Movie Review: MORTAL ENGINES

MORTAL ENGINES | © 2018 Universal

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Hera Helmar, Robert Sheehan, Hugo Weaving, Jihae Kim, Stephen Lang, Leila George, Ronan Raftery, Patrick Malahide, Kee Chan, Colin Salmon, Andrew Lees Writers: Fran Walsh & Philippa Boyens & Peter Jackson, based on the novel by Philip Reeve Director: Christian Rivers Distributor: Universal Release Date: December 14, 2018 MORTAL ENGINES is such an eyeful that the visuals easily overwhelm the serviceable if fairly familiar plot. The movie, based on the novel by Philip Reeve, is advertised as being from “the producers of LORD OF THE RINGS.” This is true, and it’s also got the same writing team: […]Read On »

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TV Review: ARROW – Season 2 – “Three Ghosts”

Danny Dworkis in ARROW - Season 2 - "Three Ghosts" | ©2013 The CW/Cate Cameron

Stars:  Stephen Amell, Katie Cassidy, Paul Blackthorne, Susanna Thompson, Willa Holland, David Ramsey, Emily Bett Rickards, Manu Bennett, Colton Haynes, Celina Jade, Summer Glau, Caity Lotz, Kevin Alejandro, John Barrowman Teleplay by:  Geoff Johns & Ben Sokolowski Story by:  Greg Berlanti & Andrew Kreisberg Director:   John Behring Network: The CW, airs Wednesday Nights Original Telecast: December 11, 2013 I’m impressed with “Three Ghosts,” the mid-season finale of ARROW’s second season, both for putting a Dickens reference into the show’s de facto Christmas episode, and for greatly exceeding the expectations I had coming in, based on last week’s underwhelming set-up episode.  […]Read On »

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TV Review: ARROW – Season 2 – “League of Assassins”

Caity Lotz and Navid Negahban in ARROW - Season 2 - "League of Assassins" | © 2013 The CW/Michael Courtney

Stars:  Stephen Amell, Katie Cassidy, Paul Blackthorne, Susanna Thompson, Willa Holland, David Ramsey, Emily Bett Rickards, Manu Bennett, Colton Haynes, Celina Jade, Summer Glau, Caity Lotz, Bex Taylor-Klaus, Kevin Alejandro Writer: Jake Coburn & Drew Z. Greenberg Director: Wendey Stanzler Network: The CW, airs Wednesday Nights Original Telecast: November 6, 2013 ARROW takes on issues of guilt, forgiveness and redemption in this week’s episode, “League of Assassins.”   And while the episodes’ two main storylines nicely illustrate the agony and self doubt that result from a guilty conscience, I find myself wondering once again whether it’s wise for ARROW to keep […]Read On »

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TV Review: ARROW – Season 2 – “Crucible”

Caity Lotz in ARROW - Season 2 - "Crucible" | © 2013 The CW/Jack Rowand

Stars:  Stephen Amell, Katie Cassidy, Paul Blackthorne, Susanna Thompson, Willa Holland, David Ramsey, Emily Bett Rickards, Manu Bennett, Colton Haynes, Celina Jade, Summer Glau, Caity Lotz, Bex Taylor-Klaus, Kevin Alejandro Writer: Andrew Kreisberg & Wendy Mericle Director: Eagle Egilsson Network: The CW, airs Wednesday Nights Original Telecast: October 30, 2013 In case you’d forgotten ARROW was based on a comic book, this week’s episode, “Crucible,” went out of its way to remind you by doing something that usually only works in the comic books.  But even though this episode features more suspension-of-disbelief issues than normal, it does a fairly good […]Read On »

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TV Review: ARROW – Season 2 – “Broken Dolls”

Stephen Amell in ARROW - Season 2 - "Broken Dolls" | © 2013 The CW/Cate Cameron

Stars:  Stephen Amell, Katie Cassidy, Paul Blackthorne, Susanna Thompson, Colin Salmon, Willa Holland, David Ramsey, Emily Bett Rickards, Manu Bennett, Colton Haynes, Celina Jade, Summer Glau Writer: Marc Guggenheim & Keto Shimizu Director: Glen Winter Network: The CW, airs Wednesday Nights Original Telecast: October 23, 2013 ARROW gives us a serial killer rather than a comic book super villain this week, but despite the much grittier undertones, “Broken Dolls” finds a way to be an entertaining episode that doesn’t overdo the ugliness. When we last left Oliver Queen (Stephen Amell) he had donned the Hood of his crime fighting alter […]Read On »

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TV Review: ARROW – Season 2 – “Identity”

Kelly Hu as China White in ARROW "Identity" | (c) 2013 Jack Rowand/The CW

Stars:  Stephen Amell, Katie Cassidy, Paul Blackthorne, Susanna Thompson, Colin Salmon, Willa Holland, David Ramsey, Emily Bett Rickards, Manu Bennett, Colton Haynes, Celina Jade, Summer Glau Writer: Ben Sokolowski & Beth Schwartz Director: Nick Copus Network: The CW, airs Wednesday Nights Original Telecast: October 16, 2013 I’m starting to think that ARROW’s creators hosted some focus groups at the end of last season and the fact that their show’s hero actually shoots people with arrows went over pretty poorly with test audiences in Grand Rapids or something.  Generally I’m supportive of their decision to tone down Oliver Queen’s (Stephen Amell’s) […]Read On »

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TV Review: ARROW – Season 2 – “City of Heroes”

Stephen Amell as The Arrow in ARROW City of Heroes | (c) 2013 Cate Cameron/The CW

Stars:  Stephen Amell, Katie Cassidy, Paul Blackthorne, Susanna Thompson, Colin Salmon, Willa Holland, David Ramsey, Emily Bett Rickards, Manu Bennett, Colton Haynes, Celina Jade, Summer Glau Teleplay: Andrew Kreisberg & Marc Guggenheim Story: Greg Berlanti Director: John Behring Network: The CW, airs Wednesday Nights Original Telecast: October 9, 2013 In a day and age when A) our movie and TV screens are clogged with adaptations of superhero comics and B) the trend in those stories is towards gritty, gloomy, existential despair-fests, ARROW emerged last year as a series that was only halfway committed to riding that particular wave.  It’s first […]Read On »

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TV Review: ARROW – Season 1 – “Darkness on the Edge of Town”

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Stars:  Stephen Amell, Katie Cassidy, Paul Blackthorne, Colin Donnell, Susanna Thompson, Colin Salmon, Willa Holland, David Ramsey, Emily Bett Rickards, John Barrowman, Manu Bennett Writer:  Drew Z. Greenberg & Wendy Mericle Director: John Behring Network: The CW, airs Wednesday Nights Original Telecast: May 8, 2013 ARROW is normally at its strongest when it operates in shades of grey, but “Darkness on the Edge of Town” gives us a black & white, good vs. evil battle between Oliver Queen (Stephen Amell) and Malcolm Merlyn (John Barrowman).  This is not necessarily a bad thing, though, because, while both men are hood-wearing vigilantes […]Read On »

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TV Review: ARROW – Season 1 – “The Undertaking”

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Stars:  Stephen Amell, Katie Cassidy, Paul Blackthorne, Colin Donnell, Susanna Thompson, Colin Salmon, Willa Holland, David Ramsey, Emily Bett Rickards, John Barrowman, Manu Bennett Writer:  Jake Coburn & Lana Cho Director: Michael Schultz Network: The CW, airs Wednesday Nights Original Telecast: May 1, 2013 ARROW surprises a little this week by revealing the entire conspiracy that’s driven its narrative throughout its debut season.  With another two episodes remaining, I didn’t expect this big reveal until the season finale, but since what they were revealing was not particularly unexpected, I didn’t have a problem with the refusal to let it continue […]Read On »

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TV Review: ARROW – Season 1 – “Dodger”

Stephen Amell at the PaleyFest Fall TV Preview: ARROW - CW | ©2012 Sue Schneider

Stars:  Stephen Amell, Katie Cassidy, Paul Blackthorne, Colin Donnell, Susanna Thompson, Colin Salmon, Willa Holland, David Ramsey, Emily Bett Rickards Writer: Beth Schwartz Director: Eagle Egilsson Network: The CW, airs Wednesday Nights Original Telecast: February 20, 2013 There’s nothing overly terrible about “Dodger,” a competent ARROW episode that features James Callis (BATTLESTAR GALACTICA’s Gaius Baltar), playing a sadistic jewel thief who’s nicknamed “Dodger” because he forces others to commit his crimes by controlling them with explosive collars, thereby dodging the law enforcement response himself.  (Now that I think about it more, though, isn’t it sort of dumb that the cops […]Read On »

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