After All These Years (2013) Rated NR

A woman is wrongfully accused of murdering her ex-husband. She sets out to find the real killer before she is arrested on the day of his funeral. Starring Wendie Malick, Andrea Martin, Martha Burns.

This Hallmark movie has a perfect blend of humor and mystery. They keep the suspense by not revealing too many hints about whodunit. However, the humor didn’t always fit with the inherently heavy theme. This wife just lost her husband, and in the process found out that he was planning to divorce her. It is not realistic to think she would find much to laugh at in life. The film fails to touch on the logical emotions of grief and devastation. Although it has some good qualities, this lack of emotional insight makes it a pass.




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Young Guns (1988) Rated R

A group of young men, lead by Billy the Kid, hunt down the killers of the rancher who was their benefactor. Starring Emilio Estevez, Kiefer Sutherland, Lou Diamond Phillips, Charlie Sheen, Dermot Mulroney, Jack Palance, Terry O’Quinn.

Young Guns tells the story of Billy the Kid during his time with The Regulators and during the Lincoln County War. I don’t know how historically correct the film is, though.  I think they may have stayed pretty true to his character but took some liberties with the supporting cast. What interested me most was watching the interactions between Sheen and Estevez, knowing that they are brothers in real life. It was fun to see how their characters butted heads on-screen.  Also, I thought Estevez captured the charismatic presence that Billy the Kid had. Entertaining: yes.  Historically accurate: not so much. The latter makes this a pass.

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New This Week in Theaters, June 22, 2017

 Transformers: The Last Knight (PG-13)
Opens on Friday, June 23
Starring: Mark Wahlberg, Josh Duhamel, Anthony Hopkins

Humans and Transformers are at war, Optimus Prime is gone. The key to saving our future lies buried in the secrets of the past, in the hidden history of Transformers on Earth.

 The Big Sick (R)
Opens on Friday, June 23
Starring: Kumail Nanjiani, Zoe Kazan, Holly Hunter, Ray Romano

A couple deals with their cultural differences as their relationship grows.

 The Beguiled (R)
Opens on Friday, June 23
Starring: Nicole Kidman, Kirsten Dunst, Elle Fanning, Colin Farrell

At a girls’ school in Virginia during the Civil War, where the young women have been sheltered from the outside world, a wounded Union soldier is taken in. Soon, the house is taken over with sexual tension, rivalries, and an unexpected turn of events.

 The Bad Batch (R)
Opens on Friday, June 23
Starring: Suki Waterhouse, Jason Momoa, Jayda Fink, Keanu Reeves

A dystopian love story in a Texas wasteland and set in a community of cannibals.

Synopsis by IMDB.

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127 Hours (2010) Rated R

A mountain climber gets trapped and must resort to desperate measures to survive. Based on the book, Between a Rock and a Hard Place by  Aron Ralston. Starring James Franco, Kate Mara, Amber Tamblyn, Treat Williams.

This film is intense! Franco is compelling as the man who goes hiking on his own and becomes trapped. You can feel his pain, mental anguish, and desperation as he tries to survive. I was horrified and riveted right up to the end. If you like watching stories of human nature under duress, this is the film for you. It is worth a watch.

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Summer Snow (2014) Rated NR

A family still grieving the loss of their wife and mother learns how to continue on. Starring Rachel Eggleston,  David Chisum, Cameron Goodman.

I keep hoping that these Christian film will succeed in their writing and production, but I am constantly disappointed, and this movie was no exception. It is one of the worst written Christian films I’ve seen, with an inconsistent and incomplete story line. The story itself is good, as we see these grieving family members each receive a personal letter from their wife/mother reminding them what is truly important in life. The gospel is clearly presented, which I appreciate, but the movie’s story is not. We never find out why or how she died, and there is a gaping hole in the conclusion with regards to the youngest daughter’s attempt to raise money to help another child. More thought needed to go into this script; it is a disappointment and a pass.

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42nd Street (1933) Rated NR

A director may be putting on his last show on Broadway when a newcomer is hired to replace the star of the show. Starring Warner Baxter, Bebe Daniels, George Brent, Ginger Rogers, Dick Powell.

42nd Street is a show within a show. The film showcases the behind-the-scenes of a Broadway production. It’s also one of the first musicals made. It is well-written with catchy tunes that make you want to sing along. This film broke the ground for many of the musicals and romantic films that followed. Even if you are not a fan of musicals, this is still worth a watch.

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New This Week on DVD, June 20, 2017

 Altitude (R)

A female FBI agent is offered millions to help a thief escape from a hijacked airplane. Starring Denise Richards, Dolph Lundgren, Jonathan Lipnicki

 Life (R)

A team of scientists aboard the International Space Station discover a rapidly evolving life form, that caused extinction on Mars, and now threatens the crew and all life on Earth. Starring Hiroyuki Sanada, Ryan Reynolds, Rebecca Ferguson, Jake Gyllenhaal


 This Beautiful Fantastic (PG)

A young woman who dreams of being a children’s author makes an unlikely friendship with a cantankerous, rich old widower. Starring Jessica Brown Findlay, Andrew Scott, Jeremy Irvine,  Tom Wilkinson

 Wilson (R)

A lonely, neurotic and hilariously honest middle-aged man reunites with his estranged wife and meets his teenage daughter for the first time. Starring Woody Harrelson, Sandy Oian-Thomas, Shaun Brown, Judy Greer

 Incorporated: Season One (NR)

A man attempts to thwart a giant corporation that seems to have unlimited power. Starring Sean Teale, Allison Miller, Eddie Ramos, Julia Ormond

Synopsis by IMDB.

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The Shack (2017) Rated PG-13

A grieving man meets God at The Shack. Based on the novel by William P. Young. Starring Sam Worthington, Octavia Spencer, Tim McGraw, Radha Mitchell.

I went into this film with an open mind. I know a lot of Christian reviewers have labeled both this film and the book it is based on as heresy. I wouldn’t say that, but I would say this author does have a warped view of who God is and what He stands for. There is an unbalanced perspective of God’s love and judgment. It does an excellent job of depicting God’s love and forgiveness, which He extends to everyone, but the gospel itself is not explained well, especially in regards to the resurrection. I find this film problematic for those seeking Truth, but simply as a film, it is quite good. Due to its overall content and handling of the Message, I cannot recommend it, though; it is a pass.


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Safety Not Guaranteed (2012) Rated R

A reporter investigates an ad placed in the paper for a companion to time travel. Starring Aubrey Plaza, Lauren Carlos, Basil Harris, Jake Johnson.

This film was not what I expected at all. It is very well written with well-rounded characters. It is both comedic and dramatic, not just going for laughs but really delving into each character’s journey to find the answers they seek. It feels like the movie isn’t really going anywhere, but a twist at the end reveals that there was a destination all along. This film is worth a watch.


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The Tattooed Police Horse (1964) Rated TV-PG

A horse trained to be a trotter is outcast among the trotting community but finds a second home on the Boston police force. Starring Keith Andes, Stan Bergstein, William Hilliard, Sandy Sanders.

This Disney short pulls on the heartstrings as we watch a horse who is loved by both his owners and trainers face rejection by the racing community. Both the horse and the owner fall from favor, and we share the emotional struggle of watching the horse find his destiny. A great depiction of the life of a trotter horse and a heartwarming story, this movie is worth a watch.



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