New This Week on DVD, December 5, 2017

 Despicable Me 3 (PG)

Gru meets his long-lost charming, cheerful, and more successful twin brother Dru who wants to team up with him for one last criminal heist. Starring Steve Carell,
Kristen Wiig, Trey Parker

 American Assassin (R)

After the death of his girlfriend at the hands of terrorists, Mitch Rapp is drawn into the world of counterterrorism, mentored by tough-as-nails former U.S. Navy S.E.A.L. Stan Hurley. Starring Dylan O’Brien, Charlotte Vega, Christopher Bomford

 Better Watch Out (R)

On a quiet suburban street, a babysitter must defend a twelve-year-old boy from intruders, only to discover it’s far from a normal home invasion. StarringOlivia DeJonge, Levi Miller, Ed Oxenbould, Patrick Warburton, Virginia Madsen

 Valley of Bones (R)

A disgraced paleontologist struggling to raise her son is tipped off to a groundbreaking dig site in the Badlands by a recovering meth addict, but his tie to the cartel threatens to bury them both under the weight of their criminal pasts. Starring Autumn Reeser, Rhys Coiro, Steven Molony

 Beyond the Farthest Star (PG-13)

A twist of fate brings the national spotlight to a forgotten Texas town, and a once famous preacher has an opportunity to regain his former glory or seize one last chance to restore his fractured family. Starring Renée O’Connor, Todd Terry, Cherami Leigh

 On Wings of Eagles (PG-13)

Eric Liddell – China’s first gold medalist and one of Scotland’s greatest athletes – returns to war-torn China. Starring Joseph Fiennes, Augusta Xu-Holland, Bruce Locke

 Crash Pad (R)

A hopeless romantic, who thinks he’s found true love with an older woman, learns that she’s married and that the fling is merely an instrument of revenge against her neglectful husband. Starring Nina Dobrev, Domhnall Gleeson, Christina Applegate, Thomas Haden Church

 Twin Peaks: The Limited Event Series (TV-MA)

Picks up 25 years after the inhabitants of a quaint northwestern town are stunned when their homecoming queen is murdered. Starring Kyle MacLachlan, Sheryl Lee, Michael Horse

 Signed, Sealed, Delivered: Lost Without You (NR)

A strange package containing what may be someone’s bucket list shows up in a prop mailbox on a commercial set. The postal detectives attempts to track down its intended recipient. Starring Eric Mabius, Kristin Booth, Crystal Lowe, Geoff Gustafson

 Mountain Top (NR) *

Sometimes, the best place to see the future is on a mountain top. That s where lawyer turned preacher Mike Andrews life changed, and he has no intention of going back. The last thing he wants to do is return to the courtroom and represent an eccentric old man whose mind is filled with obscure visions and confusing dreams. But when Sam Miller s visions get personal, Mike discovers there are paths that lead higher than earthly mountains. And roads more dangerous than an icy hairpin turn on a moonless night. Starring Barry Corbin, Coby Ryan McLaughlin, Valerie Azlynn

 Singularity (PG-13)

In 2020, Elias van Dorne, CEO of VA Industries, the world’s largest robotics company, introduces his most powerful invention–Kronos, a super computer designed to end all wars. When Kronos goes online, it quickly determines that mankind, itself, is the biggest threat to world peace and launches a worldwide robot attack to rid the world of the “infection” of man. Ninety-seven years later, a small band of humans remain alive but on the run from the robot army. A teenage boy, Andrew and a teenage girl, Calia, form an unlikely alliance to reach a new world, where it is rumored mankind exists without fear of robot persecution. But does this world actually exist? And will they live long enough to find out? Starring Julian Schaffner, John Cusack, Carmen Argenziano

 

 Fargo: The Complete Third Season (TV-MA)

Various chronicles of deception, intrigue and murder in and around frozen Minnesota. Yet all of these tales mysteriously lead back one way or another to Fargo, ND. Starring Billy Bob Thornton, Russell Harvard, Ewan McGregor, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, David Thewlis, Carrie Coon

 Santa Stole Our Dog! (NR)

On a snowy and cold Christmas Eve, Santa Claus accidentally steals the family Dog. So begins an epic journey through the twelve days of Christmas as the family ventures to the North Pole to get their beloved canine back. Starring Edward Asner, Yvette Rachelle, Carrie Schroeder

 Dickensian (NR)

Drama set within the fictional realms of Charles Dickens critically acclaimed novels, bringing together some of his most iconic characters as their lives intertwine in 19th century London.  Starring Tuppence Middleton, Sophie Rundle, Alexandra Moen

Synopsis by IMDB.

*Synopsis by Amazon.

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Under the Dome (CBS) Rated TV-14

 A mysterious force surrounds the small town of Chester’s Mill, Maine. Trapping the people inside from the outside world, they must learn from each other to understand the dome they live under. Based on the book by Stephen King.  Starring Mike Vogel, Rachelle Lefevre, Alexander Koch, Colin Ford, Mackenzie Lintz, Dean Norris.

An interesting show which pulls you inside the world under the mysterious dome. No one knows the cause for this phenomenon, but as they try to survive without access to the outside world, their secrets begin to come out. The first season follows the inhabitants as they try to survive without access to the world outside. The other two seasons continue their fight for survival as they try to figure out the reason behind the dome. This series is worth a watch.

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Gangster Squad (2013) Rated R

 In 1949, Los Angeles is run by gangsters. To end the corruption, a team of cops take down the leader and work for peace in the city. Starring Sean Penn, Holt McCallany, Wade Williams, Josh Brolin.

There are great reviews out there about this film, but I have to say I was not fond of this movie. This film is shot like it would be an intriguing period piece, but it did not impress me. The script is unoriginal, and the characters don’t have any depth. The film uses slow motion, but it is still hard to tell what is going on, and who is involved in the action. A lackluster film that failed to hold my attention, this movie is a pass.

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Downward Dog (ABC) Rated TV-PG

 A dog tries to understand human relationships. Starring Allison Tolman, Samm Hodges, Lucas Neff, Kirby Howell-Baptiste, Ned the Dog.

I’m not surprised this show was canceled. If you want to see a good show about a dog that tries to understand humans, Wilfred does it so much better. This is like a PG version of Wilfred, only it fails to capture the unique and special essence of dogs. They simply don’t get dogs at all. This show uses a real dog with a voice-over to help you understand what the dog is thinking, but what they don’t understand is what makes a dog a dog. The dog doesn’t understand anything that is going on around him. There were things that the dog says it hates, but those that own dogs know that they have it all wrong. Also, this show revolves around sex. Unfunny and inaccurate, this show is a pass.

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Broken City (2013) Rated R

 An ex-cop seeks redemption after being double crossed by his mayor. Starring  Mark Wahlberg, Russell Crowe, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Jeffrey Wright, Barry Pepper.

Although it has great actors, this film was a complete disaster. It has a broken record story line, made worse with plot holes and poor writing. The characters aren’t developed enough for us to care about them. There is nothing remarkable about this film; it is a pass.

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New This Week in Theaters, November 30, 2017

 Breaking Brooklyn (PG-13)
Opens on Friday, December 1
Starring: Catherine Curtin, Chris Petrovski, Louis Gossett Jr.

A 12 year old boy with a passion for dance and his brother are rescued from the streets by an old showman who takes them to live with his estranged former dancing partner/brother.

 The Tribes of Palos Verdes (R)
Opens on Friday, December 1
Starring: Maika Monroe, Cody Fern, Jennifer Garner, Justin Kirk

When the situation at her idyllic Palos Verdes home turns volatile, young Medina attempts to surf her way to happiness.

 Wonder Wheel (PG-13)
Opens on Friday, December 1
Starring: Jim Belushi, Juno Temple, Justin Timberlake, Kate Winslet

On Coney Island in the 1950s, a lifeguard tells the story of a middle-aged carousel operator and his beleaguered wife.

 The Disaster Artist (R)
Opens on Friday, December 1
Starring: Eliza Coupe, Alison Brie, Zoey Deutch, Kristen Bell

When Greg Sestero, an aspiring film actor, meets the weird and mysterious Tommy Wiseau in an acting class, they form a unique friendship and travel to Hollywood to make their dreams come true.

 Padmavati (NR)
Opens on Friday, December 1
Starring: Deepika Padukone, Ranveer Singh, Shahid Kapoor, Anupriya Goenka

Set in medieval Rajasthan, Queen Padmavati is married to a noble king and they live in a prosperous fortress with their subjects until an ambitious Sultan hears of Padmavati’s beauty and forms an obsessive love for the Queen of Mewar.

 Love Beats Rhymes (R)
Opens on Friday, December 1
Starring: Hana Mae Lee, Common, Method Man, John David Washington

When struggling rapper Coco  enrolls in a poetry class, she thinks her rhymes will impress her teacher, Professor Dixon. Instead, Dixon challenges Coco to seek real meaning in her lyrics, setting her on a journey of discovery that takes her through rap clubs and poetry slams, leading her to find her true voice – and true love – in this uplifting movie.

 Gangster Land (NR)
Opens on Friday, December 1
Starring: Sean Faris, Milo Gibson, Jason Patric, Jamie-Lynn Sigler

The story of America’s most famous mobsters and their rise to power, GANGSTER LAND examines Al Capone’s ascension through the eyes of his second in command, “Machine Gun” Jack McGurn. Once an amateur boxer, McGurn is lured into the Italian mafia after the murder of his step-father. Upon joining, he rises swiftly through the ranks along with friend and eventual Boss, Capone. As the Italian mob becomes the most lucrative criminal organization in the country, tensions build with “Bugs” Moran and the Irish mob which ignites a brutal gang war culminating with the St. Valentine’s Day Massacre.

 Another WolfCop (NR)
Opens on Friday, December 1
Starring: Leo Fafard, Amy Matysio, Jonathan Cherry, Laura Abramsen

Alcoholic werewolf cop Lou Garou springs into action when an eccentric businessman with evil intentions seduces Woodhaven’s residents with a new brewery and hockey team in this outrageous horror-comedy sequel.

 Naples ’44 (NR)
Opens on Friday, December 1
Starring: Benedict Cumberbatch, Adriano Giannini, Alan Arkin, Ernest Borgnine

A British Intelligence Officer in Naples at the end of World War II: Norman Lewis’s acknowledged masterpiece about a war-torn city and its unforgettable humanity.

 Slumber (R)
Opens on Friday, December 1
Starring:  Maggie Q, Honor Kneafsey, Sylvester McCoy, Will Kemp

A sleep doctor tries to protect a family from a demon that feeds on people in their nightmares.

Synopsis by IMDB.

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Drop the Mic (TBS) Rated NR

 Four celebrities are pitted against each other in a rap battle royale. Starring Joshua Silverstein, Hailey Baldwin, Method Man

This show is only good if you really like rap. I don’t really like rap. Yes, it’s cool to see celebrities that you don’t associate with rapping to actually rap. Although, I have to say, it’s obvious that these celebrities are given a script to read as rap and not really something that they have written and then performed. I’m also very sure that they have practice the rap before hand. Not saying this is bad, most shows are rehearsed but the show obvious doesn’t come off as fresh and spur of the moment. I also struggled with the two hosts, it felt a little like too many cooks in the kitchen. This show isn’t worth a watch.

 

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The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938) Rated PG

When Prince John and Norman Lord begin oppressing the Saxons, a Saxon lord fights back with a rebel army. Based on the book by Howard Pyle. Starring Errol Flynn, Olivia de Havilland, Basil Rathbone.

This is a classic adventure film. Brilliantly shot in technicolor, it brings to life the legend of Robin Hood. Flynn is the perfect embodiment of Robin Hood and de Havilland played Maid Marian perfectly against the dashing Flynn. The swashbuckling scene is by far the best action sequence without the CGI of the future. Although it seems campy at times, it is great fun, and definitely worth a watch.

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Noel Coward’s Present Laughter (2017) Rated NR

 A self-obsessed actor juggles his weaning career, his ex-wife, and his friends’ personal lives. Starring Matt Bittner, Kate Burton, Ellen Harvey, Kevin Kline, Cobie Smulders.

Being previously unfamiliar with the play Present Laughter, it was a treat to see it performed on “Great Performances.” Kevin Kline plays the self-obsessed actor to perfection. The play is a wonderful farce. We watch Garry Essendine’s friends come and go through the revolving door of his flat, causing him great frustration as their lives unravel. Burton plays his ex-wife, who left her husband yet can’t seem to leave him. Smulders plays Joanna, a woman who just can’t leave men alone. The show is quite brilliant and worth a watch.

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New This Week on DVD, November 28, 2017

 Logan Lucky (PG-13)

Two brothers attempt to pull off a heist during a NASCAR race in North Carolina. Starring Farrah Mackenzie, Channing Tatum, Jim O’Heir, Katie Holmes, Adam Driver, Seth MacFarlane

 Tulip Fever (R)

An artist falls for a young married woman while he’s commissioned to paint her portrait during the Tulip mania of 17th century Amsterdam. Starring Alicia Vikander, Dane DeHaan, Jack O’Connell, Tom Hollander, Matthew Morrison, Kevin McKidd, Zach Galifianakis, Judi Dench, Christoph Waltz

 I Do… Until I Don’t (R)

An ensemble comedy about the meaning of matrimony. Starring Lake Bell, Ed Helms, Mary Steenburgen, Paul Reiser, Amber Heard, Chace Crawford

 Woodshock (R)

A haunted young woman spirals in the wake of profound loss, torn between her fractured emotional state and the reality-altering effects of a potent cannabinoid drug. Starring
Kirsten Dunst, Joe Cole, Pilou Asbæk

 Super Dark Times (NR)

Teenagers Zach and Josh have been best friends their whole lives, but when a gruesome accident leads to a cover-up, the secret drives a wedge between them and propels them down a rabbit hole of escalating paranoia and violence. Starring Owen Campbell, Charlie Tahan, Elizabeth Cappuccino

 Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life (TV-14)

Set nearly a decade after the finale of the original series, this revival follows Lorelai, Rory and Emily Gilmore through four seasons of change. Starring Lauren Graham, Alexis Bledel, Scott Patterson, Kelly Bishop, Rose Abdoo, Keiko Agena, Matt Czuchry, Yanic Truesdale, Frank Gallegos, Sophia Rosales, Julio Umana

 The Heyday of the Insensitive Bastards (NR)

Based on short stories from Robert Boswell’s collection, seven vignettes explore the difference between fantasy and reality, memory and history, and the joy and agony of the human condition. Starring Rico Rodriguez, Matthew Modine, James Franco, Abigail Spencer, Kate Mara, Amber Tamblyn, Kristen Wiig, Jimmy Kimmel, Natalie Portman

 Trolls Holiday (TV-PG)

When the Queen of the Trolls, Poppy, finds out that the Bergens do not have holidays, she enlists help from her friends, Branch and the Snack Pack, to help her bring holidays to the Bergens. Starring Anna Kendrick, Justin Timberlake, Zooey Deschanel, James Corden

 Silver Bells (TV-G)

Manhattanite Catherine O’Mara  bonds with a young man who has run away from his father. When the father returns to New York a year later to sell his Christmas trees, he and Catherine cross paths. Starring Anne Heche, Tate Donovan, Michael Mitchell, Margo Martindale

 One Christmas Eve (NR)

A series of mishaps threaten a recently divorced mom’s attempts to make her two kids’ first Christmas “without dad” perfect. Starring Anne Heche, Kevin Daniels, Carlos Gómez

 Just in Time for Christmas (TV-G)

A young psychology professor must choose between moving across the country for her dream job or staying in her hometown to marry the man of her dreams. On a foggy December night, she gets little help from a Coachman, who brings her three years into the future and shows her what her life will become. Starring Eloise Mumford, Michael Stahl-David, Christopher Lloyd, William Shatner

 A Very Country Christmas (PG)

Jeanette Williams is a busy single parent, trying to make the best life for her and her daughter. With no time to follow current celebrity gossip, Jeanette is unaware of when a Country superstar returns to their small town to escape the intrusive paparazzi and the chaos of fame. A chance meeting between the two have them both letting their guards down and opening their hearts to the possibility of romance. Starring Greyston Holt, Bea Santos, Greg Vaughan, Deana Carter

 Girl in the Box (TV-14)

In 1977, a girl is kidnapped and kept in a coffin-sized box. When her captors let her out, it’s only to abuse her horribly. Will she ever escape? Starring Addison Timlin, Zane Holtz, Zelda Williams

 Christmas Wedding Planner (PG)

Wedding Planner, Kelsey Wilson, is about to have her big break: planning her beloved cousin’s lavish and exclusive wedding. Everything is going smoothly until Connor McClane, a devilishly handsome private investigator, shows up and turns Kelsey’s world upside-down. Hired by a secret source, Connor quickly disrupts the upcoming nuptials but wins Kelsey’s heart in the process. Starring Jocelyn Hudon, Stephen Huszar, Kelly Rutherford, Joey Fatone

 48 Christmas Wishes (NR)

For the first time ever, two junior Elves have to leave home after losing an entire town’s letters to Santa. While attempting to blend into small town life, they set out to retrieve every missing wish before Christmas Eve. Starring Maya Franzoi, Clara Kushnir,
Madeline Leon

Synopsis by IMDB.

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