The Heart of Christmas (2011) Rated TV-G

The Locke family has discovered that their two-year-old has leukemia. While they try to make his last Christmas a good one, a businesswoman meets them and reevaluates her life. Based on a true story. Starring Candace Cameron Bure, Jeanne Neilson, and Christopher Shone.

This film is not the usual warm and fuzzy holiday film. It’s a film about real life and the struggles we all have. It does have a family theme and reminds us that family is the most important thing in life. It’s based on a true story, so they don’t sugar-coat the story or change it to make the film more uplifting. This is not a film for families that have lost children. It’s so emotional as the family fights for their child while another realizes that she’s losing precious time with hers. This is a film that is worth a watch.

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The Great Debate (SYFY) Rated TV-14

A half-hour talk show puts celebrities head to head debating cultural fandom. Starring Baron Vaughn, Jonah Ray, and Maude Garrett.

The first episode of this series is perfect. The celebrities, who tend to be C or D list celebrities, debate 80s fandom. Most notable was Orlando Jones, which I will say was the most entertaining to watch. That was the first episode. It was interesting and a fun watch, pitting the celebrities against each about products of the 80s, shows on TV, and characters from movies. The show is a fun watch, but I don’t know how long it can last. For now, though, I would say this is worth a watch.

 

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New This Week in Theaters, July 2, 2020

While theaters are closed, due to COVID-19, these films could be at select drive-in theaters and available for digital rental.

Unhinged (2020 film) - Wikipedia Unhinged (R)
Opens on Friday, July 3
Starring: Russell Crowe, Jimmi Simpson, Gabriel Bateman, Caren Pistorius

After a confrontation with an unstable man at an intersection, a woman becomes the target of his rage.

Synopsis by IMDB. 

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I Am Not Your Negro (2016) Rated PG-13

James Baldwin tells the story of race in modern America with his unfinished novel, Remember This House, in this documentary. Starring Samuel L. Jackson, James Baldwin, and Martin Luther King.

This documentary brings James Baldwin’s unfinished manuscript to the screen. It brings us the history of blacks in America, the uncomfortable history; however, it doesn’t flow together perfectly. The film doesn’t bring anything new to the conversation, but it does remind us where we came from. It’s a good documentary that brings the words and thoughts of Baldwin to life, but is it still relevant today? It is amazing to watch history unfold and know that there is still more to do. Overall, the film doesn’t go into much depth, but the story is still there. It’s worth a watch. 

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The Christmas Gift (1986) Rated NR

A widowed New York City architect and his daughter go on vacation in a small town where everyone still believes in Santa Claus. Starring John Denver, Jane Kaczmarek, and Edward Winter.

This is a Christmas film that brings us the joys of family, traditions, and legends. The story revolves around a small-town community and how they come together to encourage and help each other. It also showcases John Denver, both as an actor and a musician. The film is very sentimental with its story. It’s a very predictable Christmas film and has great acting, but alas, nothing really makes it stand out amongst other Christmas films. This makes the film not worth a watch.

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Jesus Trejo: Stay at Home Son (2020) Rated NR

Comedian Jesus Trejo is an only child of immigrant parents, and that shapes the way he learns lessons while seeking parental approval. Starring Jesus Trejo.

I honestly enjoyed his show. It’s cleaner than other comic bits. He has the self-deprecating comedy down with the family dynamics. Jesus’ sense of humor makes the joke about him and always brings the joke back to himself when telling it. He’s brilliant at bringing out the differences between his life and his parents’ childhood. The age gap is there, and not only that but the way of learning American culture. This special is worth a watch. 

 

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New This Week on DVD, June 30, 2020

 Masterpiece: Beecham House (TV-14)

A look at the lives of residents living in a Delhi mansion during the cusp of 19th century. Starring Tom Bateman, Lesley Nicol, Leo Suter 

 Evil: Season One (TV-14)

A skeptical female clinical psychologist joins a priest-in-training and a blue-collar contractor as they investigate supposed miracles, demonic possession, and other extraordinary occurrences to see if there’s a scientific explanation or if something truly supernatural is at work. Starring Katja Herbers, Mike Colter, Aasif Mandvi 

 Christmas in Evergreen: Tidings of Joy (TV-G)

A skeptical writer shows up in Evergreen to get the scoop on the town’s famed passion for Christmas during a search for a long-lost time capsule. Starring Maggie Lawson, Paul Greene, Rukiya Bernard 

 The Sinner: Season 3 (TV-MA)

Anthology series that examines how and why ordinary people commit brutal crimes. Starring Bill Pullman, Dohn Norwood, Adam LeFevre 

Synopsis by IMDB. 

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The Christmas Blessing (2005) Rated TV-G

A doctor returns home where a romance blooms and his past haunts him. Based on the book by Donna VanLiere. Starring Neil Patrick Harris, Rebecca Gayheart, and Angus T. Jones.

This is the sequel to The Christmas Shoes, where we follow the shoes to another person who needs to be reminded of the Christmas spirit. The linking of the two films, however, does not sync well. It’s almost like an afterthought. The story has so much going on that it loses focus, leading to plot holes or missed scenes. The acting is ok, but it’s not the best. It tries to hold to the Christmas spirit, but I feel that it gets lost in the melodrama. This film is a mess of a sequel, which is unfortunate because I would have liked it to be more of a sequel than it is. It’s not worth a watch.

 

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Las Vegas (NBC) Rated TV-14

This series follows the surveillance team and the lives of those that run the Montecito Resort and Casino in Las Vegas. Starring Josh Duhamel, James Lesure, and Vanessa Marcil.

This show is a fast-paced story about the goings-on in a Las Vegas casino. The writing is intriguing, with the many plot lines to keep us entertained. The cast is great; they work well together, and the writing works for them. The show does a great job of replicating the life of Vegas. It’s one of those shows where you don’t have to think while watching it, but it has depth enough to keep you entertained. This is one that’s worth the watch.

 

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Silver Bells (2013) Rated TV-G

A sportscaster winds up doing community service during December as a Salvation Army bell ringer. Starring Bruce Boxleitner, Kenton Duty, and Antonio Fargas.

This film is one of those over-the-top cheesy holiday films. However, it’s also a great advertisement for the Salvation Army’s bell-ringing donations. Unfortunately, the film is very low budget, and the acting isn’t always the best, with little chemistry between the actors. Overall, the film is great for the Christian storyline and tries to bring awareness to the Salvation Army’s work with helping people in times of need. I just wish the story wasn’t so cheesy and over-the-top to give us a better sense of who they are. Sadly, this film is not worth a watch.

 

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