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Movie Review: ALIVE

ALIVE movie poster | ©2023 Gravitas Ventures

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Ellen Hillman, Neil Sheffield, Kian Pritchard, Gillian Broderick, Angus Kennedy, Stuart Matthews, Andrew May-Gohrey, Daniel May-Gohrey, Stuart Matthews, Simone McIntyre, Helen Coathup Writer: David Marantz Director: David Marantz Distributor: Gravitas Ventures Release Date: January 31, 2023 (digital) ALIVE is a mostly well-done and sober-minded (that is, non-comedic) zombie movie. It suffers not so much from anything that it’s doing wrong, but more from being something of a latecomer. Borrowing the idea of contagion, but not the extreme speed, from 28 DAYS LATER, ALIVE posits an epidemic that the English government downplays, even as the situation becomes increasingly […]Read On »


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THE WATCHFUL EYE: Executive producer Emily Fox and actors Amy Acker and Warren Christie talk the new suspense series – Exclusive Interview

THE WATCHFUL EYE key art | ©2023 Freeform

THE WATCHFUL EYE, Freeform’s new contemporary gothic drama, premieres with a double episode on Monday, January 30, and runs Mondays thereafter, available the next day on Hulu. Created by Julie Durk, THE WATCHFUL EYE centers on Elena Santos, played by Mariel Molino, who accepts a job as a nanny to young Jasper Ward (Henry Joseph Samiri) six months after his mother Allie committed suicide. Jasper’s father, Matthew Ward, played by Warren Christie (APOLLO 18, ALPHAS, BATWOMAN), married into the fabulously wealthy Greybourne family. Father and son live in the Greybourne enclave in an enormous, old and possibly haunted Greybourne apartment […]Read On »


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Movie Review: INFINITY POOL

INFINITY POOL movie poster | ©2023 Neon

Rating: R Stars: Alexander Skarsgård, Mia Goth, Cleopatra Coleman, Jalil Lespert, Thomas Kretschmann, Amanda Brugel, John Ralston, Caroline Boulton, Jeffrey Ricketts Writer: Brandon Cronenberg Director: Brandon Cronenberg Distributor: Neon Release Date: January 27, 2023 INFINITY POOL is one of those movies that requires reviewers to watch the trailer after the fact, in order to know what’s being revealed to prospective audiences, and what still constitutes a spoiler. In this case, the trailer discloses that we enter the realm of science fiction early on. INFINITY POOL starts in utter blackness, as married couple James (Alexander Skarsgård) and Em (Cleopatra Coleman) muse […]Read On »


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Movie Review: FEAR

FEAR movie poster | ©2023 Hidden Empire

Rating: R Stars: Joseph Sikora, Andrew Bachelor, Annie Ilonzeh, Ruby Modine, Iddo Goldberg, Terrence Jenkins, Jessica Allain, Tip “Ti” Harris, Michele McCormick Writers: Deon Taylor and John Ferry Director: Deon Taylor Distributor: Hidden Empire Film Group Release Date: January 27, 2023 FEAR is one of those movies that arguably has a little too much happening. There are COVID tensions, myths, witch spells, books, religion, and a place that messes with people’s minds. Given all the plates that are spinning, director Deon Taylor and his co-writer John Ferry do a decent job of keeping things coherent. We see what looks like […]Read On »


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GODFATHER OF HARLEM: Creators Chris Brancato and Paul Eckstein on Season 3 – Exclusive Interview

GODFATHER OF HARLEM - Season 3 Key Art | ©2023 MGM+

GODFATHER OF HARLEM is back for its third season, Sunday nights on MGM+ (formerly Epix). The series, created by Chris Brancato & Paul Eckstein, chronicles the life and times of real-world New York gangster Ellsworth “Bumpy” Johnson (played by Forest Whitaker), who ran Black Harlem’s drug trade in the ‘60s, frequently clashing with the Italian Mafia. At the same time, Johnson was friends with Malcolm X (played in Season 3 by Jason Alan Carvell, after being portrayed by Nigél Thatch in Seasons 1 and 2), and had a complicated adversary/ally relationship with Harlem Congressman Adam Clayton Powell (Giancarlo Esposito). At […]Read On »


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TRAFFICKED WITH MARIANA VAN ZELLER: The journalist talks her National Geographic docuseries – Exclusive Interview

Mariana van Zeller (L) interviews the owner of a boating company that shuttles migrants from Necoclí, Colombia to the Darién Gap in TRAFFICKED WITH MARIANA VAN ZELLER | ©2023 National Geographic

The Emmy-nominated documentary series TRAFFICKED WITH MARIANA VAN ZELLER is now in its third season Wednesday nights on National Geographic, with episodes available the following day on Hulu. In TRAFFICKED, video journalist Van Zeller explores every aspect of the black market, from drugs to fish to human beings. Previous seasons have had episodes about illegal plastic surgery, online romance scams, methamphetamines, stolen cars, and tigers, to name but a few topics. This season, Van Zeller begins with an episode on the black-market organ trade. Other segments include explorations of the surrogacy trade, drugs, gangs, and ghost guns. “Each one is […]Read On »


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TEEN WOLF: THE MOVIE: Melissa Ponzio gives the scoop on returning to the Wolf universe – Exclusive Interview

Melissa Ponzio at in TEEN WOLF: THE MOVIE premiere on January 18, 2023 in Los Angeles | ©2023 Jesse Grant/Getty Images for Paramount+

TEEN WOLF ran for six seasons, 2011-2017, on MTV. Created by Jeff Davis, TEEN WOLF told the story of Scott McCall (Tyler Posey), a lacrosse-playing high school student in Beacon Hills, Oregon, whose life is upended when he is bitten by werewolf Derek Hale (Tyler Hoechlin, now one of the title characters in SUPERMAN & LOIS). Scott eventually becomes an alpha wolf with a pack of his own, who he must protect from both supernatural evil and overzealous werewolf hunters. Scott is supported unconditionally by his single mother, nurse Melissa McCall, played by Melissa Ponzio. By the time TEEN WOLF […]Read On »


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MAYFAIR WITCHES: Creators give the scoop on Season 1 of the Anne Rice adaptation – Exclusive Interview

MAYFAIR WITCHES key art - Season 1 | ©2023 AMC

ANNE RICE’S MAYFAIR WITCHES, based on the novels by the late Rice, is currently in its first season on Sunday nights on AMC, as well as being available on AMC+. It shares the same universe (and some characters) with another AMC/AMC+ series, INTERVIEW WITH THE VAMPIRE, which aired its first season last year and has been renewed for a second. MAYFAIR WITCHES tells a multigenerational story, but the first season focuses largely on neurosurgeon Rowan Fielding, played by Alexandra Daddario. Rowan discovers to her astonishment that she has powerful supernatural gifts, and that she belongs to the thirteenth generation of […]Read On »


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Movie Review: ALICE, DARLING

ALICE DARLING movie poster | ©2023 Lionsgate

Rating: R Stars: Anna Kendrick, Wunmi Mosaku, Kaniehtiio Horn, Charlie Carrick Writer: Alanna Francis Director: Mary Nighy Distributor: Lionsgate Release Date: January 20, 2023 Part of the suspense in ALICE, DARLING is not just what will happen, but how much will happen. There are a lot of weapons around, and a lot of potential for interpersonal violence, and even for self-harm. But writer Alanna Francis and director Mary Nighy provide enough nuance and ambiguity to prevent us from being able to predict how this will all end. Alice (Anna Kendrick) is a thirtyish woman who lives with her successful artist […]Read On »


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Movie Review: THERE’S SOMETHING WRONG WITH THE CHILDREN

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Rating: Not Rated Stars: Alisha Wainwright, Amanda Crew, Carlos Santos, Zach Gilford, Briela Guiza, David Mattle, Ramona Tyler Writers: T.J. Cimfel & Dave White Director: Roxanne Benjamin Distributor: Paramount Home Entertainment Release Date: January 17, 2023 (digital/on demand); March 17, 2023 (MGM+) THERE’S SOMETHING WRONG WITH THE CHILDREN announces its tone and intentions with, of all things, the type font of its opening credits. The Day-Glo green words look just like the font of ‘70s horror paperbacks. Director Roxanne Benjamin and writers T.J. Cimfel & Dave White proceed to deliver the goods. Given the recent box office success of M3GAN, […]Read On »


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