Two bird enthusiasts compete for the world record of bird spotting. Based on the book The Big Year: A Tale of Man, Nature and Fowl Obsession by Mark Obmascik. Starring John Cleese, Jack Black, and Zahf Paroo.
This film is special. I mean, who could make a film about bird watching and make it a comedy? This film is it. It’s a slow comedy that brings some laughs but doesn’t leave a mark. The film is mostly about friendship and following your dreams. The comedy, for the most part, is clean, and the actors all have amazing chemistry with each other. The film dives into the lives of the three main characters and their search for rare birds. It’s an interesting film and fun watch, but it can be long and boring due to the subject matter. This makes the film not worth a watch.
When a strange airplane crashes in a small town, a virus is unleashed. With the town in quarantine, a family must find a way to escape. Starring Timothy Olyphant, Radha Mitchell, and Joe Anderson.
This film has everything a horror film does – action, tension, thrills, and creepy moments. I have yet to watch the original film from 1973, so I don’t know much about the differences. However, this one is very reminiscent of this last year. The town is trapped by the crazies that are infected with the virus, as the family tries to get out. The film updates the original with a modern take. It has a lot of action that’s written well, and the casting is brilliant. Olyphant plays the sheriff in town trying to rescue his wife, and Mitchell as the town doctor is just as wonderful. The film also includes lots of gory scenes to add to the mix. However, it does have its usual plot holes that come with horror films. It’s not bad as a horror film, but it isn’t one that stands out either. It’s not worth a watch.
A revival of the classic game show where they pit a celebrity with a contestant in order to win 100,000 dollars. Starring Michael Strahan, Brad Abelle, and Kathy Najimy.
This show is not a bad remake of the original 1973 version. It brings back most of the original highlights. We have a good host in Michael Strahan; he brings both the humor and the smarts needed to make the game show run smoothly. The celebrities aren’t bad, and the contestants aren’t bad either. You either have celebrities that are smart or you don’t – that’s what makes the game. You also have contestants that are smart or cave under pressure. It makes the show enjoyable. This show has all the elements to make it great, but somehow it doesn’t make me want to tune in. This show is not worth a watch.
Four families choose to live on an island where they live as a turn of the 20th century fishing village. Starring Gavin Davies, Natalie Davies, and Ruby Davies.
The BBC is always brilliant at taking ordinary people into the past. As with the other times recreating shows, the costume department and the cinematography are brilliant as is the location. They have a wide range of families from young to old trying to recreate life in a fishing village. The casting is great with the different families and the different outlook on life as well as the aspects that make life hard during the timeframe. To see what life was like back then makes the show worth a watch.
Halloween Kills (R) Opens on Friday, October 15 Starring: Jamie Lee Curtis, Judy Greer, Andi Matichak, James Jude Courtney
The saga of Michael Myers and Laurie Strode continues in the next thrilling chapter of the Halloween series.
The Last Duel (R) Opens on Friday, October 15 Starring: Matt Damon, Adam Driver, Jodie Comer, Harriet Walter
King Charles VI declares that Knight Jean de Carrouges settle his dispute with his squire by challenging him to a duel.
Bergman Island (R) Opens on Friday, October 15 Starring: Vicky Krieps, Tim Roth, Grace Delrue, Mia Wasikowska
A couple retreat to the island that inspired Ingmar Bergman to write screenplays for their upcoming films when the lines between reality and fiction start to blur.
Needle in a Timestack (R) Opens on Friday, October 15 Starring: Freida Pinto, Leslie Odom Jr., Orlando Bloom, Cynthia Erivo
Nick and Janine live in marital bliss until Janine’s ex-husband warps time to try to tear them apart. As Nick’s memories disappear, he must decide what he’s willing to sacrifice in order to hold onto – or let go of – everything he loves.
Hard Luck Love Song (R) Opens on Friday, October 15 Starring: Michael Dorman, Sophia Bush, Dermot Mulroney, RZA
A gritty love story about a charismatic but down-on-his-luck troubadour living out of cheap motels and making bad decisions.
Extinct (NR) Opens on Friday, October 15 Starring: Adam Devine, Rachel Bloom, Ken Jeong, Zazie Beetz
Op and Ed accidentally time-travel from the Galapagos Islands in 1835 to present-day Shanghai. They make their way through the city in confusion and make the horrifying discovery that the species to which they belong became extinct shortly after.
Seal Team (NR) Opens on Friday, October 15 Starring: J.K. Simmons, Kristen Schaal, Dolph Lundgren, Patrick Warburton
After his best friend is killed in a shark attack, Quinn, a lovable yet tenacious seal assembles a SEAL TEAM to fight back against a gang of sharks overtaking the neighborhood. But this merry band of international seals are not at all trained for such a mission. They seek the help of a much more skillful combatant, Claggart, but even his tricks and flips can’t whip these guys into shape. However, with a little bit of ingenuity, intelligence and a lot of heart, our SEAL TEAM may actually be able to bring peace back to their undersea community.
A documentary on the younger sister of Queen Elizabeth during the social changes of the 60s and 70s. Starring Craig Brown, Anne de Courcy, and Lady Glenconner.
This film documents the life of Princess Margaret, the spare heir. We see that she is caught between two different worlds. It also shows the rebellious life she led. I’m caught between wanting to sympathize with her and knowing she made her decisions in life, some of which were forced on her. She was the focus of the media as the one that didn’t need to be closeted away from the public. She was the drama, glamour, excitement, and controversy of the Royal family – much like Prince Harry today. This film is interesting, and the filmmakers interview the people around her during those early decades. This is one that is worth the watch.
A bank teller discovers that he’s actually an NPC inside a brutal, open world video game. Starring Ryan Reynolds, Jodie Comer, Lil Rel Howery
The Green Knight (R)
A fantasy retelling of the medieval story of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight. Starring Anaïs Rizzo, Joe Anderson, Dev Patel
Roadrunner: A Film About Anthony Bourdain (R)
A documentary about Anthony Bourdain and his career as a chef, writer and host, revered and renowned for his authentic approach to food, culture and travel. Starring Anthony Bourdain, Ottavia Bourdain, David Chang
In the Earth (R)
As the world searches for a cure to a disastrous virus, a scientist and park scout venture deep in the forest for a routine equipment run. Starring Joel Fry, Reece Shearsmith, Hayley Squires
The Flash: The Complete Seventh Season (TV-PG)
After being struck by lightning, Barry Allen wakes up from his coma to discover he’s been given the power of super speed, becoming the next Flash, fighting crime in Central City. Starring Grant Gustin, Candice Patton, Danielle Panabaker
Hawthorne: The Complete Series (TV-14)
As a single mother and the Chief Nursing Officer at Richmond Trinity Hospital in Richmond, Virginia, Christina Hawthorne makes care-taking her life’s work. Starring Jada Pinkett Smith, Suleka Mathew, Hannah Hodson
Designated Survivor: The Complete Series (TV-14)
A low-level Cabinet member becomes President of the United States after a catastrophic attack kills everyone above him in the line of succession. Starring Kiefer Sutherland, Adan Canto, Italia Ricci
Titans That Built America (NR)
The rise and fierce rivalries of industrial heavy hitters Henry Ford, William Boeing, Walter Chrysler, JP Morgan Jr and Pierre Du Pont. Starring Natalie Britton, David Crowley, Jonathan Delaney Tynan
National Geographic: Incredible Dr. Pol Season 19 (TV-PG)
With more than 20,000 patients, Dr. Pol has seen it all. Specializing in large farm animals, this senior is anything but retiring as he takes an old school, no-nonsense approach to veterinary medicine. Starring Jan Pol, Ari Rubin, Diane Pol
Cranberry Christmas (NR)
A separated couple feign marital bliss on national television to help their town’s Christmas festival and their business. But what will the future hold for them when rekindled love is complicated by new opportunities. Starring Nikki Deloach, Benjamin Ayres, Marci T. House
Radio personality Bobby Bones takes on multiple challenging new jobs across the United States. He works with people from all walks of life, inspiring the audience each episode. Starring Bobby Bones, Janeshia Adams-Ginyard
A crusading school principal gets back into action as the original African-American electrical superhero. Starring Cress Williams, Nafessa Williams, Christine Adams
McDonald & Dodds: Year One (NR)
A shy and enigmatic Detective Sergeant is partnered with a wildly ambitious Detective Chief Inspector to solve crimes in the historic city of Bath. Starring Tala Gouveia, Jason Watkins, James Murray
Wild Bill: Year One (TV-PG)
US police chief Bill Hixon lands in Lincolnshire with his 14 year-old daughter Kelsey, hoping to flee their recent painful past. New community forces Bill to question everything about himself. Starring Rob Lowe, Bronwyn James, Tony Pitts
A group of misfits travels across America during a zombie apocalypse, each person with their own agenda. Starring Jesse Eisenberg, Woody Harrelson, and Emma Stone.
This film is a fun romp across America while fighting zombies. There isn’t much depth to it; it’s one of those films where you just grab a bowl of popcorn and enjoy the movie. The characters are all fun and each has his or her own quirky traits. There is no premise to the film either – the characters try to have a connection while going through life after a zombie apocalypse. The film has its humor, and it’s parody of the zombie genre is fun. This one is worth a watch.
A sinkhole in Los Angeles opens up and separates families into two different worlds. Starring Natalie Zea, Eoin Macken, and Chiké Okonkwo.
This show has nothing going for it. The premise is would be interesting if the script was any good, but it is not. It’s unrealistic, which is not surprising when you have a sinkhole opening to another dimension. The dialogue is cheesy and also unrealistic. Who says to someone that is ill in the hospital, “It’s all right, I’m here now.” You aren’t a medical personnel; how are you going to handle the issues of the illness? The characters are not as strong as you need them to be in an adventure series. This show doesn’t have any good stories that are worth following. It’s not worth a watch.
An animal smuggling ring goes wrong when a shark gets lost in a swamp. Starring Christopher Berry, Wade Boggs, and Marcus Lyle Brown.
Surprisingly, this film is not as cheesy as you would expect it to be. The script isn’t bad, but it had its moments of being unbelievable. The CGI effects are what the budget would be on a TV movie. The actors are good, however, and not too cheesy as their characters face unusual problems. I appreciate that the filmmakers tried not to be too cheesy while also keeping the story from becoming too serious. It’s a great mix that works well together. Although, I still found the film too unbelievable to make it worth a watch – so, it’s not worth the watch.