Benjamin Wallfisch scores A CURE FOR WELLNESS – Interview

A CURE FOR WELLNESS soundtrack | ©2017 Milan Records

Madness and the curse of centuries-old grotesqueries have rarely been as elegantly conveyed as A CURE FOR WELLNESS, an auspicious entry into the time-honored genre of the sane man trapped in an insane asylum – or in this case a Swiss Alps spa seemingly dedicated to the spiritual, and physical health of its decrepit well-healed clientele. Much like a funeral director with obsessive detail to make an unholy mess spic and span, PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN and RING director Gore Verbinski has ensured that his institute resounds with old world, aristocratic class, all the better to hide the demonic suffering its delightfully […]Read On »

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LIGHTS OUT highlights Blu-ray, DVD and Digital Releases for Oct. 25, 2016

LIGHTS OUT | © 2016 Warner Home Video

LIGHTS OUT – While this is billed as an indie horror flick, Warner Bros is the distributor so it can’t be that much of an independent production. That said, LIGHTS OUT is a really good horror flick. Based on a short video that went viral in 2013, LIGHTS OUT follows the story of Sophie (Maria Bello) that is obsessed with her imaginary friend Diana. So much so, she has alienated her kids and friends. It turns out that Sophie has been having a relationship with Diana for quite a while but Diana may not be imaginary at all but a […]Read On »

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Movie Review: OUIJA: ORIGIN OF EVIL

OUIJA: ORIGIN OF EVIL poster | ©2016 Universal Pictures

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Annalise Basso, Elizabeth Reaser, Lulu Wilson, Henry Thomas, Doug Jones Writers: Mike Flanagan & Jeff Howard, based on characters created by Juliet Snowden & Stiles White Director: Mike Flanagan Distributor: Universal Release Date: October 20, 2016 OUIJA: THE ORIGIN OF EVIL is a sequel, or rather a prequel, far superior to its 2014 predecessor. For starters, it makes much more sense and has many more organic scares. Those who pay attention to character names will realize what story we’re watching. Otherwise, apart from the Ouija board of the title, we have to wait for a brief post-credits […]Read On »

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Movie Review: LIGHTS OUT

LIGHTS OUT | © 2016 Warner Bros

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Teresa Palmer, Gabriel Bateman, Maria Bello, Alexander DiPersia, Alicia Vela-Bailey, Andi Osho, Billy Burke Writer: Eric Heiserrer, story by David F. Sandberg Director: David F. Sandberg Distributor: Warner Bros./New Line Cinema Release Date: July 22, 2016 Here’s a nice surprise: LIGHTS OUT, a summer horror movie that has consistent and well-earned scares, a modestly novel premise and good story logic. It’s that relative rarity that doesn’t even suffer from its PG-13 rating – the gore is just enough to be jolting, but not so pervasive that it gets an R or holds up the pacing. In LIGHTS […]Read On »

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Trailer Park: LEGO BATMAN, BRIDGET JONES’S BABY And More

THE LEGO BATMAN Movie | © 2016 Warner Bros

By SONIA MANSFIELD / Contributing Writer Are you completely burned out on BATMAN V SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE? If so, I’ve got good news for you. This week’s TRAILER PARK only features one of those guys. I also highlight a horror movie, a romantic comedy and a movie based on a video game. How’s that for variety? Let’s get to it. Let’s review some movie trailers. THE LEGO BATMAN MOVIE (2017) For those of us that like our superhero movies to have a sense of humor, we have THE LEGO BATMAN MOVIE, which released not one – but two movie […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: Bill Irwin wakes up MONDAY MORNINGS

Bill Irwin in MONDAY MORNINGS - Season 1 | ©2013 TNT/Martin Schoeller

On TNT’s MONDAY MORNINGS, TNT Monday nights at 10 PM, the show centers around a hospital’s weekly Morbidity and Mortality meetings. Bill Irwin’s character Dr. Buck Tierney is often the focus of these meetings, as so many of his patients die that his colleagues have nicknamed him “007,” suggesting a license to kill. Irwin, a native of Santa Monica, California, would seem to have a license to do theatre. He’s a graduate of the Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Clown College (yes, this is a real institution). As an actor, Irwin won a Tony Award for his portrayal of Martin in the 2005 […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: It’s LIGHTS OUT for producer Warren Leight

Holy McCallany and Stacy Keach in LIGHTS OUT - Season One | ©2011 FX

In FX’s new series LIGHTS OUT, created by Justin Zackham and which debuts tonight, Holt McCallany plays boxer Patrick “Lights” Leary, who is preparing for a comeback after five years away from the ring. TV veteran and noted playwright (Tony Award winner for SIDE MAN) Warren Leight, LIGHTS OUT’s show runner and one of its executive producers, talks to us about putting the sweet science on the small screen. ASSIGNMENT X: Is it true there was a pilot made for the show in 2009 that was almost completely rewritten and recast? WARREN LEIGHT: The original pilot was shot spring of […]Read On »

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Breaking News: Why was the FX series TERRIERS cancelled? FX President John Landgraf reveals why it was put to sleep

Donal Logue and Michael Raymond-James in TERRIERS - Season 1 | ©2010 FX/Patrick McElhenney

TERRIERS is one of those great shows that few people watched, but those who did, were passionate about it. The FX series concerned ex-cop Hank Dolworth (Donal Logue) and his best friend ex-thief Brit Morgan (Michael Raymond-James) who teamed up as unlicensed private eyes in San Diego and stumbled across a CHINATOWN-like scheme. The series finale aired Wednesday. Usually, when a TV series is canceled, the network lets it slip away as quietly as possible. However, when FX decided not to renew freshman series TERRIERS on Friday, network president John Landgraf took the rare step of organizing a conference call […]Read On »

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