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Movie Review: TRUTH OR DARE

TRUTH OR DARE movie poster | ©2018 Universal Pictures/Blumhouse

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Lucy Hale, Tyler Posey, Violett Beane, Hayden Szeto, Sophia Ali, Landon Liboiron, Nolan Gerard Funk, Sam Lerner, Aurora Perrineau, Tom Choi Writers: Michael Reisz and Jillian Jacobs & Christopher Roach & Jeff Wadlow, story by Michael Reisz Director: Jeff Wadlow Distributor: Universal Release Date: April 13, 2018 TRUTH OR DARE surprises on a lot of levels. For one thing, it’s that rare PG-13 horror flick that doesn’t seem to be pulling too many punches. Arguably almost as rare, it’s a teen-oriented story that doesn’t rely on its characters being idiots to keep the plot moving. The game […]Read On »

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Movie Review: PACIFIC RIM: UPRISING

PACIFIC RIM UPRISING movie poster | ©2018 Legendary/Universal Pictures

Rating: PG-13 Stars: John Boyega, Scott Eastwood, Cailee Spaeny, Burn Gorman, Charlie Day, Tian Jing, Jin Zhang, Aria Adria Arjona, Rinko Kikuchi Writers: Steven S. DeKnight & Emily Carmichael & Kira Snyder and T.S. Nowlin, based on characters created by Travis Beacham Director: Steven S. DeKnight Distributor: Universal Pictures Release Date: March 23, 2018 PACIFIC RIM: UPRISING is the sequel to 2013’s PACIFIC RIM, which was directed by Guillermo Del Toro. The new film is directed by Steven S. DeKnight. Someone else said one difference between the two is that the first film was a monster movie with giant robots, […]Read On »

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Movie Review: TOMB RAIDER

TOMB RAIDER | © 2018 MGM

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Alicia Vikander, Dominic West, Walton Goggins, Daniel Wu, Kristin Scott Thomas, Derek Jacobi Writers: Geneva Robertson-Dworet and Alastair Siddons, story by Geneva Robertson-Dworet and Evan Daugherty Director: Roar Uthaug Distributor: Warner Bros/M-G-M Release Date: March 16, 2018 Large on scale, small on impact, TOMB RAIDER is one of those movies that makes it hard to come up with enough informative words to shape a review. It’s okay. It’s not great, it’s not awful, it’s just one of those things that you can watch with mild enjoyment, if no real excitement. TOMB RAIDER is the origin story of […]Read On »

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TV Review: SUPERNATURAL – Season 13 – “Advanced Thanatology”

Jared Padelecki as Sam in SUPERNATURAL | © 2018 Katie Yu/The CW

Stars: Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles, Misha Collins, Lisa Berry, Seth Isaac Johnson, Alisen Down Writer: Steve Yockey, series created by Eric Kripke Director: John F. Showalter Network: The CW, Thursdays @ 8 PM Original Airdate: November 9, 2017 A big part of the charm of SUPERNATURAL is the craziness of its storytelling, which has just gotten loopier over the years. By Season 13, it revels in its own insanity. There may never have been a show where the ostensibly mortal lead characters keep dying and coming back, with the explanations for how and why this happens growing ever more complex. […]Read On »

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DECEPTION: Creator Chris Fedak talks magic and crime solving – exclusive interview

Jack Cutmore-Scott as Cameron in DECEPTION | © 2018 Craig Sjodin/ABC

ABC’s new series DECEPTION, which premieres Sunday, March 11, deals with the intersection of stage magic, a la David Blaine, and crime solving. When headliner magician Cameron Black, played by Jack Cutmore-Scott, is entangled in a murder, his efforts to clear his name cause him to team up with FBI agent Kay Daniels (Ilfenesh Hadera), which helps her sleuthing as well. Creator/executive producer Chris Fedak (who co-created CHUCK) explains DECEPTION’s premise during a Q&A session. “The idea behind this show is “tricking,” essentially. So many action shows, you have, “How do you capture bad guys?” Sometimes you get them doing […]Read On »

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Movie Review: THEY REMAIN

THEY REMAIN | © 2018 Paladin

Rating: Unrated Stars: William Jackson Harper, Rebecca Henderson Writer: Philip Gelatt, based on the novella -30- by Laird Barron Director: Philip Gelatt Distributor: Paladin Release Date: March 2, 2018 (New York); March 9, 2018 (Los Angeles)   Adapting Laird Barron’s novella -30-, screenwriter/director Philip Gelatt gets good horror mileage out of a strong premise and a small cast with THEY REMAIN. Although a few other characters show up now and then, and there’s a voice representing the employment company, THEY REMAIN is virtually a two-hander. Gelatt wrings maximum tension out of the set-up, and ends on a note that is […]Read On »

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Movie Review: RED SPARROW

RED SPARROW | © 2018 20th Century Fox

Rating: R Stars: Jennifer Lawrence, Joel Edgerton, Matthias Schoenaerts, Ciaran Hinds, Jeremy Irons, Charlotte Rampling, Mary-Louise Parker, Joely Richardson Writer: Justin Haythe, based on the novel by Jason Matthews Director: Francis Lawrence Distributor: 20th Century Fox Release Date: March 2, 2018 RED SPARROW is a retro spy thriller set in the present day. The retro aspect creates a lot of problems for the drama based on Justin Matthews’s award-winning 2013 novel, the biggest one being the spectacularly awkward timing of the film’s release. Of all the moments in history to tell a straight-faced story about Russia being keen to get […]Read On »

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Movie Review: BLACK PANTHER

BLACK PANTHER | © 2018 Marvel/Disney

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong’o, Danai Gurira, Martin Freeman, Daniel Kaluuya, Letitia Wright, Winston Duke, Sterling K. Brown, Angela Bassett, Forest Whitaker, Andy Serkis Writers: Ryan Coogler & Joe Robert Cole, based on the Marvel Comics by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby Director: Ryan Coogler Distributor: Walt Disney Co. Release Date: February 16, 2018 BLACK PANTHER is a study in how to use comic-based material to do something that is both very entertaining and very heady. In fact, BLACK PANTHER is arguably as entertaining as it is precisely because it talks about recognizably real issues, […]Read On »

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New 4K, Blu-ray, DVD and Digital Releases for 2/6

A BAD MOMS CHRISTMAS | © 2018 Universal Home Entertainment

Your guide to some of the new releases that are out this week. A BAD MOMS CHRISTMAS Sequels either go a few ways, either it’s a sh**show, something that is decent but doesn’t measure up to the original, in rare cases, tops the original. A BAD MOMS CHRISTMAS falls in the middle here as there are indeed some funny moments but begins to take itself surprisingly way too serious toward the end. As with the original, the content is for adults only and there are plenty of moments that question the boundaries of good taste but that’s what we expect […]Read On »

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TV Review: SUPERNATURAL – Season 13 – “The Big Empty”

Jared Padelicki in SUPERNATURAL The Big Empty | © 2018 Jack Rowand/The CW

Stars: Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles, Alexander Calvert, Misha Collins, Courtney Ford, Rukiya Bernard, Niall Matter Writer: Meredith Glynn, series created by Eric Kripke Director: John Badham Network: The CW, Thursdays @ 8 PM Original Airdate: November 2, 2017 You learn something new almost every day, or in the case of SUPERNATURAL, almost every episode. In the case of Season 13 Episode 4’s “The Big Empty,” it’s where angels and demons go when they die. Castiel (Misha Collins) is wandering around this, well, big empty space, trying to find somebody, and eventually wakes up the Entity running the joint. The Entity […]Read On »

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