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Movie Review: THE WITCHES

Rating: PG Stars: Jahzir Bruno, Octavia Spencer, Anne Hathaway, Stanley Tucci, Kristin Chenoweth (voice), Codie-Lei Eastick, Chris Rock (voice) Writers: Robert Zemeckis & Kenya Barris and Guillermo del Toro, based on the novel by Roald Dahl Director: Robert Zemeckis Distributor: Warner Bros. Release Date: October 22, 2020 THE WITCHES, now on HBO Max, is what is sometimes known as a “family film.” This is not in the literal sense, as in actually being suitable for family members of all ages. Rather, it’s made for children, with parents, older siblings and other folks seeing the possibilities and wishing it was better. […]Read On »

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TV Review: SUPERNATURAL – Season 15 – “Gimme Shelter”

Misha Collins as Castiel and Alexander Calvert as Jack in SUPERNATURAL - Season 15 - "Gimme Shelter" | © 2020 The CW Network, LLC./Katie Yu

Stars: Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles, Misha Collins Alexander Calvert, Emily Swallow, Steve Bacic, Nicole Munoz, Sara Southey, Meghan Drew, Adam Beauchesne, Mark Dozlaw Writer: Davy Perez, series created by Eric Kripke Director: Matt Cohen Network: The CW, Thursdays @ 8 PM Original Airdate: October 15, 2020 With so few episodes left to go, it’s a little odd that the SUPERNATURAL segment “Gimme Shelter” seems to inch the series arc along only slightly. Yes, the case of the week kinda/sorta has something to do with Castiel’s (Misha Collins) emotional journey, but a lot of it moves Dean (Jensen Ackles) and Sam […]Read On »

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Movie Review: LOVE AND MONSTERS

LOVE AND MONSTERS movie poster | ©2020 Paramount Pictures

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Dylan O’Brien, Jessica Henwick, Michael Rooker, Dan Ewing, Ariana Greenblatt Writers: Brian Duffield and Matthew Robinson, story by Brian Duffield Director: Michael Matthews Distributor: Paramount Pictures Release Date: October 16, 2020  LOVE AND MONSTERS has a slightly misleading title. In the filmmakers’ defense, it’s easy to see where they felt that something a little more on target, like GOOD-HEARTEDNESS AND MONSTERS, wasn’t quite as catchy. They are absolutely not kidding about the MONSTERS part of the title. As our main character/narrator Joel Dawson (Dylan O’Brien) informs us, we’re seven years into a post-apocalypse, when Earth was threatened […]Read On »

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Movie Review: DON’T LOOK BACK

DON'T LOOK BACK movie poster | ©2020 Gravitas Ventures/Kamikaze Dogfight

Rating: Not Rated Stars: Kourtney Bell, Skyler Hart, Will Stout, Jaqueline Fleming, Damon Lipari, Amanda Grace Benitez, Han Soto, Stephen Twardokus, Dean J. West, Bryan Batt, Jeremy Holm, Rainn Wilson, Orlando Eric Street Writer: Jeffrey Reddick Director: Jeffrey Reddick Distributor: Gravitas Ventures/Kamikaze Dogfight Release Date: October 16, 2020 DON’T LOOK BACK shares a pedigree with FINAL DESTINATION. Both films were written by Jeffrey Reddick, who makes his feature directing debut here. Moreover, both are horror films that center around the concept of a group of people who share a traumatic experience, and are later haunted by it. The film begins […]Read On »

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SUPERNATURAL: Actor Misha Collins gives the scoop on the end of the series – Exclusive Interview

Misha Collins as Castiel in SUPERNATURAL - Season 15 - "Gimme Shelter" | © 2020 The CW Network/Katie Yu

When Misha Collins first appeared on SUPERNATURAL in its fourth-season premiere way back in 2008, nobody – including Collins – had any idea that he’d become a series regular. However, in SUPERNATURAL’s fifteenth and final season, now airing Thursday nights on The CW, Collins’s angel Castiel has become a beloved and essential part of Team Winchester, which currently consists of monster-fighting brothers Sam (Jared Padalecki) and Dean (Jensen Ackles), plus half-human/half-angel Jack (Alexander Calvert), who is sort of Castiel’s adopted son. As SUPERNATURAL viewers know, our heroes are currently involved in fighting none other than God, aka Chuck (Rob Benedict), […]Read On »

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Movie Review: THE WOLF OF SNOW HOLLOW

THE WOLF OF SNOW HOLLOW movie poster | ©2020 Orion Classics

Rating: R Stars: Jim Cummings, Riki Lindhome, Chloe East, Robert Forster, Jimmy Tatro, Anna Sward Writer: Jim Cummings Director: Jim Cummings Distributor: Orion Classics Release Date: October 9, 2020 THE WOLF OF SNOW HOLLOW is not, as the title might suggest, a Christmas animal movie or a story about a voracious financial titan in a small community. Instead, directed and written by Jim Cummings, the film lands somewhere between horror, quirky, and occasionally sincere. To say that it feels like an attempt to do a Coen Brothers version of THE SILENCE OF THE LAMBS overstates things a bit, but that’s […]Read On »

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TV Review: SUPERNATURAL – Season 15 – “Last Holiday”

Jared Padalecki as Sam and Jensen Ackles as Dean in SUPERNATURAL - Season 15 - "Last Holiday" | © 2020 The CW Network, LLC./Colin Bentley

Stars: Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles, Alexander Calvert, Meagan Fay, Kavan Smith Writer: Jeremy Adams, series created by Eric Kripke Director: Eduardo Sanchez Network: The CW, Thursdays @ 8 PM Original Airdate: October 8, 2020  “Last Holiday” is Episode 14 in SUPERNATURAL’s fifteenth and final season. As such, we might expect something a little weightier, or at least a little bit more on the “what do we do about God/Chuck” track. Instead, “Last Holiday” is a relatively light bottle episode that only leaves the bunker for one quick fight and a few montage shots of the boys kicking in doors. It’s […]Read On »

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NEXT: Creator Manny Coto on Season 1 of the new Fox sci-fi thriller series – Exclusive Interview

Eve Harlow, Aaron Clifton Moten, Michael Mosley, Jason Butler Harner, John Slattery, Fernanda Andrade, Evan Whitten, Elizabeth Cappuccino and Gerardo Celasco in NEXT - Season 1 | ©2020 Fox/Miller Mobley

NEXT, premiering Tuesday, October 6 on Fox, is a thriller about an artificial intelligence program (aka AI) that has achieved superintelligence. This terrifies its creator, Paul LeBlanc (John Slattery), who teams up with a Homeland Security cybercrime task force in an attempt to stop the AI from advancing a homicidal agenda. Manny Coto created NEXT and serves as an executive producer. Coto won a Dramatic Series Emmy in 2006 for his work as one of the executive producers (and writers) on 24. He also created the series THE ½ HOUR NEWS HOUR, and has served as an executive producer/writer on […]Read On »

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Movie Review: HOSTS

HOSTS movie poster | ©2020 Dark Sky Films

Rating: Not Rated Stars: Neal Ward, Samantha Loxley, Frank Jakeman, Nadia Lamin, Lee Hunter, Jennifer Preston, Buddy Skelton Writer: Adam Leader, story by Adam Leader & Richard Oakes Directors: Adam Leader & Richard Oakes Distributor: Dark Sky Films Release Date: October 2, 2020 HOSTS, not to be confused with the July 2020 release HOST (or Bong Joon-ho’s THE HOST, or any of the other more than 450 films with similar titles) is a low-budget British horror film. The title is actually clever, as HOSTS refers both to the Henderson family, who’ve invited their neighbors over for Christmas supper, and the […]Read On »

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Movie Review: ETERNAL BEAUTY

ETERNAL BEAUTY Movie Poster | ©2020 Samuel Goldwyn Films

Rating: R Stars: Sally Hawkins, Alice Lowe, Billie Piper, Robert Pugh, Morfydd Clark, Paul Hilton, Boyd Clack, Elysia Welch, Penelope Wilton, David Thewlis, Spencer Deere Writer: Craig Roberts Director: Craig Roberts Distributor: Samuel Goldwyn Films Release Date: October 2, 2020 ETERNAL BEAUTY is actually a good movie, but one that’s hard to recommend. Director/writer Craig Roberts has made a slightly impressionistic film about mental illness and toxic family relationships. It’s not that we don’t believe what we see, it’s that it is depressing without being illuminating. Sally Hawkins plays Jane, who is being treated with both talk therapy and medication […]Read On »

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