In Search of… (History) Rated TV-14

A documentary series examines unexplained phenomena. Starring Zachary Quinto, Kyle Bond, and David Brin.

This series’ only draw seems to be that Zachary Quinto reprises the role of host from Leonard Nimoy. There doesn’t seem to be any redeeming qualities to the show. The first episode is about aliens, in which they try to prove that what these people see and feel is real, but they don’t try to prove what they believe is real. I do applaud the show for being truthful with the polygraph test; although, I don’t trust that a polygraph test could be truthful. They do try to help the people prove that what they have been through is real, but they can’t. This makes it better than I expected, but the show still doesn’t have the authority to hold to those concepts. It’s not worth a watch.

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New This Week on DVD, August 21, 2018

 Deadpool 2 (R)

After surviving a near fatal bovine attack, a disfigured cafeteria chef struggles to fulfill his dream of becoming Mayberry’s hottest bartender while also learning to cope with his lost sense of taste. Searching to regain his spice for life, as well as a flux capacitor, Wade must battle ninjas, the Yakuza, and a pack of sexually aggressive canines, as he journeys around the world to discover the importance of family, friendship, and flavor – finding a new taste for adventure and earning the coveted coffee mug title of World’s Best Lover. Starring Ryan Reynolds, Josh Brolin, Morena Baccarin

 Show Dogs (PG)

Max, a macho, solitary Rottweiler police dog is ordered to go undercover as a primped show dog in a prestigious Dog Show, along with his human partner, to avert a disaster from happening. Starring Will Arnett, Ludacris, Natasha Lyonne

 First Reformed (R)

A priest of a small congregation in upstate New York grapples with mounting despair brought on by tragedy, worldly concerns and a tormented past. Starring Amanda Seyfried, Ethan Hawke, Cedric the Entertainer

 God’s Not Dead: A Light in Darkness (PG)

Pastor Dave responds to the unimaginable tragedy of having his church, located on the grounds of the local university, burned down. Starring David A.R. White, John Corbett, Shane Harper

 Strike Back: Cinemax Season Five (TV-MA)

Follows the actions of Section 20, a secretive unit of British military intelligence. A team of special operations personnel conduct several high risk missions across the globe. Starring Philip Winchester, Sullivan Stapleton, Michelle Lukes

 Site Unseen: An Emma Fielding Mystery (TV-G)

A dedicated archaeologist gets involved in a murder investigation. Starring  Courtney Thorne-Smith, James Tupper, Martin Cummins

 Blindspot: The Complete Third Season (TV-14)

Jane Doe is found in Times Square with no memory and mysterious tattoos on her body. Starring Sullivan Stapleton, Jaimie Alexander, Rob Brown

 Ash vs. Evil Dead: The Complete Third Season (TV-MA)

Ash has spent the last thirty years avoiding responsibility, maturity, and the terrors of the Evil Dead until a Deadite plague threatens to destroy all of mankind and Ash becomes mankind’s only hope. Starring Bruce Campbell, Ray Santiago, Dana DeLorenzo

 The Coroner: Season Two (NR)

A solicitor returns to the seaside town she left as a teenager to take up the post of coroner, becoming an advocate for the dead as she investigates sudden, violent or unexplained deaths. Starring  Claire Goose, Matt Bardock, Beatie Edney

 Gotham: The Complete Fourth Season (TV-14)

The story behind Detective James Gordon’s rise to prominence in Gotham City in the years before Batman’s arrival. Starring Ben McKenzie, Donal Logue, David Mazouz

 The Walking Dead: The Complete Eighth Season (TV-14)

Sheriff Deputy Rick Grimes wakes up from a coma to learn the world is in ruins, and must lead a group of survivors to stay alive. Starring Andrew Lincoln, Norman Reedus, Melissa McBride

 The Terror: Season One (TV-14)

In 1847, the crew of a real life Royal Naval expedition (later known as Franklin’s expedition) led by three captains, Sir John Franklin, Francis Crozier and James Fitzjames, is sent to find the Arctic’s fabled treacherous Northwest Passage but instead discovers a monstrous polar bear-like predator, a cunning and vicious Gothic horror that stalks the ships in a desperate game of survival. However, it soon becomes clear that that’s just the beginning of their troubles. As things worsen and civilized behavior disintegrates in favor of survival at any cost, the crew must simultaneously battle the elements, the supernatural and eventually – themselves. The captains’ only ally in all of this becomes a mute Inuit woman, who lives as an outcast from her tribe but still follows their old animistic religion. Starring Jared Harris, Tobias Menzies, Paul Ready

 Hostages: Season Two (NR)

The night before a high profile operation on the PM, the surgeon due to perform the procedure is surprised at her family home by four masked men. The gang quickly take control of her and her family and order her to kill the PM. Starring Jonah Lotan, Tomer Capon, Nevo Kimchi

Synopsis by IMDB.

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A Very Merry Mix-Up (2013) Rated TV-G

Alice is meeting her future in-laws for Christmas. She heads out early and runs into who she thinks is her fiancé’s brother but discovers that she’s mixed up the families. Starring Alicia Witt, Mark Wiebe, and Lawrence Dane.

This is one of those Hallmark movies that is so contrived that you know this couldn’t happen in real life. Everything has to fall perfectly into place for the series of events to occur, and it does in a Hallmark movie. It’s reminiscent of While You Were Sleeping but with a different family. This is a sweet film with a great romance, but my biggest problem with the film is that it’s so predictable and contrived. It’s not bad but not worth a watch.

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New Shows This Fall on TV 2018

A Million Little Things (ABC) Rated NR

A group of friends, intertwined in each other’s lives, realize they need to start living more when one of them suddenly dies. Starring David Giuntoli, Ron Livingston, Romany Malco

Premieres Sept 26

 Kidding (Showtime) Rated TV-MA

Jeff, a famous children’s television icon, struggles to retain his sanity as his family falls apart. Starring Jim Carrey, Cole Allen, Judy Greer

Premieres Sept 9

 FBI (CBS) Rated NR *

From Dick Wolf and the team behind the Law & Order franchise comes an eye-opening new procedural about the inner workings of the New York office of the FBI, bringing to bear all the Bureau’s skills, intellect and mind-blowing technology to keep New York and the country safe. Starring Jeremy Sisto, Zeeko Zaki, Anthoula Katsimatides

Premieres Sept 25

 God Friended Me (CBS) Rated NR

An atheist’s life is turned upside down when he is “friended” by God on Facebook. Starring Violett Beane, Joe Morton, Kyle Harris

Premieres Sept 30

 Dancing with the Stars: Juniors (ABC) Rated NR

A spin-off of Dancing with the Stars that will pair celebrity kids with professional junior ballroom dancers to perform choreographed routines, which will be judged by a panel that will include renowned ballroom experts. Starring Mackenzie Ziegler, Elliana Walmsley, Kami Couch

Premieres Oct 7

Synopsis by IMDB unless otherwise stated.

* Synopsis by CBS.com

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Isle of Dogs (2018) Rated PG-13

A boy looks for his dog on the Isle of Dogs. Starring Bryan Cranston, Koyu Rankin, and Edward Norton.

This is a typical Wes Anderson film; it has style, but it’s lost on the substance. It’s Anderson’s stylistic film-making on display. The story about the dogs is somewhat interesting, but the human characters lack depth. Overall, the story was is just boring; it’s a struggle to find it interesting. You would think the story would be a love letter to dog lovers, but it loses its appeal with its light storyline. Even with its lightheartedness, this film is not for children. The movie has great style and animation, but it lacks substance. This film isn’t worth a watch.

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The Angel of Pennsylvania Avenue (1996) Rated TV-PG

A father is wrongfully convicted, and his children travel to Washington D.C. seeking his release in time for Christmas. Starring Diana Scarwid, Robert Urich, and Tegan Moss.

This is a heartwarming true story of siblings who travel to Washington during The Depression seeking their father’s release. Their goal is to appeal to the President of the United States, Herbert Hoover, for leniency toward their father. The children meet many eccentric characters on their way to The White House with their mother following them. There are heartwarming moments, but there are scenes that made me cringe as these children wander alone through America during The Depression. However, people still try to help the children even though they are down and out. It’s a film that pulls at your heart and shows the softer side of President Hoover. It’s not the best film, and I wish I could say it was worth a watch, but it’s not worth a watch.

 

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Connect (2018) Rated NR

In a Social Media World, a smartphone has become a rite of passage for children, but how safe is it? Starring Kirk Cameron, Ian Armstrong, and Ken Graves.

Kirk Cameron brings to our attention that children are growing up in a world of technology and explores the consequences of this new social media-driven world. How can parents best navigate this new world and what is it teaching our kids? Cameron talks to professionals about the impact social media has on our kids. This film is brilliant. Does it cover everything? No, but it does encourage viewers to think about the issues with technology. I really think this is a film all parents should watch to understand the impact technology has on the family. This is a film worth watching.

 

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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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