The Good Witch’s Gift (2010) Rated TV-PG

Jake and Cassie have decided to get married on Christmas Eve. However, problems arrive along the way, and they wonder if they will even make it to the ceremony. Starring Catherine Bell, Chris Potter, and Catherine Disher.

I haven’t watched too many films from The Good Witch series, but I must say this one was one of my favorites. It’s one of those films that just has a sweet, joyous storyline that’s perfect for Christmas, and it doesn’t focus so much on Cassie’s special gifts. The film takes us on the brink of whether they would have the ceremony they wish for or if disaster will ensue. This one is just perfect for the holiday season and is worth a watch.

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New This Week on DVD, July 17, 2018

 Rampage (PG-13)

When three different animals become infected with a dangerous pathogen, a primatologist and a geneticist team up to stop them from destroying Chicago. Starring Dwayne Johnson, Naomie Harris, Malin Akerman

 I Feel Pretty (PG-13)

A woman struggling with insecurity wakes from a fall believing she is the most beautiful and capable woman on the planet. Her new confidence empowers her to live fearlessly, but what happens when she realizes her appearance never changed? Starring Amy Schumer, Michelle Williams, Tom Hopper

 Truth or Dare (PG-13)

A harmless game of Truth or Dare among friends turns deadly when someone — or something — begins to punish those who tell a lie or refuse the dare. Starring Lucy Hale, Tyler Posey, Violett Beane

 Super Troopers 2 (R)

When a border dispute arises between the U.S. and Canada, the Super Troopers are tasked with establishing a Highway Patrol station in the disputed area. Starring Seann William Scott, Clifton Collins Jr., Steve Lemme

 Isle of Dogs (PG-13)

Set in Japan, Isle of Dogs follows a boy’s odyssey in search of his lost dog. Starring Bryan Cranston, Koyu Rankin, Edward Norton

 Traffik (R)

A couple off for a romantic weekend in the mountains are accosted by a biker gang. Alone in the mountains, Brea and John must defend themselves against the gang, who will stop at nothing to protect their secrets. Starring  Paula Patton, Missi Pyle, William Fichtner

 You Were Never Really Here (R)

A traumatized veteran, unafraid of violence, tracks down missing girls for a living. When a job spins out of control, Joe’s nightmares overtake him as a conspiracy is uncovered leading to what may be his death trip or his awakening. Starring Joaquin Phoenix, Dante Pereira-Olson, Larry Canady

 Disobedience (R)

A woman returns to her Orthodox Jewish community that shunned her for her attraction to a female childhood friend. Once back, their passions reignite as they explore the boundaries of faith and sexuality. Starring Anton Lesser, Alessandro Nivola, Allan Corduner

 Sneaky Pete: Season One (TV-MA)

After leaving prison, Marius takes cover from his past by assuming the identity of his cellmate, Pete. He moves in with Pete’s long-estranged, unsuspecting family and is roped into the family’s bail bond business. He’s a criminal taking down other criminals. Starring Giovanni Ribisi, Marin Ireland, Shane McRae

 The Good Place: Season Two (TV-PG)

A woman struggles to define what it means to be good. Starring Kristen Bell, Jameela Jamil, Manny Jacinto

 In My Dreams (TV-PG)

Natalie and Nick are frustrated with their luck in romance. After tossing coins into a fountain, the two then begin dreaming about each other. But, according to fountain mythology, they only have a week to turn those dreams into reality. Starring Katharine McPhee, Mike Vogel, JoBeth Williams

 Loving Leah (TV-PG)

A quirky love story revolving around the unexpected wedding and unconventional married life of a 26-year-old widow and her late husband’s brother, a handsome 30-year-old cardiologist.  Starring Lauren Ambrose, Adam Kaufman, Susie Essman

 The Expanse: Season Three (TV-14)

A police detective in the asteroid belt, the first officer of an interplanetary ice freighter and an earth-bound United Nations executive slowly discover a vast conspiracy that threatens the Earth’s rebellious colony on the asteroid belt. Starring  Steven Strait, Cas Anvar, Dominique Tipper

 Last Man Standing: The Complete Sixth Season (TV-PG)

A married father of three tries to maintain his manliness in a world increasingly dominated by women. Starring Tim Allen, Nancy Travis, Molly Ephraim

 The Mick: The Complete Second Season (TV-14)

A hard-living aunt is forced to take care of her wealthy sister’s spoiled kids after the mom flees the country to avoid criminal charges. Starring Kaitlin Olson, Sofia Black-D’Elia, Thomas Barbusca

Synopsis by IMDB.

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The Christmas Train (2017) Rated TV-G

Inspired by his father, a journalist takes a train ride cross country where he meets other passengers. Based on the book by David Baldacci. Starring Dermot Mulroney, Kimberly Williams-Paisley, and Danny Glover.

This film has everything you can imagine for a Christmas film. It has romance, intrigue, mystery, and drama; you never know what is going to happen. Of course, the main focus is romance with background stories of a thief, young love, and writing a script. The film does have a fun little twist at the end, which is cute but not necessary. It’s brilliantly written with clues throughout the movie for the mysteries, but it’s not enough to make you question what or why. The film is just one of those movies that’s just too cute for the holiday season and worth a watch on a snowy evening.

 

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Primetime Emmy Award Nominees 2018

 

Outstanding Drama Series

Game of Thrones
Stranger Things
The Americans
The Crown
The Handmaid’s Tale
This Is Us
Westworld

Outstanding Comedy Series

Atlanta
Barry
Black-ish
Curb Your Enthusiasm
GLOW
Silicon Valley
The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

Outstanding Limited Series

American Crime Story
Genius
Godless
Patrick Melrose
The Alienist

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series

Ed Harris for Westworld
Jason Bateman for Ozark
Jeffrey Wright for Westworld
Matthew Rhys for The Americans
Milo Ventimiglia for This Is Us
Sterling K. Brown for This Is Us

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series

Claire Foy for The Crown
Elisabeth Moss for The Handmaid’s Tale
Evan Rachel Wood for Westworld
Keri Russell for The Americans
Sandra Oh for Killing Eve
Tatiana Maslany for Orphan Black

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series

Anthony Anderson for Black-ish
Bill Hader for Barry
Donald Glover for Atlanta
Larry David for Curb Your Enthusiasm
Ted Danson for The Good Place
William H. Macy for Shameless

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series

Allison Janney for Mom
Issa Rae for Insecure
Lily Tomlin for Grace and Frankie
Pamela Adlon for Better Things
Rachel Brosnahan for The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
Tracee Ellis Ross for Black-ish

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series or Movie

Antonio Banderas for Genius
Benedict Cumberbatch for Patrick Melrose
Darren Criss for American Crime Story
Jeff Daniels for The Looming Tower
Jesse Plemons for Black Mirror
John Legend for Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or Movie

Edie Falco for Law & Order True Crime
Jessica Biel for The Sinner
Laura Dern for The Tale
Michelle Dockery for Godless
Regina King for Seven Seconds
Sarah Paulson for American Horror Story

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series

David Harbour for Stranger Things
Joseph Fiennes for The Handmaid’s Tale
Mandy Patinkin for Homeland
Matt Smith for The Crown
Nikolaj Coster-Waldau for Game of Thrones
Peter Dinklage for Game of Thrones

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series

Alexis Bledel for The Handmaid’s Tale
Ann Dowd for The Handmaid’s Tale
Lena Headey for Game of Thrones
Millie Bobby Brown for Stranger Things
Thandie Newton for Westworld
Vanessa Kirby for The Crown
Yvonne Strahovski for The Handmaid’s Tale

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series

Alec Baldwin for Saturday Night Live
Brian Tyree Henry for Atlanta
Henry Winkler for Barry
Kenan Thompson for Saturday Night Live
Louie Anderson for Baskets
Tituss Burgess for Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
Tony Shalhoub for The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series

Aidy Bryant for Saturday Night Live
Alex Borstein for The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
Betty Gilpin for GLOW
Kate McKinnon for Saturday Night Live
Laurie Metcalf for Roseanne
Leslie Jones for Saturday Night Live
Megan Mullally for Will & Grace
Zazie Beetz for Atlanta

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or Movie

Brandon Victor Dixon for Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert
Edgar Ramírez for American Crime Story
Finn Wittrock for American Crime Story
Jeff Daniels for Godless
John Leguizamo for Waco
Michael Stuhlbarg for The Looming Tower
Ricky Martin for American Crime Story

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or Movie

Adina Porter for American Horror Story
Judith Light for American Crime Story
Letitia Wright for Black Mirror
Merritt Wever for Godless
Penélope Cruz for American Crime Story
Sara Bareilles for Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert

Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series

Cameron Britton for Mindhunter
F. Murray Abraham for Homeland
Gerald McRaney for This Is Us
Jimmi Simpson for Westworld
Matthew Goode for The Crown
Ron Cephas Jones for This Is Us

Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series

Cherry Jones for The Handmaid’s Tale
Cicely Tyson for How to Get Away with Murder
Diana Rigg for Game of Thrones
Kelly Jenrette for The Handmaid’s Tale
Samira Wiley for The Handmaid’s Tale
Viola Davis for Scandal

Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series

Bill Hader for Saturday Night Live
Bryan Cranston for Curb Your Enthusiasm
Donald Glover for Saturday Night Live
Katt Williams for Atlanta
Lin-Manuel Miranda for Curb Your Enthusiasm
Sterling K. Brown for Brooklyn Nine-Nine

Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series

Jane Lynch for The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
Maya Rudolph for The Good Place
Molly Shannon for Will & Grace
Tiffany Haddish for Saturday Night Live
Tina Fey for Saturday Night Live
Wanda Sykes for Black-ish

Outstanding Variety Talk Series

Full Frontal with Samantha Bee
Jimmy Kimmel Live!
Last Week Tonight with John Oliver
The Daily Show
The Late Late Show with James Corden
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert

Outstanding Variety Special

Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert
Night of Too Many Stars
The 60th Annual Grammy Awards
The 75th Golden Globe Awards
The Oscars

Outstanding Reality Competition Program

American Ninja Warrior
Project Runway
RuPaul’s Drag Race
The Amazing Race
The Voice
Top Chef

Outstanding Host for a Reality or Reality-Competition Program

Ellen DeGeneres for Ellen’s Game of Games
Jane Lynch for Hollywood Game Night
Heidi Klum and Tim Gunn for Project Runway
RuPaul for RuPaul’s Drag Race
W. Kamau Bell for United Shades of America

Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series

Jeremy Podeswa for Game of Thrones “The Dragon and the Wolf”
Alan Taylor for Game of Thrones “Beyond the Wall”
Jason Bateman for Ozark “The Toll”
Daniel Sackheim for Ozark “Tonight We Improvise”
Ross Duffer and  Matt Duffer for Stranger Things “Chapter Nine: The Gate”
Stephen Daldry for The Crown “Paterfamilias”
Kari Skogland for The Handmaid’s Tale “After”

Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series

Hiro Murai for Atlanta “Teddy Perkins”
Donald Glover for Atlanta “FUBU”
Bill Hader for Barry “Chapter One: Make Your Mark”
Jesse Peretz for GLOW “Pilot”
Mike Judge for Silicon Valley “Initial Coin Offering”
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
Scott Frank for Godless
David Leveaux and Alex Rudzinski for Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert
Barry Levinson for Paterno
Edward Berger for Patrick Melrose
Craig Zisk for The Looming Tower
David Lynch for Twin Peaks

Outstanding Directing for a Variety Series

Andre Allen for Full Frontal with Samantha Bee
Paul Pennolino for Last Week Tonight with John Oliver
Carrie Brownstein for Portlandia
Don Roy King for Saturday Night Live
Tim Mancinelli for The Late Late Show with James Corden
Jim Hoskinson for The Late Show with Stephen Colbert

Outstanding Directing for a Variety Special

Stan Lathan for Dave Chappelle: Equanimity
Michael Bonfiglio for Jerry Before Seinfeld
Marcus Raboy for Steve Martin and Martin Short: An Evening You Will Forget for the Rest of Your Life
Hamish Hamilton for Super Bowl LII Halftime Show Starring Justin Timberlake
Glenn Weiss for The Oscars

Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series

David Benioff and D.B. Weiss  for Game of Thrones “The Dragon and the Wolf”
Phoebe Waller-Bridge for Killing Eve “Nice Face”
Matt Duffe and Ross Duffer for Stranger Things “Chapter Nine: The Gate”
Joel Fields and Joseph Weisberg for The Americans “Start”
Peter Morgan for The Crown “Mystery Man”
Bruce Miller for The Handmaid’s Tale “June”

Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series

Stefani Robinson for Atlanta
Donald Glover for Atlanta
Bill Hader and Alec Berg for Barry
Elizabeth Sarnoff for Barry
Alec Berg for  Silicon Valley
Amy Sherman-Palladino for The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel

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

American Crime Story
American Vandal
Black Mirror
Godless
Patrick Melrose
Twin Peaks

Outstanding Writing for a Variety Series

Full Frontal with Samantha Bee
Last Week Tonight with John Oliver
Late Night with Seth Meyers
Saturday Night Live
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert

Outstanding Writing for a Variety Special

Full Frontal with Samantha Bee
John Mulaney: Kid Gorgeous at Radio City
Michelle Wolf: Nice Lady
Patton Oswalt: Annihilation
Steve Martin and Martin Short: An Evening You Will Forget for the Rest of Your Life

Outstanding Variety Sketch Series

At Home with Amy Sedaris
Drunk History
I Love You, America
Portlandia
Saturday Night Live
Tracey Ullman’s Show

Outstanding Structured Reality Program

Antiques Roadshow
Fixer Upper
Lip Sync Battle
Queer Eye
Shark Tank
Who Do You Think You Are?

Outstanding Unstructured Reality Program

Born This Way
Deadliest Catch
Drag Race: Untucked!
Intervention
Naked and Afraid
United Shades of America

Outstanding Documentary or Nonfiction Special

Icarus
Jim & Andy: The Great Beyond – Featuring a Very Special, Contractually Obligated Mention of Tony Clifton
Mister Rogers: It’s You I Like
Spielberg
The Zen Diaries of Garry Shandling

Outstanding Documentary or Nonfiction Series

American Masters
Blue Planet II
The Defiant Ones
The Fourth Estate
Wild Wild Country

Outstanding Informational Series or Special

Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown
Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath
My Next Guest Needs No Introduction with David Letterman
StarTalk
Vice

Outstanding Animated Program

Big Hero 6 The Series
Bob’s Burgers
Rick and Morty
South Park
The Simpsons

Outstanding Short Form Animated Program

Adventure Time with Finn & Jake
Robot Chicken
Steven Universe
Teen Titans Go!
We Bare Bears

Outstanding Actor in a Short Form Comedy or Drama Series

Alexis Denisof for I Love Bekka & Lucy
DeStorm Power for Caught the Series
James Corden for James Corden’s Next James Corden
Melvin Jackson Jr. for This Eddie Murphy Role is Mine, Not Yours
Miles Tagtmeyer for Broken

Outstanding Actress in a Short Form Comedy or Drama Series

Christina Pickles for Break a Hip
Diarra Kilpatrick for American Koko
Kelli O’Hara for The Accidental Wolf
Lee Garlington for Broken
Megan Amram for An Emmy for Megan
Naomi Grossman for ctrl alt delete

Outstanding TV Movie

Black Mirror
Fahrenheit 451
Flint
Paterno
The Tale

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The Christmas Heart (2012) Rated NR

When a teenager is in desperate need of a heart transplant his neighbors, family, and friends rally behind him and celebrate Christmas. Starring Teri Polo, Paul Essiembre, and Ty Wood.

The one thing going for this film is that it is different from any other Hallmark Christmas movie in that it’s very emotional. We have a teenager who’s full of life and is suddenly struck with a heart condition leaving him in need of a new heart. There are a lot of things left unexplained about the heart condition other than the fact that he has one. Then you have the problem that everyone in that situation goes through – the fact that praying for a heart to become available means someone else has to die. It’s a dilemma; you don’t want to wish for someone else’s pain, but you also want the best for your family. The film touches on that but doesn’t dive deep into the dilemma – that’s the case with all Hallmark films. The mother is a woman of faith, but there is no mention of God or Jesus – just praying. Some moments run slow and there are moments of sorrow that seems rather shallow. Although this film has good intentions, it really isn’t a feel-good Christmas movie and isn’t worth a watch.

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The Bridge Part 2 (2016) Rated NR

A storm has destroyed The Bridge bookstore, and it will soon lose its funding. With Charlie’s accident leaving him in a coma, the people who love The Bridge rally behind it to save the store. Starring Katie Findlay, Wyatt Nash, and Ted McGinley.

This sequel to The Bridge Part I  leaves much to be desired. At times, the writing was sluggish. Then, there’s the storyline with the father, which seemed out of place and out of character for a fun Christmas film. To make the storyline worse, the daughter forgives her father way too fast for the damages he’s done in her life –  it just doesn’t fit the film’s overarching story. It was way too quick and easy – almost like a thought. I wish this sequel held up with Part One, but it doesn’t – making it not worth a watch.

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Sherlock Gnomes (2018) Rated PG

Garden gnomes are disappearing across London, and Gnomeo and Juliet recruit Sherlock Gnomes to investigate. Starring Kelly Asbury, Mary J. Blige, and Emily Blunt.

I was surprised after the first Gnome film that they made a sequel. Although, I really think it’s cute that they are retelling classic stories using gnomes. However, like the original Gnomeo and Julietthe story is boring at times, and there doesn’t seem to be a point to it. The film does have it’s funny moments, but it lacks more than the first installment. It’s filled with its usual cast of A-listers, but they still can’t pull you into a film about gnomes.  This film isn’t worth a watch.

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New This Week in Theaters, July 12, 2018

 Skyscraper (PG-13)
Opens on Friday, July 13
Starring: Dwayne Johnson, Neve Campbell, Pablo Schreiber, Noah

A father goes to great lengths to save his family from a burning skyscraper.

 Eighth Grade (R)
Opens on Friday, July 13
Starring: Josh Hamilton, Daniel Zolghadri, Elsie Fisher, Emily Robinson

A teenager tries to survive the last week of her disastrous eighth-grade year before leaving to start high school.

 Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation (PG)
Opens on Friday, July 13
Starring: Mel Brooks, Adam Sandler, Selena Gomez, Andy Samberg

While on a vacation with his family, Count Dracula makes a romantic connection.

 Siberia (R)
Opens on Friday, July 13
Starring: Ana Ularu, Keanu Reeves, Molly Ringwald

When an American diamond trader’s Russian partner goes missing, he journeys to Siberia in search of him, but instead begins a love affair.

 Soorma (PG-13)
Opens on Friday, July 13
Starring: Diljit Dosanjh, Tapsee Pannu, Angad Bedi, Danish Husain

Soorma is the story of the triumph of the human spirit, about a player, who made headlines for his miraculous comeback after facing a near death experience through sheer determination, hard work and unrelenting passion for the sport.

 Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far on Foot (R)
Opens on Friday, July 13
Starring: Joaquin Phoenix, Jonah Hill, Rooney Mara, Jack Black

On the rocky path to sobriety after a life-changing accident, John Callahan discovers the healing power of art, willing his injured hands into drawing hilarious, often controversial cartoons, which bring him a new lease on life.

 Gauguin – Voyage de Tahiti (NR)
Opens on Friday, July 13
Starring: Vincent Cassel, Tuheï Adams, Malik Zidi, Pua-Taï Hikutini

Focused on French painter Paul Gauguin’s affair with a younger lady in Tahiti.

 Shock and Awe (R)
Opens on Friday, July 13
Starring:  James Marsden, Jessica Biel, Woody Harrelson, Milla Jovovich

A group of journalists covering George Bush’s planned invasion of Iraq in 2003 are skeptical of the president’s claim that Saddam Hussein has “weapons of mass destruction.”

 Dark Money (NR)
Opens on Friday, July 13

In the wake of the Citizens United ruling, dark money floods elections nationwide, but Montanans are standing up to stop history from repeating itself in a struggle that has the potential to change the way elections happen across the U.S.

Synopsis by IMDB.

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Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs (2009) Rated PG

A scientist is regarded a failure until he invents a machine that drops food from the sky. Based on the book by Judi and Ron Barrett. Starring Bill Hader, Anna Faris, and James Caan.

This film does a wonderful job making the small children’s book into a feature-length film. It’s silly, funny and entertaining. The story translates well onto the big screen. It adds some things to the story to entertain the parents; it’s full of action and some gross scenes. The story and animation are amusing. This film is worth a watch.

 

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Reverie (NBC) Rated TV-14

A hostage negotiator works to retrieve people who are lost in a virtual reality program. Starring Sarah Shahi, Dennis Haysbert, and Sendhil Ramamurthy.

This show brings a thriller to the small screen. Mara Kint heads into the virtual reality program to find the missing and help retrieve them. She must figure out why they are there and what would make them leave the program. It’s a mystery that is intriguing. It’s a new type of mystery, different from the typical cop and law shows – it’s very intriguing. It brings something different to television that even the medical dramas don’t have. Is it a good show? I wouldn’t say it’s one of the best shows out there, but it is interesting to watch. This show could go many different ways with its storylines. I would say this is worth a watch.

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