TV Recap: DANCING WITH THE STARS – Season 19 – Week 2 – Thompson goes for silver!

Lea Thompson on DANCING WITH THE STARS - Season 19 | ©2014 ABC/Craig Sjodin

Stars: Jonathan Bennett, Tommy Chong, Randy Couture, Betsey Johnson,  Bethany Mota, Janel Parrish, Alfonso Ribeiro, Sadie Robertson, Antonio Sabato Jr. Tavis Smiley, Lea Thompson, Michael Waltrip Network: ABC, airs Mondays & Tuesdays Original Telecast: Sept. 22nd, 2014 I feel sorry for Mark Ballas on DANCING WITH THE STARS this season. Trying to dress Sadie Robertson with her overprotective dad critiquing every thread of garment she puts on isn’t easy. If it was up to her DUCK DYNASTY daddy she’d come out in a potato sack! Still, the night was not hers, instead BACK TO THE FUTURE‘s Lea Thompson, along with …Read On »

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2014 Toronto International Film Festival Wrap Up: Part 2 – The Warm List

Eddie Redmayne and Felicity Jones in THE THEORY OF EVERYTHING | ©2014 Focus Features

Killer cubs, hipsters, physicists and more constitute the good movies that fell short of great at the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival. PART 2: THE WARM WHILE WE’RE YOUNG Film festival favorite Noah Baumbach is admittedly an acquired taste (think Waspy Woody Allen), but there is no denying he gets some of the best work out of Ben Stiller. Four years ago they worked well in GREENBERG, this time it’s a tale of aging hipsters (Stiller and Naomi Watts) getting a young couple (Adam Driver and Amanda Seyfried) to show them how to be relevant again. Funny, poignant and somewhat …Read On »

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Movie Review: A WALK AMONG THE TOMBSTONES

A WALK AMONG THE TOMBSTONES movie poster | ©2014 Universal Pictures

Rating: R Stars: Liam Neeson, Dan Stevens, Brian “Astro” Bradley, Maurice Compte, David Harbour, Adam David Thompson, Sebastian Roche Writer: Scott Frank, based on the novel by Lawrence Block Director: Scott Frank Distributor: Universal Release Date: September 19, 2014 Although Liam Neeson still plays all sorts of roles, these days – after two TAKEN movies, plus NON-STOP – it’s hard to see him in an action thriller and not have the equation of his character = badass in mind. A WALK AMONG THE TOMBSTONES tries to play that down a little bit so that we have a modicum of fear …Read On »

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Movie Review: THIS IS WHERE I LEAVE YOU

THIS IS WHERE I LEAVE YOU movie poster | ©2014 Warner Bros.

Rating: R Stars: Jason Bateman, Tina Fey, Jane Fonda, Adam Driver, Rose Byrne, Corey Stoll, Kathryn Hahn, Connie Britton, Timothy Olyphant, Dax Shepard, Debra Monk, Ben Schwartz Writer: Jonathan Tropper, based on his novel Director: Shawn Levy Distributor: Warner Bros. Release Date: September 19, 2014 There are some outstanding performances in THIS IS WHERE I LEAVE YOU, which elevates the movie into something actually watchable, as opposed to a couple of good moments interspersed with scenes meant to be funnier or more affecting. The set-up is this: Mort Altman has died. His widow, the formidable therapist and best-selling author Hillary …Read On »

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2014 Toronto International Film Festival Wrap Up: Part 1 – The Hot List

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The 2014 edition of the Toronto International Film Festival will go down in history as the year of the actor. With the absence of breakout films like last years mighty duo, GRAVITY and 12 YEARS A SLAVE, critics and audiences dug deeper and ended up focusing on the actors. And I mean the actors, much more so than the usual festival stars, the directors. Several mainstream actors in search of a makeover of sorts, including Richard Gere, Reese Witherspoon, Jennifer Aniston, Chris Evans and Bill Murray appeared in smaller, grittier, character driven fare. The results were decidedly mixed. As in …Read On »

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Movie Review: THE SCRIBBLER

THE SCRIBBLER movie poster | ©2014 Xlerator Media

Rating: R Stars: Katie Cassidy, Garret Dillahunt, Michelle Trachtenberg, Michael Imperioli, Gina Gershon, Sasha Grey, Kunal Nayyar, Ashlynn Yennie, Eliza Dushku, Billy Campbell Writer: Dan Schaffer Director: John Suits Distributor: Xlerator Media Release Date: September 19, 2014 THE SCRIBBLER can’t be accused of having too few ideas. In fact, the movie, written by Dan Schaffer and directed by John Suits, has plots that crisscross so much that they tend to cancel one another out, even though it looks as though the effect is meant to be cumulative. The primary and most intriguing notion here is that Suki (Katie Cassidy), already …Read On »

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TV Review: DOCTOR WHO – Series 8 – “Listen”

Peter Capaldi in DOCTOR WHO - Series 8 - "Listen" | ©2014 BBC/BBC Worldwide/Adrian Rogers

Stars: Peter Capaldi, Jenna Coleman, Samuel Anderson Writer: Steven Moffat Director: Douglas Mckinnon   Original Telecast: September 13, 2014 Network: BBC America Steven Moffat is a master of the DOCTOR WHO scare episode. He has a unique ability to create new foes for The Doctor that make your hackles go up, and make you want to hide behind the couch the same way you did when you were a kid watching the classic WHO serial “The Brain of Morbius.” First he gave us the Weeping Angels in “Blink”. Then we had to contend with the Vashta Nerada in “Silence in …Read On »

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Blu-ray Review: THE WALKING DEAD – THE COMPLETE FOURTH SEASON

THE WALKING DEAD - Season 4 Blu-ray | ©2014 AMC

Stars: Andrew Lincoln, Norman Reedus, Lauren Cohan, Chandler Riggs, Danai Gurira, Steven Yeun, Melissa McBride, Scott Wilson Suggested Retail Price: $69.98 Distributor: Anchor Bay Entertainment Even when you have the tendency to rip apart THE WALKING DEAD for its occasionally slow and plodding storytelling, it continues to do things normal TV series never dare tread – be bold and expectation-defying. THE WALKING DEAD, in four seasons, has provided a lush, rich zombie apocalypse – the closest we’ve ever had to a TV series capturing the complexities and nuances of the best of zombie feature films, most notably the cannon of …Read On »

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TV Recap: DANCING WITH THE STARS – Season 19 – Week 1 – Season Premiere

Tommy Chong in DANCING WITH THE STARS - Season 19 - Alfonso | ©2014 ABC/Craig Sjodin

Stars: Jonathan Bennett, Tommy Chong, Randy Couture, Betsey Johnson, Lolo Jones, Bethany Mota, Janel Parrish, Alfonso Ribeiro, Sadie Robertson, Antonio Sabato Jr. Tavis Smiley, Lea Thompson, Michael Waltrip Network: ABC, airs Mondays & Tuesdays Original Telecast: Sept. 15th, 2014 Even without his signature Carlton move Alfonso Ribeiro has got the groove to get it done! Ribeiro landed, along with his partner Witney Carson, in first place tonight on the season premiere of DANCING WITH THE STARS: Season 19. Ribeiro and Carson received a 36 out of 40 for the night while fashion designer Betsey Johnson, along with her partner Tony …Read On »

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Blu-ray Review: PUMPKINHEAD Collector’s Edition

PUMPKINHEAD - Collector's Edition | ©2014 Shout! Factory

Stars: Lance Henriksen, Jeff East, John D’Aquino, Kerry Remsen, Kimberly Ross Writer: Mark Patrick Carucci with Gary Gerani, based on a story by Carducci, Stan Winston and Richard Weinman and based on the poem by Ed Justin Director: Stan Winston Suggested Retail Price: $29.93 Distributor: Shout! Factory PUMPKINHEAD has always been one of those odd horror films that defies categorization. It’s an original concept, has a great lead creature, a unique premise yet, when all is said and done, never truly achieves the greatness its premise promises. After watching the Collector’s Edition of the 1988 film from Shout! Factory, I …Read On »

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