Movie Review: FRIEND REQUEST

FRIEND REQUEST movie poster | ©2017 Entertainment Studios Motion Pictures

Rating: R Stars: Ayicia Debnam-Carey, William Moseley, Connor Paolo, Brit Morgan, Brooke Markham, Sean Marquette, Liesl Ahlers, Shashawnee Hall, Nicholas Pauling Writers: Matthew Ballen & Phillip Koch & Simon Verhoeven Director: Simon Verhoeven Distributor: Entertainment Studios Motion Pictures Release Date: September 22, 2017 Not to be confused with 2015’s UNFRIENDED, the new movie FRIEND REQUEST is a tale of quasi-online horror. It has one idea about characterization that’s so good that it somewhat excuses lapses in logic. Directed by Simon Verhoeven from a screenplay he wrote with Matthew Ballen & Phillip Koch, FRIEND REQUEST begins with a college classroom announcement […]Read On »

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Movie Review: KINGSMAN: THE GOLDEN CIRCLE

KINGSMAN THE GOLDEN CIRCLE movie poster | ©2017 20th Century Fox

Rating: R Stars: Colin Firth, Julianne Moore, Taron Egerton, Mark Strong, Pedro Pascal, Halle Berry, Sir Elton John, Channing Tatum, Bruce Greenwood, Emily Watson, Jeff Bridges Writers: Jane Goldman & Matthew Vaughn, based on the comic book THE SECRET SERVICE by Mark Millar and Dave Gibbons Director: Matthew Vaughn Distributor: Twentieth Century Fox Release Date: September 22, 2017  KINGSMAN: THE GOLDEN CIRCLE is a follow-up to 2015’s KINGSMAN: THE SECRET SERVICE. Like its predecessor, KINGSMAN: THE GOLDEN CIRCLE is based on THE SECRET SERVICE comic book series by Mark Millar and Dave Gibbons, and is again directed by Matthew Vaughn, […]Read On »

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TV Review: DANCING WITH THE STARS – Season 25 – Week 1 – Season Premiere – Thirteen couples battle it out

Lindsey Stirling and Mark Ballas in DANCING WITH THE STARS - Season 25 | ©2017 ABC/Heidi Gutman

Stars: Vanessa Lachey, Nikki Bella, Frankie Muniz, Terrell Owens, Derek Fisher, Sasha Pieterse, Jordan Fisher, Debbie Gibson, Victoria Arlen, Barbara Corcoran, Nick Lachey, Drew Scott, Lindsey Stirling Network: ABC, airs Monday Original Telecast: September 18th, 2017 DANCING WITH THE STARS: Season 25 began with a full cast of 13 couples which is great except it doesn’t give the judges much time to critique. DWTS‘ solution was to have only one judge speak to the couples before their scores. This landed with a big dull thud in the ballroom because one of the best parts of the show is seeing the […]Read On »

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Movie Review: REMEMORY

REMEMORY movie poster | ©2017 Lionsgate

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Peter Dinklage, Julia Ormond, Martin Donovan, Henry Ian Cusick, Anton Yelchin, Evelyne Brochu Writers: Mark Palansky & Mike Vukadinovich Director: Mark Palansky Distributor: Lionsgate Release Date: September 8 (theatrical), August 24 (VOD) REMEMORY revisits a versatile sci-fi premise: what if memories could be recorded and played back? Films as diverse as TOTAL RECALL and STRANGE DAYS have utilized this idea. In REMEMORY, scientist Gordon Dunn (Martin Donovan) has developed a device that does this, which he intends to use for therapy. However, there are some unintended side effects that make some of his test subjects very unhappy. […]Read On »

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Movie Review: REBEL IN THE RYE

REBEL IN THE RYE movie poster | ©2017 IFC

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Nicholas Hoult, Kevin Spacey, Sarah Paulson, Victor Garber, Hope Davis Writer: Danny Strong, inspired by the book J.D. SALINGER: A LIFE by Kenneth Slawenski Director: Danny Strong Distributor: IFC Release Date: September 8, 2017  Writing is a solitary activity that, unlike some others (bicycling, mountain climbing, even painting), is extremely difficult to make watchable. In bringing the early life of CATCHER IN THE RYE author J.D. Salinger to the screen, REBEL IN THE RYE writer/director Danny Strong deftly surmounts the challenges of the subject matter. Inspired by Kenny Slawenski’s biography J.D. SALINGER: A LIFE, Strong gives us […]Read On »

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Movie Review: IT

IT movie poster | ©2017 Warner Bros.

Rating: R Stars: Bill Skarsgard, Jaeden Lieberher, Jeremy Ray Taylor, Sophia Lillis, Finn Wolfhard, Chosen Jacobs, Jack Dylan Grazer, Wyatt Oleff, Nicholas Hamilton, Jackson Robert Scott Writers: Chase Palmer & Cary Fukunaga and Gary Dauberman, based on the novel by Stephen King Director: Andy Muschietti Distributor: Warner Bros./New Line Release Date: September 8, 2017 The new IT movie exists on a weird kind of Moebius strip. Set in the late ‘80s, the feature adaptation of Stephen King’s 1986 novel is reminiscent of STRANGER THINGS, which had its first season on Netflix last year but is acknowledged to be inspired by […]Read On »

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TV Review: GAME OF THRONES – Season 7 – “Beyond the Wall”

Kristofer Hivju in GAME OF THRONES - Season 7 - "Beyond the Wall" | ©2017 HBO/Helen Sloan

Stars: Peter Dinklage, Emilia Clarke, Kit Harington, Aiden Gillen, Liam Cunningham, Sophie Turner, Maisie Williams, Gwendoline Christie, Rory McCann, Kristofer Hivju, Joe Dempsie, Iain Glen, Richard Dormer, Paul Kaye, Joseph Mawle Writers: David Benioff & D.B. Weiss, series created by David Benioff & D.B. Weiss, based on George R.R. Martin’s “A Song of Ice and Fire” Director: Alan Taylor Network: HBO, Sundays @ 9 PM Original Airdate: August 20, 2017 By the time you are done watching the GAME OF THRONES Season 7 episode “Beyond the Wall,” you may feel that you are freezing your faces off right along with […]Read On »

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TV Review: GAME OF THRONES – Season 7 – “Eastwatch”

Conleth Hill in GAME OF THRONES - Season 7 - "Eastwatch" | ©2017 HBO/Helen Sloan

Stars: Peter Dinklage, Nicolaj Coster-Waldau, Lena Headey, Emilia Clarke, Kit Harington, Aiden Gillen, Liam Cunningham, Sophie Turner, Maisie Williams, Conleth Hill, Rory McCann, Isaac Hempstead Wright, Jerome Flynn, John Bradley, Hannah Murray, Kristofer Hivju, Joe Dempsie, Iain Glen, James Faulkner, Tom Hopper, Richard Dormer, Paul Kaye Writer: Dave Hill, series created by David Benioff & D.B. Weiss, based on George R.R. Martin’s “A Song of Ice and Fire” Director: Matt Shakman Network: HBO, Sundays @ 9 PM Original Airdate: August 13, 2017 Fans of Jaime Lannister (Nicolaj Coster-Waldau) can rest easy for now – despite his dire underwater predicament in […]Read On »

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TV Review: GAME OF THRONES – Season 7 – “The Spoils of War”

Sophie Turner in GAME OF THRONES - Season 7 - "The Spoils of War" | ©2017 HBO/Helen Sloan

Stars: Peter Dinklage, Lena Headey, Nicolaj Coster-Waldau, Kit Harington, Emilia Clarke, Aiden Gillen, Liam Cunningham, Sophie Turner, Maisie Williams, Isaac Hempstead Wright, Ellie Kendrick, Gwendoline Christine, Conleth Hill, Jerome Flynn, Mark Gatiss, Nathalie Emmanuel, Alfie Allen, Daniel Portman, James Faulkner, Tom Hopper Writers: David Benioff & D.B. Weiss, series created by David Benioff & D.B. Weiss, based on George R.R. Martin’s “A Song of Ice and Fire” Director: Matt Shakman Network: HBO, Sundays @ 9 PM Original Airdate: August 6, 2017  The GAME OF THRONES Season 7 episode “The Spoils of War” shows up what happens when the forces of […]Read On »

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Movie Review: DAVE MADE A MAZE

DAVE MADE A MAZE movie poster | ©2017 Gravitas Ventures

Rating: Not Rated Stars: Nick Thune, Meera Rohit Kumbhani, Adam Busch, James Urbaniak, Frank Caeti, Scott Narver, Scott Krinsky, John Hennigan, Stephanie Allynne, Kristen Vangsness, Rick Overton Writers: Bill Watterson & Steven Sears, story by Steven Sears Director: Bill Watterson Distributor: Gravitas Ventures Release Date (theatrical and VOD): August 18, 2017  DAVE MADE A MAZE has the production aesthetics of PRIMER or CUBE, matched with the attitude of JOHN DIES AT THE END and perhaps STORY THEATRE. If you recognize these references, you are enough of an indie film/TV fan to be part of the target audience. It is trippy […]Read On »

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