Everything Will Be Fine (2015) Rated NR

While mindlessly driving around town, a writer accidentally hits and kills a child. Starring James Franco, Peter Miller, and Gilbert Wahiakeron.

This film really delves into forgiveness and guilt. Franco plays the writer brilliantly as he struggles with the consequences of his actions. I thought this was one of Franco’s best performances. We also see the tragedy from the family’s point of view as they struggle with the loss in their home. The film is beautifully shot with great cinematography. It shows how each character’s life is affected by the tragedy.  The ending is fitting with the mood of the film, perhaps because you know that the two families will always be entwined with one another. This film is worth a watch.

 

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Betrayal (ABC) Rated TV-14

Sara, an unhappily married woman, has an affair with a lawyer from a powerful family. Starring Hannah Ware, Henry Thomas, and Wendy Moniz.

This show isn’t fun to watch; the characters hurt others because of the hurt they feel themselves. Their pain acts as an excuse for their actions, which, in turn, cause others to suffer. There isn’t a hero or even an anti-hero to root for or care for in this show. It’s difficult to connect with the characters or care about their stories because they are selfish and hurtful. They don’t seem to care about the ramifications of their actions or the damage caused by following their own selfish desires. The show has no redemptive qualities, and it’s not worth a watch.

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Winchester (2018) Rated PG-13

Sarah Winchester, the widow of the late Winchester dynasty, builds her mansion for the souls that have been harmed by the rifle her family made. Starring Helen Mirren, Sarah Snook, and Finn Scicluna-O’Prey.

This film is based on the true story of Sarah Winchester’s mansion with an added twist of horror. It’s fascinating to learn the reason she built the eccentric mansion, and I enjoyed seeing this other side of Helen Mirren as she became Sarah Winchester. The film was more of a historical story than a horror movie. There were some scary moments, but for the most part, it was just a telling of how the Winchester Mansion came to be, although not entirely truthful. The film is an interesting watch, but it might be confusing if you don’t know the story of Sarah Winchester. The film doesn’t seem to convey the real intention of the mansion. Even though this film is interesting, it still isn’t worth a watch.

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New This Week in Theaters, June 14, 2018

 The Incredibles 2 (PG)
Opens on Friday, June 15
Starring: Craig T. Nelson, Holly Hunter, Sarah Vowell, Huck Milner

Bob Parr is left to care for Jack-Jack while Helen is out saving the world.

 

 SuperFly (R)
Opens on Friday, June 15
Starring: Trevor Jackson, Jason Mitchell, Lex Scott Davis, Jennifer Morrison

The movie is a remake of the 1972 blaxploitation film ‘Super Fly’.

 Tag (R)
Opens on Friday, June 15
Starring: Isla Fisher, Annabelle Wallis, Jon Hamm, Jeremy Renner

A small group of former classmates organize an elaborate, annual game of tag that requires some to travel all over the country.

 Race 3 (NR)
Opens on Friday, June 15
Starring: Anil Kapoor, Salman Khan, Jacqueline Fernandez, Bobby Deol

Revolves around a family that deals in borderline crime; ruthless and vindictive to the core.

 Gotti (R)
Opens on Friday, June 15
Starring: John Travolta, Spencer Rocco Lofranco, Kelly Preston, Stacy Keach

The story of crime boss John Gotti and his son.

 Loving Pablo (R)
Opens on Friday, June 15
Starring: Javier Bardem, Penélope Cruz, Peter Sarsgaard, Julieth Restrepo

A journalist strikes up a romantic relationship with notorious drug lord Pablo Escobar.

 Eating Animals (NR)
Opens on Friday, June 15
Starring: Natalie Portman

An examination of our dietary choices and the food we put in our bodies. Based on Jonathan Safran Foer’s memoir.

Synopsis by IMDB.

 

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When Calls the Heart (2013) Rated TV-G

City girl, Elizabeth Thatcher leaves the comfort of her home to become a school teacher on the frontier, based on the book by Janette Oke. Starring Maggie Grace, Stephen Amell, and Poppy Drayton.

This movie inspired the series of the same name on the Hallmark channel. I have to say, the film isn’t as good as the series, but they did make a lot of changes to the series. In the film, Maggie Grace was perfect as Elizabeth Thatcher; I was surprised to see that she didn’t continue the role in the series. I actually think the series might have been better if they kept with the same actors, but what do I know? I haven’t read the books, so the film flowed well for me. The one thing that I’ll miss from the movie when watching the series is the romance between Elizabeth and Wynn – it should be continued. This film is still worth a watch.

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Cedar Cove (Hallmark) Rated NR

Based on the book series by Debbie Macomber, Cedar Cove follows the life of Judge Olivia Lockhart in the town of Cedar Cove. Starring Andie MacDowell, Dylan Neal, and Sarah Smyth.

This is a wonderful series that highlights the ups and downs of life in a small town. Olivia Lockhart is the moral compass for everyone in her small town. However, Olivia has her struggles; she’s a mother who lost her son and then divorced because of the loss. The characters in this show each try to overcome some sort of loss in their lives and move forward for healing. Above all, this series is about hope, which makes it worth a watch.

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56 Up (2012) Rated NR

In this documentary, Michael Apted interviews the same group of people every seven years to highlight the changes in their lives. The individuals are now 56 years old. Starring Michael Apted, Bruce Balden, and Jacqueline Bassett.

This is a unique documentary. We explore the lives of these individuals and watch them change as they grow.  Now, as they approach old age, the group members seem to focus more on the past than on the future. The documentary makes you wonder how much longer Apted will be able to continue with this film series. What’ll happen if something happens to Apted or one of the interviewees? This film and the others in the series are intriguing and worth a watch.

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New This Week on DVD, June 12, 2018

 I Can Only Imagine (PG)

The inspiring and unknown true story behind MercyMe’s beloved, chart topping song that brings ultimate hope to so many is a gripping reminder of the power of true forgiveness. Starring J. Michael Finley, Madeline Carroll, Dennis Quaid

 Tomb Raider (PG-13)

Lara Croft, the fiercely independent daughter of a missing adventurer, must push herself beyond her limits when she discovers the island where her father disappeared. Starring Alicia Vikander, Dominic West, Walton Goggins

 Sherlock Gnomes (PG)

Garden gnomes, Gnomeo & Juliet, recruit renowned detective Sherlock Gnomes to investigate the mysterious disappearance of other garden ornaments. Starring Kelly Asbury, Mary J. Blige, Emily Blunt

  Love, Simon (PG-13)

A young coming-of-age tale about a teenage boy, Simon Spier, goes through a different kind of Romeo and Juliet story. Simon has a love connection with a boy, Blue, by email, but the only problem is that Simon has no idea who he’s talking to. Simon must discover who that boy is–who Blue is. Along the way, he tries to find himself as well. Starring Nick Robinson, Jennifer Garner, Josh Duhamel

 The Strangers: Prey at Night (R)

A family of four staying at a secluded mobile home park for the night are stalked and then hunted by three masked psychopaths. Starring  Christina Hendricks, Martin Henderson, Bailee Madison

 Suits: Season Seven (TV-14)

On the run from a drug deal gone bad, Mike Ross, a brilliant college dropout, finds himself a job working with Harvey Specter, one of New York City’s best lawyers. Starring  Gabriel Macht, Rick Hoffman, Sarah Rafferty

 A Smile as Big as the Moon (PG)

a special education teacher, helps his students, & trains them, & looks for ways to take them to where they are dreaming to go, space camp! Starring  John Corbett, Jessy Schram, Logan Huffman

 Orange Is the New Black: Season Five (TV-MA)

Convicted of a decade old crime of transporting drug money to an ex-girlfriend, normally law abiding Piper Chapman is sentenced to a year and a half behind bars to face the reality of how life changing prison can really be. Starring Taylor Schilling, Uzo Aduba, Danielle Brooks

 Power: The Complete Fourth Season (TV-MA)

James “Ghost” St. Patrick, a wealthy New York night club owner who has it all, catering to the city’s elite and dreaming big, lives a double life as a drug kingpin. Starring Lela Loren, Omari Hardwick, Naturi Naughton

 Channel Zero: Butcher’s Block – Season Three (TV-14)

An anthology series based on popular Internet Creepypastas, including Candle Cove, The No-End House, Butcher’s Block and Hidden Door. Starring Brandon Scott, Rutger Hauer, Holland Roden, Olivia Luccardi

  Will & Grace (The Revival): Season One (TV-14)

Will and Grace are best friends. Will is a gay lawyer and Grace is a straight interior designer. They both live in New York City. Grace is engaged to a real jerk, but when that relationship falls apart, she moves in with Will. This is only supposed to be until Grace finds a place of her own, but she and Will end up with each other as permanent roommates. Also in the cast are Jack, Will’s flamboyant gay friend, and Karen, Grace’s secretary and assistant, who doesn’t really need to work because she married money several times. Starring Eric McCormack, Debra Messing, Megan Mullally

 Portlandia: Season Eight (TV-14)

A sketch-comedy series that parodies life in Portland, Oregon. Starring Fred Armisen, Carrie Brownstein, Kyle MacLachlan

 The Royal Wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle (NR)

Live coverage of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle getting married at St George’s Chapel in Windsor. Starring Meghan Markle, Prince Harry

Synopsis by IMDB.

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Wetlands (2017) Rated NR

A cop who has battled a heroin addiction relocates to Atlantic City where he starts a new life and restores his relationship with his daughter. Starring Heather Graham, Jennifer Ehle, Anthony Mackie, and Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje.

While watching this film, I wondered what the point of the movie was. We have a man struggling to get his life back in order, and along the way, he becomes entangled in his ex-wife’s affair. Plus, his new partner’s life also becomes complicated – the whole film is complicated. The climax doesn’t occur until close to the end of the film, and it isn’t explored as thoroughly as it should have been. The film focuses on the main character’s struggle with addiction, his family, and the complex relationships in his life. The narrator doesn’t explain how or why a dead body appears, which makes it all the more confusing. It’s another film that could’ve been better but missed its point. This film isn’t worth a watch.

 

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It’s Complicated (2009) Rated R

At their son’s graduation, a divorced couple reunites, but one of them has already remarried. Starring Meryl Streep, Steve Martin, and Alec Baldwin.

This film is only complicated for the characters involved. Having been divorced for ten years, Jane and Jake Adler suddenly reignite their relationship. This film is fun to watch even though Jane and Jake are unfaithful to their significant others while engaging in an affair. Then there’s the drug use and the fact that having an affair with your ex isn’t such a good idea. Yet you find yourself pulling for the couple, hoping they can work it out. I thought they did a fabulous job toeing the line and making it funny. This isn’t one of Nancy Meyers better films, but it’s still worth a watch.

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