Charlie St. Cloud (2010) Rated PG-13

Charlie’s and his brother Sam are in a car accident in which Sam passes away. After the accident, Charlie is given a gift of seeing loved ones that have passed. Based on the book, The Death and Life of Charlie St. Cloud by Ben Sherwood. Starring Zac Efron, Charlie Tahan, and Amanda Crew.

This film starts with all the warm fuzzies of brotherly love. It’s a predictable story, although ambiguous and at times lacking credibility in the story. The story runs smoothly until the end when the screenwriters decide to try and give us twists. This story is one of those sweet teen romances that doesn’t quite make sense but is still enjoyable to watch. However, I don’t believe it is worth a watch.

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Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader? (Nick) Rated TV-G

A remake of the hit game show where adults answer grade-school questions with the help of a group of kids to win money. Starring John Cena, Cooper Stutler, and Jamir Vega.

This time around, you can tell the kids are actors and want to perform. You can also tell that the contestants are prompted. It’s obvious the children have been prepped to answer the questions. John Cena is great, but I felt he was out of his league as a tough guy turned softy with the children. The show had the questions but lacked the spontaneity of the previous show. However, even with the lack of spontaneity, it’s still worth a watch.

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The Frozen Ground (2013) Rated TV-MA

A state trooper partners with a woman who escapes from the serial killer, Robert Hansen. Based on actual events. Starring Nicolas Cage, Vanessa Hudgens, and John Cusack.

This film is based on a true story. It’s not a documentary, but it is a good thriller. However, the script leaves much to be desired. The film doesn’t dive into the serial killer’s reasons or the relationships he has. It mostly follows the trooper and his life as he tries to help the victim. What frustrated me the most was the wife’s character. I hope that wasn’t based on the real wife, and if it is, it’s obvious we aren’t getting the whole story. The wife seemed wishy-washy and uncaring about his case one minute; then, in the next scene, she’s helping him. She was the most confusing character. That didn’t detract from the story; it’s still worth a watch.

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New This Week in Theaters, August 8, 2019

Image result for Brian Banks 2019 poster Brian Banks (PG-13)
Opens on Friday, August 9
Starring: Aldis Hodge, Greg Kinnear, Sherri Shepherd, Melanie Liburd

A football player’s dreams to play in the NFL are halted when he is wrongly convicted and sent to prison. Years later, he fights to clear his name within an unjust system.

Image result for Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark 2019 Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark (PG-13)
Opens on Friday, August 9
Starring: Zoe Margaret Colletti, Michael Garza, Gabriel Rush, Dean Norris

A group of teens face their fears in order to save their lives.

After the Wedding poster.jpg After the Wedding (PG-13)
Opens on Friday, August 9
Starring: Michelle Williams, Julianne Moore, Billy Crudup, Will Chase

A manager of an orphanage in Kolkata travels to New York to meet a benefactor.

Image result for One Child Nation One Child Nation (R)
Opens on Friday, August 9
Starring: Nanfu Wang, Jialing Zhang

After becoming a mother, a filmmaker uncovers the untold history of China’s one-child policy and the generations of parents and children forever shaped by this social experiment.

Image result for Dora and the Lost City of Gold Dora and the Lost City of Gold (PG)
Opens on Friday, August 9
Starring: Isabela Moner, Q’orianka Kilcher, Benicio Del Toro, Eva Longoria

Dora, a teenage explorer, leads her friends on an adventure to save her parents and solve the mystery behind a lost city of gold.

Image result for The Art of Racing in the Rain The Art of Racing in the Rain (PG)
Opens on Friday, August 9
Starring: Kevin Costner, Amanda Seyfried, Milo Ventimiglia, Martin Donovan

Through his bond with his owner, aspiring Formula One race car driver Denny, golden retriever Enzo learns that the techniques needed on the racetrack can also be used to successfully navigate the journey of life.

Image result for The Kitchen The Kitchen (R)
Opens on Friday, August 9
Starring: Elisabeth Moss, Melissa McCarthy, Domhnall Gleeson, Tiffany Haddish

The wives of New York gangsters in Hell’s Kitchen in the 1970s continue to operate their husbands’ rackets after they’re locked up in prison.

Image result for The Peanut Butter Falcon The Peanut Butter Falcon (PG-13)
Opens on Friday, August 9
Starring: Shia LaBeouf, Dakota Johnson, Zack Gottsagen, John Hawkes

Zak runs away from his care home to make his dream of becoming a wrestler come true.

Image result for Corporate Animals Corporate Animals (R)
Opens on Friday, August 9
Starring: Demi Moore, Ed Helms, Jessica Williams, Karan Soni

Lucy  is the egotistical megalomaniac CEO of Incredible Edibles, America’s premier provider of edible cutlery. In her infinite wisdom, Lucy leads her staff including her long-suffering assistants, Freddie and Jess, on a corporate team-building caving weekend to New Mexico. When disaster strikes, not even their useless guide, Brandon, can save them. Trapped underground by a cave-in, this mismatched and disgruntled group must pull together in order to survive.

Synopsis by IMDB.

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When Sharks Attack (NatGeo) Rated NR

A show investigates recent shark attacks with news archives and interviews of survivors to discover why sharks attack. Starring Eric Meyers, Thomas Frick, and Dan Huber.

I actually enjoyed this series. The show talks with survivors and marine biologists and includes news archives to investigate and discover why sharks attack and when. They also find which sharks do the attacking. The show helps us learn the habits of sharks and the reasons why they sometimes attack humans when humans are really not their typical food. Does the show go in-depth about shark attacks? No, but it does help explain what could cause them to attack. This show is worth a watch.

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Gamer (2009) Rated R

In the future, inmates fight in a mind-control game where if they win, they will be set free. Starring Gerard Butler, Amber Valletta, and Michael C. Hall.

This film is chaotic. It’s action-packed from start to finish, but there isn’t much of a storyline that goes with it. The film overdoes the grittiness of the shots – the shaky camera, closeups, and sound effects. I love Gerard Butler, but this character is like too many of his other ones with absolutely no depth. The plot seems interesting, but with the script being too bland, it’s boring and without a point. This film is not worth a watch.

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Til Death Do Us Part (ID) Rated NR

An investigation show chronicles relationships that end in tragedy. Starring Ronan Summers, Heike Brunner, and Arthur Falko.

This investigating series tells the stories of relationships that end in murder. It’s not exactly what you think. I struggled with the point of this show – with whether or not these stories should be told. It must be hard for some of the families and victims to relive the tragedy. They use interviews with reenactments to tell the story leading up to the tragic circumstance. The show follows the couple as they fall in love and their lives take a turn that nobody expected. The show is sad but worth a watch.

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New This Week on DVD, August 6, 2019

 Pokemon Detective Pikachu (PG)

In a world where people collect Pokémon to do battle, a boy comes across an intelligent talking Pikachu who seeks to be a detective. Starring Ryan Reynolds, Justice Smith, Kathryn Newton

 The Curse of La Llorona (R)

Ignoring the eerie warning of a troubled mother suspected of child endangerment, a social worker and her own small kids are soon drawn into a frightening supernatural realm. Starring Linda Cardellini, Roman Christou, Jaynee-Lynne Kinchen

 Poms (PG-13)

POMS is a comedy about a group of women who form a cheer leading squad at their retirement community, proving that you’re never too old to ‘bring it!’ Starring Diane Keaton, Jacki Weaver, Celia Weston

 Amazing Grace (G)

A documentary presenting Aretha Franklin with choir at the New Bethel Baptist Church in Watts, Los Angeles in January 1972.  Starring Aretha Franklin, James Cleveland, Southern California Community Choir

 Tolkien (PG-13)

The formative years of the orphaned author J.R.R. Tolkien as he finds friendship, love and artistic inspiration among a group of fellow outcasts at school. Starring Nicholas Hoult, Al Bollands, Kallum Tolkien

 Charlie Says (R)

The tragic tale of an all-American girl who was transformed into a cold-blooded killer in the summer of 1969. Starring Chace Crawford, Suki Waterhouse, Merritt Wever

Poster The Iron Orchard (R)

“The Iron Orchard” is the story of Jim McNeely, a young man thrust into the vibrant and brutal West Texas oilfields in 1939, who works his way through the ranks to ultimately become a formidable wildcatter. Starring Ali Cobrin, Austin Nichols, Lew Temple

 The Souvenir (R)

A young film student in the early ’80s becomes romantically involved with a complicated and untrustworthy man. Starring Neil Young, Tosin Cole, Jack McMullen

 Halston (NR)

Prodigiously talented, Halston reigned over fashion in the 1970s and became a household name. But everything changed in the Wall Street era. With his empire under threat, Halston took the biggest gamble of his life. Starring Liza Minnelli, Marisa Berenson, Joel Schumacher, Naeem Khan, Pat Cleveland

 Rivers of Life (NR)

This landmark three-part series reveals the extraordinary animals, epic landscapes, and remarkable people who live alongside three iconic rivers. Using new technology and exclusive stories, Rivers of Life reveals a wider and fresh perspective on the extraordinary landscapes, surprising wildlife, and extraordinary people of the Nile, the Mississippi, and the Amazon. Starring Michael J. Hayes

 Jamestown: Season 3 (NR)

A drama about English settlers in America in 1617. Starring Stuart Martin, Matt Stokoe, Kalani Queypo

 Strike Back: Cinemax Season Six (TV-MA)

Follows the actions of Section 20, a secretive unit of British military intelligence. A team of special operations personnel conduct several high risk missions across the globe. Starring Philip Winchester, Sullivan Stapleton, Michelle Lukes

 Knightfall: The Complete Second Season (TV-14)

A look at the final days of the Knights Templar during the 14th century. Starring Tom Cullen, Pádraic Delaney, Simon Merrells

 Jesus: His Life (NR)

Comprehensive retelling of Jesus’ life story from a historically- and Biblically-accurate perspective. Live-action storytelling interspersed with brief commentary provides context about the world as it was during the early Christian era. Starring Houda Echouafni, Cassie Bradley, Greg Barnett

 Descendants 3 (TV-G)

The teenagers of Disney’s most infamous villains return to the Isle of the Lost to recruit a new batch of villainous offspring to join them at Auradon Prep. Starring Cameron Boyce, Dove Cameron, Sofia Carson

 The Good Doctor: Season Two (TV-14)

Shaun Murphy, a young surgeon with autism and Savant syndrome, is recruited into the surgical unit of a prestigious hospital. Starring Freddie Highmore, Nicholas Gonzalez, Antonia Thomas

 Love At Sea (TV-14)

Alexa stars as an event planner organizing a culinary cruise and has everything set to the last detail…until she learns she’ll be dealing with the rookie cruise director, portrayed by Carlos, who has his own way of doing things. Starring Alexa PenaVega, Carlos PenaVega, Melissa Carcache

 The Outpost: Season 1 (TV-14)

Talon, the lone survivor of the Blackbloods, sets off to track her family’s killers, and discovers her supernatural powers, which she must learn to harness.  Starring Jessica Green, Jake Stormoen, Imogen Waterhouse

 Attack on Titan: Season Three, Part One (TV-14)

After his hometown is destroyed and his mother is killed, young Eren Yeager vows to cleanse the earth of the giant humanoid Titans that have brought humanity to the brink of extinction. Starring Marina Inoue, Yûki Kaji, Yui Ishikawa

Synopsis by IMDB.

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They Came Together (2014) Rated R

A small business owner is about to lose her business to a big corporation. Starring Paul Rudd, Amy Poehler, and Bill Hader.

A take of A Shop Around the Corner with romantic comedy spoofs does not sync together at all. I love Paul Rudd, but I really struggled with his chemistry with Poehler. The film just doesn’t seem to know where it’s going or what it is. It’s not funny, and it doesn’t bring out the satire that it’s trying for in spoofing other romantic comedies. The film’s potty humor doesn’t sit well for a romantic comedy; it seems to go on forever, repeating the same joke. This film is not worth a watch.

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Uglydolls (2019) Rated PG

UglyDolls go on an adventure to learn who they are and their place in the world. Starring Pitbull, Ice-T, and Kelly Clarkson.

I saw the preview trailer of this film about a year ago when the atrocious film reviews starting coming out about the film’s previews. I saw that trailer, and I thought, “this doesn’t seem like a film that will build up a child’s character.” It was better than I originally thought it would be, but it still doesn’t uphold the beauty of individuality. At first, the UglyDolls highlight their beauty, but then they head to the quality assurance department. They must pass with perfection in order to find the human made for them. I get that they want to have a good message about loving yourself and reminding kids that they are perfect as they are, but this film doesn’t put that first. It puts the dolls down more than it builds them up. This film is not worth a watch.

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