Powers Boothe (1948-2017)

(1948-2017)

 The Avengers (2012) Rated PG-13

Earth’s mightiest heroes must come together and learn to fight as a team if they are to stop the mischievous Loki and his alien army from enslaving humanity.

 Nashville (2012–2018) Rated TV-PG

A fading country music star comes into conflict with a rising young star.

  Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (2013– ) Rated TV-PG

The missions of the Strategic Homeland Intervention, Enforcement and Logistics Division.

 Red Dawn (1984) Rated PG

It is the dawn of World War III. In mid-western America, a group of teenagers bands together to defend their town, and their country, from invading Soviet forces.

 Straight A’s (2013) Rated R

Pressured by his deceased mother’s ghost to return home to the family he abandoned, a former addict grabs a bag of pills and a sack of marijuana and hits the road to Louisiana.

Synopsis by IMDB.

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The President Show (ComedyCentral) Rated TV-14

Anthony Atamanuik impersonates President Trump in this talk show, as he interviews political advisories and celebrities. Starring  Anthony Atamanuik, Peter Grosz, Mitra Jouhari.

Do we really need another show that makes fun of our President? I don’t think so. I understand the dissatisfaction that the media and general population have toward our President, but  that the media is not pleased with the election. I also understand that half the United States isn’t pleased that Donald Trump is President. I think that the some of the people who voted for Donald Trump didn’t expect him to be President but there was an election and there was more elector votes for Donald Trump than Hillary Clinton. Sorry, true. This is one reason I struggle with the amount of dislike of Pres. Trump. This is also way I don’t understand the amount of making fun of him. He doesn’t care and you are only highlighting him and not just letting him be president and in four years we may have a different president.

Now, actually about the show other than the making fun of the President. Anthony Atamanuik does a pretty good job at impersonate the President. At times I thought he was spot on but I still didn’t like the amount that they just made fun of the President or how stupid they think he can be, the President is pretty smart, he did get himself elected. I just am too sick at listening to the talk shows that talk down about our President. If this is the only talk show that made fun of the President, I might say it is worth a watch but because it’s one of many I have to say this is not worth a watch.

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Last Ounce of Courage (2012) Rated PG

The son of a fallen soldier tries to reconnect with his grandfather who is still grieving for his child. Starring Marshall R. Teague, Jennifer O’Neill, Rusty Joiner.

This film suffers from a lack of focus on the main story, however it still managed to draw me in. I was intrigued by the story of a son who wants to know more about his father but has to reconnect with his grandfather to do so.  The grandfather is still struggling with the loss of his son, making the relationship tenuous. I love the emphasis on patriotism, even if it was a little overdone.  If only the film had stayed focused on the relationship between the grandfather and his grandson and the story of their son/father, it would have been excellent. Instead, there are too many side stories that detract from the main purpose of the film.  Even with its faults, though, this movie is still worth a watch.

 

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The Book of John Gray (OWN) Rated NR

The Book of John Gray is a dramedy that follows John Gray and his humorous take on helping people. John Gray is an associate pastor under Pastor Joel Osteen. Starring John Gray.

I’m not sure what to think of this show.  This pastor uses unconventional means to help people who are struggling in their lives and relationships. Although he does express some truth in his approach, overall I found it to be too sugar coated. He does not reference the Bible or anything related to God; why is he white-washing the gospel instead of telling it like it is? He’s a pastor, after all! I guess it’s not his intention to convert people, just to help them, but without adding Jesus into the mix, I don’t know how helpful he can be.  The show is entertaining, but I’d rather watch a reality show that honestly deals with the life of a pastor.  This show is a pass.

 

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New This Week in Theaters, May 11, 2017

 King Arthur: Legend of the Sword (PG-13)
Opens on Friday, May 12
Starring: Charlie Hunnam, Jude Law, Astrid Berges-Frisbey

Robbed of his birthright, Arthur comes up the hard way in the back alleys of the city. But once he pulls the sword from the stone, he is forced to acknowledge his true legacy – whether he likes it or not.

 Snatched (R)
Opens on Friday, May 12
Starring: Amy Schumer, Goldie Hawn, Joan Cusack

When her boyfriend dumps her before their exotic vacation, a young woman persuades her ultra-cautious mother to travel with her to paradise, with unexpected results.

 The Wall (R)
Opens on Friday, May 12
Starring: John Cena, Aaron Johnson

Two American Soldiers are trapped by a lethal sniper, with only an unsteady wall between them.

 Lowriders (PG-13)
Opens on Friday, May 12
Starring: Melissa Benoist, Eva Longoria

A young street artist in East Los Angeles is caught between his father’s obsession with lowrider car culture, his ex-felon brother and his need for self-expression.

 Dead Awake (NR)
Opens on Friday, May 12
Starring: Lori Petty, Brea Grant, Jesse Bradford

A young woman must save herself and her friends from an ancient evil that stalks its victims through the real-life phenomenon of sleep paralysis.

 Paris Can Wait (PG)
Opens on Friday, May 12
Starring: Diane Lane, Alec Baldwin, Arnaud Viard

Anne is at a crossroads in her life. Long married to a successful, driven but inattentive movie producer, she unexpectedly finds herself taking a car trip from Cannes to Paris with a business associate of her husband. What should be a seven-hour drive turns into a carefree two-day adventure replete with diversions involving picturesque sights, fine food and wine, humor, wisdom and romance, reawakening Anne’s senses and giving her a new lust for life.

 The Dinner (R)
Opened on Sunday, May 7
Starring: Richard Gere, Laura Linney, Steve Coogan

Two sets of wealthy parents meet for dinner to decide what to do about a crime their sons have committed.

 Meri Pyaari Bindu (NR)
Opens on Friday, May 12
Starring: Parineeti Chopra, Ayushmann Khurrana, Abish Mathew, Aparajita Adhya

A successful writer, Abhimanyu Roy who is stuck with a writers block returns to his roots to write an old-fashioned love story. The writers block is called Bindu who is the love of his life but he has lost contact with her. In his house, Abhimanyu stumbles across an old audio cassette of their favorite playlist, it sends him down memory lane – and as he waltzes in and out of his past and present through the songs in the mixed tape, he finally faces reality and reconnects with his roots, with his family and his novel starts writing itself.

 The Wedding Plan (PG)
Opens on Friday, May 12
Starring: Dafi Alferon, Noa Koler, Oded Leopold, Ronny Merhavi

When her fiancé bows out on the eve of her wedding, Michal refuses to cancel the wedding arrangements. An Orthodox Jew, she insists that God will supply her a husband. As the clock ticks down.

 Generation Iron 2 (NR)
Opens on Friday, May 12
Starring: Kai Greene, Rich Piana, Calum Von Moger, Iris Kyle

Sequel to the 2013 film ‘Generation Iron’.

Synopsis by IMDB.

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That I May See (1951) Rated NR

The story of the blind beggar cured by Jesus. Based off of the Bible passage, Luke 18:35-43. Starring Jeffrey Lynn, Ruth Hussey, Raymond Burr.

That I May See is an episode from the TV series Family Theatre, which was produced by Roman Catholic Church auspices. This episode is rather good, although I don’t know how accurate it is, given how little information we are given from the biblical passage it is based on. In this version, the beggar becomes quite arrogant about the fact he was healed when others were not.  In the Bible, it says that the beggar actually followed Jesus, but that doesn’t seem to be the case here.  He only decides to believe after talking with both Mary, Jesus’ mother, and Simon the Cyrene, which is somewhat arbitrary.  However, it does a wonderful job expressing a story of forgiveness, and it was refreshing to see something that has not been covered on film before.  This film is worth a watch.

 

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Michael Parks (1940-2017)

 

(1940-2017)

 Django Unchained (2012) Rated R

With the help of a German bounty hunter, a freed slave sets out to rescue his wife from a brutal Mississippi plantation owner.

 Kill Bill: Vol. 1 (2003) Rated R

The Bride wakens from a four-year coma. The child she carried in her womb is gone. Now she must wreak vengeance on the team of assassins who betrayed her – a team she was once part of.

 Argo (2012) Rated R

Acting under the cover of a Hollywood producer scouting a location for a science fiction film, a CIA agent launches a dangerous operation to rescue six Americans in Tehran during the U.S. hostage crisis in Iran in 1980.

 The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford (2007) Rated R

Robert Ford, who’s idolized Jesse James since childhood, tries hard to join the reforming gang of the Missouri outlaw, but gradually becomes resentful of the bandit leader.

 From Dusk Till Dawn (1996) Rated R

Two criminals and their hostages unknowingly seek temporary refuge in an establishment populated by vampires, with chaotic results.

Synopsis by IMDB.

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The Founder (2016) Rated PG-13

The story of Ray Kroc, who took two brothers’ idea and made their restaurant into what it is today. Starring  Michael Keaton, Nick Offerman, John Carroll Lynch, Linda Cardellini, B.J. Novak, Laura Dern, Patrick Wilson.

This film tells the story of how Kroc stole the McDonald brothers’ restaurant right out from under them. An ambitious, persistent, and ruthless man, he also became incredibly successful at the McDonald brothers’ expense.  The film tries to make him likeable, as Keaton usually is, but as the film progresses, it becomes more difficult to side with him.  The hurt and injustice he caused the McDonald brothers is really unconscionable; they do not receive the compensation due to them from Kroc. It was their original idea for the restaurant that made it such a success, but in reality there is no redemption for these men or for Kroc himself. A fascinating story that is well executed, this movie is worth a watch.

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Split (2016) Rated PG-13

When three girls get kidnap by a man who has 23 distinct personalities, they must escape before the 24th one gets unleashed.  Starring James McAvoy, Anya Taylor-Joy, Betty Buckley

Although, this film is a typical M. Night Shyamalan film, I have to say it is better than the last few films. It is different, during  the film it tells you what the movie is about it and still at the end is a twist worth exploring. Add to the story is James McAvoy’s performance. I’ve always been a fan of his work and this performance showcases his talent. This film is worth a watch.

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New This Week on DVD, May 9, 2017

 Divorce: The Complete First Season (TV-MA)

A couple goes through a long, drawn-out divorce.  Starring Sarah Jessica Parker, Thomas Haden Church

 A Fantastic Fear of Everything (R)

A crime novelist whose research on Victorian serial killers has turned him into a paranoid wreck must confront his worst fears when a film executive takes a sudden interest in his movie script. Starring Simon Pegg, Alan Drake, Kiran Shah

 Fifty Shades Darker (R)

While Christian wrestles with his inner demons, Anastasia must confront the anger and envy of the women who came before her. Starring Dakota Johnson, Jamie Dornan, Eric Johnson

 Inside Amy Schumer: Season Four (TV-MA)

Amy Schumer switches from sketches, doing stand up, to interviewing people on the street and people of interest usually following a certain theme. Starring Amy Schumer

 Orange Is the New Black: Season Four (TV-MA)

The story of Piper Chapman, a woman in her thirties who is sentenced to fifteen months in prison after being convicted of a decade-old crime of transporting money to her drug-dealing girlfriend. Starring Taylor Schilling, Michael Harney, Kate Mulgrew

Synopsis by IMDB.

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