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Wednesday, 02 November 2016 12:19

Jennifer Beals reveals her most satisfying role

When we last saw Jennifer Beals, she was portraying Dr. Syd Jennings, very ill with typhus, at a refugee camp on the Turkish/Syrian border in the season finale of NBC's summer medical drama 'The Night Shift.' The series' August 31 third-season finale was seen by nearly six million viewers, virtually guaranteeing a renewal for season four.

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Friday, 28 October 2016 09:54

'Inferno' a hot mess

Latest Dan Brown adaptation chaotic, convoluted

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Wednesday, 26 October 2016 12:01

A conversation with Tony Todd

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.

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Sunday, 23 October 2016 12:14

'Keeping Up with the Joneses' can't keep up

Talented cast can't quite overcome action comedy's flaws

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Friday, 21 October 2016 09:39

Cruise's 'Jack Reacher' exceeds his grasp

Action sequel 'Never Go Back' never goes anywhere

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Wednesday, 19 October 2016 12:04

Action by the numbers - 'The Accountant'

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.

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Wednesday, 19 October 2016 12:02

Send 'Max Steel' to the scrap heap

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.

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Wednesday, 19 October 2016 11:57

More jeers than cheers for 'Mascots'

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 screenand 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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Wednesday, 12 October 2016 11:57

Rising up - 'The Birth of a Nation'

Film brings the story of Nat Turner to the screen

I'm always leery of referring to any movie as 'important.' While there's no doubt that many significant events and issues have been addressed in the cinematic medium, there's something presumptuous and vaguely smug about throwing around that label.

Published in Movies
Wednesday, 12 October 2016 11:50

Conversing with Corbin Bernsen

Actor talks In-lawfully Yours,' Maine's movie-tax problem

Corbin Bernsen appeared in his first film at the age of 13 with an uncredited role in the Elvis Presley musical 'Clambake.' Since then, the star of 'Major League,' and TV's 'LA Law' and 'Psych' has appeared in more than 60 films, but is just as likely to be found these days behind the camera directing and producing.

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