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Ovation TV has something new in store for this fall. Recently, the network released trailers and premiere dates for season two of the TV series Versailles and the new series The Halcyon.Set in the 17th century, Versailles chronicles the early reign of France's King Louis Xiv. The cast includes George Blagden, Alexander Vlahos, and Anna Brewster. A new drama, The Halcyon follows the staff and residents of a London hotel during World War II. The cast includes Steven Mackintosh, Olivia Williams, Hermione Corfield, and Matt Ryan.Read More… »
Our resident VOD expert tells you what's new to rent and/or own this week via various Digital HD providers such as cable Movies On Demand, Amazon, iTunes, Vudu, Google Play and, of course, Netflix. Cable Movies On Demand: Same-day-as-disc releases, older titles and pretheatrical Fifty Shades Darker (romantic-drama sequel; Dakota Johnson, Jamie Dornan, Rita Ora, Luke Grimes; rated R) Awakening the Zodiac (action-horror; Shane West, Leslie Bibb; pretheatrical release; not rated) Justice Served (action-drama; Gail O'Grady, Marvin Young, Lance Henriksen; not rated) Folk Hero & Funny Guy (comedy-romance; Alex Karpovsky, Wyatt Russell; available 5/12 on cable Mod and in select theaters; not rated) Urban Hymn (drama; Shirley Henderson, Steven Mackintosh...
- Robert B. DeSalvo
Ovation plans to premiere The Halcyon in the U.S. this fall. The series is set during the 1940s at a glamorous five-star hotel at the center of London high society and caught up in a world at war. Described as akin to Downton Abbey, the show stars Steven Mackintosh (Luther), Olivia Williams (Anna Karenina) and Hermione Corfield (Knights of the Roundtable: King Arthur).
In a separate deal, Ovation also secured premiere rights in »
- Scott Roxborough
Urban Hymn, 2015.
Directed by Michael Caton-Jones.
Set against a backdrop of the 2011 UK summer riots, a determined social worker encourages a young offender to develop her singing talent.
Urban Hymn is a drama certainly singing from a worthy enough song sheet. The film details the sort of youthful (and not so youthful) rage, delinquent activity and anti-social lawlessness that marked much of the UK riots of summer 2011. It aims to bring a clear sense that this sort of rage needs to be understood and the disenfranchised need to be inspired to do something more productive with their time other than looting and robbing. It’s only partially successful in this, getting bogged down by a fairly old-fashioned style of formatting and direction. Michael Caton-Jones (Rob Roy, Doc Hollywood) is an experienced director, but this picture has a fairly flat-footed delivery when, »
- Robert W Monk
4 items from 2017
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