Heleno (2011) Rated R

A biography of the life of Brazil’s soccer player, Heleno de Freitas. Starring Rodrigo Santoro, Alinne Moraes, and Angie Cepeda.

This film tries to give an accurate presentation of the life of de Freitas. It’s shot in black and white, and it takes on his life, not his professional career, so the film is not about Soccer. Santoro was brilliant in the movie, bringing de Freitas to life. The movie is more about de Freitas as a man, and the film takes on the more depressing aspects of the life that he led. His life wasn’t perfect, but I did think Santoro’s performance was the best part of the film, making it not worth a watch.

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Downton Abbey (2019) Rated PG

The continuing story of the Crawley family in the early twentieth century. Starring Tuppence Middleton, Matthew Goode, and Michelle Dockery.

This is a great ongoing story of the Crawley family. It’s just another glimpse into the lives that revolve around the wealthy family. It’s a glimpse of some amazing stories that don’t happen for everyone. The writing is just as brilliant as it is in the television series. The acting is great, as the actors know their characters well. Of course, the makeup and aging process for the actors isn’t the best, but the costumes surpassed the brilliance of the series. The show is very soap-opera-like, and the movie highlights that aspect. It shows more like a soap opera due to the fact that it isn’t spread out over six weeks – it’s compacted into two hours. I also felt that the story did not explain everything, but I also watched all six seasons of the show. This is still a film worth a watch.

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Inventing the Abbotts (1997) Rated R

Two working-class brothers court three wealthy sisters. Starring Joaquin Phoenix, Billy Crudup, and Will Patton.

This is a coming of age film set in 1957-1960 as two young men vie for the attentions of the three girls from a wealthy family. The film is not the best movie. We get only a glimpse into the lives of these five teens. There is nothing about the film that makes it stand out. The casting proves to be interesting as the film has a pretty good lineup; some are great to watch, and others lack chemistry. The film is very slow-paced and long. Add in the boring performances by some of the cast, and this film is not worth a watch.

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New This Week on DVD, October 15, 2019

 Crawl (R)

A young woman, while attempting to save her father during a category 5 hurricane, finds herself trapped in a flooding house and must fight for her life against alligators. Starring Kaya Scodelario, Barry Pepper, Morfydd Clark

 Stuber (R)

A detective recruits his Uber driver into an unexpected night of adventure. Starring Dave Bautista, Kumail Nanjiani, Mira Sorvino

 The Art of Self-Defense (R)

After being attacked on the street, a young man enlists at a local dojo, led by a charismatic and mysterious sensei, in an effort to learn how to defend himself from future threats. Starring Jesse Eisenberg, Alessandro Nivola, Imogen Poots

 Spongebob Squarepants: The Complete 10th Season (TV-Y7 )

The misadventures of a talking sea sponge who works at a fast food restaurant, attends a boating school, and lives in an underwater pineapple. Starring Tom Kenny, Rodger Bumpass, Bill Fagerbakke

 Vindication: Season One (NR)

Vindication is an episodic faith-based crime drama series that follows the small town investigative work of Detective Travis. Starring Todd Terry, Peggy Schott, Venus Monique

 Christmas Getaway (TV-G)

A travel writer takes a Christmas vacation, but finds herself double-booked with a widower, his mother, and his daughter at the holiday site. Starring Bridget Regan, Travis Van Winkle, Raven Stewart

 Mom: The Complete Sixth Season (TV-14)

A newly sober single mom tries to pull her life together in Napa Valley while dealing with her wayward mother. Starring Anna Faris, Allison Janney, Mimi Kennedy

Synopsis by IMDB.

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Magical Land of Oz (2019) Rated NR

This documentary showcases the land and animals that live the continent of Australia. Starring Barry Humphries.

This is a beautiful documentary on the wildlife that surrounds the island of Australia. Australia has an abundance of animals not found anywhere else in the world. This miniseries brilliantly showcases the wildlife and the beauty that is Australia. The show documents the animals, but it just highlights them – it doesn’t go deep into their lives. It also highlights the land down under. This miniseries is worth a watch not just for the beauty of the land but also for the amazing unusual animals.

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The Turning Point (1977) Rated PG

When a young woman joins a ballet company, her mother, a former ballerina, confronts her own decision years ago to forgo work for family. Starring Anne Bancroft, Shirley MacLaine, and Tom Skerritt.

The film takes us behind the scenes of a ballerina’s life. The story is very much like a soap opera, and the storyline with the brother just disappears halfway through the movie. The film then switches gears and becomes more about Emilia and her mother. The story is brilliant and fun to watch. However, with the brother’s storyline totally disappearing without a trace and the film having so many different storylines fused together, it’s not Oscar-worthy. It is, however, worth a watch.

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Mann and Wife (Bounce) Rated TV-PG

A couple comes home to their new blended family after their honeymoon. Starring David Mann, Tamela J. Mann, and Tony Rock.

The show stars real-life married couple, David and Tamela. I thought the show was funny, and I loved the concept of the loving, blended family. However, there were times when it was a bit too trite and sweet. The show is very Brady Bunchisque, very clean, and the issues are cut and dried. The cast is great and works well together. It’s a show that a family would enjoy watching. It’s worth a watch.

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Maggie Grace

 Lost (TV-14)

The survivors of a plane crash are forced to work together in order to survive on a seemingly deserted tropical island.

 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 event

 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (TV-14)

The Special Victims Unit, a specially trained squad of detectives in the NYPD, investigate sexually related crimes.

 Taken (PG-13)

A retired CIA agent travels across Europe and relies on his old skills to save his estranged daughter, who has been kidnapped while on a trip to Paris.

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.

 The Following (TV-14)

A brilliant and charismatic, yet psychotic serial killer communicates with other active serial killers and activates a cult of believers following his every command.

 Fear the Walking Dead (TV-MA)

A Walking Dead spin-off, set in Los Angeles, following two families who must band together to survive the undead apocalypse.

 The Jane Austen Book Club (PG-13)

Six Californians start a club to discuss the works of Jane Austen, only to find their relationships — both old and new — begin to resemble 21st century versions of her novels.

 When Calls the Heart (TV-G)

Elizabeth Thatcher, a cultured young teacher in 1910, fears leaving her comfortable world in the city. But when she accepts a teaching position in a frontier town, she finds new purpose and love with a handsome Royal Canadian Mountie.

 Suburban Girl (PG-13)

A Manhattanite book editor finds her take on the game of romance changed after she lures the attention of an influential older man.

Synopsis by IMDB.

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New This Week in Theaters, October 10, 2019

Image result for Gemini Man Gemini Man (PG-13)
Opens on Friday, October 11
Starring: Will Smith, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Clive Owen, Benedict Wong

An over-the-hill hitman faces off against a younger clone of himself.

Image result for Jexi Jexi (R)
Opens on Friday, October 11
Starring: Rose Byrne, Justin Hartley, Adam Devine, Alexandra Shipp

A comedy about what can happen when you love your phone more than anything else in your life.

Image result for The Addams Family The Addams Family (PG)
Opens on Friday, October 11
Starring: Oscar Isaac, Charlize Theron, Chloë Grace Moretz, Finn Wolfhard

An animated version of Charles Addams’ series of cartoons about a peculiar, ghoulish family.

Image result for Parasite Parasite (R)
Opens on Friday, October 11
Starring: Kang-ho Song, Yeo-jeong Jo, So-dam Park, Woo-sik Choi

All unemployed, Ki-taek’s family takes peculiar interest in the wealthy and glamorous Parks for their livelihood until they get entangled in an unexpected incident.

Image result for Little Monsters 2019 Little Monsters (R)
Opens on Friday, October 11
Starring: Lupita Nyong’o, Josh Gad, Stephen Peacocke, Kat Stewart

A washed-up musician teams up with a teacher and a kids show personality to protect young children from a sudden outbreak of zombies.

Image result for The Dead Center The Dead Center (NR)
Opens on Friday, October 11
Starring: Shane Carruth, Poorna Jagannathan, Jeremy Childs, Bill Feehely

A hospital psychiatrist’s own sanity is pushed to the edge when a frightened amnesiac patient insists that he has died and brought something terrible back from the other side.

Image result for Gift movie 2018 Marcus Alfred Gift (NR)
Opens on Friday, October 11
Starring: Marcus Alfred, Wayne Alfred, Giorgio De Finis, Mingwei Lee

Creative essay doc inspired by Lewis Hyde’s classic bestseller The Gift. Chronicling gift-based cultures around the world and challenging the logic of global capitalism, the film inspires the question: is life about getting or giving?

Image result for High Strung Free Dance High Strung Free Dance (PG)
Opens on Friday, October 11
Starring: Jane Seymour, Thomas Doherty, Ace Bhatti, Juliet Doherty

A young choreographer casts a contemporary dancer and an innovative pianist in New York’s most anticipated new Broadway show.

Synopsis by IMDB.

 

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Cobie Smulders

 How I Met Your Mother (TV-14)

A father recounts to his children, through a series of flashbacks, the journey he and his four best friends took leading up to him meeting their mother.

 Present Laughter (NR)

A self-obsessed actor in the midst of a mid-life crisis juggles a fawning ingenue, a crazed playwright, his ex-wife, and the personal lives of his friends.

 The Avengers (PG-13)

Earth’s mightiest heroes must come together and learn to fight as a team if they are going to stop the mischievous Loki and his alien army from enslaving humanity.

 Avengers: Endgame (PG-13)

After the devastating events of Avengers: Infinity War, the universe is in ruins. With the help of remaining allies, the Avengers assemble once more in order to reverse Thanos’ actions and restore balance to the universe.

 Avengers: Infinity War (PG-13)

The Avengers and their allies must be willing to sacrifice all in an attempt to defeat the powerful Thanos before his blitz of devastation and ruin puts an end to the universe.

 The Lego Movie (PG)

An ordinary LEGO construction worker, thought to be the prophesied as “special”, is recruited to join a quest to stop an evil tyrant from gluing the LEGO universe into eternal stasis.

 Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (TV-PG)

The missions of the Strategic Homeland Intervention, Enforcement and Logistics Division.

 Smallville (TV-PG)

A young Clark Kent struggles to find his place in the world as he learns to harness his alien powers for good and deals with the typical troubles of teenage life in Smallville, Kansas.

Synopsis by IMDB.

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