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scene from Stephen King's Dark Tower produced by Imagine Entertainment/Sony Pictures

Dark Tower Topples, Crumbles as Film

|Published August 16, 2017|

By Maggie Nichols,
Thursday Review contributor


It is an article of faith among fans of the author Steven King that movie adaptations of his works often fall short of their sometimes unrealistically...(click to read more)


Martin Landau in North By Northwest

Martin Landau, “Ed Wood” Oscar Winner, Dies at 89

|Published July 17, 2017|

By Keith H. Roberts,
Thursday Review contributor


Actor Martin Landau, who earned an Academy Award for his portrayal of Bela Lugosi in the Tim Burton film Ed Wood, died this weekend at UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles, according to...(click to read more)


scene from Alien Covenant

Alien Covenant Delivers the Goods, and the Bads

|Published June 2, 2017|

By Cameron Dale,
Thursday Review contributor


The now long-running Alien franchise has had its ups and down over the years, and can sometimes spark the same sorts of stylistic divides...(click to read more)


Big Bang Cast

Top Tier Big Bang Theory Stars
Agree to Pay Cuts

|Published March 2, 2016|

By Thursday Review
staff writers


In order to expedite raises for two fellow cast members, the five original stars of CBS’s Big Bang Theory have told their managers and studio executives that they will volunteer for...(click to read more)


Miss Sloane

Miss Sloane: Slick, Well-Crafted,
Box Office Bust

|Published December 23, 2016|

By Cameron Dale,
Thursday Review contributor


Despite a whole lot of glowing, even fawning reviews by a cross-section of mainstream and highbrow media, Miss Sloane, starring Jessica Chastain and directed by John Madden, is sinking...(click to read more)


Fantastic Beasts

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

| Published December 2, 2016 |

By Cameron Dale,
Thursday Review contributor


I know I have written this before: special effects technologies have become so impressive that they have taken on a life of their own, often driving the development of movies, some...(click to read more)


Magnificent 7 scene

The Remake Goes West: The Magnificent 7

| Published October 15, 2016 |

By Cameron Dale,
Thursday Review contributor


Obituaries for the Western movie have been written many times, by many authors. In fact, the Hollywood genre has seen ebbs and flows more than any...(click to read more)


Bill Nunn

Bill Nunn, Actor in Do The Right Thing and Spiderman,
Dead at 63

| Published Sept. 26, 2016 |

By Keith H. Roberts,
Thursday Review contributor


Bill Nunn was one of those character actors everyone knew and loved, even if you didn’t connect his name to his familiar and likeable face...(click to read more)


Karl Urban and Zachary Quinto

Star Trek Beyond:

Better Than Its Slow Box Office Numbers

| Published August 20, 2016 |

By Maggie Nichols,
Thursday Review contributor


Okay here’s the news: I am a sucker for Star Trek stuff—the movies (basically all of them), along with nearly all the variations found on TV during the...(click to read more)


Kenny Baker, R2D2

Kenny Baker, R2-D2 Actor Dies

| Published August 15, 2016 |

By Keith H. Roberts,
Thursday Review contributor


The arguably smallest cast member of the iconic and hugely successful Star Wars films has died at the age of 81, only about a week prior...(click to read more)


scene from Me Before You

Me Before You:
High Caliber Tears

| Published July 14, 2016 |
By Maggie Nichols,
Thursday Review contributor


I’m not one to be easily lured in by the promise of a good chick flick, since, in reality, I am not normally a chick flick fan anyway. For that reason, I was...(click to read more)


Super Hero fight

Captain America:
Civil War

| Published June 13, 2016 |
By Maggie Nichols,
Thursday Review contributor


The summer season of the cinema blockbuster has already begun in earnest, with all the usual pitting of one movie against another—Angry Birds and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2 being the two most...(click to read more)


Hollywood sign

Hope in an Actor’s Life
| Published February 11, 2016 |

By John Montana,
Thursday Review contributor

Hope: An optimistic attitude of mind based on an expectation of positive outcomes related to events and circumstances in one's life or the world at large.

In the entertainment business, uncertainty and hopelessness are the...(click to read more)


Abe Vigoda

Abe Vigoda, Godfather Actor, Passes Away at 94
| Published January 27, 2016 |

By Thursday Review editors & staff

This time, as in his classic movie role in The Godfather, Tom could not get him “off the hook.” Now he has shuffled off to a more peaceful place, which is...(click to read more)


Storm Troopers and Kylo Ren

Star Wars: The Force Awakens
| Published January 8, 2016 |

By R. Alan Clanton ,
Thursday Review editor

Generationally speaking, it’s difficult to approach the Star Wars series without baggage or personal history. Indeed, other than for those who...(click to read more)


Michael Weatherly of NCIS

Michael Weatherly Leaving NCIS
| Published January 6, 2016 |

By Keith H. Roberts,
Thursday Review contributor

Late yesterday the actor Michael Weatherly sent out a Twitter message to his followers which read “DiNozzo is a wonderful, quixotic character and I couldn’t have had...(click to read more)


Wayne Rogers (left) in MASH scene with Alan Alda (right)

M*A*S*H Star Wayne Rogers Dies at 82
| Published January 1, 2016 |

By R. Alan Clanton,
Thursday Review editor

He was one half of a television comedy-drama duo arguably among the funniest and most endearing in TV history. And though the show was...(click to read more)


Willard Scott with Tom Brokaw and Jane Pauley

Willard Scott to Retire from NBC
| Published December 13, 2015 |

By Thursday Review staff

His may be arguably the longest-running career with one network on television. And after 35 years with the same show, he may have broken...(click to read more)


Johnny Depp as Whitey Bulger in Black Mass

Black Mass
| Published October 8, 2015 |

By R. Alan Clanton
Thursday Review editor

In a recent interview in Wired magazine, writer/director Aaron Sorkin tells readers of some advice he got from director/producer/writer Mike Nichols: when it comes to...(click to read more)


Drew Barrymore in Scream

Rest in Peace Horror, Wes Craven
| Published August 31, 2015 |

By Lori Garrett
Thursday Review contributor

It was Halloween, 1985. I was three years old, and my parents decided it was time for me to see my first horror movie. I sat down on...(click to read more)


scene from Addams Family

Top 5 Most Rewatchable Movies
| Published May 19, 2015 |

By Lori Garrett
Thursday Review contributor

There are those days where you want to do absolutely nothing. The days where you might actually be off from work and you crawl out of bed, drag yourself to the...

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Big Bang Theory superimposed in China

China Hammers Big Bang Theory
| Published February 20, 2015 |

By Thursday Review staff

It’s easy to forget sometimes that China—officially still known as the People’s Republic of China—is a communist power, the largest Marxist-Leninist nation on the planet. That means that its...

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The Interview

Sony Pictures, Theaters; Everyone Caved

By Thursday Review staff

According to actor Rob Lowe, who has a small part in the new movie The Interview, “everyone caved.” “The hackers won,” Lowe said in his widely...[ Read more ]


Richard Kiel

Our Favorite Villainous Giant

By R. Alan Clanton
Thursday Review editor

When it came to the movie business, he was huge—pun intended. Richard Kiel, who portrayed one of the most memorable villains ever created for the James Bond franchise...

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Xmen Days of Future

X-Men: Days of Future Past

By Lori Garrett
Thursday Review contributor

X-Men: Days of Future Past is not only a sequel to 2011’s X-Men: First Class, but also to 2006’s X-Men: Last Stand,...

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Sheldon from Big Bang Theory and Sherman of Seattle's Seahawks

Big Bang Versus Big Bucks
By R. Alan Clanton
Thursday Review editor

Big Bang Theory may be really big on CBS, but NFL is bigger. The NFL had its....

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Dennis Quaid and Fred Ward in The Right Stuff

   R E T R O   R E V I E W

The Golden Age of Space Exploration: 30 Years After The Right Stuff

By R. Alan Clanton
Thursday Review Editor

For most of us over the age of 40 or 50, we think of the movies of early and middle 1980s as a hodgepodge of commercially popular formulas, popular faces, and the rise of a patently easy-money approach to film-making. For one, 1983 saw an uptick in box office success for actors who had made the migration from TV...

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scene from The Thing

31 Years Ago: When Sci-Fi Ruled the Earth

R. Alan Clanton
Thursday Review Editor

One of the fun parlor games of moviegoers is to name a season when several major studios release movies that are basically the same story--all at once. This is sometimes the obvious and transparent result of major real-world events, technological advances or, in some cases, new discoveries or theories...

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Barry and Lady Lyndon

Barry Lyndon: A Look Back at a Stanley Kubrick Classic

| Published September 3, 2017 |

By R. Alan Clanton,
Thursday Review editor

In the annals of Hollywood time travel, there have been a dozen or so truly impeccable films that have nearly perfect fidelity to...(click to read more)


Predator scene

Ain’t Got Time
to Bleed:
Predator at
30 Years Old

| Published July 12, 2017 |

By R. Alan Clanton,
Thursday Review editor

In case you haven’t been to the theaters lately, alien lifeforms are slightly out of fashion in science fiction, at least for now—with the notable exception of this summer’s...(click to read more)


Roger Moore

Shaken, Not Stirred: Reflections on the Death of Roger Moore

| Published May 24, 2017 |

By R. Alan Clanton,
Thursday Review editor

In the old days, and among moviegoers of a certain generation, the longstanding debates over who was the best James Bond were like the pointless, unwinnable arguments over...(click to read more)


Kong: Skull Island

Kong: Skull Island

| Published March 14, 2017 |

By Cameron Dale,
Thursday Review contributor

Hollywood may never quite get King Kong right. At least not after the ancient first film hit the screens in 1933, almost 85 years ago. Poor Kong will just have to continue beating his chest, snarling with gargantuan teeth, and looking pitiful each time he is...(click to read more)


Bill Paxton, actor

Bill Paxton, Star of Apollo 13 and Twister,
Dead at 61

| Published February 26, 2017 |

By Thursday Review editors

Bill Paxton, star of such blockbuster Hollywood films as Titanic, Apollo 13, and Aliens, died unexpectedly after complications due to...(click to read more)


scene from Mary Tyler Moore Show

Reflections on the Passing of
Mary Tyler Moore

| Published January 31, 2017 |

By Thursday Review editors and staff

Her death on January 25 sent waves of sadness through two entire generations of television fans, as well as millions of moviegoers who were enthralled by her appearances in...(click to read more)


Dr. Strange

Doctor Strange:

Dazzling Visual Fun

| published November 12, 2016 |

By Cameron Dale,
Thursday Review contributor

We could use this guy in the hours and days after the election, but, alas, he is but a comic book hero, one of many members of the Marvel Comics galaxy of characters and creatures, but one perhaps unable...[read more]


Star Trek Bridge

Reflections on the
50th Anniversary of Star Trek

| published September 18, 2016 |

By R. Alan Clanton,
Thursday Review editor

The latest cinematic installment in the Star Trek franchise—Star Trek Beyond—has largely recovered from what some industry analysts described for...[read more]


scene from Ben Hur remake

Ben Hur:

Revenge of the Digital Age Remake

| published August 20, 2016 |

By Maggie Nichols,
Thursday Review contributor

The dazzling advance of special effects and digital gimmickry make the temptation to remake and reboot almost anything irresistible. Sometimes this proves...[read more]


scene from The Conjuring 2

The Conjuring 2:

Frights Aplenty

| published June 29, 2016 |

By Maggie Nichols,
Thursday Review contributor

Rarely does a sequel exceed the quality of the original. It can happen, as was the case with Terminator 2—a vastly better film in overall quality, though it lacked...[read more]


London Has Fallen scene

London Has Fallen

(And So Has the Plot)

| published May 13, 2016 |

By Maggie Nichols
Thursday Review contributor

Things can get dicey in the 2016 summer of movie sequels. There are the good ones: Captain America: Civil War , for example (and more about that one very soon!). And there are the...[read more]


Don Knotts & Andy Griffith

Andy & Don:

The Making of a Friendship and a Classic TV Show; Daniel de Visé

| published February 22, 2016 |

By Kevin Robbie
Thursday Review contributor

Like millions of people, I grew up watching the Andy Griffith Show, arguably one of the greatest classic comedies in television history. Some of my earliest memories of television involve the...[read more]


Scenes from Point Break remake

Point Break: Pointless Remake

| published January 16, 2016 |

By Maggie Nichols
Thursday Review contributor

I love remakes. They can be fun…loads of fun. I especially love reboots, which are a species of animal somewhat different from the traditional remake, but...[read more]


scene from Star Wars

Star Wars: The Force Awakens

| published December 26, 2015 |

By Michael Bush
Thursday Review writer

Star Wars. Those two words alone are enough to make me smile. I don't need to know anything else you're about to say following this phrase—the title of...[read more]


Daniel Craig as James Bond in Spectre

Welcome to my Secret Lair:
A Look at SPECTRE, the Latest Bond Thriller

| published November 26, 2015 |

By Michael Bush
Thursday Review writer

Before we get started, let me fill you in on my opinions of James Bond. Anyone before Sean Connery is unknown to me; never watched any of...[read more]


scene from Bridge of Spies

Bridge of Spies:
Best Film of the Year

| published October 14, 2015 |

By R. Alan Clanton
Thursday Review editor

Twentieth century history is back in vogue, and making lots of money at the box office. A spate of recent big-budget films has made American history cool again on the big screen, and—save for a couple of exceptions—without...[read more]


Matt Damon in The Martian

The Martian:
Ridley Scott Scores Big

| published October 6, 2015 |

By R. Alan Clanton
Thursday Review editor

Some movies have a kind of hyper-predictable template even going in—you just pretty much know and understand the plot, and all the things that can go right and wrong with the protagonist. And you are aware of the narrative even before you get...[read more]


Michael J. Fox and Christopher Lloyd in Back to the Future

When Time Travel Was Fun:
Back to the Future at 30

| published September 12, 2015 |

By R. Alan Clanton
Thursday Review editor

Want to feel really old? Remind yourself, assuming you are of a certain age or generation, that 30 years ago American movie theaters saw a slew of movies geared toward the ample expendable cash of teens and young people, vaguely defined by marketers and advertisers in those days as the 19-to-35 crowd (and yes, that means...[read more]


Scene from Animal House

Six Movies That Made Me Pee in My Pants Laughing
| published August 13, 2015 |

By Keith H. Roberts
Thursday Review contributor

OK I admit that this list is subjective, but after Lori Garrett’s list of the five most “re-watchable” movies in her Pantheon, I decided subjective lists are good even if they are intended to get the conversation flowing. And it may seem strange, but the first thing that popped into my skull was a list of those movies that made me double over with laughter and chortle so hard I thought...[read more]


Omar Shariff

Film Legend Omar Sharif Dead of Heart Attack at 83
| published July 11, 2015 |

By Pamela Pitman Brown
Thursday Review contributor

International film legend, Omar Sharif died July 10th in Cairo from a heart attack. Earlier this year it was announced that the film legend had been diagnosed back in 2012 with Alzheimer’s Disease and was struggling with his memory.

Sharif (Michel Demitri Chalhoub) was born in 1932 in Alexandria, Egypt into a well-off Greek-Syrian-Lebanese family. He changed his name in 1955 to Omar El-Sharif with his...[read more]


Avengers Age of Ultron

Avengers: Age of Ultron
| published May, 13, 2015 |

By Isaac Fink
Thursday Review
contributor

Superhero films are in a renaissance right now, with a new one seemingly emerging from the major studios every few months. The biggest one of this year however, is Avengers: Age of Ultron, the sequel to the first Avengers film that released back in 2012, and the end of Marvel's “second phase” of their cinematic universe.

The Marvel Comics Cinematic Universe began with the first Iron Man film in 2008, which was later expanded into...[read more]


Downtown Abbey cast

The End of the Abbey
| published April 2, 2015 |

By Earl Perkins
Thursday Review
features editor

Millions of fans worldwide could be forced to have a stiff upper lip, or perhaps breathe a huge sigh, knowing that even wonderful things must eventually come to an end.

Despite incredible ratings for ITV's Downton Abbey, upcoming Season 6 will be the British period drama's swan song. The highest-rated show ever on America's PBS, the Crawley family...[read more]


Scene from The Imitation Game

Revenge of the Nerds:

Science Guys on
the Big Screen
The Imitation Game and
The Theory of Everything

| published January 20, 2015 |

Film reviews by R. Alan Clanton
Thursday Review editor

It’s not hot news, but in case you’ve been asleep for the last 15 to 20 years, smart guys are back in vogue. Previous generations saw some of the best and brightest of the math geeks and science dorks either totally ostracized for their inelegant, bumbling social skills, or—conversely—herded onto remote desert camps to channel their top-one-percentile brains into the creation of atomic weapons, a sort of summer science camp with uranium.

A generation after the Manhattan Project, hundreds more were rounded up from grad schools and herded like feral...[read more]


Scene from The Interview

The Interview
| published January 11, 2015 |

By Lori Garrett
Thursday Review contributor

It seems that there were a lot of people who did not enjoy The Interview. Maybe it’s because it got so much attention due to the Sony Pictures hacks, with expectations rising to incalculable levels thanks to the extreme measures North Korea took to make sure it was not shown to mass audiences. Or maybe because of its... [read more]


Stuart Scott of ESPN

Remembering Stuart Scott, ESPN Broadcast Legend
| published January 7, 2015 |

By Earl Perkins,
Thursday Review
features editor

“When you die, it does not mean that you lose to cancer,” he once told a reporter for The New York Times. “You beat cancer by how you live, why you live, and in the manner in which you live.”  Stuart Scott passed away Sunday morning following a long battle with cancer, but he fought the disease valiantly to the end, and the...[read more]


Scene from Godfather

Coppola's Best Year: 1974

| Published December 22, 2014 |

By R. Alan Clanton
Thursday Review editor

In Francis Ford Coppola’s film canon—and like all great writer-directors, his motion pictures fall reliably into a consistent moral framework of his own design—there are family people, and then there are loners. Family is the touchstone of safety and security...(click to read more)


Pulp Fiction starring John Travolta and Samuel L. Jackson

Pulp Fiction Turns Twenty
| published December 14, 2014 |

R. Alan Clanton,
Thursday Review editor

I went to see Pulp Fiction a few days after it came out. I was in Atlanta at the time, visiting friends in Decatur, Lawrenceville, and other places on a long weekend. As it turned out I had some time to kill one day when all of my Atlanta-area pals were at work or on...[read more]


Book of LIfe

The Book of Life
| Published November 20, 2014 |

By Kathryn Mineer
Thursday Review contributor

More often than not, the concept art for a movie is far more grandiose than the actual finished product. Character designs are simplified, color palettes are...(click to read more)


Interstellar, the movie

Interstellar: Science, Sci-Fi, and
the Humanity Thing
| published November 19, 2014 |

R. Alan Clanton,
Thursday Review editor

The vast majority of science fiction writers, producers and directors—along with all the detachments of set designers, cinematographers and lighting designers—face a simple, yet inescapable conundrum: Stanley Kubrick forever changed the template for sci-fi on the big screen. Based on Arthur C. Clarke’s masterful, sweeping novel, 2001: A Space Odyssey raised the bar for sci-fi, then, deftly set it permanently...[read more]


Don Pardo

The Most Famous Voice of Saturday Night

| published August 20, 2014 |

R. Alan Clanton,
Thursday Review editor

For the last segment of the NBC Nightly News on Tuesday, anchorman Brian Williams did something a little unusual. During the news show’s last commercial break, he left the glitzy, glass-and-LCD news set and quickly moved several floors up inside Rockefeller Center. For his last segment he stood in Studio 8H. Behind Williams, and over his left shoulder on stage, stood a solitary mic....[read more]


Maleficent outtake
Image courtesy of Motion Picture Company/Walt Disney Pictures

Maleficent

| published June 10, 2014 |

Lori Garrett,
Thursday Review contributor

I have been anticipating Maleficent for about two years now. See, one of my many mental hobbies is casting dream film roles, and I have always stood firm in my decision of Angelina Jolie playing this character. Those intelligent eyes, the high cheek bones and angular...[read more]


Jonah Hill and Leonardo DiCaprio in The Wolf of Wall Street
Jonah Hill and Leonardo DiCaprio in "The Wolf of Wall Street"; courtesy of Paramount Pictures/Red Granite Productions

The End of the Film

| published January 18, 2014 |

R. Alan Clanton,
Thursday Review Editor

For a score plus a century, motion pictures have been shot, edited, distributed—and projected onto the big screen—using film, typically 35 millimeter.  That tradition may soon come to an end as more film production companies and studios continue... [read more]


Philip Seymour Hoffman
Image courtesy of The Weinstein Company

The Shape Shifter

| published February 2, 2014 |

R. Alan Clanton,
Thursday Review Editor

Philip Seymour Hoffman, the actor whose chameleon attributes enabled him to so successfully morph into the characters he portrayed that we often forgot he was acting, was found dead on February 2, 2014 in...[read more]


The Last Unicorn 40th anniversary cover art

The Last Unicorn

Film review by Lori Garrett
Thursday Review contributor

I was not a particularly ‘girly’ girl as a child. I played with my older brother and his friends. I would rather run about outside and get dirty than have a tea party. Sure, I had stuffed animals and dolls, but the imaginative games I played with them had more to do with danger and war than with shopping or fashion. For example, my brother and I would often have his G.I. Joes ride into battle on the backs of My Little Ponies against the legions...

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Spider-Man Homecoming

|Published July 29, 2017 |

By Cameron Dale,
Thursday Review contributor


The characters of the Marvel Comics Universe have pretty much taken over big screen in the last few years. In the past several years the franchise power of...(click to read more)


New Pirates Film
Sails Tall

|Published June 3, 2017 |

By Maggie Nichols,
Thursday Review contributor


As the Los Angeles Times and the New York Times have noted, Baywatch has been a dismal failure so far, and almost from the moment it...(click to read more)


Gold

Delivers Classic McConaughey

|Published February 22, 2017 |

ByCameron Dale,
Thursday Review contributor


Prospecting for precious metals is fun, rewarding, bank-account fattening, and potentially dangerous. That’s the core story of the movie Gold, starring Matthew...(click to read more)


Presidential Election Spurs Fox News to 2016 Top Spot

|Published February 5, 2017 |

By Thursday Review editors


According to Nielsen, Fox News Channel’s intensive coverage of the 2016 presidential debates, primaries and general election helped to boost the network into...(click to read more)


Miguel Ferrer Dead
at 61

|Published January 20, 2017 |

By Keith H. Roberts,
Thursday Review contributor


Actor Miguel Ferrer, best known for his longstanding role as agent Owen Granger on the popular television series NCIS: Los Angeles, has...(click to read more)


Star Wars Rogue One Opens to Mixed Reviews

|Published December 14, 2016|

By Thursday Review editors


A social media campaign led by a group of Alt Right conservatives has asked that people boycott the newest installment in the Star Wars franchise, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, which opens...(click to read more)


The Accountant

| Published October 26, 2016 |

By Cameron Dale
Thursday Review contributor


Follow the money. That’s what decades of movies and television has taught us: savvy investigators and smart law enforcement do this when confronted with vexing...(click to read more)


Suicide Squad

| Published September 3, 2016 |

By Maggie Nichols
Thursday Review contributor


It may come as something of a shock to the sensibilities of many TR readers, but this summer’s big winner at the box office—so far—is Suicide Squad, the massive...(click to read more)


Free State of Jones

| Published August 5, 2016 |

By Maggie Nichols
Thursday Review contributor


American history almost always makes for interesting grist for the Hollywood movie mill. And the grittier that history the better, as far...(click to read more)


Save Ferris: 30 Years a Classic:Ferris Bueller’s Day Off

| Published June 21, 2016 |

By Thursday Review staff


Let’s cut to the chase:
Ferris Bueller’s Day Off may be the greatest comedy of the 1980s. Why? Because it spawned some of the...(click to read more)


Morley Safer, 60 Minutes Legend,
Dead at 84

| Published May 19, 2016 |

By R. Alan Clanton,
Thursday Review editor


A legendary reporter has died—one who can trace his hard work back to the Vietnam War and to the earliest days of one of the most popular news shows ever created for...(click to read more)


George Kennedy in scene from Police Squad

Actor George Kennedy Dies at 91
| Published March 1, 2016 |

By Keith H. Roberts,
Thursday Review
contributor


Legendary actor George Kennedy, famous for his Oscar-winning role alongside Paul Newman in Cool Hand Luke, and for his frequent appearances as a supporting actor in big budget disaster films like...(click to read more)


artistic typewriter

A Good Rule for Screenwriters: Always Be Writing
| Published January 20, 2016 |

By John Montana,
Thursday Review
guest contributor


Many times I hear writers say they are stuck or are in a writer’s slump, because no ideas are coming or they don’t know what to write. Often, they want an original idea for a film that nobody has ever seen before. Or, they want nothing...(click to read more)


Alan Rickman in Die Hard

Alan Rickman Dies at Age 69
| Published January 14, 2016 |

By R. Alan Clanton,
Thursday Review editor

A great screen villain is dead. Among his various memorable roles, he played one of the most ruthless and imposing heavies ever...(click to read more)


In the Heart of the Sea Movie cast

In the Heart of the Sea: Or, How an Epic Adventure Story Can Put You to Sleep
| Published January 5, 2016 |

By Maggie Nichols,
Thursday Review contributor

Sometimes it’s possible to take a great story a little too far, using a few too many bells and whistles and sea-salty...(click to read more)


globe\footballs image composition by Thursday Review

Taking American Football Global
| Published December 28, 2015 |

By Thursday Review staff

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell says that as the Super Bowl prepares to celebrate its fiftieth anniversary, American football is taking its first...(click to read more)


Scene from Everest

Everest is a Thrill Ride, Literally
| Published October 19, 2015 |

By Maggie Nichols,
Thursday Review writer

Hang on to your seat, or hang on to the person you go with to the theater. And if it is available in your area, see this movie in either the...(click to read more)


Daniel Craig as James Bond in Spectre

Will Daniel Craig Soon Leave the James Bond Series Behind?
| Published October 11, 2015 |

By Thursday Review staff

Actor Daniel Craig says he may be done with the James Bond franchise. Craig has told reporters for various entertainment newspapers and magazines that although he has...(click to read more)


scene from Paper Towns

Paper Towns: The Music of John Green Scores
| Published Sept. 8, 2015 |

By Garrett Heisler
Thursday Review contributor

Paper Towns, a film based on the best-selling novel by John Green, is a truly gripping...(click to read more)


Wet Hot American Summer

Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp
| Published August 26, 2015 |

By Lori Garrett
Thursday Review contributor

Oh, camp. Every summer hundreds of thousands of parents send their precious kids to a cluster of remote cabins in the middle of the woods; put into the...

(click to read more)


David Letterman

Letterman Signs Off After 33 Years
| Published May 21, 2015 |

By Keith H. Roberts
Thursday Review contributor

David Letterman, arguably the king of late night comedy and talk in the post-Johnny Carson age, retired....

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Scene from Breakfast Club

The Breakfast Club’s Missing Script
| Published April 22, 2015 |

By Thursday Review staff

While cleaning out file cabinets and purging old files at a high school in suburban Chicago, an assistant principal....

(click to read more)


Leonard Nimoy as Spock on Star Trek

Leonard Nimoy,
Rest in Peace

| Published Feb. 28, 2014 |

By R. Alan Clanton
Thursday Review editor

Although in his many decades as an actor he appeared in more than 65 features films, in some 150 different television....

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Sony Water Tower

Was It Worth All The Fuss?
| Published December 26, 2014 |

By Thursday Review staff

It may be the worst movie to have ever received this much advance attention or publicity. And in the....

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Front Page Parody

Thursday Review
Front Page Parody (N. Korea Hate This!)

| Published Dec. 20, 2014 |

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Martini & Tux

There Can Only Be One Bond
| Published Sept. 25, 2014 |

By Thursday Review staff

Though the ruling was sealed and there has been little conversation—before, during, or after—a copyright and trademark case is making its way through the...

(click to read more)


Orange is the New Black

Orange is the New Black
| Published June 11, 2014 |

By Lori Garrett
Thursday Review contributor

Let me just start by saying that if you haven’t watched the first season of Orange is the New Black, I’m disappointed in you. And also there are spoilers....

(click to read more)


 
American Graffitti
Image courtesy of Universal Pictures

American Graffiti & the Boomer Experience, 40 Years Later

By R. Alan Clanton
Thursday Review Editor

Much has been attributed to the American Baby Boom— most especially all things rock and roll and very....
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2001 Space Odyessy

A Few Movies You Must Own on DVD or Blue Ray!

Still shuttling through your VHS tapes for your favorite movies? Have you converted your entertainment room or TV area to Blue Ray? Devices are available out there for less than $200 that will play both Blue Ray and DVD, and as the technology advances, the prices are dropping even further. Remember, your VHS tapes are not like fine wine: they don't get better with age.

In the meantime, here are just a few re-mastered film classics--in no particular order--worth seeing on Blue Ray or DVD, as part of our Thursday Essentials List:

Manhattan; Director, Woody Allen. Paired with the classic Annie Hall, this is Woody at his very best--exulting in the grit, glamor and glitz of New York City. There was no better....

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