R. Lee Ermey (1944-2018)

(1944-2018)

 

 Se7en (1995) Rated R

Two detectives, a rookie and a veteran, hunt a serial killer who uses the seven deadly sins as his motives.

 Toy Story (1995) Rated G

A cowboy doll is profoundly threatened and jealous when a new spaceman figure supplants him as top toy in a boy’s room.

  The X Files (1993– ) Rated TV-14

Two FBI agents, Fox Mulder the believer and Dana Scully the skeptic, investigate the strange and unexplained, while hidden forces work to impede their efforts.

 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (1999– ) Rated TV-14

The Special Victims Unit, a specially trained squad of detectives in the NYPD, investigate sexually related crimes.

 Dead Man Walking (1995) Rated R

A nun, while comforting a convicted killer on death row, empathizes with both the killer and his victim’s families.

 Cracker (1997–1998) Rated NR

Unconventional psychologist Gerry “Fitz” Fitzgerald is one of the best police interrogators in the business, mostly because his own quirks and perversities help him get inside the criminal mind.

Synopsis by IMDB.

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Chuck McCann (1934-2018)

 

(1934-2018)

 

Sliders (1995–2000) Rated NR

A boy genius and his comrades travel to different parallel universes, trying to find their way back home.

 Knight Rider (1982–1986) Rated TV-PG

A lone crimefighter battles the forces of evil with the help of a virtually indestructible and artificially intelligent supercar.

 Little House on the Prairie (1974–1983) Rated TV-PG

The life and adventures of the Ingalls family in the nineteenth century American Midwest.

 Robin Hood: Men in Tights (1993) Rated PG-13

A spoof of Robin Hood in general and Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves  in particular.

 Mad About You (1992–1999) Rated TV-PG

Paul and Jaime Buchman are a recently married couple in New York City. They point out the gentle humor of domesticity and in the everyday situations of life.

Synopsis by IMDB.

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Rise (NBC) Rated TV-14

Rise follows a high school drama club that is run by a passionate teacher. Starring Josh Radnor, Marley Shelton, and Auli’i Cravalho.

I was so looking forward to this show, alas, I am very disappointed. I thought this would be amazing if it were a mixture of Friday Night Lights and Glee. It’s not. First off, I’m very put off by the teacher turned drama coach. He’s more concerned with promoting his agenda than caring about the students or the school. I’m also put off by the choice to use the Broadway musical, Spring Awakening. It’s not something I think high school students should be performing. What’s worse is that the drama coach doesn’t care how it’s represented; it leaves a bad taste in my mouth. Then you have how the show depicts Christians as weak and not caring. It’s obvious the writers have no idea what Christians are really thinking or feeling. It’s also obvious that they would encourage the Christians to forsake beliefs and follow the drama teacher, yet another disappointment of the show in my opinion. Rise doesn’t promote inclusion or respect for the differences of others, but instead, it points more toward conformity, indicating the students must do as the drama teacher says. This show is not worth a watch.

 

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A Warrior’s Heart (2011) Rated PG

A high school La Crosse player deals with the death of his father, having a new coach, and his own arrogance. Starring Kellan Lutz, Adam Beach, and Ridge Canipe.

This film is a predictable teenage sports drama; it didn’t leave much of an impression on me. A Warrior’s Heart highlights La Crosse, a lesser-known sport. I’m from a state that is rich in Native American culture, so I’m familiar with La Crosse. The film’s look into this often neglected sport seems to be the only thing going for it. The script is soft and flat; there isn’t any weight to the characters or the conflict in the story. Adding to this film’s downfall are the actors, who struggle with the script and don’t pull you into the storyline. This film isn’t worth a watch.

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Rosanne (ABC) Rated TV-PG

A revival of the 1990s sitcom Rosanne. Starring Roseanne Barr, John Goodman, and Laurie Metcalf.

The cast of Rosanne has their spark back. It’s almost like they haven’t been off the air for 21 years. The actors pick up with their characters right where they left off. The family members still have their quirks, and yet they still love each other. It’s also nice to see someone take the conservative side with a more positive note, and the political banter between characters is light-hearted and isn’t done out of malice. It’s a modern family that loves one another even when they don’t agree. This is a series that is worth a watch.

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New This Week in Theaters, April 12, 2018

 

Image result for Borg vs. McEnroe Borg vs. McEnroe (R)
Opens on Friday, April 13
Starring: Sverrir Gudnason, Shia LaBeouf, Stellan Skarsgård, Tuva Novotny

The story of the 1980s tennis rivalry between the placid Björn Borg and the volatile John McEnroe.

Image result for Beirut movie Beirut (R)
Opens on Friday, April 13
Starring: Rosamund Pike, Jon Hamm, Mark Pellegrino, Dean Norris

Caught in the crossfires of civil war, CIA operatives must send a former U.S. diplomat to negotiate for the life of a friend he left behind.

Image result for The Rider movie The Rider (R)
Opens on Friday, April 13
Starring: Brady Jandreau, Tim Jandreau, Lilly Jandreau, Cat Clifford

After suffering a near fatal head injury, a young cowboy undertakes a search for new identity and what it means to be a man in the heartland of America.

Image result for Rampage movie Rampage (PG-13)
Opens on Friday, April 13
Starring: Dwayne Johnson, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Malin Akerman

Primatologist Davis Okoye shares an unshakable bond with George, the extraordinarily intelligent gorilla who has been in his care since birth. But a rogue genetic experiment gone awry transforms this gentle ape into a raging monster. As these newly created monsters tear across North America, destroying everything in their path, Okoye teams with a discredited genetic engineer to secure an antidote, fighting his way through an ever-changing battlefield, not only to halt a global catastrophe but to save the fearsome creature that was once his friend.

Image result for Overboard movie 2018 Overboard (PG-13)
Opens on Friday, April 13
Starring: Anna Faris, Eva Longoria, Emily Maddison, Swoosie Kurtz

A spoiled, wealthy yacht owner is thrown overboard and becomes the target of revenge from his mistreated employee. A remake of the 1987 comedy.

Image result for Truth or Dare movie 2018 Truth or Dare (PG-13)
Opens on Friday, April 13
Starring:  Lucy Hale, Tyler Posey, Violett Beane, Nolan Gerard Funk

A harmless game of Truth or Dare among friends turns deadly when someone — or something — begins to punish those who tell a lie or refuse the dare.

Image result for An Ordinary Man movie 2018 An Ordinary Man (R)
Opens on Friday, April 13
Starring: Ben Kingsley, Hera Hilmar, Peter Serafinowicz

A war criminal in hiding forms a relationship with his only connection to the outside world – his maid.

Image result for Sgt. Stubby: An American Hero movie 2018 Sgt. Stubby: An American Hero (PG)
Opens on Friday, April 13
Starring: Helena Bonham Carter, Logan Lerman, Gérard Depardieu

A stray dog – Sgt. Stubby – gets adopted by a soldier while training for World War I. For his valorous actions, Sgt. Stubby is still recognized as the most decorated dog in American history.

Image result for Wildling movie 2018 Wildling (R)
Opens on Friday, April 13
Starring: Brad Dourif, Liv Tyler, Bel Powley

A blossoming teenager uncovers the dark secret behind her traumatic childhood.

Image result for Zama movie 2018 Zama (UR)
Opens on Friday, April 13
Starring: Daniel Giménez Cacho, Lola Dueñas, Matheus Nachtergaele, Juan Minujín

Based on the novel by Antonio Di Benedetto written in 1956, on Don Diego de Zama, a Spanish officer of the seventeenth century settled in Asunción, who awaits his transfer to Buenos Aires.

Image result for 20 Weeks movie 2018 20 Weeks (NR)
Opens on Friday, April 13
Starring: Richard Riehle, Michelle Krusiec, Jocelin Donahue, Amir Arison

A couple must decide on how to move forward when their baby is diagnosed with a serious health condition at the 20 week scan.

Image result for Marrowbone movie 2018 Marrowbone (R)
Opens on Friday, April 13
Starring: George MacKay, Anya Taylor-Joy, Charlie Heaton, Mia Goth

A young man and his three younger siblings, who have kept secret the death of their beloved mother in order to remain together, are plagued by a sinister presence in the sprawling manor in which they live.

Synopsis by IMDB.

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Music City (CMT) Rated TV-PG

A group of musicians tries to make it big in Nashville. Starring Jackson Boyd, Rachyl Degman, and Alisa Fuller.

The only positive thing about this show is that it seems to revolve around a single character, Rachyl Degman. Degman is married to an artist, and the couple juggles the two worlds they live in. All the other characters seem to revolve around this central couple. The negatives of this show far outweigh the positives. Music City is supposed to be a reality show, but from the get-go, it shows no sign it’s a reality. The stories are contrived, and the acting is bad. In fact, the acting is so bad that you can tell it’s scripted rather than unscripted, which is the basis for a reality show. What makes it worse is that the characters/actors aren’t relaxed or natural; they’re uncomfortable with the script. This is a show that just isn’t worth a watch.

 

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The Great Gatsby (2013) Rated PG-13

A writer and wall street trader is drawn to his neighbor, Jay Gatsby. Based on the book by F. Scott Fitzgerald. Starring Lisa Adam, Frank Aldridge, Amitabh Bachchan, Leonardo DiCaprio, Joel Edgerton, Isla Fisher, Tobey Maguire, and Carey Mulligan.

Baz Luhrmann does not disappoint with this telling of The Great Gatsby. Luhrmann loves to implement color in telling stories, and it’s no doubt he uses it to the fullest here. One problem with the film is the pacing of the story. Additionally, the music that Luhrmann uses doesn’t fit the time period and seems out of place. However, the actors are terrific; I enjoyed everyone’s performance. Leonardo DiCaprio brings Gatsby to life, and Tobey Maguire isn’t too bad, even though he doesn’t have many lines and mostly walks around watching everyone’s interactions. The film isn’t the best retelling of The Great Gatsby, but it’s good enough to be worth a watch.

 

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Darkest Hour (2017) Rated PG-13

It’s the year 1940, and Winston Churchill becomes the British Prime Minister. During his first few weeks in office, he must decide whether or not he will negotiate with Adolf Hitler. Starring Gary Oldman, Kristin Scott Thomas, and Ben Mendelsohn.

Unlike American cinema, British cinema has a knack for telling historical stories. They can relay the fact’s of the story without contriving a bias. This film is brilliantly done, and the cinematography is beautiful. Gary Oldman as Winston Churchill is wonderful; he transforms the character. The film covers the first few weeks of Churchill having become the British Prime Minister during a time of war. The filmmakers just tell the facts of the story, but they do it so that it’s intriguing and holds your interest. They don’t poke fun at Churchill nor do they promote what he did as right or wrong. They just tell the story. American filmmakers could take a cue from the British, who are spot on with their representation of historical events. This film is worth a watch.

 

 

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New This Week on DVD, April 10, 2018

 The Greatest Showman (PG)

Celebrates the birth of show business, and tells of a visionary who rose from nothing to create a spectacle that became a worldwide sensation. Starring Hugh Jackman, Michelle Williams, Zac Efron

 Molly’s Game  (R)

The true story of Molly Bloom, an Olympic-class skier who ran the world’s most exclusive high-stakes poker game and became an FBI target. Starring Jessica Chastain, Idris Elba, Kevin Costner

 All the Money in the World (R)

The story of the kidnapping of 16-year-old John Paul Getty III and the desperate attempt by his devoted mother to convince his billionaire grandfather Jean Paul Getty to pay the ransom. Starring Michelle Williams, Christopher Plummer, Mark Wahlberg

 Proud Mary (R)

Mary  is a hit woman working for an organized crime family in Boston, whose life is completely turned around when she meets a young boy whose path she crosses when a professional hit goes bad. Starring Taraji P. Henson, Billy Brown, Jahi Di’Allo Winston

 Phantom Thread (R)

Set in 1950’s London, Reynolds Woodcock is a renowned dressmaker whose fastidious life is disrupted by a young, strong-willed woman, Alma, who becomes his muse and lover. Starring Vicky Krieps, Daniel Day-Lewis, Lesley Manville

 Along with the Gods: The Two Worlds (NR)

After a heroic death, a firefighter navigates the afterlife with the help of three guides.  Starring Jung-woo Ha, Tae-hyun Cha, Ji-hun Ju

 My Friend Dahmer (R)

A young Jeffrey Dahmer struggles to belong in high school. Starring Zachary Davis Brown, Lily Kozub, Ross Lynch

 Condorito: La Pelicula (PG)

Condorito embarks in a hilarious adventure to save the planet and his loved ones from an evil alien. Starring Omar Chaparro, Jessica Cediel, Cristián de la Fuente

 Outlander: Season 3 (TV-MA)

An English combat nurse from 1945 is mysteriously swept back in time to 1743. Starring Caitriona Balfe, Sam Heughan, Duncan Lacroix

  Have a Little Faith (NR)

Writer Mitch Alboms reluctantly agrees to pen the eulogy of his childhood rabbi. Starring Laurence Fishburne, Bradley Whitford, Anika Noni Rose

 Hailey Dean Mystery: Murder with Love (NR)

Former prosecutor, Hailey Dean, is now a therapist. When her patient is questioned about the sudden deaths of her parents, Hailey’s previous job will come in handy to prove her innocence. Starring  Kellie Martin, Giacomo Baessato, Cindy Busby

 Firelight (PG)

A group of young inmates are given the opportunity to turn their lives around by becoming volunteer firefighters .  Starring Cuba Gooding Jr., Q’orianka Kilcher, DeWanda Wise

 The Coroner: Season One (NR)

A solicitor returns to the seaside town she left as a teenager to take up the post of coroner, becoming an advocate for the dead as she investigates sudden, violent or unexplained deaths. Starring Claire Goose, Matt Bardock, Beatie Edney

 Midtown: Season One (NR)

Midtown is based on the true cop stories of former NYPD cop turned Improv comedian Scott Baker. The show features Scott and Tom Malloy, star of the film Love N’ Dancing and graduate of the famous IoWest Improv Training center in Los Angeles. The series features real cop banter, and is based on situational humor related to being a cop in the NYPD. All of the dialogue is unscripted, and relies only on the Improv comedy talents of Baker and Malloy. Starring Scott Baker, Tom Malloy, Rick Staropoli

 The Mask: The Complete First Season (TV-Y7)

The further adventures of Stanley Ipkiss and his magic reality defying mask. Starring Rob Paulsen, Frank Welker, Jim Cummings

Synopsis by IMDB.

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