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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 December 10, 2013. Click on a movie title for more information, trailers and reviews.
Fast & Furious 6. Rating: 4 (out of 5). The sixth installment of the Fast and Furious franchise, the film follows a professional criminal gang led by Dominic Toretto (Vin Diesel) who have retired following their successful heist in Fast Five(2011), but remain wanted fugitives. U.S. Diplomatic Security Service agent Luke Hobbs (Dwayne Johnson) offers to clear the group's criminal records and allow them to return home in exchange for helping him to take down a skilled mercenary organization led by Owen Shaw and his second-in-command, Dominic's presumed-dead lover Letty Ortiz. The film premieres on VOD on Tuesday, December 10. According to Chicago Tribune, “it’s a surprising, unlikely delight.” Reviews, video and more.
The Hunt. Rating: 4 (out of 5). Things are finally starting to look up for Lucas, after a tough divorce and the loss of his job. But a lie that he molested a child starts to shatter his life, and he is forced to fight for his life and dignity. This Danish film will be available on VOD starting December 10. USA Today gives it 4 stars (out of 4), and writes, “Unsettling, forthright and thought-provoking, The Hunt is also brilliantly titled.” Reviews, video and more.
Some Velvet Morning. Rating: 4 (out of 5). A man, Fred, arrives on the doorstep of his mistress, Eve, after four long years, and says that he finally left his wife. When she rejects him, his persistence turns into obsession, and a dark history between them is revealed. Neil Labute writes and directs. The film will be available on VOD starting Tuesday, December 10th. Film.com describes it as “A horror film with no blood, a rough ride that kicks you in the stomach.” Revies, video and more.
Here Comes the Devil. Rating: 2 (out of 5). Felix and Sol’s preteen son and daughter get lost overnight after taking a casual hike to a desolate, cave-riddled mountainside. The children return but things turn for the worse, though, when their behavior changes. The film will be available on VOD starting Friday, December 13th. According to Screen Crush, “This is a hardcore midnight cult WTF-fest that’s odd, noisy and weird.” Reviews, video and more.
Battle of the Year. Rating: 2 (out of 5). The Olympics of breakdancing called Battle of the Year, held every year, attracts the best teams from around the world. The US hasn’t won in fifteen years. B-Boy Dante (Laz Alonso), a Los Angeles-based Hip Hop mogul, wants to put America back on top, so he enlists the help of his championship basketball coach friend, Blake (Josh Holloway), to train his team. “Battle of the Year” comes to VOD on Tuesday, December 10th. The Hollywood Reporter thinks “The young dancers' undeniable skill and athleticism is squandered in this formulaic, overly familiar dance movie.” Reviews, video and more.
Hours. Rating: 1 (out of 5). Nolan Hayes (Paul Walker) arrives at a New Orleans hospital with his wife going into early labor. The day that is supposed to be one of the happiest turns into one of the worst, as Hurricane Katrina hits and forces an evacuation from the hospital. Nolan and his premature newborn were told to stay in the hospital and wait for the ambulance. But when no one returns to help, Nolan is forced to make life-and-death decisions. The film will be available on VOD starting Friday, December 13. According to We Got This Covered, ““Hours” is one of the most relentlessly tedious films of the year, despite star Paul Walker's valiant efforts.” Reviews, video and more.