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Movie Review: BELFAST

BELFAST movie poster | ©2021 Focus Features

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Caitriona Balfe, Judi Dench, Jamie Dornan, Ciarán Hinds, Jude Hill, Lewis McAskie Writer: Kenneth Branagh Director: Kenneth Branagh Distributor: Focus Features Release Date: November 12, 2021 Belfast has, tragically, been synonymous with violence in Northern Ireland for much of the twentieth century. BELFAST the movie incorporates that, but it’s also the story of a boy, his family and their home. Director/writer Kenneth Branagh has based BELFAST on his own childhood. He achieves an appealing balance of nostalgia and verisimilitude in his depiction of a family, a neighborhood, and an era. BELFAST opens with a color panorama of […]Read On »

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HEAD OF THE CLASS: Actress Dior Goodjohn on new version of the classic sitcom – Exclusive Interview

Dior Goodjohn in HEAD OF THE CLASS - Season 1| ©2021 HBO Max/Nicole Wilder

HEAD OF THE CLASS was originally a half-hour comedy that ran for five seasons, 1986-1991, on ABC. The show concerned a group of exceptionally bright high-school-age students who were put together in the same class. Now HBO Max, which is also making the earlier series available, has brought forth a new HEAD OF THE CLASS, with a new group of students dealing with school and life in 2021. The entire ten-episode first season premiered on November 4. Dior Goodjohn plays Robyn Rook, who enjoys debate, games, and snark. Goodjohn, high school age herself, has previously had roles on GLEE, RAVEN’S […]Read On »

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Movie Review: LAIR

LAIR movie poster | ©2021 1091 Pictures

Rating: Not Rated Stars: Corey Johnson, Anya Newall, Aislinn De’Ath, Alana Wallace, Kashif O’Connor, Sean Buchanan, Lara Mount, Alexandra Gilbreath, Oded Fehr Writer: Adam Ethan Crow, additional material by Stuart Wright Director: Adam Ethan Crow Distributor: 1091 Pictures Release Date: November 9, 2021 LAIR reverses the usual cursed-objects horror set-up. Instead of a team of people trying to retrieve the various things, a la FRIDAY THE 13TH: THE SERIES or WAREHOUSE 13, LAIR gives us someone who’s distributing these things. Steven Caramore (Corey Johnson) is, to put it kindly, a scumbag. Caramore has been in the business of staging fake […]Read On »

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LEVERAGE: REDEMPTION: Stars Gina Bellman and Aleyse Shannon on the second half of Season 1 – Exclusive Interview

Beth Reisgraf, Aleyse Shannon. Christian Kane, Gina Bellman, Noah Wyle in LEVERAGE - REDEMPTION| ©2021 Electric Entertainment

LEVERAGE: REDEMPTION now has the entirety of its sixteen-episode first season available for viewing for free on IMDB TV, as well as for Amazon Prime members. LEVERAGE: REDEMPTION, set and shot in New Orleans, is a sequel series to the 2008-2012 LEVERAGE. Both series are created by Chris Downey and John Rogers, and executive-produced by Dean Devlin. In the original LEVERAGE, Nate Ford (Timothy Hutton) brought together a team of con artists and criminals to hoodwink wealthy evildoers and help out their victims. That series ended with Nate and his master of fake identities love Sophie Devereaux, played by Gina […]Read On »

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Movie Review: SPENCER

SPENCER movie poster | ©2021 Neon

Rating: R Stars: Kristen Stewart, Timothy Spall, Sean Harris, Sally Hawkins, Jack Farthing, Jack Nielen, Freddie Spry, Elizabeth Berrington, Stella Gonet, Amy Manson, James Harkness Writer: Steven Knight Director: Pablo Larrain Distributor: Neon Release Date: November 5, 2021 SPENCER announces itself in an opening title card as “a fable from a true tragedy.” The movie feels like a kind of tone poem about Lady Diana Spencer, aka Diana, Princess of Wales, played here by Kristen Stewart. Given that writer Steven Knight and director Pablo Larrain start out by stating that SPENCER is not meant to be taken literally, we don’t […]Read On »

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Movie Review: MARIONETTE

MARIONETTE movie poster | ©2021 Scatena & Rosner Films

Rating: Not Rated Stars: Thekla Reuten, Emun Elliott, Sam Hazeldine, Bill Paterson, Rebecca Front, Elijah Wolf, Dawn Steele, Peter Mullan Writers: Elbert van Strien and Ben Hopkins, based on a short film by Elbert van Strien Director: Elbert van Strien Distributor: Scatena & Rosner Films Release Date: November 3, 2021 MARIONETTE succeeds in pulling the audience’s strings. After seeming to go in one direction for approximately its first half, the film swerves, then swerves again. Every time it seems to make a misstep, an explanation is sooner or later provided. Based on a short film by Elbert van Strien, who […]Read On »

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Movie Review: NIGHT AT THE EAGLE INN

NIGHT AT THE EAGLE INN movie poster | ©2021 1091 Pictures

Rating: Not Rated Stars: Amelia Dudley, Taylor Turner, Beau Minniear, Greg Schweers Writers: Carson Bloomquist & Erik Bloomquist (also produced and edited together) Director: Erik Bloomquist Distributor: 1091 Pictures Release Date: November 2, 2021 NIGHT AT THE EAGLE INN plays like a longer-than-normal but not-bad TWILIGHT ZONE episode. The filmmakers are well aware of this. Their characters name-check that series, along with Norman Bates, Jack Torrance, and even Annie Wilkes. This seems partly to speed things along, and partly as a cheeky assurance that, yes, everybody knows they’re doing a riff on a well-established form. Fraternal adult twins Sarah (Amelia […]Read On »

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WHAT WE DO IN THE SHADOWS: Paul Simms, Actor Mark Proksch and Sam Johnson talk Season 3 finale and tease Season 4 – Exclusive Interview

WHAT WE DO IN SHADOWS - Season 3 Key Art | ©2021 FX

WHAT WE DO IN THE SHADOWS just wrapped its third season on Thursday, October 28, on FX. The season is available on FX on Hulu and FX on Demand. It was announced before Season 3 began airing that it had been renewed for a fourth season. WHAT WE DO IN THE SHADOWS, created by Jemaine Clement, based on the 2014 film of the same name, created by Clement and Taika Waititi, concerns a house of vampires un-living in Staten Island with their human familiar/protector, Guillermo (Harvey Guillen). Laszlo (Matt Berry), Nadja (Natasia Demetriou), and Nandor (Kayvan Novak) are regular blood-drinking […]Read On »

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Movie Review: ANTLERS

ANTLERS movie poster | ©2021 Fox Searchlight

Rating: R Stars: Keri Russell, Jesse Plemons, Jeremy T. Thomas, Graham Greene, Scott Haze, Amy Madigan, Sawyer Jones Writers: Henry Chaisson & Nick Antosca and Scott Cooper, based on the short story “The Quiet Boy” by Nick Antosca Director: Scott Cooper Distributor: Fox Searchlight Release Date: October 29, 2021 ANTLERS has a great monster design. It also creates a good analogy between the text of its horror premise and the subtext of a real-world version. It also has loads of creepiness and atmosphere, courtesy of Scott Cooper’s direction. However, thematically speaking, ANTLERS winds up biting off more than it can […]Read On »

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Movie Review: THE SPINE OF NIGHT

THE SPINE OF THE NIGHT movie poster | ©2021 RLJE Films

Rating: Not Rated Stars (voices): Richard E. Grant, Lucy Lawless, Patton Oswalt, Betty Gabriel, Malcolm Mills, Jordan Douglas Smith, Tom Lipinski, Nina Lisandrello, Abby Savage, Patrick Breen, Larry Fessenden, Maggie Lakis, Rob McClure, Joe Manganello Writers: Philip Gelatt & Morgan Galen King Directors: Philip Gelatt & Morgan Galen King Distributor: RLJE Films Release Date: October 29, 2021 THE SPINE OF NIGHT is one of those movies that starts slow, but somehow increases in power as it goes. It’s an ambitious animated myth that presents a series of thematically-tied stories, including a creation legend. We see a beautiful starry universe. Then […]Read On »

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