Movie Review: OCEAN’S 8

OCEAN'S 8 movie poster | ©2018 Warner Bros.

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett, Anne Hathaway, Mindy Kaling, Rihanna, Helena Bonham Carter, Sarah Paulson, Awkwafina, Richard Armitage, James Corden Writers: Gary Ross & Olivia Milch, story by Gary Ross, based on characters created by George Clayton Johnson & Jack Golden Russell Director: Gary Ross Distributor: Warner Bros. Release Date: June 8, 2018 OCEAN’S 8 might be called a spinoff rather than a sequel of the OCEAN’S 11 franchise. The Ocean here is Debbie (Sandra Bullock), sister of Danny Ocean (the character played in the earlier films by George Clooney). Newly paroled from a five-year prison stint, Debbie […]Read On »

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Movie Review: HOME

HOME | © 2015 Dreamworks Animation

Rating: PG Stars (voices): Jim Parsons, Rihanna, Steve Martin, Jennifer Lopez Writers: Tom J. Astle & Matt Ember, based on the novel THE TRUE MEANING OF SMEKDAY by Adam Rex Director: Tim Johnson Distributor: 20th Century Fox/DreamWorks Animation Release Date: March 27, 2015 HOME succeeds in just about everything it sets out to do. It is funny, charming, entertaining, big-hearted and has a message that is at once clear enough to be understood by young viewers and woven into the storyline so thoroughly that we don’t feel lectured. Its animation suits the narrative style with pleasing details – note our […]Read On »

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BATTLESHIP Highlights this week in Blu-ray and DVD Releases

BATTLESHIP | © 2012 Universal Home Entertainment

Your time is short. We know this. So in order to expedite your buying and Netflix decision making, we provide you with a list of the cool and not-so-cool titles coming out for movies, television and everything in-between. So put your feet up, grab some popcorn and check out this week’s selections. Movies: BATTLESHIP – Yes, I acknowledge immediately that the whole premise of crafting a movie after a board game is just a disastrous proposition on a whole crapload of levels. Yes, I know that the film got lambasted left, right and center by fans, the Internet, critics and […]Read On »

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Exclusive Photos from the BATTLESHIP American Premiere

Taylor Kitsch and Liam Neeson at the American Premiere of BATTLESHIP | ©2012 Sue Schneider

Universal Pictures held the American Premiere of BATTLESHIP recently at the Nokia Theatre at L.A. Live in Los Angeles. The “sea blue” carpet had special sections for the fans around the carpet. As the stars of the film and the guests walked the carpet they stopped to sign autographs and take pictures with the fans. Walking the carpet were the stars of the film, which included: Liam Neeson, Taylor Kitsch, Alexander Skarsgard, Rihanna, Brooklyn Decker, Tadanobu Asano, Hamish Linklater, Adrian Bellani, Dante Jimenez, Michael Meldman, Jackie Johnson, Stephen Bishop, Leni Ito, Writers Eric Hoeber and Jon Hoeber. Joining them were […]Read On »

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AMERICAN IDOL recap: Phillip Phillips Wins Season 11 – Season Finale

Phillip Phillips wins AMERICAN IDOL Season 11 | (c) 2012 Michael Becker / FOX

Cast: Ryan Seacrest, Steven Tyler, Jennifer Lopez, Randy Jackson Network: Fox, airs Wednesdays and Thursdays @ 8 p.m. Original Telecast: May 23, 2012 So we are mercifully at the finale of the 11th season of the world’s greatest karaoke competition, AMERICAN IDOL. I missed last week because I had a serious case of IDOLitis, meaning I simply could not watch the show last week it was something in my blood. This is roughly the 40th review I have done this year and so yes it grates on you after many, many weeks. Anyway, just to get this out of the […]Read On »

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Movie Review: BATTLESHIP

BATTLESHIP movie poster | ©2012 Universal Pictures

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Taylor Kitsch, Alexander Skarsgard, Brooklyn Decker, Liam Neeson, Rihanna, Jesse Plemons, Gregory D. Gadson Writers: Erich Hoeber & Jon Hoeber, based on the Hasbro game Director: Peter Berg Distributor: Universal Pictures Release Date: May 18, 2012 There is nothing wrong in basing a movie on a board game or a toy, or even an amusement park ride (for example, PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN). For one thing, it’s been done many times before by now, so there’s no reason to attack BATTLESHIP to be the latest in this line. There is something a little startling in BATTLESHIP’s physical […]Read On »

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AMERICAN IDOL recap: Paul McDonald’s boring schtick finally gone the show

Paul McDonald is voted off on AMERICAN IDOL - Season 10 | ©2011 Fox/Michael Becker

Cast: Ryan Seacrest, Jennifer Lopez, Steven Tyler, Randy Jackson Network: Fox, airs Wednesdays and Thursdays Original Telecast: April 14, 2011 Well, I can hide my happiness over this elimination tonight on the world’s greatest karaoke competition, AMERICAN IDOL. From the start, I have never understood why Paul McDonald made it into the meat of the competition above some of the other talented people they had. I get it that he’s a cute guy or whatever, which appeals to the tweens voting but other than that … the guy is boring as watching mold grow on toast. Seriously, he’s as interesting […]Read On »

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TV Review: AMERICAN IDOL – Season 10 – “The Top 13 Perform”

Casey Abrams performs on AMERICAN IDOL - Season 10 - "The Top 13" | ©2011 Fox/Ray Mickshaw

Cast: Ryan Seacrest, Steven Tyler, Jennifer Lopez, Randy Jackson Network: Fox, airs Wednesdays and Thursdays Original Telecast: March 9, 2011 Here begins the main meat of the matter on the world’s greatest karaoke competition, AMERICAN IDOL. Where the ones that the people voted for and the ones that judges decided to save perform for everyone’s votes. Who shined? Who stunk? And just who will be in the bottom 3 this week? Let’s find out as we unpack the tent, unleash the big top, wash the elephant, light the rings of fire, comb the bearded lady, bring out the gimp, unveil […]Read On »

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TV Review: AMERICAN IDOL – Season 10 – “Top 12 Girls Perform”

Jennifer Lopez judges AMERICAN IDOL - Season 10 | ©2011 Fox

Stars: Randy Jackson, Steven Tyler, Jennifer Lopez, Ryan Seacrest Network: Fox, airs Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays Original Telecast: March 2, 2011 So last night was a mixture of good and very bad on the greatest karaoke competition, AMERICAN IDOL. But tonight the chicks are in the spotlight and as we have seen in the prior episodes, after you separate about five out of the men, the women have the most talent this year. So I am going in expecting big things and a much better overall performance from the ladies. Bah, you don’t care what else I say, so let’s get […]Read On »

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