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2014 Lucille Lortel Awards Arrivals

Shuler Hensley and Paula DeRosa - 2014 Lucille Lortel Awards held at the NYU Skirball Center - Arrivals. - New York, New York, United States - Monday 5th May 2014

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Odd Thomas Review


Excellent

After Van Helsing, the first G.I. Joe and the Mummy movies, filmmaker Stephen Sommers just about keeps his excessive action instincts in check for this offbeat supernatural comedy. There are still aspects of a thriller here, but the characters have a surprising depth that adds to the humour and drama, providing both strong laughs and moving emotional moments.

Yelchin plays the title character, who isn't sure if his given name is just missing a first T or whether it was prophetic. As Odd grows up, he discovers that he can see dead people who need help solving their murders. The police chief (Dafoe) in his small desert town believes him because he gets every case right. And now Odd's girlfriend Stormy (Timlin) helps him piece together clues when it becomes apparent that something hugely horrific is about to happen. Odd also turns to his psychic friend Viola (Mbatha-Raw) as he grows increasingly worried about the rising presence of deathly creatures that swarm around people who are about to die.

Sommers sets this up with a wry wink, letting Yelchin play Odd as a nerdy nice guy who can't quite believe he has such a hot girlfriend. We like him instantly, so are happy to go along with the fantastical story. And the witty dialogue keeps us chuckling with its snappy commentary and absurd sideroads. Yelchin gives Odd a terrific sense of physical energy, which helps him develop sharp chemistry with everyone else on-screen. With his visions of something momentous on the horizon, the film feels like a comical variation on Donnie Darko

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Opening Party for Broadway's Waiting For Godot - Arrivals

Shuler Hensley, Ian McKellen, Patrick Stewart and Billy Crudup - Opening Night After Party for Broadway's Waiting For Godot, held at the Bryant Park Grill - Arrivals. - New York City, New York, United States - Sunday 24th November 2013

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Shuler Hensley, Ian McKellen, Sean Mathias, Patrick Stewart and Billy Crudup
Shuler Hensley, Ian McKellen, Patrick Stewart and Billy Crudup
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Opening Party for Broadway's Waiting For Godot - Inside.

Shuler Hensley, Ian McKellen, Adian Gemme, Sean Mathias, Colin Critchley, Patrick Stewart and Billy Crudup - Opening Night After Party for Broadway's Waiting For Godot, held at the Bryant Park Grill - Inside. - New York City, New York, United States - Sunday 24th November 2013

Shuler Hensley, Ian McKellen, Sean Mathias, Patrick Stewart and Billy Crudup
Shuler Hensley, Ian McKellen, Sean Mathias and Patrick Stewart

Opening Night Curtain Call for Broadway's Waiting For Godot

Billy Crudup, Ian McKellen, Aidan Gemme, Patrick Stewart and Shuler Hensley - Opening Night Curtain Call for Broadway's Waiting For Godot at the Cort Theatre. - New York, New York, United States - Monday 25th November 2013

Billy Crudup, Ian McKellen, Patrick Stewart and Shuler Hensley
Ian McKellen, Billy Crudup, Sean Mathias, Shuler Hensley and Patrick Stewart
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Ian McKellen, Billy Crudup, Sean Mathias, Shuler Hensley and Patrick Stewart
Ian McKellen and Billy Crudup

Only Make Believe Gala-Arrivals

Shuler Hensley and family members - The 14th Annual Only Make Believe Gala, held at the Jacobs Theatre-Arrivals. - New York, NY, United States - Tuesday 5th November 2013

The Bread, My Sweet Review


Grim
Love loves to love love. The Bread, My Sweet is a cutesy romance set within an Italian-American family, has a cute old matriarch (Rosemary Prinz) dying of cancer, a mentally retarded savant (Shuler Hensley), and an MBA corporate raider (played by Scott Baio!) who rediscovers his heart and soul by devoting his attention to the family bakery. What's not to love? Bittersweet to the point of cloying, and sappy past the breaking point of saccharine, The Bread, My Sweet is altogether too much Hallmark Card and not enough lived-in ethnic authenticity in the courtship.

Domenic Pyzola (Baio) is a hatchet man in the business world of unchecked ambition. In his double life, he works for the family bakery helping out his brothers. His neighbor Bella (Prinz) has become a surrogate mom, and a shoulder for him to lean on. But he won't have her forever. That soap opera device of terminal cancer rears its ugly head, and to comfort her in these ailing months Domenic proposes a false marriage to Bella's daughter Lucca (Kristen Minter). This arrangement is meant to last only until Bella passes away, but love is unpredictable and complex. Lucca and Domenic find they have deeper feeling than this straightforward business arrangement, and love loves to love love indeed...

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Van Helsing Review


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Mary Shelley and Bram Stoker receive zero writing credit for Stephen Sommers' lopsided Van Helsing, and you can hear the immortal authors breathing a sigh of relief from beyond the grave. The novelists' legendary creatures may receive prominent placement in Universal Studio's big-budget rollercoaster ride, but the half-baked ideas propping up the mediocre monster mash belong solely to writer/director Sommers - for better or for worse.

Van Helsing ends up as a high-concept adrenaline rush that never stops generating lesser concepts over its elongated 145-minute run time. Wheels start turning when Count Dracula (Richard Roxburgh) funds the creation of the Frankenstein monster (Shuler Hensley) to power a machine that will allow the vampire's offspring to live. The prince of darkness is trying to please his voracious brides, while the final descendent of a line of Transylvanian vampire hunters (Kate Beckinsale) is trying in vain to stake the brute before he ends her life. The wild card in this mix is Van Helsing (Hugh Jackman), a hired gun with a guilty conscience working for the Catholic Church to vanquish various evil beings.

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