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Movie Review: THE GOOD HOUSE

THE GOOD HOUSE | ©2022 Lionsgate

Rating: R Stars: Sigourney Weaver, Kevin Kline, Morena Baccarin, Rob Delaney, David Rasche, Beverly D’Angelo, Paul Guilfoyle, Kathryn Erbe, Kelly AuCoin, Georgia Lyman, Rebecca Henderson, Molly Brown Writers: Thomas Bezucha and Maya Forbes & Wally Wolodarsky, based on the novel by Ann Leary Directors: Maya Forbes & Wally Wolodarsky Distributor: Lionsgate/Roadside Attractions Release Date: September 30, 2022 THE GOOD HOUSE is set (mostly) in the present, but it feels like a whole lot of other literary adaptations, especially from the ‘70s and ‘80s. Indeed, THE GOOD HOUSE has been adapted from Ann Leary’s novel by the film’s directors, Maya Forbes […]Read On »


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Movie Review: BROS

©2022 Universal Pictures

Rating: R Stars: Billy Eichner, Luke Macfarlane, Jim Rash, Monica Raymund, Dot-Marie Jones, Eve Lindley, Amanda Bearse, Bowen Yang, Guillermo Diaz, Jai Rodriguez, Miss Lawrence, TS Madison, Ryan Faucett Writers: Billy Eichner & Nicholas Stoller Director: Nicholas Stoller Distributor: Universal Pictures Release Date: September 30, 2022 There are, by now, lots of gay romcom (and dramatic, and satiric, and everything else) movies out there. However, BROS is (to this reviewer’s knowledge) the first major studio release to put gay male romance, and sex, front and center. It’s surprising not so much because it exists, but because how often it scores […]Read On »


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Movie Review: DON’T WORRY DARLING

DON'T WORRY DARLING movie poster | ©2022 Warner Bros.

Rating: R Stars: Florence Pugh, Harry Styles, Olivia Wilde, Chris Pine, Gemma Chan, KiKi Layne, Sydney Chandler, Kate Berlant, Nick Kroll, Timothy Simons Writer: Katie Silberman, story by Carey Van Dyke & Shane Van Dyke and Katie Silberman Director: Olivia Wilde Distributor: Warner Bros./New Line Release Date: September 23, 2022 DON’T WORRY DARLING is directed by Olivia Wilde and scripted by Katie Silberman from a story Silberman devised with Carey Van Dyke & Shane Van Dyke. As it progresses, what’s going on may remind viewers of several other specific films, one so much that it feels like it ought to […]Read On »


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Movie Review: CATHERINE CALLED BIRDY

Bella Ramsey in CATHERINE CALLED BIRDY | ©Amazon/Alex Bailey Photo: ALEX BAILEY © AMAZON CONTENT SERVICES LLC

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Bella Ramsey, Andrew Scott, Dean-Charles Chapman, Joe Alsworth, Isis Hainsworth, Billie Piper, Sophie Okenedo, Paul Kaye, Michael Woolfitt, Moya Brady, Archie Renaux Writer: Lena Dunham, based on the novel by Karen Cushman Director: Lena Dunham Distributor: Amazon Studios Release Date: September 23, 2022 (theatrical); October 7, 2022 (Prime Video) CATHERINE CALLED BIRDY is a cheerful non-romcom set in 1290 England. Director Lena Dunham, who also wrote the screenplay, has adapted Karen Cushman’s award-winning YA novel into an agreeable if uneven story of a whole family’s coming of age. Catherine, called Birdy (Bella Ramsey), is the fourteen-year-old daughter […]Read On »


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VAMPIRE ACADEMY: Actor J August Richards on new fanged role – Exclusive Interview

Pik-Sen Lim as Queen, J. August Richards as Victor Dashkov in VAMPIRE ACADEMY - Season 1 |©2022 Peacock/ Jose_Haro

Actor J. August Richards has played a number of lawyers (in CONVICTION, RAISING THE BAR, THE DEFENDERS, and NOTORIOUS) and doctors (in GREY’S ANATOMY and COUNCIL OF DADS), along with a sheriff’s deputy (in KEVIN [PROBABLY] SAVES THE WORLD) and a cyborg superhero (in AGENTS OF SHIELD). However, Richards is perhaps best known and loved for costarring as heroic vampire hunter Charles Gunn on ANGEL for that show’s five seasons, from 2000 through 2004. VAMPIRE ACADEMY gives Richards the opportunity to come full circle in a way. He plays series regular Victor Dashkov, a member of the vampire royalty. In […]Read On »


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RESIDENT ALIEN: Creator Chris Sheridan on the end of Season 2 – Exclusive Interview

Alan Tudyk as Harry Vanderspeigle and Sara Tomko as Asta Twelvetrees in RESIDENT ALIEN - Season 2 - "Radio Harry" |©2022 Syfy/James Dittiger

Syfy’s dramedy series RESIDENT ALIEN has been picked up for a third season. A good thing, too, because creator/show runner/executive producer Chris Sheridan says that the Season 2 finale, which airs on Syfy Wednesday, September 28, has a number of cliffhangers. RESIDENT ALIEN stars Alan Tudyk as an extraterrestrial with an unpronounceable-to-humans name who crash-landed near the small town of Patience, Colorado. The alien assumed the body and likeness of vacationing veterinarian Harry Vanderspiegle, who has since been deputized as the town doctor. Although Harry was sent to Earth to kill off humanity, he’s become human enough to not want […]Read On »


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TIFF 2022: The 47th Annual Toronto International Film Festival – Part 3 (The Wrap-Up)

King Street, Toronto. The road is blocked off for several theater premiers, open to the public.

Dateline Toronto. In other posts I talk about the films I saw, the big buzz, the big stars and big awards. Here are some tips from a veteran. Director David Cronenberg famously called Toronto Ontario, Canada the best run big city in North America. He was right then and he’s right now. Here’s some behind the scenes photos (exclusive to Assignment X) with some observations. The gift shop in the TIFF Lightbox film center. Ever notice how many film critics last name starts with an R?               Related: Film Festival: The Scoop on the […]Read On »


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Film Festival: TIFF 2022: The 47th Annual Toronto International Film Festival – Part 2 (The Winners)

Brendan Fraser in THE WHALE | ©2022 A24.

DATELINE SEPTEMBER 18, 2022 TIFF WINNERS TORONTO — The Toronto International Film Festival® has announced its award recipients for the 47th edition of the Festival, which concluded last evening with the Closing Night screening of Mary Harron’s Dalíland at the Visa Screening Room at the Princess of Wales Theatre and Roy Thomson Hall. IFF Tribute Award for Performance presented by IMDbPro, which was presented to Brendan Fraser for his outstanding performance in The Whale at the TIFF Tribute Awards gala fundraiser on September 11.   PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARD For the 45th year, the People’s Choice Awards distinguish the audience’s top […]Read On »


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Film Festival: TIFF 2022: The 47th Annual Toronto International Film Festival – Part 1 (The Films)

TAR l ©2022 Focus Features

Dateline Toronto Film Festival: 10 Days. Over 200 films. You’re going to have to pick and chose carefully. After two years of Covid-19 restrictions and online “virtual film festivals” TIFF returned in 2022 to full on in person spectacle. The stars were back, the seats were full and the sponsors were happy. Here’s what I found; Taylor Swift lauded for shooting her video on film, two films (MY POLICEMAN, DON’T WORRY DARLING) staring singer turned actor Harry Styles and a whole lot more. (You know it’s an odd year when WEIRD: THE AL YANKOVIC STORY has jam packed press screenings). But […]Read On »


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Movie Review: PEARL

PEARL | ©2022 A24

Rating: R Stars: Mia Goth, David Corenswet, Tandi Wright, Matthew Sunderland, Emma Jenkins-Purro, Alistair Sewell Writers: Ti West & Mia Goth, based on characters created by Ti West Director: Ti West Distributor: A24 Release Date: September 16, 2022 We’re in 1918 Texas. Pearl (Mia Goth) is a young woman a certain amount of accurate self-awareness. She suspects there’s something wrong with her, and not just because her fiercely disapproving mother (Tandi Wright) keeps telling her so. Is Pearl’s problem that she isn’t as perfect as the silent film performers she idolizes? Is it that she’s not content with her lot […]Read On »


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