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Movie Review: Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again
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Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again
Director: Ol Parker
Writer: Ol Parker, Catherine Johnson, Richard Curtis
Cast: Lily James, Amanda Seyfried, Christine Baranski, Julie Walters, Pierce Brosnan, Colin Firth, Stellan Skarsgård, Dominic Cooper, Cher, Meryl Streep
Studio: Universal Pictures
Rated PG-13 | 114 Minutes
Release Date: July 20, 2018

No one ever asked for a sequel (or prequel) to Mamma Mia! and yet, here we are, with Universal Pictures releasing Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again, the newest installment of the musical franchise that has a penchant for breaking out in song and dance to ABBA. And here is the surprising thing about that hybrid sequel and prequel. It’s actually good. No, scratch that, it’s really good.

Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again is the film you can’t help but tap your foot to when the music feels good, and cry to when there’s a ballad to be sung. Though the story may be some white noise, the cast has fun with the material they are given. But the true standout is Lily James, who shines with a spirited energy that is so infectious, you can’t help but join in on the fun. Check out the full review below.

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DVD Review: The Son Season 1 Starring Pierce Brosnan
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The Son
Season 1 DVD
Starring Pierce Brosnan, Paola Nuñez, Jess Weixler, Zahn McClarnon, Elizabeth Frances, Henry Garrett
Lionsgate Home Entertainment
Release date: October 3, 2017

The Son is the story of Eli McCullough (Pierce Brosnan), orphaned and enslaved as a teenager when a Comanche tribe wiped out his family, who thrived with said eventual Comanche family to grow into a wealthy Texas cattle and oil baron. The season toggles between Eli’s boyhood and his life as the cynical patriarch whose thirst for power overrides his empathy (and our sympathy).

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Movie Review: The World’s End
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The World’s End
Directed by Edgar Wright
Written by Edgar Wright and Simon Pegg
Starring Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, and Martin Freeman
Focus Features
Release Date: August 23, 2012 (U.S.)

“We wanna be free! We wanna be free to do what we wanna do. And we wanna get loaded. And we wanna have a good time. And that’s what we are gonna do. We are gonna have a good time… We are gonna have a party.”

That little speech – abbreviated slightly from its original version – plays a large role in defining the theme of The World’s End, the eagerly-anticipated closing chapter in the “Blood and Ice Cream” (or “Three Flavours Cornetto”) trilogy that director Edgar Wright and his frequent star and co-writer Simon Pegg created a decade ago with the romantic zombie comedy Shaun of the Dead and continued in 2007 with the blazing police action drama spoof Hot Fuzz. The speech was first heard in the 1966 biker movie classic The Wild Angels and was given by Peter Fonda’s character Heavenly Blues. I recognized those lines the moment they were played on the soundtrack.

The World’s End is, I believe, about the futility of trying to recapture your lost youth when you never lost it to begin with. But it is also about how when most of us enter adulthood we take it upon ourselves to abandon our youthful identities completely and replace them with domesticity and responsibility. The five main characters of The World’s End never learned to reconcile the buttoned-down, easy-going side of their personalities with the spirited sense of fun and friendship that defined them as people growing up. The lead character decided to remain a child forever but instead grew into a sad and bedraggled wretch of a human being while his four best friends became hollow shells of what they once were.

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‘Bond 50’ Brings All 22 James Bond Films Together For The First Time On Blu-ray
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This year marks the 50th anniversary of the beginning of the James Bond film franchise, and with the long-delayed Skyfall (watch the first trailer) finally in production and set for worldwide release in November, MGM and 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment are marking the golden occasion by releasing all 22 original Bond adventures, from Dr. No – the movie that started it all – to 2008’s Quantum of Solace, in one massive Blu-ray box set called Bond 50.

You can check out the full special features list for Bond 50 here below.

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A&E Debuts Interactive Online Prequel To Stephen King ‘Bag of Bones’ Miniseries
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A&E is pulling out all the stops for the premiere of Bag of Bones, a two-part miniseries based on the bestselling novel by Stephen King, with the launch of an online narrative prequel to the story that will provide an interactive exploration into the characters and locales of the latest King tale to be adapted for television, once again by the ubiquitous Mick Garris.

In Dark Score Stories, the characters of Bag of Bones are featured in a series of seven photo-journalistic portraits and oral histories that will also provide visitors to the site with a detailed look at the story’s setting, Dark Score Lake.

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