Movie Review: DARK WATERS

DARK WATERS movie poster | ©2019 Focus Features

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Mark Ruffalo, Anne Hathaway, Tim Robbins, Bill Camp, Bill Pullman, Victor Garber, William Jackson Harper Writers: Mario Correa and Matthew Michael Carnahan, based on the article “The Lawyer Who Became DuPont’s Worst Nightmare” by Nathaniel Rich Director: Todd Haynes Distributor: Focus Features Release Date: November 22, 2019 DARK WATERS is not be confused with the 2002 Japanese horror film DARK WATER or its 2005 American remake. Instead, DARK WATERS, like ERIN BROCKOVICH and numerous other features and telefilms, is a fact-based story about a legal battle over a corporation poisoning a water supply. The main thematic difference is […]Read On »

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THE GOOD PLACE: D’Arcy Carden chats about all things Janet and the final season – Exclusive Interview

D'Arcy Carden as Janet in THE GOOD PLACE - Season 4 | ©2019 NBC/Andrew Eccles

THE GOOD PLACE, the NBC comedy now in its fourth and final season on Thursday nights, may be the most arced half-hour on network television. Created by Michael Schur, THE GOOD PLACE started as what seemed to be a story about one woman, Eleanor Shellstrop (Kristen Bell), thinking she’d mistakenly been sent to the Good Place (i.e., Heaven) after death. Spoiler alert: it turned out that Eleanor was in an experiment of the Bad Place, run by the demon Michael (Ted Danson). Over three seasons, Michael, Eleanor and Eleanor’s three fellow experimentees – philosophy professor Chidi Anagonye (William Jackson Harper), […]Read On »

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Movie Review: MIDSOMMAR

MIDSOMMAR movie poster | ©2019 A24

Rating: R Stars: Florence Pugh, Jack Reynor, William Jackson Harper, Vilhelm Blomgren, Will Poulter, Ellora Torchia, Archie Madekwe Writer: Ari Aster Director: Ari Aster Distributor: A24 Release Date: July 3, 2019 MIDSOMMAR is one of those rare films that is so physically beautiful and so consistent in its folklore that these elements elevate it throughout. Production designer Henrik Svensson deserves Oscar consideration, as do cinematographer Pawel Pogorzelski and art directors Richard T. Olson, Nille Svensson and Eszter Takacs. Writer/director Ari Aster, whose previous film was last year’s HEREDITARY, introduces us to Dani (Florence Pugh), who worries that she’s leaning on […]Read On »

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ABBY’S: Executive producer Michael Schur chats about his new comedy and Season 4 of THE GOOD PLACE – Interview

Executive producer Michael Schur | ©2019 Universal Television/Evans Vestal

NBC’s Thursday-night comedy ABBY’S stars Natalie Morales as a military veteran who opens her own bar. But not just any bar – Abby’s is a proudly unlicensed establishment that’s under a canopy in the backyard of Abby’s rental home. It’s a big hit with the neighbors. New landlord Bill (Nelson Franklin) at first freaks out when he sees Abby’s, but Abby and her customers soon bring him around. Created by Josh Malmuth, ABBY’S has the distinction of being one of the very few television comedies ever shot for a live audience outdoors, rather than on a soundstage.  Michael Schur is […]Read On »

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Movie Review: THEY REMAIN

THEY REMAIN | © 2018 Paladin

Rating: Unrated Stars: William Jackson Harper, Rebecca Henderson Writer: Philip Gelatt, based on the novella -30- by Laird Barron Director: Philip Gelatt Distributor: Paladin Release Date: March 2, 2018 (New York); March 9, 2018 (Los Angeles)   Adapting Laird Barron’s novella -30-, screenwriter/director Philip Gelatt gets good horror mileage out of a strong premise and a small cast with THEY REMAIN. Although a few other characters show up now and then, and there’s a voice representing the employment company, THEY REMAIN is virtually a two-hander. Gelatt wrings maximum tension out of the set-up, and ends on a note that is […]Read On »

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