Movie Review: THE GREAT WALL

THE GREAT WALL | © 2017 Universal

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Matt Damon, Ting Jian, Pedro Pascal, Andy Lau, Willem Dafoe, Hanyu Zhang, Lu Han Writers: Carlo Bernard & Doug Miro and Tony Gilroy, story by Max Brooks and Edward Zwick & Marshall Herskovitz Director: Zhang Yimou Distributor: Universal Release Date: February 17, 2017 Despite its title (barriers aren’t known for their motion), THE GREAT WALL hurtles along at an impressive pace, usually slowing only so that characters can come up with strategy. Set in 12th-century China, THE GREAT WALL begins with a supertitle that explains the size and amount of time it took to build the Wall, […]Read On »

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Actor Masi Oka talks HAWAII FIVE-0 Season 5 and (briefly) the HEROES reboot – Exclusive Interview

Masi Oka in HAWAII 5-0 - Season 4 - "Ho'i Hou (Reunited)" | ©2013 CBS/Norman Shaprio

CBS’ HAWAII FIVE-0, Fridays at 9 PM, is currently enjoying its fifth season of crime-fighting in some of the most beautiful locations on American television. Masi Oka joined the show as helpful medical examiner Dr. Max Bergman in its first season; he became a regular in Season 2. The actor, originally from Tokyo, Japan, moved with his family to Los Angeles at the age of six. Before HAWAII FIVE-0, Oka spent four years as the time/space-jumping Hiro on HEROES. He recently played Ken Tanaka in the feature biopic JOBS and appeared as tech geek Bruce in the big-screen GET SMART […]Read On »

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TV Review: Z NATION – Season 1 – “Puppies and Kitties” – Series Premiere

Harold Perrineau as Hammond in Z NATION - Season 1 - "Puppies and Kitties" | ©2014 Syfy/Oliver Irwin

Stars: Harold Perrineau, DJ Qualls, Tom Everett Scott, Kellita Smith, Russell Hodgkinson, Michael Welch, Anastasia Baranova, Keith Allan, Pisay Pao, Nat Zang Writers: Jennifer Derwingson and Karl Schaefer Director: John Hyams Network: Syfy, Fridays @ 11 PM Original Airdate: September 12, 2014 If you don’t like zombies, this show is not for you. If you are a zombie aficionado and can debate the merits of the classic slow-moving zombies of genre-meister George Romero, THE WALKING DEAD and Max Brooks’ WORLD WAR Z novel vs. the running zombies of the Zack Snyder/James Gunn DAWN OF THE DEAD remake, Danny Boyle’s 28 […]Read On »

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Movie Review: WORLD WAR Z

WORLD WAR Z movie poster | ©2013 Paramount Pictures

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Brad Pitt, Mireille Enos, Daniella Kertesz, Fana Mokoena, James Badge Dale, Ludi Boeken, David Morse, Matthew Fox, David Andrews, Elyes Gabel, Sterling Jerins, Abigail Hargrove, Fabrizio Zacharee Guido Writers: Matthew Michael Carnahan and Drew Goddard & Damon Lindelof, screen story by Matthew Michael Carnahan and J. Michael Straczynski, based on the novel by Max Brooks Director: Marc Forster Distributor: Paramount Release Date: June 21, 2013 First things first. Max Brooks’ novel WORLD WAR Z is a wonderful book that stands up to repeated readings. In straight-faced fashion, WORLD WAR Z is told via a series of interviews […]Read On »

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Movie Review: CONTAGION

CONTAGION movie poster | ©2011 Warner Bros.

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Marion Cotillard, Matt Damon, Jennifer Ehle, Laurence Fishburne, Jude Law, Gwyneth Paltrow, Kate Winslet, Sanaa Lathan, Bryan Cranston, Enrico Colantoni, Anna Jacoby-Heron Writer: Scott Z. Burns Director: Steven Soderbergh Distributor: Warner Bros. Release Date: September 16, 2011 If there is a worldwide pandemic of a fatal disease, odds are good that it will play out fairly like what we see in CONTAGION. Director Steven Soderbergh and screenwriter Scott Z. Burns have made a film that plays like a curious hybrid of a CNN special report and a zombie movie – minus the walking dead, of course, but […]Read On »

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