Comedian and writer Josh Johnson leads a comedy special that talks about what women look for in relationships, the effects of the pandemic on our lives, and whether a friend’s bird is racist. Starring Josh Johnson.
Johnson’s smart and entertaining storytelling is brilliant. His humor isn’t the usual potty and foul-mouth comedy that seem to overrun the comic world. A lot of his humor is not “laugh-out-loud” but rather more along the lines of a chuckle with the truth of life. His observational humor is spot-on without the political tinge that you can see in other comedians’ humor. This special is fresh and new and worth a watch.
The night manager of a Cairo hotel is recruited to work in an arms dealer’s inner circle. Based on the book by John Le Carré. Starring Hugh Laurie, Tom Hiddleston, and Elizabeth Debicki.
TheNightManager is a series that doesn’t derive from Le Carré’s book. The show is brilliant showcased with cinematography and great actors, but the story doesn’t pull you in. It feels like the showmakers struggled at bringing the book to life in a world surrounded by technology. Overall, it struggles with the story and pacing. Mostly, the show just seems illogical. It tries to create suspense, but when you think that the arms dealer would recognize the spy in his midst as soon as he is there, you might wonder how these events are possible. The cinematography and acting are the only things going for this show, making it worth a watch.
A bystander intervenes on behalf of a woman who’s being harassed by a group of men, and in return, he becomes the target of a drug lord. Starring Bob Odenkirk, Aleksey Serebryakov, and Connie Nielsen.
This film is basically a story you have seen before that revolves around violence galore. A nobody does his usual boring job and lives in his suburban house as a family man. In the beginning, he loses the respect of his son because he doesn’t use violence. However, unbeknownst to his family, he does have a violent past, and once it’s unleashed, it’s hard to go back. It’s a generic action film. The situations don’t make much sense, and the you wonder where the characters received the information they have. The film does have some comedic moments, but overall, these moments don’t make much of an impact. This film is not worth a watch.
Escape Room: Tournament of Champions (PG-13) Opens on Friday, July 16 Starring: Taylor Russell, Logan Miller, Deborah Ann Woll, Thomas Cocquerel
Six people unwittingly find themselves locked in another series of escape rooms, slowly uncovering what they have in common to survive. Joining forces with two of the original survivors, they soon discover they’ve all played the game before.
Space Jam: A New Legacy (PG) Opens on Friday, July 16 Starring: LeBron James, Don Cheadle, Cedric Joe, Khris Davis
A rogue artificial intelligence kidnaps the son of famed basketball player LeBron James, who then has to work with Bugs Bunny to win a basketball game.
The Sleepless Unrest: The Real Conjuring Home (NR) Opens on Friday, July 16 Starring: Vera Whelpton, Kendall Whelpton, Cory Heinzen, Brian Murray
The world-famous house that inspired The Conjuring film has recently been sold and is now open to paranormal investigations. With special access, a small group of filmmakers and paranormal investigators are allowed to move into the famously haunted home for two weeks in hopes of capturing evidence. During this time the group will be experiencing, investigating, and documenting every moment. Will they be able to make it through their stay? Do malevolent spirits still haunt this home, or is it something more sinister?
A romantic, tragic-comedy “whodunit” in a hotel, where the mentality ill who are unable to pay for their medical bills are hosted. Starring Jeremy Davies, Milla Jovovich, and Mel Gibson.
This is one of those artsy films that the average film goer will struggle to get. I will say it wasn’t one I found interesting. The tale is narrated by the dead junkie whose death is being investigated by the cop (Gibson). The investigation takes place in the hotel where mentality ill vagrants have squatted. The two love birds are the main character, Tom-Tom (Davies), and a schizophrenic girl (Jovovich). The film doesn’t really focus on the plot of the film but rather the characters and their surreal, postapocalyptic surroundings. The cinematography is brilliantly showcased by the insane lives the people from the hotel live. It’s an interesting story but doesn’t have anything solid to wonder at, which I would say is the point of the film. That still doesn’t make it worth a watch, so it’s not worth it.
A look at the life, work, and political activism of Norman Lear. Starring John Amos, Bea Arthur, and Adrienne Barbeau.
This documentary looks at the life of one of the most influential TV producers. Lear tells his life story of a young boy growing up in a family where his father wasn’t very present or loving. We also see his life in the military, where he questioned his role in the war. Then we follow his move to California and his writing for television, where he cut his teeth on shows like The Colgate Comedy Hour and The Tennessee Ernie Ford Show. He then moved on to making his own shows that were groundbreaking and controversial. His shows changed the programing from a more conservative to a more liberal take on life. His shows were great entertainment. All in the Family was considered one of the most influential shows on TV. The film’s downfall is the change of focus from a brilliant entertainer to the push of liberal doctrine. I know he disagreed with the conservatives coming out to say one party is better than the other. I do agree that no Christian should state one party is better than the other, but I also agree that if you believe the Bible, there are parties that disagree with principles of Christian values. Lear is a complex man, and I do agree with his saving and showing off the Declaration of Independence. This film is worth a watch.
Based on real life events when a gold and copper mine collapses and traps 33 miners underground for 69 days. Starring Antonio Banderas, Rodrigo Santoro, and Juliette Binoche.
This film is based on the true events of the 33 miners as they trapped below ground for days. The story does a wonderful job at telling both sides – we follow the families and the miners as we attempts are made to save them. The film keeps you in suspense worrying about each of the miners, while their families struggle with the life above ground. The real thirty-three miners were consultants on the film, and when the credits rolled all 33 made an appearance. This film has it’s poor moments of cinema, but it’s still worth a watch.
The plot follows H, a cold and mysterious character working at a cash truck company responsible for moving hundreds of millions of dollars around Los Angeles each week. Starring Jason Statham, Holt McCallany, Rocci Williams
The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run (PG)
After SpongeBob’s beloved pet snail Gary is snail-napped, he and Patrick embark on an epic adventure to The Lost City of Atlantic City to bring Gary home. Starring Tim Hill, Clancy Brown, Bill Fagerbakke
A young girl finds solace in her artist father and the ghost of her dead mother. Starring Rupert Friend, Violet McGraw, Madeline Brewer
My Zoe (R)
A divorced mother looks to protect her daughter after an unexpected tragedy. Starring Julie Delpy, Sophia Ally, Richard Armitage
No Man’s Land (PG-13)
When a vigilante border patrol turns fatal, a man flees on horseback to Mexico, seeking forgiveness from the victim’s father. Starring Jake Allyn, Frank Grillo, Jorge A. Jimenez
A Cinderella Story: Starstruck (PG)
Finley Tremaine, a small town farm girl, longs to spread her wings and soar as an aspiring performer. When a Hollywood film crew arrives in her sleepy town, she is determined to land a role in the production and captures the attention of handsome lead actor, Jackson Stone. Unfortunately, a botched audition forces her to change course. Now, disguised as cowboy “Huck,” Finley finally gets her big break. But can she keep the charade a secret from everyone, including her evil stepmother and devious step-siblings? Starring Bailee Madison, Michael Evans Behling, April Telek
Chasing Waterfalls (TV-G)
Photographer Amy travels to a remote lodge to find mythical waterfalls and falls for handsome guide, Mark. They adventure to find the mystic waterfall and discover their true feelings. Starring Cindy Busby, Christopher Russell, Cassidy Nugent
Playing for Keeps: The Complete Second Season (NR)
To be a footballer’s wife, it takes serious balls. Dive into the salacious world of Aussie Rules Football, unearthing secrets, lies, scandals and murder. Starring Madeleine West, Annie Maynard, Cecelia Peters
Frontline: Pandemic (TV-PG)
An investigation into the government response to the coronavirus outbreak, COVID-19, and how the outbreak impacts poor children in the Midwest. Starring Priyanka Boghani, Sarah Childress, Will Lyman
Deadly assault on the 100th anniversary of the crime in the context of other racial massacres and police killings. Starring Michel Martin, Pastor Robert Turner, DeNeen L. Brown
The Unicorn: Season Two (TV-PG)
A widower is eager to move on from the most difficult year of his life, only to realize he’s utterly unprepared to raise his two daughters on his own and equally unprepared for the dating world where he’s suddenly a hot commodity. Starring Walton Goggins, Rob Corddry, Omar Benson Miller
16 & Pregnant: Season 3 (NR)
A documentary series focusing on the controversial subject of teen pregnancy. Each episode follows a 5-7 month period in the life of a teenager as she navigates the bumpy terrain of adolescence, growing pains, rebellion, and coming of age; all while dealing with being pregnant. Each story offers a unique look into the wide variety of challenges pregnant teens face: marriage, adoption, religion, gossip, finances, rumors among the community, graduating high school, getting (or losing) a job. Faced with incredibly adult decisions, these girls are forced to sacrifice their teenage years and their high school experiences. But there is an optimism among them; they have the dedication to make their lives work, and to do as they see fit to provide the best for their babies. Starring Drew Pinsky, Weston Gosa Jr., Weston Gosa
Cold Feet The New Years: Season 9 (TV-PG)
The show follows the lives of 30-something couples Adam and Rachel, Pete and Jenny, David and Karen as they navigate love and life in Manchester. Starring James Nesbitt, Robert Bathurst, John Thomson
This show looks at a series of shark attacks in the same area of the ocean. Starring Justine Barwick, Adam Barnett, and John Hadok.
This series is interesting in the fact that it’s more of an investigation into what and why the attacks in Cid Harbor, Australia occurred. The show hones in on that area as scientists and marine biologists work to determine which shark is attacking in this new area and why. We follow the different things they do and the different people they turn to while learning what is behind the attacks. It also offers helpful pointers for us as humans as far as how we use the oceans and what may cause the attacks. It also looks at the misinformation given to tourists visiting a location versus what the locals know. This series is worth a watch.
Four waves of alien invasions have left the Earth in ruin – meanwhile, a sister seeks to find her brother. Based on the book by Rick Yancey. Starring Chloë Grace Moretz, Matthew Zuk, and Gabriela Lopez.
This is basically another Young Adult film. The plot has been used before countless times. It doesn’t help that the plot has a lot of holes to fill by the end of the movie. The story has Cassie trying to find her brother, but she also has a couple of love interests to help the story along. The film pushes the suspension of disbelief to the edge with a plot where teenagers are needed to fight against the aliens. It doesn’t help that the film leaves it open for a sequel as nothing is resolved, making it not worth a watch.