Blackkklansman (2018) Rated R

Ron Stallworth, an African-American police officer in Colorado Springs, CO, infiltrates the local Ku Klux Klan branch with the help of a fellow officer who happens to be Jewish. Based on real events in the book  Black Klansman: Race, Hate, and the Undercover Investigation of a Lifetime by Ron Stallworth. Starring Alec Baldwin, John David Washington, and Isiah Whitlock Jr.

This film could have been so much better. It does have its good moments, but there is so much that doesn’t do it justice. Spike Lee does a lot to embellish the historical events that the film is based on. The movie takes cracks at past films with the historical context of African-American oppression. There are points in the film where racism in America really hits home. Still, there are other times when it is overly exaggerated to the point that it’s thrust down our throats. I wish they had just stuck to the book and the facts. The fictional story doesn’t do it justice, making the film not worth a watch.

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New This Week in Theaters, December 13, 2018

Image result for Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (PG)
Opens on Friday, December 14
Starring: Shameik Moore, Jake Johnson, Hailee Steinfeld, Mahershala Ali

Miles Morales becomes the Spider-Man of his reality and crosses paths with his counterparts from other dimensions to stop a threat to all reality.

Image result for If Beale Street Could Talk If Beale Street Could Talk (R)
Opens on Friday, December 14
Starring: KiKi Layne, Stephan James, Regina King, Colman Domingo

A woman in Harlem desperately scrambles to prove her fiancé innocent of a crime while carrying their first child.

Image result for Roma 2018 Roma (R)
Opens on Friday, December 14
Starring: Yalitza Aparicio, Marina de Tavira, Diego Cortina Autrey

A story that chronicles a year in the life of a middle-class family in Mexico City in the early 1970s.

Image result for The Mule The Mule (R)
Opens on Friday, December 14
Starring: Clint Eastwood, Bradley Cooper, Michael Peña, Taissa Farmiga

A 90-year-old horticulturist and WWII veteran is caught transporting $3 million worth of cocaine through Michigan for a Mexican drug cartel.

Image result for Once Upon a Deadpool Once Upon a Deadpool (R)
Opens on Friday, December 14
Starring: Ryan Reynolds, Josh Brolin, Morena Baccarin

Foul-mouthed mutant mercenary Wade Wilson (AKA. Deadpool), brings together a team of fellow mutant rogues to protect a young boy with supernatural abilities from the brutal, time-traveling cyborg, Cable.

Image result for Capernaum 2018 Capernaum (R)
Opens on Friday, December 14
Starring: Zain Al Rafeea, Yordanos Shiferaw, Boluwatife Treasure Bankole, Kawsar Al Haddad

While serving a five-year sentence for a violent crime, a 12-year-old boy sues his parents for neglect.

Image result for Mortal Engines 2018 Mortal Engines (PG-13)
Opens on Friday, December 14
Starring: Hera Hilmar, Hugo Weaving, Jihae, Robert Sheehan

A mysterious young woman named Hester Shaw joins forces with Anna Fang, a dangerous outlaw with a bounty on her head, and Tom Natsworthy, an outcast from London, to lead a rebellion against a giant predator city on wheels.

Image result for The Wedding movie 2018 Nikohl Boosheri The Wedding (NR)
Opens on Friday, December 14
Starring: Nikohl Boosheri, Sam Abbas, Harry Aspinwall, Hend Ayoub

Rami, a young Muslim man, is preparing for his wedding with Sara while fulfilling a queer sexuality in secret due to a strict religious and cultural upbringing

Synopsis by IMDB.

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Ender’s Game (2013) Rated PG-13

In the near future, an alien race attacks Earth; Ender Wiggins is recruited to an élite force to help save the human race. Based on the book by Orson Scott Card. Starring Asa Butterfield, Harrison Ford, and Hailee Steinfeld.

The books in this series focus on Ender’s mind and what transpired in his mind. Thus, making the books difficult to transfer to the screen. That’s the being of the problem with this film. The movie is supposed to bring to life that the last resort for the human race is to train children to fight the alien invaders. But instead, it shows a bunch of kids acting like kids playing video games. The complexity of the book is not the carried over to the film.  The movie is more like a simple, frivolous story; it’s not worth a watch.

 

 

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Bon Voyage, Charlie Brown (and Don’t Come Back!!) (1980) Rated G

Charlie Brown and the gang travel to Europe as exchange students. Starring Daniel Anderson, Scott Beach, and Casey Carlson.

This is a fun Peanuts film. We get to watch the gang go to France as foreign exchange students. The animation is wonderful, and the voice acting is brilliant. The plot has the gang exploring a different culture and wondering who sent Charlie Brown a letter from France. There are some funny scenes that make me laugh. The adults in this film actually talk rather than the usual “Wah, Wah, Wah.” This is just one more of the Peanuts film that is fun to watch and worth the watch.

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Let the Fire Burn (2013) Rated NR

The history of the conflict between the City of Philadelphia and the Black Liberation organization, MOVE, as they lead to the violent confrontation in 1985. Starring Birdie Africa, Ramona Africa, and Wilson Goode.

The film centers on the MOVE organization mostly and whether it is an organization or a cult. I’m leaning toward cult due to the fact that they follow the strategy of one man and everyone adopts his surname. Then the next question is, is it a terrorist group or an organization? That’s still up for debate. The documentary uses community hearing and testimony from members, real film footage, and some reenactments. Mostly, it highlights that the MOVE group refused to abide by laws; they tried to come off as a peaceful counter-culture group, but that doesn’t show. The violent confrontation is a tragedy – there is no denying that, but what lead to that conflict is both Philadelphia’s and MOVE’s fault. The film leans toward sympathizing with MOVE.  This documentary is not worth a watch.

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New This Week on DVD, December 11, 2018

 The Equalizer 2 (R)

Robert McCall serves an unflinching justice for the exploited and oppressed, but how far will he go when that is someone he loves? Starring Denzel Washington, Pedro Pascal, Ashton Sanders

 Smallfoot (PG)

A Yeti is convinced that the elusive creatures known as “humans” really do exist. Starring Channing Tatum, James Corden, Zendaya

 Peppermint (R)

Five years after her husband and daughter are killed in a senseless act of violence, a woman comes back from self-imposed exile to seek revenge against those responsible and the system that let them go free. Starring  Jennifer Garner, John Gallagher Jr., John Ortiz

 Unbroken: Path to Redemption (PG-13)

When the war ended, his battle began. Based on Laura Hillenbrand’s bestselling book, UNBROKEN: PATH TO REDEMPTION begins where Unbroken ends, sharing the next amazing chapter of Olympian and World War II hero Louis Zamperini’s powerful true story of forgiveness, redemption, and amazing grace. Starring Samuel Hunt, Merritt Patterson, Bobby Campo

 Colette (R)

Colette is pushed by her husband to write novels under his name. Upon their success, she fights to make her talents known, challenging gender norms. Starring Keira Knightley, Dominic West, Eleanor Tomlinson

 Along with the Gods: The Last 49 Days (NR)

In the afterlife, one guardian helps a man through his trials, while his two colleagues help a former guardian on earth. Starring Jung-woo Ha, Ji-Hoon Ju, Hyang-gi Kim

 Lizzie (R)

A psychological thriller based on the infamous 1892 murders of the Borden family. Starring Kristen Stewart, Chloë Sevigny, Fiona Shaw

 Bold Type: Season Two (TV-14)

“The Bold Type” is inspired by the life of “Cosmopolitan” editor in chief, Joanna Coles. The show is a glimpse into the outrageous lives and loves of those responsible for a global women’s magazine. Their struggles are about finding your identity, managing friendships and getting your heart broken, all while wearing the perfect jeans to flatter any body type. Starring Katie Stevens, Aisha Dee, Meghann Fahy

 Signed, Sealed, Delivered: Higher Ground (NR)

The postal detectives reunite a couple separated by the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Starring Eric Mabius, Kristin Booth, Crystal Lowe

 Christmas in Homestead (TV-G)

Life is turned upside down for the handsome mayor of Homestead when a movie comes to shoot there in the middle of the Christmas season. And when the movie’s leading lady starts falling for him, things get a whole lot more complicated. Starring Taylor Cole, Michael Rady, Brooklyn Rae Silzer

 The Christmas Cure (TV-G)

A doctor returns home for Christmas to find that her father has decided to retire from his own practice. After reuniting with her high school sweetheart, she wonders if she should stay and take over her father’s practice. Starring Brooke Nevin, Steve Byers, Patrick Duffy

 Instinct: Season One (TV-14)

A former CIA operative, who has since built a “normal” life as a gifted professor and writer, is pulled back into his old life when the NYPD needs his help to stop a serial killer on the loose. Starring Alan Cumming, Bojana Novakovic, Daniel Ings

 The Orville: The Complete First Season (TV-14)

An exploratory ship from Earth faces intergalactic challenges 400 years in the future. Starring Seth MacFarlane, Adrianne Palicki, Penny Johnson Jerald

 The Heretic (NR)

The Heretic is a documentary film following the life and work of Rob Bell, one of the most polarizing figures in modern day Christianity. Starring Rob Bell, Kent Dobson, Elizabeth Gilbert

 Runnin’ from my Roots (NR)

Following a very public fall from grace, country music star Faith Winters seeks refuge in her rural Texas hometown, where she rediscovers feelings for her high school sweetheart, the local pastor. But the homecoming is bittersweet. Starring Janine Turner, Patrick Muldoon, Aaron O’Connell

 Tiny Christmas (TV-G)

When a clumsy elf accidentally shrinks two kids on Christmas Eve, they get scooped up into Santa’s sack. When they are dropped off across the street, the tiny kids have to navigate holiday hazards to make it home safely. Starring Riele Downs, Lizzy Greene, Graeme McComb

 Second Chance Christmas (UR)

In this Christmas time romantic comedy, Caroline is unhappy in her marriage and makes her way to file for divorce. On the way, an accident occurs and everything in her love life is about to change, as amnesia is now setting in. Starring Katrina Begin, Tilky Jones, Charlene Tilton

 Perry Como’s Olde English Christmas (NR)

The best friend a Christmas song ever had, the legendary and beloved Perry Como celebrated the yuletide season on television, radio and records for 50 years, delighting millions worldwide. In 1977, Mr. C traveled to England for his annual holiday TV special with much of the music and merriment taking place in an historic, festively decorated castle. Starring Perry Como, Petula Clark, Gemma Craven

 Father Brown: Season Six (TV-PG)

Series inspired by the stories of GK Chesterton; a Catholic priest has a knack for solving mysteries in his English village. Starring Mark Williams, Sorcha Cusack, John Burton

 Death in Paradise: Season Seven (TV-PG)

A British inspector is transferred to Saint-Marie’s police department, but he hates the sun, sea and sand. The series follow his investigations into murders on the island. Later series see another British DI head the investigative team. Starring Danny John-Jules, Elizabeth Bourgine, Don Warrington

 The Last Kingdom: Season Three (TV-MA)

The setting is a historical one of England roughly around 800-900 A.D. The conflict involves the Vikings who are eager to take more ground and the native English peoples or more correctly the Saxons who desire to hold the ground they have and repel the Vikings from England. The main protagonist is a fictional character although his birth place and enemies who contest him; Ubba and Guthrum are real figures. Starring Alexander Dreymon, Ian Hart, David Dawson

 Top of the Lake: China Girl (TV-MA)

In the wake of New Zealand’s devastating events, troubled Detective Robin returns to Sydney for a fresh start, however, the wounds of the past are deep and angry, moreover, a suitcase with a rather appalling content summons dark memories. Starring Ling Cooper Tang, Kim Gyngell, David Dencik, Elisabeth Moss

Synopsis by IMDB.

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Chad Loves Michelle (OWN) Rated NR

Michelle Williams from Destiny’s Child and her fiancé Pastor Chad Johnson struggle with their relationship while Williams deals with depression. Starring  Michelle Williams.

This reality show brings reality to the show. We have two people who love each other but struggle with past relationships as well as mental health. The show shines a light on what it’s like to be in a relationship with someone who struggles with depression. It also gives a good look at a Christian relationship. Their love of the Lord and each other is explored while they struggle with their everyday life and relationship. This is a reality show worth a watch.

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Lucky in Love (2014) Rated TV-PG

When Mira’s April Fool jokes materialize, her fantasy life comes true. Although her fantasy life has its own challenges, she must decide if she wants her dream life or the life that makes her happy. Starring Jessica Szohr, Benjamin Hollingsworth, and Ryan Kennedy.

This is a typical Hallmark film. The girl wishes for everything she dreams of: the top job, a house, and a boyfriend. Once she receives everything she’s ever wanted, it starts to fall apart. She must learn that what she fantasizes about is different from what would make her happy. The film has nothing going for it. There doesn’t seem to be anything that makes it different from any other Hallmark film. The music was too loud, again. The actors don’t stand out, although all of them are good-looking enough to watch for two hours. This is one movie not worth a watch.

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Busy Tonight (E!) Rated TV-14

Commentary, interviews, and segments about pop culture and Instagram hosted by Busy Philipps.  Starring Busy Philipps, Tina Fey, and Ike Barinholtz.

I love Busy Philipps, and I love that she wants this show to be a relaxing get together with friends. The problem is the show doesn’t really feel that cozy and comfortable. Now, it can be because she’s still getting her groove on. The guests all seem like “what’s going on?” The commentary feels more like a monologue than just casual chatting with friends. The show might be more of what she wants it to be if she had friends to just chat with without a script. I’m really pulling for the show, but I don’t think it is worth a watch.

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New Mid Season TV Series Premieres 2019

Image result for Fam (CBS) Fam (CBS) Rated NR

Fed up with her father, a woman moves in with her older half-sister, and her fiancé. Starring Blake Lee, Brendan Calton, Christina DeRosa

Premieres Jan 10

Image result for Roswell, New Mexico (CW) Roswell, New Mexico (CW) Rated NR

A reboot of the teen drama, ‘Roswell’, which centered on the residents of Roswell, New Mexico where aliens lived undercover among humans. Starring Heather Hemmens, William Greely, Rosa Arredondo

Premieres Jan 15

Image result for A Discovery of Witches (Sundance) A Discovery of Witches (Sundance) Rated NR

Diana Bishop is a scholar and an unwilling witch, while studying at the Bodleian Library she discovers a lost manuscript. Ashmole 782 is wrapped in mystery and invites chaos into Diana’s life. Soon she is surrounded by creatures; daemons, witches and vampires want Ashmole 782 for themselves. Diana finds an unlikely confidant in Matthew Clairmont, a doctor, researcher and vampire. She is totally unsure but something says she should trust him, and together the journey starts into the world of All Souls. Starring Matthew Goode, Teresa Palmer, ValariePettiford

Premieres Jan 17

Image result for I Am the Night I Am the Night (TNT) Rated NR

Inspired by true events, “I Am the Night” tells the gripping story of Fauna Hodel, a teenage girl who is given away at birth, and grows up outside of Reno, Nevada. Fauna lives more-or-less comfortably with the mysteries of her origin, until one day she makes a discovery that leads her to question everything. As Fauna begins to investigate the secrets of her past, she meets a ruined reporter, haunted by the case that undid him. Together they follow a sinister trail that swirls ever closer to an infamous Los Angeles gynecologist, Dr. George Hodel, a man involved in some of Hollywood’s darkest debauchery, and possibly, its most infamous unsolved crime. Starring  Chris Pine, India Eisley, Jefferson Mays

Premieres Jan 28

Image result for Proven Innocent Proven Innocent (FOX) Rated NR

A legal team takes on cases involving wrongful convictions.  Starring Catherine Lidstone, Elaine Hendrix, Nadia Simms

Premieres Feb 15

Synopsis by IMDB.

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