The Amazing Spider-Man (2012) Rated TV-PG

Peter Parker has been bitten by an altered spider, and he discovers that he has spider-like powers that help him discover the mysteries behind his parents’ death. Starring Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, and Rhys Ifans.

The film is a reboot from the trilogy with Tobey Maguire. Here we have Andrew Garfield playing the title role. Garfield is an interesting actor to portray Peter Parker. Having enjoyed the last trilogy with Maguire, I was interested to see how Garfield would do, and he did become Parker; the only problem is it’s hard to see him as a bullied teen. That didn’t seem possible. The chemistry between Garfield and Stone, as the love interest, is amazing. The story takes us back to the beginning of Parker’s transformation and gives background information on his parents’ deaths. The film’s script is more character driven than action driven. It’s worth a watch.

 

 

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Victoria & Albert: The Royal Wedding (2018) Rated TV-PG

Historian Lucy Worsley with a team of experts recreates the wedding of Victoria and Albert. Starring Etienne Dutoy, Nicholas Frentz, and Abbie Garland.

Lucy Worsley is a historian of English Aristocrats. This TV movie is a wonderful recreation of the wedding between Queen Victoria and Prince Albert. There isn’t much about the wedding that has stood the test of time, but there are clues to what the wedding was like. Queen Victoria’s wedding is one that set forth traditions that we still use in weddings today. They even use actors to recreate the ceremony. Worsley knows her English history, and the experts all study what the historical culture would entail. This film is worth a watch.

 

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Houdini’s Last Secrets (SCI) Rated TV-PG

A docuseries that takes Houdini’s greatest stunts and tries to debunk them and discover how he did them. Starring Jason Avent, Salina Cram, and George Hardeen.

I thought this was an interesting show. It brings on the grand-nephew of Houdini who talks about his uncle and the tricks he is known for. The show also brings on another magician who tries to recreate some of Houdini’s stunts. Houdini was more than a magician, he was an engineer and created illusions that have never been able to be recreated. This is a fun guilty pleasure watch, and it’s one that is worth a watch.

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New This Week in Theaters, February 7, 2019

Image result for Untogether poster Untogether (R)
Opens on Friday, February 8
Starring: Alice Eve, Jamie Dornan, Ben Mendelsohn

Andrea is a recently sober writer whose career has stalled since she published her debut novel several years ago. She strikes up an affair with Nick, a doctor-turned-writer who is hailed for his wartime memoir. At the same time, her sister Tara, a massage therapist dating an aging rock star, finds herself inexorably drawn to a newfound religious zeal and, particularly, to a politically engaged rabbi.

Image result for Everybody Knows poster Everybody Knows (R)
Opens on Friday, February 8
Starring: Penélope Cruz, Javier Bardem, Ricardo Darín, Eduard Fernández

Laura, a Spanish woman living in Buenos Aires, returns to her hometown outside Madrid with her two children to attend her sister’s wedding. However, the trip is upset by unexpected events that bring secrets into the open.

Image result for The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part poster The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part (PG)
Opens on Friday, February 8
Starring: Chris Pratt, Elizabeth Banks, Will Arnett, Tiffany Haddish

It’s been five years since everything was awesome and the citizens are facing a huge new threat: LEGO DUPLO® invaders from outer space, wrecking everything faster than they can rebuild.

Image result for The Prodigy poster 2019 The Prodigy (R)
Opens on Friday, February 8
Starring:  Taylor Schilling, Brittany Allen, Colm Feore, Peter Mooney

A mother concerned about her young son’s disturbing behavior thinks something supernatural may be affecting him.

Image result for What Men Want poster 2019 What Men Want (R)
Opens on Friday, February 8
Starring: Taraji P. Henson, Wendi McLendon-Covey, Max Greenfield, Kellan Lutz

A woman is boxed out by the male sports agents in her profession, but gains an unexpected edge over them when she develops the ability to hear men’s thoughts.

Image result for To Dust poster To Dust (R)
Opens on Friday, February 8
Starring:  Géza Röhrig, Sammy Voit, Sarah Jes Austell

Shmuel, a Hasidic cantor in Upstate New York, distraught by the untimely death of his wife, struggles to find religious solace, while secretly obsessing over how her body will decay. As a clandestine partnership develops with Albert, a local community college biology professor, the two embark on a darkly comic and increasingly literal undertaking into the underworld.

Image result for Cold Pursuit poster Cold Pursuit (R)
Opens on Friday, February 8
Starring: Emmy Rossum, Liam Neeson, Julia Jones, Laura Dern

A snowplow driver seeks revenge against the drug dealers he thinks killed his son. Based on the 2014 Norwegian film ‘In Order of Disappearance’.

Image result for Under the Eiffel Tower poster Under the Eiffel Tower (NR)
Opens on Friday, February 8
Starring: Matt Walsh, Judith Godrèche, Reid Scott, Michaela Watkins

Stuart is a having a mid-life crisis. Desperate for something more in life, he tags along on his best friend’s family vacation to Paris – then proposes to his friend’s 24-year-old daughter, Rosalind, while standing under the Eiffel Tower.

Image result for Chokehold poster Chokehold (NR)
Opens on Friday, February 8
Starring:  Casper Van Dien, Melissa Croden, Lochlyn Munro, Kip Pardue

Story of a woman who seeks revenge on the Russian Mob for the death of her father. She battles her way up in the underground mixed martial arts fighting world to find those responsible and avenge his death.

Synopsis by IMDB.

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All Quiet on the Western Front (1930) Rated NR

A young soldier is disillusioned during World War I. Based on the book by Erich Maria Remarque. Starring Louis Wolheim, Lew Ayres, and John Wray.

This film is brilliant in the fact that it shows the reality of war. We see it through the eyes of the soldiers. We know how they think and how they feel. It’s a film that shows the humanity of war. Of course, the film is anti-war, but it is also a good reminder of what war entails. The way this film is shot is exceptional – the cameras, two of them, side by side for both the English and non-English films. It’s a classic film that holds up over time. With some exception of humor and bad acting, this is a film worth a watch.

 

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The Nutcracker and the Four Realms (2018) Rated PG

A girl is transported to a world with gingerbread soldiers, an army of mice, and sugar plums. Starring Mackenzie Foy, Tom Sweet, and Meera Syal.

This is not the ballet version of The Nutcracker, and although I would have loved to see the drama of the ballet, this film is a wonderful story based on it. Here we have a girl who is transported into the four realms where she must help them find peace while coming to terms with a loss of her own. The film is not the best written, and at times, it has poor acting, but it is visually beautiful with stunning costumes and makeup. I couldn’t get over the makeup – they even gave Clara (the girl) rosy cheeks in the cold. It was the most brilliant I have seen. I say the film, even with its worst qualities, is still worth a watch.

 

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Norman Mailer: The American (2010) Rated NR

A documentary of the life and times of Norman Mailer told by the people who knew him best. Starring Muhammad Ali, Beverly Bentley, and William F. Buckley.

This documentary interviews a lot of people who had some influence on the life of Mailer. His life isn’t perfect – nobody’s life is – but this documentary covers the negative side of Mailer’s life. It seems to cover the classic case that if you have nothing to live for, you’ll try everything to make it make sense. It also makes you wonder, how lost was he?!? The documentary covers Mailer’s ups and downs in life, and there are a lot of ups and downs with a lot of famous names. The film is interesting, but with all the negativity, it doesn’t seem to uplift Mailer’s life but drag it down. Mailer’s life is intriguing, and for that, it is worth a watch.

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New This Week on DVD, February 5, 2019

 Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch (PG)

A grumpy Grinch plots to ruin Christmas for the village of Whoville. Starring Benedict Cumberbatch, Cameron Seely, Rashida Jones

 Widows (R)

Set in contemporary Chicago, amid a time of turmoil, four women with nothing in common except a debt left behind by their dead husbands’ criminal activities, take fate into their own hands, and conspire to forge a future on their own terms. Starring Viola Davis, Liam Neeson, Jon Bernthal

 The Girl in the Spider’s Web (R)

Young computer hacker Lisbeth Salander and journalist Mikael Blomkvist find themselves caught in a web of spies, cybercriminals and corrupt government officials. Starring Claire Foy, Beau Gadsdon, Sverrir Gudnason

 The Sisters Brothers (R)

In 1850s Oregon, a gold prospector is chased by the infamous duo of assassins, the Sisters brothers. Starring John C. Reilly, Joaquin Phoenix, Jake Gyllenhaal

 Gosnell: The Trial of America’s Biggest Serial Killer (PG-13)

A movie about the horrific crimes and trial of Kermit Gosnell, America’s biggest serial killer. Starring Janine Turner, Michael Beach, Dean Cain

 A Private War (R)

One of the most celebrated war correspondents of our time, Marie Colvin is an utterly fearless and rebellious spirit, driven to the frontline of conflicts across the globe to give voice to the voiceless. Starring Rosamund Pike, Greg Wise, Alexandra Moen

 Letters from Baghdad (TV-PG)

Gertrude Bell, the most powerful woman in the British Empire in her day, shaped the destiny of Iraq after WWI in ways that still reverberate today. Starring Tilda Swinton, Michael Higgs, Eric Loscheider

 Nova: Thai Cave Rescue (NR)

Rescue workers race against the clock to save twelve boys and their soccer coach trapped in a cave system in Thailand. Starring Eric Meyers

 Nova: The Last B-24 (NR)

Underwater archaeologists and technical divers excavate the wreckage of the B-24 Liberator bomber Tulsamerican in hopes of finding out what happened to the three airmen who went missing when the plane crashed off the coast of Croatia in 1944. Starring Jay O. Sanders

 Bernie the Dolphin (G)

Set in St. Augustine, Florida, ‘Bernie the Dolphin’ is a family adventure about a brother and sister who befriend a badly sunburned dolphin separated from his family and uncover a secret plan that could destroy the beach and their new friend’s home. The kids must devise a clever plan to stop the bad guys, protect the sea life, and, most importantly, save their best friend, Bernie. Starring  Lola Sultan, Logan Allen, Kevin Sorbo

 We’ll Meet Again: Season 2 (NR)

Join Ann Curry for a new series featuring dramatic reunions of people whose lives crossed at pivotal moments. View history through their eyes and hear stories of heroism, hope and the forging of unbreakable bonds. Starring Ann Curry

 The Deuce: The Complete Second Season (TV-MA)

A look at life in New York City during the 1970s and ’80s when porn and prostitution were rampant in Manhattan. Starring James Franco, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Gbenga Akinnagbe

 My Dinner with Herve (TV-MA)

A look at the life of French actor Hervé Villechaize, co-star of the hit ’70s TV series “Fantasy Island”, who took his own life in 1993 at the age of 50. Starring  Peter Dinklage, Jamie Dornan, Frida Munting

 American Masters: Decoding Watson (NR)

Thrust into the limelight for discovering the secret of life at age 25 with Francis Crick, influential Nobel Prize-winning scientist James Watson has thrived on making headlines ever since. His discovery of DNA’s structure, the double helix, revolutionized human understanding of how life works. He was a relentless and sometimes ruthless visionary who led the Human Genome project and turned Harvard University and Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory into powerhouses of molecular biology. With unprecedented access to Watson, his wife Elizabeth and sons Rufus and Duncan over the course of a year, American Masters explores Watson’s evolution from socially awkward postdoc to notorious scientific genius to discredited nonagenarian, also interviewing his friends, his colleagues, scientists and historians. Controversial and unapologetic, Watson still thrives on competition and disruption. The film uncovers his signature achievements, complexities and contradictions, including his penchant for expressing unfiltered and objectionable points of view. Starring James Watson

 Winter’s Dream (TV-G)

Former pro skier, Kat, is asked to coach a younger skier, named Anna, and finds love with the girl’s widowed father, Ty. Starring Dean Cain, Kristy Swanson, Aren Buchholz

 Love on Safari (TV-G)

After Kira inherits a wildlife reserve in South Africa, she travels there to meet the no-nonsense head ranger, Tom. When she learns the reserve is in financial jeopardy and she may have to sell it to her uncle’s competitor, Tom urges her to save it by taking her on a safari in hopes that she will fall in love with the land, the animals, and hopefully him. Starring Lacey Chabert, Jon Cor, Brittany Bristow

 800 Words: Season 3, Part 2 (NR)

A recently widowed father quits his job as a popular 800-word columnist for a top-selling Sydney newspaper. Over the Internet, he buys a house on an impulse in a remote New Zealand seaside town. He then has to break the news to his two teenage kids who just lost their mum, and now face an even more uncertain future. But the colorful and inquisitive locals ensure his dream of a fresh start does not go to plan. Starring Erik Thomson, Melina Vidler, Benson Jack Anthony

Synopsis by IMDB.

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Ice Age: A Mammoth Christmas Special (2011) Rated TV-PG

The characters from Ice Age get in trouble with Santa, and their names are on the naughty list. Starring Ray Romano, John Leguizamo, and Denis Leary.

This short is a cute Christmas story with the characters from the Ice Age films. Peaches, daughter of Manny and Ellie, heads off to the North Pole to discover Santa and prove to her parents that he exists. Along the way, trouble ensues. The story is like the beginning of Christmas where Santa and the Christmas traditions begin. It’s not the best written.  At times it seems to fumble through the story, but it does come to happy family ending where Santa is able to continue his night of gift giving. This short is cute enough to be worth a watch.

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Dick Miller (1928-2019)

1928-2019

 The Terminator (1984) Rated R

A seemingly indestructible android is sent from 2029 to 1984 to assassinate a waitress, whose unborn son will lead humanity in a war against the machines, while a soldier from that war is sent to protect her at all costs.

 Who’s the Boss? (1984–1992) Rated TV-G

Tony Micelli, a retired baseball player, becomes the housekeeper of Angela Bower, an advertising executive in New York. Together they raise their kids, Samantha Micelli and Jonathon Bower, with help from Mona Robinson, Angela’s man-crazy mother.

 Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987–1994) Rated TV-PG

Set almost 100 years after Captain Kirk’s five-year mission, a new generation of Starfleet officers set off in the U.S.S. Enterprise-D on their own mission to go where no one has gone before.

 Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (1993–1999) Rated TV-PG

In the vicinity of the liberated planet of Bajor, the Federation space station Deep Space Nine guards the opening of a stable wormhole to the far side of the galaxy.

 Gremlins (1984) Rated PG

A boy inadvertently breaks three important rules concerning his new pet and unleashes a horde of malevolently mischievous monsters on a small town.

Synopsis by IMDB.

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