6 items from 2015
'JFK' movie with Kevin Costner as Jim Garrison 'JFK' assassination movie: Gripping political drama gives added meaning to 'Rewriting History' If it's an Oliver Stone film, it must be bombastic, sentimental, clunky, and controversial. With the exception of "clunky," JFK is all of the above. It is also riveting, earnest, dishonest, moving, irritating, paranoid, and, more frequently than one might expect, outright brilliant. In sum, Oliver Stone's 1991 political thriller about a determined district attorney's investigation of the assassination of U.S. president John F. Kennedy is a slick piece of propaganda that mostly works both dramatically and cinematically. If only some of the facts hadn't gotten trampled on the way to film illustriousness. With the exception of John Williams' overemphatic score – Oliver Stone films need anything but overemphasis – JFK's technical and artistic details are put in place to extraordinary effect. Joe Hutshing and Pietro Scalia's editing »
- Andre Soares
The third season release of Major Crimes is hitting May 26th, and I’ve got your opportunity to win one of three copies of the DVD!
The show, a spin-off of The Closer, has been doing well since it premiered, and the third season was the #3 scripted drama on basic cable.
Moreover, despite not kicking off all that well, it’s a show that has grown into itself, and found a more solid base of existence. The quality has grown in many respects, and the cases were far more interesting in the third season.
Mary McDonnell seems more comfortable, due in large part to the writing giving her a broader base of character to work with.
If you aren’t caught up, now is the perfect chance to get ready for the fourth season.
Take a look at more info on the season, and enter to win your copy!
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- Marc Eastman
It will be another busy summer for TNT, which on Thursday announced a lineup that features 10 original series for a second straight year.
The young slate features three new series that will bow during the warm-weather months — “Proof,” “Public Morals” and “Cold Justice: Sex Crimes” — as well as three dramas returning for a second season. The Turner network will also be saying goodbye to veteran “Falling Skies.”
TNT’s summer gets under way on Monday, June 8, with the season-four premiere of Mary McDonnell-fronted drama “Major Crimes” and the season-two bow of “Murder in the First” — two shows that were also paired on Monday a year ago. “Murder,” from Steven Bochco and starring Taye Diggs and Kathleen Robertson, will again focus on a single murder investigation throughout the course of the season.
“Rizzoli & Isles,” cable’s most-watched series last summer, returns for its sixth season on Tuesday, June 16. It will be followed at 10 p. »
- Rick Kissell
In Season 3 of House of Cards, which is currently streaming on Netflix, Frank Underwood (Kevin Spacey) finally ascended to the Presidency, although he performed a number of heinous acts to achieve his ultimate goal. As it turns out, more Americans would prefer to have this fictional Potus in office than the current Commander-in-Chief, Barack Obama. A Reuters poll taken earlier this month reveals that just 46% of Americans have a favorable opinion of Barack Obama, while 57% of respondents in the same poll gave Frank Underwood a favorable opinion.
In fact, several other TV presidents scored much higher than Obama's 46%. 24's President David Palmer (Dennis Haysbert) scored a whopping 89% favorable rating, out of those respondents who have seen the Fox series. The West Wing's Jed Bartlett (Martin Sheen) was just behind Palmer with an 82% approval rating, followed by Battlestar Galactica's Laura Roslin (Mary McDonnell) with 78%, and Scandal's Fitz Grant »
Wendy Wasserstein's seminal, eras-spanning play returns to Broadway and now stars "Mad Men"'s Elisabeth Moss — who has lately been steadily proving herself as a serious screen actress — as "the smarty-pants art history major who rides the social roller coaster from the mid-’60s through the late 1980s," per Deadline in a strong review that touts this version of the Tony-winning 1988 production. Wasserstein's feminist play—buoyantly humorous while asking serious existential questions—scooped up the Pulitzer Prize in 1989 and has since boasted the likes of Joan Allen, Sarah Jessica Parker, Cynthia Nixon, Christine Lahti and Mary McDonnell. The New York Times adores this revamp's "softly radiant" Elisabeth Moss, who carries the role as well as the best of them: "Ms. Moss, a superb actor who possesses an unusual ability to project innocence and smarts at the same time, inherits a role played by many since Joan Allen originated it when the play had. »
- Ryan Lattanzio
You've probably seen all the '90s movies, like "Pulp Fiction," "Clueless" and "Wayne's World" that Netflix has to offer, but there are also plenty of lesser-known gems available to stream. Sit down and enjoy these indies, first films by famous directors and some other great '90s movies you might have missed.
1. "Big Night" (1996) R
A great movie (co-directed by stars Stanley Tucci and Campbell Scott) about two Italian brothers in 1950s running an unsuccessful restaurant who go all out when a celebrity's visit promises to save their business.
2. "Boys Don't Cry" (1999) R
Hilary Swank won her first Best Actress Oscar for her searing portrayal of a woman who lives life as a man, until her secret is found out by her redneck friends.
3. "Clueless" (1995) PG-13
How many times have you seen Alicia Silverstone make over her friends and try to play matchmaker? Not enough!
4. "Croupier" (1998) Nr
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- Sharon Knolle
6 items from 2015
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