Phantom Thread (2017) Rated R

In 1950s London, a renowned dressmaker’s meticulous life is uprooted when he meets a strong-willed woman.  Starring Vicky Krieps, Daniel Day-Lewis, and Lesley Manville.

This is one twisted film. The premise of the film seems to be a phantom thread that the dressmaker hides in his artwork. However, that premise doesn’t come through in the movie. Instead, the film takes a different turn and the focus shifts to the toxic relationship between the dressmaker and his muse. The movie’s more successful features are the acting, music, and blocking, but the story is lacking. It would have been better if there were consequences for the couple’s actions, but there aren’t any – it just leaves you hanging. This film is interesting, and with Daniel Day-Lewis as the male lead, it’s a film worth a watch.

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A Wish For Giants (2018) Rated NR

A volunteer for Wish Kingdom must find a way to make a wish come true for a girl who wants to meet Bigfoot. Based on the book by  Aaron Dunbar. Starring Naysa Altmeyer, Alexa Mechling, and Connor McClain.

Where to start with this film…the poor production is not surprising with this low-budget film. The writing is probably the worst I have ever seen. For instance, no wish foundation would take on a wish that is not tangible. Thus, the film starts with a suspension of disbelief. It continues with one thing after another that doesn’t make sense; the characters’ reactions are illogical. What makes it even worse is the perfunctory acting. I usually blame poor acting on the director for not allowing or telling actors to relax and be normal; it’s evident in this film that the actors were not themselves. The only good scene in the film was when it was obvious that the actors were ad-libbing; it was only then that they appeared relaxed and comfortable in their roles. This film isn’t worth a watch.

 

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New This Week in Theaters, May 24, 2018

Image result for Star Wars: Solo Star Wars: Solo (PG-13)
Opens on Friday, May 25
Starring:  Alden Ehrenreich, Woody Harrelson, Emilia Clarke, Donald Glover

During an adventure into a dark criminal underworld, Han Solo meets his future copilot Chewbacca and encounters Lando Calrissian years before joining the Rebellion.

Image result for How to Talk to Girls at Parties How to Talk to Girls at Parties (R)
Opens on Friday, May 25
Starring: Elle Fanning, Nicole Kidman, Ruth Wilson, Stephen Campbell Moore

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 Future World 2018 Future World (R)
Opens on Friday, May 25
Starring: James Franco, Milla Jovovich, Lucy Liu

A young boy searches a future world wasteland for a rumored cure for his dying mother.

Image result for Mary Shelley 2018 Mary Shelley (PG-13)
Opens on Friday, May 25
Starring: Elle Fanning, Maisie Williams, Ben Hardy

The love affair between poet Percy Shelley and 18 year old Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin, which resulted in Mary Shelley writing Frankenstein.

Image result for Estiu 1993 Estiu 1993 (NR)
Opens on Friday, May 25
Starring: Laia Artigas, Paula Robles, Bruna Cusí, David Verdaguer

After her mother’s death, six-year-old Frida is sent to her uncle’s family to live with them in the countryside. But Frida finds it hard to forget her mother and adapt to her new life.

Synopsis by IMDB.

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Witches of East End (Lifetime) Rated TV-14

The adventures of a mother and her three daughters, who are unaware that they come from a family of witches. Based on the books by Melissa de la Cruz. Starring Julia Ormond, Mädchen Amick, and Jenna Dewan Tatum.

This was a fun series to watch. We have a mother who wanted her daughters to grow up without the added problems that come with being a witch. There ensues the daughters discovering themselves and their family’s history. Beneath the fantasy and supernatural elements, the show is really about a family that works together. It’s a light-hearted show that draws you in. The actors do a wonderful job with their characters; they bring them to life with just enough imperfection to make them relatable. This show is worth a watch.

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Killing Eve (BBCAmerica) Rated TV-14

A security operative hunts down an assassin. Based on the novellas by Luke Jennings. Starring Sandra Oh, Jodie Comer, and Fiona Shaw.

This is another amazing, character-driven show with two female leads. The two women are strong, smart, and just doing their jobs. They tend to dance around each other as they share a mutual intrigue. The series is beautifully shot, but it also has cringe-worthy killing scenes as Villanelle (Corner) is a full-on psychopath. The show has a brilliantly scripted cat and mouse game that the main characters play well. It keeps you guessing who will make it out alive. It’s well written and has great cinematography; this show is worth a watch.

 

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The Originals (CW) Rated TV-14

A family of original vampires heads back home to the city they built to dominate those who have crossed them. Starring Joseph Morgan, Daniel Gillies, and Charles Michael Davis.

This show is a spin-off of The Vampire Diaries. Having enjoyed The Vampire Diaries, I was interested to see what they would do with the bad guys from the series. Although I enjoyed watching Morgan and Gillies, the storyline that brought them back to New Orléans doesn’t hold water. The show introduces all these new characters, each with his or her own backstory. You have to get to know each one, and that takes time. This makes for a slow build of the overall storyline when you’re already familiar with the leading family members, who are characters you already know and love. The show has the usual back and forth drama of love and betrayal that The Vampire Diaries had, but I’m still not sure how I feel about the new characters. Still, the show is worth a watch.

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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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