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: 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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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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FURY Highlights this week in Blu-ray, DVD and VOD Releases

FURY | © 2015 Sony Pictures 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: FURY – FURY is a very interesting war movie. It isn’t structured in a way at all familiar with other films of World War II in the modern era. FURY takes place during the latter point in the European theater where Germany has pulled back to its […]Read On »

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Movie Review: PRISONERS

PRISONERS movie poster | ©2013 Warner Bros.

Rating: R Stars: Hugh Jackman, Jake Gyllenhaal, Viola Davis, Terrence Howard, Maria Bello, Melissa Leo, Paul Dano Writer: Aaron Guzikowski Director: Denis Villeneuve Distributor: Warner Bros. Release Date: September 20, 2013 PRISONERS is a two-and-a-half-hour thriller that raises some difficult questions, making them intense and uncomfortable enough for us to ponder even after the film is over. It also boasts strong performances by leads Hugh Jackman and Jake Gyllenhaal, as well as a potent supporting cast headed up by Terrence Howard and Viola Davis. However, director Denis Villeneuve and writer Aaron Guzikowski wind up downplaying a number of central issues […]Read On »

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Exclusive Photos from PRISONERS Los Angeles Premiere

Hugh Jackman at the premiere of PRISONERS | ©2013 Sue Schneider

Warner Bros. Pictures and Alcon Entertainment held the Los Angeles Premiere of PRISONERS on September 12th at the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences in Beverly Hills. PRISONERS  has an A-list cast, which includes an Oscar Winner, Oscar nominees and a Golden Globe nominee. Walking the carpet were the stars from the film: Hugh Jackman, Jake Gyllenhaal, Viola Davis, Maria Bello, Terrence Howard, Melissa Leo, Paul Dano, Dylan Minnette, Zoe Soul, Kyla-Drew Simmons, Aaron Guzikowski (Screenwriter), Producers – Broderick Johnson, Adam Kolbrenner, and Kira Davis. Guests at the event  included: Dennis Haysbert, Emile Hirsch, Carol Connors, Julius Tennon, Alfonso […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: Tim Kring on Season 2 of TOUCH

Kiefer Sutherland stars in TOUCH Season 2 | (c) 2013 Isabella Vosmikova/FOX

On TOUCH, now in its second season on Fox, Fridays at 9 PM, Kiefer Sutherland plays Martin Bohm, a single father since his wife died in the 9/11 attacks. Martin’s now eleven-year-old son Jake (David Mazouz) doesn’t speak, but he has the ability to foresee intricately connected events before they even happen. The first season was set in New York, but now Martin and Jake are in Los Angeles, where they’ve met Lucy Robbins, played by Maria Bello, whose missing daughter Amelia has abilities similar to those of Jake. Tim Kring, who created and executive produces TOUCH (his previous credits […]Read On »

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TCA News: NBC reflects on the failure of PRIME SUSPECT

Maria Bello in PRIME SUSPECT - Season 1 | ©2011 NBC

Even though PRIME SUSPECT looked like one of NBC’s most promising fall dramas (and was given the prime Thursday 10:00 pm time slot), yet the series never clicked with viewers. Reflecting on why the series didn’t work, NBC Entertainment Chairman Robert Greenblatt spoke briefly about the series and his disappointment that it didn’t nab the ratings he expected. “Creatively I loved that show and everyone who worked hard on it and Maria Bello was incredible,” says Greenblatt. “What did we learn? I learned that, it’s going to take awhile. There is no revelation or shocking epiphany about the fall, it […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: Kirk Acevedo discusses the different worlds of PRIME SUSPECT and FRINGE

Kirk Acevedo and Maria Bello in PRIME SUSPECT - Season 1 | ©2011 NBC/Gavin Bond

Bronx-born actor Kirk Acevedo has spent a good portion of his performing career playing people on one side or the other of the law. After costarring as a soldier in HBO’s landmark WWII miniseries BAND OF BROTHERS, Acevedo was a series regular in 46 episodes of HBO’s prison drama OZ as inmate Miguel Alvarez. He has guest-starred on the original LAW & ORDER, LAW & ORDER: SVU and LAW & ORDER: TRIAL BY JURY. Even when he’s in genre fare, Acevedo seems to wind up in law-enforcement – he’s Fringe Division’s Charlie Francis in both universes on FRINGE. He’s also […]Read On »

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Movie Review: ABDUCTION

ABDUCTION movie poster | ©2011 Lionsgate

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Taylor Lautner, Lily Collins, Alfred Molina, Jason Isaacs, Maria Bello, Sigourney Weaver, Denzel Whitaker, Michael Nyqvist Writer: Shawn Christensen Director: John Singleton Distributor: Lionsgate Release Date: September 23, 2011 ABDUCTION feels so much like an adaptation of a young adult novel that it’s surprising to see that the script is an original (okay, according to the production notes, it’s based on an un-screen-credited idea by executive producer Jeremy Bell) by Shawn Christensen. Indeed, Christensen turns the original premise, and the title, into something of a red herring. There’s a sense of familiarity about the film, but it’s […]Read On »

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