New This Week on DVD, May 24, 2022

 The Batman (PG-13)

When a sadistic serial killer begins murdering key political figures in Gotham, Batman is forced to investigate the city’s hidden corruption and question his family’s involvement. Starring Robert Pattinson, Zoë Kravitz, Jeffrey Wright

 X (R)

In 1979, a group of young filmmakers set out to make an adult film in rural Texas, but when their reclusive, elderly hosts catch them in the act, the cast find themselves fighting for their lives. Starring Mia Goth, Jenna Ortega, Brittany Snow 

 Studio 666 (R)

Legendary rock band Foo Fighters move into an Encino mansion steeped in grisly rock and roll history to record their much-anticipated 10th album. Starring Dave Grohl, Nate Mendel, Pat Smear 

 Umma (PG-13)

Amanda and her daughter live a quiet life on an American farm, but when the remains of her estranged mother arrive from Korea, Amanda becomes haunted by the fear of turning into her own mother. Starring Sandra Oh, Fivel Stewart, Dermot Mulroney

 The Loud House: The Complete Third Season (TV-Y7)

Lincoln Loud is an eleven-year-old boy who lives with ten sisters. With the help of his right-hand man Clyde, Lincoln finds new ways to survive in such a large family every day. Starring Grey Griffin, Lara Jill Miller, Jessica DiCicco 

 Ray Donovan: The Movie (TV-MA)

A showdown decade in the making brings the Donovan family legacy full circle as they find themselves drawn back to Boston. Struggling to overcome their violent upbringing, their fierce love for each other keeps them in the fight. Starring Liev Schreiber, Eddie Marsan, Dash Mihok

 Split: Season Two (TV-MA)

The Defoe’s, a family of female divorce lawyers, are forced to face their past following the return of their estranged father after a 30-year absence. Starring Nicola Walker, Stephen Mangan, Annabel Scholey 

 The Sinner: Season Four (TV-MA)

Anthology series that examines how and why ordinary people commit brutal crimes. Starring Bill Pullman, Jessica Hecht, Dohn Norwood

 The Shelbourne Hotel: Series 1 (NR)

“At the exclusive five-star Shelbourne Hotel, attention to detail ensures that exacting standards are met!” Starring Carrie Crowley

 Finding Your Roots: Season 8 (TV-PG)

Before the popularity of AncestryDNA, journalist and cultural critic Henry Louis Gates, Jr. divulges the family trees of various celebrities, many times with stunning revelations. Starring Henry Louis Gates Jr., CeCe Moore, Ty Burrell 

Synopsis by IMDB. 

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New Summer TV Shows 2022

 

Welcome to Wrexham - streaming tv show online Welcome to Wrexham (FX) Rated NR

Docuseries chronicling the purchase and stewardship of Wrexham AFC, one of professional football’s oldest clubs, by two Hollywood actors, Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhenney. Starring Ryan Reynolds, Rob McElhenney

Premieres Aug 24th

Star Wars: Obi-Wan Kenobi - 2022 | Filmow Obi-Wan Kenobi (Disney+) Rated TV-PG

Jedi Master Obi-Wan Kenobi watches over young Luke Skywalker and evades the Empire’s elite Jedi hunters during his exile on the desert planet Tatooine. Starring Rupert Friend, Hayden Christensen, Ewan McGregor 

Premieres May 27th. 

Theodore Roosevelt - Where to Watch Every Episode Streaming Online ... Theodore Roosevelt (History) Rated NR

Two-part series on U.S. President Theodore Roosevelt looking at his work as a progressive reformer as well as his contradictions such as being a passionate conservationist who also hunted animals. Starring Rufus Jones, Marco Mintaka, Greg Kriek 

Premieres May 30th. 

HOLLYWOOD SPY: FIRST SET PHOTO OF ALICIA VON RITTBERG AS ELIZABETH I IN ... Becoming Elizabeth (Starz) Rated NR

Elizabeth Tudor, an orphaned teenager who becomes embroiled in the political and sexual politics of the English court on her journey to secure the crown. Starring Jamie Parker, George Baker, Sinna Mogul 

Premieres June 12th. 

Index of The Terminal List (2022) series direct download links ... The Terminal List (Amazon) Rated NR

A former Navy SEAL officer investigates why his entire platoon was ambushed during a high-stakes covert mission. Starring Chris Pratt, Jared Shaw, JD Pardo

Premieres July 1st. 

Synopsis by IMDB. 

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New This Week in Theaters, May 19, 2022

  'Downton Abbey 2' Gets Official Title and March 2022 Release DateDownton Abbey: A New Era (PG)
Opens on Friday, May 20
Starring: Hugh Bonneville, Jim Carter, Michelle Dockery, Elizabeth McGovern

Follow-up to the 2019 feature film in which the Crawley family and Downton staff received a royal visit from the King and Queen of Great Britain.


Men (2022) Poster Men (R)
Opens on Friday, May 20
Starring: Jessie Buckley, Rory Kinnear, Paapa Essiedu, Gayle Rankin

A young woman goes on a solo vacation to the English countryside following the death of her ex-husband.

Synopsis by IMDB. 

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Wet Hot American Summer: Ten Years Later (Netflix) Rated TV-MA

The campers and counselors meet back at Camp Firewood ten years later. Starring Nina Hellman, Marguerite Moreau, and Zak Orth.

I have never been a fan of contrived potty humor, and this miniseries has it in abundance. This didn’t surprise me, but I do enjoy a few of the actors, which piqued my interest. I am constantly amazed at how popular these shows are. However, the storylines are quite inventive and interesting. You also know where they were going with it, so nothing is surprising. It doesn’t help that the actors are way past their twenty-something characters, which doesn’t make show relevant. In fact, most of them are wearing ill-fitted wigs trying to look younger  – it doesn’t help. This series is not worth the watch.

 

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The Ultimate Life (2013) Rated PG

A billionaire struggling with morality reexamines his life after finding his grandfather’s journal. Starring Logan Bartholomew, Ali Hillis, and Lee Meriwether.

This is a sequel to the 2006 film The Ultimate Gift. The installment takes place after the first film with flashbacks to the family’s historical timelines. The story is a little rehashing of the original. I do miss Drew Fuller from the original film, but Bartholomew takes the character in his hands and is just as enjoyable to watch. While the production value of The Ultimate Gift was better, this film doesn’t hold back on cinematography of the United States. The film focuses on the morals of life, and it’s a clean film that doesn’t portray the messiness of life. I enjoyed the story and the acting. It expands on the family’s background, and if you see it for what it is, it’s a film worth a watch.

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New This Week on DVD, May 17, 2022

 Licorice Pizza (R)

The story of Alana Kane and Gary Valentine growing up, running around and going through the treacherous navigation of first love in the San Fernando Valley, 1973. Starring Will Angarola, Griff Giacchino, James Kelley 

 Sundown (R)

Neil and Alice Bennett are the core of a wealthy family on vacation in Mexico until a distant emergency cuts their trip short. When one relative disrupts the family’s tight-knit order, simmering tensions rise to the fore. Starring Tim Roth, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Iazua Larios 

 Nova: Augmented (TV-14)

An inventor of bionic limbs, Hugh Herr, works with an injured climber and a surgeon to test a new amputation technique that allows prosthetic limbs to move and feel like the real thing. Starring Jim Ewing, Hugh Herr, Cathy King

 Masterpiece: Ridley Road (NR)

When Vivien Epstein follows her lover into danger and he is caught between life and death, Vivien finds herself going undercover with the fascists, not only for him but for the sake of her country. Starring Agnes O’Casey, Rory Kinnear, Henry Wilton-Hunt

 American Experience: Flood in the Desert (TV-G)

Flood in the Desert tells the dramatic story of the March 1928 collapse of the St. Francis Dam and its aftermath, which was the second deadliest disaster in California history. The resulting flood killed over 400 people, destroyed millions of dollars of property, and washed away the reputation of one of the most celebrated men in Southern California, William Mulholland. A self-taught engineer, Mulholland had ensured Los Angeles’ remarkable growth by building a cement aqueduct that piped water from the Owens Valley across the Mojave Desert and into the arid city, 233 miles away. He had good intentions, but the bursting of his St. Francis Dam, the city’s largest single reservoir, was a colossal engineering and human failure. Starring Andre Braugher

 The Last Kingdom: Season Five (TV-14)

As Alfred the Great defends his kingdom from Norse invaders, Uhtred–born a Saxon but raised by Vikings–seeks to claim his ancestral birthright. Starring Alexander Dreymon, Eliza Butterworth, Arnas Fedaravicius

 Sprinter Galore: Season Two (NR)

Magnus lives with his parents in a typical Danish home. He loves superheroes and one evening he sees something mysterious crash in his back yard. It is the alien Sprinter Galore. Sprinters spaceship is broken, and it will take some time for Magnus’ father to fix. So, Sprinter has to stay on earth until then. It will be a visit that teaches both Sprinter and the family about life on earth. Starring Laura Bach, Magnus Bruun, Noah Baden Henriksen

 Slasher: Flesh & Blood – Season One (NR)

An anthology series featuring rampaging serial killers leaving carnage in their wake as their next victims fight to stay alive. Starring Christopher Jacot, Paula Brancati, Joanne Vannicola 

 BMF: Season One (TV-MA)

Two brothers who rose from the decaying streets of southwest Detroit in the late 1980’s and gave birth to one of the most influential crime families in the country. Starring Russell Hornsby, Da’Vinchi, Michole Briana White 

 Great Escapes with Morgan Freeman: Season One (NR)

Take a look back at the biggest jailbreaks from some of the most notorious prisons in the world. Starring Morgan Freeman, Andrew Patrick Nelson, Jeff Dumas 

 Panama (R)

An ex-marine is hired by a defense contractor to travel to Panama to complete an arms deal. In the process he becomes involved with the U.S. invasion of Panama and learns an important lesson about the true nature of political power. Starring Cole Hauser, Mel Gibson, Charlie Weber 

Synopsis by IMDB. 

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REELZ Investigates: Sherri Papini (Reelz) Rated NR

A young mom disappears out on a run, and her bizarre disappearance and shocking return leave more questions than answers. Starring Harley Tat.

This is a typical Reelz Channel investigation program. They use talking heads to tell the story of what happened while using news footage of the actual event. A few of the talking heads had to do with the crime, but some are just acquaintances. The show doesn’t do much investigating. It’s more of an exploitation of the crime, but it is interesting to see the timeline. The show is basically rehashing the saga and is not worth the watch.

 

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The Town Christmas Forgot (2010) Rated TV-G

A family gets stranded in a small town two days before Christmas and help with the town’s annual Christmas pageant. Starring Lauren Holly, Rick Roberts, and Azer Greco.

In a town where broken dreams come to an end, a family comes along and brings the town back to life. That’s basically what this is about. It’s basically a run-of-the-mill Hallmark tearjerkers about Christmas hope. The writing is nothing new, and the plot is never shocking. This film is not the best conceived. The acting is not the best, the special effects are not the best, and while the plot isn’t shocking, it isn’t realistic either. You’ll know where the story is going before it happens. The film capitalizes on the feel-good Christmas standard, but its story and acting leave much to be desired. It’s not worth the watch.

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Secrets of the lost Ark (Science) Rated NR

This show follows one of the most sacred religious artifacts from the Bible, The Ark of the Covenant. A team of experts uses the latest science and research to discover the mystery of where the ark disappeared to. Starring Jon Mohr, Richard Felix, and Tony McMahon.

This show is interesting as it looks at the myths and legends that surround the Ark and where it ended up. Some make sense – others, not so much. There is a lot of speculation around the history of where the ark could be. It did disappear in the Bible, but did it survive all these years and where could it be hidden? We travel all around Europe and the Middle East to different sites where the Ark could be. I would say that the Ark could be in the desert where the dead sea scrolls were found. Also, I don’t think the Lord has a use for the Ark anymore – so there’s no need for us to find it, but the theories are interesting. The show is worth the watch.

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The Mistletoe Promise (2016) Rated TV-G

A couple who both dislike Christmas sign a contract that would mutually benefit them over the holiday. Starring Jaime King, Luke Macfarlane, and Christie Laing.

This is one of Hallmark’s cute romances. It’s not one of their better ones, but it’s still cute. The acting is as usual with Hallmark actors; they do what they can with the writing. The chemistry is lackluster, and I’m surprised by this because King and Macfarlane are not new to this genre. This film feels like it was made in a rush, which probably is the case with most Hallmark films. I don’t think they spend much time on the production, and this one shows. There are continuity problems with both scenes on the buses and in the snow. The timing was off. I really enjoy these premises, but the characters falling in love with each other, as well as the season, just feels forced. This film is not worth the watch.

 

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