Wednesday, 26 October 2016 18:34

A ‘Superstore’ scene-stealer

Written by Mike Dow

A conversation with Colton Dunn

Wednesday, 26 October 2016 12:17

‘A Gambler’s Anatomy’ worth betting on

Written by Allen Adams

Jonathan Lethem’s latest novel complex and compelling

Wednesday, 26 October 2016 12:01

A conversation with Tony Todd

Written by Mike Dow

Actor Tony Todd has enjoyed a long and varied career in film, television and theatre work.  From horror to comedy to drama to sci-fi, he works in multiple genres and is careful not to become (in his words) “pigeon-holed” or stereotyped by any one of them. 

Wednesday, 19 October 2016 12:08

Hope, faith and friendship – ‘The Guineveres’

Written by Allen Adams

Debut novel a powerful, beautifully-written effort

As readers, we all have authors, styles and genres that sit in our respective wheelhouses. These are the books with proven track records in our eyes, ones that we can feel confident about going in.

Wednesday, 19 October 2016 12:04

Action by the numbers – ‘The Accountant’

Written by Allen Adams

Affleck thriller uneven, but entertaining nevertheless

Ben Affleck is nestled firmly in the Hollywood sweet spot right now. He’s got his massive superhero franchise connection. He gets to act in and/or direct awards-bait prestige projects while tossing in the occasional standard-issue popcorn flick if he feels like it.

Wednesday, 19 October 2016 12:02

Send ‘Max Steel’ to the scrap heap

Written by Allen Adams

Toy-inspired fiasco a dull, derivative, cynical cash grab

Movies and merchandising have gone hand-in-hand for a long time. The past four decades or so have seen plenty of films aimed at achieving some sort of crossover into other commercial opportunities. The most successful create merchandise based on the movie; the least successful create the movie based on the merchandise.

Wednesday, 19 October 2016 11:57

More jeers than cheers for ‘Mascots’

Written by Allen Adams

Latest Guest mockumentary lacking in laughter

Christopher Guest has long been the master of the comedic mockumentary. He has used the form to tackle the worlds of music, stage and screen…and dog shows. His work with films like “Waiting for Guffman” and “Best in Show” and – of course – “This is Spinal Tap,” the granddaddy of them all, has firmly ensconced him as a shining star of the comedy firmament.

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