Boyhood (2014) Rated R

Boyhood follows the life of Mason from early adolescent to college age. Starring Ellar Coltrane, Patricia Arquette, and Elijah Smith.

This film is experimental in the way it shows a character change as time goes by. It’s filmed over 12 years as we see each of the characters age in real-time. What this film lacks is a great story about a boy who struggles with growing up. The story isn’t as cohesive as it could be. It jumps through time as we watch the young boy struggle with each year. Nothing good seems to come from these characters. The boy becomes a slacker, the father finally grows up, and the mother never makes any good choices. The only redeeming part of the film is they did a wonderful job at filming seamlessly over 12 years. That’s the only reason the film is worth a watch.

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New This Week on DVD, November 12, 2019

 Good Boys (R)

Three 6th grade boys ditch school and embark on an epic journey while carrying accidentally stolen drugs, being hunted by teenage girls, and trying to make their way home in time for a long-awaited party. Starring Jacob Tremblay, Keith L. Williams, Brady Noon

 The Angry Birds Movie 2 (PG)

The flightless birds and scheming green pigs take their feud to the next level. Starring Jason Sudeikis, Josh Gad, Leslie Jones

 47 Meters Down: Uncaged (PG-13)

Four teen girls diving in a ruined underwater city quickly learn they’ve entered the territory of the deadliest shark species in the claustrophobic labyrinth of submerged caves. Starring Sophie Nélisse, Corinne Foxx, Brianne Tju

 The Peanut Butter Falcon (PG-13)

Zak runs away from his care home to make his dream of becoming a wrestler come true. Starring Shia LaBeouf, Dakota Johnson, Zack Gottsagen

 The Farewell (PG)

A Chinese family discovers their grandmother has only a short while left to live and decide to keep her in the dark, scheduling a wedding to gather before she dies. Starring Shuzhen Zhao, Awkwafina, X Mayo

 Brian Banks (PG-13)

A football player’s dreams to play in the NFL are halted when he is wrongly convicted and sent to prison. Years later, he fights to clear his name within an unjust system. Starring Greg Kinnear, Melanie Liburd, Aldis Hodge

 Tel Aviv on Fire (NR)

Salam, an inexperienced young Palestinian man, becomes a writer on a popular soap opera after a chance meeting with an Israeli soldier. His creative career is on the rise – until the soldier and the show’s financial backers disagree about how the show should end, and Salam is caught in the middle. Starring Kais Nashif, Lubna Azabal, Yaniv Biton

 After the Wedding (PG-13)

A manager of an orphanage in Kolkata travels to New York to meet a benefactor. Starring Michelle Williams, Billy Crudup, Julianne Moore

 Masterpiece: Poldark: Season 5 (TV-14)

Ross Poldark returns home after American Revolutionary War and rebuilds his life with a new business venture, making new enemies and finding a new love where he least expects it. Starring Aidan Turner, Eleanor Tomlinson, Jack Farthing

 D-Day: The Battle of Omaha Beach (NR)

Some people called it a suicide, but for the Rangers of the 2nd Battalion, that’s another word for mission. When an elite group of American soldiers are ordered to take out a series of German machine gun nests, they find themselves blindly venturing into hostile territory. Outnumbered and outgunned they must risk life and limb as they cross treacherous terrain, never knowing where the enemy might be hiding. Starring Randy Couture, Chuck Liddell, Weston Cage Coppola

 A Snow White Christmas (NR)

When Blanca Snow is faced with spending Christmas with her dastardly stepmother, Victoria, she attempts to fulfill her late father’s wishes and create new memories as a family. Starring Michelle Randolph, Carolyn Hennesy, Liam McNeill

 Sailor Moon Sailor Stars: Season 5, Part 2 (TV-PG)

A group of schoolgirls discover they are incarnations of super-powered alien princesses, and use their abilities to defend the earth. Starring Stephanie Sheh, Kotono Mitsuishi, Kate Higgins

 Doctor Who: The Macra Terror (NR)

In this lost episode of the classic series recreated with animation, The Doctor and his companions discover a sinister secret at a seemingly happy Earth colony. Starring Michael Craze, Patrick Troughton, Anneke Wills

 The Big Bang Theory: The Complete Twelfth and Final Season (TV-14)

A woman who moves into an apartment across the hall from two brilliant but socially awkward physicists shows them how little they know about life outside of the laboratory. Starring Johnny Galecki, Jim Parsons, Kaley Cuoco

 Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol (NR)

Playing over 20 characters, Martin Prest brings Charles Dickens’s timeless story of redemption to life. Starring Martin Prest

 Star Trek Discovery: Season Two (TV-14)

Ten years before Kirk, Spock, and the Enterprise, the USS Discovery discovers new worlds and lifeforms as one Starfleet officer learns to understand all things alien. Starring Sonequa Martin-Green, Doug Jones, Anthony Rapp

 The 100: Complete Sixth Season (TV-14)

Set ninety-seven years after a nuclear war has destroyed civilization, when a spaceship housing humanity’s lone survivors sends one hundred juvenile delinquents back to Earth, in hopes of possibly re-populating the planet. Starring Eliza Taylor, Bob Morley, Marie Avgeropoulos

 Love, Antosha (R)

A portrait of the extraordinary life and career of actor Anton Yelchin. Starring Anton Yelchin, J.J. Abrams, Sofia Boutella

Synopsis by IMDB.

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Primal (AdultSwim) Rated TV-MA

Primal follows a caveman at the dawn of evolution and his friend, a dinosaur that’s on the brink of extinction. They bond over their friendship as tragedy surrounds them. Starring Aaron LaPlante, Tom Kenny, and Jon Olson.

This show is brilliantly written, and the animation is the best I’ve seen. The series relies on action rather than spoken word as we watch the pair try to survive in a  world that is uncivilized.  The show is for adults; the violence in it is true to the time period – it’s every man and beast for himself. It touches you. Of course, the show isn’t historically accurate, but the story pulls you in and makes you wonder how these two will survive. This show is worth a watch.

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Brothers (2009) Rated R

A young man comforts his brother’s wife and child after his brother is missing in action. Starring Tobey Maguire, Jake Gyllenhaal, and Natalie Portman.

This film has brilliant performances from all three of the actors, Maguire, who plays the veteran that struggles with PTSD, Gyllenhaal, the brother who stays home with his own regrets, and Portman, the woman torn between both men. Compared to the 2004 Danish film, this film isn’t as emotional, and the Danish film has more emotional performances. However, both films really go in-depth with the realities of PTSD and the effects it has on the family as a whole. The 2004 film also pushes the boundaries. It’s brilliant. This film leaves a hollow in it’s place, but even though it isn’t as good as the original version, it’s still worth a watch.

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Ghost Nation (Travel) Rated TV-PG

This series teams original Ghost Hunters, Jason, Steve and Dave, together with a different team member from the Ghost Nation group to explore high case hauntings. Starring Jason Hawes, Steve Gonsalves, and Dave Tango.

I was rather disappointed in this series. Ghost Hunters has always been my guilty pleasure TV show. It’s obvious that the production of this show isn’t as good as the other show and the format is different. I think this series makes the cast look stupid rather than like seasoned veterans. It seems like they don’t have the correct knowledge of the homes before investigating. They don’t research the property and hauntings before investigating; it comes after they have already done some investigating. This is why they don’t look in the right direction or ask the right questions. Then, in the middle of an investigation, they pull this out of thin air rather than figuring out what is true. Most of the time they are investigating history that isn’t even accurate. I’m a fan of all three of the men, but this just makes me question the validity and reasons behind the investigations. The show also doesn’t really go over the findings from the investigation. Although I love the guys, this show is not worth a watch.

 

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The Ark (2015) Rated TV-PG

A retelling of the story of Noah and the ark. Starring David Threlfall, Joanne Whalley, and Ashley Walters.

This is an interesting retelling of the Bible story. It is not historically or Biblically accurate. The story expands not just to rescue Noah’s family but also to others outside the family. Although, I have to say the acting was brilliant, and I enjoyed the depth that Threlfall gave to Noah. It goes beyond the one dimensional Noah that is illustrated in the Bible. Noah only has three sons, but somehow in this story, he has four, and I have to say I enjoyed that he had to convince them of the ark. I thought that was a little more realistic version of what might have happened back then. I enjoyed that the film made the Biblical characters come to life and presented them as more human, but it’s not the Biblical story. It’s not worth a watch.

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New This Week in Theaters, November 7, 2019

Image result for Doctor Sleep Doctor Sleep (R)
Opens on Friday, November 8
Starring: Rebecca Ferguson, Ewan McGregor, Danny Lloyd, Carel Struycken

Years following the events of “The Shining,” a now-adult Dan Torrance meets a young girl with similar powers as he tries to protect her from a cult known as The True Knot who prey on children with powers to remain immortal.

Related image Midway (PG-13)
Opens on Friday, November 8
Starring: Woody Harrelson, Ed Skrein, Patrick Wilson, Dennis Quaid

The story of the Battle of Midway, told by the leaders and the sailors who fought it.

Image result for Danger Close Danger Close (R)
Opens on Friday, November 8
Starring: Travis Fimmel, Richard Roxburgh, Luke Bracey

In August 1966, in a Vietnamese rubber plantation called Long Tan, 108 young and inexperienced Australian and New Zealand soldiers are fighting for their lives against 2500 North Vietnamese and Viet Cong soldiers.

Image result for Last Christmas Last Christmas (PG-13)
Opens on Friday, November 8
Starring: Emilia Clarke, Henry Golding, Emma Thompson, Michelle Yeoh

Kate is a young woman subscribed to bad decisions. Her last date with disaster? That of having accepted to work as Santa’s elf for a department store. However, she meets Tom there. Her life takes a new turn. For Kate, it seems too good to be true.

Related image Honey Boy (R)
Opens on Friday, November 8
Starring: Shia LaBeouf, Lucas Hedges, Noah Jupe, Byron Bowers

A young actor’s stormy childhood and early adult years as he struggles to reconcile with his father and deal with his mental health.

Image result for The Kingmaker The Kingmaker (R)
Opens on Friday, November 8
Starring: Imelda Marcos

Documentary centering on the controversial political career of Imelda Marcos, the former first lady of the Philippines whose behind-the-scenes influence of her husband Ferdinand’s presidency rocketed her to the global political stage.

Image result for Playing with Fire Playing with Fire (PG)
Opens on Friday, November 8
Starring: Judy Greer, Keegan-Michael Key, Brianna Hildebrand, John Cena

A crew of rugged firefighters meet their match when attempting to rescue three rambunctious kids.

Image result for Arctic Dogs Arctic Dogs (PG)
Opens on Friday, November 8
Starring: Anjelica Huston, James Franco, Jeremy Renner, Alec Baldwin

An Arctic fox works in the mailroom of a package delivery service, but wants to be doing the deliveries.

Image result for Mr. Toilet: The World's #2 Man Mr. Toilet: The World’s #2 Man (NR)
Opens on Friday, November 8
Starring: Jack Sim

What do you get when you cross an eccentric self-made man with a load of crap? Jack Sim.To a stranger, he’s a guy obsessed with toilets, but to those who know him, he’s “Mr. Toilet,” a crusader for global sanitation. Born in the Singapore slums, Jack Sim knows firsthand the agonies of not having a proper loo. Now he’s dedicating his life to a crisis no one dares talk about: Shit.Not having a place “to go” isn’t just an inconvenience; it’s a problem that impacts 2.4 billion people worldwide. In India alone, 200,000 children die each year from lack of safe sanitation, while women are regularly raped because they have to defecate in public spaces. Jack’s kids describe him as a 12-year old trapped in a 60-year old’s body. He’s full of jokes and it can be hard to take him seriously. But, he uses humor as his weapon to fight an uphill battle against bathroom taboos. He founded the World Toilet Organization and spent the last 13 years lobbying 193 countries to raise awareness for proper sanitation. He even successfully lobbied the United Nations to create World Toilet Day – the first international day of celebration for the toilet.Now he is plunged into his biggest challenge yet when asked to secure 6 million toilets for the “Clean India” initiative. But with few resources and no help from the government, his epic project and reputation are in jeopardy. Jack’s once supportive staff begins to doubt him; and when his family bonds start to fray over his obsessive dedication, he wonders if he’s finally met his match.Mr. Toilet realizes there is a price to pay for being the world’s #2 man, but as a su-poo-hero he can’t quit.

Image result for Better Days 2019 Better Days (NR)
Opens on Friday, November 8
Starring: Dongyu Zhou, Jackson Yee, Fang Yin, Jue Huang

When it is time for the Chinese gaokao, the entire country comes to a standstill. For nearly ten million high school students, this two-day national college entrance exam will determine where and if they get to study. It is not uncommon for the fates of entire families to hinge on the results. Like so many others, Nian has been focused on preparing for the exam, at the exclusion of everything else and is all alone. A classmate has committed suicide and she has become the target of relentless bullying. Meanwhile, fate brings her together with small-time criminal Bei and the two of them seal a pact.

Synopsis by IMDB.

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The Whole Truth with Sunny Hostin (ID) Rated TV-14

Sunny Hostin explores the truth behind some of the most notorious homicides. Starring Leila Stricker, Maya Allicock, and Luing Andrews.

Sunny Hostin goes around the country to take a closer look at infamous homicides. Hostin takes on the side of the victims to see their point of view of the crime. She wants us to see how these crimes change the lives of the victims’ families and the communities that the victims lived in. She talks to the families, law enforcement, and lawyers that come together to get the suspect. She brings us into the lives of those around the crime, making the show worth a watch.

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Mary, Mother of Jesus (1999) Rated PG-13

The telling of Mary’s life before conception, during pregnancy, and the birth of Jesus. Starring Christian Bale, Pernilla August, and Melinda Kinnaman.

This film is one that doesn’t include historically accurate storytelling. There is a lot that they take out of context. The writing, acting, and directing doesn’t help the story along. The acting is mechanical and wooden. Then you have them pushing a feminist Mary. Mary tells Jesus the stories and parables that Jesus then would use as his teachings. The film is an hour and a half long, and during that time, they try to cover Mary’s life from before conception, all the way to Jesus’ death. Thus, it’s more of a Cliff’s Notes version of their lives, which doesn’t give us much. This film does not follow the Biblical interpretation of their lives and is not worth a watch.

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Treadstone (USA) Rated TV-MA

The Treadstone project is back to develop unstoppable assassins. Starring Jeremy Irvine, Hyo-Joo Han, and Gabrielle Scharnitzky.

Treadstone is back; it’s the project that never seems to die. This show, of course, brings all the action and camera action that the films had. However, the action is not as realistic as it is in the films. We have mixed match opponents fighting each other, and the weaker of the two wins. Surprise, surprise. We do get that this show is based on highly trained assassins, but they need to work on how much the trained assassins can handle. Still, its the Bourne movies in small doses, and it’s worth a watch.

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