Cillian Murphy

 

 Inception (2010) Rated PG-13

A thief, who steals corporate secrets through use of dream-sharing technology, is given the inverse task of planting an idea into the mind of a CEO.

 The Wind That Shakes the Barley (2006) Rated NR

Against the backdrop of the Irish War of Independence, two brothers fight a guerrilla war against British forces.

 The Trench (1999) Rated NR

A story about a group of soldiers’ last days before the battle of the Somme in 1916, showing the conditions in the trenches during World War 1 and taking you into the minds of the soldiers.

 The Dark Knight (2008) Rated PG-13

When the menace known as the Joker emerges from his mysterious past, he wreaks havoc and chaos on the people of Gotham, the Dark Knight must accept one of the greatest psychological and physical tests of his ability to fight injustice.

 The Dark Knight Rises (2012) Rated PG-13

Eight years after the Joker’s reign of anarchy, the Dark Knight, with the help of the enigmatic Selina, is forced from his exile to save Gotham City, now on the edge of total annihilation, from the brutal guerrilla terrorist Bane.

 Sunshine (2007) Rated R

A team of international astronauts are sent on a dangerous mission to reignite the dying Sun with a nuclear fission bomb in 2057.

 In the Heart of the Sea (2015) Rated PG-13

A recounting of a New England whaling ship’s sinking by a giant whale in 1820, an experience that later inspired the great novel Moby-Dick.

 In Time (2011) Rated PG-13

In a future where people stop aging at 25, but are engineered to live only one more year, having the means to buy your way out of the situation is a shot at immortal youth. Here, Will Salas finds himself accused of murder and on the run with a hostage – a connection that becomes an important part of the way against the system.

 Red Eye (2005) Rated PG-13

A woman is kidnapped by a stranger on a routine flight. Threatened by the potential murder of her father, she is pulled into a plot to assist her captor in offing a politician.

Synopsis by IMDB.

 

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New This Week on DVD, August 22, 2017

 Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (PG-13)

The Guardians must fight to keep their newfound family together as they unravel the mystery of Peter Quill’s true parentage. Starring Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Vin Diesel, Bradley Cooper

 Scales: Mermaids Are Real (PG)

Siren Phillips has lived her life thinking she’s an ordinary girl, in an ordinary town. On the eve of her twelfth birthday, however, she learns that she is far from ordinary. Destined to turn into a Mermaid at the age of twelve, Siren must struggle with her new reality, saying good bye to her mother and friends, while she transitions into the water. To make matters worse, a group of Hunters are after her, trying to catch her. She soon becomes friends with Adam Wilts, a new boy at school, who she turns to for help. He agrees to help her, but finds himself caught in the middle, when it’s his own father who is after Siren. When Siren’s mother is taken, the town must rally behind her, and help her make a peaceful transition into the water, before the hunters can find out where she is. Starring Emmy Perry, Morgan Fairchild, Elisabeth Röhm

 Showing Roots (NR)

Set in the year 1977, two women look to integrate their small town, inspired by the miniseries “Roots” as it hits the airwaves. Starring Maggie Grace, Uzo Aduba, Elizabeth McGovern, Adam Brody

 Supergirl: The Complete Second Season (TV-14)

The adventures of Superman’s cousin in her own superhero career. Starring Melissa Benoist, Mehcad Brooks, Chyler Leigh

  The Walking Dead: The Complete Seventh Season (TV-MA)

Sheriff Deputy Rick Grimes wakes up from a coma, to learn the world is in ruins, and must lead a group of survivors to stay alive. Starring Andrew Lincoln, Chandler Riggs, Norman Reedus

 The Story of China with Michael Wood (NR)

Michael Wood embarks on a great historical adventure, exploring the stories, people and landscapes that have helped create China’s distinctive character and genius over four thousand years. Starring Michael Wood

 Blue Bloods: The Seventh Season (TV-14)

Revolves around a family of New York cops. Starring Donnie Wahlberg, Bridget Moynahan, Will Estes, Len Cariou, Tom Selleck, Amy Carlson, Tony Terraciano, Andrew Terraciano

 Brooklyn Nine-Nine: Season Four (TV-14)

Jake Peralta, an immature but talented NYPD detective in Brooklyn’s 99th Precinct, comes into immediate conflict with his new commanding officer, the serious and stern Captain Ray Holt. Starring Andy Samberg, Stephanie Beatriz, Terry Crews, Melissa Fumero, Joe Lo Truglio, Chelsea Peretti, Andre Braugher, Dirk Blocker, Joel McKinnon Miller

 Lucifer: The Complete Second Season (TV-14)

Lucifer takes up residence in Los Angeles. Starring Tom Ellis, Lauren German, Kevin Alejandro, D.B. Woodside, Lesley-Ann Brandt, Scarlett Estevez, Rachael Harris

 NCIS: Los Angeles – The Eighth Season (TV-PG)

The Naval Criminal Investigation Service’s Office of Special Projects takes on the undercover work and the hard to crack cases in LA. Key agents are G. Callen and Sam Hanna, streets kids risen through the ranks. Starring Chris O’Donnell, Daniela Ruah, Barrett Foa, Linda Hunt, LL Cool J

 Portlandia: Season Seven (TV-14)

A sketch-comedy series that parodies life in Portland, Oregon. Starring Fred Armisen, Carrie Brownstein

Synopsis by IMDB.

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Joey King

 

 Jericho (2006–2008) Rated TV-14

A small town in Kansas is literally left in the dark after seeing a mushroom cloud over near-by Denver, Colorado. The townspeople struggle to find answers about the blast and solutions on how to survive.

 New Girl (2011– ) Rated TV-14

After a bad break-up, Jess, an offbeat young woman, moves into an apartment loft with three single men. Although they find her behavior very unusual, the men support her – most of the time.

 The Conjuring (2013) Rated R

Paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren work to help a family terrorized by a dark presence in their farmhouse.

 Crazy, Stupid, Love. (2011) Rated PG-13

A middle-aged husband’s life changes dramatically when his wife asks him for a divorce. He seeks to rediscover his manhood with the help of a newfound friend, Jacob, learning to pick up girls at bars.

  Ghost Whisperer (2005–2010) Rated NR

A newlywed with the ability to communicate with the earthbound spirits of the recently deceased overcomes skepticism and doubt to help send their important messages to the living and allow the dead to pass on to the other side.

  Oz the Great and Powerful (2013) Rated PG

A frustrated circus magician from Kansas is transported to a magical land called Oz, where he will have to fulfill a prophecy to become the king, and release the land from the Wicked Witches using his great (but fake) powers.

Synopsis by IMDB.

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Mary-Louise Parker

 

 Weeds (2005–2012) Rated TV-MA

When a suburban mother turns to dealing marijuana in order to maintain her privileged lifestyle after her husband dies, she finds out just how addicted her entire neighborhood already is.

 Fried Green Tomatoes (1991) Rated PG-13

A housewife who is unhappy with her life befriends an old lady in a nursing home and is enthralled by the tales she tells of people she used to know.

 The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford (2007) Rated R

Robert Ford, who’s idolized Jesse James since childhood, tries hard to join the reforming gang of the Missouri outlaw, but gradually becomes resentful of the bandit leader.

 Christmas in Conway (2013) Rated TV-PG

To the folks in Conway, South Carolina, Duncan Mayor is a very cranky guy. To “my sweet girl” – his wife, Suzy – he’s a doting pussycat. But Suzy is just home from the hospital and cared for 24/7 by nurse Natalie, whom Duncan tries his best to ignore. Duncan decides the best medicine Suzy could possibly have – and a Christmas present she’ll never forget — is a ride on a real Ferris wheel, set up in their own back yard. Why a Ferris wheel? Because it was while riding one many moons ago that Duncan asked Suzy to marry him. Where to find a 45-foot-high used Ferris wheel? Duncan strikes gold in an abandoned amusement park, presided over by a lonely ex-carnival worker — Henry. Assembling the mechanical monstrosity is not exactly a one-man job. Duncan gets a crucial assist from Tommy, a former student of Suzy’s, who is deeply in her debt. He’s become a successful landscape designer after a troubled youth; it was Suzy who set him straight. Meanwhile, the neighbors are not amused; especially prim and proper Gayle Matthews. She’s entered her garden in an upscale magazine’s “Christmas Showcase” contest. The interest of the contest’s judges witnessing the atrocity next door is more than Gayle can bear. Fortunately, her brother is the local sheriff – and there are zoning laws to prevent this kind of thing, aren’t there?

 RED (2010) Rated PG-13

When his peaceful life is threatened by a high-tech assassin, former black-ops agent Frank Moses reassembles his old team in a last ditch effort to survive and uncover his assailants.

 R.I.P.D. (2013) Rated PG-13

A recently slain cop joins a team of undead police officers working for the Rest in Peace Department and tries to find the man who murdered him.

Synopsis by IMDB.

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New This Week in Theaters, August 17, 2017

 The Hitman’s Bodyguard (R)
Opens on Friday, August 18
Starring: Ryan Reynolds, Samuel L. Jackson, Salma Hayek

The world’s top bodyguard gets a new client, a hit man who must testify at the International Court of Justice. They must put their differences aside and work together to make it to the trial on time.

 Logan Lucky (PG-13)
Opens on Friday, August 18
Starring: Katherine Waterston, Channing Tatum, Adam Driver

Two brothers attempt to pull off a heist during a NASCAR race in North Carolina.

  Patti Cake$ (R)
Opens on Friday, August 18
Starring: Danielle Macdonald, Bridget Everett, Siddharth Dhananjay

PATTI CAKE$ is centered on aspiring rapper Patricia Dombrowski, a.k.a. Killa P, a.k.a. Patti Cake$, who is fighting an unlikely quest for glory in her downtrodden hometown in New Jersey.

 Day of Days (PG)
Opens on Tuesday, August 15
Starring: Tom Skerritt, Claudia Zevallos

A reclusive, God-fearing 91-year-old man and a young Cuban refugee home-aid worker struggle to come to terms with their regrets, the unbearable pain of unacceptable loss, love and the most difficult and beautiful of human truths: life ends and life goes on.

Synopsis by IMDB.

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Abigail Spencer

 

 How I Met Your Mother (2005–2014) Rated TV-14

A father recounts to his children, through a series of flashbacks, the journey he and his four best friends took leading up to him meeting their mother.

 Moonlight (2007–2008) Rated NR

A vampire lands work as a private investigator and falls for a mortal woman.

 The Glades (2010–2013) Rated TV-14

A former Chicago cop moves to a small Florida town and joins the state police.

 Chasing Mavericks (2012) Rated PG

When young Jay Moriarity discovers that the mythic Mavericks surf break, one of the biggest waves on Earth, exists just miles from his Santa Cruz home, he enlists the help of local legend Frosty Hesson to train him to survive it.

 Private Practice (2007–2013) Rated NR

A spin-off of the medical drama “Grey’s Anatomy” centering on the life of neonatal surgeon Addison Montgomery.

 This Is Where I Leave You (2014) Rated R

When their father passes away, four grown siblings are forced to return to their childhood home and live under the same roof together for a week, along with their over-sharing mother and an assortment of spouses, exes and might-have-beens.

 Ghost Whisperer (2005–2010) Rated TV-PG

A newlywed with the ability to communicate with the earthbound spirits of the recently deceased overcomes skepticism and doubt to help send their important messages to the living and allow the dead to pass on to the other side.

  Oz the Great and Powerful (2013) Rated PG

A frustrated circus magician from Kansas is transported to a magical land called Oz, where he will have to fulfill a prophecy to become the king, and release the land from the Wicked Witches using his great (but fake) powers.

Synopsis by IMDB.

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First Kill (2017) Rated R

A Wall Street broker brings his family to the place where he grew up to find that local law enforcement is investigating a bank robbery. Starring Bruce Willis, Hayden Christensen, Ty Shelton.

The premise to the film is intriguing, but that’s where it ends.  The writing is poor and the story is unrealistic. There are plot drops throughout the film, an there isn’t much suspense; it’s pretty obvious from the start who did it. However, it is fun to see Willis and Christensen at work, although even they couldn’t help salvage the script or direction. Also, the friendship between Danny and Levi is enjoyable to watch, but there just isn’t enough there to commend this film. It is a pass.

 

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Gifted (2017) Rated PG-13

Frank is a single man raising his prodigy niece while fighting a custody battle with his mother. Starring Chris Evans, Mckenna Grace, Lindsay Duncan, Jenny Slate, Octavia Spencer.

This is an amazing film. Although it isn’t an original story, it is so well written and acted, it just comes to life for the viewer. Evans plays a man who is trying to raise his niece in the best possible way and keep the memory of his sister alive for her. Grace, who plays the child prodigy, was amazing. Her maturity and mastery of the material brought this film to a new level. You can’t help but connect with these characters; this film is worth a watch.

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New This Week on DVD, August 15, 2017

 Alien: Covenant (R)

The crew of a colony ship, bound for a remote planet, discover an uncharted paradise with a threat beyond their imagination, and must attempt a harrowing escape. Starring Michael Fassbender, Katherine Waterston, Billy Crudup

 Blind (R)

A novelist blinded in a car crash which killed his wife rediscovers his passion for both life and writing when he embarks on an affair with the neglected wife of an indicted businessman. Starring Demi Moore, Alec Baldwin, Dylan McDermott

 The Case for Christ (PG)

An investigative journalist and self-proclaimed atheist sets out to disprove the existence of God after his wife becomes a Christian. Starring L. Scott Caldwell, Erika Christensen, Faye Dunaway, Mike Vogel

 Chuck (R)

A drama inspired by the life of heavyweight boxer Chuck Wepner. Starring Elisabeth Moss,  Naomi Watts, Liev Schreiber, Ron Perlman, Michael Rapaport, Jim Gaffigan

 Day of Days (PG)

A reclusive, God-fearing 91-year-old man and a young Cuban refugee home-aid worker struggle to come to terms with their regrets, the unbearable pain of unacceptable loss, love and the most difficult and beautiful of human truths: life ends and life goes on. Starring Tom Skerritt, Claudia Zevallos

 Everything, Everything (PG-13)

A teenager who’s spent her whole life confined to her home falls for the boy next door. Starring Amandla Stenberg, Nick Robinson, Anika Noni Rose

 Hickok (NR)

Legendary lawman and gunslinger, Wild Bill Hickok, is tasked with taming the wildest cow-town in the west. While delivering his own brand of frontier justice, the infamous gunfighter’s reputation as the fastest draw in the west is put to the test. Starring Luke Hemsworth, Trace Adkins, Kris Kristofferson, Bruce Dern

 How to be a Latin Lover (PG-13)

Finding himself dumped after 25 years of marriage, a man who made a career of seducing rich older women must move in with his estranged sister, where he begins to learn the value of family. Starring Eugenio Derbez, Salma Hayek, Raphael Alejandro, Rob Lowe, Kristen Bell, Mckenna Grace, Raquel Welch, Rob Riggle

 Riverdale: The Complete First Season (TV-14)

A subversive take on Archie and his friends, exploring small town life, the darkness and weirdness bubbling beneath Riverdale’s wholesome façade. Starring K.J. Apa, Lili Reinhart, Camila Mendes, Cole Sprouse, Marisol Nichols, Luke Perry, Casey Cott

 The Wall (R)

Two American Soldiers are trapped by a lethal sniper, with only an unsteady wall between them. Starring Aaron Taylor-Johnson, John Cena, Laith Nakli

 Billions: Season Two (TV-MA)

U.S. Attorney Chuck Rhoades goes after hedge fund king, Bobby “Axe” Axelrod in a battle between two powerful New York figures. Starring Paul Giamatti, Damian Lewis, Maggie Siff, Malin Akerman, Toby Leonard Moore, David Costabile, Condola Rashad

 The Blacklist: The Complete Fourth Season (TV-14)

A new FBI profiler, Elizabeth Keen, has her entire life uprooted when a mysterious criminal, Raymond Reddington, who has eluded capture for decades, turns himself in and insists on speaking only to her. Starring James Spader, Megan Boone, Diego Klattenhoff,  Harry Lennix

 Bull: Season One (TV-14)

BULL stars Michael Weatherly as Dr. Jason Bull in a drama inspired by the early career of Dr. Phil McGraw, the founder of one of the most prolific trial consulting firms of all time. Brilliant, brash and charming, Dr. Bull is the ultimate puppet master as he combines psychology, human intuition and high-tech data to learn what makes jurors, attorneys, witnesses and the accused tick. Bull employs an enviable team of experts at Trial Analysis Corporation to shape successful narratives down to the very last detail. They include his quick-witted ex-brother-in-law, Benny Colón, who plays a defense attorney in mock trials; Marissa Morgan, a cutting-edge neurolinguistics expert from the Department of Homeland Security; former NYPD detective Danny James, the firm’s tough but relatable investigator; haughty millennial hacker Cable McCrory, who is responsible for gathering cyber intelligence; and Chunk Palmer, a fashion-conscious stylist and former All-American defensive back who fine-tunes clients’ appearances for trial. In high-stakes trials, Dr. Bull’s combination of remarkable insight into human nature, three Ph.D.s and top-notch staff creates winning strategies that tip the scales of justice in his clients’ favor. Starring Michael Weatherly, Freddy Rodríguez, Geneva Carr, Jaime Lee Kirchner, Annabelle Attanasio, Chris Jackson

 Descendants 2 (TV-G)

Mal returns to the Isle of the Lost to find her archenemy Uma, the daughter of Ursula, teaming up with Harry, the son of Captain Hook, and Gil, the son of Gaston. Starring Dove Cameron, Cameron Boyce, Sofia Carson

 Dr. Ken: Season Two (NR)

A frustrated doctor juggles his career, marriage, and family. Starring Ken Jeong, Suzy Nakamura, Tisha Campbell-Martin, Jonathan Slavin, Albert Tsai, Krista Marie Yu, Dave Foley

 The Middle: The Complete Eighth Season (TV-PG)

The daily mishaps of a married woman and her semi-dysfunctional family and their attempts to survive life in general in the town of Orson, Indiana. Starring Patricia Heaton,   Neil Flynn, Charlie McDermott, Eden Sher, Atticus Shaffer

 NCIS: New Orleans – The Third Season (NR)

A spin-off of “NCIS” (2003) about the local field office of NCIS that investigates criminal cases involving military personnel in The Big Easy, a city known for its music, entertainment and decadence. This colorful city that harbors a dark side is a magnet for service personnel on leave, and when overindulgence is followed by trouble, Special Agent Dwayne Pride’s team is at its best. Starring Scott Bakula, Lucas Black, Rob Kerkovich, CCH Pounder

 Once Upon a Time: The Complete Sixth Season (TV-PG)

A young woman with a troubled past is drawn to a small town in Maine where fairy tales are to be believed. Starring Lana Parrilla, Robert Carlyle, Jared Gilmore

Synopsis by IMDB.

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Hollywood, My Home Town (1965) Rated NR

Ken Murray hosts a behind-the-scenes of his home videos starring candid footage of Hollywood’s stars. Starring Ken Murray, Ben Alexander, Richard Arlen, Mary Astor, John Barrymore.

Ken Murray was a vaudeville performer in the 1920s and later moved to Los Angeles to star in radio, television and film. Over the years, he made home movies involving the people around him. Here, we get to see clips of different celebrities in candid moments after the other cameras stopped rolling and Murray started filming. It’s fun to see these famous faces from the past having fun and not thinking about what they are doing. Murray does a wonderful job setting up the clips by explaining where and what is happening. This film is worth a watch.

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