Merritt Wever

 The Walking Dead (TV-MA)

Sheriff Deputy Rick Grimes wakes up from a coma to learn the world is in ruins, and must lead a group of survivors to stay alive.

 Into the Wild (R)

After graduating from Emory University, top student and athlete Christopher McCandless abandons his possessions, gives his entire $24,000 savings account to charity and hitchhikes to Alaska to live in the wilderness. Along the way, Christopher encounters a series of characters that shape his life.

 New Girl (TV-14)

After a bad break-up, Jess, an offbeat young woman, moves into an apartment loft with three single men. Although they find her behavior very unusual, the men support her – most of the time.

 Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) (R)

A washed-up superhero actor attempts to revive his fading career by writing, directing, and starring in a Broadway production.

 Remember Sunday (TV-PG)

A lonely waitress meets a handsome, quirky jewelry store clerk who had a brain aneurysm and thus has short-term memory loss.

Synopsis by IMDB.

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Gary Owen: #DoinWhatIDo (2019) Rated TV-MA

Gary Owen’s comedy special bridges the gap between black and white cultures in his home and on social media. Starring Gary Owen.

Owen tells stories about his life in the military, his career as a wrestler, his friendship with Kevin Hart, and his children’s dating. Some of the stories are humorous – some aren’t, and some, I probably don’t identify with. One thing I still struggle with is how the races still tiptoe around certain issues. I wish we could move past the issues. Gary handles all of these with humor and grace. He knows how far to push the jokes and when to pull back. Even so, I didn’t find the show laugh-out-loud funny, making it not worth a watch.

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New This Week in Theaters, October 3, 2019

Image result for Memory: The Origins of Alien Memory: The Origins of Alien (NR)
Opens on Friday, October 4
Starring: Bijan Aalam, Tim Boxell, Axelle Carolyn

The untold origin story behind Ridley Scott’s Alien – rooted in Greek and Egyptian mythologies, underground comics, the art of Francis Bacon, and the dark visions of Dan O’Bannon and H.R. Giger. A contemplation on the symbiotic collaborative process of movie-making, the power of myth, and our collective unconscious.

Image result for Joker 2019 Joker (R)
Opens on Friday, October 4
Starring: Joaquin Phoenix, Robert De Niro, Zazie Beetz, Jolie Chan

A gritty character study of Arthur Fleck, a man disregarded by society.

Image result for War 2019 War (NR)
Opens on Friday, October 4
Starring: Hrithik Roshan, Tiger Shroff, Vaani Kapoor, Ashutosh Rana

The film follows an Indian soldier who is assigned to eliminate his former mentor, who had gone rogue.

Image result for Pain & Glory Pain & Glory (R)
Opens on Friday, October 4
Starring: Antonio Banderas, Asier Etxeandia, Leonardo Sbaraglia, Nora Navas

A film director reflects on the choices he’s made in life as past and present come crashing down around him.

Image result for Lucy in the Sky Lucy in the Sky (R)
Opens on Friday, October 4
Starring: Natalie Portman, Jon Hamm, Zazie Beetz, Dan Stevens

Astronaut Lucy Cola returns to Earth after a transcendent experience during a mission to space, and begins to lose touch with reality in a world that now seems too small.

Image result for Roger Waters - Us + Them Roger Waters – Us + Them (NR)
Opens on Friday, October 4
Starring: Rufat Aliyev, Farshid Azizi, Nikoo Bafti, Azzurra Caccetta

A look at Roger Waters’ 2017-2018 concert tour.

Image result for Wrinkles the Clown Wrinkles the Clown (NR)
Opens on Friday, October 4
Starring: Wrinkles the Clown

In Florida, parents can hire Wrinkles the Clown to scare their misbehaving children.

Synopsis by IMDB.

 

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Magic in the Moonlight (2014) Rated PG-13

An Englishman is brought to a rich family to uncover a fake clairvoyant and mystic that has swindled the family. Starring Colin Firth, Antonia Clarke, and Natasha Andrews.

There is nothing really bad about this film. It is quintessential Woody Allen. I wish I had enjoyed this one more for the fact that Colin Firth and Emma Stone are in it. I just wasn’t really pulled into the story or into these characters’ lives. The chemistry between characters is also lacking. The film touches on whether we want to enjoy our delusions or be unhappy in the truth. It does have twists, but they still don’t pull me into the film. This is not worth a watch.

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Dopesick Nation (Viceland) Rated TV-MA

The series follows two recovering addicts as they assist other addicts with recovery in the midst of the opioid epidemic. Starring Allie Severino.

I have yet to like a show on Viceland. So far, the shows they’ve produced are nothing of consequence, but then, I watched this show. This is a show worth a watch. We see two former addicts racing to save the ones that they can from this disease. We see them fight for these people – people whose own family members struggle to help. We also get the inside look at what happens behind the doors of the rehab industry, including the corruption and exploitation of the addicts. This is a show worthy of an award. I’m hoping and praying that the race against time is on the recovering addicts’ side as they help the ones they can. This show is worth a watch.

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Left Behind (2014) Rated PG-13

A small group of survivors is left behind after millions of people vanish. Based on the series by Tim LaHaye and Jerry B. Jenkins. Starring Nicolas Cage, Chad Michael Murray, and Cassi Thomson.

I’m not sure if this film is better or worse than the 2000 version. There are good and bad things about this film. For one, the acting is a little bit better, but the script is worse. I still really wish they could bring these books to life, but I have yet to see it done well. I think that the film could have done better with a better script and actors that really believe in their characters. I actually thought the film wasn’t as preachy as it should have been; I felt the film glossed over the religious tones. I get it – you’re trying to find a happy medium, but the books are Christian, so the film should stick to the Christian story. This film is not worth a watch.

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New This Week on DVD, October 1st, 2019

 Spider-Man: Far from Home (PG-13)

Following the events of Avengers: Endgame, Spider-Man must step up to take on new threats in a world that has changed forever. Starring Tom Holland, Samuel L. Jackson, Jake Gyllenhaal

 Maiden (PG)

The story of Tracy Edwards, a 24-year-old cook on charter boats, who became the skipper of the first ever all-female crew to enter the Whitbread Round the World Race in 1989. Starring Frank Bough, John Chittenden, Bruno Du Bois

 Anna and the Apocalypse (R)

When the zombie apocalypse hits the sleepy town of Little Haven – at Christmas – teenager Anna and her high school friends have to fight, sing and dance to survive, with the undead horde all around them. Teaming up with her best friend John, Anna has to fight her way through zombified snowmen, Santa’s, elves and Christmas shoppers to get across town to the high school, where they’ll be safe. But they soon discover that being a teenager is just as difficult as staying alive, even at the end of the world. Starring Ella Hunt, Malcolm Cumming, Sarah Swire

 Driven (R)

Intense thriller where politics, big business and narcotics collide. Starring Erin Moriarty, Lee Pace, Jason Sudeikis

 The Magical Land of Oz (NR)

MAGICAL LAND OF OZ offers a blue chip, continent wide series ranging from the land’s highest snow peaks to the depths of the frigid and wild southern seas; from its last populations of wild numbats to its largest diorama of giant cuttlefish. It’s a land of diverse beauty, that delights and surprises. The series both entertains and deepens our understanding of how the natural world is made up of not just unique species, but distinct individuals, whose lives are far from predictable. Using the latest camera technology we capture animal populations only recently discovered and behaviors not associated with species we thought we knew well. We meet animal characters so enigmatic, most Australians are unaware they share not just their island continent – but their own suburban backyards. We reveal the challenges these animals must navigate in a land of extremes, and extreme human-induced change. To do this, we fill the screen with colour, dance, acrobatics, music, mating and murder – all performed by the animals which make Australia a truly magical land. Starring Barry Humphries

 Gen: Lock – The Complete First Season (TV-PG)

Earth, 2068. City by city, free society is being forcibly absorbed into a vast autocracy. One military force holds the line. One pilot could turn the tide. Starring Michael B. Jordan, Golshifteh Farahani, David Tennant

 Sonic Boom: Season One, Volume One (TV-Y7)

23 years after the original Sonic The Hedgehog Video Game, fast, handsome, and arrogant hero Sonic The Hedgehog continues to fight his arch nemesis, Dr. Eggman. Along with Tails, Knuckles, Amy, and a new recruit named Sticks. But that is not all, Sonic and his friends also go on all new adventures, like going to a robot city in the sky, fighting Eggman underwater, and more. Starring Roger Craig Smith, Cindy Robinson, Colleen O’Shaughnessey

 American Masters: Raul Julia – The World’s a Stage (NR)

Examines the life and career of the inspiring entertainer, Raul Julia. Starring Raul Julia, Merel Poloway

 Doom Patrol: Complete First Season (TV-MA)

The adventures of an idealistic mad scientist and his field team of superpowered outcasts. Starring Diane Guerrero, April Bowlby, Alan Tudyk

 Charmed: Season One (TV-PG)

Follows the lives of three sisters who, after the tragic death of their mother, discover they are powerful witches. Starring Melonie Diaz, Madeleine Mantock, Sarah Jeffery

 Tell Me a Story: Season One (TV-MA)

An anthology series featuring beloved fairy tales interweaving into a subversive tale of love, loss, greed, revenge, and murder. Starring Danielle Campbell, Paul Wesley, James Wolk

 When Calls the Heart: Year Six (TV-G)

Elizabeth Thatcher, a young school teacher from a wealthy Eastern family, migrates from the big city to teach school in a small coal mining town in the west. Starring Erin Krakow, Martin Cummins, Lori Loughlin

 A Veteran’s Christmas (TV-G)

Captain Grace Garland, a decorated US veteran, returns home after two tours of Search and Rescue in Afghanistan. After being separated from her beloved K9 partner, Grace must rediscover the magic of Christmas. When Grace finds herself stranded in the town of River’s Crossing a couple weeks before Christmas, the local judge Joe Peterson, offers her a place to stay on his property and takes it upon himself to show Grace everything she has been missing; Christmas, family, community, and love. Starring Sean Faris, Eloise Mumford, Mary Long

 Once Upon a Christmas Miracle (TV-G)

This holiday romance is based on the incredible story about organ donor Chris Dempsey and recipient Heather Krueger, who were brought into one another’s lives by a transplant surgery that led to a miraculous romance. Starring Aimee Teegarden, Brett Dalton, Lolita Davidovich

 Marrying Father Christmas (TV-G)

In the latest installment to the Father Christmas trilogy, Miranda and Ian finally look to tie the knot, but more complications are always on the horizon, putting their happily ever after in jeopardy. Starring Erin Krakow, Niall Matter, Wendie Malick

 Home for Christmas Day (TV-G)

A young woman begins a long-distance relationship with an active-duty soldier. Starring Catherine Bell, Victor Webster, Matreya Fedor

 Christmas Homecoming (TV-G)

A widow of a war hero takes in an injured soldier who has just returned from Afghanistan. Together they help each other heal and find true love. Starring Julie Benz, Michael Shanks, Kirsten Robek

 Christmas at Grand Valley (TV-G)

“Burned out from the hubbub of the Chicago gallery world, artist Kelly returns home to the picturesque Grand Valley just in time for Christmas. Maybe her favorite town’s shining season will reinvigorate her love of art and guide her down her next path. Leo, businessman and all-star dad to his children, struggles to balance his time this holiday season. When he is assigned to review a hotel in Grand Valley for its value, he sees this as the perfect opportunity for a Christmas family vacation. It isn’t long until Kelly and Leo’s worlds collide. As Kelly re-experiences her favorite Grand Valley traditions with Leo and his children, she begins to find her way back to her passion for art.” Starring Danica McKellar, Brennan Elliott, Dan Lauria

 My Broken Horse Christmas (NR)

Each year, John anticipates the day when he will accompany his father on the search for the perfect horse to bring home to their farm. When this year’s frosty morning finally arrives, the pair eagerly sets out to find what is sure to be a wonderful addition to their stable. But when his father picks the meanest, wildest mare John has ever seen, the boy is baffled. Of all the horses his father could have selected, why choose such an imperfect one? As Christmas approaches, a young boy learns lessons of faith, redemption, and the very real power of love as reflected by the Master of the season. Starring Cooper Daniel Johnson, Jasen Wade, Natalie Devine Riskas

 The Truth Will Out: Series One (NR)

After a long sick leave and recovery police detective Peter Wendel is back on duty. He is commissioned to form a new team to reopen unresolved murder cases, however he soon finds himself with a rather third rank and conflicting staff. Soon they are in the center of a new case. An unknown murderer claims that Sweden’s most infamous murderer is a fraud – that he never committed the murders he’s jailed for. High reaching implications are to be exposed, involving even the Swedish government. Starring Robert Gustafsson, Maria Sundbom, Johan Ulveson

Synopsis by IMDB.

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Driven (2018) Rated R

A drama about John DeLorean and his friendship with Jim Hoffman, an FBI informant. Starring Erin Moriarty, Lee Pace, and Jason Sudeikis.

I’m not sure how much truth there is to this story, but the film doesn’t have the best continuity. This is more about Hoffman than DeLorean; it’s attached that famous name to the story without making it biographical. The filmmakers made the film more of comedic relief than the story behind Hoffman. There are many questions the film doesn’t answer, and it doesn’t give the best story of DeLorean either. There’s a story there that isn’t told. This film missed the mark on so many levels. The film, overall, didn’t know what it wanted to tell or how to tell it. It’s not worth a watch.

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The Hundred-Foot Journey (2014) Rated PG

An Indian family moves to France and opens an eatery across the street from a Michelin-starred restaurant. Starring Helen Mirren, Om Puri, and Manish Dayal.

This is a beautifully told story. The cinematography is beautiful, and the acting superb. While it runs a little slow, it’s still a great story. The film follows the struggle of the Indian family as they learn a new culture and start anew in a different country. It’s also a love story as we see the family deal with love and loss. This is just one of those feel-good films without a lot of anger and hatred. It’s a film that is worth a night of popcorn.

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Family Restaurant Rivals (Food) Rated TV-G

Restaurant owners compete in challenges that real-life restaurateurs deal with to win over the judges and win $10,000. Starring Valerie Bertinelli, Clinton Kelly, and Jet Tila.

This was a fun cooking competition. We see families working together to create signature dishes while also remembering that the customer is always right. This is just fun to watch with twists during the game. The competition has two rounds with an elimination each round to find the winner. This is a show that would be fun for the family, and the host, Valerie Bertinelli, is her perfect smiley self. This show is worth a watch.

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