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HereIsTV Review – Bessie

HereIsTV Review – Bessie

May 16, 2015
by Kevin Downey for HereIsTV

One hundred years ago, at a time when African Americans were firmly second-class citizens (if that) but with a thriving, music-rich culture of their own, despite it all – slavery being a fresh, raw wound – Ma Rainey and right behind her, Bessie Smith, were against all odds becoming self-made, rich and famous American blues singers.

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HereIsTV Review – Deep Web

HereIsTV Review – Deep Web

May 31, 2015
by Kevin Downey for HereIsTV

There are two eye-opening and potentially fascinating stories being told in the EPIX documentary Deep Web. Each arguably affects every American whether or not they care about their privacy – in this case, online privacy – and the federal government’s evolving interpretation of the 4th Amendment, which guarantees citizens’ protection from unreasonable searches and seizures by the government.

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HereIsTV Review – Power, Season 2

HereIsTV Review – Power, Season 2

June 06, 2015
By Kevin Downey for HereIsTV

Somehow, Starz’s drug-world drama Power from The Good Wife‘s Courtney Kemp Agboh and rapper 50 Cent is an exciting, fun and addictive drama, despite some serious flaws that would’ve long ago derailed an ordinary show. Power‘s second season begins on Saturday.

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HereIsTV Review – The Briefcase

HereIsTV Review – The Briefcase

May 27, 2015
by Kevin Downey for HereIsTV

Somewhere buried beneath the layer upon layer of reality show gimmicks on CBS’s summer reality show The Briefcase from The Biggest Loser‘s Dave Broome is a decent premise that has the feel of someone dreaming it up while having one too many at the corner bar.

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Review – Beasts of No Nation

Review – Beasts of No Nation

October 16, 2015

Rating:  5 (out of 5).  Netflix first original movie Beasts of No Nation tells the story of Agu, a 12 year old African boy who is suddenly orphaned when his family is killed during an attack on his village.  Agu runs into the forest where he is eventually captured by a battalion of soldiers. The Commandant of the fighters, played by Idris Elba, takes a liking to Agu and grooms him and other boys to become killers. The critics were mesmerized by this film. They loved the performances by Elba and by first time actor Abraham Attah who plays Agu. The critics warn viewers that it is hard to watch, but well worth the effort.

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Review – The Leisure Class

Review – The Leisure Class

November 02, 2015

HBO’s The Leisure Class, a film by Jason Mann, the latest winner of Project Greenlight, stars Ed Weeks as William, a con artist who is about to marry Fiona, the daughter of a rich senator.  The night before the wedding his brother shows up ready to expose him as the con man that he is. The critics were not impressed with this film with one going so far as to say it is a waste of 85 minutes, while others just called it dull.

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TV Show Review – 11.22.63

TV Show Review – 11.22.63

February 15, 2016

Rating:  4 (out of 5).  Hulu’s newest original series, 11.22.63, stars James Franco as the time traveling school teacher, Jake Epping from Stephen King’s novel, who is trying to get through a divorce when he gets a call asking him to go back in time to stop the assassination of John Kennedy.  While most of the critics give this a thumbs up, there are a couple who thought it took too long to get to the meat of the show.  Overall they were impressed, but there was quite a difference of opinion about Franco’s performance.

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TV Show Review – 12 Monkeys

TV Show Review – 12 Monkeys

January 16, 2015

Rating:  3 (out of 5).  The SyFy Channel” new series 12 Monkeys is based on the 1996 movie of the same name and stars Aaron Stanford as Cole, a survivor of a plague that has almost wiped out the population of the Earth. He has been sent back in time to stop the virus from being released to save humanity.  A split of opinion for this series with some critics thinking it was a great adaptation while others thought it was laughable.

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