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: RED SPARROW

RED SPARROW | © 2018 20th Century Fox

Rating: R Stars: Jennifer Lawrence, Joel Edgerton, Matthias Schoenaerts, Ciaran Hinds, Jeremy Irons, Charlotte Rampling, Mary-Louise Parker, Joely Richardson Writer: Justin Haythe, based on the novel by Jason Matthews Director: Francis Lawrence Distributor: 20th Century Fox Release Date: March 2, 2018 RED SPARROW is a retro spy thriller set in the present day. The retro aspect creates a lot of problems for the drama based on Justin Matthews’s award-winning 2013 novel, the biggest one being the spectacularly awkward timing of the film’s release. Of all the moments in history to tell a straight-faced story about Russia being keen to get […]Read On »

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Movie Review: JOY

JOY movie poster | ©2015 20th Century Fox

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Jennifer Lawrence, Robert De Niro, Bradley Cooper, Edgar Ramirez, Diane Ladd, Virginia Madsen, Isabella Rossellini, Dascha Polanco, Elisabeth Rohm, Aundrea Gadsby, Gia Gadsby Writer: David O. Russell, story by Annie Mumolo and David O. Russell Director: David O. Russell Distributor: Twentieth Century Fox Release Date: December 25, 2015 JOY is, in broad strokes, the story of Joy Mangano, though how closely this hews to actual history is an open question so far as onscreen crawls go. On its own terms, JOY works, and if it never exactly produces the title sentiment, it’s still a satisfying experience. JOY […]Read On »

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THE HUNGER GAMES: MOCKINGJAY PART 1 Highlights this week in Blu-ray, DVD and VOD Releases

THE HUNGER GAMES: MOCKINGJAY PART 1 | © 2015 Lionsgate Home Entertainment

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: THE HUNGER GAMES: MOCKINGJAY PART 1 – I found it particularly interesting that they really took THE HUNGER GAMES franchise is a crazy direction with MOCKINGJAY. Up until this point, the two previous films were centered on the annual games where a bunch of people fight 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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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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Movie Review: AMERICAN HUSTLE

AMERICAN HUSTLE movie poster | ©2013 Sony Pictures

Rating: R Stars: Christian Bale, Bradley Cooper, Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner, Jennifer Lawrence, Louis C.K., Michael Pena, Alessandro Nivola Writers: Eric Warren Singer and David O. Russell Director: David O. Russell Distributor: Columbia Pictures Release Date: limited, December 13, 2013; wide, December 20, 2013 It’s hard to do a good story about con artists. The con has to be plausible, the players have to be engaging, and the payoff has to be something that neither the marks nor the audience see coming. AMERICAN HUSTLE is a great example of the genre, piling twist upon twist, mentioning about halfway through which […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE choreographers Mandy Moore and Travis Wall on Season 10

SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE choreographer Mandy Moore | ©2018Fox/Kelsey McNeal

Fox’s SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE, now in its tenth season Tuesday nights at 8 PM, differs from that other network’s dance competition show in some significant ways. Instead of having people the viewers have heard of who are learning to dance for the first time, SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE have extraordinarily talented unknowns working solo, in pairs and as a group. The top ten dancers of any season get a place on the seasonal live tour that travels throughout theU.S. and the series is considered a springboard for all types of careers in dance. After a […]Read On »

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Exclusive Photos from the 39th ANNUAL SATURN AWARDS PRESSROOM

Joss Whedon and Clark Gregg at the 39th Saturns Awards | ©2013 Sue Schneider

After the 39th Annual Saturn Awards arrivals while the stars and guests went into the ballroom for dinner and the award show the press headed back to the pressroom to wait for the winners and the presenters to come on back to pose with their Saturn Award. Walking through the press room was: Lara Parker, Kathryn Leigh Scott, David Womark, Zev Foreman, Danny Elfman, Katie Leclerc, Israel Broussard, Sam J. Jones, Julie Adams, Don Handfield, Ellen Green, Jeff White, Keith David, Drew Roy, Doug Jones, John Savage, Joe Kaplan, Al Kaplan, Allison Abbate, Wayne Brady, William Friedkin, Shane Black, Abigail […]Read On »

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Profile: The rundown on Hollywood’s AFI FILM FESTIVAL 2012

AFI Fest Logo I ©2012 AFI

A proper, successful film festival these days needs a savvy combination of 1) Fresh Discoveries, 2) Unique Foreign Films, 3) a smattering of the Boldly Bizarre AND to get the crowds big enough to support all those mentioned, 4) Highbrow Hollywood Pictures. The 2012 AFI Film Festival held November 1st-08th worked all those elements into play with amazing ease. Now in its fourth year of just giving tickets away to screenings, the AFI Fest seems to have hit its groove. Screenings were right on Hollywood Blvd at the iconic Grauman’s Chinese Theater, the satellite cinemas Chinese 1-6 and the historic […]Read On »

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