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The Outpost Alluc (2020)
Genre: Drama, History, War
Release: July 03, 2020
Alluc The Outpost
I admit it. On a recent Monday I was so deplorably bored that I sat through this entire movie. I wanted to change the channel but could not. I tried to leave but something made me stay until the mystery of Lily was (thank god) finally unraveled.
There's no real way of describing why this movie is so bad. There's worse acting out there, worse camera-work. There might even be a worse screenplay. That's stretching it, however. Maybe it has something to do with the unbelievability of the characters and the setting. Maybe too much of it seemed like a blatant attempt to disturb an audience with taboo subjects that have been handled dozens of times in better movies and more realistic scenarios. Or maybe it's because I get upset seeing someone locked inside a room for hours at a time (a room on the second storey with a large window opening outside), and they give up trying to escape after jiggling the handle a couple of times.
Please, take my advice and save those two hours of your own life by avoiding Winter Lily.
Director: Rod Lurie
Cast: Orlando Bloom, Scott Eastwood, Caleb Landry Jones, Milo Gibson, Bobby Lockwood, Jacob Scipio, Jack Kesy, Celina Sinden, Taylor John Smith, Alexander Arnold, Cory Hardrict, James Jagger, Will Attenborough, Kwame Patterson, Fahim Fazli
Luce Alluc (2019)
Release: August 2, 2019
What a fascinating world we have been privileged to take a glance into. So interesting how tough the Staff are and their reasoning for each and everything they do. All carefully thought out, tried and tested methods in what can only be imagined as the toughest environments known to man. I cannot recommend this series highly enough. Be mindful if you feel critical towards the recruits. This does not look easy even from the safety of a couch.
Director: Julius Onah
Cast: Naomi Watts, Octavia Spencer, Tim Roth, Kelvin Harrison Jr., Norbert Leo Butz, Andrea Bang, Marsha Stephanie Blake, Omar Shariff Brunson Jr., Noah Gaynor, Astro, Christopher Mann, Hannah Cabell, Colton Osorio, Ian Unterman, Souleymane Sy Savane
Release: February 28, 2020
Alluc Impractical Jokers: The Movie
Insane and highly imaginative remake of 1960's children's illustrations. This is a great example of the current standard in graphic animation where bold techniques translate into fantastic visual artworks.
Two children discover a godlike idol in a rabbit after slaughtering it for its fur. This opens a world carnage and computer game style obsession where the children's desire to control the golden idol takes them over.
Previous Run Wrake animations have been even more off the wall revealing the unusual talents of this madcap genius.
Rabbit is a far more rounded work where the narrative is almost too defined leaving the ending a bit too moralistic.
Director: Chris Henchy
Cast: Brian Quinn, Joe Gatto, James Murray, Sal Vulcano, Paula Abdul, Athena Akers, Andrea Andrade, Guilherme Apollonio, Madison Bailey, Andrew Bechtold, Evan Castelloe, Hunter Deno, Joey Fatone, Tiago Ferreira, Will Ferrell
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Release: January 24, 2020
Alluc The Personal History of David Copperfield
This show is amazing. Yes it had a few problems in season one and it took a while for the actors, writers and production crew to adjust and find their rhythm like many shows but season two showed what this show is capable of. This show has everything you could ask for. It has entertainment and good characters as well as well as good rep for pretty much everyone and its just getting started.The first few eps of the show might not be to your taste but everything gets better as it goes along especially the acting, effects and writing and direction. So if you quit in season one then give it another chance and stick with it because season two and especially 2B is amazing and even the last few eps of season one are quite good. It really sets the tone for season two and for 2B to blow our socks off and now hopefully season three will too.
Director: Armando Iannucci
Cast: Fisayo Akinade, Nikki Amuka-Bird, Albie Atkinson, Aneurin Barnard, Tuwaine Barrett, Nigel Betts, Ruby Bentall, Darren Boyd, Peter Capaldi, Gwendoline Christie, Morfydd Clark, Daisy May Cooper, Matthew Cottle, Faisal Dacosta, Glen Davies
Artemis Fowl Alluc (2020)
Genre: Adventure, Family, Fantasy, Sci-Fi
Release: June 12, 2020
Alluc Artemis Fowl
We rented this movie because my 5 year old daughter liked the DVD cover featuring a "girl with the arrow". She had trouble following the storyline on her own - but I watched the movie with her and answered her questions. With the combination of a female heroin and lots of action, she really enjoyed the movie. Her 10 year old brother (who loves more advanced movies such as "Lord of the Rings") also enjoyed the movie.
It's exactly what I expect from a Disney movie - interesting characters, lots of action and a simple plot line.
A good family movie.
Director: Kenneth Branagh
Cast: Michael Rouse, Racheal Ofori, Josh Gad, Ferdia Shaw, Simone Kirby, Joe O'Grady, Finian Duff Lennon, Grace Fincham, Toby Eden, Gerard Horan, Colin Farrell, Nonso Anozie, Emily Brockmann, Jessica Rhodes, Charlie Cameron
The Blackout Alluc (2019)
Genre: Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Release: November 21, 2019
Alluc The Blackout
This has got to be one of the funniest most hilarious films i think i've ever seen in my life!if you love extra special cheesy horror films you'll think this is great otherwise avoid it! Good for a laugh! Can't believe it was made in 1993 it definitely looks like a 70's hand held camera movie! look out for the 'im Joe your best friend' scene, the girl in it must be really hard because she walks around after her fingers have been chopped off starring into space and the all time classic song schooling, its a got to be a number one hit! Don't know what else to say about this film except me and my mate were rolling around laughing at it for hours after!!!
Director: Egor Baranov, Nathalia Hencker
Cast: Maksim Artamonov, Filipp Avdeev, Yuriy Borisov, Oleg Boyko, Aleksey Chadov, Oleg Chugunov, Simon Dobravets, Maksim Emelyanov, Sergey Ershov, Artyom Eshkin, Maksim Evseev, Pyotr Fyodorov, Beso Gataev, Artem Gaydukov, Sergey Godin
The Invisible Man Alluc (2020)
Genre: Horror, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Release: February 28, 2020
Alluc The Invisible Man
Director Jack Arnold's last theatrical movie (he continued to work in TV until 1984) is also one of his best, thanks to both inspired location filming and a top-rate stellar cast headed by David Janssen, Senta Berger, Ray Milland, John Ieland, Anton Diffring, John Saxon and Elke Sommer. (I've always wondered who decides in what order to list the cast on IMDb? The IMDb order for this movie, for instance, is nothing like the order in which the movie's actual credit titles are listed. Milland, for instance, despite the importance and length of his role, is right down near the end of the main list and gets a shared credit). One problem I had with the movie is the fact that the story's chief villain is obvious (not because of the scripting but simply because of the casting). Nevertheless, the movie does hold one's attention thanks to the charisma of its cast, the rapid flow of Arnold's direction (perhaps a little too fast in places – there was at least one action set-up that I didn't understand) and the producer's spot-on choice of charismatic locations. Available on an excellent Quality (sic) DVD.
Director: Leigh Whannell
Cast: Elisabeth Moss, Oliver Jackson-Cohen, Harriet Dyer, Aldis Hodge, Storm Reid, Michael Dorman, Benedict Hardie, Renee Lim, Brian Meegan, Nick Kici, Vivienne Greer, Nicholas Hope, Cleave Williams, Cardwell Lynch, Sam Smith
Brahms: The Boy II Alluc (2020)
Genre: Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Release: February 27, 2020
Alluc Brahms: The Boy II
Instead of a shrewd Yankee blacksmith from Connecticut it's a NASA scientist played by Dennis Dugan who arrives in Camelot at the court of King Arthur in Camelot. Dugan steps into the tradition of Will Rogers and Bing Crosby as the Disney Studios now do its version of the old Mark Twain tale.
Only Dugan is not looking to modernize the place. In fact he got trapped in the rocketship when it lifted off from Cape Kennedy. The passenger is supposed to be a robot who looks like Dennis Dugan which is only right since he designed him. So it's twins who arrive in Camelot .
But who can predict the ways of love as Dugan falls for peasant girl Sheila White, the human Dugan that is.
But there's trouble afoot as Kenneth More who is King Arthur is having trouble from Merlin who is played by Ron Moody and that ever villainous nephew of his Mordred played here by the Carry On troupe's Jim Dale.
With some NASA style ingenuity put to use Dugan takes up the King's cause and defeat's the villains as you would expect. As was in books and previous films. Will he defy time and space and get the girl though?
It worked differently for Will and Bing.
Director: William Brent Bell
Cast: Katie Holmes, Owain Yeoman, Christopher Convery, Ralph Ineson, Anjali Jay, Oliver Rice, Natalie Moon, Daphne Hoskins, Joely Collins, Ellie King, Joanne Kimm
Onward Alluc (2020)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Comedy, Family, Fantasy
Release: March 04, 2020
The ultimate in sleazeploitation, walks familiar lines to Christiane F, yet this is more sleazy and shocking. Some of the in your face 'of all the nerve' scenes will upset some, as our young teen, Hanna D, the girl from Vondell Park, injects, and spreads her legs for dirty old men on trains, her place of business, as shown in the first scene. The next boarding is a depraved middle aged couple, where Hanna, sitting up straight, all dressed up, scholarly, beret and all, is stroking a doll. How sick can this movie get? This is only appetizers. Hanna's pimp, well played, is doing her mother. Hanna ends up doing him, and moving house, where he gets her working in pornographic movies. Then our lovely hapless Hanna falls in love. Trouble yes. Figure the remaining storyline out. Hanna D is nothing more than a dubbed sexploitation skin flick, if you will, with audacious scenes of tasty nudity and sex, while others shock (especially the injecting). That's what this film is out to do, shock, if be more, slutty, sleazy, shocking than Christiane F. On that level, it succeeds, but does not constitute a good movie.
Director: Dan Scanlon
Cast: Tom Holland, Chris Pratt, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Octavia Spencer, Mel Rodriguez, Kyle Bornheimer, Lena Waithe, Ali Wong, Grey Griffin, Tracey Ullman, Wilmer Valderrama, George Psarras, John Ratzenberger
The Way Back Alluc (2020)
Genre: Drama, Sport
Release: March 06, 2020
Alluc The Way Back
Back in high school, Jack Cunningham had everything going for him. A basketball phenom, he could have punched his ticket to college or even the pros, but, instead, he chose to walk away from the game, forfeiting his future. Jack's glory days are long gone...but, as it turns out, not forgotten. Years later, he gets the chance to take back his life when he is asked to coach the struggling basketball team at his alma mater. Jack reluctantly accepts, surprising no one more than himself, and as the boys start to come together as a team and win, he may get his last shot at redemption.
Director: Gavin O'Connor
Cast: Ben Affleck, Janina Gavankar, Michaela Watkins, Hayes MacArthur, Da'Vinchi, Matthew Glave, Rachael Carpani, Todd Stashwick, Marlene Forte, Inka Kyt�, Glynn Turman, Melvin Gregg, T.K. Carter, Lukas Gage, Jeremy Ratchford
Emma. Alluc (2020)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Release: February 27, 2020
The name of the show caught my attention as I was scrolling through my TV app on my phone. Since the first episode I've been so intrigued by the entire cast. The ladies of the show are very unique, full of personality, charismatic, beautiful, stylish, and are so open. I think it's a refreshing take on love, compassion, friendship, and communication. Jack Daniels is very encouraging in his tone of voice, it makes me happy for everyone that is apart of this endeavor. I'm glad this show exist! I don't watch the new episodes until the weekend so my mind and time can be free to embrace every word. I hope the show continues with the current cast because I've grown fond of all of them individually. Granted this show is based on a class therefor I know it will come to an end. Very glad I stumbled upon this I think every lady around the globe should watch.
Director: Autumn de Wilde
Cast: Anya Taylor-Joy, Tanya Reynolds, Johnny Flynn, Mia Goth, Josh O'Connor, Gemma Whelan, Bill Nighy, Callum Turner, Miranda Hart, Amber Anderson, Rupert Graves, Chloe Pirrie, Isis Hainsworth, Myra McFadyen, Isabella Kennard-Barden
Fantasy Island Alluc (2020)
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Horror
Release: February 13, 2020
Alluc Fantasy Island
In a film seemingly not supervised by a director, two California college roommates, Chuck (Tate Donovan) and Wally (Grant Heslov) take part in a vapid adventure obviously targeted at a barely pubescent audience. Chuck has an opportunity of which he has dreamed, to work for a large corporation where he will begin at $60000 per year, if he will complete a pre-employment assignment for the CEO (Robert Stack), a friend of Chuck's father. His duty is to deliver an expensive new Porsche, a birthday gift to the CEO's daughter in Lake Tahoe, but naturally complications occur due to Wally, the irresponsible friend of Chuck. Wally convinces Chuck to first utilize the Porsche as "bikini bait" in San Diego, where there is coincidentally a scheduled beauty pageant, and where the car is stolen. The manipulation of Chuck by Wally makes little sense throughout this affair, but sensible behaviour is not readily found within the script, as it would only interfere with pratfalls and bathing suit competitions. It is enough to mention, as ever with this type of film, a providential solution is found for personal relationship problems and that no one seems to mind if logic vanishes along the way. A payday is given to veterans Stack, Leslie Nielsen and Elizabeth Ashley, all of whom essentially create their roles, and a bright spot is a performance by funnyman Robert Klein, with his usual off-kilter derelict, in this instance an aging surfer. Poorly written and edited, this picture can yet claim freedom from any mean-spirited component, its most offensive facet being that the viewing of it is fundamentally a waste of time.
Director: Jeff Wadlow
Cast: Lucy Hale, Maggie Q, Charlotte McKinney, Evan Evagora, Portia Doubleday, Michael Pe�a, Parisa Fitz-Henley, Kim Coates, Michael Rooker, Ryan Hansen, Austin Stowell, Jimmy O. Yang, Goran D. Kleut, Robbie Jones, Renee Murden
Sonic the Hedgehog Alluc (2020)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Family, Sci-Fi
Release: February 13, 2020
Alluc Sonic the Hedgehog
Recipe for a bad movie. Remake a great movie, "Planes, Trains and Automobiles" with many good actors. Discard the potential of Michelle Monaghan and Jamie Foxx. Add canned Juliette Lewis and Danny McBride shtick to save time. Make the Steve Martin character unlikable. Make the John Candy character sinister and unlikable. Imagine how one would react to the antics of the other, and then on occasion, invert the reaction. (That adds suspense!) Re-write PT&A with more action by disconnecting the vignettes; this gives you the freedom to create disasters and then re-start the plot with the leads not dead or in jail, like Saturday morning cartoons. Here's your inspiration - when you do "man slips on a banana peel", don't be afraid to make the audience be the man, make them feel the pain of tailbone falling on concrete. After 98 minutes of bone breaking aggression and multiple felonies, add a "oh my god, my kid is black" site gag, make sure everyone loves one another, sprinkle with pot jokes and sell while actors' reputations are still hot.
Director: Jeff Fowler
Cast: Ben Schwartz, Tika Sumpter, James Marsden, Jim Carrey, Lee Majdoub, Adam Pally, Neal McDonough, Frank C. Turner, Natasha Rothwell, Debs Howard, Elfina Luk, Shannon Chan-Kent, Brad Kelly, Garry Chalk, Michael Hogan
Genre: Action, Adventure, Crime
Release: February 06, 2020
Alluc Birds of Prey: And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn
A show that seems to take itself serious yet not serious at the same time. A perfect mix of stupidity and hilarity that will have you craving more. Jon Glaser does a perfect job capturing his character "Neon Joe" and all of the characters play a part in the show and aren't throwaways. The hilarious he-yump always seems to put a smile on my face no matter the context used and the multiple cameos are fantastic. If you enjoy cheesy comedy that involves werewolves and sexual antics this will not cease to amaze you.
If you're into shows like Delocated and Rick and Morty you'll thoroughly enjoy Neon Joe.
Director: Cathy Yan
Cast: Margot Robbie, Rosie Perez, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Jurnee Smollett-Bell, Ewan McGregor, Ella Jay Basco, Chris Messina, Ali Wong, David Ury, Sara Montez, Isabel Pakzad, Daniel Bernhardt, Kc Strubbe, Jacky Shu, Paloma Rabinov
The Call of the Wild Alluc (2020)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Family
Release: February 21, 2020
Alluc The Call of the Wild
Disney is one of the kings of exploitation. For every successful (and unsuccessful) franchise film, there comes tons of merchandising, original soundtracks and sing-alongs and *shudder* direct-to-video sequels. Yes, these sequels go direct-to-video because we all know that they're going to be pretty bad, but parents are always looking for cheap ways to entertain their children (telling folk tales doesn't work anymore since no one knows them--another topic that's ripe for academic study, if it hasn't already been pursued) and so Disney somehow manages, by keeping their costs low and targeting their niche market, to keep churning out endless sequels of their hit films.
Mulan has a baby. It goes by the clever name Mulan II. This film, which amazingly contains the voice talent of Ming-Na (in terms of returning talent, that's all you get--ER apparently doesn't cover the bills), contains a cheesy uninspiring message of following your heart. (Even over duty! Oh wait, in the wonderful world of Disney, somehow duty gets accomplished incidentally to following your heart. I like the scary Brothers Grimm better, thank you very much.) Fa Mulan and her general friend/lover/dude are getting married. Stuff happens. More stuff happens. Who cares? Oh yeah, the film is a musical too. Do I remember the songs? Nope. Am I glad that I don't remember them? Yep. The animation was unimpressive, the story was unimpressive, the acting was unimpressive, the exploitation of other cultures by Disney in attempt to capture the almighty dollar? Impressive. It appears as though Disney doesn't really care all that much about their source material as a whole. Chinese history and culture is only so important as it helps Disney make Mulan and its direct-to-video heir to sell to the masses.
So what does this film have going for it? It's not as painful as Little Black Book. But it's close. I watched it on the bus and despite the fact that I wasn't sleepy, I had to the urge to fall asleep just so I could avoid it. If it were night, I would have. I think you can manage to distract kids with this mumbo-jumbo, but honestly, there are far better ways of entertaining your children. 4/10.
Director: Chris Sanders
Cast: Karen Gillan, Harrison Ford, Cara Gee, Dan Stevens, Bradley Whitford, Jean Louisa Kelly, Omar Sy, Wes Brown, Abraham Benrubi, Terry Notary, Preston Bailey, Stephanie Czajkowski, Colin Woodell, Alex Solowitz, Adam Fergus
The Photograph Alluc (2020)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Release: February 14, 2020
Alluc The Photograph
Fans of Cowboy Bebop will find everything that the series does right on display here. The action sequences are excellent, particularly the martial arts scenes, which display more fluid and complex choreography than any animation in memory.
However, while the action standards of the series are met, there's little character. The new additions are more fully developed than the series regulars. And while the save-the-world plot machinations keep the story moving forward, it's nothing particularly special.
What really left me cold was the bad guy. As any James Bond fan can attest, a hero is only as good as his villain, and the film-makers try their best to give Spike a worthy adversary. While his martial arts prowess gives Spike a run for his money, his motivation makes little to no sense. They were apparently trying for an extreme nihilism angle, but he instead comes off as pointless. The man is clearly deranged, as he can't decide whether he's living real life or a dream, and wants to end it all. But how exactly does releasing a plague that will kill everyone but himself solve his problem? Wouldn't suicide be a more sensible option? Nevertheless, he holds forth on his dilemma at great length to anyone who will listen. The writer clearly believes that this is all quite fraught with portent, but it comes off as pretentious and dull.
When a series is expanded into a movie, fans expect to see something bigger and more important, and which hopefully fleshes out the characters and brings some growth to their stories. Instead, we get what would be a rather mediocre episode at thirty minutes expanded to nearly two hours.
Director: Stella Meghie
Cast: LaKeith Stanfield, Issa Rae, Chelsea Peretti, Kelvin Harrison Jr., Teyonah Parris, Jasmine Cephas Jones, Courtney B. Vance, Lil Rel Howery, Kenneth Kynt Bryan, Rob Morgan, Y'lan Noel, Chant� Adams, Marsha Stephanie Blake, Wakeema Hollis, Christopher Cassarino
The Assistant Alluc (2020)
Release: May 01, 2020
Alluc The Assistant
Hard Time is an excellent film!It's filled with great action sequences,has a good plot,the cast is amazing,and this film could easily be a sequence for 1981's Sharky's Machine.Burt Reynolds is one of the most talented actors i've ever seen,and his been there presence helps to compose with surgical precision his character,a hard,though and implacabe cop!the time has passed,but Burt Reynolds still has that look in his eyes that makes everybody shake!this film doesn't even look like a television movie!no,it looks like a real movie,a cinema movie!what we see here is the kind of movie that doesn't offer to the audience easy solutions,instead,this film is complex and thrilling!we have that feeling that makes cinema one of the best things of the world,we are involved by the story.Burt Reynolds made a brilliant comeback,after Boogie Nights!i can't wait for his next ones:Stringer,The Progenitor,and Deliverance 2!just a suggestion:wouldn't it be nice to see Sharky's Machine 2? and how about to cast,for this film,Laura Linney,Reese Witherspoon and Tom Selleck? Congratulations,Burt!you're still the best!and Hard Time is the best thriller i've seen.
Director: Kitty Green
Cast: Julia Garner, Matthew Macfadyen, Makenzie Leigh, Kristine Froseth, Jon Orsini, Noah Robbins, St�phanye Dussud, Juliana Canfield, Alexander Chaplin, Dagmara Dominczyk, Bregje Heinen, Lou Martini Jr., Liz Wisan, Clara Wong, Sophie Knapp
The Lodge Alluc (2020)
Genre: Drama, Horror, Thriller
Release: January 16, 2020
Alluc The Lodge
I used this movie to introduce Air Force student pilots to the science of meteorology in the late 1960's at Craig AFB in Selma Alabama. During the four years I was assigned to Craig AFB this movie became an integral part of the weather course for over 2000 Air Force pilots I taught, all university graduates many of whom were Air Force Academy graduates. The movie was used as a motivational tool and always kept the student's attention as the hazards of flying in weather were introduced to them. This movie could still be used today to inspire young children to consider a career in meteorology. I give this movie 9 stars for its content, scientific credibility, and presentation. It includes such topics as fronts and air masses, global circulation, thunderstorms, tornadoes and hurricanes. It even includes material on climate change which the world is debating today.
Director: Severin Fiala, Veronika Franz
Cast: Alicia Silverstone, Richard Armitage, Jaeden Martell, Riley Keough, Lia McHugh, Rebecca Faulkenberry, Katelyn Wells, Danny Keough, Lola Reid
Extraction Alluc (2020)
Release: April 24, 2020
A great gripping documentary proving the innocence of a man the mainstream media led us to believe was guilty. This poor man and his family have been put through hell. Open your eyes to see the corrupt justice system. I hope they find the actual killer because he is still out there. No justice was found for Theresa and thats a shame. These film makers should be proud of the fantastic work they put together. They clearly did a lot of research and spent a lot of time on this. I've watched many documentaries but none compare to this. Thank you for opening up our eyes to the truth. I would recommend this to anyone! Stay strong Avery family.
Director: Sam Hargrave
Cast: Chris Hemsworth, Rudhraksh Jaiswal, Shivam Vichare, Piyush Khati, Randeep Hooda, Pankaj Tripathi, Chris Jai Alex, Adam Bessa, Wayne Blair, Rayna Campbell, Vonzell Carter, Golshifteh Farahani, Shataf Figar, David Harbour, Sam Hargrave
I Still Believe Alluc (2020)
Genre: Drama, Music, Romance
Release: March 13, 2020
Alluc I Still Believe
After two episodes, this new series by the Syfy Channel has already captured my interest and my imagination. "The Magicians" is a supernatural tale adapted from the books of Lev Grossman, which I have not read. It will inevitably be compared to the Harry Potter saga, but it operates on a different level.
When we are introduced to Harry Potter, he is a young child, full of hope and fascination. Hogwarts is a Disney-like playground, full of wonderment. The main character of "The Magicians" is Quentin Coldwater (Jason Ralph)--a college senior who suffers from a general malaise, as if he never feels comfortable in the world.
His path is set--the obligatory applications for ivy league schools, probably followed by an unfulfilling career in something uninspiring. But he is sidetracked (just as Harry literally was) by unknown forces, and finds himself sitting for an exam. The purpose of the exam is obscure, but Quentin (Q) feels an opportunity is at hand.
The show is about Q's introduction to magic. At the same time, the viewer learns that destructive forces are at play. From its beginning, "The Magicians" lets us know this is a dark and sinister story, full of foreboding and impending menace. It feels more like "His Dark Materials" than Harry Potter, and that is a good thing.
The story moves quickly. We are introduced to competing factions and a world of dreams that may be real. A villain--one of the creepiest ever created with special effects--makes an appearance and leaves his mark.
There is also humor, mostly via the whimsical nature of magic. It provides a welcome relief. Otherwise, the show would be nothing more than a battle among dark forces.
Early on, Q feels like an underdeveloped character--one with potential and plenty of room for blossoming. Into something special, we feel. Into a person who knows his place in the universe. But there is plenty of time for that. We want to enjoy the journey.
Update 3/1/16: A world of magic should be unbound by the rules and conventions of the natural world. And that is the world "The Magicians" has proved to be. The world of magic is revealed to be inventive and unpredictable. It is freewheeling, nearly anarchic, full of surprises and possibilities. I am upping my grade to "9".
Director: Andrew Erwin, Jon Erwin
Cast: Britt Robertson, K.J. Apa, Melissa Roxburgh, Gary Sinise, Abigail Cowen, Nathan Parsons, Shania Twain, Reuben Dodd, Cameron Arnett, Tanya Christiansen, Nicolas Bechtel, Gregory Hobson, She� Dueitt, Nicholas G. Sims, Alyssa Gonzalez
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