Top Ten DVD List for September 1, 2015

This Week’s DVD Releases

by Kam Williams

Top Ten DVD List for September 1, 2015          

Top Ten, DVD Releases, September 1, 2015  

Mad Max: Fury Road        

http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B00XQ141W8/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20

I’ll See You in My Dreams

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Braddock America

http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B00YZG34FS/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20

William Castle Horror Collection: 5 Movie Pack [13 Ghosts / 13 Frightened Girls / Mr. Sardonicus / Homicidal / The Old Dark House]

http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B00ZGIOL42/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20

Good Kill

http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B00YOJID2U/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20

Five Star

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Detectorists

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Our Man in Teheran

http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B00YZ6PK1E/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20

A Bunch of Munsch: The Complete Series

http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B00ZGIOLBK/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20

Chicago Fire: Season Three

http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B00NJ4RGFG/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20

Honorable Mention

Run Hide Die

http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B00VU2L2CC/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20

Felt

http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B0109ODDTG/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20

The Surface

http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B0108N99DM/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20

Dark Was the Night

http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B00YZBF1YU/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20

Paw Patrol: Meet Everest!

http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B00ZUL9LGS/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20

The Summer House

http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B00WKZO3HY/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20

I Am Dale Earnhardt

http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B00ZUL9LSG/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20

Vampire Diaries: The Complete Sixth Season

http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B00T5D4LB2/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20

Redeemer

http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B00ZT7THP8/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20

Nashville: Season Three

http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B00X8SRUPO/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20

Lost after Dark

http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B010T2TBS0/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20

The Originals: The Complete Second Season

http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B00T5D4M2U/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20

Broken Horses

http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B0112HPU7W/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20

Five Star

http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B00XZF3B0S/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20

Chicago P.D.: Season Two

http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B00NJ4S3EY/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20

The Curse of Downers Grove

http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B0112HPS2O/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20

Wolf Warrior

http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B0118S6VPK/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20

Extinction

http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B010R3ILY6/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20

Source:  Baret News

Former Philadelphia Eagles Linebacker Jeremiah Trotter Stars In THE NORTH STAR

Former Philadelphia Eagles Linebacker Jeremiah Trotter Stars In THE NORTH STAR

 

RLJ Entertainment acquires THE NORTH STAR for 2016 release on UMC – Urban Movie Channel following a limited theatrical run in September 2015

 

RLJ Entertainment, THE NORTH STAR, Thomas C. Bartley Jr., Jeremiah Trotter

PHILADELPHIA, PA,  – RLJ Entertainment (NASDAQ: RLJE) has acquired all North American rights, excluding theatrical, for writer/director Thomas K. Phillips’ feature film THE NORTH STAR. The production company, LuckPig Studios, will release the film in theaters in September 2015, beginning its theatrical run in Philadelphia, where the movie was filmed. THE NORTH STAR will be featured on RLJE’s proprietary digital channel UMC – Urban Movie Channel, a premium subscription-based video streaming service created by Robert L. Johnson, chairman of RLJ Entertainment and founder of Black Entertainment Television (BET), and released on DVD and Digital HD in early 2016.

 

THE NORTH STAR is the story of BENJAMIN “BIG BEN” JONES (Jeremiah Trotter) and MOSES HOPKINS (Thomas C. Bartley Jr.), two slaves who escaped from a Virginia plantation and made their way to freedom in Buckingham, Pennsylvania in 1849. THE NORTH STAR is the first film from Doylestown, PA native Thomas K. Phillips. It tells an uplifting and inspiring story of people from different races and backgrounds coming together to triumph over slavery.

 

In addition to Trotter and Bartley, cast members for THE NORTH STAR include Clifton Powell (Ray) Lynn Whitfield (HBO’s Josephine Baker Story), John Diehl (Jurassic Park III), Keith David (Platoon), Christopher Mann (“The Wire”) and April Woodall (Broadway actress and vocalist).

 

Director Thomas K. Philips notes, “My wish is that The North Star will resonate positively with its audience and show the good of humanity at such a dark time in American history. One of my goals is to shed light on the thousands of courageous individuals that took the perilous journey to freedom, leaving the only life known to them; a life of forced servitude and inhumane treatment, for a better life for themselves and future generations. In addition and most important to me, I hope that THE NORTH STAR will create a dialogue with audiences about how people came together for the cause of abolishing slavery; people of different ethnic and religious backgrounds who heard the word of God in their hearts and risked a great deal by their actions. I believe it is still relevant in solving some of today’s issues.”

 

THE NORTH STAR’s original score was composed and performed by Grammy Award winner Ramsey Lewis with his son Frayne Lewis.   American Idol finalist Jermaine Jones is featured on two tracks. A young adult novel adaptation of THE NORTH STAR will be published this fall.

 

THE NORTH STAR will open at the County Theater and Penn Cinema in Wilmington on Friday, September 18th and will expand to theaters in NY, LA, Miami, Washington, DC and Chicago later this fall.

 

LuckPig Studios will celebrate the film’s theatrical release with a Philadelphia red carpet premiere at the Perelman Theater at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts on Thursday, September 17th. Red carpet attendees will include writer and director Thomas K. Phillips, and producer and former Executive Director of the NAACP, Dr. Benjamin Chavis, along with key members of the cast. Tickets for the 5:30 PM screening and 8:00 PM red carpet premiere start at $12.99 and are available at kimmelcenter.org.

 

 

About RLJ Entertainment

RLJ Entertainment, Inc. (NASDAQ: RLJE) is a premier independent owner, developer, licensee, and distributor of entertainment content and programming in primarily North America, the United Kingdom, and Australia. RLJE is a leader in numerous genres including feature films and urban with distinct content via its owned and distributed brands such as Acorn (British TV), Acacia (fitness), Athena (documentaries), and Madacy (gift sets). These titles are distributed in multiple formats including broadcast television (including satellite and cable), theatrical and non-theatrical, DVD, Blu-Ray, digital download, and digital streaming.

 

Through Acorn Productions, its UK production arm, RLJE owns all rights to the hit UK mystery series Foyle’s War and is developing new programs. RLJE owns 64% of Agatha Christie Limited, which manages the intellectual property and publishing rights to some of the greatest works of mystery fiction, including stories of the iconic sleuths Miss Marple and Poirot.

 

RLJE leverages its management experience to acquire, distribute and monetize existing and original content for its many distribution channels, including its branded digital subscription channels, Acorn TV, AcaciaTV, and UMC – Urban Movie Channel, and engages distinct audiences with programming that appeals directly to their unique viewing interests. Through its proprietary e-commerce web sites and print catalogs for the Acorn and Acacia brands, RLJE has direct contacts and billing relationships with millions of consumers. For more information, please visit www.RLJEntertainment.com

 

ABOUT UMC – URBAN MOVIE CHANNEL –

UMC – Urban Movie Channel launched in November 2014. UMC is a premium subscription-based streaming service exclusive to RLJ Entertainment, Inc. and it is devoted to the acquisition of feature films, comedy specials, stage plays, documentaries, music, and entertainment for African American and urban audiences, with plans to move into future development and production. New titles are added weekly in addition to the more than 150 titles in our UMC library, which include live stand-up performances featuring Academy Award ® winner Jamie Foxx and comedic rock star Kevin Hart; documentaries Dark Girls and I Ain’t Scared of You: A Tribute to Bernie Mac; feature films All Things Fall Apart starring Grammy Award ® winner 50 Cent and directed by Mario Van Peebles, The Last Fall starring budding superstars Lance Gross and Nicole Beharie, and The Colony starring Laurence Fishburne; and stage play productions including What My Husband Doesn’t Know by David E. Talbert, who is described by Variety as “the acknowledged kingpin of urban musicals.” UMC is available on the Roku platform and subscribers can access UMC from their tablet, phone and laptop to watch movies from today’s most recognizable talent available on demand and commercial-free. Visit www.urbanmoviechannel.com.

 

 

About LuckPig Studios

LuckPig Studios is a film and music production studio located in Doylestown, PA. From pre-production, writing, directing, audio, and post-production – the team at LuckPig envisions a turnkey solution for aspiring writers and directors. The North Star is the first motion picture produced by the studio. LuckPig Studio is owned and operated by the DeLellis family.

 

Source:  Baret News

Historical Documentary Chronicles Rise and Fall of Incendiary Political Party

The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution

Film Review by Kam Williams

Historical Documentary Chronicles Rise and Fall of Incendiary Political Party

The late Stokely Carmichael is famous for coining the phrase “Black power!” What he might not be as well remembered for is founding the Black Panthers. Frustrated by the tortoise-paced progress of the Civil Rights movement and by the number of martyrs
dying and disappearing around the South, he decided to leave SNCC (The Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee) to form a group for folks interested in self-defense.The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution, Film Review

“You tell the people of Mississippi that all the scared [N-words] are dead!” he announced. However, Stokely had little to do with the organization after opening that first chapter in 1965 in Lowndes, Alabama (an 80% black county where no African-American had ever been allowed to vote).

Instead, it would be fall to Huey Newton and Bobby Seale to popularize the Panthers. They opened a storefront in Oakland in 1966, but they didn’t really catch fire until Martin Luther King was assassinated.  At that point, many young African-Americans became disenchanted, which made the idea of confronting the police by brandishing weapons very appealing.

Soon, Panther chapters began spring up all over the country. And it helped recruitment immeasurably when ex-con-turned-best-selling author Eldridge Cleaver came aboard as Minister of Information. After all, the media-savvy spokesperson gave good soundbite, even if it only served to antagonize the police and establishment.The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution, Film Review

For instance, he called then Governor Reagan “a punk, a sissy and a coward,” going so far as to challenge the Gipper to a duel to the death. And after Huey was arrested for the murder of a police officer, Eldridge threatened open armed war on the streets of the country, if  Newton weren’t freed.

Meanwhile, J. Edgar Hoover was cooking up a counterintelligence program (COINTELPRO) designed to bring down the Panthers. The FBI proceeded to embark on a surreptitious reign of terror which included frame-ups, disinformation, assassinations and infiltration. The ploy worked, as paranoia came to permeate the organization, which splintered when the leadership became suspicious of one another. Huey called Eldridge a coward. Eldridge then quit and called for hits against anyone still in the Party.

Thus unfolds The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution, a warts-and-all documentary directed by Stanley Nelson (Freedom Riders). The film is fascinating not only because of its copious archival footage, but on account of the many revelations exposing the dark underbelly of an outfit often given a pass in spite of myriad flaws in terms of misogyny and machismo.

The Black Panthers revisited less as a political party concerned about the welfare of the people than as an internecine power struggle between a couple of larger than life egos.

Excellent (4 stars)

Unrated

Running time: 113 minutes

Distributor: Firelight Films

Source:  Baret News

Ethan Hawke and Zoe Kravitz Co-Star as Drone Pilots in Afghan War Flick

Good Kill

DVD Review by Kam Williams

Ethan Hawke and Zoe Kravitz Co-Star as Drone Pilots in Afghan War Flick   

Tom Egan (Ethan Hawke) is a U.S. fighter pilot who was grudgingly grounded to fight the War on Terrorism via drone technology. The good news was that the reassignment meant his life would no longer be in jeopardy, since he’d now be stationed in New Mexico on a base located in the desert where he’d engaged the enemy 7,000 miles away from the theater of conflict. He was also guaranteed to see his wife, Molly (January Jones), and daughter, Jessie (Sachie Capitani), every day after work; and they no longer needed to worry about his safety.Good Kill DVD Review, Ethan Hawke, Sachie Capitani, January Jones

Nevertheless, orchestrating remote attacks still took an unexpected toll on Tom, given the dispassionate fashion in which he was expected to bomb the Taliban and even accept the occasional killing of innocent civilians with friendly fire as mere collateral damage. Because he’s developed the proverbial 1,000-yard stare of a soldier who’s seen too much combat, Molly started accusing him of being emotionally distant.

His complaint to her that “I am a pilot; I am not flying,” only falls on deaf ears. He doesn’t like the fact that he has to wear a flight suit either. Consequently, he only finds solace in a bottle of alcohol, and in crying on the shoulder of his co-pilot, Vera Suarez (Zoe Kravitz). She’s just as disillusioned about the grisly business of dropping warheads on foreheads.

By comparison, their relatively-cavalier colleague, Danny (Michael Sheets) claims to be “Living the dream!” He’s the gung-ho type who doesn’t lose any sleep following orders from their immediate superior (Bruce Greenwood), despite the periodic presence of non-combatants in the kill zone. After all, he’s more concerned with providing critical support for the American boots on the ground.

Thus unfolds Good Kill, an Afghan War saga directed by Andrew Niccol (Gattaca). The purpose of this modern morality play is ostensibly to question the wisdom of the widespread use of military drones. In the end, it rather effectively drives home the point that there is no such thing as a surgical strike and that a soldier doesn’t have to be deployed overseas to develop PTSD.

Good Kill DVD Review, Ethan Hawke, Sachie Capitani, January Jones

The film features a number of noteworthy performances, especially those by Ethan Hawke, Zoe Kravitz, January Jones and Bruce Greenwood. In sum, a sobering, anti-war parable designed to remind the Playstation Generation, desensitized to violence, of the grim consequences of joysticks haphazardly delivering deadly payloads.

Excellent (3.5 stars)

Rated R for violence, rape, profanity and sexuality

Running time: 102 minutes

Distributor: Paramount Home Entertainment

Blu-ray Extras: Good Kill: Behind the Scenes.

To see a trailer for Good Kill, visit:  http://www.ifcfilms.com/videos/good-kill

                       

To order a copy of Good Kill on DVD, visit:

http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B00YOJID2U/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20

Source:  Baret News

Reason to Carry

 

Reason to Carry
by Rich Grassi

 

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I was recently asked to give the top ten reasons to carry a concealed handgun. The concept surprised me, but I quickly defaulted to my family, myself and my community. I couldn’t come up with ten reasons unless I started with the names of the people for whom I care deeply.

I’m sure it wasn’t meant that way. I have to conclude that the question was serious. The sole reason I could articulate was “to meet the sudden emergency of a life-threatening attack.” The answer is along the lines of “in case I get a flat tire” when asked why do you carry a spare tire – or “in case of fire” if asked why do you have a fire extinguisher.

I carry a pistol to stop a fight – specifically stopping the “immediate, otherwise unavoidable danger of death or grave bodily harm.” That’s the circumstance that justifies homicide. I learned that from about our best guy in the instruction of deadly force, Massad Ayoob.

That answers the “carry a handgun” component but perhaps not the “concealed” part. For defense, the best surprise is no surprise. For TRR_0065_SW-200x300dealing with the sudden threat – a robbery perhaps – the best thing I have going is surprise. I carry concealed so the first inkling the violent criminal actor gets that something is wrong will be the sudden appearance of the concealed defense handgun.

I carry concealed because “if he can’t see it, he won’t know it’s there.” He would have to formulate an attack on the holstered handgun after he found out it was present – as in a physical struggle. If you carry the handgun indiscreetly, the gun grab assault can be planned sooner and from a distance.

I carry concealed because—well—it’s polite. I don’t want to “frighten the horses.” There are people who are simply and unreasonably fearful of armed persons. They scare easily – and who needs that? There are also the clowns who want to “SWAT” those who carry indiscreetly; they call the police with a complaint that you are a dangerous armed person in the hopes the police will attack you. It’s not smart and it’s something that could yield a charge of obstruction, false reporting and likely other violations in some states.

There are people who want to carry concealed but don’t want to put in the effort. They’ll carry something small, a ‘talisman’ to ward off evil-doers. The pistol isn’t a lucky charm. It’s a pain to have to lug it around with all the responsibility (and weight) it entails. But, if you don’t want the burden just take your chances.

 

IMG_2663-300x190I did a comparative test some years back using Smith & Wesson M&P pistols – the M&P9, a service-size 17-shot 9mm, and the M&P9C, a compact 12-shot 9mm. Using similar holsters I found that, with a little effort, the full-size gun hid just as well as the smaller counterpart. I also found that the time to a first hit in the scoring rings of the IALEFI-Q target from seven yards averaged the same elapsed time from identical holsters.

This was no surprise. To really hide the full-size gun, I used an inside-the-waist holster. Carry outside the waistband was fine for casual concealment. I also found both guns shot just about the same in terms of practical accuracy. I used the Glock 30SF, a compact 10-shot .45 Auto, on the FBI Firearms Instructor Bullseye course of fire. I scored just over 92%, not enough for a gold medal but enough to gain entry into or stay in their firearms instructor course.

The bottom line is, if you’re going to carry a gun make it one worth carrying. Put the effort into dressing around the gun and practicing enough to be skillful in gun handling and accuracy.

Carry it legally. And pray you never have to use it.

 

Original Source;  TRUGLO.com

 

Rich Grassi, founder and editor of The Tactical Wire and Ready for Anything Wire —both free-subscription email news wires, has been an outdoors writer for over 21 years. Retired from a career in local law enforcement, his experience includes law enforcement firearms instruction and as a university adjunct instructor in criminal justice.

Massad F. Ayoob is an internationally known firearms and self-defense instructor. He has taught police techniques and civilian self-defense to both law enforcement officers and private citizens in numerous venues

Road Warrior Reboot Released on DVD

Mad Max: Fury Road

DVD Review by Kam Williams

Road Warrior Reboot Released on DVD

Fury Road reboots the legendary Mad Max franchise which has been sitting dormant for several decades. This fourth installment was again produced, written and directed by Oscar-winner George Miller (for Happy Feet) who tapped Tom Hardy to replace disgraced
Mel Gibson in the title role as Max Rockatansky, the highway patrol officer-turned-intrepid road warrior given to dispensing a grisly brand of vigilante justice.Mad Max: Fury Road, DVD Review

Set in 2060 AD, this post-apocalyptic adventure unfolds in the relentlessly-grim dystopia left in the wake of the series of global calamities that led to a total breakdown of civilization. At the point of departure, we find Max haunted by his tragic past and hunted by desperate scavengers as he drifts around the vast wasteland in a rusty, rattling, off-road muscle car.

The stoic gunslinger’s resolve to go it alone is soon tested when he crosses paths with Imperator Furiosa (Charlize Theron), a fearless alpha female making a break across the desert with former sex slaves hidden in the hold of her big rig. She’s just freed the traumatized quintet from the clutches of Immortan Joe (Hugh Keays-Byrne), a ruthless tyrant who wants his breeders back, especially Splendid (Rosie Huntington-Whiteley), since she’s already pregnant and possibly carrying his first male heir.

The enraged warlord has dispatched a caravan of bloodthirsty goons who will stop at nothing to retrieve his so-called “wives.” Fortunately, they’ve found a sympathetic soul in Max who agrees to join forces with Furiosa upon being apprised of their plight.

The plan is to drive non-stop across the desert to “The Green Place,” a Shangri-La rumored to be teeming with water, vegetation and other scarce natural resources. But getting there proves to be all the fun, as our intrepid hero and heroine negotiate a relentless gauntlet of evil adversaries in dune buggies outfitted with a very creative variety of deadly military hardware.Mad Max: Fury Road, DVD Review

An edge-of-your-seat, adrenaline-fueled, high body-count splatterfest that remains riveting from start to finish despite dispensing with the idea of plot development once the basic premise has been set.

Excellent (4 stars)

Rated R for disturbing images and relentless intense violence

Running time: 120 minutes

Distributor: Warner Home Entertainment Group

Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack Extras: Maximum Fury: Filming Fury Road; Mad Max: Fury on Four Wheels; The Road Warriors: Max and Furiosa; The Tools of the Wasteland; The Five Wives: So Shiny, So Chrome; Fury Road: Crash & Smash; and deleted scenes.

To order the Mad Max: Fury Road Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack, visit:

http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B00XQ141W8/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20

Source:  Baret News

For movies opening August 28, 2015

OPENING THIS WEEK

Kam’s Kapsules: Weekly Previews That Make Choosing a Film Fun                                                               

by Kam Williams

Kam's Kapsules, Week of August 28, 2015, Big Budget Films, Independent & Foreign Films
For movies opening August 28, 2015

 

BIG BUDGET FILMS

No Escape (R for profanity, graphic violence and rape) Political potboiler about an American family’s frantic search for a safe haven in a Southeast Asian nation where foreigners are being shot on the spot in the wake of a violent coup d’etat. Co-starring Owen Wilson, Lake Bell, Pierce Brosnan and Spencer Garrett.

War Room (PG for mature themes) Faith-based morality play about a Christian couple (Priscilla Shirer and T.C. Stallings) whose marriage is tested by the husband’s emotional abuse, infidelity and crooked financial dealings. Support cast includes Karen Abercrombie, Beth Moore and Jadin Harris.

We Are Your Friends (R for nudity, sexuality, drug use and pervasive profanity) Romance drama revolving around the tensions which surface when an aspiring DJ (Zac Efron) secretly starts courting his mentor’s (Wes Bentley) young girlfriend (Emily Ratajkowski). With Jonny Weston, Jon Bernthal, Shiloh Fernandez and Alicia Coppola.

INDEPENDENT & FOREIGN FILMS

I Touched All Your Stuff (Unrated) Cross-cultural documentary chronicling how Christopher Kirk, a nerdy American, ended up falling head-over-heels for a mysterious woman after moving to Colombia to study hippos. (In English and Spanish with subtitles)

My Voice, My Life (Unrated) Oscar-winner Ruby Yang (for The Blood of Yingzhou District) directed this overcoming-the-odds documentary following a group of underprivileged, middle school students for six months as they prepare to stage a musical production in Hong Kong. (In Cantonese with subtitles)

Queen of Earth (Unrated) Psychological thriller about childhood BFFs (Elisabeth Moss and Katherine Waterston) who discover that they’ve drifted apart while spending time together during a reunion spent at a lake house in the country. Featuring Kate Lyn Sheil, Patrick Fugit and Kentucker Audley.   

The Second Mother (R for profanity and brief drug use) Dysfunctional family drama, set in Sao Paulo, about a nanny (Regina Case) whose life is turned upside-down when her estranged daughter (Camila Mardila) shows up unexpectedly and starts challenging the upper-class/lower-class dynamic. With Helena Albergaria, Michael Joelsas and Luis Miranda. (In Portuguese with subtitles)

Unsullied (R for violence, rape, profanity and brief drug use) Fact-based tale of survival, directed by ex-NFL star Simeon Rice, recounting the ordeal of a young woman (Murray Gray) kidnapped by a couple of sociopaths (Rusty Joiner and James Gaudioso) after her car broke down on a deserted road in backwoods Florida. Supporting cast includes Erin Boyes, Cindy Karr and Nicole Paris Williams.

Z for Zachariah (Z for sexuality, partial nudity and brief profanity) Post-apocalyptic, sci-fi thriller revolving around the love triangle which develops among the only three survivors (Chiwetel Ejiofor, Chris Pine and Margot Robbie) of an extinction level event.

Zipper (R for nudity, profanity, graphic sexuality and brief drug use) Shades of Eliot Spitzer in this drama about a self-destructive prosecutor (Patrick Wilson) who ruins his marriage and promising political career by cheating with a string of high-priced call girls. With Lena Headey, Ray Winstone, Richard Dreyfuss and John Cho.    

Faith-Based Parable Focuses on Christian Couple in Crisis

 

War Room

Film Review by Kam Williams

Faith-Based Parable Focuses on Christian Couple in Crisis

In 2011, Pastor Alex Kendrick produced, directed, wrote and starred in Courageous, a very compelling, action-oriented, faith-based drama. With War Room, he’s opted to play only a supporting role in the flick, thereby freeing himself to focus more on his duties behind the camera.
The film revolves around protagonists Elizabeth (Priscilla Shirer) and Tony Jordan (T.C. Stallings), a couple we meet already in the midst of a relationship crisis. Most of their marital woes are of the husband’s making, as he is a workaholic who’s emotionally and physically unavailable to his wife and their young daughter, Danielle (Alena Pitts).

War Room Film Review, Pastor Alex Kendrick , Courageous, Priscilla Shirer, T.C. Stalling

And that’s just the tip of the iceberg, since terribly-flawed Tony proceeds to put both his job and marriage in jeopardy by embezzling funds from his company and dating a colleague when he’s away on business. Nevertheless, the lout should thank his lucky stars that instead of leaving him, realtor Liz heeds the advice of Miss Clara ( Karen Abercrombie), a sage, elderly client of hers.

Clara is a Christian who believes in the power of prayer. Furthermore, she suggests that Liz ought to love and respect rather than try to fix her philandering hubby. Together, they come up with a “battle plan” to resurrect the relationship, which helps explain the picture’s militaristic-sounding title.War Room Film Review, Pastor Alex Kendrick , Courageous, Priscilla Shirer, T.C. Stalling

In this critic’s opinion, War Room is a movie that’s way too heavy-handed in its treatment of the material to find much of a mainstream following. That’s too bad, since the modern morality play could’ve just as effectively delivered its valuable message without wearing religion on its sleeve.

Consequently, its appeal is apt to be pretty much limited to Evangelicals with an appetite for incessant sermonizing. This represents an unfortunate step backwards for Pastor Kendrick who had previously demonstrated an uncanny ability to serve up Jesus fare ever so subtly.War Room Film Review, Pastor Alex Kendrick , Courageous, Priscilla Shirer, T.C. Stalling

A prayer-ordained, Prodigal husband parable preaching primarily to the choir!        

Good (2 stars)

Rated PG for mature themes

Running time: 120 minutes

Studio: Provident Films

Distributor: TriStar Pictures

Source:  Baret News

Shooting Solo—Crossbows

Shooting Solo—Crossbows
by Joe Byers

Ohio-Deer-2010-163-300x199Crossbow equipment packages typically include a scope with multiple reticle markings, which can be just as confusing as a multi-pin setup on a compound bow.  A red-dot sightwith a single dot reticle is ideal for the new archer, hunting in early season when cover is thick and visibility minimized, in low-light situations, and for bowmen and women who wear glasses or may have difficulty seeing multiple reticles clearly.

Last fall, I set up a crossbow with a red-dot sight with a single dot reticle for a deer hunt in the Great Plains.  In these wide open spaces, one might think that multiple sight marks would be preferable for long range shots, however, whitetails there, and in most places, migrate to the thick cover of creeks, ravines, and river bottoms.

I posted in one of these locations and friends put on a drive that pushed a 140-class buck into the heavy cover of a flood plain.  The buck TX-Deer-06-078-199x300appeared for mere seconds as it approached and the red-dot sight with a single dot reticle made concentrating on the exact spot incredibly simple.  The savvy buck moved through a patch of thick cedars exposing it’s vitals for just a second, yet sufficient exposure for a lethal, double-lung shot.

Red-dot sights usually have little or no magnification, which allows the hunters to see the targeted animal and its behavior plus a choice of a red or green dot for added definition.  Additionally, many models offer a rheostat to adjust the brightness of the dot to ambient light.  This may seem to be of minimal importance, yet bright sunlight can greatly diminish a red dot at midday while a brilliant aiming point can be distracting in low-light conditions.

One Dot- Multiple Ranges

With a 20-yard sight in, a hunter can concentrate on the low shoulder shot without calculating yardage out to 25 yards, where most hunting action takes place.   “I try to convince new crossbow hunters to keep their shot at 30 yards or less,” says Todd Brumley, Publisher of Crossbow Magazine.  “A lot of guys want speed and distance from their crossbows, but they don’t realize all the things that can change at longer ranges.”

 

Data from the Bench

If you like systems that are simple and uncomplicated, the one-dot sight can work for you and here’s how easy it is.  I set up a TRUGLO® red-TG8030GAdot sight on a new Horton Legend Crossbow (about 330 fps), one of the easiest installations I’ve ever done.  After popping the included rings on the picatinny rail of the bow, I found the scope shot nearly dead-on at 20 yards and the scope adjustments worked exactly as listed.  Three arrows later, I was precisely striking at 20.
Of course, this data will change with variance in bow speed and arrow weight, but crossbows shoot exceedingly flat out to 25 yards.  My research has shown with a variety of bow and arrow combinations that a 20-yard zero will place an arrow five to six inches low at 30 and the drop-off increases disproportionally from there.  I once used this red-dot set-up on a deep-timber elk hunt.  I zeroed the bow at 30 yards and planned to adjust the dot placement for 40 and 50 yards, a system that I quickly adapted.  If you are a person who gets buck fever, a red-dot sight can greatly simplify the aiming process.  Shaking knees are another story.

Using a ballistic rifle target measured in inches for easy calculations, I shot again, hitting the dime-size bull’s eye ¼ inch low.  Next, I moved DSC_0820-300x200the target to 15 yards and using the same Easton FMJ, 425-grain arrow to control variables, struck ¾ inches higher.  Finally, I moved the target back to 25 yards and, continuing to shoot from a bench rest and hit 2 ¾ inches below the 20-yard zero.

From a hunting perspective, this data means that if you aim dead center at a deer’s heart at 20 yards and it suddenly comes five yards closer; you’ll take out the top of the heart.  Conversely, a deer that moves five yards farther or if your estimate of range is five yards off, that 20-yard aim will still catch the buck in the pumper.  If you hunt deer during the rut, this aiming latitude is critical since rutting bucks seldom stand still.

 

Original Source;  TRUGLO.com

Green LED Bow Light with Picatinny Rail Mount

 

Green LED Bow Light with Picatinny Rail Mount
by Brad Fenson

I’ve often stumbled down a trail through the forest, trying to be as quiet as possible, when exiting or entering my stand or blind location. Being able to see where you are going is critical to staying silent, and more importantly, ending up in the right place. Regular headlamps and flashlights produce bright, white light, which can spook wildlife. Here are some options to minimize your impact and presence on game.

Green or red lights are not alarming to wildlife as they see them differently than a bright, white light. There are more and more options being offered all the time for game-friendly lights and bowhunters can now attach a powerful LED directly to their bow.

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TRUGLO® recently came out with a Green LED Bow Light with Picatinny rail mount.  The light has been specifically designed for bow hunters and offers a 520 nanometer green LED with high and low settings. The light can be powered to the brightest setting when searching for something or dimmed to keep you in stealth or scan mode. The settings offer 180 lumens on “Bright” and 25 lumens on “Low”. The power of the CREE LED is impressive, with a beam distance of 160 meters, which allows hunters to use the light to search a large area.

Having the light mount to your bow provides several benefits, including handsfree use. You simply carry your bow TG85BLG_BowC_L-300x300and use it to guide the way. The on/off switch on the light is easy to operate. But, there is also a pressure switch on a cord that runs from the light to the riser that can also be used to turn the light off and on with your hand holding the bow.
If you’re into hunting hogs or predators at night, this LED will allow you to illuminate your quarry when you come to full draw, so you can maintain the element of surprise by seeing your target more clearly. If you’re into bow fishing or chasing alligators, the bright LED light will be a definite advantage for seeing below the surface of the water after the sun sets. And, of course the light is waterproof!  And the Picatinny rail can be used for any other add-on accessory that is designed to fit the rail system, like small cameras or even range finders.

The TRUGLO Green LED Bow Light includes two CR123A batteries for a runtime of two hours on high or 18 hours on low. And the light TG85BLG_Angle_NoBolt_Beam-300x182automatically dims when the batteries reach 10%. There are a multitude of uses and advantages for purchasing this new light.  The biggest advantage is the ability to quickly and easily mount the light on the bow and align your powerful LED with your line-of-sight and the path of your arrow.

 

Original source;  TRUGLO.com