The Wife (2017) Rated R

A wife questions the life she has led when her husband wins the Nobel Prize for Literature. Based on the book by Meg Wolitzer. Starring Glenn Close, Jonathan Pryce, and Max Irons.

The film is a character study of a woman who has given up her dreams for her husband, partly because she wasn’t strong enough to follow them herself. She has made decisions in her life that have put her where she is now. Did she always want to change? Or has she always been content where she is? The film brings up many questions about a wife’s position and if she should stay with her husband or leave. The performances by Close, Pryce, and even Christian Slater, were amazing. They pull you into the story and the characters – they make you feel what the characters are feeling. Slater is such an amazing slimy character that you can’t always make out if he is sincere or not. The film doesn’t take you on a surprising journey – it ends the way it should. This is a film that is worth a watch.

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New This Week in Theaters, February 14, 2019

Image result for Isn't It Romantic Isn’t It Romantic (PG-13)
Opens on Friday, February 15
Starring:  Rebel Wilson, Priyanka Chopra, Tom Ellis, Liam Hemsworth, Betty Gilpin

A young woman disenchanted with love mysteriously finds herself trapped inside a romantic comedy.

Image result for Fighting with My Family Fighting with My Family (PG-13)
Opens on Friday, February 15
Starring: Dwayne Johnson, Florence Pugh, Lena Headey, Saraya-Jade Bevis

A former wrestler and his family make a living performing at small venues around the country while his kids dream of joining World Wrestling Entertainment.

Image result for Alita: Battle Angel poster Alita: Battle Angel (PG-13)
Opens on Friday, February 15
Starring: Rosa Salazar, Christoph Waltz, Jennifer Connelly, Mahershala Ali

A deactivated female cyborg is revived, but cannot remember anything of her past life and goes on a quest to find out who she is.

Image result for Happy Death Day 2U Happy Death Day 2U (PG-13)
Opens on Friday, February 15
Starring:  Jessica Rothe, Ruby Modine, Israel Broussard, Suraj Sharma

Tree Gelbman discovers that dying over and over was surprisingly easier than the dangers that lie ahead.

Image result for Donnybrook poster Donnybrook (R)
Opens on Friday, February 15
Starring: Margaret Qualley, Frank Grillo, Jamie Bell, James Badge Dale

Two men prepare to compete in a legendary bare-knuckle fight where the winner gets a $100,000 prize.

Image result for Pájaros de verano poster Pájaros de verano (NR)
Opens on Friday, February 15
Starring: Carmiña Martínez, José Acosta, Natalia Reyes, Jhon Narváez

During the marijuana bonanza, a violent decade that saw the origins of drug trafficking in Colombia, Rapayet and his indigenous family get involved in a war to control the business that ends up destroying their lives and their culture.

Image result for Ruben Brandt, Collector poster Ruben Brandt, Collector (R)
Opens on Friday, February 15
Starring: Iván Kamarás, Gabriella Hámori, Zalán Makranczi, Csaba Márton

A psychotherapist suffers violent nightmares inspired by legendary works of art. Four of his patients, expert thieves, offer to steal the works, since he believes that once he owns them, the nightmares will disappear. He becomes a wanted criminal know as “The Collector”. Who will dare to catch him and his gang.

Image result for Sorry Angel poster Sorry Angel (NR)
Opens on Friday, February 15
Starring: Vincent Lacoste, Pierre Deladonchamps, Denis Podalydès, Adèle Wismes

Jacques is an older writer from Paris. Arthur is a young student in Rennes. They instantly fall in love. But they’ll have to face rejection and sickness to keep it that way.

Synopsis by IMDB.

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A Good Woman (2004) Rated PG

Mrs. Erlynne, while undercover, saves Lady Windemere from making a mistake with Lord Darlington. Based on the play, Lady Windermere’s Fan by Oscar Wilde. Starring Helen Hunt, Scarlett Johansson, and Milena Vukotic.

This film was more of a letdown, but it is an underwhelmed flick. It has great cinematography, decent dialogue, and beautiful costumes. The acting is lackluster and flat, but I did enjoy the jovial Tom Wilkinson. The film is quintessential Oscar Wilde. It’s not the best rendition of the play, but it’s still enjoyable. There are some points along the way that don’t mash, but alas it is still worth a watch.

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The World’s Best (CBS) Rated TV-PG

The World’s Best is a reality show competition where talented acts from all around the world perform in front of three U.S. judges and 50 representatives from different countries. The performers must get 75 votes to go on in the competition and compete for a million dollars.  Starring James Corden, Drew Barrymore, and RuPaul.

At first, this competition seems like the other talent competitions on TV, but after a while, it turns on the charm. The judges are enjoyable to watch. The acts are, for the most part, entertaining, and RuPaul’s laughter is amazing and contagious. James Corden is the host, and he is his usual goofball self. The show is entertaining with the host interacting with the contestants, the judges enjoying the acts, and the representatives feeling proud of the performers from their country. It’s a family show that is worth a watch.

 

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Carmen Argenziano (1943-2019)

(1943-2019)

 

 The Mentalist (2008–2015) Rated TV-14

A famous “psychic” outs himself as a fake, and starts working as a consultant for the California Bureau of Investigation so he can find “Red John”, the madman who killed his wife and daughter.

 Identity (2003) Rated R

Stranded at a desolate Nevada motel during a nasty rain-storm, ten strangers become acquainted with each other when they realize that they’re being killed off one by one.

 CSI: NY (2004–2013) Rated TV-14

C.S.I. head Detective Mac Taylor and his team solve crimes in New York City.

 Bunheads (2012–2013) Rated TV-14

Michelle, a Las Vegas showgirl marries a man on a whim and moves to his sleepy coastal town where she winds up working alongside her new mother-in-law at her dance school.

 Hawaii Five-0 (2010– ) Rated TV-14

Steve McGarrett returns home to Oahu, in order to find his father’s killer. The Governor offers him the chance to run his own task force (Five-0).

Synopsis by IMDB.

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Anne of Green Gables (1934) Rated NR

A teenage girl is adopted by a couple of elderly siblings on Prince Edward Island, Canada. Starring  Anne Shirley, Tom Brown, and O.P. Heggie.

This is a wonderful telling of the classic story by  Lucy Maud Montgomery. The actress Anne Shirley actually changed her name from Dawn O’Day after the release of the film. Shirley is a great Anne of Green Gables. She is a chatty, intense, heartwarming girl with a fiery temper. Then you have Helen Westley as Marilla Cuthbert – a stern but loving sister who learns to welcome the precocious child. Heggie plays the quiet brother Cuthbert; it was a treat to watch him love on Anne. I think the film does a wonderful job of showing how much Anne would go into her own world. This film brings Anne’s story to life and stays true to Montgomery’s book. It’s worth a watch.

 

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New This Week on DVD, February 12, 2019

 Bohemian Rhapsody (PG-13)

The story of the legendary rock band Queen and lead singer Freddie Mercury, leading up to their famous performance at Live Aid (1985). Starring Rami Malek, Lucy Boynton, Gwilym Lee

 Nobody’s Fool (R)

A woman is released from prison and reunites with her sister. She soon discovers that her sister is in an online relationship with a man who may not be what he seems. Starring Tiffany Haddish, Tika Sumpter, Omari Hardwick

 The Front Runner (R)

American Senator Gary Hart’s presidential campaign in 1988 is derailed when he’s caught in a scandalous love affair. Starring  Hugh Jackman, Vera Farmiga, J.K. Simmons

 At Eternity’s Gate (PG-13)

A look at the life of painter Vincent van Gogh during the time he lived in Arles and Auvers-sur-Oise, France. Starring Willem Dafoe, Rupert Friend, Oscar Isaac

 Shoplifters (R)

A family of small-time crooks take in a child they find outside in the cold. Starring  Lily Franky, Sakura Andô, Mayu Matsuoka

 Nightflyers: Season One (TV-14)

A crew of space explorers embark on a mission to find a mysterious alien ship. Starring Eoin Macken, David Ajala, Jodie Turner-Smith

 American Experience: The Swamp (NR)

The history of the Florida Everglades and the efforts to reclaim, control and preserve the vast area once viewed as a wasteland. Starring Tim Hopper

 American Vandal: Season One (TV-MA)

A true-crime satire that explores the aftermath of a costly high school prank that left twenty-seven faculty cars vandalized with phallic images. Starring Tyler Alvarez, Griffin Gluck, Jimmy Tatro

 Royal Matchmaker (TV-G)

An NYC matchmaker is hired by a king to find his son a suitable wife in time for a national celebration. As the clock ticks towards her deadline, the matchmaker finds him the perfect wife — only to realize that she’s fallen in love with him. Starring  Bethany Joy Lenz, Will Kemp, Simon Dutton

 Once Upon a Prince (TV-G)

A prince visiting the U.S. falls for a commoner when he helps her. But his mother isn’t pleased with the match and tries to prove that the American gal isn’t suitable to be a royal bride. Starring Megan Park, Jonathan Keltz, Kayla Wallace

 Parkland: Inside Building 12 (NR)

Acclaimed director Charlie Minn brings attention to the victims of the infamous massacre that occurred on February 14th, 2018 at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. A normal day at school became a true nightmare for Parkland, Florida citizens as they experienced something they had never thought would happen in their small suburb. In just six minutes, 17 students and staff were fatally shot and 17 more were wounded, while innumerable lives were changed forever. The true heroes of that day have come together to tell their stories and to bring words to those who are no longer here to offer them. This documentary reveals testimony and the raw emotions of those involved, highlighting the actions taken by individuals to save the lives of others through selfless and brave acts. Starring Danielle Gilbert, Emma González, Amanda Lee

 Nearly Married (NR)

A twenty-something gal realizes that she picked the wrong guy in high school, and travels back to her small town to make things right. Starring  Jen Lilley, Cassi Thomson, Matt Dallas

 A Different Sun (NR)

A Chinese family moves from their native land to a town in Germany and struggles to adjust to the different culture. Marriage hangs in the balance… Starring Chin Han, Ashley Gerasimovich, Danni Wang

 Ackley Bridge: Series 2 (NR)

The merging of two schools causes plenty of problems for headmistress Mandy who has to deal with explosive fall-outs and problem pupils. Starring Jo Joyner, Amy-Leigh Hickman, Poppy Lee Friar

 Bang: Series 1 (NR)

Bang is the story of a brother, a sister and a gun. Loner Sam’s life is transformed when he comes into possession of a gun and starts to break the law. His ambitious policewoman sister Gina is paid to uphold it and makes it her mission to find the owner of the weapon. The family saga plays out against an inquiry into the shooting of a local businessman that raises questions for Sam and Gina about their father’s murder when they were young children. A crime drama about blood, love and human relationships set in the steel town of Port Talbot. Starring  Jacob Ifan, Gareth Jewell, Sara Lloyd

 Channel Zero: Dream Door – Season Four (TV-14)

An anthology series based on popular Internet Creepypastas, including Candle Cove, The No-End House, Butcher’s Block and The Dream Door. Starring Brandon Scott, Marina Stephenson Kerr, Abigail Pniowsky

 Norm of the North: Keys to the Kingdom (NR)

Norm, the newly crowned polar bear king of the arctic, must save New York City and his home. But Norm goes from hero to villain when he’s framed for a crime he didn’t commit. He must work with his friends to clear his good name and help save his kingdom in a winner-take-all hockey match. Starring Andrew Toth, Maya Kay, Alan Marriott

Synopsis by IMDB.

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Valley of the Boom (NatGeo) Rated NR

A docudrama about the tech boom in Silicon Valley. Starring Bradley Whitford, Lamorne Morris, and Oliver Cooper.

This show is an interesting take on the explosion that happened in Silicon Valley when the internet hit. It cross-cuts between drama and interviews from the people who worked in the valley during this boom. It’s interesting, but I got the feeling the show wasn’t sure what it wanted to be. The mixture of interviews with real people and recreated drama just didn’t seem real. The show reminds us how the internet came about and of how unsure people were about the usage of the web. This one is worth a watch.

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Albert Finney (1936-2019)

(1936–2019)

 

 Annie (1982) Rated PG

A young orphan girl’s adventures in finding a family that will take her.

 Big Fish (2003) Rated PG-13

A frustrated son tries to determine the fact from fiction in his dying father’s life.

 Amazing Grace (2006) Rated PG

The idealist William Wilberforce maneuvers his way through Parliament, endeavoring to end the British transatlantic slave trade.

 The Bourne Ultimatum (2007) Rated PG-13

Jason Bourne dodges a ruthless C.I.A. official and his Agents from a new assassination program while searching for the origins of his life as a trained killer.

 Skyfall (2012) Rated PG-13

Bond’s loyalty to M is tested when her past comes back to haunt her. When MI6 comes under attack, 007 must track down and destroy the threat, no matter how personal the cost.

 The Dresser (1983) Rated PG

An effeminate personal assistant of a deteriorating veteran actor struggles to get him through a difficult performance of King Lear.

 Traffic (2000) Rated R

A conservative judge is appointed by the President to spearhead America’s escalating war against drugs, only to discover that his teenage daughter is a crack addict. Two DEA agents protect an informant. A jailed drug baron’s wife attempts to carry on the family business.

Synopsis by IMDB.

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BAFTA Film Awards Winners 2019

EE Rising Star Award

Letitia Wright

Best Film

Roma

Outstanding British Film of the Year

The Favourite

Best Leading Actor

Rami Malek for Bohemian Rhapsody

Best Leading Actress

Olivia Colman for The Favourite

Best Supporting Actor

Mahershala Ali for Green Book

Best Supporting Actress

Rachel Weisz for The Favourite

Best Screenplay (Original)

The Favourite

Best Screenplay (Adapted)

BlacKkKlansman

Best Cinematography

Roma

Best Editing

Vice

Best Production Design

The Favourite

Best Costume Design

The Favourite

Original Music

A Star Is Born

Best Make Up/Hair

The Favourite

Best Sound

Bohemian Rhapsody

Best Achievement in Special Visual Effects

Black Panther

Best Film Not in the English Language

Roma

Best Animated Featured Film

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

Best Documentary

Free Solo

Outstanding Debut by a British Writer, Director, or Producer

Michael Pearce and Lauren Dark for Beast

Best Short Animation

Roughhouse

Best Short Film

73 Cows

David Lean Award for Direction

Alfonso Cuarón for Roma

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