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Movie Review: GOOD BOYS

GOOD BOYS movie poster | ©2019 Universal Pictures

Rating: R Stars: Jacob Tremblay, Keith L. Williams, Brady Noon, Molly Gordon, Midori Francis, Izaac Wang, Millie Davis, Josh Caras, Will Forte, Mariessa Portelance, Lil Rel Howery, Retta\ Writers: Lee Eisenberg & Gene Stupnitsky Director: Gene Stupnitsky Distributor: Universal Pictures Release Date: August 16, 2019 GOOD BOYS is an odd coming-of-age comedy. The oddness springs not from originality, although it has some, but rather because it’s not clear exactly who the target audience is. The protagonists are three best friends and newly-minted sixth-graders, Max (Jacob Tremblay), Lucas (Keith L. Williams), and Thor (Brady Noon). When Max is invited to a […]Read On »

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Movie Review: 47 METERS DOWN: UNCAGED

47 METERS DOWN: UNCAGED movie poster | ©2019 Entertainment Studios Motion Pictures

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Sophie Nelisse, Corinne Foxx, Sistine Rose Stallone, Brianne Tju, John Corbett, Nia Long, Davi Santos Writer: Johannes Roberts Director: Johannes Roberts Distributor: Entertainment Studios Motion Pictures Release Date: August 16, 2019 47 METERS DOWN: UNCAGED is a follow-up to 2017’s shark horror movie 47 METERS DOWN. Although it is written and directed by the earlier film’s director/co-writer Johannes Roberts, 47 METERS DOWNL UNCAGED is not actually a sequel, as it shares neither the characters nor the storyline of its predecessor. Instead, 47 METERS DOWN: UNCAGED is a companion piece that can be viewed before, after, or completely […]Read On »

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Movie Review: DRIVEN

DRIVEN movie poster | ©2019 Universal Pictures

Rating: R Stars: Jason Sudeikis, Lee Pace, Judy Greer, Corey Stoll, Michael Cudlitz, Erin Moriarty, Isabel Arraiza Writer: Colin Bateman Director: Nick Hamm Distributor: Universal Release Date (theatrical and on demand): August 16, 2019 DRIVEN is a mixture of character study, thriller and black comedy. Screenwriter Colin Bateman and director Nick Hamm take facts that are part of the public record and use them to weave a tall but compelling tale about John DeLorean, mostly from the point of view of Jim Hoffman. Car maker DeLorean, who passed away in 2005, would likely be pleased that he’s still primarily remembered […]Read On »

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TV Review: SUPERNATURAL – Season 13 – “Funeralia”

Jared Padalecki as Sam in SUPERNATURAL - Season 13 - "Funeralia" | ©2018 The CW/Diyah Pera

Stars: Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles, Misha Collins, Ruth Connell, Erica Cerra, Lisa Berry, Amanda Tapping, Kayla Stanton, Jason William Day, Luc Roderique Writer: Steve Yockey, series created by Eric Kripke Director: Nina Lopez-Corrado Network: The CW, Thursdays @ 8 PM Original Airdate: April 19, 2018 Unable to find Gabriel to get his help or his grace, Sam (Jared Padalecki) and Dean (Jensen Ackles) try their unreliable witch ally Rowena (Ruth Connell). Rowena has gotten superpowers, which makes the guys understandably nervous, since she is not normally “good.” Rowena is sweet to them on the phone, but she’s busy in Oregon, […]Read On »

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TV Review: SUPERNATURAL – Season 13 – “Bring ‘Em Back Alive”

Misha Collins as Castiel and Jared Padalecki as Sam in SUPERNATURAL - Season 13 - "Bring 'Em Back Alive" | ©2018 The CW Network, LLC. All Rights Reserved./Robert Falconer

Stars: Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles, Misha Collins, Mark Pellegrino, Richard Speight Jr., Felicia Day, David Haydn-Jones, Jeffrey Dean Parise, Danneel Ackles, Erica Cerra Writers: Brad Buckner & Eugenie Ross-Leming, series created by Eric Kripke Director: Amyn Kaderali Network: The CW, Thursdays @ 8 PM Original Airdate: April 12, 2018 In the SUPERNATURAL Season 13 episode “Bring ‘Em Back Alive,” we’ve got storylines, storylines everywhere. This is actually a good thing, as nothing overstays its welcome and the plot moves significantly forward. In the bunker, Sam (Jared Padalecki) and Castiel (Misha Collins) bicker about the wisdom of letting the treacherous but […]Read On »

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Movie Review: ONCE UPON A TIME … IN HOLLYWOOD

ONCE UPON A TIME ... IN HOLLYWOOD movie poster | ©2019 Sony Pictures

Rating: R Stars: Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt, Margot Robbie, Al Pacino, Margaret Qualley, Julia Butters Writer: Quentin Tarantino Director: Quentin Tarantino Distributor: Sony/Columbia Release Date: July 26, 2019 Watching ONCE UPON A TIME … IN HOLLYWOOD, it’s easy to understand why writer/director Quentin Tarantino made the film. The 1969 setting gives Tarantino not only permission but a mandate to recreate the look and pop culture of the times. Since Tarantino is a filmmaker who loves his MANNIX and TV cigarette commercials, he’s absolutely in his element, and there’s a contact high from the sense of fun with this. Tarantino has […]Read On »

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TV Review: SUPERNATURAL – Season 13 – “The Thing”

Jeffrey Vincent Parise as Asmodeus in SUPERNATURAL - Season 13 - "The Thing" | ©2018 The CW Network, LLC. All Rights Reserved./Dean Buscher

Stars: Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles, Richard Speight Jr., David Haydn-Jones, Jeffrey Vincent Parise, Magda Apanowicz, Ivan Wanis-Ruiz, Tiffany Smith Writer: Davy Perez, series created by Eric Kripke Director: John F. Showalter Network: The CW, Thursdays @ 8 PM Original Airdate: April 5, 2018  The SUPERNATURAL episode “The Thing” is actually less like THE THING than it is a riff on H.P. Lovecraft’s Cthulhu mythos. It ties in nicely to the scavenger hunt for rift-opening objects that’s been running through much of Season 13 and, bonus, we get Archangel Gabriel (Richard Speight Jr.) back, who has been a wonderfully fun character […]Read On »

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Movie Review: STUBER

STUBER movie poster | ©2019 20th Century Fox

Rating: R Stars: Dave Bautista, Kumail Nanjiani, Iko Uwais, Natalie Morales, Betty Gilpin Writer: Tripper Clancy Director: Michael Dowse Distributor: 20th Century Fox Release Date: July 12, 2019 STUBER pairs Dave Bautista and Kumail Nanjiani in a buddy action comedy. Given the track record of both performers, especially Nanjiani, STUBER feels like it ought to be funnier. It’s agreeable in a LETHAL WEAPON knockoff way, and its leads are both deeply likeable. It’s just that few of the gags land in the way that seems intended. Bautista plays LAPD detective Vic, ferociously determined to avenge the death of his partner […]Read On »

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Book Review: SNOWBOUND

SNOWBOUND novel by Maria Alexander | ©2019 Ghede Press

Writer: Maria Alexander Price: $13.99 Publisher: Ghede Press Publication Date: July 21, 2018 What with NOS4A2 making Christmas in July scary again on TV, this seems the ideal time to pick up Maria Alexander’s novel SNOWBOUND. This is the second in Alexander’s Yuletide trilogy, following her Bram Stoker Award-winning SNOWED. While it is advisable to read SNOWED before SNOWBOUND (and SNOWED is excellent in its own right), it’s not absolutely necessary. Alexander brings us up to speed without repeating herself. SNOWBOUND is told in the alternating first-person voices of Charity Jones, a brilliant just-out-of-high-school engineer now doing government work, and […]Read On »

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Movie Review: MIDSOMMAR

MIDSOMMAR movie poster | ©2019 A24

Rating: R Stars: Florence Pugh, Jack Reynor, William Jackson Harper, Vilhelm Blomgren, Will Poulter, Ellora Torchia, Archie Madekwe Writer: Ari Aster Director: Ari Aster Distributor: A24 Release Date: July 3, 2019 MIDSOMMAR is one of those rare films that is so physically beautiful and so consistent in its folklore that these elements elevate it throughout. Production designer Henrik Svensson deserves Oscar consideration, as do cinematographer Pawel Pogorzelski and art directors Richard T. Olson, Nille Svensson and Eszter Takacs. Writer/director Ari Aster, whose previous film was last year’s HEREDITARY, introduces us to Dani (Florence Pugh), who worries that she’s leaning on […]Read On »

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