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Movie Review: EMPATHY INC.

EMPATHY INC. movie poster | ©2019 Dark Sky Pictures

Rating: Not Rated Stars: Zack Robidas, Kathy Searle, Jay Klaitz, Eric Berryman, AJ Cedeno, Charmaine Reedy, Fenton Lawless, Karen Lynn Gorney Writer: Mark Leidner Director: Yedidya Gorsetman Distributor: Dark Star Pictures Release Date: September 13, 2019 EMPATHY INC. is a fairly smart, twisty techno fable. Although the movie has the feel of a classic TWILIGHT ZONE episode, including its beautifully crisp black-and-white cinematography (courtesy of Darin Quan’s cinematography), it has enough story to justify its feature length. What it doesn’t have, exactly, is the social resonance to fully justify its title, even ironically. Joel (Zack Robidas) is finance guy who […]Read On »

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Movie Review: HAUNT

HAUNT movie poster | ©2019 Momentum Pictures

Rating: R Stars: Katie Stevens, Will Brittain, Lauryn Alisa McClain, Andrew Caldwell, Shazi Raja, Schuyler Helford, Chaney Morrow, Justin Marxen, Samuel Hunt Writers: Scott Beck & Bryan Woods Directors: Scott Beck & Bryan Woods Distributor: Momentum Pictures Release Date: September 13, 2019 HAUNT arrives a little early for Halloween, but has an appropriate Friday the 13th opening. The title does not refer to an actual haunted house, but rather to those independent Halloween mazes called “haunts.” Set in the real college town of Carbondale, Illinois and shot in Kentucky, HAUNT introduces us to student Harper (Katie Stevens), who as we […]Read On »

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THIS CLOSE: Creators-stars Shoshannah Stern and Josh Feldman on Season 2 – Exclusive Interview

THIS CLOSE - Season 2 Key Art | ©2019 SundanceTV

In THIS CLOSE, which premieres its second season on Sundance TV Thursday, September 12 (its first season streamed online, as did its precursor FRIDAYS), series creators Shoshannah Stern and Josh Feldman star as, respectively, Kate and Michael. Kate and Michael are the kind of thirtysomething best friends in Los Angeles who know each other so well that they’re capable of driving one another crazy. They are also dealing with significant others who are jealous of their bond, work issues and Josh’s drinking. One other element of the dramedy: both the creators and their characters are deaf. Stern, a native Californian, […]Read On »

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THE TERROR: INFAMY: Costume designer J.R. Hawbaker and director of photography John Conroy on the latest season – Exclusive Interview

Cristina Rodlo as Luz Ojeda in THE TERROR: INFAMY | ©2019 AMC/Ed Araquel

In THE TERROR: INFAMY, Monday nights on AMC, a vengeful spirit from the old country stalks Japanese-Americans who have been confined to an internment camp by the American government during World War II. With so many different cultural influences coming together within the story, both costume designer J.R. Hawbaker and cinematographer John Conroy had a number of specific challenges on the series. Hawbaker and, more briefly, Conroy talk about their work on THE TERROR: INFAMY. ASSIGNMENT X: How many different types of costumes did you have to create? You’ve got the spirit, who seems to be from a previous era, […]Read On »

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MR. MERCEDES: Executive producer and director Jack Bender on Season 3 – Exclusive Interview

MR MERCEDES Season 3 key art | ©2019 AT&T Audience Network

In Season 3 of MR. MERCEDES, premiering Tuesday September 10 on AT&T Audience Network, mass murderer Brady Hartsfield (Harry Treadaway) is dead, but private detective Bill Hodges (Brendan Gleeson) is still on the case. For one thing, Hodges feels responsible for the fact that Lou Linklatter (Breeda Wool) is in jail for killing Brady. Bill and Holly Gibney (Justine Lupe), his partner in the Finders Keepers detective agency, are trying to help Lou when another case crops up. Bill’s favorite author, Henry Rothstein (Bruce Dern) has been murdered in a home invasion robbery. We know, though Bill doesn’t yet, that […]Read On »

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Movie Review: NIGHT HUNTER

NIGHT HUNTER movie poster | ©2019 Saban Films

Rating: R Stars: Alexandra Daddario, Henry Cavill, Ben Kingsley, Minka Kelly, Ben Kingsley, Nathan Fillion, Stanley Tucci, Eliana Jones, Sara Thompson, Brendan Fletcher, Emma Tremblay Writer: David Raymond Director: David Raymond Distributor: Saban Films Release Date: September 6, 2019 NIGHT HUNTER is one of those internationally-made thrillers that is competent and well-cast enough to be diverting, but without a solid structure. Set in Minneapolis (and shot in Canada), NIGHT HUNTER stars Henry Cavill, using his real-life English accent, as police homicide detective Marshall, who has been tracking a prolific rapist/murderer for years. Marshall crosses paths with former judge Cooper (Ben […]Read On »

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Movie Review: IT CHAPTER TWO

IT CHAPTER 2 movie poster | ©2019 Warner Bros.

Rating: R Stars: Jessica Chastain, James McAvoy, Bill Hader, Isaiah Mustafa, Jay Ryan, James Ransone, Andy Bean, Bill Skarsgard, Jaeden Martell, Wyatt Oleff, Jack Dylan Grazer, Finn Wolfhard, Sophia Lillis, Chosen Jacobs, Jeremy Ray Taylor Writer: Gary Dauberman, based on the novel by Stephen King Director: Andy Muschietti Distributor: Warner Bros./New Line Release Date: September 6, 2019 As its title indicates, IT CHAPTER TWO is a sequel to 2017’s IT. Both are adapted from Stephen King’s novel. IT director Andy Muschietti is back, as is screenwriter Gary Dauberman (credited solo this time after being one of three writers credited on […]Read On »

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THE VICTIM: Kelly Macdonald and STV Productions executive Paul Sheehan discuss the British mini-series – Exclusive Interview

Kelly MacDonald in THE VICTIM | ©2019 Britbox

In Britbox’s four-part drama THE VICTIM, shown earlier this year on the BBC, Kelly Macdonald plays Anna Dean, a married mother in Edinburgh, Scotland. Anna and her husband Lenny (Jamie Sives) have two remaining young children, but Anna has never recovered emotionally from the murder of her elder son. When the boy’s presumed killer is free, Anna is accused of identifying him online, which leads to the man being beaten almost to death. Is he actually the killer? And whether he is or not, are Anna’s actions justified? John Hannah plays the police detective looking into the matter. Macdonald, herself […]Read On »

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SNOWFALL: Writer-producer Walter Mosley on Season 3 and remembering director John Singleton – Exclusive Interview

Carter Hudson as Teddy McDonald, Damson Idris as Franklin Saint in SNOWFALL - Season 3 - "Confessions" | ©2019 FX/Ray Mickshaw

FX’s SNOWFALL, now in its third season on Wednesday nights and renewed for a fourth, is a drama that chronicles the catastrophic convergence of drug dealers and the CIA in South Central Los Angeles during the 1980s. SNOWFALL was created by Eric Amadio, the late John Singleton, and Dave Andron. At the outset, Singleton brought in best-selling novelist Walter Mosley to come aboard as a writer/producer. Mosley has created a number of iconic series of mystery novels, including those featuring his protagonists Easy Rawlins and Leonid McGill. He won an Edgar Award for his novel DOWN THE RIVER UNTO THE […]Read On »

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THE RIGHTEOUS GEMSTONES: Creator and star Danny McBride on Season 1 – Interview

THE RIGHTEOUS GEMSTONES - Season 1 Key Art - Danny McBride | ©2019 HBO

Having taken on football in his previous series EASTBOUND & DOWN and high school office politics in VICE PRINCIPALS, both for HBO, creator/executive producer/star Danny McBride returns to the network with his new Sunday-night dark comedy THE RIGHTEOUS GEMSTONES. The Gemstones are a family running a massively financially successful evangelical ministry. Patriarch Eli Gemstone (John Goodman) is mourning the death of his wife, which doesn’t stop him from indulging in a few less-than-saintly activities. McBride plays Jesse Gemstone, one of Eli’s sons. As an actor, McBride is also known for his work in feature films including THE FOOT FIST WAY, […]Read On »

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