Category Archives: Reviews

RuPaul’s Drag Race: Season Eight

Review by CJ

Judges:
RuPaul, Michelle Visage, Ross Matthews, Carson Kressley 

Contestants:
Acid Betty, Bob the Drag Queen, Chi Chi DeVayne, Cynthia Lee Fontaine, Dax ExclamationPoint, Derrick Barry, Kim Chi, Laila McQueen, Naomi Smalls, Naysha Lopez, Robbie Turner, Thorgy Thor

Guest judges/special guests:
Bebe Zahara Benet, Tyra Sanchez, Raja, Sharon Needles, Chad Michaels, Jinkx Monsoon, Violet Chachki, Raven, Shannel, Morgan McMichaels, Latrice Royale, Nicole Richie, Mathu Andersen, Lucian Piane, Jamal Sims, Ester Dean, Ab Soto, Faith Evans, Tasha Smith, Debbie Harry, Chris Stein, Gigi Hadid, Chanel Iman, Marc Jacobs, Todrick Hall, Thomas Roberts, Vivica A. Fox, Amy Sedaris, David Sedaris, Bianca Del Rio, Carol Channing, Margaret Cho, Nancy Grace, Lena Headey

Running time:
41-61 minutes per episode

Number of episodes:
10

 

Twelve queens to compete for the title of America’s Next Drag Superstar and $100,000 by competing in an assortment of challenges and runway looks that test their skills in the art of drag.

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Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald (2018)

Review by CJ

Director:
David Yates

Starring:
Eddie Redmayne, Katherine Waterston, Alison Sudol, Dan Fogler, Jude Law, Johnny Depp, Zoë Kravitz, Ezra Miller, Claudia Kim

Running time:
134 minutes

Watch this if you liked:
The Harry Potter series, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

 

As the dark wizard Grindelwald (Depp) rallies his followers, it falls to Newt Scamander (Redmayne) and his comrades to protect the wizard and muggle worlds.

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Bohemian Rhapsody (2018)

Review by CJ

Director:
Bryan Singer

Starring:
Rami Malek, Gwilym Lee, Ben Hardy, Joe Mazzello, Lucy Boynton

Other notable appearances:
Aidan Gillen, Allen Leech, Tom Hollander, Mike Myers, Aaron McCusker

Running time:
134 minutes

Watch this if you liked:
The Greatest Showman, The Doors, Rock of Ages

 

The story of rock legends Freddie Mercury (Malek), Brian May (Lee), Roger Taylor (Hardy) and John Deacon (Mazzello) — four men who came together to change the face of rock and roll forever.

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The Outsider by Stephen King (2018)

Review by CJ

Page count:
561 pages

ISBN:
9781501180989 

 

When an 11-year-old boy is horrifically murdered, all of the evidence points to the small town’s Little League coach, Terry Maitland.

It is only after Terry is publicly arrested that strong evidence is discovered that also proves his innocence.

With solid evidence indicating that Maitland both is and isn’t the murderer, it is up to a small group of officials and concerned citizens to uncover the truth — no matter how bizarre it may seem.

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The Haunting of Hill House: Season One

Review by CJ

Director:
Mike Flanagan

Writer:
Shirley Jackson (based on the novel by), Mike Flanagan

Starring:
Carla Gugino, Henry Thomas, Michiel Huisman, Elizabeth Reaser, Kate Siegel, Oliver Jackson-Cohen, Victoria Pedretti, Timothy Hutton, Paxton Singleton, Lulu Wilson, Mckenna Grace, Julian Hilliard, Violet McGraw

Other notable appearances:
Annabeth Gish, Robert Longstreet, Samantha Sloyan, Anthony Ruivivar, Jordane Christie, Levy Tran, Anna Enger

Running time:
43-71 minutes

Number of episodes:
10

 

After living in a haunted house and their mother’s subsequent suicide, the five Crain children grow up with very different coping mechanisms. When youngest sister, Nell (Pedretti), commits suicide in the same place their mother did, the remaining Crain children must reunite with their estranged father to face the family demons once and for all. 

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Hurricane Bianca: From Russia with Hate (2018)

Review by CJ

Director:
Matt Kugelman

Starring:
Roy Haylock, DJ ‘Shangela’ Pierce, Brian McCook, Doug Plaut, Rachel Dratch

Other notable appearances:
Wanda Sykes, Justin ‘Alyssa Edwards’ Johnson, Alaska Thunderfuck, Kristen Johnston, Cheyenne Jackson, Darienne Lake, Jiggly Caliente, Lady Bunny, Ed ‘Mrs. Kasha David’ Popil, Bianca Leigh, Dot-Marie Jones, Janeane Garofalo

Running time:
85 minutes

Watch this if you liked:
Hurricane Bianca, Austin Powers 2: The Spy Who Shagged Me, Horrible Bosses 2

 

After getting his job back as his male self, high school teacher Richard (Haylock) is living a life free of his alter ego Bianca Del Rio. That is until his homophobic nemesis Deborah (Dratch) creates a fake award that Bianca must attend to collect in Russia, where homosexuals and transvestites are locked up and tortured.

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Hark! the Herald Angels Scream: An Anthology (2018)

Review by CJ

Edited by:
Christopher Golden

Contributing authors:
Kelley Armstrong, Scott Smith, Seanan McGuire, Thomas E. Sniegoski, Sarah Lotz, Josh Malerman, Jeff Strand, James A. Moore, Sarah Langan, Joe R. Lansdale, Elizabeth Hand, Jonathan Maberry, John M. McIlveen, Angela Slatter, Tim Lebbon, Michael Koryta, Sarah Pinborough, Christopher Golden

Page count:
384

ISBN:
9780525433163 

 

Hark! the Herald Angels Scream features 18 twisted Christmas tales by authors from around the world.

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