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As proven with Miss Sloane, Jessica Chastain proves that she’s at home with rapid fire dialogue, and now she teams up with the master of that aesthetic with Oscar winning scribe Aaron Sorkin. His feature directing debut Molly’s Game is the true story of how skier Molly Bloom (Chastain) became the operator of a high stakes poker game in Los Angeles and New York. Also the author of a bestselling book based on her poker days, Bloom was also in trouble with the law, and Idris Elba co-stars as the lawyer who helps Bloom through the legal process. The picture features standout work from Chastain and hopefully she’ll be remembered come Oscar nominations time.

Also covered on the latest episode of CinemAddicts is Blame and American Folk, two indie January releases that also deliver Grade A narratives. Our divergent opinions on Call Me By Your Name (I loved it) is also covered on the show - take a listen below and feel free to comment!

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NUP_178708_1510.jpgWith Ellen’s Game of Games, Ellen DeGeneres expands her television empire into evenings. The primetime game show features a lot of the games she’s developed on her daytime talk show, but with much bigger prizes up for grabs. Why does DeGeneres think audiences will flock to the show? Because she says it’s got something for everyone! (Click on the media bar below to hear Ellen DeGeneres)

DeGeneres hosts Ellen’s Game of Games, airing Tuesday nights at 8/7c on NBC.

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It’s not exactly a spoiler to reveal that, in Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Luke Skywalker once again boards the iconic Millennium Falcon spaceship. Of course, in the original Star Wars trilogy, Mark Hamill’s character had plenty of thrilling moments and memorable experiences aboard the ship, so he found it to be a surprisingly emotional experience when he returned to the ship for the first time during the filming of The Last Jedi.

Star Wars: The Last Jedi is playing in theaters everywhere; if you didn’t know that already, you must have been frozen in carbonite!

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ABC’s comedy Black-ish has been a critical success, with two Emmy nominations so far for Outstanding Comedy Series. The show’s star and executive producer, Anthony Anderson, has received three Emmy nominations, and his on-screen wife, Tracee Ellis Ross, has gotten a pair as well. Anderson’s happy that that show has been getting raves from critics and voters, but he’s even more pleased about the reception the show’s been getting from audiences worldwide, because he always felt the show would strike a chord with viewers. (Click on the media bar below to hear Anthony Anderson)

Black-ish airs Tuesday nights at 9/8c on ABC.

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Three seasons in and Superstore continues to grow as a show, and as a Newsweek article accurately pointed out, the program spotlights a huge section of America that is underrepresented in comedy. Filled with a diverse cast spearheaded by America Ferrera and Ben Feldman, the show, which centers on the lives of a St. Louis, Missouri “superstore” named Cloud 9, subtly sneaks in important topics amidst all the comedy (for reference, check out the episode “Health Fund”).

Another reason for the show’s success lies in the chemistry among the ensemble. Ferrera and Feldman have that all important spark, and co-stars Lauren Ash and Nico Santos are also great friends off the set. Click on the media bar below to hear Santos and Ash discuss their mutual love for one another.

Superstore airs Thursday nights on NBC (8/7c).

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In another era, John Hawkes (The Sessions, Four Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri) would be a leading man who’d line them up at the local movie theater. But this isn’t the age of James Cagney, Humphrey Bogart, or even Gene Hackman, and if one doesn’t have “movie star” looks that person plies his trade as a character actor .

But Hawkes is one example of how character actors often have more presence than the actual star of the project, and it’s great to see him front and center in Small Town Crime. Directed by brothers Ian and Eshom Nelms, the feature focuses on an ex-cop named Mike Kendall (Hawkes) who has turned his life into a living hell thanks to his alcoholism. Drinking like a fish on a daily basis, Mike often wakes up with no idea of his location, and his decision to go behind the wheel while drunk should irritate many a viewer.

Mike may have affection for his adopted sister (Octavia Spencer) and her husband (Anthony Anderson), who’s also his drinking buddy, but they can’t stop his downward spiral. Upon the discovery of a dying woman who’s abandoned on a deserted road, Mike immediately rushes her to the hospital but to no avail. Determined to find her killer in hopes of actually rejoining the force, Mike gradually becomes reengaged with life, proving that when halfway sober he’s actually a great detective. Daniel Sunjata and Michael Vartan play cops who don’t want Mike anywhere near the investigation, with Robert Forster and Clifton Collins Jr. helping Mike out as the victim’s father and an all too confrontational pimp. Caity Lotz (Legends of Tomorrow) also stars a prostitute who may be hiding a thing or two from Kendall.

Fans of such neo-noirs like Blood Simple, where the hard boiled crime is slightly tempered by comedic undertones, should gravitate towards Small Town Crime. Running a lean and mean 91 minutes, the effective thriller is powered by a charismatic and memorable performance by Hawkes. Credit goes to the directors for filling out their narrative with a talented ensemble, but unfortunately their ultimate purpose is to service the narrative’s top dog. That’s a minor quibble, as it’s great to see Hawkes anchor his own film for once, and the Nelms brothers prove they have no trouble delivering an engaging narrative.

Small Town Crime may not reach the big stakes level of some of its cinematic influences, but that’s just fine. If you didn’t already know Hawkes is a star, then Small Town Crime should lead you in the right direction.

The film hits select theaters and On Demand January 19.


Rating: 3.5 out of 5


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Gina Carano proved that she can carry her own film amidst an all-star cast in director Steven Soderbergh’s fantastic Haywire, and now she hopes to throw down once again in Scorched Earth. The narrative centers on a bounty hunter (Carano) who is determined to eliminate a savage outlaw. She eventually infiltrates his gang, but before she can zero in on her mark she becomes involved in ensuring the safety of a slave girl. Though Scorched Earth doesn’t have the budget of a studio driven action flick, the movie’s Western/post-apocalyptic mash-up seems to actually work.

The flick is directed by Peter Howitt, the filmmaker behind the Gwyneth Paltrow and John Hannah romantic drama Sliding Doors. Hannah is also featured in Scorched Earth, and it’s great to see them work once again almost 20 years later.

Check out the trailer below and tell us what you think!

Scorched Earth hits theaters and On Demand February 2, 2018.

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With a career as an author, director, and actor, William Shatner has traveled the world, and that aspect to his life made him a perfect participant on NBC’s Better Late Than Never. Shatner and the rest of the crew (Terry Bradshaw, George Foreman, Jeff Dye, Henry Winkler) are back for some more travels, and this time out they are headed to Berlin, Sweden, Barcelona, Lithuania, Madrid and Morocco. The crew’s travels to Munich were documented earlier in the month during a special preview episode on December 11.

At age 86, William Shatner is still as active as ever, and along with his work on Better Late Than Never he is also taking helicopter lessons! No matter where he goes, Shatner won’t be lugging around a ton of luggage. Click on the media bar to hear the actor explain why he’s a light traveler (Dye is also heard in the clip):


Check out the second season premiere of Better Late Than Never which airs January 1 on NBC (9 pm et/pt).

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Apparently the early buzz on the film Call Me By Your Name was justified, since it’s now received several Golden Globe and Broadcast Film Critics Association Award nominations, which certainly bodes well for its chances at the Oscars. In the movie, Timothée Chalamet plays a 17-year-old boy who becomes romantically involved with one of his father’s students, Oliver (Armie Hammer), and he says that while the awards nominations are nice, it’s been especially gratifying to hear people’s reactions to the film in person. (Click on the media bar below to hear Timothée Chalamet)

Call Me By Your Name is playing now in limited release.

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NUP_178708_1580.jpgWhile Ellen DeGeneres may currently be the Queen of Daytime TV, with her talk show still going strong in its 15th season, she hasn’t had a regular presence in prime time since her ill-fated season of American Idol in 2010. But now, she’s back with a new game show on NBC, Ellen’s Game of Games, where contestants play versions of games she’s popularized on her daytime show, but with a chance to win much bigger prizes! With everything she’s already got on her plate, we asked DeGeneres why she didn’t let somebody else host the show. (Click on the media bar below to hear Ellen DeGeneres )

It probably didn’t hurt that she’s also pretty close with one of the show’s executive producers, Ellen DeGeneres. Ellen’s Game of Games airs Tuesday nights at 8/7c on NBC.

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