New 4K, Blu-ray, DVD and Digital Releases for 11/21

THE HITMANS BODYGUARD | © 2017 Lionsgate Home Entertainment

Your guide to some of the new releases that are out this week. THE HITMAN’S BODYGUARD When I first saw the trailer to THE HITMAN’S BODYGUARD I thought it was another big miss for Ryan Reynolds in a continuing up and down career. However, my low expectations may be one of the reasons that I liked the film. It doesn’t really pretend to be anything more than it is which is a totally impossible, corny flick that is incredibly chalk full of foul language, which doesn’t bother me at all. Reynolds plays a body guard that is tasked with protecting […]Read On »

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Movie Review: CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR

CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR | © 2016 Walt Disney/Marvel

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Chris Evans, Robert Downey Jr.,Scarlett Johansson, Sebastian Stan, Anthony Mackie, Don Cheadle, Jeremy Renner, Chadwick Boseman, Paul Bettany, Elizabeth Olsen, Paul Rudd, Emily VanCamp, Tom Holland, Frank Grillo, William Hurt, Martin Freeman Writers: Christopher Markus & Stephen McFeely, based on the comic book by Mark Millar, based on characters created by Joe Simon & Jack Kirby Directors: Anthony Russo & Joe Russo Distributor: Walt Disney Pictures/Marvel Release Date: May 6, 2016 Awhile back, HIGHLANDER: THE SERIES show runner David Abramowitz described that enterprise as “a Talmudic discussion with ass-kicking.” That assessment frequently springs to mind while watching […]Read On »

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Movie Review: AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON

AVENGERS AGE OF ULTRON | © 2015 Marvel/Disney

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, James Spader (voice), Samuel L. Jackson, Don Cheadle, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Elizabeth Olsen, Cobie Smulders, Paul Bettany, Anthony Mackie, Linda Cardellini Writer: Joss Whedon, based on characters created by Stan Lee & Jack Kirby Director: Joss Whedon Distributor: Disney/Marvel Release Date: May 1, 2015 AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON is mostly what’s it should be and what’s expected – a superhero movie with slam-bang action, engaging characters, snappy dialogue and the fate of the world in the balance. Joss Whedon, who wrote and directed the first […]Read On »

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Movie Review: KILL THE MESSENGER

KILL THE MESSENGER movie poster | ©2014 Focus Features

Rating: R Stars: Jeremy Renner, Rosemarie DeWitt, Ray Liotta, Tim Blake Nelson, Berry Pepper, Oliver Platt, Michael Sheen, Paz Vega, Michael Kenneth Williams, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Andy Garcia Writer: Peter Landesman, based on the books DARK ALLIANCE by Gary Webb and KILL THE MESSENGER by Nick Schou Director: Michael Cuesta Distributor: Focus Features Release Date: October 10, 2014 At this relatively late date of 2014, most people accept as a matter of historical record that the CIA was involved in some shady doings in Nicaragua during the 1980s, continuing into the following decade. However, in 1996, not only was this […]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 Photos from MARVEL’S THOR: THE DARK WORLD U.S. Premiere

Chris Hemsworth at the U.S. Premiere of Marvel's THOR: THE DARK WORLD | ©2013 Sue Schneider

Walt Disney Studios held the U.S. Premiere of MARVEL’S THOR: THE DARK WORLD not so long ago. I’m sorry Assignment X readers that this is late going up, but I had computer problems, which is now fixed, so I hope you still enjoy seeing everything. Unfortunately, Nathan Fillion walked half of the carpet, then went and posed with Zachary Levi and Tom Hiddleston and decided not to walk the rest of the carpet and wouldn’t stop no matter how loud everyone yelled Nathan. Of course, I was at the end where he didn’t pose. The premiere was held at the […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: THE NEIGHBORS creator Dan Fogelman on his ABC series

Ian Patrick, Tim Jo, Simon Templeman, Toks Olagundoye, Isabella Cramp, Jami Gertz, Lenny Venito, Clara Mamet, Max Charles in THE NEIGHBORS - Season 1 | ©2012 ABC/Bob D'Amico

In ABC’s freshman comedy series THE NEIGHBORS, Wednesdays at 8:30 PM, the Weaver family, headed up by mom Debbie (Jami Gertz) and dad Marty (Lenny Venito), move to an idyllic-looking suburban development – that turns out to be entirely populated by aliens stuck on this planet after they’ve lost their ability to return to home planet Zabvron. The aliens take their names from human sports celebrities, so the Weavers’ next-door neighbors – and tentative new friends – are dubbed Larry Bird (Simon Templeman) and Jackie Joyner-Kersee (Toks Olagundouye). The results are multiculturalism at a wider range than mere terrestrial folks […]Read On »

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Exclusive Photos from the HANSEL AND GRETEL: WITCH HUNTERS Los Angeles Premiere

Jeremy Renner at the Los Angeles Premiere of HANSEL & GRETEL: WITCH HUNTERS | ©2013 Sue Schneider

Paramount Pictures held the Los Angeles Premiere of HANSEL AND GRETEL: WITCH HUNTERS on January 24th at the TCL Chinese Theatre (formally Grauman’s) in Hollywood. Expecting rain the red carpet was tented just in case. Walking the carpet were the stars of the movie, which included: Jeremy Renner, Gemma Arterton, Famke Janssen, Derek Mears, Peter Stormare, Pihla Viitala, writer/director Tommy Wirkola, Producers: Will Ferrell and Kevin Messick, composer Atli Orvarsson and Monique Ganderton (stunt double for Famke Janssen). Joining them were guests, which included: Grant Bowler, Marley Shelton, Rick Yune, Zoe Bell, and Stephanie Corneliussen. HANSEL & GRETEL: WITCH HUNTERS […]Read On »

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Movie Review: HANSEL & GRETEL: WITCH HUNTERS

HANSEL & GRETEL WITCH HUNTERS |(c) 2013 Paramount Pictures

Rating: R Stars: Jeremy Renner, Gemma Arterton, Famke Janssen, Pihla Viitala,Thomas Mann, Peter Stormare Writers: Tommy Wirkola and D.W. Harper Director: Tommy Wirkola Distributor: Paramount Release Date: January 25, 2013 There are a lot of good ideas in HANSEL & GRETEL: WITCH HUNTERS, not the least of which was having Tommy Wirkola direct and co-write (with D.W. Harper). Wirkola’s previous film, the Norwegian-language Nazi zombie movie DEAD SNOW, displayed some of the antic spirit of Sam Raimi’s EVIL DEAD movies. The trouble is that some of the elements in HANSEL & GRETEL require a different sort of tone, and this […]Read On »

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TV Review: SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE – Season 38 – Host Martin Short

Martin Short and Paul McCartney in SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE - Season 38 | ©2012 NBC/Dana Edelson

After a very rough patch of episodes, SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE pulled out all the stops for its Christmas episode hosted by Martin Short with musical guest Paul McCartney. Following on the heels of the tragedy in the Sandy Hook elementary shooting, SNL made the cold opening a very classy and understated moment – they had the New York Children’s Choir sing “Silent Night”. No mention was made of the tragedy, but it was clear what this moment stood for. Very memorable. The rest of the episode was filled with an endless parade of big name cameos (Samuel L. Jackson, Alec […]Read On »

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