Toys in the Attic (2009) Rated PG

A teddy bear, a mechanical mouse, and a marionette  join together to rescue Buttercup the doll from the Land of Evil. Starring Forest Whitaker, Joan Cusack, Vivian Schilling, Cary Elwes.

A group of discarded toys left in the attic of a home during the Cold War search for one of their own. Using stop motion animation, they take on the daring task of saving Buttercup from the Land of Evil. The film plays as more of a thriller, which makes it inappropriate for younger children. Although intriguing, the stop motion animation and occasional use of digital compositing of multiple stop motion plates makes the film look unsophisticated. The story doesn’t really hold any new insights either. As much as I would like to recommend it, this film is a pass.

 

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New This Week on DVD, May 23, 2017

 Get Out (R)

A young African-American man visits his Caucasian girlfriend’s mysterious family estate. Starring Daniel Kaluuya, Allison Williams, Catherine Keener, Bradley Whitford

 The Great Wall (PG-13)

European mercenaries searching for black powder become embroiled in the defense of the Great Wall of China against a horde of monstrous creatures. Starring Matt Damon, Tian Jing, Willem Dafoe

 Logan (R)

In the near future, a weary Logan cares for an ailing Professor X somewhere on the Mexican border. However, Logan’s attempts to hide from the world and his legacy are upended when a young mutant arrives, pursued by dark forces. Starring Hugh Jackman, Patrick Stewart, Dafne Keen, Stephen Merchant, Eriq La Salle

 My Life as a Zucchini (PG-13)

After losing his mother, a young boy is sent to a foster home with other orphans his age where he begins to learn the meaning of trust and true love. Starring Erick Abbate, Romy Beckman, Susanne Blakeslee, Will Forte, Nick Offerman, Ellen Page

 Rock Dog (PG)

When a radio falls from the sky into the hands of a wide-eyed Tibetan Mastiff, he leaves home to fulfill his dream of becoming a musician, setting into motion a series of completely unexpected events. Starring Luke Wilson, Eddie Izzard, J.K. Simmons, Kenan Thompson, Mae Whitman, Jorge Garcia, Matt Dillon, Sam Elliott

 XX (R)

Four short horror films that are directed and written by women. Starring Natalie Brown, Melanie Lynskey, Casey Adams, Christina Kirk

 Call the Midwife: Season Six (TV-PG)

Chronicles the lives of a group of midwives living in East London in the late 1950s to early 1960s. Starring Vanessa Redgrave, Jenny Agutter, Laura Main

 Masterpiece: Dark Angel (NR)

A two-part drama about the Victorian serial killer Mary Ann Cotton. Starring Joanne Froggatt, Alun Armstrong, Isla McMonigle

 Outsiders: Season Two (TV-MA)

A struggle for power and control set in the rugged and mysterious hills of Appalachia, “Outsiders” tells the story of the Farrell clan, a family of outsiders who’ve been in these parts since before anyone can remember. Living off the grid and above the law on their mountaintop homestead, they’ll protect their world and defend their way of life using any means necessary. Starring David Morse, Ryan Hurst, Kyle Gallner, Christina Jackson, Thomas M. Wright, Gillian Alexy, Johanna McGinley 

Synopsis by IMDB.

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Unprotected (Oxygen) Rated NR

Former Italian mobster Richard Cantarella used to live in the Witness Protection Program, now he owns a car wash in Scottsdale Arizona. Starring Richard Snr Cantarella.

This reality show focuses on a mobster who is trying to live on the straight and narrow way by running a legitimate business. What I want to know is how he can afford the house he lives in by running a car wash? I know all reality shows are staged to highlight conflicts, but this ones seems especially so. There is really nothing new to make this show worth watching.  If the family was still in the witness protection program, that would be interesting (although implausible). As it is, this show is a pass.

 

 

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Doctor Zhivago (2002) Rated NR

Lara is loved by three men: a revolutionary, a mogul, and a doctor. Their lives intertwine during the Russian Revolution. Based on the novel by Boris Pasternak. Starring Sam Neill, Alexandra Maria Lara, Sam MacLintock, Anne-Marie Duff, Hugh Bonneville, Keira Knightley, Hans Matheson.

This miniseries, which is longer than the 1965 version of the novel, does a wonderful job of staying true to the novel. I have never really been a fan of the 1965 film, although it is an excellent film. This version was more captivating than the original because it focused more on the Russian Revolution than the romance, which always seemed problematic to me due to the various affairs the characters had. By concentrating on the revolution, we get a better insight into the the choices the characters make. This film is worth a watch.

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A Dog’s Purpose (2017) Rated PG

A dog looks for his purpose in life through many lifetimes. Based on the book by W. Bruce Cameron. Starring Josh Gad, Dennis Quaid, Peggy Lipton, Britt Robertson

This film takes you on the emotional roller coaster of this one dog’s reincarnated lives. Each time an owner has to say goodbye it’ll bring tears to your eyes. The film tries to tell us that in each life the dog gave meaning to each other, although we get only snippets of each life and the only life that really seems to matter to the dog was the one he had with Ethan. Now, if a dog could reincarnate into multiple lives you would think that each time he came back he would remember from the dawn of time and all the owners he’s had. Which in the film after the second time he does recognize that he remembers things from his earlier life.  You would think the dog would get cynical about life after a while. I was going along with this story even suspending my disbelief until the end of the movie where the dog is wandering around and finds one of his owners. How on earth did that happen? That was too far fetched for me. I felt the filmmakers just had to wrap it up and so they just thought it’ll just be a miracle for that to happen. Even with all the faults this film has, it has heart and for that I’m saying it’s worth a watch.

 

 

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Life of Pi (2012) Rated PG

A young man and a Bengal tiger both survive a disaster at sea; now they both must learn to survive together. Based on the book by Yann Martel. Starring Suraj Sharma, Irrfan Khan, Ayush Tandon.

Life of Pi tells a tale of survival and faith. The film masterfully creates the author’s realm of relative truth by weaving together reality, Pi’s struggle to understand who God is, and spectacular visual effects. The film leaves you questioning what is true after going on a fantastical emotional journey. This beautiful film is worth a watch.

 

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New This Week in Theaters, May 18, 2017

 Everything, Everything (PG-13)
Opens on Friday, May 19
Starring: Amandla Stenberg, Nick Robinson, Anika Noni Rose

A teenager who’s lived a sheltered life because she’s allergic to everything, falls for the boy who moves in next door.

 Alien: Covenant (R)
Opens on Friday, May 19
Starring: Michael Fassbender, Katherine Waterston, Billy Crudup

The crew of a colony ship, bound for a remote planet, discover an uncharted paradise with a threat beyond their imagination, and must attempt a harrowing escape.

 Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul (PG)
Opens on Friday, May 19
Starring: Jason Ian Drucker, Charlie Wright, Owen Asztalos

A Heffley family road trip to attend Meemaw’s 90th birthday party goes hilariously off course thanks to Greg’s newest scheme to get to a video gaming convention.

 Champion (PG)
Opens on Friday, May 19
Starring: Gary Graham, Andrew Cheney, Kera O’Bryon

In the supercharged world of dirt track racing, a single mistake causes the lives of two men to change forever. One must fight for his family, the other must fight to forgive.

 Wakefield (R)
Opens on Friday, May 19
Starring: Bryan Cranston, Jennifer Garner, Jason O’Mara

A man’s nervous breakdown causes him to leave his wife and live in his attic for several months.

 The Commune (NR)
Opens on Friday, May 19
Starring: Fares Fares, Trine Dyrholm, Ulrich Thomsen, Julie Agnete Vang

A story about the clash between personal desires, solidarity and tolerance in a Danish commune in the 1970s.

Synopsis by IMDB.

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Victorian Slum House (PBS) Rated PG

A group of 15 volunteers are transported to Victorian London were they spend three weeks in a recreated Old Nichol slum on London’s East End. Starring Michael Mosley.

PBS and BBC have done it again, taking a group of modern- day people and transporting them back in time to an era that we’ve only read in history books. Here, they learn how to live and work in the slums of London during Victorian era. The British do an excellent job of transitioning these volunteers into Victorian slum life. More informational than entertaining, this show still engages us as we watch these volunteers come to terms with poverty and the lack of modern technology and personal space. The show is worth a watch.

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Wreck-It Ralph (2012) Rated PG

A video game villain looks for ways to become the hero. Starring John C. Reilly, Sarah Silverman, Jack McBrayer, Jane Lynch, Alan Tudyk, Mindy Kaling, Ed O’Neill, Dennis Haysbert.

I was pleasantly surprised by this film. I wondered what Disney would do with a video game story line. Here we have a video game villain who longs to be the hero, but the fact of life is we all have a place in the world, and we should be who we need to be to help the world go around. The animation is brilliant with vibrant colors and changing arcade games. The characters bring this world to life, thanks to the actors portraying the voices. This is one of Disney’s best films and is well worth a watch.

 

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Talk Show the Game Show (TruTv) Rated TV-14

A group of celebrities try to be the best talk show guest by winning points in this game show. Starring Guy Branum, Karen Kilgariff, Casey Schreiner.

This game show is so pointless. Here we watch semi-celebrities plugging and talking about themselves to get the title of best talk show guest. They win points each time they name drop or tell a good story or joke. There seems to be no point to the show other than to watch celebrities go through their monologues to gain points for dollar tree awards. There is no true representation of their actual selves, which is what I think the point of a talk show guest should be. This show is a pass.

 

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