Movie Review: PRIDE AND PREJUDICE AND ZOMBIES

PRIDE AND PREJUDICE AND ZOMBIES movie poster | ©2016 Screen Gems

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Lily James, Sam Riley, Bella Heathcote, Douglas Booth, Jack Huston, Matt Smith, Sally Phillips, Charles Dance, Lena Headey Writer: Burr Steers, based on the novels by Jane Austen and Seth Grahame-Smith Director: Burr Steers Distributor: Sony/Screen Gems Release Date: February 5, 2016 It is a truth, universally acknowledged, that a zombie movie in possession of a PG-13 rating must be in want and perhaps need of guts, both metaphorical and literal. True, there are some peculiar edits in PRIDE AND PREJUDICE AND ZOMBIES, director/writer Burr Steers’ film version of Seth Grahame-Smith’s undead-enhanced rewrite of Jane Austen’s original …Read On »

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Movie Review: HAIL, CAESAR!

HAIL CAESAR movie poster | ©2016 Universal Pictures

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Josh Brolin, George Clooney, Alden Ehrenreich, Heather Goldenhersh, Ralph Fiennes, Scarlett Johansson, Channing Tatum, Tilda Swinton Writers: Joel Coen & Ethan Coen Directors: Ethan Coen & Joel Coen Distributor: Universal Pictures Release Date: February 5, 2016 The writing/directing team of the Coen Brothers, Ethan & Joel, isn’t known for being especially sentimental. However, just in time for Valentine’s Day, the Coens are bringing forth HAIL, CAESAR! their own idiosyncratic love letter to making movies that does everything but belt out “There’s No Business Like Show Business.” (There are several musical numbers, just not that one.) It turns …Read On »

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Movie Review: THE 5TH WAVE

THE 5TH WAVE movie poster | ©2016 Columbia Pictures

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Chloe Grace Moretz, Nick Robinson, Alex Roe, Liev Schreiber, Zackary Arthur, Ron Livingston, Maria Bello, Maika Monroe Writers: Susannah Grant and Akiva Goldsman & Jeff Pinkner, based on the novel by Rick Yancey Director: J Blakeson Distributor: Columbia/Sony Release Date (theatrical): January 22, 2016 One wants to judge a movie entirely on its own merits, but THE 5TH WAVE does appear to be the latest contestant in Hollywood’s own Hunger Games, trying to replicate the success of a certain other young adult science-fiction/action franchise. This said, THE 5TH WAVE has the benefits of moving at a fast …Read On »

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Movie Review: INTRUDERS

INTRUDERS movie poster | ©2016 Momentum Pictures

Rating: Not Rated Stars: Beth Riesgraf, Martin Starr, Rory Culkin, Jack Kesy, Joshua Mikel, Timothy T. McKinney, Letitia Jimenez Writers: T.J. Cimfel and David White Director: Adam Schindler Distributor: Momentum Pictures/Entertainment One Release Date (theatrical and VOD): January 15, 2016 INTRUDERS – not to be confused with the 2012 horror/fantasy of the same title – has a good cast and a decent premise that gets somewhat undermined when one character has to deliver a boatload of third-act expository dialogue. The movie is reasonably creepy and weird, but it isn’t quite creepy and weird enough on the one hand and doesn’t …Read On »

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Movie Review: THE FOREST

THE FOREST movie poster | ©2016 Gramercy Films

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Natalie Dormer, Taylor Kinney, Yukiyoshi Ozawa, Eoin Macken Writers: Ben Ketai and Sarah Cornwell and Nick Antosca Director: Jason Zada Distributor: Gramercy Pictures Release Date: January 8, 2016 In Japan, the Aokigahara Forest at the base of Mount Fuji is known both as “the Sea of Trees” and “the Suicide Forest.” In ages past, elderly and/or ailing people were left in the forest to die. More recently, it has become a destination for those seeking to end their lives, so much so that there are patrols specifically for the purpose of dissuading the still-living from killing themselves …Read On »

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Blu-ray Review: THE CAR

THE CAR - Blu-ray | ©2015 Shout! Factory

Stars: James Brolin, Kathleen Lloyd, John Marley, Elizabeth Thompson Writers: Dennis Shryack & Michael Butler & Lane Slate based on a story by Shryack & Butler Director: Elliot Silverstein Distributor: Shout! Factory Suggested Retail Price: $29.99 You have to hand it to Universal Pictures in 1977. Still reeling from the blockbuster success of JAWS in 1975, they were clearly anxious to replicate that success. Instead of immediately dipping back into shark-infested waters, they tried something else with THE CAR. Taking the major beats from JAWS and replacing the shark with a demonic car, it seemed as if this would be …Read On »

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Blu-ray/DVD Review: BONE TOMAHAWK

BONE TOMAHAWK poster | ©2015RLJ Entertainment

Rating: Not Rated Stars: Kurt Russell, Patrick Wilson, Matthew Fox, Lili Simmons, Richard Jenkins, David Arquette, Sid Haig, Zahn McClarnon Writer: S. Craig Zahler Director: S. Craig Zahler Distributor: RLJ Entertainment/Image Entertainment Release Date (Blu-ray/DVD): December 29, 2015 Movie Westerns are still being made, but the old cowboys-and-Native Americans subgenre is no longer very active, for what can be hoped are obvious reasons. BONE TOMAHAWK gets around those reasons with one of the great gifts that horror provides – when it’s not acceptable to depict a whole group of human beings as bloodthirsty monsters, use actual bloodthirsty monsters. BONE TOMAHAWK …Read On »

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Movie Review: STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS – Review #2

STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS poster | © 2015 Lucasfilm Ltd.

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Harrison Ford, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Carrie Fisher, Andy Serkis, Gwendoline Christie, Peter Mayhew, Domnhall Gleeson Writers: Lawrence Kasdan & J.J. Abrams and Michael Arndt, based on characters created by George Lucas Director: J.J. Abrams Distributor: Disney Release Date: December 18, 2015 – Here there be spoilers — Read at your own risk! There has probably never been a better use of movie magic than STAR WARS. In its potent mixture of human archetypes as old as our deepest past, laser blasters and starships from as far in the future as we can …Read On »

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TV Review: SUPERNATURAL – Season 11 – “O Brother, Where Art Thou?”

Mark Pellegrino as Lucifer in SUPERNATURAL - Season 11 - "O Brother, Where Art Thou?" | © 2015 The CW/Katie Yu

Stars: Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles, Mark A. Sheppard, Ruth Connell, Emily Swallow, Mark Pellegrino Writers: Eugenie Ross-Leming & Brad Buckner, series created by Eric Kripke Director: Robert Singer. Network: The CW, Wednesdays @ 9 PM Original Airdate: December 9, 2015 The Season 11 SUPERNATURAL episode “O Brother, Where Art Thou?” is a little like one of those inquiries where each response is met with another “Why?” The title refers specifically to Amara’s (Emily Swallow), aka Darkness, quest to find her brother – that is, God – but by the end, we’ve got plenty of questions of our own. Is Amara’s …Read On »

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TV Review: SUPERNATURAL – Season 11 – “Just My Imagination”

Jensen Ackles is Dean in SUPERNATURAL - Season 11 - "Just My Imagination" | © 2015 The CW/Bettina Strauss

Stars: Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles, Nate Torrence, Carrie Genzel, Dylan Kingwell, Dylan Everett, Anja Savcic Writer: Jenny Klein, series created by Eric Kripke Director: Richard Speight, Jr. Network: The CW, Wednesdays @ 9 PM Original Airdate: December 2, 2015 SUPERNATURAL normally doesn’t do heartwarming (it’s much more inclined toward heart-ripping, in the literal sense). However, in the Season 11 episode “Just My Imagination,” the show goes surprisingly warm and fuzzy, with charming results. We see a little girl having a tea party in her well-appointed room. The child, but not her parents, can see her companion Sparkle, a unicorn man …Read On »

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