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TV Review: NBC Hopes Third Time’s the Charm with Intriguing ‘Awake’

CHICAGONBC continues to struggle on Thursday nights, producing two flops in the 9pm CST hour already this year — “Prime Suspect” and “The Firm.” Will the third time be the charm with tonight’s premiere of the highly-advertised “Awake”? While the show is intriguing, unique, and well-acted, it’s hard to see it taking off on the peacock network.

Blu-Ray Review: ‘12 Rounds’ Fails to Entertain For Even 12 Minutes

12 Rounds

CHICAGO – Renny Harlin’s “12 Rounds,” starring the WWE’s John Cena and now available on Blu-Ray and DVD, is a shockingly dull affair, an action film that tries to maintain a breakneck pace but forgets that movie rollercoasters are only fun with ups AND downs instead of just a numbing series of stunt sequences.

Slideshow: 4-Image Gallery From Renny Harlin’s ‘12 Rounds’ With John Cena

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John Cena as New Orleans Police Detective Danny Fisher must complete a series of near-impossible puzzles and tasks - 12 rounds to save the life of his girlfriend.

CHICAGO – This 4-image slideshow contains the press images for Fox’s “12 Rounds,” starring John Cena, Aidan Gillen, Ashley Scott, Steve Harris, and Brian White. Written by Daniel Kunka and directed by Renny Harlin, the film opens on Friday, March 27th, 2009.

Blu-Ray Review: ‘Quarantine’ With Jennifer Carpenter Rocks But Forgets Roots

Quarantine
HollywoodChicago.com Blu-Ray Rating: 3.5/5.0
Blu-Ray Rating: 3.5/5.0

CHICAGO – “Quarantine” leaves this hardcore horror junkie conflicted. The film itself is one of the better genre entries of 2008, a thrill ride that will satisfy nearly everyone who rents or buys it on Blu-Ray. But the special features on the disc omit something unbelievably important and, in doing so, leave a bad taste in my mouth.

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  • 47 Ronin with Keanu Reeves

    CHICAGO – If you’ve ever wondered what the difference is between a director and a producer, let “47 Ronin” explain how the hierarchy of creativity hinders the evolution of even the most straightforward-sounding pitches. “47 Ronin” is the type of samurai movie set in Japan that features native actors speaking only English, while Keanu Reeves stars as an outsider clearly plunked into the picture for stateside star power.

  • A Field in England (teaser)

    CHICAGO – I can’t recommend this more. “A Field in England” is a flashback and a flash forward all at once. It’s impossible to watch without thinking of great counter culture cinema. In fact when I saw it at Fantastic Fest 2013 it played as part of a double bill with Ken Russell’s “The Devils” (1971). They made perfect cinematic companion pieces. Russell’s film concerned a wayward priest desperate to protect his 17th century city from corruption in the Church only to fall victim to group hysteria when he is, ironically, accused of witchcraft by a jealous nun.

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