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Premiere of 'Knock 'em Dead'

Betsy Russell - Snaps from the red carpet ahead of the Premiere of comedy thriller 'Knock 'em Dead' which was held at the Arena Cinemas Hollywood in Los Angeles, California, United States - Sunday 9th November 2014

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Picture - Betsy Russell and Guest , Thursday 16th February 2012

Betsy Russell - Betsy Russell and Guest Thursday 16th February 2012 Lyon Fine Jewelry 2012 Collection Preview Party - Inside

Picture - Betsy Russell, Lauren Russell , Thursday 16th February 2012

Betsy Russell - Betsy Russell, Lauren Russell Thursday 16th February 2012 Lyon Fine Jewelry 2012 Collection Preview Party - Inside

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Picture - Mollie Thomas, Betsy Russell, Lauren... , Thursday 16th February 2012

Betsy Russell - Mollie Thomas, Betsy Russell, Lauren Russell Thursday 16th February 2012 Lyon Fine Jewelry 2012 Collection Preview Party - Inside

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Saw V Review


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At this point in the Saw series, reviews really don't matter. Frankly, this is one of the few fright franchises where audiences don't care about character development, directorial flair, or narrative invention. Instead, they want more Tobin Bell as Jigsaw, more illogical puzzle kills, and a reverse referencing that makes unimportant characters major players in later installments. To that extent, Saw V is definitely no different. Unfortunately, whatever made the first four films tolerable has been whisked away by unimaginative writing and even more pedestrian direction.

Since the death of Jigsaw (Tobin Bell), FBI agent Strahm (Scott Patterson) has been trying to track down his "other" accomplice. With female helper Amanda (Shawnee Smith) also dead, all leads point to Det. Mark Hoffman (Costas Mandylor). New agency head Dan Erickson (Mark Rolston) isn't so sure, however, and becomes suspicious. In the meantime, a new "game" has commenced. Five people -- a fire inspector, a building permit bureaucrat, a trust fund baby/drug addict, an investigative journalist, and a property developer -- find themselves locked in a life or death struggle to see who can survive, and who will be sacrificed. As well, Jigsaw's ex-wife Jill (Betsy Russell) receives a mysterious box.

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Saw IV Review


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Who would've guessed that from the lengthy list of gimmicks employed by the Saw series, the one to try patience in Saw IV would not be its elaborate, torture-happy deathtraps, serial killer Jigsaw's dour sermonizing, or its shamelessly amped-up filmmaking, but rather the filmmakers' insistence on movie-to-movie continuity. Saw IV, like its predecessors, takes places directly after, and in some cases concurrently with, the events of its immediate predecessor. For a time, this attention to detail seemed novel; but now lacking any real forward movement, the series threatens to collapse into a black hole of its own making.

The attachment of the Saw series to even its most inconsequential, dull, poorly-realized characters rivals and maybe surpasses head murderer Jigsaw's own hang-ups; the filmmakers have become serial killers by proxy, obsessed with every minor character who crosses their path. The sinking feeling I got watching Saw IV was not horror-movie dread, or even trepidation about the inevitable Saws five through ten in particular, but that Saw V will feel obligated to feature such dynamic new franchise additions such as that FBI agent guy (Scott Patterson) and that one cop who knew those other cops (Costas Mandylor). Based on series patterns, Joanne Boland and Julian Richings will have major parts in the next sequel, reprising their roles of "crime scene photographer" and "vagrant," respectively.

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