New This Week in Theaters, August 16, 2018

 Billionaire Boys Club (R)
Opens on Friday, August 17
Starring:  Ansel Elgort, Kevin Spacey, Taron Egerton, Emma Roberts

A group of wealthy boys in Los Angeles during the early 1980s establish a ‘get-rich-quick’ scam that turns deadly.

 Alpha (PG-13)
Opens on Friday, August 17
Starring: Kodi Smit-McPhee, Natassia Malthe, Leonor Varela, Jens Hultén

An epic adventure set in the last Ice Age, ALPHA tells a fascinating, visually stunning story that shines a light on the origins of man’s best friend.

 Mile 22 (R)
Opens on Friday, August 17
Starring: Lauren Cohan, Mark Wahlberg, Ronda Rousey, John Malkovich

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.

 Crazy Rich Asians (PG-13)
Opens on Friday, August 17
Starring: Constance Wu, Michelle Yeoh, Henry Golding, Gemma Chan

This contemporary romantic comedy, based on a global bestseller, follows native New Yorker Rachel Chu to Singapore to meet her boyfriend’s family.

 Down a Dark Hall (PG-13)
Opens on Friday, August 17
Starring: AnnaSophia Robb, Uma Thurman, Isabelle Fuhrman

Kit Gordy, a new student at the exclusive Blackwood Boarding School, confronts the institution’s supernatural occurrences and dark powers of its headmistress.

 We the Animals (R)
Opens on Friday, August 17
Starring: Raúl Castillo, Josiah Gabriel, Terry Holland, Isaiah Kristian

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.

 Juliet, Naked (R)
Opens on Friday, August 17
Starring: Rose Byrne, Ethan Hawke, Chris O’Dowd, Megan Dodds

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.

 Alt-Right: Age of Rage (NR)
Opens on Friday, August 17
Starring: Daryle Lamont Jenkins, Lacy MacAuley, Richard Spencer

In the first year of Donald J. Trump’s presidency, Daryle Lamont Jenkins, an Antifa activist, combats the rise of the alt-right movement, while Richard Spencer, an alt-right leader, fights to gain ground, culminating in a tragic showdown in Charlottesville.

 Blaze (R)
Opens on Friday, August 17
Starring: Charles Adams, Edgar Arreola, Charles Barber

The life of musician Blaze Foley.

 

The Wife (R)
Opens on Friday, August 17
Starring: Christian Slater, Max Irons, Glenn Close, Elizabeth McGovern

A wife questions her life choices as she travels to Stockholm with her husband, where he is slated to receive the Nobel Prize for Literature.

 Minding the Gap (NR)
Opens on Friday, August 17

Three young men bond together to escape volatile families in their Rust-Belt hometown. As they face adult responsibilities, unexpected revelations threaten their decade-long friendship.

 La douleur (NR)
Opens on Friday, August 17
Starring: Mélanie Thierry, Benoît Magimel, Benjamin Biolay, Grégoire Leprince-Ringuet

Marguerite must navigate through the hardships of the Liberation after losing her husband and starting a relationship with the enemy during the War.

 The Little Mermaid (PG)
Opens on Friday, August 17
Starring: Poppy Drayton, William Moseley, Armando Gutierrez, Shirley MacLaine

A young reporter and his niece discover a beautiful and enchanting creature they believe to be the real little mermaid.

Synopsis by IMDB.

 

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The Snowtown Murders (2011) Rated NR

Based on true events, a sixteen-year-old boy falls into the wrong crowd, where a spree of murder and torture begins. The crowd happens to belong to his mother’s boyfriend. Starring Lucas Pittaway, Bob Adriaens, and Louise Harris.

You would think this film would be great, with its cinematic praise, and with it being based on a true story, you would think they would be able to tell the story. Alas, the film is chaotic and confusing and makes you wonder how Jamie fell into the friendship and murder involving John Bunting. This film is not for the faint of heart. There is no warning that what you see is the brutality of rape and murder. The torture the killers put these people through is shown on-screen. Its rating is Not Rated, but it should be rated at least an R or NC-17. The violence of the film is mixed with boring snippets of the characters eating, and then it’s back to violence. It’s almost as if the filmmakers were also addicted to violence. They wanted to shock us, but the story is already shocking; we don’t need it thrust down our throat. This film isn’t worth the watch.

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Superman (1978) Rated TV-PG

An alien orphan is sent from his dying planet to Earth and grows up to protect his adoptive world. Starring Marlon Brando, Gene Hackman, and Christopher Reeve.

This film is a classic. It’s the one that all other Superman flicks are compared to. Nobody can play Clark Kent/Superman like Christopher Reeve. There is a definite distinction between the two characters that Reeve is able to portray; I have yet to see this represented in any other film. The chemistry is matched between Reeve and Margot Kidder as Kidder portrays the tough female reporter with an innocent love for Superman. Then you have Gene Hackman as the villain, Lex Luther; I’ve yet to see anyone play this role better. The film also brings out the love that Superman has for his adoptive planet, which is lost in other films. Sure, there are parts that don’t match up with the comic books; Jimmy Olson is older than in the books. However, the differences don’t break the story. The film brings the comic series to life. This movie is worth a watch.

 

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Almost Human (FOX) Rated TV-14

In the future, a human and an android cop partner together to protect and serve. Starring Karl Urban, Michael Ealy, and Minka Kelly.

The only thing this show has going for it is that the cop has an android as a partner. There’s nothing new about the show; it’s a typical cop drama with its usual problems. Ealy is interesting to watch as the android, but Urban seemed more like any other character he’s ever played. I also thought the chemistry between the two was stilted, and the time frame doesn’t match reality. I really don’t think that in 50 years we would be technologically advanced enough to have androids on the police force. Of course, you can try to suspend disbelief, but that can only go so far. This show is worth a check out, but I’m already checked out.

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New This Week on DVD, August 14, 2018

 Avengers: Infinity War (PG-13)

The Avengers and their allies must be willing to sacrifice all in an attempt to defeat the powerful Thanos before his blitz of devastation and ruin puts an end to the universe. Starring Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo

 Bad Samaritan (R)

A pair of burglars stumble upon a woman being held captive in a home they intended to rob. Starring David Tennant, Robert Sheehan, Kerry Condon

 The Only Living Boy In New York (R)

Adrift in New York City, a recent college graduate’s life is upended by his father’s mistress. Starring Callum Turner, Jeff Bridges, Kate Beckinsale

 Shock and Awe (R)

A group of journalists covering George Bush’s planned invasion of Iraq in 2003 are skeptical of the president’s claim that Saddam Hussein has “weapons of mass destruction.” Starring Woody Harrelson, James Marsden, Rob Reiner

 How to Talk to Girls at Parties (R)

An alien touring the galaxy breaks away from her group and meets two young inhabitants of the most dangerous place in the universe: the London suburb of Croydon. Starring Nicole Kidman, Ruth Wilson, Elle Fanning

 The Yellow Birds (R)

Two young soldiers, Bartle and Murph  navigate the terrors of the Iraq war under the command of the older, troubled Sergeant Sterling. All the while, Bartle is tortured by a promise he made to Murph’s mother before their deployment. Starring Tye Sheridan, Jennifer Aniston, Toni Collette

 10 That Changed America: Season Two (TV-PG) *

A whirlwind tour of places where American history was made: from the monuments that mark our battles, to the streets that connect our cities, to the modern marvels that make our civilization possible. Find out which places made the list! Starring Geoffrey Baer

 Here and Now: The Complete First Season (TV-MA)

A multi-racial family made up of husband, wife, three adopted children from Liberia, Vietnam and Colombia and one biological child, find their bonds tested when one of the children begins seeing things which the rest cannot. Starring Tim Robbins, Holly Hunter, Daniel Zovatto

 The Irresistible Blueberry Farm (TV-G)

A young woman receives a letter that her deceased grandmother requests she hand-deliver to a man in her grandmother’s childhood home in Maine. She begins a journey of discovery of her grandmother, herself, and quality of life. Starring Alison Sweeney, Marc Blucas, Shirley Jones

 Destined to Ride (G)

Lily’s life is turned upside down when she is forced to leave her friends to spend the summer on a remote ranch with her nature-loving aunt. Convinced her social life is over, she is surprised to meet an unlikely group of friends and embarks on an adventure of a lifetime. When her aunt is threatened by unfriendly neighbors, Lily knows it is up to her and Pistachio, the horse she has discovered an unbreakable bond with, to save the ranch and to find her destiny along the way. Starring  Denise Richards, Madeline Carroll, Joey Lawrence

 Arrow: The Complete Sixth Season (TV-14)

Spoiled billionaire playboy Oliver Queen is missing and presumed dead when his yacht is lost at sea. He returns five years later a changed man, determined to clean up the city as a hooded vigilante armed with a bow. Starring  Stephen Amell, David Ramsey, Paul Blackthorne

 Mr. Mercedes: Season One (TV-MA)

Tells the story of a psychopathic killer who drives a stolen Mercedes into a crowd and a recently retired detective who tries to bring him down. Starring Brendan Gleeson, Harry Treadaway, Jharrel Jerome

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

Former government agent Raymond “Red” Reddington has eluded capture for decades. But he suddenly surrenders to the FBI with an offer to help catch a terrorist under the condition that he speaks only to Elizabeth “Liz” Keen, a young FBI profiler who’s just barely out of Quantico. Starring James Spader, Megan Boone, Diego Klattenhoff

 Raven Tales: Season 1 (NR)

Raven Tales is series of 26, half-hour, CGI animated television programs, targeted at school-age children and their families to introduce native Aboriginal folklore in a humorous and entertaining way. They tell the stories of the adventures of Raven, the most powerful deity of Aboriginal mythology. Each episode focuses on a new Raven Tale that has been adapted from the folklore of many Aboriginal nations. The pilot episode, How Raven Stole the Sun, was adapted from a popular Haida myth, but has elements of Salish and Kwakiutl, while others episodes have been adapted from Cree, Salish, Nisgaa, Comanche, Navaho and other Native American stories. The Raven Tales, like the Simpsons, finds a lot of its humor based on the interactions of its re-occurring ensemble cast. The three principal characters, Raven, Eagle and Frog, anchor the show and provide familiar faces and humorous antics that bookend each episode. Other characters include Old Man and his Daughter, Sea Wolf, Kolus and a small tribe of aboriginal men and women who are introduced as the tales progress. Starring Evan Adams, Carmen Moore, Ian Reid

 For Better or Worse (TV-G)

Wendy is finally settling in to single life after the death of her husband. She runs a successful wedding planning company with the help of her friend Roseanne. Wendy’s business and values are challenged when Marco, a charming but irritating divorce attorney, opens shop right next door! Starring Lisa Whelchel, Antonio Cupo, Edward Ruttle

Synopsis by IMDB unless otherwise stated.

*Synopsis by Amazon.

 

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Low Winter Sun (AMC) Rated NR

Murder, corruption, deception, and revenge ensue when Detroit detective, Frank Agnew kills another cop. Starring Mark Strong, Lennie James, and James Ransone.

I was rather disappointed when I watched this season of the show. The writing is lackluster for AMC. With both Mark Strong and Lennie James as the detectives that border on corrupt, I thought the show would be an amazing story. Alas, the show is dark and gritty, but even their amazing talent doesn’t made up for the mediocre writing. The show just has too many subplots that could go either way – good or bad. It holds your interest, but there are too many secrets and not enough answers to keep you tuned in. I want this show to succeed, but I’m not sure if it can. This show is worth a watch if only to see Strong and James.

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Drinks, Crime and Prohibition (Smithsonian) Rated TV-PG

A miniseries highlights the pros and cons of the American Prohibition. Starring Branford Parker.

I thought this miniseries did a fine job taking on the different parts of the American Prohibition and explaining the reasons behind it. The series covers the fight on both sides – the dry side against the wet. It also looks at the changes that took place in America during the Prohibition such as crime rates going up, disrespect for the law, and the prison system. Even the culture changed during those thirteen years. The 18th Amendment was the first amendment to restrict people’s rights rather than expand on them. The series showcases everything about the Prohibition era and is worth a watch.

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Penny Serenade (1941) Rated NR

The ups and downs of life are shown in the marriage of two young people as they begin their life together. Starring Irene Dunne, Cary Grant, and Beulah Bondi.

I loved this movie; I thought it was a great excerpt from life that highlights where your dreams and reality come into play. It also honestly portrays marriage, at least as honest as the filmmakers wanted it to be. The film bounces back and forth between comedy and tragedy. The actors portrayed new parents fabulously. At times, the story seems over the top, but it brings you back to what’s happening between the characters. This movie is still worth a watch.

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Bobcat Goldthwait’s Misfits & Monsters (TruTV) Rated TV-14

An anthology of stories across different genres that satirized social norms and flawed characters. Starring Atkins Estimond, Josephine Lundy, and Cara Mantella.

This show’s storytelling looks like it has potential; it could go either way – get better or become worse. The real downfall of the show is that it takes a political point of view making it more of a slap in the face than an actual show you enjoy with a few laughs. It’s well-produced, but I don’t think it will gain an audience when it doesn’t appreciate half of the audience that’s watching. This show isn’t worth a watch.

 

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New This Week in Theaters, August 9, 2018

 The Meg (PG-13)
Opens on Friday, August 10
Starring: Ruby Rose, Jason Statham, Rainn Wilson, Jessica McNamee

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.

 Dog Days (PG)
Opens on Friday, August 10
Starring: Nina Dobrev, Vanessa Hudgens, Finn Wolfhard, Lauren Lapkus

Dog Days follows a group of interconnected people in Los Angeles who are brought together by their lovable canine counterparts.

 BlacKkKlansman (R)
Opens on Friday, August 10
Starring: John David Washington, Adam Driver, Laura Harrier, Topher Grace

Ron Stallworth, an African-American police officer from Colorado, successfully managed to infiltrate the local Ku Klux Klan and became the head of the local chapter.

 Summer of ’84 (NR)
Opens on Friday, August 10
Starring: Graham Verchere, Judah Lewis, Caleb Emery

After suspecting that their police officer neighbor is a serial killer, a group of teenage friends spend their summer spying on him and gathering evidence, but as they get closer to discovering the truth, things get dangerous.

 Slender Man (PG-13)
Opens on Friday, August 10
Starring: Joey King, Javier Botet, Julia Goldani Telles, Annalise Basso

Slender Man tells the story of a tall, thin, horrifying figure with unnaturally long arms and a featureless face, who is reputed to be responsible for the haunting and disappearance of countless children and teens.

 Madeline’s Madeline (UR)
Opens on Friday, August 10
Starring: Helena Howard, Molly Parker, Miranda July, Okwui Okpokwasili

A theater director’s latest project takes on a life of its own when her young star takes her performance too seriously.

 Skate Kitchen (R)
Opens on Friday, August 10
Starring: Kabrina Adams, Tom Bruno, Thaddeus Daniels, Kobi Frumer

A teenaged skateboarder makes friends with a bunch of other skateboarding girls in New York City.

 A Prayer Before Dawn (R)
Opens on Friday, August 10
Starring: Joe Cole, Pornchanok Mabklang, Panya Yimmumphai, Vithaya Pansringarm

The true story of an English boxer incarcerated in one of Thailand’s most notorious prisons as he fights in Muay Thai tournaments to earn his freedom.

 BuyBust (NR)
Opens on Friday, August 10
Starring: Anne Curtis, Brandon Vera, Victor Neri, Arjo Atayde

An anti-drug enforcement agency stages a massive drug bust in the slums of Manila.

Synopsis by IMDB.

 

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