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Movie Review: 47 METERS DOWN

47 METERS DOWN poster | ©2017 Dimension Films

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Claire Holt, Mandy Moore, Matthew Modine Writers: Johannes Roberts & Ernest Riera Director: Johannes Roberts Distributor: Dimension Films/Entertainment Studios Motion Pictures Release Date: June 16, 2017  The original JAWS is rightly a classic, but since then audiences have learned to be wary of shark movies. SHARKNADO gonzo parody aside, they can be a cheesy bunch, with 2004’s destabilizing OPEN WATER a rare exception. Well, surprise. 47 METERS DOWN has most of the makings of a first-rate horror movie: a plausible set-up, multiple sources of jeopardy, an environment that’s terrifying all on its own, ace special effects and […]Read On »

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Movie Review: THE BOOK OF HENRY

THE BOOK OF HENRY poster | ©2017 Focus Features

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Naomi Watts, Jaeden Lieberher, Jacob Tremblay, Sarah Silverman, Dean Norris, Maddie Ziegler, Lee Pace Writer: Gregg Hurwitz Director: Colin Trevorrow Distributor: Focus Features Release Date: June 16, 2017 THE BOOK OF HENRY is something of a return to roots for director Colin Trevorrow. Before helming JURASSIC WORLD (and yes, he’s also scheduled to direct STAR WARS: EPISODE IX), Trevorrow made his feature directing debut with the wonderful, unpredictable 2012 indie SAFETY NOT GUARANTEED. THE BOOK OF HENRY has what looks like a slightly bigger budget than SAFETY, but it too zigs into some unexpected places. THE BOOK […]Read On »

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GOOD WITCH: Actress Bailee Madison on Season 3 – Exclusive Interview

Bailee Madison in GOOD WITCH - Season 3 | © 2017 Hallmark Channel

GOOD WITCH is now in its third season on Hallmark Channel. The family comedy/drama stars Catherine Bell as the title character, Cassie Nightingale, and Bailee Madison as her daughter, now-adolescent Grace Russell. Bell and Madison both starred in several GOOD WITCH telefilms prior to it becoming a series. Madison, who has been acting since she was seven years old, is one of Hallmark’s favorite performers. She’s been in multiple films for the network. Madison has also done a wide variety of feature films, including the drama BROTHERS, the horror offering DON’T BE AFRAID OF THE DARK and the fantasy ANNABELLE […]Read On »

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News: WAR FOR THE PLANET OF THE APES teams up with the Jane Goodall Institute

WAR FOR THE PLANET OF THE APES movie poster | © 2017 20th Century Fox

While they both focus on chimpanzees, the PLANET OF THE APES film series and real-world primatologist Dr. Jane Goodall aren’t generally thought of together. However,20th Century Fox has partnered with the Jane Goodall Institute to provide care for rescued chimpanzees in honor of the latest installment of the film franchise, WAR FOR THE PLANET OF THE APES, due out July 14. Chimpanzees are hunted by humans in some areas for food, they are losing enormous amounts of habitat and some are unwisely kept as pets (great apes are very powerful and can, even unintentionally, inflict great bodily harm). Spread out […]Read On »

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Dorking Out Episode 51: The Mummy Dearest Edition

Dorking Out Show | © 2016 Chris Smith/Sonia Mansfield

Hey there, dorks. In this week’s episode, we review the first installment in Universal’s Dark Universe THE MUMMY, starring Tom Cruise. In our second segment, we’re talking about the whole messy subject of cinematic universes, the latest blockbuster trend that may or may not be fizzling out. Peter Brown from Assignment X joins us to talk about the Dark Universe, counting your movie franchise eggs before they’re hatched, Marvel’s new BLACK PANTHER trailer, and what the success of WONDER WOMAN means for the DC Universe. All of that, plus what we’re dorking out about this week, including the cancellation of SENSE8 […]Read On »

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BEAUTY AND THE BEAST highlights Blu-ray, DVD and Digital Releases for June 6, 2017

BEAUTY AND THE BEAST | © 2017 Disney Home Video

Your guide to some of the new releases that are out this week. DISNEY’S BEAUTY AND THE BEAST While Disney continues to make a killing with its Marvel franchise and its Star Wars franchise, it continues to make money hand over fist with these live action adaptations from classic animated titles. Here Emma Watson plays the title character of Belle, who agrees to be the captive of the gnarly beast when her father gets in trouble. Unlike some of the other live action flicks, this one keeps the storyline pretty close to the original including creepy CGI candlesticks, tea cups […]Read On »

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Movie Review: IT COMES AT NIGHT

IT COMES AT NIGHT movie poster | ©2017 A24

Rating: R Stars: Joel Edgerton, Carmen Ejogo, Kelvin Harrison Jr., Christopher Abbott, Riley Keogh, Griffin Robert Faulkner, David Pendleton Writer: Trey Edward Shults Director: Trey Edward Shults Distributor: A24 Release Date: June 9, 2017 IT COMES AT NIGHT is a perfectly respectable low-budget post-apocalypse character study – or it would be if it wasn’t so half-hearted about trying to add a horror element. This has the effect of making us wait for something that neither fully materializes nor adds meaningfully to the potent tension. In the world of IT COMES AT NIGHT, an unspecified but deadly plague has decimated the […]Read On »

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Movie Review: THE MUMMY starring Tom Cruise

THE MUMMY movie poster | ©2017 Universal Pictures

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Tom Cruise, Annabelle Wallis, Sofia Boutella, Russell Crowe, Jake Johnston Writers: David Koepp and Christopher McQuarrie and Dylan Kussman, story by Jon Spaihts and Alex Kurtzman & Jenny Lumet Director: Alex Kurtzman Distributor: Universal Release Date: June 9, 2017 THE MUMMY isn’t a remake of the ‘30s Boris Karloff version, the ‘50s Peter Cushing edition or the ‘90s/’00s trilogy starring Brendan Fraser. It has its own mythology and its own look, both of which are very strong. The two big problems here are first that this MUMMY doesn’t know how to lay out its narrative so that […]Read On »

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PRISON BREAK: Robert Knepper talks iZOMBIE and Bill Paxton – exclusive interview

Robert Knepper at the FOX’s PRISON BREAK Advance Screening and Conversation

In Part 2 of ASSIGNMENT X’s exclusive interview with actor Robert Knepper, he talks about his new projects, working with the late Bill Paxton on last year’s miniseries TEXAS RISING and more about returning to his role as Theodore “T-Bag” Bagwell in Fox Network’s PRISON BREAK revival. ROBERT KNEPPER: I’ve got three or four other indie movies that are coming out soon – FRAT PACK, BADSVILLE … ASSIGNMENT X: You’ve talked about working on THE DATING GAME KILLER … KNEPPER: Oh, my God, what an intense project. Leslie Greif, who was my producer on TEXAS RISING, put this movie together […]Read On »

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BETTER CALL SAUL: Actor Giancarlo Esposito on revisiting his BREAKING BAD character – Exclusive Interview

Giancarlo Esposito as Gustavo "Gus" Fring in BETTER CALL SAUL - Season 3 |©2017 /AMC/Sony Pictures Television/Michele K. Short

Giancarlo Esposito’s drug kingpin/Los Pollos Hermanos proprietor Gus Fring was one of the standout characters of AMC’s BREAKING BAD, earning the actor an Emmy nomination. It’s taken until Season 3 of BREAKING BAD’s prequel series BETTER CALL SAUL –AMC on Monday nights, starring Bob Odenkirk as criminal lawyer Jimmy McGill prior to his transformation into Walter White’s attorney Saul Goodman – for Gus to show up. Now we’re seeing Esposito play Gus as a less-established, younger man than he was in BREAKING BAD, even though it’s been six years since the actor last played the character. Esposito was born in […]Read On »

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