Back in the Game (ABC) Rated TV-PG

A recently divorced mother moves back in with her father, a former baseball player, to help raise her son. Starring James Caan, Maggie Lawson, and Benjamin Koldyke.

This is one of those shows that has nothing much going for it. It’s a show that has a mother trying her best to raise her son and a father who is cranky. The humor is my kind of humor, very sarcastic but too much on the adult side of it. The characters need time to grow and come into their own. Although, I don’t think I would want to continue to watch and wait for that to happen. This show isn’t worth the time to watch.

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The Shape of Water (2017) Rated R

At a research facility in the 1960s, a janitor befriends an amphibious creature. Starring Sally Hawkins, Michael Shannon, and Richard Jenkins.

This is the story of a lonely woman who falls in love with an amphibious creature. The film has full frontal nudity and hints that the main character has sex with the amphibious creature.  Even with these scenes, I did think it was an interesting story. Although, the woman seems to take advantage of the creature and the creature seemed to fluctuate between being a wild animal and understanding human emotions. I found the humans’ forgiveness of a creature that doesn’t understand more than realistic. It is a beautifully told story with the mixture of Beauty and the Beast and Splash. I also thought Doug Jones, an underrated actor portraying the creature, showed a wide range of emotions under all that makeup. I gave this film a 7/10 making it worth a watch.

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The Book of Esther (2013) Rated NR

Esther becomes the new queen to  King Xerxes of Persia. Starring  Jen Lilley, Linda Bisesti, and John Clement.

I wish I could recommend this film but I can not. The film uses the Biblical story of Esther as a base, but it doesn’t follow the Biblical account. The filmmakers take a Biblical narrative and make it their own. I’m surprised by this since it was directed by David A.R. White, a noted Christian filmmaker. It was interesting to watch, but I hold the Christian story of Esther so high that it is hard to watch as it’s slaughtered. Then you have the actors that were just so wooden in their roles; nobody looked like they belonged there. Even the hair, and makeup, and costumes are subpar, which gives off the appearance of a first-time amateur film crew. This film is one of the worst presentations of the story of Esther I’ve seen, and it’s not worth a watch.

 

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New This Week in Theaters, April 19, 2018

Image result for Super Troopers 2 Super Troopers 2 (R)
Opens on Friday, April 20
Starring: Lynda Carter, Emmanuelle Chriqui, Rob Lowe, Brian Cox

When a border dispute arises between the U.S. and Canada, the Super Troopers are tasked with establishing a Highway Patrol station in the disputed area.

Image result for Duck, Duck, Goose Duck, Duck, Goose (PG)
Opens on Friday, April 20
Starring: Jim Gaffigan, Zendaya, Lance Lim

A bachelor goose must form a bond with two lost ducklings as they journey south.

Image result for I Feel Pretty I Feel Pretty (PG-13)
Opens on Friday, April 20
Starring: Amy Schumer, Michelle Williams, Emily Ratajkowski, Busy Philipps

A woman struggling with insecurity wakes from a fall believing she is the most beautiful and capable woman on the planet. Her new confidence empowers her to live fearlessly, but what happens when she realizes her appearance never changed?

Image result for Traffik Traffik (R)
Opens on Friday, April 20
Starring:  Paula Patton, Missi Pyle, Dawn Olivieri, William Fichtner

A couple off for a romantic weekend in the mountains are accosted by a biker gang. Alone in the mountains, Brea and John must defend themselves against the gang, who will stop at nothing to protect their secrets.

Image result for Ghost Stories Ghost Stories (NR)
Opens on Friday, April 20
Starring: Andy Nyman, Martin Freeman, Paul Whitehouse, Alex Lawther

Arch skeptic Professor Phillip Goodman embarks upon a terror-filled quest when he stumbles across a long-lost file containing details of three cases of inexplicable ‘hauntings’.

Image result for The Devil and Father Amorth The Devil and Father Amorth (NR)
Opens on Friday, April 20
Starring: Gabriele Amorth

Father Gabriele Amortha performs his ninth exorcism on an Italian woman.

Image result for Genesis movie poster 2018 Genesis (NR)
Opens on Friday, April 20
Starring: Olivia Grant, Chiké Okonkwo, John Hannah, Warren Brown

‘Genesis’ is the third feature from British writing and directing duo Bart Ruspoli & Freddie Hutton-Mills. The first in a sci-fi trilogy, ‘Genesis’ explores the nature of free will and what it means to be human, against a post apocalyptic backdrop where the remnants of mankind attempt to create A.I. to save them from extinction.

Image result for Godard Mon Amour Godard Mon Amour (NR)
Opens on Friday, April 20
Starring:  Louis Garrel, Stacy Martin, Bérénice Bejo, Micha Lescot

During the making of one of his films, French film director Jean-Luc Godard falls in love with 17-year old actress Anne Wiazemsky and later marries her.

Synopsis by IMDB.

 

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Splitting Up Together (ABC) Rated TV-PG

 A couple’s relationship reignites after their divorce. Starring Jenna Fischer, Oliver Hudson, and Olivia Keville.

First off, I’m loving Jenna Fischer and Oliver Hudson. They are cute together or apart. Although the show is cute and the premise is interesting, I struggle with them getting a divorce. Like the supporting characters, I wish they would stay together and not get a divorce. However, the title of the show indicates that it’s unlikely they’ll get back together, even though they tease us with the possibility. All of this makes me not want to invest in a show that doesn’t promote the family. I thought the show was amusing and enjoyable to watch. It’s worth a watch.

 

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Trophy Wife (ABC) Rated TV-PG

A reformed party girl marries into an insta-family with three children and two ex-wives. Starring Malin Akerman, Bradley Whitford, and Michaela Watkins.

This is a series about a modern family, with a husband that married a much younger woman. Although it does have some cute jokes, overall the show hasn’t been able to find it’s niche. The characters are interesting; I did enjoy Malin Akerman as the party girl turned housewife and new mom.  I think this show could do well if it finds it’s audience. There just isn’t anything special about the show that makes it stand out. This show is interesting but not worth a watch.

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Pope: The Most Powerful Man (CNN) Rated NR

CNN goes into the Vatican to show the power behind the Pope and the history of the office. Starring Liam Neeson, Alexandru Aldea, and Mark P Galbraith.

This docuseries tells the history of the papacy starting with Peter and continuing with the trials and tribulations that it faced through the ages. Of course, the series is done by CNN, which has never been positive toward Christianity, so the storyline isn’t as historically accurate as it could be. As I am not Catholic, I enjoyed hearing the history of the papacy, the good, the bad, and the ugly that the office went through. I thought the series was worth a watch, even if it fails or present an accurate view of historical Christianity.

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New This Week on DVD, April 17, 2018

 The Post (PG-13)

A cover-up that spanned four U.S. Presidents pushed the country’s first female newspaper publisher and a hard-driving editor to join an unprecedented battle between the press and the government. Starring Meryl Streep, Tom Hanks, Sarah Paulson

 The Commuter (PG-13)

A businessman is caught up in a criminal conspiracy during his daily commute home. Starring Liam Neeson, Vera Farmiga, Patrick Wilson

 Claws: The Complete First Season (TV-MA)

A look at the life and crimes of five women who work at a Florida nail salon. Starring Evan Daigle, Jimmy Jean-Louis, Niecy Nash

 Genius: Season 1 (TV-14)

The life stories of history’s greatest minds. From their days as young adults to their final years we see their discoveries, loves, relationships, causes, flaws and genius. Starring T.R. Knight, Michael McElhatton, Johnny Flynn

 All for Love (TV-G)

When an engaged romance novelist is teamed with a Navy man as research for her latest book, she is taken aback by his boisterous personality and egotistical nature. However, as her research brings them closer together, she discovers there’s more to him than meets the eye. Will she choose the man she thought she loved or the real-life embodiment of her fictional hero? Starring  Sara Rue, Steve Bacic, Teryl Rothery

Synopsis by IMDB.

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New Summer TV Shows 2018

Image result for 100 code wgn 100 Code (WGN) Rated NR

New York, USA. Stockholm, Sweden. Over the past twelve months young, blonde, blue-eyed women have been found dead in a meadow where Asphodel flowers grow. New York Detective Tommy Conley gets a special dispensation from the NYPD to go observe and act as an adviser to the Stockholm Police Department in order to help solve these crimes. Starring   Michael Nyqvist, Dominic Monaghan, Felice Jankell

Premiere date: May 29th

 

Image result for Gordon Ramsay's 24 Hours to Hell and Back Gordon Ramsay’s 24 Hours to Hell and Back (FOX) Rated NR

Celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay is given one day to help troubled restaurants. Starring Edward Young, Gordon Ramsay

Premiere date: June 13th

Image result for Yellowstone tv series 2018 Yellowstone (Paramount) Rated NR

A ranching family in Montana face off against others encroaching on their land. Starring Dave Annable, Kelly Reilly, Cole Hauser

Premiere date: June 20th

Image result for Reverie tv shows Reverie (NBC) Rated NR

A former detective specializing in human behavior is brought in when the launch of an advanced virtual reality program has dangerous and unintended consequences. Starring Sarah Shahi, Dennis Haysbert, Kathryn Morris

Premiere date: May 30

Image result for C.B. Strike C.B. Strike (Cinemax) Rated NR

War veteran turned private detective Cormoran Strike solves brutal murders with the help of his trusted assistant Robin Ellacott. Starring Tom Burke, Holliday Grainger, Kerr Logan

Premiere date: June 1st

Synopsis by IMDB.

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R. Lee Ermey (1944-2018)

(1944-2018)

 

 Se7en (1995) Rated R

Two detectives, a rookie and a veteran, hunt a serial killer who uses the seven deadly sins as his motives.

 Toy Story (1995) Rated G

A cowboy doll is profoundly threatened and jealous when a new spaceman figure supplants him as top toy in a boy’s room.

  The X Files (1993– ) Rated TV-14

Two FBI agents, Fox Mulder the believer and Dana Scully the skeptic, investigate the strange and unexplained, while hidden forces work to impede their efforts.

 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (1999– ) Rated TV-14

The Special Victims Unit, a specially trained squad of detectives in the NYPD, investigate sexually related crimes.

 Dead Man Walking (1995) Rated R

A nun, while comforting a convicted killer on death row, empathizes with both the killer and his victim’s families.

 Cracker (1997–1998) Rated NR

Unconventional psychologist Gerry “Fitz” Fitzgerald is one of the best police interrogators in the business, mostly because his own quirks and perversities help him get inside the criminal mind.

Synopsis by IMDB.

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