The Adventures of Huck Finn (1993) Rated PG

 Young Huck Finn yearns for adventure, he leaves his home with a runaway slave Jim to head down the Mississippi to free states. Based on the book by Mark Twain. Starring Elijah Wood, Courtney B. Vance, Robbie Coltrane, Jason Robards, Ron Perlman, Anne Heche

This was an interesting film. The film does a great job at bringing the book to life. I enjoyed Elijah Wood as the precocious boy who is always looking for adventure and doesn’t appreciate the bonds of  civilization. The friendship behind Jim and Huck is brilliantly told in this film. The film is great but it can be over the top and it definitely isn’t better than the 1939 version. It’s not perfect making the film not really worth a watch.



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Pickler and Ben (2017) Rated NR

 A talk show on the CMT channel hosted by Kellie Pickler and Ben Aaron.

This talk show brings the southern charm of Kellie Pickler and the New York cultured Ben Aaron. She’s loud and he’s quiet. They are night and day. At times Pickler over shadowed Ben but Ben is her calming side kick. There were times that Ben was able to hold his own but Kellie will need to take a step back and let him have a say or two. I loved the southern charm of the show and how calm Ben was against Kellie. If they work out the kinks of the show this would be one talk show I’ll love to watch. It’s worth it.


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Henry’s Crime (2010) Rated R

Released from prison for a crime he didn’t commit, Henry plans to rob the bank he went to prison for. Starring Keanu Reeves, Judy Greer, Fisher Stevens, James Caan, Vera Farmiga.

This film takes all of that you previously knew about bank robbery and turns it on its head. Add to that a comedic take on romance, and you have a pretty enjoyable film. The performances are delightful, making the film fun to watch.   The film relies on the actors, not special effects or action, to move the story along. It is worth a watch.

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New This Week in Theaters, October 19, 2017

  Geostorm (PG-13)
Opens on Friday, October 20
Starring: Abbie Cornish, Jeremy Ray Taylor, Gerard Butler, Ed Harris

When the network of satellites designed to control the global climate start to attack Earth, it’s a race against the clock to uncover the real threat before a worldwide geostorm wipes out everything and everyone.

  Same Kind of Different as Me (PG-13)
Opens on Friday, October 20
Starring: Renée Zellweger, Jon Voight, Djimon Hounsou, Greg Kinnear

International art dealer Ron Hall must befriend a dangerous homeless man in order to save his struggling marriage to his wife, a woman whose dreams will lead all three of them on the journey of their lives.

 The Snowman (R)
Opens on Friday, October 20
Starring: Michael Fassbender, Rebecca Ferguson, Chloë Sevigny, Val Kilmer

Detective Harry Hole investigates the disappearance of a woman whose pink scarf is found wrapped around an ominous-looking snowman.

 Leatherface (R)
Opens on Friday, October 20
Starring: Finn Jones, Stephen Dorff, Lili Taylor

A teenage Leatherface escapes from a mental hospital with three other inmates, kidnapping a young nurse and taking her on a road trip from hell, while being pursued by a lawman out for revenge.

 Only the Brave (PG-13)
Opens on Friday, October 20
Starring: Miles Teller, Jennifer Connelly, James Badge Dale, Andie MacDowell

Based on the true story of the Granite Mountain Hotshots, a group of elite firefighters risk everything to protect a town from a historic wildfire.

 Boo 2! A Madea Halloween (PG-13)
Opens on Friday, October 20
Starring: Tyler Perry, Patrice Lovely, Brock O’Hurn, Lexy Panterra

Madea, Bam, and Hattie venture to a haunted campground and the group must run for their lives when monsters, goblins, and the boogeyman are unleashed.

 Wonderstruck (PG)
Opens on Friday, October 20
Starring: Oakes Fegley, Julianne Moore, Michelle Williams, Millicent Simmonds

The story of a young boy in the Midwest is told simultaneously with a tale about a young girl in New York from fifty years ago as they both seek the same mysterious connection.

 The Killing of a Sacred Deer (R)
Opens on Friday, October 20
Starring: Alicia Silverstone, Nicole Kidman, Colin Farrell, Raffey Cassidy

Steven, a charismatic surgeon, is forced to make an unthinkable sacrifice after his life starts to fall apart, when the behavior of a teenage boy he has taken under his wing turns sinister.

 Aida’s Secrets (NR)
Opens on Friday, October 20
Starring: Izak Sagi, Shep Shell, Aida Zasadsinska

Family secrets, lies, high drama and generations of contemporary history unspool in this international story that begins with World War II and concludes with an emotional 21st-century family reunion. Izak was born inside the Bergen-Belsen displaced persons camp in 1945 and sent for adoption in Israel. Secret details of his birth mother, an unknown brother in Canada and his father’s true identity slowly emerge in this extremely personal investigative film. Timely questions of identity, resilience, compassion and the plight of displaced persons are brought to life as Izak and Shep, the almost 70-year-old brothers, finally meet in Canada, then head to a nursing home in Quebec to introduce Shep to his elderly mother, Aida, for the first time.

 Dealt (NR)
Opens on Friday, October 20
Starring: Richard Turner, Johnny Thompson, Max Maven, Armando Lucero

Sixty-two year old Richard Turner is renowned as one of the world’s greatest card magicians, yet he is completely blind. This is an in-depth look at a complex character who is one of magic’s greatest hidden treasures.

 Golmaal Again (NR)
Opens on Friday, October 20
Starring: Ajay Devgn, Tabu, Prakash Raj, Parineeti Chopra

The fourth installment of the Golmaal franchise.

  The Work (NR)
Opens on Friday, October 20

Set inside a single room in Folsom Prison, three men from the outside participate in a four-day group-therapy retreat with a group of incarcerated men for a real look at the challenges of rehabilitation.

 BPM (Beats Per Minute) (NR)
Opens on Friday, October 20
Starring: Nahuel Pérez Biscayart, Arnaud Valois, Adèle Haenel, Antoine Reinartz

120 BPM. The average heart rate. The protagonists of 120 battements par minute are passionate about fighting the indifference that exists towards AIDS.

Synopsis by IMDB.


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Face Value (BET) Rated TV-14

A game show where two teams guess what answers people on the street will give to questions. Starring Deon Cole, Tiffany Haddish.

This is an entertaining game show where  two teams must judge a person by their appearance. Haddish goes out on the streets to ask people innocent questions about themselves like, “How many cars do you have in your yard?” and the teams must guess at the answer. The winner is the team with the most correct guesses; they get a cash prize. It’s interesting and has a nostalgic game show feel. It is worth a watch.

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The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (1939) Rated G

Huckleberry Finn hates the confines of  civilization, so he and a slave named Jim sail a raft down the Mississippi River. Based on the book by Mark Twain. Starring Mickey Rooney, Walter Connolly, William Frawley, Rex Ingram.

This is one of the most excellent film versions of Huckleberry Finn. Rooney, who was eighteen at the time, is older than the character he portrays. At times, he does appear older than a thirteen year old boy, but he does embody the precociousness of Huck Finn. The film brings the book to life and Ingram (Jim) counters Huck’s personality perfectly. This movie is worth a watch.

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Roy Dotrice (1923-2017)



 Game of Thrones (2011– ) Rated TV-MA

Nine noble families fight for control over the mythical lands of Westeros, while a forgotten race returns after being dormant for thousands of years.

 Sliders (1995–2000) Rated NR

A boy genius and his comrades travel to different parallel universes, trying to find their way back home.

 The Cutting Edge (1992) Rated PG

A temperamental figure skater and a former hockey player try to win Olympic gold as a figure skating pairs team.

 Wings (1990–1997) Rated TV-PG

Brothers Brian and Joe Hackett attempt to run an airline on the New England island of Nantucket while surrounded by their various wacky friends and employees.

 Amadeus (1984) Rated R

The incredible story of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, told by his peer and secret rival Antonio Salieri – now confined to an insane asylum.

Synopsis by IMDB.

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Ghost Wars (SYFY) Rated TV-14

 In a small remote Alaskan town, an outcast must come to terms with his abilities to save the town from paranormal forces. Starring  Avan Jogia, Kim Coates, Vincent D’Onofrio, Meat Loaf, Sarah Giles, Allison James, Kristin Lehman

This show surprised me. It’s not the best show but it is entertaining. The show starts slow and you wonder why everyone in town hates the town outcast but then you slowly learn about the characters and what makes them, them. I also enjoyed the chemistry between Roman Mercer (outcast) and his friend Maggie. This show reminds me of Twin Peaks with paranormal activity. At times it can be campy but it does make you wonder what is out there. It’s worth a watch.


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New This Week on DVD, October 17, 2017

 Spider-Man: Homecoming (PG-13)

Peter Parker balances his life as an ordinary high school student in Queens with his superhero alter-ego Spider-Man, and finds himself on the trail of a new menace prowling the skies of New York City. Starring Tom Holland, Michael Keaton, Robert Downey Jr., Marisa Tomei, Jon Favreau, Gwyneth Paltrow, Zendaya, Donald Glover

 Girls Trip (R)

When four lifelong friends travel to New Orleans for the annual Essence Festival, sisterhoods are rekindled, wild sides are rediscovered, and there’s enough dancing, drinking, brawling, and romancing to make the Big Easy blush. Starring Regina Hall, Queen Latifah, Jada Pinkett Smith, Kate Walsh

 Lady Macbeth (R)

In 19th-century rural England, a young bride who has been sold into marriage discovers an unstoppable desire within herself as she enters into an affair with a worker on her estate. Starring Florence Pugh, Cosmo Jarvis, Paul Hilton

 Landline (R)

In 1995, a teenager living with her sister and parents in Manhattan discovers that her father is having an affair. Starring Jenny Slate, Jay Duplass, Abby Quinn, Edie Falco

 Step (PG)

STEP documents the senior year of a girls’ high-school step dance team against the background of inner-city Baltimore. Starring Paula Dofat, Blessin Giraldo, Cori Grainger

 The Midwife (UR)

A midwife gets unexpected news from her father’s old mistress. Starring Catherine Deneuve, Catherine Frot, Olivier Gourmet

 God of War (NR)

During the 16th century, Japanese pirates proliferate along the Chinese coastline. In 1557, the pirates take over Cengang in Zhejiang. After months of futile advances, Commander Yu  finally defeats them under the leadership of newly promoted General Qi. The Pirates, however, manage to escape. Starring Wenzhuo Zhao, Sammo Kam-Bo Hung, Yasuaki Kurata

 The Good Place: Season One (TV-PG)

A woman struggles to define what it means to be good. Starring Kristen Bell, William Jackson Harper, Jameela Jamil, D’Arcy Carden, Manny Jacinto, Ted Danson

 Masterpiece: The Collection (TV-MA)

A gripping family drama and entrepreneurial fable, set in a post-war Paris fashion house. It exposes the grit behind the glamour of a rising business, spearheaded by two clashing brothers. Starring Richard Coyle, Mamie Gummer, Tom Riley, Alix Poisson, Jenna Thiam, Max Deacon,  Frances de la Tour, Alexandre Brasseur, Rosie Jones

 American Gods: Season 1 (TV-MA)

A recently released ex-convict named Shadow meets a mysterious man who calls himself “Wednesday” and who knows more than he first seems to about Shadow’s life and past. Starring Ricky Whittle, Emily Browning, Pablo Schreiber, Ian McShane

 Crazy Ex-Girlfriend: The Complete Second Season (NR)

A young woman abandons a choice job at a law firm and her life in New York in an attempt to find happiness in the unlikely locale of West Covina, California. Starring Rachel Bloom, Vincent Rodriguez III, Donna Lynne Champlin

Synopsis by IMDB.


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Easy Money (2010) Rated R

JW becomes a drug runner in order to maintain his double life when his life becomes entwined with a fugitive on the run from the Serbian mafia and a mafia enforcer. Starring Joel Kinnaman, Matias Varela, Dragomir Mrsic.

I’m sitting on the fence with this film. It starts out slow and a little confusing, but then it picks up speed and clarity, becoming quite a good film. I think it holds up well against a typical Hollywood action film, and is worthy of international thriller status. I give it a 6/10 and recommend it as worth a watch. I’d love to hear what you think.

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