Bringing Joshua Home (2013) Rated NR

 In December 2012, Vladimir Putin signed a bill banning all American adoptions of Russian children. This is the story of one family adopting a Russian child prior to the bill in Russia. Starring Arthur Rasco, Hanna Rasco

This is one of the documentaries that do an excellent job at showing the process of international adoption. There are ups and downs with each adoption. It’s interesting to watch the process of adoption but also how to integrate the new member of the family into the family. Every adoption there is a different story, each one is different because there are different circumstances but also because each person is different. This story is just a taste of the process but it is a great short. It’s worth a watch.


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Wonder (2017) Rated PG

  1.  A boy with a genetic deformity starts attending junior high where he tries to make friends. Based on the book by R.J. Palacio. Starring Jacob Tremblay, Owen Wilson, Izabela Vidovic

This film will bring you to tears. Junior high is tough for everyone, but imagine what it is like for someone with a genetic deformity. We need to teach people to be kind, and that being different is good. It’s also a story about looking past the book cover to discover what is inside everyone. There is so much more than what we see on the surface.  I wasn’t ready for the emotions that this film evoked as each person told their story of what makes them who they are. This film is worth a watch and one of the best this year.

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 A Beautiful Mind (2001) Rated PG-13

After John Nash, a brilliant but asocial mathematician, accepts secret work in cryptography, his life takes a turn for the nightmarish.

  Apollo 13 (1995) Rated PG

NASA must devise a strategy to return Apollo 13 to Earth safely after the spacecraft undergoes massive internal damage putting the lives of the three astronauts on board in jeopardy.

 The Help (2011) Rated PG-13

An aspiring author during the civil rights movement of the 1960s decides to write a book detailing the African American maids’ point of view on the white families for which they work, and the hardships they go through on a daily basis.

  50/50 (2011) Rated R

Inspired by a true story, a comedy centered on a 27-year-old guy who learns of his cancer diagnosis, and his subsequent struggle to beat the disease.

 Parenthood (1989) Rated PG-13

The Buckmans are a midwestern family all dealing with their lives: estranged relatives, raising children, pressures of the job, and learning to be a good parent and spouse.

 Hereafter (2010) Rated PG-13

A drama centered on three people — a blue-collar American, a French journalist and a London school boy — who are touched by death in different ways.

 Spider-Man 3 (2007) Rated PG-13

A strange black entity from another world bonds with Peter Parker and causes inner turmoil as he contends with new villains, temptations, and revenge.

Synopsis by IMDB.

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Olympus Has Fallen (2013) Rated R

A disgraced secret service agent finds himself inside the White House during a terrorist attack. Starring Gerard Butler, Aaron Eckhart, Finley Jacobsen.

This is an entertaining thriller. It’s written well and has great pacing and action to keep you on the edge of your seat. Butler holds his own as an action star, and the supporting cast is equally proficient. What’s interesting about this action film is that it is believable; the writers took the time to interview former Secret Service agents about the logistics of breaking into the White House, making the events within the film seem plausible. An all-around solid film, this one is worth a watch.

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New This Week in Theaters, March 14, 2018


Image result for Tomb Raider Tomb Raider (PG-13)
Opens on Friday, March 15
Starring: Alicia Vikander, Dominic West, Walton Goggins, Daniel Wu

Lara Croft, the fiercely independent daughter of a missing adventurer, must push herself beyond her limits when she finds herself on the island where her father disappeared.


Image result for Love, Simon Love, Simon (PG-13)
Opens on Friday, March 15
Starring: Nick Robinson, Josh Duhamel, Jennifer Garner, Katherine Langford

Simon Spier keeps a huge secret from his family, his friends, and all of his classmates: he’s gay. When that secret is leaked, Simon must face everyone and come to terms with his identity.

Image result for I Can Only Imagine I Can Only Imagine (PG)
Opens on Friday, March 15
Starring: J. Michael Finley, Brody Rose, Dennis Quaid, Cloris Leachman

The inspiring and unknown true story behind MercyMe’s beloved, chart topping song that brings ultimate hope to so many is a gripping reminder of the power of true forgiveness.

Image result for 7 Days in Entebbe 7 Days in Entebbe (PG-13)
Opens on Friday, March 15
Starring: Rosamund Pike, Daniel Brühl, Eddie Marsan, Ben Schnetzer

Inspired by the true events of the 1976 hijacking of an Air France flight en route from Tel Aviv to Paris, and the most daring rescue mission ever attempted.


Image result for Flower movie Flower (R)
Opens on Friday, March 15
Starring: Zoey Deutch, Kathryn Hahn, Adam Scott, Dylan Gelula

A sexually curious teen forms an unorthodox kinship with her mentally unstable stepbrother.

Image result for Allure movie Allure (NR)
Opens on Friday, March 15
Starring: Evan Rachel Wood, Julia Sarah Stone, Denis O’Hare, Maxim Roy

A house cleaner meets a teenaged girl and convinces her to run away and live with her in secret.


Image result for Josie movie Josie (NR)
Opens on Friday, March 15
Starring: Sophie Turner, Dylan McDermott, Daeg Faerch, Kurt Fuller

Hank, a solitary man living a dull existence in the sleepy, Southern town raises eyebrows when he develops a questionable relationship with Josie, a recently transplanted high school student.

Image result for Journey's End movie Journey’s End (R)
Opens on Friday, March 15
Starring: Paul Bettany, Sam Claflin, Stephen Graham, Asa Butterfield

Set in a dugout in Aisne in 1918, it is the story of a group of British officers, led by the mentally disintegrating young officer Stanhope, as they await their fate.

Image result for Ramen Heads movie Ramen Heads (NR)
Opens on Friday, March 15
Starring: Shôta Iida, Kumiko Ishida, Katsuya Kobayashi, Yûki Ohnishi

In ‘Ramen Heads,’ Osamu Tomita, Japan’s reigning king of ramen, takes us deep into his world, revealing every single step of his obsessive approach to creating the perfect soup and noodles, and his relentless search for the highest-quality ingredients. In addition to Tomita’s story, the film also profiles five other notable ramen shops, each with its own philosophy and flavor, which exemplify various different aspects the ramen world. Mixing in a brief rundown of ramen’s historical roots, the film gives viewers an in-depth look at the culture surrounding this unique and beguiling dish. This is a documentary record of 15 months in the lives of Japan’s top ramen masters and their legions of devoted fans.

Image result for Maineland movie Maineland (NR)
Opens on Friday, March 15

Stella and Harry are affluent, cosmopolitan teenagers who are part of the enormous wave of “parachute students” from Mainland China enrolling in U.S. private schools. Shot over three years in China and the U.S., MAINELAND tells a multi-layered coming-of-age tale, following this buoyant, fun-loving girl and introspective boy as they settle into a boarding school in blue-collar small-town rural Maine. They come seeking a Western-style education, escape from the dreaded Chinese college entrance exam, and the promise of a Hollywood-style U.S. high school experience. But as their fuzzy visions of the American dream slowly gain more clarity, their relationship to home takes on a surprising new aspect.


Image result for Demon House movie Demon House (NR)
Opens on Friday, March 15
Starring:  Zak Bagans, Jay Wasley, Billy Tolley

Paranormal investigator Zak Bagans documents the most authenticated case of possession in American history.

Synopsis by IMDB.

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Shoot the Messenger (WGN) Rated TV-MA

A young journalist working on her first murder case becomes embroiled in the case. Starring  Elyse Levesque, Lucas Bryant, Lyriq Bent.

This is a gritty crime drama that sucks you right into the story. At the lead is a young female journalist who does a great job holding her own against the men of the show. As she gets more involved in the story she is covering, the suspense grows, and you can’t help but be hooked. It was also great to see Bryant in a different role from Haven. All the actors are fantastic at drawing you into this show, making it worth a watch.



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To the Wonder (2012) Rated R

After a couple falls in love, they come home to real life, where they connect with a pastor and a flame from the past. Starring Ben Affleck, Olga Kurylenko, Rachel McAdams.

This is a Terrence Malick film. He uses cinematography to  convey  his story with little dialogue. While all the scenery is beautifully shot, the story gets shuffled into the back corner. It is supposed to explore the reality of life after falling in love, but it loses its emotional impact and makes religion a  superficial part of their life. During the movie, I wanted to scream at them for making love seem like a fake emotion not worthy of having, replacing it instead with duty. Yes, of course we have duties in life and love, but in the case of the latter, they shouldn’t feel forced. This film is a pass.

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New This Week on DVD, March 13, 2018

 Justice League (PG-13)

Fueled by his restored faith in humanity and inspired by Superman’s selfless act, Bruce Wayne enlists the help of his newfound ally, Diana Prince, to face an even greater enemy. Starring Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, Amy Adams

 Ferdinand (TV-G)

After Ferdinand, a bull with a big heart, is mistaken for a dangerous beast, he is captured and torn from his home. Determined to return to his family, he rallies a misfit team on the ultimate adventure. Starring Jack Gore, Jet Jurgensmeyer, Nile Diaz

 The Shape of Water (R)

At a top secret research facility in the 1960s, a lonely janitor forms a unique relationship with an amphibious creature that is being held in captivity.  Starring Sally Hawkins, Michael Shannon, Richard Jenkins

 I, Tonya (R)

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. Starring Margot Robbie, Sebastian Stan, Allison Janney

 The Disaster Artist (R)

Aspiring actor Greg Sestero befriends the eccentric Tommy Wiseau. The two travel to L.A, and when Hollywood rejects them, Tommy decides to write, direct, produce and star in their own movie. That movie is The Room, which has attained cult status as the “Citizen Kane” of bad movies. Starring Dave Franco, James Franco, Seth Rogen

 Call Me By Your Name (R)

In 1980s Italy, a romance blossoms between a seventeen year-old student and the older man hired as his father’s research assistant. Starring Armie Hammer, Timothée Chalamet, Michael Stuhlbarg

 The Handmaid’s Tale: Season One (TV-MA)

Set in a dystopian future, a woman is forced to live as a concubine under a fundamentalist theocratic dictatorship. Starring Elisabeth Moss, Yvonne Strahovski, Max Minghella

 Major Crimes: The Complete Sixth Season (NR)

The Closer spin-off series, which follows Captain Raydor of the Los Angeles Police Department. Starring Mary McDonnell, G.W. Bailey, Tony Denison

 My Daddy is in Heaven (NR)

Becca Adams has an ideal young family. With all their lives ahead of them, Becca’s husband dies in a tragic accident. Now Becca must reconcile why bad things happen to good people and find the strength to resist her demons & rediscover her faith. Starring Lee Benton, Corbin Bernsen, Jenn Gotzon Chandler

 Signed Sealed Delivered: Truth Be Told (NR)

The POstables are on a mission to deliver a soldier’s letter from Afghanistan to a teenager who’s being relentlessly bullied, while Oliver’s estranged father surprises him with news that shakes him to his core. Starring Eric Mabius, Kristin Booth, Crystal Lowe

 Kendra on Top: Season 6 (TV-14)

Hugh Hefner’s ex-girlfriend deals with marriage, motherhood, celebrity and the paparazzi. Starring  Kendra Wilkinson, Hank Baskett, Hank Baskett IV

 Channel Zero: No-End House – Season Two (TV-14)

An anthology series based on popular Internet Creepypastas, including Candle Cove, The No-End House, Butcher’s Block and Hidden Door. Starring Amy Forsyth, Aisha Dee, Jeff Ward, John Carroll Lynch

 Fear the Walking Dead: The Complete Third Season (TV-MA)

A Walking Dead spin-off, set in Los Angeles, following two families who must band together to survive the undead apocalypse. Starring Kim Dickens, Frank Dillane, Alycia Debnam-Carey

 Into the Badlands: The Complete Second Season (TV-14)

A mighty warrior and a young boy search for enlightenment in a ruthless territory controlled by feudal barons. Starring Daniel Wu, Orla Brady, Aramis Knight

 Knightfall: Season One (TV-14)

A look at the final days of Knights Templar during the 14th century. Starring Tom Cullen, Jim Carter, Pádraic Delaney

 The Good Fight: Season One (NR)

When Diane Lockhart’s life savings are lost, she must start from scratch at a new firm. Starring Christine Baranski, Rose Leslie, Cush Jumbo

Synopsis by IMDB.

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Showtime at the Apollo (FOX) Rated NR

 A reality show where acts compete in front of an audience and the audience chooses who will go on to win. Starring Steve Harvey.

This show is a revival of the 1987 version of Showtime at the Apollo. It is a typical reality show which pits performers against each other. The show takes place at the Apollo Theater in New York, and it is structured like the format used in the 80’s. In this day and age where we reality shows are a dime a dozen, it is hard to find one that really stands out. Although Steve Harvey is a great host, there just isn’t enough originality to distinguish this show from all the others. It is a pass.


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Dads (FOX) Rated TV-14

 Two men have their lives turned upside down when their dads move in with them. Starring Seth Green, Giovanni Ribisi, Brenda Song

This show has   an interesting premise but it lacks in the chemistry between the actors. I think this was the worst show that premiered this season.  The show’s humor doesn’t seem to hit the right notes and then  you add the laugh track that puts the poor joke on center stage. I would’ve thought that the actors would be great for these roles but they seemed stilted and not sure what to do. This show wasn’t worth a watch.

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