Eureka! (Disney Jr.) Rated TV-Y

A young girl in the prehistoric age always thinks outside the box for inventions to help her community along. Starring Devin Trey Campbell, Madigan Kacmar, and Ruth Righi.

There are a couple of things about this show that stand out: one, the time period Disney chose for this series and two, how this little girl thinks. The time period struck me as odd; why make her prehistoric when you can make her think outside the box in 2022? I know we have a lot more inventions in 2022 than in the age of dinosaurs, so it may have been harder to come up with inventions if set in the present. I like her tenacity to continue thinking outside the box in everything she does and that she has the brains to develop inventions to fix the problem that she mostly causes. This show is one that is great for kids to watch, and it’s worth it.

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In the Blink of an Eye (2009) Rated NR

A couple of police detectives are invited to spend a weekend on a yacht, but the vacation turns to terror when people start to disappear. Starring David A.R. White, Eric Roberts, and Andrea Logan.

This film is the Groundhog Day for the rapture genre. As David relives the day of the rapture over and over again to find his wife and friends, he discovers how to fix it so they don’t leave. While the film has a great Christian message about the rapture, the acting is mediocre, and the story is drawn out. For the most part, the film carries you along as David keeps trying to change the outcome. This film is worth the watch as a twist on the typical rapture flick and the truth that it tells, but if you want a great film – this is not worth the watch.

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Elizabeth: A Portrait in Part(s) (2022) Rated NR

 A documentary on the longest reign of the British monarchy in history. Starring Queen Elizabeth II

This documentary showcases, in film, the longest reign in history of the Queen in Britain. The film takes historical footage of Queen Elizabeth throughout her life and compiles them to make the documentary. Each chapter of her life is presented like a scrapbook with video highlighting that part of her life. It’s a mismatch of clips that don’t really explain her life. What I enjoy about this documentary is seeing clips of her life that we rarely see, like her family life and the behind-the-scenes look at being a royal. But then again, they’re just clips – they don’t offer an in-depth look into her life. This film , while enjoyable, is not worth the watch. 

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New This Week on DVD, June 21, 2022

 The Bad Guys (PG)

Several reformed yet misunderstood criminal animals attempt to become good, with some disastrous results along the way. Starring Sam Rockwell, Marc Maron, Awkwafina 

 The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent (R)

In this action-packed comedy, Nicolas Cage plays Nick Cage, channeling his iconic characters as he’s caught between a superfan and a CIA agent. Starring Nicolas Cage, Pedro Pascal, Tiffany Haddish 

 Cinderella (PG)

A modern movie musical with a bold take on the classic fairy tale. Our ambitious heroine has big dreams and with the help of her fab Godmother, she perseveres to make them come true. Starring Camila Cabello, Nicholas Galitzine, Idina Menzel 

 After Yang (PG)

In a near future, a family reckons with questions of love, connection, and loss after their A.I. helper unexpectedly breaks down. Starring Colin Farrell, Jodie Turner-Smith, Malea Emma Tjandrawidjaja 

 The Umbrella Academy: The Complete Second Season (TV-14)

A family of former child heroes, now grown apart, must reunite to continue to protect the world. Starring Elliot Page, Tom Hopper, David Castañeda 

 Truth Will Out: Series Two (TV-14)

After a long sick leave and recovery police detective Peter Wendel is back on duty. He is commissioned to form a new team to reopen unresolved murder cases, however he soon finds himself with a rather third rank and conflicting staff. Soon they are in the center of a new case. An unknown murderer claims that Sweden’s most infamous murderer is a fraud – that he never committed the murders he’s jailed for. High reaching implications are to be exposed, involving even the Swedish government. Starring Robert Gustafsson, Louise Peterhoff, Ia Langhammer 

 Total Control: Season Two (NR)

An Indigenous woman in Australia is thrust into the political limelight. Starring Deborah Mailman, Rachel Griffiths, Rob Collins 

 Animaniacs: Season 2 (PG-13)

An updated version of the 1990s animated series featuring a trio of wacky characters causing mayhem on the Warner Bros. studio lot. Starring Maurice LaMarche, Jess Harnell, Tress MacNeille 

 The Patrick Star Show: Season 1, Volume 1 (TV-Y7)

Still living at home with his eccentric family, Patrick hosts a show based around his ever-changing whims. Starring Bill Fagerbakke, Dana Snyder, Jill Talley 

 Dan Brown’s The Lost Symbol: The Complete Series (TV-PG)

Based on the 2009 Dan Brown novel of the same name, The Lost Symbol is the story of a young Robert Langdon being tasked by the CIA to solve a number of puzzles when his mentor is taken. Starring Ashley Zukerman, Eddie Izzard, Valorie Curry 

Synopsis by IMDB. 

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Joe Papp in Five Acts (2012) Rated NR

 Joe Papp is a producer and director who believes theater is for everyone, regardless of status or race. Starring Olympia Dukakis, David Hare, and David Henry Hwang. 

Joe Papp is someone I could agree with and also disagree with. I love that he made theater available to everyone; we should have theaters that are free for those less fortunate to enjoy. Of course, his beliefs are rooted in his political ideology, but even on that front, he does have the right to believe what he wants to believe and protect what he wants to protect. Although, his beliefs could be dangerous. This documentary is great for showcasing his love of the theater, but it doesn’t give us the negative side of his political leanings. It does a wonderful job at giving us a side of Joe Papp that isn’t talked about, making it worth the watch. 

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Hell or High Water (2016) Rated R

A divorced father and his ex-con older brother scheme in order to save their family ranch. Starring Dale Dickey, Ben Foster, and Chris Pine.

I was pleasantly surprised by this film. I thought it was going to be another modern western, but it goes much deeper than that. It has the classic case of cops and robbers, but the theme is more telling of a social and political message. While the film scratches these surfaces, it doesn’t go too deep into whether the characters make right or wrong choices. The characters are interesting and well-acted, making the film intriguing to watch. However, the film does struggle with artsy dilemmas the characters go through, and it would have been better in artistic design if the dilemmas were deeper. The story holds your attention with some great performances by the actors, making this film worth the watch.

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The American Presidency with Bill Clinton (History) Rated NR

This series, produced by President Bill Clinton, looks at former Presidents’ struggles with keeping a more perfect union in six themed episodes on race, extremism, the struggle for rights, presidential vision, and global power. Starring Bill Clinton, H.W. Brands, and Wesley Clark.

It is interesting to watch this show and see the different perspectives of the choices each President made for the good or the bad of our Country. Clinton covers snippets of presidents’ actions that caused the country to move forward or backward with their policies. While some divided our nation and continue to divide our nation, others brought us together. I like how comprehensive the show is, but it doesn’t explore each decision in depth, and it doesn’t bring anything new to the discussion. Of course, this is the democratic side giving their opinion and making them look the better of the two parties. It’s interesting, but still not worth a watch. 

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New This Week in Theaters, June 16, 2022

Lightyear (2022) Release Info & Review - Soctex Lightyear (PG)
Opens on Friday, June 17th
Starring: Chris Evans, Keke Palmer, Dale Soules, Taika Waititi

While spending years attempting to return home, marooned Space Ranger Buzz Lightyear encounters an army of ruthless robots commanded by Zurg who are attempting to steal his fuel source.

Spiderhead (2022) | HiMovies Spiderhead (R)
Opens on Friday, June 17th
Starring: Miles Teller, Charles Parnell, Chris Hemsworth, Jurnee Smollett

In the near future, convicts are offered the chance to volunteer as medical subjects to shorten their sentence. One such subject for a new drug capable of generating feelings of love begins questioning the reality of his emotions.

Brian and Charles (2022) - Filmonizirani Brian and Charles (PG)
Opens on Friday, June 17th
Starring: David Earl, Chris Hayward, Louise Brealey, Jamie Michie

After a particularly harsh winter Brian goes into a deep depression; completely isolated and with no one to talk to, Brian does what any sane person would do when faced with such a melancholic situation. He builds a robot.

Synopsis by IMDB. 

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We Own This City (HBO) Rated TV-MA

This miniseries tells of the rise and fall of the Baltimore Police Department’s Gun Trace Task Force and the corruption around it. Starring Jon Bernthal, Wunmi Mosaku, and Jamie Hector.

I was not impressed with this film. The acting is over-the-top at times, and at other times it’s rather flat. I thought, for the most part, that it was too much. Also, the writing is too political and over-explains the situation. You get a glimpse of the police corruption, but there’s not enough character development to decide if we care about the character or hate them. Then, you have the story that bounces through time without reason and doesn’t help the audience understand what’s happening. It gives off more of the bad-cop feel than encouraging the fact that there are more good cops around. This show is not worth the watch. 

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Anthropoid (2016) Rated R

Based on the true story of the Operation Anthropoid mission during World War II and the plan to assassinate SS General Reinhard Heydrich, the third in command in the Third Reich. Starring Jamie Dornan, Cillian Murphy, and Brian Caspe.

This plot is something I’ve never heard of when learning about the Second World War. The film does a wonderful job at telling the history of the Czech’s help in fighting against the Nazis. The film is well-acted, especially by Dornan and Murphy. Except for a struggle with the accents, they were able to pull off the Czech heroes. The pacing does need some work as the film starts slow and moves to the action of the Nazi’s brutal fighting. This is a film that needs to be seen; it’s worth it.

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