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Movie Review: SÉANCE

SEANCE movie poster | ©2021 RLJE Films/Shudder

Rating: R Stars: Suki Waterhouse, Ella-Rae Smith, Madisen Beaty, Inanna Sarkis, Seamus Patterson, Stephanie Sy, Djouliet Amara, Jade Michael, Megan Best, Marina Stephenson Kerr Writer: Simon Barrett Director: Simon Barrett Distributor: RLJE Films/Shudder Release Date: May 21, 2021 SÉANCE is a twisty, fun horror film set at an all-girls prep school. At first, it seems to be dealing in one set of staples, then in another, and then – well, part of the enjoyment here is in guessing the explanations before they’re revealed. At the prestigious Edelvine Academy, everyone has heard the story of the Edelvine Ghost. Years earlier, a […]Read On »

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LIFE AT THE WATERHOLE: Cinematographer and co-host Bob Poole on new PBS docu-series – Part 2 – Exclusive Interview

Cameraman Bob Poole in LIFE AT THE WATERHOLE | ©2021 PBS/Clare Jones

In Part 2 of our exclusive interview with wildlife cinematographer Bob Poole, he talks more about the new three-part PBS documentary series LIFE AT THE WATERHOLE, which begins Wednesday, May 19 and continues on successive Wednesdays. With Dr. M. Sanjayan, Poole cohosts LIFE AT THE WATERHOLE, which revolves around a manmade drinking pool set up for the wildlife in Africa’s Mwiba Wildlife Reserve. A camera blind was constructed inside the waterhole, enabling the filmmakers to get unique footage of animals without disturbing them. ASSIGNMENT X: LIFE AT THE WATERHOLE is broken into three seasons: dry, hot, and rainy. Are there […]Read On »

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LIFE AT THE WATERHOLE: Cinematographer and co-host Bob Poole on Africa-set docu-series – Part 1 – Exclusive Interview

LIFE AT THE WATERHOLE | ©2021 PBS

LIFE AT THE WATERHOLE is a documentary series that runs on three successive Wednesdays on PBS, beginning May 19. It chronicles what happens when an artificial waterhole is created inside Africa’s Mwiba Wildlife Reserve in Tanzania. A filming blind is constructed within the waterhole. The animals don’t see the equipment, and the camera operators work remotely. This allows the wildlife to drink without fear, which in turn allows viewers a unique vantage point on Mwiba’s native creatures. LIFE AT THE WATERHOLE covers a year at the title location, through the dry season, the hot season, and the rainy season. It […]Read On »

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Movie Review: SPIRAL: FROM THE BOOK OF SAW

SPIRAL FROM THE BOOK OF SAW movie poster | ©2021 Lionsgate

Rating: R Stars: Chris Rock, Max Minghella, Marisol Nichols, Samuel L. Jackson Writers: Josh Stolberg & Pete Goldfinger Director: Darren Lynn Bousman Distributor: Lionsgate Release Date: May 21, 2021 SPIRAL: FROM THE BOOK OF SAW doesn’t have a Roman numeral in its title. Even so, it is the ninth film in the SAW film series, which began with the original SAW in 2004, directed by James Wan, and written by Leigh Whannell from a story they crafted together. Like a lot of franchises that start with a movie that was originally intended as a standalone, the SAW films became a […]Read On »

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Movie Review: THINGS HEARD & SEEN

THINGS HEARD AND SEEN movie poster | ©2021 Netflix

Rating: TV-MA Stars: Amanda Seyfried, James Norton, Natalia Dyer, Alex Neustaedter, Rhea Seehorn, Karen Allen, F. Murray Abraham, Ana Sophia Heger, Jack Gore, James Urbaniak, Michael O’Keefe, Lewis Payton Jr. Writers: Shari Springer Berman & Robert Pulcini, based on the novel ALL THINGS CEASE TO APPEAR by Elizabeth Brundage Directors: Shari Springer Berman & Robert Pulcini Distributor: Netflix Release Date: April 29, 2021  THINGS HEARD & SEEN is a film adaptation of Elizabeth Brundage’s novel ALL THINGS CEASE TO APPEAR. Without having read the book, it’s difficult to know if the film’s problem with getting its supernatural elements to meld […]Read On »

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THE FLASH: Actor Victoria Park on Season 7 of the superhero series – Exclusive Interview

Victoria Park as Kamilla in THE FLASH - Season 6 - "Kiss Kiss Breach Breach" | ©2021 The CW/Dean Buscher

THE FLASH is now in its seventh season, Tuesday nights on The CW. Grant Gustin stars as Barry Allen, whose day job as a Central City police forensics expert masks his secret identity as the speedster superhero of the title. Some of Barry’s friends in THE FLASH, based on the DC Comics series, are also powerful metahumans. This includes Barry’s tech genius friend Cisco Ramon. Cisco has gained, lost, regain, relost andas of lately techno-regained his powers as Vibe, with the ability to “affect the vibrational energy of reality” (per the ARROW-verse Wiki). Victoria Park joined the cast of THE […]Read On »

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DEBRIS: Actors Norbert Leo Butz and Scroobius Pip on new NBC sci-fi series – Interview

Norbert Butz as Maddox in DEBRIS - Season 1 - "Pilot" | ©2021 NBC/Sergei Bachlakov

DEBRIS is in its freshman season, Monday nights on NBC. In the series, created by J.H. Wyman, an alien spacecraft has exploded, near enough to Earth to have its debris land all over our planet. Each piece, large or small, has unique properties. Some create clones; others cause humans to breathe chlorine rather than oxygen; some allow teleportation. A joint U.S. (i.e., C.I.A.) and British (i.e., MI-6) task force has been created to track down and retrieve every bit of the alien technology. Bryan Beneventi (Jonathan Tucker) is the main C.I.A. field agent, who investigates with his MI-6 counterpart, Finola […]Read On »

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Movie Review: WRATH OF MAN

WRATH OF MAN movie poster | ©2021 Miramax

Rating: R Stars: Jason Statham, Holt McCallany, Jeffrey Donovan, Joshua Hartnett, Laz Alonso, Eddie Marsan, Scott Eastwood, Andy Garcia, Rocci Williams Writers: Guy Ritchie and Marn Davies & Ivan Atkinson, based on the LE CONVOYEUR written by Nicolas Boukhrief and Eric Besnard Director: Guy Ritchie Distributor: Miramax Release Date: May 7, 2021 WRATH OF MAN is, at heart, a traditional taciturn guy gets revenge actioner. It is livened up by director/co-writer Guy Ritchie’s likewise traditional-to-him narrative technique of telling the story with multiple flashbacks. In the opening sequence, we see a Fortico Security armored truck get hijacked by a team […]Read On »

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Movie Review: ABOVE SUSPICION

ABOVE SUSPICION movie poster | ©2021 Lionsgate

Rating: R Stars: Emilia Clarke, Jack Huston, Sophie Lowe, Johnny Knoxville, Austin Hebert, Karl Glusman, Chris Mulkey, Omar Miller, Kevin Dunn, Thora Birch Writer: Chris Gerolmo, based on the book ABOVE SUSPICION by Joe Sharkey Director: Phillip Noyce Distributor: Lionsgate Release Date: May 7, 2021 ABOVE SUSPICION is based on the true-crime book of the same name by Joe Sharkey, concerning the murder of Susan Smith. Susan, played here by Emilia Clarke, narrates her story from beyond the grave. It’s not a spoiler that she ends up dead, as that’s pretty much the first thing she tells us. Susan is […]Read On »

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Movie Review: INITIATION

INITIATION movie poster | ©2021 Saban

Stars: Jon Huertas, Isabella Gomez, Lindsay Lavanchy, Froy Gutierrez, Gattlin Griffith, Patrick Walker, Bart Johnson, Shireen Lai, James Berardo, Maxwell Hamilton, Kent Faulcon, Mel Fair, Debra Di Liso, Yancy Butler, Lochlyn Munro Writers: John Berardo, Lindsay Lavanchy, Brian Frager Director: John Berardo Distributor: Saban Films Release Date: May 7, 2021  INITIATION is a surprisingly ambitious slasher. It starts out as something absolutely familiar – debauchery at a college frat house – and then turns out to have issues on its mind. In fact, INITIATION winds up tackling so much that it can’t quite get its metaphorical arms around all it […]Read On »

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