A gameshow features new comedians competing to win. Starring Damien Lemon, Mo Mandel, and Yamaneika Saunders.
This show’s concept is interesting and could’ve been a fun watch, but there is so much going against it. First, it really isn’t all that funny, and the jokes seem forced and planned rather than natural. The concept is that three new comics compete against each other in order to discover who’s the funniest. Spoiler alert: none of them are the funniest. There is no system in place for the scoring. How the contestants (comics) are scored is just based on the host. He chooses how many points to give each comic. That leads to favoritism instead of actually finding the funniest comedian, but then maybe the show is made just so the comics can showcase their talents. That is lost on us by the fact that the jokes seem more premeditated than improvised. This show is not worth a watch.
The history of the U.S. National Parks from the first park to the expansion across 150 years. Starring Peter Coyote, William Cronon, and Dayton Duncan.
This series is brilliant. We follow the history of the U.S. National Parks as the first, Yosemite, was created by the people who realized the benefits of the country that surrounds us. This is one of Ken Burns’ best miniseries. We hear from the people who helped create the parks, those charged with protecting the parks, and everyone in between. We learn from the writings and historical accounts of those who realized the potential of protecting these lands, from John Muir to Theodore Roosevelt. These parks, especially those that protect lands, allow people from the cities to truly experience what we the country folk love. This land is wonderful, and it is a place of awe. Burns does a wonderful job bringing that to life. This miniseries is worth a watch.
Local teenagers ingest a substance and grow 30 feet tall. Then, they take over their town. Starring Tommy Kirk, Johnny Crawford, and Ron Howard.
This has to be one of the worst films ever. Its script is terrible, and, surprisingly, the acting is just as bad. It could be the direction that was given, but I don’t think anything could have saved this terrible film. The film is campy and it knows it. The children seem to be the only ones running this town, both the good and the bad. The special effects are also what you can expect from a low-budget film. This is a romp of silliness that doesn’t have much depth to it, making it not worth a watch.
A six-part series chronicles the history of LGBTQ in America. Starring Ceyenne Doroshow, Susan Stryker, and Tez Anderson.
This series, surprisingly, starts in the 1950s, at a time when the gays and lesbians were in the closet and families turned a blind eye to the homosexuals in their households. The show does not focus on history, rather its focus is more on current activism. It’s also very one-sided; you won’t learn much about the historical side of activism. The storytelling is interesting, but it doesn’t give us the truth behind the tales. Sure, it tugs at my heartstrings; to be asked about your sexuality at work is (and should be) a no-no, which it now is. I fully believe that you shouldn’t be discriminated against for your sexuality, but you also shouldn’t get a job based on it either. This series is not worth a watch.
In the Heights (PG-13) Opens on Friday, June 11 Starring: Anthony Ramos, Corey Hawkins, Leslie Grace, Stephanie Beatriz
The scent of a cafecito caliente hangs in the air just outside of the 181st Street subway stop. The likeable, magnetic bodega owner Usnavi saves every penny from his daily grind as he hopes, imagines and sings about a better life.
Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway (PG) Opens on Friday, June 11 Starring: James Corden, Elizabeth Debicki, Lennie James, Margot Robbie
Thomas and Bea are now married and living with Peter and his rabbit family. Bored of life in the garden, Peter goes to the big city, where he meets shady characters and ends up creating chaos for the whole family.
Queen Bees (PG-13) Opens on Friday, June 11 Starring: Ellen Burstyn, James Caan, Ann-Margret, Jane Curtin
After reluctantly agreeing to move in to a senior’s home, a woman encounters a clique of mean-spirited women and an amorous widower.
Censor (NR) Opens on Friday, June 11 Starring: Niamh Algar, Michael Smiley, Nicholas Burns, Vincent Franklin
After viewing a strangely familiar video nasty, Enid, a film censor, sets out to solve the past mystery of her sister’s disappearance, embarking on a quest that dissolves the line between fiction and reality.
Sublet (NR) Opens on Friday, June 11 Starring: John Benjamin Hickey, Niv Nissim, Lihi Kornowski, Miki Kam
A New York Times travel writer comes to Tel Aviv after suffering a tragedy. The energy of the city and his relationship with a younger man brings him back to life.
The House Next Door: Meet the Blacks 2 (R) Opens on Friday, June 11 Starring: Mike Epps, Katt Williams, Bresha Webb, Zulay Henao
When best selling author Carl Black moves his family back to his childhood home, he must team up with oddball neighbors to do battle with a pimp, who may or may not be an actual vampire.
The Unhealer (NR) Opens on Friday, June 11 Starring: Natasha Henstridge, Lance Henriksen, Chris Browning, Adam Beach
A botched faith healing bestows supernatural Shaman powers on a bullied teenager. When his lifelong tormentors pull a prank that kills someone he loves, he uses his powers for revenge and goes on a bloody rampage to settle the score.
The Misfits (R) Opens on Friday, June 11 Starring: Pierce Brosnan, Jamie Chung, Tim Roth, Hermione Corfield
After being recruited by a group of unconventional thieves, renowned criminal Richard Pace finds himself caught up in an elaborate gold heist that promises to have far-reaching implications on his life and the lives of countless others.
Told from Igor’s perspective, we see his origins and friendship with Frankenstein, and we see how they became the legends that we know. Starring Daniel Radcliffe, Jessica Brown Findlay, Bronson Webb, and James McAvoy.
Since we all know Mary Shelley’s characters from Frankenstein, there have been many different versions put to screen. This one is interesting, but I felt it really didn’t do Shelley’s characters justice. The film does a different take on presenting Igor’s perspective, but it really doesn’t follow closely with Shelley’s book. McAvoy as Frankenstein was good. Although, the storyline was just too hard to swallow, and the theme just didn’t hold up to Shelley’s story. It’s a film that doesn’t hold much to entertain, making it not worth a watch.
Stories from around the world reveal how our lives, passions, and goals, have used our bodies’ complex systems. Starring Jad Abumrad.
This documentary series discusses how we humans are amazing things. We start as one cell and form all these complex systems. The first episode starts with our birth, and it starts where two people become attracted to each other. It tells how our attraction to each other changes over time to become love. The camera work is fantastic as well as the computer-generated scenes. It really showcases the inner workings of the human body and how it works together. This is a brilliant documentary. It’s worth the watch.
Ulee is a beekeeper just trying to keep his family together, but his son’s cohorts have other ideas. Starring Peter Fonda, Patricia Richardson, and Christine Dunford.
This film isn’t what I expected; it’s slow-paced films as the story unfolds. It is an actor’s character-driven film. Fonda plays the father, who just wants to take care of his bees. His son is in jail for a botched robbery, while his girl leaves their children behind in order to get her fix. Although the story is intriguing, the plot is thin. It doesn’t have much to go on. It’s not a bad film, but it’s not the best. However, it’s still worth a popcorn night.
Russell Poole and Jack Jackson investigate the murders of rappers Notorious B.I.G. and Tupac Shakur. Starring Johnny Depp, Forest Whitaker, Toby Huss
Life at the Waterhole (NR)
Dr. M. Sanjayan Works with Local Communities to Help Build the World’s First Waterhole with Built-In Cameras, Designed to Capture the Fascinating and Dynamic Role of Water for Africa’s Wildlife. Starring M. Sanjayan
MacGyver: Season Four (TV-14)
Young Angus “Mac” MacGyver works for a clandestine organization within the U.S. government, relying on his unconventional problem-solving skills to save lives. Starring Lucas Till, Tristin Mays, Justin Hires
After a chance encounter with a man forgotten from his youth, Fred literally and metaphorically journeys into his past. Starring Dylan O’Brien, Maika Monroe, Amanda Brugel
Power Book II: Ghost Season 1 (TV-MA)
The journey of some of Power’s most controversial characters. Starring Michael Rainey Jr., Shane Johnson, Gianni Paolo
Roux The Day: A Gourmet Detective Mystery (TV-PG)
Henry is hired to authenticate and purchase a long lost and very valuable recipe book. Soon Henry and Maggie find themselves in a murder mystery where secrets hidden within a treasured book have dire consequences for all who own it. Starring Dylan Neal, Brooke Burns, Matthew Kevin Anderson
Fuller House: The Complete Fifth Season (NR)
In a continuation of Full House, D.J. Fuller is a mother of three young boys and is a recent widow. D.J.’s sister Stephanie, her best friend Kimmy and Kimmy’s teenage daughter all move in to help raise her sons. The house is now a lot fuller. Starring Candace Cameron Bure, Jodie Sweetin, Andrea Barber
Kung Fu Masters Of The Zodiac: Season 1 (NR)
Rooted in Chinese folkloric tradition, it features the exploits of twelve heroic contenders for the celestial assignment of “Keepers of the Earthly Realm”, winning them a place in the Chinese Zodiac. Starring Paul ‘Maxx’ Rinehart, Justin J. Wheeler, Toni Thompson
American Experience: American Oz (NR)
The life of author L. Frank Baum, creator of the classic novel “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz,” which has inspired films, books and musicals. Starring Evan I. Schwartz
In the fall of 2002, Lee Malvo and John Muhammad terrorized the D.C. region with a series of random shootings from inside their blue Chevy Caprice, killing 10 people and injuring three. Starring Lee Boyd Malvo and Isa Nichols.
In this docuseries, Malvo narrates his story while we view archived footage of the news and interviews from people who were part of the event. We have interviews with law enforcement as well as the survivors and family members. Malvo narrates his story in 15-minute phone calls to the producer of the show, Mary-Jane Mitchell. He tells his side of the story, how it started, and how he chose the victims. The victims and their families also tell their side of the story. This docuseries really gives an inside look at why Malvo and Muhammad terrorized not just the D.C. area but the whole of the country. This series is worth a watch.