People’s List (ABC) Rated NR

The People’s List is a new celebrity news program that highlights pop culture, entertainment, lifestyle, human interest, and news features on a weekly hour. Starring Matthew Hoffman, Michelle Buteau, and Jerry O’Connell.

This show is a mix of news with celebrity gossip. It’s hosted by O’Connell and SuChin Pak; they bring us five people that we should be talking about every week, from celebrities to social media stars, that are influencing our world. The show combines this list with segments about home design and lifestyle to make our world better. While some of these stories are interesting, they are not anything new. It’s a show that has joined a multitude of other celebrity news shows. I enjoy watching O’Connell, but there are times when he is over-the-top. Ultimately, this show is not worth a watch.

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The Chameleon Killer (ID) Rated TV-14

This series follows the investigation of the Chameleon Killer, whose crimes against women and children span decades and states as he continues to change his name at each location. Starring Diane Rasmussen, Eric Rasmussen, and Terry Peder Rasmussen.

The film makers start at the beginning with the first of Rasmussen’s crimes that we are aware of and move through the timeline to capture those that followed. Along the way, they interview law enforcement, neighbors, and the families of both the killer and the victims. We see the confusion and lack of information with the crimes as the Chameleon Killer disappears each time. We see the devastation as each crime is uncovered and the wake he leaves behind. This series is worth the watch.

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O.J. : Made in America (2016) Rated TV-MA

A chronicle of the rise and fall of O.J. Simpson while exploring race and celebrity in America. Starring Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Mike Albanese, and Muhammad Ali.

I thought this is an interesting look at how O.J. grew up and how race and celebrity made him who he was. The show takes look at the racial injustice that we have in America and states how that influenced Simpson. Sure, those things influenced him, but does that make him a murderer? I don’t believe so. While the show takes an in-depth look at his life, I think we are looking at things that could have influenced his decisions of life. Ultimately, it still falls on him to be one making those decisions. It’s still his choice. He was an amazing athlete, and for that reason, it is worth a watch.

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New This Week in Theaters, September 23, 2021

Dear Evan Hansen (2021) - Marvin Leon as Skye - IMDb Dear Evan Hansen (PG-13)
Opens on Friday, September 24
Starring: Ben Platt, Julianne Moore, Kaitlyn Dever, Amy Adams

Film adaptation of the Tony and Grammy Award-winning musical about Evan Hansen, a high school senior with Social Anxiety disorder and his journey of self-discovery and acceptance following the suicide of a fellow classmate.

‎I'm Your Man (2021) directed by Maria Schrader • Reviews ... I’m Your Man (R)
Opens on Friday, September 24
Starring: Maren Eggert, Dan Stevens, Sandra Hüller, Hans Löw

In order to obtain research funds for her studies, a scientist accepts an offer to participate in an extraordinary experiment: for three weeks, she is to live with a humanoid robot, created to make her happy.

On These Grounds - Official Trailer - YouTube On These Grounds (NR)
Opens on Friday, September 24
Starring: Vivian Anderson, Janae Davis, Robin DiAngelo

A viral video shows a white policeman throwing a Black teenager from her school desk. One woman helps the girl, faces the officer, and dismantles the system.

Apache Junction (2021) - IMDb Apache Junction (R)
Opens on Friday, September 24
Starring: Thomas Jane, Scout Taylor-Compton, Stuart Townsend, Victoria Pratt

Apache Junction is an Old West outpost of lawlessness, a haven for thieves and cold-blooded killers. When big-city reporter Annabelle Angel arrives in town and becomes a target, notorious gunslinger Jericho Ford comes to her aid. Now, Annabelle must entrust her future to a man with a deadly past as Jericho heads toward a tense showdown.

Synopsis by IMDB. 

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NCIS (CBS) Rated TV-14

 Special agents from the Naval Criminal Investigative Service’s Washington, D.C., Major Case Response Team investigate crimes against military personnel. Starring Mark Harmon, David McCallum, and Sean Murray. 

This show mixes military drama and police procedure. It is well-produced with humor, action, and criminal investigation. As the seasons have gone by, the characters have become more in-depth and less one-dimensional. The show continues to reinvent itself with new and interesting characters. Although, the core group of actors showcase the camaraderie of coworkers and brings to life the joy and angst of the closeness that comes with working together. The show starts off strong with great characters, great stories, and great actors, which makes this show worth a watch. 

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Missing Dial (NatGeo) Rated NR

In July 2014, Cody Roman Dial Jr. vanished while doing a solo trek through the jungle in Central America. The evidence soon indicates foul play, and a team of explorers and FBI agents follow Dial’s trail to discover answers to his vanishing. Starring Ken Fournier, and Carson Ulrich.

I thought this would be an interesting documentary about a true crime, but it lacked everything needed to be interesting. The investigators don’t go after the facts. Instead, they tend to spend their time cornering people on information that is obvious they don’t have. The investigators spend most of the time driving around the countryside of Costa Rica without much going on. They go down a lot of paths that don’t make sense, causing more upset than needed. This seems more like a fictional documentary than an investigation really trying to make sense of what happened. This show is not worth a watch.

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No Man of God (2021) Rated NR

 The film takes us into the relationship between FBI analyst Bill Hagmaier and serial killer Ted Bundy during his final years on death row. Starring Elijah Wood, Luke Kirby, and Aleksa Palladino. 

I was hoping for more insight into Bundy or maybe more of the human side of who he was. This film lacks depth in regard to the relationship between the two. They tried, but throughout the film, I wondered at why Bundy liked Hagmaier and what Hagmaier was really after with the talks. There were also issues with the timeline; the viewer has no idea how much time has passed between interviews. Then you have Kirby, who does look a lot like Bundy, but I felt, at times, he was imitating the videos of Bundy. He didn’t really bring the facet of Bundy to life.  If the focus had been more on Hagmaier, as the film seemed to want to go, I  think it would have been more interesting, but the film, overall, didn’t give us any insight into either man, leaving it lacking. This film is not worth a watch. 

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New This Week on DVD, September 21, 2021

 F9: The Fast Saga (PG-13)

Dom and the crew must take on an international terrorist who turns out to be Dom and Mia’s estranged brother. Starring Vin Diesel, Michelle Rodriguez, Jordana Brewster 

 The Equalizer: Season One (TV-14)

An enigmatic figure who uses her extensive skills to help those with nowhere else to turn. Starring Queen Latifah, Tory Kittles, Adam Goldberg 

 The Blacklist: The Complete Eighth Season (TV-14)

A new FBI profiler, Elizabeth Keen, has her entire life uprooted when a mysterious criminal, Raymond Reddington, who has eluded capture for decades, turns himself in and insists on speaking only to her. Starring James Spader, Megan Boone, Diego Klattenhoff 

 Batwoman: The Complete Second Season (TV-14) 

Batwoman seeks justice for Gotham City. Starring Camrus Johnson, Rachel Skarsten, Meagan Tandy 

Sonic Boom: Season 2, Volume 2 (NR)

23 years after the original Sonic the Hedgehog video game, fast, handsome, and arrogant hero Sonic continues to fight his arch nemesis, Dr. Eggman. Along with Tails, Knuckles, Amy, and a new recruit named Sticks. Starring Roger Craig Smith, Cindy Robinson, Colleen O’Shaughnessey

 Nancy Drew: Season 2 (TV-14)

Young Nancy Drew makes plans to leave her hometown for college after high school graduation, but finds herself drawn into a supernatural murder mystery. Starring Kennedy McMann, Leah Lewis, Maddison Jaizani 

 When Calls The Heart: Year 8 (TV-G)

Elizabeth Thatcher, a young school teacher from a wealthy Eastern family, migrates from the big city to teach school in a small coal mining town in the west. Starring Erin Krakow, Martin Cummins, Pascale Hutton 

 Resident Alien: Season One (TV-14)

A crash-landed alien named Harry who takes on the identity of a small-town Colorado doctor and slowly begins to wrestle with the moral dilemma of his secret mission on Earth. Starring Alan Tudyk, Sara Tomko, Corey Reynolds 

 Berlin Station: Season Three (TV-MA)

Follows a CIA team in Berlin and their clandestine activities. Starring Leland Orser, Michelle Forbes, Mina Tander 

 Peppa Pig: Season 1 (TV-Y)

A little pig named Peppa and her little brother George have journeys everyday with their family and friends. Starring John Sparkes, Morwenna Banks, Richard Ridings 

 Back: Season 2 (TV-MA)

Sitcom following estranged foster-brothers Stephen and Andrew as they vow to take over the family business following the death of their father. Starring David Mitchell, Robert Webb, Louise Brealey 

Synopsis by IMDB. 

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Miracles from Heaven (2016) Rated PG

This film follows the incredible true story of the Beam family. Based on the book Miracles from Heaven: A Little Girl and Her Amazing Story of Healing by Christy Wilson Beam. Starring Jennifer Garner, Kylie Rogers, and Martin Henderson.

This is a wonderful story about faith. We have parents who are faithful but question what God is doing in their lives. That’s brilliant and wonderful; although, I thought the mother questioned much more than a seasoned Christian would – but I understand that everyone is different. I loved both performances from the parents, Garner and Henderson. The children were mediocre. The pacing was a littler harder to follow due to the timeframe in which the story was being told. We have no idea how long the timelines are. The film is a wonderful telling of a Christian family going through a difficult time in their lives, but it doesn’t preach or have the gospel presented. It’s a feel good film that is worth the watch. 

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Law & Order: Criminal Intent (NBC) Rated TV-14

 This series is the third installment of the Law & Order franchise. The focus is on the NYPD’s major case squad. The detectives investigate high profile cases while we see the criminals from their viewpoint during the crime. Starring  Kathryn Erbe, Vincent D’Onofrio, and Jamey Sheridan.

This series applies a different formula to the Law & Order franchise. We start with the view of the criminal as he performs his crime, then we focus on the two detectives that are looking into the clues and the suspect. D’Onofrio is always a good actor, and here, he is at the top of his game. The character of D’Onofrio uses his intuition more than the facts that are present. It’s an interesting show and holds up to the franchise, making it worth the watch. 

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