Category Archives: TV & Movies


A group of gorgeous young people give into their most primal urges on a decades-long, interplanetary journey in “Voyagers.” And if that sounds like sexy Lord of the Flies in space, well … it is. But despite the familiar nature of the themes writer/director Neil Burger is exploring, his film still offers plenty of tension and…

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Home Entertainment Guide: April 2021

10 NEW TO NETFLIX “At Eternity's Gate““Croupier““Get on Up”“Insidious““Legally Blonde““My Fair Lady““Philomena““The Pianist““Savages““Saving Private Ryan“ 10 NEW TO BLU-RAY/DVD “Barb and Star Go to Vista Del Mar“ Josh Greenbaum‘s comedy was delayed thanks to COVID but found a very receptive following when it was released on VOD earlier this year (and you really must read…

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Breaking Bread on the 25th Anniversary of Big Night

In the 25 years since Stanley Tucci’s “Big Night” was released in 1996, there has been, in America, a great upsurge of movies and television shows revolving around the world of restaurants, chefs, and fine dining. Tucci’s film, which he co-wrote with Joseph Tropiano and co-directed with Campbell Scott (who also appears in the film…

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The Power

A light touch doesn’t suit the heavy themes in “The Power,” a horror psychodrama that’s specifically concerned with sexual misconduct and then more generally about the abuse of (you guessed it) power at a London hospital. These social issues are obviously broad enough to still be prevalent, but “The Power” is set in 1974, as…

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Pure Human: Neil Burger on Voyagers

Back in 2002, the screenwriters, directors, and show runners Brian Koppelman and David Levien, now the masterminds behind Showtime’s series “Billions,” asked me to come to a screening of a new film they produced. I was interested, but at the time I wasn’t living right, and was weary, and tried to beg off. This leads…

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ABC’s Rebel Wastes Talent on Fictional Version of the Erin Brockovich Legacy

Erin Brockovich serves as a producer on ABC’s “Rebel,” a show built around her celebrated ability to navigate unjust systems in her pursuit of justice. As a Brockovich avatar, the great and still-underrated Katey Sagal plays Annie “Rebel” Bello, a vocal warrior for justice who has difficulty balancing her personal life and very public causes. It’s…

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