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  FOLLOW YOUR PASSION AT THE 2019 TCM CLASSIC FILM FESTIVAL A Special Article by Tim Riley Celebrating its tenth anniversary, the TCM Classic Film Festival is a film lover’s mecca, and this year’s theme of “Follow Your Heart: Love at the Movies” is the right fit for revered movies and lost gems. The love…

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  “SHAZAM!” CASTS SPELL FOR SUPERHERO FUN; “ABBY’S” ON TV A Film and TV Review by Tim Riley   The question that some people may be asking is what does a 14-year-old kid do when he comes into possession of superpowers that could be used for the public good in amateur crime-fighting? Does he become…

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    BY WILLIAM DERHAM   Still scraping bits of brain matter off the Wiltern Theater’s art deco ceiling after mind-blowing aural/visual assault last night courtesy of Nick Mason & Co’s “Saucerful of Secrets” performance. Mason, of course, is the original drummer and founding member of Pink Floyd. Pulling rare tracks from early gems circa…

“DUMBO” 2019

    “DUMBO” TAKES FLIGHT WITH WHIMSY; “THE FIX” ON TV A Film and TV Review by Tim Riley   DUMBO (Rated PG) The story of a young elephant facing ridicule and ostracism because of his oversized ears originated in a 1930’s book that Walt Disney purchased the rights to create the successful, well-received 1941…

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  In the Heat of the Night 1967  “US” REVELS IN CHILLS AND TWISTS; TCM FILM FESTIVAL PREVIEW A Film Review by Tim Riley US (Rated R)   Jordan Peele, the writer, and director behind the surprise hit thriller “Get Out,” follows up with his sophomore outing in the unnerving “Us,” an identity crisis story…

“TRIPLE FRONTIER” ESCAPIST HEIST 2019

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  “CAPTAIN MARVEL” A FEMALE-DRIVEN SUPERHERO ACTION ADVENTURE A Film Review by Tim Riley     “CAPTAIN MARVEL” Rated PG-13 The abundance of superheroes generated from the source materials of Marvel Comics and DC Comics is a driving force for a seemingly endless stream of cinematic versions bombarding the theatrical market. The Marvel Comic Universe…

“WHISKEY CAVALIER” 2019

  “WHISKEY CAVALIER” ON ABC NETWORK By Tim Riley A television series about international spies that is fun and light-hearted brings back memories about “Get Smart” and the British show “The Avengers” starring Diana Rigg and Patrick Macnee. That appears to be the vibe the ABC network is going for with “Whiskey Cavalier,” starring Scott Foley…

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“HAPPY DEATH DAY” 2019

“HAPPY DEATHDAY” THRILLS SECOND TIME; “FREE SOLO” ON TV A Film and TV Review by Tim Riley   “HAPPY DEATHDAY 2 U” Rated PG-13 Something about a killer wearing a creepy baby mask is even more disturbing than a killer clown or a madman chasing his victims with a chainsaw, and that alone is the…

NAMM BELIEVES IN MUSIC 2019

  NAMM BELIEVES IN MUSIC WINTER NAMM CONVENTION 2019 BY WILLIAM DERHAM Once again the Anaheim Convention Center was the site of the National Association of Music Merchants; a global crossroads for manufacturers and retailers to check out the next wave of innovative products and technology, schmooze prospective customers, and party hardy. This “industry only”…

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FALL TOUR 2018 CA  By William Derham  It’s always a exceptional treat when a band capable of filling stadiums and arenas plays a small venue like the user friendly Canyon Club in Agoura, allowing fans to connect intimately with their high voltage, melodic, hard rock. Formed in Sacramento in 1984 during the height of Glam…

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  “COLD PURSUIT” QUIRKY COMIC ACTION; “PROVEN INNOCENT” ON TV A Film and TV Review by Tim Riley   “COLD PURSUIT” Rated R Prolific for his vengeance-seeking action roles late in his career, Liam Neeson’s image as the righteous pursuer of justice in films like the “Taken” franchise took a big hit with a self-destructive…

WINTER-SPRING PREVIEW ON TV

By Tim Riley   The winter television critics press tour brings news of many midseason new shows on the networks, cable channels and a plethora of streaming services.  It’s getting harder to keep up with all the options.Among the big four networks, ABC appears to have the busiest upcoming season. Marcia Clark, the prosecutor in…

“WHAT MEN WANT” FLIPS THE SCRIPT; WINTER-SPRING ON TV

“A Film and TV Review by Tim Riley “WHAT MEN WANT” Rated R Flipping the gender in Hollywood remakes is nothing new.  Think of the female versions of “Ghostbusters” and “Ocean’s 8,” notable as more recent examples that herald either an enduring trend or a fad of the moment. Two decades later, one has to…

“PROJECT BLUE BOOK” ON HISTORY CHANNEL

“PROJECT BLUE BOOK” ON HISTORY CHANNEL The History Channel has decided to tap into the zeitgeist of the early 1950’s fascination with UFO sightings and the possibility of abductions by little green men from outer space.The 10-episode “Project Blue Book” may be compared to the paranoia stoked by “The X-Files” series, but Fox Mulder and…

“MISS BALA” FEMALE ACTION HERO; by Tim Riley

“MISS BALA” FEMALE ACTION HERO; “PROJECT BLUE BOOK” ON TV A Film and TV Review by Tim Riley “MISS BALA” Rated PG-13 Bringing a new perspective to a remake, director Catherine Hardwicke’s “Miss Bala” is a reimagining of an acclaimed 2011 Mexican film of the same title. Not having seen the original, this review is…

“BLACK MONDAY” ON SHOWTIME

“BLACK MONDAY” By Tim Riley Shades of “The Wolf of Wall Street” and Gordon Gekko, and just about any film about Wall Street or with its name in a film title, are all you really need to know about Showtime’s dark comedy series “Black Monday.” The title refers to the stock market crash of October 19, 1987,…

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A Film and TV Review by Tim Riley “THE KID WHO WOULD BE KING” Rated PG The legend of King Arthur comes alive in the modern world when the titular hero of “The Kid Who Would Be King,” a 12-year-old British lad, stumbles upon the Sword in the Stone at a demolition site. One thing…

Hollywood Up And Close 2019

Chicano Homeland tells the dynamic story of the movement for the rights of Mexican-Americans. Focusing on the Chicano movement at its epicenter in Los Angeles, author Louis R. Negrete brings to life the issues that triggered this wide-ranging civil rights movement – police brutality, institutionalized poverty, demands for better schools, opposition to the war in…

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WINTER NAMM SHOW 2018 JAN. 26-28TH BY  WILLIAM DERHAM The music industry’s supercollider of sound and vision exploded inside the halls of the Anaheim Convention Center for the winter NAMM Convention. The National Association of Music Merchants annual event brings together over 3,600 exhibitors from 139 countries offering aisle after aisle of the latest musical…

The Oscars 2019

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CES 2019

THE FUTURE IS NOW BY . WILLIAM DERHAM At the beginning of each year all roads lead to glitzy Las Vegas for the massive Consumer Electronics Show where the best and brightest movers and shakers gather to geek out and push the envelope in the ever changing world of technology. The first CES was held…

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