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New 'Night Court' finding its footing

I have spent an inordinate amount of time thinking about a sitcom that has arguably always been designed to be entirely disposable. I was a huge fan of the original "Night Court," which ran for nine...

 

'Last of Us' succeeds, 'Slow Horses' shines, 'Velma' stinks

Recommended viewing: 'The Last of Us' on HBO I have noted before that I am not an avid video game player, but I have several friends who are, and they all recommended I check out the TV series...

 

Filmmaker hosting Bremerton screening Jan. 21

Writer-director Brion Rockwell knows film, and he knows the Northwest, so he's hoping the next year or two will help him launch his latest in-progress feature films, set in the Northwest, to an...

 

Director captures the Northwest's working class

What occurs to me first, after having watched a sampling of four films by Brion Rockwell, is that some of the best film footage of the Pacific Northwest comes from those who spend just enough time...

 

'Severance' among best of 2022 shows

I'm starting 2023 by recommending a streaming series I was remiss in not reviewing in 2022, even though it was easily one of the best TV shows of last year. "Severance" was the show that persuaded me...

 

'Glass Onion:' 'Knives Out' sequel's layers unfold

What made Rian Johnson's 2019 "Knives Out" so much fun is also present in his 2022 "Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery" sequel on Netflix, in that it can be appreciated on more than one level. Both...

 

More than a profession

For chef Sara Harvey, making good meals is more than a profession - it's an ethos, a way to help improve her corner of the world by practicing her values and doing something pleasing for other...

 

'The Way of Water' lives up to 'Avatar' legacy

How does James Cameron expect this franchise to sustain three more films? When I saw Cameron's first "Avatar" film in 2009, my reaction was similar to most reviewers and moviegoers. Its immersive,...

 

'She Said' spotlights survivors, Weinstein's misdeeds

"She Said" is a solidly competent, impeccably well-acted true-crime journalistic procedural film, essentially serving as an entirely deserved paean to how the efforts of New York Times reporters Jodi...

 

'Wednesday' teen dramedy, 'Willow' captures charm

'Wednesday' on Netflix "Wednesday Addams attends Hogwarts" is such a stupidly obvious idea for the next young adult horror dramedy franchise that I'm amazed it wasn't rolled out sooner. Ditto hiring...

 

Stallone reigns in 'Tulsa King;' the Pepsi-Harrier fracas

Stallone triumphs on TV with “Tulsa King,” while Netflix takes us for a wild ride with “Pepsi, Where’s My Jet?” ‘Tulsa King’ One of the themes of the later years of Sylvester Stallone’s career has been his ongoing struggle to stay...

 

'Wakanda Forever' honors Boseman

"Black Panther: Wakanda Forever" is a film tasked with multiple missions. Fans of the Marvel Cinematic Universe expect it not only to pay tribute to actor Chadwick Boseman, who died of cancer in...

 

New 'Quantum Leap' honors predecessor

The original "Quantum Leap," which ran for five seasons and 97 episodes from 1989 to 1993 on NBC, is one of the most well-built shows in the history of television. It used its sci-fi premise of Dr....

 

'Cabinet of Curiosities,' 'Devil's Hour' perfect Halloween

We're closing out this year's spooky season with two engagingly suspenseful streaming series that premiered during the final full week of October 2022. "Cabinet of Curiosities" on Netflix Part of what...

 

'Black Adam,' 'Midnight Club' hit their targets

"Black Adam" is a dark and explicitly political film with unlikely origins, since the ancient Teth-Adam began as an antagonist to magically empowered child hero Billy Batson in the relatively sunny...

 

Four movies, ranging from horror to fantasy

Two Halloween-appropriate horror films, and two first-season finales of streaming shows: Halloween Ends Watching "Halloween Ends" made me feel like the 2005 viral meme of Tyra Banks (herself a victim...

 

Four spooky films to get you into a Halloween spirit

This past week on streaming offered a quartet of spooky and suspenseful films to get folks into the Halloween spirit. Mr. Harrigan's Phone "Mr. Harrigan's Phone," released Oct. 5 on Netflix, has the...

 

'Blonde' misuses acting; 'Hocus 2' recaptures original

Bewitching ladies in blasts from the past dominated this past week's streaming releases, targeted toward different ages of audiences, and to wildly varying degrees of success. Blonde Christopher Lee...

 

Sharon Taylor's paintings evoke joy, memories

Belfair Self-Storage's artist of the month for October is visual artist Sharon Taylor, for whom business manager Barbara Treick will display a sampling of her pieces this coming month on the...

 

Binge-viewing the Port Townsend Film Festival

I attended the Port Townsend Film Festival from 2016 to 2019, and wrote reviews of its films that were published in The Port Townsend Leader from 2017-19. After 2 years of COVID-prompted...

 

'Woman King' showcases impressive historic figures

From the first impeccably staged fight scene of "The Woman King," it's impossible not to hear its implicit sales pitch in your head: Hey, kids, do you like the Dora Milaje of Wakanda, from the Marvel...

 

Concert series returns to Shelton

After a three-year hiatus due to the COVID pandemic, the Mason County Concert Association kicks off its 2022-2023 season with The Everly Set performing a tribute to the Everly Brothers at 7 p.m....

 

'Cobra Kai' offers uplifting, redemptive resolution

As fond as I remain of the original "Karate Kid" films, Parts I through III never quite hung together well as a trilogy, even before they attempted to resurrect the franchise on the big screen -...

 

Harlequin prepares for annual gala, season reveal

Harlequin Productions in Olympia marks the changing of its seasons with its September stagings of the play “This Flat Earth,” followed by its annual gala and the season announcement for 2023. “This Flat Earth,” a 2018 play by Lindsey...

 

'Rings of Power' boasts top-notch production

I entered into the first two episodes of Amazon Prime Video's "The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power" with considerably mixed feelings, and in spite of finding myself impressed by a lot of what I...

 

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