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Movie Review: QUEEN & SLIM

QUEEN & SLIM movie poster | ©2019 Universal Pictures

Rating: R Stars: Daniel Kaluuya, Jodie Turner-Smith, Bokeem Woodbine, Flea, Chloe Sevigny, Indya Moore Writer: Lena Waithe, story by James Frey & Lena Waithe Director: Melina Matsoukas Distributor: Universal Pictures Release Date: November 27, 2019 As QUEEN & SLIM begins, Earnest (Daniel Kaluuya) and Angela (Jodie Turner-Smith) are on their first date, set up on Tinder. They are young, attractive, black and live in the same part of Ohio, but otherwise wouldn’t seem to have much in common. Earnest is a faithful churchgoer who works as a clerk at a big box store, is close to his family, and is […]Read On »

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PRODIGAL SON: Former THE WALKING DEAD star Tom Payne talks new thriller series – Exclusive Interview

Tom Payne as Malcolm Bright in PRODIGAL SON - Season 1 | © 2019 Fox Media LLC/David Giesbrecht

In Fox’s Monday-night drama thriller PRODIGAL SON, Tom Payne plays the title character, Malcolm Bright. Malcolm is a profiler of murderers, hired as a consultant at the NYPD after he’s fired by the FBI. When PRODIGAL SON begins, Malcolm hasn’t spoken to his father, Martin Whitly (Michael Sheen), in ten years. This is because Martin, a brilliant doctor, has murdered at least twenty-three people (maybe more). Martin has been locked up at a psych hospital since Malcolm, as a child, called the police on his dad. But solving some cases and saving lives requires expertise that Martin is uniquely qualified […]Read On »

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Movie Review: FROZEN II

FROZEN II movie poster | ©2019 Walt Disney Pictures

Rating: PG Stars (voices): Idina Menzel, Kristen Bell, Jonathan Groff, Josh Gad, Evan Rachel Wood, Sterling K. Brown, Jason Ritter Writer: Jennifer Lee, story by Jennifer Lee & Chris Buck & Marc E. Smith & Kristen Anderson-Lopez & Robert Lopez Directors: Chris Buck & Jennifer Lee Distributor: Disney Release Date: November 22, 2019 Disney’s new animated feature FROZEN II doesn’t require knowledge of 2013’s FROZEN, though that won’t hurt. The first film’s main voice cast – Idina Menzel, Kristen Bell, Jonathan Groff and Josh Gad – returns for this tender, often hilarious, sometimes heartbreaking and surprisingly deep sequel, set five […]Read On »

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Movie Review: 21 BRIDGES

21 BRIDGES movie poster | ©2019 STX Entertainment

Rating: R Stars: Chadwick Boseman, Sienna Miller, Stephan James, J.K. Simmons, Taylor Kitsch, Louis Cancelmi, Alexander Siddig Writers: Adam Mervis and Matthew Michael Carnahan, story by Adam Mervis Director: Brian Kirk Distributor: STX Entertainment Release Date: November 22, 2019 The title of 21 BRIDGES refers to the physical connections between the island of Manhattan and its neighboring boroughs and cities. These 21 bridges get closed down in the course of the movie, as the NYPD and the FBI attempt to prevent two cop killers from fleeing. The bridge closures are relatively incidental to the main plot. That’s not necessarily a […]Read On »

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Movie Review: DARK WATERS

DARK WATERS movie poster | ©2019 Focus Features

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Mark Ruffalo, Anne Hathaway, Tim Robbins, Bill Camp, Bill Pullman, Victor Garber, William Jackson Harper Writers: Mario Correa and Matthew Michael Carnahan, based on the article “The Lawyer Who Became DuPont’s Worst Nightmare” by Nathaniel Rich Director: Todd Haynes Distributor: Focus Features Release Date: November 22, 2019 DARK WATERS is not be confused with the 2002 Japanese horror film DARK WATER or its 2005 American remake. Instead, DARK WATERS, like ERIN BROCKOVICH and numerous other features and telefilms, is a fact-based story about a legal battle over a corporation poisoning a water supply. The main thematic difference is […]Read On »

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ARROW: David Ramsey on the Eighth and final season of the super hero series – Exclusive Interview

David Ramsey as John Diggle in ARROW - Season 4 | ©2015 The CW Network, LLC./Diyah Pera

The CW’s ARROW is now in its eighth and final season on Tuesday nights. The series, which stars Stephen Amell as Oliver Queen, aka superhero the Green Arrow, launched the network’s franchise of DC Comics adaptations, executive produced by Greg Berlanti and Sarah Schechter. ARROW’s on-air DC Universe peers currently include THE FLASH, SUPERGIRL, LEGENDS OF TOMORROW, BLACK LIGHTNING and the new BATWOMAN. Although the Green Arrow sometimes stands alone, he has a team. His best friend and confidante is John Diggle, who takes on the heroic persona Spartan, played by David Ramsey. Unlike many other characters in the ARROW-verse, […]Read On »

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Movie Review: CHARLIE’S ANGELS (2019)

CHARLIE'S ANGELS movie poster | ©2019 Sony Pictures

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Kristen Stewart, Naomi Scott, Ella Balinska, Elizabeth Banks, Patrick Stewart, Djimon Hounsou, Sam Claflin, Jonathan Tucker, Nat Faxon, Chris Pang, Luis Gerardo Mendez Writer: Elizabeth Banks, story by Evan Spiliotopoulos and David Auburn, based on the TV series created by Ivan Goff & Ben Roberts Director: Elizabeth Banks Distributor: Sony/Columbia Release Date: November 15, 2019 CHARLIE’S ANGELS by now has a history way out of proportion to its overall quality. First, it was a TV series that ran for five seasons, from 1976 through 1981, launching the careers of Farrah Fawcett, Jaclyn Smith, Cheryl Ladd and Tanya […]Read On »

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Movie Review: THE GOOD LIAR

THE GOOD LIAR movie poster | ©2019 Warner Bros.

Rating: R Stars: Helen Mirren, Ian McKellen, Russell Tovey, Jim Carter Writer: Jeffrey Hatcher, based on the novel by Nicholas Searle Director: Bill Condon Distributor: Warner Bros. Release Date: November 15, 2019 THE GOOD LIAR is one of those satisfyingly twisty thrillers made nigh-perfect by the presence of Helen Mirren and Ian McKellen in the leads. These are two actors who could mesmerize us with the proverbial phone book reading. With material this good, they are riveting throughout. We’re in London, 2009. Why is that important? Well, remember it, because the year (in relation to other years) is one clue […]Read On »

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PRODIGAL SON: Creators Chris Fedak and Sam Sklaver on new thriller series – Exclusive Interview

Frank Harts, Keiko Agena, Aurora Perrineau, Lou Diamond Phillips, Michael Sheen, Tom Payne, Bellamy Young and Halston Sage in PRODIGAL SON - Season 1 | ©2019 Fox Media LLC/Mark Seliger

Fox Network’s Monday-night thriller series PRODIGAL SON is the creation of executive producers/show runners Chris Fedak and Sam Sklaver. The title of PRODIGAL SON refers to NYPD homicide consultant, profiler Malcolm Bright (Tom Payne). Malcolm has a lot of deep-rooted psychological problems stemming from the fact that his father, Martin Whitly (Michael Sheen), is a prolific serial killer, now incarcerated in a mental institution. Malcolm’s problems get worse when he finds that the best way to solve cases is often to consult Dad. Adding to the level of difficulty are Malcolm’s horrified, wealthy mother Jessica (Bellamy Young) and his ambitious […]Read On »

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Movie Review: DOCTOR SLEEP

DOCTOR SLEEP movie poster | ©2019 Warner Bros.

Rating: R Stars: Ewan McGregor, Rebecca Ferguson, Kyleigh Curran, Cliff Curtis, Zahn McClarnon, Emily Alyn Lind, Carl Lumbly, Zackary Momoh, Robert Longstreet, Jacob Tremblay, Jocelin Donahue, Alex Essoe, Henry Thomas, Roger Dale Floyd Writer: Mike Flanagan, based on the novel by Stephen King Director: Mike Flanagan Distributor: Warner Bros. Release Date: November 8, 2019 Talking about the new film DOCTOR SLEEP has aspects that are like one of those “if a train leaves the station in Boulder Colorado at five miles an hour” math puzzles. DOCTOR SLEEP is the title of Stephen King’s 2013 sequel book to his 1977 novel […]Read On »

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