Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 48% (Critics) 61% (Audience) Directed By: Alan Ball Written By: Alan Ball Starring: Summer Bishil, Aaron Eckhart, Toni Collette Studio: Warner Independent
Synopsis:Towelhead is a pitch black comedy that follows several months in the life of Jasira, a 13-year old Arab-American girl, as she begins to blossom into womanhood. We are taken along for the ride as Jasira experiences the confusing and petrifying road to sexual awakening while under the ever watchful eye of her overly strict father and the lecherous eye of her unhappily married neighbor.
The last season of Dexter was a disappointment on many levels. The show was unable to fully capitalize on the murder of Dexter’s wife Rita and spin that tragedy off into storylines that were interesting and entertaining. Instead we were made to suffer through a first half of the season that was almost painful to watch and a second half that, while better than the first, did not live up to the standards set by this show over the years. This dip in quality was augmented by the show having come off of what was arguably its best season ever. The Trinity Killer storyline was amazing and to follow that up with Dexter in mourning and then falling in love with some creature named Lumen (the interminable Julia Stiles) was just a serious misstep.
The new season of the post-Charlie Sheen era begins with a funeral for Sheen’s eponymously named character. The funeral was not nearly as funny as one would have hoped considering the proceedings were attended by a host of beautiful but scorned women who all wanted to make sure that Charlie was indeed dead. Instead the entire segment came off like public therapy for show creator Chuck Lorre. It was mean spirited and a bit angry in my estimation. Sadly it wasn’t all that funny aside from a little exchange between Russell (Martin Mull) and Alan Harper (Jon Cryer) about money that Charlie owed Mull’s character for supplying a boatload of pharmaceuticals.
Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 90% (Critics) 74% (Audience) Directed By: Joe Cornish Written By: Joe Cornish Starring: John Boyega, Jodie Whittaker and Alex Esmail Studio: Screen Gems
Synopsis:ATTACK THE BLOCK is an “aliens attack” movie with a twist. In the movie a teenage gang does battle with an army of alien monsters in their London housing estate. The gang is forced to team up with their most recent mugging victim in order to survive the alien attack and protect their turf.
Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 15% (Critics) 25% (Audience) Directed By: David R. Ellis Written By: Will Hayes and Jesse Studenberg Starring: Sara Paxton, Dustin Milligan and Chris Carmack Studio: Relativity Media
Synopsis: The gist of the story is a bunch of college friends head off to a weekend getaway at one of the friends lake house. Once at the lake house the friends discover that they are surrounded by a lake full of sharks put there by a bunch of crazy local hillbillies.
Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 57% (Critics) 59% (Audience) Directed By: Kevin Smith Written By: Kevin Smith Starring: Michael Parks, Melissa Leo and John Goodman Studio: SModcast Pictures
Synopsis:RED STATE is Kevin Smith‘s take on horror with the focus of the movie being a fundamentalist religious church (inspired by the real life religious groups like The Westboro Baptist Church) and the extreme measures the church takes when dealing with those they consider to be sinners. Read More
Synopsis: This episode kicks off the second half of the sixth season of the Doctor Who series that was relaunched in 2005. The show left off earlier this year with The Doctor and his married companions Amy and Rory discovering that their comrade-in-arms, (the very much adult) River Song, is in fact Amy and Rory’s daughter. Long story short…River was kidnapped soon after her birth by the Doctor-hating religious cabal known as The Silence and the Doctor has vowed to rescue little Melody Pond from their evil clutches if its the last thing he does.