Satisfaction (USA) Rated TV-14

A husband tracks his wife’s affair with a male escort. Starring Matt Passmore, Stephanie Szostak, and Blair Redford.

I really had hoped to enjoy this show despite the premise because of Matt Passmore (I really enjoyed watching him on The Glades). I had hoped that Passmore would make this show interesting, but alas, he didn’t endear the show. The show is not well written; by the end of the first episode, it seems like the story is complete, and there doesn’t seem to be a reason to have any of the other episodes. The storyline, at first, is interesting, but after a while, it doesn’t flow smoothly. The characters have no depth even while the writing seems to want you to think the characters are complex people. They are not complex, and they are not good. This show is not worth a watch.

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Unprotected Sets (Epix) Rated NR

Stand up comics on the verge of breaking out provide insight into baring your soul for a living. Starring Becky Braunstein, Rob Christensen, and Mohanad Elshieky.

This is a half hour episode that basically looks at one comedian’s set and what it takes to be a comedian. The first episode showcased Zainab Johnson, and she was interesting, but I didn’t think she was very funny. She wasn’t bad, but I just didn’t burst out laughing. Most comedians seem to be funnier after a few drinks. I did enjoy Zainab’s set, but if this is what you get for the rest of the episodes, then I wonder if the sets will get better or worse. To me, the show wasn’t worth a watch.

 

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The Cleveland Show (FOX) Rated TV-14

A spin-off of the Family Guy‘s neighbor, Cleveland Brown. Starring Mike Henry, Sanaa Lathan, and Kevin Michael Richardson.

I have yet to see an episode of the Family Guy, but these are not usually the kind of shows that I would enjoy watching. This is no different; although, it isn’t as bad as I thought. The first episode wasn’t bad, but I really wasn’t intrigued by the characters or the plot lines. Since I haven’t seen Family Guy, I’m not sure of the differences in Cleveland Brown’s character. It had some crude humor, but it wasn’t overpowering in the first episode. I also thought that the writing wasn’t very good. We seem to rush through the episode with little direction, and then we wrap it up quickly. This show is not worth a watch.

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New This Week in Theaters, May 16, 2019

Image result for A Dog's Journey A Dog’s Journey (PG)
Opens on Friday, May 17
Starring: Dennis Quaid, Abby Ryder Fortson, Betty Gilpin, Kathryn Prescott

A dog finds the meaning of his own existence through the lives of the humans he meets.

Image result for John Wick 3: Parabellum John Wick 3: Parabellum (R)
Opens on Friday, May 17
Starring: Keanu Reeves, Halle Berry, Ian McShane, Laurence Fishburne

Super-assassin John Wick is on the run after killing a member of the international assassin’s guild, and with a $14 million price tag on his head – he is the target of hit men and women everywhere.

Image result for The Sun is Also a Star The Sun is Also a Star (PG-13)
Opens on Friday, May 17
Starring: Yara Shahidi, Charles Melton, Faith Logan, Gbenga Akinnagbe

A teenager finds love at a difficult time in her family’s life.

Image result for The Third Wife The Third Wife (R)
Opens on Friday, May 17
Starring: Long Le Vu, Mai Thu Huong Maya, Nguyen Phuong Tra My, Nhu Quynh Nguyen

19th century rural Vietnam, fourteen-year-old May is ready to become the third wife of a wealthy landowner. Little did she know that her hidden desires will take her by surprise and force her to make a choice between living in safety and being free.

Image result for The Souvenir The Souvenir (R)
Opens on Friday, May 17
Starring: Neil Young, Tosin Cole, Jack McMullen, Tilda Swinton

A young film student in the early 80s becomes romantically involved with a complicated and untrustworthy man.

Related image De De Pyaar De (NR)
Opens on Friday, May 17
Starring: Ajay Devgn, Tabu, Rakul Preet Singh, Jimmy Sheirgill

A 50-year-old single father faces disapproval from his family and his ex-wife when he falls in love with a 26-year-old woman.

Image result for Aniara Aniara (R)
Opens on Friday, May 17
Starring: Emelie Jonsson, Bianca Cruzeiro, Arvin Kananian, Anneli Martini

A spaceship carrying settlers to Mars is knocked off course, causing the consumption-obsessed passengers to consider their place in the universe.

Image result for Trial by Fire 2019 Trial by Fire (R)
Opens on Friday, May 17
Starring: Laura Dern, Jack O’Connell, Emily Meade, Jade Pettyjohn

The tragic and controversial story of Cameron Todd Willingham, who was executed in Texas for killing his three children after scientific evidence and expert testimony that bolstered his claims of innocence were suppressed.

Image result for All Creatures Here Below All Creatures Here Below (NR)
Opens on Friday, May 17
Starring: Karen Gillan, Jennifer Morrison, David Dastmalchian, David Koechner

A desperate young couple on the run seek refuge in Kansas City.

Synopsis by IMDB.

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Rush (USA) Rated TV-14

Doctor Rush is an on-call doctor who takes unusual cases. He’s discreet and not associated with any hospital, and his clients pay cash.  He also enjoys life and doesn’t plan on changing until an old flame shows up. Starring Tom Ellis, Larenz Tate, and Sarah Habel.

This show is a cross between House and Royal Pains. In other words, there is nothing new about it. Dr. Rush is not a very interesting or sympathetic character. The stories don’t intrigue me. It’s not a bad show – it just doesn’t stand out or separate itself from the others. The actors are all fun to watch and bring their own to the characters, except that the characters aren’t that in depth. It’s a show that could grow once they get in a rhythm, but I have to say it isn’t worth a watch.

 

 

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Rick and Morty (AdultSwim) Rated TV-MA

An animated adventure with a mad scientist and his grandson. Starring Justin Roiland, Chris Parnell, and Spencer Grammer.

I was pleasantly surprised by this show. I was thinking it was going to just be a show revolving around adult humor. It has adult humor, but it’s not there just to be there. It’s there to move the story along. Unlike some of the other shows on Adult Swim, this one has at least a little bit of an actual story to go along with its jokes. It’s an imaginative show with little or no directive. It’s not the best show, and it’s one I wouldn’t watch on a daily bases, but it’s still worth a watch.

 

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 Married with Children (1986–1997) Rated TV-PG

Al Bundy is a misanthropic women’s shoe salesman with a miserable life. He hates his job, his wife is lazy, his son is dysfunctional (especially with women), and his daughter is dim-witted and promiscuous.

 Newhart (1982–1990) Rated TV-G

The misadventures of an author turned innkeeper in rural Vermont and his friends.

 Hot in Cleveland (2010–2015) Rated TV-PG

Three 40-something best friends from Los Angeles are flying to Paris when their plane makes an emergency landing in Cleveland. Realizing that all the norms from Los Angeles don’t apply anymore, they decide to celebrate a city that values real women and stay where they’re still considered hot.

 Melissa & Joey (2010–2015) Rated TV-14

After a family scandal leaves Mel, a local politician, alone with her niece and nephew, she hires a man named Joe to become the family’s male nanny, or “manny”.

 Surprised by Love (2015) Rated TV-G

The story of a young businesswoman who tries to convince her uptight parents to accept her current boyfriend and instead finds herself falling for an old high school flame.

 Mad About You (1992–1999) Rated TV-PG

Paul and Jamie Buchman are a recently-married New York City couple. They point out the gentle humor in domesticity and life’s everyday situations.

Synopsis by IMDB.

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The Man with the Golden Arm (1955) Rated TV-14

A junkie works with drug addiction while his wife and card sharks put him down. Starring Frank Sinatra, Eleanor Parker, and Kim Novak.

What makes this film is Sinatra, who plays the junkie battling his demons while the people around keep asking for more than he can give. The film is brilliantly written – not only the story of the junkie but also the subplots that surround him. The only downfall of the film is that the junkie quits cold turkey, which doesn’t seem plausible. Although, I’m amazed that in 1955 that they made a film involving drug addictions and the outlining problems that go with it. It’s a film that is a  little ahead of its time but worth the watch anyway.

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New This Week on DVD, May 14, 2019

 Cold Pursuit (R)

A grieving snowplow driver seeks out revenge against the drug dealers who killed his son. Based on the 2014 Norwegian film ‘In Order of Disappearance’. Starring Liam Neeson, Laura Dern, Micheál Richardson

 Happy Death Day 2U (PG-13)

Tree Gelbman discovers that dying over and over was surprisingly easier than the dangers that lie ahead. Starring Jessica Rothe, Israel Broussard, Phi Vu

 Fighting with My Family (PG-13)

A former wrestler and his family make a living performing at small venues around the country while his kids dream of joining World Wrestling Entertainment. Starring Dwayne Johnson, Thomas Whilley, Tori Ellen Ross

 Apollo 11 (G)

A look at the Apollo 11 mission to land on the moon led by commander Neil Armstrong and pilots Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins. Starring Buzz Aldrin, Joan Ann Archer, Janet Armstrong

 Her Smell (R)

A self-destructive punk rocker struggles with sobriety while trying to recapture the creative inspiration that led her band to success. Starring Elisabeth Moss, Cara Delevingne, Dan Stevens

 Never Look Away (R)

German artist Kurt Barnert has escaped East Germany and now lives in West Germany, but is tormented by his childhood under the Nazis and the GDR-regime. Starring Tom Schilling, Sebastian Koch, Paula Beer

 Never Grow Old (R)

An Irish undertaker profits when outlaws take over a peaceful American frontier town, but his family comes under threat as the death toll rises. Starring John Cusack, Emile Hirsch, Danny Webb

 The Wedding March 4: Something Old, Something New (TV-G)

Olivia and Mick’s path to true love takes a few unforeseen complications. Starring Jack Wagner, Merritt Patterson, Josie Bissett

 Signed, Sealed, Delivered: The Road Less Traveled (TV-G)

The Postables take a road trip in an old Winnebago in order to track down a small boy who they fear may have been kidnapped. The discovery of a 1980’s era instant camera and the unusual photographs it contains, send our team on a wild ride across Colorado using the pictures as a guide. Starring Eric Mabius, Kristin Booth, Yan-Kay Crystal Lowe

 Darrow & Darrow: Body of Evidence (NR)

Claire and Miles believe a convicted murderer to be innocent, and a year after she was imprisoned, they start re-investigating the case. Starring Kimberly Williams-Paisley, Tom Cavanagh, Wendie Malick

 Korea: The Never Ending War (NR)

An examination of the Korean War, often called a “forgotten war,” and how it was an important turning point in world history. -Rotten Tomatoes Starring Paul Bandey

 Secrets of the Dead: The Nero Files (NR)

The life and legend of the Roman emperor Nero, including what history may have gotten wrong. Starring Thomas Müller, Martin Zimmermann, Wolfgang Bicker

 Nova: The Next Pompeii (TV-PG)

Assessing the risk of a potential eruption of an ancient super volcano under the Italian city of Naples. Starring Ronan Summers

 Finding Your Roots: Season 5 (TV-PG)

Harvard educator Henry Louis Gates Jr. hosts this enlightening PBS series that examines “the DNA of American culture” through an extensive discovery of the ancestors of today’s celebrities. In each episode, a set of featured guests view their ancestral histories, learn connections, and discover secrets about their lineage, while sharing the emotional experience with viewers. Gates guides them as they see results and details derived from the background work competed by expert genealogical diagnosticians, who have analyzed genetic code and traced bloodlines that leads to documentation and the occasional confirmation or debunking of long-held beliefs. Starring Henry Louis Gates, CeCe Moore, Ty Burrell

 The Least of These: The Graham Staines Story (PG-13)

As the social fabric of life in rural India disintegrates in the late 1990s, journalist Manav Banerjee moves with his pregnant wife to the State of Orissa in hope of a better life and the promise of a lucrative career. When speculation mounts that local Australian missionary Graham Staines  is illegally proselytizing leprosy patients, Manav agrees to investigate undercover for the newspaper. What he finds is a series of revelations that are difficult to fathom and even harder to explain, and Manav is forced to make a choice between his own ambition and the truth. In the end, his actions spark a tragic event that is felt around the world. Based on a true story and shot on location in India, “THE LEAST OF THESE” beautifully illustrates the power of love, hope and forgiveness to overcome hate. Starring Sharman Joshi, Stephen Baldwin, Shari Rigby

 Power: The Complete Fifth 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 Omari Hardwick, Naturi Naughton, Joseph Sikora

 I Survived I Kissed Dating Goodbye (NR)

Twenty years after “I Kissed Dating Goodbye,” Joshua Harris seeks new insights and confronts the book’s impact on a generation. Starring Joshua Harris, Curtis Allen, Daniela Améstegui

Synopsis by IMDB.

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Valley of the Sun (1942) Rated NR

In 1868, an army scout is arrested for helping Native Americans against their white oppressors. Along the way, he meets a Café owner who is planning on marrying a crooked Native American agent unless he has something to say about it. Starring Lucille Ball, James Craig, and Cedric Hardwicke.

This is one of those fun films that you watch mostly for the laughs. Ball is brilliant, and it is wonderful to see her as someone other than her Lucy characters. The love story that weaves through the film is just as fun to watch as it goes back and forth between the two men. I think this film has had some backlash due to the lack of political correctness. However, the humor overshadows this and makes it worth watching.

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