New This Week on DVD, June 20, 2017

 Altitude (R)

A female FBI agent is offered millions to help a thief escape from a hijacked airplane. Starring Denise Richards, Dolph Lundgren, Jonathan Lipnicki

 Life (R)

A team of scientists aboard the International Space Station discover a rapidly evolving life form, that caused extinction on Mars, and now threatens the crew and all life on Earth. Starring Hiroyuki Sanada, Ryan Reynolds, Rebecca Ferguson, Jake Gyllenhaal

 

 This Beautiful Fantastic (PG)

A young woman who dreams of being a children’s author makes an unlikely friendship with a cantankerous, rich old widower. Starring Jessica Brown Findlay, Andrew Scott, Jeremy Irvine,  Tom Wilkinson

 Wilson (R)

A lonely, neurotic and hilariously honest middle-aged man reunites with his estranged wife and meets his teenage daughter for the first time. Starring Woody Harrelson, Sandy Oian-Thomas, Shaun Brown, Judy Greer

 Incorporated: Season One (NR)

A man attempts to thwart a giant corporation that seems to have unlimited power. Starring Sean Teale, Allison Miller, Eddie Ramos, Julia Ormond

Synopsis by IMDB.

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The Shack (2017) Rated PG-13

A grieving man meets God at The Shack. Based on the novel by William P. Young. Starring Sam Worthington, Octavia Spencer, Tim McGraw, Radha Mitchell.

I went into this film with an open mind. I know a lot of Christian reviewers have labeled both this film and the book it is based on as heresy. I wouldn’t say that, but I would say this author does have a warped view of who God is and what He stands for. There is an unbalanced perspective of God’s love and judgment. It does an excellent job of depicting God’s love and forgiveness, which He extends to everyone, but the gospel itself is not explained well, especially in regards to the resurrection. I find this film problematic for those seeking Truth, but simply as a film, it is quite good. Due to its overall content and handling of the Message, I cannot recommend it, though; it is a pass.

 

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Safety Not Guaranteed (2012) Rated R

A reporter investigates an ad placed in the paper for a companion to time travel. Starring Aubrey Plaza, Lauren Carlos, Basil Harris, Jake Johnson.

This film was not what I expected at all. It is very well written with well-rounded characters. It is both comedic and dramatic, not just going for laughs but really delving into each character’s journey to find the answers they seek. It feels like the movie isn’t really going anywhere, but a twist at the end reveals that there was a destination all along. This film is worth a watch.

 

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The Tattooed Police Horse (1964) Rated TV-PG

A horse trained to be a trotter is outcast among the trotting community but finds a second home on the Boston police force. Starring Keith Andes, Stan Bergstein, William Hilliard, Sandy Sanders.

This Disney short pulls on the heartstrings as we watch a horse who is loved by both his owners and trainers face rejection by the racing community. Both the horse and the owner fall from favor, and we share the emotional struggle of watching the horse find his destiny. A great depiction of the life of a trotter horse and a heartwarming story, this movie is worth a watch.

 

 

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Ready For Love (NBC) Rated TV-14

A reality competition involving three male contestants who select a partner from online applicants through Facebook. Starring Allie Wagner, Angela Zatopek, Mandy Wagner, Giuliana Rancic, Bill Rancic, Ben Patton, Tim Lopez, Ernesto Argüello.

This show had too many elements contributing to the matchmaking process. We begin with three men selected by the producers.  Then, random women apply online to participate in the process. The matchmakers (hosts) pick 12 women for each man (that’s 36 women!), and then the men have to decide which woman they will choose. There are too many steps and too many people involved, including the matchmakers, who keep putting their two cents in every round. This could have been streamlined better.  As it is, it is a pass.

 

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New This Week in Theaters, June 15, 2017

 47 Meters Down (PG-13)
Opens on Friday, June 16
Starring: Mandy Moore, Matthew Modine, Claire Holt

Two sisters vacationing in Mexico are trapped in a shark cage at the bottom of the ocean. With less than an hour of oxygen left and great white sharks circling nearby, they must fight to survive.

 Rough Night (R)
Opens on Friday, June 16
Starring: Scarlett Johansson, Zoe Kravitz, Kate McKinnon

Things go terribly wrong for a group of girlfriend’s who hire a male stripper for a bachelorette party in Miami.

 Cars 3 (G)
Opens on Friday, June 16
Starring: Owen Wilson, Armie Hammer, Nathan Fillion

Lightning McQueen sets out to prove to a new generation of racers that he’s still the best race car in the world.

 The Book of Henry (PG-13)
Opens on Saturday, June 17
Starring: Naomi Watts, Lee Pace, Jacob Tremblay

A single mother discovers a scheme in her son’s book to rescue a young girl from the hands of her abusive stepfather and sets out to execute the plan at any cost.

 All Eyez on Me (R)
Opens on Friday, June 16
Starring: Demetrius Shipp Jr., Danai Gurira, Kat Graham

Tells the true and untold story of prolific rapper, actor, poet and activist Tupac Shakur.

 Maudie (PG-13)
Opens on Friday, June 16
Starring: Sally Hawkins, Ethan Hawke, Kari Matchett, Zachary Bennett

An arthritic Nova Scotia woman works as a housekeeper while she hones her skills as an artist and eventually becomes a beloved figure in the community.

 I, Daniel Blake (PG-13)
Opens on Friday, June 16
Starring: Dave Johns, Hayley Squires, Sharon Percy, Briana Shann

After having suffered a heart-attack, a 59-year-old carpenter must fight the bureaucratic forces of the system in order to receive Employment and Support Allowance.

 The Journey (PG-13)
Opens on Friday, June 16
Starring: Timothy Spall, Colm Meaney, John Hurt, Freddie Highmore

A fictional account of the extraordinary story of two implacable enemies in Northern Ireland – firebrand Democratic Unionist Party leader Ian Paisley and Sinn Fein politician Martin McGuinness – who are forced to take a short journey together in which they will take the biggest leap of faith and change the course of history.

Synopsis by IMDB.

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Second Wives Club (E!) Rated NR

A reality show that follows the lives of Hollywood’s second wives. Starring Shawna Craig, Tania Mehra, Veronika Obeng, Morisa Surrey, Shiva Safai, Katie Cazorla.

As with many reality shows, the producers threw a group of women together, served them alcohol, and waited to see who would become friends and enemies. In the first episode, all the women talk about their husbands and  whether some of them will marry again. There is also one who obviously didn’t get on with all the other ladies and only invited a few to her wedding. What made my day was watching one of the women who wasn’t invited say it didn’t matter; she knew they weren’t close and her feelings were not hurt.

I am really not a fan of reality shows, because I feel like the scenarios are so contrived and manipulated there is nothing very real about them. This show definitely fits in that category, making it a pass..

 

 

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Zero Dark Thirty (2012) Rated R

A chronicle of the hunt of Osama bin Laden after September 11th through his death by the Navy S.E.A.L.’s Team 6. Starring Jason Clarke, Reda Kateb, Jessica Chastain, Kyle Chandler, Jennifer Ehle, Harold Perrineau.

A truthful, riveting account of the hunt for Osama bin Laden. Portraying the harshness and turmoil of war with accuracy, I found myself experiencing the emotions Maya faced as she tried to perform the job set before her: that of capturing America’s greatest enemy. I think there is even more that they could not share, that most Americans would not be able to fathom- or accept- but that which was included in this film was powerful. Be prepared to go on a roller coaster ride with this one; it is worth a watch.

 

 

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Still Star-Crossed (ABC) Rated TV-14

After the death of Romeo and Juliet, the Montagues and the Capulets try to overcome the loss of the teenagers. Starring Torrance Coombs, Ebonee Noel, Medalion Rahimi, Julio Perillán.

Historically inaccurate, with costumes that don’t represent the time period, this show has some glaring flaws, but it also has potential. With a diverse cast, which I loved, and a great concept for a story line, they just need to work out the kinks and make the distinction between the Montagues and Capulets more defined. I found myself confused trying to identify who was who, which was frustrating.  I am curious to see where this show leads, but I am going to give it some time to straighten things out before I watch it again. Potentially worth a watch, for now it is a pass.

 

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New This Week on DVD, June 13, 2017

 Bitter Harvest (R)

Set in 1930s Ukraine, as Stalin advances the ambitions of communists in the Kremlin, young artist Yuri battles to save his lover Natalka from the Holodomor, the death-by-starvation program that ultimately killed millions of Ukrainians. Starring Max Irons, Aneurin Barnard, Barry Pepper

 Chapter & Verse (R)

Upon his return from serving a ten-year sentence in prison, reformed gang leader, S. Lance Ingram, struggles to adapt to a changed Harlem. Unable to use the technological skills he acquired in jail, Lance is forced to accept a position delivering meals for a local food bank. It is here that he befriends Ms. Maddy, 75, a past beauty with a irreverent and hardened shell to whom he delivers dinners. Through her, Lance finds hope, relearning the joys of life and living despite the outwardly bedeviled society in which they find themselves.  Starring Daniel Beaty, Loretta Devine, Omari Hardwick

  El Americano: The Movie (G)

A Mexican parrot named Cuco sets off on an adventure to defend his family. Starring Lisa Kudrow, Edward James Olmos, Gabriel Iglesias, Rico Rodriguez, Cheech Marin, Erik Estrada

 Growing Up Smith (PG-13)

In 1979, an Indian family moves to America with hopes of living the American Dream. While their 10-year-old boy Smith falls head-over-heels for the girl next door, his desire to become a “good old boy” propels him further away from his family’s ideals than ever before. Starring Jason Lee, Anjul Nigam, Brighton Sharbino

 John Wick: Chapter Two (R)

After returning to the criminal underworld to repay a debt, John Wick discovers that a large bounty has been put on his life. Starring Keanu Reeves, Riccardo Scamarcio, Ian McShane, Ruby Rose, Common, Laurence Fishburne, John Leguizamo, Bridget Moynahan

 The LEGO Batman Movie (PG)

A cooler-than-ever Bruce Wayne must deal with the usual suspects as they plan to rule Gotham City, while discovering that he has accidentally adopted a teenage orphan who wishes to become his sidekick. Starring Will Arnett, Michael Cera, Ralph Fiennes, Rosario Dawson, Zach Galifianakis, Conan O’Brien

 Table 19 (PG-13)

Eloise, having been relieved of maid of honor duties after being unceremoniously dumped by the best man via text, decides to attend the wedding anyway, only to find herself seated with five fellow unwanted guests at the dreaded Table 19. Starring Anna Kendrick, Rya Meyers, Charles Green, Lisa Kudrow, Craig Robinson, Margo Martindale, June Squibb, Stephen Merchant

 Bones: The Complete Twelfth Season (TV-14)

Forensic anthropologist, Dr. Temperance “Bones” Brennan, and cocky FBI special agent Seeley Booth build a team to investigate murders – and quite often, there isn’t more to examine than rotten flesh or mere bones. Starring Emily Deschanel, Michaela Conlin, David Boreanaz, T.J. Thyne

 Dark Matter: Season 2 (TV-14)

Six people wake up on a deserted spaceship. They can’t remember who they are or what they’re doing there. They set off to find answers. Starring Melissa O’Neil, Anthony Lemke, Alex Mallari Jr., Jodelle Ferland, Roger Cross, Zoie Palmer

 Grimm: Season Six (TV-14)

A homicide detective discovers he is a descendant of hunters who fight supernatural forces. Starring David Giuntoli, Russell Hornsby, Silas Weir Mitchell, Sasha Roiz

 Shooter: Season One (NR)

A conspiracy thriller that follows the journey of Bob Lee Swagger, a highly-decorated veteran who is coaxed back into action to prevent a plot to kill the President. Starring Lexy Kolker, Ryan Phillippe, Shantel VanSanten, Cynthia Addai-Robinson

Synopsis by IMDB.

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