Movie Review: FANTASTIC BEASTS AND WHERE TO FIND THEM

FANTASTIC BEASTS AND WHERE TO FIND THEM movie poster | ©2016 Warner Bros.

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Eddie Redmayne, Katherine Waterston, Dan Fogler, Alison Sudol, Ezra Miller, Samantha Morton, Jon Voight, Carmen Ejogo, Colin Farrell Writer: J.K. Rowling Director: David Yates Distributor: Warner Bros. Release Date: November 18, 2016 FANTASTIC BEASTS AND WHERE TO FIND THEM by Newt Scamander is, as everyone in the wizarding world knows, a key textbook at Hogwarts. Should you, dear reader, not be up on the minutiae of the wizarding world, FANTASTIC BEASTS was first introduced in author J.K. Rowling’s HARRY POTTER series as a book read at school by Harry and his classmates. Rowling then went on to […]Read On »

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Movie Review: NOCTURNAL ANIMALS

NOCTURNAL ANIMALS movie poster | ©2016 Focus Features

Rating: R Stars: Amy Adams, Jake Gyllenhaal, Michael Shannon, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Isla Fisher, Ellie Bamber, Armie Hammer, Karl Glusman, Robert Aramayo Writer: Tom Ford, based on the novel TONY AND SUSAN by Austin Wright Director: Tom Ford Distributor: Focus Features Release Date: November 18, 2016 The narrative in NOCTURNAL ANIMALS runs on multiple tracks. On one, unhappy artist Susan Morrow (Amy Adams) reads an unpublished novel by her ex-husband Edward (Jake Gyllenhaal). On another, the story in Edward’s book, also called NOCTURNAL ANIMALS, unfolds. On the third track, we see how Susan and Edward’s marriage first comes together, then falls […]Read On »

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TV Review: DANCING WITH THE STARS – Season 23 – Week 10 – Trio Dance Night as Terra Jole goes home

Terra Jole and Sasha Farber are eliminated in DANCING WITH THE STARS - Season 23 | ©2016 ABC/Craig Sjodin

Stars: Calvin Johnson Jr., James Hinchcliffe, Jana Kramer, Laurie Hernandez, Terra Jolé Network: ABC, airs Monday Original Telecast: November 14th, 2016 Okay, let’s be honest here. Some couples on DANCING WITH THE STARS go home and you are like, eh, so what. But then there are couples like Terra Jole & Sasha Farber who get eliminated and you actually feel a great loss. And such  was the case tonight as Jole and Farber did not make the cut to the finals next week. She wowed audiences and the judges all season long and even finished her tenure on the show […]Read On »

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Movie Review: COME AND FIND ME

COME AND FIND ME movie poster | ©2016 Lionsgate/Saban

Rating: R Stars: Aaron Paul, Annabelle Wallis, Garret Dillahunt, Enver Gjokaj, Dean Redman Writer: Zack Whedon Director: Zack Whedon Distributor: Saban Films/Lionsgate Release Date (theatrical and on demand): November 11, 2016 COME AND FIND ME is a curious title for this film. The more we know about the plot, the more we realize that it’s hardly something the missing Claire (Annabelle Wallis) would say to her distraught and determined boyfriend David (Aaron Paul). After some fun character introductions showing the couple in playful mode, David wakes to find Claire gone from the house they share. At first, he’s not worried […]Read On »

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TV Review: DANCING WITH THE STARS – Season 23 – Week 9 – Broadway Showstoppers-Team ups night – Marilu Henner eliminated

Marilu Henner and Derek Hough are eliminated in DANCING WITH THE STARS - Season 23 | ©2016 ABC/Craig Sjodin

Stars: Calvin Johnson Jr., James Hinchcliffe, Jana Kramer, Laurie Hernandez, Marilu Henner, Terra Jolé Network: ABC, airs Monday Original Telecast: Nov. 7th, 2016 DANCING WITH THE STARS was indeed a showstopper tonight while Broadway hit L.A., DWTS six-time winner Derek Hough hit the pavement. Hough and partner Marilu Henner, ironically, ended the competition in, you guessed it, sixth place. Broadway night on DWTS provided many nines, too many tens to count and a bevy of tricks, spins and gimmicks to make it worthy of the Big Apple’s theater district. On top of the leader board are fellow team-up partners Jana […]Read On »

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Movie Review: LOVING

LOVING movie poster | ©2016 Focus Features

Rating: R Stars: Joel Edgerton, Ruth Negga, Christopher Mann, Marton Csokas, Nick Kroll, Jon Bass Writer: Jeff Nichols Director: Jeff Nichols Distributor: Focus Features Release Date: November 4, 2016 When we first meet Mildred Jeter (Ruth Negga) and Richard Loving (Joel Edgerton), they seem like two people very unlikely to make history. Richard is a bricklayer; Mildred’s family works in the fields. When Mildred tells Richard she’s pregnant, he’s overjoyed. He buys a parcel of land where he intends to build Mildred a house, then proposes to her. It’s Mildred’s turn to be overjoyed. The problem is that we’re in […]Read On »

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Movie Review: INFERNO

INFERNO movie poster | ©2016 Sony Pictures

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Tom Hanks, Felicity Jones, Irrfan Khan, Omar Sy, Sidse Babett Knudsen, Ben Foster Writer: David Koepp, based on the novel by Dan Brown Director: Ron Howard Distributor: Sony Release Date: October 28, 2016 With INFERNO, star Tom Hanks and director Ron Howard are back for their third go-round with historian Robert Langdon, hero of 2006’s THE DA VINCI CODE and 2009’s ANGELS & DEMONS. All three films are adapted from Dan Brown’s novels. In quality, the film INFERNO sits somewhere between its two predecessors. Neither as much fun as DA VINCI CODE nor as completely silly as […]Read On »

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TV Review: DANCING WITH THE STARS – Season 23 – Week 8 – Halloween Night – Lochte sinks

Ryan Lochte and Cheryl Burke are eliminated in DANCING WITH THE STARS - Season 23 - Week 6 elimination | ©2016 ABC/Eric McCandless

Stars: Calvin Johnson Jr., James Hinchcliffe, Jana Kramer, Laurie Hernandez, Marilu Henner, Ryan Lochte, Terra Jolé Network: ABC, airs Monday Original Telecast: October 31, 2016 There was nothing scary about Halloween night on DANCING WITH THE STARS: Season 23, Week Eight. The garish, thematic costumes, the creepy setting and the macabre stage decor brought the mood to ghoulish perfection, and so did three couples! Laurie Hernandez & Val Chmerkovskiy, Calvin Johnson & Lindsey Arnold and James Hinchcliffe and Jenna Johnson ( filling in for Sharna Burgess who injured herself last week) all nailed their monster-iffic dances, earning them perfect scores. […]Read On »

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TV Review: SUPERNATURAL – Season 11 – “Red Meat”

Jensen Ackles in SUPERNATURAL - Season 11 - "Red Meat" | ©2016 The CW/Bettina Strauss

Stars: Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles, Lisa Berry, Erin Way, Blair Power, Eileen Pedde, Toby Levins, Suki Kaiser Writers: Robert Berens & Andrew Dabb, series created by Eric Kripke Director: Nina Lopez-Corrado Network: The CW, Wednesdays @ 9 PM Original Airdate: March 30, 2016 First of all, congratulations to SUPERNATURAL for finally hiring a woman, Nina Lopez-Corrado, to direct an episode. More to the point, congratulations to Lopez-Corrado for demonstrating that it’s never too late in a show’s run to have some effective horror imagery. In the SUPERNATURAL Season 11 episode “Red Meat,” when a newly-made werewolf begins a brief reign […]Read On »

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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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