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TV Review: Great Cast, Clever Concept Carry ‘Hostages’

CHICAGOCBS’s “Hostages” is the first interesting new drama of 2013 (well, tied with NBC’s “The Blacklist,” which airs at the same time tonight, Monday, September 23, 2013). It’s not an instant hit creatively but there’s a lot to like here, particularly in its great cast and clever concept, one that engages the viewer enough with the promise of excitement for all fifteen weeks of this shortened season.

HollywoodChicago.com Hookup: 50 Pairs of Passes to ‘The Lone Ranger’ With Johnny Depp, Armie Hammer

CHICAGO – In the latest HollywoodChicago.com Hookup: Film with our unique social giveaway technology, we have 50 pairs of advance-screening movie passes up for grabs to the highly anticipated “The Lone Ranger” starring Johnny Depp as Tonto and Armie Hammer as The Lone Ranger!

Film News: First Look at Johnny Depp, Armie Hammer in ‘The Lone Ranger’

The Lone Ranger 2013

CHICAGO – A first look at the new movie “The Lone Ranger” has been released, showing Johnny Depp and Armie Hammer in the leading roles of Tonto and John Reid (The Lone Ranger). Producer Jerry Bruckheimer leaked the image on Twitter this morning showing the masked Hammer and Depp in full Tonto costume.

Blu-Ray Review: ‘The Sorcerer’s Apprentice’ Conjures Little Magic

The Sorcerer's Apprentice Blu-Ray

CHICAGO – On a good day, Nicolas Cage can be one of the most exciting and enjoyable actors in the business. Whether he’s angrily reciting the alphabet in Robert Bierman’s 1988 satire “Vampire’s Kiss,” or hallucinating about iguanas in Werner Herzog’s 2009 comic masterpiece “The Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans,” Cage has proven to be the most fun to watch when granted the opportunity to cut loose.

Blu-Ray Review: ‘Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time’ Bores to Tears

Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time Blu-Ray

CHICAGO – Jerry Bruckheimer has reached a point in his career where he feels capable of making a film out of anything. And not just a film, but a multimillion dollar franchise offering the mega-producer’s typically uninspired blend of sound and fury. He’s already worked wonders with an old theme park ride and an outdated action figure, so why not base his next popcorn epic on a forgotten video game from 1989?

TV Review: New Season of ‘The Amazing Race’ Hardly a Game-Changer

CHICAGO – There is absolutely nothing amazing about “The Amazing Race.” There’s also nothing that’s exciting, innovative, insightful or original about this long-running reality contest, despite the fact that it’s garnered twelve Primetime Emmys.

TV Review: ABC’s ‘The Whole Truth’ Promises Complete Dramatic Experience

The Whole Truth

CHICAGO – Every year, there’s a program or two for which it is strikingly easy to recognize exactly what people will love about it and what many will equally hate about it. Said programs are usually the product of creators with strong and identifiable styles and Jerry Bruckheimer is certainly one of those. Even casual fans would recognize his slick approach to the medium and your tolerance for that is going to determine your judgment on ABC’s “The Whole Truth,” a program that works for me but might not work for you.

TV Review: Tricia Helfer Brings Color to TNT Cop Drama ‘Dark Blue’

CHICAGOTNT’s hit-and-miss cop drama “Dark Blue” returns tomorrow night, August 4th, 2010 with a great pair of episodes featuring the addition of the always-excellent Tricia Helfer of “Battlestar Galactica,” but the improvements aren’t merely in the supporting cast, as the first two hours of season two hint at the opposite of a sophomore slump.

Slideshow: 15-Image Gallery For ‘The Sorcerer’s Apprentice’ With Nicolas Cage

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Nicolas Cage, Jay Baruchel

CHICAGO – This 15-image slideshow contains a selection of the official press images for the highly anticipated “Sorcerer’s Apprentice,” starring Nicolas Cage, Jay Baruchel, Alfred Molina, and Monica Bellucci. The film was produced by Jerry Bruckheimer and directed by Jon Turteltaub. It will be released on July 14th, 2010.

DVD Review: First Season of TNT Cop Drama ‘Dark Blue’

Dark Blue S1

CHICAGOTNT’s “Dark Blue” has theatrical caliber production values, tight editing, and impressive action set-pieces for a TV show. It also has cliched characters, hackneyed dialogue, and plots that stretch suspension of disbelief far past the breaking point. The strong performances and crisp pacing often make the cliches easier to bear but the first season features as many missed shots as direct hits.

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  • Kingpin Blu-ray

    CHICAGO – Before 1998’s “The Big Lebowski” there was 1996’s “Kingpin”, the Farrelly brothers bowling comedy that didn’t have the narrative intricacies of the Coen brothers’ classic, but had plenty of jokes about middle-aged men playing the sport. Today finds the release of “Kingpin” to Blu-ray for the first time, coming with only one new special feature.

  • Star Trek Into Darkness

    CHICAGO – With J.J. Abrams not involved with the creation of a third “Star Trek” movie, a compendium of his work within the franchise only seems fitting. Loaded with special features but only a few new ones, this disc set is a strong choice for those who don’t already have both entertaining blockbusters in their collection.

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