TV Review: BONES – Season 11 – “The Secret in the Service”

Emily Deschanel in BONES - Season 11 - "The Secret in the Service" | ©2016 Fox/Patrick McElhenney

Stars: David Boreanaz, Emily Deschanel, Michaela Conlin, TJ Thyne, Tamara Taylor, John Boyd, Joel David Moore, Michael Gaston, Nichi Munshi, Dave Power Writers: Kendall Sand & Mary Trahan, series created by Hart Hanson, based on the life and writings of Kathy Reichs Director: Dwight Little Network: Fox Network, Thursdays @ 8 PM Airdate: May 26, 2016 The combination of a Secret Service mystery, a possible threat to the U.S. President and Brennan (Emily Deschanel) having to telecommute due to a bad cold all combine well in the BONES episode “The Secret in the Service.” A drunken man stumbles over a […]Read On »

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Movie Review: JACK REACHER: NEVER GO BACK

JACK REACHER: NEVER GO BACK poster | ©2016 Paramount Pictures

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Tom Cruise, Cobie Smulders, Janika Yerosh, Aldis Hodge, Patrick Heusinger, Ninja N. Devoe, Holt McCallany, Robert Knepper Writers: Richard Wenk and Edward Zwick & Marshall Herskovitz, based on the novel NEVER GO BACK by Lee Child Director: Edward Zwick Distributor: Paramount Release Date: October 21, 2016 JACK REACHER: NEVER GO BACK makes this is a good week for movie franchises with second installments that improve upon their originals. Like OUIJA: ORIGIN OF EVIL, NEVER GO BACK fixes issues that went wrong the first time to deliver solid entertainment within its genre, in this case, the action thriller. […]Read On »

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Movie Review: THE WHOLE TRUTH

THE WHOLE TRUTH movie poster | ©2016 Lionsgate

Rating: R Stars: Keanu Reeves, Renee Zellweger, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Gabriel Basso, Jim Belushi Writer: Rafael Jackson Director: Courtney Hunt Distributor: Lionsgate Premiere Release Date: October 21, 2016 THE WHOLE TRUTH has a set-up that seems like it ought to make a perfectly good movie, or even a miniseries – lawyer defending a minor being tried as an adult for an act of patricide. However, the slow pacing, digressions that go nowhere and multiplying implausible details act against the movie’s best interests. Keanu Reeves plays Richard Ramsey, a Southern lawyer who narrates the film in what seems like an effort to […]Read On »

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Movie Review: OUIJA: ORIGIN OF EVIL

OUIJA: ORIGIN OF EVIL poster | ©2016 Universal Pictures

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Annalise Basso, Elizabeth Reaser, Lulu Wilson, Henry Thomas, Doug Jones Writers: Mike Flanagan & Jeff Howard, based on characters created by Juliet Snowden & Stiles White Director: Mike Flanagan Distributor: Universal Release Date: October 20, 2016 OUIJA: THE ORIGIN OF EVIL is a sequel, or rather a prequel, far superior to its 2014 predecessor. For starters, it makes much more sense and has many more organic scares. Those who pay attention to character names will realize what story we’re watching. Otherwise, apart from the Ouija board of the title, we have to wait for a brief post-credits […]Read On »

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TV Review: DANCING WITH THE STARS – Season 23 – Week 6 – Latin Night – Amber Rose eliminated

Amber Rose and Maksim Chmerkovskiy are eliminated in DANCING WITH THE STARS - Season 23 - Week 6 elimination | ©2016 ABC/Eric McCandless

Stars: Amber Rose, Calvin Johnson Jr., James Hinchcliffe, Jana Kramer, Laurie Hernandez, Marilu Henner, Maureen McCormick, Ryan Lochte, Terra Jolé Network: ABC, airs Monday Original Telecast: Oct. 17th, 2016 A new leader is born on DANCING WITH THE STARS Season 23. On Week 6 aka Latin Night, those leaders are Jana Kramer & Gleb Savchenko, who brought the house down with their smoking hot and wet Argentine Tango. Yes, wet, they ended their dance under a steaming shower pounding down on them. Hot! It also earned them a perfect score, the only one of the night. Sadly, Amber Rose & […]Read On »

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DORKING OUT – Special Bulletin 4: STAR WARS ROGUE ONE Final Trailer

Dorking Out Show | © 2016 Chris Smith/Sonia Mansfield

Hey there, dorks. We couldn’t wait to talk about the final STAR WARS: ROGUE ONE trailer, so we didn’t! David Tracy, co-host of the podcast Old Movies, New Beer (and Sonia’s better half) join us to talk about the biggest news in the galaxy. You can listen to our podcast here, or you can find us on iTunes, Stitcher, and YouTube. Related: DORKING OUT – Episode 16: The Luke Cage on a Train Watching a Scary Movie With F This Movie’s Patrick Bromley Edition Related: DORKING OUT – Episode 14: The Magnificent Simpsons (and South Park) and How To Win An Emmy Redux Edition Related: DORKING […]Read On »

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Movie Review: THE ACCOUNTANT

THE ACCOUNTANT movie poster | ©2016 Warner Bros.

Rating: R Stars: Ben Affleck, Anna Kendrick, J.K. Simmons, Jon Bernthal, Jeffrey Tambor, Cynthia Addai-Robinson, John Lithgow, Jean Smart Writer: Bill Dubuque Director: Gavin O’Connor Distributor: Warner Bros. Release Date: October 14, 2016 The intentions behind THE ACCOUNTANT are broadly good. The filmmakers want to show the audience that people on the autism spectrum can be just as capable, if not more so, than neuro-typical (non-autistic) folks. There are certainly plenty of examples of autistic people who are extraordinarily gifted in fields like math and music. Rather than giving us another “very special” drama, director Gavin O’Connor, writer Bill Dubuque […]Read On »

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Blu-ray Review: RAISING CAIN

RAISING CAIN Blu-ray | ©2016 Shout! Factory

Stars: John Lithgow, Lolita Davidovich, Steven Bauer, Frances Sternhagen Writer/Director: Brian De Palma Distributor: Shout! Factory Suggested Retail Price: $24.93 I was never a huge fan of Brian De Palma’s 1992 thriller RAISING CAIN. Bringing the director back to his early thriller roots (like DRESSED TO KILL and BLOW OUT) that were drenched deeply in Alfred Hitchcock suspense and callbacks, CAIN came off as a trainwreck of a movie mixing tones and themes but never truly satisfying. Was it supposed to be a comedy? A thriller? A black comedy? A parody of other De Palma films? While there was an […]Read On »

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TV Review: DANCING WITH THE STARS – Season 23 – Week 5 – Most Memorable Year Night – No eliminations

James Hinchcliffe and Sharna Burgess inin DANCING WITH THE STARS - Season 23 | ©2016 ABC/Craig Sjodin

Stars: Amber Rose, Calvin Johnson Jr., James Hinchcliffe, Jana Kramer, Laurie Hernandez, Marilu Henner, Maureen McCormick,  Ryan Lochte, Terra Jolé Network: ABC, airs Monday Original Telecast: Oct. 10th, 2016 DANCING WITH THE STARS: Season 23 Most Memorable Night didn’t disappoint, though it certainly filled the ballroom with tears. The emotions were all laid out for the remaining nine celebs who seemed to relish in the opportunity to let it all out, therapy a la dance, if you will. At the top of that session arose James Hinchcliffe & Sharna Burgess who nearly earned a perfect score, 29 points. Following them […]Read On »

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Movie Review: THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN

THE GIRL ON A TRAIN movie poster | ©2016 Universal Pictures

Rating: R Stars: Emily Blunt, Rebecca Ferguson, Haley Bennett, Justin Theroux, Luke Evans, Edgar Ramirez, Laura Prepon, Allison Janney, Darren Goldstein Writer: Erin Cressida Wilson, based on the novel by Paula Hawkins Director: Tate Taylor Distributor: Universal Release Date: October 7, 2016 On the upside, THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN starts out as being truly unpredictable. Those (a group that includes this reviewer) who haven’t read the source material, Paula Hawkins’ novel, will not only not know who done it, but won’t even know exactly who it’s been done to until it happens, and then not know why for a […]Read On »

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