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Movie Review: THE PRINCESS

THE PRINCESS movie poster | ©2022 Hulu/20th Century Studios

Rating: R Stars: Joey King, Dominic Cooper, Olga Kurylenko, Veronica Ngo, Alex Reid, Ed Stoppard, Katelyn Rose Downey Writers: Ben Lustig & Jake Thornton Director: Le-Van Kiet Distributor: Hulu/20th Century Studios Release Date: July 1, 2022 (Hulu) THE PRINCESS is set in what looks like a fairytale kingdom, in what looks like the never-never days of yore. In the opening, as a pretty, fantasy-type Celtic score plays, we see a high castle tower above a lake. Within the tower is our Princess (Joey King), wearing a white satin wedding dress, sleeping on a bed adorned with flowers, across the room […]Read On »

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SHARKFEST: CAMO SHARKS: Researcher Gibbs Kuguru on new National Geographic project – Exclusive Interview

Chumming to attract Great Whites to be photographed as part of the color testing experiments in CAMO SHARKS | ©2022 National Geographic/Fiona Ayerst

It’s summer. This means it’s time for vacations, heat waves, and National Geographic’s SharkFest. SharkFest celebrates its tenth anniversary this year, with nearly thirty hours of new programming spread over four weeks. First up is CAMO SHARKS, premiering Sunday, July 10, at 10 PM on National Geographic, then debuting on Disney XD on July 16, and Nat Geo Wild on August 1. In CAMO SHARKS, shark scientists Dr. Ryan Johnson and PhD candidate Gibbs Kuguru investigate whether Great White sharks can change their color to blend in better with their surrounds. The duo also investigates new coloration in rare black-tipped […]Read On »

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Movie Review: MINIONS: THE RISE OF GRU

MINIONS THE RISE OF GRU poster | ©2022 Universal Pictures

Rating: PG Stars (voices): Steve Carell, Pierre Coffin, Alan Arkin, Michelle Yeoh, Taraji P. Henson, Julie Andrews Writer: Matthew Fogel, story by Brian Lynch and Matthew Fogel Director: Kyle Balda Distributor: Universal Release Date: July 1, 2022 With their origin story taken care of in 2015’s MINIONS, the little yellow hench-beings (all voiced by Pierre Coffin) first seen in 2010’s DESPICABLE ME and its sequels now get another flashback feature. MINIONS: THE RISE OF GRU shows (very briefly) how the Minions came to work for Gru and, at greater length, their early adventures with him. We first met Gru, as […]Read On »

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Movie Review: GOOD LUCK TO YOU, LEO GRANDE

GOOD LUCK, LEO GRANDE poster | ©2022 Fox Searchlight/Hulu

Rating: R Stars: Emma Thompson, Daryl McCormack, Isabella Laughland Writer: Katy Brand Director: Sophie Hyde Distributor: Hulu/Fox Searchlight Release Date: July 17, 2022 GOOD LUCK TO YOU, LEO GRANDE feels in a way like 2022’s answer to PRETTY WOMAN. It’s not a traditional romance, as such, but it does present a very upbeat view of sex work and that profession’s practitioners, to say nothing of the good it does for the customers. Nancy (Emma Thompson) has been widowed for two years, a former teacher who has never been with any man except her husband. Despite whipsawing ambivalence, she has booked […]Read On »

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LUCIFER: Co-executive producer and writer Mike Costa on the ramifications of Rory – Exclusive Interview – Part 6

Tom Ellis stars as Lucifer in Fox's LUCIFER | © 2016 Brendan Meadows/FOX

LUCIFER’s sixth and final season – all seasons are now streaming on Netflix – is largely propelled by the time-traveling arrival of the angel Rory (Brianna Hildebrand). Spoiler alert: Rory is the grown child of Chloe (Lauren German) and Lucifer (Tom Ellis). Rory adores her mom and sister Trixie (Scarlett Estevez). However, Rory’s fury at Lucifer for apparently abandoning her and Chloe before Rory’s birth in the present has magically swept Rory from twenty years in the future to present-day Los Angeles for a confrontation. This dovetails with Lucifer’s ultimate decision to return to Hell as a new kind of […]Read On »

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Movie Review: A TOWN FULL OF GHOSTS

A TOWN FULL OF GHOSTS movie poster | ©2022 No Sleep Films

Rating: Not Rated Stars: Mandy Rubio, Andrew Fisher, Ali Alkhafaji, Lauren Lox, Keekee Suki, Mike Dell Writer: Isaac Rodriguez Director: Isaac Rodriguez Distributor: No Sleep Films Release Date: June 17, 2022 A TOWN FULL OF GHOSTS is a relatively decent found-footage horror movie. Director/writer Isaac Rodriguez, who also serves as cinematographer, makes good use of the J. Lorrain Ghost Town location in Austin, Texas. The film is economical and also brief, clocking in at just sixty-seven minutes, including end credits. On the one hand, suspense doesn’t get much time to build. On the other hand, this allows the characters t […]Read On »

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Movie Review: THE BLACK PHONE

THE BLACK PHONE poster | ©2022 Universal Pictures

Rating: R Stars: Mason Thames, Madeleine McGraw, Jeremy Davies, James Ransone, Ethan Hawke, E. Roger Mitchell, Troy Rudeseal, Miguel Cazares Mora Writers: Scott Derrickson & C. Robert Cargill, based on the short story by Joe Hill Director: Scott Derrickson Distributor: Universal Pictures Release Date: June 24, 2022 THE BLACK PHONE is an adaptation of Joe Hill’s short story. Directed by Scott Derrickson, who co-wrote the screenplay with C. Robert Cargill, THE BLACK PHONE alternates its primary point of view between thirteen-year-old Finney (Mason Thames) and his little sister Gwen (Madeleine McGraw). It’s 1978, and Finney and Gwen live with their […]Read On »

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Movie Review: ABANDONED

ABANDONED movie poster | ©2022 Vertical Entertainment

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Emma Roberts, John Gallagher Jr., Michael Shannon Writers: Erik Patterson & Jessica Scott Director: Spencer Squire Distributor: Vertical Entertainment Release Date: June 17, 2022 ABANDONED is a very particular kind of haunted house story. It begins outside an isolated home at night. The porch light is on. We hear a bloodcurdling scream, a crying baby, a young woman pleading, then gunshots. Forty years later, we see the same house in daylight, at the end of a tree-lined dirt road. We still hear a baby crying. This turns out to be little Liam, son of Sarah (Emma Roberts) […]Read On »

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MOTHERLAND: FORT SALEM: Creator Eliot Laurence talks Season 3 – Interview

MOTHERLAND: FORT SALEM Season 3 Key Art | ©2022 Freeform

MOTHERLAND: FORT SALEM launches its third and final season on Freeform on Tuesday, June 21, with more episodes airing on the network on subsequent Tuesdays. In MOTHERLAND, created by Eliot Laurence, we are in an alternate future, where witches (both women and men, though male witches are rarer) are a distinct race at the forefront of every country’s magic-using military. Our main characters Raelle Collar (Taylor Hickson), Abigail Bellweather (Ashley Nicole Williams), and Tally Craven (Jessica Sutton) bonded as cadets at the witch military academy Fort Salem, and have evolved into a powerful fighting unit. However, Season 2 saw the […]Read On »

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Movie Review: SCARE ZONE

SCARE ZONE poster | ©2022 Terror Films

Rating: Not Rated Stars: Arian Ash, Chris Burns, Neil Brown Jr., Simon Needham, Michele Feren, Jordan Woods-Robinson Writer: Jon Binkowski Director: Jon Binkowski Distributor: Terror Films Release Date: May 27, 2022 (Terror Films Channel); June 3¸ 2022 (wide VOD and digital); original theatrical release June 10, 2010 SCARE ZONE is a solid (though not exemplary) example of the horror subgenre set at Halloween fright attractions. Originally released in 2010, SCARE ZONE is now being distributed on VOD and digital by Terror Films, which also hosts the movie on its own channel. SCARE ZONE has the advantage, like 2006’s DARK RIDE, […]Read On »

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