New This Week in Theaters, January 17, 2019

 Girl (R)
Opens on Friday, January 18
Starring: Victor Polster, Arieh Worthalter, Oliver Bodart

Lara is a 15-year-old girl, born in the body of a boy, who dreams of becoming a ballerina.

Image result for Glass Glass (PG-13)
Opens on Friday, January 18
Starring: Sarah Paulson, Anya Taylor-Joy, James McAvoy, Bruce Willis

Security guard David Dunn uses his supernatural abilities to track Kevin Wendell Crumb, a disturbed man who has twenty-four personalities.

Image result for An Acceptable Loss An Acceptable Loss (R)
Opens on Friday, January 18
Starring: Tika Sumpter, Jamie Lee Curtis, Ben Tavassoli

Former top U.S. security adviser Elizabeth “Libby” Lamm  is threatened by associates from her dark past including Rachel Burke, a steely, commanding politician with an unwavering knack for achieving her goals. Colluding with Rachel is Adrian, an unyielding, patriotic chief of staff. Martin harbors another type of obsession with Libby in this story of betrayal and regret.

Image result for Canal Street Canal Street (PG-13)
Opens on Friday, January 18
Starring: Michael Beach, Lance Reddick, Will Yun Lee

After being arrested for the murder of a white classmate, a young black man’s father fights in court for his son’s vindication. Against all odds, they embrace their undying trust in each other and find faith in God.

Image result for The Heiresses The Heiresses (NR)
Opens on Friday, January 18
Starring: Ana Brun, Margarita Irun, Ana Ivanova, Nilda Gonzalez

Chela and Chiquita are both descended from wealthy families in Asunción and have been together for over 30 years. But recently, their financial situation has worsened and they begin selling off their inherited possessions. But when their debts lead to Chiquita being imprisoned on fraud charges, Chela is forced to face a new reality. Driving for the first time in years, she begins to provide a local taxi service to a group of elderly wealthy ladies. As Chela settles into her new life, she encounters the much younger Angy, forging a fresh and invigorating new connection. Chela finally begins to break out of her shell and engage with the world, embarking on her own personal, intimate revolution.

Image result for Arctic Justice Arctic Justice (NR)
Opens on Friday, January 18
Starring: James Franco, Jeremy Renner, Alec Baldwin, Anjelica Huston

Swifty the Arctic fox works in the mail room of the Arctic Blast Delivery Service but dreams of one day becoming a Top Dog (the Arctic’s star husky couriers). To prove himself worthy of the Top Dog role, Swifty secretly commandeers one of the sleds and delivers a package to a mysterious location. He stumbles upon a secret fortress where he comes face to face with Otto Von Walrus, a blubbery evil genius who walks around on mechanical legs and commands a loyal army of oddly polite puffin henchmen. Swifty soon discovers Von Walrus’ plan to melt the polar ice caps and flood the world in order to reign supreme. Now, Swifty has to enlist the help of his friends: PB, a concerned polar bear, Lemmy, a scatterbrained albatross, Bertha and Leopold, two conspiracy theorist otters and Jade, a worldly fox. This ragtag group of Arctic misfits has to band together to stop Von Walrus’ sinister plans and save the day.

Synopsis by IMDB.

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We Own the Night (2007) Rated R

Two brothers on opposite sides of the law come together to take down Russian Mafia hitmen. Starring Joaquin Phoenix, Eva Mendes, and Danny Hoch.

This film is a great character-driven thriller, as two brothers divided by the law come together to take down Russian Mafia hitmen. It’s not the best script, but it is a fascinating watch. It’s not original in the concept, but Phoenix, Mendes, Mark Wahlberg, and Robert Duvall perform brilliantly. The pacing of the film is perfect, and the suspense during the car chase and wheat fields make you hold your breath. I almost thought this film wasn’t worth a watch because of its opening scene – it’s a sex scene with Mendes and Phoenix. It doesn’t need to be there; it doesn’t set up the characters or plot. It’s just there to pull you in. This is a film that is worth a watch.

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Thor: The Dark World (2013) Rated PG-13

Dr. Jane Foster finds Aether after hundreds of years of it being hidden by the gods of Asgard. She becomes the host and is sent to Asgard before the Dark Elf Malekith can use her as a weapon. Starring Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, and Tom Hiddleston.

This is one Marvel film that leaves a lot to be desired. The script is all over the place. It doesn’t always make sense, but its main plot does sound interesting albeit a little too simple. Then you have multiple subplots that confuse and don’t make the plot any more compelling. To make the film more interesting, the script had some comical points, but they weren’t funny. Hiddleston, Hemsworth, and Portman continue to perform well, but with the crazy, lazy script, it is hard to follow. The film has its usual Marvel action and visual effects, and it continues to follow the Marvel Universe. Even though the film is confusing and making jokes, it still is worth a watch.

 

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Unbroken: Path to Redemption (2018) Rated PG-13

When the war ends, the battle begins. When Louis Zamperini comes home from the war, he meets, falls in love with, and marries his love. The battle begins – the guilt and PTSD from the war take a toll on Zamperini until he attends a Billy Graham Crusade. Based on the book by Laura Hillenbrand. Starring Samuel Hunt, Merritt Patterson, and Bobby Campo.

This film is the continuing story of Olympian, Louis Zamperini who comes home from the war and faces the demons that continue to plague him until he gives his life to the Lord. The film takes us down the path that Zamperini took as he struggled with his demons and tried his best on his own to overcome them but couldn’t. Will Graham, playing the younger version of Billy Graham, was phenomenal when he gave the speeches that his grandfather had given. This film, although not having the best script, still holds its own and makes it worth a watch.

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New This Week on DVD, January 15, 2019

 Halloween (R)

Laurie Strode confronts her long-time foe Michael Myers, the masked figure who has haunted her since she narrowly escaped his killing spree on Halloween night four decades ago. Starring Jamie Lee Curtis, Judy Greer, Andi Matichak

 Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween (PG)

Two young friends find a magic book that brings a ventriloquist’s dummy to life. Starring Wendi McLendon-Covey, Madison Iseman, Jeremy Ray Taylor

 The Old Man And The Gun (PG-13)

At the age of 70, career criminal Forrest Tucker makes an audacious escape from San Quentin, conducting an unprecedented string of heists that confound authorities and enchant the public. Wrapped up in the pursuit are rookie detective John Hunt, who becomes captivated with Forrest’s commitment to his craft, and a woman who loves him in spite of his chosen profession.. Starring Robert Redford, Sissy Spacek, Casey Affleck

 The Bookshop (PG)

England 1959. In a small East Anglian town, Florence Green decides, against polite but ruthless local opposition, to open a bookshop. Starring Emily Mortimer, Bill Nighy, Hunter Tremayne

 Madeline’s Madeline (UR)

A theatre director’s latest project takes on a life of its own when her young star takes her performance too seriously. Starring   Helena Howard, Miranda July, Molly Parker

 After Darkness (R)

As the SUN burns out, an American family gathers at the end of the world, their hopes for rescue slowly crumbling as they also confront long lasting divides amongst each other. Starring Natalia Dyer, Kyra Sedgwick, Valorie Curry

 The Birthday Wish (TV-G)

On her birthday, a woman who desperately wants her boyfriend to propose to her wishes for the opportunity to see into the future, with surprising results. Starring Jessy Schram, Luke Macfarlane, Marcus Rosner

 Tea with the Dames (UR)

Dames Judi Dench, Eileen Atkins, Joan Plowright, and Maggie Smith get together for tea to reminisce and discuss their acting careers. Starring Eileen Atkins, Judi Dench, Joan Plowright

Synopsis by IMDB.

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The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (1947) Rated NR

A clumsy daydreamer gets caught up in a conspiracy. Based on the story by James Thurber and Rosemary Thurber. Starring Danny Kaye, Virginia Mayo, and Boris Karloff.

I will say – this film is more comical and interesting than the remake (2013). This film has a more defined separation between the daydream and the real world. Of course, the people around Mitty still disrespect him. Danny Kaye is brilliant as the goofball Mitty as he stumbles throughout his life in a daydream. As outlandish this film can be, it still holds on to the reality of life, so it seems possible. The film does highlight Kaye’s talents in acting, singing, dancing, and comedy. This film is worth a watch.

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Critics Choice Award Winners 2019

Best Picture

Roma

Best Actor in a Drama Series

Matthew Rhys for The Americans

Best Actor

Christian Bale for Vice

Best Actor in a Comedy

Christian Bale for Vice

Best Actor in a Comedy Series

Bill Hader for Barry

Best Young Actor/Actress

Elsie Fisher for Eighth Grade

Best Actress in a Drama Series

Sandra Oh for Killing Eve

Best Actress

Glenn Close for The Wife
Lady Gaga for A Star Is Born

Best Actress in a Comedy

Olivia Colman for The Favourite

Best Actress in a Comedy Series

Rachel Brosnahan for The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel

Best Supporting Actor

Mahershala Ali for Green Book

Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series

Henry Winkler for Barry

Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series

Noah Emmerich for The Americans

Best Supporting Actor in a Movie or Limited Series

Ben Whishaw for A Very English Scandal

Best Supporting Actress

Regina King for If Beale Street Could Talk

Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series

Alex Borstein for The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel

Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series

Thandie Newton for Westworld

Best Supporting Actress in a Movie or Limited Series

Patricia Clarkson for Sharp Objects

Best Director

Alfonso Cuarón for Roma

Best Original Screenplay

First Reformed

Best Adapted Screenplay

If Beale Street Could Talk

Best Cinematography

Roma

Best Costume Design

Black Panther

Best Editing

First Man

Best Visual Effects

Black Panther

Best Hair & Makeup

Vice

Best Song

“Shallow” from A Star Is Born

Best Score

First Man

Best Foreign Language Film

Roma

Best Animated Feature

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

Best Acting Ensemble

The Favourite

Best Action Movie

Mission: Impossible – Fallout

Best Animation Series

BoJack Horseman

Best Comedy

Crazy Rich Asians

Best Comedy Series

The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel

Best Drama Series

The Americans

Best Limited Series

American Crime Story

Best Production Design

Black Panther

Best Sci-Fi/Horror Movie

A Quiet Place

Best Actor in a Movie Made for Television or Limited Series

Darren Criss for American Crime Story

Best Actress in a Movie Made for Television or Limited Series

Amy Adams for Sharp Objects
Patricia Arquette for Escape at Dannemora

Best Movie Made for TV

Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert

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The Vanishing (2018) Rated R

Three lighthouse keepers find gold that causes them to disappear. Starring Gerard Butler, Peter Mullan, and Connor Swindells.

This is an interesting film. It looks at the greed of men and how that greed takes you down a dark hole. The film doesn’t have the best script. What it does have is excellent directing from Kristoffer Nyholm – the camera angles and directing of the cast are amazing. Gerard Butler’s performance is spot on. The cinematography is wonderful and has great visuals. The only problem is the script; there are many plot holes, unnecessary scenes and dialogue, and bad pacing. If the film were more smoothed out, it would be a thriller worth watching, alas it is not worth a watch.

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New World Order: The End Has Come (2013) Rated NR

new world orderAfter the Rapture, two young women refuse to take the mark of the beast. Starring Rob Edwards, Erin Runbeck, and Melissa Farley.

I really wanted to give this film a positive review because of its message. However, this film – like many Christian films – was clearly low-budget and lacking. There was potential for this film to be better – the actors weren’t all that bad, and the plot could have worked with some rearranging. Too many important details were omitted or introduced too late, which left me wondering, “How did we get here?” I really wish the Christian film industry had more financial backing – it’s not impossible to produce a quality Christian film that delivers an important message to viewers. Sadly, this film isn’t worth watching – but, if you’re interested in watching a post-apocalyptic type film that does include an intriguing message about God and the Bible, check out The Book of Elistarring Denzel Washington.

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Real Country (USA) Rated NR

A reality show that brings unknown talent before country music artists to win a chance to perform at a country music venue. Starring Jake Owen, Travis Tritt, and Shania Twain.

At first, I thought this series didn’t bring anything new to the world of reality talent shows. By the end, it still doesn’t have anything new to add, but it does have great talent with the contestants. They all put on a show, and the country music artist judges and guest judges are fun to watch. The contestants each have one chance to get their performance right, and the ones that do are fun to watch. This is a reality show that’ll probably fall to the wayside, but it’s still worth a watch.

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