The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (1939) Rated G

Huckleberry Finn hates the confines of  civilization, so he and a slave named Jim sail a raft down the Mississippi River. Based on the book by Mark Twain. Starring Mickey Rooney, Walter Connolly, William Frawley, Rex Ingram.

This is one of the most excellent film versions of Huckleberry Finn. Rooney, who was eighteen at the time, is older than the character he portrays. At times, he does appear older than a thirteen year old boy, but he does embody the precociousness of Huck Finn. The film brings the book to life and Ingram (Jim) counters Huck’s personality perfectly. This movie is worth a watch.

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Roy Dotrice (1923-2017)

(1923-2017)

 

 Game of Thrones (2011– ) Rated TV-MA

Nine noble families fight for control over the mythical lands of Westeros, while a forgotten race returns after being dormant for thousands of years.

 Sliders (1995–2000) Rated NR

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

 The Cutting Edge (1992) Rated PG

A temperamental figure skater and a former hockey player try to win Olympic gold as a figure skating pairs team.

 Wings (1990–1997) Rated TV-PG

Brothers Brian and Joe Hackett attempt to run an airline on the New England island of Nantucket while surrounded by their various wacky friends and employees.

 Amadeus (1984) Rated R

The incredible story of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, told by his peer and secret rival Antonio Salieri – now confined to an insane asylum.

Synopsis by IMDB.

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Ghost Wars (SYFY) Rated TV-14

 In a small remote Alaskan town, an outcast must come to terms with his abilities to save the town from paranormal forces. Starring  Avan Jogia, Kim Coates, Vincent D’Onofrio, Meat Loaf, Sarah Giles, Allison James, Kristin Lehman

This show surprised me. It’s not the best show but it is entertaining. The show starts slow and you wonder why everyone in town hates the town outcast but then you slowly learn about the characters and what makes them, them. I also enjoyed the chemistry between Roman Mercer (outcast) and his friend Maggie. This show reminds me of Twin Peaks with paranormal activity. At times it can be campy but it does make you wonder what is out there. It’s worth a watch.

 

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New This Week on DVD, October 17, 2017

 Spider-Man: Homecoming (PG-13)

Peter Parker balances his life as an ordinary high school student in Queens with his superhero alter-ego Spider-Man, and finds himself on the trail of a new menace prowling the skies of New York City. Starring Tom Holland, Michael Keaton, Robert Downey Jr., Marisa Tomei, Jon Favreau, Gwyneth Paltrow, Zendaya, Donald Glover

 Girls Trip (R)

When four lifelong friends travel to New Orleans for the annual Essence Festival, sisterhoods are rekindled, wild sides are rediscovered, and there’s enough dancing, drinking, brawling, and romancing to make the Big Easy blush. Starring Regina Hall, Queen Latifah, Jada Pinkett Smith, Kate Walsh

 Lady Macbeth (R)

In 19th-century rural England, a young bride who has been sold into marriage discovers an unstoppable desire within herself as she enters into an affair with a worker on her estate. Starring Florence Pugh, Cosmo Jarvis, Paul Hilton

 Landline (R)

In 1995, a teenager living with her sister and parents in Manhattan discovers that her father is having an affair. Starring Jenny Slate, Jay Duplass, Abby Quinn, Edie Falco

 Step (PG)

STEP documents the senior year of a girls’ high-school step dance team against the background of inner-city Baltimore. Starring Paula Dofat, Blessin Giraldo, Cori Grainger

 The Midwife (UR)

A midwife gets unexpected news from her father’s old mistress. Starring Catherine Deneuve, Catherine Frot, Olivier Gourmet

 God of War (NR)

During the 16th century, Japanese pirates proliferate along the Chinese coastline. In 1557, the pirates take over Cengang in Zhejiang. After months of futile advances, Commander Yu  finally defeats them under the leadership of newly promoted General Qi. The Pirates, however, manage to escape. Starring Wenzhuo Zhao, Sammo Kam-Bo Hung, Yasuaki Kurata

 The Good Place: Season One (TV-PG)

A woman struggles to define what it means to be good. Starring Kristen Bell, William Jackson Harper, Jameela Jamil, D’Arcy Carden, Manny Jacinto, Ted Danson

 Masterpiece: The Collection (TV-MA)

A gripping family drama and entrepreneurial fable, set in a post-war Paris fashion house. It exposes the grit behind the glamour of a rising business, spearheaded by two clashing brothers. Starring Richard Coyle, Mamie Gummer, Tom Riley, Alix Poisson, Jenna Thiam, Max Deacon,  Frances de la Tour, Alexandre Brasseur, Rosie Jones

 American Gods: Season 1 (TV-MA)

A recently released ex-convict named Shadow meets a mysterious man who calls himself “Wednesday” and who knows more than he first seems to about Shadow’s life and past. Starring Ricky Whittle, Emily Browning, Pablo Schreiber, Ian McShane

 Crazy Ex-Girlfriend: The Complete Second Season (NR)

A young woman abandons a choice job at a law firm and her life in New York in an attempt to find happiness in the unlikely locale of West Covina, California. Starring Rachel Bloom, Vincent Rodriguez III, Donna Lynne Champlin

Synopsis by IMDB.

 

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Easy Money (2010) Rated R

JW becomes a drug runner in order to maintain his double life when his life becomes entwined with a fugitive on the run from the Serbian mafia and a mafia enforcer. Starring Joel Kinnaman, Matias Varela, Dragomir Mrsic.

I’m sitting on the fence with this film. It starts out slow and a little confusing, but then it picks up speed and clarity, becoming quite a good film. I think it holds up well against a typical Hollywood action film, and is worthy of international thriller status. I give it a 6/10 and recommend it as worth a watch. I’d love to hear what you think.

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Ghosted (FOX) Rated NR

A skeptic is forced to work with a believer in paranormal activity to work on unexplained occurrences in Los Angeles. Starring Craig Robinson, Adam Scott, Ally Walker, Adeel Akhtar, Amber Stevens West.

This is the silliest, stupidest show on TV.  It has potential, but it doesn’t seem to have the edge to make it a great show. The writing just isn’t funny, and the actors, although enjoyable, do not have the right chemistry for the camaraderie between them. Special effects are used as a cheap means of driving the story forward. I wish I could say it is good enough to watch, but I was left wondering why I had watched it. The special effects are great for the cheap way to tell the story. I wish this show was good but alas it left me wondering why am I watching this. This show is a pass.

 

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Admissions (2004) Rated PG

The Brighton family has its share of secrets which are about to be uncovered. Emily Brighton is intellectually disabled due to a fall when she was young, and her mother blames herself. Evie is Emily’s sister, who loves to read to her, while their father loves tinkering with his model trains. When Emily learns some poetry, the truth comes out. Starring Lauren Ambrose, Amy Madigan, Christopher Lloyd.

Admissions takes you into a family trying to find its way while dealing with a variety of issues. Evie would do anything for her sister, including lying about her life. As you get deeper into their life, the lies begin to unravel, making the film confusing and slow at times. However, the twist at the end turns everything you thought you had figured out on its head. Ambrose and Madigan are exceptional in their roles. I did enjoy the film, but it was too convoluted to recommend. It is a pass.

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Bram Stoker’s Dracula (1992) Rated R

 A  centuries’ old vampire heads to London to seduce his lawyer’s fiancée. Based on the book, Dracula by Bram Stoker. Starring Gary Oldman, Winona Ryder, Anthony Hopkins, Keanu Reeves, Cary Elwes, Billy Campbell, Sadie Frost.

Francis Ford Coppola used old film techniques for his special effects, trying to keep with the time period of the story. There were no computer-generated effects. The film brilliantly brings Bram Stoker’s story to life and gives Dracula a heart. It won several awards including Oscars for best costume design, makeup, and effects. The only place critics seemed less than impressed was with the acting, particularly Reeves performance. Although his English accent wasn’t the best, I didn’t think it detracted from the film, and I also think he gave a satisfactory performance as the young man who wanted to make a good impression on his boss, only to be upstaged by the supernatural abilities of Dracula. It was Ryder’s performance that felt overdone to me, but even with its faults, this is still a compelling film and worth a watch.

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New This Week in Theaters, October 12, 2017

 Marshall (PG-13)
Opens on Friday, October 13
Starring: Chadwick Boseman, Josh Gad, Kate Hudson, Sterling K. Brown

About a young Thurgood Marshall, the first African-American Supreme Court Justice, as he battles through one of his career-defining cases.

 Gnome Alone (PG)
Opens on Friday, October 13
Starring: Tara Strong, Becky G., Olivia Holt, Josh Peck, Jeff Dunham

When Chloe discovers that her new home’s garden gnomes are not what they seem, she must decide between the pursuit of a desired high school life and taking up the fight against the Troggs.

 Breathe (PG-13)
Opens on Friday, October 13
Starring: Andrew Garfield, Claire Foy, Hugh Bonneville, Diana Rigg

The inspiring true love story of Robin and Diana Cavendish, an adventurous couple who refuse to give up in the face of a devastating disease. Their heartwarming celebration of human possibility marks the directorial debut of Andy Serkis.

 Happy Death Day (PG-13)
Opens on Friday, October 13
Starring: Jessica Rothe, Israel Broussard, Ruby Modine, Rachel Matthews

A college student relives the day of her murder with both its unexceptional details and terrifying end until she discovers her killer’s identity.

 The Foreigner (R)
Opens on Friday, October 13
Starring: Katie Leung, Jackie Chan, Rufus Jones, Mark Tandy

A humble businessman with a buried past seeks justice when his daughter is killed in an act of terrorism. A cat-and-mouse conflict ensues with a government official, whose past may hold clues to the killers’ identities.

 Professor Marston and the Wonder Women (R)
Opens on Friday, October 13
Starring: Luke Evans, Rebecca Hall, Bella Heathcote, Connie Britton

The story of psychologist William Moulton Marston, the polyamorous relationship between his wife and his mistress, the creation of his beloved comic book character Wonder Woman, and the controversy the comic generated.

 78/52 (NR)
Opens on Friday, October 13
Starring: Alan Barnette, Justin Benson, Peter Bogdanovich, Marco Calavita

An unprecedented look at the iconic shower scene in Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho (1960), the “man behind the curtain”, and the screen murder that profoundly changed the course of world cinema.

 Goodbye Christopher Robin (PG)
Opens on Friday, October 13
Starring: Domhnall Gleeson, Margot Robbie, Kelly Macdonald, Vicki Pepperdine

A behind-the-scenes look at the life of author A.A. Milne and the creation of the Winnie the Pooh stories inspired by his son C.R. Milne.

 Wasted! The Story of Food Waste (NR)
Opens on Friday, October 13
Starring: John Morgan

Through the eyes of famous chefs, audiences will see how they make the most of every kind of food, transforming what most people consider scraps into incredible dishes that create a more secure food system.

Synopsis by IMDB.

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Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales (2017) Rated PG-13

With the help of Captain Jack Sparrow, Henry Turner searches for the trident of Poseidon to save his father from his curse. Starring Johnny Depp, Javier Bardem, Geoffrey Rush, Orlando Bloom, Keira Knightley, Paul McCartney.

This is an attempt to reboot a series by moving on to the next generation of characters. Henry Turner is the son of Will Turner and Elizabeth Swann. The story line is great, but the execution falls short. Namely, Depp fails to deliver as Jack Sparrow. It seemed like he wasn’t interested in the role anymore. Appearing too old and tired to play the role, there was none of the original spunk that made him such an engaging character. Also, the cameos of Bloom and Knightley weren’t enough to garner interest. With the film centering around Will’s rescue, it would have made sense to include them in more of the film. Perhaps there were scheduling or financial conflicts preventing this. The film does well enough to carry on the franchise, but it certainly could have been better. Still, it is worth a watch.

 

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