Rudolph must find baby New Year before midnight on New Year’s Eve. Starring Red Skelton, Frank Gorshin, and Morey Amsterdam.
This film is the continuation of Rudolph’s story. This time he is on a mission to find Happy, the baby New Year, in order to bring in the New Year. The film continues the story of Happy and Rudolph both being the butt of jokes due to their differences – Rudolph’s nose and Happy’s ears. The story holds up for the most part, but it really wasn’t the best Rankin/Bass stop-motion animation. They also didn’t do well casting the voice actors. Red Skelton and Billie Mae Richards return for their characters, but the revolving door of new characters is a struggle. There were points that I enjoyed; the islands of former New Years were kind of fun to go through, but the story didn’t hold all the charm of the original Rudolph film. This film is not worth the watch.
The world’s most famous superhero and comic books’ most famous journalist face the pressures and complexities that come with balancing work, justice, and parenthood in today’s society. Starring Tyler Hoechlin, Elizabeth Tulloch, Alex Garfin
Bring It On: Cheer Or Die (PG-13)
When a cheer squad practices their routines on Halloween weekend in an abandoned school, they are picked off one by one by an unknown killer. Starring Alexandra Beaton, Missi Pyle, Tiera Skovbye
Kung Fu: The Complete Second Season (TV-14)
A quarter-life crisis causes a young Chinese-American woman, Nicky Shen, to drop out of college and go on a life-changing journey to an isolated monastery in China. But when she returns to find her hometown overrun with crime and corruption, Nicky uses her martial arts skills and Shaolin values to protect her community and bring criminals to justice — all while searching for the assassin who killed her Shaolin mentor and is now targeting her. Starring Olivia Liang, Kheng Hua Tan, Eddie Liu
Hidden: Series 3 (NR)
Police investigate when the body of a girl is found in a lake. Starring Sian Reese-Williams, Sion Alun Davies, Victoria Pugh
Wisting: Seasons Two & Three (TV-14)
Homicide detective William Wisting struggles with the two toughest cases of his career. His serial killer investigation crosses paths with his journalist daughter’s news story, putting her in grave danger. Starring Sven Nordin, Thea Green Lundberg, Mads Ousdal
The Lost World: The Complete Series (TV-PG)
The adventures of a band of explorers stranded in a mysterious land inhabited by dinosaurs and other dangers. Starring Peter McCauley, Rachel Blakely, Jennifer O’Dell
Mayor of Kingstown: Season One (TV-MA)
The McLusky family are power brokers tackling themes of systemic racism, corruption and inequality in Kingstown, Michigan, where the business of incarceration is the only thriving industry. Starring Jeremy Renner, Dianne Wiest, Hugh Dillon
Nova: Ultimate Space Telescope (NR)
NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope, from its conception to completion. Starring Craig Sechler
Two cops, a veteran and a rookie, pursue a seasoned bank robber. Starring Jason Statham, Ryan Phillippe, and Wesley Snipes.
This film ends up better than when it first started out. I wasn’t expecting much. I thought it may be a below-average film with the casting, but it had a twist that surprised me. The film takes us on a journey that you think is normal for an action film, but then includes surprisingly smart plot twists that take us down a different road. The film uses the title pretty convincingly as we all seem to run down through the events in chaos. This is a film that is worth the watch.
The Romans have created a country music dynasty and now it’s time for the next generation to step up to the plate. Starring Martha Higareda, Kevin Cahoon, and Ava Grace.
This show has to be the worst new show of the season, which is shocking when it does have a great cast with Trace Adkins, Susan Sarandon, and Anna Friel. Adkins is still getting his feet wet in the acting world, and Sarandon isn’t really an actress I think country music fans would be a fan of. Now, I’ve loved Anna Friel since Pushing Daisies. She does have a voice – the whole Roman family has a voice that can carry a tune. That’s a plus, but what it really lacks is a good script and story. Mostly, it’s ripping off Nashville, the better all-around show. If you want to watch a good country music tv show, Nashville is the one. Monarch just doesn’t seem to get country music or even the drama behind the scenes. Granted, I’m not sure if country music is that cutthroat – maybe it can be, but it’s hard to imagine. Nashville had pretty much the same storyline and it was done so much better. This show is not worth the watch.
Holly travels by bus to meet her boyfriend for Christmas but along the way, she meets a cowboy. Starring Sarah Carter, Damon Runyan, and Paul Popowich.
This is a typical Hallmark Christmas romance film so the script isn’t the best. Holly seems to hook up with Luke, the cowboy, while she is still in a relationship with her boyfriend. While they did try to highlight that Luke understands her better than her boyfriend, it still shouldn’t be a free pass for that behavior. I love that they didn’t have the music play while they had dialogue – this is one of the few Hallmark films that doesn’t do that. The film didn’t lack chemistry between the characters, but there were still moments of the film not having a good flow. It’s an interesting story but nothing new, and without a good script, this film is not worth the watch.
Buzz Lightyear spends years trying to make it back home. Starring Chris Evans, Keke Palmer, and Peter Sohn.
I’m rather surprised by this film and it’s not a good surprise. First, this film must be a stand-alone film. It’s not a prequel or even anything that represents what we know of Buzz Lightyear from the Toy Story series. It’s like they were making up a story for the TV cartoon of Buzz Lightyear that inspired the doll. Nothing about this film makes any sense. I think it’s the worst film that Disney has released in the last few years. That’s saying a lot – there are some bad ones out there and this has to be worse than them. The only likable thing is Socks. The script tries to be funny, but nothing is funny except Socks. There are blatantly inauthentic moments throughout the film. It makes you wonder what the filmmakers were thinking. This film is not worth the watch.
Don’t Worry Darling (R) Opens on Monday, September 19 Starring: Florence Pugh, Olivia Wilde, Chris Pine
A 1950s housewife living with her husband in a utopian experimental community begins to worry that his glamorous company could be hiding disturbing secrets.
The Railway Children Return (PG) Opens on Friday, September 23 Starring: John Bradley, Jenny Agutter, Sheridan Smith
Follow a group of children who are evacuated to a Yorkshire village during the Second World War, where they encounter a young soldier who, like them, is far away from home.
On the Come Up (PG-13) Opens on Friday, September 23 Starring: Sanaa Lathan, Da’Vine Joy Randolph, Method Man
Story centers on 16-year-old Bri, who wants to be one of the greatest rappers of all time. Facing controversies and with an eviction notice staring down her family, Bri doesn’t just want to make it, she has to make it.
Wicked Game (NR) Opens on Friday, September 23 Starring: Dini Blake, Dini Blake
An electrifying thrill-ride is unfolding with propulsive energy, unexpected twists and breathtaking action.
The Swearing Jar (NR) Opens on Friday, September 23 Starring: Adelaide Clemens, Douglas Smith, Patrick J. Adams
“It is a rare and miraculous thing to find your one true soul mate.” Carey soon learns that finding two of them can pose an even greater problem.
Yakuza (NR) Opens on Friday, September 23 Starring: Pat Casey, Maya Forbes, Josh Miller
The tale of a yakuza (Japanese gangster) who makes his way through the Japanese criminal underworld.
My Imaginary Country (NR) Opens on Friday, September 23 Starring: Patricio Guzmán
Protests that exploded onto the streets of Chile’s capital of Santiago in 2019 as the population demanded more democracy and social equality around education, healthcare and job opportunities.
Nothing Compares (NR) Opens on Friday, September 23 Starring: Sinéad O’Connor
The story of Sinéad O’Connor’s rise to worldwide fame, and how her iconoclastic personality resulted in her exile from the pop mainstream. Focusing on prophetic words and deeds across a six-year period (1987-1993), the film reflects on the legacy of this fearless trailblazer, through a contemporary feminist lens.
An outcast donkey in Roman Judea finds his destiny on the way to Bethlehem. Starring Roger Miller, Brenda Vaccaro, and Paul Frees.
This is one of the lesser-known Rankin/Bass productions. Although, it is one of my favorites during the holiday season. It’s not the best written, but I enjoy how the Christmas story is turned not on its head but maybe 180 degrees. We follow the donkey who was born with oversized ears and was outcasted because of them. We see him discover the reason for his birth and his destiny. This story isn’t as warm and loving as some of the other Rankin/Bass films, but it does touch your heart. It’s emotional and you don’t lose the true Christmas story. This is one film that you can’t miss during the Christmas Season. It’s worth the watch.
This series showcases the different eras of the Mafia’s rise and fall. Starring Colin Tierney, Selwyn Raab, and Thomas Reppetto.
The series gives us the backgrounds of different outlaws in their ranks while also showcasing how the FBI and law enforcement changed their tactics to catch them. They interview the men and women who took down the criminal enterprises and discuss what made each individual a threat to society. It’s a great history lesson as we learn about the Mafia and the law during different periods. They also use a few dramatic recreations to bring them back to life. It’s a show that is worth a watch.
Pooh and friends try to rescue Santa’s trainee reindeer, Holly. Starring Dee Bradley Baker, Mikaila Baumel, and Kimberlea Berg.
This film was made for kids, and it’s an extended episode of the series, My Friends Tigger and Pooh. The animation is more computer animation rather than the older style of the Pooh series. The series is geared more toward preschool children with the added character of Darby (instead of Christopher Robin). She takes over the show rather than allowing us to enjoy the friendship of the Pooh characters. Some of the voice acting really doesn’t do the original characters justice. I especially didn’t enjoy Travis Oates’ voice for Piglet; it’s too deep and raspy for a cute little piglet. Roo sounds tired, and then you have the songs, which weren’t really a part of the original Pooh series. They just don’t fit into the story at all and distract from it. While it’s cute for preschoolers, it’s not the best and one that I wouldn’t recommend as a yearly watch, making it not worth the watch.