Historian Lucy Worsley travels to the places that Jane Austen knew and lived to better understand her and the world of her novels. Starring Lucy Worsley, Debbie Charlton, and Jeanice Brooks.
Lucy Worsley does what she does best; she takes you into the world of Austen and the life she led. She also weaves the parallel life that Austen had with her characters. Worsley brings her own knowledge, enthusiasm, and her style to showcase Austen’s life. I love that Worsley loves history and her enthusiasm is contagious. There is a good mix of the land, Worlsey’s contributions, and the monologues by actress Gwendolen Chatfield. By the way, Chatfield should really play Elizabeth Bennet; she was brilliant with Austen’s sense of humor. This is a documentary worth watching.
No Time to Die (PG-13) Opens on Friday, October 8 Starring: Daniel Craig, Ana de Armas, Rami Malek, Léa Seydoux
James Bond has left active service. His peace is short-lived when Felix Leiter, an old friend from the CIA, turns up asking for help, leading Bond onto the trail of a mysterious villain armed with dangerous new technology.
Lamb (R) Opens on Friday, October 8 Starring: Noomi Rapace, Hilmir Snær Guðnason, Björn Hlynur Haraldsson, Ingvar Sigurdsson
A childless couple, María and Ingvar discover a mysterious newborn on their farm in Iceland. The unexpected prospect of family life brings them much joy, before ultimately destroying them.
The Rescue (PG) Opens on Friday, October 8 Starring: Thanet Natisri, Jim Warny, Shabbir Showne, Mikko Paasi
Follows the story of the Wild Boars youth soccer team who got trapped and their dramatic 2018 rescue.
South of Heaven (NR) Opens on Friday, October 8 Starring: Jason Sudeikis, Evangeline Lilly, Shea Whigham, Mike Colter
Convicted felon Jimmy gets early parole after serving twelve years for armed robbery. Upon his release, he vows to give Annie, his childhood love, now dying from cancer, the best last year of her life – unfortunately it’s not that simple.
Mass (PG-13) Opens on Friday, October 8 Starring: Jason Isaacs, Martha Plimpton, Ann Dowd, Reed Birney
Aftermath of a violent tragedy that affects the lives of two couples in different ways.
Survive the Game (R) Opens on Friday, October 8 Starring: Bruce Willis, Chad Michael Murray, Sarah Roemer, Donna D’Errico
A Man’s life on his farm is interrupted when a cop and a pair of dangerous criminals show up.
The stories and healing in the eyes of the children who were impacted on 9/11. Starring Ada Rosario Dolch and Heather Ordover.
This film interviews children that have been affected by 9/11. They interviewed children who lost a parent and also some of the children affected when they had to evacuate the high school they were attending. They told their story as they struggled with the loss or the stress they were under on that day. The filmmakers also interviewed some of the students at the school President Bush was visiting. It’s interesting knowing that these terrorists continue to affect these children, as the damage they caused has a ripple effect. While they each have interesting stories, I don’t want to think that their stories are the be-all and end-all of the legacy of 9/11 – but they are the next generation to remind us all what we lost that day. This film is worth a watch.
A rogue artificial intelligence kidnaps the son of famed basketball player LeBron James, who then has to work with Bugs Bunny to win a basketball game. Starring LeBron James, Don Cheadle, Cedric Joe
Escape Room: Tournament of Champions (PG-13)
Six people unwillingly find themselves locked in another series of escape rooms, slowly uncovering what they have in common to survive. Joining forces with two of the original survivors, they soon discover they’ve all played the game before. Starring Taylor Russell, Logan Miller, Deborah Ann Woll
Clarice: Season One (TV-14)
A look at the untold personal story of FBI agent Clarice Starling, as she returns to the field about a year after the events of The Silence of the Lambs. Starring Rebecca Breeds, Michael Cudlitz, Lucca De Oliveira
Castle Rock: Complete Series (TV-MA)
Based on the stories of Stephen King, the series intertwines characters and themes from the fictional town of Castle Rock. Starring Bill Skarsgård, André Holland, Lizzy Caplan
The Nevers: Season One, Part One (TV-MA)
An epic tale following a gang of Victorian women who find themselves with unusual abilities, relentless enemies, and a mission that might change the world. Starring Laura Donnelly, Ann Skelly, Olivia Williams
Right in Front of Me (TV-G)
Carly gets a second chance at romance with her college crush but isn’t sure how to impress him until her new friend Nick starts giving her advice. Soon she learns who the right man for her really is. Starring Janel Parrish, Marco Grazzini, Anthony Konechny
On The 12th Date of Christmas (TV-14)
Two game creators, both vying for a promotion, must team up to create a Christmas scavenger hunt. Starring Mallory Jansen, Tyler Hynes, Cherissa Richards
Love, Lights, Hanukkah (TV-G)
As Christina prepares her restaurant for its busiest time of year, she gets her DNA test revealing that she’s Jewish. The discovery leads her to a new family and an unlikely romance over eight nights. Starring Mia Kirshner, Ben Savage, Marilu Henner
Holly & Ivy (TV-G)
A contractor helps a woman renovate a house so she can adopt a sick neighbor’s two children. Starring Janel Parrish, Jeremy Jordan, Marisol Nichols
Christmas in Vienna (TV-G)
Jess, a concert violinist whose heart just isn’t in it anymore, goes to Vienna for a performance. While there, she finds the inspiration she has been missing, and a new love. Starring Sarah Drew, Brennan Elliott, Alina Fritsch
The Christmas House (TV-G)
Working through some difficult decisions, a mother and father summon their two grown sons home for the holidays. Starring Robert Buckley, Ana Ayora, Treat Williams
Chateau Christmas (TV-G)
World famous pianist Margot returns to Chateau Neuhaus for Christmas. While there she reunites with her ex-boyfriend Jackson, who convinces her to headline their annual Christmas Concert. Starring Merritt Patterson, Luke Macfarlane, Jesse Hutch
Ms. Fisher’s Modern Murder Mysteries: Series 2 (NR)
In swinging 60’s Melbourne, gorgeously reckless Peregrine Fisher inherits a windfall when the famous aunt she never knew goes missing over the highlands of New Guinea. Starring Geraldine Hakewill, Joel Jackson, Louisa Mignone
Castlevania: Seasons 1 & 2 (TV-MA)
A vampire hunter fights to save a besieged city from an army of otherworldly creatures controlled by Dracula. Starring Richard Armitage, James Callis, Alejandra Reynoso
Vindication: Season Two (NR)
Vindication is an episodic faith-based crime-drama series that follows the small-town investigative work of Detective Travis. Starring Todd Terry, Peggy Schott, Venus Monique
National Geographic: When Sharks Attack Season 7 (TV-14)
Terror-filled deep sea saga using underwater photography, gripping news archives & paralyzing testimony to investigate three mysterious and deadly recent shark attacks. Starring Eric Meyers, David A. Ebert, Dan Huber
National Geographic: America’s Funniest Home Videos Animal Edition (NR)
NatGeo meets AMERICA’S FUNNIEST HOME VIDEOS in the ultimate new animal show featuring hilarious pets, awesome wildlife, and everything in between. Starring Alfonso Ribiero
National Geographic: Sharkfest 2021 (NR)
SharkFest 2021 is a super-sized six weeks of fin-tastic programming that highlights the captivating science and stunning cinematic visuals of the apex predators. Starring Chris Hemsworth
National Geographic: Drain The Oceans Season 4 (TV-PG)
By scanning the locations at the bottom of the ocean where sunken ships, treasures and even cities lie, the show tries to answer what they look like, how they got there and if they hide any secrets. Starring Craig Sechler, Russell Boulter, James Delgado
A celebrity chef and a romance writer meet at a French villa while nursing problems. Starring Hilarie Burton, Victor Webster, and Emorphia Margaritis.
This film is one of the worst written Hallmark films. We have the two leads both struggling with their jobs when they meet at a French villa. The two each have other people circling them as romantic interest, but nothing happens. The lack of intertest means the love triangle doesn’t get a green light. Instead, we have lackluster chemistry between the two leads. I’ve always been fond of Webster in his other films; here, he’s cute, but I just don’t see him with Burton, nor do I think the writers do. When it comes to Burton, I’ve always struggled seeing her as a Hallmark leading lady. She just doesn’t come off as a girl next door. She’s more annoying in this film than she should be. This film is not worth a watch.
A chronological telling of William Randolph Hearst’s life and media empire. Starring Peter Krause, Robert Chiles, and Stephen Hearst.
This is a brilliant documentary that exposes how our modern media began, and it’s salacious. It also highlights the politicalness of the times Hearst lived in and what he believed. We watch as his life has its ups and downs, and we see his poor usage of money. The film may have harped too much on his affair with Marion Davies and her personal issues, but it still affected Hearst. The film covers most of his life, both personal and professional. While highlighting the complexities of this fascinating man, the film makes you both love and hate him as a man that changed how we look at the world through his media. It’s worth the watch.
A washed up country singer makes a come back as an Elvis impersonator. Starring Billy Ray Cyrus, Joey Lauren Adams, and Travis Nicholson.
The concept of this show is interesting. We have a down and out, one hit wonder singer who has a change of heart as he discovers he has a child from a one night stand. It’s written well, and the acting isn’t bad. The storylines of each character have room to grow. Although this show is funny and interesting, it lacks heart. I’m not one to anticipate the next episode and where these characters will go. The show has a lot of ideas that have been used before, which makes it unoriginal. This show is not worth a watch.
Singers from all walks of life try to become stars by singing as avatars. Starring Rocsi Diaz, Grimes, and Nick Lachey.
I thought this show would be interesting, and it is to a point. However, there’s a lot that is bad about the show. One, the contestants all seem to have problems with their looks. I understand – as most people have problems with their look, but I felt the judges were judging more on the personality of the contestants and not on the singing. The singing, on the other hand, is not the best we have heard on competition shows. Some are bad. Then you have the contestants all wanting to be famous, and they seem to be more interested in thirty seconds of fame than working hard at becoming good singers. I worry that whoever wins will still struggle with their singing due to not having any training in the arts. What does make the show interesting is that these contestants look different from what you’d expect based on their voices, and that is fun to watch. Ultimately, the show is still not worth a watch.
Hotel Transylvania: Transformania (PG) Opens on Friday, October 1st Starring: Brian Hull, Andy Samberg, Selena Gomez
Drac’s Pack is back, like you’ve never seen them before in the final chapter of ‘Hotel Transylvania’.
Venom: Let There Be Carnage (PG-13) Opens on Friday, October 1st Starring: Tom Hardy, Woody Harrelson, Stephen Graham, Michelle Williams
Tom Hardy returns to the big screen as the lethal protector Venom, one of MARVEL’s greatest and most complex characters. Directed by Andy Serkis, the film also stars Michelle Williams, Naomie Harris and Woody Harrelson, in the role of the villain Cletus Kasady/Carnage.
The Addams Family 2 (PG) Opens on Friday, October 1st Starring: Oscar Isaac, Charlize Theron, Chloë Grace Moretz, Nick Kroll
The Addams get tangled up in more wacky adventures and find themselves involved in hilarious run-ins with all sorts of unsuspecting characters. Sequel to the 2019 animated film, ‘The Addams Family’.
The Many Saints of Newark (R) Opens on Friday, October 1st Starring: Alessandro Nivola, Leslie Odom Jr., Jon Bernthal, Michael Gandolfini
A look at the formative years of New Jersey gangster Tony Soprano.
Mayday (NR) Opens on Friday, October 1st Starring: Grace Van Patten, Mia Goth, Soko, Francesco Piacentini-Smith
Ana is transported to a dreamlike and dangerous land where she joins an army of girls engaged in a never-ending war. Though she finds strength in this exhilarating world, she realizes that she’s not the killer they want her to be
Titane (R) Opens on Friday, October 1st Starring: Vincent Lindon, Agathe Rousselle, Garance Marillier, Laïs Salameh
Following a series of unexplained crimes, a father is reunited with the son who has been missing for 10 years. Titane : A metal highly resistant to heat and corrosion, with high tensile strength alloys.
The Jesus Music (PG-13) Opens on Friday, October 1st Starring: Kirk Franklin, Amy Grant, Kevin Max, Toby McKeehan
This documentary reveals Jesus Music’s untold story – from its humble beginnings at the Calvary Chapel in Costa Mesa, California through its transformation into the multi-billion-dollar industry of Christian Contemporary Music today.
Old Henry (NR) Opens on Friday, October 1st Starring: Tim Blake Nelson, Scott Haze, Gavin Lewis, Trace Adkins
An action western about a farmer who takes in an injured man with a satchel of cash. When a posse comes for the money, he must decide who to trust. Defending a siege, he reveals a gunslinging talent calling his true identity into question.
A woman requests to retrieve a letter to her ex due to it containing a lottery ticket. Starring Eric Mabius, Kristin Booth, and Yan-Kay Crystal Lowe.
This film in the series of Signed Sealed Delivered features the beginning of the romance between Shane and Oliver, while the romance between Norman and Rita is hitting a rough patch. The romance side is sweet, but of course, we need a mystery in the Dead Letter Office. So, along comes a woman who would like to retrieve a letter she sent to her ex. To me, the mystery really needs to be on the backburner as we have to do more storytelling with the romance. This film seems to go off-topic when the Postables have to solve a crime rather than work a dead letter. Overall, it just doesn’t jive well when the humor, mystery, and crime mix with the romances. However, it’s not bad as we move the story along and the couples try to work things out. This film is worth the watch.