The Gong Show (ABC) Rated NR

 An updated version of the 1970s game show that brings any different type of talent in front of a group of judges. Starring Mike Myers, Will Arnett

This show is one of those shows that you have to take it as it is. Here we have Mike Myers, with makeup, hosting the show, enjoying the antics of the judges and the talents. the show is what see is what you get, it’s just one to enjoy the talent and the celebrity judges. There is adult humor during this program.  At the end of the night the talent with the biggest score wins a trophy and $2,000. This show is enjoyable to watch and I’ve always been a fan of seeing celebrities off script, making this show worth a watch.

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Turn: Washington’s Spies (AMC) Rated NR

 This series follows Abe Woodhull as he bands together a group of friends to form  The Culper Ring, a group of spies who turned the tide in the American Revolution.  Based on the book, Washington’s Spies: The Story of America’s First Spy Ring  by Alexander Rose. Starring Jamie Bell, Seth Numrich, Daniel Henshall, Meegan Warner, Heather Lind, Kevin McNally, Samuel Roukin.

AMC is known for its amazing series, and this one is no exception. Covering the American Revolution from the fall of 1776, when the insurgents declared war on Britain, until 1781, the story simply unfolds with no further explanation. I appreciate the historical accuracy of this series, which acknowledges that not everyone was eager to separate from England. Well executed, this show is worth a watch.

 

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New This Week in Theaters, September 21, 2017

 The Lego Ninjago Movie (PG)
Opens on Friday, September 22
Starring: Jackie Chan, Dave Franco, Fred Armisen, Kumail Nanjiani

Six young ninjas Lloyd, Jay, Kai, Cole, Zane and Nya are tasked with defending their island home, called Ninjago. By night, they’re gifted warriors, using their skills and awesome fleet of vehicles to fight villains and monsters. By day, they’re ordinary teens struggling against their greatest enemy: high school.

 Kingsman: The Golden Circle (R)
Opens on Friday, September 22
Starring: Taron Egerton, Colin Firth, Mark Strong, Channing Tatum

When their headquarters are destroyed and the world is held hostage, the Kingsman’s journey leads them to the discovery of an allied spy organization in the US. These two elite secret organizations must band together to defeat a common enemy.

 Friend Request (R)
Open on Friday, September 22
Starring: Alycia Debnam-Carey, William Moseley, Connor Paolo, Brit Morgan

A popular college student graciously accepts a social outcast’s online friend request, but soon finds herself fighting a demonic presence that wants to make her lonely by killing her closest friends.

  Last Rampage (R)
Open on Friday, September 22
Starring: Heather Graham, Molly C. Quinn, Robert Patrick, John Heard

The true story of the infamous prison break, of Gary Tison and Randy Greenwalt, from the Arizona State prison in Florence, AZ, in the summer of 1978.

Synopsis by IMDB.

 

 

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A Way Back Home (2013) Rated UR

A Hallmark movie based on Norman Rockwell’s painting of Charlie Shuffleton’s barbershop. A famous country singer returns home broken and hurting, in hopes of receiving guidance from a childhood mentor, only to find he has passed away. As memories assault him, he locates his father to make things right. Starring  Austin Stowell, Kayla Ewell, Brett Rice, Danny Glover.

This is a quintessential Hallmark film. It is a theme that has been played out time and time again: someone leaves home because of a past hurt, only to find that life has passed him by and things perhaps weren’t what they once seemed, leading him to return home and make things right again. Although there is nothing original about this film, it is still enjoyable to watch. The story is solid, as are the actors. This film is worth a watch.

 

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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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