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THE CHI: Actress Jasmine Davis gives the scoop on Season 4 – Exclusive Interview

Jasmine Davis as Imani in THE CHI - Season 4 - "Native Son" | ©2021 Showtime/Elizabeth Sisson

THE CHI is now in its fourth season, Sunday nights on Showtime. Created by Lena Waithe, THE CHI is set on the south side of Chicago, and follows the intertwined lives of a number of families. Best friends Kevin Williams (Alex R. Hibbert), Stanley “Papa” Jackson (Shamon Brown Jr.), and Jake Taylor (Michael Epps) are now in high school. Kevin and Papa have stable home lives. Jake’s is considerably more complicated. Jake was being raised by his brother Reg (Barton Fitzpatrick), a gang member who was ultimately assassinated on orders from his boss, Otis “Douda” Perry (Curtiss Cook). Douda wants […]Read On »

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Movie Review: THE CONJURING: THE DEVIL MADE ME DO IT

THE CONJURING: THE DEVIL MADE ME DO IT Movie Poster | ©2021 Warner Bros./New Line Cinema

Rating: R Stars: Patrick Wilson, Vera Farmiga, Ruairi O’Connor, Sarah Catherine Hook, Julian Hilliard, John Noble, Eugenie Bondurant, Shannon Kook, Keith Arthur Bolden, Ashley LeConte Campbell Writer: David Leslie Johnson-McGoldrick, story by James Wan & David Leslie Johnson-McGoldrick, based on characters created by Chad Hayes & Carey W. Hayes Director: Michael Chaves Distributor: Warner Bros./New Line Cinema Release Date: June 4, 2021 THE CONJURING: THE DEVIL MADE ME DO IT is the third film in the CONJURING franchise (if one doesn’t count the ANNABELLE movies, THE CURSE OF LA LLORONA, and whatever they’re doing next with THE NUN). Based on […]Read On »

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Movie Review: CHANGING THE GAME

CHANGING THE GAME poster | ©2021 Hulu

Rating: Not Rated Stars: Mack Beggs, Sarah Rose Huckman, Andraya Yearwood Writers: Michael Barnett, Amanda Griffin, Michael Mahaffie Director: Michael Barnett Distributor: Hulu Release Date: June 1, 2021 CHANGING THE GAME, a documentary, begins with a training session for a young man, Mack Beggs. Mack has a deep voice, facial hair – and is the state champion for female high school wrestling. In Texas, the law insists that students must compete as the gender listed on their birth certificate. This is profoundly frustrating to Mack, who wants to compete against other boys. It also causes a ton of verbal and […]Read On »

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BALLERINA BOYS: Directors Chana Gazit and Martie Barylick on new AMERICAN MASTERS documentary – Exclusive Interview

Trocks performing "Swan Lake" in AMERICAN MASTERS - BALLERINA BOYS | ©2021 PBS

BALLERINA BOYS, a documentary about the all-male comedy ballet troupe Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo, airs on AMERICAN MASTERS on PBS Friday, June 4. Founded in 1974, the Trocks, as they are affectionately known, put a humorous spin on classical ballets, with company members performing the female roles in drag. BALLERINA BOYS is directed and produced by Martie Barylick and Chana Gazit. Gazit has been a documentary filmmaker for thirty-five years. Among her multiple awards wins are Emmys for 2005’s SLAVERY AND THE MAKING OF AMERICA, THE PILL on PBS’s 1988 AMERICAN EXPERIENCE, and 1991’s HONORABLE NATIONS. Barylick, who […]Read On »

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LES BALLETS TROCKADERO DE MONTE CARLO: Artistic Director Tory Dobrin on new documentary – Exclusive Interview

Dancer Duane Gosa in AMERICAN MASTERS - BALLERINA BOYS | ©2021 PBS

Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo, often just called the Trocks, have been entertaining audiences since 1974. The Trocks are an all-male dance troupe that performs classical ballets – SWAN LAKE, GISELLE, etc. – in drag, with a comedic attitude and exquisite technical skill. AMERICAN MASTERS on PBS is presenting a documentary about the Trocks, BALLERINA BOYS, on Friday, June 4. Tory Dobrin, the current artistic director of the Ballets Trockadero, previously danced with the company himself (his ballerina name was Margot Lowenoktaine) from 1980 through the mid-‘90s. A California native who moved to New York, Dobrin talks in an […]Read On »

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Movie Review: THE WOMAN IN THE WINDOW

THE WOMAN IN THE WINDOW movie poster | ©2021 Netflix

Rating: R Stars: Amy Adams, Gary Oldman, Julianne Moore, Anthony Mackie, Fred Hechinger, Wyatt Russell, Brian Tyree Henry, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Jeanine Serralles, Mariah Bozeman, Tracy Letts Writer: Tracy Letts, based on the novel by A.J. Finn Director: Joe Wright Distributor: Netflix/20th Century Studios Release Date: May 14, 2021 THE WOMAN IN THE WINDOW isn’t shy about referencing the film REAR WINDOW. There’s a clip from the latter at the beginning of the former. Our protagonist, Anna Fox (Amy Adams), is an old movie buff, among other things. Her viewing choices provide a few clues as to what’s going on. […]Read On »

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Movie Review: ARMY OF THE DEAD

ARMY OF THE DEAD movie poster | ©2021 Netflix

Rating: R Stars: Dave Bautista, Ella Purnell, Omari Hardwick, Ana de la Reguera, Theo Rossi, Matthias Schweighofer, Nora Arnezeder, Hiroyuki Sanada, Garret Dillahunt, Tig Notaro, Raul Castillo, Huma Qureshi, Samantha Win, Richard Cetrone, Athena Perample Writers: Zack Snyder & Shay Hatten and Joby Harold, story by Zack Snyder Director: Zack Snyder Distributor: Netflix Release Date: May 21, 2021 ARMY OF THE DEAD is something you don’t see every day. Sure, people are talking about the fact that the movie combines zombie horror with a casino heist plot. Others have also noted that it’s a zombie movie that clocks in at […]Read On »

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GRACE: Novelist and executive producer Peter James on the transition from book to small screen – Exclusive Interview – Part 2

John Simm and Richie Campbell in GRACE | ©2021 Britbox

In Part 2 of our exclusive phone interview with novelist/executive producer Peter James, he talks more about GRACE. The new British series, starring John Simm as Detective Superintendent Roy Grace, is streaming its two-telefilm first season on Britbox in the U.S. ASSIGNMENT X: In DEAD SIMPLE, Roy Grace is assigned to the Cold Case unit, but winds up working on a current case. Is he working on cold cases or current cases throughout the bulk of the series? PETER JAMES: Almost entirely, he’s working on current cases. There are a couple of books where his cold case knowledge comes in […]Read On »

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GRACE: Novelist and executive producer Peter James on Britbox detective series – Exclusive Interview – Part 1

GRACE Key Art | ©2021 Britbox

GRACE, starring John Simm in the title role, is a new U.K. detective series. Its first season, consisting of two telefilms, DEAD SIMPLE and LOOKING GOOD DEAD, is now available in North America on Britbox. GRACE is based on the award-winning, long-running series of novels (seventeen and counting) by prolific author/producer Peter James, who serves as an executive producer on the TV series. The novels and TV edition revolve around Detective Superintendent Roy Grace of Brighton, England. Grace works on solving both new crimes and cold cases while continuing to investigate the sudden, unexplained disappearance of his wife years earlier. […]Read On »

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Movie Review: THE RETREAT

THE RETREAT movie poster | ©2021 Quiver Distribution

Rating: Not Rated Stars: Tommie-Amber Pirrie, Sara Allen, Celina Sinden, Munro Chambers, Chad James Connell, Patrick Garrow, Joey Coleman, Aaron Ashmore, Rossif Sutherland Writer: Alyson M. Richards Director: Pat Mills Distributor: Quiver Distribution Release Date: May 21, 2021 THE RETREAT is billed as a “lesbian slasher.” This needs some clarification. Lesbians aren’t initiating any slashing (this film is all about LGBTQ people as heroes, not villains); moreover, most horror fans won’t consider this a slasher in the regular sense. There’s a cabin in the woods, where couple Connor (Chad Connell) and Scott (Munro Chambers) are optimistically moving in. Their first […]Read On »

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