Trophy Wife (ABC) Rated TV-PG

A reformed party girl marries into an insta-family with three children and two ex-wives. Starring Malin Akerman, Bradley Whitford, and Michaela Watkins.

This is a series about a modern family, with a husband that married a much younger woman. Although it does have some cute jokes, overall the show hasn’t been able to find it’s niche. The characters are interesting; I did enjoy Malin Akerman as the party girl turned housewife and new mom.  I think this show could do well if it finds it’s audience. There just isn’t anything special about the show that makes it stand out. This show is interesting but not worth a watch.

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Pope: The Most Powerful Man (CNN) Rated NR

CNN goes into the Vatican to show the power behind the Pope and the history of the office. Starring Liam Neeson, Alexandru Aldea, and Mark P Galbraith.

This docuseries tells the history of the papacy starting with Peter and continuing with the trials and tribulations that it faced through the ages. Of course, the series is done by CNN, which has never been positive toward Christianity, so the storyline isn’t as historically accurate as it could be. As I am not Catholic, I enjoyed hearing the history of the papacy, the good, the bad, and the ugly that the office went through. I thought the series was worth a watch, even if it fails or present an accurate view of historical Christianity.

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New This Week on DVD, April 17, 2018

 The Post (PG-13)

A cover-up that spanned four U.S. Presidents pushed the country’s first female newspaper publisher and a hard-driving editor to join an unprecedented battle between the press and the government. Starring Meryl Streep, Tom Hanks, Sarah Paulson

 The Commuter (PG-13)

A businessman is caught up in a criminal conspiracy during his daily commute home. Starring Liam Neeson, Vera Farmiga, Patrick Wilson

 Claws: The Complete First Season (TV-MA)

A look at the life and crimes of five women who work at a Florida nail salon. Starring Evan Daigle, Jimmy Jean-Louis, Niecy Nash

 Genius: Season 1 (TV-14)

The life stories of history’s greatest minds. From their days as young adults to their final years we see their discoveries, loves, relationships, causes, flaws and genius. Starring T.R. Knight, Michael McElhatton, Johnny Flynn

 All for Love (TV-G)

When an engaged romance novelist is teamed with a Navy man as research for her latest book, she is taken aback by his boisterous personality and egotistical nature. However, as her research brings them closer together, she discovers there’s more to him than meets the eye. Will she choose the man she thought she loved or the real-life embodiment of her fictional hero? Starring  Sara Rue, Steve Bacic, Teryl Rothery

Synopsis by IMDB.

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New Summer TV Shows 2018

Image result for 100 code wgn 100 Code (WGN) Rated NR

New York, USA. Stockholm, Sweden. Over the past twelve months young, blonde, blue-eyed women have been found dead in a meadow where Asphodel flowers grow. New York Detective Tommy Conley gets a special dispensation from the NYPD to go observe and act as an adviser to the Stockholm Police Department in order to help solve these crimes. Starring   Michael Nyqvist, Dominic Monaghan, Felice Jankell

Premiere date: May 29th

 

Image result for Gordon Ramsay's 24 Hours to Hell and Back Gordon Ramsay’s 24 Hours to Hell and Back (FOX) Rated NR

Celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay is given one day to help troubled restaurants. Starring Edward Young, Gordon Ramsay

Premiere date: June 13th

Image result for Yellowstone tv series 2018 Yellowstone (Paramount) Rated NR

A ranching family in Montana face off against others encroaching on their land. Starring Dave Annable, Kelly Reilly, Cole Hauser

Premiere date: June 20th

Image result for Reverie tv shows Reverie (NBC) Rated NR

A former detective specializing in human behavior is brought in when the launch of an advanced virtual reality program has dangerous and unintended consequences. Starring Sarah Shahi, Dennis Haysbert, Kathryn Morris

Premiere date: May 30

Image result for C.B. Strike C.B. Strike (Cinemax) Rated NR

War veteran turned private detective Cormoran Strike solves brutal murders with the help of his trusted assistant Robin Ellacott. Starring Tom Burke, Holliday Grainger, Kerr Logan

Premiere date: June 1st

Synopsis by IMDB.

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R. Lee Ermey (1944-2018)

(1944-2018)

 

 Se7en (1995) Rated R

Two detectives, a rookie and a veteran, hunt a serial killer who uses the seven deadly sins as his motives.

 Toy Story (1995) Rated G

A cowboy doll is profoundly threatened and jealous when a new spaceman figure supplants him as top toy in a boy’s room.

  The X Files (1993– ) Rated TV-14

Two FBI agents, Fox Mulder the believer and Dana Scully the skeptic, investigate the strange and unexplained, while hidden forces work to impede their efforts.

 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (1999– ) Rated TV-14

The Special Victims Unit, a specially trained squad of detectives in the NYPD, investigate sexually related crimes.

 Dead Man Walking (1995) Rated R

A nun, while comforting a convicted killer on death row, empathizes with both the killer and his victim’s families.

 Cracker (1997–1998) Rated NR

Unconventional psychologist Gerry “Fitz” Fitzgerald is one of the best police interrogators in the business, mostly because his own quirks and perversities help him get inside the criminal mind.

Synopsis by IMDB.

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Chuck McCann (1934-2018)

 

(1934-2018)

 

Sliders (1995–2000) Rated NR

A boy genius and his comrades travel to different parallel universes, trying to find their way back home.

 Knight Rider (1982–1986) Rated TV-PG

A lone crimefighter battles the forces of evil with the help of a virtually indestructible and artificially intelligent supercar.

 Little House on the Prairie (1974–1983) Rated TV-PG

The life and adventures of the Ingalls family in the nineteenth century American Midwest.

 Robin Hood: Men in Tights (1993) Rated PG-13

A spoof of Robin Hood in general and Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves  in particular.

 Mad About You (1992–1999) Rated TV-PG

Paul and Jaime Buchman are a recently married couple in New York City. They point out the gentle humor of domesticity and in the everyday situations of life.

Synopsis by IMDB.

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Rise (NBC) Rated TV-14

Rise follows a high school drama club that is run by a passionate teacher. Starring Josh Radnor, Marley Shelton, and Auli’i Cravalho.

I was so looking forward to this show, alas, I am very disappointed. I thought this would be amazing if it were a mixture of Friday Night Lights and Glee. It’s not. First off, I’m very put off by the teacher turned drama coach. He’s more concerned with promoting his agenda than caring about the students or the school. I’m also put off by the choice to use the Broadway musical, Spring Awakening. It’s not something I think high school students should be performing. What’s worse is that the drama coach doesn’t care how it’s represented; it leaves a bad taste in my mouth. Then you have how the show depicts Christians as weak and not caring. It’s obvious the writers have no idea what Christians are really thinking or feeling. It’s also obvious that they would encourage the Christians to forsake beliefs and follow the drama teacher, yet another disappointment of the show in my opinion. Rise doesn’t promote inclusion or respect for the differences of others, but instead, it points more toward conformity, indicating the students must do as the drama teacher says. This show is not worth a watch.

 

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A Warrior’s Heart (2011) Rated PG

A high school La Crosse player deals with the death of his father, having a new coach, and his own arrogance. Starring Kellan Lutz, Adam Beach, and Ridge Canipe.

This film is a predictable teenage sports drama; it didn’t leave much of an impression on me. A Warrior’s Heart highlights La Crosse, a lesser-known sport. I’m from a state that is rich in Native American culture, so I’m familiar with La Crosse. The film’s look into this often neglected sport seems to be the only thing going for it. The script is soft and flat; there isn’t any weight to the characters or the conflict in the story. Adding to this film’s downfall are the actors, who struggle with the script and don’t pull you into the storyline. This film isn’t worth a watch.

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Rosanne (ABC) Rated TV-PG

A revival of the 1990s sitcom Rosanne. Starring Roseanne Barr, John Goodman, and Laurie Metcalf.

The cast of Rosanne has their spark back. It’s almost like they haven’t been off the air for 21 years. The actors pick up with their characters right where they left off. The family members still have their quirks, and yet they still love each other. It’s also nice to see someone take the conservative side with a more positive note, and the political banter between characters is light-hearted and isn’t done out of malice. It’s a modern family that loves one another even when they don’t agree. This is a series that is worth a watch.

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New This Week in Theaters, April 12, 2018

 

Image result for Borg vs. McEnroe Borg vs. McEnroe (R)
Opens on Friday, April 13
Starring: Sverrir Gudnason, Shia LaBeouf, Stellan Skarsgård, Tuva Novotny

The story of the 1980s tennis rivalry between the placid Björn Borg and the volatile John McEnroe.

Image result for Beirut movie Beirut (R)
Opens on Friday, April 13
Starring: Rosamund Pike, Jon Hamm, Mark Pellegrino, Dean Norris

Caught in the crossfires of civil war, CIA operatives must send a former U.S. diplomat to negotiate for the life of a friend he left behind.

Image result for The Rider movie The Rider (R)
Opens on Friday, April 13
Starring: Brady Jandreau, Tim Jandreau, Lilly Jandreau, Cat Clifford

After suffering a near fatal head injury, a young cowboy undertakes a search for new identity and what it means to be a man in the heartland of America.

Image result for Rampage movie Rampage (PG-13)
Opens on Friday, April 13
Starring: Dwayne Johnson, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Malin Akerman

Primatologist Davis Okoye shares an unshakable bond with George, the extraordinarily intelligent gorilla who has been in his care since birth. But a rogue genetic experiment gone awry transforms this gentle ape into a raging monster. As these newly created monsters tear across North America, destroying everything in their path, Okoye teams with a discredited genetic engineer to secure an antidote, fighting his way through an ever-changing battlefield, not only to halt a global catastrophe but to save the fearsome creature that was once his friend.

Image result for Overboard movie 2018 Overboard (PG-13)
Opens on Friday, April 13
Starring: Anna Faris, Eva Longoria, Emily Maddison, Swoosie Kurtz

A spoiled, wealthy yacht owner is thrown overboard and becomes the target of revenge from his mistreated employee. A remake of the 1987 comedy.

Image result for Truth or Dare movie 2018 Truth or Dare (PG-13)
Opens on Friday, April 13
Starring:  Lucy Hale, Tyler Posey, Violett Beane, Nolan Gerard Funk

A harmless game of Truth or Dare among friends turns deadly when someone — or something — begins to punish those who tell a lie or refuse the dare.

Image result for An Ordinary Man movie 2018 An Ordinary Man (R)
Opens on Friday, April 13
Starring: Ben Kingsley, Hera Hilmar, Peter Serafinowicz

A war criminal in hiding forms a relationship with his only connection to the outside world – his maid.

Image result for Sgt. Stubby: An American Hero movie 2018 Sgt. Stubby: An American Hero (PG)
Opens on Friday, April 13
Starring: Helena Bonham Carter, Logan Lerman, Gérard Depardieu

A stray dog – Sgt. Stubby – gets adopted by a soldier while training for World War I. For his valorous actions, Sgt. Stubby is still recognized as the most decorated dog in American history.

Image result for Wildling movie 2018 Wildling (R)
Opens on Friday, April 13
Starring: Brad Dourif, Liv Tyler, Bel Powley

A blossoming teenager uncovers the dark secret behind her traumatic childhood.

Image result for Zama movie 2018 Zama (UR)
Opens on Friday, April 13
Starring: Daniel Giménez Cacho, Lola Dueñas, Matheus Nachtergaele, Juan Minujín

Based on the novel by Antonio Di Benedetto written in 1956, on Don Diego de Zama, a Spanish officer of the seventeenth century settled in Asunción, who awaits his transfer to Buenos Aires.

Image result for 20 Weeks movie 2018 20 Weeks (NR)
Opens on Friday, April 13
Starring: Richard Riehle, Michelle Krusiec, Jocelin Donahue, Amir Arison

A couple must decide on how to move forward when their baby is diagnosed with a serious health condition at the 20 week scan.

Image result for Marrowbone movie 2018 Marrowbone (R)
Opens on Friday, April 13
Starring: George MacKay, Anya Taylor-Joy, Charlie Heaton, Mia Goth

A young man and his three younger siblings, who have kept secret the death of their beloved mother in order to remain together, are plagued by a sinister presence in the sprawling manor in which they live.

Synopsis by IMDB.

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