARD is that one doesn’t have to be familiar with the other four DIE HARD movies (for those keeping track, the original was released in 1988) to hit the ground running here. On the one hand, it cuts down on pesky exposition (kept to a minimum despite the espionage storyline); […]Read On »



BEAUTIFUL CREATURES | (c) 2013 Warner Bros

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Alden Ehrenreich, Alice Englert, Jeremy Irons, Viola Davis, Emmy Rossum, Emma Thompson Writer: Richard LaGravenese, based on the novel by Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl Director: Richard LaGravenese Distributor: Warner Bros. Release Date: February 14, 2013 Like its heroine Lena Duchannes (Alice Englert), BEAUTIFUL CREATURES fights hard to retain control of its soul. On the one hand, screenwriter/director Richard LaGravanese’s adaptation of the novel (the first in a series) by Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl has wit, charm and a pair of appealing young leads with Englert and Alden Ehrenreich as her mortal boyfriend Ethan. On the […]Read On »


TV Review: DALLAS – Season 2 – “False Confessions”

Larry Hagman and Josh Henderson on DALLAS | (c) 2013 TNT/Skip Bolen

Stars: Larry Hagman, Patrick Duffy, Brenda Strong, Linda Gray, Josh Henderson, Jesse Metcalfe, Jordana Brewster, Julie Gonzalo Writer: Taylor Hamra Director: Stephen Herek Network: TNT, airs Monday nights Original Telecast: Feb. 11th,   2012 Drinking…lots of it fills South Fork as murder and mayhem plague the Ewing family on DALLAS. In “False Confessions,” Bobby (Patrick Duffy) takes the fall for Annie (Brenda Strong) while Cliff Barnes’ adopted son Frank betrays him and plays nice with Barnes arch nemesis J.R. Ewing (Larry Hagman). Meanwhile, John Ross (Josh Henderson) lets his emotions for Pamela Barnes get the best of him and he goes […]Read On »


TV Review: ARROW – Season 1 – “Betrayal”

Stephen Amell as Oliver Queen in ARROW "Betryal" | (c) 2013 Jack Rowand/The CW

Stars:  Stephen Amell, Katie Cassidy, Paul Blackthorne, Colin Donnell, Susanna Thompson, Colin Salmon, Willa Holland, David Ramsey Writer:  Lana Cho & Beth Schwartz Director: Guy Bee Network: The CW, airs Wednesday Nights Original Telecast: February 6, 2013 On the plus side, this week’s ARROW episode takes great strides in building towards the confrontation between Oliver Queen (Stephen Amell) and his mother, Moira (Susanna Thompson) we’ve all been waiting for.  On the downside, as a stand-alone episode, “Betrayal” feels utterly generic in every other way, and doesn’t do anything else that makes a particularly strong impression. Cyrus Vanch (David Anders), a […]Read On »


TV Review: ONCE UPON A TIME – Season 2 – “Tiny”

Cassidy Freeman in ONCE UPON A TIME Tiny | (c) 2013 ABC/David Gray

Stars: Ginnifer Goodwin, Jennifer Morrison, Robert Carlyle, Lana Parrilla, Jared Gilmore, Josh Dallas, Emilie de Ravin, Meghan Ory Writer: Christine Boylan & Kalinda Vasquez Director: Guy Ferland Network: ABC, Sunday nights, 8 p.m. Original Telecast: February 10, 2013  How to sum up this episode of ONCE UPON A TIME? There’s a lot going on and stories are starting to come together. Oh, and Jorge Garcia is back as the Giant – who turns out to be called “Tiny” because compared to his brothers he is. So let’s just start at the beginning and slug our way through. So in Storybrooke, Emma (Jennifer Morrison) and Henry (Jared Gilmore) are packing to […]Read On »


TV Review: REVENGE – Season 2 – “Union”

A scene from REVENGE "Union" | (c) 2013 ABC/Richard Cartwright

Stars: Emily VanCamp, Madeleine Stowe, Henry Czerny, Josh Bowman, Nick Wechsler, Gabriel Mann, Ashley Madekwe, Christa B. Allen, Connor Paolo Writer: Michael Foley & Tde Sullivan Director: Network: ABC, Sunday nights, 9 p.m. Original Telecast: February 10, 2013 So “Union” is supposedly about all the forces, good and evil, getting together on REVENGE. But do we really care about that? It’s all about that sunken boat from this season’s premiere and whose body was in it. The way this episode was teased, I really thought this one was going to be the one where we find out. However, knowing this show, it’s entirely possibly they’ll find a way to drag that storyline […]Read On »


TV Review: SUPERNATURAL – Season 8 – “Everybody Hates Hitler”

Jensen Ackles as Dean in SUPERNATURAL "Everybody Hates Hitler" | (c) 2013 Liane Hentscher/The CW

Stars: Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles, Hal Linden, Adam Rose, John DeSantis, Bernhard Forcher Writer: Ben Edlund, series created by Eric Kripke Director: Phil Sgriccia Network: The CW, Wednesdays @ 9 PM Original Airdate: February 7, 2013 If you’re Jewish, a student of folk mythology or both, chances are good you’ve heard of the golem. If you’re not familiar with the golem, the SUPERNATURAL episode “Everybody Hates Hitler” is here to enlighten you – sort of, as writer Ben Edlund has tweaked the concept to the benefit of the story. A prologue puts us at a Nazi camp in 1944, where […]Read On »


TV Review: THE WALKING DEAD – Season 3 – “The Suicide King” – Mid-Season Premiere

THE WALKING DEAD - Season 3 - midseason poster | ©2013 AMC

Stars: Andrew  Lincoln, David Morrissey, Laurie Holden, Norman Reedus, Steven Yeun, Lauren Cohan, Chandler Riggs, Danai Gurira, Michael Rooker, Melissa Suzanne McBride, Scott Wilson, Emily Kinney, Dallas Roberts, Lew Temple, Chad Coleman  Writer: Evan Reilly Director: Lesli Linka Glatter Network: AMC, airs Sunday nights  Original Telecast: February 10, 2013 In the ninth episode and mid-season premiere of THE WALKING DEAD Season 3, “The Suicide King,” Rick (Andrew Lincoln) and company interrupt a Woodbury arena battle between Merle (Michael Rooker) and Daryl (Norman Reedus)…but where do Merle’s loyalties really lie…or Daryl’s? And as Andrea (Laurie Holden) finds herself stepping up to draw a […]Read On »


TV Review: BONES – Season 8 – “The Doll in the Derby”

Michaela Conlin in BONES - Season 8 - "The Doll in the Derby" | ©2013 Fox/Patrick McElhenney

Stars: David Boreanaz, Emily Deschanel, Michaela Conlin, TJ Thyne, Tamara Taylor, John Francis Daley, Michael Grant Terry, Sydelle Noel, Suzann Quast, Brad Carter, Larry Poindexter, Tamlyn Tomita, Ary Katz Writer: Michael Petersen, series created by Hart Hanson, based on the life and writings of Kathy Reichs Director: Tawnia McKiernan Network: Fox, Mondays @ 8 PM Airdate: February 4, 2013 There are three subplots in the BONES episode “The Doll in the Derby,” and none of them mesh together very well. When the victim of a particularly gruesome death is determined to be a roller derby star, Angela (Michaela Conlin) goes […]Read On »

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