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‘Walking Dead’ Showrunner On Tonight’s Cutting Episode & Season 9 Finale

SPOILER ALERT: This post contains details of tonight's Season 9 penultimate episode of AMC’s The Walking Dead. "We’ve known for years that this moment would come eventually, and it didn’t feel right to wait past this season," says The Walking Dead executive producer Angela Kang of the killing of 10 characters on the AMC series in tonight's Season 9 penultimate episode. TWD has long let the blood and mayhem flow in the second to last episode of most season, but the… Read


‘Us’ Review: Jordan Peele’s Journey Back To Horror Is Intriguing But No ‘Get Out’

Jordan Peele’s follow-up to his Oscar winning phenomenon Get Out is destined to be a smash hit, and since SXSW, critics have gushed and jumped all over themselves giving it all sorts of interpretations. But at its heart, Us really is just standard horror 101, albeit a very effectively and impressively made effort that borrows from numerous films, and even a little Twilight Zone. There’s a lot of slasher film influence, a lot of zombie influence — even if this isn’t about… Read


‘The Dirt’ Review: Netflix’s Mötley Crüe Memoir Pic Flaccid & Bleached Clean

SPOILER ALERT: This review contains details of the movie version of The Dirt Having taken decades to make it to the screen, you kind of knew any adaptation of Mötley Crüe’s 2001 memoir The Dirt was going to be problematic, to put it politely. Infamy has a tiring tendency to downgrade over time to just being lame, which truly is the greatest praise one can heap on this Jeff Tremaine directed pic that debuted today on Netflix. Perhaps due from the limited requirements of… Read


The Show To Watch This Week: ‘The Act,’ ‘Delhi Crime,’ ‘Jane The Virgin’ & ‘Into The Badlands’ Reviewed

In these early days of spring, rebirth is the currency of the natural realm. Such is also the case on the small screen with a couple of robust returns this week bouncing back to life and two criminally focused newbies in competition for the show you have to watch this week. With offerings from Netflix, the CW, Hulu and AMC, take a look at who is the winner in the video above. Oscar and Golden Globe winner Patricia Arquette and Joey King take center stage in the first… Read


‘Ain’t Too Proud’ Broadway Review: The Temptations, Saved By Song

Ain’t Too Proud – The Life and Times of The Temptations is further proof, as if we need it, that the term “jukebox musical” just isn’t fair – to jukeboxes. Feed a juke some cash and it delivers music, free of the blunt exposition that passes for librettos in so many of these stage biographies. Even with source material as glorious as “My Girl,” “Just My Imagination,” “Papa Was A Rolling Stone” and the song that gives this production its title, the result feels less… Read


‘Hotel Mumbai’ Review: Dev Patel And Armie Hammer Face Terrorists In Real-Life Disaster Movie

Hotel Mumbai

It may have echoes of some of those all-star disaster movies so popular in the ’70s like The Towering Inferno, but don’t kid yourself, this one really happened. The new film Hotel Mumbai  recounts the events of November 2008 in Mumbai, the vibrant center of India’s entertainment and financial world, where a group of Pakistani jihadists hijacked a fishing boat and landed on the beach there on their way to creating complete anarchy and killing 170 people in one of the world… Read


‘Dragged Across Concrete’ Review: Mel Gibson And Vince Vaughn Are Terrific In Brutal But Riveting Crime Drama

I have been watching closely the career of writer-director S. Craig Zahler, who tackles different genres with a style and ferocity not often seen these days. He did that to the western format in the cult hit Bone Tomahawk and followed up with an equally brutal peek into the prison system in Brawl in Cell Block 99. Now he takes on the crime format with a fervor that few filmmakers seem willing to try anymore. Zahler also takes risks in these action formats by putting the… Read


‘Kiss Me, Kate’ Broadway Review: Will Chase, Kelli O’Hara Stay True To Cole Porter’s Fashion – In Their Way

Like last season’s Lincoln Center production of My Fair Lady, the Roundabout Theatre Company’s current Broadway revival of Kiss Me, Kate, directed by Scott Ellis and opening tonight at Studio 54, had its share of finessing to do, bringing an acknowledged work of stage musical genius from a less gender-enlightened era in line with modern sensibilities. We can put that concern aside – whatever occasional shortcomings befall this mostly terrific revival, a spanked, put-upon… Read


‘The Hummingbird Project’ Review: Jesse Eisenberg Fast-Talks His Way Thru Another Tech Movie, And He’s Still Got It

The Hummingbird Project

In 2010, Jesse Eisenberg got an Oscar nomination as Mark Zuckerberg, the genius behind Facebook. Now he is back in the innovation business, this time as a fast-talking young (fictional) entrepreneur with dreams of creating a fiber-optic line from Kansas to New Jersey and upending the tech world. Like Facebook the idea could be game-changing as it promises to take a couple of milliseconds for data to travel from the time a deal is made on Wall Street. That millisecond can… Read


‘Be More Chill’ Review: No Heat Lost As Joyous Viral Musical Sensation Finally Charges Broadway

To quote a song from the tenacious – and tenaciously enjoyable – Be More Chill, the Joe Iconis-Joe Tracz musical arrives on Broadway with just enough of an “upgrade” from last summer’s Off Broadway staging to fill its new home and the greater expectations that come with the move. The costumes, the scenic design, the projections of computer gimcrackery and video game effects all seem buffed, beglittered and amped up just enough to suit Broadway demands without swamping the… Read


‘Gloria Bell’ Review: Julianne Moore Makes English-Language Remake Of 2013 Chilean Drama Worth Revisting

In 2013 Chilean director Sebastian Lelio won raves, and his star Paulina Garcia won awards, for Gloria, a movie set in Santiago that did well on the art house circuit and was released domestically by Roadside Attractions. One of those who really admired it was then-newly minted Oscar winner Julianne Moore (2014’s Still Alice), who saw the role as a perfect vehicle for her and had the clout to get it remade in an English-language version. Her biggest stipulation was that… Read


The Show To Watch This Week: ‘American Gods’, ‘After Life’, ‘Punk’ & ‘Now Apocalypse’ Reviewed

The town has barely taken a breath after the hostless Oscars, and already we are heading into the Emmys and FYC events galore. As season and series finales also explode across the small screen schedule, it may be more vital than ever to know what is the show you have to watch this week. One thing you can say for sure is there is a lot of legacy and legends on offering with the cream of the crop this week, as you can see in my video review above. The Office co-creator and… Read