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 Ghost Whisperer (2005) Rated TV-PG

A young woman, who can see and hear ghosts, tries to helps them resolve their issues and hopefully find peace.

 The Story of Us (1999) Rated R

Ben and Katie Jordan are a married couple who go through hard times in fifteen years of marriage.

 Avengers: Endgame (2019) Rated PG-13

After the devastating events of Avengers: Infinity War, the universe is in ruins. With the help of remaining allies, the Avengers assemble once more in order to reverse Thanos’ actions and restore balance to the universe.

 Room  (2015) Rated R

A little boy is held captive in a room with his mother since his birth, so he has never known the world outside.

 Short Term 12 (2013) Rated R

A 20-something supervising staff member of a residential treatment facility navigates the troubled waters of that world alongside her co-worker and longtime boyfriend.

 Just Mercy (2019) Rated PG-13

World-renowned civil rights defense attorney Bryan Stevenson works to free a wrongly condemned death row prisoner.

 Jay Leno’s Garage (2015) Rated NR

Comedian and former Tonight Show host Jay Leno shares his passion for motor vehicles. Jay and guests drive cars, motorbikes and anything that moves all while meeting new people and exploring the rich motoring history of America and beyond.

 Pay It Forward (2000) Rated PG-13

A young boy attempts to make the world a better place after his teacher gives him that chance.

 Captain Marvel (2019) Rated PG-13

Carol Danvers becomes one of the universe’s most powerful heroes when Earth is caught in the middle of a galactic war between two alien races.

 13 Going on 30 (2004) Rated PG-13

Jenna Rink makes an unusual wish on her birthday. Miraculously, her wish comes true and the 13-year-old Jenna wakes up the next day as a 30-year-old woman.

Synopsis by IMDB.

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New This Week in Theaters, November 23, 2023


Napoleon (2023 film) - Wikipedia Napoleon (R)
Opens on Friday, November 24
Starring: Joaquin Phoenix, Vanessa Kirby, Tahar Rahim

A personal look at the French military leader’s origins and swift, ruthless climb to emperor, viewed through the prism of Napoleon’s addictive, volatile relationship with his wife and one true love, Josephine.

Wish (2023) - IMDb Wish (PG)
Opens on Friday, November 24
Starring: Ariana DeBose, Chris Pine, Alan Tudyk

Asha, a sharp-witted idealist, makes a wish so powerful that it is answered by a cosmic force—a little ball of boundless energy called Star. Together, Asha and Star confront a most formidable foe—the ruler of Rosas, King Magnifico—to save her community and prove that when the will of one courageous human connects with the magic of the stars, wondrous things can happen.

Dream Scenario (2023) - IMDb Dream Scenario (R)
Opens on Friday, November 24
Starring: Nicolas Cage, Julianne Nicholson, Dylan Baker

Hapless family man Paul Matthews finds his life turned upside down when millions of strangers suddenly start seeing him in their dreams. But when his nighttime appearances take a nightmarish turn, Paul is forced to navigate his newfound stardom.

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Top Thanksgiving Films 2023


Walk the Line (2005) Rated PG-13

A chronicle of country music legend Johnny Cash’s life, from his early days on an Arkansas cotton farm to his rise to fame with Sun Records in Memphis, where he recorded alongside Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Carl Perkins. Starring Joaquin Phoenix, Reese Witherspoon, Ginnifer Goodwin, Robert Patrick

 The Blind Side (2009) Rated PG-13

The story of Michael Oher, a homeless and traumatized boy who became an All-American football player and first-round NFL draft pick with the help of a caring woman and her family. Starring  Quinton Aaron, Sandra Bullock, Tim McGraw, Jae Head

 A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving (1973) Rated TV-G

Peppermint Patty invites herself and her friends over to Charlie Brown’s for Thanksgiving, and with Linus, Snoopy, and Woodstock, he attempts to throw together a Thanksgiving dinner. Starring Todd Barbee, Robin Kohn, Stephen Shea, Hilary Momberger-Powers

 Home of the Brave (2006) Rated R

Three soldiers struggle to readjust to life at home after returning home from a lengthy tour in Iraq. Starring Samuel L. Jackson, 50 Cent, Jessica Biel, Brian Presley

 Prisoners (2013) Rated R

When Keller Dover’s daughter and her friend go missing, he takes matters into his own hands as the police pursue multiple leads and the pressure mounts. Starring Hugh Jackman, Jake Gyllenhaal, Viola Davis, Melissa Leo

Synopsis by IMDB.


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New This Week on DVD, November 21, 2023


 Oppenheimer (R)

Oppenheimer is a biopic about J. Robert Oppenheimer, the scientist who led the Manhattan Project to develop the atomic bomb. The film follows Oppenheimer’s life from his early days as a brilliant physicist to his role in the creation of the most destructive weapon ever made. Oppenheimer is a complex and conflicted figure, and the film explores his inner turmoil as he wrestles with the moral implications of his work. The film also examines the impact of the atomic bomb on the world, and its legacy for generations to come. Starring Cillian Murphy, Emily Blunt, Matt Damon

 Saw X (R)

Between the events of ‘Saw’ and ‘Saw II’, a sick and desperate John Kramer travels to Mexico for a risky and experimental medical procedure in hopes of a miracle cure for his cancer, only to discover the entire operation is a scam to defraud the most vulnerable. Armed with a newfound purpose, the infamous serial killer returns to his work, turning the tables on the con artists in his signature visceral way through devious, deranged, and ingenious traps. Starring Tobin Bell, Shawnee Smith, Synnove Macody Lund

 Expend4bles (R)

Armed with every weapon they can get their hands on and the skills to use them, The Expendables are the world’s last line of defense and the team that gets called when all other options are off the table. But new team members with new styles and tactics are going to give ‘new blood’ a whole new meaning. Starring Jason Statham, 50 Cent, Megan Fox

 The Unknown Country (NR)

A grieving woman embarks on an unexpected road trip from the Midwest toward the Texas-Mexico border as she grapples with the pain of her recent loss and seeks to understand her place in the world. Starring Lily Gladstone, Raymond Lee, Richard Ray Whitman

 The White Lotus: The Complete Second Season (TV-MA)

The secluded, Hawaii-based White Lotus Hotel is the point where an eclectic group of vacationers stays for a week. During this period, many things both good and bad take place. Characters cross paths with each other and with the less than agreeable hotel manager. Neurosis, secrets, and personal flaws are exposed through a series of flashbacks. While the hotel’s destination may seem serene and peaceful, the vacationers are left to wonder if they are in heaven or truly in hell. Starring Theo James, F. Murray Abraham, Jennifer Coolidge

 When Time Got Louder (NR)

Departing for college, Abbie leaves her parents and brother who has autism and is non-verbal. As she explores her independence and sexuality, she’s torn between her new life and her love for her brother. Starring Willow Shields, Elizabeth Mitchell, Lochlyn Munro

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The Forgotten (2004) Rated PG-13

When a man and woman find out their children never existed they must find out why. Starring  Julianne Moore, Christopher Kovaleski, and Matthew Pleszewicz.

While this film has a subject that is not new, a woman grieving for her children and learning they never existed, it adds the sci-fi aspect that there is more than meets the eye. What it lacks is consistency; it starts out slow and then all we get is Moore running while the audience is in suspense. The script leaves us with questions that aren’t really answered. It has wonderful cinematography, but that just doesn’t cut it with a bad script. This film is not worth the watch.


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Monsters University (2013) Rated G

 A look at the history of Mike and Sully before they became friends. Starring Billy Crystal, John Goodman, and Steve Buscemi. 

Well, this isn’t a bad prequel, but it isn’t the best either. It’s a typical college story that most of us have experienced, and it brings the nostalgia of college days. The animation is better than the original film. While the story is good, it doesn’t quite capture the frustration of not getting exactly what you want even with hardwork. The voices are great. Crystal and Goodman are surrounded by talented actors that bring interesting characters to life, like Helen Mirren as the Dean of Monsters University. This film might be enjoyable for young kids, and for those that want to relive their college days, it’s worth the watch. 

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New This Week in Theaters, November 16, 2023


The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds & Snakes (2023) - IMDb The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes (PG-13)
Opens on Friday, November 17
Starring: Tom Blyth, Rachel Zegler, Hunter Schafer

64 years before he becomes the tyrannical president of Panem, Coriolanus Snow sees a chance for a change in fortunes when he mentors Lucy Gray Baird, the female tribute from District 12.


Kung Fury 2 - IMDb Kung Fury 2 (NR)
Opens on Friday, November 17
Starring: David Sandberg, Michael Fassbender, Arnold Schwarzenegger

1985. Miami is kept safe under the watchful eye of Kung Fury and his Thundercops, the ultimate police force assembled from across history to defeat the villainous Kung Fuhrer, Adolf Hitler. After the tragic death of a Thundercop sees the group disband, a mysterious villain emerges from the shadows to aid in the Fuhrer’s quest to attain the ultimate weapon. Kung Fury must travel through space and time to save his friends, defend the prestigious Miami Kung Fu Academy and defeat evil once and for all.

Next Goal Wins (2023) - IMDb Next Goal Wins (PG-13)
Opens on Friday, November 17
Starring: Michael Fassbender, Oscar Kightley, Kaimana

Dutch coach Thomas Rongen attempts the nearly impossible task of turning the American Samoa soccer team from perennial losers into winners.

Thanksgiving (2023) - IMDb Thanksgiving (R)
Opens on Friday, November 17
Starring: Rick Hoffman, Gina Gershon, Patrick Dempsey

An axe-wielding maniac terrorizes residents of Plymouth, Mass., after a Black Friday riot ends in tragedy. Picking off victims one by one, the seemingly random revenge killings soon become part of a larger, sinister plan.

Trolls Band Together | Universal Pictures Trolls Band Together (PG)
Opens on Friday, November 17
Starring: Anna Kendrick, Justin Timberlake, Camila Cabello

When Branch’s brother, Floyd, is kidnapped for his musical talents by a pair of nefarious pop-star villains, Branch and Poppy embark on a harrowing and emotional journey to reunite the other brothers and rescue Floyd from a fate even worse than pop-culture obscurity. 

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Love on Harbor Island (2020) Rated TV-G

An interior designer returns home to help her aunt with the family Bed and Breakfast Inn. Starring Marcus Rosner, Morgan Kohan, and Brenda Matthews. 

I love Hallmark films. I know that doesn’t always show. Hallmark can either hit it out of the park or drop dead in the water, but the majority land in the middle – like this one. The story is good, but it does have a lot of clichés common in Hallmark romances. There are also a few inconsistencies in the script.  The actors have the chemistry that’s needed in these romances. However, as this is one of those mediocre films, it’s not worth the watch. 


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Song to Song (2017) Rated R

Two love triangles weave in the music scene of Austin, Texas. Starring Ryan Gosling, Rooney Mara, and Michael Fassbender.

This film was made as a creative endeavor. It’s not a film to be enjoyed. It is a mish-mash of ideas and very improvised; although, it would have been helpful if the director provided some direction. The film has no story line. It’s mostly voiceovers where there seems to be no script. Then you have a timeline that jumps back and forth. Thus, there is no real direction for the film, and that makes it hard to follow. The film needs some direction and lacks on all subjects. It’s not worth the watch.

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Love in the Sun (2019) Rated TV-G

 A dating app creator comes home and reconnects with her high school sweetheart. Starring Emeraude Toubia, Tom Maden, and Shawn Christian. 

This is one of those Hallmark films where the chemistry just isn’t there between the actors. The father and daughter are the only ones that seem to have the perfect loving relationship between them. The men in the app creator’s life just don’t seem to match her in any way. She is too put together while the men have a more casual look to them. It’s nice to see different faces, but they just don’t have chemistry. I liked the story. I just wish I could see the characters together. This film is not worth the watch. 

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