Stargirl (CW) Rated TV-NR

A teenager joins the Justice Society of America. Based on the comic book series. Starring Brec Bassinger, Yvette Monreal, and Anjelika Washington.

I was pleasantly surprised by this series. It’s got the traditional comic book feeling and characters, and it has an innocent feel. It’s different than all the other CW superhero shows. Those shows are so political and don’t really follow the comic book storylines. You can tell that this show is going to work because it does follow the comic book nostalgia. The actors are good, and the story carries the backstory well. It’s a show that is worth a watch.

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New This Week in Theaters, May 28, 2020

Due to COVID-19, there are no new films released at this time.

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 The Newsroom (2012) Rated TV-MA

A newsroom undergoes some changes in its workings and morals as a new team is brought in, bringing unexpected results for its existing news anchor.

 Parks and Recreation (2009) Rated TV-14

The absurd antics of an Indiana town’s public officials as they pursue sundry projects to make their city a better place.

 Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018) Rated PG

Teen Miles Morales becomes Spider-Man of his reality, crossing his path with five counterparts from other dimensions to stop a threat for all realities.

 Girls (2012) Rated TV-MA

A comedy about the experiences of a group of girls in their early 20s.

 Abby’s (2019) Rated NR

As the oddball cast of characters at Abby’s will tell you, everyone needs a bar to call home.

Synopsis by IMDB. 

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New This Week on DVD, May 26, 2020

 The Invisible Man (R)

When Cecilia’s abusive ex takes his own life and leaves her his fortune, she suspects his death was a hoax. As a series of coincidences turn lethal, Cecilia works to prove that she is being hunted by someone nobody can see. Starring Elisabeth Moss, Oliver Jackson-Cohen, Harriet Dyer 


 From Friend to Fiancé (TV-G)

When Ted gets engaged to the high school mean girl and asks Jess, his childhood best friend, to plan their wedding, things get complicated. Her true feelings for Ted keep getting in the way. Starring Jocelyn Hudon, Ryan Paevey, Derek McGrath

 A Beautiful Place to Die: A Martha’s Vineyard Mystery (TV-PG)

A retired Boston PD detective and the acting medical examiner at Martha’s Vineyard work together to solve the murder of a mysterious young man. Starring Jesse Metcalfe, Sarah Lind, Eric Keenleyside 

 Agatha Raisin: Series 3 (NR)

The Cotswolds-based PR guru turned amateur sleuth returns for a series of comedic murder-mysteries based on the books by M.C. Beaton. Starring Ashley Jensen, Matt McCooey, Mathew Horne 

 The Deuce: The Complete Third Season (TV-MA)

A look at life in New York City during the 1970s and ’80s when porn and prostitution were rampant in Manhattan. Starring James Franco, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Lawrence Gilliard Jr. 

 Silicon Valley: The Complete Sixth Season (TV-MA)

Follows the struggle of Richard Hendricks, a Silicon Valley engineer trying to build his own company called Pied Piper. Starring Thomas Middleditch, Josh Brener, Martin Starr 

Synopsis by IMDB. 

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Mad Mel: The Rise and Fall of a Hollywood Icon (2010) Rated NR

A look at the rise and fall of Mel Gibson in Hollywood. Starring Robert Downey Jr. and Mel Gibson.

This is a journalist’s view on the rise and fall of Gibson’s career in Hollywood. It’s the opinions of these journalists or film critics, and it isn’t very forgiving to Mel. They use archive footage to tell the story of Mel rising as Hollywood’s sex symbol to the fall from grace that happened in 2010. Basically, they felt that Mel was in the wrong with the leaked tapes. I think he was provoked, but that’s just me. I wish it had been more of a documentary and not just an opinion piece. It’s not worth a watch.

 

 

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Best Christmas Party Ever (2014) Rated TV-G

A pair of event planners go head to head fighting for a lead job while putting on the party of the year. Starring Torrey DeVitto, Steve Lund, and Linda Thorson.

This film starts out as one of the basic Hallmark Christmas films. It has the formula that makes a great Hallmark movie. We have a great cast with excellent chemistry, and the story isn’t too cheesy. Then the film comes to an end, and they just seem to close the book. It’s as if they just come in, close all the plot holes, and get the couple together. I wish it were better than it is, making it not worth a watch.

 

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Bloodline (Netflix) Rated TV-MA

A family must come to terms with their secrets and scars when the oldest son comes home. Starring Kyle Chandler, Linda Cardellini, and Norbert Leo Butz.

The first episode has good writing; it’s a thriller where you have no idea what is coming or what is going to happen. You know that all these characters have a past together, but what is that past? It pulls you in. It’s not perfect – there are some continuity issues that don’t allow for smooth transitions. The story jumps around, and it’s a struggle to figure out where you are in the story and who knows what. The actors, for the most part, are excellent, but again, there are a couple of scenes that just seem wooden. However, all of these imperfections make the show all the more intriguing, making the show worth a watch.

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Top Films and TV Shows to Watch While Safe At Home

 Mary Poppins (1964) Rated G

In turn of the century London, a magical nanny employs music and adventure to help two neglected children become closer to their father.

  It’s a Wonderful Life (1946) Rated NR

An angel is sent from Heaven to help a desperately frustrated businessman by showing him what life would have been like if he had never existed.

 Paperman (2012) Rated G

An office worker meets the girl of his dreams and uses a fleet of paper airplanes to get her attention.

 Gigi (1958) Rated G

Weary of the conventions of Parisian society, a rich playboy and a youthful courtesan-in-training enjoy a platonic friendship, but it may not stay platonic for long.

 Annie (1982) Rated PG

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

 Dirty Dancing (1987) Rated PG-13

Spending the summer at a Catskills resort with her family, Frances “Baby” Houseman falls in love with the camp’s dance instructor, Johnny Castle.

 Billy Graham: An Extraordinary Journey (2018) Rated NR

Explore key moments in Billy Graham’s journey as a dairy farmer’s son who rose to prominence, becoming one of the most influential religious leaders in modern history.

 Six Feet Under (2001–2005) Rated TV-MA

A chronicle of the lives of a dysfunctional family who run an independent funeral home in Los Angeles.

 The Drop Box (2015) Rated NR

One winter, a pastor finds an abandoned infant on his church steps, and builds ‘a drop box’ to rescue any others.

 The Vicar of Dibley (1994–2015) Rated TV-PG

A boisterous female minister comes to serve in an eccentrically conservative small town’s church.

 Ghost Hunters (2004– ) Rated NR

This one-hour weekly docu-soap from the creator/executive producer of “American Chopper” follows a group of real-life paranormal researchers as they investigate haunted houses throughout the country, encountering every type of imaginable haunting. Jason Hawes and Grant Wilson, plumbers by trade, head up TAPS — The Atlantic Paranormal Society — a group of ordinary, everyday people with an interest in getting to the bottom of your otherworldly disturbances. 

 Pride and Prejudice (1995) Rated TV-PG

While the arrival of wealthy gentlemen sends her marriage-minded mother into a frenzy, willful and opinionated Elizabeth Bennet matches wits with haughty Mr. Darcy.

 Schindler’s List (1993) Rated R

In German-occupied Poland during World War II, industrialist Oskar Schindler gradually becomes concerned for his Jewish workforce after witnessing their persecution by the Nazis.

 Citizen Kane (1941) Rated PG

Following the death of publishing tycoon Charles Foster Kane, reporters scramble to uncover the meaning of his final utterance; ‘Rosebud’.

 The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (2005) Rated PG

Four kids travel through a wardrobe to the land of Narnia and learn of their destiny to free it with the guidance of a mystical lion.

 Inception (2010) Rated PG-13

A thief who steals corporate secrets through the use of dream-sharing technology is given the inverse task of planting an idea into the mind of a C.E.O.

 She Loves Me (2016) Rated NR

A story of 2 combative shop clerks, Amalia and Georg, who are not aware that they are the recipients of each other’s secret love letters. Based on the play, Parfumerie, written by Miklós Láslós and revived by the original Broadway musical by Jerry Brock, Sheldon Harnick, and Joe Masteroff. 

 Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (1954) Rated NR

In 1850 Oregon, when a backwoodsman brings a wife home to his farm, his six brothers decide that they want to get married too.

 My Fair Lady (1964) Rated G

Snobbish phonetics Professor Henry Higgins agrees to a wager that he can make flower girl Eliza Doolittle presentable in high society.

 Bridget Jones’s Diary (2001) Rated R

Bridget Jones is determined to improve herself while she looks for love in a year in which she keeps a personal diary.

 Lost (2004–2010) Rated TV-14

The survivors of a plane crash are forced to work together in order to survive on a seemingly deserted tropical island.

 

 Walk the Line (2005) Rated PG-13

A chronicle of country music legend Johnny Cash’s life, from his early days on an Arkansas cotton farm to his rise to fame with Sun Records in Memphis, where he recorded alongside Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Carl Perkins.

 Gone with the Wind (1939) Rated NR

A manipulative woman and a roguish man conduct a turbulent romance during the American Civil War and Reconstruction periods.

 Fiddler on the Roof (1971) Rated G

In prerevolutionary Russia, a Jewish peasant contends with marrying off three of his daughters while growing anti-Semitic sentiment threatens his village.

 Grey’s Anatomy (2005– ) Rated TV-14

A drama centered on the personal and professional lives of five surgical interns and their supervisors.

Synopsis by IMDB. 

 

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New This Week in Theaters, May 21, 2020

Due to COVID-19, there are no new films released at this time.

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Inside the Vatican (2019) Rated NR

Filmed inside the Vatican for one year, the filmmakers give us a look at the workings of the inner sanctum of this independent City State. Starring Paul Gallagher and Pope Francis.

This miniseries takes us behind the scenes of the independent country of the Vatican. We look at the workings and lives that revolve around the Vatican; we see how they protect the Pope as he goes about his daily life and how all those who live in the Vatican have no private life. It’s interesting, but I don’t feel that any secrets are told, nor do I expect that secrets would be told. However, it is interesting that this is a small country within another country. It’s a miniseries that is worth a watch.

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