Movie Review: GHOSTS OF THE OZARKS

GHOSTS OF THE OZARKS movie poster |©2022 XYZ Films Releasing

Rating: Not Rated Stars: Thomas Hobson, Tara Perry, Phil Morris, Angela Bettis, Joseph Ruud, Tim Blake Nelson, David Arquette Writers: Jordan Wayne Long and Tara Perry, story consultant Sean Anthony Davis Directors: Matt Glass & Jordan Wayne Long Distributor: XYZ Films Releasing Release Date: February 3, 2022 GHOSTS OF THE OZARKS is a rather bland title for a well-executed tale of period folk horror. The movie owes a debt to two other films. To name these would give the game away. Suffice to say that it’s a respectable homage to one, and a big improvement on the other, though it […]Read On »

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Movie Review: NIGHTMARE ALLEY

NIGHTMARE ALLEY movie poster | ©2021 Searchlight Pictures

Rating: R Stars: Bradley Cooper, Rooney Mara, Cate Blanchett, David Strathairn, Toni Collette, Willem Dafoe, Ron Perlman, Richard Jenkins, Holt McAllany, Mary Steenburgen, Tim Blake Nelson, Jim Beaver Writers: Guillermo del Toro & Kim Morgan, based on the novel by William Lindsay Gresham Director: Guillermo del Toro Distributor: Fox Searchlight Release Date: December 17, 2021 NIGHTMARE ALLEY is a beautifully-made, hypnotic Depression-era thriller. William Lindsay Gresham’s novel was previously adapted for the big screen in 1947, with Tyrone Power in the lead. This time around, Bradley Cooper essays the role of Stanton “Stan” Carlisle, the antihero at the center of […]Read On »

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Movie Review: NATIONAL CHAMPIONS

NATIONAL CHAMPIONS movie poster | ©2021 STX Films

Rating: R Stars: Stephan James, J.K. Simmons, Alexander Ludwig, Lil Rel Howery, Tim Blake Nelson, Andrew Bachelor, David Koechner, Jeffrey Donovan, Kristen Chenoweth, Timothy Olyphant, Uzo Aduba Writer: Adam Mervis Director: Ric Roman Waugh Distributor: STX Films Release Date: December 10, 2021  NATIONAL CHAMPIONS is structured like a legal thriller, although we never see the inside of a courtroom. Technically, it’s an issue-driven drama about football and labor. This may seem an odd combination, but writer Adam Mervis has a lot to say on the subjects, and director Ric Roman Waugh makes it feel tense and suspenseful. There has been […]Read On »

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Movie Review: JUST MERCY

JUST MERCY movie poster | ©2019 Warner Bros.

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Michael B. Jordan, Jamie Foxx, Brie Larson, Tim Blake Nelson, Rob Morgan, O’Shea Jackson Jr., Rafe Spall Writers: Destin Daniel Cretton & Andrew Lanham, based on the book by Bryan Stevenson Director: Destin Daniel Cretton Distributor: Warner Bros. Release Date: December 25, 2019  JUST MERCY opens in 1987 Monroeville, Alabama (where, all of the white locals continually point out, Harper Lee wrote TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD). Walter McMillian (Jamie Foxx), known to all his friends as Johnny D, is a cheerful family man with his own pulping business. One night, he is pulled over and arrested for the […]Read On »

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Movie Review: KILL THE MESSENGER

KILL THE MESSENGER movie poster | ©2014 Focus Features

Rating: R Stars: Jeremy Renner, Rosemarie DeWitt, Ray Liotta, Tim Blake Nelson, Berry Pepper, Oliver Platt, Michael Sheen, Paz Vega, Michael Kenneth Williams, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Andy Garcia Writer: Peter Landesman, based on the books DARK ALLIANCE by Gary Webb and KILL THE MESSENGER by Nick Schou Director: Michael Cuesta Distributor: Focus Features Release Date: October 10, 2014 At this relatively late date of 2014, most people accept as a matter of historical record that the CIA was involved in some shady doings in Nicaragua during the 1980s, continuing into the following decade. However, in 1996, not only was this […]Read On »

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Movie Review: BIG MIRACLE

BIG MIRACLE movie poster | ©2012 Universal Pictures

Rating: PG Stars: Drew Barrymore, John Krasinski, Ted Danson, Amaogak Sweeney, John Pingayak, Kristen Bell, Dermot Mulroney, Vinessa Shaw, Kathy Baker, Tim Blake Nelson Writers: Jack Amiel & Michael Begler, based on the book FREEING THE WHALES by Thomas Rose Director: Ken Kwapis Distributor: Universal Pictures Release Date: February 3, 2012 A movie that is pretty much equally friendly to whales, whale hunters, Greenpeace and big oil sounds like a) something that can’t exist and b) would be pretty spineless if it did. Surprise – BIG MIRACLE, loosely based on an actual incident, manages to accomplish all of this and […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: CHAOS star Tim Blake Nelson has become a lethal weapon

Tim Blake Nelson in CHAOS - Season 1 |©2011 CBS/Jason Bell

In CBS’s new Friday-night fairly lighthearted action series CHAOS, a team of four CIA agents often buck their bureaucratic bosses in order to cut through the red tape and just save people who need saving. Tim Blake Nelson (O BROTHER WHERE ART THOU?, SYRIANA, THE INCREDIBLE HULK as an actor, THE GREY ZONE as writer/director) plays Casey Malick, the group’s sarcastic “human weapon,” who has the fighting skills of Ethan Hunt, a ninja and River Tam all rolled into one average-looking guy. Nelson talks to ASSIGNMENT X about playing an Agency battler, plus his other current projects. ASSIGNMENT X: Does […]Read On »

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TV Review: CHAOS – Season 1 – “Pilot”

Eric Close, James Murray, Freddy Rodriguez and Tim Blake Nelson in CHAOS - Season 1 | ©2011 CBS/Jason Bell

Stars: Freddy Rodriguez, Eric Close, James Murray, Tim Blake Nelson, Carmen Ejogo, Christina Cole, Kurtwood Smith Writer: Tom Spezialy Director: Brett Ratner Network: CBS, Fridays @ 8 PM Airdate: April 1, 2011 An action comedy series centered around a CIA covert ops team may not sound like the most likely marriage of tone and premise, but creator Tom Spezialy manages it surprisingly well in the opening episode of CHAOS. By taking Dudley-Do-Right aspiring agent Rick Martinez (Freddy Rodriguez) through a trial-by-trickery first few days on the job, we get to like both him and his tormentors on the ODS team, […]Read On »

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Interview: Actor James Murray stirs up CHAOS on new CBS series

James Murray in CHAOS - Season 1 | ©2011 CBS/Jason Bell

CBS’s new series CHAOS, premiering tonight at 8 PM, is a comedy/drama about a team of CIA spies, fighting both terrorists and bureaucracy. The title refers not only to the general conditions under which the team works, but also to the acronym for their unit, Clandestine Administration and Oversight Services. The group consists of paranoid tactical whiz Michael Dorset (Eric Close), mellow-seeming but deadly Casey Malick (Tim Blake Nelson), newcomer Rick Martinez (Freddy Rodriguez) and U.K. import Billy Collins, played by James Murray, who previously spent two seasons battling dinosaurs as Stephen Hart on the BBC’s PRIMEVAL. Murray talks about […]Read On »

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