‘Magnum P.I.’ & ‘Manifest’ Reviews: CBS Reboot Comes In Hot; NBC Drama Has Turbulent Takeoff
SPOILER ALERT: The following article contains details about the pilot episodes of Magnum P.I. and Manifest
If you were at San Diego Comic-Con in July, you might have been treated to an advance screening of the pilots for CBS’ reboot of Magnum P.I. and NBC’s Manifest. Both series premiere on Sept. 24 and one is an action-packed and solid modern-day homage to a TV classic that was once fronted by a mustachioed private investigator, while the other just seems to get “lost”… Read
Emmys TV Review: ‘SNL’-Dominated 70th Annual Ceremony Really Shows Its Age
Turns out going with two hosts instead of one did not double the fun at the 70th Primetime Emmy Awards tonight. Fronted by Saturday Night Live's Michael Che and Colin Jost and executive produced by Lorne Michaels, this year's celebration of television's best and brightest quickly became mired in some of the worst tendencies of the long-running weekly variety show.
With Michaels back running the small-screen ceremony for the first time in 30 years, there was nothing as… Read
Rotten Tomatoes Revamps Critics Criteria To Foster Inclusion & New Platforms
It’s been awhile since Rotten Tomatoes last updated its critics policy, which essentially includes who is allowed to be a part of the site and counted in the Tomatometer process.
While critics and freelancers from established publications will continue to have no problem being included on Rotten Tomatoes, the site is putting a focus on a critic's individual qualifications and body of work, and opening the doors to other media that review including via podcasts and videos… Read
‘Power’ Truly Gets The Strap With Game Changing Death Of [SPOILER] Tonight
SPOILER ALERT: This story includes major details about tonight's fatal episode of Power.
"Rest in peace, you tough bastard," declares Power's Joseph Sikora as the notoriously vicious Tommy Egan while he and Omari Hardwick's Ghost look down at the bloodied and very dead body of the Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson portrayed Kanan on the Starz drama today.
Playing the traditional Power card of making a major move in each season's eighth episode, tonight's "A Friend of the Family'… Read
‘Shades Of Blue’ Series Finale Review: JLo NYPD Drama Fails Clutch Test In The End
SPOILER ALERT: This story contains details of tonight's Shades of Blue series finale.
"You've got all your tomorrows lined up." So says Ray Liotta's on-the-run NYPD Lt. Matt Wozniak, unintentionally ironically reassuring his Jennifer Lopez-played protégée Detective Harlee Santos tonight on the Season 3 and series finale of NBC’s Shades of Blue.
While a Liotta-led spinoff for the low-rated, cliché-filled corrupt cop drama could feasibly be launched off the close of Shades… Read
Broadway’s ‘Pretty Woman’ Musical: All Dressed Up With No Place To Go – Review
I might not be the target audience for Pretty Woman – The Musical, seeing as how I was never a fan of Pretty Woman – The Movie. Just never thought it was cute, funny or charming when Richard Gere, in that 1990 star-making movie, jokingly snapped shut that proffered jewelry box, drawing the startled, wide-mouthed guffaw that transformed Julia Roberts into Julia Roberts.
And that was 10 years before the Millennium, well before the Laugh became schtick, and well well before… Read
Broadway’s ‘Gettin’ The Band Back Together’ Cranks Up Jukebox Hero Pipe Dreams: Review
Middle-age urges to re-live old garage band pipe dreams are typically best kept to dank basements and sound-proofed garages, and Broadway’s Gettin’ The Band Back Together doesn’t exactly prove otherwise. Still, the playful musical is more infectious than you might expect.
Be warned, though: Enjoyment of Gettin’ The Band Back Together will be in direct proportion to a tolerance for not-so-young guys making guitar faces and devil horn hand gestures for two and a half… Read
‘Twelfth Night’ Review: Shakespeare In The Park Dazzles With Musical Re-Imagining
New Yorkers couldn’t ask for a sweeter summertime lift than Free Shakespeare in the Park’s vibrant, contemporary and very funny musical adaptation of Twelfth Night. Conceived by Kwame Kwei-Armah (who directs with Oskar Eustus) and Shaina Taub (who wrote the music and lyrics, and performs), this colorful, spirited production is a joy from start to finish.
With a large cast of professionals (in the lead roles, all excellent) and community members from all five of the city’s… Read
Kendrick Lamar Turns It Up In ‘Power’ With Dramatic Debut – Review
SPOILER ALERT: This story includes details about tonight’s episode of Power.
If there was any doubt that 2018 belongs to Kendrick Lamar, the Grammy and Pulitzer-winning rapper extinguished the last embers with his appearance today in Power.
As the drug-addled NYC sidewalk hustler Laces, who comes under the dark influence of Curtis “50 cent” Jackson’s ruthless Kanan character, the Black Panther soundtrack curator's dramatic debut shows yet another deep and rich vein in… Read
‘Straight White Men’ Review: Armie Hammer, Josh Charles & Paul Schneider In Broadway Debuts, Labels Be Damned
Armie Hammer, Josh Charles and Paul Schneider, names and faces well-known to film and TV audiences, make self-assured Broadway debuts in Straight White Men. No sarcasm about artistic stretches or the lack thereof necessary.
Young Jean Lee's delicate balance of a play, directed by Anna D. Shapiro with a more sensitive understanding of character than pace, brings together three adult brothers and their widowed dad over a Christmas holiday that will see laughter and… Read
‘Who Is America?’ Review: Sacha Baron Cohen Plays Dumb In Stupid Spoof Series
When David Nevins called Sacha Baron Cohen "the premier provocateur of our time" in announcing the new Who Is America? series, the Showtime boss was certainly honest to a fault. Full of mild shock, zero awe and a lot of recycled scenarios, the flabby, seven-episode dupe-the-dimwits endeavor from the once blighting satirist certainly provokes a great inducement to change the cable channel.
Or to paraphrase a true great provocateur, Johnny Rotten: Boring, Sasha… Read
‘Henry IV’ Review: Tom Hanks & Hamish Linklater Give Charismatic Pulse To Shakespeare Classic
For the average theatergoer, going to a production of a William Shakespeare play can either be an enlightening night of poetic culture or it can feel like homework. The Shakespeare Center of Los Angeles’ production of Henry IV, helmed by Tony Award-winning Daniel Sullivan, lands somewhere in the middle of that spectrum, but leans towards enlightening and fun, thanks to its impressive cast of star power that is fronted by Academy Award-winning Tom Hanks, Scandal‘s Joe Morto… Read