Movie Review: DARK PHOENIX

DARK PHOENIX poster | ©2019 20th Century Fox

Rating: PG-13 Stars: James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Sophie Turner, Nicholas Hoult, Jessica Chastain, Tye Sheridan, Alexandra Shipp, Evan Peters, Kodi Smit-McPhee Writer: Simon Kinberg Director: Simon Kinberg Distributor: 20th Century Fox Release Date: June 7, 2019 DARK PHOENIX is okay. If that sounds like less than a ringing endorsement, this is because the movie doesn’t hum with the invention and joy of the best X-MEN movies. On the other hand, it’s clear and coherent, takes on a few issues previously unmentioned in the film series, and has some action sequences that work very well. Apart from THE WOLVERINE […]Read On »

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Movie Review: THE LAZARUS EFFECT

THE LAZARUS EFFECT | © 2015 Relativity Media

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Mark Duplass, Olivia Wilde, Donald Glover, Evan Peters, Sarah Bolger Writers: Luke Dawson and Jeremy Slater Director: David Gelb Distributor: Relativity Media Release Date: February 27, 2015 Don’t let the PG-13 rating scare you away. THE LAZARUS EFFECT is a perfectly good horror movie, and if its various ideas all have their roots elsewhere, the filmmakers have brought them all together in a way that feels fresh and eerie. At a college-funded lab in Berkeley, a small team of youngish scientists works on covert experiments that have the ultimate goal of making it easier for paramedics to […]Read On »

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Movie Review: X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST

X-MEN - DAYS OF FUTURE PAST poster | ©2014 Fox/Marvel

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Hugh Jackman, James McAvoy, Jennifer Lawrence, Michael Fassbender, Halle Berry, Nicholas Hoult, Anna Paquin, Ellen Page, Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellen, Peter Dinklage, Shawn Ashmore. Omar Sy, Evan Peters Writer: Simon Kinberg, story by Jane Goldman & Simon Kinberg & Matthew Vaughn Director: Bryan Singer Distributor: 20th Century Fox Release Date: May 23, 2014 If you’re going to make an installment of a film franchise that potentially erases the continuity of previous endeavors, X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST demonstrates how to do it with not only style but real urgency. Don’t just randomly drop time travelers into the […]Read On »

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Exclusive Photos from AMERICAN HORROR STORY: ASYLUM at the 30th Annual PaleyFest

Frances Conroy at the 30th Annual PaleyFest: The William S. Paley Television Festival presents a night with AMERICAN HORROR STORY: ASYLUM | ©2013 Sue Schneider

The Paley Center for Media presented the hit show AMERICAN HORROR STORY: ASYLUM on March 15th, closing night of the 30th Annual PaleyFest: The William S. Paley Television Festival. Unfortunately some of the stars and the creators chose only to do the panel inside instead of walking into the tent to have their pictures taken and talk to the media. The surprise of the night though was the announcement that Kathy Bates would be in the next season of the series. Walking into the tent were the following stars from the show: Naomi Grossman, Lily Rabe, Sarah Paulson, Frances Conroy […]Read On »

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TV Review: AMERICAN HORROR STORY: ASYLUM – Season 2 – “Nor’easter”

Lily Rabe as Sister Mary Eunice in AMERICAN HORROR STORY: ASYLUM - "Nor'easter" | ©2012 FX/Byron Cohen

Stars: Zachary Quinto, Joseph Fiennes, Sarah Paulson, Lily Rabe, Evan Peters, Lizzie Brochere, James Cromwell, Jessica Lange, Chloe Sevigny, Adam Levine, Jenna Dewan Tatum, Clea DuVall Writer: Jennifer Salt, series created by Ryan Murphy & Brad Falchuk Director: Michael Uppendahl Network: FX, Wednesdays @ 10 PM Original Airdate: October 31, 2012 The first season of AMERICAN HORROR STORY was OK. It had a lot interesting elements, mostly trying to figure out who was a ghost and who wasn’t, and there were plenty of creepy moments and enough gore to entertain a lot of fans of the genre. The series also […]Read On »

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TV Review: AMERICAN HORROR STORY: ASYLUM – Season 2 – “Welcome to Briarcliff” – Season Premiere

Jessica Lange in AMERICAN HORROR STORY - ASYLUM - Season 2 - "Welcome to Briarcliff" | ©2012 FX/Michael Yarish

Stars: Zachary Quinto, Joseph Fiennes, Sarah Paulson, Lily Rabe, Evan Peters, Lizzie Brochere, James Cromwell, Jessica Lange, Chloe Sevigny, Adam Levine, Jenna Dewan Tatum, Clea DuVall Writer: Tim Minear, series created by Ryan Murphy & Brad Falchuk Director: Bradley Buecker Network: FX, Wednesdays @ 10 PM Original Airdate: October 17, 2012 The second season of AMERICAN HORROR STORY, aka the first season of AMERICAN HORROR STORY: ASYLUM (since last year’s storyline has nothing to do with this year’s storyline, the Emmy committee deemed the first year a miniseries – don’t worry about it too much, or you’ll wind up as […]Read On »

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TCA News: The status of AMERICAN HORROR STORY Season 2

Dylan McDermott and Rubber Man in AMERICAN HORROR STORY - Season 1 - "Smoldering Children" | ©2011 FX/Lewis Jacobs

When AMERICAN HORROR STORY ended Season 1, the big twist wasn’t what happened to the characters, it’s what happened to the show. Executive producer and co-creator Ryan Murphy essentially pulled the wool over the viewers eyes and created a TV series that would reboot every year with a new story,  new characters and a new cast. At today’s TCA press tour for the FX Network, John Landgraf, President & General Manager, says that he’s excited by what Murphy is conjuring up for the completely different Season 2. “He really loves to create a new world,” says Landgraf. “You even saw […]Read On »

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TV Review: AMERICAN HORROR STORY – Season 1 finale – “Afterbirth”

Jessica Lange in AMERICAN HORROR STORY - Season 1 - "Afterbirth" | ©2011 FX/Prashant Gupta

Stars: Connie Britton, Dylan McDermott, Jessica Lange, Taissa Farmiga, Evan Peters, Frances Conroy, Kate Mara, Lily Rabe, Alexandra Breckinridge, Christine Estabrook, Michael Graziadei, Charles S. Dutton Writer: Jessica Sharzer, series created by Ryan Murphy & Brad Falchuk Director: Bradley Buecker Network: FX, Wednesdays @ 10 PM Original Telecast: December 21, 2011 With “Afterbirth,” AMERICAN HORROR STORY’s first-season conclusion, we’re surprised that a number of characters have quasi-happy endings – that would be unendings, in several cases, as most of them are ghosts – while we’re left unsure of just how seriously to take all those promises of the apocalypse. In […]Read On »

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TV Review: AMERICAN HORROR STORY – Season 1 – “Birth”

Connie Britton in AMERICAN HORROR STORY - Season 1 - "Birth" | ©2011 FX/Mike Ansell

Stars: Connie Britton, Dylan McDermott, Jessica Lange, Taissa Farmiga, Evan Peters, Frances Conroy, Kate Mara, Sarah Paulson, Zachary Quinto, Teddy Sears, Lily Rabe, Matt Ross Writer: Tim Minear, series created by Ryan Murphy & Brad Falchuk Director: Alfonse Gomez-Rejon Network: FX, Wednesdays @ 10 PM Original Telecast: December 14, 2011 In case anyone was worried, AMERICAN HORROR STORY demonstrates with “Birth” that, even if Vivien is now the mother of the Antichrist (by the episode’s end, we’re still not sure exactly what the baby is or is not), there’s plenty of tale left to be told. This said, a lot […]Read On »

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TV Review: AMERICAN HORROR STORY – Season 1 – “Smoldering Children”

Dylan McDermott and Rubber Man in AMERICAN HORROR STORY - Season 1 - "Smoldering Children" | ©2011 FX/Lewis Jacobs

Stars: Connie Britton, Dylan McDermott, Jessica Lange, Taissa Farmiga, Evan Peters, Denis O’Hare, Jamie Brewer, Michael Graziadei, Charles Dutton Writer: James Wong, series created by Ryan Murphy & Brad Falchuk Director: Michael Lehmann Network: FX, Wednesdays @ 10 PM Original Telecast: December 7, 2011 SPOILER ALERT: If you haven’t seen the episode, don’t read this synopsis. With all the other crazy stuff going on in AMERICAN HORROR STORY, perhaps we can be forgiven for not having realized until now the “Duh!” revelation within “Smoldering Children,” which explains why Violet (Taissa Farmiga) and Tate (Evan Peters) have been able to finally […]Read On »

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