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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Ready For Love (NBC) Rated TV-14

A reality competition involving three male contestants who select a partner from online applicants through Facebook. Starring Allie Wagner, Angela Zatopek, Mandy Wagner, Giuliana Rancic, Bill Rancic, Ben Patton, Tim Lopez, Ernesto Argüello.

This show had too many elements contributing to the matchmaking process. We begin with three men selected by the producers.  Then, random women apply online to participate in the process. The matchmakers (hosts) pick 12 women for each man (that’s 36 women!), and then the men have to decide which woman they will choose. There are too many steps and too many people involved, including the matchmakers, who keep putting their two cents in every round. This could have been streamlined better.  As it is, it is a pass.

 

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New This Week in Theaters, June 15, 2017

 47 Meters Down (PG-13)
Opens on Friday, June 16
Starring: Mandy Moore, Matthew Modine, Claire Holt

Two sisters vacationing in Mexico are trapped in a shark cage at the bottom of the ocean. With less than an hour of oxygen left and great white sharks circling nearby, they must fight to survive.

 Rough Night (R)
Opens on Friday, June 16
Starring: Scarlett Johansson, Zoe Kravitz, Kate McKinnon

Things go terribly wrong for a group of girlfriend’s who hire a male stripper for a bachelorette party in Miami.

 Cars 3 (G)
Opens on Friday, June 16
Starring: Owen Wilson, Armie Hammer, Nathan Fillion

Lightning McQueen sets out to prove to a new generation of racers that he’s still the best race car in the world.

 The Book of Henry (PG-13)
Opens on Saturday, June 17
Starring: Naomi Watts, Lee Pace, Jacob Tremblay

A single mother discovers a scheme in her son’s book to rescue a young girl from the hands of her abusive stepfather and sets out to execute the plan at any cost.

 All Eyez on Me (R)
Opens on Friday, June 16
Starring: Demetrius Shipp Jr., Danai Gurira, Kat Graham

Tells the true and untold story of prolific rapper, actor, poet and activist Tupac Shakur.

 Maudie (PG-13)
Opens on Friday, June 16
Starring: Sally Hawkins, Ethan Hawke, Kari Matchett, Zachary Bennett

An arthritic Nova Scotia woman works as a housekeeper while she hones her skills as an artist and eventually becomes a beloved figure in the community.

 I, Daniel Blake (PG-13)
Opens on Friday, June 16
Starring: Dave Johns, Hayley Squires, Sharon Percy, Briana Shann

After having suffered a heart-attack, a 59-year-old carpenter must fight the bureaucratic forces of the system in order to receive Employment and Support Allowance.

 The Journey (PG-13)
Opens on Friday, June 16
Starring: Timothy Spall, Colm Meaney, John Hurt, Freddie Highmore

A fictional account of the extraordinary story of two implacable enemies in Northern Ireland – firebrand Democratic Unionist Party leader Ian Paisley and Sinn Fein politician Martin McGuinness – who are forced to take a short journey together in which they will take the biggest leap of faith and change the course of history.

Synopsis by IMDB.

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Second Wives Club (E!) Rated NR

A reality show that follows the lives of Hollywood’s second wives. Starring Shawna Craig, Tania Mehra, Veronika Obeng, Morisa Surrey, Shiva Safai, Katie Cazorla.

As with many reality shows, the producers threw a group of women together, served them alcohol, and waited to see who would become friends and enemies. In the first episode, all the women talk about their husbands and  whether some of them will marry again. There is also one who obviously didn’t get on with all the other ladies and only invited a few to her wedding. What made my day was watching one of the women who wasn’t invited say it didn’t matter; she knew they weren’t close and her feelings were not hurt.

I am really not a fan of reality shows, because I feel like the scenarios are so contrived and manipulated there is nothing very real about them. This show definitely fits in that category, making it a pass..

 

 

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