The Age of Adaline (2015) Rated PG-13

A young woman born at the turn of the century is rendered ageless after an accident. After many years of being alone, she meets a man that complicates her life. Starring Blake Lively, Michiel Huisman, and Harrison Ford.

This film is a typical ageless movie. Adaline, who from a freak accident is rendered ageless, goes on the run, only staying in one place for a year. I was excited to see this film, but it was a let down. The concept is there and Blake Lively as Adaline was brilliant. Huisman as her love interest was just as wonderful. Then there is the twist with Ford and Ellen Burstyn, which was interesting. What lacked in the film was the execution of the story. There were plot holes and storylines that didn’t quite make sense. The narration was annoying; I don’t think it was needed. The story is predictable, but the ending was the most frustrating. It was such a let down. There was nothing about the film that made it stand out other than just watching Lively. This film is not worth a watch.

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Brothers by Blood (2020) Rated R

The violent life of the Philadelphia mob – from friendships, family, and betrayal. Starring Matthias Schoenaerts, Joel Kinnaman, and Maika Monroe.

This film provides a realistic look at the workings of the mob. The story doesn’t have much to it, and it runs slow. It’s also not the most original tale. However, the actors are brilliant. The film has a lot going for it – it just missed the mark. There is nothing about the film that strikes any emotion in the story or the characters. Most mob films have action, but this film has little action, which makes it more realistic – but without the action, you question why you should care about these characters. This film is not worth a watch. 

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New This Week on DVD, February 23, 2021

The Croods: A New Age - CINEMABLEND The Croods: A New Age (PG)

The prehistoric family the Croods are challenged by a rival family the Bettermans, who claim to be better and more evolved. Starring Nicolas Cage, Emma Stone, Ryan Reynolds 

The Last Vermeer - Wikipedia The Last Vermeer (R)

An artist is suspected of selling a valuable painting to the Nazis, but there is more to the story than meets the eye. Starring Guy Pearce, Claes Bang, Vicky Krieps 

BETTY WHITE'S PET SET The Complete Series Will Be ... Betty White’s Pet Set (NR)

Betty White hosted this syndicated series in which celebrities would drop by with their pets. Also the show had discussions concerning pet care, ecology and wildlife preservation. Starring Betty White, Allen Ludden, Ralph Helfer 

Watch Bang - Series 2 | Prime Video Bang: Series 2 (NR)

A widow dealing with her husband’s recent death and everything that comes with it, tries to rekindle her thirst for life and becomes a eulogist. Starring Catrin Stewart, Jack Parry-Jones, Suzanne Packer 

PRE-ORDER Lucy Worsley's Royal Myths and Secrets Volume 1 ... Lucy Worsley’s Royal Myths & Secrets Volume 1 (NR)

Join Lucy Worsley on a journey across Europe to visit the incredible locations where royal history was made. From the Spanish Armada to the French Revolution, learn how royal history is a mixture of facts, exaggeration, manipulation and mythology. Starring Lucy Worsley

Sifting the Evidence - Faithlife TV Sifting the Evidence (NR)

What does archaeology tell us about the historical accuracy of the Bible? Join host Dr. Chris Sinkinson as he visits the great sites of the Holy Land, including the site of the original “City of David”; the Temple Mount; Capernaum, where you can see the remnants of the Apostle Peter’s house; and the church of the Holy Sepulchre, the site of Jesus’ crucifixion and resurrection. This beautifully photographed two-part documentary series takes you inside these fascinating sites and allows you to see them as never before. Insightful commentary from the host and a team of experts will connect these sites with the stories and characters of the Old and New Testaments, explaining why we can rely on the historical accuracy of the Scriptures. Starring Dr. Chris Sinkinson

Fanny Crosby: The Musical Fanny Crosby: The Musical (NR)

This dramatic music video highlights Fanny Crosby’s most popular songs, including “Blessed Assurance,” “Pass Me Not,” “Praise Him! Praise Him!,” “Safe in the Arms of Jesus,” “Rescue the Perishing,” “He Hideth My Soul,” “Near the Cross,” and “Tell Me the Story of Jesus.” Beautifully scored with a full chorus by Janet Maish Thomas, the arranger portrays the “blind poetess of song,” who penned over 8,000 of America’s most beloved hymns. D. Paul Thomas, playwright and actor, serves as our narrator, taking us on a compelling journey of tragedy and triumph, revealing a fully-human Fanny Crosby who overcomes the obstacles of her life by the power of God’s grace. This handsomely remastered video (by Comprehensive Media) was filmed in Los Angeles in 1985, after the live show toured (as Blessed Assurance) around the nation to packed-out houses. The story and songs are timeless, and Fanny Crosby: The Musical will bring these great hymns of faith to life in your heart again. Starring D. Paul Thomas

Tech Gods On Trial DVD-R (2021) - Wownow Entertainment ... Tech Gods On Trial (NR)

On November 17, 2020 America stood still as it watched CEO and co-founder of social media giant Facebook Mark Zuckerberg and co-founder and CEO of Twitter Jack Dorsey testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee regarding the regulation of social media content and the 2020 presidential election. Starring Mark Zuckerberg, Jack Dorsey

Synopsis by IMDB. 

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Steel Magnolias (1989) Rated PG

A young beautician moves to a small town, and her salon becomes a place where the women form friendships. Based on a play by Robert Harling. Starring Sally Field, Dolly Parton, and Shirley MacLaine.

This film is a brilliant take on women whose lives are as precious as magnolia’s and as hard as steel. The film is not only based on the play but also the playwright’s life. The film brings to light the southern life of women but also the life of women in general. The brilliant cast of women is what brings this story to life. This film doesn’t just bring the laughter, it also brings the tears of life. This film is worth a watch.

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Call Your Mother (ABC) Rated TV-PG

An empty-nester mom struggles to keep up with her kids living thousands of miles away. Starring Kyra Sedgwick, Joey Bragg, and Rachel Sennott.

This show, overall, is not bad. The writing was good, and, at times, it was funny. I can also see a lot of growth for the show. They can go down lots of different paths. The acting was ok. Sedgwick was on her game, and the chemistry is there between the actors. However, the show’s premise is a little preposterous and out there. I want to know what mother would fly thousands of miles and rent a room, not a hotel, to visit her kids. That’s a little unheard of. Of course, that opens up to her just living there – but still. This show can work, and, in time, I think it will grow, making it worth a watch. 

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Spotlight (2015) Rated R

The true story of the Boston Globe’s uncovering the child molestations and cover-ups within the Catholic Archdiocese. Starring Mark Ruffalo, Michael Keaton, and Rachel McAdams.

This film is brilliant. It showcases real journalism, which is something we no longer have. These journalists investigate abuse in the Catholic church. They discover that it isn’t just a case here or there, but it’s deep and the church covers it up. The film isn’t one that’s great beyond what it is intended to be. It’s a simple take on what the newspaper did to discover the truth. The acting is good. This film highlights journalism at its best and is worth the watch.

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Bridge and Tunnel (Epix) Rated TV-MA

A group of college grads are setting out to pursue their dreams in Manhattan but have a hard time leaving the comforts of home in Long Island. Starring Caitlin Stasey, Sam Vartholomeos, and Gigi Zumbado.

Well, this was a disappointing show. I’m not really surprised as the show revolves around a group of hypersexual twenty-somethings. There’s nothing much going for the show. It’s a stale show with good writing, but the characters are not genuine. Then you have costumes and props that are not authentic. It doesn’t feel like a trip back to 1980. This show is not worth a watch. 

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New This Week in Theaters, February 18, 2021

Nomadland (2020) - Nomadland (R)
Opens on Friday, February 19
Starring: Frances McDormand, David Strathairn, Linda May, Gay DeForest

After losing everything in the Great Recession, a woman embarks on a journey through the American West, living as a van-dwelling modern-day nomad.

The Mauritanian Movie Poster - IMP Awards The Mauritanian (R)
Opens on Friday, February 19
Starring: Tahar Rahim, Nezar Alderazi, Clayton Boyd, Francis Chouler

Mohamedou Ould Salahi fights for freedom after being detained and imprisoned without charge by the U.S. Government for years.

Blithe Spirit (2020 film) - Wikipedia Blithe Spirit (PG-13)
Opens on Friday, February 19
Starring: Dan Stevens, Isla Fisher, Aimee-Ffion Edwards, Michele Dotrice

A spiritualist medium holds a seance for a writer suffering from writer’s block but accidentally summons the spirit of his deceased first wife, which leads to an increasingly complex love triangle with his current wife of five years.

Silk Road - vpro cinema - VPRO Silk Road (R)
Opens on Friday, February 19
Starring: Nick Robinson, Jennifer Yun, Jimmi Simpson, Jason Clarke

Philosophical twenty-something Ross Ulbricht creates Silk Road, a dark net website that sells narcotics, while DEA agent Rick Bowden goes undercover to bring him down.

Body Brokers (2021) Movie Reviews - Fan Reviews and ... Body Brokers (R)
Opens on Friday, February 19
Starring: Frank Grillo, Jessica Rothe, Michael Kenneth Williams, Melissa Leo

Brought to Los Angeles for treatment, a recovering junkie soon learns that the rehab center is not about helping people, but a cover for a multi-billion-dollar fraud operation that enlists addicts to recruit other addicts.

Synopsis by IMDB. 

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Signed, Sealed, Delivered: From the Heart (2016) Rated NR

The postables find a 200-year-old valentine that could change history, while each one deals with a heartbreak outside of work. Starring Eric Mabius, Kristin Booth, and Yan-Kay Crystal Lowe.

As with most of the Signed, Sealed, Delivered installments, this film covers four different stories woven together. We have the 200-year-old valentine that may or may not be about Abraham Lincoln; then we have the more current letter that is 15-years-old, and we have two couples in the postables having their stories told. The combination of the stories can sometimes be murky as they mix with the postable stories. This film does a good job of mixing the four stories together, and the acting is better than it has been in previous films. This film is worth a watch.

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Room (2015) Rated R

A woman and her son are held captive in a room for 7 years and when they are released, the son gets to experience the outside world for the first time. Starring Brie Larson, Jacob Tremblay, and Sean Bridgers.

This film is phenomenal. It’s real and gritty and honest. It shows the complexity of what it is like being held captive and the reality of the release. At time, it seems that the story is slow moving, but that shows the reality of time in captivity. Of course, this just shows one perspective of what it is like being held captive and then released. I really enjoyed the release part of the story due to the fact that it isn’t shown on films often. Even though the story is slow and isn’t as rounded as others, the performances by Larson and Tremblay is brilliant. This film is worth a watch.

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