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‘Suits’ Season 8 Review: Meghan Markle & Patrick J. Adams Gone But Not Forgotten


Telling you almost everything you need to know about a long-in-the-tooth show that is getting back in the ring beginning Wednesday, the first time you meet Katherine Heigl in the Season 8 premiere of Suits, the Grey's Anatomy alum is knocking the stuffing out of a boxing bag. With Meghan Markle gone to a royal firm in real life and her character Rachel having departed the Aaron Korsh-created series with Patrick J. Adams' hubby Mike for a new life in Seattle, Suits has… Read

‘Blindspotting’ Review: Daveed Diggs & Rafael Casal Duel Brilliantly In A Fierce, Blistering Explosion Of Words

It's not difficult to see how Blindspotting emerged as one of the true sensations of this year’s Sundance Film Festival, and as I say in my video review above, the answer is its startling originality and fearlessness in confronting some uncomfortable truths of our lives now. Even though this highly dramatic, often funny movie borders on familiar genres like the time-honored buddy comedy, it blows them up in a fusion of rap rhymes mixed with straight dialogue to make it… Read

‘Eighth Grade’ Review: A Star Is Born As Elsie Fisher Leads Perceptive & Heartwarming Coming-Of-Age Story

Elsie Fisher. Remember that name. She’s going to be a star. As I say in my video review above, that is just one of the many affirmative facts coming out of Bo Burnham’s superb writing-directing debut feature Eighth Grade, which explores 13-year-old Kayla Day’s awkward final days of middle school before embarking on what inevitably will be a life-changing journey to high school. Fisher, until now best known as the voice of Agnes in the Despicable Me movies, is… Read

Emmys: It’s Deadline Vs. Gold Derby In A Prediction Smackdown In The Lead Comedy Acting Categories – Who Takes The Prize?

Gold Derby’s Tom O’Neil and I go at it again in a new series of Emmy prediction smackdowns beginning today with the contenders for Comedy Lead Actor and Actress. As we discuss in the video (click the link above to watch) the race for Comedy Lead Actress is going to hit some new ground this year as Veep took the year off so six time in a row winner Julia Louis Dreyfus won’t be a factor this time around. What does that mean?  O’Neil and I disagree on that, as Tom seems… Read

‘Skyscraper’ Review: It’s The Towering Rock As Dwayne Johnson Scales The Heights In Dumb But Entertaining Action Flick

Think The Towering Inferno meets Die Hard meets the Rock. That about sums up everything you need to know about Skyscraper, a ludicrously entertaining stunt- and CGI-laden vehicle to further prop up Dwayne Johnson’s status as the world’s No. 1 action hero. In just the past seven months we have watched him take on the jungle in the smash-hit Jumanji sequel, fight off monsters to save Chicago in Rampage and now scale the world’s tallest building, the 260-story Pearl in Hong… Read

‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ Review: Season 2 Finale Is A Must Watch, Even If You Want To Look Away

SPOILER ALERT: This review contains details of tonight's The Handmaid’s Tale Season 2 finale. The Bible says that "in the beginning there was the Word." Tonight, with the just launched Season 2 ender of The Handmaid's Tale, "The Word," as the episode is called, was put to the test and embarked on a new beginning for a Hulu series that has again proven a must watch – even when you wanted so often to turn away. The fact is, having stalked this season beyond the boundaries… Read

KCET Cinema Series Delivers A-List Films and Talent

Be part of one of KCET's longest-running and most successful special events! Now in its 24th year, the KCET Cinema Series continues to delight audiences with must-see Hollywood films along with some of the most acclaimed independent features… Crazy Rich AsiansEighth GradeLady BirdI, Tonya… Each film is shown prior to its theatrical release and followed by an engaging and in-depth interview with the film’s top talent, directors, producers and cinematographers. Hosted… Read

‘Shock And Awe’ Review: Rob Reiner Tells The Truth Of An Endangered Free Press In Pertinent And Timely Film

Shock and Awe

There could not be a better time than now for Rob Reiner’s powerful story of journalism on the front line in Shock and Awe. With a free press a constant right-wing target these days, and a president who labeled journalists the “enemy of the people" again just last weekend, this is a true and inspiring story of four Knight Ridder newspaper reporters who were the only entity in the media who correctly got it right about the falsehoods used by the Bush administration in 2003… Read

‘Sharp Objects’ Review: Amy Adams-Led Gillian Flynn Adaptation Cuts Deep But Needs Less, Not More

Sharp Objects

There is a solid core to Sharp Objects, but HBO's July 8-debuting adaptation of Gillian Flynn's 2006 novel takes an insular small-town slow-burn approach that borders on abandon-ship annoying. Eventually the pace of Amy Adams-led eight-episode tale matches the nature of the drama, but it really takes a long, long time to get there, as I say in my video review above. Part of that might be the belief that sheer pedigree will keep you watching the mystery of a troubled but… Read

‘The First Purge’ Review: Here’s To Hopefully The Last ‘Purge’ Movie, But Don’t Count On It

The First Purge

I have dutifully sat through all four of the Purge movies. Do I get a medal for that? Since the 2013 original there has been The Purge: Anarchy (2014), The Purge: Election Year (2016) and now The First Purge opening just in time for Independence Day. The new installment is actually an origin story (as if we needed one) that explains how the whole idea of an annual government-sponsored “holiday” in which all crime and killing is legal for 12 hours beginning at sundown came… Read

‘Ant-Man And The Wasp’ Review: Paul Rudd Gets Plenty Of Big (And Small) Laughs In Sizable New Hit For Marvel

Paul Rudd, Michael Douglas and director Peyton Reed are back for Marvel’s sequel to the 2015 small smash Ant-Man, and this time they have added The Wasp. It’sappropriate in the year of the #MeToo movement because the Wasp is the first female character featured in a Marvel title to make it to the movies. With Evangeline Lilly again taking on that role, the alter ego of Hope Van Dyne, there is much more for her to do this time. For Ant-Man and the Wasp, she joins Ant-Man… Read

‘Power’ Season 5 Review: A Vital Exercise In Loss & Rage From 50 Cent Starrer

Over its first four seasons, Power has glittered with a near-seamless and polished blend of glamour, NYC grit, gangster life and ghostly ambition to great success as the most consistently watched series on Starz. However, with the July 1-debuting Season 5 of the drama starring and executive produced by Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson, the Courtney Kemp-created show makes a fundamental and successful shift, as I say in my video review above. Fulfilling Kemp’s promise last year of Read