New This Week in Theaters, April 27, 2017

 The Circle (PG-13)
Opens on Friday, April 28
Starring: Emma Watson, Tom Hanks, John Boyega

A woman lands a dream job at a powerful tech company called the Circle, only to uncover a nefarious agenda that will affect the lives of her friends, family and that of humanity.

 Sleight (R)
Opens on Friday, April 28
Starring: Jacob Latimore, Seychelle Gabriel, Dule Hill

A young street magician is left to care for his little sister after their parents passing and turns to illegal activities to keep a roof over their heads. When he gets in too deep, his sister is kidnapped and he is forced to use his magic and brilliant mind to save her.

 How to be a Latin Lover (PG-13)
Opens on Friday, April 28
Starring: Eugenio Derbez, Salma Hayek, Rob Lowe

Finding himself dumped after 25 years of marriage, a man who made a career of seducing rich older women must move in with his estranged sister, where he begins to learn the value of family.

 Grey Lady (R)
Opens on Friday, April 28
Starring: Eric Dane, Natalie Zea, Amy Madigan

A Boston police officer goes to Nantucket to investigate the murder of his partner, but he finds more than he bargained for.

 Voice from the Stone (R)
Opens on Friday, April 28
Starring: Emilia Clarke, Marton Csokas, Caterina Murino

Set in 1950s Tuscany, Voice from the Stone is the haunting and suspenseful story of Verena, a solemn nurse drawn to aid a young boy who has fallen silent since the sudden passing of his mother.

 Buster’s Mal Heart (NR)
Opens on Friday, April 28
Starring: Rami Malek, DJ Qualls, Kate Lyn Sheil, Lin Shaye

In this bold thriller spiked with dark humor, Rami Malek is a family man whose chance encounter with a conspiracy-obsessed drifter leaves him on the run from the police and an impending event known as The Inversion.

 One Week and a Day (NR)
Opens on Friday, April 28
Starring: Sharon Alexander, Shai Avivi, Evgenia Dodina, Uri Gavriel

When Eyal finishes the week of mourning for his late son, his wife urges him to return to their routine but instead he gets high with a young neighbor and sets out to discover that there are still things in his life worth living for.

Synopsis by IMDB.

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Tessa Thompson

Grey’s Anatomy (TV-14 )

A drama centered on the personal and professional lives of five surgical interns and their supervisors.

 Cold Case (TV-14)

The Philadelphia homicide squad’s lone female detective finds her calling when she’s assigned “cold cases” — older crimes that have never been solved.

 Copper (TV-MA )

Set in the Five Points neighborhood of New York City in the 1860s, focusing on a rugged young Irish cop who is forced to navigate his unruly and dangerous immigrant neighborhood while interacting with the uptown Manhattan crowd and the black community.

 Private Practice (NR)

A spin-off of the medical drama “Grey’s Anatomy” centering on the life of neonatal surgeon Addison Montgomery.

 Off the Map (NR)

A trio of doctors seek a new start.

 Three Rivers (TV-14)

Three Rivers is about the lives of organ donors, the doctors, and recipients of the organs at Three Rivers, a preeminent transplant hospital in Pittsburgh. Dr. Andy Yablonski is the leader of the team of surgeons: Dr. Miranda Foster, a woman with a reputation of being a rebel and who strives to live up to her father’s legacy; Dr. David Lee, the surgeon that breaks all the ladies’ hearts; Ryan Abbott, the inexperienced new transplant coordinator with a complex new way of transferring organs to the patients; Dr. Sophia Jordan, the head of organ surgery, and Pam Acosta, Dr. Andy Yablonski’s operating assistant and best friend. These are the stories of organ surgeons and what it’s like to be in a race against the clock to save lives.

 666 Park Avenue (NR)

If you could make one wish, what would it be? And what would you do to get it? At 666 Park Avenue, all of your dreams and burning desires can come true: wealth, sex, love, power, even revenge. But just be careful what you wish for, because the price you pay…could be your soul. Welcome to The Drake, the premiere apartment building on Manhattan’s Upper East Side. Owned by the mysterious Gavin Doran and his sexy wife Olivia, The Drake is home to dozens of residents who are unaware they’re living in the dark embrace of supernatural forces. They think their dreams are all coming true, only to find they’ve been lured into making, what feels like, a deal with the Devil. When a young Mid-western couple – Jane Van Veen  and Henry Martin – is hired to manage The Drake, they soon discover that evil, obsession, and manipulation has a home.

Synopsis by IMDB.

 

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Jonathan Demme (1944-2017)

(1944-2017)

 The Killing (2011–2014) Rated TV-14

A police investigation, the saga of a grieving family, and a Seattle mayoral campaign all interlock after the body of 17-year-old Rosie Larsen is found in the trunk of a submerged car.

 The Silence of the Lambs (1991) Rated R

A young F.B.I. cadet must confide in an incarcerated and manipulative killer to receive his help on catching another serial killer who skins his victims.

 Philadelphia (1993) Rated PG-13

When a man with HIV is fired by his law firm because of his condition, he hires a homophobic small time lawyer as the only willing advocate for a wrongful dismissal suit.

 Enlightened (2011–2013) Rated TV-MA

A self-destructive woman who has a spiritual awakening becomes determined to live an enlightened life, creating havoc at home and work.

 A Gifted Man (2011–2012) Rated NR

Centers on an ultra-competitive surgeon whose life is changed forever when his ex-wife dies and begins teaching him what life is all about from the here-after.

 Rachel Getting Married (2008) Rated R

A young woman who has been in and out of rehab for the past 10 years returns home for the weekend for her sister’s wedding.

 The Manchurian Candidate (2004) Rated R

In the midst of the Gulf War, soldiers are kidnapped and brainwashed for sinister purposes.

Synopsis by IMDB.

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Cate Blanchett

 The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (PG-13)

Gandalf and Aragorn lead the World of Men against Sauron’s army to draw his gaze from Frodo and Sam as they approach Mount Doom with the One Ring.

 The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (PG-13)

A meek Hobbit from the Shire and eight companions set out on a journey to destroy the powerful One Ring and save Middle Earth from the Dark Lord Sauron.

 The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (PG-13)

While Frodo and Sam edge closer to Mordor with the help of the shifty Gollum, the divided fellowship makes a stand against Sauron’s new ally, Saruman, and his hordes of Isengard.

 Monarchy: The Royal Family at Work (NR)

A fly-on-the-wall documentary following the British Royal Family for a year.

 The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (PG-13)

The dwarves, along with Bilbo Baggins and Gandalf the Grey, continue their quest to reclaim Erebor, their homeland, from Smaug. Bilbo Baggins is in possession of a mysterious and magical ring.

 The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (PG-13)

A reluctant hobbit, Bilbo Baggins, sets out to the Lonely Mountain with a spirited group of dwarves to reclaim their mountain home – and the gold within it – from the dragon Smaug.

 How to Train Your Dragon 2 (PG)

When Hiccup and Toothless discover an ice cave that is home to hundreds of new wild dragons and the mysterious Dragon Rider, the two friends find themselves at the center of a battle to protect the peace.

 The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (PG-13)

Tells the story of Benjamin Button, a man who starts aging backwards with bizarre consequences.

 Ponyo (G)

A five year-old boy develops a relationship with Ponyo, a goldfish princess who longs to become a human after falling in love with him.

 Hanna (PG-13)

A sixteen-year-old girl who was raised by her father to be the perfect assassin is dispatched on a mission across Europe, tracked by a ruthless intelligence agent and her operatives.

 Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (PG-13)

Famed archaeologist/adventurer Dr. Henry “Indiana” Jones is called back into action when he becomes entangled in a Soviet plot to uncover the secret behind mysterious artifacts known as the Crystal Skulls.

Synopsis by IMDB.

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Alexandra Daddario

 The Choice (PG-13)

Travis and Gabby first meet as neighbors in a small coastal town and wind up in a relationship that is tested by life’s most defining events.

 New Girl (TV-14 )

After a bad break-up, Jess, an offbeat young woman, moves into an apartment loft with three single men. Although they find her behavior very unusual, the men support her – most of the time.

 The Sopranos (TV-MA)

New Jersey mob boss, Tony Soprano, deals with personal and professional issues in his home and business life, which affects his mental state and ends up seeking professional psychiatric counseling.

 Parenthood (TV-PG)

The lives and tragedies of the Braverman family tree.

 Married (NR)

Revolves around the lengths to which two best friends are willing to go in order to salvage their marriage.

Synopsis by IMDB.

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New This Week on DVD, April 25, 2017

 Catfight (NR)

The rivalry between two former college friends comes to a head when they both attend the same glamorous event. Starring Sandra Oh, Anne Heche, Alicia Silverstone, Tituss Burgess

 The Daughter (NR)

The story follows a man who returns home to discover a long-buried family secret, and whose attempts to put things right threaten the lives of those he left home years before. Starring Geoffrey Rush, Nicholas Hope, Sam Neill

 Detour (R)

A young law student blindly enters into a pact with a man who offers to kill his stepfather, whom he feels is responsible for the accident that sent his mother into a coma. Starring Tye Sheridan, Stephen Moyer, Bel Powley

 The Doo Dah Man (NR)

Two lives intersect when a conman running from the police and a college boy running from his past meet on the lonely highways of America’s southwest.  Starring Glenn Morshower, Will Brittain, Katherine Willis

 The Girl with All the Gifts (R)

A scientist and a teacher living in a dystopian future embark on a journey of survival with a special young girl named Melanie. Starring Gemma Arterton, Dominique Tipper, Glenn Close

 La La Land (PG-13)

A jazz pianist falls for an aspiring actress in Los Angeles. Starring Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone, Amiée Conn, Rosemarie DeWitt, J.K. Simmons, John Legend, Tom Everett Scott

 The Marine 5: Battleground (R)

While working as an EMT back stateside Jake Carter after responding to a distress call, finds himself caught up protecting a person of interest from a biker gang ruthlessly hunting them down. Starring Mike ‘The Miz’ Mizanin, Maryse Mizanin, Heath Miller

 Underworld: Blood Wars (R)

Vampire death dealer, Selene  fights to end the eternal war between the Lycan clan and the Vampire faction that betrayed her. Starring Kate Beckinsale, Theo James, Tobias Menzies

 The Affair: Season Three (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, Ruth Wilson, Maura Tierney, Joshua Jackson, Julia Goldani Telles, Jake Siciliano, Jadon Sand

 Animal Kingdom: The Complete First Season (NR)

The series centers on 17-year-old Joshua “J” Cody, who moves in with his freewheeling relatives in their Southern California beach town after his mother dies of a heroin overdose. Headed by boot-tough matriarch Janine “Smurf” Cody and her right-hand Baz, who runs the business and calls the shots, the clan also consists of Pope, the oldest and most dangerous of the Cody boys; Craig, the tough and fearless middle son; and Deran, the troubled, suspicious “baby” of the family. Starring Finn Cole, Aamya Deva Keroles, Molly Gordon, Daniella Alonso

 Dr. Ken: Season One (NR)

A frustrated doctor juggles his career, marriage, and family. Starring Ken Jeong, Suzy Nakamura, Tisha Campbell-Martin, Jonathan Slavin, Albert Tsai, Krista Marie Yu, Dave Foley

Synopsis by IMBD.

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Paranormal Activity 4 (2012) Rated R

When a woman and her child move into the neighborhood, strange things start to happen. Starring Katie Featherston, Kathryn Newton, Matt Shively.

The Paranormal Activity franchise is one that uses cheap thrills to make you think there is more to the story than there really is.  This movie is no different.  There isn’t much to this story, and it doesn’t connect into the other films in the franchise. It’s just full of the cheap scares they became known for from the first film. Fans will certainly enjoy this movie, but for those of us who appreciate a story to go with the screams, this is a pass.

 

 

 

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Exposed with Deborah Norville (Reelz) Rated NR

Deborah Norville explores the exposed life of celebrities when they cross into the criminal world. Starring Deborah Norville.

I have a love/hate relationship with this show. I love that the show only took on the facts of the criminal charges against the celebrities involved, but I hate rehashing these awful crimes. I have always been one who believes that anyone can make a mistake and still get a second chance in life, but for celebrities it is not so easy. Their whole lives are constantly revisited: the good, the bad, and the ugly. It feels superfluous to have yet another show that focuses on the negative aspects of their lives.  Even so, this show is really well done and still worth a watch.

 

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Healed By Grace (2012) Rated NR

Riley Adams is on the verge of becoming a dancer when she has an accident which causes brain damage.  She heads to equine therapy to find the way back to her feet. Starring Tommy Beardmore, Larry Bower, Mark S. Esch, Natalie Weese.

What this film lacks in production quality it more than makes up for in its message. I think we have all had dreams and plans for our lives that didn’t go like we hoped they would, and this movie offers a wonderful message of encouragement. Riley struggles with the plans she had for her life and finds that God has another plan that, although unexpected, is even better.  The acting is better than that I have seen in some other Christian films.  Even with its minor deficits, it is still worth a watch.

 

 

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25th Annual Movieguide Award Winners 2017

Best Movie for Families

 Miracles From Heaven

Most Inspiring Performance for Movies

Melissa Joan Hart for God’s Not Dead 2
Adam Greaves-Neal for The Young Messiah

Best Movie for Mature Audiences

God’s Not Dead 2

Epiphany Prize to the Most Inspiring Movie of 2016

The Young Messiah

Epiphany Prize to the Most Inspiring TV Program of 2016

Dolly Parton’s Christmas of Many Colors

Bradley Foundation Faith & Freedom Award for Movies

Hacksaw Ridge

Grace Award for Most Inspiring Performance for TV

Faith Ford for Karen Kingsbury’s The Bridge Part 2
Devielle Johnson for Karen Kingsbury’s A Time to Dance

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