The Deadly Companions (1961) Rated NR

An ex-army officer accidentally kills a woman’s son, so he tries to make up for it by escorting the funeral through Indian Territory. Based on the novel by A. S. Fleischman. Starring Maureen O’Hara, Brian Keith, and Steve Cochran.

This film is one that seems to get lost in American cinema. It was produced by O’Hara and her brother, Charles B. Fitzsimons. It was also directed by Sam Peckinpah, who struggled to work with O’Hara. The film has some disjointed scenes and continuity issues, but it does have great camera angles and action scenes. It was also wonderful to see O’Hara and Keith reunite in this film after The Parent Trap. I rather enjoyed this mess of a film and think it’s worth a watch.

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Surviving R. Kelly Part II: The Reckoning (Lifetime) Rated TV-14

The second season of Surviving R. Kelly features new interviews with survivors, psychologists, and experts on the Kelly case. Starring Jim DeRogatis, Gerald Griggs, and Candice Norcott.

This show continues to bring light to the allegations against Kelly. We have new survivors telling their sides of the story. Plus, we have Kelly’s family and friends giving us the background of his life. There are interviews with psychologists that give much insight into Kelly’s mental state. This installment isn’t as much of a shocker as the first season was. This season also covers the fallout after the first season was televised. It’s a great addendum to the first season, and it’s worth a watch.

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Kung Fu Panda Holiday (2010) Rated TV-Y7

Po needs to host the annual holiday feast, but he struggles to meet everyone’s expectations. Starring Jack Black, Dustin Hoffman, and Angelina Jolie.

There are a couple of things about this special that I did not like. One, it doesn’t have any focus on the reason of the season. It did try to redeem itself in the end with everyone coming together, but up until that point, everyone was like, “you can’t do both – you have to choose.” But in the end, he does both. This film is traditional in the story of Kung Fu Panda but missed representing the holiday season. This film is not worth a watch.

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Movieguide Award Nominees 2020

EPIPHANY PRIZE FOR INSPIRING MOVIES

A BEAUTIFUL DAY IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD
BREAKTHROUGH 
HARRIET
A HIDDEN LIFE
OVERCOMER

BEST MOVIES FOR FAMILIES

APOLLO 11
BREAKTHROUGH 
DUMBO 
HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON: THE HIDDEN WORLD
THE LEAST OF THESE: THE GRAHAM STAINES STORY
THE LEGO MOVIE 2: THE SECOND PART
THE LION KING 
OVERCOMER
THE PILGRIM’S PROGRESS
TOY STORY 4

BEST MOVIE FOR MATURE AUDIENCES

1917
AD ASTRA
AVENGERS ENDGAME
A BEAUTIFUL DAY IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD
FORD V FERRARI
HARRIET
A HIDDEN LIFE
LITTLE WOMEN 
SPIDER-MAN: FAR FROM HOME
UNPLANNED

EPIPHANY PRIZE FOR INSPIRING TELEVISION PROGRAM

THE CHOSEN: EPISODE 8: I Am He
A CHRISTMAS LOVE STORY
CHRISTMAS TOWN
CHRISTMAS WISHES & MISTLETOE KISSES
THE CROWN: Moondust
DOLLY PARTON’S HEARTSTRINGS: “These Old Bones”
JESUS: HIS LIFE: Joseph: The Nativity
LAST MAN STANDING: THE PASSION OF PAUL
WHEN CALLS THE HEART: Home for Christmas

FAITH & FREEDOM AWARD FOR MOVIES

1917
HARRIET
A HIDDEN LIFE
THE LEAST OF THESE: THE GRAHAM STAINES STORY
UNPLANNED

FAITH & FREEDOM AWARD FOR TELEVISION

COUNTRY MUSIC: Episode 8: Don’t Get Above Your Raisin
THE CROWN: Moondust
DOLLY PARTON’S HEARTSTRINGS: “These Old Bones”
HEARTLAND: Dare to Dream
TOGO
WHEN CALLS THE HEART: Home for Christmas

THE GENESIS AWARD FOR BEST MOVIE OR TELEVISION

HEARTLAND: Dare to Dream
LADY AND THE TRAMP 
A PUPPY CHRISTMAS
TOGO

GRACE PRIZE MOVIES

Tom Hanks for A BEAUTIFUL DAY IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD
Chrissy Metz for BREAKTHROUGH 
Cynthia Erivo for HARRIET
Aryn Wright-Thompson for OVERCOMER
Alex Kendrick for OVERCOMER
Cameron Arnett for OVERCOMER
Ashley Bratcher for UNPLANNED

GRACE PRIZE TELEVISION

Jill Wagner for CHRISTMAS WISHES & MISTLETOE KISSES
Kathleen Turner for DOLLY PARTON’S HEARTSTRINGS: “These Old Bones”
Candace Cameron Bure for CHRISTMAS TOWN
Tobias Menzies for THE CROWN: Moondust
Jonathan Roumie for THE CHOSEN: EPISODE 8: I Am He

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New This Week in Theaters, January 9, 2020

Image result for Like a Boss Like a Boss (R)
Opens on Friday, January 10
Starring: Rose Byrne, Salma Hayek, Tiffany Haddish, Jennifer Coolidge

Two friends with very different ideals start a beauty company together. One is more practical while the other wants to earn her fortune and live a lavish lifestyle.

Image result for Underwater Underwater (PG-13)
Opens on Friday, January 10
Starring: Kristen Stewart, T.J. Miller, Jessica Henwick, Vincent Cassel

A crew of aquatic researchers work to get to safety after an earthquake devastates their subterranean laboratory. But the crew has more than the ocean seabed to fear.

Image result for 1917 1917 (R)
Opens on Friday, January 10
Starring: Dean-Charles Chapman, George MacKay, Daniel Mays, Colin Firth

Two young British soldiers during the First World War are given an impossible mission: deliver a message deep in enemy territory that will stop 1,600 men, and one of the soldier’s brothers, from walking straight into a deadly trap.

Image result for Just Mercy Just Mercy (PG-13)
Opens on Friday, January 10
Starring: Brie Larson, Michael B. Jordan, Jamie Foxx, Rafe Spall

World-renowned civil rights defense attorney Bryan Stevenson works to free a wrongly condemned death row prisoner.

Image result for The Informer The Informer (NR)
Opens on Friday, January 10
Starring: Ana de Armas, Rosamund Pike, Joel Kinnaman, Clive Owen

An ex-convict working undercover intentionally gets himself incarcerated again in order to infiltrate the mob at a maximum security prison.

Synopsis by IMDB.

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Boiler Room (2000) Rated R

A college dropout gets a job that might not be as legitimate as it seems. Starring Giovanni Ribisi, Vin Diesel, and Nia Long.

Boiler Room is a story of an underground stockbroker firm that engages in immoral and unethical business practices. The film leaves many questions unanswered, and from the get go, you know that the firm is not legit. You would think that Ribisi’s dropout character would recognize it from the start. Then you have music that doesn’t mesh with the story – it disrupts the flow. The only good thing about this film is Ribisi’s acting. He proves yet again that he’s got the chops. I wish it had been a better film, but it’s not worth the watch.

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The Little Drummer Boy Book II (1976) Rated TV-G

The drummer boy tries to protect the bellmaker’s silver bells from the Roman soldiers. Starring Greer Garson, Zero Mostel, and David Jay.

I was a little disappointed in this film. Unlike The Little Drummer Boy, which focuses on the birth of Christ, this film focuses mostly on getting the bells to announce the birth. The film tries to have as good of a message as it can with consumerism, but it isn’t very strong. However, the stop motion animation is just as good as all the other Rankin/Bass productions. The film is based off of two songs, Do You Hear What I Hear and The Little Drummer Boy. Like I said, the film is not exactly what I expected, making it not worth a watch.

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BAFTA Film Awards Nominees 2020

Best Film

1917
Joker
Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood
Parasite
The Irishman

Outstanding British Film of the Year

1917
Bait
For Sama
Rocketman
Sorry We Missed You
The Two Popes

Best Leading Actor

Adam Driver for Marriage Story
Joaquin Phoenix for Joker
Jonathan Pryce for The Two Popes
Leonardo DiCaprio for Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood
Taron Egerton for Rocketman

Best Leading Actress

Charlize Theron for Bombshell
Jessie Buckley for Wild Rose
Renée Zellweger for Judy
Scarlett Johansson for Marriage Story

Best Supporting Actor

Al Pacino for The Irishman
Anthony Hopkins for The Two Popes
Brad Pitt for Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood
Joe Pesci for The Irishman
Tom Hanks for A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood

Best Supporting Actress

Florence Pugh for Little Women
Laura Dern for Marriage Story
Margot Robbie for Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood
Margot Robbie for Bombshell
Scarlett Johansson for Jojo Rabbit

Best Screenplay (Original)

Booksmart
Knives Out
Marriage Story
Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood
Parasite

Best Screenplay (Adapted)

Jojo Rabbit
Joker
Little Women
The Irishman
The Two Popes

Best Cinematography

1917
Ford v Ferrari
Joker
The Irishman
The Lighthouse

Best Editing

Ford v Ferrari
Jojo Rabbit
Joker
Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood
The Irishman

Best Production Design

1917
Jojo Rabbit
Joker
Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood
The Irishman

Best Costume Design

Jojo Rabbit
Judy
Little Women
Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood
The Irishman

Original Music

1917
Jojo Rabbit
Joker
Little Women
Star Wars: Episode IX – The Rise of Skywalker

Best Make Up/Hair

1917
Bombshell
Joker
Judy
Rocketman

Best Sound

1917
Ford v Ferrari
Joker
Rocketman
Star Wars: Episode IX – The Rise of Skywalker

Best Achievement in Special Visual Effects

1917
Avengers: Endgame
Star Wars: Episode IX – The Rise of Skywalker
The Irishman
The Lion King

Best Film Not in the English Language

For Sama
Pain and Glory
Parasite
Portrait of a Lady on Fire
The Farewell

Best Animated Featured Film

A Shaun the Sheep Movie: Farmageddon
Frozen II
Klaus
Toy Story 4

Best Documentary

American Factory
Apollo 11
Diego Maradona
For Sama
The Great Hack

Outstanding Debut by a British Writer, Director, or Producer

Alex Holmes for Maiden
Alvaro Delgado Aparicio for Retablo
Harry Wootliff for Only You
Mark Jenkin, Linn Waite, and Kate Byers for Bait
Waad Al-Kateab and  Edward Watts for For Sama

Best British Short Animation

Grandad was a romantic.
In Her Boots
The Magic Boat

Best British Short Film

Azaar
Goldfish
Kamali
Learning to Skateboard in a Warzone (If You’re a Girl)
The Trap

Best Casting

Joker
Marriage Story
Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood
The Personal History of David Copperfield
The Two Popes

Best Director

1917
Joker
Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood
Parasite
The Irishman

EE Rising Star Award

Awkwafina
Jack Lowden
Kaitlyn Dever
Kelvin Harrison Jr.
Micheal Ward

 

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Tulsa (1949) Rated NR

When a rancher dies during a feud with an oil company, his daughter decides to take over the business. Starring Susan Hayward, Robert Preston, and Pedro Armendariz.

This film takes on the oil industry. We have big oil companies who are polluting the land. We also have a daughter who wants to take on the oil company due to her father’s death, and she wants to learn to dig in an environmentally safe way. The film has great special effects and technicolor, and Hayward’s acting is superb. The film isn’t the best – it doesn’t have depth to the story. It’s slow moving and it has a pat dry ending. This film is not worth a watch.

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New This Week on DVD, January 7, 2020

 Joker (R)

Joker centers around an origin of the iconic arch nemesis and is an original, standalone story not seen before on the big screen. Todd Phillips’ exploration of Arthur Fleck, a man disregarded by society is not only a gritty character study, but also a broader cautionary tale. Starring Joaquin Phoenix, Robert De Niro, Zazie Beetz

 The Lighthouse (R)

Two lighthouse keepers try to maintain their sanity while living on a remote and mysterious New England island in the 1890s. Starring Robert Pattinson, Willem Dafoe, Valeriia Karaman

 American Masters: Rothko – Pictures Must Be Miraculous (NR)

Mark Rothko, a master of abstract expressionism, created 835 paintings during his five-decade career. Starring Alfred Molina

 Love, Alaska (NR)

It may not be the happiest of circumstances but two childhood friends, Maggie and Finn, have come home and are reunited in Love, Alaska. While starting their lives again and dealing with their pasts, will these two get a second chance at love? Starring Sarah Podemski, Victor Zinck Jr., Lanette Ware

Big Little Lies: Season Two (TV-MA)

The apparently perfect lives of upper-class mothers, at a prestigious elementary school, unravel to the point of murder when a single-mother moves to their quaint Californian beach town. Starring Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman, Shailene Woodley

 Love & Sunshine (TV-G)

A woman has been fostering a dog as she recovers from a broken heart. As the owner returns to claim the dog will sparks fly or will it just lead to another broken heart? Starring Danica McKellar, Mark Deklin, Christine Chatelain

 Vera: Set 9 (NR)

With her caustic wit and singular charm, DCI Vera Stanhope and her team face a series of captivating murder mysteries set against the breathtaking Northumberland landscape. Starring Brenda Blethyn, Jon Morrison, Riley Jones

 The Cry: Series 1 (NR)

A four-part psychological drama set in Scotland and Australia, which chronicles the collapse of a marriage in the aftermath of a tragedy, and explores the myths and truths of motherhood. The abduction of a baby from a small coastal town in Australia is the catalyst for a journey into the disintegrating psychology of a young woman, Joanna, as she and her husband, Alistair, deal with an unthinkable tragedy under both the white light of public scrutiny and in their private lives. Starring Jenna Coleman, Ewen Leslie, Asher Keddie

 Nova: Why Bridges Collapse (NR)

In 2018, Italy’s Morandi Bridge collapsed, tragically killing 43 people. For 50 years, the iconic bridge had withstood the elements-and stress from ever-increasing traffic. What went wrong that fateful day? And how can new engineering technology protect bridge infrastructure to prevent such tragic failures in the future? Through eyewitness testimony, expert interviews, and dramatic archival footage, NOVA investigates the Morandi disaster and other deadly bridge collapses. Starring Eric Myers, Gianluca Ardini, Davide Capello, Richard Connors, Francesco Cozzi, Jack Fowler, Sharan Gill, Peggy Huber, Tullia Iori, Kelly Kahle, Camillo Nuti, Alison Premo Black, Sondra Reierson, Jon Watson

 Frontline: Fire in Paradise (NR)

Survivors and first responders provide insight into the 2018 Camp Fire in California , the most destructive wildfire in the state’s history. Starring Will Lyman, Priyanka Boghani, Sarah Childress

 Time for Me to Come Home for Christmas (TV-G)

Cara faces a bittersweet Christmas since her mother’s passing. Flying to Oklahoma, she meets country singer Heath, facing a tough holiday too since his father’s death. He doesn’t acknowledge his fame, so Cara feels duped when two attractive women rush him. As weather keeps thwarting their way, Cara and Heath share their losses, and as they head toward their separate Christmases, they grow close. But when Cara sees a tabloid linking Heath with a model, and he unwittingly offends her dad by offering financial help, it looks like it might take a Christmas miracle for this couple to find harmony. Starring Megan Park, Josh Henderson, Lindsay Maxwell

 A Shoe Addict’s Christmas (TV-G)

Noelle, a holiday hater who toils in a department store in which she is accidentally locked on Christmas Eve. There, she meets a woman who identifies herself as Noelle’s guardian angel and introduces her to several “ghosts” of Christmases past, present, and future. Starring Candace Cameron Bure, Luke Macfarlane, Jean Smart

 Pride, Prejudice, and Mistletoe (TV-PG)

Darcy is a career woman who hasn’t found love, but her life turns upside down when she returns home to help her mother plan a charity event. Starring Lacey Chabert, Brendan Penny, Sherry Miller

Synopsis by IMDB.

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