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TV Show Review – Betrayal
Rating: 2 (out of 5). ABC’s “Betrayal” stars Hannah Ware as Sara Hanley, a wife and mother who falls in love with stranger Jack McAllister only to later find out that he is a lawyer for his crime boss father in law. The show has many twists, turns and subplots for the writers to expand upon throughout the season but the critics are not impressed with the pilot, most of them agreeing that we have seen this and done this before. Several of them also comment on the lack of chemistry between Ware and Stuart Townsend who plays Jack McAllister.
The New York Post calls “Betrayal” a “promising new drama” and says “all the possible scenarios make you want to tune in next week to see which one Zabel and his writers explore.” They call Hannah Ware a “breath of fresh air: she’s subtle, assured and has an ethereal allure.”
The New York Daily News calls the drama “a worth addition to the roster of florid prime-time soaps.” They comment on the possible subplots in the series and say “With law, politics, forbidden romance and the sordid doings of awful rich people all on the table, the raw material is certainly available for “Betrayal” to become a solid guilty pleasure.”
According to Newsday the pilot doesn’t work as either a mystery or a romantic drama, saying that “The fatal attraction story line is a long windup to a punch line you already know, and promos have revealed it as well.”
The San Francisco Chronicle calls it “below average.” They say “Betrayal” is an “implausible soap opera meant to snuggle in to ABC’s Sunday night lineup after the slightly more plausible sudser Revenge.”
The Philadelphia Daily News thinks we should pay “no attention whatsoever” to “Betrayal.” They say “Not even James Cromwell can breathe life into this.”
The Washington Post thinks the series is “sleek but forgettable” They say there is not much to the show that “you don’t see coming from many miles away” and their comment on the characters is “there’s barely enough chemistry between Ware and Townsend to make things bubble.”
The New York Times does not think there is any chemistry between the characters saying “they’re basically generic-looking actors playing out an unsurprising dynamic.”
“Barring an unexpected turn for the better, the show seems destined to generate more unintended giggles than heat ” says Variety, calling it unsatisfying.
The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette calls it “dreary and dull” and says it is “the definition of a TV dud.” They go on to say that this show “may depict the most boring, sullen, sad-faced affair in TV history and that in itself is a betrayal of what the show promises.
The Los Angeles Times thinks “Betrayal” is a “perfectly dreadful new drama” indicating that although there are several problems with the new show, “the main problem is that it takes itself too seriously.”
TV Guide refers to several different guilty pleasures and calls the “Betrayal” the ” worst of the melodramatic lot.”
The Salt Lake Tribune calls it “grim” and says “could that possibly have been as boring as I thought?” They wonder why ABC even picked it up calling it “grim, uninteresting and mind-numbing soap opera that’s less interesting than looking out the window and watching your neighbors.”
E Online wants to like “Betrayal” but says “there isn’t enough television foreplay to get us all the way there.” The comment on the idea that it “starts flat, builds up a bit and then ends in an unsatisfying way.”
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Here are the new VOD films for the week of March 11, 2014. Click on a movie title for more information, trailers and reviews.
Inside Llewyn Davis. Rating: 5 (out of 5). Set in the unforgiving, wintry 1961 in New York, Llewyn Davis struggles to make it as a musician against seemingly impossible obstacles, some of them of his own making. The film debuts on VOD on Tuesday, March 11. Most of the critics have positive things to say about the movie, and The Miami Herald thinks, “Inside Llewyn Davis is one of the Coens’ smallest movies — this one doesn't have the broad appeal of True Grit or No Country For Old Men — but like Llewyn’s music, it comes from the heart and is deeply felt. It is also one of their best.” Reviews, video and more.
Out of the Furnace. Rating: 4 (out of 5). Rodney Baze mysteriously disappears one day, and law enforcement fails to help out. So, his older brother, Russell, takes matters into his own hands. The film comes to VOD on Tuesday, March 11. Entertainment Weekly gives the movie an A- rating, and further notes, “All of the actors (including Zoë Saldana as Bale's ex) are remarkable. But it's Bale, and his almost biblical quest for justice, who burns his way into your soul.” Reviews, video and more.
The Book Thief. Rating: 3 (out of 5). A young girl, Liesel, finds solace from the horrors of World War II by stealing books and sharing them with others. Her adoptive parents provides shelter for a Jewish refugee under the stairs in her home. Watch for it on VOD starting Tuesday, March 11. New York Post thinks, “Overall, it’s engaging and serves its young audience well — a rare Holocaust movie that doesn’t strain to become Oscar bait.” Reviews, video and more.
Veronica Mars. Rating: 3 (out of 5). A continuation of the story from the TV series of the same name, Veronica Mars, former high school sleuth, has moved to New York City nine years after the events of Season 3. While she wishes to distance herself as far from her hometown Neptune as possible, she is forced to return when her old boyfriend Logan Echolls, is once again accused of murder. This movie will premiere on VOD, day and date with its theatrical release, on Friday, March 14. The Hollywood Reporter notes, “Thomas’ direction, especially of the villainous roles, gives a lot of the action a self-conscious, not-quite-real quality. Some aspects of the movie’s intentional artifice work better than others. On the plus side are the visuals.” Reviews, video and more.
The Face of Love. Rating: 3 (out of 5). Five years after the death of her husband, Nikki meets a man who is seemingly his exact duplicate. Not only does this stranger look like her late husband, Garrett, but he also shares Garrett’s humor, kindness and passion for art. Romance blooms between Nikki and the stranger, yet she can’t bring herself to reveal to him the reason why she is drawn to him. So she hides photos of Garrett and prevents him from meeting friends and family. When will the truth come out? The movie will premiere on Thursday, March 13. Variety says, “Annette Bening and Ed Harris bring potent conviction to this maudlin but strangely compelling psychological love story.” Reviews, video and more.
Homefront. Rating: 3 (out of 5). A retired DEA agent moves into a quiet, small town for the sake of his daughter, but soon becomes entangled with a local meth drug lord. Homefront premieres on VOD on Tuesday, March 11. The Washington Post writes, “The whole movie has a pulpy, purple, over-the-topness to it, which makes it kind of a guilty pleasure, in a low-rent, Southern Gothic way.” Reviews, video and more.
Better Living Through Chemistry. Rating: 3 (out of 5). A pharmacist’s uneventful life turns upside down when he starts an affair with a trophy wife customer who takes him on a joyride with sex, drugs, and a possible murder. The movie will premiere both in theaters and on VOD on Friday, March 14. Slate writes, “A sexily chaotic parody of entitlement becomes just another tale of a white dude learning that there are worse things in life than essentially having no problems.” Reviews, video and more.
A Birder's Guide To Everything. No rating. David Portnoy, a 15-year old avid birder, thinks he’s made a discovery of a lifetime. To solidify their place in birding history, he and his best friend takes an epic road trip on the eve of his father’s remarriage. The film premieres on VOD on Tuesday March 11. No critic reviews are available as of writing. Video and more.