A Room with a view: The unlikely success story of ‘The Disaster Artist’ – The ESO Network

This weekend, I was planning to see and review “The Disaster Artist,” James Franco’s adaptation of the fascinating memoir that chronicles the making of the cult film “The Room.” However, to my great disappointment, I discovered my local theater wouldn’t be running “The Disaster Artist” (“You’re tearing me apart, AMC Theaters!!!”). Yet since “The Disaster Artist” is all about finding another path when Hollywood closes a door on you, I’m going to write about “The Room” and “The Disaster Artist” (book) anyway. My husband and I’s obsession with “The Room” and “The Disaster Artist” began innocently enough — as wacky […]

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Countdown to ‘The Last Jedi’: Final theories, predictions and thoughts – The ESO Network

We’ve now got only a week to go before theaters begin their Thursday night previews of “Star Wars: The Last Jedi.” I’m already beyond hyped — I’ve got my tickets and my Rey cosplay ready to go, and I’ve begun my daily check of Rotten Tomatoes for advance reviews, hoping they’re good (though of course I’ll be seeing it regardless…but please, reviews be good!). Just as “The Force Awakens” was an echo of “A New Hope,” I believe “The Last Jedi” will be an echo of “The Empire Strikes Back” — a darker twist on our favorite space opera, where […]

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Even stranger things: My spoiler-filled thoughts on Netflix’s ‘Stranger Things’ season 2 – The ESO Network

I was, admittedly, a little late to the party with the first season of Netflix’s buzzy sci-fi/horror adventure “Stranger Things.” I finally had to watch it to see what all the hype was about, and I was immediately hooked. For the uninitiated, “Stranger Things” is set in a small town in Indiana during the 1980s and is about a group of young friends — Mike, Dustin, Lucas and Will — who love to ride around on their bikes and play Dungeons and Dragons. Then, their ordinary lives are (quite literally!) turned upside down when Will mysteriously disappears in what is […]

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Movie review: Great characters can’t quite save ‘Justice League’s’ messy story – The ESO Network

This weekend, “Justice League” brought in $96 million at the box office. In most cases, that’s a perfectly respectable number, and one that many films would be envious of. However, for a marquee superhero event film, starring three of the most iconic superheroes of all time — Superman, Wonder Woman and Batman — that number is far less than “super.” Marvel’s own team-up film, “The Avengers,” brought in $207 million its opening weekend in 2012, and “Thor: Ragnarok” just pulled in $122 million a couple weeks ago — an impressive number for a superhero solo film three-quel. Even “Batman v. […]

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Movie review: ‘Murder on the Orient Express’ a star-studded whodunit – The ESO Network

A group of strangers board the luxurious Orient Express for what appears to be an uneventful train ride to Istanbul. Then, a storm creates an avalanche that traps all these passengers in the mountains. In the middle of the night one of these passengers is murdered. With the train stuck in the snow and a killer on the loose, no one on board the train is safe. This is just the sort of mystery for Hercule Poirot, novelist Agatha Christie’s famous Belgian detective, played this time by Kenneth Branagh. The brilliant but eccentric detective must solve the case by the […]

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