When Andrea Knabel goes missing, the facts surrounding her disappearance bring more questions than answers. Starring Andrea Knabel, Nancy Schaefer, and Joe Fanciulli.
This show is basically like most shows on the ID channel. It’s a mystery that has yet to be solved. It also draws out mysteries that obviously have answers that could have be given if asked for. It’s very frustrating that the show revolves around a family desperate for answers and private investigators that don’t have all the facts. There are no police interviews or answers; this is due to the fact that it’s an ongoing investigation. The story is interesting, and it’s obvious that Andrea’s disappearance is tearing the family apart. Obviously, there were problems before, but I feel for the whole family – and yet, there are questions still not answered by the family. I think this would be solved if the family just told the truth rather than protecting each other. This show is not worth a watch.
Operation Fortune: Ruse de guerre (NR) Opens on Friday, January 21 Starring: Jason Statham, Josh Hartnett, Hugh Grant, Cary Elwes
Special agent Orson Fortune and his team of operatives recruit one of Hollywood’s biggest movie stars to help them on an undercover mission when the sale of a deadly new weapons technology threatens to disrupt the world order.
Redeeming Love (PG-13) Opens on Friday, January 21 Starring: Abigail Cowen, Tom Lewis, Famke Janssen, Logan Marshall-Green
Sold into prostitution as a child, Angel knows nothing but betrayal. Can her heart ever be mended? Based upon the novel by Francine Rivers.
The King’s Daughter (PG) Opens on Friday, January 21 Starring: Pierce Brosnan, William Hurt, Benjamin Walker, Kaya Scodelario
King Louis XIV’s quest for immortality leads him to capture and steal a mermaid’s life force, a move that is further complicated by his illegitimate daughter’s discovery of the creature.
The Addams get tangled up in more wacky adventures and find themselves involved in hilarious run-ins with all sorts of unsuspecting characters. Sequel to the 2019 animated film, ‘The Addams Family’. Starring Oscar Isaac, Charlize Theron, Chloë Grace Moretz
Last Night in Soho (R)
An aspiring fashion designer is mysteriously able to enter the 1960s where she encounters a dazzling wannabe singer. But the glamour is not all it appears to be and the dreams of the past start to crack and splinter into something darker. Starring Thomasin McKenzie, Aimee Cassettari, Rita Tushingham
The Dry (R)
Aaron Falk returns to his drought-stricken hometown to attend a tragic funeral. But his return opens a decades-old wound – the unsolved death of a teenage girl. Starring Eric Bana, Genevieve O’Reilly, Keir O’Donnell
Nature: Born in the Rockies (TV-PG)
From a herd of bighorn sheep and their newborn lambs to a mother grizzly bear and her cubs, animal families struggle to survive across the Rocky Mountains. Starring Uma Thurman
Her Pen Pal (TV-G)
Event planner Victoria can’t wait to attend and plan her best friend’s wedding in Paris. But when she finds out her ex is bringing a date, Victoria reconnects with her French childhood pen pal. Starring Mallory Jansen, Joshua Sasse, Lachlan Nieboer
Sommerdahl Murders: Series 2 (NR)
A love triangle between Dan Sommerdahl, his wife Marianne Sommerdahl and their best friend Flemming Torp occurs as they try to solve killings in Helsingør. Starring Peter Mygind, André Babikian, Laura Drasbæk
An Unquiet Grave (NR)
A year after the death of his wife, a man enlists her sister to help him bring her back. Starring Jacob A. Ware, Christine Nyland
WBCN and the American Revolution (NR)
“The incredible story of how a radio station, politics, and rock and roll changed everything.” Starring David Bowie, Noam Chomsky, Jane Fonda
Hide and Seek (R)
When a wealthy businessman follows a lead to find his missing brother, he dives headlong into a twisted underworld of squatters and vagrants that threatens to tear apart his family as he struggles to maintain his sanity. Starring Joe Pantoliano, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Geoffrey Owens
Centers on a Southern California family, whose excessive lifestyle is fueled by their criminal activities. Starring Shawn Hatosy, Ben Robson, Jake Weary
Riverdale: The Complete Fifth Season (TV-14)
While navigating the troubled waters of romance, school and family, Archie and his gang become entangled in dark Riverdale mysteries. Starring Lili Reinhart, Camila Mendes, Cole Sprouse
This is Us: The Complete Fourth Season (TV-14)
A heartwarming and emotional story about a unique set of triplets, their struggles and their wonderful parents. Starring Milo Ventimiglia, Mandy Moore, Sterling K. Brown
Wicked Tuna Outer Banks: Season 8 (TV-14)
Commercial tuna fishermen based in the Outer Banks who fish for the lucrative Atlantic bluefin tuna off the coast of North Carolina. The teams of fishermen battle each other to see who can catch the most fish, while trying to earn their livelihood. Starring Greg Mayer, Britton Shackelford, Dave Marciano
An anthology series that chronicles the Civil Rights Movement as told by the women behind it. The first episode tells the story of Mamie Till Mobley as she stands up to injustice when her son is brutally murdered in the Jim Crow South. Starring Adrienne Warren, Cedric Joe, and Carter Jenkins.
While these stories have gotten swept under the rug in the decades following the Civil Rights Movement, it is time to see them come back to life and remind us of the country we live in and how we don’t slide backwards toward the lack of civil rights. I’m surprised at how few enjoyed this series; I thought it was brilliantly written and perfectly acted. I absolutely adore Adrienne Warren as Mrs. Mobley, who transforms from a helicopter mother to a strong woman against injustice. While I do believe that this is not the true account of what happened, it’s the account that his mother believes happened. The show doesn’t tell what actually happened in the store as it’s controversial with the different accounts. Although, I trust a mother’s intuition of what her son might have done. The show is based on Till Mobley’s book, and we have to take into account that she wasn’t there, so there would be misinformation in this story. That doesn’t make the show any less worthy of a watch, but rather it is worth a watch.
The Warrens travel to London to help a family with young children face off against a house with a supernatural spirit. Starring Patrick Wilson, Vera Farmiga, and Madison Wolfe.
This film brings the Warrens to England to fight a demonic entity. I always find these films that are based on a true event scarier than fictional stories of horror. I also am very aware of the fight between God and Satan, and seeing it portrayed on film is rather scary. This film has everything that horror films need. It has the boom scare factor, levitation possession, and the dreariness of England’s rain. While it isn’t as scary as the first film, it moves the story along, which I think is the highlight of the series. This installment isn’t the best in the series, but it is still worth a watch.
1883 follows the Dutton family as they travel west to the uncivilized America. Starring Sam Elliott, Tim McGraw, and Faith Hill.
This show is just as brilliant as Yellowstone, which is not surprising when the creators are the same. It has the great story of Yellowstone but brings us the events that make the family what it is today. It also brings to life the real west and how it was untamed and the lawlessness of the land. While the story is there and is historically accurate of the west, we have one great legend and two newbies to the acting world. Elliott is who he is, and it shows on screen. Then you have married couple McGraw and Hill who have touched their toes in the water of the business. McGraw seems to be a natural at it. Hill, for the first time is almost unrecognizable in her role. It would be interesting to see them grow in their parts. With the three leads, we have an angle that the writers want to pursue, and that is with their oldest daughter, played by Isabel May. She is the one we need to watch. This series is worth the watch.
Scream (R) Opens on Friday, January 14 Starring: Neve Campbell, Courteney Cox, David Arquette, Marley Shelton
Twenty-five years after the original series of murders in Woodsboro, a new killer emerges, and Sidney Prescott must return to uncover the truth.
Sesame Street (NR) Opens on Friday, January 14 Starring: Anne Hathaway, Bo Burnham, Chance the Rapper
Big Bird and his Sesame Street friends are mysteriously expelled from their neighborhood, finding themselves in Manhattan. They team up with a plucky history show host Sally Hawthorne who’s on a quest to save her show and prove that Sesame Street actually exists, with obstacles created by the “evil” Mayor, with reasons of his own for keeping Sesame Street hidden from the world.
Belle (PG) Opens on Friday, January 14 Starring: Kaho Nakamura, Ryô Narita, Shôta Sometani, Tina Tamashiro
Suzu is a shy high school student living in a rural village. For years, she has only been a shadow of herself. But when she enters “U”, a massive virtual world, she escapes into her online persona as Belle, a globally beloved singer.
Deep Water (R) Opens on Friday, January 14 Starring: Ben Affleck, Ana de Armas, Tracy Letts, Rachel Blanchard
A well-to-do husband who allows his wife to have affairs in order to avoid a divorce becomes a prime suspect in the disappearance of her lovers.
A divorcee entangles her life into a missing person investigation. Based on the book by Paula Hawkins. Starring Emily Blunt, Haley Bennett, and Rebecca Ferguson.
I love a story that takes a twist and a turn that you aren’t expecting. While this film has that, it also feels anticlimactic. Blunt plays a recovering alcoholic that immerses herself into a missing person investigation. Blunt does a remarkable job portraying a woman who is struggling with her problems. This film does a wonderful job at looking at the concept of gaslighting – what it is and how it’s done. The script is well done as we go through the twists and turns until it all becomes evident. It’s a story that, at times, is too slow and can be confusing as they figure out what happened to the missing girl. While it kept my interest and was entertaining at best, the film still didn’t make me go wow, making it not worth the watch.
Feature adaptation of Frank Herbert’s science fiction novel about the son of a noble family entrusted with the protection of the most valuable asset and most vital element in the galaxy. Starring Timothée Chalamet, Rebecca Ferguson, Oscar Isaac
Halloween Kills (R)
The saga of Michael Myers and Laurie Strode continues in the next thrilling chapter of the Halloween series. Starring Jamie Lee Curtis, Judy Greer, Andi Matichak
During her Christmas holidays with the royal family at the Sandringham estate in Norfolk, England, Diana Spencer, struggling with mental health problems, decides to end her decade-long marriage to Prince Charles. Starring Kristen Stewart, Timothy Spall, Jack Nielen
Aftermath of a violent tragedy that affects the lives of two couples in different ways. Starring Breeda Wool, Kagen Albright, Michelle N. Carter
Heart of Champions (PG-13)
During their last year at an Ivy League college in 1999, a group of friends and crew teammates’ lives are changed forever when an army vet takes over as coach of their dysfunctional rowing team. Starring Michael Shannon, Alexander Ludwig, Charles Melton
U.S. Attorney Chuck Rhoades goes after hedge fund king Bobby “Axe” Axelrod in a battle between two powerful New York figures. Starring Paul Giamatti, Maggie Siff, David Costabile
Cobra Kai: Season 3 (TV-14)
Decades after their 1984 All Valley Karate Tournament bout, a middle-aged Daniel LaRusso and Johnny Lawrence find themselves martial-arts rivals again. Starring Ralph Macchio, William Zabka, Xolo Maridueña
Great Performances: Now Hear This Beethoven’s Ghost (NR)
Violinist Scott Yoo and fellow musicians undertake a recording of Beethoven’s most personal music at a historic manor in the Berkshires. Starring Toby Appel, Ethan Koelbel, Reid Mangan, John Hans Tester, Martin Rayner, Scott Yoo
Nature: Season of the Osprey (TV-G)
A veteran pair of ospreys return home to a Connecticut saltmarsh. Over one summer they must battle their enemies, withstand the elements, and hunt hundreds of fish, all to raise the next generation of these consummate sea hawks. Starring Paul Giamatti
Nature: The Elephant and the Termite (TV-G)
From elephants to termites, an entire community of creatures in Africa call the waterhole their home. Starring Noma Dumezweni
Nova: Particles Unknown (TV-PG)
An international team studies the neutrino, the most common yet least understood particle in the universe. Starring Frank Close, Clyde Cowan, Ray Davis
A recently widowed teacher, Miss Bliss, teaches at a middle school in Indiana where she helps her students tackle life lessons. Starring Hayley Mills, Dennis Haskins, and Mark-Paul Gosselaar.
This is the show that launched Saved by the Bell. While SBTB was about the students, this show was about Miss Bliss. We see her at work and at home and how she balances the two. She is the rock for her students and helps them navigate the problems in life – or more likely, the problems they cause in life. We also see the interactions between the teachers more than the students. I think this show really laid the groundwork for SBTB as the actors got to fine tune their characters. While the show didn’t make much sense, I always wondered why she was called Miss Bliss when she was a widow – wouldn’t she be Ms. or Mrs.? Though it wasn’t as well done as SBTB, it’s still worth a watch.