Movie Review: MORGAN

MORGAN | © 2016 Twentieth Century Fox

Rating: R Stars: Kate Mara, Anya Taylor-Joy, Rose Leslie, Michael Yare, Toby Jones, Chris Sullivan, Boyd Holbrook, Vinette Robinson, Michelle Yeoh, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Paul Giamatti, Brian Cox Writer: Seth W. Owen Director: Luke Scott Distributor: Twentieth Century Fox Release Date: September 2, 2016 MORGAN is a science-fiction/horror story that plays hardball with our sympathies. Even as we’re shown the danger posed by Morgan (Anya Taylor-Joy) in the opening moments, we instinctively side with her and those who want to protect her. This instinct is challenged throughout, as – this isn’t giving much away – the first scene won’t be […]Read On »

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Movie Review: THE MARTIAN

THE MARTIAN movie poster | ©2015 20th Century Fox

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Matt Damon, Jessica Chastain, Kristen Wiig, Jeff Daniels, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Sean Bean, Michael Cena, Kate Mara, Sebastian Stan, Mackenzie Davis, Donald Glover, Aksel Hennie, Benedict Wong Writer: Drew Goddard, based on the novel by Andy Weir Director: Ridley Scott Distributor: Twentieth Century Fox Release Date: October 2, 2015 Director Ridley Scott is an acknowledged master of the visual arts, but the words “charming” and “intentionally funny” don’t usually spring to mind to describe his works, especially those set largely in outer space (ALIEN and PROMETHEUS are not generally cited as sources of warm fuzziness). THE MARTIAN changes […]Read On »

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Exclusive Photos from the HER Los Angeles Premiere

Joaquin Phoenix at the Los Angeles Premiere of HER | ©2013 Sue Schneider

Warner Bros. Pictures held the Los Angeles premiere of HER on December 12th at The Directors Guild of America. It was a small premiere with the stars and a few guests. Half of the photographers were outside and the rest of us inside, and since it was such a cold night I was happy to be inside the lobby. Walking the carpet were the stars of the film, which included: Joaquin Phoenix, Amy Adams, Rooney Mara, Olivia Wilde (who is pregnant), Matt Letscher, and Director Spike Jonze. Joining the stars of HER were guests, which included: Flea, Simon Helberg, Dawn […]Read On »

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TCA News: The status of AMERICAN HORROR STORY Season 2

Dylan McDermott and Rubber Man in AMERICAN HORROR STORY - Season 1 - "Smoldering Children" | ©2011 FX/Lewis Jacobs

When AMERICAN HORROR STORY ended Season 1, the big twist wasn’t what happened to the characters, it’s what happened to the show. Executive producer and co-creator Ryan Murphy essentially pulled the wool over the viewers eyes and created a TV series that would reboot every year with a new story,  new characters and a new cast. At today’s TCA press tour for the FX Network, John Landgraf, President & General Manager, says that he’s excited by what Murphy is conjuring up for the completely different Season 2. “He really loves to create a new world,” says Landgraf. “You even saw […]Read On »

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TV Review: AMERICAN HORROR STORY – Season 1 finale – “Afterbirth”

Jessica Lange in AMERICAN HORROR STORY - Season 1 - "Afterbirth" | ©2011 FX/Prashant Gupta

Stars: Connie Britton, Dylan McDermott, Jessica Lange, Taissa Farmiga, Evan Peters, Frances Conroy, Kate Mara, Lily Rabe, Alexandra Breckinridge, Christine Estabrook, Michael Graziadei, Charles S. Dutton Writer: Jessica Sharzer, series created by Ryan Murphy & Brad Falchuk Director: Bradley Buecker Network: FX, Wednesdays @ 10 PM Original Telecast: December 21, 2011 With “Afterbirth,” AMERICAN HORROR STORY’s first-season conclusion, we’re surprised that a number of characters have quasi-happy endings – that would be unendings, in several cases, as most of them are ghosts – while we’re left unsure of just how seriously to take all those promises of the apocalypse. In […]Read On »

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TV Review: AMERICAN HORROR STORY – Season 1 – “Birth”

Connie Britton in AMERICAN HORROR STORY - Season 1 - "Birth" | ©2011 FX/Mike Ansell

Stars: Connie Britton, Dylan McDermott, Jessica Lange, Taissa Farmiga, Evan Peters, Frances Conroy, Kate Mara, Sarah Paulson, Zachary Quinto, Teddy Sears, Lily Rabe, Matt Ross Writer: Tim Minear, series created by Ryan Murphy & Brad Falchuk Director: Alfonse Gomez-Rejon Network: FX, Wednesdays @ 10 PM Original Telecast: December 14, 2011 In case anyone was worried, AMERICAN HORROR STORY demonstrates with “Birth” that, even if Vivien is now the mother of the Antichrist (by the episode’s end, we’re still not sure exactly what the baby is or is not), there’s plenty of tale left to be told. This said, a lot […]Read On »

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TV Review: AMERICAN HORROR STORY – Season 1 – “Spooky Little Girl”

Matt Ross in AMERICAN HORROR STORY - Season 1 - "Spooky Little Girl" | ©2011 FX/Michael Becker

Stars: Connie Britton, Dylan McDermott, Jessica Lange, Taissa Farmiga, Evan Peters, Denis O’Hare, Frances Conroy, Kate Mara, Alexandra Breckinridge, Morris Chestnut, Mena Suvari, Sarah Paulson, Matt Ross, Michael Graziadei Writer: Jennifer Salt, series created by Ryan Murphy & Brad Falchuk Director: John Scott Network: FX, Wednesdays @ 10 PM Original Telecast: November 30, 2011 Should we not have realized before, the AMERICAN HORROR STORY episode “Spooky Little Girl” reminds us that even ghosts can be self-defeating and work against their own best interests. Tate (Evan Peters), as we learn, has not only committed a violation by raping Vivien (Connie Britton) […]Read On »

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TV Review: AMERICAN HORROR STORY – Season 1 – “Rubber Man”

Dylan McDermott and Taissa Farmiga in AMERICAN HORROR STORY - Season 1 - "Rubber Man" | ©2011 FX/Prashant Gupta

Stars: Connie Britton, Dylan McDermott, Jessica Lange, Taissa Farmiga, Evan Peters, Denis O’Hare, Frances Conroy, Kate Mara, Lily Rabe, Zachary Quinto, Teddy Sears, Morris Chestnut, Christine Estabrook, Azura Skye Writer: Ryan Murphy, series created by Ryan Murphy & Brad Falchuk Director: Miguel Arteta Network: FX, Wednesdays @ 10 PM Original Telecast: November 23, 2011 It takes a lot of faith in one’s material to get revelatory in the middle of a horror story. Skilled writers have been known to crash and burn once we know what’s behind the evil in literature and on screen. However, AMERICAN HORROR STORY co-creator Ryan […]Read On »

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TV Review: AMERICAN HORROR STORY – Season 1 – “Halloween Part 2”

Denis O'Hare in AMERICAN HORROR STORY - Season 1 - "Halloween Pt. 2" | ©2011 FX/Ray Mickshaw

Stars: Connie Britton, Dylan McDermott, Jessica Lange, Taissa Farmiga, Evan Peters, Denis O’Hare, Frances Conroy, Jamie Brewer, Kate Mara, Lily Rabe, Zachary Quinto, Teddy Sears, Morris Chestnut, Alessandra Torresani Writer: Tim Minear, series created by Ryan Murphy & Brad Falchuk Director: David Semel Network: FX, Wednesdays @ 10 PM Original Telecast: November 2, 2011 The great thing about AMERICAN HORROR STORY (for those of us who appreciate this) is that it doesn’t seem to have any slow gears. It has various shades of madness, craziness and insanity, but it doesn’t really have what could be considered lulls in the action. […]Read On »

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TV Review: AMERICAN HORROR STORY – Season 1 – “Halloween Pt. 1”

Dylan McDermott in AMERICAN HORROR STORY - Season 1 - "Halloween Pt. 1" | ©2011 FX/Ray Mickshaw

Stars: Dylan McDermott, Connie Britton, Jessica Lange, Taissa Farmiga, Evan Peters, Denis O’Hare, Frances Conroy, Jamie Brewer, Kate Mara, Lily Rabe, Zachary Quinto, Teddy Sears, Morris Chestnut, Christine Estabrook Writer: James Wong, series created by Ryan Murphy & Brad Falchuk Director: David Semel Network: FX, Wednesdays @ 10 PM Original Telecast: October 24, 2011 According to lore, Halloween is when the wall between the worlds of the living and the dead become thin, allowing the two to mingle. Gee, like the Harmon house needs any help in that department. All sorts of entities turn up and things get even spookier […]Read On »

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