Liberation Heroes: The Last Eyewitnesses (2019) Rated TV-14

A collection of stories from the survivors and witnesses of the Holocaust. Starring Fred W. Friendly.

This TV movie was interesting to watch as the survivors and liberators talk about the scenes that they come across following the genocide of the Holocaust. It’s amazing that these men and women were able to talk about the things they saw while liberating the people in the camps during the Holocaust. The documentary includes interviews with survivors and videos from the actual liberation archive films. This short documentary reminds us never to forget the past or what people can do to each other. This is a film worth a watch.

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Mr. St. Nick (2002) Rated NR

King Nicholas XX is preparing to retire and pass on his legacy to his son, Nick St Nicholas. Only his son is a no-show and prefers his lifestyle and girlfriend. Will Christmas be saved? Starring Kelsey Grammer, Elaine Hendrix, and Brian Bedford.

This film is rather disappointing. It could have been a fun holiday flick, but I think the casting just didn’t mesh with the script. Each century, the next generation’s Santa takes over the family business; except the new Santa struggles with accepting and wanting the job. The script calls for funny scenes, but they just come off as cringe-worthy. Charles Durning, who plays the older St. Nick, plays the jolly guy perfectly, but I just couldn’t get over Grammer as St. Nick the younger. This film is not worth a watch.

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Life After: Chernobyl (2016) Rated NR

Two scientists go into the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone to check the animal life surrounding the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant, where the worst nuclear accident in history happened 30 years ago. Starring Tim Mousseau, Rob Nelson, and Mary-Ann Ochota.

This show is really much of a documentary on life after Chernobyl. Here we have a couple of scientists supposedly going into the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone – not fully covered and with little scientific investigation. I do find it humorous that the scientists are fully covered in hazmat, but the other scientists around them are not. Mostly the show is a sightseeing expedition of the animals and plants that surround the area. They do talk about the effects of the radiation on the animals, but it’s not scientifically proven. This film is not worth a watch.

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New This Week in Theaters, June 13, 2019

Image result for Men in Black: International Men in Black: International (PG-13)
Opens on Friday, Jun 14
Starring: Tessa Thompson, Chris Hemsworth, Rebecca Ferguson, Emma Thompson

The Men in Black have always protected the Earth from the scum of the universe. In this new adventure, they tackle their biggest threat to date: a mole in the Men in Black organization.

Image result for Shaft Shaft (R)
Opens on Friday, Jun 14
Starring: Samuel L. Jackson, Jessie T. Usher, Richard Roundtree, Regina Hall

John Shaft Jr., a cyber security expert with a degree from MIT, enlists his family’s help to uncover the truth behind his best friend’s untimely death.

Image result for Vault 2019 movie Vault (R)
Opens on Friday, Jun 14
Starring: Theo Rossi, Clive Standen, Samira Wiley

Vault tells a story about a group of small time criminals in 1975 who attempt to pull off the biggest heist in American history; stealing over $30 million from the Mafia in the smallest state in the union, Rhode Island.

Image result for The Dead Don't Die The Dead Don’t Die (R)
Opens on Friday, Jun 14
Starring: Bill Murray, Adam Driver, Tom Waits, Chloë Sevigny

The peaceful town of Centerville finds itself battling a zombie horde as the dead start rising from their graves.

Image result for American Woman 2019 movie American Woman (R)
Opens on Friday, Jun 14
Starring: Christina Hendricks, Aaron Paul, Sienna Miller, Amy Madigan

A woman raises her young grandson after her daughter goes missing.

Image result for 5B movie 5B (PG-13)
Opens on Friday, Jun 14
Starring: Alison Moed Paolercio, Cliff Morrison, David Denmark, Mary Magee

Documentary about the staff and patients of San Francisco General Hospital’s AIDS ward during the early years of the epidemic.

Image result for Remember Amnesia Remember Amnesia (PG-13)
Opens on Friday, Jun 14
Starring: Lisa Ann Walter, Tovah Feldshuh, Curtiss Cook

A US-based Physician from India loses his memory during an accident while visiting India and as his memory comes back, he can’t remember whether he has killed his wife.

Image result for Being Frank 2019 Being Frank (NR)
Opens on Friday, Jun 14
Starring: Anna Gunn, Samantha Mathis, Danielle Campbell, Jim Gaffigan

A normal father’s family life is turned upside down when his son discovers he has another family.

Image result for Hampstead 2019 movie Hampstead (PG-13)
Opens on Friday, Jun 14
Starring: Diane Keaton, Hugh Skinner, Brendan Gleeson, James Norton

An American widow finds unexpected love with a man living wild on Hampstead Heath when they take on the developers who want to destroy his home.

Image result for In the Aisles In the Aisles (NR)
Opens on Friday, Jun 14
Starring: Sandra Hüller, Franz Rogowski, Peter Kurth, Henning Peker

Christian begins to work as a shelf stacker at a supermarket and finds himself in a new, unknown world: the long aisles, the bustle at the checkouts, the forklifts.

Synopsis by IMDB.

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A Royal Christmas (2014) Rated TV-G

Prince Leopold wants to marry his love, a seamstress from Philadelphia, but his mother has other ideas. Starring Lacey Chabert, Stephen Hagan, and Jane Seymour.

This story just doesn’t seem that believable. The girlfriend is very ignorant of the traditions or knowledge of her boyfriend’s family. Jane Seymour’s character just is the worst – trying to stop the couple from getting married, and in the end, there’s seem to be too much of a change around for the story to flow. Then you have the couple that, as per most romances, do not communicate. The film just uses Christmas as the backdrop – it’s not used for the plot in any way. This is one Hallmark movie that I just can’t say is worth a watch.

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Isabelle (2018) Rated NR

A young couple excited about starting a family struggles with an evil spirit that wants to take over their lives. Starring Amanda Crew, Adam Brody, and Zoë Belkin.

This film doesn’t make any sense, or it isn’t explained well. I don’t think this is a spoiler, but at the end, the story goes back in time, and there is no explanation to that. Then you have the burial where there are just the three family members, and the priest is the same one from the hospital. Is this the only person of faith they know? That’s too strange. It’s strange that the funeral only has the three family members, especially since the sister has already visited – why wouldn’t she come? Then you have the husband who is repeatedly told how to handle the situation and refuses to listen to the advice, which of course makes the situation worse. This film is not worth the watch.

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A Christmas Mystery (2014) Rated TV-PG

A reporter learns that her mother has been receiving Christmas cards from a secret admirer and decides to find out who he is. Starring Esmé Bianco, Ryan Bittle, and John Ratzenberger.

This film is very poorly written. The premise is interesting, but the story just lacks in all aspects. There are plot holes and not a lot of intrigue. The acting isn’t the greatest either – the characters lack depth, which again points to the writing, but the actors can’t seem to overcome this obstacle. They never make these characters into people that we can identify with or sympathize with. This film is not worth a watch.

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New This Week on DVD, June 11, 2019

 Captain Marvel (PG-13)

Carol Danvers becomes one of the universe’s most powerful heroes when Earth is caught in the middle of a galactic war between two alien races. Starring Brie Larson, Samuel L. Jackson, Ben Mendelsohn

 Five Feet Apart (PG-13)

A pair of teenagers with cystic fibrosis meet in a hospital and fall in love, though their disease means they must avoid close physical contact. Starring Haley Lu Richardson, Cole Sprouse, Moises Arias

 Captive State (PG-13)

Set in a Chicago neighborhood nearly a decade after an occupation by an extra-terrestrial force, Captive State explores the lives on both sides of the conflict – the collaborators and dissidents. Starring John Goodman, Ashton Sanders, Jonathan Majors

 The Mustang (R)

The story of Roman Coleman, a violent convict, who is given the chance to participate in a rehabilitation therapy program involving the training of wild mustangs. Starring Matthias Schoenaerts, Jason Mitchell, Bruce Dern

 I am the Night: Limited Series (TV-MA)

A teenage girl and a disgraced journalist find themselves drawn into a web of secrets revolving around 1950s Los Angeles’ most infamous cold case. Starring Chris Pine, India Eisley, Jefferson Mays

 Magnum P.I.: Season One (TV-14)

An ex-Navy SEAL returns home from Afghanistan and uses his military skills to become a private investigator in Hawaii. Starring Jay Hernandez, Perdita Weeks, Zachary Knighton

 Front of the Class (PG)

Brad Cohen who, despite being challenged by Tourette’s Syndrome at a very young age, defies all odds to become a gifted teacher. Starring James Wolk, Treat Williams, Dominic Scott Kay

 Beyond the Blackboard (PG)

A 24-year-old first-time teacher overcomes her initial fears and prejudices and makes a difference in the lives of the homeless children she teaches in a shelter’s makeshift classroom.  Starring Emily VanCamp, Steve Talley, Timothy Busfield

 Noah (NR)

With a catastrophic storm on its way, one man is given a monumental task: build a boat big enough to save mankind from a flood that will cover the entire earth. But they won’t be alone. Filmed in front of a live audience, NOAH takes you on board one of the world’s best-known voyages as live animals fill the stage and aisles. Set sail inside the enormous ark in this extraordinary Bible story that has captivated audiences for generations! -Amazon Starring Sight & Sound Cast

 Orange Is the New Black: Season Six (TV-MA)

Convicted of a decade old crime of transporting drug money to an ex-girlfriend, normally law-abiding Piper Chapman is sentenced to a year and a half behind bars to face the reality of how life-changing prison can really be. Starring Taylor Schilling, Kate Mulgrew, Uzo Aduba

Synopsis by IMDB.

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Inside Mighty Machines (Smith) Rated TV-PG

Former NASA rocket engineer Chad Zdenek takes apart some of the world’s largest machines. Starring Chad Zdenek.

Chad goes inside big machines that changed the way we live. Each episode covers a different machine; he starts with the Boeing 747, and he continues with the aircraft carrier, C-5 Galaxy, deep sea oil rig, hovercraft, and power plant. Chad goes into each one to see how they work and what makes them tick. He also examines how they are made and, when taken apart, what is reused. It is interesting to see why we needed these big machines and how we used them. This show is worth a watch.

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The Red Tent (2014) Rated NR

The story of the twelve tribes of Israel is told through the eyes of Jacob’s daughter, Dinah. Based on the book by Anita Diamant. Starring Minnie Driver, Iain Glen, and Will Tudor.

There are good points to this movie and bad points to this movie. One good point is that the film does portray women of the Bible more clearly than other films. However, what it doesn’t talk about is the prevalence of God. Jacob’s life revolved around God, yet that isn’t mentioned throughout the film. I did enjoy the story of Joseph and Dinah’s coincide together, but we get little of Joseph’s story. Of course, this story is Dinah’s, not Joseph’s. There is little information about Dinah’s life, and she is only mentioned briefly in the Biblical story of Jacob’s family. The performances were good, and I did enjoy how they used what they knew of Dinah’s story and turned the story on its head. This miniseries is worth a watch.

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