Safe Haven (2013) Rated PG-13

 A young woman with a past comes to Southport, North Carolina where she bonds with a widower. Based on the book by Nicholas Sparks. Starring Julianne Hough, Irene Ziegler, Jon Kohler, Josh Duhamel, Cobie Smulders.

Although I have always been a fan of Nicholas Sparks, I haven’t had the chance to read this book yet. Perhaps that is the reason why this movie is my least favorite of his book adaptations. I really struggled with all of the twists in this film. In all of Sparks’ stories, there is tragedy, and this film is no different, but I just couldn’t connect into the characters with this one. I didn’t appreciate how Alex’s (the widower) wife was portrayed, and Katie’s (played by Hough) escape from domestic violence felt forced. I know the point was to bring Alex and Katie together, but these sideline stories detracted from the romance in an unfortunate way. This film is a pass.

 

 

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New This Week on DVD, December 12, 2017

 Kingsman: The Golden Circle (R)

When their headquarters are destroyed and the world is held hostage, the Kingsman’s journey leads them to the discovery of an allied spy organization in the US. These two elite secret organizations must band together to defeat a common enemy. Starring Taron Egerton, Edward Holcroft, Gordon Alexander, Mark Strong, Julianne Moore, Colin Firth

 Home Again (PG-13)

Life for a single mom in Los Angeles takes an unexpected turn when she allows three young guys to move in with her. Starring Reese Witherspoon, Michael Sheen, Candice Bergen

 Detroit (R)

Fact-based drama set during the 1967 Detroit riots in which a group of rogue police officers respond to a complaint with retribution rather than justice on their minds. Starring Chris Chalk, Mason Alban, Bennett Deady, Will Poulter, John Boyega, Anthony Mackie, John Krasinski

 All Saints (PG)

When a group of Burmese refugees join the congregation, the pastor of a failing Anglican church attempts to aid them by planting crops and enlisting the help of the community. Starring Cara Buono, Barry Corbin, John Corbett

 Wolf Warrior 2 (NR)

China’s deadliest special forces operative settles into a quiet life on the sea. When sadistic mercenaries begin targeting nearby civilians, he must leave his newfound peace behind and return to his duties as a soldier and protector. Starring Jing Wu, Frank Grillo, Celina Jade

 The Trip to Spain (NR)

Actors Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon embark on a six-part episodic road trip through Europe. This time they’re in Spain, sampling the restaurants, eateries, and sights along the way. Starring Steve Coogan, Rob Brydon, Marta Barrio

 Viceroy’s House (NR)

The final Viceroy of India, Lord Mountbatten, is tasked with overseeing the transition of British India to independence, but meets with conflict as different sides clash in the face of monumental change. Starring Gillian Anderson, Michael Gambon, Hugh Bonneville

 The Unknown Girl (UR)

A woman gets obsessed with the case of a dead woman after learning that the woman had died shortly after having rung her door for help. Starring Adèle Haenel, Olivier Bonnaud,
Jérémie Renier

 Architects of Denial (NR)

Though both the historical and modern-day persecution of Armenians and other Christians is relatively uncovered in the mainstream media and not on the radar of many average Americans, it is a subject that has gotten far more attention in recent years. It was during and after World War I that the Ottoman Empire carried out the systematic mass murder of 1.5 million Christian Armenian citizens, but also 950,000 Greek and 750,000 Assyrian Christians. To this day, the Armenian people are persecuted in the Middle East for their beliefs – and many are kept from their true home. Turkey, which is the successor state to the Ottoman Empire, still denies the extent and the systematic nature of the atrocities and doesn’t use the word genocide for these well-documented events. Other governments officially deny the Armenian Genocide as well because of political pressure by their ally Turkey. “Architects of Denial” not only digs into the persecution of Armenians and other Christians in the Middle East, both past and present, but it also sheds light on those politicians who refuse to acknowledge an event scholars accept as a sad reality and historical fact. Starring Taner Akçam, Julian Assange, Jonathan Babington-Heina, George Clooney, Barack Obama

 Fuller House: The Complete Second Season (TV-G)

In a continuation of Full House, D.J. Fuller is a mother of three young boys and is a recent widow. D.J.’s sister Stephanie, her best friend Kimmy and Kimmy’s teenage daughter all move in to help raise her sons. The house is now a lot fuller. Starring Candace Cameron Bure, Jodie Sweetin, Andrea Barber

 Game of Thrones: The Complete Seventh Season (TV-MA)

Nine noble families fight for control over the mythical lands of Westeros, while a forgotten race returns after being dormant for thousands of years. Starring Peter Dinklage, Lena Headey, Emilia Clarke, Kit Harington

   Ms. Matched (TV-G)

Upstart wedding planner Libby Boland makes dreams come true by designing romantic fairy tale weddings for her clients. Problem is there’s no romance in her own life. All that changes when she falls for Ben Reynolds, author of the new book, ‘Wedding Day Do’s and Don’ts.” Unfortunately, their blossoming romance is threatened when she discovers that Ben’s book is a primer for getting married on the cheap — completely incompatible with everything she believes. Sparks fly at a wedding expo where Libby and Ben battle over clients. But when Libby’s livelihood is threatened, Ben finds a creative way to come to her rescue. Starring Alexa PenaVega, Shawn Roberts, Leah Gibson

 Once Upon a Time at Christmas (R)

Santa and Mrs. Clause go on a killing spree in Woodbridge, 12 days prior to Christmas. Starring Simon Phillips, Sayla de Goede, Jeff Ellenberger

 A Chef’s Life: Season 5 (NR)

A Chef’s Life is a character-driven documentary and cooking series. The first season consists of 13 half-hour episodes. Much more dynamic than a typical cooking show, A Chef’s Life plunges audiences into the kitchen of a highbrow restaurant located in the “low country” of North Carolina. The series explores both traditional and modern applications of quintessential Southern ingredients through the life and work of the series’ host and narrator, Vivian Howard. Vivian’s skill in the kitchen is an equal match for her charismatic personality, radiating behind crystal grey eyes. Vivian and her husband, Ben Knight, own and operate Chef & the Farmer, a farm-to-table restaurant in Kinston, NC. A Chef’s Life will broadcast nationally on PBS stations starting September 2013. Starring Vivian Howard, Ben Knight

 Zoo: Season Three (TV-14)

A young scientist searches to find out what’s causing a rash of violent animal attacks. Starring James Wolk, Kristen Connolly, Nonso Anozie, Billy Burke

 The Strain: The Complete Fourth Season (TV-MA)

A mysterious viral outbreak with hallmarks of an ancient and evil strain of vampirism ravages the city of New York. Starring Corey Stoll, David Bradley, Kevin Durand,
Jonathan Hyde, Richard Sammel, Miguel Gomez

Synopsis by IMDB.

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Golden Globe Awards Nominees 2018

 

Best Motion Picture – Drama

Call Me by Your Name
Dunkirk
The Post
The Shape of Water
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Best Motion Picture – Animated

Coco
Ferdinand
Loving Vincent
The Boss Baby
The Breadwinner

Best Motion Picture – Foreign Language

A Fantastic Woman
First They Killed My Father
In the Fade
Loveless
The Square

Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy

Get Out
I, Tonya
Lady Bird
The Disaster Artist
The Greatest Showman

Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama

Daniel Day-Lewis for Phantom Thread
Denzel Washington for Roman J. Israel, Esq.
Gary Oldman for Darkest Hour
Timothée Chalamet for Call Me by Your Name
Tom Hanks for The Post

Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy

Ansel Elgort for Baby Driver
Daniel Kaluuya for Get Out
Hugh Jackman for The Greatest Showman
James Franco for The Disaster Artist
Steve Carell for Battle of the Sexes

Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama

Frances McDormand for Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
Jessica Chastain for Molly’s Game
Meryl Streep for The Post
Michelle Williams for All the Money in the World
Sally Hawkins for The Shape of Water

Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy

Emma Stone for Battle of the Sexes
Helen Mirren for The Leisure Seeker
Judi Dench for Victoria & Abdul
Margot Robbie for I, Tonya
Saoirse Ronan for Lady Bird

Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture

Armie Hammer for Call Me by Your Name
Christopher Plummer for All the Money in the World
Richard Jenkins for The Shape of Water
Sam Rockwell for Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
Willem Dafoe for The Florida Project

Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture

Allison Janney for I, Tonya
Hong Chau for Downsizing
Laurie Metcalf for Lady Bird
Mary J. Blige for Mudbound
Octavia Spencer for The Shape of Water

Best Director – Motion Picture

Christopher Nolan for Dunkirk
Guillermo del Toro for The Shape of Water
Martin McDonagh for Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
Ridley Scott for All the Money in the World
Steven Spielberg for The Post

Best Screenplay – Motion Picture

Lady Bird
Molly’s Game
The Post
The Shape of Water
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Best Original Song – Motion Picture

“Remember Me” Coco
“Home” Ferdinand
“Mighty River” Mudbound
“This is Me” The Greatest Showman
“The Star” The Star

Best Original Score – Motion Picture

Dunkirk
Phantom Thread
The Post
The Shape of Water
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series – Drama

Bob Odenkirk for Better Call Saul
Freddie Highmore for The Good Doctor
Jason Bateman for Ozark
Liev Schreiber for Ray Donovan
Sterling K. Brown for This Is Us

Best Performance by an Actor in a Mini-Series or a Motion Picture Made for Television

Ewan McGregor for Fargo
Geoffrey Rush for Genius
Jude Law for The Young Pope
Kyle MacLachlan for Twin Peaks
Robert De Niro for The Wizard of Lies

Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series – Musical or Comedy

Anthony Anderson for Black-ish
Aziz Ansari for Master of None
Eric McCormack for Will & Grace
Kevin Bacon for I Love Dick
William H. Macy for Shameless

Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series – Drama

Caitriona Balfe for Outlander
Claire Foy for The Crown
Elisabeth Moss for The Handmaid’s Tale
Katherine Langford for 13 Reasons Why
Maggie Gyllenhaal for The Deuce

Best Performance by an Actress in a Mini-Series or a Motion Picture Made for Television

Jessica Biel for The Sinner
Jessica Lange for Feud
Nicole Kidman for Big Little Lies
Reese Witherspoon for Big Little Lies
Susan Sarandon for Feud

Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series – Musical or Comedy

Alison Brie for GLOW
Frankie Shaw for SMILF
Issa Rae for Insecure
Pamela Adlon for Better Things
Rachel Brosnahan for The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel

Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television

Alexander Skarsgård for Big Little Lies
Alfred Molina for Feud
Christian Slater for Mr. Robot
David Harbour for Stranger Things
David Thewlis for Fargo

Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television

Ann Dowd for The Handmaid’s Tale
Chrissy Metz for This Is Us
Laura Dern for Big Little Lies
Michelle Pfeiffer for The Wizard of Lies
Shailene Woodley for Big Little Lies

Best Television Series – Musical or Comedy

Black-ish
Master of None
SMILF
The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
Will & Grace

Best Television Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television

Big Little Lies
Fargo
Feud
The Sinner
Top of the Lake

Best Television Series – Drama

Game of Thrones
Stranger Things
The Crown
The Handmaid’s Tale
This Is Us

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The Long Road Home (2017) Rated NR

 The American forces in Iraq are ambushed in a Baghdad neighborhood. Based on the book by Martha Raddatz. Starring E.J. Bonilla, Darius Homayoun, Jon Beavers, Josh Blaylock, Joey Luthman, Jorge Diaz, Franklin Silverio, Joshua Brennan, Thomas McDonell, Devonne Palmer, Charlie Parrish, Micah Pediford, Devyn Placide, Ian Quinlan, Carter Redwood, Alex Ross, Nirav Sevak, Ezekiel Z. Swinford.

This miniseries follows an event that happened on April 4, 2004 which changed the way the military viewed Iraq. The military transitioned from what was a peace-keeping mission to fighting domestic insurgents. The miniseries isn’t the best and neither is the acting, but the attack on our forces is as real as if it happened yesterday. The show brings to life  those on the line and those on the home front, telling their story, which needs to be shared. This miniseries is worth a watch.

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Critics’ Choice Award Nominees 2018

BEST PICTURE

The Big Sick
Call Me by Your Name
Darkest Hour
Dunkirk
The Florida Project
Get Out
Lady Bird
The Post
The Shape of Water
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

BEST ACTOR

Timothée Chalamet for Call Me by Your Name
James Franco for The Disaster Artist
Jake Gyllenhaal for Stronger
Tom Hanks for The Post
Daniel Kaluuya for Get Out
Daniel Day-Lewis for Phantom Thread
Gary Oldman for Darkest Hour

BEST ACTRESS

Jessica Chastain for Molly’s Game
Sally Hawkins for The Shape of Water
Frances McDormand for Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
Margot Robbie for I, Tonya
Saoirse Ronan for Lady Bird
Meryl Streep for The Post

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR

Willem Dafoe for The Florida Project
Armie Hammer for Call Me By Your Name
Richard Jenkins for The Shape of Water
Sam Rockwell for Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
Patrick Stewart for Logan
Michael Stuhlbarg for Call Me by Your Name

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS

Mary J. Blige for Mudbound
Hong Chau for Downsizing
Tiffany Haddish for Girls Trip
Holly Hunter for The Big Sick
Allison Janney for I, Tonya
Laurie Metcalf for Lady Bird
Octavia Spencer for The Shape of Water

BEST YOUNG ACTOR/ACTRESS

Mckenna Grace for Gifted
Dafne Keen for Logan
Brooklynn Prince for The Florida Project
Millicent Simmonds for Wonderstruck
Jacob Tremblay for Wonder

BEST ACTING ENSEMBLE

Dunkirk
Lady Bird
Mudbound
The Post
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

BEST DIRECTOR

Guillermo del Toro for The Shape of Water
Greta Gerwig for Lady Bird
Martin McDonagh for Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
Christopher Nolan for Dunkirk
Luca Guadagnino for Call Me By Your Name
Jordan Peele for Get Out
Steven Spielberg for The Post

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY

The Shape of Water
Lady Bird
The Big Sick
The Post
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
Get Out

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY

Call Me by Your Name
The Disaster Artist
Mudbound
Molly’s Game
Wonder

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY

Blade Runner 2049
Dunkirk
The Shape of Water
Mudbound
Call Me By Your Name

BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN

The Shape of Water
Murder on the Orient Express
Dunkirk
Blade Runner 2049
Beauty and the Beast
Phantom Thread

BEST EDITING

The Post
Baby Driver
Dunkirk
Blade Runner 2049
The Shape of Water

BEST COSTUME DESIGN

Blade Runner 2049
Phantom Thread
Beauty and the Beast
Wonder Woman
The Shape of Water

BEST HAIR AND MAKEUP

Beauty and the Beast
Darkest Hour
I, Tonya
The Shape of Water
Wonder

BEST VISUAL EFFECTS

Blade Runner 2049
Dunkirk
The Shape of Water
Thor: Ragnarok
War for the Planet of the Apes
Wonder Woman

BEST ANIMATED FEATURE

The Breadwinner
Coco
Despicable Me 3
The LEGO Batman Movie
Loving Vincent

BEST ACTION MOVIE

Baby Driver
Logan
Thor: Ragnarok
War for the Planet of the Apes
Wonder Woman

BEST COMEDY

The Big Sick
The Disaster Artist
Girls Trip
I, Tonya
Lady Bird

BEST ACTOR IN A COMEDY

Steve Carell for Battle of the Sexes
James Franco for The Disaster Artist
Chris Hemsworth for Thor: Ragnarok
Kumail Nanjiani for The Big Sick
Adam Sandler for The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected)

BEST ACTRESS IN A COMEDY

Tiffany Haddish for Girls Trip
Zoe Kazan for The Big Sick
Margot Robbie for I, Tonya
Saoirse Ronan for Lady Bird
Emma Stone for Battle of the Sexes

BEST SCI-FI OR HORROR MOVIE

Blade Runner 2049
Get Out
It
The Shape of Water

BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM

BPM (Beats Per Minute)
A Fantastic Woman
First They Killed My Father
In the Fade
The Square
Thelma

BEST SONG

“Evermore” Beauty and the Beast
“Mystery of Love” Call Me By Your Name
“Remember Me” Coco
“Stand Up for Something” Marshall
“This Is Me” The Greatest Showman

BEST SCORE

The Shape of Water
Phantom Thread
Darkest Hour
Blade Runner 2049
The Post
Dunkirk

BEST ACTOR IN A DRAMA SERIES

Bob Odenkirk for Better Call Saul
Ian McShane for American Gods
Paul Giamatti for Billions
Freddie Highmore for Bates Motel
Liev Schreiber for Ray Donovan
Sterling K. Brown for This Is Us

BEST ACTOR IN A COMEDY SERIES

Anthony Anderson for Black-ish
Hank Azaria for Brockmire
Ted Danson for The Good Place
Aziz Ansari for Master of None
Randall Park for Fresh Off the Boat
Thomas Middleditch for Silicon Valley

BEST ACTRESS IN A DRAMA SERIES

Caitriona Balfe for Outlander
Claire Foy for The Crown
Robin Wright for House of Cards
Christine Baranski for The Good Fight
Elisabeth Moss for The Handmaid’s Tale
Tatiana Maslany for Orphan Black

BEST ACTRESS IN A COMEDY SERIES

Alison Brie for GLOW
Ellie Kemper for Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
Rachel Brosnahan for The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
Constance Wu for Fresh Off the Boat
Kristen Bell for The Good Place
Sutton Foster for Younger

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A COMEDY SERIES

Ed O’Neill for Modern Family
Marc Maron for GLOW
Tituss Burgess for Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
Kumail Nanjiani for Silicon Valley
Sean Hayes for Will & Grace
Walton Goggins for Vice Principals

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A DRAMA SERIES

Asia Kate Dillon for Billions
David Harbour for Stranger Things
Michael McKean for Better Call Saul
Bobby Cannavale for Mr. Robot
Delroy Lindo for The Good Fight
Peter Dinklage for Game of Thrones

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A MOVIE OR LIMITED SERIES

Alexander Skarsgård for Big Little Lies
Benito Martinez for American Crime
Johnny Flynn for Genius
Alfred Molina for Feud
David Thewlis for Fargo
Stanley Tucci for Feud

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A COMEDY SERIES

Alessandra Mastronardi for Master of None
Betty Gilpin for GLOW
Mayim Bialik for The Big Bang Theory
Alex Borstein for The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
Jenifer Lewis for Black-ish
Rita Moreno for One Day at a Time

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A DRAMA SERIES

Ann Dowd for The Handmaid’s Tale
Cush Jumbo for The Good Fight
Gillian Anderson for American Gods
Chrissy Metz for This Is Us
Emilia Clarke for Game of Thrones
Margo Martindale for Sneaky Pete

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A MOVIE OR LIMITED SERIES

Jackie Hoffman for Feud
Laura Dern for Big Little Lies
Michelle Pfeiffer for The Wizard of Lies
Judy Davis for Feud
Mary Elizabeth Winstead for Fargo
Regina King for American Crime

BEST ANIMATION SERIES

Archer
Bob’s Burgers
Rick and Morty
BoJack Horseman
Danger & Eggs
The Simpsons

BEST COMEDY SERIES

Black-ish
Modern Family
The Big Bang Theory
GLOW
Patriot
The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel

BEST DRAMA SERIES

American Gods
Stranger Things
The Handmaid’s Tale
Game of Thrones
The Crown
This Is Us

BEST LIMITED SERIES

American Vandal
Fargo
Godless
Big Little Lies
Feud
The Long Road Home

BEST REALITY COMPETITION SERIES

America’s Got Talent
Dancing with the Stars
Project Runway
Chopped
RuPaul’s Drag Race

BEST REALITY SHOW HOST

Cat Deeley for So You Think You Can Dance
RuPaul for RuPaul’s Drag Race
Tom Bergeron for Dancing with the Stars
Joanna Gaines and  Chip Gaines for Fixer Upper
Ted Allen for Chopped
Tyra Banks for America’s Got Talent

BEST STRUCTURED REALITY SERIES

Fixer Upper
The Carbonaro Effect
Undercover Boss
Shark Tank
The Profit
Who Do You Think You Are?

BEST TALK SHOW

Ellen: The Ellen DeGeneres Show
Jimmy Kimmel Live!
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon
Harry
The Late Late Show with James Corden
Watch What Happens: Live

BEST UNSTRUCTURED REALITY SHOW

Born This Way
Intervention
Ride with Norman Reedus
Ice Road Truckers
Live PD
Teen Mom

BEST ACTOR IN A MOVIE MADE FOR TELEVISION OR LIMITED SERIES

Bill Pullman for The Sinner
Ewan McGregor for Fargo
Jeff Daniels for Godless
Robert De Niro for The Wizard of Lies
Evan Peters for American Horror Story
Jack O’Connell for Godless
Jimmy Tatro for American Vandal

BEST ACTRESS IN A MOVIE MADE FOR TELEVISION OR LIMITED SERIES

Alana Boden for I Am Elizabeth Smart
Jessica Biel for The Sinner
Nicole Kidman for Big Little Lies
Carrie Coon for Fargo
Jessica Lange for Feud
Reese Witherspoon for Big Little Lies

BEST MOVIE MADE FOR TV

Flint
Sherlock “The Lying Detective”
The Wizard of Lies
I Am Elizabeth Smart
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

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Banner 4th of July (2013) Rated NR

 The Banner siblings used to work as a rock band until their sister decided to leave the group. Fifteen years later, their mother tries to reunite the family.  Starring Christian Campbell, Brooke White, Michael Barbuto, Kristin Booth.

A typical Hallmark film, except that romance takes a backseat to family issues. Enjoyable music but a watered- down story makes this movie just so-so. This film is a pass.

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The Murder Castle (2017) Rated TV-14

 In 1893, Chicago prepares for the World’s Fair. Unbeknownst to the tourists, there is a serial killer in town who disguises his murder castle as a hotel. Starring   Shawn Parr, Hugh Scully

This is an intriguing show which incorporates both reenactments of the murders Dr. H.H. Holmes performed and interviews with historians. It doesn’t follow the full life of Dr. Holmes, but it does hint at him leaving Chicago and going to London, which has led some to believe he became the Jack the Ripper in London. Since this miniseries doesn’t include Holmes’ early life, which may have informed his actions, we cannot know enough about him to understand his actions during the World’s Fair. This makes it just intriguing enough to be worth a watch.

 

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Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (1986) Rated NR

 Huckleberry Finn is a precocious boy who rebels against society and escapes down the Mississippi River for adventure. Based on the book by Mark Twain. Starring Patrick Day, Anne Shropshire, Sada Thompson, Lillian Gish.

A fantastic retelling of the classic book by Mark Twain. Sticking closely to the text and language of Twain, the film really captures the essence of the book. Day was brilliant in his portrayal of Huck, the vulgar boy who captures your heart. The detail is superb, making this rendition a must watch.

 

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New This Week in Theaters, December 8, 2017

 Just Getting Started (PG-13)
Opens on Friday, December 8
Starring: Glenne Headly, Morgan Freeman, Tommy Lee Jones, Rene Russo

A two-hander action comedy in the vein of Midnight Run, about an ex-F.B.I. Agent and an ex-mob lawyer in the Witness Protection Program having to put aside their petty rivalry on the golf course to fend off a mob hit.

 The Shape of Water (R)
Opens on Friday, December 8
Starring: Sally Hawkins, Octavia Spencer, Michael Shannon, Doug Jones

An other-worldly fairy tale, set against the backdrop of Cold War era America circa 1962. In the hidden high-security government laboratory where she works, lonely Elisa is trapped in a life of isolation. Elisa’s life is changed forever when she and co-worker Zelda discover a secret classified experiment.

 The Disaster Artist (R)
Opens on Friday, December 8
Starring: Dave Franco, James Franco, Seth Rogen, Ari Graynor, Alison Brie, Zac Efron, Josh Hutcherson, Megan Mullally

When Greg Sestero, an aspiring film actor, meets the weird and mysterious Tommy Wiseau in an acting class, they form a unique friendship and travel to Hollywood to make their dreams come true.

 I, Tonya (R)
Opens on Friday, December 8
Starring: Margot Robbie, Allison Janney, Sebastian Stan, Bobby Cannavale

Competitive ice skater Tonya Harding rises amongst the ranks at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships, but her future in the activity is thrown into doubt when her ex-husband intervenes.

 November Criminals (PG-13)
Opens on Friday, December 8
Starring: Chloë Grace Moretz, Ansel Elgort, Catherine Keener, David Strathairn

A teenager takes on his own investigation of a murder in Washington D.C.

 Big Sonia (NR)
Opens on Friday, December 8
Starring: Sonia Warshawski, SuEllen Fried, Caroline Kennedy, Regina Kort

In the last store in a defunct shopping mall, 91-year-old Sonia Warshawski – great-grandmother, businesswoman, and Holocaust survivor – runs the tailor shop she’s owned for more than thirty years. But when she’s served an eviction notice, the specter of retirement prompts Sonia to revisit her harrowing past as a refugee and witness to genocide. A poignant story of generational trauma and healing, BIG SONIA also offers a laugh-out-loud-funny portrait of the power of love to triumph over bigotry, and the power of truth-telling to heal us all.

Synopsis by IMDB.

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Marvel’s Inhumans (ABC) Rated TV-PG

 A group of superhumans fight to protect themselves. Starring Anson Mount, Serinda Swan, Ken Leung, Eme Ikwuakor, Isabelle Cornish, Ellen Woglom, Iwan Rheon,
Sonya Balmores.

This show was a big disappointment. The scripts are a joke that even good acting fails to redeem. The show is stagnant, poorly written, and lacking in action and suspense. It has to be one of the worst shows on TV this season, and definitely not worth watching. This one is a pass.

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