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Review: 'Lizzie' admirably tackles unsolved mystery

Posted December 11,2018 - 05:10 PM

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The world was certainly a different place in 1892. It has been said that the technological revolution of the 1900s changed the world more than any other century. Furthermore, as technology spreads, the rate of change exponentially increases as well.

This is all fascinating, but the one area that perhaps was most impacted by this change was criminal investigations. Think about it, crimes such as Jack the Ripper's murders, the Black Dahlia killing, and D.B. Cooper's true identity continue to mystify audiences around the world.

One of the most interesting unsolved murder is that of the Bordens in Massachusetts in 1892. It's the double murder that would propel Lizzie Borden into infamy by way of a child's rhyme for nearly 100 years. Crimes such as these committed long before forensic...

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Review: 'Galveston' is a slow-burn winner

Posted December 11,2018 - 04:06 PM

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If there is one actor in Hollywood that I will drop everything to see his work, it's Ben Foster. I'm constantly shocked by the general level of apathy he receives from those in power to bestow acting awards as he continues to churn out award-worthy performances.

In fact, his name is probably one that will make most of you go, 'Who is that again?' Such is the price of being such an amazing chameleon. While I think he first caught my attention hard in Alpha Dog, most of you will probably first place him from his work in 3:10 to Yuma. If you haven't seen Hell or High Water, what are you waiting for?

No, seriously, go watch that film and then we can continue.

Meanwhile, Elle Fanning is the lesser Fanning (in age only I assure you) who has also been burning the rocket fuel to A-lister...

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Review: 'Evil Dead 2' is a bloody good time on 4K UHD

Posted December 11,2018 - 02:58 PM

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Whether you call it Evil Dead 2, Evil Dead II or Evil Dead 2: Dead By Dawn, this horror movie by any other name would be as exquisite. Oddly, this film was my entry into Sam Raimi's horror franchise so many years ago and only recently did I go back and watch the first one.

In fact, my first viewing of The Evil Dead was for the 4K UHD review that I did earlier this year. It's only fitting then that I continue down this dark path with a review of the 4K UHD offering for Evil Dead 2. Unlike the original low-budget indie that kicked off all of the fun, this film truly begins to showcase the hallmark comedy that has given Ash so many faithful followers.

Events in Evil Dead 2 pretty much pick up where the first one leaves off. Well, there is a bit of retro-continuity (retcon) at the...

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Review: 'I Still See You' is a fragment of a better movie

Posted December 11,2018 - 11:53 AM

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I have a confession. I want to like Bella Thorne, I really do. I mean, sure, she's obnoxious and purposely lurid for no discernable reason other than to shock you, but I have to give her props for actively trying to rise out of Disney's shadow.

That's no small task, especially these days. Just ask all those Marvel actors who were probably ecstatic when their characters turned to ash earlier this year that perhaps, their Marvel contracts would likewise evaporate. Sadly though, next year's Avengers sequel will likely resurrect most of their Marvel sentences.

Unfortunately for Bella, there's no amount of magic, Disney or otherwise, in the world to spark any life into her new film I Still See You. The sad thing is that the film is centered on an interesting idea, but the filmmakers just...

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Review: The holidays get the deluxe treatment in 'The Christmas Specials Collection'

Posted December 06,2018 - 05:07 PM

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When I was a child, there was no greater thrill in the world than seeing the iconic CBS special presentation logo. It meant that we were in for a good time.

During the holidays, it meant that the regularly scheduled broadcast was going to be interrupted for the Rankin/Bass Christmas specials. This was a time before DVRs and widespread availability of these specials on VHS.

You had one choice. Drop everything that you were doing and sit your butt on the couch at the time that it said in the TV Guide, or you would miss Rudolph, The Red-Nosed Reindeer or Frosty the Snowman for an entire year.

You also had to get up off the couch to turn the channel because remote controls hadn't been invented yet. I'm old, get off my lawn. Man, I loved that CBS special presentation and I could watch it...

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'Vice' leads with six Golden Globe nominations

Posted December 06,2018 - 02:29 PM

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Politics and entertainment are intertwined as ever and that won't change any time soon if the Hollywood Foreign Press Association proves correct. Vice, the true story of former Vice President Dick Cheney, earned the most Golden Globe nominations this morning with six.

But Vice was hardly a runaway favorite. As is often the case with the Golden Globes, there is more confusion, not less, about the awards race when they accounce their nominations. Three films were tied for the next most nominations with five each including critic and fan favorite A Star is Born.

Interestingly, A Star is Born and Vice will only go head-to-head in a single category, Best Director, as the film about music was deemed to be a drama, while the dramatic political film was put in the Comedy or Musical category....

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Review: 'Operation Finale' is weighty but rises to the occasion

Posted December 04,2018 - 04:26 PM

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It seems that I watch too much of the History channel. For the second time in two reviews today I am going to mention a show on this vastly underrated network. There was a show on the History Channel that recently wrapped up its third and final season called Hunting Hitler.

Following leads from a 2014 glut of documents declassified by the FBI, there is a chance that Hitler faked his suicide at the end of World War II and fled to parts unknown. Hunting Hitler picked up the stone cold trail and tried to make or break the case that Hitler may have lived beyond his demise in his bunker.

From a purely historical standpoint, I found the series to be fascinating as it helped to shine a light on the sequence of events immediately following V-E day. From what I recall, the history books in...

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Review: 'Viking Destiny' loses its way

Posted December 04,2018 - 02:49 PM

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There is a superb show on History called Vikings. It has everything that you could possibly want from a Viking show - and a Skarsgard to boot! Sadly, the 91 minutes of Viking Destiny misses the boat on pretty much everything that is critical to a great Viking story, and there's no Skarsgard anywhere near the movie.

The finished product is a bit of a bummer because from all appearances, Viking Destiny should be a wild hit. It has murder, intrigue, Vikings, a progressive female protagonist, the Norse god Odin, did I mention Vikings?

The story revolves around a Viking princess who is framed for the murder of her father, the king. She flees her land and spends the time in exile learning from Odin and gaining experience and wisdom of fighting that she will need to win back her throne.


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Review: 'Elf' is even better when you sing along

Posted November 27,2018 - 04:52 PM

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The moment that the pumpkin pie is cut on Thanksgiving, that holiday is officially over, which means that we can turn our sights on Christmas. While you might want to wait a few hours to pop in that first Christmas movie, I must admit to watching one or two on Thanksgiving before.

There's just something wholesome and life-affirming about a good Christmas movie that adds to the joy of the season. Unless you're watching It's a Wonderful Life, there's a whole lot of bleak before you get into the yuletide spirit with that one. But hey, if there's anyone who could turn an attempted suicide around into a feel-good holiday classic, it's my man Frank Capra.

When it comes to holiday films, you have your pick depending on your mood. Whether it's a traditional classic or a new cult classic,...

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Review: 'Blindspotting' is the film America needs right now

Posted November 20,2018 - 03:36 PM

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If you somehow don't know the name Daveed Diggs, then you've either been living in a cave for the last five years or you're not a big Broadway musical fan. Diggs was one of the breakout actors in the smash hit musical Hamilton and he's successfully transitioned to the silver screen with much aplomb.

Best known for his wild shock of hair (I bet that helps some of you to pinpoint Diggs), his acting chops were never in question, but with this week's release Blindspotting Daveed Diggs adds writer and producer to his ever-expanding resumÃ. Diggs wrote the script for Blindspotting with his childhood friend and co-star Rafael Casal back in the mid-2000s, but it's a sad reminder of our current state of things in America that the film is as relevant now as it was then, perhaps more so.

The...

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