The Martin Scorsese movie was pushed back from a prime spot in the Fall last year to the dumping grounds of early Winter of this year. I’m not sure why the movie distributors don’t like it. Roman Pokanski’s film might not make as much as it could with his name back in the bad spotlight while everyone remembers why he has been hiding himself in exile for decades.
Directed: Martin Scorsese
Starring: Mark Ruffalo, Michelle Williams, Ben Kingsley, Patricia Clarkson, Leonardo DiCaprio, Max von Sydow
Synopsis: Two detectives go to a hospital for the criminally insane to find out how a patient disappeared from her locked room.
My Take: It was supposed to come out last year, but was pushed back for really no good reason. I’ve been wanting to see it since the first time I saw the trailer months and months ago.
RT Score: 66%
RT Consensus: It may not rank with Scorsese’s best work, but Shutter Island‘s gleefully unapologetic genre thrills represent the director at his most unrestrained.
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While the wide release looks pretty sad, it does look better in the limited releases with Chris Rock’s film about Good Hair, scandalous affair in An Education and plain craziness in Bronson. An Education and The Damn United both are certified fresh. I don’t care about the last one though because it’s about sports.
Directed: Peter Billingsley
Starring: Vince Vaughn, Jason Bateman, Jon Favreau, Faizon Love, Kristin Davis, Malin Akerman, Kristen Bell
Synopsis: One couple thinks they are going to break up so they go to a beautiful resort to work through their problems, dragging their friends along with them.
My Take: The premise sounds good and I like the cast, but I didn’t laugh once during the trailer, which is a problem for a comedy.
RT Score: 12%
RT Consensus: Despite a talented cast and some reliably pleasant interplay between Jon Favreau and Vince Vaughn, Couples Retreat leaves viewers stranded in an arid, mirthless comedy.
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Fall TV Season is upon us. Even though quite a few shows got an early start this month, this week is the official season premiere week. Beware, this post will be huge!
Season Finales: Top Gear, Warehouse 13
Pick of the Week
Starring: Michael C. Hall, Julie Benz, Jennifer Carpenter, Desmond Harrington, C.S. Lee, Lauren Velez, David Zayas, James Remar
Premieres: Sunday, September 27
Synopsis: Dexter got married and found out he had a kid on the way. Can a serial killer really have the perfect life? This season also stars a very successful serial killer for Dexter to admire, played by John Lithgow.
My Take: I keep wondering how long the show can last before it’ll burn itself out since he can’t keep killing forever, can he? But I’ll continue to watch it as it continues to be so very excellent.
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Tonight, there is a miniseries on NBC starring Val Kilmer and Stephen Dorff. Did this show get any promotions from NBC? I figured the Super Bowl would have been a good time for it. On Thursday, there is are cross over episodes between Grey’s Anatomy and Private Practice.
Pick of the Week
Starring: Eliza Dushku, Tahmoh Penikett, Olivia Williams, Harry Lennix, Fran Kranz, Dichen Lachman, Enver Gjokaj, Amy Acker, Reed Diamond
Premieres: Friday, February 13
Synopsis: The latest Joss Whedon series about a group of agents who have their personalities wiped clean so they can take on any persona for their clients. Echo is one agent who is starting to remember her “real life” she had before.
My Take: I love Joss Whedon, and even though there have been some rumors about reworking of the series, I am willing to give it a shot. I hate that it is on a Friday night but hope that Whedon fans come to find the show. It has been the series I have looking forward to the most this season.