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Movie Review: THE OLD WAYS

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Rating: R Stars: Brigitte Kali Canales, Andrea Cortės, Julia Vera, Sal Lopez, AJ Bowen Writer: Marcos Gabriel Director: Christopher Alender Distributor: Netflix Release Date: August 5, 2021 (theatrical/Netflix); October 12 (DVD/Blu-ray/Digital) THE OLD WAYS is in one sense, as its title suggests, folk horror. However, it also brings a fresh take to exorcism, and not just because it is set primarily in Veracruz, Mexico (THE OLD WAYS was actually shot in Puerto Rico and Los Angeles). In a prologue, we see several villagers trying to exorcise a woman whose young daughter watches the rite, uncomprehending. A few decades later, Cristina […]Read On »

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Movie Review: MASS

MASS movie poster | ©2021 Bleecker Street

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Reed Birney, Ann Dowd, Jason Isaacs, Martha Plimpton, Breeda Wool, Kagen Albright, Michelle N. Carter Writer: Fran Kranz Director: Fran Kranz Distributor: Bleecker Street Release Date: October 8, 2021 MASS takes place in and around an Episcopal church, but the drama is not in the least concerned with church business, nor is there any discussion of formal religion. (It is not to be confused with Netflix’s MIDNIGHT MASS.) At the outset, we see a pair of church employees, Judy (Breeda Wool) and Anthony (Kagen Albright), preparing a meeting room under the supervision of Kendra (Michelle N. Carter). […]Read On »

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Movie Review: NO TIME TO DIE

NO TIME TO DIE movie poster | ©2021 Sony

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Daniel Craig, Rami Malek, Lea Seydoux, Lashana Lynch, Ralph Fiennes, Christoph Waltz, Ana de Armas, Ben Whishaw, Naomie Harris, Jeffrey Wright, Rory Kinnear, Billy Magnussen, David Dencik Writers: Neal Purvis & Robert Wade and Cary Joji Fukunaga and Phoebe Waller-Bridge Director: Cary Joji Fukunaga Distributor: Sony Release Date: October 8, 2021 NO TIME TO DIE feels familiar, in a very welcome way. It has the spectacle and film craft we associate with the James Bond franchise, as well as a top cast who hit all the right notes. There’s a kind of timelessness about the way it’s […]Read On »

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LEVERAGE: REDEMPTION: Dean Devlin and Kate Rorick on the new sequel series

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LEVERAGE: REDEMPTION returns for the second half of its first season on October 8, streaming for free on IMDb TV, as well as for Amazon Prime customers. Like the original LEVERAGE, which ran 2008-2012, LEVERAGE: REDEMPTION was created by Chris Downey and John Rogers, and executive-produced by writer/director Dean Devlin. Reformed criminals turned helpful heisters – grifter Sophie Devereaux (Gina Bellman), muscle Eliot Spencer (Christian Kane), and thief Parker (Beth Riesgraf) – are aided by new team member tech expert Brianna Casey (Aleyse Shannon), foster sister of master hacker Alec Hardison (Aldis Hodge), who appears in several episodes. However, previous […]Read On »

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WHAT WE DO IN THE SHADOWS: Showrunner and executive producer Paul Simms on Season 3 – Exclusive Interview

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

WHAT WE DO IN THE SHADOWS was renewed for a fourth season when its third premiered. Season 3 is currently airing on FX Thursday nights, and available the next day on FX on Hulu and on FX on Demand. In the series, based on the 2014 feature film created by Jemaine Clement and Taika Waititi (who likewise created the FX show together), a houseful of vampires and their human familiar try to cope with life/unlife in 21st-century Staten Island, New York. At the end of Season 2, human familiar and secret member of the Van Helsing bloodline Guillermo de la […]Read On »

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CALL THE MIDWIFE: Actress Jenny Agutter on new season – Exclusive Interview – Part 1

Jenny Agutter as Sister Julienne in CALL THE MIDWIFE | ©2021 PBS

CALL THE MIDWIFE has just begun airing its tenth season in the U.S. Sundays on PBS (check local listings for exact airtimes), with the previous nine seasons currently available on Netflix. The series runs on the BBC in England. Based on the memoirs of real-life midwife Jennifer Worth and adapted for British television by Heidi Thomas, CALL THE MIDWIFE is set at Nonnatus House, a residence for Anglican nuns and lay practitioners who work as midwives in London’s East End. Each season takes place in a new year. Season 10 begins in 1966, when Nonnatus House is facing funding troubles, […]Read On »

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WITCH HUNT: Actress and executive producer Elizabeth Mitchell on new movie and OUTER BANKS – Exclusive Interview

Elizabeth Mitchell | photo courtesy Elizabeth Mitchell

WITCH HUNT, which opens theatrically on October 1, is a movie set in an alternative present. In director/writer Elle Callahan’s magical dystopia, witches and witchcraft are real. However, they are being lethally suppressed by the U.S. government. Any woman found to be a witch is burned at the stake. Anti-witch propaganda has made much of the population believe that all magic is evil. Elizabeth Mitchell plays Martha, a woman who has opened her Southern California home as an underground railroad station for witches seeking safe haven in Mexico. This doesn’t sit well with Martha’s moody teen daughter Claire (Gideon Adlon), […]Read On »

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EVIL: Actress Christine Lahti on Season 2 – Exclusive Interview

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EVIL, having originally launched on CBS in 2019, is now streaming its second season on Paramount Plus, with new episodes available each Sunday. The series is created by Robert King and Michelle King, of THE GOOD WIFE and THE GOOD FIGHT In EVIL, the Catholic Church has assembled priest-in-training David Acosta (Mike Colter), former Muslim/current agnostic tech expert Ben Shakir (Aasif Mandvi), and lapsed Catholic psychologist Kristen Bouchard (Katja Herbers) to investigate apparent miracles, exorcisms and the like. The team are meant to determine whether or not these events are supernatural in nature. The results are often open to interpretation. […]Read On »

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Movie Review: THE FOREVER PURGE

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Rating: R Stars: Ana de la Reguera, Tenoch Herta, Josh Lucas, Cassidy Freeman, Leven Rambin, Will Patton, Zahn McClarnon Writer: James DeMonaco, based on his characters Director: Everardo Valerio Gout Distributor: Universal Pictures Release Date: July 2, 2021 (theatrical); September 14, 2021 (Digital); September 28, 2021 (Blu-ray/DVD/4K) THE FOREVER PURGE is the fifth film in the PURGE franchise, which launched in 2013 (there has also been a two-season cable TV series). The movies are unapologetically political (on the progressive side) and ultra-violent, set in a dystopian alternate reality. According to the original PURGE, the national holiday was instituted in the […]Read On »

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Movie Review: DEAR EVAN HANSEN

DEAR EVAN HANSEN movie poster | ©2021 Universal Pictures

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Ben Platt, Julianne Moore, Kaitlyn Dever, Amy Adams, Danny Pino, Amandla Stenberg, Colton Ryan, Nik Dodani Writer: Steven Levenson, music and lyrics by Benj Pasek & Justin Paul Director: Stephen Chbosky Distributor: Universal Pictures Release Date: September 24, 2021 DEAR EVAN HANSEN is a new musical film, based on the stage production, which won Tony Awards for Best Musical, Best Book of a Musical, Best Original Score Written for the Theatre, and Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical. Not having seen the live version, this reviewer cannot make any comparisons, only […]Read On »

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