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TV Review: ‘Dexter’ Displays Signs of Creative Blood Loss

CHICAGO – Did “Dexter” die when The Trinity Killer murdered Rita? It was such a daring, brilliant move for what was one of TV’s greatest shows at the time. But that was three seasons ago now, and while I personally liked the 5th season quite a bit, audiences seemed to turn off a bit.

Blu-ray Review: Sixth Season of Showtime Hit ‘Dexter’

Dexter S6

CHICAGO – Showtime’s “Dexter” is starting to show its age a bit after six years of slicing, dicing, and near-captures of Dexter Morgan. It’s still a strong show, largely because of the incredible central performance from Michael C. Hall, but the writing doesn’t seem as potent as it once was as the show often fails to follow through with its ideas. I loved the foundation of faith through the sixth season but felt it was under-developed, especially after the departure of the one character who seemed most likely to challenge Dexter’s worldview. Still a good show, but not quite a great one any more. Let’s hope it comes back in season seven,

TV Review: Showtime’s Brilliant ‘Dexter’ Returns With Rebooted Vision

CHICAGO – Everyone’s favorite monster returns tonight with the sixth season premiere of “Dexter,” Showtime’s greatest hit and a program that has often ranked as one of the best on television. The show is at a crucial turning point in that the creators have admitted that this is kind of a reboot for the series, picking up a year after the activity of last season.

Blu-Ray Review: Spectacular Fifth Season of Showtime’s ‘Dexter’

Dexter

CHICAGO – Showtime’s “Dexter” was in a precarious position in season five after essentially blowing up their own program at the end of season four. Would they jump the shark or keep taking incredible risks? The result is definitely the latter as this turned out to be one of the best seasons of Michael C. Hall’s incredible program and it will be available on Blu-ray and DVD this week.

Blu-Ray Review: Ineffective ‘Skyline’ Goes For Thrills, Just Bores

Skyline

CHICAGO – When did they start releasing SyFy Channel Original Movies in theaters? Seriously, we can accept bad writing and cheap production values on a Saturday night on basic cable but “Skyline” was a national theatrical release and the thing just looks goofy. After the massive success of “District 9,” cheap sci-fi seems to be the trend of the day, but we’re likely to see more junk than Best Picture nominees if “Skyline” is any example.

HollywoodChicago.com Hookup: 10 ‘Skyline’ DVDs From Visual Effects Masters Colin, Greg Strause

CHICAGO – In our latest sci-fi/thriller edition of HollywoodChicago.com Hookup: DVD, we have 10 DVDs up for grabs in advance of the home entertainment release of “Skyline,” which is co-directed by the Chicago visual effects masters Colin Strause and Greg Strause!

HollywoodChicago.com Hookup: 50 Chicago Passes to ‘Skyline’ From Visual Effects Masters Colin, Greg Strause

Skyline from Chicago visual effects masters Colin Strause and Greg Strause

CHICAGO – In our latest sci-fi/thriller edition of HollywoodChicago.com Hookup: Film, we have 50 admit-two passes up for grabs to the advance Chicago screening of “Skyline,” which is co-directed by the Chicago visual effects masters Colin Strause and Greg Strause!

TV Review: Gut-Wrenching Start to Fifth Season of Showtime’s ‘Dexter’

CHICAGO – “Dexter” returns tonight, September 26th, 2010, for what promises to be a turning point for the series after the breathtaking season four finale. In the final moments of the show’s best season, Dexter Morgan (Michael C. Hall) came home to find his wife Rita (Julie Benz) murdered by The Trinity Killer.

Blu-Ray Review: Stunning Fourth Season of Showtime’s ‘Dexter’

Dexter: The Fourth Season

CHICAGO – Very, very few programs hit their creative peak in their fourth season but that was the surprising turn of events that took place on Showtime last fall with the amazing “senior year” of “Dexter,” a dark horse to win the upcoming Emmy for Outstanding Dramatic Series. The fourth season is now available on Blu-ray and it’s a must-see for everyone, even if you haven’t kept up with this award-winning program over the years. It’s spectacular, riveting drama.

HollywoodChicago.com Hookup: 10 Chicago Passes to ‘The Expendables’ With Sylvester Stallone, Jet Li

The Expendables movie poster with Sylvester Stallone

CHICAGO – In our latest action/adventure edition of HollywoodChicago.com Hookup: Film, we have 10 admit-two run-of-engagement movie passes up for grabs to the new film “The Expendables” with Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, Jet Li, Mickey Rourke and Dolph Lundgren!

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  • Drunk History Seasons 1 & 2, 2014

    CHICAGO – The awesomeness of history loses any of its stuffiness with the incredibly fun, indeed educational show “Drunk History” from Comedy Central, its two seasons now released on DVD. Hosted by its creator Derek Waters, the show is a celebration of various historic figures and their under-appreciated true tales, as expressed by funny people narrating in the universal language of inebriation; their recounts are then reenacted by famous actors working with their given dialogue, dressed with the comic cheapness of a bloated biopic.

  • Happy Christmas

    CHICAGO – “Drinking Buddies” director Joe Swanberg’s latest release of the same star wattage is “Happy Christmas,” an even lower-fi story than the Olivia Wilde beer comedy, steered even more by the casting that it was able to assemble. However, with this movie Swanberg doesn’t so much worry about having a story that could be confused with a more mainstream romantic comedy if it were to have a bigger budget.

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