New This Week on DVD, November 20, 2018

 Crazy Rich Asians (PG-13)

This contemporary romantic comedy, based on a global bestseller, follows native New Yorker Rachel Chu to Singapore to meet her boyfriend’s family. Starring  Constance Wu, Henry Golding, Michelle Yeoh

 Blindspotting (R)

While on probation, a man begins to re-evaluate his relationship with his volatile best friend. Starring Daveed Diggs, Rafael Casal, Janina Gavankar

 Dog Days (PG)

A group of interconnected people in Los Angeles are brought together by their lovely canine counterparts.  Starring Nina Dobrev, Vanessa Hudgens, Tone Bell

 Kin (PG-13)

Chased by a vengeful criminal, the feds and a gang of otherworldly soldiers, a recently released ex-con, and his adopted teenage brother are forced to go on the run with a weapon of mysterious origin as their only protection. Starring Myles Truitt, Jack Reynor, Dennis Quaid

 Fireworks (NR)

This film tells the story of a schoolgirl who finds a pretty transparent ball by the sea, on the day of a fireworks display of a religious festival in a seaside town in Japan. She plans to run away from home to escape from her unhappy home, as her mother is about to remarry for the third time. However, her escape fails until her male classmate finds out the supernatural power that the transparent ball has. Starring Suzu Hirose, Masaki Suda, Mamoru Miyano

 We the Animals (R)

Manny, Joel, and Jonah tear their way through childhood and push against the volatile love of their parents. As Manny and Joel grow into versions of their father and Ma dreams of escape, Jonah embraces an imagined world all on his own. Starring  Sheila Vand, Raúl Castillo, Evan Rosado

 Skate Kitchen (R)

A teenaged skateboarder makes friends with a bunch of other skateboarding girls in New York City. Starring  Kabrina Adams, Emmanuel Barco, Tom Bruno

 A Christmas Story Live! (TV-PG)

A live broadcast of the Broadway hit “A Christmas Story: The Musical” in which Ralphie wishes for nothing more than a Red Ryder BB Gun for Christmas. Starring Maya Rudolph, Chris Diamantopoulos, Ana Gasteyer

 Little Italy (R)

A young couple must navigate a blossoming romance, amidst a war between their families’ competing pizza restaurants. Starring  Hayden Christensen, Emma Roberts, Alyssa Milano

 Longmire: The Complete Sixth & Final Season (NR)

Walt Longmire is the charismatic, dedicated and unflappable sheriff of Absaroka County. Widowed only a year, Longmire is a man in psychic repair that buries his pain behind a brave face and dry wit. Struggling since his wife’s death and at the urging of his daughter, Cady, Longmire knows that the time has come to turn his life around. With the help of Vic, a female deputy new to the department, he becomes reinvigorated about his job and committed to running for re-election. When Branch, an ambitious, young deputy decides to run against him for sheriff, Longmire feels betrayed but remains steadfast in his dedication to the community. Longmire often turns to close friend and confidant Henry Standing Bear for support as he sets out to rebuild both his personal and professional life, one step at a time. Starring Robert Taylor, Katee Sackhoff, Lou Diamond Phillips

Synopsis by IMDB.

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Noah (2014) Rated PG-13

Noah is chosen by God to undertake a momentous mission before the flood. Starring Russell Crowe, Jennifer Connelly, and Ray Winstone.

This, again, is another film that has to be on my “worst films ever list.” The film does not tell the Noah story accurately. The filmmakers have taken the story and made it what they believe it should be – not what it actually was. When filmmakers take biblical stories and construe them to what they want, I, as a Christian, take it as a disrespect to God. In that sense, it dishonor’s God, and it’s not right. That’s why there are so many Christians in the uproar over this film. And I dislike being told that I shouldn’t be offended because they take a bible story and make it their own. That’s like saying you can take the Quran and make it into the Bible. I don’t think that would sit very well with the Muslims. It’s a book that should be honored, and I do understand that we shouldn’t be surprised that a non-believer doesn’t understand the bible. I cannot claim that this film is a Biblical film or a Christian film. This film is not worth a watch.

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A Happening of Monumental Proportions (2017) Rated R

It’s career day at an elementary school, and a group of students finds themselves caught in a plot of sex, lies and a dead body. Starring Keanu Reeves, Jennifer Garner, and Storm Reid.

This is one of the worst films I have seen. The story revolves around one day of school where students and parents converge. The film is a mess; the plot is absurd. It’s supposed to be a comedy, but there’s nothing funny about it. The film goes downhill immediately as soon as the dead body appears and the adults move it. The film has a mix of sex, lies, a dead body, adultery, and a lottery ticket. Not to mention the children seem to be more like adults than the actual adults. It just has a group of stupid parents. The film’s plot is mostly “let’s see how many off-the-wall things can we add while still coming off as a film.” This is not worth a watch.

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Blue Jasmine (2013) Rated PG-13

A New York socialite arrives to visit her sister in San Francisco. Starring Cate Blanchett, Joy Carlin, and Richard Conti.

Jasmine is a woman who is used to the wealth that her husband has provided for her throughout their married life. When her husband is imprisoned for tax fraud, her life changes. She goes from having everything to having nothing. Blanchett does a wonderful job portraying a woman who struggles with the reality of the situation. Blanchett’s performance makes us feel for her character, but you don’t feel bad for her. The film portrays the difference between the haves and the have-nots as Jasmine tries to come to terms with her new life. This film is worth a watch.

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Happy Together (CBS) Rated TV-PG

Claire and Jake’s married life is routine until megastar Cooper shows up at their door. Starring Damon Wayans Jr., Amber Stevens West, and Stephnie Weir.

This is a cute, funny show about a married couple whose life is spiced up when the husband’s client comes for a visit. The show has some funny scenes, although, I thought it was quite unrealistic that an accountant in the suburbs would have a famous clientele drop by because the fame has become too much. That’s a stretch, but it does give us hilarious situations. The show isn’t the best, but it isn’t the worst, and it’s worth checking out.

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New This Week in Theaters, November 15, 2018

Image result for Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald (PG-13)
Opens on Friday, November 16
Starring: Eddie Redmayne, Katherine Waterston, Dan Fogler, Alison Sudol

The second installment of the “Fantastic Beasts” series set in J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World featuring the adventures of magizoologist Newt Scamander.

Image result for Instant Family Instant Family (PG-13)
Opens on Friday, November 16
Starring: Mark Wahlberg, Rose Byrne, Isabela Moner, Gustavo Quiroz

A couple find themselves in over their heads when they adopt three children.

Image result for The Long Dumb Road The Long Dumb Road (R)
Opens on Friday, November 16
Starring: Taissa Farmiga, Casey Wilson, Jason Mantzoukas

Two guys serendipitously meet at a time when they both find themselves at personal crossroads and decide to embark on an unplanned road trip across the American Southwest.

Image result for At Eternity's Gate At Eternity’s Gate (PG-13)
Opens on Friday, November 16
Starring: Willem Dafoe, Rupert Friend, Oscar Isaac, Mads Mikkelsen

A look at the life of painter Vincent van Gogh during the time he lived in Arles and Auvers-sur-Oise, France.

Image result for Widows Widows (R)
Opens on Friday, November 16
Starring: Viola Davis, Michelle Rodriguez, Elizabeth Debicki

Set in contemporary Chicago, amidst a time of turmoil, four women with nothing in common except a debt left behind by their dead husbands’ criminal activities, take fate into their own hands, and conspire to forge a future on their own terms.

Image result for The Ballad of Buster Scruggs The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (R)
Opens on Friday, November 16
Starring: Liam Neeson, James Franco, David Krumholtz

An anthology film comprised of six stories, each dealing with a different aspect of life in the Old West.

Image result for A Private War A Private War (R)
Opens on Friday, November 16
Starring: Rosamund Pike, Jamie Dornan, Stanley Tucci

One of the most celebrated war correspondents of our time, Marie Colvin is an utterly fearless and rebellious spirit, driven to the frontline of conflicts across the globe to give voice to the voiceless.

Image result for The Last Race The Last Race (NR)
Opens on Friday, November 16
Starring: Marty Berger, Mike Cappiello, Barbara Cromarty, Jim Cromarty

THE LAST RACE is the portrait of a small-town stock car racetrack and the tribe of blue-collar drivers that call it home, struggling to hold onto an American racing tradition as the world around them is transformed by globalization and commercialization.

Image result for The World Before Your Feet The World Before Your Feet (NR)
Opens on Friday, November 16
Starring: Matt Green

For over six years, and for reasons he can’t explain, Matt Green, 37, has been walking every block of every street in New York City – a journey of more than 8,000 miles. THE WORLD BEFORE YOUR FEET tells the story of one man’s unusual personal quest and the unexpected journey of discovery, humanity, and wonder that ensues.

Synopsis by IMDB.

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Fruitvale Station (2013) Rated R

Based on the true story of Oscar Grant III’s last day before he was fatality shot at the Fruitvale Station in 2008. Starring Michael B. Jordan, Melonie Diaz, and Octavia Spencer.

I have mixed feelings about this film. At times, I thought the filmmakers were trying to have the audience sympathize with the character – especially with the dog scene. There is no story here; we just watch Grant going about his day. This is a tragic story, and the death is an accident. The film is biased as it paints Grant in a good light. It does not include some of his convictions, like illegal possession of a handgun. In this situation, there were mistakes on both sides. The movie is well done but seems one-sided and treats the character as someone who has does no wrong. This film is not worth a watch.


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Heathers (Paramount) Rated TV-MA

TV version of the movie Heatherswhere an outcast student plots to kill the popular kids. Starring Grace Victoria Cox, Melanie Field, and James Scully.

This series is overblown with absurd situations and clichés. The characters are just over the top with everything. Then you have the characters thinking that death is funny or making the situations that kids face every day out to be hilarious. The show tries not to take itself too seriously. If you are can take the situations as a joke, this show can be enjoyable to watch. I thought it was a good updated version of the film. Although, the situations are too exaggerated for me to want to watch every week. This show is not worth a watch.

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This is Martin Bonner (2013) Rated R

Martin Bonner has moved to Nevada from the East Coast, leaving behind his children and the life he built for two decades. Starring Paul Eenhoorn, Demetrius Grosse, and Tom Plunkett.

This is one of those films that gives you a glimpse into another person’s life. We don’t get any background on any of the characters; we’re just dropped into the story with no explanation of what we’re watching. The film gives us a sense of the loneliness that the two main two characters feel as they adjust to their new lives. The film runs slow and gives us little to go on. Even the story and conversations between the characters seem stilted and disjointed. It’s a film that has great cinematography but doesn’t have the story to go with it. It’s not worth a watch.

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New This Week on DVD, November 13, 2018

 The Meg (PG-13)

After escaping an attack by what he claims was a 70-foot shark, Jonas Taylor must confront his fears to save those trapped in a sunken submersible. Starring Jason Statham, Bingbing Li, Rainn Wilson

 Mile 22 (R)

An elite American intelligence officer, aided by a top-secret tactical command unit, tries to smuggle a mysterious police officer with sensitive information out of the country. Starring Mark Wahlberg, Lauren Cohan, Iko Uwais

 Alpha (PG-13)

Keda is a young man separated from his tribe in a hunt gone awry. While out in the wild, he encounters a wolf which has been abandoned by its pack and the two form a bond. Now, with winter on the way, the unlikely friends must embark on an odyssey across the harsh, unforgiving landscape to make it home. Starring Kodi Smit-McPhee, Jóhannes Haukur Jóhannesson, Marcin Kowalczyk

 Puzzle (R)

Agnes, taken for granted as a suburban mother, discovers a passion for solving jigsaw puzzles which unexpectedly draws her into a new world – where her life unfolds in ways she could never have imagined. Starring Kelly Macdonald, David Denman, Daniel Stewart Sherman

 Long Strange Trip (R)

A look at the 30-year career of The Grateful Dead. Starring John Perry Barlow, Tom Constanten, Sam Cutler

 Detective Dee: The Four Heavenly Kings (NR)

Detective Dee is forced to defend himself against the accusations of Empress Wu while investigating a crime spree. Starring Shaofeng Feng, Carina Lau, Mark Chao

 The Children Act (R)

As her marriage crumbles, a judge must decide a case involving a teenage boy who is refusing a blood transfusion on religious principle. Starring Emma Thompson, Stanley Tucci, Ben Chaplin

 Juliet, Naked (R)

Juliet, Naked is the story of Annie (the long-suffering girlfriend of Duncan) and her unlikely transatlantic romance with once revered, now faded, singer-songwriter, Tucker Crowe, who also happens to be the subject of Duncan’s musical obsession. Starring Chris O’Dowd, Rose Byrne, Kitty O’Beirne

 Ancient Invisible Cities (NR)

Professor Michael Scott explores the hidden secrets of three of the most fascinating cities of the ancient world: Cairo, Athens and Istanbul. 3D scans allow us to view the architectural jewels of these cities as they’ve never been seen before. Starring Darius Arya

 Preacher: Season Three (TV-MA)

After a supernatural event at his church, a preacher enlists the help of a vampire and his ex to find God. Starring Dominic Cooper, Joseph Gilgun, Ruth Negga

 Star Trek Discovery: Season One (TV-14)

Ten years before Kirk, Spock and the Enterprise, the USS Discovery discovers new worlds and lifeforms as one Starfleet officer learns to understand all things alien. Starring Sonequa Martin-Green, Doug Jones, Shazad Latif

 The Crown: The Complete Second Season (TV-MA)

Follows the political rivalries and romance of Queen Elizabeth II’s reign and the events that shaped the second half of the 20th century. Starring Claire Foy, Matt Smith, Victoria Hamilton

  Elementary: The Sixth Season (TV-14)

A modern take on the cases of Sherlock Holmes, with the detective now living in New York City. Starring Jonny Lee Miller, Lucy Liu, Aidan Quinn

 Snowmance (UR)

Sarah has always been a true romantic, hence her favorite Christmas tradition, building her annual “Snow Beau” snowman with her best friend Nick. After another breakup right before the holidays, Sarah begins to wonder if she’ll ever find true love of her own. When a little Christmas magic brings her Snow Beau to life as the romantically perfect Cole, Sarah must decide whether to pursue the romance she’s always dreamed of or the true love that has been right in front of her all along. Starring Ashley Newbrough, Jesse Hutch, Adam Hurtig

 Narcos: The Complete Third Season (TV-MA)

A chronicled look at the criminal exploits of Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar, as well as the many other drug kingpins who plagued the country through the years. Starring  Pedro Pascal, Wagner Moura, Boyd Holbrook

 This is Christmas (NR)

Christmas is approaching, and best friends Harry, Jordan, Ben, and Dennis are at their annual get together before the holidays. As they share stories of their past year, it is clear they all still have a lot of growing to do. Jimmy struggles with an unhappy marriage and an ill-timed affair with his daughter’s 17 year old babysitter. Meanwhile, his best friend Jordan splits from his partner, Steve, only to discover he may not be the biological father of their daughter. Harry struggles with an estranged relationship with his father and his ex-wife. But everything turns into total chaos when Ben loses custody of his son and decides kidnapping is the only way to save his family. Now these friends must come together and do the right thing, proving family and friendship is what is most important. Starring  A. Russell Andrews, Lynsey Bartilson, Scarlett Chorvat

 Mrs. Claus (NR)

A group of college students attending a Christmas party at a sorority house that has a sinister past are stalked by a bloodthirsty killer disguised as Mrs. Claus. Starring Helene Udy, Brinke Stevens, Kaylee Williams

 Hidden: Series 1 (NR)

Police investigate when the body of a girl is found in a lake. Starring Rhodri Meilir, Gwyneth Keyworth, Sian Reese-Williams

 My Christmas Love (TV-G)

A woman receives presents from an anonymous suitor who’s inspired by the “12 Days of Christmas”. Starring Meredith Hagner, Bobby Campo, Megan Park

Synopsis by IMDB.

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