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Movie Review: THE HOUSES OCTOBER BUILT 2

THE HOUSES OCTOBER BUILT 2 movie poster | ©2017 RLJ Entertainment

Rating: R Stars: Brandy Schaefer, Zack Andrews, Bobby Roe, Mikey Roe, Jeff Larson Writers: Zack Andrews & Bobby Roe Director: Bobby Roe Distributor: RLJ Entertainment Release Date (theatrical and on demand): September 22, 2017  The original THE HOUSES OCTOBER BUILT, released three years ago, was a modest but solid found-footage horror movie. Its premise was that five friends – Bobby Roe (who directed and co-wrote the script), Zack Andrews (also a writer on the film), Brandy Schaefer, Mikey Roe and Jeff Larson – set off during Halloween season to find and document extreme haunted house events. Since this is a […]Read On »

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Movie Review: FRIEND REQUEST

FRIEND REQUEST movie poster | ©2017 Entertainment Studios Motion Pictures

Rating: R Stars: Ayicia Debnam-Carey, William Moseley, Connor Paolo, Brit Morgan, Brooke Markham, Sean Marquette, Liesl Ahlers, Shashawnee Hall, Nicholas Pauling Writers: Matthew Ballen & Phillip Koch & Simon Verhoeven Director: Simon Verhoeven Distributor: Entertainment Studios Motion Pictures Release Date: September 22, 2017 Not to be confused with 2015’s UNFRIENDED, the new movie FRIEND REQUEST is a tale of quasi-online horror. It has one idea about characterization that’s so good that it somewhat excuses lapses in logic. Directed by Simon Verhoeven from a screenplay he wrote with Matthew Ballen & Phillip Koch, FRIEND REQUEST begins with a college classroom announcement […]Read On »

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Movie Review: KINGSMAN: THE GOLDEN CIRCLE

KINGSMAN THE GOLDEN CIRCLE movie poster | ©2017 20th Century Fox

Rating: R Stars: Colin Firth, Julianne Moore, Taron Egerton, Mark Strong, Pedro Pascal, Halle Berry, Sir Elton John, Channing Tatum, Bruce Greenwood, Emily Watson, Jeff Bridges Writers: Jane Goldman & Matthew Vaughn, based on the comic book THE SECRET SERVICE by Mark Millar and Dave Gibbons Director: Matthew Vaughn Distributor: Twentieth Century Fox Release Date: September 22, 2017  KINGSMAN: THE GOLDEN CIRCLE is a follow-up to 2015’s KINGSMAN: THE SECRET SERVICE. Like its predecessor, KINGSMAN: THE GOLDEN CIRCLE is based on THE SECRET SERVICE comic book series by Mark Millar and Dave Gibbons, and is again directed by Matthew Vaughn, […]Read On »

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TV Review: DANCING WITH THE STARS – Season 25 – Week 1 – Season Premiere – Thirteen couples battle it out

Lindsey Stirling and Mark Ballas in DANCING WITH THE STARS - Season 25 | ©2017 ABC/Heidi Gutman

Stars: Vanessa Lachey, Nikki Bella, Frankie Muniz, Terrell Owens, Derek Fisher, Sasha Pieterse, Jordan Fisher, Debbie Gibson, Victoria Arlen, Barbara Corcoran, Nick Lachey, Drew Scott, Lindsey Stirling Network: ABC, airs Monday Original Telecast: September 18th, 2017 DANCING WITH THE STARS: Season 25 began with a full cast of 13 couples which is great except it doesn’t give the judges much time to critique. DWTS‘ solution was to have only one judge speak to the couples before their scores. This landed with a big dull thud in the ballroom because one of the best parts of the show is seeing the […]Read On »

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New 4K, Blu-ray, DVD and Digital Releases for 9/17

WONDER WOMAN | © 2017 Warner Home Video

Your guide to some of the new releases that are out this week. WONDER WOMAN Regardless of how you feeling about the DC Cinematic Universe, it is easy to say that getting a franchise off the ground has not been an easy thing to accomplish. Now whose fault that is a whole other story whether it is the big Whigs from Warner Bros, Zach Snyder, or a combination of the two. Luckily, they got it right with WONDER WOMAN, a true origin story that does a good job of mixing classic Diana Amazonian roots with storyline that helps move the […]Read On »

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Movie Review: REMEMORY

REMEMORY movie poster | ©2017 Lionsgate

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Peter Dinklage, Julia Ormond, Martin Donovan, Henry Ian Cusick, Anton Yelchin, Evelyne Brochu Writers: Mark Palansky & Mike Vukadinovich Director: Mark Palansky Distributor: Lionsgate Release Date: September 8 (theatrical), August 24 (VOD) REMEMORY revisits a versatile sci-fi premise: what if memories could be recorded and played back? Films as diverse as TOTAL RECALL and STRANGE DAYS have utilized this idea. In REMEMORY, scientist Gordon Dunn (Martin Donovan) has developed a device that does this, which he intends to use for therapy. However, there are some unintended side effects that make some of his test subjects very unhappy. […]Read On »

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Movie Review: REBEL IN THE RYE

REBEL IN THE RYE movie poster | ©2017 IFC

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Nicholas Hoult, Kevin Spacey, Sarah Paulson, Victor Garber, Hope Davis Writer: Danny Strong, inspired by the book J.D. SALINGER: A LIFE by Kenneth Slawenski Director: Danny Strong Distributor: IFC Release Date: September 8, 2017  Writing is a solitary activity that, unlike some others (bicycling, mountain climbing, even painting), is extremely difficult to make watchable. In bringing the early life of CATCHER IN THE RYE author J.D. Salinger to the screen, REBEL IN THE RYE writer/director Danny Strong deftly surmounts the challenges of the subject matter. Inspired by Kenny Slawenski’s biography J.D. SALINGER: A LIFE, Strong gives us […]Read On »

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New Blu-ray, DVD and Digital Releases for this week

CABIN IN THE WOODS 4K | © 2017 Lionsgate Home Entertainment

Your guide to some of the new releases that are out this week. JUST SHOOT ME: THE COMPLETE SERIES The comedy that was set in the offices of a fashion magazine that chronicled not just the daily grind or the misadventures but all of the relationships going on. There’s the snooty former model, the average looking good writer, the creep, the bumbling boss and the arty photographer. It seems like a run-of-the-mill sitcom but actually it worked and it stayed on the air for 148 episodes and seven seasons. This set collects every episode in one nice package but you […]Read On »

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Movie Review: IT

IT movie poster | ©2017 Warner Bros.

Rating: R Stars: Bill Skarsgard, Jaeden Lieberher, Jeremy Ray Taylor, Sophia Lillis, Finn Wolfhard, Chosen Jacobs, Jack Dylan Grazer, Wyatt Oleff, Nicholas Hamilton, Jackson Robert Scott Writers: Chase Palmer & Cary Fukunaga and Gary Dauberman, based on the novel by Stephen King Director: Andy Muschietti Distributor: Warner Bros./New Line Release Date: September 8, 2017 The new IT movie exists on a weird kind of Moebius strip. Set in the late ‘80s, the feature adaptation of Stephen King’s 1986 novel is reminiscent of STRANGER THINGS, which had its first season on Netflix last year but is acknowledged to be inspired by […]Read On »

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Blu-ray Review: ONE DARK NIGHT

ONE DARK NIGHT Blu-ray | ©2017 Code Red

Stars: Meg Tilly, Melissa Newman, Robin Evans, Donald Hotton, Adam West Writers: Tom McLoughlin, Michael Hawes Director: Tom McLoughlin Distributor: Code Red Suggested Retail Price: $17.99 It’s strange that we continue to find solace in low-budget horror films from the 1980s – particularly the early part of that decade. Horror at that time not only saw a rise in the slasher genre, but also every other kind of subgenre (creature, supernatural, splatter). And now even second and third-tier movies released during that time has allowed for Blu-ray Collector’s editions of movies that may have been relegated to the budget bins […]Read On »

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