Movie Review: BAD TIMES AT THE EL ROYALE

BAD TIMES AT THE EL ROYALE movie poster | ©2018 20th Century Fox

Rating: R Stars: Jeff Bridges, Cynthia Erivo, Dakota Johnson, Jon Hamm, Chris Hemsworth, Cailee Spaeny, Lewis Pullman, Nick Offerman Writer: Drew Goddard Director: Drew Goddard Distributor: Twentieth Century Fox Release Date: October 12, 2018 After a brief prologue, BAD TIMES AT THE EL ROYALE starts out like the set-up to a joke, with an out-of-the-way motel standing in for a bar. A priest (Jeff Bridges), a singer (Cynthia Erivo), a vacuum cleaner salesman (Jon Hamm), and a really cranky young woman (Dakota Johnson) all walk into the El Royale. This is not a comedy, though the crime drama has its […]Read On »

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Movie Review: BLACK MASS

BLACK MASS movie poster | ©2015 Warner Bros.

Rating: R Stars: Johnny Depp, Joel Edgerton, Benedict Cumberbatch, Dakota Johnson, Kevin Bacon, Corey Stoll, Julianne Nicholson, Jesse Plemons, Rory Cochrane, W. Earl Brown Writers: Mark Mallouk and Jez Butterworth, based on the book by Dick Lehr and Gerald O’Neill Director: Scott Cooper Distributor: Warner Bros. Release Date: September 18, 2015 James “Whitey” Bulger was an infamous figure for decades and the story of his rise and fall seems even more likely fodder than most for a cinematic biopic. Not only was Bulger the head of a South Boston mob for decades, but his younger brother became a powerful state […]Read On »

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Movie Review: NEED FOR SPEED

NEED FOR SPEED | © 2014 Walt Disney Pictures

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Aaron Paul, Dominic Cooper, Imogen Poots, Scott Mescudi, Rami Malek, Ramon Rodriguez, Harrison Gilbertson, Dakota Johnson, Michael Keaton Writer: George Gatins, story by George Gatins & John Gatins, based on the Electronic Arts game Director: Scott Waugh Distributor: Walt Disney Pictures Release Date: March 14, 2014 NEED FOR SPEED is actually based on a game by Electronic Arts, but it seems designed as a kind of cinematic methadone for any potential viewers who may not be able to hold on until the next installment of THE FAST AND THE FURIOUS arrives. There are definitely beautiful cars, swift […]Read On »

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TV Review: BEN AND KATE – Season 1 – “Pilot” – Series Premiere

Dakota Johnson, Nat Faxon, Echo Kellum, Maggie Elizabeth Jones, Lucy Punch in BEN AND KATE - Season 1 | ©2012 Fox/Miranda Penn Turin

Stars: Dakota Johnson, Nat Faxon, Maggie Elizabeth Jones, Lucy Punch, Echo Kellum Writer: Dana Fox Director: Jake Kasdan Network: Fox, airs Tuesday nights Original Telecast: September 25, 2012 Finally a new comedy series that gets it right from the start. BEN AND KATE is a refreshingly funny, cute and quirky new show created by Dana Fox that is a perfect companion for Fox’s Tuesday night comedies RAISING HOPE and NEW GIRL. The series stars Dakota Johnson as Kate Fox a sweet young adult who made a big mistake right before graduating college – she got pregnant. Her daughter Maddie (Maggie […]Read On »

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Exclusive Photos from the 21 JUMP STREET premiere

Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum at the premiere of 21 JUMP STREET | ©2012 Sue Schneider

Columbia Pictures recently held the premiere of 21 JUMP STREET at the Grauman’s Chinese Theatre in Hollywood. Taken after the television show (1987-1991) of the same name, which starred Johnny Depp, Holly Robinson Peete (who stars in the film), Dustin Nguyen, Peter DeLuise and Richard Grieco. The film version has the same premise; two young looking guys from the police force go undercover in a local high school to investigate a drug ring. Walking the red carpet with 21 JUMP STREET written on it were the stars of the film, which included: Jonah Hill, Channing Tatum, Ice Cube, Justin Hires, […]Read On »

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