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‘Peaky Blinders’ Season 3 Review: Cillian Murphy & Gang Raise Stakes In Strong Return

Peaky Blinders Season 3

The third season of Peaky Blinders launches on Netflix on May 31 and if you missed out on the  pandemonium of the Birmingham-bred Shelby crime family so far, then I strongly suggest you catch up while you can — cause you’re going to want to pick up everything they’re putting down this time round. Without making too much of dog's breakfast about it, Season 3 of the Steven Knight-created series truly takes the Cillian Murphy-led family to a new level of wealth, danger and… Read


‘Roots’ Review: Reimagined Slavery Epic Poignant In Era Of Black Lives Matter

Roots 2016

Debuting on May 30 simultaneously on History, A&E and Lifetime and airing over four consecutive nights, the stunningly visceral new version of Roots probably will not get anywhere near the 130 million viewers who the original series drew in 1977. However, this is a very different era in both the TV landscape and in the culture and, while A+E Networks is certainly hoping for big ratings, the $50 million, eight-hour Roots reimagining is about more than numbers. In this era… Read


‘X-Men: Apocalypse’ Review: Marvel’s New Mutant Saga Mixes Old With New, And Fans Should Eat It Up


For the seventh in the X-Men movie series, and fourth he has directed, guru of all things mutant Bryan Singer has thrown everything into the pot and hopes there’s something for everyone. X-Men: Apocalypse definitely is a mixed bag, and the director, with help from screenwriter Simon Kinberg, might have bitten off too much. But I have to say what is on screen is highly entertaining for fans of the X-Men brand, one of Marvel’s most reliable. I had heard bad buzz before… Read


‘Bloodline’ Season 2 Review: Riveting Netflix Drama Gets Darker & Better

Bloodline Kyle Chandler

Season 1 of Bloodline saw the series snag Lead Actor and Supporting Actor Drama Series Emmy nominations for Kyle Chandler and Ben Mendelsohn, respectively, as brothers John and Danny Rayburn. I'm not making any predictions or spilling spoilers, but if you liked Season 1 of the drama series created by Todd A. Kessler, Glenn Kessler and Daniel Zelman (it was was one of my top 10 new shows of 2015), the much more kinetic Season 2 that debuts May 27 reveals last year was just… Read


‘Wayward Pines’ Season 2 Review: M. Night Shyamalan Series Should Have Quit While It Was Ahead

Wayward Pines Season 2

As this year's upfronts have displayed, it is often hard for broadcasters to resist salvaging past successes, adding a coat of reboot paint, and pushing it out on the schedule in hopes of similar ratings results. It's hard, but, as the second season of the dystopian Wayward Pines reveals, sometimes it is really best to resist that tendency and, in this case, let a limited event remain just that. Debuting on May 25 on Fox and taking over Empire's slot, the 10-episode… Read


‘Preacher’ Review: Comic Adaptation From Seth Rogen & AMC Is Fun Leap Of Faith

Preacher AMC

Based on the award-winning comic series by Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon, Preacher takes to the small-screen pulpit on May 22 on AMC. As I say in my video review above, if you are a believer in gallows TV then you should take a leap of faith with this more consistently solid and fun than expected supernaturally propelled offering from executive producers Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg and showrunner Sam Catlin. Keeping all the rough edges, ultra violence, deformities and… Read


Roger Avary Remembers When ‘Pulp Fiction’ & ‘Killing Zoe’ Won Over The Cannes Film Festival – Studio

Roger Avary

Ask those who’ve been to the Cannes Film Festival a few times, and they always recall the electricity in the Grand Theatre Lumiere after sitting through a seminal film, i.e. The Piano (1993), Barton Fink (1991) and Amour (2012), to name a few. 1994 was a sublime year for Roger Avary when he came to the Croisette with Quentin Tarantino’s Pulp Fiction, a pic he co-wrote that would ultimately win the best screenplay Oscar, as well as his own feature directorial debut Killing… Read


Nicolas Winding Refn On Influences, Indies & ‘Neon Demon’ Reactions: “Yeah, Baby, Search And Destroy” – Cannes Studio

Nicolas Winding Refn - The Neon Demon

Nicolas Winding Refn has done it again. The Danish filmmaker, in competition for the third time at the Cannes Film Festival, debuted his LA-set psychological horror thriller The Neon Demon on Friday, the day after a press screening that wildly divided critics. The reaction has been compared to the response provoked by his 2013 entry Only God Forgives, although Demon has a lot of lovers here on the ground — the official showing scored one of the longest standing ovations… Read


Paul Schrader On Unleashing ‘Dog Eat Dog’, The Studio System & Whether He’ll Work With Martin Scorsese Again – Cannes Studio

Paul Schrader - Dog Eat Dog

Paul Schrader returned to the Croisette this year with his pulp crime pic Dog Eat Dog which made its premiere during the closing of Directors’ Fortnight. In the movie, Nicolas Cage and Willem Dafoe play ex-cons who are attempting to make the ultimate score on what could be their last job until everything goes wrong. The film marks the second time in 26 years that the duo have appeared on screen together, the last time being in the 1990 Palme d’Or winner Wild At Heart. The… Read


‘All The Way’ Review: Bryan Cranston & Anthony Mackie Superb In LBJ/MLK Pic

All The Way Bryan Cranston

Debuting on HBO on May 21, the Jay Roach-directed All The Way is eminently timely television and intentionally so, as President Lyndon Baines Johnson and the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. form an unlikely partnership and weave a masterful strategy of procedural power and patronage to achieve their mutual goal of greater civil rights for African Americans. Certainly, as I say in my video review above, an America tearing itself apart over race, justice, anger and opportunity… Read


‘Personal Shopper’ Director Olivier Assayas On The Wonders Of Working With Kristen Stewart – Cannes Studio

personal shopper

Booing? What booing? Nothing was more outrageous then when news hit earlier this week that there were Boos at the press screening of Olivier Assayas’ Personal ShopperOutrageous, because out of the slew of films that many have savored here at the Cannes Film Festival, it’s Personal Shopper. Since reports of those Boos, Personal Shopper received a five-minute standing ovation at its Cannes premiere with critics such as The Guardian‘s Peter Bradshaw exclaiming, “It is… Read


‘Kingdom’ Review: Frank Grillo-Led MMA Drama Packs Punch In Return

Kingdom Season 2

After a break of more than seven months, Kingdom is back June 1 for the second half of its second season on AT&T’s Audience Network, and the MMA-based series is delivering a lot of power in its punch this time around. If you haven't seen the Byron Balasco-created show starring Frank Grillo, Jonathan Tucker, Nick Jonas, Natalie Martinez, Joanna Going, Matt Lauria and Kiele Sanchez, then I strongly suggest you tune in. I suggest that because Kingdom returns hard and… Read