Directed by Henry-Alex Rubin (Disconnect, Murderball), Semper Ficenters on Cal (Jai Courtney), a police officer and Marine Corps reservist who is the de facto leader of his group of friends (Beau Knapp, Finn Wittrock, Arturo Castro). When Cal’s younger brother Oyster (Nat Wolff) is sent to jail after a tragic bar fight, Cal hatches a plan to break his sibling out of prison.
Semper Fi’s strength lies in the palpable chemistry among the men, as brotherhood and sacrifice are the concepts explored in the feature by Rubin and co-writer Sean Mullin. Courtney delivers one of his strongest performances to date (he also starred as a soldier in 2015’s Man Down), and it’s a drama that, in my opinion, is worth a look.
Also covered on our latest CinemAddicts podcast is The Dead Center, a horror thriller starring Shane Carruth that comes out October 11 and Joker.
On the latest episode of CinemAddicts, we review several movies (Brightburn, John Wick 3, Booksmart) that made a respective splash back in May and we also provide a preview for this month’s biggest releases (Dark Phoenix and Toy Story 4).
Also reviewed on our program is The Biggest Little Farm, a first rate documentary about a couple who purchase a 200 acre farm in Moorpark, California. Emmy winning documentarian John Chester, who directed the film, and his wife Molly left the confines of Los Angeles to create an organic farm filled with animals, vegetables and fruit. Since the land is essentially barren and abandoned, the Chesters’ ambitious goals won’t be achieved overnight.
The Biggest Little Farm chronicles eight years in their journey, and watching their respective victories and heartache makes for immersive and ultimately inspiring viewing. For more information on the film as well as Apricot Lane Farms, check out their official site.
Philadelphia, of course, is a city that’s rich in history. It was the first capital of the United States, and it’s also the country’s first World Heritage city. Lately, of course, it’s also served as the backdrop to FXX’s raunchy sitcom, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia. Has that been a positive for the city? Sunny stars Rob McElhenney and Danny DeVito think the show has only enhanced Philly’s reputation. (Click on the media bar below to hear Rob McElhenney & Danny DeVito)
The new season of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia premieres Wednesday, September 5 on FXX.
Social media feeds lit up this past week after 13-year-old Courtney Hadwin got the Golden Buzzer from Howie Mandel, sending her directly to the live shows. Could she be the season’s breakout star? Host Tyra Banks is convinced that, after the success of last season’s winner, the show will definitely find another star this time around. (Click on the media bar below to hear Tyra Banks)
America’s Got Talent airs Tuesday nights at 8/7c on NBC.
Carrie Underwood knows exactly what an American Idol finale feels like. After all, she was the winner of the show’s fourth season in 2005, and that set her on the road to being the superstar she is today. Thirteen years after her victory, she still looks back and recalls some very, very anxious moments. (Click on the media bar below to hear Carrie Underwood)
Having been a guest on the current season of Idol, Underwood has had a chance to meet this year’s contestants, and she has a pretty good idea of what will be going through their minds this Sunday. (Click on the media bar below to hear Carrie Underwood)
The season finale of American Idol airs tonight at 9/8c on ABC.
Between the two of them, Katy Perry and Lionel Richie have had 14 No. 1 hits on the Billboard Hot 100, so they know what it takes to make it to the top. But both of them had very different experiences. Richie’s career got started in the pre-MTV era, when it was incredibly difficult for new artists to get exposure. Perry, of course, came to fame just as social media was starting to become a cultural force. Because of that, now anyone can try to get exposure, but with so many competing voices out there, it’s hard to stand out. And that’s why they say American Idol is still one of the most effective ways of finding new talent. (Click on the media bar below to hear Katy Perry & Lionel Richie)
American Idol airs live on Sunday nights across all time zones, starting at 8 ET and 5 PT.