Thanksgiving Grubdown (Cooking) Rated NR

Carla Hall discovers outrageous Thanksgiving treats with a twist. Starring Carla Hall.

This is a wonderful show that highlights the traditional Thanksgiving meal with a twist. They are outrageous, over-the-top, and brilliant. We see cakes, waffles, donuts, and ice cream sundaes with turkey, stuffing, gravy, and pumpkin pies – all with a twist to enjoy during this holiday season. Some look yummy; others look a little bizarre, but all look edible! We not only get to see how they make the meals but also the history of their restaurants. I wish that I could stop in and try some of these delicious meals for myself. This show is worth a watch.

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Fury (2014) Rated R

A tank commander makes tough decisions for his soldiers as they battle across Germany in 1945. Starring Brad Pitt, Shia LaBeouf, and Logan Lerman.

Fury covers the concept that war changes people. It doesn’t have the violence or even the plot that carries the majority of war films, and it doesn’t include any historical events. We follow these characters as they battle through Germany and get their job done. This film is not based on actual war time or what soldiers actually go through. In fact, most of that is glossed over. It’s a character film that doesn’t have strong characters, and then you have a weak story that goes with it. The film’s redeeming qualities are the cinematography, great acting, and soundtrack. The action scenes are impressive. It’s an anti-war film that stays true to the historical accuracy, and there are points that pull you in, making it worth a watch.

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New This Week on DVD, December 10, 2019

 It: Chapter Two (R)

Twenty-seven years after their first encounter with the terrifying Pennywise, the Losers Club have grown up and moved away, until a devastating phone call brings them back. Starring Jessica Chastain, James McAvoy, Bill Hader

 Once Upon a Time in Hollywood (R)

A faded television actor and his stunt double strive to achieve fame and success in the film industry during the final years of Hollywood’s Golden Age in 1969 Los Angeles. Starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt, Margot Robbie

 Hustlers (R)

Inspired by the viral New York Magazine article, Hustlers follows a crew of savvy former strip club employees who band together to turn the tables on their Wall Street clients. Starring Constance Wu, Jennifer Lopez, Julia Stiles

 Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of My Voice (PG-13)

With one of the most memorably stunning voices that has ever hit the airwaves, Linda Ronstadt burst onto the 1960s folk rock music scene in her early twenties. Starring Linda Ronstadt, Bonnie Raitt, Dolly Parton

 Before You Know It (NR)

A pair of sisters find out that the mother they thought was dead is alive and starring on a soap opera. Starring Hannah Pearl Utt, Ayden Mayeri, Oona Yaffe

 Country Music: Live at the Ryman (NR)

Country music artists perform at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, Tennessee in celebration of the upcoming country music documentary series directed by Ken Burns. Starring Asleep at the Wheel, Ken Burns, Larry Gatlin

 American Experience: The Feud (NR)

Hatfield-McCoy family feud 1863-1891. Starring Michael Murphy

 Christmas On The Range (NR)

Kendall’s one holiday wish is to keep the family ranch solvent. Her rival’s charming son offers help-and maybe more-but can he be trusted? Starring Erin Cahill, Nicholas Gonzalez, A Martinez

 The Loudest Voice (TV-MA)

Seven-part limited series about Roger Ailes, the founder of Fox News. It focuses on the past decade which Ailes arguably became the Republican Party’s de facto leader, and the sexual harassment accusations that brought his career to an end. Starring Russell Crowe, Sienna Miller, Seth MacFarlane

 Love on the Slopes (TV-G)

A less than daring aspiring travel writer tries out extreme sports in order to write a magazine article, with the help of an extreme sports photographer. As usual, love ensues. Starring Katrina Bowden, Thomas Beaudoin, Elysia Rotaru

 Doc Martin: Series 9 (TV-14)

The trials and tribulations of Dr. Martin Ellingham, a socially challenged doctor who moves from London to the picturesque village of Port Wenn in Cornwall. Starring Martin Clunes, Caroline Catz, Ian McNeice

 Suits: Season Nine (TV-14)

On the run from a drug deal gone bad, Mike Ross, a brilliant college dropout, finds himself a job working with Harvey Specter, one of New York City’s best lawyers. Starring Gabriel Macht, Rick Hoffman, Sarah Rafferty

 Death In Paradise: Season 8 (TV-PG)

A British inspector is transferred to Saint-Marie’s police department, but he hates the sun, sea and sand. The series follow his investigations into murders on the island. Later series see another British DI head the investigative team. Starring Danny John-Jules, Elizabeth Bourgine, Don Warrington

 Father Brown: Season 7 (TV-PG)

Series inspired by the stories of GK Chesterton; a Catholic priest has a knack for solving mysteries in his English village. Starring Mark Williams, Sorcha Cusack, John Burton

 The Orville: The Complete Second Season (TV-14)

An exploratory ship from Earth faces intergalactic challenges 400 years in the future. Starring Seth MacFarlane, Adrianne Palicki, Penny Johnson Jerald

 Family Guy: Season 17 (TV-14)

In a wacky Rhode Island town, a dysfunctional family strive to cope with everyday life as they are thrown from one crazy scenario to another. Starring Seth MacFarlane, Alex Borstein, Seth Green

 An Oddsville Christmas (NR)

Tatu and Patu search for their friend Veera after they come to Helsinki for Christmas. Starring Antti Holma, Riku Nieminen, Eedit Patrakka

Synopsis by IMDB.

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Golden Globe Awards Nominees 2020

Best Motion Picture – Drama

1917
Joker
Marriage Story
The Irishman
The Two Popes

Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy

Dolemite Is My Name
Jojo Rabbit
Knives Out
Once Upon a Time … in Hollywood
Rocketman

Best Motion Picture – Animated

Frozen II
How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World
Missing Link
The Lion King
Toy Story 4

Best Motion Picture – Foreign Language

Les misérables
Pain and Glory
Parasite
Portrait of a Lady on Fire
The Farewell

Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama

Adam Driver for Marriage Story
Antonio Banderas for Pain and Glory
Christian Bale for Ford v Ferrari
Joaquin Phoenix for Joker
Jonathan Pryce for The Two Popes

Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama

Charlize Theron for Bombshell
Cynthia Erivo for Harriet
Renée Zellweger for Judy
Saoirse Ronan for Little Women
Scarlett Johansson for Marriage Story

Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy

Daniel Craig for Knives Out
Eddie Murphy for Dolemite Is My Name
Leonardo DiCaprio for Once Upon a Time … in Hollywood
Roman Griffin Davis for Jojo Rabbit
Taron Egerton for Rocketman

Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy

Ana de Armas for Knives Out
Awkwafina for The Farewell
Beanie Feldstein for Booksmart
Cate Blanchett for Where’d You Go, Bernadette
Emma Thompson for Late Night

Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture

Al Pacino for The Irishman
Anthony Hopkins for The Two Popes
Brad Pitt for Once Upon a Time … in Hollywood
Joe Pesci for The Irishman
Tom Hanks for A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood

Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture

Annette Bening for The Report
Jennifer Lopez for Hustlers
Kathy Bates for Richard Jewell
Laura Dern for Marriage Story
Margot Robbie for Bombshell

Best Director – Motion Picture

Bong Joon Ho for Parasite
Martin Scorsese for The Irishman
Quentin Tarantino for Once Upon a Time … in Hollywood
Sam Mendes for 1917
Todd Phillips for Joker

Best Screenplay – Motion Picture

Marriage Story
Once Upon a Time … in Hollywood
Parasite
The Irishman
The Two Popes

Best Original Song – Motion Picture

Beautiful Ghosts from Cats
Into the Unknown from Frozen II
Stand Up from Harriet
I’m Gonna Love Me Again from Rocketman
Spirit from The Lion King

Best Original Score – Motion Picture

1917
Joker
Little Women
Marriage Story
Motherless Brooklyn

Best Television Series – Drama

Big Little Lies
Killing Eve
Succession
The Crown
The Morning Show

Best Television Series – Musical or Comedy

Barry
Fleabag
The Kominsky Method
The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
The Politician

Best Television Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television

Catch-22
Chernobyl
Fosse/Verdon
The Loudest Voice
Unbelievable

Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series – Drama

Billy Porter for Pose
Brian Cox for Succession
Kit Harington for Game of Thrones
Rami Malek for Mr. Robot
Tobias Menzies for The Crown

Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series – Drama

Jennifer Aniston for The Morning Show
Jodie Comer for Killing Eve
Nicole Kidman for Big Little Lies
Olivia Colman for The Crown
Reese Witherspoon for The Morning Show

Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series – Musical or Comedy

Ben Platt for The Politician
Bill Hader for Barry
Michael Douglas for The Kominsky Method
Paul Rudd for Living with Yourself
Ramy Youssef for Ramy

Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series – Musical or Comedy

Christina Applegate for Dead to Me
Kirsten Dunst for On Becoming a God in Central Florida
Natasha Lyonne for Russian Doll
Phoebe Waller-Bridge for Fleabag
Rachel Brosnahan for The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel

Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television

Alan Arkin for The Kominsky Method
Andrew Scott for Fleabag
Henry Winkler for Barry
Kieran Culkin for Succession
Stellan Skarsgård for Chernobyl

Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television

Emily Watson for Chernobyl
Helena Bonham Carter for The Crown
Meryl Streep for Big Little Lies
Patricia Arquette for The Act
Toni Collette for Unbelievable

Best Performance by an Actor in a Limited Series or a Motion Picture Made for Television

Christopher Abbott for Catch-22
Jared Harris for Chernobyl
Russell Crowe for The Loudest Voice
Sacha Baron Cohen for The Spy
Sam Rockwell for Fosse/Verdon

Best Performance by an Actress in a Limited Series or a Motion Picture Made for Television

Helen Mirren for Catherine the Great
Joey King for The Act
Kaitlyn Dever for Unbelievable
Merritt Wever for Unbelievable
Michelle Williams for Fosse/Verdon

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Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark (2019) Rated PG-13

On Halloween 1968, Stella discovers a book that writes it’s own stories. Based on the book series by Alvin Schwartz. Starring Zoe Margaret Colletti, Michael Garza, and Gabriel Rush.

Stella and her three friends are faced with their fears when they discover a book that has a past and writes its own stories. This is an old school horror film that is based on the psychological fears using scary moments rather than gore. This is a true horror film. The story makes you care about the characters, as each has a background that is used in each story. It’s not the worst horror film, and people who really love horror probably won’t like it because it’s more of a horror story to introduce your children to. It’s worth a watch.

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Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day (2014) Rated PG

 Alexander, always seems to have a bad day but when the worst day of his life seems to happen the bad day expands to his family. Based on the book by Judith Viorst. Starring Steve Carell, Jennifer Garner, Ed Oxenbould

This film is one of those good family films, that promotes family. It’s got some laughs and the acting was enjoyable to watch. There are some crude humor but nothing shocking.  The film does is not a remake of the book but rather a retelling of the story. The family is over the top sweet and perfect, they never have a bad day. Thus, brings us to Alexander, who wishes his family would have bad days like he does and that’s when things go from bad to worst. This is a film that doesn’t have anything that makes it memorable. It’s not a film that sticks out, it’s one that you won’t miss if you haven’t seen it. Thus, making the film not worth a watch.

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The First Christmas: The Story of the First Christmas Snow (1975) Rated NR

A young shepherd is blinded by lightning and is taken in by some nuns in a local abbey. Starring Angela Lansbury, Cyril Ritchard, and David Kelley.

This film has a wonderful story about a young boy who doesn’t have a family but gains one for Christmas. The stop motion animation is great, but that’s to be expected from Rankin/Bass. While the film is a great story and the animation is great, it’s not the best Rankin/Bass film. It’s about having snow on Christmas, so I think the film missed the point of the first Christmas. The songs also don’t seem to help the story; at times, they seem mismatched and out of place. There are also questions that go unanswered, like how this young boy became a shepherd and how this boy is a working shepherd as an orphan – so many questions that go unanswered.  The film has a wonderful story about family, and the animation is still the best, making this film worth a watch.

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Baker’s Hawk (1976) Rated G

A young boy nurses an injured hawk back to health, and along the way, he gains courage. Starring Clint Walker, Burl Ives, and Diane Baker.

This is a classic film that is great for families to watch together. Everyone has problems that they are trying to overcome. Then, you have the boy and the town hermit who become friends while nursing the hawk back to health. The main focus of the film is a lesson on taking the law into your own hands, and the consequences when doing so. The production value is low, and the performances have their moments. The cinematography is representative of its time, but it does bring the year 1876 to life. I enjoyed this film as a family-oriented movie, making it worth a watch.

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New This Week in Theaters, December 5, 2019

Image result for En Brazos De Un Asesino En Brazos De Un Asesino (R)
Opens on Friday, December 6
Starring: William Levy, Alicia Sanz, Adrián Lastra, Roberto Sosa

Victor is one of the world’s most handsome men, but he has a deep secret – he is a cold blooded assassin. Smooth talking and seductive, Victor was raised to do one thing only, which is to kill for money. When he is sent to the home of a brutal drug lord to collect payment for his most recent hit, he encounters the beautiful Sarai, who has been forced to spend the last 9 years of her life with the drug lord. After Victor leaves the compound, Sarai seizes her chance at freedom by hiding out in Victor’s car. But things don’t go as planned and instead of being transported back to her home, she finds herself free from one dangerous man only to be caught in the clutches of another. While on the run from the vengeful drug lord and his brutal henchmen, Victor’s conscience catches up with him as he risks all that he stood for to protect his captive. In the end, the power Sarai unknowingly holds over Victor and their undeniable attraction may be what places her right in the arms of a killer.

Image result for Portrait of a Lady on Fire Portrait of a Lady on Fire (R)
Opens on Friday, December 6
Starring: Noémie Merlant, Adèle Haenel, Luàna Bajrami, Valeria Golino

On an isolated island in Brittany at the end of the eighteenth century, a female painter is obliged to paint a wedding portrait of a young woman

Image result for The Aeronauts The Aeronauts (PG-13)
Opens on Friday, December 6
Starring: Felicity Jones, Eddie Redmayne, Himesh Patel, Tom Courtenay

Pilot Amelia Rennes and scientist James Glaisher find themselves in an epic fight for survival while attempting to make discoveries in a gas balloon.

Image result for Playmobil: The Movie Playmobil: The Movie (NR)
Opens on Friday, December 6
Starring: Anya Taylor-Joy, Gabriel Bateman, Jim Gaffigan, Daniel Radcliffe

Animated feature film inspired by the Playmobil brand toys.

Image result for Little Joe Little Joe (NR)
Opens on Friday, December 6
Starring: Emily Beecham, Ben Whishaw, Kerry Fox, Kit Connor

Alice, a single mother, is a dedicated senior plant breeder at a corporation engaged in developing new species. Against company policy, she takes one home as a gift for her teenage son, Joe.

Image result for Midnight Family Midnight Family (NR)
Opens on Friday, December 6
Starring: Juan Ochoa

In Mexico City’s wealthiest neighborhoods, the Ochoa family runs a private ambulance, competing with other for-profit EMTs for patients in need of urgent help.

Synopsis by IMDB.

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Lost Cities with Albert Lin (NatGeo) Rated TV-PG

Albert Yu-Min Lin uses 3D scanning and radar to discover and recreate worlds underground. Starring Duncan Lees, Joseph Angelo Steel, Francis Steel, and Albert Yu-Min Lin.

I was not really impressed with this show. Maybe if I were more intrigued by the technology used, I would find it more interesting. The show leans more toward entertainment than real archeology, but it is interesting to see what used with the help of 3D technology. The show really doesn’t go in-depth with sites, and there is little to no excavating. However, Lin is fun to watch, and he is interesting. Thus, the show is worth a watch.

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