Movie Review: VICE

VICE movie poster | ©2018 Annapurna Pictures

Rating: R Stars: Christian Bale, Amy Adams, Steve Carell, Sam Rockwell, Jesse Plemons, Alfred Molina, Alison Pill, Lily Rabe Writer: Adam McKay Director: Adam McKay Distributor: Annapurna Release Date: December 25, 2018 VICE is writer/director Adam McKay’s biodrama about former U.S. Vice-President Dick Cheney. Cheney is played here by Christian Bale, giving a terrific performance in some bravura makeup by Greg Cannom. There’s no arguing with Bale’s work as the quiet, shrewd, manipulative figure, who managed to stay very private even at his most public. The film takes Cheney from a young man in 1963 (about the only point where […]Read On »

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Movie Review: DESTROYER

DESTROYER movie poster | ©2018 Annapurna Pictures

Rating: R Stars: Nicole Kidman, Toby Kebbell, Tatiana Maslany, Sebastian Stan, Jade Pettyjohn, Scoot McNairy, Bradley Whitford, Beau Knapp Writers: Phil Hay & Matt Manfredi Director: Karyn Kusama Distributor: Annapurna Pictures Release Date: December 25, 2018 DESTROYER, written by Phil Hay & Matt Manfredi and directed by Karyn Kusama, keeps us guessing almost until the very end. What exactly has LAPD Detective Erin Bell (Nicole Kidman) so desperate to track down the elusive criminal Silas (Toby Kebbell) after all these years? And what has turned Bell into such an emotionally blasted, wretched alcoholic from the energetic young woman we see […]Read On »

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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: 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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TV Review: DANCING WITH THE STARS – Season 27 – Week 9 – Season Finale – Bobby Bones hams it all the way to first place

Bobby Bones and Sharna Burgess on DANCING WITH THE STARS - Season 27 | ©2018 ABC/Craig Sjodin

Stars: Evanna Lynch, Bobby Bones, Milo Manheim, Alexis Ren. Network: ABC, airs Monday Original Telecast: November 19th, 2018 I thought the biggest shocker of the DANCING WITH THE STARS: Season 27 was the waaaaaay too early elimination of Juan Pablo Di Pace & Cheryl Burke. I was wrong. The biggest shocker is audience favorite and lowest scoring competitors Bobby Bones & Sharna Burgess winning!!! Huh? They like him, they really, really, REALLY like him. And so the show becomes more about popularity than talent more so than ever with Bones’ win. Yes, he is no where near the best dancer, […]Read On »

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Movie Review: FANTASTIC BEASTS: THE CRIMES OF GRINDELWALD

FANTASTIC BEASTS: THE CRIMES OF GRINDELWALD movie poster | ©2018 Warner Bros.

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Eddie Redmayne, Katherine Waterston, Dan Fogler, Alison Sudol, Ezra Miller, Jude Law, Johnny Depp, Zoe Kravitz, Callum Turner Writer: J.K. Rowling, based on characters created by J.K. Rowling Director: David Yates Distributor: Warner Bros. Release Date: November 16, 2018 FANTASTIC BEASTS: THE CRIMES OF GRINDELWALD is set in 1927, one year after the events of its immediate predecessor, FANTASTIC BEASTS AND WHERE TO FIND THEM, which was released two years ago. Both films are set in what is now to be known as WIZARDING WORLD, aka the HARRY POTTER universe. Got all that? Good, because FANTASTIC BEASTS: […]Read On »

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Movie Review: WIDOWS

WIDOWS movie poster | ©2018 20th Century Fox

Rating: R Stars: Viola Davis, Michelle Rodriguez, Elizabeth Debicki, Cynthia Erivo, Carrie Coon, Liam Neeson, Colin Farrell, Brian Tyree Henry, Robert Duvall, Daniel Kaluuya, Garret Dillahunt, John Michael Hill, Jacki Weaver Writers: Gillian Flynn & Steve McQueen Director: Steve McQueen Distributor: 20th Century Fox Release Date: November 16, 2018 WIDOWS started as a 1983 British miniseries written by Lydia LaPlante (creator of PRIME SUSPECT). It got a 2002 American remake as an ABC TV miniseries. Now director Steve McQueen and his co-writer Gillian Flynn have brought WIDOWS to the big screen in a new adaptation. It starts out tense and […]Read On »

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TV Review: DANCING WITH THE STARS – Season 27 – Week 8 – Semi Finals – Early exit for great dancer Juan Pablo Di Pace

Jenna Johnson and Joe "Grocery Store Joe" Amabile on DANCING WITH THE STARS - Season 27 | ©2018 ABC/Craig Sjodin

Stars: Evanna Lynch, Bobby Bones, Milo Manheim, Joe Amabile, Juan Pablo Di Pace, Alexis Ren. Network: ABC, airs Monday Original Telecast: November 12th, 2018 In all the 27 seasons of DANCING WITH THE STARS this is perhaps the worst premature elimination I have ever seen. I am speechless. Possibly one of the greatest performers to ever hit that stage Juan Pablo Di Pace & Cheryl Burke were unjustly eliminated while on the opposite side of the fence Joe Amiable & Jenna Johnson were rightly eliminated. Not only did Di Pace & Burke receive two perfect scores for the night, but […]Read On »

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Movie Review: THE GIRL IN THE SPIDER’S WEB

THE GIRL IN THE SPIDER'S WEB movie poster | ©2018 Sony Pictures

Rating: R Stars: Claire Foy, Sylvia Hoeks, Lakeith Stanfield, Sverrir Gudnason, Stephen Merchant, Vicky Krieps, Cameron Britton, Christopher Convery Writers: Jay Basu & Fede Alvarez and Steven Knight, based on the novel by David Lagercrantz, based on characters created by Stieg Larsson Director: Fede Alvarez Distributor: Sony/Columbia Release Date: November 9, 2018 THE GIRL IN THE SPIDER’S WEB: A NEW DRAGON TATTOO STORY is a continuation of the Lisbeth Salander saga. The movie is based on the novel of the same name by David Lagercrantz. That novel was in turn based on THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO trilogy of […]Read On »

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Movie Review: OVERLORD

OVERLORD movie poster | ©2018 Paramount Pictures

Rating: R Stars: Jovan Adepo, Wyatt Russell, Mathilde Ollivier, Pilou Asbaek, John Magaro, Iain De Caestecker, Jacob Anderson, Dominic Applewhite, Glanny Taufer, Bokeem Woodbine Writers: Billy Ray and Mark L. Smith, story by Billy Ray Director: Julius Avery Distributor: Paramount Release Date: November 9, 2018 OVERLORD is a new entry in the rich tradition of mixing Nazis and horror. Unlike most other entries in this often low-budget subgenre, OVERLORD is not only comparatively well-funded, but it also works throughout as a pretty good WWII combat mission movie, albeit with some super-gory twists. We see OVERLORD mostly from the viewpoint of […]Read On »

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