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Spectre, the 24th entry in the official James Bond feature film franchise that has spanned over 50 years and counting, closes its end credits with the line familiar to fans over many years: “James Bond Will Return.” Normally, this would leave us with a sense of excitement and anticipation over what Bond’s next film adventure would be, but as I read this just before leaving the theater, after watching the fairly rote film before it, I just had a sense of weariness and even wondered whether James Bond should return. The Bond films will go on, of course, if only … Continue reading
The annual Christmas Eve celebration is the destination in the new film Love the Coopers. Every year, millions of people set out to gather together during Christmas, usually with an extended family that includes grandma and grandpa alongside aunts and uncles and the like. The Coopers are planning on one of these “perfect” family gatherings. Charlotte Cooper (Diane Keaton) enjoys this moment with her kids, her sister, her father and her loving husband. Only one thing: This may be the last Christmas together under her roof. Charlotte and her husband Sam (John Goodman) are struggling and may be calling it … Continue reading
On Demand DVD New Releases Feb. 8-14 99 Homes When Dennis Nash is evicted from his family home, he searches out the real-estate broker who was there to repossess the house. That man, Rick Carver, has made a lot of money taking over foreclosures and decides to take Nash under his wing and teach him the business. It’s an extremely hostile environment that may change the person Nash is to his core. Andrew Garfield, Michael Shannon, Laura Dern (R, 1:52) 2/9 Convergence A detective must fight for the redemption of his soul when he finds himself trapped in a mysterious … Continue reading
Manson’s Lost Girls premieres Saturday, Feb. 6, at 8/7CT on Lifetime. Most of us have seen their pictures. Three pretty young girls walking shoulder to shoulder in a courthouse hallway, looking serene as angels. Look closer and you notice crude swastikas etched by their own hands into their foreheads. They’re Manson’s girls — Susan Atkins, Patricia Krenwinkel and Leslie Van Houten — a trio of troubled young women seduced into the legendary cult leader’s “Family” by the promise of free love and free rein at the height of the hippie movement. And all three loved their leader enough to kill. Lifetime’s new original … Continue reading
On Demand DVD New Releases Feb. 1-7 Big Stone Gap Ashley Judd and Patrick Wilson star in a heartwarming tale about small-town life, self-discovery and the triumph of love. Based on Adriana Trigiani’s best-selling novel. (PG-13, 1:36) 2/2 Bridge of Spies James Donovan is a simple insurance lawyer in Brooklyn during the Cold War. He finds himself in the middle of a high-profile case when he is brought in to help negotiate the release of an American pilot. The mission he is sent on is nearly impossible, but this is a man who is willing to risk everything to show the … Continue reading
On Demand DVD New Releases Jan. 25-31 A Brilliant Young Mind Inspired by true events, a young prodigy encounters new life challenges when he competes in the prestigious International Math Olympiad. Asa Butterfield, Rafe Spall (PG-13, 1:52) 1/26 Burnt (pictured) Adam Jones has a bit of a checkered past. Drugs and diva behavior nearly destroyed this talented chef. His reemergence has him leading a new brigade in London in a quest to gain another coveted Michelin star. He is definitely talented in the kitchen, but can a new group of chefs working with him be tutored in his ways to succeed … Continue reading
Toni Braxton: Unbreak My Heart premieres Saturday, January 23 at 8/7CT on Lifetime. Most people consider R&B star Toni Braxton an unmitigated success story — model-worthy looks, a two-decade-plus recording career, seven Grammy Awards and a popular WE tv reality show with her four outspoken sisters. Behind the scenes, however, Braxton has dealt with heartache, betrayal, illness and upheaval for most of her adult life, lending additional poignancy to the soulful songs that made her a star. In 2014, the singer released her memoir — titled Unbreak My Heart in homage to her 1996 Billboard No. 1 hit — which chronicled … Continue reading
From the streets of Compton, Calif., came a rap group that revolutionized music and pop culture as a whole. In the mid 1980s, N.W.A. became the world’s most dangerous group in the eyes of many and ignited a social revolution. The film Straight Outta Compton tells the story of N.W.A. and their rise from the mean streets of Compton, some of the most dangerous in the country at that time. The city of Compton is as key a figure in the story of N.W.A’s rise as any other element. N.W.A’s defiant name, coupled with their hard-hitting lyrics, spoke directly to … Continue reading
In May of 1996, climbers from two commercial expeditions began their final ascents toward the summit of Mount Everest. Out of nowhere, a violent storm places the adventurers in a blizzard that was unlike any other ever experienced by the climbers. In these extreme conditions, the teams faced wind and freezing temperatures in an epic battle to survive against nearly impossible odds. Everest documents the awe-inspiring journey of these two teams of climbers. But beyond telling the story of what the climbers faced, the team responsible for making the movie — both cast and crew — faced their own battle … Continue reading
On Demand DVD New Releases Jan. 18-24 The Diary of a Teenage Girl A teenage girl has her first sexual experience with an older man and grabs hold of the sexual being she has become. Bel Powley, Alexander Skarsgård, Christopher Meloni (R, 1:42) 1/19 Everest A mountain scaled by few, summited by even fewer and as unpredictable as anything you can imagine. This is Everest. Climb with Rob Hall and the Adventure Consultants team, who, along with many others, set off toward the peak of this majestic mountain only to be met by treacherous weather and a fight for survival. … Continue reading