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‘Brooklyn Nine-Nine’ Season Finale Says Farewell To Fox With Jake & Amy’s “Bomb” Wedding

SPOILER ALERT: The following article contains details about the season finale of Brooklyn Nine-Nine. In what could have been its final episode, Brooklyn Nine-Nine delivers a season finale that gives us Nine-Nine-brand humor, familiar story beats, and a “bomb” wedding that makes us thank the TV Gods that this comedy treasure was saved from cancellation. The episode titled “Jake & Amy” is set on wedding day for Jake (Andy Samberg) and Amy (Melissa Fumero) and, of course… Read


Rose McGowan Reads Hollywood Missive In Surprise ‘Letters Live’ NYC Appearance; Joins Benedict Cumberbatch, Edie Falco

Benedict Cumberbatch, Edie Falco, Hugh Dancy and Tony-nominee Tom Hollander were among the famous faces reading famous – or should-be-famous – correspondence from the past at Friday night’s New York City debut of the two-night, Cumberbatch-produced Letters Live event, but it was an unbilled Rose McGowan reading her own incendiary and far-reaching “Dear Hollywood” missive from 2016 that gave an extra jolt to the show. McGowan’s appearance at Manhattan’s Town Hall had been… Read


‘On Chesil Beach’ Review: Saoirse Ronan & Billy Howle Navigate Difficult Wedding Night In Touching, Complicated Drama

On Chesil Beach

Just one week after the opening of the excellent indie The Seagull, in which Saoirse Ronan and Billy Howle play star-crossed loversthey are back at it again. But this time it’s in a much more serious drama, On Chesil Beach. Awkward timing most likely is responsible for the dueling releases starring the young pair, but both movies are well worth seeing, On Chesil Beach, based on the book by Ian McEwan (who also did the screenplay adaptation), is a highly unusual drama… Read


‘Designated Survivor’ Finale: A Long List Of Problems, But Kirkman Knows Best

SPOILER ALERT: This article contains details about the season finale of Designated Survivor. It may be the last term for President Tom Kirkland. Unless those rumors about eOne shopping the series and Netflix picking it up provide another season, tonight marked the end for the struggling Designated Survivor. Despite the ratings melting from season one to season two, there are still many stalwart fans of the show hoping to see this universe continue, a program which… Read


‘Book Club’ Review: A Four-Star Delight As Fonda, Keaton, Bergen & Steenburgen Get Down And Dirty

Book Club

For that part of the moviegoing audience that might be over age 25 — or even, say, 50 — it just doesn’t get much better than having a quartet like Jane Fonda, Diane Keaton, Mary Steenburgen and Candice Bergen together in one smart, funny, warm and wonderful movie. Book Club, as I say in my video review (click the link above to watch), is a must-see for audiences looking for a feel-good movie that lifts you up and sends you out of the theater with a big smile. That’s what… Read


‘Timeless’ Season Finale: Death Of Major Character Teases New Timeline As NBC Drama Awaits Its Fate

SPOILER ALERT: This article contains details from tonight’s episodes of Timeless. As the fate of Timeless hangs in the balance, business went on as usual on Sunday night in a two-episode finale. The two episodes titled “The General” and “Chinatown” aired back to back tonight as the action drama put a bookend on its second season leaving the audience wondering what will be in store for the time-traveling crew. On Sunday morning, NBC chairman Bob Greenblatt said that no… Read


Jeremy Irons, Lesley Manville Unearth Secrets & Treasure In ‘Long Day’s Journey Into Night’ At BAM – Review

Richard Eyre’s staging of Eugene O’Neill’s Long Day’s Journey Into Night, starring an ideally matched Jeremy Irons and Lesley Manville, unfolds on a summer home set that fuses the transparent with the caged, a fitting backdrop to the scathing autobiographical honesty and desolation of the playwright’s masterpiece. The Bristol Old Vic production, in a limited run at the Brooklyn Academy of Music opening tonight and closing May 27, stars Irons as the skinflint paterfamilias… Read


‘Patrick Melrose’ Review: Benedict Cumberbatch Brilliant As Damaged & Decadent Toff In Showtime Limited Series

Patrick Melrose

Full of bitterness, spite, snobbery, sarcasm, self-loathing, abuse, addiction and recovery, Showtime's limited series Patrick Melrose is simply an irresistible tour de force from Benedict Cumberbatch that I cannot recommend strongly enough. Debuting on May 12, the five-episode series is based on Edward St. Aubyn's scathing and wonderfully sardonic novels about the landmines of inherited wealth, one of which was nominated for a Booker Prize. With Emmy contention clearly… Read


‘Blue Bloods’ Season 8 Finale Review: CBS’ NYPD Drama Aims For Closure

SPOILER ALERT: This story contains details of tonight's Blue Bloods Season 8 finale. Blue Bloods has long been and will continue to be one of my favorite Big 4 series and tonight's Season 8 finale of the Tom Selleck led NYPD family drama served to confirm that opinion. In lieu of the traditional cliffhanger, the end of this season of the already renewed show brought resolution and depth at a point when most procedurals are barely doing much than hoping to go through the… Read


‘The Seagull’ Review: Annette Bening & Saoirse Ronan Lead Sterling Cast In Smart Take On Chekhov Classic

The Seagull

The great director Sidney Lumet brought a beautifully acted version of Anton Chekhov’s The Seagull to the screen in 1968, but apparently it has taken another half-century to get a another version that gives Chekhov’s 1895 play a new spin in movies. I have to say, the new The Seagull compares favorably to any previous attempt, particularly in bringing out the lighter aspects of what is a very funny piece. Lumet’s version had the likes of James Mason and Vanessa Redgrave… Read


‘Safe’ Review: Dodgy Accent Aside, Michael C. Hall’s UK Thriller Is Uneventful


With a pedigree that includes Six Feet Under and Dexter, Michael C. Hall has never retreated from risky projects, but his new series Safe certainly would never be characterized in that way. A case of honesty in advertising if nothing else, the UK-set Netflix series that launches May 10 is almost entirely without distinction except in how by the book it mostly is. Clearly coming out of the streaming service's algorithm and the desire to snare an obvious talent like Hall… Read

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‘School Of Rock’ Review: Talented Kids Amp Up Bland Musical Adaptation Of Linklater Classic

School of Rock is one of the many musicals based on a movie that has been woven into the fine tapestry of Broadway in the past two decades. Based on the 2003 Richard Linklater comedy starring Jack Black, the musical iteration from Broadway maestro Andrew Lloyd Webber that’s now playing at Hollywood’s Pantages Theatre straddles the line of delightfully charming and instantly forgettable — but at least the kids have fun in it. Following the same story of its source… Read