Movie Review: THE HUNTSMAN: WINTER’S WAR

THE HUNTSMAN WINTERS WAR | © 2016 Universal Pictures

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Chris Hemsworth, Emily Blunt, Charlize Theron, Jessica Chastain, Sheridan Smith, Nick Frost, Rob Brydon, Alexandra Roach Writers: Evan Spiliotopoulis and Craig Mazin, based on characters created by Evan Daugherty Director: Cedric Nicolas-Troyan Distributor: Universal Release Date: April 22, 2016 THE HUNTSMAN: WINTER’S WAR is being billed as a prequel to 2012’s SNOW WHITE AND THE HUNTSMAN, but it’s actually a wraparound, beginning before the earlier film, then jumping ahead to seven years later. It’s a decent enough fantasy adventure on its own terms, though despite the title, the real star here isn’t so much Chris Hemsworth, reprising […]Read On »

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Blu-ray and DVD Reviews for the Week of August 18, 2015

WALT DISNEY SHORT FILMS COLLECTION | © 2015 Disney 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: WALT DISNEY ANIMATION STUDIOS SHORT FILMS COLLECTION – This is a pretty awesome treat from Disney. The studio giant has made available for the first time a collection of its short films that have won numerous awards over the years. Contained within are 12 short films featuring […]Read On »

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Interview: EDGE OF TOMORROW composer Christophe Beck stays alive with his first sci-fi score

EDGE OF TOMORROW | ©2014 Warner Bros.

In the two or so decades since Christophe Beck followed Howard Shore and Mychael Danna as one of Hollywood’s most valuable Canadian composing imports, the burly, bearded and bespectacled musician has become an exemplar on how to incorporate a pop-rock sensibility into an old school, and often orchestral talent for melody. It’s a hummable talent that’s made him a go-to guy for teen hijinks (THE PERFECT MAN, A CINDERELLA STORY), rhythmically swooning romance (GUINEVERE, UNDER THE TUSCAN SUN), talking animals (GARFIELD, THE MUPPETS) and thoroughly R-rated bad boy behavior (THE HANGOVER, HOT TUB TIME MACHINE) – all before really hitting […]Read On »

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CD Review: MUPPETS MOST WANTED / THE MUPPETS soundtrack

MUPPETS MOST WANTED / THE MUPPETS soundtrack | ©2014 Intrada Records

Animation has been a particularly well-suited realm for Christophe Beck to practice his melodically energetic way of giving an orchestra the frisky, bright vibes of pop music, a Pharrell-ish feeling of optimism as well as playfully ominous danger that’s recently helped to propel The Mouse House’s short PAPERMAN to an Oscar win before assisting in FROZEN‘s feature-length CGI-toon gold – a movie that’s made Beckthe box office champ of cartoon scoring as well. And if Beck can give animation the sensation of infectous happiness, than why not felt? Such is the antically pleasant spin he’s given to two Muppet movies, […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview with SUBURGATORY star Jeremy Sisto

Jeremy Sisto gets caught in a tight situation on SUBURGATORY | © 2014 ABC/Jordin Althaus

In ABC’s half-hour comedy SUBURGATORY, now in its third season Wednesdays at 8:30 PM, Jeremy Sisto stars as divorced dad George Altman. In the series created by Emily Kapnek, George has moved fromNew York City to the suburbs to provide a safer environment for his teen daughter Tessa (Jane Levy) – much to Tessa’s initial exasperation. Sisto, originally from Northern California, has been a regular on several major series before, notably LAW & ORDER and SIX FEET UNDER, and worked in many feature films, but SUBURGATORY is his first lead in a TV comedy. At a party thrown by ABC […]Read On »

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FROZEN Highlights this week in Blu-ray, DVD and VOD Releases

FROZEN | © 2014 Disney 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: FROZEN – What can be said about Disney’s FROZEN that hasn’t already? It is a great animated flick that appeals to all ages with catchy songs, two strong female leads and loveable side characters that really adds up to a tremendous effort. I know of many kids […]Read On »

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CD Review: FROZEN soundtrack

FROZEN soundtrack | ©2013 Walt Disney Records

An iced cornucopia of The Magic Kingdom’s greatest fairy tale hits that reprises the Hans Christian Anderson LITTLE MERMAID magic, FROZEN brims over with cute sidekicks, a dashing hero and the upped ante of two princesses – one with a power that Professor Xavier would admire. It all makes for exactly the kind of pre-teen soundtrack catnip that set the studio’s animated standard for a reason, and is once again delivered at the height of hiply imaginative panache. FROZEN‘s memorable numbers have been co-written by the WONDER PETS duo of Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez (who also happen to have […]Read On »

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CD Review: The Best Scores of 2013 – The Runners-Up

Brian Tyler / NOW YOU SEE ME soundtrack | ©2013 Glassnote

BEYOND TWO SOULS (Lorne Balfe / Sony Entertainment) Though it’s far more of an interactive movie than it is a video game, the negligible level of first-person shooter ability here doesn’t prevent BEYOND TWO SOULS from being a complete immersive experience, especially with the eerie, and rapturous quality of Lorne Balfe’s score, leveled up with the ace technical and musical production oversight of Hans Zimmer. For a heroine seemingly cursed by her lifelong bond to an invisible entity, Balfe conjures a truly beautiful theme, topped with a female voice that resonates with a wounded emotion that binds this powerfully symphonic […]Read On »

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Movie Review: FROZEN

FROZEN movie poster | ©2013 Disney

Rating: PG Stars (voices): Kristen Bell, Idina Menzel, Jonathan Groff, Santino Fontana, Josh Gad, Ciaran Hinds, Alan Tudyk Writer: Jennifer Lee, story by Chris Buck and Jennifer Lee and Shane Morris, inspired by THE SNOW QUEEN by Hans Christian Andersen Music and Lyrics: Kristen Anderson-Lopez & Robert Lopez Directors: Chris Buck & Jennifer Lee Distributor: Walt Disney Pictures Release Date: November 27, 2013 A consistently delightful animated feature, action-packed, beautiful to watch and studded with strong show tunes, FROZEN harks back to the Disney classics like THE LITTLE MERMAID and BEAUTY AND THE BEAST. FROZEN ventures further from its source […]Read On »

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