Top Ten DVD List for July 26, 2016

 

This Week’s DVD Releases

by Kam Williams

Top Ten DVD List for July 26, 2016

Top Ten DVD List for July 26, 2016

                

 Pioneers of African-American Cinema

https://www.amazon.com/Pioneers-African-American-Cinema-Blu-ray/dp/B01EME1XLE?ie=UTF8&redirect=true&tag=thslfofire-20

Killer Creature Features: 50 Movie Collection

https://www.amazon.com/Killer-Creature-Features-MegaPack-Digital/dp/B01DL6PBRG?ie=UTF8&redirect=true&tag=thslfofire-20

Icons of Comedy: 50 Movie Collection

https://www.amazon.com/Icons-Comedy-Movie-MegaPack-Digital/dp/B01DL6PBP8?ie=UTF8&redirect=true&tag=thslfofire-20

River

https://www.amazon.com/River-Blu-ray-Rossif-Sutherland/dp/B01EIW5B6I?ie=UTF8&redirect=true&tag=thslfofire-20

Barbershop: The Next Cut

https://www.amazon.com/Barbershop-Next-Blu-ray-Digital-Ultraviolet/dp/B01E9MU072?ie=UTF8&redirect=true&tag=thslfofire-20

Dementia 13
https://www.amazon.com/Dementia-Detective-Restored-Version-Blu-ray/dp/B01GQL7FC2?ie=UTF8&redirect=true&tag=thslfofire-20 

Deadline-U.S.A.

https://www.amazon.com/Deadline-U-S-Blu-ray-Humphrey-Bogart/dp/B01DYN0NFG?ie=UTF8&redirect=true&tag=thslfofire-20

Jack Irish: Season One

https://www.amazon.com/Jack-Irish-Season-Guy-Pearce/dp/B01E0CGNFO?ie=UTF8&redirect=true&tag=thslfofire-20 

Baba Joon

https://www.amazon.com/Baba-Joon-Navid-Negahban/dp/B01EVZK2ZC?ie=UTF8&redirect=true&tag=thslfofire-20

Hardcore Henry

https://www.amazon.com/Hardcore-Henry-Blu-ray-Digital-HD/dp/B01E083MV6?ie=UTF8&redirect=true&tag=thslfofire-20

Honorable Mention

The Perfect Husband

https://www.amazon.com/Perfect-Husband-Blu-ray-Gabriella-Wright/dp/B01H4CSM8S?ie=UTF8&redirect=true&tag=thslfofire-20

Nature: Nature’s Perfect Partners

https://www.amazon.com/NATURE-Natures-Perfect-Partners-DVD/dp/B01DRW3KV8?ie=UTF8&redirect=true&tag=thslfofire-20

Criminal 

https://www.amazon.com/Criminal-Blu-ray-DVD-Digital-HD/dp/B01GFZG42Q?ie=UTF8&redirect=true&tag=thslfofire-20 

Nova: Operation Lighthouse Rescue

https://www.amazon.com/NOVA-Operation-Lighthouse-Rescue-DVD/dp/B01E9D9NNS?ie=UTF8&redirect=true&tag=thslfofire-20

I Am Wrath

https://www.amazon.com/Am-Wrath-Blu-ray-Digital-HD/dp/B01FQSOLO6?ie=UTF8&redirect=true&tag=thslfofire-20

WordWorld: It’s Time for School

https://www.amazon.com/WordWorld-Its-Time-School-DVD/dp/B01DEQ8ZNU?ie=UTF8&redirect=true&tag=thslfofire-20

The Travel Detective: Season Three

https://www.amazon.com/Travel-Detective-Season-3-DVD/dp/B01FR8DHTA?ie=UTF8&redirect=true&tag=thslfofire-20

Secrets of the Dead: Teotihuacan’s Lost Kings

https://www.amazon.com/Secrets-Dead-Teotihuacans-Lost-Kings/dp/B01E9D9NGK?ie=UTF8&redirect=true&tag=thslfofire-20

Caillou Goes for the Gold

https://www.amazon.com/Caillou-Goes-Gold-DVD/dp/B019539SSC?ie=UTF8&redirect=true&tag=thslfofire-20

Remember the Rules of Protection “Under the Sun”

 

Remember the Rules of Protection “Under the Sun”

by Amy Lignor

 

We wait for the sun. In some spots—those locations that are rarely seen for more than a month without a ground covered in a blanket of snow—wait even longer. But now, as we stare at the maps on the weather stations across the country, the bright red Baby…it’s hot outside.colors are covering almost all of the United States. Although there are states like Arizona and New Mexico that can usually be seen with red or orange covering their areas, when a place like Green Bay, Wisconsin, is having major problems with heat and humidity, everyone must remember that battling the sun is something that must be done.

 

Enjoying summer is a definite “must-do” because you never know when Old Man Winter will blow back in. But when enjoying ninety degree temperatures (with even worse humidity) you need to be on the defense when it comes to protecting the skin from sunburns. Anyone who has suffered from too much exposure to the sun knows how it hurts to basically move in any direction. The burn makes your skin feel like you were placed in an oven and “baked” for far too long. And when the skin starts to peel, patchy blotches are left behind. So what is the worst place to burn that causes the most discomfort? The face.

 

The first and foremost thing to remember about enjoying this long, hot summer, is to make sure to stop exfoliating the skin; instead, moisturizing must move up a notch to number one on your skin care “must-do” list. But if the deed is already done, there are many post-burn products that you should look into using as soon as possible after receiving a sunburn. Here are just a few:

 

An Ultra Repair Instant Oatmeal Mask (First Aid Beauty) contains the strongest cure for the sunburn, which are oats. This mask is a combination of colloidal oatmeal and avena sativa oat bran; a combination that helps to soothe the skin on your face, leave it soft, and bring back your natural glow instead of having to don the bright red nose that only Rudolph (Santa’s reindeer) can pull off.

 

The True Cream Aqua Bomb (belif) is there for perfect hydration. Feeling and looking almost like a gel, it actually makes your skin feel like refreshing cool water has been spritzed on your face. Utilizing this before bedtime has proven to greatly cut down on the peeling from your sunburn.

 

A combo – hydration and moisturizer – is produced by a company called e.l.f. Major ingredients of aloe, Vitamin E, cucumber, shea butter and more make up the product. Great for use during the sunshiny days, it does not feel oily whatsoever.

 

Another face mask that can definitely help soothe sunburned skin and rehydrate your pores is the Glossier Moisturizing Moon Mask. Placing the mask in the fridge allows you to stay cool with the mixture of honey, aloe, and hyaluronic acid. This is fantastic for people with sensitive skin. Thick, like a lotion, this mask allows highly sensitive skin to feel hydrated immediately. No fragrance to deal with, just leave it on for twenty minutes, rinse, and immediately feel the incredible difference that the product provides.

 

If wishing for lip repair, as well as being able to choose from red, pink or a sheer gloss to match your desired outfit, Aquaphor Lip Repair is available on the market. Although lip balms are aplenty, this is one that actually helps heal the lips after they become burned or puffy from the constant sunshine. A conditioner, this lip repair protects and provides absolute relief.

 

Last, but never least, is the ultimate “must-have” product when it comes to sitting out in the sun: sunscreen. And when it comes to focusing on the face, Neutrogena offers a Clear Face Sunscreen that not only helps block UV rays but can also be used by people who are already dealing with a sunburned/peeling face. Truly aiding those with sensitive skin who’re susceptible to breakouts, this is one sunscreen you should never leave home without.

 

In other words, if you are that sun lover who craves the bright light to come out and shine once again, make sure never to forget about protecting, hydrating and moisturizing that lovely (and now smiling) face of yours.

Source:  Baret News

Inspirational Documentary Chronicles Camaraderie among Mental Health Patients at Philly Beauty Parlor

 

Hollywood Beauty Salon

Film Review by Kam Williams

Inspirational Documentary Chronicles Camaraderie among Mental Health Patients at Philly Beauty Parlor

The Hollywood Beauty Salon is located in Germantown, PA, an area of Northwest Philly founded by settlers from Germany back in 1683. Today, the town is predominantly African-American as are most of the folks you’d meet at this unique establishment.

What makes this hairdresser different is that its patrons and staff members are all in recovery from mental illness and/or dependence on drugs or alcohol. Shot over the course of four years, the movie chronicles the camaraderie among the cosmetologists and clientele, while simultaneously telescoping on the touching life stories of seven of the shop’s regulars.

Hollywood Beauty Salon, Film Review by Kam Williams, directed by Glenn HolstenThere’s Rachel “Hollywood” Carr, the proprietor, a single mother of three who battled anxiety, depression and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder before becoming a Recovery Guide and a Certified Psychiatric Rehabilitation Practitioner. At the salon, she not only serves as a counselor but as a cosmetologist.

Rachel’s protege “Butterfly,” a recovering schizophrenic, exhibits considerable promise at braiding hair. The optimistic mother of three explains that she picked her nickname because she’s begun to blossom after being in a cocoon marked by depression and paranoia. Still, she misses her murdered big brother and worries about an incarcerated son.

65 year-old Edward, a college grad, recounts how, at 26, his life was derailed when he was diagnosed as a paranoid schizophrenic. A classically-trained flautist, he nevertheless holds onto his dream of one day playing with a professional orchestra.

The spa’s second in command is Darlene, a survivor of child abuse who recounts how she was teased mercilessly growing up Hollywood Beauty Salon, Film Review by Kam Williams, directed by Glenn Holstenabout her hair, her looks and for being in the foster care system.  One of her customers is shown taking delight in being taught to read, while another proudly pronounces “I am not my symptoms, I am not my diagnosis.”

The Hollywood Beauty Salon was directed by Glenn Holsten who is perhaps best known for another stellar documentary set in Philadelphia, The Barefoot Artist. He’s done it again, here, with this moving collection of poignant personal portraits powerfully illustrating the utter indomitability of the human spirit.

Excellent (4 stars)

Unrated

Running time: 88 minutes

Studio: Glennfilms / FreshFly

Distributor: Paladin

Source:  Baret News

Comparing Archery Releases

 

Comparing Archery Releases
By Brad Fenson

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I have to admit that I’m extremely fussy when it comes to which mechanical release to use with my bow. I believe it comes from my long-held affinity for marksmanship values stemming from my years of hunting and shooting rifles. There is absolutely no doubt in my mind—the better the trigger, the more accurate and consistent the shot.

A release is an interesting device, capable of holding back extreme weight with a simple hook or caliper. Releasing that weight smoothly and consistently is paramount to anyone being a good archer. The release is likely one of the biggest advancements in archery, as anyone that used to shoot fingers can attest.

When I was at the Archery Trade Association show earlier this year I checked out some new releases and used them to shoot a variety of bows. I learned a few things and have now become even fussier about what I’ll use.

If you’re looking for a new release, try to compare an open-hook with a caliper or jaw-design release. The best way to narrow down your preference is to look at the options.

DETONATOR

The TRUGLO Detonator is streamlined, fast and accurate. It uses an open-hook single-jaw design for fast and easy loading, especially with string loops. Shooting the release, I found it easy to attach to the string loop without even looking, which could save time and reduce movement when hunting. The trigger was sweet and broke clean and crisp. The shooter does have the ability to adjust the trigger pull to make it extremely lightweight.

 

TG2560MBC_NThe release just felt good in the hand, which is one of the biggest considerations. The forward trigger position adds safety and draw advantages. Plus, the release is made to last with stainless steel wear-free jaws and firing mechanism, and the head itself rotates fully to ensure there is never torque on the string.

My favorite feature of any TRUGLO release is the BOA technology in the release strap. A dial and wire system increases tension on the strap to hold it in place. You simply pop the dial up to release the tension to take the release off or reposition it. The wrist strap itself is easy to adjust with the BOA system, and will fit everyone from junior shooters to people with large wrists. The BOA system was designed for comfort and allows for unlimited adjustment to accommodate different custom fits for clothing or changing conditions—especially in the colder months.

One of the features I liked best on the Detonator was the one-inch of adjustment in the connection rod, allowing you to custom fit the release to your exacting standards. The adjustment increments—six holes spaced at 3/16th of an inch—are extremely fine, allowing for an easy fit your hand, shooting style, and trigger finger.

The rod on the Detonator is notably superior to many other brands, which often offer no adjustment, limited adjustment, or require threading or cutting to shorten the rod-to-trigger length.

When you are glassing, traveling, or just want the release out of the way, there is pivot that locks the release up or down, keeping it out of the way when doing anything besides shooting. Simply click it into the center position when you want to shoot.

NITRUS

Any seasoned archer will immediately see the quality and engineering in the NITRUS line of releases. They are similar looking to the Detonator line, but have a dual caliper jaw design for smooth consistent release from the string or D-loop.

The NITRUS is also available with the BOA or Velcro versions. As described in the Detonator line, this Cadillac of releases comes with the same rod/yoke adjustments.

If you’ve been looking for an upgrade to your current release, the NITRUS is the one you’ll want to check out. It is the top of the line, and is worth a look.

SPEED•SHOT XS BOA

TG2510BC_NThe Speed Shot XS BOA has the dual-jaw design that also works great on D-loops. Like the Detonator, there is over one inch of length adjustment to custom fit the release for any sized shooter and five color matching covers. They also offer the Speed Shot XS BOA in a junior model with specialized wrist strap to accommodate smaller shooters.

The BOA system has been a favorite of mine for many years, as it allows me to keep the release at the perfect length no matter what the conditions.

The caliper or dual-jaw release itself is compact and easy to attach. Simply pull the trigger to open the jaws and grab the D-loop or string.

The Speed Shot XS BOA is an economical option for those looking for a mechanical release. ThSpeed Shot XS BOA is a great entry-level release or one for a junior shooter that might want to look at different options as they grow.

 

Visit TRUGLO for Great Archery Products.

 

Original Source: TRUGLO.com

Summer Fun

 

Summer Fun

Enjoy a stress-free boating season by following these safety tips.

By Capt. Gus Cane

 

School’s out, the weather is warm, and summer is in full swing. That means it’s prime time to be on the water fishing, enjoying water sports, camping and cruising on the nation’s lakes, rivers, and coasts. Unfortunately, summer is also the time when most boating accidents occur. If you follow these simple tips from Yamaha Marine Group, though, risks are minimal, and the enjoyment factor goes way up.

 

Stay Afloat

Wearing the right life jacket at all times is the best way to stay safe on the water. Accidents happen when you least expect them and the ability to stay afloat, even when unconscious, is a proven life-saver. Make sure the jackets on-board are approved for the waters you frequent. New styles are lighter, cooler and more comfortable to wear, and automatic inflator, and self-righting types will keep your head above water until help arrives. In most states, juveniles are required to wear life jackets whenever the boat is underway. Adults are wise to follow this rule too. Periodically inspect jackets for rips, dry rot, and mildew. Rinse jackets off with fresh water after use and then let them dry before storing.

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Gear Check

Besides life jackets, make sure all the boat’s safety equipment is current and operational. Check flares, fire extinguishers, whistles, horns and other signaling devices. Keep everything dry and easily accessible while underway. A sea anchor/drift sock takes up little space and will help keep the bow in the waves if the engine is disabled. Make sure all blowers and exhaust fans are functioning properly. And don’t rely on cell phones to call for help. A VHF radio has greater range and is monitored by most authorities, including the US Coast Guard.

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Watch the Weather

Hot temperatures lead to thunderstorms which can pop up quickly. Smooth, protected waters can become dangerous crashing waves with high winds in a matter of minutes. Check the expected forecast before leaving the dock. Keep a watchful eye throughout the day. Radar is a huge help on larger vessels, but there is software or apps that can be accessed on the boat’s chart plotter or a cell phone as well. If you are caught unexpectedly, lower all antennas, fishing rods, and other lightning attractors. Stay low. Reduce speed to avoid swamping and keep the bow into the waves. Seek shelter as soon as possible without jeopardizing your passengers. There’s no reason to be scared on the water, but you sure better respect it.

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Common Sense Prevails

Common sense is paramount whenever you shove off.  Always operate at safe speeds and avoid reckless maneuvers. Comply with all navigation rules, local laws, on product warnings and labels, and the product’s owners manual. If you are skiing, tubing or wake-boarding, always have a safety observer on lookout.  Never drink and drive. .

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Share the Plan

Whether you’re boating solo or with a group, it’s always prudent to file a float plan that outlines the expected trip. Many marinas offer this service, so share details such as departure time, boat description, number of passengers, destination and expected return. Or let a family member or friend know the day’s itinerary. That way, if something unexpected does arise, the authorities can be alerted quickly to get help on the way to the place you were actually boating.

 

Don’t let this special season pass you by. Get out there on the water and enjoy all it has to offer. Just be safe whenever and wherever you do go boating.

 

Visit Yamaha Outboards Today!

 

 

Original Source:  Sportsmans Lifestyle.com

Legendary Civil Rights Icon Reflects upon the Past as Prologue

 

Joan Trumpauer Mulholland, She Stood for Freedom, Interview with Kam Williams, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Civil Rights MovementJoan Trumpauer Mulholland

The “She Stood for Freedom” Interview

with Kam Williams

Legendary Civil Rights Icon Reflects upon the Past as Prologue

Joan Trumpauer Mulholland was a little girl in the 1950s. When she saw that black people were being treated differently from white people, she promised herself that she would do something to change that. As a teenager, she joined the Civil Rights Movement and protested the injustice she saw around her.

During the 1960s, Joan attended many demonstrations and sit-ins, she protested at a Woolworth’s lunch counter, and she participated in several organized marches, including the March on Washington with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Though she was threatened, arrested, and mocked, she held true to her promise to make the world a better place for everyone. “Anyone can make a difference,” she says. “It doesn’t matter how old or young you are. Find a problem, get some friends together, and go fix it. Remember, you don’t have to change the world…just change your world.”

Here, Joan talks about “She Stood for Freedom,” an illustrated biography about her co-written by her son Loki and Angela Fairwell.

 

Kam Williams: Hi Joan, thanks for the interview. I want to begin by thanking you for your commitment to the Civil Rights Movement and for the sacrifices you made, risking not only your education and career, but life and limb. 

Joan Trumpauer Mulholland: Thank you, Kam.

KW: How does it feel to have your son, Loki, write a book about you?

JTM: It’s his project, and I’m in a supporting role for his efforts to reach young people about what has gone before and to inspire them to shape a better future. What is past is prologue.

KW: What message do you hope people will take away from it?

JTM: That they, too, can make a difference.

KW: What first interested you in the Civil Rights Movement?

JTM: I’d realized since grade school that segregation and prejudice were wrong. This was students my age trying to peacefully change things.

Joan Trumpauer Mulholland, She Stood for Freedom, Interview with Kam Williams, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Civil Rights Movement

KW: Do you think you might have been a little naive about how difficult it would be to change the minds of white Southerners

JTM: No. I AM a white Southerner–these were my people. I’d grown up amongst them. I knew how they felt.

KW: How hard was it for you to adhere to SNCC, Dr. King and Gandhi’s philosophy of non-violence in the face of the hostility with which you were met?

JTM: Non-violence was a no-brainer, in keeping with Christianity…”Turn the other cheek,” “Love thy neighbor,” etcetera. And I’m a Christian. Besides, if you fought back, you were hopelessly outnumbered and could be arrested for assault and battery.

KW: How did you feel when you were imprisoned on Death Row in Mississippi?

JTM: Death Row had great intimidation value, and the guards made sure you knew you were at their mercy–no reporters, lawyers only up from Jackson once a week, and so forth. On the other hand, it was certainly roomier, cleaner, more comfortable than the Hinds County Jail, and the food was better.

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Joan Trumpauer Mulholland & son, Author:Director Loki Mulholland

KW: What was it like being white but attending a black college and pledging a black sorority?

JTM: I was always a “minority,” so college was nothing new. At first, some of the students were a bit uncertain about me, but when I returned for the second, I was just one of the crowd. Had to eat that old cafeteria food and study like everyone else.

KW: Who loved you unconditionally during your formative years?

JTM:  My grandmothers.

KW: AALBC.com founder Troy Johnson asks: What was the last book you read?

JTM: Almost finished Vilhalmur Stefansson’s 1942 book, “Greenland.”
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Joan Trumpauer Mulholland, She Stood for Freedom, Interview with Kam Williams, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Civil Rights MovementKW: What is your favorite dish to cook?

JTM: Red beans and rice. My five sons would ALWAYS eat it, and some still ask for it when they come to visit.

KW: What advice do you have for anyone who wants to follow in your footsteps?

JTM:  Pick your issue, find a few like-minded folk, and just DO IT–non-violently.

KW: Thanks again for the time, Joan, and congratulations again on “She Stood for Freedom.”

JTM: My pleasure, Kam.

To order a copy of “She Stood for Freedom,” visit: https://www.amazon.com/She-Stood-Freedom-Trumpauer-Mulholland/dp/1629721778?ie=UTF8&redirect=true&tag=thslfofire-20

To order a copy of “She Stood for Freedom,” picture book edition for ages 4 to 8, visit: https://www.amazon.com/She-Stood-Freedom-Trumpauer-Mulholland/dp/162972176X?ie=UTF8&redirect=true&tag=thslfofire-20 

 Source:  Baret News

Calvin and Company Get Real in Chicago

 

Barbershop: The Next Cut, DVD Review, Kam Williams, Ice Cube, Third time is a charm, comedyBarbershop: The Next Cut

DVD Review by Kam Williams

Calvin and Company Get Real in Chicago 

There’s been a big change at Calvin’s Barbershop since our last visit over a decade ago. The once-sacred male sanctuary has been converted to a unisex salon, and some feisty female employees have brought a new flava to the former man cave, including manager Angie (Regina Hall), flamboyant Draya (Nicki Minaj) and cynical Bree (Margot Bingham).

Besides Ice Cube as Calvin, among the regulars reprising their roles are Jazmin Lewis as his wife, Eve as Terri, Cedric the Entertainer as Eddie, Anthony Anderson as J.D., Sean Patrick Harris as Jimmy, and Troy Garrity as Isaac. The cast also boasts a number of newcomers, most notably, scene-stealing J.B. Smoove as motor-mouthed One-Stop, Deon Cole as Dante, and Common whose character, Rashad, is married to Eve.

As the film unfolds, we’re treated to a montage of file footage featuring Reverend Al Sharpton and Father Pfleger, as well as news stories about the uptick in drive-by shootings on the South Side of Chicago. The situation has left Calvin in a quandary about whether it might be wise to relocate the establishment to a safer section of the city.

More importantly, he’s worried about the safety of his adolescent son, Jalen (Michael Rainey, Jr.), despite the fact the boy is enrolled at Holy Cross Catholic School. For, on his way home, the kid has to negotiate his way through a gauntlet of gangstas pressuring him to join their ranks.

Meanwhile, street violence seems to claim another young person’s life on a daily basis, with some of it hitting a little too close to home. This inspires Calvin to host a peace summit in a desperate attempt to negotiate a ceasefire between the bitter rivals, the Vice Lords and the G.D.s.

Besides addressing the escalating murder rate, the picture does devote plenty of scenes to its trademark levity. One moment, we’re treated to an old-fashioned battle-of-the-sexes. The next, there’s a debate over President Obama’s commitment to the black community. And the most comic relief comes courtesy of trash-talking One-Stop, who has an endless supply of market items for sale: nickel bags of weed to baby pit bulls to watermelon-flavored fried chicken.

Directed by Malcolm Lee (The Best Man), Barbershop: The Next Cut proves to be a pleasant surprise in that it tones down the campy comedy in favor of a serious social agenda. Easily the best installment in the beloved franchise, a movie which manages to entertain while delivering a sobering message that’s long overdue.

  Third time’s a charm for Ice Cube & company!

Excellent (4 stars)

Rated PG-13 for profanity, ethnic slurs and sexuality

Running time: 112 minutes

Distributor: Warner Brothers Home Entertainment Group

Blu-ray Extras: Gag reel; deleted scenes; and The Next Cut: Barbershop Bootcamp. 

To order a copy of Barbershop: The Next Cut on Blu-ray, visit:
https://www.amazon.com/Barbershop-Next-Blu-ray-Digital-Ultraviolet/dp/B01E9MU072?ie=UTF8&redirect=true&tag=thslfofire-20

Source:  Baret News

Ghost Appears Only in the Dark in Haunted House Horror Flick

 

Lights Out, Film Review, Horror, Teresa PalmerLights Out

Film Review by Kam Williams

Ghost Appears Only in the Dark in Haunted House Horror Flick

When Rebecca (Teresa Palmer) was growing up, she spent many a sleepless night frightened by noises that she only heard after the lights went out. Today, the emancipated 22 year-old has all but forgotten that unfortunate chapter of her childhood. After all, she’s long-since moved out of the house and has her own apartment as well as a devoted, if dimwitted, boyfriend, Bret (Alexander DiPersia), she’s been dating for 8 months.

But Rebecca’s relative state of bliss is rudely interrupted when she gets word that her little brother, Martin (Gabriel Bateman), has been suffering from insomnia for several days. She can’t help but wonder whether he’s just having nightmares or if he’s being terrorized by the the same sort of paranormal activity that had plagued her own formative years.

It suddenly has Rebecca reflecting on how her father (Billy Burke) had perished under mysterious circumstances at work after being warned by an alarmed colleague (Lotta Losten) that something weird was happening with the office lights. Could his untimely death possibly be related to little Martin’s current plight or was there no correlation?

So, those are among Rebecca’s concerns when she returns home to comfort her scared sibling. She offers to take custody of Martin as soon as he starts talking about their mom Sophie’s (Maria Bello) recent bizarre behavior, an indication that she might again be struggling with bouts of depression.

Truth be told, however, something supernatural is afoot. The premises have been invaded by the ghost of Sophie’s BFF (Alicia Vela-Bailey) who died from a light-sensitive skin condition when they were kids. For some unexplained reason, she’s morphed into an evil apparition that haunts her old friend’s house and only comes out at night.

Lights Out, Film Review, Horror, Teresa Palmer

Lights Out is one of those old-fashioned horror flicks which seeks to keep you on edge by making you jump out of your seat when you least expect it. The movie marks the noteworthy directorial debut of David F. Sandberg who has fully fleshed out his 2013 short film of the same name.

Despite low production values that often leave a lot to be desired, Sandberg has nevertheless managed to shoot a rather riveting screamfest, thanks to a capable cast, a haunting score and a knack for editing that’s downright nerve-wracking. Proof positive it’s still possible to mount a decent B-horror flick on a very modest budget.   

Very Good (3 stars)

Rated PG-13 for violence, mature themes, disturbing images, incessant terror and brief drug use

Running time: 81 minutes

Distributor: Warner Brothers Pictures

For movies opening July 22, 2016

 

OPENING THIS WEEK

Kam’s Kapsules

Weekly Previews That Make Choosing a Film Fun

by Kam Williams

MOVIES OPENING THIS WEEK,   Kam's Kapsules,  Weekly Previews That Make Choosing a Film Fun,  by Kam Williams

For movies opening July 22, 2016

BIG BUDGET FILMS

Ice Age: Collision Course (PG for mild rude humor, action and scenes of peril) 5th installment in the prehistoric fantasy franchise finds woolly mammoth Manny (Ray Romano), ground sloth Sid (John Leguizamo) and smilodon Diego (Denis Leary) and company on an epic trek to prevent impending asteroid strikes inadvertently triggered by saber-toothed squirrel Scrat’s (Chris Wedge) pursuit of that ever-elusive acorn. Voice cast ensemble includes Queen Latifah, Jennifer Lopez, Simon Pegg, Michael Strahan, Keke Palmer, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Wanda Sykes, Neil deGrasse Tyson, Nick Offerman and Adam DeVine.

Lights Out (PG-13 for violence, mature themes, disturbing images, incessant terror and brief drug use) Haunted house horror flick revolving around a family which finds itself preyed upon by a malevolent ghost (Alicia Vela-Bailey) that only strikes in the dark. With Maria Bello, Gabriel Bateman, Alexander DiPersia and Billy Burke.

Star Trek Beyond (PG-13 for action and violence) 13th episode in the intergalactic, sci-fi franchise finds Captain Kirk (Chris Pine) and the crew of the USS Enterprise stranded on an uncharted planet after being forced to abandon ship following an alien attack. With Idris Elba as the new nemesis, and Zachary Quinto as Dr. Spock, John Cho as Lt. Sulu, Simon Pegg as Scotty, Zoe Saldana as Lt. Uhuru, Karl Urban as Bones and the late Anton Yelchin as Chekov.   

INDEPENDENT & FOREIGN FILMS

Absolutely Fabulous (R for profanity, sexuality and drug use) Adaptation of the British TV sitcom revolving around a couple of flamboyant, aging fashionistas (Jennnifer Saunders and Joanna Lumley) who flee London for the French Riviera  after creating a media storm by accidentally knocking now-missing supermodel Kate Moss off a balcony and into the River Thames. With Rebel Wilson, Joanna Lumley, John Hamm and Alexa Chung, with cameos by Jerry Hall and Joan Collins.

Don’t Think Twice (R for profanity and drug use) Ensemble dramedy about the emotional fallout visited upon a fledgling, improv comedy troupe when one of its members (Keegan Michael-Key) gets a big break on a Saturday Night Live-type TV show. Cast members include Gllian Jacobs, Chris Gethard, Kate Micucci, Tami Sagher and the film’s writer/director Mike Birbiglia. 

Don’t Worry Baby (Unrated) “Who’s the daddy?” dramedy about a philandering husband (Christopher MacDonald) who unknowingly cheats on his wife (Talia Balsam) by sleeping with the same woman (Dreama Walker) as their son (John Magaro), only to learn that one of them is the father of her daughter (Rainn Williams). With Tom Lipinski, Britt Lower and Phil Burke.

For the Plasma (Unrated) Buddy dramedy, set in Maine, about the friendship rekindled betwen a forest fire lookout (Rosalie Lowe) and the former BFF (Anabelle LeMieux) she hires as her assistant. Support cast includes Tom Lloyd, Ryohei Hoshi and Erica Jennifer Hill.

Hillary’s America: The Secret History of the Democratic Party (PG-13 for violence, mature themes and smoking) Political documentary, written and directed by arch-conservative Dinesh D’Souza, incriminating Hillary Clinton while uncovering shady skeletons in the Democrats’ closet. Featuring commentary by D’Souza, Jonah Goldberg and Peter Schweizer..

Madaari (Unrated) Revenge thriller revolving around a grieving widower’s (Irfan Khan) search for answers after losing his family and everything he owns in a man-made disaster. With Jimmy Shergill, Vishesh Bansal, Nitish Pandey and Tushar Dalvi. (In Hindi with subtitles)

Quitters (R for sexuality, profanity, and teen drug and alcohol abuse) Coming-of-age dramedy, set in San Francisco, about a troubled teen (Ben Konigsberg) who finds a better family to live with after his parents’ (Mira Sorvino and Greg Germann) marriage falls apart. Featuring Kara Hayward, Morgan Turner and Kieran Culkin.

The Seventh Fire (Unrated) Native American documentary, set in Minnesota, about a jaded gang leader (Rob Brown) just sentenced to prison who rethinks his violent lifestyle role while his impressionable teen protege (Kevin Fineday) still dreams of becoming the biggest drug dealer on their Ojibwe reservation.

Summertime (Unrated) Homoerotic romance drama, set in 1971, revolving around the love which unexpectedly blossoms between a feminist Spanish teacher (Cecile De France) and an unassuming farmer’s daughter (Izia Hegelin). With Noemie Lvovsky, Jean-Henri Compere and Loulou Hanssen. (In French with subtitles)

Source:  Baret News

For movies opening July 15, 2016

 

OPENING THIS WEEK

Kam’s Kapsules

Weekly Previews That Make Choosing a Film Fun

by Kam Williams

MOVIES OPENING THIS WEEK, Kam's Kapsules, Weekly Previews That Make Choosing a Film Fun, by Kam Williams

For movies opening July 15, 2016

BIG BUDGET FILMS Ghostbusters (PG-13 for action and crude humor) Gender-bent reboot of the classic comedy revolving around a scientist (Melissa McCarthy), a professor (Kristen Wiig), a nuclear engineer (Kate McKinnon) and a subway token booth clerk (Leslie Jones) who join forces to save Manhattan from a demonic disembodied spirit (Neil Casey). Ensemble cast includes Chris Hemsworth, Cecily Strong, Andy Garcia and Michael Kenneth Williams, with cameo appearances by Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Sigourney Weaver and Ernie Hudson. The Infiltrator (R for pervasive profanity, graphic violence, drug use and some sexuality) Bryan Cranston plays the title character in this fact-based drama, set in 1985, about a U.S. Customs Agent who posed as a money-launderer in order to infiltrate Pablo Escobar’s Colombian drug cartel. With Benjamin Bratt, John Leguizamo, Diane Kruger and Amy Ryan.   INDEPENDENT & FOREIGN FILMS C Street (R for sexuality and drug use) Freewheeling farce about a U.S. Senate intern (Evan Hall) who pimps out his crib to sex-starved politicians only to catch his boss (Dylan Walsh) in bed with the object of his affection (Shaun Licata). Cast includes Bruce Altman, Carey Lowell and Don Stark. Cafe Society (PG-13 for violence, suggestive material, smoking and a drug reference) Woody Allen romantic dramedy, set in the 1930s, revolving around a New Yorker (Jesse Eisenberg) who relocates to Los Angeles hoping to work for his uncle (Steve Carell), only to fall in love with the powerful Hollywood agent’s secretary (Kristen Stewart). With Sheryl Lee, Jeannie Berlin and Richard Portnow. Don’t Blink: Robert Frank (Unrated) “Say cheese!” biopic chronicling the enduring career of 91 year-old Robert Frank, legendary photojournalist and independent filmmaker. Equals (PG-13 for sensuality, mature themes, partial nudity and disturbing images) Futuristic tale of forbidden love, set in a dystopia devoid of disease and human emotion, about a couple of co-workers (Nicholas Hoult and Kristen Stewart) who find themselves falling head-over-heels for each other after becoming infected with a mysterious new virus. Cast includes Guy Pearce, Jacki Weaver, Scott Lawrence and Kate Lyn Sheil. Free to Run (Unrated) Fitness documentary revisiting the rise of running as a popular form of exercise 50 years ago. (In French and English with subtitles) Hillary’s America: The Secret History of the Democratic Party (PG-13 for violence, mature themes and smoking) Political documentary, written and directed by arch-conservative Dinesh D’Souza, incriminating Hillary Clinton while uncovering shady skeletons in the Democrats’ closet. Featuring commentary by D’Souza, Jonah Goldberg and Peter Schweizer.. Madaari (Unrated) Revenge thriller revolving around a grieving widower’s (Irfan Khan) search for answers after losing his family and everything he owns in a man-made disaster. With Jimmy Shergill, Vishesh Bansal, Nitish Pandey and Tushar Dalvi. (In Hindi with subtitles) Outlaws and Angels (R for profanity, disturbing sexuality and graphic violence) Western tale of vengeance about the game of cat-and-mouse which ensues after a criminal gang invades the home of a frontier family. Co-starring Luke Wilson, Francis Fisher, Francesca Eastwood and Teri Polo. Tulip Fever (Unrated) Romance drama, set in 17th Century Amsterdam, about a portrait artist (DaneDeHaan) who embarks on a passionate affair with a married woman (Alicia Vikander) he’s been hired to paint. With Christoph Waltz, Zach Galifiniakis and Dame Judi Dench.