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TV Rundown: June 23 | The 'Pretty Little Liars' Dig for the Truth About Charles

In “Don’t Look Now”, the name of the game was unlocking the mystery of Charles. After last week’s episode ended with Ali and Jason demanding answers from their father, they finally got them. Among the girls other exploits was Hanna alienating Caleb, Spencer jonesing for drugs, Emily helping Sara and Aria opening up about her kidnapping for the first time, thanks to the catharsis of photography. The girls’ pressuring Hanna to keep Caleb out of the loop was one of the hour's more poorly designed plot points.

TV Review: 'True Detective' Season 2 Premiere Begins New Investigation

HBO’s anthology series kicked off its second season and got off to a relatively good start. Having widened its scope from the more intimate pairing of Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson’s detective duo in the first season, "True Detective" has lost a bit of its synergy.

TV Rundown: June 21 | Sir Malcolm Faces his Deamons on 'Penny Dreadful'

With Ethan and Vanessa absent for an entire episode, "Penny Dreadful" shifted its focus to Sir Malcolm and the problematic situation of his enchantment. Thankfully, he was able to shake it off and share a chilling showdown with his crazy, presumably-ex paramour. Timothy Dalton’s performance was commanding, effectively oscillating between fear, inner torment and finally, defiance.

Spotlight On: The 'Blindfold' Project

Marie Naffah is a busy woman. The London based, singer-songwriter was the winner of MTV’s 2014 Unsigned Artist award and is currently at work on her debut EP, which is expected to be released sometime later this year. On top of that, 22-year-old Naffah has found time to joined forces with the RNIB (Royal National Institute of Blind People) for a musical project entitled ‘Blindfold’, a “documentary-style” video for her song of the same name.

TV Rundown: June 15 - 18 | 'Tyrant' Returns, 'Pretty Little Liars' Investigates and 'Beauty & the Beast' Delivers its Best Episode

Tyrant | FX’s sensational drama returned for its sophomore season and showed every evidence of thriving on the creative inroads made in its debut season. Picking up a relatively short time after the finale, Barry’s fate hung in the balance as Jamal had to decide whether to execute his brother for his failed coup attempt, leave him in prison or set him free.

TV Rundown: June 14 | Let's Talk About the Game Changing 'Game of Thrones' Finale

In the words of the great Jesse Katsopolis: “have mercy” or at least a little. “Game of Thrones” went full blown "valar morghulis" in its fifth season finale so it might actually be a shorter list to detail who survived the closing hour, as opposed to naming those who perished. Out of the six deaths, four were not exactly heartbreakers.

The second fatality in particular experienced an all too merciful end (if it was indeed their end); given their reign of terror. In the game of thrones, seldom is justice anything close to what it should be. The last death of the episode proved to be the most shocking and controversial; simply because it does not seem plausible.

TV Rundown: June 14 | Vanessa and Ethan Seek Refuge on 'Penny Dreadful' & Find Something Extra

In “Little Scorpion” Vanessa and Ethan headed back to the home of the Cut-Wife to hide from the unrelenting evil that’s been stalking Miss Ives in London. It all seemed like the set-up to a dream episode; Vanessa and Ethan bonding as the hint of romance swirled amidst a deepening relationship and understanding of one another. Unfortunately the hour did more to drive a wedge between them, than draw the pair closer together, at least in the short term.

TV Rundown: June 9 & 11 | Life Readjusts on 'Pretty Little Liars' - Plus, 'Beauty & the Beast' Returns

Pretty Little Liars | Still reeling from their abduction, the Liars dealt with its aftermath in very different ways. For Spencer it was trying to get a drug fix, for Hanna it was redecorating her defiled room, for Aria it was denial and trying to get justice by making a false statement to police and for Emily it was shooting off steam at the gun range.

TV Rundown: June 8 | 'Game of Thrones' Reaches Its Penultimate Episode as 'Penny Dreadful' Heats Up

Game of Thrones: "The Dance of Dragons" | Not backing down from portraying the absolutely despicable, “Thrones” gave viewers the most disturbing and awful death of the entire series; the murder of Shireen, the adorable daughter of Stannis. Easily the most innocent character the series has ever had in its stable, Shireen was sacrificed by her own father in his bid to sit on the Iron Throne.

TV Rundown: May 31 | 'Pretty Little Liars' Returns & 'Game of Thrones' Delivers Best Episode of the Season

Pretty Little Liars: “Game On, Charles” | Picking up where last season left off, the Liars were being held captive by Charles in his dollhouse lair. Apparently, he knows something viewers don’t because the Liars and Mona haven’t done anything that comes close to deserving the punishment he dealt them. Holding them against their will for over a month and in solitary confinement for 3 weeks of that time; was just cruel.

TV Rundown: Special Edition | Rating the 2nd Season of 'Penny Dreadful' So Far

Since the Showtime series has yet to be covered in the TV Rundown this season, let’s begin with a slight refresher on the first 4 episodes before we jump into this past week’s installment. Where we are now: Vanessa is being hunted by a coven of Satan worshiping witches. Ethan is helping to defend her, while he tries to control his inner wolf. The Creature continues to annoy, as he pushes himself on a resurrected Brona (now known as Lily) and works at a creepy wax museum.

Top 5 Problems with 'Mad Max: Fury Road'

Since a review can only examine the flaws of a movie so deeply, this companion piece aims to delve further into the major flaws that burdened “Mad Max: Fury Road”.

#5 The State of People

In the post-apocalyptic future of “Fury Road”, people are in really bad shape. Obviously lacking sustenance of any sort, they’ve become malnourished and physically altered, as a result. Speaking of which, why none of the women in the film comment on the fact Max is the only healthy-looking man in the entire world is baffling.

Movie Review: 'Mad Max: Fury Road' (2015)

A caravan of crazy roams the desert, leaving in its wake a chaotic free-for-all of frantic neuroses. There’s no way to soft sell this review, so let’s just get to it. The latest “Mad Max” is an assortment of cockamamie pandemonium that leaps from one lurid explosion to the next in a momentum-less rush to keep viewers from noticing a script spread thin on character development or anything else of valuable dimension.

2015 Cannes Film Festival Recap | Burning Questions Answered!


Who was on the jury? 
Among the big stars serving on jury duty for the Main Competition were the The Coen Brothers, actors Jake Gyllenhaal, Sophie Marceau and Sienna Miller, singer-songwriter Rokia Traore and directors Xavier Dolan (one of last year’s big winners) and Guillermo del Toro.

Who’s featured on the official poster? 
That would be Swedish actress and Hollywood icon, Ingrid Bergman.

Which film cemented itself as the early Oscar contender for Best Picture?
"Carol" starring Oscar winner Cate Blanchett and nominee Rooney Mara easily captured that slot. In the adaptation of Patricia Highsmith's novel of the same name, Mara plays a department store clerk who embarks on a love affair with the married and more established Carol (Blanchett).