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Movie Review: THE BANKER

THE BANKER movie poster | ©2020 Apple TV+

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Anthony Mackie, Samuel L. Jackson, Nicholas Hoult, Nia Long, Jessie T. Usher, Colm Meaney, Scott Johnson Writers: Niceole R. Levy & George Nolfi and David Lewis Smith & Stan Younger, story by Brad Kane and David Lewis Smith & Stan Younger Director: George Nolfi Distributor: Apple TV+ Release Date: March 6, 2020 (theatrical); March 20, 2020 (Apple TV+) THE BANKER is based on the real-life story of Bernard S. Garrett (played here by Anthony Mackie) and Joseph B. Morris (Samuel L. Jackson). The two men joined forces to become real estate magnates and eventually bankers in the […]Read On »

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Movie Review: ONWARD

ONWARD Movie Poster | ©2020 Pixar/Walt Disney

Rating: PG Stars (voices): Tom Holland, Chris Pratt, Julia Louis-Dreyfus. Octavia Spencer, Mel Rodriguez Writers: Dan Scanlon & Jason Headley & Keith Bunin Director: Dan Scanlon Distributor: Walt Disney Release Date: March 6, 2020 ONWARD is the latest offering from the combined forces of Pixar and Disney. The animated fantasy is consistently entertaining, funny, well-structured, and surprisingly deft in its handling of emotional issues. We are introduced to the world (and it’s literally a different world than ours – note the two moons in the sky) of ONWARD by Ian Lightfoot (voiced by Tom Holland). Ian is a sixteen-year-old elf […]Read On »

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Movie Review: RUN THIS TOWN

RUN THIS TOWN Movie Poster | ©2020 Quiver Distribution

Rating: R Stars: Ben Platt, Mena Massoud, Damian Lewis, Nina Dobrev, Scott Speedman, Jennifer Ehle Writer: Ricky Tollman Director: Ricky Tollman Distributor: Quiver Distribution Release Date: March 6, 2020 RUN THIS TOWN is an oddly structured piece that is, and yet is not, about a real-life political scandal. Set in 2013, the film, written and directed by Ricky Tollman, broadly concerns the downfall of Toronto, Canada mayor Rob Ford (played here by an unrecognizable Damian Lewis). Tollman tells the story partly from the point of view of rookie reporter Bram (Ben Platt) and partly from that of one of Ford’s […]Read On »

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Movie Review: ESCAPE FROM PRETORIA

ESCAPE FROM PRETORIA movie poster | ©2020 Momentum Pictures

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Daniel Radcliffe, Daniel Webber, Ian Hart, Mark Leonard Winter Writers: Francis Annan & L.H. Adams, based on the book by Tim Jenkin Director: Francis Annan Distributor: Momentum Pictures Release Date: March 6, 2020 ESCAPE FROM PRETORIA, based on the nonfiction book by Tim Jenkin, tells the fact-based story of the title action embarked on by Jenkin (played here by Daniel Radcliffe), Stephen Lee (Daniel Webber), and another compatriot (Alex Moumbaris in reality, fictionalized here as Leonard, played by Mark Leonard Winter). As they say in court, let us stipulate for the record that, of all the events […]Read On »

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Movie Review: THE INVISIBLE MAN (2020)

THE INVISIBLE MAN Movie Poster | ©2020 Universal Pictures/Blumhouse

Rating: R Stars: Elisabeth Moss, Aldis Hodge, Storm Reid, Harriet Dyer, Michael Dorman, Oliver Jackson-Cohen Writer: Leigh Whannell, based on the novel by H.G. Wells Director: Leigh Whannell Distributor: Universal Release Date: February 28, 2020 THE INVISIBLE MAN, the latest incarnation of H.G. Wells’s influential novel, is a reasonably smart horror thriller. Director/writer Leigh Whannell has largely, albeit not completely, figured out how to avoid what would seem to be the most problematic aspect of the premise. Better, Whannell’s script sets up situations that are not prompted by anybody doing something boneheaded in the face of danger. THE INVISIBLE MAN […]Read On »

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THE ROOKIE: The former CASTLE actor Nathan Fillion chats Season 2 – Exclusive Interview

Nathan Fillion is John Nolan in THE ROOKIE - Season 2 | ©2020 ABC/Andrew Eccles

THE ROOKIE returns for the second half of its second season on ABC on Sunday, February 23. Nathan Fillion’s title character, John Nolan, is currently the oldest rookie in the Los Angeles Police Department. When the show comes back from its midseason cliffhanger, Nolan is caught up with the rest of his colleagues in the search for kidnapped fellow rookie Lucy Chen (Melissa O’Neil). Nolan is also contending with a new training officer, former undercover operative Nyla Harper (Mekia Cox). Fillion previously starred for eight seasons as the crime-solving lead on ABC’s CASTLE and is still beloved for playing Malcolm […]Read On »

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TV Review: SUPERNATURAL – Season 15 – “The Gamblers”

Misha Collins as Castiel in SUPERNATURAL - Season 15 - "The Gamblers" | ©2020 The CW Network, LLC. All Rights Reserved/Cate Cameron

Stars: Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles, Misha Collins, Alexander Calvert, Lynda Boyd, Hanneke Talbot. Brent Stait, Kahlil Ashanti, Stephen Huszar, Lelo Espejo, Rob Bruner Writer: Meredith Glynn, story by Meredith Glynn & Davy Perez, series created by Eric Kripke Director: Charles Beeson Network: The CW, Thursdays @ 8 PM Original Airdate: January 30, 2020 In a pool hall, nebbish Leonard (Rob Bruner) loses to the cowboy-esque Joey Six (Lelo Espejo). Two coins are in a device above the pool table. When Leonard loses, his coin goes blank and Joey’s glows green. Leonard’s luck has run out, and he’s told to leave. […]Read On »

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TV Review: SUPERNATURAL – Season 15 – “The Heroes’ Journey”

Jensen Ackles as Dean and Jared Padalecki as Sam in SUPERNATURAL - Season 15 - "The Heroes' Journey" | ©2020 The CW Network, LLC. All Rights Reserved/Diyah Pera

Stars: Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles, DJ Qualls, Sarah Smyth, Jesse Hutch, Danny Dworkis, Daryl Ducharme Writer: Andrew Dabb, series created by Eric Kripke Director: John F. Showalter Network: The CW, Thursdays @ 8 PM Original Airdate: January 23, 2020 This never happened to Jack Bauer. “The Heroes’ Journey” is a moderately meta episode of SUPERNATURAL that is hilarious simply by finally acknowledging what has never been explicitly stated before: what we except as ordinary in Sam (Jared Padalecki) and Dean (Jensen Ackles) – their stamina, their ability to land punches, their health, even the fact that they never have car […]Read On »

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TV Review: SUPERNATURAL – Season 15 – “The Trap”

Misha Collins as Castiel and Jensen Ackles as Dean in SUPERNATURAL - Season 15 - "The Trap" | ©2020 The CW Network, LLC. All Rights Reserved/Colin Bentley

Stars: Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles, Misha Collins, Alexander Calvert, Jim Beaver, Rob Benedict, Kim Rhodes, Shoshannah Stern, Lisa Berry Writers: Robert Berens, series created by Eric Kripke Director: Robert Singer Network: The CW, Thursdays @ 8 PM Original Airdate: January 16, 2020 Sam (Jared Padalecki) and Eileen (Shoshannah Stern) wake up handcuffed to chairs in the now-empty casino where Chuck/God (Rob Benedict) has been holed up. Chuck explains that he’s been nudging Eileen towards Sam the whole time, including Sam finding the spell that resurrected her (though Chuck acknowledges Sam completed it on his own). Chuck needed someone who he […]Read On »

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Movie Review: FANTASY ISLAND

FANTASY ISLAND movie poster | ©2020 Sony Pictures

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Michael Pena, Maggie Q, Lucy Hale, Austin Stowell, Jimmy O. Yang, Portia Doubleday, Ryan Hansen, Michael Rooker, Parisa Fitz-Henley Writers: Jeff Wadlow & Chris Roach & Jillian Jacobs, based on the TV series created by Gene Levitt Director: Jeff Wadlow Distributor: Sony/Columbia Release Date: February 14, 2020 FANTASY ISLAND spends most of its running time urging viewers to try to figure out what’s going on here. This isn’t a problem of coherence, but rather setting up a mystery of how four seemingly unconnected plot strands will come together, and how exactly the island works. Consequently, FANTASY ISLAND […]Read On »

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