Back to School with Gus Johnson (2023) Rated NR

Gus Johnson, one of the most exciting voices in sports broadcasting, decides to head back to school for a year. Starring Tommy Amaker, Jim Harbaugh, and Gus Johnson.

This TV special takes a look at a successful broadcaster who wants to do more in his life, so he heads back to school. Johnson does well with his job. He’s worked hard, and the special goes back to the beginning when he moved from playing sports to writing about them. Johnson talks about what motivates him and what encourages him to do the job. He also talks about motivating kids to do well in order to accomplish similar things in life. It’s great motivation to do well. This is worth a watch. 

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The Edge of Seventeen (2016) Rated R

High school life becomes unbearable when Nadine’s best friend starts dating her older brother. Starring Hailee Steinfeld, Haley Lu Richardson, and Blake Jenner.

I don’t know why this film is so honored. For me, it left a bad taste in my mouth. It starts off with a girl who doesn’t feel that she belongs anywhere. Her character isn’t one that’s likable or that we can understand. Granted, we have all had the feeling of not belonging, but Nadine takes it to the next level. She doesn’t have a hard life, and she is way too selfish to really have us care about her teen angst. Most of the time, the storyline is too surreal. I mean, we all have teen angst, but hers is way over the top, and we, as the audience, have no sympathy toward her. The film does have its perks, but its nothing to make the film worthy. It’s not worth the watch.

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Act Your Age (Bounce) Rated NR

Three friends in the prime of their lives shine in their individuality while also supporting each other. Starring Mariah Robinson, Nathan Anderson, and Ratoya Banks.

The comedy chops of Yvette Nicole Brown and Kym Whitley are a joy to watch. I love them both. I also enjoy that these women are in control of their lives. The writing is good. The comedy is good. I just worry about where they will go with the show. Will they ruin the gold that they have? Will they make the show more about politics or race? Just leave it as women who love themselves and each other. What worries me is that this diamond in the rough could get lost in the sand.  This show is worth a watch. 

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New This Week on DVD, March 21, 2023


 M3GAN (PG-13)

A robotics engineer at a toy company builds a life-like doll that begins to take on a life of its own. Starring Allison Williams, Violet McGraw, Ronny Chieng 

 Babylon (R)

A tale of outsized ambition and outrageous excess, it traces the rise and fall of multiple characters during an era of unbridled decadence and depravity in early Hollywood. Starring J.C. Currais, Diego Calva, Jimmy Ortega 

 Left Behind: Rise of The Antichrist (PG-13)

The only light after the world falls into chaos is a charming new leader who rises to the head of the UN, but does he bring hope for a better future? Or is it the end of the world? Starring Kevin Sorbo, Mary Armstrong, Mark Bellamy

 Vienna Blood: Season 3 (TV-14)

Max Liebermann, a medical student and protegé of Sigmund Freud, helps Detective Rheinhardt in the investigation of a series of disturbing murders around 1900s Vienna. Starring Matthew Beard, Juergen Maurer, Conleth Hill 

Star Trek: Strange New Worlds - Season One Star Trek Strange New Worlds: Season One (TV-PG)

A prequel to Star Trek: The Original Series, the show follows the crew of the USS Enterprise under Captain Christopher Pike. Starring Melissa Navia, Anson Mount, Ethan Peck

 Doc Martin: Series 10 (TV-14)

The trials and tribulations of Martin Ellingham, a brilliant but socially challenged doctor who moves from London to the picturesque village of Port Wenn in Cornwall. Starring 

 Unlikely Angel (NR)

In-control businesswoman Janie is falling apart of the thought of becoming a mom. Will a chance meeting with an angel be an answer to prayer? Starring Jillian Murray, Robert Amaya, Benjamin J. Barlowe 

 Sweet Caroline (TV-G)

Marketing executive, Josie, returns home when she becomes the unexpected guardian of her niece and nephew. While there, she reconnects with Cooper, her high school boyfriend. Starring Lacey Chabert, Tyler Hynes, Gregory Harrison 

 Amazing Race: Season 34 (TV-PG)

Multiple teams race around the globe for $1,000,000 to ‘amazing’ locations. Starring Phil Keoghan, Jet McCoy, Cord McCoy 

Synopsis by IMDB. 

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The Breaks (VH1) Rated TV-14

Three friends try to break into the hip-hop world. Starring Afton Williamson, Tristan Mack Wilds, and Antoine Harris.

This show is another one that I find hard to swallow. We have a group of friends trying to stand out in the Hip Hop world, but it’s lacking on so many levels. The acting isn’t good, and it doesn’t help that the writing is just as bad. The characters don’t have any depth to them; plus, the storylines don’t make any of the characters into upstanding citizens. None of them make good role models. Also, there’s absolutely no diversity among the characters. Then there’s the soundtrack – now, I don’t really like hip hop, but the soundtrack just doesn’t help the show either. This is not worth the watch.

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Animal Control (FOX) Rated TV-PG

 Animal Control officers feel that their lives are complicated more by humans than by animals. Starring Joel McHale, Vella Lovell, and Michael Rowland.

This show combines potty humor with animals. While the characters all have quirky personalities that enhance the humor of the show, it lacks in the writing. The premise is fun to watch as these characters have interesting run-ins with animals, both live and puppets. The writing, on the other hand, makes the show have that “we’ve seen this before” feel. The show might work better with one-dimensional side characters and only making two of them the stars rather than making it an ensemble group. The show is fine as is, but it’s not a show that I would binge watch anytime soon. It’s not worth the watch. 

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New This Week in Theaters, March 16, 2023



Shazam! Fury of the Gods (2023) - Tickets & Showtimes Near You | Fandango Shazam! Fury of the Gods (PG-13)
Opens on Friday, March 17
Starring: Grace Caroline Currey, Zachary Levi, Helen Mirren 

The film continues the story of teenage Billy Batson who, upon reciting the magic word “SHAZAM!” is transformed into his adult Super Hero alter ego, Shazam.

Inside (2023 film) - Wikipedia Inside (R)
Opens on Friday, March 17
Starring: Willem Dafoe, Gene Bervoets, Eliza Stuyck 

Nemo, a high-end art thief, is trapped in a New York penthouse after his heist doesn’t go as planned. Locked inside with nothing but priceless works of art, he must use all his cunning and invention to survive.

Wildflower (2023) - Tickets & Showtimes Near You | Fandango Wildflower (R)
Opens on Friday, March 17
Starring: Alexandra Daddario, Kiernan Shipka, Ryan Kiera Armstrong 

A coming-of-age film that follows Bea Johnson from birth to graduation as she navigates life with an intellectually disabled parent and an extended family who can’t quite agree on the best way to help.

Pinball: The Man Who Saved the Game (2022) - IMDb Pinball: The Man Who Saved the Game (NR)
Opens on Friday, March 17
Starring: Mike Faist, Crystal Reed, Dennis Boutsikaris

The story of Roger Sharpe, the young midwesterner who overturned New York City’s 35 year-old ban on pinball machines.

Leave (2023) - Movie | Moviefone Leave (NR)
Opens on Friday, March 17
Starring: Alicia von Rittberg, Herman Tømmeraas, Stig R. Amdam 

A young woman tries to find her origins after having been abandoned as an infant at a cemetery wrapped in a cloth with satanic symbols, but as she gets closer to answers a malevolent spirit is telling her to leave.

Noise (2023) - IMDb Noise (NR)
Opens on Friday, March 17
Starring: Sallie Harmsen, Jennifer Heylen, Ward Kerremans 

After moving his family into his childhood home, a man’s investigation into a local factory accident connected to his father unveils dark family secrets.

A Snowy Day in Oakland (2023) - IMDb A Snowy Day in Oakland (PG-13)
Opens on Friday, March 17
Starring: Nicole Ari Parker, Evan Ross, Arden Myrin 

A Snowy Day in Oakland – A magical urban tale about a beautiful psychologist from San Francisco who decides to end a stalled romance with her longtime, high-profile, psychiatrist, boyfriend/business partner. She moves on with her life by opening her own private practice in a vacant, street-front office space in the middle of a small, commercial block located across the bay in Oakland, turning the predominately African-American and psychologically ignored neighborhood on its emotional ear.

Poster American Cherry (NR)
Opens on Friday, March 17
Starring: Leonor Varela, Matty Cardarople, Hart Denton

Set in middle America, a small town, low-income suburbia.

Grainne Uaile: The Movie (2023) - IMDb Grainne Uaile: The Movie (NR)
Opens on Friday, March 17
Starring: Fionnuala Collins, Ciaron Davies, Peter Cosgrove 

The life of Grainne Uaile, the 16th century Pirate Queen from Ireland.

Therapy Dogs movie review & film summary (2023) | Roger Ebert Therapy Dogs (NR)
Opens on Friday, March 17
Starring: Justin Morrice, Ethan Eng, Kevin Tseng 

A chronicle of the last year of high school as two friends set out to make the ultimate senior video.

The Mojo Manifesto: The Life and Times of Mojo Nixon (2022) - IMDb The Mojo Manifesto: The Life and Times of Mojo Nixon (NR)
Opens on Friday, March 17
Starring: Eric Ambel, Jim Dickinson, John Doe 

On a bicycle trip across the country, a young Neill Kirby McMillan Jr. experiences The Mojo Revelation. After teaming up with the enigmatic Skid Roper, he unexpectedly finds mainstream success but makes a decision that could jeopardize his career.

Synopsis by IMDB. 

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The Blacklist: Redemption (NBC) Rated TV-14

Covert operatives join together and work problems that are too dangerous for the government. Starring Famke Janssen, Ryan Eggold, and Edi Gathegi.

I never got into the series The Blacklist, but this installment doesn’t seem to rely on the storyline from the previous. The series has the typical action storyline paired with the characters’ backstories. Thus, it is hard to follow all the different stories. It mostly lacks in the writing, and the show struggles to pull you into the characters lives. There’s nothing to bring the show up a level from other action shows. Thus, the show is not worth the watch.


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The Torso Killer Confessions (A&E) Rated TV-14

 Detective Robert Anzilotti works for decades with serial killer Richard Cottingham to close the cold cases around him. Starring Robert Anzilotti and Richard Cottingham.

This documentary presents a group of talking heads that have worked the cold cases through the years and studied Richard Cottingham’s life. They tell the story of how they worked through the cold cases in order to find closure for the families involved. The pacing pulls you into the story as the detectives try to pull the truth from a man who is keen on keeping secrets. This is one true crime documentary that is worth the watch. 

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New This Week on DVD, March 14, 2023


 A Man Called Otto (PG-13)

Otto is a grump who’s given up on life following the loss of his wife and wants to end it all. When a young family moves in nearby, he meets his match in quick-witted Marisol, leading to a friendship that will turn his world around. Starring Tom Hanks, John Higgins, Tony Bingham 

 The Whale (R)

A reclusive, morbidly obese English teacher attempts to reconnect with his estranged teenage daughter. Starring Brendan Fraser, Sadie Sink, Ty Simpkins 

 Legacy Peak (PG)

Jason is on an adventure to win the hearts of Noelle’s kids before they marry. Starring Lucas Black, Kyleigh Bakker, Roman Engel 

 Moonrise (PG)

After country singer Will Brown’s wife passes away, his grief sidelines his career and pushes him away from his young daughter until a bright and talented horse trainer shows him strength, forgiveness and grace to live life again. Starring Sonya Balmores, James Healy Jr., Houston Rhines 

 Masterpiece: All Creatures Great And Small Season 3 (TV-PG)

The numerous adventures of a countryside veterinarian practice in 1930s to 1940s Yorkshire, England. Starring Nicholas Ralph, Anna Madeley, Samuel West 

 Anything Goes (NR)

Filmed live at the Barbican in London, this major new 5-star production of the classic musical comedy features an all-star cast. When the S.S. American heads out to sea, etiquette and convention head out the portholes as two unlikely pairs set off on the course to true love – proving that sometimes destiny needs a little help from a crew of singing sailors, a comical disguise and some good old-fashioned blackmail.  Starring Sutton Foster, Robert Lindsay, Felicity Kendal 

 The Snowball Effect (NR)

Two weather rivals trapped in the same small town that Christmas has forgotten must create the best weather report to get their dream job. Starring Anjali Khurana, Landon Moss, Russell Bradley Fenton 

 The Letter: A Message For Our Earth (NR)

The Letter tells the incredible story of the Laudato Si’ encyclical letter by Pope Francis, through the eyes from frontline leaders battling the ecological crisis across continents. A powerful – and surprising – dialogue with the Pope in the Vatican brings new hope for our common home. Starring Greg Asner, Dadá Borari, Ofm Cap Fr. Raniero Cantalamessa

 Aftertaste: Series 2 (NR)

The story of Easton West, an internationally-renowned yet volatile celebrity chef who has a spectacular fall from grace and returns to his hometown in the Adelaide Hills, Australia. Starring Erik Thomson, Natalie Abbott, Wayne Blair 

 The Good Fight: The Final Season (TV-MA)

When Diane Lockhart’s life savings are lost, she must start from scratch at a new firm. Starring Christine Baranski, Sarah Steele, Nyambi Nyambi 

 Walking Dead: Season 11 (TV-MA)

Sheriff Deputy Rick Grimes wakes up from a coma to learn the world is in ruins and must lead a group of survivors to stay alive. Starring Norman Reedus, Melissa McBride, Lauren Cohan 

 A Rip In Time (TV-G)

Sarah is an organic farmer who meets a man claiming to be from 1787, she quickly discovers old-fashioned feelings that can be just as crazy as his story. Starring Torrey DeVitto, Niall Matter, Eric Keenleyside 

Synopsis by IMDB. 

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