The Wedding Dress (2001) Rated NR

 When Hannah Pinkham tries on her wedding dress she receives bad news – the dress seems to bring bad luck to everyone who has it. Starring Neil Patrick Harris, Margaret Colin, and Tyne Daly.

This film starts out promising. We have the background story of the dress and how it’s passed down so that the right couple uses it. It’s an intriguing story, a sad but redemptive tale. While the film is intriguing, it has too many storylines to follow as the dress passes from owner to owner. Each couple has their own story with the dress. It’s an overly sappy love fest with the mixture of hard life. This film isn’t the best; it’s one that you can watch on a fun night. I would’ve preferred the film to focus on just one couple. This film is not worth a watch.

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New This Week on DVD, August 7, 2018

 Life of the Party (PG-13)

After her husband abruptly asks for a divorce, a middle-aged mother returns to college in order to complete her degree. Starring Melissa McCarthy, Matt Walsh, Molly Gordon

 Breaking In (PG-13)

A woman fights to protect her family during a home invasion. Starring Gabrielle Union, Billy Burke, Richard Cabral

 The Rider (R)

After suffering a near fatal head injury, a young cowboy undertakes a search for new identity and what it means to be a man in the heartland of America. Starring Brady Jandreau, Tim Jandreau, Lilly Jandreau

 On Chesil Beach (R)

Based on Ian McEwan’s novel. In 1962 England, a young couple find their idyllic romance colliding with issues of sexual freedom and societal pressure, leading to an awkward and fateful wedding night. Starring  Saoirse Ronan, Emily Watson, Anne-Marie Duff

 Moonlight in Vermont (TV-G)

After Fiona gets dumped, she escapes to her family’s Vermont Inn for a few days to evaluate her life. When her ex Nate shows up with a new girlfriend, Fiona devises a plan to win him back: pretend head chef Derek is her new boyfriend. Starring Lacey Chabert, Carlo Marks, Jesse Moss

 The Beach House (TV-G)

The story follows Caretta “Cara” Rutledge, a woman who’s tried to move beyond a difficult past but is forced to grapple with history head-on when she returns to fix the family beach house. During one devastating storm, Cara and her mother save hundreds of sea turtles from certain death and learn some of life’s real truths in the process. Starring Minka Kelly, Andie MacDowell, Chad Michael Murray

 No Offence: Series 1 (NR)

Follows a group of police officers on the front line wondering what they did to end up where they are now, on the ugly side of Manchester. Starring Elaine Cassidy, Joanna Scanlan, Alexandra Roach, Will Mellor, Paul Ritter, Colin Salmon

 The Good Doctor: Season One (TV-14)

Shaun Murphy, a young surgeon with autism and Savant syndrome, is recruited into the surgical unit of a prestigious hospital. Starring Freddie Highmore, Nicholas Gonzalez, Antonia Thomas

 Get Shorty: Season One (TV-MA)

The adventures of mobster-turned-movie producer Hollywood. TV show based on Elmore Leonard’s novel and subsequent film. Starring Carolyn Dodd, Chris O’Dowd, Ray Romano

 Six: Season 2 (TV-MA)

Navy SEAL Team Six attempt to eliminate a Taliban leader in Afghanistan when they discover an American citizen working with the enemy. Starring Barry Sloane, Kyle Schmid, Juan Pablo Raba

 Measure of a Man (PG-13)

A bullied teen experiences a turning point summer in which he learns to stand up for himself. Starring Judy Greer, Liana Liberato, Donald Sutherland

 Top Gear America: Season One (TV-14)

The hosts Antron Brown, William Fichter, and Tom Ford go around the country, and occasionally to other countries driving cars old and new. Starring William Fichtner, Antron Brown, Tom Ford

Synopsis by IMDB.

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Death Wish (2018) Rated R

Dr. Paul Kersey has spent his life saving the lives of others, but everything changes when his family is attacked. Starring Bruce Willis, Vincent D’Onofrio, and Elisabeth Shue.

This film is a typical revenge movie. Bruce Willis plays the doctor turned vigilante to protect his family, and his performance makes the film interesting. The movie makes the cops look like wimps even though they are doing the job by the book. The film also takes on the media with whether Kersey is good or bad for his vigilante actions, which I thought was more annoying than enlightening. The film has great action scenes and is written well with minor plot holes. Its only problem is being a run-of-the-mill revenge film; there isn’t anything that makes this movie stand out. However, that doesn’t mean the film isn’t worth a watch –  it is. It’s just a film that brings the action and revenge, and it’s worth a watch.

 

 

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The Christmas Ornament (2013) Rated TV-G

A widow plans to skip the holiday festivities as they remind her of her late husband. Starring Kellie Martin, Cameron Mathison, and Jewel Staite.

This hallmark film is one of the better ones. Here we have a grieving wife who doesn’t want to celebrate the holiday season because of how much her late husband enjoyed the holiday. In walks a man who greatly enjoys the holiday and wants to help her out of her funk. Kellie Martin delivers an enjoyable performance as a woman grieving, so much so that I would love to see her in more Hallmark movies. Cameron Mathison also fits well into the Hallmark family. The chemistry between the two is lovely. Of course, it’s also a great form of advertisement for the Hallmark keepsake ornaments. This is one film worth a watch during the holiday season.

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Damascus Cover (2018) Rated R

A spy falls in love while working on an undercover mission in Syria. Based on the book by Howard Kaplan. Starring Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Olivia Thirlby, and John Hurt.

As a spy thriller, this film is poorly written. Jonathan Rhys Meyers is usually a good actor, but this part was a stretch for him. The conflict of the love affair was too confusing and didn’t come across in the performance. The film can’t decide if it’s a romance or a spy thriller, and even the plot twists can’t save the script. Sure, there are worse films, but this one could’ve been better. It’s not worth a watch.

 

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Skyscraper (2018) Rated PG-13

skyscraperA former FBI team member must rescue his family from the world’s tallest skyscraper as it is engulfed in flames. Starring Dwayne Johnson, Neve Campbell, and Chin Han.

I’ll admit I had my hesitations going into this film; the plot sounded weak and overdone. However, it didn’t take long for the movie to change my mind. Though some characters are obvious archetypes, there are a few surprises that sneak up on you. Some of the action scenes are a little far-fetched, but that’s typical for many action films. If you like suspenseful, nail-biting scenes, then you’ll find them here. This one’s worth watching.

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New This Week in Theaters, August 2, 2018

 The Darkest Minds (PG-13)
Opens on Friday, August 3
Starring: Bradley Whitford, Mandy Moore, Amandla Stenberg, Gwendoline Christie

Imprisoned by an adult world that now fears everyone under 18, a group of teens form a resistance group to fight back and reclaim control of their future.

 The Spy Who Dumped Me (R)
Opens on Friday, August 3
Starring: Justin Theroux, Blanka Györfi-Tóth, Vilma Szécsi, Mila Kunis

Audrey and Morgan are best friends who unwittingly become entangled in an international conspiracy when one of the women discovers the boyfriend who dumped her was actually a spy.

 Christopher Robin (PG)
Opens on Friday, August 3
Starring: Ewan McGregor, Hayley Atwell, Bronte Carmichael, Mark Gatiss

A working-class family man, Christopher Robin, encounters his childhood friend Winnie-the-Pooh, who helps him to rediscover the joys of life.

 Searching (PG-13)
Opens on Friday, August 3
Starring: John Cho, Debra Messing, Joseph Lee

After his 16-year-old daughter goes missing, a desperate father breaks into her laptop to look for clues to find her.

 Death of a Nation (PG-13)
Opens on Friday, August 3
Starring: Dinesh D’Souza, Karel Dobrý, James McVan, Pavel Kríz

This documentary draws parallels between Abraham Lincoln’s presidency and the presidency of Donald Trump.

 Eighth Grade (R)
Opens on Friday, August 3
Starring: Elsie Fisher, Josh Hamilton, Emily Robinson, Jake Ryan

An introverted teenage girl tries to survive the last week of her disastrous eighth grade year before leaving to start high school.

 The Miseducation of Cameron Post (NR)
Opens on Friday, August 3
Starring: Chloë Grace Moretz, Jennifer Ehle, Marin Ireland, Quinn Shephard

In 1993, a teenage girl is forced into a gay conversion therapy center by her conservative guardians.

 Never Goin’ Back (NR)
Opens on Friday, August 3
Starring: Maia Mitchell, Camila Morrone, Kyle Mooney, Aristotle Abraham II

Jessie and Angela, high school dropouts, are taking a week off to chill at the beach. Too bad their house got robbed, rent’s due, they’re about to get fired, and they’re broke.

 Singwa hamkke: Ingwa yeon (NR)
Opens on Friday, August 3
Starring: Jung-woo Ha, Kyung-soo Do, Ji-Hoon Ju, Ji-Hoon Jung

The grim reapers Gang-rim, Haewonmak and Lee Deok-choon will guide their 49th soul Kim Soo-hong to the underworld trails. God of House will recover the grim reapers memories from 1000 years ago.

 Nico, 1988 (R)
Opens on Friday, August 3
Starring: Trine Dyrholm, John Gordon Sinclair, Anamaria Marinca, Sandor Funtek

The last year of singer Nico’s life, as she tours and grapples with addiction and personal demons.

 40 Years in the Making: The Magic Music Movie (NR)
Opens on Friday, August 3

TV writer/producer Lee Aronsohn tracks down the scattered members of a beloved early 1970s band with the hope that, 40 years after they broke up, he can get them to play ONE LAST SHOW.

 La familia (NR)
Opens on Friday, August 3
Starring: Giovanni García, Reggie Reyes

Andres and his 12 year old son Pedro lives in a blue-collar violent neighborhood in the outskirts of Caracas but hardly see each other. One day Andres comes home Pedro has gotten himself in serious trouble after hurting a boy in a fight.

Synopsis by IMDB.

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Pete’s Christmas (2013) Rated PG

A teen finds himself reliving Christmas day over and over. Starring Zachary Gordon, Molly Parker, Rick Roberts, and Bailee Madison.

This movie is Groundhog’s Day, but this time, it’s a teen reliving Christmas over and over. It’s cute, but the kid really has some growing up to do throughout the film. He experiences the worst Christmas anyone could have and has to relive it. I wouldn’t wish this on my worst enemy. For Hallmark, this film is rather childish. It doesn’t have the best writing, and there is no explanation provided for the mystical element of the film. The movie is cute and different for Hallmark, but it still isn’t worth a watch.

 

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American Woman (Paramount) Rated TV-14

A single mother raises two daughters during the 1970s. Starring  Alicia Silverstone, Mena Suvari, and Jennifer Bartels.

This is a brilliant series; Alicia Silverstone is perfect as the divorcee trying to make a good life for herself and her daughters. The costumes and set designs are on-point with the show’s time period. The storyline is wonderfully written, and it has the potential for characters to grow. The show does lean strongly toward feminism, which continues to be in the forefront of today’s media. However, I think the show is well written, and Silverstone’s performance brings her character to life. It’s a comedy that doesn’t take itself too seriously. If you look at the show for what it is, it’s worth a watch.

 

 

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Cancel Christmas (2010) Rated TV-G

Santa discovers that children have become too greedy, and he must change the minds of two impossible children to save Christmas. Starring Judd Nelson, Justin Landry, and Natalie Brown.

This film has so many storylines that it has a hard time conveying the main story about greedy and selfish children learning to give. The story is OK, but it doesn’t come off well. The characters are not likable, and the story makes them more creepy than lovable. I was really surprised by Judd Nelson’s performance; I think he did the best he could with the character, but the film just wasn’t well written. This is one of Hallmark’s worst Christmas movies – it’s not worth a watch.

 

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