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Designated Survivor starring Kiefer Sutherland, Natasha McElhone and Maggie Q

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With Designated Survivor renewed for a second season, and the season finale already having aired, it’s time I reviewed this engaging political drama/thriller starring Kiefer Sutherland. Watch out for a separate post dedicated to the finale. Premise of Designated Survivor Secretary of Urban Development and Housing Tom Kirkman (Kiefer Sutherland) is an idealistic and decent […]

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The Space Between Us starring Gary Oldman, Asa Butterfield, Britt Robertson and Carla Cugino: An Uplifting Love Story with Space Elements

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East Texas is scientist/businessman Nathaniel Parker (Gary Oldman)’s brainchild: A group of astranouts will go to live on Mars for four years. He couldn’t be prouder. But when it turns out his lead astranout Sarah Elliot is pregnant on space, a difficult consensus is reached to save the baby: He should stay on Mars as […]

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Allied Movie Review: Brad Pitt and Marion Cottilard in an Engaging Robert Zemeckis Spy Romance

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I liked the film, and this will be a positive review. So if you want to hate on it, you can do so in the comments or just ignore this. Still with me? Awesome! Allied is a 2016 feature drama, war, romance movie written by Steven Knight (Locke, Burnt, Eastern Promises) and directed by Robert […]

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Gone Girl Movie Review: Gone Girl starring Ben Affleck & Rosamund Pike

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(There are some spoilers.) Nick Dunne (Ben Affleck)’s beautiful wife Amy (Rosamund Pike) is missing under suspicious circumstances. Police detective Boney (Kim Dickens) and officer Gilpin (Patrick Fugit) get right on the case, with Boney giving Nick the benefit of the doubt and Gilpin ready to blame Dunne. As the audience we’re neither with Boney […]

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Before Midnight starring Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy: The Sequel I’d So Wanted to Like

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It’s essential to remember where we are coming from, and before diving straight into my review, I want to talk a bit about the two movies that came before. But you can head straight to the Before Midnight part if you like. Just scroll down a bit;) Before Sunrise: A Romantic Haven for The Realistic […]

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Your Sister’s Sister starring Emily Blunt, Mark Duplass and Rosemarie DeWitt: Funny, Heartfelt and Adorable

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  Your Sister’s Sister is a lovely low-budget drama/comedy written and directed by Lynn Shelton. This 2011 film stars Mark Duplass, Emily Blunt and Rosemarie Dewitt, and is funnier and more original than the trailer suggests. Oh, and it’s very emotional, naturally-acted and should not be dismissed as a chick flick (not that there aren’t […]

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Solomon and Gaenor starring Ioan Gruffudd & Nia Roberts: A Period Love Story

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Detailed Plot (Minor Spoilers) 1911, Whales. Solomon (Ioan Gruffudd) is a young Jewish man living with his family, working as a packman for his father’s cotton shop and getting a bit fed up with the strict rules of the religion and attitudes of his family. It’s an era where most people are not doing well. […]

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The Americans starring Keri Russell & Matthew Rhys: Complicated, Flawed, Engaging – Just Like It’s Characters

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  The Americans – Premise 1981. To outsiders, Elizabeth (Keri Russell) and Philip (Matthew Rhys) are a typical, young American couple with 2 kids, Henry (10) and Paige (13). They try to raise their kids the best they can while they run a travel agency together. In reality, they are two highly trained KGB agents, […]

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Pavilion of Women starring Willem Dafoe, Luo Yan and John Cho: A Cheesy but Lovely Romantic Drama

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  Pavilion of Women Story Madame Wu (Yan Luo) is from a wealthy, important family in pre-World War II China. Although she has a somewhat modern mind, she’s embraced her traditional roles, and is in the process of finding her husband a second wife “because she wants to retire”. Despite the objections and disgust her […]

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On Perception and other TV Crime Drama Series with Genius Yet Problematic Characters

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  UPDATE: PERCEPTION has been renewed for season 3!!! Turns out I like my men (on TV) quirky, cute, brilliant and nice at the core. A sense of humor won’t hurt, a traumatic background will up the stakes and I’ll be sold for some good crime-solving and decent acting. With House, I settled for hospital […]

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