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Review: ALIEN 40th ANNIVERSARY SHORTS

ALIEN 40TH ANNIVERSARY SHORTS | ©2019 20th Century Fox

Rating: Unrated Stars: James Paxton Writers: Noah Miller, Chris Reading, Aidan Brezonick, Kailey Spear, Sam Spear Directors: Aidan Brezonick, Benjamin Howdeshell, Noah Miller, Chris Reading, Kailey Spear, Sam Spear, Kelsey Taylor Distributor: 20th Century Fox Release Date: streaming, March 29, 2019; home video (with ALIEN 40th ANNIVERSARY release), April 23, 2019 The landmark science-fiction/horror film ALIEN is turning forty this year. Directed by Ridley Scott and scripted by Dan O’Bannon from a story he wrote with Ron Shusett, ALIEN introduced us to the working-class crew of the spaceship Nostromo, doing the futuristic equivalent of laboring on a cargo ship. A […]Read On »

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TV Review: SUPERNATURAL – Season 13 – “Devil’s Bargain”

Danneel Ackles as Jo in SUPERNATURAL - Season 13 - "Devil's Bargain" | ©2018 The CW Network/Dean Buscher

Stars: Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles, Misha Collins, Mark Pellegrino, David Haydn-Jones, Keith Szarabajka, Jeffrey Vincent Parise, Erica Cerra, Richard Speight Jr. Writers: Eugenie Ross-Leming & Brad Buckner, series created by Eric Kripke Director: Eduardo Sanchez Network: The CW, Thursdays @ 8 PM Original Airdate: February 8, 2018 Castiel (Misha Collins) and Lucifer (Mark Pellegrino) have successfully escaped from Hell together and almost immediately unsuccessfully tried to kill each other (raise your hand if you saw that one coming). Castiel makes his way back to Sam (Jared Padalecki) and Dean (Jensen Ackles) and brings them up to date. The brothers are […]Read On »

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Movie Review: DUMBO

DUMBO poster | Walt Disney Pictures

Rating: PG Stars: Colin Farrell, Michael Keaton, Danny DeVito, Eva Green, Nico Parker, Finley Hobbins, Alan Arkin, Roshan Seth, Sharon Rooney, Sandy Martin Writer: Ehren Kruger, based on the novel by Helen Aberson & Harold Pearl Director: Tim Burton Distributor: Walt Disney Pictures Release Date: March 29, 2019 The new live-action DUMBO is an oddity. The title character, a baby elephant who flies thanks to his oversized ears, is an extraordinary CGI creation. If Dumbo’s eyes are too large for a normal elephant, they are still profoundly expressive. Though DUMBO relies heavily on visual effects, its uncanny valley problems are […]Read On »

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Movie Review: US

US movie poster | ©2019 Universal Pictures

Rating: R Stars: Lupita Nyong’o, Winston Duke, Shahadi Wright Joseph, Evan Alex, Elisabeth Moss, Tim Heidecker, Madison Curry Writer: Jordan Peele Director: Jordan Peele Distributor: Universal Pictures Release Date: March 22, 2019 Spoiler alert for those who have not seen the trailer for US: the movie, written and directed by Jordan Peele, concerns a family menaced by their exact physical doubles. It’s impossible to discuss US without saying at least this much. As with his feature debut, GET OUT, Peele has a great deal on his mind. Leaving the press screening, this reviewer overheard a young woman going into great […]Read On »

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THE ENEMY WITHIN: Jennifer Carpenter on her new NBC espionage drama – Interview

THE ENEMY WITHIN - Season 1 Key Art | ©2019 NBCUniversal

In NBC’s new Monday-night drama THE ENEMY WITHIN, Jennifer Carpenter plays former CIA Deputy Director Erica Shepherd. Erica was terrific at her job and one of the best code-breakers the Agency had ever seen. However, Erica was arrested, imprisoned and became the most notorious traitor in American history for giving the names of CIA operatives to a terrorist, resulting in the deaths of four agents. We learn quickly that this wasn’t because Erica wanted to betray her colleagues or her country, but rather because the terrorist threatened the life of Eric’s adolescent daughter Hannah (Sophia Gennusa). When the terrorist strikes […]Read On »

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TV Review: SUPERNATURAL – Season 13 – “Various & Sundry Villains”

Ruth Connell as Rowena in SUPERNATURAL - Season 13 - "Various & Sundry Villains" | © 2018 The CW/Dean Buscher

Stars: Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles, Misha Collins, Mark Pellegrino, Ruth Connell, Elise Gatien, Jordan Claire Robbins, Shane Dean Writer: Steve Yockey, series created by Eric Kripke Director: Amanda Tapping Network: The CW, Thursdays @ 8 PM Original Airdate: February 1, 2018 Two witchy sisters have a routine: they put a love spell on an unsuspecting man, get the poor schmoe to steal, kill and/or whatever for them, then off the guy in a non-supernatural manner so as not to alert Hunters. However, when they set a trap for Dean Winchester (Jensen Ackles), the witches clearly know they’re facing a Hunter. […]Read On »

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Movie Review: CAPTAIN MARVEL

CAPTAIN MARVEL poster | ©2019 Marvel Studios

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Brie Larson, Samuel L. Jackson, Annette Bening, Jude Law, Ben Mendelsohn, Lashana Lynch, Clark Gregg, Akira Akbar, Lee Pace, Djimon Hounsou, Gemma Chan Writers: Anna Boden & Ryan Fleck & Geneva Robertson-Dworet, story by Nicole Perlman & Meg LeFauve and Anna Boden & Ryan Fleck & Geneva Robertson-Dworet Directors: Anna Boden & Ryan Fleck Distributor: Walt Disney Pictures/Marvel Studios Release Date: March 8, 2019 CAPTAIN MARVEL begins with a loving, lovely tribute to Marvel’s founder, the late Stan Lee. This at once puts us in a warm, sentimental mood and gives the movie that follows something to […]Read On »

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Movie Review: GRETA

GRETA movie poster | ©2019 Focus Features

Rating: R Stars: Isabelle Huppert, Chloe Grace Moretz, Maika Monroe, Jeff Hiller, Colm Fiore, Stephen Rea Writers: Ray Wright and Neil Jordan, story by Ray Wright Director: Neil Jordan Distributor: Focus Features Release Date: March 1, 2019 GRETA starts out with an interesting riff on the stalker theme. It is helped hugely by its stars Isabelle Huppert, who plays the title character, and Chloe Grace Moretz as Frances McCullen, a young woman who pays dearly for a good deed. Frances is relatively new to Manhattan, rooming with her high-spirited friend Erica (Maika Monroe) while mourning the loss of her mother. […]Read On »

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DOCUMENTARY NOW!: James Urbaniak on Season 3 – Exclusive Interview

Helen Mirren hosts DOCUMENTARY NOW! - Season 3 | ©2019 IFC/Temma Hankin

IFC’s DOCUMENTARY NOW!, currently in its third season on Wednesday nights, offers keen-eyed parodies of actual documentaries. The episode airing February 27, “Cast Album: Co-op,” sends up D.A. Pennebaker’s hour-long 1970 ORIGINAL CAST ALBUM: COMPANY, which chronicled the recording of the soundtrack for the Stephen Sondheim Broadway musical. The series was created by Fred Armisen, Bill Hader, Seth Meyers, and Rhys Thomas. James Urbaniak stars in “Cast Album: Co-op” as Broadway musical director Howard Pine, who bears a non-coincidental resemblance to COMPANY director Harold Prince. Urbaniak has appeared on and off Broadway himself as an actor. In Los Angeles, he […]Read On »

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Movie Review: HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON: THE HIDDEN WORLD

HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON: THE HIDDEN WORLD | ©2019 DreamWorks Animation

Rating: PG Stars (voices): Jay Baruchel, America Ferrara, F. Murray Abraham, Cate Blanchett, Gerard Butler, Craig Ferguson, Jonah Hill, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Kristen Wiig, Kit Harington Writer: Dean DeBlois, based on the novels by Cressida Cowell Director: Dean DeBlois Distributor: Universal/DreamWorks Animation Release Date: February 22, 2019  The first HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON film was released in 2010; its sequel came out in 2014. Based on a series of novels by Cressida Cowell, they were charming tales of a boy and his dragon, plus interspecies cooperation, with exciting action and some scary threats. Now, to round off the story, here’s […]Read On »

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