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  • Film Review: 'Sacrifice'

    LOS ANGELES (Variety.com) - When high-school bros go deep into the woods armed with hunting rifles and expanding torsos, there will be blood, along with plentiful inclement weather. There are gobs of both in "Sacrifice," but also a quieter moral reckoning that offers the more compelling reason to see this conventional, intermittently absorbing indie from writer-director Michael Cohn ("When the Bough Breaks"). For all its thriller accessorizing, the film grows on you -- a little -- as a biblical family melodrama that digs into the domestic origins of a compound crime while piling on the wages of sin. Solidly fortified with seasoned actors Dermot Mulroney and Melora Walters, and Austin Abrams as a struggling adolescent, the movie was made under the aegis of the film collaborative JuntoBox, and its combination of horror frissons and contemplative character study should give it modest crossover appeal in young and older markets.
  • 'Get on Up' revives the funk, and James Brown

    "Get on Up" is a movie of uncompromising soul, unadulterated funk and unalloyed joy. Dazzling, witty and emotional, this warts-and-all musical biography of James Brown rides on the able shoulders of Chadwick Boseman. It turns out that his terrific if...

    Brandon Smith elected to Virginia's bowling hall of fame | Community notebook

    One of Brandon Smith's most-memorable moments in bowling came last October when he was inducted into the Virginia Peninsula USBC Hall of Fame. That most-memorable list just got longer. The Newport News resident, 39, has been voted into the Virginia...

    NBC Orders Comedies 'One Big Happy,' 'Mission Control,' 'Bad Judge'

    NBC has given series orders to a trio of femme-led comedies: "One Big Happy," "Mission Control" and "Bad Judge" Warner Bros. TV sitcom "One Big Happy" was penned by Liz Feldman ("2 Broke Girls") who exec produces with director Scott Ellis for Ellen...

    NBC presents 2014-15 fall schedule, new shows

    NBC presents 2014-15 fall schedule, new shows
    NBC presented its 2014-15 prime-time lineup Sunday, introducing three new comedies and three new dramas. The fall schedule also moves crime drama "The Blacklist" to Thursday nights in February. In total, NBC picked up five new dramas, seven new comedies,...