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TV Review: 11.22.63 Episode 1 “The Rabbit Hole”
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11.22.63
Episode 1 “The Rabbit Hole”
Directed by Kevin Macdonald
Written by Bridget Carpenter
Based on the novel by Stephen King
Starring James Franco, Sarah Gadon, Cherry Jones, Lucy Fry, George MacKay, Daniel Webber, T.R. Knight, Josh Duhamel, Chris Cooper, Jonny Coyne.
Hulu
Released Monday, February 15th, 2016

11.22.63 made its debut today on Hulu. This 8-part adaptation of the Stephen King novel of the same name (11/22/63) tells the story of Jake Epping (James Franco), a teacher who is tasked by his dying friend Al (Chris Cooper) to go through a time portal in a closet of Al’s diner, to stop JFK from being assassinated. After an understandable period of disbelief, Jake agrees to go back into the past, to change the future.

Spoilers below.

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Watch The ‘11.22.63’ Trailer With James Franco!
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Hulu has released another official trailer for 11.22.63, an 8-part miniseries based on the Stephen King novel (11/22/63), set to air February 15th, 2016 (appropriately so on President’s Day). Given the success of previous King-based miniseries such as The Stand and It, and that it has the people-who-rule-the-universe trifecta of J.J. Abrams, Stephen King, and James Franco, fans are in for a treat.

Check out that trailer and the other two previously released teaser trailers below.

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Movie Review: The Eagle
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The Eagle
Directed by Kevin Macdonald
Starring: Channing Tatum, Jamie Bell, Donald Sutherland
Release date: February 11, 2011

 
What can we expect from a fearless director who documented mountain climbers’ perilous voyage in Touching the Void and directed a film about ruthless dictator Idi Amin? Director Kevin Macdonald didn’t flinch when making either of those films and he doesn’t wince the least bit here when he decides to direct a film about a Roman soldier in search of Rome’s lost pride (a golden Eagle statuette) during the 2nd century in Briton.
 
An exuberant vitality is brought to this material, a characteristic that hasn’t been put to adequate use in recent historical epics. No slouching is occurring here. Macdonald shows a deepened concern with emotion and the ways of how the Romans and savage races live. In The Eagle we see a juxtaposing of contrasting lifestyles. It’s a treat to see this variety and vitality being distributed freely in an action film by a director who has respect for nature and the olden days of Hollywood’s infatuation with adventure films. 

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