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First Look: Matthew Weiner’s The Romanoffs

The Romanoffs: The Royal We – Noah Wyle, Kerry Bishe – Photo by Lily Rolnick/Courtesy of Amazon Prime.

Matthew Weiner’s The Romanoffs is an anthology series that features eight separate stories about people who believe themselves to be descendants of the Russian royal family.

Amazon Prime Video has released four new photos that give us our first look at the opulent new series.

The Romanoffs premieres on Amazon Prime Video on October 12th with the first two episodes.

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Intriguing Trailer: HBO’s Togetherness!

Mark & Jay Duplass have made a name for themselves as makers of micro-budgeted films – dubbed by others as mumblecore – that have been critically acclaimed and them enough money to continue making movies.

Now the brothers have set up a series at HBO: Togetherness – a show about four near-forty people who live under the same roof and are trying to keeps their dreams and relationships alive. The series stars Mark Duplass, Melanie Lynskey, Amanda Peet and Steve Zissis.

Togetherness premieres on Sunday, January 11, 2015 (9:30/8:30C). A revealing teaser trailer has been made available. Check it out after the jump.

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MOVIE REVIEW: The X-Files: I Wanted To Believe!

As an X-Phile who sat through every single episode of the The X-Files [yup, all nine seasons and the first movie], I have to say that it was disheartening to see a mere eighteen people in the theater for the first matinee of The X-Files: I Want To Believe. What was even more disheartening was watching the film unfold to pretty much stony silence from the assembled [I’d hardly call it a crowd].

You don’t need to have watched the television program to understand what’s going on in I Want to Believe, but it certainly helps when it comes to some of the inside jokes and character moments. Even a non-X-Phile can follow the plot – which revolves around a specific urban legend – and the relationship between former FBI agents Fox Mulder [David Duchovny] and Dr. Dana Scully [Gillian Anderson] is apparent even to the uninitiated [though some of their exchanges might not have the same impact for those new to the X-Files experience].

Mulder and Scully

Duchovny and Anderson slip back into their roles so well, it’s like they’ve always been there and there are pleasantly surprising performances from newcomers to the X-Files, Xzibit [as a sceptical FBI Agent who seems like a Skinner-in-training, but without the people skills] and Billy Connolly as a psychic pedophile ex-priest. Amanda Peet, as Agent-in-Charge Dakota Whitney, is merely adequate. Callum Keith Rennie, as the primary villain, brings a suitable menace to his performance.

Unfortunately, the plot is pretty average – to the point where the B-plot [Scully’s efforts to save the life of a boy with a deadly brain disease] is actually more involving. On the plus side, series creator Chris Carter – who co-wrote the script with Frank Spotnitz – does a good job of creating the murky, atmospheric feel that made the series unique to the proceedings. That compensates for many of the film’s flaws.

The X-Files: I Want To Believe is an adequate way to kill a couple of hours, but it’s not likely to spawn the kind of fervent glee that the best episodes of the series generated. I fear this will be the last new X-Files adventure/investigation. Pity… [Please note, stay through the credits and you’ll see a glimpse of Mulder and Scully that is particularly memorable for Scully fans – two words: black bikini.]

Final Grade: C+