Review: ‘Bonnie and Clyde’ Opens New Line’s 24th Season With a “Bang, Bang”

Bonnie and Clyde Musical New Line TheatreBonnie and Clyde (or Clyde and Bonnie, if you asked him) were a couple of American outlaws who captured the attention of the public in the early 1930s. While these two kids weren’t much more than a couple of petty robbers, commonly knocking over gas stations and small “mom and pop” stores, the media glamorized their exploits into legend. And now legend has become musical. Following its short run on Broadway, New Line has once again seen the potential in an unappreciated show – and has given it a new and glorious life!

Both newcomers to the company, Larissa White and Matt Pentecost play Bonnie and Clyde. The two leads share a phenomenal chemistry, as well as an energy that lights up the stage. Each of the actors hold their own in vocals and acting, but when they come together it is magic. The story starts off before the two of them met, with Bonnie’s dreams of being in the “Picture Show,” and Clyde trying to stay out of jail while singing about how “This World Will Remember Me.” The show then chronicles their relationship from their humble beginnings to making the headlines. Joining them are Clyde’s brother Buck (Brendan Ochs) and his wife Blanche (Sarah Porter), who both do a great job of providing the comedic relief in the show. Hot on their trails are Ted Hinton (Reynaldo Arceno) and Sheriff Schmid (Christopher Clark) who relentlessly track down the outlaws throughout the show.

Larissa White and Matt Pentecost in New Line Theatre's 'Bonnie and Clyde.' Photo Credit: Jill Ritter Lindberg.

Larissa White and Matt Pentecost in New Line Theatre’s ‘Bonnie and Clyde.’ Photo Credit: Jill Ritter Lindberg.

New Line veteran Zachary Allen Farmer steals the show, as he tends to do, every time he comes on stage as a local preacher. Farmer’s energy is explosive as he belts out “God’s Arms Are Always Open” with the rest of his congregation. He also does a fantastic job leading “Made in America” with the rest of the ensemble. There is no question as to why the versatile actor keeps ending up in the cast for shows at New Line, and it’s always a pleasure to watch him perform.

The Cast of New Line Theatre’s ‘Bonnie and Clyde.’ Photo Credit: Jill Ritter Lindberg.

The Cast of New Line Theatre’s ‘Bonnie and Clyde.’ Photo Credit: Jill Ritter Lindberg.

Rob Lippert, who produced the beautiful red pickup truck for ‘Hands on a Hardbody,’ has once again crafted a stunning vehicle to be used on-stage. The show opens and closes with the titular duo in the car, and also showcases their main mode of transportation throughout. Lippert is also responsible for the scenic and lighting design, which is beautiful. This may be one of my favorite New Line sets yet.

Artistic director Scott Miller has a knack for choosing musicals that you probably haven’t heard of, but won’t soon forget. The music of ‘Bonnie and Clyde’ is no exception to this rule. The New Line band, directed by Jeffrey Carter, does a fantastic job with the music for the show. Aside from the aforementioned tunes, numbers like “When I Drive” (featuring a fantastic sequence between Clyde and Buck), “Raise a Little Hell” and “Too Late to Turn Back Now” will stay with you long after leaving the theatre.

Bonnie and Clyde in the car designed by Rob Lippert.

Bonnie and Clyde in the car designed by Rob Lippert. Photo Credit: Jill Ritter Lindberg.

‘Bonnie and Clyde’ is a cool show, and yet another surprise from the company who knows how keep their choices interesting. The entire cast does a terrific job in this public enemy period piece, bringing the story you think you knew to life through music and dance as only New Line can. The show is a time warp back to the 30s, with terrific music, scenery and costume design (thanks to Sarah Porter and Marcy Wiegert) that is not to be missed.


New Line Theatre’s HANDS ON A HARDBODY runs now through October 25. For more information and to buy tickets, visit NewLineTheatre.com.

Movie Review: ‘Fury’ Starring Brad Pitt, Shia LeBeouf, and Logan Lerman

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I’ve seen thousands of men lying on the ground, their dead faces looking up at the skies. I tell you, war is Hell!

– William Tecumseh Sherman

If there is one singular purpose in Fury, it is to convince you of the notion that war is hell. Most people didn’t need convincing of this fact before seeing the film, but they’ll likely leave the theater echoing the sentiment in their heads.  Fury brutally beats you over the head with the atrocities of war in its quest to show you the hardship faced by many combat troops in World War II.

The film revolves around the lives of a seasoned Sherman tank crew led by Don ‘Wardaddy’ Collier (Brad Pitt). The crew has successfully made it through Africa, D-Day, and are continuing to cause havoc as the Allied forces invade Germany. Despite their stellar record, they lose one of their members shortly before the film begins.  Norman Ellison (Logan Lerman), a fresh trained clerical typist, is thrust into the front lines of war as he replaces the deceased member of ‘Fury’.  Over the next two hours we follow Norman as he struggles through the worst parts of war, as he struggles with the inevitable doom facing him on the front lines.

The strength of Fury lies in its cast from top to bottom. Lerman plays the fresh recruit with surprising sincerity, and his eventual transformation is perfectly believable.  Brad Pitt brings in a strong performance as the battle hardened Wardaddy. Although, at times his performance veers awfully close to Lt. Aldo Raine of Inglourious Basterds. Pitt anchors the film well, and escalates the performances of those around him.  His even keeled character is in stark contrast to that of Shia LeBeouf’s Boyd, Michael Peña’s Gordo, and Jon Bernthal’s Grady. The chemistry between the core cast shines across on screen, and saves moments that might have dulled the film with a less talented cast.

Washed out colors and grays dominate the visual landscape of Fury.  Overcast skies mixed with the ominous score give the film a dark feel, and the sometimes gory visuals only add to that feeling. The biggest knock on Fury is the fact that it continually hits you over the head about how terrible World War II was for the men fighting the battle. Some of the darker moments feel added in for shock value rather than substance. Many of these moments come as moments of plot filler to disguise moments in the film that were becoming overly dull.  Director David Ayer crafts a great visual look and great performances, but he would’ve been aided by being a bit more subtle with his message.

Fury is a fine film, and fans of the genre are likely to love its portrayal of  soldiers fighting in the gasps of a dying war. However, it doesn’t add much that hasn’t been done in war films for the past few generations. It’s likely to get lost in the mix of dozens of similar films across the years.

Grade: B+

WB and DC Comics Announce Movie Slate Through 2020

DC Movie Slate

 

No need to bury the lead folks.  There you have it,  the DC Cinematic Universe has been set.  At a shareholder meeting today, Kevin Tsujihara (CEO of Warner Brothers) made the blockbuster announcement.  Not only will Zack Snyder’s Justice League be broken up into two movies, but we will also get a stand alone Wonder Woman (played by Gal Gadot) movie in 2017.

In 2018, The Flash and Aquaman will also make their big screen debut. We know that Jason Momoa (Game of Thrones) is playing Aquman and  will have a small part in BvS, but to what extent is still unknown.  With The Flash, it was also announced today that Ezra Miller (Perks of Being a Wallflower) will be The Flash.  What a version of the character (Barry Allen, Wally West, or Bart West) is still unknown.  Miller and Mamoa will be in both Justice League films as well. I still don’t understand the thought process behind having two version of The Flash (TV and Cinematic).  That’s an odd mindset.

Moving on to 2019, Shazam already has it’s villain/anti-hero cast.  Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson was announced a couple of months as Black Adam.  No other news or casting has been announced yet.  The second flick for that year is the second part of Justice League.

2020 is an interesting one.  The two movies on the slate are Cyborg and Green Lantern.  I’ve yet to figure out the push behind Cyborg.  I know Geoff Johns loves the character.  So much so that he added him to the main roster during his New 52 relaunch of the Justice League. To me, he’s always been a character that works in a team setting (Teen Titans or Justice League), but he’s always been kind of one dimensional. The other big flick is the reboot of Green Lantern. I think the 9 year gap between the last movie and this one is a good thing.  We will never be able to forget the complete misfire of the 2011 version, but hopefully with wound won’t be quite so fresh.  Again, no word on which version of the Green Lantern (Hal Jordan, John Stewart, Guy Gardner, or Kyle Rayner) will appear on screen.  I can only assume Cyborg and Green Lantern will debut in the Justice League.

What I find interesting is that there is no Superman or Batman solo flicks on the slate.  That doesn’t mean the movies aren’t coming and I’m sure they’re working on something. I just found it strange that they didn’t announce anything.  The other question I have is why the Suicide Squad?  It’s a third tier book at the most.  That was an odd choice.

Overall, it’s pretty exciting to see the DCCU take shape.  Now we only have to wait 2 more years…….

63: ‘The Judge’ Starring Robert Downey Jr., Robert Duvall, Vincent D’Onofrio

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This week we spoil The Judge and learn that Robert Downey, Jr. can play someone other than Tony Stark or Sherlock Holmes. Who knew?

We’re down to three this episode but it’s enough for quorum (that’s kinda-sorta legal talk) so join us as we drill down on the legal wrangling and family turmoil of The Palmers.

It’s Reel Spoilers #63 – The Judge.

You’ve been warned.

Starring: Tom O’Keefe, Blake Fehl, Joe Buttice

Run-time: 58min

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62: ‘Gone Girl’ Starring Ben Affleck, Rosamund Pike, Neil Patrick Harris

Gone Girl PosterDon’t listen to this week’s episode. Well, unless you’ve already seen Gone Girl that is. Granted, we have the word “spoilers” right there in our name. But it’s never been more true than this week. Gone Girl is a twisty-turny movie that lives and dies on its spoilers. So see the flick first on this one.

That being said, if you have seen the movie and would like to hear an in-depth conversation about what works, what doesn’t and why…then here’s a good jumping on point for you.

It’s Reel Spoilers #62 – Gone Girl.

You’ve been warned.

Starring: Tom O’Keefe, Kevin Brackett, Dan Graney, Joe Buttice

Run-time: 1hr 32min

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ALEXANDER AND THE TERRIBLE, HORRIBLE, NO GOOD, VERY BAD DAY Opens October 10!  Win Passes to the Advance Screening!

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Alexander PosterDisney’s “Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day” follows the exploits of 11-year-old Alexander (Ed Oxenbould) as he experiences the most terrible and horrible day of his young life—a day that begins with gum stuck in his hair, followed by one calamity after another. But when Alexander tells his upbeat family about the misadventures of his disastrous day, he finds little sympathy and begins to wonder if bad things only happen to him. He soon learns that he’s not alone when his mom (Jennifer Garner), dad (Steve Carell), brother (Dylan Minnette) and sister (Kerris Dorsey) all find themselves living through their own terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day. Anyone who says there is no such thing as a bad day just hasn’t had one.

Cast: Steve Carell, Jennifer Garner, Dylan Minnette, Ed Oxenbould, Kerris Dorsey, Megan Mullally, Jennifer Coolidge, Bella Thorne
Director: Miguel Arteta

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ALEXANDER AND THE TERRIBLE, HORRIBLE, NO GOOD, VERY BAD DAY Opens October 10!

Movie Review: ‘Gone Girl’ Starring Ben Affleck, Rosamund Pike, Neil Patrick Harris

Gone Girl PosterOne of the most anticipated films of 2014 is finally here. Gone Girl, based on the 2012 novel by Gillian Flynn, stars Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike as two out of work writers whose marriage has steadily declined over its five year lifespan. When the wife suddenly goes missing, all eyes turn to the husband. Directed by the immensely talented David Fincher, the film beautifully captures the mystery and intrigue of the book through a dark and eerie tone that he has perfected. Add a score by Trent Reznor to the mix, and what you get is a combination destined for glory.

Nick (Affleck) and Amy Dunne (Rosamund Pike) have fallen upon tough times since they first met. What started as a whirlwind romance has slowly disintegrated over the years. The once successful New York writers have both lost their jobs, most of their money, and more importantly – their love for one another. After moving back to Missouri to take care of Nick’s dying mother, the two of them continued to grow further apart. On the morning of their fifth wedding anniversary, Nick leaves to clear his head and visit his sister Margo (Carrie Coon) with whom he co-owns a small bar with – aptly named “The Bar.” When he returns home, Amy is gone – leaving behind what appears to be a crime scene. Nick calls the police and what follows is a back and forth chronicle of days since Amy went missing, and the years leading up to her disappearance.

Casting for the film couldn’t have been any more perfect. As someone who has read the book, the announcement of Affleck as Nick Dunne was a slam dunk. In the book Nick says,”Looking at my smarmy grin, my hooded eyes, I thought, I would hate this guy.” Affleck is talented actor, not to mention writer and director. And one of the qualities he has is the ability to come off as smug or arrogant. Think back to Dazed and Confused, or Mallrats – even many of his roles where he isn’t the bad buy. He just has that quality, which works in his favor as Nick. At the first press conference, when he is supposed to be a wreck, yet manages to give off the “insane love me! grin,” described in the book – it sealed the deal. Affleck does a great job of going back and forth between lovable and loath-able, and shows a wide range of emotions.

Rosamund Pike is fantastic as Amy. Although we don’t see as much of her as we do Nick, she narrates the story leading up to her disappearance and does a fantastic job. Although she is a fine actress, I had my reservations when I heard the casting for the character. But what we end up with is a phenomenal performance, and some killer scenes. Credit must also be given to Neil Patrick Harris, who is obviously better known for his comedic roles. NPH does a great job as coming off as a sleazeball in this one.

It’s amazing how the look and feel of a film can change the way we interpret the story. David Fincher has a unique style of filmmaking, and Gone Girl is no exception. No matter when or where the film takes place, he applies his trademark filter along with Reznor’s score and sets an uncomfortable and eerie tone. And the result is brilliant. I can think of no better director to take on this story, as Fincher applies his talents not only to the unsettling beats – but to a certain touch of irony and dark, chilling humor. Not the kind you laugh out loud at, but the kind that makes you think about just how twisted and messed up some people can be. He captures everything there is to love about Flynn’s novel, giving us one of the best novel adaptations I have seen in a while.

It’s understandable that readers who love the book may be afraid that the film will ruin it for them. Or at least that it won’t be what they had imagined. It’s an understandable fear, as so many adaptations miss the mark by a long shot. Yet in the case of Gone Girl, David Fincher brings the words to life in such a way that only the director can. And it works on all levels. The novel is told in a very unique fashion, to which Fincher is no stranger to (see Fight Club, 12 Monkeys), and allows him to excel in storytelling. The film also proves that the Fincher/Reznor combo is a winning one. If you love the book, chances are you will love the movie. And if you haven’t read it yet, chances are you will want to soon.

Gone Girl is an A.

MLB Post Season: St. Louis Cardinals Gear Up For Another Red October

stl cards champs 2014The St. Louis Cardinals wrapped up their second straight National League Central title Sunday afternoon while finishing off warm-ups.  After failing to close the door Saturday night, the division championship came down to the last day of the season, and for perhaps the first time ever, had St. Louis fans rooting for Johnny Cueto and the Reds against the Pittsburg Pirates.  Separated by three time zones, and with Cueto picking up his twentieth win of the season, the Cards were able to secure the division without having to win Sunday’s game (a game they won anyway).  This marks the ninth division title for the Cardinals since the inception of the NL Central during the 1994 realignment.

The season began with lofty expectations from both local and national pundits.  Many considered the Cardinals to have a 100 win potential and easily capture the division crown.  Nothing in baseball, however, seems to go as planned.  The club battled an underachieving offense, inconsistent play most of the season, and injuries to key players, but finished the season strong.   Taking over the Central division lead at the start of September, the Cardinals at a .654 clip (17-9) the final month to end the season 18 games over .500, with a record of 90-72.

Now, with the 162-game MLB season in the rearview mirror, the team can focus on baseball’s “second season,” which starts Friday night in Los Angeles in a rematch of last season’s NLCS.  The teams may be the same, but there are several differences between this year’s and last year’s series.  The Cardinals come in as the clear underdog.  The Dodgers, as the higher seed, own home-field advantage and the Cardinals have not been good on the road, playing three games under .500 as the visitor.  The Dodgers won three out of four games from the Cardinals in Los Angeles earlier this season, outscoring the Cards 17-4 in that series, shutting them out in two games.  The Cardinals offense was at times anemic this season, finishing last in the NL in home runs (105), second to last in stolen bases (57), and tenth in runs scored (619).  The 619 runs the Cardinals scored are the lowest of any playoff team and 99 less than the Dodgers scored.   If the Cardinals want to advance past the NLDS, they are going to have to find a way to generate some offense against a pitching staff that features Cy Young award winners Clayton Kershaw and Zack Greinke.

Wainwright

Wainwright

The Cardinals are not without pitching, though.  In fact, pitching is what carried this team to the post season.  The Cardinals mound men had a 3.50 team ERA and pitched 23 shutouts, the third highest total in team history, behind the 1944 (26) and 1968 (30) clubs, both of which made it to the World Series.  The St. Louis bullpen was solid this year as well, leading the league in saves with 55 total and a record of nine games over .500 in one run games (32-23), a good augury for the NLDS since the Cards and Dodgers have split the last 20 games in the pitching-dominated regular season.  Adam Wainwright and Lance Lynn should match up well against Kershaw and Greinke in games one and two.  Both Wainwright and Lynn were in the top 10 in wins, innings pitched, ERA, and complete games.  Wainwright held opposing batters to a .222 and Lynn to a .238 batting average, good for fourth and twelfth in the league respectively.  Shelby Miller and John Lackey should hold down the third and fourth spots in the rotation.  Miller has pitched effectively over the last 30 days, posting a 2-0 record and a 1.48 ERA.

Perhaps one of the most interesting story lines leading up to game 1 of the NLDS will be the finalizing of the Cardinals post season roster. Needing four starters at most in the rotation, the first question Cardinals manager Mike Matheny and GM John Mozeliak will have to address is what the role of starting pitcher Michael Wacha will be. Wacha is still not 100% recovered from a shoulder injury that sidelined him for much of the 2nd half of the season. Does a bullpen role make sense? Typically, shoulder injuries don’t allow for the quick bounce back that is needed by a reliever to pitch games in quick succession. The remainder of the pen is likely to be: Trevor Rosenthal, Carlos Martinez, Seth Maness, and Pat Neshek, all locked in from the right side; and Randy Choate and Kevin Siegrist from the left. Wacha would be the seventh pitcher in the pen, with only one spot left to be decided between Jason Motte, Sam Freeman, and Nick Greenwood. Freeman should be the favorite; the left-hander has pitched well during the final weeks of the season, and a third lefty may be crucial in key situations against Dodgers slugger Adrian Gonzalez.

Taveras

Taveras

The battle for bench spots could be close as well. At catcher, the incumbent backup Tony Cruz will likely get the nod over long-time veteran (but Cardinal newcomer) A.J. Pierzynski. In 30 games Pierzynski only managed a .244 batting average with one home run during regular season. Additionally, since Pierzynski bats from the left side of the plate, he may not fit well into pinch hitting roles with a lineup that already includes four lefties. Another roster question focuses on backup infielders: will Mark Ellis or Pete Kozma join Daniel Descalso on the playoff roster? Kozma should have the edge over Ellis in this battle. Ellis has been below the Mendoza line all season, hitting .180 with no home runs in 73 games. It is true that Kozma is not a huge improvement offensively, but his hits do seem to come at clutch times. He also has more versatility, defensive range, and speed. Kozma has a good history against Kershaw as well. In a very limited sample size, Kozma is four for five off Kershaw and may have a slight edge over left-handed-hitting Kolten Wong at second base in the first game of the series. The final tough roster decision has been made easier over recent weeks. At the start of September, the question of the final outfield spot between Randal Grichuk and Oscar Taveras seems to have been answered with Grichuk consistently taking on a larger role as the month came to a close. The question now is will Cardinals top offensive prospect Taveras even make the roster? There may be some temptation to go with a shorter bench and carry a thirteenth pitcher, which would likely leave Taveras off the team. There may also be a need to carry an additional first baseman to back up Matt Adams if his sore oblique continues to nag him, which again, leaves Taveras on the outside looking in.

These questions will all be addressed Thursday afternoon when the Cardinals announce their NLDS roster and have a brief workout at Dodger Stadium. Game one of the NLDS will be played on Friday October 3rd at 5:30 CST.

Dave Sanders is a sports economist and instructor of economics at St. Louis University. He can be contacted at sandersdt@slu.edu

Fox’s GOTHAM May Be Batman’s Best Spin-Off
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The cast of Fox’s GOTHAM.

For many decades, Batman has been one of the most popular and recognizable superheroes. He has been featured in endless comics, a number of different films, television, and animated adaptations, and several games. He has also been idolized by millions of children for the better part of a century. Furthermore, the world of Gotham City—the setting for most Batman tales— is one of the most fully realized settings in all of fantasy or fiction.

But ever since the revelation that was Christopher Nolan’s wonderful film Batman Begins, the caped crusader has become more popular than ever. Nolan brought Batman to theaters in a bigger and better way than ever before. As a result, a generation obsessed with modern superheroes holds Batman on a higher pedestal. Just consider the adaptations and spin-offs we’ve seen even since Batman Begins hit the cinema in ’05.

Christian Bale as Batman in Christopher Nolan's THE DARK KNIGHT RISES.

Christian Bale as Batman in Christopher Nolan’s THE DARK KNIGHT RISES.

In film, Batman already has a huge presence. Not only did Nolan’s film spark two successful sequels, but a reboot is already on the way. As film fans will know by now, Zack Snyder (who directed 2013’s Superman film Man Of Steel) has added Batman to his cast of characters for a forthcoming Superman sequel that will feature a number of other DC characters. With Ben Affleck cast in the role, it’s somewhat unclear whether the part is intended as a future version of Nolan’s Batman or an entirely new interpretation. But in Entertainment Weekly, Snyder did reveal that his film’s Batman will be an “older, world-weary” version.

Gaming, too, has seen multiple adaptations since the explosion of Nolan’s Batman franchise, with the most mainstream example being the “Arkham” series for modern consoles. These games, while not officially based on the Dark Knight trilogy, have taken a similarly dark, serious approach to depicting Gotham. They have also used modern gaming capabilities to allow players unprecedented flexibility in exploring Batman’s world. However, these aren’t the only popular Caped Crusader games making the rounds. Online, the Betfair arcade has capitalized on Batman’s popularity by using him and a dark, Gotham-like artistic design for an online casino game. It’s a different spin on superhero gaming, but the raw use of atmosphere to create a Batman betting game speaks to his power as a character. The same can be said of any number of Batman games available on mobile devices, most of which are limited in terms of gameplay, but they are thrilling simply because of their graphics.

All of these adaptations and spin-offs indicate just how big of a deal Batman is in modern culture. But even with all of these out there already, this fall we may have been introduced to one of the strangest and best Batman spin-offs in existence.

On September 22, Fox aired the premiere of the brand new crime drama Gotham, and earned a mostly positive response from critics. The show was developed and executive produced by Bruno Heller with help from DC Comics, and it is based on the world of Batman—without actually including Batman. Somewhat in the vein of Marvel’s Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D.—it focuses on the agency behind the Avengers rather than the heroes themselves—Gotham seeks to capitalize on the aforementioned world of the Batman comics, which is a favorite setting for so many fans.

Ben McKenzie as James Gordon

Ben McKenzie as James Gordon

But what became apparent just minutes into the pilot is that Gotham is simply better equipped to survive without Batman than S.H.I.E.L.D. is without the Avengers. This television show is built on the idea of a young James Gordon (played by Ben McKenzie)—the detective who ultimately becomes Batman’s police force ally—working to solve the case of the deaths of Batman’s parents, Thomas and Martha Wayne. Even this basic synopsis makes for a great setup: basically, we’re getting a standard TV detective show that has the huge advantage of operating within Batman’s narrative. And it comes complete with all its villainous scoundrels while the inevitable hero is still a child. It’s simple but brilliant.

As for the Pilot, it was somewhat caught up in its own brilliance. As IGN conclude in its review, the show’s first episode was a little heavy on the Easter eggs and hints of Batman characters to come. It felt like a desperate move to draw in a skeptical audience. While this criticism is certainly warranted, there was also a lot of good in the pilot. Most importantly, McKenzie’s Gordon is a fresh and intriguing take, and his partner detective, Harvey Bullock (played by Donal Logue), has wonderful potential. If the show can slow down and focus more on itself, rather than the world it comes from, it could be be great.

All things considered, this is one superhero spin-off gimmick we can get excited about. Watch the pilot, and you won’t be entirely convinced yet. However, you’ll get the feeling that this may be the best piece of entertainment to come out of Batman since Nolan’s series.

61: ‘The Equalizer’ Starring Denzel Washington, Chloë Grace Moretz

The Equalizer PosterWe’re down three members so how will we ever take on The Equalizer? With the help of our first ever in-studio female guest, that’s how! This week we’re joined by Danya from Y98 (KYKY) in St. Louis.

Based on a CBS show that nobody under 40 has ever heard of, The Equalizer stars Denzel Washington as Liam Neeson. Make of that what you will…or let us “make of that” for you.

It’s Reel Spoilers #61: The Equalizer.

You’ve been warned.

Starring: Tom O’Keefe, Danya Artimisi, Kevin Brackett

Run-time: 1hr 10min

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