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Movie Review: THE KINDRED

THE KINDRED movie poster | ©2022 Vertical Entertainment

Rating: Not Rated Stars: April Pearson, Blake Harrison, James Cosmo, Samantha Bond, Steve Oram, Robbie Gee, Jimmy Yuill, James Dreyfus, Patrick Bergin, Scarlet Annandale Writer: Christian J. Hearn Director: Jamie Patterson Distributor: Vertical Entertainment Release Date: January 7, 2022 THE KINDRED is not to be confused with 2020’s KINDRED, a mix-up made more likely since both are low-budget British horror movies. (It’s also not to be confused with the 1987 TV series THE KINDRED, which was about vampires.) The current THE KINDRED opens with a panicked young woman, Helen Tullet (April Pearson), fleeing a tall building. Once outside, she is […]Read On »

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WITH LOVE: Constance Marie talks about new series and rotoscope work on UNDONE – Exclusive Interview – Pt. 2

Constance Marie in WITH LOVE | ©2022 Amazon

WITH LOVE, created by Gloria Calderón Kellett, is an Amazon Prime Video original series, now streaming. The show centers on the Diaz family of Portland, Oregon, and their adventures around significant holidays over the course of a year. Constance Marie plays Beatriz Diaz, in a seemingly stable marriage to her husband/restaurant partner Jorge (Benito Martinez), mother of two grown children, Lily (Emeraude Toubia) and Jorge Jr. (Mark Indelicato), and daughter of opinionated parents Marta (Renee Victor) and Luis (Pepe Serna). Despite her outward calm, Beatriz may be ready to make some big changes. In Part 2 of our exclusive interview, […]Read On »

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WITH LOVE: Constance Marie talks about her new dramedy – Exclusive Interview – Pt. 1

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WITH LOVE, the new dramedy series on Amazon Prime Video, follows the Portland, Oregon-based Diaz family through five major holidays over a year. Created by Gloria Calderón Kellett (who was behind the ONE DAY AT A TIME reboot), we see adult Diaz siblings Lily (Emeraude Toubia) and Jorge Jr. (Mark Indelicato) navigate their love lives. Restauranteur dad Jorge Sr. (Benito Martinez) is content with everything the way it is. Constance Marie plays mom Beatriz, who is in the throes of an initially quiet but growing midlife crisis. Marie, originally from Los Angeles, began her performing career as a dancer. She […]Read On »

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WOMEN OF THE MOVEMENT: The scoop on the new ABC docudrama series – Interview

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WOMEN OF THE MOVEMENT is a limited anthology series on ABC, exploring women in the civil rights movement in the United States. The first season, airing on Thursdays beginning January 6 (with episodes available the next day on Hulu), dramatizes the events leading up to and following the 1955 hate-crime killing of fourteen-year-old Black youth Emmett Till. Till was lynched by racists who felt that the young man had been insufficiently deferential to a white woman store clerk. Till’s mother, Mamie Carthan Till-Mobley, tirelessly tried to get some measure of justice in the aftermath of her son’s murder. WOMEN OF […]Read On »

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YEAR IN REVIEW: THE 10 BEST MOVIES OF 2021

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2021 was in many respects a nightmare year in real life, but it managed to deliver some really good movies. Here are my totally unscientific picks for the ten best. BELFAST. It’s a tough decision, but director/writer Kenneth Branagh’s ode to his childhood gets the edge, precisely because it could easily have been trite or average or, worst of all, boring. Instead, it’s informative and glorious and full of sorrow and joy. CYRANO. Directed by Joe Wright and adapted by Erica Schmidt from her stage musical (lyrics by Matt Berninger & Carin Besser, music by Aaron Dessner & Bryce Dessner), […]Read On »

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YELLOWJACKETS: Actor Steven Krueger gives the scoop on Season 1- Exclusive Interview

Steven Krueger as Ben Scott in YELLOWJACKETS - Season 1- "Saints"| ©2021 Showtime/Brendan Meadows

YELLOWJACKETS has been picked up for a second season while its first season is running new episodes on Sunday nights on Showtime. Created by Ashley Lyle and Bart Nickerson, YELLOWJACKETS explores the ordeal of a young women’s high school soccer team stranded after a plane crash in the Canadian wilderness. The action goes back and forth between the time that the survivors are forced to cope out in the wilds, and what happens twenty-five years later, when they are threatened by an unknown blackmailer. Steven Krueger plays team coach Ben Scott, who is on the plane with his team. He […]Read On »

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Movie Review: SING 2

SING 2 movie poster | ©2021 Universal Pictures/Illumination

Rating: PG Stars (voices): Matthew McConaughey, Reese Witherspoon, Scarlett Johansson, Tori Kelly, Taron Egerton, Nick Kroll, Bobby Cannavale, Bono, Halsey, Pharrell Williams Writer: Garth Jennings Director: Garth Jennings Distributor: Universal Pictures/Illumination Release Date: December 22, 2021 SING 2 is a sequel to 2016’s animated musical SING. Like the first film, SING 2 is written and directed by Garth Jennings. Both take place in a world of anthropomorphic animals, and both are jukebox musicals, with songs taken from pop culture rather than being composed specifically for the film. In the original SING, Buster Moon (voiced by Matthew McConaughey), an ambitious koala […]Read On »

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Movie Review: ALPHA RIFT

ALPHA RIFT movie poster | ©2021 Vertical Entertainment

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Lance Henriksen, Aaron Dalla Villa, Rachel Nielsen, Philip Williams, Graham Wolff, Chris Ullrich, Allyson Malandra, Chris James Boylan Writer: Dan Lantz Director: Dan Lantz Distributor: Vertical Entertainment Release Date: November 19, 2021 ALPHA RIFT has more ambition than budget. This creates some obvious challenges, but at the start, it has a certain charm. For a while, ALPHA RIFT plays like a combination of HIGHLANDER Extra-Lite and THE LAST STARFIGHTER. It opens with two men in medieval full-head helmets, one in a duster coat no less, engaging in a serious swordfight on a big-city street. They are tracked […]Read On »

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ALEX RIDER: Author and executive producer Anthony Horowitz on Season 2 – Exclusive Interview

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ALEX RIDER debuted its first season last year. Season 2 of ALEX RIDER premiered its seven-episode second season on December 3. All episodes of both seasons are now available on IMDb TV, the free streaming service of Prime Video. The ALEX RIDER series is based on the best-selling, globally-popular novels by Anthony Horowitz. Alex Rider is an English teen, still in school, who becomes a spy for an offshoot of the British government’s MI-6 service, comparable to the CIA in the U.S. While ALEX RIDER has been adapted for television by writer Guy Burt, Horowitz is closely involved creatively and […]Read On »

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Movie Review: SPIDER-MAN: NO WAY HOME – Spoiler Free Review

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Rating: PG-13 Stars: Tom Holland, Benedict Cumberbatch, Zendaya, Marisa Tomei, Jacob Batalon, Jon Favreau, J.K. Simmons Writers: Chris McKenna & Erik Sommers, based on characters created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby Director: Jon Watts Distributor: Sony/Columbia Release Date: December 17, 2021 SPIDER-MAN: NO WAY HOME is the ninth SPIDER-MAN movie of the twenty-first century (we’re not counting all the MCU movies in which the character appeared but didn’t have his name in the title). It’s the third SPIDER-MAN movie to star Tom Holland as the young web-slinging New Yorker, as well as the third directed by Jon Watts. These […]Read On »

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