Movie Review: THE SHALLOWS

THE SHALLOWS movie poster | ©2016 Sony Pictures

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Blake Lively, Oscar Jaenada, Brett Cullen, Sedona Legge Writer: Anthony Jaswinski Director: Jaume Collet-Serra Distributor: Sony/Columbia Release Date: June 24, 2016 THE SHALLOWS pits Blake Lively’s surfer, Nancy Adams, against a Great White shark that has taken up residence near a secluded beach in Mexico. No one should go to a summer shark attack movie expecting plausibility – once in a great while, something like the all-too-believable OPEN WATER comes along, but that’s the exception. It’s usually not a problem, except when the movie wants to be taken seriously on a number of levels. THE SHALLOWS aims […]Read On »

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Movie Review: RUN ALL NIGHT

RUN ALL NIGHT poster | ©2015 Warner Bros.

Rating: R Stars: Liam Neeson, Joel Kinnaman, Ed Harris, Vincent D’Onofrio, Bruce McGill, Genesis Rodriguez, Nick Nolte, Common, Boyd Holbrook, Holt McCallany Writer: Brad Ingelsby Director: Jaume Collet-Serra Distributor: Warner Bros. Release Date: March 13, 2015 RUN ALL NIGHT is one of those movies that could be a lot better, but it could also be a lot worse. If one can accept the colossal coincidence that fuels the action, it has solid emotional underpinnings, a strong cast and a snazzy visual style courtesy of director Jaume Collet-Serra. On the flip side, writer Brad Ingelsby’s on-the-nose dialogue tends to undercut the […]Read On »

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Exclusive Photos from the NON-STOP World Premiere

Liam Neeson at the World Premiere of NON-STOP | ©2014 Sue Schneider

Recently Universal Pictures and Studiocanal held the World Premiere of NON-STOP at the Regency Village Theatre in Westwood. Fans lined the sidewalks across from the theatre in hopes of getting autographs and screaming when the stars arrive. Of course, this is the same as what happens with every premiere. You can tell when the big stars arrive as the screaming gets louder. Walking the carpet were the stars of the film, which included: Liam Neeson, Julianne Moore, Scott McNairy, Michelle Dockery Nate Parker, Jason Butler Harner, Omar Metwally, Lupita Nyong’o, Anson Mount, Corey Hawkins, Jaume Collet-Serra (Director), John W. Richardson […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: Eloise Mumford navigates THE RIVER

Eloise Mumford in THE RIVER - Season 1 | ©2012 ABC/Bob D'Amico

In ABC’s THE RIVER, Tuesdays at 9 PM, a documentary crew sails along the Amazon River, seeking traces of missing naturalist Emmet Cole (Bruce Greenwood) and finding a few traces – along with a whole lot of supernatural menace. The series is co-created by PARANORMAL ACTIVITY auteur Oren Peli and Michael R. Perry. While most of the characters have family or work ties to the missing Emmet, Eloise Mumford’s character Lena Landry is there seeking her own father, along with a sense of purpose. There was closure this past week to that part of her arc with the “Peaches” episode […]Read On »

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TV Review: THE RIVER – Season 1 – “Marbeley”

Joe Anderson in THE RIVER - Season 1 - "Marbeley" | ©2012 ABC/Mario Perez

Stars: Bruce Greenwood, Joe Anderson, Leslie Hope, Eloise Mumford, Paul Blackthorne, Thomas Kretschmann, Daniel Zacapa, Shaun Parkes, Paulina Gaitan Writers: Michael Green & Zack Estrin, series created by Michael R. Perry & Oren Peli Director: Jaume Collet-Serra Network: ABC, Tuesdays @ 9 PM Original Broadcast: February 7, 2012 You know how creepy old dolls can look? Yeah, so do the makers of THE RIVER, who give us a whole tree grove full of the things in the second episode “Marbeley.” Flashbacks via video clips show us Emmet Cole (Bruce Greenwood) with his then-young son Lincoln. Emmet is an adoring dad […]Read On »

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TV Review: THE RIVER – Season 1 – “Magus” – Series Premiere

Paul Blackthorne, Daniel Zacapa, Thomas Kretschmann, Paulina Gaitan, Shaun Parkes, Leslie Hope, Eloise Mumford, Joe Anderson and Bruce Greenwood in THE RIVER - Season 1 | ©2012 ABC/Bob D'Amico

Stars: Bruce Greenwood, Joe Anderson, Leslie Hope, Eloise Mumford, Paul Blackthorne, Thomas Kretschmann, Daniel Zacapa, Shaun Parkes, Paulina Gaitan, Jeff Galfer Writers: Michael Green and Michael R. Perry, series created by Michael R. Perry & Oren Peli Director: Jaume Collet-Serra Network: ABC, Tuesdays @ 9 PM Original Broadcast: February 7, 2012 At this point, “found footage” horror is a genre unto itself, but Oren Peli, who made the first PARANORMAL ACTIVITY film and has produced the franchise since then, knows how to make it work long-term. THE RIVER, which Peli created with Michael R. Perry, is proof of this. It […]Read On »

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Exclusive Photos: The UNKNOWN Los Angeles premiere

Liam Neeson at the Los Angeles Premiere of UNKNOWN | ©2011 Sue Schneider

Warner Bros. Pictures presented the Los Angeles Premiere of UNKNOWN, in association with Dark Castle Entertainment, A Panda Production on February 16, at the Regency Village Theater in Westwood. Since it was cold and raining most of the day the press and the stars attending were tented. Fans stood on the street to get a glimpse of the stars who stopped to sign autographs. UNKNOWN stars Liam Neeson as Dr. Martin Harris who awakes after a car accident in Berlin to discover that his wife Elizabeth (January Jones) suddenly doesn’t recognize him and another man Martin B. (Aiden Quinn) has […]Read On »

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Movie Review: UNKNOWN

UNKNOWN movie poster | ©2011 Warner Bros.

Rating: R Stars: Liam Neeson, Diane Kruger, January Jones, Aidan Quinn, Bruno Ganz, Frank Langella Writers: Oliver Butcher & Stephen Cornwell, based on the novel by Didier van Cauwelaert Director: Jaume Collet-Serra Distributor: Warner Bros. Release Date: February 18, 2011 Director Jaume Collet-Serra helmed 2009’s ORPHAN, which had a truly “Holy bananas!” plot twist that was fairly unforeseeable. UNKNOWN likewise hinges on a big plot twist and, although this one is easier to guess before it is revealed, it’s also a better movie. This is largely because UNKNOWN is a perfectly decent action thriller even once we and our hero […]Read On »

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