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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 – Gringo: The Dangerous Life of John McAfee

Review – Gringo: The Dangerous Life of John McAfee

September 26, 2016

Rating:  4 (out of 5).  In Showtime’s Gringo: The Dangerous Life of John McAfee,  director Nanette Burstein tells the story of the anti-virus software pioneer John McAfee, starting with his creation of the McAfee program to his selling it for millions, and then moving to Belize where he is accused of the murder of his neighbor. The critics give the doc high marks, finding it both compelling  and disturbing. 

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Review – Mascots

Review – Mascots

October 13, 2016

Rating:  3 (out of 5).  Netflix has Christopher Guest’s latest mockumentary, Mascots, about the people who are getting ready for the big World Mascot Association annual convention and competition with hopes of winning the Fluffy award.  Typical Guest humor, say the critics, though perhaps not as much as some of his earlier films.

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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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TV Show Review – 7 Days in Hell

TV Show Review – 7 Days in Hell

July 11, 2015

Rating:  3 (out of 5).  HBO’s new sports mockumentory 7 Days in Hell recounts a fictional seven day Wimbledon tennis match played by badboy Aaron Williams (played by Andy Samburg) and proper, if dimwitted, Englishman Charles Poole (played by Kit Harington).  The show also features tennis stars Serena Williams, Chris Evert, and John McEnroe.  Mixed reviews for this“absurd and over-the-top,” comedy.

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TV Show Review – A Good Job: Stories of the FDNY

TV Show Review – A Good Job: Stories of the FDNY

September 08, 2014

Rating:  5 (out of 5).  The HBO documentary “A Good Job: Stories of the FDNY,” premiering Monday night, is produced by former New York fire fighter, the actor Steve Buscemi (4 years on the job). The documentary features interviews with the men and women as well as a look at life in the firehouse. The critics are fans of the documentary saying it provides a personal look at the lives of firefighters while on the job.

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