Mom (CBS) Rated TV-14

A single mom with two kids tries to stay sober when her wayward mother comes back into her life. Starring Anna Faris, Allison Janney, Mimi Kennedy.

This show is hilarious. Of course, there are some raunchy jokes and story lines, which I find off-putting, but overall, the actors have great comedic timing and their characters are all well-rounded. It’s one of those shows which highlights the struggles of real life in a humorous way. The first episodes were a bit tenuous; it seems like they are still finding their stride, but it will come, and this fun show will be worth a watch.

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New This Week on DVD, March 20, 2018

 Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle (PG-13)

Four teenagers are sucked into a magical video game, and the only way they can escape is to work together to finish the game. Starring Dwayne Johnson, Kevin Hart, Jack Black

 Pitch Perfect 3 (PG-13)

After the highs of winning the World Championships, the Bellas find themselves split apart and discovering there aren’t job prospects for making music with your mouth. But when they get the chance to reunite for an overseas USO tour, this group of awesome nerds will come together to make some music, and some questionable decisions, one last time. Starring Anna Kendrick, Rebel Wilson, Brittany Snow

 Downsizing (R)

A social satire in which a man realizes he would have a better life if he were to shrink himself to five inches tall, allowing him to live in wealth and splendor. Starring  Matt Damon, Christoph Waltz, Hong Chau

 Django (PG-13)

The story of Django Reinhardt, famous guitarist and composer, and his flight from German-occupied Paris in 1943. Starring Reda Kateb, Cécile de France, Bea Palya

 Atlanta: The Complete First Season (TV-MA)

Based in Atlanta, Earn and his cousin Alfred are trying to make their way up in the world through the rap scene. Along the way they come face to face with social and economic issues touching on race, relationships, poverty, status and parenthood. Starring Donald Glover, Brian Tyree Henry, Lakeith Stanfield

 Archer: The Complete Season Eight (TV-MA)

Covert black ops and espionage take a back seat to zany personalities and relationships between secret agents and drones. Starring  H. Jon Benjamin, Judy Greer, Amber Nash

 Small Town Crime (R)

An alcoholic ex-cop finds the body of a young woman and, through an act of self-redemption, becomes hell-bent on finding the killer but unwittingly puts his family in danger and gets caught up with several dark characters along the way. Starring John Hawkes, Anthony Anderson, Octavia Spencer

 Moody Blues: Days of Future Passed Live (NR) *

The Moody Blues classic 1967 album Days Of Future Passed is regarded as one of the foundation stones of the progressive rock genre. In 2017, the band headed out on the album’s 50th Anniversary Tour including the wonderful show captured at the Sony Centre For The Performing Arts in Toronto accompanied by a full orchestra. The concert begins with the band by themselves performing a selection of classic Moody Blues tracks before they are joined by the orchestra to perform Days Of Future Passed in its entirety plus a couple of fantastic encore tracks. This is, without doubt, the definitive live version of this much-loved album and will be treasured by fans of The Moody Blues for years to come. Starring Justin Hayward, John Lodge, Graeme Edge, Norda Mullen, Julie Ragins, Alan Hewitt, Billy Ashbaugh, Elliot Davis

 The Vanishing of Sidney Hall (R)

Sidney Hall finds accidental success and unexpected love at an early age, then disappears without a trace. Starring Michelle Monaghan, Elle Fanning, Kyle Chandler

Synopsis by IMDB unless otherwise stated.

* Synopsis by VideoETA.

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Wonder Wheel (2017) Rated PG-13

On Coney Island in the 1950s, a couple has a visitor who turns their lives upside down. Starring Justin Timberlake, Juno Temple, Robert C. Kirk, Kate Winslet, Jim Belushi.

This film begins in the middle of the story and unfolds to show how the couple’s life together unravels. Director Woody Allen uses color to punctuate the different moments and moods of the story. I found it difficult to follow which emotions the colors were meant to evoke, though. Yellow and grays and various tones confused me. It’s no surprise to see this couple’s relationship implode. This is not one of Allen’s best films; it is a pass.

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Bringing Joshua Home (2013) Rated NR

 In December 2012, Vladimir Putin signed a bill banning all American adoptions of Russian children. This is the story of one family adopting a Russian child prior to the bill in Russia. Starring Arthur Rasco, Hanna Rasco

This is one of the documentaries that do an excellent job at showing the process of international adoption. There are ups and downs with each adoption. It’s interesting to watch the process of adoption but also how to integrate the new member of the family into the family. Every adoption there is a different story, each one is different because there are different circumstances but also because each person is different. This story is just a taste of the process but it is a great short. It’s worth a watch.


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Wonder (2017) Rated PG

  1.  A boy with a genetic deformity starts attending junior high where he tries to make friends. Based on the book by R.J. Palacio. Starring Jacob Tremblay, Owen Wilson, Izabela Vidovic

This film will bring you to tears. Junior high is tough for everyone, but imagine what it is like for someone with a genetic deformity. We need to teach people to be kind, and that being different is good. It’s also a story about looking past the book cover to discover what is inside everyone. There is so much more than what we see on the surface.  I wasn’t ready for the emotions that this film evoked as each person told their story of what makes them who they are. This film is worth a watch and one of the best this year.

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 A Beautiful Mind (2001) Rated PG-13

After John Nash, a brilliant but asocial mathematician, accepts secret work in cryptography, his life takes a turn for the nightmarish.

  Apollo 13 (1995) Rated PG

NASA must devise a strategy to return Apollo 13 to Earth safely after the spacecraft undergoes massive internal damage putting the lives of the three astronauts on board in jeopardy.

 The Help (2011) Rated PG-13

An aspiring author during the civil rights movement of the 1960s decides to write a book detailing the African American maids’ point of view on the white families for which they work, and the hardships they go through on a daily basis.

  50/50 (2011) Rated R

Inspired by a true story, a comedy centered on a 27-year-old guy who learns of his cancer diagnosis, and his subsequent struggle to beat the disease.

 Parenthood (1989) Rated PG-13

The Buckmans are a midwestern family all dealing with their lives: estranged relatives, raising children, pressures of the job, and learning to be a good parent and spouse.

 Hereafter (2010) Rated PG-13

A drama centered on three people — a blue-collar American, a French journalist and a London school boy — who are touched by death in different ways.

 Spider-Man 3 (2007) Rated PG-13

A strange black entity from another world bonds with Peter Parker and causes inner turmoil as he contends with new villains, temptations, and revenge.

Synopsis by IMDB.

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Olympus Has Fallen (2013) Rated R

A disgraced secret service agent finds himself inside the White House during a terrorist attack. Starring Gerard Butler, Aaron Eckhart, Finley Jacobsen.

This is an entertaining thriller. It’s written well and has great pacing and action to keep you on the edge of your seat. Butler holds his own as an action star, and the supporting cast is equally proficient. What’s interesting about this action film is that it is believable; the writers took the time to interview former Secret Service agents about the logistics of breaking into the White House, making the events within the film seem plausible. An all-around solid film, this one is worth a watch.

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New This Week in Theaters, March 14, 2018


Image result for Tomb Raider Tomb Raider (PG-13)
Opens on Friday, March 15
Starring: Alicia Vikander, Dominic West, Walton Goggins, Daniel Wu

Lara Croft, the fiercely independent daughter of a missing adventurer, must push herself beyond her limits when she finds herself on the island where her father disappeared.


Image result for Love, Simon Love, Simon (PG-13)
Opens on Friday, March 15
Starring: Nick Robinson, Josh Duhamel, Jennifer Garner, Katherine Langford

Simon Spier keeps a huge secret from his family, his friends, and all of his classmates: he’s gay. When that secret is leaked, Simon must face everyone and come to terms with his identity.

Image result for I Can Only Imagine I Can Only Imagine (PG)
Opens on Friday, March 15
Starring: J. Michael Finley, Brody Rose, Dennis Quaid, Cloris Leachman

The inspiring and unknown true story behind MercyMe’s beloved, chart topping song that brings ultimate hope to so many is a gripping reminder of the power of true forgiveness.

Image result for 7 Days in Entebbe 7 Days in Entebbe (PG-13)
Opens on Friday, March 15
Starring: Rosamund Pike, Daniel Brühl, Eddie Marsan, Ben Schnetzer

Inspired by the true events of the 1976 hijacking of an Air France flight en route from Tel Aviv to Paris, and the most daring rescue mission ever attempted.


Image result for Flower movie Flower (R)
Opens on Friday, March 15
Starring: Zoey Deutch, Kathryn Hahn, Adam Scott, Dylan Gelula

A sexually curious teen forms an unorthodox kinship with her mentally unstable stepbrother.

Image result for Allure movie Allure (NR)
Opens on Friday, March 15
Starring: Evan Rachel Wood, Julia Sarah Stone, Denis O’Hare, Maxim Roy

A house cleaner meets a teenaged girl and convinces her to run away and live with her in secret.


Image result for Josie movie Josie (NR)
Opens on Friday, March 15
Starring: Sophie Turner, Dylan McDermott, Daeg Faerch, Kurt Fuller

Hank, a solitary man living a dull existence in the sleepy, Southern town raises eyebrows when he develops a questionable relationship with Josie, a recently transplanted high school student.

Image result for Journey's End movie Journey’s End (R)
Opens on Friday, March 15
Starring: Paul Bettany, Sam Claflin, Stephen Graham, Asa Butterfield

Set in a dugout in Aisne in 1918, it is the story of a group of British officers, led by the mentally disintegrating young officer Stanhope, as they await their fate.

Image result for Ramen Heads movie Ramen Heads (NR)
Opens on Friday, March 15
Starring: Shôta Iida, Kumiko Ishida, Katsuya Kobayashi, Yûki Ohnishi

In ‘Ramen Heads,’ Osamu Tomita, Japan’s reigning king of ramen, takes us deep into his world, revealing every single step of his obsessive approach to creating the perfect soup and noodles, and his relentless search for the highest-quality ingredients. In addition to Tomita’s story, the film also profiles five other notable ramen shops, each with its own philosophy and flavor, which exemplify various different aspects the ramen world. Mixing in a brief rundown of ramen’s historical roots, the film gives viewers an in-depth look at the culture surrounding this unique and beguiling dish. This is a documentary record of 15 months in the lives of Japan’s top ramen masters and their legions of devoted fans.

Image result for Maineland movie Maineland (NR)
Opens on Friday, March 15

Stella and Harry are affluent, cosmopolitan teenagers who are part of the enormous wave of “parachute students” from Mainland China enrolling in U.S. private schools. Shot over three years in China and the U.S., MAINELAND tells a multi-layered coming-of-age tale, following this buoyant, fun-loving girl and introspective boy as they settle into a boarding school in blue-collar small-town rural Maine. They come seeking a Western-style education, escape from the dreaded Chinese college entrance exam, and the promise of a Hollywood-style U.S. high school experience. But as their fuzzy visions of the American dream slowly gain more clarity, their relationship to home takes on a surprising new aspect.


Image result for Demon House movie Demon House (NR)
Opens on Friday, March 15
Starring:  Zak Bagans, Jay Wasley, Billy Tolley

Paranormal investigator Zak Bagans documents the most authenticated case of possession in American history.

Synopsis by IMDB.

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Shoot the Messenger (WGN) Rated TV-MA

A young journalist working on her first murder case becomes embroiled in the case. Starring  Elyse Levesque, Lucas Bryant, Lyriq Bent.

This is a gritty crime drama that sucks you right into the story. At the lead is a young female journalist who does a great job holding her own against the men of the show. As she gets more involved in the story she is covering, the suspense grows, and you can’t help but be hooked. It was also great to see Bryant in a different role from Haven. All the actors are fantastic at drawing you into this show, making it worth a watch.



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To the Wonder (2012) Rated R

After a couple falls in love, they come home to real life, where they connect with a pastor and a flame from the past. Starring Ben Affleck, Olga Kurylenko, Rachel McAdams.

This is a Terrence Malick film. He uses cinematography to  convey  his story with little dialogue. While all the scenery is beautifully shot, the story gets shuffled into the back corner. It is supposed to explore the reality of life after falling in love, but it loses its emotional impact and makes religion a  superficial part of their life. During the movie, I wanted to scream at them for making love seem like a fake emotion not worthy of having, replacing it instead with duty. Yes, of course we have duties in life and love, but in the case of the latter, they shouldn’t feel forced. This film is a pass.

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