Movie Review: SPIDER-MAN: INTO THE SPIDER-VERSE

SPIDER-MAN: INTO THE SPIDER-VERSE movie poster | ©2018 Sony/Columbia/Marvel

Rating: PG Stars (voices): Shameik Moore, Jake Johnson, Hailee Steinfeld, Mahershala Ali, Brian Tyree Henry, Lily Tomlin, Luna Lauren Velez, Zoe Kravitz, John Mulaney, Kimiko Glenn, Nicolas Cage, Kathryn Hahn, Liev Schreiber, Chris Pine Writers: Phil Lord & Rodney Rothman, story by Phil Lord, based on characters created by Brian Michael Bendis & Sara Picelli, Steve Ditko & Stan Lee, David Hine and Fabrice Sapolsky Director: Bob Persichetti & Peter Ramsey & Rodney Rothman Distributor: Sony/Columbia/Marvel Release Date: December 14, 2018 Even for the possibly slightly SPIDER-MAN-weary amongst us (seriously, how many times can this specific superhero franchise be sequelized/rebooted […]Read On »

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Movie Review: THE 5TH WAVE

THE 5TH WAVE movie poster | ©2016 Columbia Pictures

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Chloe Grace Moretz, Nick Robinson, Alex Roe, Liev Schreiber, Zackary Arthur, Ron Livingston, Maria Bello, Maika Monroe Writers: Susannah Grant and Akiva Goldsman & Jeff Pinkner, based on the novel by Rick Yancey Director: J Blakeson Distributor: Columbia/Sony Release Date (theatrical): January 22, 2016 One wants to judge a movie entirely on its own merits, but THE 5TH WAVE does appear to be the latest contestant in Hollywood’s own Hunger Games, trying to replicate the success of a certain other young adult science-fiction/action franchise. This said, THE 5TH WAVE has the benefits of moving at a fast […]Read On »

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Movie Review: SPOTLIGHT

SPOTLIGHT | © 2015 Open Road

Rating: R Stars: Mark Ruffalo, Michael Keaton, Rachel McAdams, Stanley Tucci, Brian D’Arcy James, Liev Schreiber, John Slattery Writers: Tom McCarthy and Josh Singer, based on the book BETRAYAL by the investigative staff of the Boston Globe Director: Tom McCarthy Distributor: Open Road Release Date: November 5, 2015 SPOTLIGHT harks back to ALL THE PRESIDENT’S MEN, the 1976 feature film about Washington Post journalists Bob Woodward (played by Robert Redford) and Carl Bernstein (played by Dustin Hoffman) digging into the story of the break-in at the Watergate Hotel, which ultimately toppled the presidency of Richard Nixon. While the action in […]Read On »

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Movie Review: PAWN SACRIFICE

PAWN SACRIFICE poster | ©2015 Bleecker Street Media

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Tobey Maguire, Liev Schreiber, Michael Stuhlbarg, Peter Sarsgaard, Lily Rabe, Robin Weigert Writer: Steven Knight, story by Stephen J. Rivele & Christopher Wilkinson and Steven Knight Director: Edward Zwick Distributor: Bleecker Street Media Release Date: September 16, 2015 Chess is not an inherently cinematic game. Couple it with a main character who is actively unlikable, and it sounds like the makings of a movie that is at best hard to watch. Yet PAWN SACRIFICE turns out to be immersive. Directed by Edward Zwick and scripted by Steven Knight from a story by Stephen J. Rivele & Christopher […]Read On »

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RAY DONOVAN: Dash Mihok chats Season 3 – Exclusive Interview

Dash Mihok as Bunchy Donovan in RAY DONOVAN - Season 3 | ©2015 Showtime/Steven Lippman

In Season 3 of Showtime’s drama RAY DONOVAN, Sundays at 9 PM, things may finally be looking up for Dash Mihok’s character Brendan “Bunchy” Donovan. The youngest brother of professional fixer Ray (Liev Schreiber), Bunchy has spent most of his life as what he calls “a sexual anorexic,” so traumatized by childhood sexual abuse that he could barely function, much less get a girlfriend. This year, Bunchy has had awakenings on several fronts, to the point that he may be getting married – if events don’t conspire to keep him from getting to the church on time. Mihok (pronounced MY-hock), […]Read On »

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RAY DONOVAN creator Ann Biderman talks Season 2 – Exclusive Interview

Liev Schreiber as Ray Donovan in RAY DONOVAN - Season 2 | ©2014 Showtime/Brian Bowen Smith

In Showtime’s RAY DONOVAN, now in its second season Sundays at 9 PM and renewed for a third, Liev Schreiber stars as the title character. Ray is a Boston-born Hollywood “fixer” who is okay with using blackmail and violence on behalf of his clients. But the turmoil of Ray’s job is nothing compared with his family conflicts. He and wife Abby (Paula Malcomson) have both had affairs, their two teenaged children (Kerris Dorsey, Devon Bagby) are in rebellion and Ray’s brothers (played by Eddie Marsan, Dash Mihok and Pooch Hall) all alternately depend on and resent their oldest sibling’s take-charge […]Read On »

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Interview: Todd McFarlane on SUPERHEROES: A NEVER-ENDING BATTLE

SUPERHEROES A NEVER-ENDING BATTLE | (c) 2013 PBS

SUPERHEROES: A NEVER-ENDING BATTLE is a three-hour documentary on comic books and the culture they’ve created that airs Tuesday October 15 on PBS. Documentarian Michael Kantor says, “We made this series so that no parent would ever throw out their kids’ comic books again. This series is not just for comic book geeks – it’s funded both by the National Endowment of the Arts and the National Endowment of Humanities, and it contextualizes the stories of comic book superheroes within the greater history, that of the Great Depression, World War II, the congressional witch hunts of the 1950s, the Watergate […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: RAY DONOVAN star Jon Voight on the Showtime series

Jon Voight in RAY DONOVAN | ©2013 Showtime/Suzanne Tenner

On Showtime’s RAY DONOVAN, now in its first season Sundays at 10 PM and already renewed for Season 2, Liev Schreiber’s title character is a professional fixer. If you can pay his fee, he can take care of that cocaine bust or the dead prostitute in the bed. However, even Ray can’t find a fix for his father Mickey, played by Jon Voight. Mickey has just gotten out of prison after serving time for murder and he insists on getting back into the lives of his sons, much to the fury of distrustful Ray. Voight, a New York native and […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: Eddie Marsan on RAY DONOVAN

Eddie Marsan as Terry Donavan in RAY DONOVAN - Season 1 | ©2013 Showtime/Jeff Riedel

In Showtime’s new series RAY DONOVAN, premiering tonight, Sunday June 30 at 10 PM, Liev Schreiber plays the title character. In the series created by Ann Biderman, Ray is a Hollywood “fixer,” the kind of guy who, for a price, can straighten out situations like waking up to find a dead prostitute in the bed. What Ray can’t seem to fix is his own family – some of his problems include the fact that his homicidal father (Jon Voight) has just been released from prison and one of his brothers, boxing trainer Terry, played by Eddie Marsan, has Parkinson’s. Marsan, […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: THE HOUR star Romola Garai talks Season 2 of the BBC America series

Romola Garai in THE HOUR - Series 2 | ©2012 BBC America

In THE HOUR, now in its second season on BBC America, Wednesdays at 9 PM, it’s the late 1950s. Romola Garai’s character Bel Rowley, who lost her job as producer of the news show “The Hour” at the end of Season One, has been reinstated. Her former lover and current problem associate Hector Madden (Dominic West) has been her anchorman but seems to be moving to another network, while erstwhile best friend and key investigator Freddie Lyon (Ben Whishaw) has returned with new wife in tow to take a news anchor job. They’re all neck-deep in a new mystery. Garai, […]Read On »

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