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Movie Review: CYRANO

CYRANO movie poster | ©2021 MGM/United Artists

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Peter Dinklage, Haley Bennett, Kelvin Harrison Jr., Ben Mendelsohn Writer: Erica Schmidt, lyrics by Matt Berninger & Carin Besser, music by Aaron Dessner & Bryce Dessner, based on the stage play CYRANO DE BERGERAC by Edmond Rostand Director: Joe Wright Distributor: MGM/United Artists Release Date: December 17, 2021 CYRANO, among other things, reminds GAME OF THRONES fans just how much we’ve missed seeing Peter Dinklage be swashbuckling. Of course, this being a film version of the stage musical CYRANO DE BERGERAC by Erica Schmidt, with lyrics by Matt Berninger & Carin Besser, and music by Aaron Dessner […]Read On »

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LEVERAGE: REDEMPTION: Actors Christian Kane and Beth Riesgraf on the second half of Season 1 – Exclusive Interview

Beth Riesgraf in LEVERAGE: REDEMPTION | ©2021 Electric Entertainment

LEVERAGE: REDEMPTION has been renewed for a second season. The entire first season of the sequel series to LEVERAGE (2008-2012) is now streaming for free on IMDb TV. Both shows are created by Chris Downey and John Rogers and executive-produced by writer/director Dean Devlin. On LEVERAGE: REDEMPTION, the team of altruistic scofflaws who bring down rich bad buys to help poor good guys has relocated to New Orleans. New members of the group include Noah Wyle as reformed corporate lawyer Harry Wilson and Aleyse Shannon as ace hacker Brianna Casey. Beth Riesgraf (pronounced REES-graf), who plays master thief Parker, made […]Read On »

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AGNES: Actress and producer Molly C. Quinn on her unconventional exorcism film – Exclusive Interview

Molly C. Quinn in AGNES | ©2021 Magnet Releasing

AGNES is a film about a present-day exorcism at a cloistered convent – and what happens afterwards. Molly C. Quinn stars as Mary, a young nun who is the best friend of the possessed Agnes (Hayley McFarland), and whose story we follow most closely in the second half of the movie. Originally from Texas, Quinn also serves as one of the producers on AGNES, along with her partners in QWGmire (pronounced Quagmire), Elan Gale and Matthew Welty. The film was directed by Oklahoma native Mickey Reece, who wrote the script with John Selvidge. Quinn had previously produced and starred in […]Read On »

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Movie Review: NATIONAL CHAMPIONS

NATIONAL CHAMPIONS movie poster | ©2021 STX Films

Rating: R Stars: Stephan James, J.K. Simmons, Alexander Ludwig, Lil Rel Howery, Tim Blake Nelson, Andrew Bachelor, David Koechner, Jeffrey Donovan, Kristen Chenoweth, Timothy Olyphant, Uzo Aduba Writer: Adam Mervis Director: Ric Roman Waugh Distributor: STX Films Release Date: December 10, 2021  NATIONAL CHAMPIONS is structured like a legal thriller, although we never see the inside of a courtroom. Technically, it’s an issue-driven drama about football and labor. This may seem an odd combination, but writer Adam Mervis has a lot to say on the subjects, and director Ric Roman Waugh makes it feel tense and suspenseful. There has been […]Read On »

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Movie Review: AGNES

AGNES movie poster | ©2021 Magnet Releasing

Rating: Not Rated Stars: Molly C. Quinn, Jake Horowitz, Rachel True, Hayley McFarland, Zandy Hardig, Chris Browning, Ben Hall, Mary Buss, Chris Sullivan, Sean Gunn Writers: John Selvidge and Mickey Reece Director: Mickey Reece Distributor: Magnet Releasing Release Date: December 10, 2021  AGNES starts out like a typical exorcism film, but it doesn’t stay that way for long. We begin at a cloistered Carmelite convent in upstate New York. It’s the present, but it might as well be the 1950s, or further back, as far as the strict Mother Superior (Mary Buss) is concerned. Rule-bound and stern though Mother Superior […]Read On »

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Movie Review: BEING THE RICARDOS

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Rating: R Stars: Nicole Kidman, Javier Bardem, J.K. Simmons, Nina Arianda, Tony Hale Writer: Aaron Sorkin Director: Aaron Sorkin Distributor: Amazon Studios Release Date: December 10, 2021 BEING THE RICARDOS is about a very stressful week in the life of Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz, played here respectively by Nicole Kidman and Javier Bardem. Writer/director Aaron Sorkin also includes plentiful flashbacks and some flash-forwards to underscore points he wants to make. Sorkin’s ambitions with BEING THE RICARDOS are admirable. He wants us to get to know Ball and Arnaz, as individuals, as a couple, and as artists. He wants us […]Read On »

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Movie Review: DON’T LOOK UP

DON'T LOOK UP Movie Poster | ©2021 Netflix

Rating: R Stars: Leonardo DiCaprio, Jennifer Lawrence, Rob Morgan, Cate Blanchett, Meryl Streep, Jonah Hill, Mark Rylance, Melanie Lynskey, Tyler Perry, Timothée Chalamet Writer: Adam McKay, story by Adam McKay & David Sirota Director: Adam McKay Distributor: Netflix Release Date: December 10, 2021 DON’T LOOK UP plays something like a gentler modern DR. STRANGELOVE. Instead of nuclear war, Earth is threatened with destruction by a giant comet. While this is an act of nature rather than of human aggression, never fear – greed and stupidity will find a way to make things worse. When University of Michigan doctoral astronomy student […]Read On »

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Movie Review: HURT

HURT movie poster | ©2021 Gravitas Ventures

Rating: Not Rated Stars: Emily Van Raay, Andrew Creer, Michelle Treacy, Stephanie Moran, Bradley Hamilton, Adam Drodge Writers: Solomon Gray & Sonny Mallhi Director: Sonny Mallhi Distributor: Gravitas Ventures Release Date: December 9, 2021 HURT begins with a prayer for Biblical vengeance. This is followed by an onscreen statement that what we are about to see is inspired by true events: “In 2012, a teenage girl went camping with her sister and her mother … as usual, the teenage girl wanted nothing to do with her sister or her mother.” Things can’t get much truer than that. But this sets […]Read On »

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Movie Review: DEATH VALLEY

DEATH VALLEY Movie Poster | ©2021 Shudder

Rating: Not Rated Stars: Jeremy Ninaber, Ethan Mitchell, Kristen Kaster Writer: Matthew Ninaber Director: Matthew Ninaber Distributor: Shudder Release Date: December 9, 2021 DEATH VALLEY has an odd title, considering its contents. There’s plenty of death, but we’re not in the Mojave Desert, nor in any sort of valley at all. Our primary locations are a Russian forest, and the underground biolab beneath it. This aside, DEATH VALLEY is surprisingly well-done. Moments that seem to be plot missteps are actually clues. Despite the clearly low budget, director/writer Matthew Ninaber and his cinematographer, Brent Tremain, establish plausible lighting sources. They make […]Read On »

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Movie Review: ENCOUNTER

ENCOUNTER Movie Poster | ©2021 Amazon

Rating: R Stars: Riz Ahmed, Octavia Spencer, Lucian-River Chauhan, Aditya Geddada, Rory Cochrane, Shane McRae, Janina Gavankar, Misha Collins, Keith Szarabajka Writers: Joe Barton and Michael Pearce Director: Michael Pearce Distributor: Amazon Studios Release Date: December 3, 2021 ENCOUNTER is a movie that’s hard to discuss in specifics without spoiling most of it. At the start, an ominous comet streaks through sky. It touches down in a North American forest, where the insects are shown busily devouring each other in close-up. Meanwhile, in a town, a tiny, weird creature buries deep into a human’s skin. Former U.S. Marine Malik Khan […]Read On »

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