Movie Review: FIRST MAN

FIRST MAN movie poster | ©2018 Universal Pictures

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Ryan Gosling, Claire Foy, Jason Clarke, Corey Stoll Writer: Josh Singer, based on the book by James R. Hansen Director: Damien Chazelle Distributor: Universal Pictures Release Date: October 12, 2018 FIRST MAN refers not to early homo sapiens as an individual or group, but rather to astronaut Neil Armstrong, the first man to walk on the moon. It is hoped that this isn’t a big spoiler, but the title gives it away, and it happened (to enormous, long-lasting publicity) forty years ago. Neil Armstrong is an impressive man, and what he and the NASA Apollo mission achieved […]Read On »

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New 4K, Blu-ray, DVD and Digital Releases for 1/16

BLADE RUNNER 2049 | © 2018 Warner Home Video

Your guide to some of the new releases that are out this week. BLADE RUNNER 2049 So, I really liked this. I know that it was very mixed between people who thought it was too long or too convoluted or too preachy. But I thought I was as best of a follow up to a movie that is 35 years old as it is highly entertaining and expands upon the whole BLADE RUNNER universe. It also has concrete ties to the original film beyond just bringing back Harrison Ford as Dekker. While he plays a role that is extremely important […]Read On »

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Movie Review: BLADE RUNNER 2049

BLADE RUNNER 2049 poster | ©2017 Warner Bros.

Rating: R Stars: Ryan Gosling, Harrison Ford, Ana de Armas, Sylvia Hoeks, Robin Wright, Mackenzie Davis, Carla Juri, Lennie James, Dave Bautista, Jared Leto Writers: Hampton Fancher and Michael Green, story by Hampton Fancher, based on characters from the novel DO ANDROIDS DREAM OF ELECTRIC SHEEP? By Philip K. Dick Director: Denis Villeneuve Distributor: Warner Bros/Columbia Pictures Release Date: October 6, 2017 BLADE RUNNER 2049 is set thirty years after the events of the original 1982 BLADE RUNNER. It is a sequel that honors and expands on its predecessor. Directed by Ridley Scott from a screenplay by Hampton Fancher and […]Read On »

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Movie Review: THE NICE GUYS

THE NICE GUYS movie poster | ©2016 Warner Bros.

Rating: R Stars: Russell Crowe, Ryan Gosling, Angourie Rice, Matt Bomer, Margaret Qualley, Yaya DaCosta, Keith David, Beau Knapp, Lois Smith, Kim Basinger Writers: Shane Black & Anthony Bagarozzi Director: Shane Black Distributor: Warner Bros. Release Date: May 20, 2016 At first, a comparison between the new release THE NICE GUYS and the 1974 classic CHINATOWN may seem incongruous. The older film, after all, is an Oscar-winning drama, while THE NICE GUYS is solidly within the tradition of its director/co-writer Shane Black’s trademark action/buddy comedies. But hang on – both are period pieces (CHINATOWN is set in 1937, GUYS in […]Read On »

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Movie Review: THE BIG SHORT

THE BIG SHORT | © 2015 Paramount Pictures

Stars: Christian Bale, Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling, Brad Pitt Writers: Adam McKay and Charles Randolph, based on the book by Michael Lewis Director: Adam McKay Distributor: Paramount Release Date (theatrical): December 11, 2015 For many of us who are neither economists nor involved in the financial industry, the details of the 2007-2008 mortgage crisis that also decimated a lot of banks and a notable chunk of Wall Street remain a bit blurry. THE BIG SHORT is now here to bring much of that into sharper focus, and if the film doesn’t answer every single question, it still makes a lot […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: Liza Lapira gets ready for SUPER FUN NIGHT

Liza Lapira in SUPER FUN NIGHT - Season 1 | ©2013 ABC/Greg Zabilski

Liza (pronounced “Lee-za”) Lapira has been a steadily working actress for a good while now. She was in twenty-one episodes of HUFF, then appeared in the feature film CLOVERFIELD. The New York-born actress recurred on DEXTER as Detective Yuki Amado, on NCIS as Special Agent Michelle Lee and on two seasons of DOLLHOUSE as Ivy, the assistant to Fran Kranz’s brain machinery scientist Topher. The following year, she was a regular on Fox’s half-hour romantic comedy TRAFFIC LIGHT as a half of a happily married couple, then spent two seasons as a series regular on ABC’s half-hour DON’T TRUST THE […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: MARVEL’S AGENTS OF SHIELD agents Iain De Caestecker and Elizabeth Henstridge

Iain De Caestecker and Elizabeth Henstridge in Marvel's AGENTS OF SHIELD - Season 1 - "Pilot | ©2013 ABC/Justin Lubin

Within the newly-assembled team of characters within MARVEL’S AGENTS OF SHIELD – created by Joss Whedon, Jed Whedon & Maurissa Tancharoen from the Marvel comics series – there is the two-person sub-team of Iain De Caestecker’s Agent Leo Fitz and Elizabeth Henstridge’s Agent Jemma Simmons. The two science experts work together so closely that they are jointly known to their coworkers as FitzSimmons. The pair tend to speak over each other simultaneously, so that they understand one another, but anyone listening is likely to only comprehend their final deduction. Scottish actor De Caestecker previously played James Herriot in the British […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: The scoop on LOW WINTER SUN from show runner Chris Mundy

Chris Mundy from LOW WINTER SUN - Season 1 | ©2013AMC/Frank Ockenfels

AMC’s new series LOW WINTER SUN, Sundays at 10 PM, is based on the 2006 British miniseries of the same name.Detroit homicide detective Frank Agnew (Mark Strong, reprising his role from the original, which took place in Scotland) is persuaded by fellow detective Joe Geddes (Lennie James) to help Joe murder his corrupt partner and make it look like a suicide. However, things start to unravel quickly. First, there’s a body in the trunk of the dead partner’s car, second, it turns out that Joe and the deceased are both under investigation by Internal Affairs, and third, Frank is assigned […]Read On »

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Movie Review: THE PLACE BEYOND THE PINES

THE PLACE BEYOND THE PINES | ©2013 Focus Features

Rating: R Stars: Ryan Gosling, Bradley Cooper, Eva Mendes, Rose Byrne, Dane DeHaan, Emory Cohen, Mahershala Ali, Ben Mendelsohn Writers: Derek Cianfrance & Ben Coccio & Darius Marder, story by Derek Cianfrance & Ben Coccio Director: Derek Cianfrance Distributor: Focus Features Release Date: March 29, 2013 There is no lack of ambition in THE PLACE BEYOND THE PINES, a film that aims for a novelistic sense of scope, drama and resonance. The structure is certainly brave and director Derek Cianfrance, who wrote the screenplay with Ben Coccio and Darius Marder, has a gift for naturalism. Naturalism, however, isn’t the same […]Read On »

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Movie Review: THE IDES OF MARCH

THE IDES OF MARCH movie poster | ©2011 Sony Pictures

Rating: R Stars: Ryan Gosling, George Clooney, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Paul Giamatti, Marisa Tomei, Jeffrey Wright, Max Minghella, Evan Rachel Wood Writers: George Clooney & Grant Heslov and Beau Willimon, based on the stage play FARRAGUT NORTH by Beau WIllimon Director: George Clooney Distributor: Columbia Pictures Release Date: October 7, 2011 THE IDES OF MARCH takes its title from Shakespeare’s play JULIUS CAESAR, referencing the date of the emperor’s assassination. Nothing quite so drastic happens in this drama, based on Beau Willimon’s stage play FARRAGUT NORTH (where most political consultants wind up after they’re done with the campaign trail), although […]Read On »

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