The Miracle Woman (1931) Rated NR

After her father, the minister in town, dies, a woman loses her faith. Starring Barbara Stanwyck, David Manners, and Sam Hardy.

This is one of the first talking films by Frank Capra. The theme of it revolves around Capra’s classic storytelling of depression, class warfare, suicide, the forgotten man, the power of an individual, and the fickleness of the mob. The script is wonderful with very few holes. The pacing, however, needs some work as it moves rather slowly. It’s one of Barbara Stanwyck’s first talking films, and it’s obvious that she will be a star. The story is a wonderful romance with a con that comes back to the faith she left. This film is worth the watch.


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Saving Venice (2022) Rated NR

 Water is what makes Venice work, but it also destroys it. During 2020, the Venicians work at finding ways to stop the flooding. Starring Massimo Sergio Martella.

This film brings us the new Moses Plan to help combat the flooding in Venice. I agree that there’s a lot to figure out in order to help save the city. I did find it interesting to learn more about how Venice was built; they shared some new information that I hadn’t heard before. It was very interesting to see how smart people are when they need to be. I don’t think the threat of the saying “If we don’t do something now, we’ll lose Venice” will help. Humans are always working on finding ways to preserve our way of life, so there’s no doubt they are on the path to finding the way. This film is worth the watch. 

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New This Week on DVD, November 28, 2023


 A Haunting in Venice (PG-13)

Celebrated sleuth Hercule Poirot, now retired and living in self-imposed exile in Venice, reluctantly attends a Halloween seance at a decaying, haunted palazzo. When one of the guests is murdered, the detective is thrust into a sinister world of shadows and secrets. Starring Kenneth Branagh, Kyle Allen, Camille Cottin, Jamie Dornan

 Alien Intervention (NR)

A woman’s purpose is redefined when a space alien she encountered as a child returns to reclaim what was left behind. Starring Carie Kawa, Michael Esparza, Daniel Dorr

 Among Wolves (NR)

A tale of redemption and self-discovery between two violent criminals during the waning era of prohibition. Starring Spencer Locke, Victoria Pratt, Trace Adkins

 Ancient Aliens Season 18 (NR)

There are many mysteries in the world, and trying to explain them often leads to dead ends. One set of theories has proven surprisingly promising and has taken hold of the imagination of the general public. These theories involve the idea that some of the great societies and structures of the past were created under the influence of aliens who visited the planet. The Pyramids, Stonehenge and many other seemingly implausible artifacts from these ancient days may have been built by aliens or with alien instruction. Starring Robert Clotworthy, Giorgio A. Tsoukalos, Ariel Bar Tzadok

 Bang Bang Betty: Valerie’s Revenge (NR)

In this sequel, Valerie gets her revenge on Bang Bang Betty. Starring Emily Rose, Kevin Caliber, Marila Lombrozo

 Forever Young (NR)

70-year-old Robyn takes a formula that reverses the aging process, unlocking the chance to rewrite her life and facing her deepest regret. Starring Bernard Hill, Diana Quick, Stephanie Beacham

 Riverdale: The Complete and Final Seventh Season (TV-14)

The live action characters from the popular Archie comic series have more secrets then anyone imagines… After Jason Blossom dies during the summer, the town of Riverdale is never the same. Archie Andrews and his friends Betty Cooper, Jughead Jones and recently-arrived Veronica Lodge find themselves caught up in the mysteries surrounding Jason’s death. Each member of the gang also has serious secrets that they’re trying to hide from the people they love: Archie must deal with a taboo fling, Betty tries to escape her sister’s past, Jughead searches for a home and Veronica struggles with her father’s criminal ways. Starring K.J. Apa, Lili Reinhart, Camila Mendes

 The Sandman: Season 1 (TV-MA)

After years of imprisonment, Morpheus — the King of Dreams — embarks on a journey across worlds to find what was stolen from him and restore his power. Starring Tom Sturridge, Boyd Holbrook, Vivienne Acheampong

 WandaVision : Season 1 (TV-14)

Wanda Maximoff and Vision—two super-powered beings living idealized suburban lives—begin to suspect that everything is not as it seems. Starring Elizabeth Olsen, Paul Bettany, Kathryn Hahn

Synopsis by IMDB. 


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The Great Outdoors (1988) Rated PG

A family man goes camping with his family and his brother. Starring Dan Aykroyd, John Candy, and Stephanie Faracy.

I was never a big fan of John Candy, but the older I get and the raunchier the current comics become, the more I enjoy Candy’s humor. This is one of those classic films of John Candy. In this film he plays the straight-laced character against his brother who is annoying. You always get a few laughs from this, and it’s helpful that Dan Aykroyd plays opposite of him. This film is very reminiscent of vacations growing up that don’t go as planned. It also helps that this is a John Hughes film; there aren’t many that I don’t like. The mix of it all makes for a great comedy about families. This is a film worth the watch.

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Nightwatch (1997) Rated R

 A law student takes a night job at the morgue when a serial killer targets him as the killer. Starring Anais Evans, Ewan McGregor, and Nick Nolte. 

This film is interesting. I wasn’t expecting the twist. However, it’s not the best horror film. The script is lacking and the characters are underdeveloped. The film has a great ominous feeling of creepiness and claustrophobic cinematography. McGregor is perfect as the innocent man working in  the morgue. He has an unhinged best friend who loves to play practical jokes on him. As the film revolves around a red herring and is low-budget, we get suspense for a couple of hours but there isn’t much story to go with it, making it not worth the watch. 

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 Band of Brothers (2001) Rated TV-MA

The story of Easy Company of the U.S. Army 101st Airborne Division and their mission in World War II Europe, from Operation Overlord to V-J Day.

 12 Years a Slave (2013) Rated R

In the antebellum United States, Solomon Northup, a free black man from upstate New York, is abducted and sold into slavery.

 Inglourious Basterds (2009) Rated R

In Nazi-occupied France during World War II, a plan to assassinate Nazi leaders by a group of Jewish U.S. soldiers coincides with a theatre owner’s vengeful plans for the same.

 X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014) Rated PG-13

The X-Men send Wolverine to the past in a desperate effort to change history and prevent an event that results in doom for both humans and mutants.

 X-Men: First Class (2011) Rated PG-13

In the 1960s, superpowered humans Charles Xavier and Erik Lensherr work together to find others like them, but Erik’s vengeful pursuit of an ambitious mutant who ruined his life causes a schism to divide them.

 Jane Eyre (2011) Rated PG-13

A mousy governess who softens the heart of her employer soon discovers that he’s hiding a terrible secret.

 Steve Jobs (2015) Rated R

Steve Jobs takes us behind the scenes of the digital revolution, to paint a portrait of the man at its epicenter. The story unfolds backstage at three iconic product launches, ending in 1998 with the unveiling of the iMac.

 X-Men: Apocalypse (2016) Rated PG-13

In the 1980s the X-Men must defeat an ancient all-powerful mutant, En Sabah Nur, who intends to thrive through bringing destruction to the world.

 Haywire (2011) Rated R

A black ops super soldier seeks payback after she is betrayed and set up during a mission.

Synopsis by IMDB.

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 Ghost Whisperer (2005) Rated TV-PG

A young woman, who can see and hear ghosts, tries to helps them resolve their issues and hopefully find peace.

 The Story of Us (1999) Rated R

Ben and Katie Jordan are a married couple who go through hard times in fifteen years of marriage.

 Avengers: Endgame (2019) Rated 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.

 Room  (2015) Rated R

A little boy is held captive in a room with his mother since his birth, so he has never known the world outside.

 Short Term 12 (2013) Rated R

A 20-something supervising staff member of a residential treatment facility navigates the troubled waters of that world alongside her co-worker and longtime boyfriend.

 Just Mercy (2019) Rated PG-13

World-renowned civil rights defense attorney Bryan Stevenson works to free a wrongly condemned death row prisoner.

 Jay Leno’s Garage (2015) Rated NR

Comedian and former Tonight Show host Jay Leno shares his passion for motor vehicles. Jay and guests drive cars, motorbikes and anything that moves all while meeting new people and exploring the rich motoring history of America and beyond.

 Pay It Forward (2000) Rated PG-13

A young boy attempts to make the world a better place after his teacher gives him that chance.

 Captain Marvel (2019) Rated PG-13

Carol Danvers becomes one of the universe’s most powerful heroes when Earth is caught in the middle of a galactic war between two alien races.

 13 Going on 30 (2004) Rated PG-13

Jenna Rink makes an unusual wish on her birthday. Miraculously, her wish comes true and the 13-year-old Jenna wakes up the next day as a 30-year-old woman.

Synopsis by IMDB.

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New This Week in Theaters, November 23, 2023


Napoleon (2023 film) - Wikipedia Napoleon (R)
Opens on Friday, November 24
Starring: Joaquin Phoenix, Vanessa Kirby, Tahar Rahim

A personal look at the French military leader’s origins and swift, ruthless climb to emperor, viewed through the prism of Napoleon’s addictive, volatile relationship with his wife and one true love, Josephine.

Wish (2023) - IMDb Wish (PG)
Opens on Friday, November 24
Starring: Ariana DeBose, Chris Pine, Alan Tudyk

Asha, a sharp-witted idealist, makes a wish so powerful that it is answered by a cosmic force—a little ball of boundless energy called Star. Together, Asha and Star confront a most formidable foe—the ruler of Rosas, King Magnifico—to save her community and prove that when the will of one courageous human connects with the magic of the stars, wondrous things can happen.

Dream Scenario (2023) - IMDb Dream Scenario (R)
Opens on Friday, November 24
Starring: Nicolas Cage, Julianne Nicholson, Dylan Baker

Hapless family man Paul Matthews finds his life turned upside down when millions of strangers suddenly start seeing him in their dreams. But when his nighttime appearances take a nightmarish turn, Paul is forced to navigate his newfound stardom.

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Top Thanksgiving Films 2023


Walk the Line (2005) Rated PG-13

A chronicle of country music legend Johnny Cash’s life, from his early days on an Arkansas cotton farm to his rise to fame with Sun Records in Memphis, where he recorded alongside Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Carl Perkins. Starring Joaquin Phoenix, Reese Witherspoon, Ginnifer Goodwin, Robert Patrick

 The Blind Side (2009) Rated PG-13

The story of Michael Oher, a homeless and traumatized boy who became an All-American football player and first-round NFL draft pick with the help of a caring woman and her family. Starring  Quinton Aaron, Sandra Bullock, Tim McGraw, Jae Head

 A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving (1973) Rated TV-G

Peppermint Patty invites herself and her friends over to Charlie Brown’s for Thanksgiving, and with Linus, Snoopy, and Woodstock, he attempts to throw together a Thanksgiving dinner. Starring Todd Barbee, Robin Kohn, Stephen Shea, Hilary Momberger-Powers

 Home of the Brave (2006) Rated R

Three soldiers struggle to readjust to life at home after returning home from a lengthy tour in Iraq. Starring Samuel L. Jackson, 50 Cent, Jessica Biel, Brian Presley

 Prisoners (2013) Rated R

When Keller Dover’s daughter and her friend go missing, he takes matters into his own hands as the police pursue multiple leads and the pressure mounts. Starring Hugh Jackman, Jake Gyllenhaal, Viola Davis, Melissa Leo

Synopsis by IMDB.


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New This Week on DVD, November 21, 2023


 Oppenheimer (R)

Oppenheimer is a biopic about J. Robert Oppenheimer, the scientist who led the Manhattan Project to develop the atomic bomb. The film follows Oppenheimer’s life from his early days as a brilliant physicist to his role in the creation of the most destructive weapon ever made. Oppenheimer is a complex and conflicted figure, and the film explores his inner turmoil as he wrestles with the moral implications of his work. The film also examines the impact of the atomic bomb on the world, and its legacy for generations to come. Starring Cillian Murphy, Emily Blunt, Matt Damon

 Saw X (R)

Between the events of ‘Saw’ and ‘Saw II’, a sick and desperate John Kramer travels to Mexico for a risky and experimental medical procedure in hopes of a miracle cure for his cancer, only to discover the entire operation is a scam to defraud the most vulnerable. Armed with a newfound purpose, the infamous serial killer returns to his work, turning the tables on the con artists in his signature visceral way through devious, deranged, and ingenious traps. Starring Tobin Bell, Shawnee Smith, Synnove Macody Lund

 Expend4bles (R)

Armed with every weapon they can get their hands on and the skills to use them, The Expendables are the world’s last line of defense and the team that gets called when all other options are off the table. But new team members with new styles and tactics are going to give ‘new blood’ a whole new meaning. Starring Jason Statham, 50 Cent, Megan Fox

 The Unknown Country (NR)

A grieving woman embarks on an unexpected road trip from the Midwest toward the Texas-Mexico border as she grapples with the pain of her recent loss and seeks to understand her place in the world. Starring Lily Gladstone, Raymond Lee, Richard Ray Whitman

 The White Lotus: The Complete Second Season (TV-MA)

The secluded, Hawaii-based White Lotus Hotel is the point where an eclectic group of vacationers stays for a week. During this period, many things both good and bad take place. Characters cross paths with each other and with the less than agreeable hotel manager. Neurosis, secrets, and personal flaws are exposed through a series of flashbacks. While the hotel’s destination may seem serene and peaceful, the vacationers are left to wonder if they are in heaven or truly in hell. Starring Theo James, F. Murray Abraham, Jennifer Coolidge

 When Time Got Louder (NR)

Departing for college, Abbie leaves her parents and brother who has autism and is non-verbal. As she explores her independence and sexuality, she’s torn between her new life and her love for her brother. Starring Willow Shields, Elizabeth Mitchell, Lochlyn Munro

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