The Keepers (Netflix) Rated TV-MA

A docuseries about a nun’s death and the secrets that surround her murder. Starring Gemma Hoskins, Abbie Schaub, and Virginia Anzengruber.

This series is brilliant in storytelling. It takes us into the tale of  a nun who was trying to protect the girls that she taught. The series takes us down the winding road to find out what happened to Sister Cathy and the circumstances surrounding her death. It also makes your blood boil that there are people out there trying to cover up sexual abuse. It’s not the most focused documentary, and we do go around some things, leaving them unanswered and not talked about. There are things that should be questioned more and others that are not convincing. The documentary’s aim wasn’t to find all the answers, it is told because we need to find the answers to what happened to Sister Cathy. This series is worth a watch.

 

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New This Week on DVD, August 11, 2020

 Asian Americans (NR)

The series examines what the 2010 U.S. Census identifies as the fastest growing racial/ethnic group in the United States. Starring Austin Klenk 

 Nova: Eagle Power (TV-G)

Up-close footage provides a look at the strength, eyesight and flying skills of an eagle, and reveals the danger and drama of chicks as they struggle to survive. Starring Craig Sechler, Jay O. Sanders 


 NCIS: New Orleans – The Sixth Season (TV-14)

A spin-off of NCIS: Naval Criminal Investigative Service 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, Rob Kerkovich, CCH Pounder


American Experience: The Vote (NR)

One hundred years after the passage of the 19th Amendment, The Vote tells the dramatic culmination story of the hard-fought campaign waged by American women for the right to vote — a transformative cultural and political movement that resulted in the largest expansion of voting rights in U.S. history. Starring Kate Burton 

 All Summer Long (TV-G)

Tia’s dream job of captaining a dining cruise hits rough water when her ex Jake is hired as the restaurant’s chef. Starring Autumn Reeser, Brennan Elliott, Peter DeLuise 

 The Blacklist: The Complete Seventh 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 

 Playing for Keeps: The Complete First Season (NR)

To be a footballer’s wife, it takes serious balls. Dive into the salacious world of Aussie Rules Football, unearthing secrets, lies, scandals and murder. Starring Madeleine West, Annie Maynard, Cecelia Peters 

 Gold Digger: The Complete First Season (NR)

A wealthy older woman falls in love with a younger man, but is the relationship all that it seems? Starring Karla-Simone Spence, Julia Ormond, Ben Barnes 

 Belgravia (TV-14)

Follows events when the emerging nouveau riche, including the Trenchard family, rub shoulders with London’s established upper classes and when secrets from the past threaten to emerge. Starring Philip Glenister, Tamsin Greig, Harriet Walter 

Synopsis by IMDB. 

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Mr. Miracle (2014) Rated TV-G

 A guardian angel poses as an English teacher, to help a woman find her way before christmas. Based on the story by Debbie Macomber. Starring Kendra Anderson, Candus Churchill, Andrew Francis, Rob Morrow

I was rather disappointed by this film. I thought with the story that this film was going to be cute story, a little like It’s a Wonderful Life, alas it is not.  Rob Morrow is a character I haven’t seen before. His angel is over the top. I don’t know if that was his doing or the director but it was more annoying than cute or lovable. It’s no wonder he’s having a hard time getting his wings. His character is what is the struggle getting through the film and the story didn’t help. It’s a story that has been done before but I just felt there is no warmth behind the story. This film is not worth a watch.

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Sailing Into Love (2019) Rated TV-G

A biology teacher is juggling three friends’ weddings and teaching summer school on her favorite island. Starring Leah Renee, Chris McNally, and Fiona Vroom.

This is a cute Hallmark romance. It has the typical story elements, although it’s better written. We have a biology teacher teaching summer school on her favorite island. The captain on the sailing boat is the new young guy, and the two have a great back-and-forth rapport. The chemistry between the two of them is fun to watch. I also enjoyed that the film doesn’t have any misunderstanding that causes more of a blow. It was nice to see McNally in a role other than Hallmark’s When Calls the Heart. The story is good for Hallmark, and the acting is just as sweet. This film is worth a watch.

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Debbie Macomber’s Dashing Through the Snow (2015) Rated NR

Two people become stranded at an airport during the holiday season and decide to rent a car together to get out of town. Along the way, they experience adventures while falling in love. Based on Debbie Macomber’s book of the same name. Starring Meghan Ory, Andrew W. Walker, and Aaron Craven.

I have yet to see Meghan Ory in a role that intrigues me. Walker, on the other hand, always provides an enjoyable performance. However, the two don’t match well. Then you have the story, which just seems so outlandish. I get it – you’re stranded due to winter weather, but what’s with all the weird adventures? They don’t make much sense. I could see this couple falling in love if the story followed the two of them trying to get home without the misadventures. Maybe the book explains the story better than the retelling on the screen. The chemistry between the actors is missing, and the story makes this film not worth a watch.

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Santa Paws 2: The Santa Pups (2012) Rated G

When Christmas spirit begins to disappear, the santa pups work to try and save Christmas. Starring Cheryl Ladd, Danny Woodburn, and Kaitlyn Maher.

This is one of those Christmas films made for children. It uses computer animation on the dogs’ faces to make it look like they are talking. I’m not fond of those films because the quality of computer animation doesn’t make it look real. The story with the humans is more enjoyable though, and this film surprised me as a musical. The musical bits are cute, but I’m not sure if the film needed them to tell the story. The story without the pups is good, but it doesn’t work without having them involved since they are the reason Christmas spirit is disappearing. The pups are there to learn a lesson. This film is cute and definitely family friendly but not worth a watch.

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Crown for Christmas (2015) Rated TV-G

Allie gets fired from her job at a ritzy hotel and decides to take a temporary job as governess to a girl who lives in a European castle. Starring Danica McKellar, Rupert Penry-Jones, and Ellie Botterill.

This is one of those stories that we’ve seen before. We have a governess falling for her boss, and he just happens to be a king. Of course, it’s the typical plot with a child who doesn’t need a governess and doesn’t like her father’s girlfriend. It’s like a remake of The Sound of Music without the music, but it includes the Christmas season. However, it’s a cute film, and McKellar and Penry-Jones work well together. I just didn’t get the warm fuzzies. I don’t think the film is bad, but I don’t think it’s worth the watch either, making this film not worth a watch.

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Street Smart (1987) Rated R

A New York journalist lies about a fake pimp but is actually describing a real pimp that’s up for murder. Starring Christopher Reeve, Kathy Baker, and Mimi Rogers.

This film is a brilliant story of life on the streets. It represents that life well, the scariness of it and the quick change of emotions. The downfall of this film is the script – it doesn’t hold up to the great performances by the actors. The script just has too many plot holes. At times, the writing seems smart and interesting – then,the characters do something stupid or out of character. The film is interesting and holds your attention, but the poor writing and bad ending that doesn’t make sense, this film is not worth a watch.

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Christmas in Palm Springs (2014) Rated NR

A couple of kids try to get their divorced parents back together with a Christmas in Palm Springs. Starring Patrick Muldoon, Dina Meyer, and Ian Ziering.

This film lacks one crucial element for an uplifting holiday film, and that’s the actual holiday. There is nothing really Christmassy about this film. The characters are annoying and are not very uplifting either. The kids’ behavior is annoying, and the mother is more motivated by her work than she is family orientated.  She also doesn’t seem to recognize that her boss is interested in her. The film’s script is just poorly written, and the chemistry between actors isn’t there. This film is not worth a watch.

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Surviving Joe Exotic (2020) Rated TV-14

A behind-the-scenes documentaries of Joe Exotic as a rescue crew comes in to save the wolves and two other lions. Starring Joe Exotic.

This documentary has interviews with Joe Exotic, his ex-employees, rescue leaders, and exotic animal experts. It follows the rescue team that came in to get the wolves and ended up saving a couple of lions as well. We then learn about the lions’ rescue and what they had to go through to survive. This film shows the aftermath of what happened to Joe Exotic’s cats. It also talks about the other cats that were rescued before the end. This  film, while interesting, is only snippet of the story, making it not worth a watch.

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