New This Week on DVD, November 24, 2020

 After We Collided (R)

Based on the 2014 romance novel of the same name, this follows the love life of two young adults. Starring Josephine Langford, Hero Fiennes Tiffin, Dylan Sprouse 

 Train to Busan Presents: Peninsula (NR)

A zombie virus has in the last 4 years spread to all South Korea. 4 Koreans in HK sail thru the blockade to Incheon for USD20,000,000 on a truck. Starring Dong-Won Gang, Jung-hyun Lee, Re Lee 

 Foster Boy (NR)

Michael is a high-powered lawyer and Jamal is an angry young man who has been imprisoned after years of abuse in the foster care system. Together they have to overcome their differences to find justice and expose the foster care system. Starring Matthew Modine, Shane Paul McGhie, Lex Scott Davis 

 Small Group (PG-13)

Documentary filmmaker R. Scott Cooper, on a mission to expose the dark side of Christian culture, infiltrates a small group. Starring Sterling Hurst, Emily Dunlop, Matt Chastain

 The Irishman (R)

An old man recalls his time painting houses for his friend, Jimmy Hoffa, through the 1950-70s. Starring Robert De Niro, Al Pacino, Joe Pesci 

 Hacking Your Mind (TV-PG)

Jacob Ward travels the globe to investigate decision science. Starring Jacob Ward

 The Cancer Documentary (TV-G)

The Cancer Documentary addresses the worldwide cancer epidemic head-on, exploring an aspect of cancer that is often overlooked, its connection with diet and lifestyle. Starring Warren Brown, Veronique Desaulniers, Micheal Gregor 

 Babylon Berlin: Season 3 (TV-MA)

Colognian commissioner Gereon Rath moves to Berlin, the epicenter of political and social changes in the Golden Twenties. Starring Volker Bruch, Liv Lisa Fries, Leonie Benesch 

 Blinded: Season 1 (NR)

Economics reporter Bea has promised herself not to mix jobs and private life, but fails to defend herself when she falls in love with the charming bank director Peder. Suddenly she gets a tip that his bank is hiding big problems. Starring Julia Ragnarsson, Matias Varela, Claes Månsson 

 Fishtales: Season One (NR)

Fifi and Lily are back for more fun and another amazing underwater adventure in Fishtale Reef. Take a dive into the ocean deep with Fifi the adorable pink fish, Lily the whale, Trigger the sea horse, Petal the sea turtle and their favorite teacher Professor Shark, as they travel the sea meeting and helping new and incredible characters along the way in Fishtales Season 1! Starring Kj Schrock, Sarah Taylor,  Tina Shuster

 Better Call Saul: Season Five (TV-MA)

The trials and tribulations of criminal lawyer Jimmy McGill in the time before he established his strip-mall law office in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Starring Bob Odenkirk, Jonathan Banks, Rhea Seehorn 

 Dragon Christmas (NR)

Boil the Wee Dragon hatched at the North Pole and was raised by Santa himself. Fast forward to the present day and Boil can’t seem to fit in with the other dragons of the Wee Kingdom. Consumed by his desire to be in the same town as Santa Claus, Boil unwittingly becomes the target of the fearsome dragon Scorch, who wants nothing more than to destroy the magic of Christmas for everyone. Can the Wee Kingdom fend off the mighty dragon’s attack and save the holidays? Find out in A Dragon’s Christmas. Starring BC Fourteen, Christopher Maitland

 Ava (R)

Ava is a deadly assassin who works for a black ops organization, traveling the globe specializing in high profile hits. When a job goes dangerously wrong she is forced to fight for her own survival. Starring Jessica Chastain, John Malkovich, Common 

 Iron Mask (PG-13)

English traveller Jonathan Green receives from Peter the Great an order to map the Russian Far East. Once again he sets out for a long journey full of incredible adventures that will eventually lead him to China. The cartographer will unexpectedly face a lot of breathtaking discoveries, encounter bizarre creatures, meet with Chinese Princesses, and confront deadly martial arts masters, and even the King of all dragons, the Dragon King. What could be more dangerous than meeting eye-to-eye with Viy, except doing it again? What would be stronger this time, a staunch skepticism of the scientist or the old black magic that has seized power of Eastern lands? Starring Jackie Chan, Jason Flemyng, Arnold Schwarzenegger

 Bad Decisions: The Joe Biden Story (NR)

BAD DECISIONS: THE JOE BIDEN STORY explores Bidens lifetime in politics and troubling record concerning issues of race, crime, abortion and more. Discover why certain Obama officials called him wrong on nearly every major foreign policy and national security issue. And observe one of the most drastic transformations in politics as Biden abandons past beliefs to gain favor within his party. His policy positions, once considered mainstream, became radicalized by socialists and radicals. Starring Joe Biden

Synopsis by IMDB. 


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Jeremy Strong

 Zero Dark Thirty (2012) Rated R

A chronicle of the decade-long hunt for al-Qaeda terrorist leader Osama bin Laden after the September 2001 attacks, and his death at the hands of the Navy S.E.A.L.s Team 6 in May 2011.

 Lincoln (2012) Rated PG-13

As the American Civil War continues to rage, America’s president struggles with continuing carnage on the battlefield as he fights with many inside his own cabinet on the decision to emancipate the slaves.

 Amistad (1997) Rated R

In 1839, the revolt of Mende captives aboard a Spanish owned ship causes a major controversy in the United States when the ship is captured off the coast of Long Island. The courts must decide whether the Mende are slaves or legally free.

 Selma (2014) Rated PG-13

A chronicle of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s campaign to secure equal voting rights via an epic march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama, in 1965.

 Molly’s Game (2017) Rated R

The true story of Molly Bloom, an Olympic-class skier who ran the world’s most exclusive high-stakes poker game and became an FBI target.

 The Judge (2014) Rated R

Big-city lawyer Hank Palmer returns to his childhood home where his father, the town’s judge, is suspected of murder. Hank sets out to discover the truth and, along the way, reconnects with his estranged family.

 Robot & Frank (2012) Rated PG-13

In the near future, an ex-jewel thief receives a gift from his son: a robot butler programmed to look after him. But soon the two companions try their luck as a heist team.

 The Happening (2008) Rated R

A science teacher, his wife, and a young girl struggle to survive a plague that causes those infected to commit suicide.

Synopsis by IMDB. 

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Oliver Jackson-Cohen

 Lark Rise to Candleford (2008) Rated TV-PG

An adaptation of Flora Thompson’s autobiographical novel “Lark Rise To Candleford”, set in 19 century Oxfordshire, in which a young girl moves to the local market town to begin an apprenticeship as a postmistress.

 Man in an Orange Shirt (2017) Rated TV-14

Tales of love across two films highlighting the very different challenges that face the couples, With Michael and Thomas just after WWII, and Adam and Steve in the present day.

 Mr Selfridge (2013) Rated TV-14

Centers on the real-life story of the flamboyant and visionary American founder of Selfridge’s, London’s department store.

 Dracula (2013) Rated TV-14

Dracula travels to London, with dark plans for revenge against those who ruined his life centuries earlier. However, his plan is complicated when he falls in love with a woman who seems to be a reincarnation of his dead wife.

 The Raven (2012) Rated R

When a madman begins committing horrific murders inspired by Edgar Allan Poe’s works, a young Baltimore detective joins forces with Poe to stop him from making his stories a reality.

 What’s Your Number? (2011) Rated R

A woman looks back at the past nineteen men she’s had relationships with in her life and wonders if one of them might be her one true love.

Synopsis by IMDB. 

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New This Week in Theaters, November 19, 2020

Jiu Jitsu (2020) - IMDb Jiu Jitsu (R)
Opens on Friday, November 20
Starring: Nicolas Cage, Marie Avgeropoulos, Frank Grillo, Tony Jaa

A new Sci-Fi Martial Arts franchise from Dimitri Logothetis, Director/Producer of Kickboxer: Retaliation.

The Last Vermeer - Wikipedia The Last Vermeer (R)
Opens on Friday, November 20
Starring: Daan Aufenacker, Claes Bang, Matt Beauman-Jones, Mark Behan

An artist is suspected of selling a valuable painting to the Nazis, but there is more to the story than meets the eye.

Vanguard (2020) - IMDb Vanguard (NR)
Opens on Friday, November 20
Starring: Jackie Chan, Yang Yang, Miya Muqi, Lun Ai

Covert security company Vanguard is the last hope of survival for an accountant after he is targeted by the world’s deadliest mercenary organization.

The Furies (2019) - IMDb The Furies (NR)
Opens on Friday, November 20
Starring: Airlie Dodds, Linda Ngo, Taylor Ferguson, Ebony Vagulans

A woman is kidnapped and finds herself an unwilling participant in a deadly game where women are hunted by masked men.

Synopsis by IMDB. 

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Sacha Baron Cohen

 Les Misérables (2012) Rated PG-13

In 19th-century France, Jean Valjean, who for decades has been hunted by the ruthless policeman Javert after breaking parole, agrees to care for a factory worker’s daughter. The decision changes their lives forever.

 Hugo (2011) Rated PG

In 1931 Paris, an orphan living in the walls of a train station gets wrapped up in a mystery involving his late father and an automaton.

 Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (2007) Rated R

The infamous story of Benjamin Barker, aka Sweeney Todd, who sets up a barber shop in London which is the basis for a sinister partnership with his fellow tenant, Mrs. Lovett.

 Who Is America? (2018) Rated TV-MA

Sacha Baron Cohen offers his take on America’s patriotism.

 Madagascar (2005) Rated PG

A group of animals who have spent all their life in a New York zoo end up in the jungles of Madagascar, and must adjust to living in the wild.

 Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa (2008) Rated PG

The Madagascar animals fly back to New York City, but crash-land on an African nature reserve, where they meet others of their own kind, and Alex especially discovers his royal heritage as prince of a lion pride.

Synopsis by IMDB. 


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Billions (Showtime) Rated TV-MA

 The U.S. Attorney goes after a hedge fund king, in a battle between two powerful people. Starring Paul Giamatti, Damian Lewis, Maggie Siff

This show brings out the real life struggle most prestigious and demanding professions. The show dramatizes the two sides of  what makes the world go around. On one side the financial institutions and the other the justice system. The problem with this show is you have know idea what is going on. There are a lot of plotlines to follow and the characters were too over the top for me to care about them. I wish I was more intrigued with this show but I wasn’t. This show is not worth a watch.

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Building Star Trek (2016) Rated TV-PG

 This documentary follows props and other items from the original Star Trek series as they are tracked down and restored for displays at various locations around the U.S.. Starring Jim Conrad, Gerald Gurian, Nichelle Nichols 

This film isn’t the best documentary that focuses on memorabilia from a classic TV show. The film doesn’t focus on anyone thing and we don’t follow the whole results on certain items. The documentary expands on the usage of Star Trek terms and technology that we use to day but don’t even think about. It also explores the technology still to come. It’s an interesting film and it is amazing to see the props that haven’t seen the light of day for years. This film is interesting enough to making it worth the watch. 

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New This Week on DVD, November 17, 2020

 The New Mutants (PG-13)

Five young mutants, just discovering their abilities while held in a secret facility against their will, fight to escape their past sins and save themselves. Starring Maisie Williams, Anya Taylor-Joy, Charlie Heaton 

 Unhinged (R)

After a confrontation with an unstable man at an intersection, a woman becomes the target of his rage. Starring Russell Crowe, Caren Pistorius, Gabriel Bateman 

 The Broken Hearts Gallery (PG-13)

After a break-up, a young woman decides to start a gallery where people can leave trinkets from past relationships. Starring Geraldine Viswanathan, Dacre Montgomery, Utkarsh Ambudkar 

 Words on Bathroom Walls (PG-13)

Diagnosed with a mental illness halfway through his senior year of high school, a witty, introspective teen struggles to keep it a secret while falling in love with a brilliant classmate who inspires him to not be defined by his condition. Starring Walton Goggins, AnnaSophia Robb, Andy Garcia 

 Westworld: The Complete Third Season (TV-MA)

Set at the intersection of the near future and the reimagined past, explore a world in which every human appetite can be indulged without consequence. Starring Thandie Newton, Jeffrey Wright, Ed Harris 

 Lucy Worsley’s Royal Palace Secrets (G)

Lucy Worsley explores three extraordinary royal palaces: the Tower of London, Hampton Court and Kensington Palace. During lockdown they’re closed to visitors, but Lucy has the keys. From William the Conqueror to Princess Diana, they tell the story of almost a thousand years of British monarchy. Starring Lucy Worsley

 Relic (R)

A daughter, mother and grandmother are haunted by a manifestation of dementia that consumes their family’s home. Starring Emily Mortimer, Robyn Nevin, Bella Heathcote 

 Farmer & Belle: Saving Santaland (NR)

Sparks fly between a famous model and a farmer with a young daughter when she visits her childhood home. The town is in danger of losing their beloved Santaland festival, but miracles can happen with a little love, family, and faith. Starring Corbin Bernsen, John Schneider, Jenn Gotzon 

 Christmas Recipe For Romance (NR)

The owner of a historic inn decides to enter a prestigious cooking contest to win funds for renovations and get free publicity, but she is a horrible cook. She recruits a renowned chef to help but the kitchen isn’t the only thing heating up. Starring Madeline Leon, Sebastian Sacco, Peggy Calvert

 Blindspot: The Complete Fifth Season (TV-14)

Jane Doe is found in Times Square with no memory and mysterious tattoos on her body. Starring Sullivan Stapleton, Jaimie Alexander, Audrey Esparza 

 Homecoming For The Holidays (NR)

Country singer Charlotte is home for the holidays and brother Ryan’s fellow ex-soldier Matt  is in town. Writing her new album, Charlotte works with Matt to build a house for a friend in town. Starring Laura Osnes, Stephen Huszar, P. Lynn Johnson 

 Blue Ridge Mountain Christmas (TV-G)

Hotel manager Willow returns to her stunning Virginia hometown to help her sister plan a Christmas wedding at the inn her family once owned. She must work with current owner and single dad David, who wants to let go of the past. Starring Rachael Leigh Cook, Benjamin Ayres, Christie Burke 

 National Geographic: When Sharks Attack Season 6 (NR)

Terror-filled deep sea saga using underwater photography, gripping news archives & paralyzing testimony to investigate three mysterious and deadly recent shark attacks. Starring Eric Meyers, David A. Ebert, Dan Huber 

 National Geographic: Wicked Tuna Outer Banks Season 7 (TV-NR)

New England anglers steam South to the Outer Banks of North Carolina for the winter bluefin tuna season. They will face new challenges, including harsh weather and a new set of competing fishermen with their own Southern charms and tactics. They must compete with each other, large conglomerates and the fish themselves to make ends meet. Starring Dave Carraro, TJ Ott, Tyler McLaughlin, Zack Shackleton, Bobby Earl, Nick Gowitzka, Greg Mayer

Synopsis by IMDB. 

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Big Miracle (2012) Rated PG

A reporter and his girlfriend try to save a trio of whales stuck in the ice of Alaska. Starring John Pingayak, Ahmaogak Sweeney, John Chase, John Krasinski, Drew Barrymore, and Ted Danson.

I remember following the TV reports about these whales. The story on the whole is boring, and I am not one to love seeing animals on film in trouble, even when it’s fake. It’s also very political. It would have been so much better if they left the politics out of it and just told the story of how they would save these whales. Although, by the end, I wondered if it was worth it. The film lacks the heart it should have had; it should have made us want to save the animals. On top of it, the characters were all annoying, I just wanted them to save the whales and move on. To me, it was a pointless film and not worth a watch.

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Cheers (NBC) Rated TV-PG

The regulars at a Boston bar share their lives with one another. Starring Ted Danson, Rhea Perlman, and John Ratzenberger.

This is one of those classic shows that is just like apple pie – you know what it is, and it reminds you of home. It’s a show that was brilliantly written, with characters that you can relate to. Then you have the actors, who were brilliant at bringing those characters to life. The show is just a slice of life and the people around you. It truly is a place where everyone knows your name. This show is a classic and one that is worth a watch. 


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