Mother Teresa (2003) Rated NR

 Based on the life of Mother Teresa, a simple nun whose calling and faith lead her to the poor, the lepers, the dying, and the abandoned children in the slums of Calcutta. Starring Olivia Hussey, Sebastiano Somma, Ingrid Rubio.

I didn’t come to this film with high expectations, but this truthful retelling of Mother Teresa’s life was really well done. It begins wither her decision to enter the convent and continues through her time in India and her fight with the church to validate her calling. What really makes this film work is Hussey; she played Mother Teresa perfectly, bringing a different side of her to light that many felt but could not see. She had the strength to fight for what she knew the Lord to be leading her to. This film is a wonderful testament to her faith and obedience to do what the Lord asked of her. This film is worth the watch.

 

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Motive (ABC) Rated TV-PG

 A Vancouver homicide detective tracks down killers by motive. Starring Kristin Lehman, Louis Ferreira, Brendan Penny, Lauren Holly.

I was not impressed with this show, although the premise was  intriguing. In it, a detective tracks down killers by discovering their motives behind each murder. Each episode reveals the killer and the victim but not the reason behind the killing. That’s where Detective Flynn comes in and puts it all together. The episodes begin with the name of the killer and the victim, unlike other crime shows. Making motive the basis for the show is a little tricky, and they fail to offer any kind of character development among the detectives. Even though it takes a different perspective, it didn’t make me want to see more. This show is a pass.

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New This Week on DVD, September 19, 2017

 

 Wonder Woman Rated PG-13

When a pilot crashes and tells of conflict in the outside world, Diana, an Amazonian warrior in training, leaves home to fight a war, discovering her full powers and true destiny. Starring Gal Gadot, Chris Pine, Connie Nielsen, Robin Wright

 The Big Sick Rated R

Pakistan-born comedian Kumail Nanjiani and grad student Emily Gardner fall in love but struggle as their cultures clash. When Emily contracts a mysterious illness, Kumail finds himself forced to face her feisty parents, his family’s expectations, and his true feelings. Starring Kumail Nanjiani, Zoe Kazan, Holly Hunter, Ray Romano

 The Hero Rated R

An ailing movie star comes to terms with his past and mortality. Starring Sam Elliott, Laura Prepon, Nick Offerman, Krysten Ritter

 The Resurrection of Gavin Stone Rated PG

A washed-up former child star, forced to do community service at a local megachurch, pretends to be a Christian to land the part of Jesus in their annual Passion Play, only to discover that the most important role of his life is far from Hollywood. Starring Brett Dalton, Anjelah Johnson-Reyes, Neil Flynn, D.B. Sweeney, Shawn Michaels

 Certain Women Rated R

The lives of three women intersect in small-town America, where each is imperfectly blazing a trail. Starring Laura Dern, James Le Gros, Jared Harris, Michelle Williams, Kristen Stewart

 The Bad Batch Rated R

A love story set in a community of cannibals in a future dystopia. In a desert wasteland in Texas, a muscled cannibal breaks one important rule: don’t play with your food. Starring Suki Waterhouse, Jason Momoa, Jayda Fink, Keanu Reeves, Diego Luna, Jim Carrey

 Ransom: Season One Rated NR

Ransom is inspired by the professional experiences of crisis negotiator Laurent Combalbert who with his partner, Marwan Mery, are among the top negotiators in the world. Together, they travel around the globe to help multinational corporations and governmental agencies with complex negotiations and conflict resolution. Starring Luke Roberts, Sarah Greene, Brandon Jay McLaren, Nazneen Contractor

 Lethal Weapon: The Complete First Season Rated NR

TV show based on the popular ‘Lethal Weapon’ films in which a slightly unhinged cop is partnered with a veteran detective trying to maintain a low stress level in his life. Starring Damon Wayans, Clayne Crawford, Keesha Sharp

 Arrow: The Complete Fifth Season Rated TV-14

Spoiled billionaire playboy Oliver Queen is missing and presumed dead when his yacht is lost at sea. He returns five years later a changed man, determined to clean up the city as a hooded vigilante armed with a bow. Starring Stephen Amell, David Ramsey, Willa Holland, Paul Blackthorne

 Madam Secretary: Season Three Rated NR

A political drama which looks into the life of the Secretary of State as she tries to balance work with family. Starring Téa Leoni, Tim Daly, Patina Miller, Geoffrey Arend, Erich Bergen, Kathrine Herzer, Evan Roe, Zeljko Ivanek, Bebe Neuwirth

 Code Black: Season 2 Rated TV-14

The staff of the LA County Hospital emergency room treat patients under difficult circumstances. Starring Marcia Gay Harden, Melanie Chandra, Harry Ford, Benjamin Hollingsworth, Luis Guzman, Lisa Pevc

 Bates Motel: Season Five Rated TV-MA

A contemporary prequel to Psycho, giving a portrayal of how Norman Bates’ psyche unravels through his teenage years, and how deeply intricate his relationship with his mother, Norma, truly is. Starring Vera Farmiga, Freddie Highmore, Max Thieriot

 Love by the 10th Date Rated TV-14

Four friends balance their dating adventures with their career ambitions at an upscale magazine, teaching themselves and each other how to get the most out of love and life. Starring Meagan Good, Brandon T. Jackson, Kellee Stewart, Keri Hilson, Cat Deeley

 Modern Family: The Complete Eighth Season Rated TV-PG

Three different, but related families face trials and tribulations in their own uniquely comedic ways. Starring Julie Bowen, Ty Burrell, Ed O’Neill, Sofía Vergara, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Eric Stonestreet

 Timeless: Season One Rated NR

An unlikely trio travel through time in order to battle unknown criminals and protect history as we know it. Starring Abigail Spencer, Matt Lanter, Malcolm Barrett, Claudia Doumit, Goran Visnjic

 The Vietnam War: A Film by Ken Burns & Lynn Novick Rated NR

In an immersive 360-degree narrative, Burns and Novick tell the story of the Vietnam War as it has never before been told on film. THE VIETNAM WAR features testimony from nearly 80 witnesses, including many Americans who fought in the war and others who opposed it, as well as Vietnamese combatants and civilians from both the winning and losing sides. Starring Ken Burns, Lynn Novick

 You’re the Worst: The Complete Third Season Rated TV-MA

Centers on two toxic, self-destructive people who fall in love and attempt a relationship. Starring Chris Geere, Aya Cash, Desmin Borges, Kether Donohue

 Better Things: Season 1 Rated TV-MA

An actress raises her three daughters while juggling the pressures of working in Hollywood and being a single parent. Starring Pamela Adlon, Mikey Madison, Hannah Alligood, Olivia Edward, Celia Imrie

Synopsis by IMDB.

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Never a Dull Moment (1968) Rated G

 An actor is mistaken for a gangster. Starring Dick Van Dyke, Edward G. Robinson, Dorothy Provine.

This is one of Disney’s fun caper films. Van Dyke plays an actor who is mistaken for a hit man. He is hired by Leo Joseph Smooth, a gangster turned art collector, who wants a piece of art added to his collection. He hires Van Dyke and his other hoodlums to steal it. Laughter ensues as Van Dyke tries in vain to get out of his precarious situation (who would ever think of Van Dyke as a hit man?). There is also a bit of romance, as he falls in love with an art teacher (rather quickly, I might add). It’s all in good, Disney fun, making this film worth a watch.

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Primetime Emmy Winners 2017

 

Outstanding Drama Series

The Handmaid’s Tale

Outstanding Comedy Series

Veep

Outstanding Limited Series

Big Little Lies

Outstanding Television Movie

Black Mirror

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series

Sterling K. Brown for This Is Us

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series

Donald Glover for Atlanta

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or Movie

Riz Ahmed for The Night Of

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series

Elisabeth Moss for The Handmaid’s Tale

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series

Julia Louis-Dreyfus for Veep

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or Movie

Nicole Kidman for Big Little Lies

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series

Alec Baldwin for Saturday Night Live

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series

John Lithgow for The Crown

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or Movie

Alexander Skarsgård for Big Little Lies

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series

Kate McKinnon for Saturday Night Live

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series

Ann Dowd for The Handmaid’s Tale

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or Movie

Laura Dern for Big Little Lies

Outstanding Variety Talk Series

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver

Outstanding Reality Competition Program

The Voice

Outstanding Host for a Reality or Reality-Competition Program

RuPaul for RuPaul’s Drag Race

Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series

Donald Glover for Atlanta “B.A.N.”

Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series

Reed Morano for The Handmaid’s Tale “Offred”

Outstanding Directing for a Miniseries, Movie or a Dramatic Special

Jean-Marc Vallée for Big Little Lies “Big Little Lies”

Outstanding Directing for a Variety Series

Don Roy King for Saturday Night Live “Host: Jimmy Fallon”

Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series

Master of None “Thanksgiving”

Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series

The Handmaid’s Tale “Offred”

Outstanding Writing for a Variety Series

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver

Outstanding Writing for a Limited Series, Movie or a Dramatic Special

Black Mirror “San Junipero”

Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series

Alexis Bledel for The Handmaid’s Tale

Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series

Gerald McRaney for This Is Us

Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series

Melissa McCarthy for Saturday Night Live

Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series

Dave Chappelle for Saturday Night Live

Outstanding Variety Sketch Series

Saturday Night Live

Outstanding Structured Reality Program

Shark Tank

Outstanding Unstructured Reality Program

United Shades of America

Outstanding Documentary or Nonfiction Special

13th

Outstanding Documentary or Nonfiction Series

Planet Earth II

Outstanding Informational Series or Special

Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath

Outstanding Animated Program

Bob’s Burgers

Outstanding Short Form Animated Program

Adventure Time

Outstanding Actor In A Short Form Comedy Or Drama Series

Kim Estes for Dicks

Outstanding Actress In A Short Form Comedy Or Drama Series

Jane Lynch for Dropping the Soap

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Mistresses (ABC) Rated TV-14

 Follows the lives of four friends as they each go on a path of self discovery. Starring Yunjin Kim, Rochelle Aytes, Jes Macallan, Brett Tucker.


I wish I could have liked this show better than I did. I’m a huge fan of Alyssa Milano, but I couldn’t get past the fact that this show is basically all about sex and having sex with just about anyone that crosses these friend’s paths, including those who are married. I mean, what else can one expect from a show called Mistresses?   Even Kim’s performance, which I enjoyed, couldn’t supercede the premise of the show. There are ways you can do shows like this without making marriage look like it’s a shackle holding you down. This show isn’t worth the watch.

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Harry Dean Stanton (1926-2017)

(1926-2017)

 

 The Green Mile (1999) Rated R

The lives of guards on Death Row are affected by one of their charges: a black man accused of child murder and rape, yet who has a mysterious gift.

 Chuck (2007–2012)  Rated TV-14

When a twenty-something computer geek inadvertently downloads critical government secrets into his brain, the C.I.A. and the N.S.A. assign two Agents to protect him, and exploit such knowledge, turning his life upside down.

 The Avengers (2012) Rated PG-13

Earth’s mightiest heroes must come together and learn to fight as a team if they are to stop the mischievous Loki and his alien army from enslaving humanity.

 Pretty in Pink (1986) Rated PG-13

A poor girl must choose between the affections of her doting childhood sweetheart and a rich but sensitive playboy.

 Rango (2011) Rated PG

Rango is an ordinary chameleon who accidentally winds up in the town of Dirt, a lawless outpost in the Wild West in desperate need of a new sheriff.

 Red Dawn (1984) Rated PG-13

It is the dawn of World War III. In mid-western America, a group of teenagers bands together to defend their town, and their country, from invading Soviet forces.

Synopsis by IMDB.

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The Emissary: A Biblical Epic (1997) Rated NR

 The story follows Saul, an angry zealot as he transforms into Paul the apostle. Starring Garry Cooper, Leon Lissek, Kermit Christman

I was not overly impressed with this film. Although it does tell the story of Paul’s conversion and the subsequent conflicts which followed, the film only runs 51 minutes. That tells you how much detail that goes into a life that was about 32 years between Paul’s conversion and death. There just isn’t enough depth; the film only glosses over his life and doesn’t delve into any of the details. Also, I wasn’t very impressed with Garry Cooper. He is a fine actor, but he just failed to bring his character to life for me. This film wasn’t worth a watch.

 

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Battle Hymn (1957) Rated NR

 A bomber pilot turned minister rejoins the service during the Korean War.  Based on the true story of  Colonel Dean E. Hess and his book, Battle Hymn, 1956 autobiography. Starring Rock Hudson, Anna Kashfi, Dan Duryea, Alan Hale Jr.

This film is unlike any I have seen. Quiet and understated, it deals with the remorse the minister/pilot (played by Hudson) experiences after the accidental bombing of an orphanage during WWII and his decision to rejoin for the Korean War. The film deviates from the book slightly, mostly in names and dates, but none of it changes the emotional impact of the story. Hudson is well cast in his role as he struggles with his inner demons. This film is worth a watch.

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New This Week in Theaters, September 14, 2017

 American Assassin (R)
Opens on Friday, September 15
Starring:  Dylan O’Brien, Michael Keaton, Sanaa Lathan, Taylor Kitsch

A story centered on counterterrorism agent Mitch Rapp.

 Brad’s Status (R)
Opens on Friday, September 15
Starring:  Ben Stiller, Austin Abrams, Jenna Fischer, Michael Sheen

A father takes his son to tour colleges on the East Coast and meets up with an old friend who makes him feel inferior about his life’s choices.

 Chasing Titles Vol. 1 (R)
Opens on Friday, September 15
Starring: Brian Austin Green, Landon Gimenez, Clifton Powell

Father, Joe can’t get it together to provide for his family. Desperate for money, he runs a side hustle while working for an express mail company. His 12-year-old son, Caleb is fed up with the living standards in his dysfunctional family. When Joe loses his job and screws up his side hustle, he falls into deep depression, turns to cocaine, pain killers and alcohol which then calls for desperate measures. Caleb is then put on the forefront of the most important decision in his life.

 Mother! (R)
Opens on Friday, September 15
Starring: Jennifer Lawrence, Javier Bardem, Ed Harris, Michelle Pfeiffer

A couple’s relationship is tested when uninvited guests arrive at their home, disrupting their tranquil existence

 Rebel in the Rye (PG-13)

Opens on Friday, September 15
Starring:  Zoey Deutch, Nicholas Hoult, Kevin Spacey, Sarah Paulson

The life of celebrated but reclusive author, J.D. Salinger, who gained worldwide fame with the publication of his novel, The Catcher in the Rye.

Because Of Grácia (PG-13)
Opens on Friday, September 15
Starring: John Schneider, Masey McLain, Ben Davies, Chris Massoglia

Two high-school couples explore friendship and dating along dissimilar lines, leading to courage and transformation for one teen and a personal crisis for another.

 Woodpeckers (NR)
Opens on Friday, September 15
Starring:  Orestes Amador, Ramón Emilio Candelario, Carlota Carretero, Jose Cruz

Julián finds love and a reason for living in the last place imaginable: the Dominican Republic’s Najayo Prison. His romance, with fellow prisoner Yanelly, must develop through sign language and without the knowledge of dozens of guards.

 In Search of Fellini (R)
Opens on Friday, September 15
Starring: Maria Bello, Ksenia Solo, Mary Lynn Rajskub, Beth Riesgraf

A shy small-town Ohio girl who loves movies but dislikes reality, discovers the delightfully bizarre films of Federico Fellini, and sets off on a strange, beautiful journey across Italy to find him.

Synopsis by IMDB.

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