Movie Review: THE FRONT RUNNER

THE FRONT RUNNER movie poster | ©2018 Sony Pictures

Rating: R Stars: Hugh Jackman, Vera Farmiga, J.K. Simmons, Mark O’Brien, Molly Ephraim, Kaitlyn Dever, Mamoudou Athie, Alfred Molina, Kevin Pollak, Sara Paxton, Steve Zissis Writers: Matt Bai & Jay Carson & Jason Reitman, based on the book ALL THE TRUTH IS OUT by Matt Bai Director: Jason Reitman Distributor: Sony/Columbia Release Date: November 6, 2018 (Los Angeles and New York); November 21, 2018 (wide) First of all, THE FRONT RUNNER is not the film adaptation of forever-in-development Patricia Nell Warren’s novel about an affair between an Olympic track coach and one of his athletes. Rather, it is a fact-based […]Read On »

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Movie Review: WHISKEY TANGO FOXTROT

WHISKEY TANGO FOXTROT | © 2016 Paramount

Rating: R Stars: Tina Fey, Margot Robbie, Martin Freeman, Christopher Abbott, Alfred Molina, Billy Bob Thornton, Evan Jonigkeit, Josh Charles Writer: Robert Carlock, based on the book THE TALIBAN SHUFFLE: STRANGE DAYS IN AFGHANISTAN AND PAKISTAN by Kim Barker Directors: Glenn Ficarra & John Requa Distributor: Paramount Release Date: March 4, 2016 WHISKEY TANGO FOXTROT is a fictionalized dramedy about war correspondent Kim Barker’s nonfiction book THE TALIBAN SHUFFLE: STRANGE DAYS IN AFGHANISTAN AND PAKISTAN. Her onscreen counterpart here, Kim Baker (Tina Fey), stays with the story in Afghanistan. The movie, written by Robert Carlock and directed by the team […]Read On »

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Movie Review: SECRET IN THEIR EYES

SECRET IN THEIR EYES movie poster | ©2015 STX Entertainment

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Chiwetel Ejiofor, Nicole Kidman, Julia Roberts, Dean Norris, Alfred Molina, Joe Cole, Michael Kelly, Zoe Graham Writer: Billy Ray, based on the screenplay for EL SECRETO DEL SUS OJOS by Juan Jose Campanella & Eduardo Sacheri Director: Billy Ray Distributor: STX Entertainment Release Date: November 20, 2015 The 2009 Argentinean film EL SECRETO DEL SUS OJOS was well-reviewed and well-respected. Now an English-language adaptation by director/screenwriter Billy Ray, SECRET IN THEIR EYES, is here, and something seems to have been lost in translation. A lot of key plot points are the same, but whether it’s due to […]Read On »

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Movie Review: KAHLIL GIBRAN’S THE PROPHET

KAHLIL GIRAN'S THE PROPHET | © 2015 Gkids/Participant Media

Rating: PG Stars (voices): Liam Neeson, Salma Hayek, John Krasinski, Frank Langella, Alfred Molina, Quvenzhane Wallis Writer: Roger Allers, poetry and quotations by Kahlil Gibran Director: Roger Allers; chapter directors, Michal Socha, Nina Paley, Joann Sfar, Joan Gratz, Bill Plympton, Tomm Moore, Mohammed Harib, Gaetan Brizzi & Paul Brizzi Distributor: GKids/Participant Media Release Date: August 7, 2015 There’s no question that KAHLIL GIBRAN’S THE PROPHET is an admirable enterprise in its visual scope, its differing animation styles and its international nature. However, it’s pitched as a children’s film. As such, it feels much more like a lesson and less like […]Read On »

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MATADOR co-creator Dan Dworkin chats humor, soccer and spies – Exclusive Interview

MATADOR co-creator Dan Dworkin - Season 1 | ©2014 El Rey

In El Rey’s freshman series MATADOR, Tuesdays at 9 PM, Gabriel Luna stars as Tony Bravo, a DEA agent who is persuaded by the CIA to try out for the L.A. Riot, the soccer team owned by international criminal Andres Galan, played by Alfred Molina. To the surprise of both his handlers and Tony himself, the undercover agent becomes a sports sensation, which allows him to go ever deeper into Galan’s world. Created by executive producers Dan Dworkin, Jay Beattie, Roberto Orci and consulting producer Andrew Orci, MATADOR has already been picked up for a second season. Dworkin and Beattie […]Read On »

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MATADOR star Gabriel Luna on playing Tony Bravo – Exclusive Interview

Gabriel Luna in MATADOR - Season 1 | ©2014 El Rey

In El Rey Network’s MATADOR, now in its first season Tuesdays at 9 PM and already renewed for a second, Gabriel Luna stars as Tony Bravo. Tony starts out as a DEA agent who unexpectedly has his daydreams of being a professional soccer player fulfilled when he’s recruited by the CIA to try out for the L.A. Riot team, owned by international criminal Andres Galan, portrayed by Alfred Molina. When Tony surprises his CIA handlers by securing a spot on the squad, his missions become more dangerous. Luna is a native of Austin, Texas, which happens to be El Rey […]Read On »

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Alfred Molina tames El Rey’s MATADOR – Exclusive Interview

Alfred Molina in MATADOR | ©2014 El Rey

In El Rey Network’s MATADOR, now in its first season Tuesday nights at 9 PM and already renewed for Season 2, DEA agent Tony Bravo (Gabriel Luna) is recruited by the CIA to pose as a soccer player so that he can spy on the operations of L.A. Riot team owner – and international criminal – Andres Galan, played by Alfred Molina. London-born Molina will be familiar to most audiences the world over from his small but indelible role as Satipo, who gets the ball rolling (as it were) at the beginning of RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK. Three decades […]Read On »

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MATADOR star Nicky Whelan talks the new El Rey series – Exclusive Interview

Nicky Whelan stars as Annie Mason in MATADOR | © 2014 El Rey Network

El Rey’s action/adventure series MATADOR is in its first season Tuesdays at 9 PM and already renewed for next year. In the show, DEA agent Tony Bravo (Gabriel Luna) is recruited by the CIA to infiltrate the criminal organization run by Andres Galan (Alfred Molina) – by posing as a soccer player and joining the L.A. Riot team owned by Galan. Nicky Whelan plays Tony’s CIA handler Annie Mason. The Australian actress, who was a regular on the last season of SCRUBS and in Season 3 of FRANKLIN & BASH and can currently be seen in Crackle’s Web series CHOSEN, […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: Roberto Orci & Scott Sassa on MATADOR

Matador Season 1 poster | ©2014 El Rey

MATADOR, the second new scripted series (the first was FROM DUSK TILL DAWN, which had its first season earlier this year) on Robert Rodriguez’s El Rey network, premieres Tuesday, July 13. Despite its title, the action/adventure/spy series, created by Jay Beattie, Dan Dworkin, Andrew Orci & Roberto Orci, has nothing to do with bullfighting. Instead, “Matador” is the nickname given to new L.A. Riot soccer player Tony Bravo (Gabriel Luna) due to a particular action he takes during his tryout for the team. Nobody except his handlers know that Tony is really a D.E.A. agent who’s been recruited by the […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: Alfred Molina chats about MONDAY MORNINGS

Alfred Molina in MONDAY MORNINGS | ©2013 TNT/Doug Hyun

In MONDAY MORNINGS, TNT Mondays at 10 PM, Alfred Molina’s character plays Dr. Harding Hooten, who is in charge of the weekly Mortality and Morbidity meetings, where the hows and whys of patient deaths are discussed. The series has been adapted by David E. Kelley from Dr. Sanjay Gupta’s book, with both men producing. Molina has been a TV series regular before, most recently in LAW & ORDER: LOS ANGELES. He’s also known for multiple feature film appearances, including Satipo in RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK and Dr. Otto Octavius in SPIDER-MAN 2. He’s been on Broadway three times, earning […]Read On »

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