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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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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