Movie Review: NIGHTMARE ALLEY

NIGHTMARE ALLEY movie poster | ©2021 Searchlight Pictures

Rating: R Stars: Bradley Cooper, Rooney Mara, Cate Blanchett, David Strathairn, Toni Collette, Willem Dafoe, Ron Perlman, Richard Jenkins, Holt McAllany, Mary Steenburgen, Tim Blake Nelson, Jim Beaver Writers: Guillermo del Toro & Kim Morgan, based on the novel by William Lindsay Gresham Director: Guillermo del Toro Distributor: Fox Searchlight Release Date: December 17, 2021 NIGHTMARE ALLEY is a beautifully-made, hypnotic Depression-era thriller. William Lindsay Gresham’s novel was previously adapted for the big screen in 1947, with Tyrone Power in the lead. This time around, Bradley Cooper essays the role of Stanton “Stan” Carlisle, the antihero at the center of […]Read On »

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Movie Review: DON’T LOOK UP

DON'T LOOK UP Movie Poster | ©2021 Netflix

Rating: R Stars: Leonardo DiCaprio, Jennifer Lawrence, Rob Morgan, Cate Blanchett, Meryl Streep, Jonah Hill, Mark Rylance, Melanie Lynskey, Tyler Perry, Timothée Chalamet Writer: Adam McKay, story by Adam McKay & David Sirota Director: Adam McKay Distributor: Netflix Release Date: December 10, 2021 DON’T LOOK UP plays something like a gentler modern DR. STRANGELOVE. Instead of nuclear war, Earth is threatened with destruction by a giant comet. While this is an act of nature rather than of human aggression, never fear – greed and stupidity will find a way to make things worse. When University of Michigan doctoral astronomy student […]Read On »

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MRS. AMERICA: Actress Margo Martindale on new miniseries – Exclusive Interview

Margo Martindale as Bella Abzug in MRS. AMERICA | ©2020 FX/Pari Dukovic

MRS. AMERICA is a nine-episode miniseries, streaming on FX on Hulu, about the battle over the Equal Rights Amendment. Created by Dahvi Waller, MRS. AMERICA is set in the 1970s, when what seemed like a simple constitutional amendment – the ERA guaranteed “equal legal rights for all American citizens, regardless of sex” – was turned into a political flashpoint by far-right activist Phyllis Schlafly, played by Cate Blanchett. Margo Martindale plays real-life Democratic politician Bella Abzug (1920-1998), a U.S. congresswoman for New York who was one of the founders of the National Women’s Political Caucus. Martindale, who was won three […]Read On »

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Movie Review: HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON: THE HIDDEN WORLD

HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON: THE HIDDEN WORLD | ©2019 DreamWorks Animation

Rating: PG Stars (voices): Jay Baruchel, America Ferrara, F. Murray Abraham, Cate Blanchett, Gerard Butler, Craig Ferguson, Jonah Hill, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Kristen Wiig, Kit Harington Writer: Dean DeBlois, based on the novels by Cressida Cowell Director: Dean DeBlois Distributor: Universal/DreamWorks Animation Release Date: February 22, 2019  The first HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON film was released in 2010; its sequel came out in 2014. Based on a series of novels by Cressida Cowell, they were charming tales of a boy and his dragon, plus interspecies cooperation, with exciting action and some scary threats. Now, to round off the story, here’s […]Read On »

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Movie Review: OCEAN’S 8

OCEAN'S 8 movie poster | ©2018 Warner Bros.

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett, Anne Hathaway, Mindy Kaling, Rihanna, Helena Bonham Carter, Sarah Paulson, Awkwafina, Richard Armitage, James Corden Writers: Gary Ross & Olivia Milch, story by Gary Ross, based on characters created by George Clayton Johnson & Jack Golden Russell Director: Gary Ross Distributor: Warner Bros. Release Date: June 8, 2018 OCEAN’S 8 might be called a spinoff rather than a sequel of the OCEAN’S 11 franchise. The Ocean here is Debbie (Sandra Bullock), sister of Danny Ocean (the character played in the earlier films by George Clooney). Newly paroled from a five-year prison stint, Debbie […]Read On »

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Exclusive Photos from Marvel Studios’ THOR: RAGNAROK World Premiere

Chris Hemsworth at the World Premiere of Marvel Studios’ THOR: RAGNAROK

Marvel Studios’ held the world premiere of THOR: RAGNAROK at the El Capitan Theatre on October 10th. It was a huge premiere closing down Hollywood Boulevard with fans lining the street and the screams as the stars arrived were deafening! Chris Hemsworth is back as Thor in this brand-new, action-filled adventure. Joining Chris on this night were the stars of the film, which included: Tom Hiddleston, Cate Blanchett, Mark Ruffalo, Tessa Thompson, Karl Urban, Jeff Goldblum, Rachel House, Clancy Brown, Ray Stevenson, Kevin Feige (Producer), Taika Waititi (Director), Eric Pearson (Screenwriter), Christopher L. Yost (Writer) and Brad Winderbaum (Producer, Executive, […]Read On »

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GOTHAM: Cory Michael Smith on the enigma of being the Riddler- Exclusive Interview

Cory Michael Smith in GOTHAM - Season 2 | ©2015 Fox/Nicole Rivelli

When we first met Cory Michael Smith’s character Edward Nygma in GOTHAM, Mondays at 8 PM on Fox, he was a shy morgue worker with a fondness for riddles and a crush on female coworker Kristen Kringle (Chelsea Spack). Hard-working detectives Jim Gordon (Ben McKenzie) and Harvey Bullock (Donal Logue) don’t worry about Ed and young Bruce Wayne (David Mazouz) doesn’t really register Ed’s existence. Then Edward finds that Kristen’s cop boyfriend Officer Dougherty is abusing her, one thing leads to another and Ed finds that he’s that startled perpetrator of a bloody murder. He begins to see and hear […]Read On »

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Blu-ray and DVD reviews this week – September 15, 2015

FURIOUS 7 | © 2015 Universal Home Entertainment

Your time is short. We know this. So in order to expedite your buying and Netflix decision making, we provide you with a list of the cool and not-so-cool titles coming out for movies, television and everything in-between. So put your feet up, grab some popcorn and check out this week’s selections. Movies: FURIOUS 7 – The big title of the week is FURIOUS 7, which made a huge splash at the box office in ways probably not a lot of people suspected. But given the popularity of the series and the sad death of Paul Walker maybe there was […]Read On »

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GOTHAM actor Cory Michael Smith on being the future Riddler – Exclusive Interview

Cory Michael Smith as Edward Nygma in GOTHAM - Season 1 | ©2014 Fox/Michael Lavine

In Fox’s GOTHAM, Mondays at 8 PM, we are in the DC Comics-originated world of Batman before Batman exists as a superhero. Bruce Wayne (David Mazouz) is still a youth, just beginning to think about how he’d like to fight crime in this corrupt city; James Gordon (Ben McKenzie) is not yet the police commissioner, but possibly the only honest homicide detective on the Gotham police force; Selena Kyle (Camren Bicondova) is a homeless teen who loves cats and is great at climbing, but she’s not yet Catwoman. Of Batman’s eventual foes, only Oswald Cobblepot (Robin Lord Taylor) – who […]Read On »

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Movie Review: THE HOBBIT: THE BATTLE OF THE FIVE ARMIES

THE HOBBIT: THE BATTLE OF FIVE ARMIES poster | ©2014 Warner Bros./MGM/New Line

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Martin Freeman, Ian McKellen, Richard Armitage, Luke Evans, Orlando Bloom, Evangeline Lilly, Lee Pace, Benedict Cumberbatch, Aiden Turner, Christopher Lee, Cate Blanchett, Hugo Weaving, Manu Bennett, Lawrence Makeore Writers: Fran Walsh & Philippa Boyens & Peter Jackson & Guillermo del Toro, based on the novel THE HOBBIT by J.R.R. Tolkien Director: Peter Jackson Distributor: Warner Bros./New Line/MGM Release Date: December 17, 2014 Steal from a dragon, lie to a wizard and underestimate Peter Jackson at your peril. The filmmaker, who first managed to get J.R.R. Tolkien’s sprawling LORD OF THE RINGS trilogy to fit into three movies […]Read On »

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