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Author: J. Don Birnam

FILM REVIEW: Chilling Katherine Heigl Can’t Make UNFORGETTABLE Memorable

Though first famous for her role in the soapy Grey’s Anatomy, Katherine Heigl really is a version of America’s sweetheart. Known in film for comedic touches such as her appearances in Knocked Up and 27 Dresses, among other lighthearted fare, it is impossible not to feel warm and fuzzy when thinking of Heigl’s genuine and endearing smiler, her tender demeanor and her obvious charm. Not so, however, when she plays the psychotically obsessed ex-wife Tessa in the upcoming “erotic thriller” Unforgettable, the directing debut of producer Denise Di Novi. In the film, a wholly unoriginal remake of films from...

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FILM REVIEW: Character Comedy FREE FIRE Fires on all Cylinders

Midway through the surprisingly comedic shoot ‘em up flick Free Fire, when most characters are (mild spoilers) sniveling around in pain and indignation, the unsuspecting viewer is left sincerely wondering where exactly writer-director Ben Wheatley. If this were a Tarantino film, as in some ways the movie at least aspires to be, you’d know exactly what is coming and how. But Free Fire, free from the thematic chorus that one comes to expect from Quentin’s movies, is able to charter its own journey and, to most viewers’ delight, do so with genuinely unexpected turns. When the action begins, a...

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WATCHMEN Animated Movie Coming to Video

Watchmen fans know that HBO has been reported to be in “preliminary discussions” about bringing the popular Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons’ graphic novel to a live-action television show. They probably also know that in the coming weeks and months DC Comics will be crossing over several of the Watchmen players into other superhero universes, with Batman and The Flash set to start an investigation into the appearance of the famous “Smiley Face” in Batman’s lair. But did you know that a “made for video,” R-rated animated movie is on its way and may be soon ready for release?...

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FILM REVIEW: In THE LOST CITY OF Z an Exciting Adventure Gets Lost In the Jungle

Starring as British explorer Percy Fawcett in the upcoming film The Lost City of Z, star Charlie Hunnam (an undoubtedly talented actor we saw, for example, in Pacific Rim) at some point conveys that perseverance is the mother of triumph, and sticks steadfastly to his resolved to find his own version of El Dorado. The same cannot quite be said, unfortunately, for the movie itself, which, though charming and interesting at time, seems at sea (or in the jungle, as the case may be) trying to find its proper footing and tone under the weight of an epic story....

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Sterling K. Brown Opens Up About THE PREDATOR Reboot

Emmy-Award winning actor Sterling K. Brown is a busy guy. He certainly has his hands full between the TV series This Is Us and upcoming Marvel film The Black Panther. But, knowing full well not to speak too much about a Marvel comics film, he opened up recently about the direction that Iron Man 3 director Shane Black is taking the new film about the thermal-tracking, human-hunting alien. Sterling K. Brown told EW “Shane has his whole take on it and it’s very different than the original Predator. It’s got a really wicked sense of humor to it, which I love about it. And it’s...

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