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‘The Founder’ Review: Michael Keaton Sizzles In Big Mac Biopic

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I am not sure anyone was clamoring for a movie about the creation of McDonalds, but whether we wanted one or not here it is. The good news is The Founder is much better than I thought, giving moviegoers something far more substantial than the fast-food giant at its center. Actually, it is ironic that it is opening the same day as Donald Trump’s is inaugurated as President because the movie, at its core, is a perfect window into a kind of Trumpian universe. The story… Read

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‘Riverdale’ Review: CW’s Soapy ‘Archie’ Series Is Young-Adult Awesome

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Showtime's Twin Peaks won't debut until May 21, but if you are looking for a taste of the soapy, small-town weird and delightful while waiting for David Lynch and the gang, a stop in Riverdale will be pretty yummy. Premiering on January 26 on the CW, Riverdale is a contemporized, sexier, smelling-like-teen-spirit darker, murderous and all-around surprisingly awesome take on the iconic Archie Comics characters. Developed and written by Archie Comics chief creative officer… Read

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‘The Young Pope’ & ‘Homeland’ Season 6 Review: Both Snare Spirit Of Our Times

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If politics and religion really are two subjects best avoided in public, there could be some awkward conversations coming after the January 15 Season 6 premiere of Homeland on Showtime and the debut of The Young Pope on HBO. Still regardless of your faith or party affiliation, these premium cable 9 PM offerings are romps with such real-world relevance I recommend you check them both out – though for different reasons. While often veering into the absurd, the still highly… Read

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‘Six’ Review: History’s Navy SEAL Drama Series Heated By Home Fires

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Let's be honest, no television show or film will ever be able to totally capture the drama and dedication the Navy SEALs bring to their missions. Having said that, the January 18-debuting Six does a pretty good job of putting you at the center of the action Stateside for America's elite warriors as they and their families deal with the ups, downs and consequences of such a vocation. Which means, as I say in my video review above, that for all the blood, bravery and… Read

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‘Who Wants To Be A Millionaire’ & ‘RightThisMinute’ Renewed For Syndication On ABC Stations Through 2018

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Disney/ABC Home Entertainment and Television Distribution has announced that game show Who Wants To Be A Millionaire and viral video showcase series RightThisMinute have been renewed through the 2017-2018 season on ABC-owned stations that carry the the shows. Hosted by Chris Harrison, Millionaire is currently in its 15th national syndication season. Meanwhile, the 2017-2018 season is RightThisMinute‘s fifth year in national syndication and seventh overall. Both shows… Read

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‘The Present’ Review: Cate Blanchett Shocks Broadway Into The New Year

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Casually removing her bra or tying a pink ribbon into a perfect bow atop her head, Cate Blanchett makes erotic art of the inconspicuous act. That’s a neat trick and a handy gift for the actress playing one of Anton Chekhov’s two types of women, the ethereal beauty undone by ennui. (Type two is the non-beauty undone by idealism. We’ll get to her shortly.) In The Present, which opened Sunday at the Barrymore Theatre, the star is first seen holding a gun — as crucial to the… Read

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‘Sneaky Pete’ Review: Con Man Series Not A Bad TV Return For Bryan Cranston

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Launching on January 13 on Amazon, the first season of the con man series Sneaky Pete from creators Bryan Cranston and David Shore doesn't break much new ground. But it sure shows the former Walter White as very bad – in a very good way. And, in a series that often aims to intentionally distract you from the real action, it is a thing to watch indeed; Cranston only showed up at the tail end of the 2015 pilot of Sneaky Pete. Bizarrely passed on by CBS, that Seth… Read

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Golden Globes TV Review: Host Jimmy Fallon Flounders On Dull Awards Show

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If anything was needed to prove that the hosting gig of the Golden Globes should permanently belong to either the acerbic Ricky Gervais or the mocking Tina Fey and Amy Poehler or someone in that vein, Jimmy Fallon's floundering fronting of tonight's ceremony sealed that deal. In the first major awards show since Donald Trump was elected President, the Tonight Show host made it clear this is not a job for nice guys as the NBC broadcast started off tepid and politically… Read

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‘Taboo’ Review: FX’s Tom Hardy Dark Drama Offers New Look At The Old World

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Debuting on January 10, Taboo is a visceral, brutish and bloody tale of early-19th century intrigue that is very dark, very dense, truly novel and very much worth watching. Created by Tom Hardy, his father Edward and Steven Knight, the eight-part FX series starring the Mad Max: Fury Road actor takes you on a journey of curse men, hidden and maybe even forgotten history and a reveals a new way of seeing the Old World. With the once rich, powerful and toxic British East… Read

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‘A Monster Calls’ Review: Film Version Of Children’s Novel Is A Very Dark Proposition

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When is a kids movie not for kids? Well, it doesn’t happen often, but Patrick Ness’ screen adaptation by of his award-winning children’s novel A Monster Calls is not for the little ones at all, or maybe even the semi-little ones. This story of 15-year-old Connor O’Malley (Lewis MacDougall) is a decidedly dark and often disturbing experience, and I’m not just talking about the monster here. Connor is dealing with a lot. His young mother (Felicity Jones) is dying from… Read

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‘20th Century Women’ Review: Annette Bening Triumphs In A Mother Of A Role

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In 2010 writer-director Mike Mills made Beginners, in which Christopher Plummer played a thinly veiled version of Mills’ father, who came out at gay in his 70s. Now this talented filmmaker has made another very personal movie ripped from the headlines of his own family. The Golden Globe-nominated comedy-drama 20th Century Women is about his mother — or at least someone resembling her circa 1979, when the movie is set. It is clear Mills has heard the adage, “Write what you… Read

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‘One Day At A Time’ Review: Netflix’s Norman Lear Reboot Is A Poignant Winner

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Like George Clinton and his resurrection of the funk, the Netflix reboot of Norman Lear's One Day At A Time has shown that if you stay true to your groove, old tunes can sound fresh — very fresh when you have Rita Moreno nailing it every time in what is one of the best sitcoms yet from the streaming service. Launching on January 6 for its 13-episode first season, the 2017 version from writers/executive producers Mike Royce and Gloria Calderon Kellett continues that best… Read