‘Hit The Road’ Review: Jason Alexander Comedy Goes Nowhere Fast
Heading out on the Peak TV highway tonight, Audience’s comedy Hit the Road starring and co-created by Jason Alexander really goes nowhere fast. Premiering with the more promising 12-step-based Loudermilk on the AT&T-owned network, the self-described "not a family show" comedy about a family band of wannabe stars has a postcoital dead rock star, a stinky bus, sketchy stereotypes, parenting issues and supposedly talented siblings but not really much drama or laughs, as I… Read
‘Only The Brave’ Review: Josh Brolin Leads Powerful Story Of Granite Mountain Hotshots
Sometimes a movie comes along at exactly the time it is needed, and that couldn’t be more true than in the case of Only The Brave, which tells the true and tragic story of the Granite Mountain Hotshots, an elite group of 20 Arizona-based firefighters who fought against all odds to contain the Yarnell Mountain fire in Prescott, AZ in 2013 with deadly results. Although the account of these real-life everyday heroes could be looked at as something of a downer, the film… Read
‘Professor Marston And The Wonder Women’ Review: Sex And The Single Comic Book Icon Makes For Fun Ride
Timing is everything. With the blockbuster success of this summer’s Wonder Woman plus a resurgence of interest in the female comic book icon, it looks like now is the perfect moment for an origin tale of where Wonder Woman came from. But as I say in my video review of Professor Marston and the Wonder Women (click the link above to watch), it might not be what you think. In fact, no one could have guessed that the genesis of this comic book, which first appeared in the… Read
‘Goodbye Christopher Robin’ Review: ‘Winnie The Pooh’ Origin Story Is A Family Film Worth Savoring
Call it a trend or a coincidence, but suddenly there is a flood of new movies that explore the creation of famous characters in literature that were eventually turned into films themselves. Upcoming this season is the utterly delightful The Man Who Invented Christmas, which chronicles how Charles Dickens came up with and wrote A Christmas Carol, starring Dan Stevens as Dickens and Christopher Plummer as the Scrooge inside his head. This weekend comes Professor Marston & Th… Read
‘Mindhunter’ Review: David Fincher’s New Netflix Series Is Killer Good
If you are a fan of David Fincher's 2007's film Zodiac, you will love the director's new Netflix serial killer series Mindhunter that debuts tomorrow on the streaming service. Partially directed by the Oscar nominee, the 10-episode Mindhunter from executive producers Fincher and Charlize Theron is, as I say in my video review above, meticulously captivating and a binge waiting to happen.
Starring Jonathan Groff and Holt McCallany and based on the 1996 book Mind Hunter: In… Read
‘Dynasty’ & ‘White Famous’ Review: Move Along, Nothing Glittery Or Special Here
There's a rebooted Dynasty debuting tonight on the CW and the Jamie Foxx-produced White Famous coming to Showtime on October 15. But both series are much more fizzle than fabulous.
Despite having the skilled Elizabeth Gilles in it as Blake Carrington's daughter Fallon, this Dynasty is not much of an heir apparent to the sharp-nailed original Reagan-era Dynasty, which ran from 1981-89. It isn't just the lack of Joan Collins as the devious Alexis, first wife of the John… Read
‘The Foreigner’ Review: Jackie Chan Gets Emotional & Kick-starts Smart Action Thriller
It has been a long time since I have taken Jackie Chan seriously on the screen. A Jackie Chan movie is a Jackie Chan movie — some better than others, but most an excuse to show off his exceptional stunt skills and goofy comic timing. The Foreigner however marks a new direction for the star, who received an Honorary Oscar just last year. He actually gets a chance to show off emotion and acting chops we rarely see from the martial arts icon, and it is a welcome change.
‘Breathe’ Review: Andrew Garfield & Claire Foy Deliver Two Of The Year’s Best Performances In Moving True Story
Andy Serkis might be best known as Caesar in the Planet of the Apes reboot films or Gollum in the Lord of the Rings franchise, but he’s about to surprise the world with his ability behind the scenes in a very different kind of movie.
Serkis makes his directorial debut with Breathe, the true story of Robin Cavendish, who became tethered to a breathing machine in order to stay alive after contracting polio in 1958 at age 28. With his wife Diana driving him to keep a will to… Read
‘The Mountain Between Us’ Review: Smart Teaming Of Kate Winslet & Idris Elba Takes Story Of Love And Survival To New Heights
Call it old-fashioned, but The Mountain Between Us is the kind of movie Hollywood studios don’t seem interested in making much anymore. Major studios used to thrive on bestselling books adapted for the screen with two movie stars in a story of survival and love. Clearly made to appeal to an underserved adult audience, this beautifully shot drama is like a throwback with a contemporary outlook that can thank inventive teaming of Kate Winslet and Idris Elba for making it… Read
‘Scandal’ Final Season Review: Shonda Rhimes’ Gladiators Exiting Loud & Large
It's 100 days into the administration of America's first female President, but as the final season of Scandal makes very clear, the most powerful person in the world is Olivia Pope.
If you are already a fan of the Shonda Rhimes created and Kerry Washington starring soapy and high stakes ABC drama, then you are going to love the heightened wish fulfillment fiction seventh and last season of Scandal. However, in an America very different than big time Hillary Clinton… Read
‘Lore’ Review: Amazon Horror Anthology Makes Deft Transition From Podcast
As the Friday the 13th launch date for Lore reveals, Gale Anne Hurd, Ben Silverman, Aaron Mahnke and Amazon are clearly not the superstitious types. However, the executive producers, podcast creator, streaming service and six-episode horror anthology series are all about taking things to the next level.
First reported by Deadline at New York Comic-Con last year, the small-screen version of Mahnke's popular 2-year-old podcast from Walking Dead EP Hurd and ex-NBC… Read
‘Blade Runner 2049’ Review: Gosling’s Cool, But Ford Owns Long-Awaited Sequel That Could Have Used A Little Editing
It is hard to believe it has been 35 years since Ridley Scott’s groundbreaking and, as it turned out, enormously influential 1982 noirish sci-fi landmark Blade Runner. That movie was only intended to be a one-off and not a franchise, but the world being as screwed up as it is, a revisit to this particular dystopian vision of our future is probably a good idea — even as we are still two years away from the events of the first film set in 2019.
Plot-wise, Blade Runner 2049… Read