Movie Review: AQUAMAN

AQUAMAN movie poster | ©2018 Warner Bros./DC Films

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Jason Momoa, Amber Heard, Willem Dafoe, Patrick Wilson, Nicole Kidman, Temuera Morrison, Dolph Lundgren, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Randall Park Writers: David Leslie Johnson-McGoldrick and Will Beall, story by Geoff Johns & James Wan and Will Beall, based on the Aquaman character created by Mort Weisinger & Paul Norris in DC Comics Director: James Wan Distributor: Warner Bros. Release Date: December 21, 2018 If you are burned out on comic book superhero movies, don’t go see AQUAMAN. It absolutely is a comic book superhero movie. If, on the other hand, you are happy to see another comic book […]Read On »

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Movie Review: THE CONJURING 2

THE CONJURING 2 | © 2016 Warner Bros.

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Patrick Wilson, Vera Farmiga, Frances O’Connor, Madison Wolfe, Lauren Esposito, Maria Doyle Kennedy, Simon Delaney Writers: Carey W. Hayes & Chad Hayes & James Wan and David Leslie Johnson, story by Carey W. Hayes & Chad Hayes & James Wan Director: James Wan Distributor: Warner Bros. Release Date: June 10, 2016 THE CONJURING 2 is a properly scary movie that makes no apologies. If it seems like invoking Freddie Krueger at a couple of points seems like it will work, then that’s what it does. If it simultaneously brings forth real-life photos and recordings to back up […]Read On »

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THE CONJURING 2: Screenwriter Carey W. Hayes talks new sequel – Exclusive Interview

THE CONJURING 2 movie poster | ©2016 Warner Bros./New Line Cinema

The 2013 horror film THE CONJURING was an account of married paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren, played respectively by Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga, looking into a case of demonic possession tormenting the Perron family. The film, directed by James Wan and written by brothers Chad and Carey W. Hayes, was based on the real-life Warrens’ and Perrons’ account of those events. The Warrens were also the first researchers on the scene in the notorious Amityville case, and they later went to England to look into what is known as the Enfield Haunting. This is the subject of THE […]Read On »

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Blu-ray and DVD titles you missed during the holidays

BONE TOMAHAWK | © 2015 RLJ Entertainment

This probably should more accurately be titled, “Blu-ray and DVD Titles *I* Missed During the Holidays” as yes I took a bit of time off from the whole review circuit. So in case you were like me and maybe passed on reading stuff or didn’t keep up with what went down over the holidays, check out this list of stuff that was released on video these past few weeks. MARQUIS DE SADE’S JUSTINE – This is the first of two Blue Underground films that were released during the holiday season and it is a doozy. Starring Romina Power it documents […]Read On »

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Blu-ray/DVD Review: BONE TOMAHAWK

BONE TOMAHAWK poster | ©2015RLJ Entertainment

Rating: Not Rated Stars: Kurt Russell, Patrick Wilson, Matthew Fox, Lili Simmons, Richard Jenkins, David Arquette, Sid Haig, Zahn McClarnon Writer: S. Craig Zahler Director: S. Craig Zahler Distributor: RLJ Entertainment/Image Entertainment Release Date (Blu-ray/DVD): December 29, 2015 Movie Westerns are still being made, but the old cowboys-and-Native Americans subgenre is no longer very active, for what can be hoped are obvious reasons. BONE TOMAHAWK gets around those reasons with one of the great gifts that horror provides – when it’s not acceptable to depict a whole group of human beings as bloodthirsty monsters, use actual bloodthirsty monsters. BONE TOMAHAWK […]Read On »

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FARGO: Brad Garrett on Season 2 of the FX series – Exclusive Interview

Brad Garrett in FARGO - Season 2 - "The Myth of Sisyphus" | ©2015 FX/Chris Large

Brad Garrett started out as a standup comedian. The very tall (6’8”) Los Angeles native went on to star as big brother to Ray Romano’s character in nine seasons of the sitcom EVERYBODY LOVES RAYMOND, followed by four seasons as the lead in the half-hour comedy ‘TIL DEATH, with all sorts of other TV, film and voice work before, after and in between. Now Garrett is doing something different by playing Kansas City gangster Joe Bulo in Season 2 of FX’s FARGO (Mondays at 10 PM) who encountered a very nasty ambush on last night’s episode. Series creator Noah Hawley […]Read On »

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FARGO: Jeffrey Donovan talks about his role in Season 2 – exclusive interview

Jeffrey Donovan stars as Dodd Gerhardt in FARGO Season 2 | © 2015 Chris Large/FX

Season 2 of FX’s FARGO, Mondays at 10 PM, is not entirely unconnected to Season 1. In the series created by Noah Hawley, which takes its title and tone but no characters from the Coen Brothers’ 1996 feature, bad things just keep happening in Sioux Falls, North Dakota, and Luverne, Minnesota. In Season 2, it’s 1979, and State Police officer Lou Solverson (played by Patrick Wilson; the older version of the character was played by Keith Carradine in Season 1) is looking into a mystifying incident that involves both local and out-of-state criminals. One of the town’s bad men is […]Read On »

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Movie Review: INSIDIOUS CHAPTER 2

INSIDIOUS CHAPTER 2 movie poster | ©2013 Film District

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Patrick Wilson, Rose Byrne, Lyn Shaye, Ty Simpkins, Barbara Hershey, Steve Coulter, Leigh Whannell, Angus Sampson, Andrew Astor Writer: Leigh Whannell, story by James Wan & Leigh Whannell Director: James Wan Distributor: FilmDistrict Release Date: September 13, 2013 Usually, when watching a sequel, it helps to have seen the original. However, in the case of INSIDIOUS CHAPTER 2, people who haven’t seen 2010’s truly creepy INSIDIOUS may be at an advantage. The storytelling is a bit choppy and seems to borrow from a number of sources, including A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET: DREAM WARRIORS, but it still […]Read On »

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Exclusive Photos from THE CONJURING Los Angeles Premiere

Vera Farmiga at the premiere of THE CONJURING | ©2013 Sue Schneider

Warner Bros. Pictures held the Los Angeles Premiere of THE CONJURING, a New Line Cinema Film, Safran Company/Evergreen Group Production of a James Wan Film on July 15th at the Cinerama Dome. THE CONJURING is based on a true story of the Perron Family who lived in a secluded farmhouse, which was terrorized by a dark force. The story tells the tale of how world-renowned paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren were called upon to help this family. Walking the carpet were the stars of the film, which included: Vera Farmiga, Patrick Wilson, Lili Taylor, Ron Livingston, Mackenzie Foy, Joey […]Read On »

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Movie Review: THE CONJURING

THE CONJURING movie poster | ©2013 Warner Bros./New Line

Rating: R Stars: Vera Farmiga, Patrick Wilson, Ron Livingston, Lili Taylor Writers: Chad Hayes & Carey W. Hayes Director: James Wan Distributor: Warner Bros. Release Date: July 19, 2013 THE CONJURING is a bit of an oddity. It is undeniably scary, yet takes what feels like a lot of time out to do some very on-the-nose bits about faith and marriage. It’s a bit like if THE EXORCIST was remade by one of those “this is good for you” religious TV channels. Ed and Lorraine Warren (played here by Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga, respectively) were a real-life married couple […]Read On »

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