Movie Review: ROCKETMAN

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Rating: R Stars: Taran Egerton, Jamie Bell, Richard Madden, Bryce Dallas Howard, Stephen Graham, Gemma Jones, Charlie Rowe, Steven Mackintosh, Kit Connor, Matthew Illesley Writer: Lee Hall Director: Dexter Fletcher Distributor: Paramount Release Date: May 31, 2019 ROCKETMAN is a lovely, lively biopic of Elton John, as played here by Taron Egerton. ROCKETMAN is also a musical, not the kind that just shows its protagonist in performance, but the kind that shows people dancing in the streets and even floating in the air. To keep things sufficiently earthbound (and, for that matter, moderately plausible), there’s plenty of sex and drugs […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: Jamie Bell talks TURN Season 1 and more

Jamie Bell in TURN - Season 1 | ©2014 AMC

In TURN, based on Alexander Rose’s nonfiction book WASHINGTON’S SPIES, Jamie Bell stars as historical figure Abraham Woodhull. Abe is a cabbage farmer living in the American colonies in the eighteenth century when war breaks out. Abe initially wants to stay out of the conflict, but he’s recruited by his friend Ben Talmadge (Seth Numrich) to join the Culper Ring, a band of spies who answer to General George Washington. The AMC series has its first-season finale Sunday, June 8, at 9 PM. AMC has presented a Q&A panel at the Pasadena Langham Huntington Hotel for the Television Critics Association […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: The scoop on AMC’s TURN

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Based on historian Alexander Rose’s nonfiction book WASHINGTON’S SPIES, AMC’s new dramatic thriller TURN, Sundays at 10 PM, is set during the American Revolutionary War. George Washington has a network of spies working for him against the British. An initially reluctant recruit to this cause is cabbage farmer Abe Woodhull, played by Jamie Bell (BILLY ELLIOTT). Following a Q&A panel held by AMC for the Television Critics Association, author Rose sits down with TURN executive producer Barry Josephson and show runner Craig Silverstein for a discussion of the series. ASSIGNMENT X: When you wrote this book, did you have the […]Read On »

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TURN star Seth Numrich gets sneaky in AMC’s new hit series – Exclusive Interview

Seth Numrich as Benjamin Tallmadge in the new AMC series TURN | © 2014 Antony Platt/AMC

In big-picture terms, everyone knows the outcome when the British colonies in North America rose up against England in the 1770s. However, relatively few people know about the Culper spy ring, which was instrumental in the eventual victory of the Continental Army. AMC’s new series TURN, Sundays at 10 PM, is based on the nonfiction book WASHINGTON’S SPIES: THE STORY OF AMERICA’S FIRST SPY RING by Alexander Rose. Set in 1778, as the Revolutionary War continues to rage (the Declaration of Independence wasn’t the end of hostilities), the series, follows initially reluctant Culper Ring recruit Abraham Woodhull (Jamie Bell). Seth […]Read On »

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DVD Review: RETREAT

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Rating: R Stars: Cillian Murphy, Thandie Newton, Jamie Bell, Jimmy Yuill Writers: Carl Tibbetts and Janice Hallett Director: Carl Tibbetts Distributor: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment Release Date: February 21, 2012 DVD and Digital RETREAT is an entry in the subgenre of an isolated couple being menaced by a stranger. There’s a twist here, with the possibility of a pandemic lurking outside the door. What’s actually happening is something of a surprise,  but the screenplay by Janice Hallett and director Carl Tibbetts doesn’t set up the mystery in a way that keeps us guessing excitedly or fearful for the characters. Married […]Read On »

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Movie Review: THE ADVENTURES OF TINTIN

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Rating: PG Stars (motion-capture): Jamie Bell, Andy Serkis, Daniel Craig, Simon Pegg, Nick Frost Writers: Steven Moffat and Edgar Wright & Joe Cornish, based on the comic book series by Herge Director: Steven Spielberg Distributors: Paramount/Columbia Release Date: December 21, 2011 THE ADVENTURES OF TINTIN is a curious sort of film. Based on the comic book series by the Belgian writer/artist Herge (real name Georges Prosper Remi, 1907-1983), the motion-capture adventure gives dimensionality to the look of the original artwork, but relies on a kind of Boy’s Own Adventure sensibility that seems a little thin by contemporary standards. Director Steven […]Read On »

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Movie Review: THE EAGLE

THE EAGLE movie poster | ©2011 Focus Features

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Channing Tatum, Jamie Bell, Donald Sutherland, Mark Strong, Tahar Rahim, Denis O’Hare Writer: Jeremy Brock, based on the novel THE EAGLE OF THE NINTH by Rosemary Sutcliff Director: Kevin Macdonald Distributor: Focus Features Release Date: February 11, 2011 Director Kevin Macdonald and screenwriter Jeremy Brock, the team that previously brought us THE LAST KING OF SCOTLAND, now set a tale in actual, albeit ancient, Scotland. Although THE EAGLE is much more steeped in legend and natural beauty (the film was shot in Scotland and Hungary), the filmmakers manage to bring the moral ambiguity levels impressively high, even […]Read On »

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