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.
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.
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.
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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.
Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 85% (Critics) 84% (Audience)
Directed By: Eli Craig
Written By: Eli Craig and Morgan Jurgenson
Starring: Tyler Labine, Alan Tudyk and Katrina Bowden
Studio: Magnet/Magnolia Pictures
Synopsis: TUCKER & DALE VS EVIL is the tale of two hillbilly BFF’s, Tucker and Dale (Alan Tudyk and Tyler Labine) who are setting out to spend some quality time at their recently purchased cabin in the woods when they have the misfortune of running into a group of college kids heading to those same woods for a weekend getaway. A series of misunderstandings leads the college kids to assume that Tucker and Dale are a couple of Deliverance style crazy serial killers who have kidnapped one of their friends, Allison (Katrina Bowden). From there things get progressively crazier as the college kids begin to accidentally kill themselves in their attempts to “rescue” Allison from the two unsuspecting rednecks.