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SundanceTV's “Rectify” came back for a second season with its leading man Daniel Holden (Aden Young) fighting for his life and in a coma, but now that he's awake as of the end of episode 2, he's looking to move around a bit. In this exclusive clip (above) from Thursday night's all-new episode, Daniel tells his mother Janet (J. Smith-Cameron) he'd like to go for a drive. “Right now?” she asks incredulously. Turns out, he can't go for a drive whenever he wants because he doesn't have a driver's license. Also read: ‘Rectify’ Review: A Death Row Drama Slows Down Even. »
- Linda Ge
Returning to TV screens this week is the Sundance original series Rectify. At the start of the first season we saw Daniel Holden (Aden Young) released from 19 years on death row thanks to the tireless efforts of his sister Amantha (Abigail Spencer) and newly uncovered DNA evidence suggesting he may not have been responsible for the rape and murder of his high school sweetheart. However, nothing is cut and dry in Rectify's small town of Paulie, Georgia and many bitter residents, including Daniel's stepbrother Teddy Talbot Jr (Clayne Crawford), still believe Daniel to be guilty. At the end of season one that bitterness boiled over as a group of vigilantes took justice into their own hands. Picking up where it left off, Rectify season 2 finds the Holden-Talbot family dealing with the aftermath of yet another tragic act of violence. Rectify also stars Adelaide Clemens, J Smith-Cameron, Luke Kirby, Bruce McKinnon, »
- Haleigh Foutch
There's no percentage in being quiet and subtle, and yet somehow Rectify, perhaps the most subtle and quiet drama on TV, is starting its second season tonight on Sundance. This series about a rural Georgia man (Aden Young) struggling with freedom after 19 years on death row never shouts when it can whisper, and that's a big part of what makes it stand out in today's outrage-driven cable landscape. The filmmaking is consistently intelligent, sometimes striking, yet always laid back. The main character is an accused rapist and murderer, but it has yet to have anyone objectively confirm or deny his guilt or innocence, and there's almost no violence on the series; the cliff-hanger beatdown of the hero that ended season one was the exception that did not disprove the rule. The show's conversations tend toward soul-searching reflection. It feels theatrical at times — not "theatrical" as in "wooden" or "figurative" »
- Matt Zoller Seitz
Last spring, Rectify, from creator Ray McKinnon's (Sons of Anarchy) debuted on the Sundance Channel. Sundance was on a roll, having just aired the mesmerizing miniseries Top of the Lake. I listed both series are two of the best of last year -- both were about terrible and mysterious crimes in small towns, and how their impact resonated in every corner, and both took their time with their storytelling. Top of the Lake may have gotten more attention at the time, but Rectify was a six-episode gem that also promised a more extended story and look into the life of Daniel Holden (Aden Young), who was released from Death Row after 19 years thanks to new DNA evidence that exonerated him. Season 1 explored his return to his hometown of Paulie, Georgia, whose residents -- outside of his family -- still blame him for the rape and murder he was originally convicted for. »
- Allison Keene
Daniel Holden wanders his world dazed and confused, humbled and harrowed, like a fuzzy-headed Lazarus lost for bearings after getting called out of the tomb. Whether this dead man walking deserves his miraculous parole is the hazy question mark at the center of Rectify, a somber existential mystery about historical injustice, guilt, alienation, and other deep stuff. Season 1 tracked and pondered its protagonist, a veritable philosophical zombie, as he shuffled back and through his hometown of Paulie, Georgia — a fictional place; the name suggests (to me) sudden impact Pauline conversions and that apostle’s legendary jailbreak — after 19 years on death »
- Jeff Jensen
The events of the first season of "Rectify," the Sundance Channel drama about Death Row inmate Daniel Holden's return to freedom after his conviction is overturned, took place over a single week following Daniel's release. It was a short period of time and yet — longer than a "24" season, but much shorter than a "Mad Men" season — as Daniel tells a friend, "Every day felt like a lifetime." For some viewers of "Rectify," which begins its second season tonight at 9, that elongated sense of time will be exactly why they love it. The show doesn't move from incident to incident the way virtually every other show on television does, but rather stops to marinate in the sticky Southern atmosphere and in the complicated emotions engendered by Daniel's release among his family, his enemies, and even himself. It is a show in which you would be hard-pressed to describe the plot of »
- Alan Sepinwall
“Rectify,” Sundance's brilliantly nuanced, exquisitely acted drama ahout a man released from death tow, seems to do the impossible in its second season: It slows down from Season 1. The show, created by Ray McKinnon and produced by “Breaking Bad” vets Melissa Bernstein and Mark Johnson, aired six captivating episodes about Daniel Holden (Aden Young) emerging from prison after nearly two decades. Also read: Art by Killer, Serial Sex Offender Used in ‘Rectify’ Golden Globes Campaign (Exclusive) Holden, freed by DNA evidence after two decades behind bars, is released into his small Georgia hometown, where many still suspect him of killing his. »
- Tim Molloy
The stars of SundanceTV’s “Rectify” were out in full force to celebrate season two of the critically-acclaimed drama on Monday night, packing the Sundance Sunset Cinema for a screening of the season premiere before taking the party across the street to Chateau Marmont.
Guests sipped on champagne and iced tea with a kick in one of Chateau’s private bungalows, while the cast talked to Variety poolside about the success of the measured character drama, which Variety TV Critic Brian Lowry described as “consistently compelling.”
“Rectify” centers around Daniel Holden (Aden Young) who, after spending 19 years on death row for the rape and murder of his teenage girlfriend, has his conviction overturned thanks to newly discovered DNA evidence. Season one covered the first week following his release, culminating in a violent confrontation that saw Daniel beaten and left for dead by the vengeful brother of the girl he was alleged to have murdered. »
- Laura Prudom
Ray McKinnon, the creator, writer and director of the acclaimed drama Rectify, which begins its second season Thursday on Sundance TV, made a particularly telling comment about his series: "Rectify is about being alive." He's right, of course, but some may read into the meaning of "being alive" a sense of exuberance and passion, both tamped-down traits of Rectify, which is the current poster series in the Slow TV movement. Photos Summer TV Preview: 33 New Series on Cable and Broadcast The first season revolved around main character Daniel Holden (Aden Young), who spent 19 years on death
- Tim Goodman
The little series that could, “Rectify” is such a wispy construct, where events unfold so languidly, it’s a puzzle why the hours fly by and prove consistently compelling. Much of it has to do with the casting — which is dead-on from top to bottom, and indeed, gives the supporting players more work through the early stages of season two. Whatever the reasons, this SundanceTV drama, anchored by Aden Young’s out-of-body calm in the lead role, was one of 2013’s most pleasant surprises, and continues in that vein in this new 10-episode run.
Young plays Daniel Holden, whose imprisonment on death row for murder was overturned, and whose release back into the world, after 19 years, set all sorts of unexpected events into motion. That included the brutal assault on him that closed the first season, with the aftermath of that violence dominating the early stages here, as Daniel initially lays in a coma, »
- Brian Lowry
A lot of you probably don't have the Sundance Channel. A lot of you probably do and don't even know it. Either way, that's no longer an excuse not to watch one of the most captivating and poignant TV series in recent memory. The entire six-episode first season of the network's first scripted series Rectify is available to stream on Netflix, and I can promise you it's worth your time.
A masterfully calibrated meditation on doubt, loss and change, Rectify is about Daniel Holden (Aden Young), a man who is unexpectedly released from prison after spending 19 years on death row. Holden was convicted as a teenager of the rape and murder of his high school girlfriend and his release reopens old wounds in the small Georgia town where his family still resides. While law enforcement works on building a new case, many of the residents lack the patience for modern justice to run its course. »
- Sadie Gennis
Send your Saturday watching the 6-episode freshman run of Rectify — just in time for the new season!
The drama stars Aden Young as a man struggling to adjust to his former life after he's been released from prison following nearly two decades on death row. But for Daniel, life in small-town Georgia is especially tough when the politician who was instrumental in putting him behind bars makes it his business to see that he gets sent back to jail.
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- TV Guide News
Set in the tumultuous Border area of Arizona and Mexico, Frontera follows the events that take place after a former Arizona Sheriff’s wife (Amy Madigan) is killed while riding on their Ranch property. It would appear a Mexican man (Michael Pena) crossing in to the Us illegally is at fault.
As former Sheriff (Ed Harris) and current Sheriff (Aden Young) search for answers, lives are changed forever and the facts as to who is really at fault in this tragedy are nearly as tenuous and complex as the issues and tensions between the people who live in this region on either side of the line.
Look out for the trailer premiere on Apple Trailers on Monday, June 9th.
- Michelle McCue
Created by Ray McKinnon
Season two begins June 19th at 9pm Et on Sundance (season 1 available on Netflix)
There are plenty of television shows in 2014 with the ability to amaze an audience, surprising them with bold stories, impressing them with elaborate visuals, or engaging them by drawing parallels to our own world and lives. Many of these shows rank among the best on television, regularly analyzed by critics for their ability to blend cinematic elements, symbolic metaphors, and poignant dissections of life, that blend of intelligent and entertaining that’s hard to find at the box office in this day and age of loud tent poles and cliche, overwrought ‘indie’ films.
However, these great shows (of which there are too many to name in this small space), there have been but a few that can transcend entertainment »
- Randy Dankievitch
Director: Stuart Beattie
Running Time: 98 Minutes
I, Frankenstein feels like the Underworld spin-off nobody asked for. From its use of popular horror characters, the night time city setting, the never ending rain, and the casting of Bill Nighy; the entire film feels as though it belongs in that very universe, while at the same time making you wish you were watching that flawed but superior series.
I, Frankenstein follows Frankenstein’s monster, Adam (Eckhart) as he searches for a purpose in life. A purpose is soon thrust upon him as he becomes the targets of demons, as demons like to possess the bodies of those without a soul. Joining Adam in this battle is a group of angels known as gargoyles, who have been battling the demons for centuries. The »
- Luke Ryan Baldock
She plays Shannon, the grand-daughter of Bryan Brown's ex-crim Lennie, in the Matchbox Pictures. production which premieres this Friday night on ABC1.
Not only did she get to work with Brown and Sam Neill as Ted, a retired cop who teams up with Lennie to solve crimes and unravel scams, her character has two suitors: Mark Coles-Smith as Jason, the mechanic son of one of Lennie.s prison mates; and Damian Walshe-Howling.
.It was hilarious,. Hanna tells If on the line from Los Angeles, where she moved last year. .Bryan and Sam had known each other for years so they had a great chemistry on and off the set..
Shannon is a law student at Sydney University whose mother has died and father has long gone, »
- Don Groves
To mark the release of I, Frankenstein on 26th May, we’ve been given 3 copies to give away on Blu-ray.
Set in a dystopic present where vigilant gargoyles and ferocious demons rage in a battle for ultimate power, Victor Frankenstein’s creation Adam (Aaron Eckhart) finds himself caught in the middle as both sides race to discover the secret to his immortality. From the creators of the hit supernatural saga, Underworld, comes the action thriller I, Frankenstein, written for the screen and directed by Stuart Beattie, based on the graphic novel “I, Frankenstein” by Kevin Grevioux, and brought to life by a cast that includes Aaron Eckhart, Bill Nighy, Yvonne Strahovski, Miranda Otto, Jai Courtney, Socratis Otto, Mahesh Jadu, Caitlin Stasey and Aden Young as Victor Frankenstein.
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Director Stuart Beattie's sci-fi action-thriller I, Frankenstein comes back to life on Blu-ray 3D, Blu-ray and DVD May 13, with the Digital HD version currently available for purchase. Based on the Darkstorm Studios graphic novel created by Kevin Grevioux, Aaron Eckhart stars as Frankenstein's creation Adam, a reanimated man who finds himself in the middle of a war between two immortal clans. We have an exclusive featurette that showcases the evil Naberius, played by Bill Nighy, featuring behind-the-scenes footage from the set. Fans can learn more about this nefarious character as the actor himself explains that Naberius is one of the angels who descended from Heaven with Satan to lead a legion of 666 other demons. He also reveals how much he enjoys playing such a complex character, in this featurette you can't see anywhere else.
The explosive thriller takes place 200 years after Dr. Frankenstein's shocking creation came to life. Celestial forces name the creature Adam, »
SundanceTV’s Rectify — a drama that follows one man’s journey to rebuild his life after being released from death row — left fans with quite the cliffhanger at the end of season 1, and if you just can’t wait for season 2 to start back up in June, you’ll definitely want to take a peek at the two exclusive stills we have from premiere.
When we last left Daniel (I, Frankenstein’s Aden Young), he was struggling to hold on after being beaten within an inch of his life by the brother of the woman he was convicted of killing before being exonerated. »
- Pamela Gocobachi
DirecTV has bought Us rights to Playmaker Media.s The Code, a six-part series about two brothers who stumble across information about a new technology - information that people in the highest political echelons will kill to keep secret.
ABC-tv commissioned the thriller, which stars Dan Spielman (An Accidental Soldier, Offspring), Ashley Zukerman (The Slap, Rush), Adam Garcia (Coyote Ugly, Bootmen), David Wenham (Top of the Lake, Killing Time), Lucy Lawless (Spartacus), Aden Young (I Frankenstein, Rectify), Chelsie Preston Crayford (Mystery of a Hansom Cab, Underbelly: Razor), Adele Perovic (SLiDE), Dan Wyllie (Rake, Puberty Blues), Aaron Pedersen (Jack Irish, City Homicide), and Paul Tassone (Underbelly).
The show was created by Shelley Birse and written by Birse, Blake Ayshford and Justin Monjo, directed by Shawn Seet (Love Child, Underbelly, Mystery of a Hansom Cab) and produced by Playmaker.s David Maher and David Taylor and Birse.
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- Don Groves
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