5 items from 2015
As was the case in 2014, when viewers were treated to an astoundingly varied bumper crop of fine new shows, 2015 was a great year for freshman programs. Here are my 20 favorite new shows of the year, some of which appeared on my overall Top 20 shows roster.
“The Carmichael Show,” NBC: A multi-camera sitcom with an excellent cast, smart things to say and tons of potential. Good on NBC for renewing it.
“Catastrophe,” Amazon: Written up in my Top 20 shows of 2015 list.
“Deutschland 83,” Sundance: If you like “The Americans,” chances are you’ll enjoy this tale of German espionage set in the early ’80s. Imagine Nena’s “99 Luftballons” turned into a meaty miniseries featuring a terrific collection of character actors and period blouses, and you’re almost there (well, not quite, but it’s thematically appropriate and period-appropriate to mention Nena’s dance-pop classic). Judge for yourself: The entire miniseries hits Hulu Dec. »
- Maureen Ryan
As the days get darker and the cold winds of Autumn approach, it’s time to look ahead at the upcoming movies set to hit cinemas this Fall.
The huge slate includes the return of the Jedis, the rebirth of Frankenstein and a new age of Good Dinosaurs. These movies will take audiences to a Galaxy Far, Far Away, on a voyage to Mars and to the summit of the world’s highest mountain, Everest.
Here’s our list of the 2015 Fall movies that we can’t wait to see!
The Visit (Sept 11)
Writer/director/producer M. Night Shyamalan (The Sixth Sense, Signs, Unbreakable) and producer Jason Blum (Paranormal Activity, The Purge and Insidious series) welcome you to Universal Pictures’ The Visit. Shyamalan returns to his roots with the terrifying story of a brother and sister who are sent to their grandparents’ remote Pennsylvania farm for a weeklong trip. »
- Movie Geeks
Ultimatum #1-5 (2008-2009)
Written by Jeph Loeb
Pencils by David Finch
Inks by Danny Miki
Colors by Steve Firchow (1-3), Peter Steigerwald (3-5)
Published by Marvel Comics
This week, I am deciding to eat my vegetables before dessert and am reviewing the Ultimatum crossover series many weeks before I get to it in my History of the Ultimate Universe series. I am also combining my column with our mini event “Worst Comics Month”. This is because after I finished binge reading Ultimate Spider-Man Volume One and decided to read this “Ultimatum” series, which filled the gaps in some of the final issues, I (the neophyte comics fan) felt like I had truly experienced a bad comic with its ugly art, “shocking” plot reveals with little or no build-up, and jarring switches in tone from Hulk switching from dumb to smart to in between in the space of a panel to »
- Logan Dalton
"San Andreas" is a very silly movie. Then again, disaster movies are almost always silly. That's just the nature of the beast. They're all roughly the same, and they end up as narrative excuses for mayhem and little more. Carlton Cuse's screenplay for "San Andreas" (apparently written on a napkin during a "Bates Motel" lunch break) is no exception, and if you are curious about whether or not you should see the film, look at the trailer. Do you want to watch California shake to pieces? Yes? Then see the movie, because it absolutely lives up to that promise. Do you want anything else from the movie? You may come up short. First of all, there is no scene in this film where The Rock punches an earthquake. For that reason alone, I have to take a full letter grade off. Instead, Dwayne Johnson plays Ray, who heads up a rescue team in La. »
- Drew McWeeny
The Santa Barbara International Film Festival has unveiled its 2015 line-up which includes films representing 54 countries, 23 world premieres and 53 U.S. premieres. The U.S. premiere of Niki Caro’s McFarland USA will close out the 30th fest. Based on the 1987 true story and starring Kevin Costner and Maria Bello, the film follows novice runners from McFarland, an economically challenged town in California’s farm-rich Central Valley, as they give their all to build a cross-country team under the direction of Coach Jim White (Costner), a newcomer to their predominantly Latino high school. The unlikely band of runners overcomes the odds to forge not only a championship cross-country team but an enduring legacy as well.
The festival runs from January 27-February 7.
Below is the list of World and U.S. Premiere films followed by the list of titles by sidebar categories.
A Better You, USA
Directed by Matt Walsh
Cast: Brian Huskey, »
- The Deadline Team
5 items from 2015
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