New This Week on DVD, May 22, 2018

 Game Night (R)

A group of friends who meet regularly for game nights find themselves entangled in a real-life mystery. Starring Jason Bateman, Rachel McAdams, Kyle Chandler

 Red Sparrow (R)

A young Russian intelligence officer is assigned to seduce a first-tour CIA agent who handles the CIA’s most sensitive penetration of Russian intelligence. The two young officers collide in a charged atmosphere of trade-craft, deception, and inevitably forbidden passion that threatens not just their lives but the lives of others as well. Starring Jennifer Lawrence, Joel Edgerton, Matthias Schoenaerts

 The 15:17 to Paris (PG-13)

Three Americans discover a terrorist plot aboard a train while in France. Starring Ray Corasani, Alek Skarlatos, Anthony Sadler

 Early Man (PG)

Set at the dawn of time, when prehistoric creatures and woolly mammoths roamed the earth, Early Man tells the story of Dug, along with sidekick Hognob as they unite his tribe against a mighty enemy Lord Nooth and his Bronze Age City to save their home. Starring Tom Hiddleston, Maisie Williams, Eddie Redmayne

 Wonderstruck (PG)

Tells the tale of two children separated by fifty years. In 1927, Rose searches for the actress who’s life she chronicles in her scrapbook; in 1977, Ben runs away from home to find his father. Starring  Millicent Simmonds, Julianne Moore, Cory Michael Smith

 Graduation (R)

A film about compromises and the implications of the parent’s role. Starring Adrian Titieni, Maria Dragus, Lia Bugnar

 Masterpiece Theater: Little Women (NR)

Dramatization of Louisa May Alcott’s novel about the lives of the four March sisters during the American Civil War as they learn to navigate love, loss and the trials of growing up. Starring Maya Hawke, Kathryn Newton, Dylan Baker

 Call the Midwife: Season Seven (TV-PG)

Chronicles the lives of a group of midwives living in East London in the late 1950s to early 1960s. Starring Jenny Agutter, Laura Main, Vanessa Redgrave

 Famous in Love: The Complete First Season (TV-14)

A college student’s big break in a Hollywood blockbuster leaves her navigating through an undeniable chemistry. Starring Bella Thorne, Charlie DePew, Carter Jenkins

Synopsis by IMDB.

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Mary and the Witch’s Flower (2017) Rated PG

A strange flower grants magic to a young girl. Based on the book The Little Broomstick by Mary Stewart. Starring Ruby Barnhill, Jim Broadbent, Ewen Bremner, and Kate Winslet.

This is the first film from Studio Ponoc, the company founded by a producer from Studio Ghibli. The film does have its problems, but it also has stunning animation from Ghibli. The film’s story slowly unfolds and doesn’t present the conflict until halfway through the movie.  For me, this isn’t a big deal; I’ve always found the films from Ghibli to be slow moving. The one thing that made me question the film’s consistency during the second act; Mary tours a college with thousands of students, but those students don’t appear at the end of the movie during the climax. This isn’t a big issue, but I did find it puzzling. For the most part, I thought the film was beautifully done, and the story was wonderful to watch. It’s hard not to compare the movie to Ghibli’s other films, but it still holds up to them and makes this film worth a watch.

 

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The Millers (CBS) Rated TV-PG

A divorced reporter is looking forward to single life when his parents’ marriage begins to unravel. Starring J.B. Smoove, Nelson Franklin, and Margo Martindale.

The show is interesting, and I thought that once it found its footing, the show would be fun to watch. The show has a fantastic cast with Margo Martindale and Beau Bridges as the divorcing parents and Will Arnett as the reporter who wants to explore single life. You even have Jayma Mays playing the part of Arnett’s sister. The parents move into the homes of their children, which brings family dynamics to life as they all are involved in each other’s lives. The writing and jokes could use some work, and the chemistry between the actors needs some warming up. Even with its amazing cast, it doesn’t make the show worth a watch.

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Marcia Clark Investigates the First 48 (A&E) Rated TV-14

Marcia Clark investigates the first 48 hours of high-profile cases. Starring Marcia Clark.

Marcia Clark brings her talents and abilities to high-profile investigations. Though she doesn’t offer any new evidence or details, she recounts the investigations and highlights the case’s lack of evidence or the compelling evidence against the perpetrator. She also discusses the evidence that wasn’t permissible in court. It’s interesting to see the evidence uncovered in the first 48 hours of the crime and how that evidence led to a trial. I found the show intriguing and interesting making it worth a watch.

 

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The Michael J. Fox Show (NBC) Rated NR

A comedy inspired by the life of Michael J. Fox. Starring Michael J. Fox, Betsy Brandt, and Wendell Pierce.

I was really rooting for this show. I’ve always enjoyed watching Fox, but this show just doesn’t seem to fit him. Surprisingly, the show isn’t funny. The first episode tries too hard, and the supporting actors don’t hold a candle to Fox. I think the show’s downfall was depicting Fox’s life without including anything from his life, especially in this day and age of reality shows. This show isn’t worth a watch.

 

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New This Week in Theaters, May 17, 2018

Image result for How to Talk to Girls at Parties How to Talk to Girls at Parties (R)
Opens on Friday, May 18
Starring: Elle Fanning, Nicole Kidman, Ruth Wilson

An alien touring the galaxy breaks away from her group and meets two young inhabitants of the most dangerous place in the universe: the London suburb of Croydon.

Image result for Deadpool 2 Deadpool 2 (R)
Opens on Friday, May 18
Starring: Josh Brolin, Morena Baccarin, Zazie Beetz, Ryan Reynolds

Foul-mouthed mutant mercenary Wade Wilson (AKA. Deadpool), brings together a team of fellow mutant rogues to protect a young boy of supernatural abilities from the brutal, time-traveling mutant, Cable.

Image result for Dark Crimes Dark Crimes (R)
Opens on Friday, May 18
Starring: Jim Carrey, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Marton Csokas

A murder investigation of a slain business man turns to clues found in an author’s book about an eerily similar crime. Based on the 2008 article “True Crimes – A postmodern murder mystery” by David Grann.

Image result for First Reformed First Reformed (R)
Opens on Friday, May 18
Starring: Amanda Seyfried, Ethan Hawke, Cedric the Entertainer, Michael Gaston

A former military chaplain is wracked by grief over the death of his son. Mary is a member of his church whose husband, a radical environmentalist, commits suicide, setting the plot in motion.

Image result for Anders Manor Anders Manor (R)
Opens on Tuesday, May 15
Starring: Christina Robinson, Rachel True, Kevin Nash

“The Manor,” is the macabre tale of mental patient, Amy Hunter and the horrific events that follow her release from Psychiatrist, Dr. Tryvniak. Amy’s mother, Jane feels it best to immerse her daughter in the warm, family atmosphere of Anders Manor, inviting Amy’s long lost family to join them at the manor. The Manor, however, has deeper plans for the Hunter Family, as gatecrashers and cultists arrive as the nefarious and ancient demonic force, Aka-Mana  goes to work, in short order, to sew madness and reap blood.

Image result for Show Dogs Show Dogs (PG)
Opens on Friday, May 18
Starring: Will Arnett, Alan Cumming, Stanley Tucci, Natasha Lyonne

Max, a macho, solitary Rottweiler police dog is ordered to go undercover as a primped show dog in a prestigious Dog Show, along with his human partner, to avert a disaster from happening.

Image result for Book Club 2018 Book Club (PG-13)
Opens on Friday, May 18
Starring: Diane Keaton, Jane Fonda, Candice Bergen, Mary Steenburgen

Four lifelong friends have their lives forever changed after reading 50 Shades of Grey in their monthly book club.

Image result for Sollers Point Sollers Point (R)
Opens on Friday, May 18
Starring: McCaul Lombardi, Jim Belushi, Tom Guiry

Keith, a small-time drug dealer under house arrest at the home of his father in Baltimore, re-enters a community scarred by unemployment, neglect and deeply entrenched segregation. There, he pushes back against his surrounding limitations as he tries to find a way out of his own internal prison.

Image result for On Chesil Beach On Chesil Beach (R)
Opens on Friday, May 18
Starring: Saoirse Ronan, Emily Watson, Anne-Marie Duff, Samuel West

Based on Ian McEwan’s novel. In 1962 England, a young couple find their idyllic romance colliding with issues of sexual freedom and societal pressure, leading to an awkward and fateful wedding night.

Image result for Pope Francis: A Man of His Word Pope Francis: A Man of His Word (NR)
Opens on Friday, May 18
Starring: Pope Francis, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, John Kerry, Angela Merkel

Pope Francis travels the world speaking to those in need and delivering a message of hope.

Synopsis by IMDB.

 

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Submergence (2017) Rated NR

James More is held captive by jihadist fighters off the coast of Africa; across the ocean, Danielle Flinders prepares to submerge into the Greenland Sea. While More and Flinders are separately confined, they each remember their romance from the year before. Starring Alicia Vikander, James McAvoy, and Alexander Siddig.

This film has beautiful cinematography. The story jumps back and forth between the present and a year earlier when the main characters were romantically involved. The jumps don’t always transition smoothly, which makes the story difficult to follow. Vikander is an asset to the film; the camera loves her, and her natural beauty shines brilliantly on screen. However, I wish the story was more concise than it is. I don’t like the way the film closes because it leaves the storyline open-ended making you unsure of what you just watched. This film isn’t worth a watch.

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Chris Hemsworth

 

 The Avengers (2012) Rated 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.

 Star Trek (2009) Rated PG-13

The brash James T. Kirk tries to live up to his father’s legacy with Mr. Spock keeping him in check as a vengeful Romulan from the future creates black holes to destroy the Federation one planet at a time.

 Doctor Strange (2016) Rated PG-13

While on a journey of physical and spiritual healing, a brilliant neurosurgeon is drawn into the world of the mystic arts.

 The Cabin in the Woods (2012) Rated R

Five friends go for a break at a remote cabin, where they get more than they bargained for, discovering the truth behind the cabin in the woods.

 Rush (2013) Rated R

The merciless 1970s rivalry between Formula One rivals James Hunt and Niki Lauda.

 Star Trek: Into Darkness (2013) Rated PG-13

After the crew of the Enterprise find an unstoppable force of terror from within their own organization, Captain Kirk leads a manhunt to a war-zone world to capture a one-man weapon of mass destruction.

 In the Heart of the Sea (2015) Rated PG-13

A recounting of a New England whaling ship’s sinking by a giant whale in 1820, an experience that later inspired the great novel Moby-Dick.

Synopsis by IMDB.

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In Contempt (BET) Rated TV-14

Gwen works for a legal aid office in New York City, where she fights for her court-appointed clients. Adding to the drama, Gwen’s co-workers include an ex and her father. Starring Erica Ash, Mouna Traoré, and Megan Hutchings.

This show is like all the other legal shows on the air; there’s nothing new. It’s also very much a cliché show with predictable characters and plotlines. Sure, the main character struggles with everything from work to personal matters, but it’s all very typical. I did enjoy the great chemistry among the actors; it’s like they’ve all worked together for years, which is always nice to see in a new show. This is one of those shows that, at first, you don’t know if you’ll continue watching because there’s nothing to pull you into the characters’ lives. This show isn’t worth a watch.

 

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New This Week on DVD, May 15, 2018

 Black Panther (PG-13)

Follows T’Challa who, after the death of his father, the King who of Wakanda, returns home to the isolated, technologically advanced African nation to succeed to the throne and take his rightful place as king. But when a powerful old enemy reappears, T’Challa’s mettle as king and Black Panther is tested when he is drawn into a formidable conflict that puts the fate of Wakanda and the entire world at risk. Faced with treachery and danger, the young king must rally his allies and release the full power of Black Panther to defeat his foes and secure the safety of his people and their way of life. Starring Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong’o

 Samson (PG-13)

After losing the love of his life to a cruel Philistine prince, a young Hebrew with Supernatural strength defends his people, sacrificing everything to avenge his love, his people, and his God. Starring Jackson Rathbone, Billy Zane, Taylor James

  I am MLK Jr. (NR)

This documentary explores the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and his impact on civil rights through present day. Starring Martin Luther King, Carmelo Anthony, Nick Cannon

 Masterpiece Mystery: Unforgotten Season 2 (TV-MA)

Police start to investigate when the bones of a young man are found under the footings of a demolished house 39 years after his murder. Starring Nicola Walker, Sanjeev Bhaskar, Jordan Long

 Signed, Sealed, Delivered: The Impossible Dream (NR)

The DLO postals give testimony before a closed Congressional committee regarding an American soldier missing in action and presumed dead whose daughter they met previously. At the same time Rita participates in the national Miss Special Delivery pageant. Starring Eric Mabius, Kristin Booth, Crystal Lowe

 The Shannara Chronicles: Season Two (TV-14)

Series of adventures, war, and evil that occur throughout the history of the Four Lands. Starring Austin Butler, Ivana Baquero, Manu Bennett

 Submergence (NR)

In a room with no windows on the eastern coast of Africa, a Scotsman, James More, is held captive by jihadist fighters. Thousands of miles away in the Greenland Sea, Danielle Flinders prepares to dive in a submersible to the ocean floor. In their confines they are drawn back to the Christmas of the previous year, where a chance encounter on a beach in France led to an intense and enduring romance. Starring Alicia Vikander, James McAvoy, Alexander Siddig

 

 Mum: Season 1 (NR)

After the death of her husband, a woman attempts to rebuild her life while surrounded by her sometimes problematic family and friends. Starring Lesley Manville, Peter Mullan, Lisa McGrillis

 Cocaine Godmother (TV-14)

The real life of Colombian drug lord, Griselda Blanco, who reportedly masterminded more than 200 murders. This film presents her life story from the time she was a young girl to the end of her life. Starring Catherine Zeta-Jones, Jenny Pellicer, Alejandro Edda

 Bold Type: Season One (TV-14)

“The Bold Type” is inspired by the life of “Cosmopolitan” editor in chief, Joanna Coles. The show is a glimpse into the outrageous lives and loves of those responsible for a global women’s magazine. Their struggles are about finding your identity, managing friendships and getting your heart broken, all while wearing the perfect jeans to flatter any body type. Starring Katie Stevens, Aisha Dee, Meghann Fahy

Synopsis by IMDB.

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