‘Ouija’ Review: Pete Hammond On Hasbro’s Stiff Board Game Pic
Just in time for Halloween comes the latest attempt by Hasbro to turn one of its iconic board games into a hit movie after previous failures including mega-bomb Battleship and Clue. But now, after dialing down plans and budgets for a more elaborate version with Michael Bay attached, Hasbro — again with the help of Universal Pictures as well as Jason Blum's Blumhouse — is unleashing a cheapo scream version of Ouija, based on its game that purports to raise spirits from… Read
‘Constantine’ Review: Dominic Patten Says Demon Drama Doesn’t Catch Fire
With Halloween just on the horizon, NBC is bring Constantine to the small screen on October 24 as part of its darkly themed Friday night. Unfortunately, as my video review states, where the adaptation of the hugely successful and influential Hellblazer comic series should burn, it barely smolders.
The series is executive produced by David S. Goyer, the go-to screenwriter for DC Comics, with the Dark Knight trilogy, Man Of Steel and the upcoming Batman v Superman: Dawn of J… Read
‘Alpha House’ Review: Dominic Patten Welcomes Back Amazon’s D.C. Boys
Just in time for the midterm elections, Season 2 of Amazon Studios' political comedy Alpha House has arrived, and it gets my vote. The Garry Trudeau-created series debuts all 10 episodes of its second season Friday on Amazon Prime Instant Video. Watch my video review of the p, Alpha House has gotten sharper and more importantly funnier with a sophomore season of real laughs, sturdy stories and great cameos and additions to a cast led by John Goodman, Mark Consuelos, Clark… Read
‘Citizenfour’ Review: Jeremy Gerard On Chilling Edward Snowden Documentary
Watch my video review of Citizenfour, the chilling documentary by Laura Poitras about Edward Snowden, the former NSA contractor who leaked tens of thousands of pages of classified documents about vast U.S. spying operations at home and abroad. The impact of those leaks continues to reverberate around the world.
Poitras, a filmmaker and journalist, previously was nominated for an Oscar for her film My Country, My Country. Here, she records the process that led to… Read
‘Foo Fighters: Sonic Highways’ Review: Dominic Patten Laments HBO & Dave Grohl’s Bad Note
I know it's only rock'n'roll but when it comes to HBO's new Foo Fighters: Sonic Highways, I just don't like it. Watch my video review above of the show, a sequel of a sort to frontman Dave Grohl's 2013 feature directorial debut Sound City, the eight-part series debuting tonight takes the band to eight iconic music cities across America.
In the process of making the new FF album, out in November, the band hit Chicago, Grohl's hometown of Washington D.C., LA, Nashville… Read
‘Transporter: The Series’ Review: Dominic Patten On TNT’s High-Octane Adaptation
It's time to get your TV motor running, to paraphrase Steppenwolf, as TNT's Transporter: The Series debuts Saturday at 9 PM. The internationally produced adaptation of Luc Besson's big-screen franchise starring Jason Statham now has Chris Vance in the role of unflappable tough guy Frank Martin. The medium and the main man may be different, but the rules are still the same - no names, never change the deal and don't open the package.
The long story short of my review is… Read
‘The Book of Life’ Review: Pete Hammond On Latin-Tinged Animated Tale
Watch my video review, above, of 'The Book of Life,' which debuts this weekend. The film is directed (and co-written) by Jorge R. Gutierrez and produced by Guillermo del Toro, in a project very far from del Toro's frequent horror and science-fiction work.
The great voice cast includes Diego Luna, Zoe Saldana, Channing Tatum, Ice Cube and several other notables. Douglas Langdale was co-writer, and other producers alongside del Toro are Aaron Berger, Brad Booker and Carina S… Read
‘Birdman’ Review: Jeremy Gerard On Michael Keaton’s Fallen Star
'Birdman' is the latest film from Mexican writer/director Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, starring Michael Keaton in a terrific role as a washed-up former action-movie actor trying to revive his role with a Broadway production.
I'm a big fan of the fabulously swooping and darting handheld camera work of Oscar winner Emmanuel Lubezki (Gravity). And there's much to like in the rest of the cast too, including a luminous Emma Stone, Edward Norton and Zach Galifianakis.
‘Jane The Virgin’ Review: Dominic Patten On The CW’s Pregnant Pause
Jane The Virgin, based on a popular Venezuelan telenovela, finally debuts tonight on the CW. It stars Gina Rodriguez as a do-everything-right young woman who finds herself accidentally pregnant, and not the usual way (and not that one other very unusual way either, religious folks).
I review the much-awaited show, and whether it's worth all the buzz that's been building since it was announced. Watch my video, but trust me, you'll want to know more about this show. It… Read
‘The Walking Dead’ Review: Dominic Patten On The Ratings Monster’s Return
The Walking Dead returns to AMC on October 12 for its fifth season. Lurching and stumbling and shooting and bashing zombies, all while lording it over pretty much all the rest of television, cable or network, the series has built up an army of fans eagerly watching it cast of close-knit band of humans fight off the hordes of the undead.
Featuring Andrew Lincoln as Sheriff Rick Grimes, with Steven Yuen, Chandler Riggs, Norman Reedus and Melissa McBride, Walking Dead is… Read
‘The Affair’ Review: Dominic Patten on Showtime’s Steamy, Subtle Drama [Video]
'The Affair' debuts Sunday night on Showtime, and stars Dominic West (The Wire, 300) as an author and teacher spending the summer with his family at his in-laws' estate in Montauk on Long Island and Ruth Wilson (Luther, Saving Mr. Banks) as a waitress working nearby. As the show's title suggests, the two embark on a steamy relationship.
The more complicated part of their entanglement? Both characters are married to someone else. It's a subtle and fine drama, featuring a… Read
‘St. Vincent’ Review: Pete Hammond On Bill Murray’s Not Saintly But Superb Work
Bill Murray plays the anything-but-saintly curmudgeon at the heart of St. Vincent, the comedy-drama from the Weinstein Company and, as I say in this DeadlineNow video review, Murray gives a blessedly good performance.
The film, which debuts Friday and expands wide on Oct. 24, premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival. It is directed by Theodore Melfi, from a script he wrote based on his own experiences taking in the daughter of his late brother.
The cast also… Read