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Movie Review: HOWLING VILLAGE (INUNAKI MURA)

HOWLING VILLAGE movie poster |©2021 Dread

Rating: Not Rated Stars: Ayaka Miyoshi, Ryŏta Bandŏ, Renji Ishibashi, Rinka Ōtani, Masanobu Takashima, Reiko Takashima, Akira Sasamoto Writers: Daisuke Hosaka and Takashi Shimizu Director: Takashi Shimizu Distributor: Dread Release Date: August 13, 2021  HOWLING VILLAGE (INUNAKI MURA) is directed and co-written by Takashi Shimizu, who created the popular 2002 JU-ON: THE GRUDGE, which has spawned a franchise. JU-ON: THE GRUDGE was more than a little ambiguous, and misleadingly titled (it’s about rage, not a “grudge” as the term is used in English), but it fulfilled its main purpose in scaring the daylights out of viewers. Unfortunately, HOWLING VILLAGE has […]Read On »

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STAR TREK: Actor Connor Trinneer on the franchise’s 55th birthday – Exclusive Interview

CONNOR TRINEER | photo courtesy Connor Trineer

STAR TREK is celebrating its fifty-fifth birthday this year. To celebrate, Creation Entertainment – which itself is turning fifty – is throwing a five-day convention at the Rio Hotel in Las Vegas, August 11-15. There will be over one hundred guests, including William Shatner, George Takei, Walter Koenig, Jeri Ryan, Kelsey Grammer, Shohreh Agdashloo, and Brent Spiner. There will be COVID protocols in place; for further details, go to creationent.com. Among the panelists is Connor Trinneer, who played Commander Charles “Trip” Tucker for four seasons, 2001-2005, on STAR TREK: ENTERPRISE. Since then, the actor from Washington State has had arcs […]Read On »

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Movie Review: THE SUICIDE SQUAD

THE SUICIDE SQUAD movie poster | ©2021 Warner Bros./DC

Rating: R Stars: Margot Robbie, Idris Elba, John Cena, Joel Kinnaman, Viola Davis, Daniela Melchior, Steve Agee, Sylvester Stallone (voice), David Dastmachian, Jai Courtney, Peter Capaldi, Alice Braga, Juan Diego Botto, Joaquin Cosio, Michael Rooker, Nathan Fillion Writer: James Gunn Director: James Gunn Distributor: Warner Bros. Release Date: August 5, 2021 THE SUICIDE SQUAD is a surprisingly buoyant follow-up to 2016’s SUICIDE SQUAD. The earlier film gave us a batch of super-reluctant heroes, actually villains from D.C. Comics, tasked with saving the world from a supernatural menace, since Superman was dead and Batman was only one non-superpowered guy (this was […]Read On »

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Movie Review: VICIOUS FUN

VICIOUS FUN movie poster | ©2021 Shudder

Rating: Not Rated Stars: Evan Marsh, Amber Goldfarb, Ari Millen, Julian Richings, Robert Maillet, Mark Gibson, Kristopher Bowman, John Fray, Sean Baek, Alexa Rose Steele, David Koechner Writer: James Villeneuve, story by Cody Calahan Director: Cody Calahan Distributor: Shudder Release Date: June 29, 2021 VICIOUS FUN is well-titled. It’s set in 1983 Minnesota, and is both a fairly faithful recreation of and playful tweak of the era. Does VICIOUS FUN absolutely need to take place when people used phone booths and taxicabs a lot more often? Maybe not, but if a movie is going to pay homage to FRIDAY THE […]Read On »

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Movie Review: THE GREEN KNIGHT

THE GREEN KNIGHT poster | ©2021 A24

Rating: R Stars: Dev Patel, Alicia Vikander, Sarita Choudhury, Joel Edgerton, Sean Harris, Kate Dickie, Ralph Ineson, Barry Keoghan Writer: David Lowery, based on the poem Director: David Lowery Distributor: A24 Release Date: July 30, 2021 THE GREEN KNIGHT may put fantasy film buffs in mind of John Boorman’s EXCALIBUR or even Neil Jordan’s THE COMPANY OF WOLVES. Adapted from Arthurian mythology by writer/director David Lowery, THE GREEN KNIGHT is beautiful and mysterious – and more than a little trippy. Let’s stipulate up front that the plot doesn’t fully make sense. The source material, an anonymously-written medieval poem, translated into […]Read On »

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SURREALESTATE: Actor Adam Korson on new Syfy supernatural series – Exclusive Interview

SURREALESTATE - Season 1 - Key Art | ©2021 Syfy

SURREALESTATE, the new supernatural drama series premiering Friday, July 16, on Syfy, brings together two naturally compatible genres: haunted houses and realty. Created by George R. Olson, SURREALESTATE follows the team led by realtor Luke Roman (Tim Rozon). Luke genuinely is in the business of selling houses; he and his team just specialize in clearing out things home buyers won’t want, like ghosts and demons. We meet everyone at the Roman Agency just as they are joined by Susan (Sarah Levy), an expert saleswoman who has some unique qualities of her own. Adam Korson plays former priest “Father” Phil Orley, […]Read On »

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Movie Review: FEAR STREET: PART THREE – 1666

FEAR STREET - PART THREE: 1666 | ©2021 Netflix

Rating: R Stars: Kiana Madeira, Ashley Zukerman, Gillian Jacobs, Olivia Scott Welch, Benjamin Flores Jr., Darrell Britt-Gibson Writers: Phil Graziadei & Leigh Janiak and Kate Trefry, based on the FEAR STREET books by R.L. Stine Director: Leigh Janiak Distributor: Netflix Release Date: July 16, 2021 FEAR STREET: PART THREE – 1666 concludes the FEAR STREET trilogy of films, based on R.L. Stine’s FEAR STREET books. All three FEAR STREET movies are directed and co-written by Leigh Janiak, who here shares screenplay credit with Phil Graziadei and Kate Trefry. Viewers wanting resolution for the characters and curse we first encountered in […]Read On »

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LUCIFER: Kevin Alejandro digs deeper into the new season of the Netflix series – Exclusive Interview – Part 2

Kevin Alejandro in LUCIFER - Season 3 - "Chloe Does Lucifer" | ©2017 Fox/Ray Mickshaw

LUCIFER is now streaming its first five seasons on Netflix, with a sixth and final season coming later this year. In Part 2 of our exclusive interview with Kevin Alejandro, who plays LAPD Detective Dan Espinosa on LUCIFER and has directed four episodes, we talk about the episode “Daniel Espinosa: Naked and Afraid,” written by Mike Costa, adjusting to LUCIFER’s stop-and-start history, and more. ASSIGNMENT X: You’ve previously talked about doing ride-alongs with real law enforcement personnel for your roles playing police. In terms of playing law enforcement, what is the most valuable thing you’ve learned? KEVIN ALEJANDRO: It’s to […]Read On »

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Movie Review: OLD

OLD movie poster | ©2021 Universal Pictures

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Gael Garcia Bernal, Vicky Krieps, Rufus Sewell, Alex Wolff, Thomasin McKenzie, Abbey Lee, Nikki Amuka-Bird, Ken Leung, Eliza Scanlen, Aaron Pierre, Embeth Davidtz, Emun Elliott, Alexa Swinton, Gustaf Hammarsten, Kathleen Chalfant, Francesca Eastwood, Nolan River, Luca Faustino Rodriguez, Mikaya Fisher, Kallen Jude Writer: M. Night Shyamalan, based on the graphic novel SANDCASTLE by Pierre Oscar Levy and Frederick Peeters Director: M. Night Shyamalan Distributor: Universal Pictures Release Date: July 23, 2021 OLD doesn’t go where we might expect, and that’s pretty much a good thing. The new film from writer/director M. Night Shyamalan, based on the graphic […]Read On »

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LEVERAGE: REDEMPTION: Stars Beth Riesgraf and Aleyse Shannon give the scoop on the sequel series – Exclusive interview

Beth Riesgraf in LEVERAGE: REDEMPTION | ©2021 Electric Entertainment

LEVERAGE: REDEMPTION is now streaming its first eight episodes (the second part of Season 1 is due later) on both the free IMDB TV streaming service and on Amazon Prime. LEVERAGE: REDEMPTION is a sequel series to the 2008-2012 LEVERAGE, in which former insurance investigator Nate Ford (Timothy Hutton) brings together a team of other types of criminals – con artist, hacker, thief, hitman – to take down rich bad guys and make recompense to those who have been harmed. In LEVERAGE: REDEMPTION – like LEVERAGE, created by Chris Downey and John Rogers, and executive-produced by Dean Devlin – Nate […]Read On »

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