Life of Kylie (E!) Rated NR

A reality show based on the life of Kylie Jenner. Starring Kylie Jenner, Tokyo Stylez, Victoria Villarroel.

Do we need another reality show featuring a Jenner? This show takes us behind the scenes of Kylie Jenner’s life, but I can’t see any relevance to it. Here’s a kid who has lived an unusual life, which hardly anyone can relate to. What can we possible learn from her? How to do our makeup?  How to be nice to everyone because there are bullies out there? This show is just another way to highlight the Jenner/Kardashian clan, and it has no point or redeeming quality about it. In fact, the first show has her coming up with ideas for more programs about herself, making her seem superficial and boring. In case you couldn’t tell, this show is a pass.

 

 

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New This Week in Theaters, August 10, 2017

 Annabelle: Creation (R)
Opens on Friday, August 11
Starring: Miranda Otto, Stephanie Sigman, Alicia Vela-Bailey

Several years after the tragic death of their little girl, a dollmaker and his wife welcome a nun and several girls from a shuttered orphanage into their home, soon becoming the target of the dollmaker’s possessed creation, Annabelle.

 Ingrid Goes West (R)
Opens on Friday, August 11
Starring: Elizabeth Olsen, Aubrey Plaza, Wyatt Russell

An unhinged social media stalker moves to LA and insinuates herself into the life of an Instagram star.

 Planetarium (NR)
Opens on Friday, August 11
Starring: Natalie Portman, Lily-Rose Depp, Emmanuel Salinger

Follows the journey of sisters who are believed to possess the supernatural ability to connect with ghosts. They cross paths with a visionary French producer while performing in Paris.

 The Glass Castle (PG-13)
Opens on Friday, August 11
Starring: Brie Larson, Woody Harrelson, Naomi Watts

A young girl comes of age in a dysfunctional family of nonconformist nomads with a mother who’s an eccentric artist and an alcoholic father who would stir the children’s imagination with hope as a distraction to their poverty.

 

The Only Living Boy In New York (R)
Opens on Friday, August 11
Starring: Kate Beckinsale, Jeff Bridges, Pierce Brosnan

Adrift in New York City, a recent college graduate’s life is upended by his father’s mistress.

 Good Time (R)
Opens on Friday, August 11
Starring: Jennifer Jason Leigh, Robert Pattinson, Barkhad Abdi

A bank robber finds himself unable to evade those who are looking for him.

 Whose Streets? (NR)
Opens on Friday, August 11
Starring: Brittany Ferrell, Tef Poe, Kayla Reed

Whose Streets? is an unflinching look at how the killing of 18-year-old Mike Brown inspired a community to fight back and sparked a global movement.

 The Nut Job 2: Nutty by Nature (PG)
Opens on Friday, August 11
Starring: Will Arnett, Katherine Heigl, Maya Rudolph, Jackie Chan

Following the events of the first film, Surly and his friends must stop Oakton City’s mayor from destroying their home to make way for a dysfunctional amusement park.

  The Trip to Spain (NR)
Opens on Friday, August 11
Starring: Steve Coogan, Rob Brydon, Marta Barrio, Claire Keelan

Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon embark on a six-part episodic road trip through Spain, sampling the restaurants, eateries, and sights along the way.

Synopsis by IMDB.

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Dead End (1937) Rated NR

 A couple, a gangster, and a group of street kids converge on the streets of the New York slums. Based on a Broadway play by Sidney Kingsley. Starring Sylvia Sidney, Joel McCrea, Humphrey Bogart.

This is one of the best films of 1937. Humphrey Bogart is excellent as the gangster who comes home at the end of the day to meet up with his mother and girlfriend. The Dead End street kids reprise their roles from the play, which makes the movie all the more worthwhile to watch.  Those kids owned those roles. The film is a day-in-the-life tale of those living on the Dead End street, and it is worth the watch.

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Red Dawn (2012) Rated PG-13

 A group of teenagers try to save their home town when they are attacked by  North Koreans. Starring Chris Hemsworth, Josh Peck, Josh Hutcherson, Adrianne Palicki, Connor Cruise.

This is an updated remake of the original 1984 film. Instead of Russia, they are facing attack from North Korea, which makes the film more timely. However, the previous version did a better job of showing how these teenagers actually fought back. In this film, they just look like kids who are acting out, not necessarily protecting their town or country. If anything, they are irritating the enemy, not combating them. For this reason, the film doesn’t hold a candle to the 1984 version; it is a pass.

 

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Chips (2017) Rated R

A rookie officer is teamed with an undercover federal agent to investigate some dirty cops who were involved in a heist. Starring Michael Peña, Dax Shepard, Vincent D’Onofrio, Adam Brody, Ryan Hansen, Jane Kaczmarek.

This is nothing like the TV show Chips from 70’s. The film has a lot of adult, crude humor, which I expected, but found disappointing. Crude humor, in my opinion, isn’t very funny. If you can look past it, though, the story isn’t half bad. It at least started out well-written, although by the third act, it seemed like they were just trying to piece it all back together again. By the end, it felt like a waste of time to have watched it. This movie is a pass.

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New This Week on DVD, August 8, 2017

 Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul (PG)

A Heffley family road trip to attend Meemaw’s 90th birthday party goes hilariously off course thanks to Greg’s newest scheme to get to a video gaming convention. Starring Jason Drucker, Alicia Silverstone, Tom Everett Scott

 The Dinner (R)

Two sets of wealthy parents meet for dinner to decide what to do about a crime their sons have committed.  Starring Richard Gere, Laura Linney, Steve Coogan, Chloë Sevigny

 The Exception (R)

A German soldier tries to determine if the Dutch resistance has planted a spy to infiltrate the home of Kaiser Wilhelm in Holland during the onset of World War II, but falls for a young Jewish Dutch woman during his investigation. Starring Loïs van Wijk, Jai Courtney,  Karin Leclercq, Christopher Plummer

 The Hunter’s Prayer (R)

An assassin helps a young woman avenge the death of her family. Starring Martin Compston, Tina Maskell, Eben Young, Sam Worthington

 King Arthur: Legend of the Sword (PG-13)

Robbed of his birthright, Arthur comes up the hard way in the back alleys of the city. But once he pulls the sword from the stone, he is forced to acknowledge his true legacy – whether he likes it or not. Starring Charlie Hunnam, Astrid Bergès-Frisbey, Jude Law, Djimon Hounsou, Eric Bana

 Snatched (R)

When her boyfriend dumps her before their exotic vacation, a young woman persuades her ultra-cautious mother to travel with her to paradise, with unexpected results. Starring Amy Schumer, Kim Caramele, Raven Goodwin, Goldie Hawn, Ike Barinholtz

 Undercover Grandpa (PG-13)

When the girl he likes goes missing, Jake enlists the help of his grandpa and his WWII buddies. Starring Jessica Walter, James Caan, Paul Sorvino, Louis Gossett Jr.

 Wolves (R)

An 18-year-old basketball star who is being recruited by Cornell University seems to have it all figured out: captain of his team, a good student, has a longtime girlfriend and some good friends. But at home he’s struggling with his troubled father who has a gambling addiction. His mother tries to keep the family afloat but does so with great emotional and financial sacrifice. Starring Carla Gugino, Michael Shannon, Zazie Beetz

 Blindspot: The Complete Second Season (TV-14)

Jane Doe is found in Times Square with no memory and mysterious tattoos on her body. Starring Sullivan Stapleton, Jaimie Alexander, Rob Brown, Audrey Esparza, Ashley Johnson

Synopsis by IMDB.

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The Abduction (1996) Rated NR

Kate and Paul’s marriage started off as happy but, with each passing year, Paul becomes more abusive. Kate finally gets the courage to leave, but Paul has a hard time letting go. Based on the true story of the case of Michael Kropowensky kidnapping his ex-wife Susan Foster. Starring Victoria Principal, Robert Hays, Christopher Lawford.

This film uses flash backs to tell the story of Kate and Paul’s marriage and the disintegration of it as Paul takes out his frustrations on his wife after an accident on the job. This is a made for TV film, and it shows. The story is not well portrayed, with poor writing and unrealistic scenarios. This film is not worth the watch.

 

 

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Candy Crush (CBS) Rated NR

A game show based on the mobile app. Starring Mario Lopez

I didn’t expect much from this game show but I was hoping it would be as fun to watch as it is to play. It isn’t. The show starts with four teams of two players, each two player team is a child and an adult. Each round eliminates a team and each round as the team members involved with a challenge to play Candy Crush. As I said I hoped this would be fun to watch but alas it’s a show where instead of you playing the game your watching other people doing challenges with Candy Crush playing in the background. Candy Crush, since it is a solitaire game, it’s hard to adapt into a team  playing game. That showed through out the rounds.  This show isn’t worth the watch.

 

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 CSI: NY (2004–2013) Rated TV-14

CSI Head Detective Mac Taylor and his team solve crimes in New York City.

 Person of Interest (2011–2016) Rated TV -14

An ex-assassin and a wealthy programmer save lives via a surveillance AI that sends them the identities of civilians involved in impending crimes. However, the details of the crimes–including the civilians’ roles–are left a mystery.

 The Glades (2010–2013) Rated TV-14

A former Chicago cop moves to a small Florida town and joins the state police.

 Love & Other Drugs (2010) Rated R

A young woman suffering from Parkinson’s befriends a drug rep working for Pfizer in 1990s Pittsburgh.

 Nikita (2010–2013) Rated NR

A rogue assassin returns to take down the secret organization that trained her.

 50 First Dates (2004) Rated PG-13

Henry Roth is a man afraid of commitment up until he meets the beautiful Lucy. They hit it off and Henry think he’s finally found the girl of his dreams, until he discovers she has short-term memory loss and forgets him the very next day.

Synopsis by IMDB.

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New This Week on DVD, August 1st, 2017

Big Little Lies: Season One (TV-MA)

The apparently perfect lives of three mothers of first graders unravel to the point of murder. Starring Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman, Shailene Woodley, Alexander Skarsgård, Adam Scott, Zoë Kravitz, James Tupper, Jeffrey Nordling, Laura Dern, Iain Armitage, Santiago Cabrera, Darby Camp, Kelen Coleman, Kathryn Newton, Larry Bates, Kathreen Khavari, David Monahan, Larry Sullivan, Chloe Coleman, Cameron Crovetti, Nicholas Crovetti

The Circle (PG-13)

A woman lands a dream job at a powerful tech company called the Circle, only to uncover an agenda that will affect the lives of all of humanity. Starring Emma Watson, Ellar Coltrane, Glenne Headly, Bill Paxton, Tom Hanks, Beck

Colossal (R)

Gloria is an out-of-work party girl forced to leave her life in New York City, and move back home. When reports surface that a giant creature is destroying Seoul, she gradually comes to the realization that she is somehow connected to this phenomenon. Starring Anne Hathaway, Jason Sudeikis, Austin Stowell, Tim Blake Nelson, Dan Stevens

 Cop And A Half: New Recruit (PG)

A precocious kid and a police officer join forces to catch a criminal at large. Starring Lou Diamond Phillips, Wallace Shawn, Lulu Wilson

 Don’t Knock Twice (R)

A mother desperate to reconnect with her troubled daughter becomes embroiled in the urban legend of a demonic witch. Starring Katee Sackhoff, Lucy Boynton, Richard Mylan

The Drowning (NR)

A psychiatrist faces his past, present and future when he finds himself involved in the treatment of a young man recently released from prison for a murder committed when the boy was just 11 years old. Starring Julia Stiles, Avan Jogia, Josh Charles

Going In Style (PG-13)

Desperate to pay the bills and come through for their loved ones, three lifelong pals risk it all by embarking on a daring bid to knock off the very bank that absconded with their money. Starring Michael Caine, Richie Moriarty, Josh Pais, Matt Dillon

The Lovers (R)

Debra Winger and Tracy Letts play a long-married, dispassionate couple who are both in the midst of serious affairs. But on the brink of calling it quits, a spark between them suddenly reignites, leading them into an impulsive romance. Starring Debra Winger, Tracy Letts, Aidan Gillen

The Ottoman Lieutenant (R)

The Ottoman Lieutenant is a love story between an idealistic American nurse and a Turkish officer in World War I. Starring Michiel Huisman, Hera Hilmar, Josh Hartnett, Ben Kingsley

Phoenix Forgotten (PG-13)

20 years after three teenagers disappeared in the wake of mysterious lights appearing above Phoenix, Arizona, unseen footage from that night has been discovered, chronicling the final hours of their fateful expedition. Starring Florence Hartigan, Luke Spencer Roberts, Chelsea Lopez

S.W.A.T.: Under Siege (R)

A SWAT compound comes under fire from an international terrorist who relentlessly and violently pursues a mystery man who was apprehended by Seattle SWAT after a raid went horribly wrong. Starring Sam Jaeger, Adrianne Palicki, Michael Jai White

Sleight (R)

A young street magician is left to care for his little sister after their parents passing, and turns to illegal activities to keep a roof over their heads. When he gets in too deep, his sister is kidnapped, and he is forced to use his magic and brilliant mind to save her. Starring Jacob Latimore, Seychelle Gabriel, Dulé Hill

Wakefield (R)

A man’s nervous breakdown causes him to leave his wife and live in his attic for several months. Starring Bryan Cranston, Ian Anthony Dale, Jennifer Garner

Chesapeake Shores: Season 1 (NR)

A young woman returns to her hometown to help save her sister’s failing inn, where she contends with memories and faces from her past. Starring Barbara Niven, Meghan Ory, Diane Ladd, Treat Williams, Jesse Metcalfe

Crashing: The Complete First Season (TV-MA)

A New York comic is forced to make a new start for himself after his wife leaves him. Starring Pete Holmes, Artie Lange, Lauren Lapkus, George Basil

Remember Me (NR)

The day Tom Parfitt moves from his home into residential care, he becomes the sole witness to a violent death. Starring Michael Palin, Mark Addy, Jodie Comer, Julia Sawalha, Jamie Rooney-West, Tony Pitts, Eileen Davies, Mayuri Boonham, Kate Dobson

Synopsis by IMDB.

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