Big Trouble in Little China (1986) Rated PG-13

A trucker and his sidekick fight a sorcerer under Chinatown. Starring Kurt Russell, Kim Cattrall, and Dennis Dun.

This film is a campy, well-written story about a man who goes on a fantasy adventure. It isn’t just one genre; it changes as the film moves through the story. Thus, it’s hard to keep up and follow the storyline as it mixes genres. You don’t know if you are supposed to laugh or be scared. Then you have the bad CGI, which reflects the film’s age. Maybe if I had seen the film in the 80s, I would have been thinking this is the film that beats all films. Alas, it’s childish, and the actors aren’t the best, but how could they be if they didn’t know what type of film they were making? It’s not worth the watch.

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Knight Rider (NBC) Rated TV-PG

 A crime fighter fights crime with his A.I. Car. Starring David Hasselhoff, Edward Mulhare, and Richard Basehart. 

I know alot of people thing this show is campy, but to me, it’s nostalgic, reminding me of my childhood, and it’s enjoyable to watch. It’s definitely a show that’s revered as an 80s icon. As in the Star Trek series, Knight Rider is the precursor to the technology we have in cars. Sure, there are still things we don’t have yet, but it is fun to watch. You can’t take this show seriously. It’s just a fun crimefighting car and his human cohort. This is one classic show that needs to be rewatched. It’s worth the watch. 

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New This Week in Theaters, September 28, 2023

 

PAW Patrol: The Mighty Movie (2023) - IMDb Paw Patrol: The Mighty Movie (PG)
Opens on Friday, September 29
Starring: Finn Lee-Epp, Ron Pardo, Mckenna Grace 

A magical meteor crash lands in Adventure City and gives the PAW Patrol pups superpowers, transforming them into The Mighty Pups. 

Saw X (2023) - IMDb Saw X (R)
Opens on Friday, September 29
Starring: Tobin Bell, Shawnee Smith, Synnøve Macody Lund 

A sick and desperate John travels to Mexico for a risky and experimental medical procedure in hopes of a miracle cure for his cancer only to discover the entire operation is a scam to defraud the most vulnerable.

The Creator (2023) - IMDb The Creator (PG-13)
Opens on Friday, September 29
Starring: John David Washington, Madeleine Yuna Voyles, Gemma Chan

Against the backdrop of a war between humans and robots with artificial intelligence, a former soldier finds the secret weapon, a robot in the form of a young child.

Dumb Money - Main Street Theatre Dumb Money (R)
Opens on Friday, September 29
Starring: Paul Dano, Pete Davidson, Vincent D’Onofrio 

Dumb Money is the ultimate David vs. Goliath tale, based on the insane true story of everyday people who flipped the script on Wall Street and got rich by turning GameStop (yes, the mall videogame store) into the world’s hottest company.

Stop Making Sense (1984) - IMDb Stop Making Sense (PG)
Opens on Friday, September 29
Starring: Bernie Worrell, Alex Weir, Steven Scales 

Considered by critics as the greatest concert film of all time, the live performance was shot over the course of three nights at Hollywood’s Pantages Theater in December of 1983 and features Talking Heads’ most memorable songs.


The Kill Room (2023) - IMDb The Kill Room (R)
Opens on Friday, September 29
Starring: Maya Hawke, Samuel L. Jackson, Uma Thurman

A hitman, his boss, an art dealer and a money-laundering scheme that accidentally turns the assassin into an overnight avant-garde sensation, one that forces her to play the art world against the underworld.


57 Seconds (2023) - IMDb 57 Seconds (R)
Opens on Friday, September 29
Starring: Morgan Freeman, Josh Hutcherson, Greg Germann 

When a tech blogger lands an interview with a tech guru and stops an attack on him, he finds a mysterious ring that takes him back 57 seconds into the past.


Invisible Beauty (2023) - IMDb Invisible Beauty (NR)
Opens on Friday, September 29
Starring: Tyson Beckford, Stephen Burrows, Naomi Campbell 

Fashion revolutionary Bethann Hardison looks back on her journey as a pioneering Black model, modeling agent, and activist, shining a light on an untold chapter in the fight for racial diversity.

Carlos (2023) - IMDb Carlos (R)
Opens on Friday, September 29
Starring: Carlos Santana

Follows Santana’s journey from 14-year-old street musician to a 10-time Grammy winning global sensation. Features unseen archival footage and tracks.


Warrior Strong (2023) - IMDb Warrior Strong (NR)
Opens on Friday, September 29
Starring: Stephen Kalyn, Julian Young, Raoul Bhaneja 

It follows Bilal Irving, who is asked to be the assistant coach of his former high school team. Bilal learns that true coaching involves far more than simply teaching the game.

Synopsis by IMDB. 

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Cheaper by the Dozen (1950) Rated NR

A husband and wife find humorous methods in dealing with their 12 children. Based on the book by Frank B. Gilbreth. Starring Clifton Webb, Jeanne Crain, and Myrna Loy.

This film is based on the true story of the Gilbreth family. There are hilarous moments as the parents try to fight back at the changing times compared to their children. That’s something all parents tend to fight against. The film does have the conservative morals of the 1950s, since it was filmed in the 1950s, but it covered the 1920s life of the family. The actors Webb and Loy are brilliant and contrast well as the parents of 12 children who are more normal than kids in today’s films. This film is worth the watch.

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Falling for a Dancer (1998) Rated UR

 After a fling, a young woman in the 1930s marries a man she knows nothing about in order to keep her baby. Starring Elisabeth Dermot Walsh, Dermot Crowley, and Liam Cunningham. 

This is one of my favorites films of all time. It is known as one of Colin Farrell’s first films; thus, it came onto my radar. Although, Colin isn’t the highlight of the film. What I enjoyed about the film is the story. It’s a story about love and how it can be so blind, yet at the same time, encompasses you. This film made me fall in love with Liam Cunningham as the man who quietly loves the woman he can’t have. You also have the beautiful Irish country as the backdrop of the story. This film takes you on a journey of a life nobody wants yet everyone has. It follows the ups and downs of a life. This film is worth the watch. 

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Saving Grace (TNT) Rated TV-MA

An angel works with the police in order to redeem her life. Starring Holly Hunter, Leon Rippy, and Kenny Johnson.

I was not impressed with this series; there were so many things wrong with it. The writing is the worst, and the plot drops points and misses storylines, which makes it hard to watch and follow the characters’ logic. However, the acting isn’t bad. The show has a number of actors who have been around the block before. Thus, it isn’t difficult to watch the characters. The problem is that the story doesn’t follow a line that the audience can follow. This show is not worth the watch.

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New This Week on DVD, September 26, 2023

 

Elemental Elemental (PG)

Follows Ember and Wade, in a city where fire-, water-, earth- and air-residents live together. Starring Leah Lewis, Mamoudou Athie, Ronnie Del Carmen 

 Insidious: The Red Door (PG-13)

The Lamberts must go deeper into The Further than ever before to put their demons to rest once and for all. Starring Ty Simpkins, Patrick Wilson, Rose Byrne 

 Ruby Gillman: Teenage Kraken (PG)

A shy adolescent learns that she comes from a fabled royal family of legendary sea krakens and that her destiny lies in the depths of the waters, which is bigger than she could have ever imagined. Starring Jane Fonda, Lana Condor, Toni Collette 

 Masterpiece Mystery: Unforgotten Season 5 (TV-MA)

London detectives investigate crimes from the past, unravelling secrets left buried for years. Starring Sanjeev Bhaskar, Jordan Long, Carolina Main 

 Professor T: Season Two (NR)

Professor Jasper Tempest, a genius Cambridge University criminologist with OCD and an overbearing mother, advises the police. British version of the Belgian crime drama of the same name. Starring 

 The Negotiators: Season One (NR)

A deep dive into one of the world’s most high-pressure professions: hostage negotiation. Starring Lawrence de Stefano, John Steed, Leslie Edwards 

 Kiwi & Strit: Season One, Volume Two (NR)

Kiwi and Strit live in a clearing in the forest, at the foot of the big hill. The forest goes on as far as anyone knows, and is full of great places, like the really, really big tree, the lake with the ugly fish, the tallest mountain with all those caves, the wet waterfall river and many more great places where Kiwi and Strit explore in search of adventures. Starring Morten Dalsgaard

 Step By Step: The Complete Series (TV-G)

Two families become one, step by step. Starring Patrick Duffy, Suzanne Somers, Staci Keanan

 Yashahime: Princess Half-Demon – Season Two, Part Two (TV-14)

An adventure following Sesshomaru’s half-demon twin daughters, Towa and Setsuna, as they discover the mysteries of their past along with Moroha, the daughter of Inuyasha and Kagome. Starring Sara Matsumoto, Mikako Komatsu, Agostina Longo 

 Family Matters: The Complete Series (NR)

The Winslow family deals with various misadventures, many of them caused by their pesky next-door neighbor, ultra-nerd Steve Urkel. Starring Reginald VelJohnson, Darius McCrary, Kellie Shanygne Williams 

 Pinky and The Brain: The Complete Series (TV-Y7)

A genius mouse and his stupid sidekick try to conquer the world each night. Starring Rob Paulsen, Maurice LaMarche, Tress MacNeille 

 Star Trek Prodigy: Season One, Volume Two (TV-Y7)

A group of enslaved teenagers steal a derelict Starfleet vessel to escape and explore the galaxy. Starring Rylee Alazraqui, Dee Bradley Baker, Brett Gray 

 Sympathy For The Devil (NR)

After being forced to drive a mysterious passenger at gunpoint, a man finds himself in a high-stakes game of cat and mouse where it becomes clear that not everything is as it seems. Starring Nicolas Cage, Joel Kinnaman, Alexis Zollicoffer 

 Mayfair Witches: Season 1 (TV-MA)

Follows a neurosurgeon who discovers she is the unlikely heir to a family of witches. She must contend with a sinister presence that has haunted her family for generations. Starring Alexandra Daddario, Tongayi Chirisa, Jack Huston 

 Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan: Season Three (TV-MA)

Up-and-coming CIA analyst, Jack Ryan, is thrust into dangerous field assignments. Starring John Krasinski, Wendell Pierce, Michael Kelly

 The Ride: Season 1 (NR)

An inside look at the lives of some of the top Professional Bull Riders, exploring their daily routines and experiences in the world of Professional Bull Riding. Starring Boudreaux Campbell, Michael Gaffney, Sean Gleason 

 Darrow & Darrow: The Complete Collection (NR)

Claire’s a lawyer with her own law firm, single mom to a high school girl and amateur sleuth solving murder mysteries. Assistant DA Miles is her friend. Her mom’s a lawyer. Starring Kimberly Williams-Paisley, Tom Cavanagh, Wendie Malick 

Synopsis by IMDB. 

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Christmas Comes to Willow Creek (1987) Rated NR

 Two truck driver brothers are asked to bring a load of toys to Willow Creek, Alaska, in time for Christmas. The brothers, who don’t get a long, must face their past and the weather to make a Christmas miracle. Starring John Schneider, Tom Wopat, and Kim Delaney. 

This film is one of my favorite Christmas movies of all time. It does look like it was made in the 80s, but that doesn’t detract from the story. The story is what makes this film wonderful. You have two brothers who fought over a girl and have lost touch. Now, they are forced to be together 24/7 in the cab of a truck. They are then forced to come to terms with their past. The film is about family and the spirit of the season tied into a story that is quintessentially Christmas. This film is worth the watch every Christmas. 

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Sherlock Holmes (2009) Rated PG-13

 Detective Sherlock Holmes and Watson battle a nemesis who threatens all of England. Starring Robert Downey Jr., Jude Law, and Rachel McAdams.

This film is enjoyable to watch, and the filmmakers do a wonderful job at bringing the world of Sherlock Holmes to life. The cinematographer had fun in this film as he gives us a grey and drab London. He also uses dark lighting in the film, and that annoys me. The characters do a wonderful job at keeping up with the banter. Its also nice that the story keeps you intrigued, even if you know these characters like the back of your hand. For the most part, this one is fun to watch and worth it.  

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America: Promised Land (History) Rated NR

This series showcases the history of immigration in the U.S., including interviews with ancestors of those who immigrated here. Starring Corey Johnson, Milton Schorr, and Scot Cooper.

This is one of those shows on the History Channel that needs more work. First, they need to do more research on the history of immigration in the U.S. as most of these facts are fiction. While some of the historical contributions to the United States are fun to watch and enjoyable to see what makes up our history, this show just doesn’t give us factual, historical evidence. It just tells us stories about the different groups that immigrated here. The show has a political feel to the program. It’s not worth the watch.

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