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ABC hits a high note with Galavant

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With sharp writing and a go-for-baroque attitude, ‘Galavant’ never falls flat as characters conduct themselves as best they can to avoid treble.

 

This year ABC is doubling down on the winter mini-season, launching two high concept niche shows over what is normally, for most networks, a break from new content. Both Galavant and Marvel’s Agent Carter are period pieces consisting of 8 episodes each. However, for some reason, ABC decided to air Agent Carter over eight weeks while doubling up on Galavant’s shorter thirty-minute episodes over four. In this age of fewer summer reruns and little chance of syndication for a shorter run leads us to believe that the original plan was to air the show over eight weeks as well — otherwise why not just produce four-hour long installments? Maybe they thought stretching it out over eight weeks would lose too many audience members.

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Jan
26

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Boston – Enter to win a Jupiter Ascending prize package

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Boston readers – enter for a chance to win a ‘Jupiter Ascending’ prize package including passes to the advance screening!

 

CliqueClack, Warner Brothers Pictures and Pür Minerals want to give readers in the Boston area a chance to win a Jupiter Ascending prize package! Simply comment on this post to be entered into the drawing — Boston area resident only, please. One winner will be selected at random to win the following:

Drawing will be held Friday, January 30 and winner will be notified by email.

Makeup Collection by Pür Minerals, exclusively available at www.purminerals.com/The-Jupiter-Palette

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Jan
26

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Enter to win free passes to see The Loft in DC

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Enter our new drawing to win two free passes to any AMC Theater’s screening of ‘The Loft’ in Washington DC.

 

CliqueClack has partnered with Open Road Films to offer readers in Washington DC an opportunity to attend a “run of engagement” showing of the new thriller The Loft starring Karl Urban, James Marsden, Wentworth Miller, Eric Stonestreet, Matthias Schoenaerts, Isabel Lucas, Rachael Taylor and Rhona Mitra.

Karl Urban and James Marsden star in the tense psychological thriller The Loft, the story of five married guys who conspire to secretly share a penthouse loft in the city — a place where they can carry out hidden affairs and indulge in their deepest fantasies. But the fantasy becomes a nightmare when they discover the dead body of an unknown woman in the loft, and they realize one of the group must be involved. Paranoia seizes them as everyone begins to suspect one another. Friendships are tested, loyalties are questioned and marriages crumble as the group is consumed by fear, suspicion and murder in this relentless thriller.

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Jan
26

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Win two free passes to see The Loft in Boston

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Find out how to enter our drawing to win two passes to any Boston engagement of ‘The Loft’ at AMC or Regal Theaters.

 

CliqueClack has partnered with Open Road Films to offer readers in Boston an opportunity to attend a “run of engagement” showing of the new thriller The Loft starring Karl Urban, James Marsden, Wentworth Miller, Eric Stonestreet, Matthias Schoenaerts, Isabel Lucas, Rachael Taylor and Rhona Mitra.

Karl Urban and James Marsden star in the tense psychological thriller The Loft, the story of five married guys who conspire to secretly share a penthouse loft in the city — a place where they can carry out hidden affairs and indulge in their deepest fantasies. But the fantasy becomes a nightmare when they discover the dead body of an unknown woman in the loft, and they realize one of the group must be involved. Paranoia seizes them as everyone begins to suspect one another. Friendships are tested, loyalties are questioned and marriages crumble as the group is consumed by fear, suspicion and murder in this relentless thriller.

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Jan
24

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American Horror Story Freakshow takes its final bow

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This ‘Freakshow’ is surprisingly mundane and the only horror is in the writing.

 

Another season of American Horror Story has come to an end. This year’s Freakshow continues a steady decline that began last season. The show still has its quirks, its moments that makes it fun, trashy television but this year felt slightly neutered. Whether this was through the budget or just storytelling is hard to tell. The season started off promising enough with Sarah Paulson playing the two-headed Bette/ Dot and John Carroll Lynch (who I will always see as Drew Carey’s cross-dressing brother from The Drew Carey Show) as the bed-wettingly scary Twisty the Clown. This year had the potential to be something truly dark and deserving of the “horror” moniker. Even the musical number that began this season (David Bowie’s “Life on Mars”) was fun and didn’t seem as forced as last year’s weird Stevie Nicks music video. Somewhere between that enticing start and this week’s finale the show lost its way.

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Jan
23

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Win passes to the advance Boston screening of Black Sea

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Join Jude Law on a search for gold deep under the ‘Black Sea.’ Find out how you can get a pair of passes to the special advance screening.

 

UPDATED: THIS OFFER HAS EXPIRED. COMMENTS ARE CLOSED.

CliqueClack has partnered with Focus Features to offer readers in Boston an opportunity to attend an advance screening of the new action thriller Black Sea starring Jude Law, Scoot McNairy, Ben Mendelsohn and David Threfall.

Brave the Deep. Find the Gold. Trust no one. A suspenseful adventure thriller directed by Academy Award winner Kevin Macdonald, centering on a rogue submarine captain (Law) who pulls together a misfit crew to go after a sunken treasure rumored to be lost in the depths of the Black Sea. As greed and desperation take control onboard their claustrophobic vessel, the increasing uncertainty of the mission causes the men to turn on each other to fight for their own survival.

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Jan
23

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Win passes to see Black Sea in Baltimore or DC

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Be the first to see the new action thriller ‘Black Sea.’ Read on to find out how you can win free passes to the advance screening.

 

ALL PASSES HAVE BEEN CLAIMED. COMMENTS ARE CLOSED.

CliqueClack has partnered with Focus Features to offer readers in Baltimore and DC an opportunity to attend an advance screening of the new action thriller Black Sea starring Jude Law, Scoot McNairy, Ben Mendelsohn and David Threfall.

Brave the Deep. Find the Gold. Trust no one. A suspenseful adventure thriller directed by Academy Award winner Kevin Macdonald, centering on a rogue submarine captain (Law) who pulls together a misfit crew to go after a sunken treasure rumored to be lost in the depths of the Black Sea. As greed and desperation take control onboard their claustrophobic vessel, the increasing uncertainty of the mission causes the men to turn on each other to fight for their own survival.

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Jan
16

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Spare Parts is the epitome of a mildly pleasant feel-good story

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‘Spare Parts’ tells the true story of some inspiring teens but doesn’t really rise to anything truly memorable.

 

The problem with true stories is that they are rarely simple. When you construct a fiction, you can add in story beats as you like, emphasize some themes and minimize others. If you don’t like a character, you don’t need to include them. But when you are writing about reality, it’s different. It’s impossible to be comprehensive, to discuss every real life facet of whatever event you’re talking about. So no matter what, some things get left out. And the “based on a true story” line is sometimes even more dangerous, because there’s always the temptation to throw in some “Hollywood friendly” story elements that aren’t really relevant, or drama that may overlook legitimate problems. This is sort of a long way of saying that it’s easy to screw it up. And … that’s sort of the case here.

Spare Parts is based on the real life story of four undocumented Mexican American students in Phoenix, Arizona. There are two primary characters here, the teacher and student, although there is just a bit, just a bit, of the other three students. Oscar (Carlos PenaVega) is a proud member of the ROTC in high school, but discovers that the military isn’t really interested in enlisting an undocumented immigrant, even one who’s basically grown up in the US. Not only that, but it may draw unwanted attention from US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). We hear a few times about how deported family members hurt and impact these characters. Sometimes we even feel it instead of being literally “told” it.

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Jan
16

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Julianne Moore is astounding in the harrowing Still Alice

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‘Still Alice’ is hard to watch, although Julianne Moore gives one of the year’s best performances.

 

Growing older isn’t necessarily terrible. You can learn new things, live through new experiences, and even achieve what you never could as a younger person. You may even get a bit of wisdom. But there’s one 100% downside — getting older means your body is slowly falling apart. You might lose control of limbs or speech or even thought. It can be nothing or it can be everything. As people, we rely on our memory, unreliable as it may be (see Memento for words on this concept). People sometimes do this intentionally, taking drugs or meditating, trying to lose themselves in nothingness. But when you cannot control your own mind, it can be the most frustrating thing possible. And potentially the most destructive.

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Jan
16

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Kevin Hart fails to bring the funny to The Wedding Ringer

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Kevin Hart and Josh Gad team up for ‘The Wedding Ringer,’ but you may want to think twice about accepting an invitation to this wedding.

 

I was not particularly impressed Kevin Hart’s latest movie The Wedding Ringer. Don’t get me wrong, there were funny moments but in between I was kind of bored. The premise of this movie is that a successful nerd can land the woman of his dreams and live happily ever after. He’s been great at making money but he doesn’t have a clue about social skills. This man has no friends. His big dilemma is how to obtain said friends when his wedding is in two weeks.

I don’t know where to begin with this one

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