New This Week on DVD, August 16, 2022

 Jurassic World: Dominion (PG-13)

Four years after the destruction of Isla Nublar, Biosyn operatives attempt to track down Maisie Lockwood, while Dr Ellie Sattler investigates a genetically engineered swarm of giant insects. Starring Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Laura Dern 

 The Black Phone (R)

After being abducted by a child killer and locked in a soundproof basement, a 13-year-old boy starts receiving calls on a disconnected phone from the killer’s previous victims. Starring Mason Thames, Madeleine McGraw, Ethan Hawke 

 NCIS: The Nineteenth Season (TV-14)

The cases of the Naval Criminal Investigative Service’s Washington, D.C. Major Case Response Team, led by Special Agent Leroy Jethro Gibbs. Starring Mark Harmon, David McCallum, Sean Murray 

 South Park: The Complete Twenty-Fourth Season (TV-MA)

Follows the misadventures of four irreverent grade-schoolers in the quiet, dysfunctional town of South Park, Colorado. Starring Trey Parker, Matt Stone, Mona Marshall 

 Frank and Penelope (R)

A tale of love and violence when a man on his emotional last legs finds a savior seductively dancing in a run-down strip club. And a life most certainly headed off a cliff suddenly becomes redirected – as EVERYTHING is now worth dying for. Starring Caylee Cowan, Billy Budinich, Kevin Dillon

 Feeling Butterflies (TV-G)

Emily’s booming butterfly business was delivering monarchs to a birthday party where she meets single dad, Garrett. With the help of Garrett and his daughter, Emily’s business will begins to take a flight. Starring Kayla Wallace, Kevin McGarry, Alyssa Gervasi

 Mulligan (NR)

Paul McAllister seems to have it all, but his life starts to fall apart. Guided by the wisdom and advice of an old golf pro, Paul learns about playing a good game both on and off the course. Starring Eric Close, Nancy Stafford, Pat Boone

 Firebite: Season 1 (TV-MA)

Following two indigenous Australian hunters to battle the last colony of vampires in the South-Australian desert. Starring Rob Collins, Shantae Barnes-Cowan, Callan Mulvey 

 Night’s End (NR)

An anxious shut-in moves into a haunted apartment, hiring a stranger to perform an exorcism which quickly takes a horrific turn. Starring Michael Shannon, Theo Germaine, Kate Arrington

 Hidden Assets: Series 1 (TV-14)

A diamond haul in Limerick, a body in Antwerp and a terrorist bombing campaign. DS Emer Berry must work out how they are all connected. Starring Angeline Ball, Simone Kirby, Wouter Hendrickx 

America Outdoors With Baratunde Thurston America Outdoors: With Baratunde Thurston (NR)

Baratunde Thurston explores the country’s diverse landscapes to see how they shape the way we work, play and interact with the outdoors. Starring Christopher Lowe, Baratunde Thurston

Wee Dragons (2018) - IMDb Wee Dragons: Season One (NR)

The peaceful Kingdom of the Wee Dragons is plunged into turmoil, when villainous Blister teams with fearsome dragon Durwyn, to overthrow King Bedwyr and force his daughter, Princess Cai, to marry the evil goblin, King Foul. Noble dragon Boil, along with his sidekick Big Gurt, journeys through time and space, meeting magical friends and foes alike, in a desperate effort to free the king, restore the land, and win the heart of the princess. Starring Bobby Moyna, Graham Sanderson, Kj Schrock 

Synopsis by IMDB. 

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On Patrol: Live (Reelz) Rated NR

 Reality show that follows Police Officers on patrol around the U.S. Starring Dan Abrams, Sean ‘Sticks’ Larkin, Curtis Wilson

This series is a retake of the original PD: Live. As with the original we follow police officers live on the job as they take calls around the U.S. While they had some techinical differiculties in the begining the show is the same as ever. The format and the commradery between hosts make the show enjoyable while dealing with the unlawful residents. The show looks like it’s just a starter pack with only the departments they are familiar with but I think in time and money they will be back up and running with the just as many departments that PD: Live had. This series wonderfully brings the work that police officiers do on a daily basis. This show is worth the watch.

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Great White Open Ocean (2022) Rated NR

Jimi Partington is a survivor of a shark attack but still suffers from PTSD. This year he decides to get back into the water with megasharks. Starring Dickie Chivell, Ralph Collier, and Jeff Kurr.

This documentary is different from the others during shark week. While we see Partington overcoming his fears and rekindling his love of the water, we also see other shark scientists studying the sharks around them as they learn more about the creatures that we most fear. At times, they create cliffhangers, but most are just repetitive storytelling with a “been there, done that” feel. I often wonder how little shark biologists really work in the field and if most of their studying is performed in labs throughout the year. While the show is interesting and holds your interest, it still isn’t worth the watch.

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The World’s Fastest Indian (2005) Rated PG-13

The story of Burt Munro, who broke the world record of land speed at Utah’s Bonneville Salt Flats in 1967 while riding an Indian Motorcycle. Starring Anthony Hopkins, Iain Rea, and Tessa Mitchell.

This film is a basic documentary of the life of Munro. It’s a simple story as it follows Munro and his dream to defy the odds and set the world record. The film knows its focus is on Munro and his Indian; although, it doesn’t focus enough on the Indian to give us a sense of how he was able to break the record. They did try to create the feeling that the unexpected could still win the race, but that was lost in the slow telling of Munro chasing a dream. The film is a sleepy little tale of a major feat, making it worth a watch.

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New This Week in Theaters, August 11, 2022

Laal Singh Chaddha (2022) - IMDb Laal Singh Chaddha (PG-13)
Opens on Thursday, August 11
Starring: Aamir Khan, Kareena Kapoor, Naga Chaitanya Akkineni 

An official remake of the 1994 American film Forrest Gump.

Poster Fall (PG-13)
Opens on Friday, August 12
Starring: Grace Caroline Currey, Virginia Gardner, Jeffrey Dean Morgan

Best friends Becky and Hunter find themselves at the top of a 2,000-foot radio tower.

Emily the Criminal  Emily the Criminal (R)
Opens on Friday, August 12
Starring: Aubrey Plaza, Theo Rossi, Jonathan Avigdori 

Down on her luck and saddled with debt, Emily gets involved in a credit card scam that pulls her into the criminal underworld of Los Angeles, ultimately leading to deadly consequences.

Mack & Rita | Official Website | August 12 2022 Mack & Rita (PG-13)
Opens on Friday, August 12
Starring: Diane Keaton, Elizabeth Lail, Taylour Paige 

A 30-year-old writer spends a wild weekend in Palm Springs and wakes up to find she has magically transformed into her 70-year-old self.

Summering (2022) - IMDb Summering (PG-13)
Opens on Friday, August 12
Starring: Lia Barnett, Sanai Victoria, Madalen Mills

During their last days of summer and childhood — the weekend before middle school begins — four girls struggle with the harsh truths of growing up and embark on a mysterious adventure.

Poster Girl Picture (NR)
Opens on Friday, August 12
Starring: Aamu Milonoff, Eleonoora Kauhanen, Linnea Leino 

Mimmi, Emma and Rönkkö are girls at the cusp of womanhood, trying to draw their own contours. In three consecutive Fridays, two of them experience the earth moving effects of falling in love, while the third goes on a quest to find something she’s never experienced before: pleasure.

Synopsis by IMDB. 

 

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History’s Crazy Rich Ancients (History) Rated NR

Throughout our history, the world is shaped by the rich and powerful. Starring Darrell Brown, Rebecca Jarvis, and Greg Jackson.

This series is a disappointment. It presents a countdown of the most opulent things the wealthy have done or used throughout history that mark them as the richest people. However, we don’t dive into the parties or see remnants left from their lavish lifestyles. The show just goes down the list of what the most expensive events or possessions were. It’s a poor historical representation of their lifestyles and how they lived. This series is not worth the watch.

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The BFG (2016) Rated PG

An orphaned girl befriends a giant who takes her to Giant Country in order to stop the man-eating giants from invading the human world. Based on the book by Roald Dahl. Starring Mark Rylance, Ruby Barnhill, and Penelope Wilton.

I have never watched the original film or read the book, and while the book is a classic, I struggled with this version of the film. It is just lackluster storytelling. The film is supposed to be an adventure, but it lacks the thrill. However, the giant world is visually stunning, and Barnhill is brilliant in her role as the orphaned girl. Surprisingly, the script has a number of plot holes that make the film tedious and boring. I think they tried to make it too modern and it lost its spirit and heartwarming quality. This film is not worth the watch.

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Great White Serial Killer: Fatal Christmas (2022) Rated TV-14

Two shark attack investigators study the attack of a surfer on Christmas Eve in Morro Bay, California. Starring Ralph Collier and Brandon McMillan.

This special is facinating. Collier and McMillan study the attack that took the life of Tomas Butterfield. While they investigate the evidence left after the attack, they also look at the sharks that could have done it. It’s interesting and holds your attention. The special uses interviews with family members and those involved in the investigation; it also includes shark experts to discuss the behaviors of Great Whites. Of course there is no retribution for the family of the victim, but it is interesting to see how they are able to investigate the attack. This is worth the watch.

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New This Week on DVD, August 9, 2022

 Sonic The Hedgehog 2 (PG)

When the manic Dr Robotnik returns to Earth with a new ally, Knuckles the Echidna, Sonic and his new friend Tails is all that stands in their way. Starring James Marsden, Jim Carrey, Ben Schwartz 

 Men (R)

A young woman goes on a solo vacation to the English countryside following the death of her ex-husband. Starring Jessie Buckley, Rory Kinnear, Paapa Essiedu 

 Crimes of the Future (R)

Humans adapt to a synthetic environment, with new transformations and mutations. With his partner Caprice, Saul Tenser, celebrity performance artist, publicly showcases the metamorphosis of his organs in avant-garde performances. Starring Viggo Mortensen, Lihi Kornowski, Léa Seydoux 

 Green Planet (NR)

Dive into a world where a single life can last a thousand years, with David Attenborough. See things no eye has ever seen, and discover the dramatic, beautiful plant life of Earth. Starring David Attenborough, Cong Liu, Tim Shepherd 

 Yashahime: Princess Half-Demon – Season One, Part Two (TV-14)

An adventure following Sesshomaru’s half-demon twin daughters, Towa and Setsuna, as they discover the mysteries of their past along with Moroha, the daughter of Inuyasha and Kagome. Starring Sara Matsumoto, Mikako Komatsu, Azusa Tadokoro 

 Nova: Ice Age Ghost Tracks (TV-PG)

A look at what thousands of prehistoric footprints in New Mexico’s White Sands National Park might reveal about the peopling of the Americas. Starring Carol J. Ellick, Kirk Johnson, Edward Jolie

 Dino Brained: Season 1 (NR)

A dinosaur and his sidekick on a mission, Fang and Scale pilot their spaceship through the galaxy on a dizzying quest for knowledge! When they connect with interstellar teacher, Professor Claw, their smarts are turbo-boosted out of this world! Ride along on the journey of a lifetime with Dino-Brained friends, Fang and Scale as they prove that learning never goes extinct! Starring Ray Anand, Slim Durst, Sarah Kenny

 Harry Potter: 20th Aniversary – Return to Hogwarts (TV-PG)

Cast members from all “Harry Potter” films reunite in a retrospective special to celebrate the anniversary of the first film, including interviews and cast conversations. Starring Daniel Radcliffe, Gary Oldman, Emma Watson 

 Last Seen Alive (R)

Will’s soon-to-be ex-wife mysteriously vanishes at a gas station. He delves into the town’s criminal underbelly while running from the authorities in a race against time to find her. Starring Gerard Butler, Jaimie Alexander, Russell Hornsby

 A Second Chance at Love (TV-G)

Alicia and Arnold’s marriage is picture perfect; however, Arnold is ready to grow their family, but Alicia is hesitant to the idea. Rather than facing the problem, Alicia sets her divorced parents each up on a blind date dating app. Starring Eriq La Salle, Gloria Reuben, Alvina August 

 Hot Seat (R)

An ex-hacker is forced to break into high-level banking institutions, another man must try to penetrate the booby trapped building to get the young man off the hot seat. Starring Mel Gibson, Michael Welch, Shannen Doherty

 Pam & Tommy: Season One (TV-MA)

Follows the story of Pamela Anderson and Tommy Lee’s relationship, going back to their whirlwind romance that started with them marrying after only knowing each other for 96 hours in 1995. Starring Lily James, Sebastian Stan, Seth Rogen 

 One Lane Bridge: Series 2 (TV-14)

During a murder investigation at Queenstown’s infamous One Lane Bridge, ambitious young Maori Detective, Ariki Davis, inadvertently reawakens a spiritual gift that endangers the case, his career and his life. Starring Dominic Ona-Ariki, Joel Tobeck, Alison Bruce

 Angel Of Christmas (TV-G)

After she finally gets the chance to pen her very first article, an aspiring newspaper writer digs into her family history to find the perfect Christmas story. Starring Jennifer Finnigan, Jonathan Scarfe, Holly Robinson Peete

Synopsis by IMDB. 

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Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness (2022) Rated PG-13

Doctor Strange teams up with a girl who can travel through the multiverse to combat other versions of themselves that seek to destroy the universes. Starring Benedict Cumberbatch, Elizabeth Olsen, and Chiwetel Ejiofor.

This film really should be more interesting than it is, but it’s another Marvel movie linking storylines together. The story is chaotic and dark. The characters from the other multiverses are not expanded and don’t have enough depth. Then you have the chemistry between Xochitl Gomez, who plays the girl, and the main characters. The film, overall, struggles with too many characters, and it introduces so many new characters that the story gets lost. The focus of the film is also lost with the addition of these new characters. The film’s focus should be on Doctor Strange – no one else. This film is not worth the watch.

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