TV Review: DANCING WITH THE STARS – Season 27 – Week 3 – Memorable Year Night – Nancy McKeon out

Juan Pablo Di Pace and Cheryl Burke on DANCING WITH THE STARS - Season 27 | ©2018 ABC/Craig Sjodin

Stars: Evanna Lynch, Bobby Bones, DeMarcus Ware, Milo Manheim, Joe “Grocery Store Joe” Amabile, John Schneider, Nancy McKeon, Mary Lou Retton, Tinashe, Juan Pablo Di Pace, Alexis Ren. Network: ABC, airs Monday, Tuesday Original Telecast: October 8th, 2018 My favorite week of DANCING WITH THE STARS is always “My Most Memorable Year” night. No question the tears will flow but also the emotions will be emitting joy, seeing these people overcome their struggles and accomplish greatness, even if it’s just on the dance floor, in life. And at the top of that list of greatness this season is Juan Pablo […]Read On »

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Movie Review: VENOM

VENOM movie poster | ©2018 Sony/Marvel

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Tom Hardy, Michelle Williams, Riz Ahmed, Jenny Slate, Reid Scott, Melora Walters Writers: Scott Rosenberg & Jeff Pinkner and Kelly Marcel and Will Beall, story by Jeff Pinkner & Scott Rosenberg, based on the Marvel Comics by Todd McFarlane and David Michelinie Director: Ruben Fleischer Distributor: Sony/Columbia Release Date: October 5, 2018 VENOM the movie is based on the VENOM Marvel Comics created by Todd McFarlane and David Michelinie. Full disclosure: this reviewer knows practically nothing about the character Venom, save what is in Wikipedia was in the 2007 SPIDER-MAN 3 movie, where he was played by […]Read On »

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Movie Review: A STAR IS BORN

A STAR IS BORN movie poster | ©2018 Warner Bros.

Rating: R Stars: Lady Gaga, Bradley Cooper, Sam Elliott, Anthony Ramos, Andrew Dice Clay, Greg Grunberg Writers: Eric Roth and Bradley Cooper & Will Fetters, based on a story by William A. Wellman and Robert Carson and on a screenplay by Dorothy Parker & Alan Campbell & Robert Carson, a screenplay by Moss Hart, and a screenplay by John Gregory Dunne & Joan Didion and Frank Pierson Director: Bradley Cooper Distributor: Warner Bros. Release Date: October 5, 2018 The new version of A STAR IS BORN proves that even the most familiar material can be great when done right. Bradley […]Read On »

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Movie Review: THE HATE U GIVE

THE HATE YOU GIVE movie poster | ©2018 20th Century Fox

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Amandla Stenberg, Regina Hall, Russell Hornsby, Issa Rae, Common, Anthony Mackie, Algee Smith, Sabrina Carpenter, K.J. Apa, Dominique Fishback, Lamar Johnson, TJ Wright, Megan Lawless, Karen Kendrick Writer: Audrey Wells, based on the novel by Angie Thomas Director: George Tillman Jr. Distributor: Twentieth Century Fox Release Date: October 5, 2018 The title of THE HATE U GIVE is taken from Tupac Shakur’s “T.H.U.G.L.I.F.E. (The Hate U Give Little Infants F***s Everybody).” This translates to the late Shakur’s philosophy that racism aimed at children ruins not only their lives, but the lives of everyone in the vicinity. Based […]Read On »

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Movie/TV Review: INTO THE DARK: THE BODY

INTO THE DARK: THE BODY Key Art | ©2018 Hulu/Blumhouse

Rating: R Stars: Tom Bateman, Rebecca Rittenhouse, Aurora Perrineau, David Hull, Ray Santiago, Harvey Guillen Writers: Paul Fischer & Paul Davis, based on the short film THE BODY, written by Paul Fischer & Paul Davis Director: Paul Davis Distributor: Hulu/Blumhouse Television Release Date (on Hulu): October 5, 2018 Hulu and Blumhouse are collaborating on INTO THE DARK, a series of full-length horror films, to be rolled out exclusively on Hulu, one holiday per month, for twelve months. The opening entry is THE BODY. Based on a short film directed by Paul Davis and written by Davis & Paul Fischer, both […]Read On »

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TV Review: DANCING WITH THE STARS – Season 27 – Week 2 – Results Show – Danielle Umstead eliminated

Danielle Umsted and Artem Chigvintsev on DANCING WITH THE STARS - Season 27 | ©2018 ABC/Craig Sjodin

Stars: Evanna Lynch, Bobby Bones, DeMarcus Ware, Milo Manheim, Danielle Umstead, Joe “Grocery Store Joe” Amabile, John Schneider, Nancy McKeon, Mary Lou Retton, Tinashe, Juan Pablo Di Pace, Alexis Ren. Network: ABC, airs Monday, Tuesday Original Telecast: October 2nd, 2018 DANCING WITH THE STARS: Season 27: Week Two, day two was more like a whole other episode than a results show. All the couples danced again, scored again and were voted on… again. Unfortunately, the votes were not in favor of Danielle Umstead & Artem Chigvintsev. The couple were the second to be eliminated for the season. On the top […]Read On »

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Movie Review: MONSTERS AND MEN

MONSTERS AND MEN movie poster | ©2018 NEON/MoviePass Films

Rating: R Stars: Anthony Ramos, John David Washington, Kelvin Harrison Jr., Nicole Beharie, Cara Buono, Ron Morgan, Samel Edwards Writer: Reinaldo Marcus Green Director: Reinaldo Marcus Green Distributor: Neon/MoviePass Films Release Date: September 28, 2018 MONSTERS AND MEN tackles the serious subject of police shootings of unarmed people of color. Director/writer Reinaldo Marcus Green approaches his first full-length feature with great respect for his material, but less ability to make it dynamic. In MONSTERS AND MEN, the narrative moves through three New Yorkers, all affected in different ways by the death of beloved neighborhood figure Darius Larson (Samel Edwards). It’s […]Read On »

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TV Review: DANCING WITH THE STARS – Season 27 – Week 2 – New York Night!

Witney Carson and Milo Manheim on DANCING WITH THE STARS - Season 27 | ©2018 ABC/Craig Sjodin

Stars: Evanna Lynch, Bobby Bones, DeMarcus Ware, Milo Manheim, Danielle Umstead, Joe “Grocery Store Joe” Amabile, John Schneider, Nancy McKeon, Mary Lou Retton, Tinashe, Juan Pablo Di Pace, Alexis Ren. Network: ABC, airs Monday, Tuesday Original Telecast: October 1st, 2018 DANCING WITH THE STARS: Season 27 is off to a great “kick” start! Even judge Carrie Ann Inaba couldn’t believe that they were only on week two with such high caliber performances, which ended with a three way tie for first. Juan Pablo Di Pace & Cheryl Burke, Tinashe & Brandon Armstrong and Milo Manhein & Witney Carson danced their […]Read On »

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Movie Review: HELL FEST

HELL FEST movie poster | ©2018 CBS Films/Lionsgate

Rating: R Stars: Amy Forsyth, Reign Edwards, Bex Taylor-Klaus, Christian James, Matt Mercutio, Roby Attal, Tony Todd Writers: Seth M. Sherwood and Blair Butler and Akela Cooper, story by William Penick & Chris Sey and Stephen Susco Director: Gregory Plotnick Distributor: CBS Films/Lionsgate Release Date: September 28, 2018 HELL FEST belongs to a growing subset of horror movies set in and around Halloween festivals and mazes. (Case in point: HELL FEST should not be confused with the similarly-titled and set but differently plotted BLOOD FEST, released earlier this month.) Its production design, by Michael Perry, is so inventive and entertaining […]Read On »

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TV Review: DANCING WITH THE STARS – Season 27 – Week 1 – Season Premiere – Nikki Glaser eliminated – Part 2

Gleb Savchenko and Nikki Glaser on DANCING WITH THE STARS - Season 27 | ©2018 ABC/Craig Sjodin

Stars: Evanna Lynch, Bobby Bones, DeMarcus Ware, Milo Manheim, Danielle Umstead, Joe “Grocery Store Joe” Amabile, John Schneider, Nancy McKeon, Mary Lou Retton, Tinashe, Juan Pablo Di Pace, Nikki Glaser, Alexis Ren. Network: ABC, airs Monday, Tuesday Original Telecast: September 25th, 2018 The second night of the DANCING WITH THE STARS premiere week had the six lowest scoring, then five – John Schneider & Emma Slater were eventually let off the hook – couples dance off with judges’ scores and America’s votes to save them or cut them loose. The five couples danced the same dance from the previous night […]Read On »

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