John Krasinski

 

 The Office (2005–2013) Rated TV-PG

A mockumentary on a group of typical office workers, where the workday consists of ego clashes, inappropriate behavior, and tedium.

 Manchester by the Sea (2016) Rated R

A depressed uncle is asked to take care of his teenage nephew after the boy’s father dies.

 A Quiet Place (2018) Rated PG-13

In a post-apocalyptic world, a family is forced to live in silence while hiding from monsters with ultra-sensitive hearing.

 The Hollars (2016) Rated PG-13

A man returns to his small hometown after learning that his mother has fallen ill and is about to undergo surgery.

 Monsters vs. Aliens (2009) Rated PG

A woman transformed into a giant after she is struck by a meteorite on her wedding day becomes part of a team of monsters sent in by the U.S. government to defeat an alien mastermind trying to take over Earth.

Synopsis by IMDB.

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New This Week in Theaters, September 20, 2018

 Life Itself (R)
Opens on Friday, September 21
Starring: Oscar Isaac, Olivia Wilde, Annette Bening, Mandy Patinkin

As a young New York couple goes from college romance to marriage and the birth of their first child, the unexpected twists of their journey create reverberations that echo over continents and through lifetimes.

The House with a Clock in its Walls (PG)
Opens on Friday, September 21
Starring: Cate Blanchett, Jack Black, Lorenza Izzo, Owen Vaccaro

A young orphan named Lewis Barnavelt aids his magical uncle in locating a clock with the power to bring about the end of the world.

Assassination Nation (R)
Opens on Friday, September 21
Starring: Odessa Young, Hari Nef, Suki Waterhouse, Abra

This is a thousand percent a true story about how the quiet, all-American town of Salem absolutely lost its mind.

Fahrenheit 11/9 (R)
Opens on Friday, September 21
Starring: David Hogg, Michael Moore, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Donald J. Trump

Michael Moore’s “Fahrenheit 11/9” is a provocative and comedic look at the times in which we live. It will explore the two most important questions of the Trump Era: How the f**k did we get here, and how the f**k do we get out?

The Sisters Brothers (R)
Opens on Friday, September 21
Starring:  John C. Reilly, Joaquin Phoenix, Jake Gyllenhaal, Riz Ahmed

In 1850s Oregon, a gold prospector is chased by the infamous duo of assassins, the Sisters brothers.

Colette (R)
Opens on Friday, September 21
Starring: Keira Knightley, Eleanor Tomlinson, Dominic West, Fiona Shaw

Colette is pushed by her husband to write novels under his name. Upon their success, she fights to make her talents known, challenging gender norms.

Love Gilda (NR)
Opens on Friday, September 21
Starring: Andrew Alexander, Anne Beatts, Chevy Chase, Bill Hader

In her own words, comedienne Gilda Radner looks back and reflects on her life and career. Weaving together recently discovered audiotapes, interviews with her friends, rare home movies and diaries read by modern day comediennes, LOVE Gilda offers a unique window into the honest and whimsical world of a beloved performer whose greatest role was sharing her story.

 Mon garçon (PG-13)
Opens on Friday, September 21
Starring: Guillaume Canet, Mélanie Laurent, Olivier de Benoist, Antoine Hamel

The disappearance of his child sends a man on a dark path to find the truth.

Synopsis by IMDB.

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 The Perks of Being a Wallflower (2012) Rated PG-13

An introvert freshman is taken under the wings of two seniors who welcome him to the real world.

 Waco (2018) Rated TV-14

The FBI and ATF seize religious leader David Koresh’s Branch Davidian compound near Waco, Texas in the spring of 1993.

 The Americans (2013–2018) Rated TV-MA

At the height of the Cold War two Russian agents pose as your average American couple, complete with family.

 Girls (2012–2017) Rated TV-MA

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

 Martha Marcy May Marlene (2011) Rated R

Haunted by painful memories and increasing paranoia, a damaged woman struggles to re-assimilate with her family after fleeing an abusive cult.

Synopsis by IMDB.

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Dirty Dancing (1987) Rated TV-14

During her summer vacation, “Baby” Houseman falls for the resort’s dance instructor. Starring Jennifer Grey, Patrick Swayze, and Jerry Orbach.

I know this film isn’t one of the best films out there, but I love this movie. It goes beyond the romance, the music, and the dirty dancing. The film has a wonderful story about how we all have preconceived notions about each other. The film represents how everyone looks at the cover and not underneath the exterior. The music helps; it has one of the best movie soundtracks. The performances by all the actors also help make this film a cult classic; their chemistry is amazing. I think the filmmakers hit the jackpot by casting actors that dance.  If I’m flipping through the channels, I’ll stop and watch this movie. I don’t know how many times I’ve seen it. The script is brilliant. How do we change the world? We look deeper at the people around us and what makes them who they are. This is a film that’s worth every watch.

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The Mark (2012) Rated NR

Chad Turner has been implanted with a computer chip that can change the world. While people hunt him down for the implanted chip, the Rapture happens and causes chaos in the world. Starring Craig Sheffer, Sonia Couling, and Eric Roberts.

This isn’t the best film out there, but it was an interesting take on the end times. In the film, Turner has been implanted with a computer chip that represents the “mark of the beast.” While he tries to protect the chip from evil people who want to use it to rule the world, the rapture occurs. The world is thrown into chaos, and everyone is trying to figure out what is happening. You can tell this production doesn’t have a big budget; it’s not the best script, but I loved the action. Not many Christian films do action like this one does. Is the script biblically sound? I would say that the film is an interesting take on the end times and not necessarily doctrinal. It was an interesting movie and worth the watch.

 

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New This Week on DVD, September 18, 2018

 Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (PG-13)

When the island’s dormant volcano begins roaring to life, Owen and Claire mount a campaign to rescue the remaining dinosaurs from this extinction-level event. Starring  Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Rafe Spall

 Damsel (R)

It’s the Wild West, circa 1870. Samuel Alabaster, an affluent pioneer, ventures across the American frontier to marry the love of his life, Penelope. As his group traverses the west, the once-simple journey grows treacherous, blurring the lines between hero, villain and damsel. Starring  Robert Pattinson, Mia Wasikowska, David Zellner

 The Courageous Heart of Irena Sendler (TV-PG)

The story of Irena Sendler, a social worker who was part of the Polish underground during World War II and was arrested by the Nazis for saving the lives of nearly 2,500 Jewish children by smuggling them out of the Warsaw ghetto. Starring  Anna Paquin, Marcia Gay Harden, Goran Visnjic

 Saving Faith (G)

“Saving Faith” revolves around Faith Scott and her Uncle Donny. Faith is the Executive Director of the Ritz Theater in the small Tennessee town of Clinton. After years of struggle to keep the doors open it looks like it might be time to shut them for good. In one last ditch effort to keep the theater alive, Faith and Uncle Donny look to put together a big Christmas show…in June. Using his connections, that Faith knows nothing about, Uncle Donny is able to book a big time headliner for the show – Vince Gill and Amy Grant. Peter Marsh is a local business man in Clinton that has been waiting for the Ritz to go under so he can buy it cheap from the bank and sell it to a big time developer. When he hears about the Vince Gill/Amy Grant show, he pulls out all the stops to make sure the show does not go on. Uncle Donny, Faith and their friends and family pull together to make sure that they have done everything in their power to keep the doors to the Ritz Theater open, but can they succeed? Starring Victoria Jackson, Jenn Gotzon Chandler, Amy Grant

 L.M. Montgomery’s Anne of Green Gables / Fire And Dew (NR)

Anne heads to Charlottetown to attend accelerated classes as she continues to work towards her dream of being a school teacher. While there, she is forced to adapt quickly to her new surroundings and classmates as she navigates her way through her first school experience outside of her beloved Green Gables. Anne finds herself facing daunting choices for her future, the stirrings of romance, and tragedy unlike anything she’s ever known. Meanwhile, Matthew and Marilla Cuthbert contend with advancing age as they deal with financial challenges and creeping ailments. Starring Ella Ballentine, Sara Botsford, Martin Sheen

 Masterpiece: The Miniaturist (NR)

A young woman moves to 17th century Amsterdam and hires a mysterious local miniaturist to furnish the dollhouse she received from her merchant husband as present, but the lifelike miniatures somehow start eerily foreshadowing her fate. Starring Anya Taylor-Joy, Romola Garai, Hayley Squires

 The Looming Tower: The Complete First Season (TV-MA)

A look at how the rivalry between the CIA and FBI inadvertently set the stage for the tragedy of 9/11 and the war in Afghanistan. Starring Jeff Daniels, Tahar Rahim, Wrenn Schmidt

 Supergirl: The Complete Third Season (TV-PG)

The adventures of Superman’s cousin in her own superhero career. Starring Melissa Benoist, Mehcad Brooks, Chyler Leigh

 Billionaire Boys Club (R)

A group of wealthy boys in Los Angeles during the early 1980s establish a ‘get-rich-quick’ scam that turns deadly. Starring  Ansel Elgort, Kevin Spacey, Taron Egerton

 Siberia (R)

When an American diamond trader’s Russian partner goes missing, he journeys to Siberia in search of him, but instead begins a love affair. Starring Keanu Reeves, Boris Gulyarin, Ashley St. George

 American Horror Story: The Complete Seventh Season (TV-MA)

An anthology series centering on different characters and locations, including a house with a murderous past, an insane asylum, a witch coven, a freak show, a hotel, a possessed farmhouse, a cult, and the apocalypse. Starring Evan Peters, Sarah Paulson, Denis O’Hare

 MacGyver: Season Two (TV-14)

Young Angus “Mac” MacGyver works for a clandestine organization within the U.S. government, relying on his unconventional problem-solving skills to save lives. Starring Lucas Till, George Eads, Tristin Mays

 Modus: Season 2 (NR)

During a snowy Christmas season in Sweden, psychologist and profiler Inger Johanne Vik finds not only herself but also her autistic daughter drawn into the investigation of a number of disturbing deaths, through which she meets detective Ingvar Nyman of “Rikskrim”, a Swedish national police force. Nyman is dispatched to Uppsala to investigate the shocking Christmas Eve murder of bishop Elisabeth Lindgren. In Stockholm, the bodies keep turning up – though the causes of death vary. But before long, Inger Johanne starts noticing a pattern. MODUS is a thrilling story that raises questions about religion, human rights, and the very nature of love itself. It goes beyond conventional crime and peppers the story with red-hot political issues and criticizing intolerance. Starring Melinda Kinnaman, Henrik Norlén, Esmeralda Struwe

 The X-Files: The Complete Eleventh Season (TV-14)

Two F.B.I. Agents, Fox Mulder the believer and Dana Scully the skeptic, investigate the strange and unexplained, while hidden forces work to impede their efforts. Starring Gillian Anderson, David Duchovny, Mitch Pileggi

 Superstore: Season 3 (TV-PG)

A look at the lives of employees at a big box store. Starring  America Ferrera, Ben Feldman, Lauren Ash

 Law & Order Special Victims Unit: Season 19 (TV-14)

The Special Victims Unit, a specially trained squad of detectives in the NYPD, investigate sexually related crimes. Starring Mariska Hargitay, Ice-T, Dann Florek

 Lethal Weapon: The Complete Second Season (TV-14)

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

 You’re the Worst: The Complete Fourth Season (TV-14)

Centers on two toxic, self-destructive people who fall in love and attempt a relationship. Starring Chris Geere, Aya Cash, Desmin Borges

 The Amazing Race: Season 29 (TV-PG)

Multiple teams race around the globe for $1,000,000 to ‘amazing’ locations. Starring Phil Keoghan, Jet McCoy, Cord McCoy

Synopsis by IMDB.

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Primetime Emmy Award Winners 2018


Outstanding Drama Series

Game of Thrones

Outstanding Comedy Series

The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel

Outstanding Limited Series

American Crime Story

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series

Matthew Rhys for The Americans

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series

Claire Foy for The Crown

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series

Bill Hader for Barry

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series

Rachel Brosnahan for The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series or Movie

Darren Criss for American Crime Story

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or Movie

Regina King for Seven Seconds

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series

Peter Dinklage for Game of Thrones

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series

Thandie Newton for Westworld

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series

Henry Winkler for Barry

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series

Alex Borstein for The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or Movie

Jeff Daniels for Godless

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or Movie

Merritt Wever for Godless

Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series

Ron Cephas Jones for This Is Us

Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series

Samira Wiley for The Handmaid’s Tale

Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series

Katt Williams for Atlanta

Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series

Tiffany Haddish for Saturday Night Live

Outstanding Variety Talk Series

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver

Outstanding Variety Special

Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert

Outstanding Reality Competition Program

RuPaul’s Drag Race

Outstanding Host for a Reality or Reality-Competition Program

RuPaul for RuPaul’s Drag Race

Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series

Stephen Daldry for The Crown “Paterfamilias”

Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series

Amy Sherman-Palladino for The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel “Pilot”

Outstanding Directing for a Limited Series, Movie or a Dramatic Special

Ryan Murphy for American Crime Story

Outstanding Directing for a Variety Series

Don Roy King for Saturday Night Live

Outstanding Directing for a Variety Special

Glenn Weiss for The Oscars

Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series

Joel Fields and Joseph Weisberg for The Americans “Start”

Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series

Amy Sherman-Palladino for The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel

Outstanding Writing for a Limited Series, Movie or a Dramatic Special

Black Mirror

Outstanding Writing for a Variety Series

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver

Outstanding Writing for a Variety Special

John Mulaney: Kid Gorgeous at Radio City

Outstanding Variety Sketch Series

Saturday Night Live

Outstanding Structured Reality Program

Queer Eye

Outstanding Unstructured Reality Program

United Shades of America

Outstanding Documentary or Nonfiction Special

The Zen Diaries of Garry Shandling

Outstanding Documentary or Nonfiction Series

Wild Wild Country

Outstanding Informational Series or Special

Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown

Outstanding Animated Program

Rick and Morty

Outstanding Short Form Animated Program

Robot Chicken

Outstanding Actor in a Short Form Comedy or Drama Series

James Corden for James Corden’s Next James Corden

Outstanding Actress in a Short Form Comedy or Drama Series

Christina Pickles for Break a Hip

Outstanding TV Movie

Black Mirror

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Pistachio (2018) Rated G

Lily’s life is turned upside down when she has to spend the summer at her Aunt’s ranch. Starring Denise Richards, Madeline Carroll, and Joey Lawrence.

This is a great family film. I rather enjoyed the film even though the story is one that has been told before. Lily’s mother passed away when she was young, and she doesn’t remember her very well. There isn’t really a strong story here. The film is basically Lily learning how to ride and learning more about her mother. The film doesn’t show how the daughter/father relationship was healed. The story is plain, but it’s clean. I even enjoyed that the daughter never really rebelled against her father and that her friends never made snide remarks about Lily’s life. I also really liked that there wasn’t a typical teen romance in the story. This is a family film that’s worth a watch.

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The Heat (2013) Rated R

An FBI special agent is partnered with a Boston cop to take down a drug lord. Starring Sandra Bullock, Melissa McCarthy, and Demián Bichir.

There are times that Melissa McCarthy is funny, and I actually do enjoy her performances most of the time. I know that Sandra Bullock does have a comedic bone, but the humor in this film just wasn’t funny. The humor was based on expletives rather than comedic moments. The film is definitely a movie you have seen before; the gags, the story, and the characters are predictable and overused. The script is what sunk this film, but I also wish McCarthy and Bullock had better chemistry together. This film wasn’t worth a watch.

 

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Castaways (ABC) Rated NR

Contestants are stranded on a deserted island and must choose to survive alone or search out the other contestants for survival. Starring Terry Allen, Angel Alvarenga, and Eric Brown.

This show is like Survivor, but the contestants are individually dropped off in different areas of the island. Once there, they must decide whether to attempt survival alone or find the others and try to survive together. Each contestant comes to the island to overcome their personal issues. The show is very much like Survivor, but the castaway’s personal stories pull you in. You wonder who will survive – someone going solo or someone that opts for the group. This one will probably get lost in the shuffle of summer shows, but it was worth the watch.

 

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