Furious 6 (2013) Rated PG-13

Hobbs has Dominic and Brian reassemble the crew to take down mercenaries. Starring Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, and Dwayne Johnson.

The Fast and the Furious is a franchise that is able to reinvent itself with each film. This installment takes on terrorism. The action scenes in the sixth film are just as brilliant as in the other films. However, the longer the franchise goes the films seem to have more action and less character growth, but as the films’ progress, the actors’ chemistry shows as they have worked together for years. At times, the action can be over the top and unrealistic, but it is an action film worth the popcorn.

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Won’t You Be My Neighbor? (2018) Rated PG-13

A documentary explores the life and lessons of host Fred Rogers. Starring Fred Rogers, Joanne Rogers, and John Rogers.

Having grown up watching Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood, this film brings back the wonder of my childhood. This documentary reminds us of what’s important in life and to love and respect the people around us just as they are. It was wonderful to see his family talk about the man they knew. The film explores the reason Fred started the program, the plans he had for the show, and how much the kids adored him. It’s amazing what God can do with a life that wants to honor him. I think Fred Rogers did that. He wanted to show children the love of God through his show, and he did. This documentary is worth a watch.

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Queen of the World (2018) Rated TV-G

A look inside the lives of Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh. Starring Sarah Lancashire, Hannah Belcher, and Korede Bolade.

This documentary features private film archives from the royal family as the Queen passes on her wisdom to the younger monarchy. The film shows viewers a number of archived films that show the Queen as she learns her position. The film explains how she has grown the commonwealth from the time of her father through the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan. It also tells us that Harry and Meghan are going to be ambassadors to the commonwealth. It was interesting to see more of Harry and Meghan’s relationship. Although, I still have a hard time seeing it as a love affair when everything seems political between them, especially of what I heard from Meghan. That doesn’t detract from the enjoyment and awe of the royal family. This film is worth the watch.

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New This Week in Theater, October 18, 2018

Image result for Galveston 2018 Galveston (NR)
Opens on Friday, October 19
Starring: Ben Foster, Elle Fanning, Lili Reinhart

After escaping a set up, a dying hitman returns to his hometown of Galveston where he plans his revenge.

Image result for Can You Ever Forgive Me? Can You Ever Forgive Me? (R)
Opens on Friday, October 19
Starring: Melissa McCarthy, Richard E. Grant, Dolly Wells, Ben Falcone

When Lee Israel falls out of step with current tastes, she turns her art form to deception. An adaptation of the memoir Can You Ever Forgive Me?, the true story of best-selling celebrity biographer Lee Israel.

Image result for Halloween 2018 Halloween (R)
Opens on Friday, October 19
Starring: Jamie Lee Curtis, Judy Greer, Andi Matichak, James Jude Courtney

Laurie Strode comes to her final confrontation with Michael Myers, the masked figure who has haunted her since she narrowly escaped his killing spree on Halloween night four decades ago.

Image result for What They Had What They Had (R)
Opens on Friday, October 19
Starring: Hilary Swank, Michael Shannon, Robert Forster, Blythe Danner

Bridget returns home at her brother’s urging to deal with her ailing mother and her father’s reluctance to let go of their life together.

Image result for The Super The Super (R)
Opens on Friday, October 19
Starring: Patrick John Flueger, Val Kilmer, Louisa Krause

A man becomes the superintendent of a large New York City apartment building where people mysteriously go missing.

Image result for An Evening with Beverly Luff Linn An Evening with Beverly Luff Linn (R)
Opens on Friday, October 19
Starring: Aubrey Plaza, Jemaine Clement, Emile Hirsch

Lulu Danger’s unsatisfying marriage takes a turn for the worse when a mysterious man from her past comes to town to perform an event called “An Evening With Beverly Luff Linn; For One Magical Night Only.”



Image result for The Guilty 2018 The Guilty
(R)
Opens on Friday, October 19
Starring: Jakob Cedergren, Jessica Dinnage, Omar Shargawi, Johan Olsen

A police officer assigned alarm dispatch duty enters a race against time when he answers an emergency call from a kidnapped woman.

Image result for Mid90s Mid90s (NR)
Opens on Friday, October 19
Starring: Sunny Suljic, Lucas Hedges, Na-kel Smith, Olan Prenatt

Follows Stevie, a thirteen-year-old in 90s-era LA who spends his summer navigating between his troubled home life and a group of new friends that he meets at a Motor Avenue skate shop.

Image result for The Advocates 2018 The Advocates (NR)
Opens on Friday, October 19
Starring:  Celina Alvarez, Gary Blasi, Jerry Jones, Mary Kirchen

THE ADVOCATES is a sweeping look at the history and causes of Los Angeles current homeless crisis and an intimate view of the tireless work of advocates who strive to create better lives for their homeless clients

Image result for American Deep State American Deep State (NR)
Opens on Friday, October 19
Starring:  Betty Adams, Joe Biden, John Brantley, John O. Brennan

For the first time in History, American People See the Possibility That Elected U.S Governments Must Follow The Rules Set By Washington Bureaucratic Institutions.

Image result for Change in the Air Change in the Air (PG)
Opens on Friday, October 19
Starring: Rachel Brosnahan, Aidan Quinn, Seth Gilliam, M. Emmet Walsh

When a beguiling young woman moves in next door, a quiet neighborhood is awakened, bringing people face to face with their secrets and, ultimately, themselves.

Image result for On Her Shoulders 2018 On Her Shoulders (NR)
Opens on Friday, October 19
Starring: Nadia Murad, Murad Ismael, Amal Clooney, Ki-moon Ban

Nadia Murad, a 23-year-old Yazidi, survived genocide and sexual slavery committed by ISIS. Repeating her story to the world, this ordinary girl finds herself thrust onto the international stage as the voice of her people.


Image result for The Price of Everything The Price of Everything
(NR)
Opens on Friday, October 19
Starring: Amy Cappellazzo, George Condo, Njideka Akunyili Crosby, Stefan Edlis

With unprecedented access to pivotal artists and the white-hot market surrounding them, this film dives deep into the contemporary art world, holding a fun-house mirror up to our values and our times — where everything can be bought and sold.

 Image result for Horn from the Heart: The Paul Butterfield StoryHorn from the Heart: The Paul Butterfield Story (NR)
Opens on Friday, October 19
Starring: Paul Butterfield, Elvin Bishop, Mike Bloomfield, Joe Boyd

“Horn From The Heart: The Paul Butterfield Story” is a feature-length documentary about the life and career of legendary blues musician Paul Butterfield. A white, teen-age harmonica player from Chicago’s south side, Paul learned from the original black masters performing nightly in his own back yard. Muddy Waters was Paul’s mentor and lifelong friend, happy to share his wisdom and expertise with such a gifted young acolyte. The interracial Paul Butterfield Blues Band, featuring the twin guitar sound of Michael Bloomfield and Elvin Bishop, the rhythm section of Sam Lay and Jerome Arnold and the keyboards of Mark Naftalin, added a rock edge to the Chicago blues, bringing an authenticity to its sound that struck a chord with the vast white rock audience and rejuvenated world wide interest in the blues. The band’s first LP, released in 1965, was named “#11 Blues Album of All Time” by Downbeat. The only artist to perform at the Newport Folk Festival in 1965, the Monterey Pop Festival in 1967 and Woodstock in 1969, Paul would continue to break new ground in the blues, and to stand up for racial equality, until his death at age 44 in 1987 of a drug overdose. Through his music and words, along with first-hand accounts of his family, his band mates and those closest to him, “Horn From The Heart: The Paul Butterfield Story” tells the complex story of a man many call the greatest harmonica player of all time. The Paul Butterfield Blues Band was inducted into The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2015.

Synopsis by IMDB.

 

 

 

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The Smurfs 2 (2013) Rated TV-G

The Smurfs and their human friends join together to rescue Smurfette from Gargamel. Starring Hank Azaria, Neil Patrick Harris, and Brendan Gleeson.

This film is mainly a story to explain how Smurfette came to be. I liked this idea, and it was interesting to see the filmmaker’s take on it. It wasn’t the best film – the first Smurf film was a little better. The story is one that has been told several times with any Smurf story: Gargamel kidnaps a smurf, and the others go to save the one. A story is told along the way, and this time it’s Smurfette’s backstory. There is an underlining story about parenthood, and there’s always a moral to the story. This is a film that’s fun watch, but it really is one that you don’t have to watch – making it not worth a watch.

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Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles ( Nickelodeon) Rated TV-Y7

Four mutant turtle brothers go on adventures where they tap into their mystic ninja powers. Starring  Omar Benson Miller, Josh Brener, and Ben Schwartz.

This is not your classic Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. The animation is nice, but it was hard to wrap my mind around the different drawings of the turtles. This is a more comical take on TMNT than the older versions. That may be a positive, but I certainly didn’t find it all that funny. The villains are interesting – but again, this is different in that the villains seem to be more alien than mutant. The story does lack in character development. It’s a show that you’ll enjoy if you didn’t grow up with the classic TMNT – but if you did, this show is not worth a watch.

 

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The Reading Room (2005) Rated PG

Making good on a promise for his wife, a widower, opens a reading room for people to learn to read, but problems in the neighborhood threaten the room. Starring James Earl Jones, Joanna Cassidy, and Douglas Spain.

This is a great family film. We have a retired man who, thanks to the promise he made to his wife, goes back to his childhood neighborhood to open a reading room for people to enjoy. The only problem is that the neighborhood has changed, and the reading room isn’t welcomed. It’s a story of a man who can make a difference in the lives of other people. Jones brings a performance that you must see. Along the way, Jones’ character even learns a few things. Of course, this isn’t the best film out there – but it was a fun and enjoyable watch, which was worth it.

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New This Week on DVD, October 16, 2018

 Ant-Man and the Wasp (PG-13)

In the aftermath of his experiences in Germany with the Avengers, Scott Lang must now deal with the consequences of his past actions while under house arrest. But Scott answers a call back into action when Hope Van Dyne and Dr. Hank Pym approach him with a new mission to find the truth about secrets from their past, all while facing a new enemy who anticipates their every move. Starring Paul Rudd, Evangeline Lilly, Michael Peña

 Unfriended: Dark Web (R)

A teen comes into possession of a new laptop and soon discovers that the previous owner is not only watching him, but will also do anything to get it back. Starring Colin Woodell, Stephanie Nogueras, Betty Gabriel

 Whitney (R)

An in-depth look at the life and music of Whitney Houston. Starring  Kevin Costner, Whitney Houston, Aretha Franklin

 Boundaries (R)

Laura and her son Henry are forced to drive her estranged, pot-dealing, carefree father Jack across country after being kicked out of a nursing home. Starring Vera Farmiga, Christopher Plummer, Lewis MacDougall

 Generation Wealth (R)

A documentary that investigates the pathologies that have created the richest society the world has ever seen. Starring Limo Bob, George W. Bush, Paris Cronin

 Buybust (NR)

An anti-drug enforcement agency stages a massive drug bust in the slums of Manila. Starring Anne Curtis, Brandon Vera, Victor Neri

 Masterpiece: The Durrells in Corfu Season 3 (TV-PG)

Series based on the autobiographical novel by Gerald Durrell, the naturalist, explorer, writer and conservationist, which tells the story of his family settling on Corfu island in 1933 after his father’s untimely death. They lived there until 1939. His mother was rather eccentric and allowed the 8 to 14 year-old Gerald to keep wildlife as pets. He also made friends among the local humans. Starring Keeley Hawes, Josh O’Connor, Milo Parker

 American Experience: The Eugenics Crusade (NR)

The Eugenics Crusade tells the story of the eugenics movement and its long history in the United States, from its beginnings in the study of heredity, to its rise as a popular movement promising to uplift the human race through state sponsored sterilization, to its influence on immigration laws designed to close our borders to groups deemed genetically inferior.

 A Dog Named Christmas (PG)

A developmentally challenged young man with a penchant for caring for animals in need sets out to convince his family – and their whole rural community – to participate in a local shelter’s inaugural “Adopt a Dog for Christmas Program.” Starring Bruce Greenwood, Linda Emond, Noel Fisher

   Christmas with Holly (NR)

Traumatized by her mother’s death, a 6-year-old girl stops talking but is cared for by her three uncles. The story unfolds as all of them find the importance of family. Starring Sean Faris, Eloise Mumford, Daniel Eric Gold

 When Calls the Heart: Year Five (TV-G)

Elizabeth Thatcher, a young school teacher from a wealthy Eastern family, migrates from the big city to teach school in a small coal mining town in the west. Starring Erin Krakow, Lori Loughlin, Martin Cummins

 Harry & Meghan: A Royal Romance (TV-PG)

The meeting and courtship of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. Starring Sasha Rojen, Melanie Nicholls-King, Parisa Fitz-Henley

 The Affair: Season Four (TV-MA)

A struggling novelist and a young waitress strike up an extramarital relationship that promises to forever change the course of their lives. Starring Dominic West, Maura Tierney, Joshua Jackson

 Crazy Ex-Girlfriend: The Complete Third Season (TV-14)

A young woman abandons a choice job at a law firm and her life in New York in an attempt to find happiness in the unlikely locale of West Covina, California. Starring Rachel Bloom, Donna Lynne Champlin, Vincent Rodriguez III

 Love You Like Christmas (TV-G)

A high-powered executive reconsiders her priorities when car trouble leads her to Christmas Valley, a town in love with Christmas. Starring Bonnie Somerville, Brennan Elliott, Madison Brydges

Synopsis by IMDB.

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Sicario: Day of the Soldado (2018) Rated R

The drug war across the Mexican border has escalated to terrorists crossing the border. To fight them, FBI agent Matt Graver reteams with mercurial Alejandro. Starring Benicio Del Toro, Josh Brolin, and Isabela Moner.

This film has the same taste that the first one except that the script isn’t as tight. There’s a lot of information left unsaid  – information that tells the story of what you are watching. It’s as if the filmmakers leave this out and expect viewers to read between the lines. It also has a lot of unrealistic scenes just because the filmmakers wanted to leave it open for another film. Brolin and Del Toro are both great. The story does pull you in, but really – what were they trying to tell us? I’m not sure. The suspense was there – but again, why do we need to sit at the edge of our seat? This film is not worth a watch.

 

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The Numbers Station (2013) Rated R

A disgraced black ops agent is sent to a numbers station to protect a code operator. Starring John Cusack, Malin Akerman, and Liam Cunningham.

I loved this movie more than the other critics have. It’s not really an action film; it’s very much a character piece. The film revolves around John Cusack’s character as he comes to term with his demons. Akerman’s acting wasn’t bad, but the script just didn’t give her much to work with. It’s not the best film; at times it’s a slow build, but the script keeps your attention. It’s a thriller that keeps you on your toes. As I said, it’s not the best film – it won’t win an Academy Award, but it is worth a watch.

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