Filmmaker Luc Besson is known for having strong female characters in his films, as evidenced by La Femme Nikita, The Fifth Element, The Extraordinary Adventures of Adele Blanc-Sec, and now Lucy. As the titular character, Scarlett Johansson plays a mysterious woman who is able to use over 10% of her brain, causing havoc for anyone [...]
Masamune Shirow (Ghost in the Shell) is blessed with a fertile (if not dark) imagination, and the new Blu-ray release Appleseed: Alpha (Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, 93 minutes) delves into the origins of his Appleseed universe.
Deunan (Luci Christian) and her bad ass cyborg sidekick Briareos (David Matranga) are barely subsisting in a post apocalyptic New [...]
Whether it’s climbing the wresting ladder as The Rock or becoming a bonafide box-office king, Dwayne Johnson understands that nothing ever comes easy. Challenges are part of his lifestyle, so taking on the iconic role of Hercules seems like the perfect fit. Along with undertaking a rigorous physical regimen, Johnson researched the role to ensure [...]
Chadwick Boseman knows a thing or two about playing iconic figures, thanks to his star making performance as Jackie Robinson in 42. Playing the Dodgers legend may have been a monumental challenge, but climbing up that hill isn’t over for Boseman. He plays James Brown, aka the Godfather of Soul, in Get On Up, a [...]
It’s a festival of bad behavior and questionable decisions tonight on the USA Network. First up is the series premier of RUSH, a dramatic story centered on a rogue doctor whose disdain for the ’system’ has led him to becoming a free-lance ‘fixer’ who will take care of any medical emergency if the price is [...]
Two-time Emmy winner Julie Bowen brings her voice to Lil’ Dipper in Walt Disney’s animated film Planes: Fire & Rescue, the follow-up to 2013’s Planes. Bowen’s resume includes successful runs on the TV series Ed and Boston Legal, but it’s her Emmy Award-winning work as Claire Dunphy on Modern Family that has garnered her the [...]
After a slow start, it appears that there might be a summertime box office boost with the release of DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES. In theaters today, DAWN is one of the most anticipated tentpoles of the season and, thankfully, delivers on its promise to be a real crowd pleaser. Directed by MATT [...]
Watching the ‘performance capture’ career of ANDY SERKIS has been nothing if not great fun. From his roots as Gollum in PETER JACKSON’S endless LORD OF THE RINGS epics to the titular role in KING KONG, from the creepy Capt. Haddock in STEVEN SPIELBERG’S slavishly loyal adaptation of THE ADVENTURES OF TIN TIN to the [...]
Now playing in theaters, DELIVER US FROM EVIL is an impressive little horror thriller that makes good on its promise to deliver scares to the summertime date-night crowd. Directed and written by SCOTT DERRICKSON, the film boasts an impressive cast that includes ERIC BANA, JOEL McHALE, EDGAR RAMIREZ and SEAN HARRIS. Inspired by a ‘true’ [...]
Airing tonight on the USA Network, GRACELAND is an action-packed crime drama now in its sophomore season and centered on a mis-matched group of federal agents working undercover to keep various bad guys at bay. Leading the charge are DANIEL SUNJATA (RESCUE ME, SMASH) and relative newcomer AARON TVEIT.
A veteran of several small roles [...]