Movie Review: THE GIRL IN THE SPIDER’S WEB

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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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Exclusive Interview: RED WIDOW star Goran Visnjic on playing a mob boss

Goran Visnjic in RED WIDOW - Season 1 - "The Recorder" | ©2013 ABC/Sergei Bachlakov

ABC’s RED WIDOW, Sunday nights at 10 PM, is based on the Dutch series PENOZA. In the U.S. version, adapted by executive producer Melissa Rosenberg, Radha Mitchell stars as the title character, Marta Walraven, a suburban wife and mom whose world turns upside-down when her pot-dealing husband is murdered. Marta winds up working with mob boss Christian Schiller, played by Goran Visnjic, in the hopes of finding out who killed her spouse and to clear her husband’s considerable debts. Visnjic began his acting career in his native Croatia(then still part of Yugoslavia). He appeared in Michael Winterbottom’s 1997 feature WELCOME […]Read On »

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Movie Review: SIDE EFFECTS

SIDE EFFECTS | (c) 2013 Open Road Films

Rating: R Stars: Jude Law, Rooney Mara, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Channing Tatum, Vinessa Shaw, Ann Dowd Writer: Scott Z. Burns Director: Steven Soderbergh Distributor: Open Road Release Date: February 8, 2013 SIDE EFFECTS starts out seeming like it’s going to be a movie about a severely depressed young woman, Emily Taylor (Rooney Mara), whose life is upended once when her husband Martin (Channing Tatum) is released from prison after a stint for insider trading. Emily’s existence goes through even bigger changes she agrees to be a guinea pig for a new antidepressant. This is the set-up, but the movie turns out […]Read On »

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Interview: Billy Campbell chats about THE KILLING Season 2

Billy Campbell in THE KILLING - Season 2 | ©2012 AMC/Frank Ockenfels

As the first season of AMC’s THE KILLING, adapted from the Danish series FORBRYDELSEN by executive producer Veena Sud, was drawing to a close, it seemed more and more clear that Billy Campbell’s character, mayoral candidate Darren Richmond, was guilty of murdering Rosie Larsen. But then it was revealed that one of the investigating detectives, Joel Kinnaman’s Stephen Holder, had tampered with evidence to incriminate Richmond, so THE KILLING’s first season ended with nobody knowing who killed Rosie Larsen. This lack of closure angered a number of viewers, who felt they had been led to believe the killer would be […]Read On »

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TV Review: SUPERNATURAL – Season 7 – “The Girl With the Dungeons and Dragons Tattoo”

Felcia Day guest stars on SUPERNATURAL "The Girl with the Dungeons and Dragons Tattoo" | © 2012 JACK ROWAND/The CW

Stars: Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles, Jim Beaver, Felicia Day, Kevin R. McNally, James Patrick Stuart Writer: Robbie Thompson, series created by Eric Kripke Director: John MacCarthy Network: The CW, Fridays @ 9 PM Original Telecast: April 27, 2012 SUPERNATURAL has been criticized a time or two for its female characters. For that matter, it sometimes struggles with introducing any new good guys – we wait impatiently for one or more of the regulars to show up. “The Girl With the Dungeons and Dragons Tattoo” suggests what may have been wrong with previous efforts with such characters – they weren’t played […]Read On »

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THE KILLING’s Joel Kinnaman Says the Viewer Will be Rewarded in Season 2 in Part 2 of this Exclusive Interview

Joel Kinnaman as Steven Holder in AMC's THE KILLING | (c) 2012 Frank Ockenfels/AMC

In Part Two of our interview with actor Joel Kinnaman, he talks more about his portrayal of Detective Stephen Holder on Season Two of AMC’s THE KILLING (Sundays at 9 PM), plus how his upcoming role as the lead in the remake of ROBOCOP will differ from the original.  AX: Who do you think is a better cop, Holder or his partner Sarah Linden? KINNAMAN: She has a very strong, intuitive strength and she kind of goes into the mind of the killer, and Holder comes from the street and that’s how he reasons and he can tell a liar […]Read On »

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Interview: Joel Kinnaman investigates THE KILLING Season 2 – Part 1

Joel Kinnaman plays Stephen Holder on THE KILLING - Season 2 | ©2012 AMC/Frank Ockenfels

THE KILLING begins its second season tonight, Sunday, on AMC in a two-hour block starting at 8 PM before settling into its regular timeslot at 9 PM next Sunday. Based on the hit Danish series FORBRYDELSEN and developed for American television by Veena Sud. THE KILLING Season 2 follows the homicide investigation of the murder of Seattle-area teenager Rosie Larsen, as well as the crime’s devastating effect on her family. A lot of people were irate that the first season ended without the killer being revealed (perhaps especially because the advertising had so strongly implied the revelation would occur). However, […]Read On »

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Blu-ray and DVD picks of the week including THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO

THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO | © 2012 Sony Pictures 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 THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO – First of, Rooney Mara. Wow. Way to give it all (and I do mean all in terms of body and soul) into a character. So much better than Noomi Rapace. Not in terms of acting but in terms of just […]Read On »

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Movie Review: THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO

THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO poster | ©2011 Sony Pictures

Rating: R Stars: Daniel Craig, Rooney Mara, Christopher Plummer, Robin Wright, Stellan Skarsgard, Steven Berkoff, Geraldine James, Joely Richardson, Yorick Van Wageningen, Goran Visnjic, Donald Sumpter Writer: Steven Zaillian, based on the novel by Stieg Larsson Director: David Fincher Distributor: Sony Pictures Release Date: December 20, 2011 Anyone who has read Stieg Larsson’s novel THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO, the first installment in the late writer’s “Millennium Trilogy,” will recognize nearly all of the characters and plot developments. True, Steven Zaillian’s screenplay condenses some details, but on the whole, this English-language adaptation (a Swedish version was made in 2009) […]Read On »

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TV Review: UNFORGETTABLE – Season 1 – “Pilot” – Series Premiere

Poppy Montgomery in UNFORGETTABLE - Season 1 | ©2011 CBS/Robert Ascroft

Stars: Poppy Montgomery, Dylan Walsh, Michael Gaston, Kevin Rankin, Daya Vaidya Writers: John Bellucci & Ed Redlich, series created by John Bellucci & Ed Redlich, based on the book by J. Robert Lennon Director: Niels Arden Oplev Network: CBS, Tuesdays @ 10 PM Original Telecast: September 20, 2011 Some crime procedural TV series have a genuinely original take on how to tell stories about murder investigations. Many other crime procedurals copy one another, changing a few details to avoid confusion and lawsuits. UNFORGETTABLE is one of the latter. True, no other character on television has our heroine Carrie Wells’ (Poppy […]Read On »

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