2 items from 2015
Rather oddly titled for what’s basically a sentimental family pic, “Sex, Death and Bowling” mixes numerous formulaic, overfamiliar elements that never quite gel. Chief among them are the precocious kid protagonist; underdog sports-team comedy; a gay-positive, anti-bullying message; and three generations of dysfunction healed by terminal-illness tearjerking. There’s no absolute reason these elements couldn’t work — together or at least individually — but they never quite do in veteran TV actress Ally Walker’s pedestrian first feature as writer-director. A medium-wattage cast will ensure some sales for a film whose logical destination is as a passable time-filler for cable and streaming customers. It’s been opening on single screens in scattered markets since Oct. 30.
Eli McAllister (Joshua Rush) is a sixth grader whose voiceover narration immediately informs us he’s one of those only-in-the-movies children who apparently think in the prepackaged wisdoms of a middle-aged Hollywood scenarist. His cutesy »
- Dennis Harvey
Recently, CBS delivered the new,official Synopsis/spoilers for their upcoming "The Big Bang Theory" episode 9 of season 9. The episode is entitled, "The Platonic Permutation," and it turns out that we're going to see some pretty interesting stuff go down as Penny discovers that Leonard has more intel on her than she previously thought, and more. In the new, 9th episode press release: Sheldon And Amy Spend Thanksgiving At The Aquarium Together As Friends, On "The Big Bang Theory," Thursday, Nov. 19. Press release number 2: Sheldon and Amy will try hanging out as friends when they spend Thanksgiving together at the aquarium. Also, Wolowitz will reluctantly agree to volunteer at the soup kitchen with Bernadette, Raj and Emily, and Penny will discover that Leonard knows more about her than she thought. Guest stars feature: Elon Musk (Himself) and Wayne Wilderson (Travis). The episode was written by Jim Reynolds, Jeremy Howe and Tara Hernandez. »
- Andre Braddox
2 items from 2015
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