New This Week on DVD, March 28, 2023


 Plane (R)

A pilot finds himself caught in a war zone after he’s forced to land his commercial aircraft during a terrible storm. Starring Gerard Butler, Mike Colter, Tony Goldwyn 

 Missing (PG-13)

After her mother goes missing, a young woman tries to find her from home, using tools available to her online. Starring Tim Griffin, Ava Zaria Lee, Nia Long 

 The Son (PG-13)

Peter has his busy life with new partner Beth and their baby thrown into disarray when his ex-wife Kate turns up with their teenage son, Nicholas. Starring Vanessa Kirby, Felix Goddard, Max Goddard 

 Chucky: The Complete Second Season (TV-MA)

After a vintage Chucky doll turns up at a suburban yard sale, an idyllic American town is thrown into chaos as a series of horrifying murders begin to expose the town’s hypocrisies and secrets. Starring Zackary Arthur, Bjorgvin Arnarson, Alyvia Alyn Lind 

 Rick and Morty: Season 6 (TV-14)

An animated series that follows the exploits of a super scientist and his not-so-bright grandson. Starring Justin Roiland, Chris Parnell, Spencer Grammer 

 Frozen Planet II (TV-PG)

Following life in the frozen regions of the planet, including polar bears, Siberian tigers, snow monkeys, and penguins. Starring David Attenborough, Jamie McPherson, Helen Hobin 

 Gaslit: The Limited Series (TV-MA)

A modern take on the 1970s political Watergate scandal centering on untold stories and forgotten characters of the time. Starring Julia Roberts, Sean Penn, Dan Stevens 

 Yashahime: Princess Half-Demon – Season Two, Part One (TV-14)

An adventure following Sesshomaru’s half-demon twin daughters, Towa and Setsuna, as they discover the mysteries of their past along with Moroha, the daughter of Inuyasha and Kagome. Starring Sara Matsumoto, Mikako Komatsu, Agostina Longo 

 Hunters: Seasons 1 & 2 (TV-MA)

Erik returns to the northernmost of Sweden after a lifetime with Stockholm police save The Hunters and False Trail. Retirement doesn’t become him so he helps his nephew Peter, a rookie at the local police. Starring Rolf Lassgård, Johan Marenius Nordahl, Annika Nordin 

 Survivor: Season 43 (TV-PG)

A reality show where a group of contestants are stranded in a remote location with little more than the clothes on their back. The lone survivor of this contest takes home a million dollars. Starring Jeff Probst, Rob Mariano, Parvati Shallow 

Synopsis by IMDB. 

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Blossoms in the Dust (1941) Rated NR

When Edna Gladney discovers how the government treats children without parents, she opens a home for foundlings and orphans. Starring Greer Garson, Walter Pidgeon, and Felix Bressart.

This film does tug at your heart strings as it covers the life of Gladney, who is considered a modern saint. Her life is beautifully retold as the mother of the modern adoption system. While the film covers some of Gladney’s life, it isn’t completely truthful. The backstory leading up to starting the adoption system is mostly falsified. Although this is a great story and one that needs to be told, history tends to gloss over positive events or successes. The film is wonderfully acted and written. However, it’s not perfect. There are times when you struggle figuring out which child is which, but those imperfections don’t deter from the story. It’s worth the watch.


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Highway to Heaven (NBC) Rated NR

 A probationary angel is sent to Earth in order to help people. Starring Michael Landon, Victor French, and James Troesh. 

This series is a sentimental and family oriented show thay touches on some deep subject matter. There runs a gamut of episodes from romance to heavy topics like racism and poverty. The show’s highlight is the chemistry between French and Landon. Their friendship is palpable on screen. They work well together, and it helps that their characters are opposite on screen. While the premise of the show isn’t biblically accurate, it doesn’t claim something it isn’t. The show is very well written, and Michael always confers with the man upstairs. This is a fluff show that just warms your heart. It’s worth the watch. 


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Blood & Money (CNBC) Rated NR

Blood and Money follows the detectives and prosecutors that investigate infamous scandals. Starring Steven Zirnkilton, Stephen Cannon, and Curtis Lee Newton. 

This series is created by Dick Wolf, who is famous for creating the Law & Order series. Thus, it has the feel of a fictional series. However, this series spotlights the true crime sagas that have trended around the U.S. It covers the case better than some of the other true crime shows. The pacing for a one-hour show is great, especially when some of these crimes span years. It shows us how the cases were worked through, and it’s surprising as these crimes have been ripped apart by the media most of the time. This series is worth the watch. 

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The Talk: Race in America (2017) Rated NR

A documentary on talks that are happening in homes across America about how to behave in front of police. Starring Kenya Barris, Nas, and Rosie Perez.

This documentary talks about how African Americans focus on how to behave in front of the police. While that’s all good, a lot of that seems to be second nature for other races in the world. I wonder why these behaviors are so hard for one race. As this special discusses how to teach young people how to behave, I have other questions that continue to plague me. We need to figure out why the police are fearful when doing their jobs. We need to figure out why the citizens are just as fearful. I think it goes much deeper than color. I think it’s the mistakes on both sides that are making us fearful of each other. It’s not the color of the skin that is the foundation of that fearfulness. It’s deeper and it’s complex. This is something that can’t be changed overnight, but blaming one side is not the way to go. There’s no way that we don’t need police. It’s an essential job, and I’m thankful for the men and women who do it and do it without becoming dirty. This documentary is not worth the watch.

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New This Week in Theaters, March 23, 2023


John Wick: Chapter 4 (2023) - IMDb John Wick Chapter 4 (R)
Opens on Friday, March 24
Starring: Keanu Reeves, Donnie Yen, Bill Skarsgård 

John Wick uncovers a path to defeating The High Table. But before he can earn his freedom, Wick must face off against a new enemy with powerful alliances across the globe and forces that turn old friends into foes.

A Good Person - Wikipedia A Good Person (R)
Opens on Friday, March 24
Starring: Florence Pugh, Morgan Freeman, Celeste O’Connor

Follows Allison, whose life falls apart following her involvement in a fatal accident.

Drain Away: Is Pure Longing a Sin? (2023) - IMDb Drain Away: Is Pure Longing a Sin? (NR)
Opens on Friday, March 24
Starring: Reila Aphrodite, Galen Howard, Tim Neff

A young woman Kaname is possessed by a ghost of a Japanese samurai Saki whose goal is to make history repeat itself in the death of those she loves.

The Worst Ones (2022) - IMDb The Worst Ones (NR)
Opens on Friday, March 24
Starring: Mallory Wanecque, Timéo Mahaut, Johan Heldenbergh 

A group of teenagers from the same neighborhood are selected to act in a feature film during the summer.

THE SCHOOL OF MAGICAL ANIMALS 3/24 no poster or trailer – Grand Theatres School of Magical Animals (PG)
Opens on Friday, March 24
Starring: Emilia Maier, Leonard Conrads, Loris Sichrovsky 

Ida must transfer to a new school, where she soon realizes the students are unkind to each other. However, that all changes when a new teacher, Miss Cornfield, begins to educate them on the value of friendship and magic.

Nam June Paik: Moon Is The Oldest TV' Exclusive Trailer: Amanda Kim's  Directorial Debut Focuses On The Father of Video Art Nam June Paik: Moon Is the Oldest TV (NR)
Opens on Friday, March 24
Starring: Nam June Paik

The journey of Nam June Paik, famous Asian artists of the 20th century, who revolutionized the use of technology as artistic canvas and prophesied both fascist tendencies and intercultural understanding that interconnected metaverse .

Tehranto (2022) - IMDb Tehranto (NR)
Opens on Friday, March 24
Starring: Sammy Azero, Mo Zeighami, Navid Negahban 

In Toronto, lively music, intricate textiles and vibrant colours paint an unlikely story of love and family when, Badi and Sharon, two young students with very different upbringings from a divided Persian community, accidentally fall in love.

Synopsis by IMDB. 

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Back to School with Gus Johnson (2023) Rated NR

Gus Johnson, one of the most exciting voices in sports broadcasting, decides to head back to school for a year. Starring Tommy Amaker, Jim Harbaugh, and Gus Johnson.

This TV special takes a look at a successful broadcaster who wants to do more in his life, so he heads back to school. Johnson does well with his job. He’s worked hard, and the special goes back to the beginning when he moved from playing sports to writing about them. Johnson talks about what motivates him and what encourages him to do the job. He also talks about motivating kids to do well in order to accomplish similar things in life. It’s great motivation to do well. This is worth a watch. 

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The Edge of Seventeen (2016) Rated R

High school life becomes unbearable when Nadine’s best friend starts dating her older brother. Starring Hailee Steinfeld, Haley Lu Richardson, and Blake Jenner.

I don’t know why this film is so honored. For me, it left a bad taste in my mouth. It starts off with a girl who doesn’t feel that she belongs anywhere. Her character isn’t one that’s likable or that we can understand. Granted, we have all had the feeling of not belonging, but Nadine takes it to the next level. She doesn’t have a hard life, and she is way too selfish to really have us care about her teen angst. Most of the time, the storyline is too surreal. I mean, we all have teen angst, but hers is way over the top, and we, as the audience, have no sympathy toward her. The film does have its perks, but its nothing to make the film worthy. It’s not worth the watch.

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Act Your Age (Bounce) Rated NR

Three friends in the prime of their lives shine in their individuality while also supporting each other. Starring Mariah Robinson, Nathan Anderson, and Ratoya Banks.

The comedy chops of Yvette Nicole Brown and Kym Whitley are a joy to watch. I love them both. I also enjoy that these women are in control of their lives. The writing is good. The comedy is good. I just worry about where they will go with the show. Will they ruin the gold that they have? Will they make the show more about politics or race? Just leave it as women who love themselves and each other. What worries me is that this diamond in the rough could get lost in the sand.  This show is worth a watch. 

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New This Week on DVD, March 21, 2023


 M3GAN (PG-13)

A robotics engineer at a toy company builds a life-like doll that begins to take on a life of its own. Starring Allison Williams, Violet McGraw, Ronny Chieng 

 Babylon (R)

A tale of outsized ambition and outrageous excess, it traces the rise and fall of multiple characters during an era of unbridled decadence and depravity in early Hollywood. Starring J.C. Currais, Diego Calva, Jimmy Ortega 

 Left Behind: Rise of The Antichrist (PG-13)

The only light after the world falls into chaos is a charming new leader who rises to the head of the UN, but does he bring hope for a better future? Or is it the end of the world? Starring Kevin Sorbo, Mary Armstrong, Mark Bellamy

 Vienna Blood: Season 3 (TV-14)

Max Liebermann, a medical student and protegé of Sigmund Freud, helps Detective Rheinhardt in the investigation of a series of disturbing murders around 1900s Vienna. Starring Matthew Beard, Juergen Maurer, Conleth Hill 

Star Trek: Strange New Worlds - Season One Star Trek Strange New Worlds: Season One (TV-PG)

A prequel to Star Trek: The Original Series, the show follows the crew of the USS Enterprise under Captain Christopher Pike. Starring Melissa Navia, Anson Mount, Ethan Peck

 Doc Martin: Series 10 (TV-14)

The trials and tribulations of Martin Ellingham, a brilliant but socially challenged doctor who moves from London to the picturesque village of Port Wenn in Cornwall. Starring 

 Unlikely Angel (NR)

In-control businesswoman Janie is falling apart of the thought of becoming a mom. Will a chance meeting with an angel be an answer to prayer? Starring Jillian Murray, Robert Amaya, Benjamin J. Barlowe 

 Sweet Caroline (TV-G)

Marketing executive, Josie, returns home when she becomes the unexpected guardian of her niece and nephew. While there, she reconnects with Cooper, her high school boyfriend. Starring Lacey Chabert, Tyler Hynes, Gregory Harrison 

 Amazing Race: Season 34 (TV-PG)

Multiple teams race around the globe for $1,000,000 to ‘amazing’ locations. Starring Phil Keoghan, Jet McCoy, Cord McCoy 

Synopsis by IMDB. 

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