February’s Finest!

January 28th, 2015 by Asaf_and _Barak

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It’s almost February and awards are flying in all over the place. SAGs on the left, Golden Globes in the back, BAFTAs on the right and of course the Oscars are coming towards us faster than you know… But what about pure entertainment? That’s what we’re here for – 5 Movies with no award intentions whatsoever, just pure fun. And as for the TV section, some highly anticipated new TV shows are coming our way so be sure to add them to your wish list. Here are February’s finest!

Movies:

Jupiter Ascending – For boys’ night and teens looking for a  futuristic adventure.

Seventh Son – For teens and pre-teens looking for an exciting young hero adventure.

  • What? A battle of good versus evil is about to be unleashed upon you this weekend. As the witch Mother Malkin about to unleash unstoppable evil force against the human-kind, Master Gregory must train a new apprentice to stop her. Would the new hero be able to stop the witch in time?
  • When? Feb. 6, 2015.
  • Who? Julliane Moore is the witch, Jeff Bridges is Master Gregory and Ben Barnes is the seventh son! Directed by Sergey Bordov and based on Joseph Delany novel.

Fifty Shades of Grey – Pure girls’ night

  • What? You know the story – boy meets girl, boy seduces girl, boy ties girl, boy pours hot wax on girl, and well… you know, your basic love affair.
  • When? Feb. 13, 2015.
  • Who? Dakota Johnson and Jamie Donan took the chance, either their career would rise after or it would fall. Directed by Sam Taylor-Johnson and based on E.L. James bestseller.

Hot Tub Time Machine 2 – For teens and teens in spirit looking for some pure silly humor.

Focus – for those looking for semi-serious date night.

TV Shows:

Fortitude – For fans of gloomy crime dramas from the UK and from Scandinavia.

  • What? Fortitude is a small town in the Arctic Circle, a place like nowhere else. Surrounded by the savage beauty of the frozen landscape. In this close-knit community, a murder touches everyone, and the unsettling horror of the crime threatens the future of the town itself.
  • When? Jan. 29, 2015 (we know this is titled best of February, but we’re sure you’ll be forgiving).
  • Who? The super impressive international cast include Stanley Tucci, Michael Gambon, Christopher Eccleston and The Killings’ Sofie Gråbøl.

Allegiance – For people who like shows like Homeland and The Americans.

Better Call Saul – For everyone that misses Breaking Bad.

The Odd Couple – For anyone who’s still waiting for Matthew Perry’s big break after Friends.

  • What? About Endearing slacker Oscar and uptight neat freak Felix, two former college buddies who become unlikely roommates after the demise of their marriages. It’s not long after Oscar lets Felix move in that Oscar fears he’s made a monumental mistake.
  • When? Feb. 13, 2015.
  • Who? Thomas Lennon, Wendell Pierce and Lindsay Sloane star alongside Perry.

The Jack and Triumph Show – For people who enjoy silly and offbeat humor.

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  • What? About a grown-up child star of a “Lassie” type show and Triumph, his washed-up canine companion who brings some madness into his life.
  • When? Feb. 20, 2015.
  • Who? Jack McBrayer and Robert Smigel (as Triumph the Insult Comic Dog) star.

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January’s Finest!!

December 29th, 2014 by Asaf_and _Barak

So how were the holidays? Did you get a good rest? We hope so cause there’s plenty of work to be done. 5 Movies and 5 TV shows highly recommended for you this January. Now’s the time to decide how you want to start your year and we’re here to help. These are January’s finest!

Movies:

Inherent Vice – For those looking for an offbeat humorous Neo Noir.

Taken 3 – For those looking for more of the same chases and races.

Blackhat – For those looking for suspenseful and exciting boys’ night.

Still Alice – For those looking for a sincere and emotional evening.

Mortdecai – For those looking for a stylized action comedy with all star cast.

TV Shows:

Empire – For fans of slightly soapy dramas and hip hop.

Togetherness – For people who like shows about people trying to figure themselves out.

Man Seeking Woman – For people who enjoy comedies about the extremely difficult search for love.

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12 Monkeys – For anyone who loved the movie and thinks SyFy’s show can be even half as good.

Backstrom– For people who miss the show House and like the show Bones.

  • What? BACKSTROM centers on an offensive, hot tempered detective as he tries and fails to change his self-destructive behavior. He is a renowned misanthropic police detective who takes on new and daunting cases.
  • When? Jan. 22, 2015.
  • Who? Rainn Wilson plays the role of Backstrom. Hart Hanson who created “Bones” is the creator of the show.

 

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December’s Finest!

November 30th, 2014 by Asaf_and _Barak

It’s here. December that is. It’s here and as always it brings quite a few things. It brings the end of the year. It brings Christmas. And, most importantly, it brings the beginning of the award season. As the Golden Globe nominations are about to be announced on the 11th, things are heating up and we have quite a few movies that want to be on that list. Plus, of course, we have our usual dose of TV show recommendations for you, 6 movies & 6 TV shows for the 12th month of the year. Here are December’s Finest!

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Movies:

Let’s begin our wild ride with…

Wild – For those looking for uplifting and emotional journeys.

What? One woman who’s longing to be announced on the 11th is Reese Witherspoon. And it seems she’s got a pretty good chance as she portrays the true story of Cheryl Strayed, a woman with nothing to lose who decided to go on a 1000 mile hike armed with nothing more than determination. Seems like a captivating adventure.

When? Dec. 5, 2014

Who? Reese Witherspoon, Michiel Huisman, Gaby Hoffman and Laura Dern. Directed by Jean-Marc Vallée (Dallas Buyers Club, C.R.A.Z.Y.)

Exodus: Gods and Kings – For those looking for epic and historical adventures.

What? You know if Moses is right? Of course you do, everybody does. So Moses wants to once again release 600,000 slaves (give or take a few dozen) from the vicious ruler Pharaoh. Throw in some stylized special effects and there you have it.

When? Dec. 12, 2014

Who? Christian Bale as Moses would have to take on Joel Edgerton as Rhamses. Aaron Paul, Sigourney Weaver, Ben Kingsley also accompanies them. Directed by the visionary/awful visionary (cross your preference) Ridley Scott.

The Gambler – For those looking for some rough thrillers for Christmas.

What? Christmas is filled with family outing titles (The Hobbit, Annie and Night at the Museum 3) but let’s focus on those not in the Christmas spirit.
The Gambler is a remake of a 1974 crime thriller starring James Caan. The story follows a college professor whose got a bit of a gambling addiction which soon enough attracts some pissed off gangsters after him. His personal life isn’t great either as his mother is dying plus his involved in an affair with one of his students.  Hope the dice roll in his favor.

When? Dec. 19, 2014.

Who? Mark Wahlberg, Jessica Lange, John Goodman and the always wonderful Brie Larson. Directed by Rupert Wyatt (Rise of the Planet of the Apes). Written by Oscar winner William Monahan (The Departed).

Mr. Turner – For anyone who’s into captivating biographies revolving around artist’s life.

What? Mr. Turner is also a strong nominee to be nominated. Mike Leigh’s new picture revolves around the eccentric life of British painter J.M.W. Turner. The acclaimed artist who was deeply effected by his father’s death and lead a rollercoaster life. We’re all invited for the ride.

When? Dec. 19, 2014.

Who? Timothy Spall (who already won the best actor award in Cannes film festival). Dorothy Atkinson, Paul Jesson and Marion Bailey. Written and directed but long time veteran Mike Leigh.

Into the Woods – For those who are into a bit scary and a bit humorous musicals.

What? The Tony award winner mixes genres and fairytales like there’s no tomorrow. An evil witch curses a young couple. Luckily, there are Cinderella, Rapunzel, Red Hiding Hood and Jack with his magical beans who’ll try to overcome that witch.

When? Dec. 26, 2014.

Who? a wonderful all star castMeryl Streep, Johnny Depp, Anna Kendrick, Chris Pine, Emily Blunt, Lucy Punch, James Corden, Christine Baranski and Tracey Ullman. Directed by Rob Marshall.

The Interview – For teens (or teens in spirit) who love silly and irreverent humor.

What? Dave Skylark is TV show host looking for professional recognition. When he and his producer learn North Korean dictator, Kim Jong-un, loves their show they manage to get a once in a lifetime opportunity in the form of an exclusive interview. The problem is the two dimwits are recruited by the CIA to take this opportunity and assassinate the leader.

When? Dec. 26, 2014.

Who? Seth Rogen and James Franco collaborate yet again. They are accompanied by Lizzy Caplan, Timothy Simons and Randall Park as the ruthless dictator. Directed by Evan Goldberg (This is the End) and Seth Rogen.

TV shows:

One Child – For fans of powerful dramas with a strong female presence.

What? Tells the story of a young Chinese-born woman, Mei (Leung), adopted at birth by a couple in the UK, who suddenly gets called back to her native Guangzhou by her birth mother.

When? Dec. 5, 2014.

Who? The Sundance mini-series stars Katie Leung and Elizabeth Perkins.

The Red Tent – It’s a Lifetime series, so presuming it’s mainly for a female audience is what you’d call a fair assumption.

What? A sweeping tale that takes place during the times of the Old Testament, told through the eyes of Dinah, the daughter of Leah and Jacob. Based on the best-selling novel by Anita Diamant.

When? Dec. 7, 2014.

Who? Starring Minnie Driver and Rebecca Ferguson.

The Librarians – For people who enjoy escapade movies like National Treasure and Indiana Jones.

What? Four ordinary people from around the world are selected to work for the Library, an ancient order dedicated to solving supernatural mysteries and protecting the innocent from the secret magical world around us.

When? Dec. 7, 2014.

Who? Starring John Larroquette, Rebecca Romijn and Noah Wyle.

Marco Polo – For anyone who likes exciting periodic adventures (like the movie Mongol for example). Some call it the Chinese Game of Thrones.

What? Follows the famed explorer’s journey that takes him to the center of a brutal war in 13th century China, a world replete with exotic martial arts, political trickery, spectacular battles and sexual intrigue.

When? Dec. 12, 2014.

Who? An international cast that includes Lorenzo Richelmy , Benedict Wong, Remy Hii and Vanessa Vanderstraaten.

Ascension – For people who like Stargate, Star Trek, Battlestar Galactica and Interstellar .

What? In 1963, the U.S. government launched a covert space mission sending hundreds of men, women and children on a century-long voyage aboard the starship Ascension to populate a new world. The show follows their journey in space.

When? Dec. 15, 2014.

Who? Brian Van Holt, Tricia Helfer and Andrea Roth star.

Mozart in the Jungle – For people who like watching semi-serious comedies about the wild lifestyle of drugs and casual sex in the world of music. Classical music in this instant…

What? Sex, drugs–and classical music–what happens behind the curtains at the symphony can be just as captivating as what happens on stage.

When? Dec. 23, 2014.

Who? Gael García Bernal, Malcolm McDowell and Saffron Burrows are the three biggest names in the impressive cast

 

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November’s Finest

November 5th, 2014 by Asaf_and _Barak

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In case you haven’t noticed, November is already here which means it’s time to see what’s worth seeing this month.  Some major blockbusters are heading our way plus Oscar wannabe contenders. On the TV section we have Lilyhammer in a new season plus  Katherine Heigl is back for another round on TV. Let’s see who are Novembers’ finest!

Movies:

Interstellar – For those looking for futuristic and stylized adventures.

What? Perhaps the most talked-about film of the year. Christopher Nolan shows us what it would be like when mankind is forced to leave earth. A group of explorers are seeking for a new home for humankind on distant planets. Will they find one safely?

When?  Nov. 7

Who? Matthew McConaughey is bound to continue the lucky streak he’s on. Along with him are (take a long breath) Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain, Matt Damon, Wes Bently, Casey Affleck, Topher Grace, Ellen Burstyn, John Lithgow and Nolans’ lucky charm – Michael Caine. Nolan wrote the script (almost as usual) with his brother Jonathan.

Foxcatcher – for those looking for critically acclaimed, tense, sport-dramas.

What? Based on a true story, Foxcatcher tells the story of Olympic wrestler Mark Schultz who was pushed to the edge by his sponsor with disturbing consequences.

When? Nov. 14

Who? The hardly recognizable Steve Carell in an unlikely role, Channing Tatum as Mark Schultz, Mark Ruffalo as his brother plus Sienna Miller and Vanessa Redgrave. Directed by Bennet Miller (Capote, Moneyball).

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 – for those can’t wait to see how this exciting and suspenseful adventure continues.

What? Well you know what it’s all about right? Future Dystopia, Political Corruption, Revolution, Survival and one young hero to fight it all.

When? Nov. 21

Who? As usual, Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Woody Harrelson, Elizabeth Banks, newcomer Julianne Moore, the late Philip Seymour Hoffman, Jeffrey Wright, Stanley Tucci, Donald Sutherland, Toby Jones and Jena Malone. Directed by Francis Lawrence who directed the previous title.

The Imitation Game -  For those fascinated with WW2 and its’ backstage heroes.

What? Benedict Cumberbatch is amazing when he’s playing brilliant characters. This time he’s the prodigy mathematician Alan Turing who led the mission of cracking the German code during the war and almost lost himself during the process.

When? Nov. 21

Who? Along Benedict are Keira Knightley, Matthew Goode and Mark Strong. Directed by Morten Tyldum (The critically acclaimed Headhunters).

Horrible Bosses 2 – for anyone who ever fantasized about getting even with his obnoxious boss.

What? Three years after getting even with their bosses, 3 buddies Kurt, Nick and Dale are now their own bosses. They have a new invention and they find an investor who’ll join their business venture. But… when it turns out their investor stole their invention, it’s time to pay back again.

When? Nov. 28

Who? As in the original – Jason Bateman, Jason Sudeikis, Charlie Day, Jennifer Aniston, Kevin Spacey, Jamie Foxx with newcomers Christoph Waltz and Chris Pine. Directed by Sean Anders (Sex Drive, That’s My Boy).

TV shows:

Olive Kitteridge – For fans of powerful dramas with a strong female presence.

What? A drama about a seemingly quiet small town with a lot of things happening under the surface. The story spans 25 years and focuses on a couple and their son.

When?  Nov. 2

Who? An impressive cast includes Frances McDormand, Richard Jenkins, Bill Murray, Zoe Kazan and Peter Mullan. The series is directed by the acclaimed director Lisa Cholodenko.

The Game – For people who enjoy clever, atmospheric and maybe slow burning espionage plots.

What? The head of MI5, sets up a secret committee to investigate the existence of a Soviet plot code named Operation Glass, whose existence was revealed by a leaving KGB officer.

When? Nov. 5

Who? Starring Tom Hughes and Brian Cox.

The Missing – For anyone who liked Taken, but thought it needed a lot more drama and less action.

What? Follows Tony, a man devastated by the kidnapping of his young son, Oliver, during a family vacation in France. He becomes obsessed, unable to accept that his child may be dead and never stops searching for him.

When? Nov. 15, 2014

Who? James Nesbitt, Frances O’Connor and Tcheky Karyo star.

State of Affairs – For people that enjoy suspenseful political dramas.

What? About a top CIA analyst and presidential advisor – a keeper of the nation’s secrets… with a big secret of her own.

When? Nov. 17, 2014

Who? Katherine Heigl stars alongside Alfre Woodard. The show was created by Joe Carnahan who also writes for The Blacklist.

Lilyhammer – For the many fans of the show who enjoyed the 1st 2 seasons, and for people who missed this brilliant show and want to join fashionably late.

What? In season three, Roar travels to Brazil to meet his Internet bride from a Rio favela. Blinded by love, he finds himself tangled up with the law and it’s up to Frank and Torgeir to make things right.

When? Nov. 21, 2014

Who? Joining Steven Van Zandt are guest stars Bruce Springsteen, Michael Badalucco and Tony Sirico.

 

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Octobers’ Finest!

September 28th, 2014 by Asaf_and _Barak

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It’s October, the 10th month of the year and we’ve got 10 recommendations for you! We’ve got 5 movies and 5 TV shows for you to try. You’ll cry, you’ll laugh, you’ll get excited and you’ll experience all possible human emotions! Well, maybe that’s a bit stretching it but you’ll definitely be entertained… Ready? These are October’s Finest!

Movies:

Gone Girl – For those looking for critically acclaimed psychological thrillers.

What? October brings with it  an Oscar breeze and here’s ‘Gone Girl’ which gets an Oscar buzz from previous screenings. David Fincher is a master in those mystery movies – a woman goes missing,
police investigation begins and the husband finds himself the prime suspect. Did he or didn’t he? 

When? Oct. 3, 2014

Who? Ben Affleck, Rosamund Pike, Neil Patrick Harris (!), Tyler Perry (!!!!!) and Kim Dickens as the police detective. Gillian Flynn wrote the script based on her novel.

Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day – For those looking for fun family outing.

What? Know the days when nothing goes right? That’s the kind of day Alexander and his family are having. It’s hard on them but humorous for us… A family comedy about a young kid down on his luck and the mishaps that follow…

When? Oct. 10, 2014

Who? Steve Carell & Jennifer Garner as the parents and Ed Oxenbould as Alexander. Miguel Arteta directs and Rob Lieber wrote the script based on Judith Viorst book.

Fury – For those looking for a seriously rough boys’ night.

What? Yep, it’s another World War II film but this one has more action and as we know, World War II had a lot of action to offer. Five soldiers are sent behind enemy lines on a suicide mission. All they have is their tank and each other. Outnumbered, they must survive against the odds.

When? Oct. 17, 2014

Who? Brad Pitt is the head of the bunch that includes Shia LaBeouf, Logan Lerman, Scott Eastwood and Jon Bernthal. David Ayer (End of Watch) writes and directs.

Ouija – For teens looking for a scary night.

What? Well, it seems pretty obvious no? Some teenage friends decide to use a Ouija board for fun. It’s not like a vengeful ghost would come back to haunt them or anything…

When? Oct. 24, 2014

Who? Olivia Cooke, Ana Coto, Daren Kagasoff and Bianca A. First feature by Stiles White.

Nightcrawler –  For those looking for a clever biting crime thriller.

What? We started with an Oscar nominee to be nominated and we’ll finish with one. A young ambitious journalist finds there are opportunities to be held in covering the night criminal life of LA. But it also holds great risks and his to the top has it’s price.

When? Oct. 31, 2014

Who? Jake Gyllenhaal, Rene Russo and Bill Paxton. First feature directed by Dan Gilroy (writer of The Bourne Legacy, The Fall).

TV shows:

Survivor’s Remorse – For people who are looking for the next best sports’ comedy after Arliss.

What? Follows Cam Calloway, a twenty-something basketball prodigy who suddenly achieves fame and fortune after signing a multi-million dollar contract with a professional basketball team in Atlanta and now has to deal with the side effects of success

When? Oct. 4, 20104

Who? The show stars Jessie Usher and Mike Epps with executive producer by LeBron James.

Kingdom – For anyone who’s looking for a hard hitting drama.

What? A family drama set against the world of Mixed Martial Arts. Alvey owns Navy St. MMA with his girlfriend Lisa. He is willing to go through extraordinary means to make sure his fighters are taken care of but all of this responsibility comes with a price. He also has complicated relationships with both of his sons who are both struggling with their own identities. Will it be the new ‘The Fighter‘/’Warrior‘/’Ray Donovan‘?

When? Oct. 8, 2014

Who? The series stars Frank Grillo, Kiele Sanchez and Jonathan Tucker.

The Affair – For people who are in an open relationship with their current TV series and are looking to add a new one to their life.

What? An intense drama that explores two marriages and the affair that disrupts them. The story will be told separately from the male and female perspectives – using the distinct memory biases to both misdirect and intrigue.

When? Oct. 12, 2014

Who? Created by Hagai Levi who also wrote ‘In Treatment‘ and starring Dominic West (The Wire) and Maura Tierney (ER).

Marry Me – For people who are afraid of commitment but are willing to commit to this new sitcom.

What? About Annie and Jake, a couple who’s been together for six years and still haven’t married… After a few marriage proposals had gone awry they decide to hold off on the engagement until they can do it right.

When? Oct. 14, 2014

Who? Starring Ken Marino (Childrens Hospital) and Casey Wilson (The Hotwives of Orlando) and written by David Caspe (That’s My Boy).

Mike Tyson Mysteries – For fans of Scooby-Doo and Mike Tyson.

What? In the style of Scooby-Doo the animated show will follow Mike Tyson who will take the fight from the boxing ring to the streets… by solving mysteries! He will be aided by the Mike Tyson Mystery Team — the Ghost of the Marquess of Queensbury, Mike’s adopted Korean daughter and a pigeon who was once a man.

When? Oct. 27, 2014

Who? Mike Tyson stars alongside Norm MacDonald and Jim Rash.

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