TV Review: SUPERNATURAL – Season 13 – “Breakdown”

Briana Buckmaster as Donna and Jensen Ackles as Dean in SUPERNATURAL - Season 13 - "Breakdown" | ©2017 The CW/Dean Buscher

Stars: Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles, Briana Buckmaster, Brendan Taylor, Chris William Martin, Sarah Dugdale, Steven Yaffee, Troy Skog Writer: Davy Perez, series created by Eric Kripke Director: Amyn Kaderali Network: The CW, Thursdays @ 8 PM Original Airdate: January 25, 2018 SUPERNATURAL likes to occasionally riff on particular horror movies. The Season 13 episode “Breakdown” is, more or less, SUPERNATURAL’s take on HOSTEL. Hang on, this is still The CW – the ickiness is intense in broadcast TV terms, but it still is broadcast TV. Instead of (as in HOSTEL) guests at an Eastern European cheap hotel being kidnapped and […]Read On »

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TV Review: SUPERNATURAL – Season 13 – “Wayward Sisters”

Kathryn Newton as Claire, Yadira Guevara - Prip as Kaia, Jensen Ackles as Dean and Jared Padalecki as Sam in SUPERNATURAL – Season 13 – “Wayward Sisters” | ©2017 The CW Network

Stars: Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles, Kim Rhodes, Kathryn Newton, Briana Buckmaster, Katherine Ramdeen, Clark Backo, Yadira Guevara-Prip Writers: Robert Berens & Andrew Dabb, series created by Eric Kripke Director: Phil Sgriccia Network: The CW, Thursdays @ 8 PM Original Airdate: January 18, 2018  SUPERNATURAL, for all its idiosyncratic rules and lore, at its essence is Sam and Dean Winchester, as played by Jared Padalecki and Jensen Ackles. They are the backbone and basis of the show. This makes it very hard to do a spinoff of SUPERNATURAL, but it doesn’t stop people from trying. Back in Season 9 in 2014, […]Read On »

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Movie Review: ON THE BASIS OF SEX

ON THE BASIS OF SEX movie poster | ©2018 Focus Features

Stars: Felicity Jones, Armie Hammer, Justin Theroux, Sam Waterston, Cailee Spaetny, Kathy Bates, Stephen Root, Chris Mulkey Writer: Daniel Stiepleman Director: Mimi Leder Distributor: Focus Features Release Date: December 25, 2018 ON THE BASIS OF SEX tackles two historical subjects: a precedent-setting legal case and the early career of Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Similar in some respects to last year’s MARSHALL, which concerned an early case of the late Supreme Court justice Thurgood Marshall, ON THE BASIS OF SEX doesn’t try to tackle Ginsburg’s whole life, or even how she got onto the Supreme Court. Instead it revolves around a single […]Read On »

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Movie Review: THE HARROWING

THE HARROWING movie poster | ©2018 Film Mode Entertainment

Rating: Unrated Stars: Matthew Tompkins, Arnold Vosloo, Michael Ironside, Arianne Martin, Damon Carney, Hayden Tweedie, James Cable Writer: Jon Keeyes Director: Jon Keeyes Distributor: Film Mode Entertainment Release Date: December 25, 2018  THE HARROWING plays with our sense of reality. Director/writer Jon Keeyes manages to keep us guessing all the way through as to what’s really happening: a supernatural event or a psychotic break. Vice detective Ryan Calhoun (Matthew Tompkins) and his partner Jack Myers (Damon Carney) are clearly good at their jobs. An opening sequence displays their willingness to go to some pretty dark places when they’re undercover. Then […]Read On »

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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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