Stan & Ollie (2018) Rated PG

Laurel and Hardy used to be the world’s famous comedic duo, but they try to reignite their act on what becomes their last tour together. Starring Steve Coogan, John C. Reilly, and Shirley Henderson.

Seriously, this film leaves much to be desired. Both Coogan’s and Reilly’s performances as Laurel and Hardy were wonderful to watch. That was the only enjoyable aspect of the film. What it lacked was a good script; the film seems to jump around on the timeline of the duo’s career. The jumps aren’t smooth, and they leave holes that are hard to follow. I did, however, love that the filmmakers used unseen scripts of Laurel and Hardy in some scenes, bringing them back to life for a few scenes. I wish the film would’ve given more to the audience, but it just didn’t. This is not worth a watch.

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Daddy’s Little Girls (2007) Rated PG-13

A mechanic falls in love with his attorney as he battles for custody of his daughters. Starring Gabrielle Union, Idris Elba, and Louis Gossett Jr.

There isn’t anything horrible about this film, but there isn’t anything that makes it stand out. The movie is a romantic comedy that has a woman of influence fall for the guy on the wrong side of the tracks. It includes the usual clichés of a woman of prominence and a man who struggles in life as a black man. There isn’t a lot of depth to the script; although, Tyler Perry tries to go there with the clichés of the African-American lives. I enjoyed that they make the dad have some balls and work hard to provide for his family. Still, this film is not worth a watch.

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New This Week in Theaters, April 18, 2019

Image result for Drunk Parents Drunk Parents (R)
Opens on Friday, April 19
Starring: Bridget Moynahan, Alec Baldwin, Salma Hayek

Two drunk parents attempt to hide their ever increasing financial difficulties from their daughter and social circle through elaborate neighborhood schemes.

Related image Under the Silver Lake (R)
Opens on Friday, April 19
Starring: Andrew Garfield, Riley Keough, Topher Grace, Callie Hernandez

Sam, intelligent but without purpose, finds a mysterious woman swimming in his apartment’s pool one night. The next morning, she disappears. Sam sets off across LA to find her, and along the way he uncovers a conspiracy far more bizarre.

Image result for Breakthrough Breakthrough (PG)
Opens on Friday, April 19
Starring: Chrissy Metz, Topher Grace, Josh Lucas, Marcel Ruiz

When her 14-year-old son drowns in a lake, a faithful mother prays for him to come back from the brink of death and be healed.

Image result for The Curse of La Llorona The Curse of La Llorona (R)
Opens on Friday, April 19
Starring: Linda Cardellini, Raymond Cruz, Patricia Velasquez, Marisol Ramirez

Ignoring the eerie warning of a troubled mother suspected of child endangerment, a social worker and her own small kids are soon drawn into a frightening supernatural realm.

Image result for Little Woods Little Woods (R)
Opens on Friday, April 19
Starring: Lily James, Tessa Thompson, Luke Kirby, Lance Reddick

A modern Western about two sisters who work outside the law to better their lives.

Image result for Penguins movie 2019 Penguins (G)
Opens on Friday, April 19
Starring: Ed Helms

The story of Steve, an Adélie penguin, on a quest to find a life partner and start a family. When Steve meets with Wuzzo the emperor penguin they become friends. But nothing comes easy in the icy Antarctic.

Image result for Twice The Dream Twice The Dream (PG)
Opens on Friday, April 19
Starring: Monica Moore Smith, Mason D. Davis, Adrian R’Mante

After years of being forced to live their mother’s aspirations, Amber and Sam Bradshaw are offered an opportunity to chase their own dream of becoming musicians. Upon this quest, a family tragedy strikes. In the wake of this tragedy, they discover that it is their dreams that hold the family together.

Image result for Finding Julia Finding Julia (PG-13)
Opens on Friday, April 19
Starring: Ha Phuong, Andrew McCarthy, Richard Chamberlain

In Manhattan, Eurasian acting student Julia Chamonix is unable to enjoy the privileged life she shares with her doting father. Haunted by the tragic early death of her mother-a former star actress and singer in Vietnam-and likewise haunted by a secret desire she has to hide from the world, Julia struggles in her acting studies under renowned coach Igor. However, her ambitions to emulate her mother’s success are thwarted by her severe difficulties with the English language. Her only confidante is her wise Vietnamese grandmother, but even with her she limits what she confides. Meanwhile she begins to experience recurrent nightmares in which she relives the car accident that killed her mother. Caught between two very different cultures, East and West, Julia questions if she will ever fit in anywhere. As she attempts to understand who she is and how to forge a more confident identity from both parts of her birthright, her father falls in love with an American woman, Jennifer. Fearing abandonment, Julia’s secret obsession spirals out of control as she hears voices berating her and playing into her darkest fears. When her grandmother suddenly dies, and an accident causes another unexpected death, Julia is brought to the edge of madness. Will her life also end tragically, or will she be able to overcome her terrible duality? Where will she go and how will she finally find peace? The surprising conclusion to the heart-pounding drama makes it not only an unforgettable story, but also, on the deepest subconscious levels, speaks to the plight of millions of men, women, young adults and teens who are caught between cultures, who likewise feel “different,” and who are struggling to find a place in the world.

Image result for Someone Great Someone Great (R)
Opens on Friday, April 19
Starring: Rosario Dawson, Gina Rodriguez, Brittany Snow

After a devastating break up on the eve of her cross-country move, Jenny enjoys one last NYC adventure with her two best pals. Someone Great is a romantic comedy about love, loss, growth and the everlasting bond of female friendship.

Image result for Kalank Kalank (NR)
Opens on Friday, April 19
Starring: Varun Dhawan, Alia Bhatt, Aditya Roy Kapoor, Madhuri Dixit

Drama set in the 1940s during the partition of India.

Image result for Hail Satan? Hail Satan? (R)
Opens on Friday, April 19
Starring: Jex Blackmore, Nicholas Crowe, Lucien Greaves, Malcolm Jarry

A look at the quick rise and influence of the controversial religious group known as The Satanic Temple.

Image result for Rafiki Rafiki (NR)
Opens on Friday, April 19
Starring: Samantha Mugatsia, Neville Misati, Nice Githinji, Charlie Karumi

“Good Kenyan girls become good Kenyan wives,” but Kena and Ziki long for something more. When love blossoms between them, the two girls will be forced to choose between happiness and safety.

Image result for Fast Color Fast Color (PG-13)
Opens on Friday, April 19
Starring: Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Lorraine Toussaint, David Strathairn, Saniyya Sidney

A woman is forced to go on the run when her superhuman abilities are discovered. Years after having abandoned her family, the only place she has left to hide is home.

Image result for Stuck movie 2019 Joel McHale Stuck (NR)
Opens on Friday, April 19
Starring: Joel McHale, Brian Jordan Alvarez, Felicia Day, Heather Matarazzo

Darby finds herself in trouble with the law, and is sentenced to house arrest. Now she must serve 30 days in the home she used to share with her ex-boyfriend, that he now shares with his new fiancée.

Image result for High on the Hog movie High on the Hog (NR)
Opens on Friday, April 19
Starring: Sid Haig, Joe Estevez, Robert Z’Dar, Fiona Domenica

With a potent strain of pot sweeping the City, DTA agents attempt to infiltrate a small town farming operation that has a strong leader and interesting family members.

Synopsis by IMDB.

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A Polite Bribe (2013) Rated NR

A documentary looks at Apostle Paul as he works on keeping the first Christians together. Starring Paul Achtemeieir, Jeffrey J. Bütz, and Dominick Crossan.

This documentary is brilliantly done with a mixture of interviews with theologians and the retelling of biblical stories. The documentary follows the life of Paul and his struggles with the first Christians. It explores the first Christians and the fractions between them. It also talks about Paul’s own conflict with the early church. This film takes you on a journey through the life of Paul; it makes me very thankful for Paul because if it weren’t for him, the gentiles of the world wouldn’t have known about Jesus. This is worth a watch.

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True Love Blooms (2019) Rated TV-G

When a community gardener loses her garden to a real estate developer, sparks fly. Starring Tamara Austin, Brianna Barrett, Jordan Bridges, and Sara Rue.

I thought this film was going to be one of those Hallmark films that are just thrown together without a lot of thought. Alas, this film is brilliantly done. The acting faltered at times, but the chemistry between Bridges and Rue was perfect. I was thoroughly impressed with Sara Rue and her acting throughout the film. She looked like she fell hard for Bridges’ character. The filmmakers included little nuisances that carried the story along. The script was wonderful; there wasn’t anything surprising, but it didn’t throw a curveball that doesn’t make sense. This is one of the best Hallmark films and worth a watch.

 

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Hero (2014) Rated NR

A little league coach pursues fame and fortune, which causes broken relationships around him, including his relationship with his son. Determined to fix those relationships, he starts a new little league team of fathers and sons. Starring Burgess Jenkins, Mark Joy, and Gregory Alan Williams.

This is a great film about fathers and sons. It’s about how imperfect fathers can be, but it’s also a story about forgiveness. Although the film has a good message, it’s not the best film – it’s one of those in which every mistake is fixed with limited work. The film makes everything just work perfectly in the end. It’s a feel-good film and a great family film, but it’s not worth a watch.

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New This Week on DVD, April 16, 2019

  Glass (PG-13)

Security guard David Dunn uses his supernatural abilities to track Kevin Wendell Crumb, a disturbed man who has twenty-four personalities. Starring James McAvoy, Bruce Willis, Samuel L. Jackson

 Dragon Ball Super: Broly (PG)

Goku and Vegeta encounter Broly, a Saiyan warrior unlike any fighter they’ve faced before. Starring Masako Nozawa, Aya Hisakawa, Ryô Horikawa

 The Kid Who Would Be King (PG)

A band of kids embark on an epic quest to thwart a medieval menace. Starring Louis Ashbourne Serkis, Denise Gough, Dean Chaumoo

 Replicas (PG-13)

A scientist becomes obsessed with bringing back his family members who died in a traffic accident. Starring Keanu Reeves, Alice Eve, Thomas Middleditch

 American Experience: Sealab (TV-PG)

The U.S. Navy’s SEALAB, a pressurized underwater habitat complete with science labs and living quarters for divers, helps advance deep sea diving and rescue. Starring Michael Murphy

 Nova: Kilauea: Hawai’i on Fire (NR)

An investigation into the increased activity at the Kilauea volcano in Hawaii, and look at why these geologically distinctive volcanoes formed in the middle of the Pacific. Starring Manaiakalani Kalua, Eric Meyers, Christina Neal

 Masterpiece: Victoria S3 (TV-PG)

The early life of Queen Victoria, from her ascension to the throne at the tender age of 18 to her courtship and marriage to Prince Albert. Starring Jenna Coleman, Adrian Schiller, Jordan Waller

 Escape at Dannemora (TV-MA)

An employee at a prison in upstate New York becomes romantically involved with a pair of inmates and helps them escape. Starring Benicio Del Toro, Patricia Arquette, Paul Dano

 The Adventures of Jurassic Pet (PG)

An adventurous teenager summons the courage to help a friendly dinosaur to escape from the clutches of a mad scientist that wants to use him for experimentations.  Starring Brooks Ryan, Jamie Loy, Laurie Cummings

 Wedding of Dreams (TV-G)

Debbie lives in a small town where she’s found true love and has left the music industry behind. Starring Debbie Gibson, Robert Gant, Pascale Hutton

 American Masters: Joseph Pulitzer (NR)

Discover the man behind the award. A journalist who became a media mogul with an outspoken, cantankerous editorial voice and two best-selling newspapers, Joseph Pulitzer championed what he regarded as the sacred role of the free press in a democracy. Starring Adam Driver

Synopsis by IMDB.

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The Twilight Saga: New Moon (2009) Rated PG-13

Edward leaves Bella after she is attacked, which causes her to fall into depression and a subsequent relationship with a childhood friend. Based on the book New Moon by Stephenie Meyer. Starring Kristen Stewart, Christina Jastrzembska, and Robert Pattinson.

This film is bad overall. Just bad. The script is the worst and makes the story stilted and not smooth. It also doesn’t bode well for the actors. The acting is either too wooden or overdone, and I still can’t get over how the parents are not involved in their children’s lives throughout the film. Seriously, Bella supposedly goes into a deep depression, but her father doesn’t help – he just lets her go down that path, and when she disappears for a couple of days, she just gets a talking to and a grounding. Kristen Stewart’s acting is the worst, but there are moments of warmth there. This film is not worth a watch.

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Son of God (2014) Rated PG-13

The life of Jesus is depicted from his birth through his crucifixion and resurrection. Starring Diogo Morgado, Greg Hicks, and Adrian Schiller.

I struggled with this sequel to The Bible film last year. The Bible was done well; this one was not. I was not impressed. For one, I don’t think they did the scriptures justice. At times they took liberties with the scriptures more than they did in The Bible last year. The film mostly just picked scenes from last year’s film and then tried to string a narrative between them. It didn’t come together well. Diogo Morgado as Jesus was nice but somehow missed the mark this time around. The film also missed the most vital mark, the reason we have a Son of God – sin and Satan. This film is much worse than last year’s film, and I’ll have to say it isn’t worth a watch.

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The Village (NBC) Rated TV-14

Residents of a Brooklyn apartment complex bond as family and friends. Starring Moran Atias, Dominic Chianese, and Warren Christie.

This is a wonderfully written show about a group of residents living next door to each other whose lives are intertwined. There are so many stories that can come from these characters. I can almost see their growth already. The actors are all amazing; they understand their roles and pull you into their characters’ lives. Even with the hotbed topics that this show has, it doesn’t define the show, and it doesn’t make the show around these hot topics. Instead, each of these topics is just another problem the characters encounter, and the show isn’t trying to be political with their stories – it’s just a part of life. This show is amazing and worth a watch.

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