Spy Games (Bravo) Rated TV-PG

Contestants live together and train as spies while trying to discover who the real spy is. Starring Mia Kang, Saif Kareem, and Douglas Laux.

This is good TV. They put a group of people, all with secrets, into a house to decipher which one is the spy amongst them. Every day, they perform missions and learn skills to get the mission done. They are assessed by a group of former intelligence officers. It’s also an assessment of human behavior on what they would do to gain $100,000. Sure, it’s cheesy, but it’s fun and worth a watch.

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A Country Wedding (2015) Rated TV-G

When an engaged country star comes home, sparks fly when he sees his childhood sweetheart. Starring Jesse Metcalfe, Autumn Reeser, and Laura Mennell.

This is a good Hallmark film. The chemistry between Metcalfe and Reeser was good, and the story was good – it made sense. It’s predictable, but what Hallmark movie isn’t? This is just one of the better films. The actors have great chemistry, and the film has a great script. This is one pairing that we should see often in Hallmark films. This film is everything that makes a Hallmark movie great. It’s one that is worth a watch.

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New This Week on DVD, February 18, 2020

 A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood (PG)

Based on the true story of a real-life friendship between Fred Rogers and journalist Lloyd Vogel. Starring Tom Hanks, Matthew Rhys, Chris Cooper

 Midway (PG-13)

The story of the Battle of Midway, told by the leaders and the sailors who fought it. Starring Ed Skrein, Patrick Wilson, Woody Harrelson

 JoJo Rabbit (PG-13)

A young boy in Hitler’s army finds out his mother is hiding a Jewish girl in their home. Starring Roman Griffin Davis, Thomasin McKenzie, Scarlett Johansson

 21 Bridges (R)

An embattled NYPD detective is thrust into a citywide manhunt for a pair of cop killers after uncovering a massive and unexpected conspiracy. Starring Chadwick Boseman, Sienna Miller, J.K. Simmons

 The Twilight Zone: The Complete First Season (TV-MA)

An updated version of the classic anthology series featuring various tales of science fiction, mystery, and horror. Starring Jordan Peele, David Epstein, Paolo Maiolo

 A Feeling of Home (TV-G)

Web entrepreneur Abby hides her Texas roots to convince a backer she’s from New England, a task complicated by a trip home and an unexpected reunion with Ryan, her high school sweetheart. Starring Jonna Walsh, Nathan Parsons, Robby Benson

 The Good Karma Hospital: Series 3 (NR)

Set in a coastal town in tropical South India, THE GOOD KARMA HOSPITAL tells the story of junior doctor, Ruby Walker, who arrives in India looking for a job and a distraction from her heartbreak. She anticipates the sunshine, the palm trees and picture-perfect beaches. She’s even prepared for the sacred cows, the tuk-tuks and the Delhi-belly that everyone warned her about. What she doesn’t expect are the realities of work, life and even love at an under-resourced and over-worked cottage hospital. Starring Amanda Redman, Amrita Acharia, James Krishna Floyd

 Code Black: Season 3 (TV-14)

The staff of the LA County Hospital emergency room treat patients under difficult circumstances. Starring Marcia Gay Harden, Harry Ford, Benjamin Hollingsworth

 Survivor 38: Edge of Extinction (TV-PG)

A reality show where a group of contestants are stranded in a remote location with little more than the clothes on their back. The lone survivor of this contest takes home a million dollars. Starring Jeff Probst, Rob Mariano, Oscar Lusth

Synopsis by IMDB.

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Sanditon (PBS) Rated NR

Charlotte Heywood moves from her rural life to the town of Sanditon, a fishing village in the process of reinventing itself into a seaside resort. Based on the incomplete book by Jane Austen. Starring Crystal Clarke, Charlotte Spencer, and Kate Ashfield.

I was not impressed with this series. The characters seem to be a mixture of other Austen characters, and there are no new character behaviors. The same goes for the script; it’s a mixture of lines from other Austen works. The filmmakers do modernize it with more sexual innuendos, unlike the other Austen works. They also make the women bolder and stronger compared to the time frame in which they live. A lot of their behavior would be frowned upon during the time. It is still quintessential Austen, but I wish it was better written. To me, it’s not worth a watch.

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Love’s Abiding Joy (2006) Rated PG

Missie and Willie Lahaye move west and settle, but still, hardships continue as Missie wants to teach and Willie attends to their young daughter. Life and death happen as they both try to survive the harsh reality of the west. Based on the book by Janette Oke. Starring Erin Cottrell, Dale Midkiff, and Logan Bartholomew.

It is not surprising that this film series doesn’t always follow the book series. The actors changed, which doesn’t always bode well for a series. The film is still good and very family orientated. However, there are some parts that could have been better. The editing was poorly done, and you have a hard time during some scenes for the context. Although it’s not the best film, it was still enjoyable and worth a watch.

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Serena (2014) Rated R

In depression-era South Carolina, George Pemberton marries Serena, which doesn’t bode well for his timber empire. Starring Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence, and Rhys Ifans.

This film is one of the worst ever. The acting was so bad – then you have the Serena story, which seems crazy and doesn’t work well. The story unfolds so slowly that you literally want to push it along. It’s a weak story and not very complete. Some scenes just don’t make sense. The sex scenes take up most of the film, and there is no point to them. This film is one that is not worth a watch.

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Longmire (A&E) Rated NR

 Longmire is a dedicated sheriff in Wyoming following the death of his wife he faces his job with a brave face and a dry wit. Based on the book series by Craig Johnson. Starring Robert Taylor, Katee Sackhoff, Lou Diamond Phillips

This show is a quintessential western show with a great cast and great chemistry. Taylor is perfect as the sheriff dealing with grief but continues to do  his job.  The show is character driven. The pacing and the storylines are brilliant. It may not be the most realistic look at rural law but it is a clean show with not  a lot of language, no gore and not a lot of sexy women.  It’s like an old show, a comfortable show, and  a show to take you out of the present but give a sense of good outweighs the bad.  This show is worth a watch.

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New This Week in Theaters, February 13, 2020

Image result for Fantasy Island Fantasy Island (PG-13)
Opens on Friday, February 14th
Starring: Lucy Hale, Maggie Q, Portia Doubleday, Michael Rooker

A horror adaptation of the popular ’70s TV show about a magical island resort.

Image result for Sonic the Hedgehog Sonic the Hedgehog (PG)
Opens on Friday, February 14th
Starring: Jim Carrey, Ben Schwartz, James Marsden, Neal McDonough

After discovering a small, blue, fast hedgehog, a small-town police officer must help it defeat an evil genius who wants to do experiments on it.

Image result for Downhill movie Downhill (R)
Opens on Friday, February 14th
Starring: Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Will Ferrell, Miranda Otto, Zoe Chao

Barely escaping an avalanche during a family ski vacation in the Alps, a married couple is thrown into disarray as they are forced to reevaluate their lives and how they feel about each other.

Image result for First Lady film First Lady (PG)
Opens on Friday, February 14th
Starring: Nancy Stafford, Corbin Bernsen, Stacey Dash, Benjamin Dane

A woman not married to the President runs for First Lady, but she winds up getting a better proposal than she ever expected. First Lady is a classic romantic comedy with the backdrop of Presidential Politics and Royal Charm.

Image result for The Photograph film The Photograph (PG-13)
Opens on Friday, February 14th
Starring: LaKeith Stanfield, Issa Rae, Chelsea Peretti, Kelvin Harrison Jr.

A series of intertwining love stories set in the past and in the present.

Image result for Ordinary Love film Ordinary Love (R)
Opens on Friday, February 14th
Starring: Liam Neeson, Lesley Manville, Amit Shah, David Wilmot

An extraordinary look at the lives of a middle-aged couple in the midst of the wife’s breast cancer diagnosis.

Image result for The Times of Bill Cunningham film The Times of Bill Cunningham (NR)
Opens on Friday, February 14th
Starring: Bill Cunningham

A new feature film documentary about legendary NYTimes photographer Bill Cunningham.

Image result for What About Love film What About Love (NR)
Opens on Friday, February 14th
Starring: Sharon Stone, Iain Glen, Andy Garcia, Rosabell Laurenti Sellers

Two young lovers change the lives of their parents forever when the parents learn from the joyful experience of their kids, and allow themselves to again find their love.

Image result for Spy Intervention film Spy Intervention (NR)
Opens on Friday, February 14th
Starring: Poppy Delevingne, Drew Van Acker, Dave Sheridan, Blake Anderson

When the world’s greatest spy meets the woman of his dreams, he abandons his adventurous existence and settles into the security of suburbia.

Synopsis by IMDB.

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Win, Lose or Love (2015) Rated TV-PG

Two single parents with different parenting styles vie for the role of parent group president. When the vote is tied, they must work together for the good of the school. Starring Corey Sevier, Helena Mattsson, and Catherine Hicks.

This is a typical TV romance. It’s a Pixl movie, so at times, the music overpowers the dialogue. It’s a cute film with a different premise of two single parents who argue over everything and end up attracted to each other. However, it offers nothing new to the romantic TV film genre. The actors were okay, and the chemistry wasn’t bad, but it doesn’t leave a lasting impression. This film is not worth a watch.

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Lincoln Rhyme: Hunt for the Bone Collector (NBC) Rated TV-14

A retired forensic criminologist teams up with a young detective to catch America’s criminals. Based on the book series by Jeffery Deaver. Starring Claire Coffee, Russell Hornsby, and Arielle Kebbel.

This film is based on the book and film of The Bone Collector. It’s nothing new and offers nothing more intriguing; the characters just go after other killing sprees rather than just the bone collector. Plus, the characters aren’t that intriguing. I loved seeing Hornsby from Grimm, but it’s just not enough to hold my attention. Also, it doesn’t portray realistic police jobs. The storylines seem unrealistic without much development. There is so much going for the show, but it missed all those points, making it not worth a watch.

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