Movie Review: SORRY TO BOTHER YOU

SORRY TO BOTHER YOU movie poster | ©2018 Annapurna Pictures

Rating: R Stars: Lakeith Stanfield, Tessa Thompson, Jermaine Fowler, Omari Hardwick, Terry Crews, Kate Berlant, Michael X. Sommers, Danny Glover, Steven Yeun, Armie Hammer, Forest Whitaker Writer: Boots Riley Director: Boots Riley Distributor: Annapurna Pictures Release Date: June 6, 2018 SORRY TO BOTHER YOU is agitprop comedy cinema at its most pointed. Director/writer Boots Riley has devised a wicked social satire that takes on race, economics, the corporate state and more. It’s often simultaneously funny and depressing in how close its outrageousness is to reality. Even when the third act takes a turn into sci-fi, the metaphors are grounded. Our […]Read On »

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Movie Review: BLACK PANTHER

BLACK PANTHER | © 2018 Marvel/Disney

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong’o, Danai Gurira, Martin Freeman, Daniel Kaluuya, Letitia Wright, Winston Duke, Sterling K. Brown, Angela Bassett, Forest Whitaker, Andy Serkis Writers: Ryan Coogler & Joe Robert Cole, based on the Marvel Comics by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby Director: Ryan Coogler Distributor: Walt Disney Co. Release Date: February 16, 2018 BLACK PANTHER is a study in how to use comic-based material to do something that is both very entertaining and very heady. In fact, BLACK PANTHER is arguably as entertaining as it is precisely because it talks about recognizably real issues, […]Read On »

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Movie Review: ROGUE ONE: A STAR WARS STORY

ROGUE ONE: A STAR WARS STORY poster | ©2016 Lucasfilm / Walt Disney Studios

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Felicity Jones, Diego Luna, Alan Tudyk, Donnie Yen, Wen Jiang, Ben Mendelsohn, Forest Whitaker, Riz Ahmed, Mads Mikkelsen Writers: Chris Weitz and Tony Gilroy, story by John Knoll and Gary Whitta, based on characters created by George Lucas Director: Gareth Edwards Distributor: Walt Disney Pictures Release Date: December 16, 2016 ROGUE ONE: A STAR WARS STORY is the first live-action feature film in the STAR WARS universe not directly tied to the Skywalker family. ROGUE ONE is certainly part of the STAR WARS timeline, and indeed some familiar characters pop up here (several for longer than others). […]Read On »

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Movie Review: SOUTHPAW

SOUTHPAW | © 2015 The Weinstein Co.

Rating: R Stars: Jake Gyllenhaal, Forest Whitaker, Rachel McAdams, Oona Laurence, Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson, Naomie Harris, Miguel Gomez Writer: Kurt Sutter Director: Antoine Fuqua Distributor: The Weinstein Co. Release Date: July 24, 2015 SOUTHPAW has one big plot twist the unspoiled may not see coming. Otherwise, even though it’s scripted by SONS OF ANARCHY creator Kurt Sutter, this boxing drama is solid but standard fare. Jake Gyllenhaal stars as boxing champ Billy Hope, whose victories are fueled by rage. However, when he’s outside the ring, his life revolves around beloved wife Mo (Rachel McAdams) and precocious daughter Leila (Oona […]Read On »

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Movie Review: OUT OF THE FURNACE

OUT OF THE FURNACE movie poster | ©2013 Relativity Media

Rating: R Stars: Christian Bale, Woody Harrelson, Casey Affleck, Zoe Saldana, Forest Whitaker, Willem Dafoe, Tom Bower, Sam Shepard Writers: Brad Ingelsby and Scott Cooper Director: Scott Cooper Distributor: Relativity Media Release Date: December 6, 2013 OUT OF THE FURNACE is a film that seeks to pull deep meaning out of what feels like the closed-ended plot of an episode of a cable series, like JUSTIFIED or BOARDWALK EMPIRE. It is meant to be a heartfelt tale of loss and revenge, but despite some fine performances, the characters are underwritten. There’s only so much emotion we can feel when symbolism […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: James DuMont on LEE DANIELS’ THE BUTLER

James Dumont at the Annual EYEGORE AWARDS opening night of Universal Studios HALLOWEEN HORROR NGHTS | ©2012 Sue Schneider

Chances are excellent that you’ve seen James DuMont in something, or even many things. The actor, who was born in Chicago and raised both there and in New York City, has credits that include SPEED, LOIS & CLARK, PRIMARY COLORS, CATCH ME IF YOU CAN, SEABISCUIT and MEN OF A CERTAIN AGE. At present, DuMontcan be seen on the big screen as Sherman Adams in LEE DANIELS’ THE BUTLER. The title character Cecil Gaines, played by Forest Whitaker, is fictional, loosely based on real White House butler Eugene Allen; Cecil’s wife Gloria, played by Oprah Winfrey, one of THE BUTLER’s […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: Michael Chiklis plays the VEGAS odds

Michael Chiklis and Dennis Quaid in VEGAS - Season 1 - "Scoundrels"| ©2012 CBS/Robert Voets

Michael Chiklis is in the set that is the office of his VEGAS character, casino owner, businessman and gangster Vincent Savino. Looking out the office window, one can see the entire casino floor, which looks exactly like what it’s meant to be – an opulent Las Vegas casino circa 1960 – rather than a set on a soundstage in Santa Clarita,California. In fact, outside the casino doorway is a replica of the Vegas strip of the era, complete with period cars. On VEGAS, which has its first-season finale on CBS, Friday May 10 at 9 PM, Chiklis’ Savino has been […]Read On »

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Interview: Eva Longoria on the end of DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES

Eva Longoria in the upcoming episode of DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES entitled "Lost My Power" | © 2012 ABC/Danny Feld

Eva Longoria shot to fame in the first year of what’s turned out to be her eight-season run as well-to-do Gabrielle Solis on ABC’s DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES, which airs Sundays at 9 PM. The Texas-born Longoria, who has a Bachelor’s degree in science from A&M University, has a healthy film career outside of DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES – she’s in four features scheduled for release, including FOR GREATER GLORY with Peter O’Toole and Andy Garcia, THE BAYTOWN DISCO with VAMPIRE DIARIES’ Paul Wesley, THE TRUTH with Forest Whitaker and LONG TIME GONE – she also wrote a cookbook with Marah Slets entitled EVA’S […]Read On »

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Blu-ray and DVD picks of the week including DOLPHIN TALE

DOLPHIN TALE | © 2011 Warner Home Video

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 DOLPHIN TALE – I’m not the biggest fan of feel good movies but even my cold, black heart can enjoy a sweet tale about a lonely young boy that finds a calling in helping an injured dolphin that is missing a tale and was rescued. The movie […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: Director Jason Connery crashlands into AREA 51

John Shea in AREA 51 | ©2011 Syfy

Area 51 is the real U.S. Air Force base where it has been rumored for decades that the remains of alien spacecraft and possibly some actual aliens have been locked away from prying eyes by the military. AREA 51, the movie premiering on Syfy tonight at 9, takes this set-up and asks what would happen if visiting journalists, while being steered away from the base’s most unusual sights, were inadvertently the trigger for all hell breaking loose. Bruce Boxleitner, Rachel Miner and Jason London star as beleaguered Air Force personnel, with Vanessa Branch and John Shea as the reporters. The […]Read On »

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