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TV Show Review – Restless
Rating: 4( out of 5). “Restless,” an espionage thriller that revolves around the story of Ruth Gilmartin when she learned that her mother has been living a double-life. Favorable reviews have been written about this mini-series, and many critics feel this show is worth watching. Some critics feel, though, that the pace of story is a bit slow, but the positive assessments regarding the original TV mini-series outweigh the negative criticisms.
The Hollywood Reporter writes there is “Enough suspicion, deceit, twists and turns to keep viewers intrigued by this well-acted two-parter.”
The New York Post gives it a perfect rating of 4 out of 4 stars, and further writes ““Restless,” the stylish, William Boyd novel which he has been adapted into a mini-series, is as good as it gets.”
Entertainment Weekly rates it a B+, and explains, “The twisty tale tries to tackle more than it can handle in the suspense department, but the remarkable acting keeps you sucked in till the very last confusing second.”
The Miami Herald says “The uncommon acuity of Boyd’s script is immeasurably bolstered by an outstanding female cast.”
Newsday gives it a B rating, saying the series has “Good performances, good period details, good payoff. But “Restless” would’ve worked better as a two-hour film.”
The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette thinks “”Restless” could benefit from a little more development of the characters Eva works with — it would make their stories more meaningful and poignant — but overall this four-hour miniseries is a strong entry.”
The New York Times is not a big fan, and writes “Mr. Boyd and the director, Edward Hall (“MI-5,” “Strike Back”), have turned an entertaining and suspenseful novel into a surprisingly ordinary television production.”
Variety suggests “Practically speaking, it’s better than nothing, but in this case, the strategy would work better if “Restless” was a little less restful.”
The Kansas City Star says “This is not a show for background entertainment while folding laundry; it demands active engagement, and the payoff is worth it.”
The Wall Street Journal notes “There’s not much, to be sure, likely to spoil the pleasures of this work, one of whose charms is a refreshingly unhurried air even as it goes ripping sharply along, suspenseful to the end.”
The Boston Globe writes ““Restless” entertains and sometimes genuinely chills.”
The Baltimore Sun says “This is as good as it gets”.
The Chicago Tribune calls the mini-series “gripping”.
The Denver Post thinks “”Restless” spins a smart, rich yarn and, even if its conclusion is a bit labored (by then, there are many strands to untangle), the film delivers a satisfying twist.”
Bloomberg rates the mini-series 2 and a half stars, and further writes “With “Restless,” the spy game is more cloak than dagger.”
FilmMonthly.com writes “It certainly has a classic feel to it that could sweep even the most dedicated Masterpiece-lover off their feet.”
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Ok, so the reviews weren't stellar. Nevertheless, our daily TV show pick for tonight, Sunday, December 8, 2013 is still the premiere of mini-series, "Bonnie & Clyde" on Lifetime, History and A&E at 9:00.
- Boardwalk Empire
- Ray Donovan
- Three Stooges repeats
- Breaking Bad
- Black Mirror
- Ray Donovan
- The Mindy Project
- Children's Hospital
- South Park
Morris Levy is the producer of the HBO film, "Seduced and Abandoned" in which actor Alec Baldwin and director James Toback’s attempt to raise financing for a new film. When not busy producing movies, here's what Levy likes to watch:
Check out our interview with Levy for more insights.
Glenn Howerton plays Dennis Reynolds on FX's It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia (on which he is also a writer and executive producer). For a guy that funny, you might be surprised (or not) to learn that he's also a fan of dark dramas. Here's what he likes to watch:
More insights on the actor/writer and It's Always Sunny can be found in our interview with Glenn.
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New on VOD
Here are the new VOD films for the week of December 3, 2013. Click on a movie title for more information, trailers and reviews.
The Wolverine. Rating: 4 (out of 5). Hugh Jackman is back as Wolverine, in this tale that takes him back to Japan where he is forced to face his own demons. Watch for it on VOD starting Tuesday, December 3. The WashingtonPost calls it “A refreshing summer cocktail of action-movie staples.” Reviews, video and more.
The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones. Rating: 3 (out of 5). Clary Fray, a seemingly normal teenage girl, learns that she is no ordinary human being. Adapted from the book of the same title by Cassandra Clare, she discovers that she is a daughter of Shadowhunters, a race of half-angel beings tasked to protect our world from demons. This film’s VOD will be released starting Tuesday, December 3rd. According to The Philadelphia Inquirer, “On the surface, Mortal Instruments is a slick teen thriller. Just overbaked and unoriginal.” Reviews, video and more.
Things Never Said. Rating: (3 out of 5). Kalindra Stepney, an aspiring poetess, is having some problems with her marriage and sparks a relationship with a new man, who inspires her to once again find her artistic voice. The film is available on VOD starting Tuesday, December 3rd. The Philadelphia Inquirer says, “The result may not be a big movie, but Things Never Said makes a big emotional impact.” On the other hand, Roger Ebert calls it a“soapy melodrama.” Reviews, video and more.
Crave. Rating: 3 (out of 5). Aiden (Josh Lawson), a crime scene photographer, haunted by the decay and violence around him, retreats into his inner dark world. When he meets Virginia, a younger woman with her own demons, Aiden becomes increasingly emboldened to live out his vigilante fantasies. Crave will be available on VOD starting Friday, December 6th. Reviews, video and more.
Smash & Grab: The Story of the Pink Panthers. Rating: 3 (out of 5). A documentary about a gang of Balkan jewel thieves known as The Pink Panthers that have stolen nearly a billion dollars worth of jewels from boutiques in the world's most opulent cities, including Geneva, Paris, London, Geneva, Dubai and Tokyo. The film delves into the gang’s incredible history and introduces the viewer to the global police forces who work furiously to stop them. Beyond the glitz of the Panthers’ incredible heists, Smash & Grab exposes dark truths about the illicit diamond trade and the world’s most ruthless mafia networks. The film will be available on VOD starting Tuesday, December 3rd. According to The Washington Post, the director “knows how to get, and hold, a viewer’s attention.” Reviews, video and more.
Jobs. Rating: 2 (out of 5). Ashton Kutcher stars as Steve Jobs in this film that tells the story of Job’s ascension from college dropout to one of the leading technological leaders of our time. The film will be available on VOD starting Tuesday, December 3rd. The San Francisco Chronicle sums up most of the reviews when it writes, , “at its best, it's a good picture, and at its worst, it's almost good.” Reviews, video and more.
The Smurfs 2. Rating: 2 (out of 5). The Smurfs are back, and this time, they are out to rescue Smurfette, who is kidnapped by the evil Gargamel. It turns out she knows a secret spell that can turn the sorcerer’s latest creation, The Naughties, into real Smurfs. The film will be available on VOD starting Tuesday, December 3rd. The Los Angeles Times calls it “a passable mediocrity.” Reviews, video and more.
Live at the Foxes Den. Bobby Kelly has it all: money, women, good looks and a good career. One night, he sings in a local lounge called “The Foxes Den,” and the owner, impressed with his vocal talent, offers him a job as the lounge’s new singer. His life is then turned upside down as he is now forced to decide whether to chase after his lifelong dream of being a singer, or to stay and keep what he has now. The film will be available on VOD starting Friday, December 6. No reviews are available as of writing. Video and more.