Movie Review: MONEY MONSTER

MONEY MONSTER | © 2016 Sony/Tristar

Rating: R Stars: George Clooney, Julia Roberts, Jack O’Connell, Dominic West, Caitriona Balfe, Giancarlo Esposito, Christopher Denham, Lenny Venito, Emily Meade Writers: Jamie Linden and Alan DiFiore & Jim Kouf, story by DiFiore & Kouf Director: Jodie Foster Distributor: Release Date: May 13, 2016 MONEY MONSTER is almost always entertaining, even when it gets predictable, improbable, or some combination of the two. As movies about the workings of Wall Street go, it has the misfortune to be following THE BIG SHORT while that film – last year’s Oscar winner for Adapted Screenplay – is still in people’s memories. MONEY MONSTER […]Read On »

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Movie Review: THE JUNGLE BOOK

THE JUNGLE BOOK (2016) movie poster | ©2016 Walt Disney Pictures

Stars: Neel Sethi, Bill Murray (voice), Ben Kingsley (voice), Idris Elba (voice), Christopher Walken (voice), Scarlett Johansson (voice), Lupita N’yong’o (voice), Giancarlo Esposito (voice) Writer: Justin Marks, based on the books by Rudyard Kipling Director: Jon Favreau Distributor: Walt Disney Pictures Release Date: April 15, 2016 For those familiar with THE JUNGLE BOOK, via the animated 1967 Disney version, any of the other multiple film adaptations, the original Rudyard Kipling books, or some combination thereof, there is something indelible about the story. Mowgli, a little boy raised by wolves in a jungle in India, is completely at home in the […]Read On »

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Movie Review: MAZE RUNNER: THE SCORCH TRIALS

MAZE RUNNER: THE SCORCH TRIALS movie poster | ©2015 20th Century Fox

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Dylan O’Brien, Ki Hong Lee, Kaya Scodelario, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Dexter Darden, Alexander Flores, Jacob Lofland, Rosa Salazar, Patricia Clarkson, Giancarlo Esposito, Aiden Gillen, Lili Taylor, Barry Pepper, Alan Tudyk, Nathalie Emmanuel Writer: T.S. Nowlin, based on the novel by James Dashner Director: Wes Ball Distributor: Twentieth Century Fox Release Date: September 18, 2015 To answer one burning question about MAZE RUNNER: THE SCORCH TRIALS, yes, it’s easily possible to follow what’s going on in without having seen 2014’s original THE MAZE RUNNER. To answer a second question, no, this isn’t because we get tackled with a ton […]Read On »

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Movie Review: POKER NIGHT

POKER NIGHT movie poster | ©2014 XLerator Media

Rating: R Stars: Beau Mirchoff, Ron Perlman, Giancarlo Esposito, Corey Lange, Titus Welliver, Halston Sage, Ron Eldard, Michael Eklund, Kieran Lange Writer: Greg Francis Director: Greg Francis Distributor: XLerator Media Release Date: theatrical, VOD & iTunes December 5, 2014 POKER NIGHT straddles several genres, two of which are so seldom paired that this aspect is a pleasure – the cop film and the anthology film. Not that POKER NIGHT is a straight anthology; in fact, here the framing device is the main story, with a number of vignettes spicing it up and making good use of the supporting cast. Another […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: Peter Gadiot is the genie of ONCE UPON A TIME IN WONDERLAND

Peter Gadiot in ONCE UPON A TIME IN WONDERLAND - Season 1 | ©2013 ABC/Bob D'Amico

In ONCE UPON A TIME IN WONDERLAND, ABC Thursdays at 8 PM, Sophie Lowe’s character Alice and Peter Gadiot’s character Cyrus, the Genie of the Lamp, are in love. They’re also on the run from both the Red Queen (Emma Rigby) and ALADDIN’s magician Jafar (Naveen Andrews). While WONDERLAND very likely marks the first time Alice and the Genie have been a couple, it turns out this isn’t the first time English actor Gadiot [pronounced “Gad-ee-oh”) has had a go-round with ALADDIN material. At a party thrown by ABC for the Television Critics Association, Gadiot explains how it is he […]Read On »

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TV Review: REVOLUTION – Season 1 – “The Patriot Act”

Zeljko Ivanek as Dr. Calvin Horn on REVOLUTION "The Patriot Act" | (c) 2013 Felicia Graham/NBC

Cast: Billy Burke, Tracy Spiridakos, Elizabeth Mitchell, Zak Orth, David Lyons, Giancarlo Esposito, Stephen Collins Writer: Anne Cofell Saunders, Matt Pitts Director: Omar Madha Network: Airs on NBC, Wednesdays @ 8 p.m. Original Telecast: Nov. 6, 2013 One question I found myself asking during the latest episode of REVOLUTION, entitled “The Patriot Act,” was why hasn’t Miles’ (Billy Burke) hand healed at this point? Everyone else that has had injuries have made remarkable recoveries. Rachel (Elizabeth Mitchell) had both a broken thumb and an arrow to the shoulder and shows no ill will from it. That chick that has been […]Read On »

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TV Review: REVOLUTION – SEASON 2 – “Dead Man Walking”

Tracy Spiridakos as Charlie Matheson in REVOLUTION "Dead Man Walking" | (c) 2013 Felicia Graham/NBC

Cast: Billy Burke, Tracy Spiridakos, Zak Orth, Elizabeth Mitchell, David Lyons, Giancarlo Esposito, Stephen Collins Writer: Paul Grellong Director: Steve Boyum Network: Airs on NBC, Wednesdays @ 8 p.m. Original Telecast: Oct. 30, 2013 There were times during REVOLUTION’s latest episode, “Dead Man Walking,” that I had a familiar feeling that the show was once-again delving back into the old format of the eternal battle of a group of rebels taking up arms against a more powerful entity. That same formula that dragged down the show big time in the first season. However, the whole aspect of Monroe (David Lyons) finally […]Read On »

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TV Review: REVOLUTION – SEASON 2 – “One Riot, One Ranger”

ak Orth as Aaron Pittman, Elizabeth Mitchell as Rachel Matheson in REVOLUTION "One Riot, One Ranger" | (c) 2013 Felicia Graham/NBC

Cast: Billy Burke, Tracy Spiridakos, Zak Orth, Elizabeth Mitchell, David Lyons, Giancarlo Esposito, Stephen Collins Writer: David Rambo, Ben Englund Director: Frederick E. G. Toye Network: Airs on NBC, Wednesdays @ 8 p.m. Original Telecast: Oct. 23, 2013 The role of Monroe (David Lyons) on the second season of REVOLUTION is an interesting one. He’s a man that has a lot of talents – killing, ruthlessness and no remorse. While on the surface his addition to the group in Texas is one filled with rage and a quest for revenge, they need him. They need his unique talents. That creates […]Read On »

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TV Review: REVOLUTION – SEASON 2 – “Patriot Games”

Neville (Giancarlo Esposito) gears up to do some dirty work on REVOLUTION "Patriot Games" | (c) 2013 Felicia Graham/NBC

Cast: Billy Burke, Tracy Spiridakos, Zak Orth, Elizabeth Mitchell, David Lyons, Giancarlo Esposito Writer: David Rambo Director: Helen Shaver Network: Airs on NBC, Wednesdays @ 8 p.m. Original Telecast: Oct. 16, 2013 I guess at this point the question has to be asked as to how deep down the rabbit hole does the Patriot group go on REVOLUTION? In “Patriot Games” we saw that those calling themselves the U.S. government has their hands in pretty much every cookie jar going throughout the former country that crumbled after the lights went out. They are obviously making nice with the people in […]Read On »

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TV Review: REVOLUTION – SEASON 2 – “Love Story”

Aaron (Zak Orth) runs for his life on REVOLUTION "Love Story" | (c) 2013 Felicia Graham/NBC

Cast: Billy Burke, Tracy Spiridakos, Zak Orth, Elizabeth Mitchell, David Lyons, Giancarlo Esposito Writer: David Rambo Director: Helen Shaver Network: Airs on NBC, Wednesdays @ 8 p.m. Original Telecast: Oct. 9, 2013 It is pretty safe to assume that whoever is claiming to be the U.S. government on REVOLUTION isn’t all that they are cracked up to be. In the amusingly titled “Love Story” we learn that the so-called government has been paying the crazy child molester turned cult leader, Titus, to scare the town of Texas where Rachel, Miles and crew have been holding up since after the bombs […]Read On »

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