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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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THE ROOKIE: Nathan Fillion gives the scoop on his new drama series – Exclusive Interview

Nathan Fillion is John Nolan in THE ROOKIE - Season 1 | ©2018 ABC/Ed Herrera

After eight years as the title character on ABC’s CASTLE, Nathan Fillion is back on that network in another eponymous role as THE ROOKIE. Fillion, also an executive producer, plays John Nolan in the Tuesday-night freshman series. THE ROOKIE is created by Alexi Hawley, who previously was an executive producer and show runner on CASTLE. Based on a real person who did this (but wishes to remain anonymous as he is still on the force), John Nolan is in his forties, struggling with an unfulfilling career and a failed marriage in Pennsylvania, when he is caught up as a hostage […]Read On »

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Movie Review: THE MAN WHO KILLED HITLER AND THEN THE BIGFOOT

THE MAN WHO KILLED HITLER AND THEN THE BIGFOOT | ©2019 RLJ Entertainment

Rating: Not Rated Stars: Sam Elliott, Aidan Turner, Caitlin FitzGerald, Ron Livingston, Larry Miller, Rizwan Manji Writer: Robert D. Krzykowski Director: Robert D. Krzykowski Distributor: RLJ Entertainment Release Date (theatrical and on demand): February 8, 2019 It may seem hard to spoil THE MAN WHO KILLED HITLER AND THEN THE BIGFOOT, seeing that two big plot points are in the title. However, while those events have weight and give the movie their shape, writer/director Robert D. Krzykowski is much more interested in the effect these have on the title character, Calvin Barr. Calvin is played in the film’s “present” (apparently […]Read On »

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Movie Review: ST. AGATHA

ST. AGATHA movie poster | ©2019 Uncork’d Entertainment

Rating: Unrated Stars: Sabrina Kern, Carolyn Hennesy, Courtney Halverson, Seth Michaels, Trin Miller, Jason Warner Smith, Justin Miles Writers: Andy Demetrio, Shaun Fletcher, Sara Sometti Michaels, Clint Sears Director: Darren Lynn Bousman Distributor: Uncork’d Entertainment Release Date (theatrical and on demand): February 8, 2019 ST AGATHA will remind horror fans of everything from ROSEMARY’S BABY to THE BEGUILED to the SAW films. It’s not so much that director Darren Lynn Bousman (who, not coincidentally, helmed SAW II, III, and IV) and screenwriters Andy Demetrio, Shaun Fletcher, Sara Sometti Michaels, and Clint Sears are trying to copy the plots of those […]Read On »

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THE GIFTED: Executive producer-writer Melinda Hsu Taylor on Season 2 – Exclusive Interview

L-R: Skyler Samuels, Grace Byers, Emma Dumont, Percy Hynes White, Natalie Alyn Lind, Stephen Moyer, Amy Acker, Sean Teale, Blair Redford, Jamie Chung and Coby Bell in THE GIFTED - Season 2| ©2018 Fox/Justin Stephens

In Season 2 of Fox’s MARVEL’S THE GIFTED on Tuesday nights, the factions of superpowered mutants and non-powered but armed humans have multiplied. In the series created by Matt Nix, set in the X-MEN universe, we still have the Mutant Underground, mutants who are trying to keep the peace, and Sentinel Services, the human government arm tasked with suppressing any mutant activity deemed suspicious. Now there’s also the militant mutant group the Inner Circle, which wants to dominate or entirely eradicate regular humans, the violently anti-mutant human cadre the Purifiers, and the literally underground mutant community of Morlocks. Stuck in […]Read On »

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Movie Review: SERENITY

SERENITY movie poster | ©2019 Aviron Pictures

Rating: R Stars: Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Diane Lane, Djimon Hounsou, Jason Clarke, Jeremy Strong, Rafael Sayegh Writer: Steven Knight Director: Steven Knight Distributor: Aviron Pictures Release Date: January 25, 2019 SERENITY, the new movie that is absolutely not to be confused with Joss Whedon’s 2005 science-fiction drama, starts out as what feels like a heartfelt modern homage to the film noir of yore. Baker Dill (Matthew McConaughey) – an assumed name, natch – is scraping out a living as a charter fishing boat captain. Baker currently lives on Plymouth, a picturesque island, apparently somewhere off the Florida coast, where […]Read On »

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THE ROOKIE: Creator Alexi Hawley on his new Nathan Fillion series – Exclusive Interview

Nathan Fillion is John Nolan in THE ROOKIE - Season 1 | ©2019 ABC/Ed Herrera

ABC’s first-season Tuesday-night drama THE ROOKIE is based on a real person. Like Nathan Fillion’s character, John Nolan, a man in his forties who’d already had a career came from a small town in the Eastern U.S. to join the Los Angeles Police Department. Who is the real person? “I can’t tell you that,” says THE ROOKIE creator/executive producer Alexi Hawley. “He’s on the job, and he has only been on the job for a few years, and he is very focused on being a successful police officer.” Giving the officer’s real name, Hawley explains, could jeopardize the man’s job, […]Read On »

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Movie Review: GLASS

GLASS movie poster | ©2019 Universal Pictures/Blumhouse

Rating: PG-13 Stars: James McAvoy, Samuel L. Jackson, Bruce Willis, Sarah Paulson, Anya Taylor-Joy, Spencer Treat Clark, Charlayne Woodard Writer: M. Night Shyamalan Director: M. Night Shyamalan Distributor: Universal Release Date: January 18, 2019 GLASS is the third in writer/director M. Night Shyamalan’s trilogy about men with unusual abilities. This began with 2000’s UNBREAKABLE, which starred Bruce Willis as David Dunn, a seemingly ordinary security guard who discovers that he’s nearly indestructible after surviving a train crash. In the course of figuring out who he is and what he should do, David befriends Elijah Price (Samuel L. Jackson). Elijah has […]Read On »

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TV Review: SUPERNATURAL – Season 13 – “Breakdown”

Briana Buckmaster as Donna and Jensen Ackles as Dean in SUPERNATURAL - Season 13 - "Breakdown" | ©2017 The CW/Dean Buscher

Stars: Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles, Briana Buckmaster, Brendan Taylor, Chris William Martin, Sarah Dugdale, Steven Yaffee, Troy Skog Writer: Davy Perez, series created by Eric Kripke Director: Amyn Kaderali Network: The CW, Thursdays @ 8 PM Original Airdate: January 25, 2018 SUPERNATURAL likes to occasionally riff on particular horror movies. The Season 13 episode “Breakdown” is, more or less, SUPERNATURAL’s take on HOSTEL. Hang on, this is still The CW – the ickiness is intense in broadcast TV terms, but it still is broadcast TV. Instead of (as in HOSTEL) guests at an Eastern European cheap hotel being kidnapped and […]Read On »

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TV Review: SUPERNATURAL – Season 13 – “Wayward Sisters”

Kathryn Newton as Claire, Yadira Guevara - Prip as Kaia, Jensen Ackles as Dean and Jared Padalecki as Sam in SUPERNATURAL – Season 13 – “Wayward Sisters” | ©2017 The CW Network

Stars: Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles, Kim Rhodes, Kathryn Newton, Briana Buckmaster, Katherine Ramdeen, Clark Backo, Yadira Guevara-Prip Writers: Robert Berens & Andrew Dabb, series created by Eric Kripke Director: Phil Sgriccia Network: The CW, Thursdays @ 8 PM Original Airdate: January 18, 2018  SUPERNATURAL, for all its idiosyncratic rules and lore, at its essence is Sam and Dean Winchester, as played by Jared Padalecki and Jensen Ackles. They are the backbone and basis of the show. This makes it very hard to do a spinoff of SUPERNATURAL, but it doesn’t stop people from trying. Back in Season 9 in 2014, […]Read On »

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