TV Review: BONES – Season 11 – “High Treason in the Holiday Season”

TJ Thyne in BONES - Season 11 - "High Treason in the Holiday Season" | © 2015 Patrick McElhenney/FOX

Stars: David Boreanaz, Emily Deschanel, Michaela Conlin, TJ Thyne, Tamara Taylor, John Boyd, Ignacio Serricchio, Callard Harris, Rachel Melvin, Dayo Ade, Lochlyn Munro, Gavin MacIntosh, Michael Dempsey, Rob Evers Writer: Jon Cowan, series created by Hart Hanson, based on the life and writings of Kathy Reichs Director: Anne Renton Network: Fox Network, Thursdays @ 8 PM Airdate: November 19, 2015 It’s not unusual for BONES to be topical, but it is less common to have lasting controversy between the characters. In the Season 11 episode “High Treason in the Holiday Season,” FBI Agent Booth (David Boreanaz) doesn’t just disagree, but […]Read On »

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TV Review: BONES – Season 11 – “The Promise in the Palace”

Michaela Conlin and Tamara Taylor in BONES - Season 11 - "The Promise in the Palace" | © 2015 Jennifer Clasen/FOX

Stars: David Boreanaz, Emily Deschanel, Michaela Conlin, TJ Thyne, Tamara Taylor, John Boyd, Eugene Byrd, Gil Darnell, Jay Thomas, Kevin Fonteyne, Zak Henri, Dustin Ingram, Andrea Bordeaux Writer: Joe Hortua, series created by Hart Hanson, based on the life and writings of Kathy Reichs Director: Jeannot Szwarc Network: Fox Network, Thursdays @ 8 PM Airdate: November 12, 2015 Sometimes a show late in its run hits things a little too hard, and so it is with the BONES Season 11 episode “The Promise in the Palace.” The A story concerns the death of a young woman who turns out to […]Read On »

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TV Review: SUPERNATURAL – Season 11 – “Plush”

Jensen Ackles as Dean in SUPERNATURAL - Season 11 | ©2015 The CW/Liane Hentscher

Stars: Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles, Briana Buckmaster, Brigid Brannagh, Brendan Taylor, Adrian Glynn McMorran, Logan Williams Writers: Eric Charmelo & Nicole Snyder, series created by Eric Kripke Director: Tim Andrew Network: The CW, Wednesdays @ 9 PM Original Airdate: November 18, 2015 On most shows, not every episode is a masterpiece. Sometimes there are procedural grinders, and so it is with the SUPERNATURAL Season 11 episode “Plush.” Writers Eric Charmelo & Nicole Snyder and director Tim Andrew have devised a forum for some wonderfully creepy imagery that provides the requisite dose of horror, but as far as plots go, this […]Read On »

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TV Review: SUPERNATURAL – Season 11 – “Our Little World”

Jared Padalecki as Sam in SUPERNATURAL - Season 11 - "Our Little World" | ©2015 The CW/Katie Yu

Stars: Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles, Misha Collins, Mark A. Sheppard, Curtis Armstrong, Samantha Isler Writer: Robert Berens, series created by Eric Kripke Director: John F. Showalter Network: The CW, Wednesdays @ 9 PM Original Airdate: November 11, 2015 After the relative indecisiveness of the previous SUPERNATURAL Season 11 episode, “Thin Lizzie,” there was no reason to expect anything mythically huge in “Our Little World.” However, it’s as if someone said to the creative staff, “Go big or go home.” Hint: they have not gone home. “Our Little World” takes on nothing less than Creation and makes the stakes as mighty […]Read On »

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TV Review: SUPERNATURAL – Season 11 – “Thin Lizzie”

Jared Padalecki as Sam and Jensen Ackles as Dean and Jared Padalecki as Sam in SUPERNATURAL - Season 11 - "Thin Lizzie" | ©2015 The CW/Katie Yu

Stars: Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles, Jared Gertner, Tess Atkins, Yasmeene Lily-Elle Ball, Thomas Jones Writer: Nancy Won, series created by Eric Kripke Director: Rashaad Ernesto Green Network: The CW, Wednesdays @ 9 PM Original Airdate: November 4, 2015 Does everyone who loses their soul behave the same way? Given the mythology of SUPERNATURAL, it’s certainly a worthy question, and it’s at the center of the Season 11 episode “Thin Lizzie.” “Thin Lizzie” starts as a combination of who/whatdunit, as Sam (Jared Padalecki) and Dean (Jensen Ackles) head to Massachusetts to investigate an axe murder in Lizzie Borden’s historical home, now […]Read On »

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Movie Review: KRAMPUS

KRAMPUS movie poster | ©2015 Universal Pictures

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Adam Scott, Toni Collette, David Koechner, Allison Tolman, Conchata Ferrell, Emjay Anthony, Stefania LaVie Owen, Krista Stadler Writers: Todd Casey & Michael Dougherty & Zack Shields Director: Michael Dougherty Distributor: Universal Release Date (theatrical): December 4, 2015 While KRAMPUS is far from the first movie to use the mythic anti-Santa of legend as its villain, it’s arguably the best of the bunch, and indeed, up there with GREMLINS as a Christmas horror movie that deserves to become a tradition. Krampus, for those who’ve never heard of him, is a figure who possibly predates Christianity, but certainly showed […]Read On »

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Movie Review: VICTOR FRANKENSTEIN

VICTOR FRANKENSTEIN movie poster | ©2015 20th Century Fox

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Daniel Radcliffe, James McAvoy, Jessica Brown Findlay, Andrew Scott, Freddie Fox Writer: Max Landis, screen story by Max Landis, based on Mary Shelley’s novel FRANKENSTEIN Director: Paul McGuigan Distributor: 20th Century Fox Release Date (theatrical): November 25, 2015 “You all know the story,” Igor (Daniel Radcliffe) observes in voiceover just as VICTOR FRANKENSTEIN begins. Well, in this version, scripted by Max Landis and directed by Paul McGuigan, we do and we don’t. As promised, there’s an eponymous mad genius (James McAvoy) and eventually a lightning storm and a monster. However, this is the story told from Igor’s […]Read On »

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Movie Review: THE GOOD DINOSAUR

THE GOOD DINOSAUR movie poster | ©2015 Disney/Pixar

Stars (voices): Raymond Ochoa, Jack Bright, Jeffrey Wright, Frances McDormand, Sam Elliott, Anna Paquin, A.J. Buckley, Steve Zahn, Jack McGraw Writer: Meg La Fauve, story by Peter Sohn & Eric Benson & Meg LeFauve & Kelsey Mann & Bob Peterson Director: Peter Sohn Distributor: Disney Release Date (theatrical): November 25, 2015 Pixar’s latest offering, THE GOOD DINOSAUR, gets off to a promising start, with a huge, fiery asteroid missing Earth 65 million years ago. Consequently, it’s dinosaurs that evolve into the dominant species, though mammals (including humans) do exist. Think of the possibilities! And then forget them, because THE GOOD […]Read On »

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TV Review: DANCING WITH THE STARS – Season 21 – Week 11 – Season Finale, part two – Bindi Irwin takes the trophy!

Bindi Irwin and Derek Hough take home the prize on DANCING WITH THE STARS - Season 21 finale | ©2015 ABC/Adam Taylor

Stars: Carlos PenaVega, Nick Carter, Bindi Irwin, Alek Skarlatos, Network: ABC, airs Mondays Original Telecast: Nov. 24th, 2015 DANCING WITH THE STARS: Season 21 ended just the way it was supposed to, with Bindi Irwin & Derek Hough on top of the world winning the hearts and votes of America and the judges. Irwin & Hough won DWTS: S21, marking a sixth win for Hough and a gigantic smile of glee for Irwin. And that’s the way it should be. From the get go Irwin has touched audiences with her positive and glowing nature, but she also succeeded in becoming […]Read On »

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TV Review: DANCING WITH THE STARS – Season 21 – Week 11 – Season Finale – Carlos PenaVega falls short of winning

Alexa Penavega and Carlos Penavega in DANCING WITH THE STARS - Season 21 - Week 9 | ©2015 ABC/Adam Taylor

Stars: Carlos PenaVega, Nick Carter, Bindi Irwin, Alek Skarlatos, Network: ABC, airs Mondays Original Telecast: Nov. 23rd, 2015 What an emotional night on DANCING WITH THE STARS: The Season Finale, part one.  Bindi Irwin’s  & Derek Hough’s Freestyle was a tear jerker with everyone ending up sobbing as she danced her little heart out in honor of her dear departed Dad. It was a lovely and tender tribute, a performance that just may have sealed the deal with audiences and garnered her the trophy. But we won’t know for sure until tomorrow night. One thing we do know is that […]Read On »

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