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TV: Biel Evolved: The Sinner - Finale Reviewed

Posted By themoviesleuth on Movies - A great character study shows emotional momentum and dramatic movement from its central players. In a short span, USA Network's jarring hit show accomplished things that we never typically get from the television format. Setting a tone that continued across this piece of nearly cinematic work, it used pulsating music, hard hitting emotion, and brutal pain to inflict scars on its viewership that will be felt for years to come. The Sinner was a genius crime story that pulled no punches. From sensual doom and gloom to highly rendered bloody beach murder, the event series is how TV should be done. It asks its viewers to push past the turmoil, sexual deviancy, and religious zealotry to find answers. Much like the characters in the show, we were forced to the edge of sanity as a story

Videos: Michelle Yeoh Talks About Taking The Captain's Chair On Star Trek: Discovery

Posted By themoviesleuth on Movies -    This is a new behind-the-scenes video for Star Trek: Discovery that features Michelle Yeoh discussing how Captain Philippa Georgiou's murky background and inherent optimism make her the ideal choice to command the U.S.S. Shenzhou. The new show will premiere on Sunday, September 24 at 8:30PM EST/ 7:30 CST, which may end up airing later due to NFL Football and 60 Minutes. It will also be made available on CBS All Access, with the second episode being available on the service right after the broadcast premiere of episode one. After the 24th, all of the new episodes will be available each Sunday on a weekly basis via CBS All Access. The 15 episode season will be split into two parts. Part one will run from September 24 through November 5, with the second half resum

News: Luc Besson Say Valerian Sequel A Possibility Due To Fan Reaction and Foreign Markets

Posted By themoviesleuth on Movies - Perhaps the most divisive movie of the summer, Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets was a verifiable box office disaster. The film barely took in a small percentage of its huge budget, crashing and burning with almost no hope of a sequel any time soon. Some loved the movie's boisterous style and others hated the casting of Dane Dehaan as the title character. However, Valerian definitely one of the most creative and visual arresting releases of the season.Now, Luc Besson says there's still hope of a sequel. The movie still hasn't opened in many markets which means it could find success elsewhere. We won't hold our breath but this is what he had to say when speaking with Italian web mag, BadTaste:“I value the Italian option. And there’s still Japan also to open. We still have a coupl

Netflix Now: American Vandal (Reviewed)

Posted By themoviesleuth on Movies - The true crime documentary series, a trend that became popular with Netflix’s phenomenon Making a Murderer and the Serial podcast, has proliferated to the point that, like most trends, it was probably due to have a little wind taken out of it.  Trailers for the Netflix series American Vandal have made the series appear to be just that.  From frequent Funny or Die collaborators writer/creator Dan Perrault and director Tony Yacenda, the serious-looking trailers present a mystery that appeals to the 13-year-old in all of us: who spray-painted penises on 27 teachers’ cars at Hanover High School?  If you chuckled at that question, that was probably the point.  But those who take a chance on American Vandal are in for one of the year’s most pleasant and compelling surprises.

Box Office News: A Scary Clown Continues To Float As A Mother! Struggles

Posted By themoviesleuth on Movies - No one could have imagined that IT would be such a massive blockbuster hit. Yes, analysts knew it would do well but the horrific clown movie continues to dominate in its second weekend with another $60 million in revenues. Set against a meager $35 million budget, the film transcends what has been a year of major financial disappointment for all the major studios. In only two weekends of release, the movie has effectively garnered $218 million and is already the 8th highest grossing movie of 2017. In second place was the action adventure flick, American Assassin. The film made roughly $15 million over the three days which doesn't really paint a pretty picture for the launch of a new franchise. Reviews have been extremely mixed for the movie and it seems to be having a hard time findin

Second Sight: The Dark Tower and the Killing of a Sacred Cow

Posted By themoviesleuth on Movies - Diehard fans of literary titan Stephen King rejoiced when it was announced that not only would a treatment of his masterpiece IT would be gracing the silver screen, but that the stars had finally aligned to allow for a feature film of his sprawling, cosmic epic The Dark Tower to be produced in the same year. The last several years have created a dire, dog eat dog climate for blockbusters. The rise of cinematic universes has rewritten the game, making any non-franchise venture an extreme risk, even with the rabid fanbase of an author such as King. This high stakes environment has been compounded by the 24-7 lifestyle of the internet, with aggregate websites, film based communities, and armchair criticism rapidly changing the landscape to a point where a film is either D.O.A. or a master

Images: New Posters For Jigsaw

Posted By themoviesleuth on Movies -   Jigsaw, the eight film in the horror franchise has several new posters. These new character posters seem to indicate that there may be a cult group dedicated to Jigsaw. This is the first Saw picture in seven years and will premiere on October 27, 2017. The franchise has revolved around John Kramer, who was the original version of the Jigsaw character. Tobin Bell is appearing in some fashion, but it isn't clear on how he will be reprising his role as Kramer. The synopsis is as follows:"Bodies are turning up around the city, each having met a uniquely gruesome demise. As the investigation proceeds, evidence points to one man: John Kramer. But how can this be? The man known as Jigsaw has been dead for over a decade. Or has an apprentice picked up the mantle of Jigsaw, perhaps eve

News: SyFy Orders George R.R. Martin's Nightflyers To Series

Posted By themoviesleuth on Movies -   A few months back we reported that SyFy was working on a pilot for a new translation of George R.R. Martin's Nightflyers as a pilot. Apparently, they're so impressed with how it's coming out that they've already green lit the entire first season. Originally published as a science fiction short in 1980 by Analog Science Fiction and Fact, the story was turned into a 1987 film that didn't do very well at the box office. It starred '80s female lead Catherine Mary Stewart. Now with Martin's Game of Thrones prepping its concluding season, another one of his properties may become a huge hit for the SyFy in partnership with Netflix. If they can put a reasonable budget behind the show, the cable outlet may be able to bring over a lot of HBO's viewership for this series. Although M

Trailers: New Trailer For Amazon's Horror Anthology Lore

Posted By themoviesleuth on Movies -   This is a new trailer for the Amazon horror anthology Lore.The six episode anthology is based on a podcast by the same name and will look at some real-life tales behind some of America's most legendary horror myths, combining documentary footage, narration, historical mixed media and cinematic scenes. It features Robert Patrick (Terminator 2: Judgment Day), Kristin Bauer van Straten (True Blood), Adam Goldberg (Fargo) Holland Roden (Teen Wolf), Colm Feore (House of Cards) and Campbell Scott (The Amazing Spider-Man). The series will be available to stream on Amazon on October 13, 2017. Check out the synopsis and trailer below. "Based on the podcast phenomenon and narrated by creator Aaron Mahnke, this haunting six-episode anthology series is brought to life by the executive pro

Trailers: The Animated Netflix Comedy Series Big Mouth

Posted By themoviesleuth on Movies -  This is a trailer for the upcoming Netflix animated comedy series Big Mouth. The show looks to take us on a raunchy and awkward journey through puberty. It was created by Nick Kroll and Andrew Goldberg, and features the voice acting of Kroll, John Mulaney, Maya Rudolph, Jason Mantzoukas, Jordan Peele, Fred Armisen, Jenny Slate, and Jessi Klein. It will debut on Netflix on September 29, 2017. "Big Mouth is a 10-episode, half-hour edgy adult animated comedy from real-life best friends Nick Kroll and Andrew Goldberg about the glorious nightmare that is teenaged puberty. Comedian John Mulaney lends his voice to the character of Andrew, while Kroll (who serves as co-creator, executive producer) voices many including best friend Nick. Maya Rudolph, Jason Mantzoukas, Jordan

Videos: It (2017) - All Easter Eggs & Deleted Scenes

Posted By themoviesleuth on Movies -   This a new video from Mr. Sunday Movies that discusses all of the Easter eggs and deleted scenes for IT. IT dominated the weekend box office with $117 million, so chances are pretty good that you have already seen it. The film is based on Stephen King's classic novel and stars Jaeden Lieberher (Midnight Special) as Bill Denbrough, Finn Wolfhard (Stranger Things) as Richie Tozier, newcomer Sophia Lillis as Beverly Marsh, Jack Dylan Grazer (Tales of Halloween) as Stan Uris, Wyatt Oleff (Guardians of the Galaxy) as Eddie Kaspbrak, Chosen Jacobs (Hawaii Five-0) as Mike Hanlon, Jeremy Ray Taylor (42) as Ben Hanscom, and Bill Skarsgård as Pennywise. The film is in theaters now. Check out the synopsis and video below."The film is based on the n

Arrow Video: The Love of a Woman (1953) - Reviewed

Posted By themoviesleuth on Movies - Arrow Video, like The Criterion Collection, continues to prove themselves to be a benchmark of educational film releasing informing this still young but eager to learn cinephile of some of the greatest films from the world over.  Their latest offering, the final film of still largely unknown in the US French director Jean Gremillon The Love of a Woman is no exception, providing viewers with all the hallmarks of a grandiose tragic romantic melodrama steeped in uncompromising realism with a hefty dose of ambiguity as to whether or not we should feel elated or devastated by what transpires.  Whereas an American film production of this story would have taken a black or white, happy or sad choice for our central protagonist in the end, The Love of a Woman brilliantly sidesteps an eas

Box Office News: IT Earns $51 Million On Friday - Now Tracking To Have A $103 Million Opening Weekend

Posted By themoviesleuth on Movies -    IT is breaking what were already lofty expectations of a weekend box office run ranging somewhere between $65 and $75 million. The film earned $51 million on Friday and is now tracking to earn around $103 million for its opening weekend. This will break the largest September opening weekend set by Hotel Transylvania 2 in 2015 with $48.5 million, along with the largest opening weekend for a horror or supernatural film set by Paranormal Activity 3 in 2011 with $52.6 million. IT has already set preview records for the largest gross for a horror movies, the largest gross for an R-rated film, the largest gross for a September release, and the largest gross for a Stephen King adaptation.  Based on Stephen King's classic novel, it was directed by  Andy Muschietti, and

News: Entertainment Studios Shells Out For Keanu Reeves Sci-Fi Thriller Replicas - Plus First Photo From The Film

Posted By themoviesleuth on Movies - Byron Allen's Entertainment Studios has paid $4 million for the North American distribution rights to the sci-fi thriller Replicas. The deal was completed at the Toronto International Film Festival, where the film was being screened for potential buyers. The film is about a synthetic biologist tries to replicate his family after they were killed in an accident, pitting him against the government-controlled laboratory, police, and the limitations of science. It was written by Chad St. John,, directed by Jeffrey Nachmanoff (Traitor), and stars Keanu Reeves (John Wick), Alice Eve (Star Trek: Into the Darkness), Thomas Middleditch (Silicon Valley) and John Ortiz (Kong: Skull Island). Riverstone Pictures and Remstar Studios co-financed the film, which was produced by Lorenzo di Bonaventura, St