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Movie Review: WRECK-IT RALPH

Wreck it Ralph | (c) 2012 Walt Disney

Rating: PG Stars (voices): John C. Reilly, Sarah Silverman, Jack McBrayer, Jane Lynch, Alan Tudyk Writers: Phil Johnston and Jennifer Lee, story by Rich Moore and Phil Johnston Director: Rich Moore Distributor: Walt Disney Pictures Release Date: November 2, 2012 TOY STORY was far from the first tale of playthings coming to life once humans were out of sight. The movie’s success owed everything to its execution and details. WRECK-IT RALPH likewise starts with this notion – although in this case, the “toys” are the video characters in arcade games – and goes to wonderful, funny, touching places. Less briefly, […]Read On »

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CD Review: MORRICONE: UNCOVERED

MORRICONE: UNCOVERED soundtrack | ©2012 Perseverance Records

Ennio Morricone has always been one of film music’s most intensely lyrical composers. Indefatigably writing one great theme after the other through over five decades and a few hundred scores. Morricone’s soulful, longing melodies have always come across like songs just waiting to happen, a feeling often reinforced by the wordlessly haunting, female vocals of Edda Dell’Orso. But when it’s come to doing an actual songbook based on Il Maestro’s work, Italian chanteuse Romina Arena has done a yeoman job of making Morricone her own, with a number of beautiful tunes that don’t play so much as film music set […]Read On »

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TV Review: SOUTH PARK – Season 16 – “A Scause for Applause”

Stan in SOUTH PARK | ©2012 Comedy Central

Writer: Trey Parker Director: Trey Parker Network: Comedy Central, airs Wednesday nights Original Telecast: October 31, 2012 After two strong weeks, SOUTH PARK heads back into iffy territory with “A Scause for Applause”, a failed attempt at dealing with the disgrace of Lance Armstrong for using performance enhancing drugs. In the SOUTH PARK version, everyone wearing “What Would Jesus Do” bracelets decides to cut them off when it’s discovered that Jesus used performance enhancement drugs to perform his miracles. This leads to a dilemma with Stan, who decides he’s not going to cut off his bracelet like everyone else – […]Read On »

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Movie Review: THE BAY

THE BAY | (c) 2012 Lionsgate

Rating: R Stars: Will Rogers, Kristen Connolly, Kether Donohue, Frank Deal, Stephen Kunken, Christopher Denham, Nansi Aluka Writer: Michael Wallach, story by Barry Levinson and Michael Wallach Director: Barry Levinson Distributor: Lionsgate/Roadside Attractions Release Date: November 2, 2012 Filmgoers of a certain age recall the promo tag line “Just when you thought it was safe to go back into the water …” This was for JAWS 2, meant to create enough fear and fascination in viewers to keep them out of the ocean and draw them into the movie theatre. Now THE BAY is here, and it’s liable to keep […]Read On »

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COPPER: SEASON ONE Highlights this week in Blu-ray and DVD Releases

COPPER SEASON ONE | (c) 2012 BBC Warner

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. Television: COPPER: SEASON ONE – A very interesting new series from the BBC based on the early days of New York and the crime fighting after the Civil War has ravaged the country. After returning home from the war, Detective Corcoran (Tom Weston-Jones) discovers his daughter dead and […]Read On »

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Exclusive Photos from THE WALKING DEAD Season 3 premiere

Walking Dead Cast at the Premiere Screening for THE WALKING DEAD - Season 3 | ©2012 Sue Schneider

Recently AMC hosted the premiere screening for THE WALKING DEAD Season 3 at Universal Studios Hollywood. THE WALKING DEAD is based on Robert Kirkman’s comic book series and tells the story of the months and years that followed after a zombie apocalypse. Seen walking the carpet were the stars of the series, which included: Andrew Lincoln, Sarah Wayne Callies, Norman Reedus, Steven Yeun, Laurie Holden, Lauren Cohan, Danai Gurira, David Morrissey, Michael Rooker, Chandler Riggs, Scott Wilson, IronE Singleton, Melissa McBride, Emily Kinney, Juan Gabriel Pareja, Gregory Nicotero (Director), Glen Mazzara (Showrunner and Executive Producer), and Executive Producers Robert Kirkman, […]Read On »

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TV Review: CASTLE – Season 5 – “Probable Cause”

Michael Mosley in CASTLE - Season 5 - "Probably Cause" | ©2012 ABC/Richard Cartwright

Stars: Nathan Fillion, Stana Katic, Susan Sullivan, Molly Quinn, Tamala Jones, Seamus Deaver, Jon Huertas, Penny Johnson Jerald Writer: Andrew W. Marlowe Director: John Terlesky Network: ABC, Monday nights, 10 p.m. Original Telecast: October 29, 2012 After watching last week’s tease, I was seriously afraid I was going to have to slap the CASTLE producers for “Probable Cause,” this week’s episode. After how many years of jerking us around with the relationship between Rick Castle (Nathan Fillion) and Det. Kate Beckett, I was so sure that when Castle got arrested for murder, they were going to have Beckett and him breaking up or something. Nope! […]Read On »

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TV Review: REVOLUTION – Season 1 – “Sex and Drugs”

Tracy Spiridakos in REVOLUTION - Season 1 - "Sex and Drugs" | ©2012 NBC/Brownie Harris

Cast: Billy Burke, Tracy Spirdakos, Giancarlo Esposito, Zak Orth, David Lyons, Tim Guinee, Elizabeth Mitchell, Graham Rogers, Daniella Alonso Writer: David Rambo Director: Steve Boyum Network: NBC, airs Mondays @ 10 p.m. Original Telecast: Oct. 29, 2012 So, how’s that whole “wanting to see the world” thing working out for you Charlie (Tracy Spirdakos)? There were some decent aspects to REVOLUTION this week but as with most of the episodes so far this season, “Sex and Drugs” also had some pointless and fairly stupid aspects as well. After the last episode with Nora (Daniella Alonso) getting shanked by her own […]Read On »

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TV Review: DEXTER – Season 7 – “Swim Deep”

Jason Gedrick in DEXTER - Season 7 - "Swim Deep" | ©2012 Showtime/Randy Tepper

Stars: Michael C. Hall, Jennifer Carpenter, Desmond Harrington, Lauren Velez, C.S. Lee, David Zayas, James Remar, Aimee Garcia, Ray Stevenson, Yvonne Strahovski, Jason Gedrick, Katia Winter Writer: Scott Reynolds, series developed for television by James Manos, based on the books by Jeff Lindsay Director: Ernest Dickerson Network: Showtime, Sundays @ 9 PM Original Airdate: October 28, 2012 There are circles upon circles within the DEXTER episode “Swim Deep,” as Dexter (Michael C. Hall) and visiting Ukrainian mobster Isaak Sirko (Ray Stevenson) try to suss each other out, or kill each other, or both. Meanwhile, Deb (Jennifer Carpenter) is scrambling to […]Read On »

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CD Review: LAWLESS soundtrack

LAWLESS soundtrack | ©2012 Sony Classical

The team of director John Hillcoat and composer-screenwriter Nick Cave have resonated with a raw, innovative energy that’s made such pictures as THE PROPOSITION and THE ROAD anything but the same old outlaw story. The duo’s in-your-face creativity now pays off with triple-proof results for their violently entertaining moonshiner flick LAWLESS. Sure they could have gone for tunes that would have sounded just like the prohibition period. But it’s a contemporary energy that suffuses this song album. Getting off to a bang with the r & b cover of “Fire and Brimstone” by Mark Lanegan, LAWLESS‘ first impresses with a […]Read On »

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