TV Review: Ash Vs. Evil Dead – Season 2, Ep 1: “Home”

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By Danny F. Santos (doddleNEWS) Evil Dead is one of my favorite cult film series of all time, so I'm ecstatic that it's being continued on television on Starz, who the show be as crude and bloody as it needs to be. Season one of Ash Vs. Evil Dead was fantastic, and the wait for season two has … [Read more...]

Movie Review: Storks

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Just how well does this baby fly? By Kimberly Gadette (doddleNEWS) As Warner Bros.' first big budget animated feature since 2014's The Lego Movie, Storks delivers a nascent idea. Granted, 2016 has previously birthed some well-received originals such as Zootopia and The Secret Life of Pets; … [Read more...]

Movie Review: The Magnificent Seven

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By Danny F. Santos (doddleNEWS) Remakes are a staple of Hollywood and have been for years. So if it was popular in the past, executive thinking goes, might as well redo it. So here we are with a remake of The Magnificent Seven, which itself was a remake of the classic Akira Kurosawa film Seven … [Read more...]

TIFF 2016 Movie Reviews: Dog Eat Dog, Colossal, and Gringo

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By Danny F. Santos (doddleNEWS) The Toronto International Film Festival 2016 has finally come to a close. The festival started on some high notes but the films I caught this year seemed to take a nose dive in the latter half of the festival. Here are the final three films I caught during TIFF … [Read more...]

HBO TV Review: Three Days of Terror: The Charlie Hebdo Attacks

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Since June 2014, ISIS has conducted or inspired more than 140 terrorist attacks in 29 countries outside of Iraq and Syria, killing at least 2,043 people and injuring thousands more. For France, the nightmare began with the Charlie Hebdo attack. By Kimberly Gadette (doddleNEWS) In filmmaker Dan … [Read more...]

TIFF 2016 Movie Review: Blair Witch

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By Danny F. Santos (doddleNEWS) When The Blair Witch Project first premiered in 1999, it was one of the biggest horror hits ever. Once you take into account how much it cost versus how much it made, it was probably the biggest net earner of all time. It didn't take long for Hollywood to try … [Read more...]

TIFF 2016 Movie Reviews: ‘The Bad Batch’ and ‘The Girl With All The Gifts’

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By Danny F. Santos (doddleNEWS) I'll be honest, when I was programming my TIFF schedule this year, I didn't mean to thematically program similar films in the same day. I kicked off TIFF with two action packed films Headshot and Free Fire, and I've done so again with two post apocalypse films: The … [Read more...]

TIFF 2016 Movie Review: Arrival

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By Danny F. Santos (doddleNEWS) Growing up I was a huge fan of science-fiction novels and still am to this day. My favorite authors ended up being along the lines of what's known as the A, B, C's of sci-fi, with "A" meaning Asimov, "B" for Bradbury, and "C" for Clarke. On the television side, I … [Read more...]

TIFF 2016 Movie Review: The Belko Experiment

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By Danny F. Santos (doddleNEWS) If I could sum up The Belko Experiment in one word it would be "frustrating." It is a well executed film and I enjoyed it right up to the end, where I felt it completely fell apart. There will be spoilers near the end of this review, but I'll keep it spoiler free … [Read more...]

TIFF 2016 Movie Reviews: ‘Free Fire’ and ‘Headshot’

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By Danny F. Santos (doddleNEWS) My favorite time of the year is back with the Toronto International Film Festival! And this year has already started off with a bang — literally. Here are the first two high octane films I've seen at TIFF so far. Free Fire Brie Larson seems to be everywhere … [Read more...]

VOD Review: The Royal Road

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Can this film be considered a road movie of a whole other kind? By Kimberly Gadette (doddleNEWS) Having premiered at Sundance Film Festival to critical acclaim, The Royal Road is at once a static, yet highly moving film. Filmmaker Jenni Olson's 16mm cinematographic meditation leans more … [Read more...]

Movie/VOD Review: In Order of Disappearance

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The film's title, In Order of Disappearance, may seem odd. Yet it ultimately reflects a perfect symbiosis of plot and tone. By Kimberly Gadette (doddleNEWS) Think a Martin McDonagh sensibility (In Bruges, Seven Psychopaths) snowed in by a Quentin Tarantino, The Hateful Eight winter. And add … [Read more...]

Movie Review: Suicide Squad

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With Suicide Squad, it's the audience that may die ... of boredom. By Kimberly Gadette (doddleNEWS) Super villains blessed with dazzling superhuman talents? Nope. Super cool, super lethal gizmos guaranteed to take down the opposition? Nah. Super suspense in a fresh, fun-packed comic book … [Read more...]

PBS TV Review: Iris

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On its face, fashion is a serious business ... yet look who's laughing now. By Kimberly Gadette (doddleNEWS) It's not just that the ninetysomething Iris Apfel is visually outrageous, charismatic and shrewdly funny – it's that her rags-to-famous-rags story is a documentarian's dream. … [Read more...]

Movie Review: Jason Bourne

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By Danny F. Santos (doddleNEWS) The Bourne trilogy of films are some of the best action spy thrillers around and Jason Bourne's story came to a satisfying close with The Bourne Ultimatum. After Matt Damon walked away from the series (vowing to only come back if Paul Greengrass returned to direct … [Read more...]

Movie Review: Nerve

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Nerve's online game is like Pokémon Go, but with more risk. Think: Pokémon Go Play in Traffic; or Pokémon Go Set Yourself on Fire; or Pokémon Go Ahead and Try Not to Die ... By Kimberly Gadette (doddleNEWS) Ever since gladiators were pitted against lions in the Roman coliseum in 80 A.D., … [Read more...]