TV Review: SOUTH PARK – Season 18 – “Gluten Free Ebola”

Randy Marsh and Mr. Garrison in SOUTH PARK - Season 18 - "Gluten Free Ebola" | ©2014 Comedy Central

Voices: Trey Parker, Matt Stone Writer-Director: Trey Parker Original Telecast: October 1, 2014 Network: Comedy Central, airs Wednesdays SOUTH PARK has a long history of having on and off weeks. Some times it’s just a matter of opinion – one person’s dislike is another person’s like. So while I absolutely loved the Season 18 debut “Go Fund Yourself,” I wasn’t too fond of this week’s uneven follow-up “Gluten Free Ebola.” While there was an occasional chuckle (the sight gag of a penis exploding out of someone’s pants and flying in the air because of eating Gluten was by far the …Read On »

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TV Review: BONES – Season 10 – “The Conspiracy in the Corpse” – Season Premiere

David Boreanaz in BONES - Season 10 - "The Conspiracy in the Corpse" | ©2014 Fox/Patrick McElhenney

Stars: David Boreanaz, Emily Deschanel, Michaela Conlin, TJ Thyne, Tamara Taylor, John Francis Daley, Patricia Belcher, Eugene Byrd, Carla Gallo, Sterling Macer Jr., JD Cullum, Sam Anderson, Rance Howard, David Fabrizio, John Boyd Writers: Stephen Nathan & Jonathan Collier, series created by Hart Hanson, based on the life and writings of Kathy Reichs Director: Ian Toynton Network: Fox, Thursdays @ 8 PM Airdate: September 25, 2014 BONES is a lot of things. Usually, the series is fun. Sometimes it’s romantic, sometimes it’s funny, sometimes it’s educational and sometimes it’s head-bangingly frustrating. However, BONES, now embarking on its tenth season – …Read On »

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TV Review: DANCING WITH THE STARS – Season 19 – Week 3 – Movie Night – Randy Couture out

Karina Smirnoff and Randy Couture are eliminated on DANCING WITH THE STARS - Season 19 - Week 3 elimination ©2014 ABC/Adam Taylor

Stars: Jonathan Bennett, Tommy Chong, Randy Couture, Betsey Johnson,  Bethany Mota, Janel Parrish, Alfonso Ribeiro, Sadie Robertson, Antonio Sabato Jr., Lea Thompson, Michael Waltrip Network: ABC, airs Mondays Original Telecast: Sept. 29th, 2014 The night started out slow and ended with a bang on DANCING WITH THE STARS. Favorites were getting by with 8s when all of a sudden…bam, Janel Parrish & Val Chmerkovskiy bounced onto the floor to a perfect 40. No sooner did that happen than Tommy Chong & Peta Murgatroyd received a 10 from guest judge Kevin Hart. What is this world coming too? Actually, Chong’s Argentine …Read On »

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TV Review: SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE – Season 40 – Hosted by Chris Pratt – Season Premiere

Kate McKinnon and Chris Pratt on SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE - Season 40 | ©2014 NBC/Dana Edelson

Host: Chris Pratt / Musical Guest: Ariana Grande Stars: Vanessa Bayer, Beck Bennett, Aidy Bryant, Michael Che, Pete Davidson, Colin Jost, Taran Killam, Kate McKinnon, Kyle Mooney, Bobby Moynihan, Jay Pharoah, Cecily Strong, Kenan Thompson, Sasheer Zamata Original Telecast: September 27, 2014 Network: NBC, airs Saturday Night Well, after a hit and miss Season 39 where SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE suffered from the loss of Bill Hader, Jason Sudekis and Fred Armisen, the venerable variety show went through a huge cast  purge over the summer leading into Season 40. With Chris Pratt as host, and a couple of new additions to …Read On »

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Movie Review: THE TWO FACES OF JANUARY

THE TWO FACES OF JANUARY movie poster | ©2014 Magnolia Pictures

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Viggo Mortensen, Kirsten Dunst, Oscar Isaac, David Warshofsky Writer: Hossein Amini, based on the novel by Patricia Highsmith Director: Hossein Amini Distributor: Magnolia Pictures Release Date: September 26, 2014 If Alfred Hitchcock were in a low-key mood – no crop-dusters or briefcase bombs – he might have made something like THE TWO FACES OF JANUARY, the directing debut of Hossein Amini, who adapted the screenplay from Patricia Highsmith’s novel. In fact, Amini has taken pains to make JANUARY look as though it was made in the year it takes place, 1962, when Hitchcock was still active, with …Read On »

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TV Review: DOCTOR WHO – Series 8 – “Time Heist”

Peter Capaldi as The Doctor in DOCTOR WHO - Series 8 | ©2014 BBC/BBC Worldwide/Adrian Rogers

Stars: Peter Capaldi, Jenna Coleman Writer: Steven Moffat & Steve Thompson Director: Douglas Mckinnon    Original Telecast: September 20, 2014 Network: BBC America I’ll admit that I was surprised to see the negative press rolling out of the UK about this latest episode of DOCTOR WHO, before it aired over here. “Time Heist” isn’t the strongest episode of this new series, but it was enjoyable and I’m really not sure where all of the anger is coming from. Basically the setup involves The Doctor (Peter Capaldi) and Clara (Jenna Coleman) trying to break into the most heavily secured bank in the known …Read On »

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TV Review: GOTHAM – Season 1 – “Pilot” – Series Premiere

Robin Lord Taylor, Jada Pinkett Smith, Erin Richards, Zabryna Guevara, Donal Logue, Ben McKenzie, Cory Michael Smith, Camren Bicondova, David Mazouz and Sean Pertwee in GOTHAM - Season 1 | ©2014 Fox

Stars: Ben McKenzie, David Mazouz, Donal Logue, Jada Pinkett Smith, Zabryna Guevara, Sean Pertwee, Robin Taylor, Erin Richards, Camren Bicondova, Cory Michael Smith Writer: Bruno Heller, based on the DC Comics character created by Bob Kane and Bill Finger Director: Danny Cannon Network: Fox, Mondays @ 8 PM Original Airdate: September 22, 2014 Up until now, the DC comics universe on television has primarily been the province of The CW (and the WB before it) and animation. Now Fox brings forth GOTHAM, a series about the early days of Bruce Wayne (David Mazouz) as a brooding teenager, before he becomes …Read On »

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TORONTO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 2014 Award Winners

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TORONTO — After ten days and over 300 films several awards were passed out. Here are the highlights and the TIFF winners 2014. THE PRIZES OF THE INTERNATIONAL CRITICS (FIPRESCI PRIZES) The Festival welcomed an international FIPRESCI jury for the 23rd year. The jury members consisted of jury president Dana Linssen (Netherlands), Marco Lombardi (Italy), Ola Salwa (Poland), Télesphore Mba Bizo (Cameroun), Jorge Gutman (Canada) and Thom Ernst (Canada). Prize of the International Critics (FIPRESCI) for Special Presentations was awarded to Oren Moverman’s TIME OUT OF MIND. The jury remarked, “For Oren Moverman’s sensitive and human depiction of homelessness, and …Read On »

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2014 Toronto International Film Festival Wrap Up: Part 3 – The Cold List

Adam Sandler in THE COBBLER | ©2014 Image Entertainment

When they’re good they’re very good, when they’re bad, whew, stand back. Here’s the bottom of the barrel. PART 3: THE COLD LIST AMERICAN HEIST Not all the mannered acting of Adrien Brody can save this misfire that wants to be both MEAN STREETS and THE TOWN. A miscast Hayden Christensen co-stars as Brody’s step brother ex-con trying to go straight and fall back in love with his high school sweetheart (Jordana Brewster). Enter one dimensional bad guys to divide up the brothers and the girlfriend. The bank heist climax shows director Sarik Andreasyan has a certain amount of style, …Read On »

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TV Review: SOUTH PARK – Season 18 – “Go Fund Yourself” – Season Premiere

Kenny and Butters in SOUTH PARK - Season 18 - "Go Fund Yourself" | ©2014 Comedy Central

Stars (Voices): Trey Parker, Matt Stone Writer-Director: Trey Parker Original Telecast: September 24, 2014 Network: Comedy Central, airs Wednesdays It’s been a very long wait, but SOUTH PARK is back for Season 18 and boy were Trey Parker and Matt Stone sorely needed. Their wit and knack for social satire is hard to live without for almost a full year (the series used get be split into two-seven episode seasons – one in the Spring, one in the Fall), but now it’s all in one big chunk and only ten episodes. However, when they hit it out of the so-called …Read On »

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