For movies opening March 24, 2017

BIG BUDGET FILMS Chips (R for crude humor, graphic sexuality, frontal nudity, violence, drug use and pervasive profanity) Dax Shepard wrote, directed, produced and co-stars in this comedic screen version of the Seventies TV series revolving around the exploits of a couple of California Highway Patrol officers (Shepard and Michael Pena). With Adam Brody, Kristen Bell, Vincent D\’Onofrio, Maya Rudolph and Jane Kaczmarek.

Dax Shepard and Michael Pena Co-Star in Raunchy Revival of Classic Cop Series

Whenever a classic television series is made into a movie, the buzz always seems to be about whether the screen version will be a creative variation on the theme or merely a campy, cornball, take-the-money-and-run ripoff trading in familiar formulas and shopworn cliches. After all, for every inspired adaptation like Batman (1989), Charlie\’s Angels (2000) and 21 Jump Street (2012) there are just as many bitter disappointments, al a Dragnet (1987), I Spy (2002) and Get Smart (2008).

Reverential Retrospective Revisits Abbreviated Life of Legendary Jazz Great

Legendary jazz great Lee Morgan (1938-1972) was born and raised in Philadelphia where he received his first trumpet as a gift from his sister on his 13th birthday. He soon became a protege of Clifford Brown who would die in a car accident at the tender age of 25.

Prodigal Daughter Tries to Reconcile with Estranged Dad in Haunting Parable of Biblical Proportions

It\’s not very clear whether Harry Catto\’s (Joe Blakemore) death was a murder or a suicide. One thing\’s for certain, though. It wasn\’t merely a mishap, because nobody accidentally sticks a gun in his own mouth and pulls the trigger. The cops suspect that he killed himself, but his father (David Troughton) is too much in shock to press them to launch a full investigation.

Top Ten DVD List for March 21, 2017

Julieta https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B01N4MP65D/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20 The Lovers on the Bridge https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B01N223JBA/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20 Sing https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B01LTI0P1U/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20 Independent Lens: Birth of a Movement https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B01N2VOCWZ/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20 The Brokenwood Mysteries: Series 3 https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B01MRIA34B/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20 When Calls the Night: The Heart of Faith https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B01N7G9V2K/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20

Microscopic Martian Matter Morphs into Monster in Outer Space Screamfest

In recent years, Hollywood has started serving up some outer space adventures, a la The Martian (2015) and The Space between Us (2017), suggesting that the Red Planet is basically a benign environment free of any hostile creatures. But just when we thought it was safe to visit Mars again, along comes Life, a cautionary horror flick unleashing a terrifying alien force aboard an international space station.

Campy Horror Comedy Comes to Home Video

Elaine Parker (Samantha Robinson) only became a witch after being abandoned by her late husband. An incurable romantic with fairy princess fantasies, the gorgeous widow still harbors hopes of finding Mr. Right.

Natalie Portman Channels Jackie Kennedy in Oscar-Nominated Performance

How did Jackie Kennedy feel in the wake of her husband\’s assassination in Dallas on November 22, 1963? That is the question explored in Jackie, a picture which paints a perceptive portrait of Camelot\’s First Lady by speculating about her mental state during the days immediately following the assassination of JFK (Caspar Phillipson). In that regard, this behind-the-scenes biopic is rather reminiscent of The Queen (2006) which presumed to provide a fly-on-the-wall\’s perspective of the goings-on inside Buckingham Palace after the untimely death of Princess Diana.

For movies opening March 17, 2017

BIG BUDGET FILMS Beauty and the Beast (PG for action, peril, violence and frightening images) Emma Watson and Dan Stevens co-star as the title characters in this musical adaptation of the French fairy tale about a young woman taken prisoner by a monstrous, young prince.Supporting cast includes Luke Evans, Kevin Kline, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Stanley Tucci, Audra McDonald, Ian McKellen, Josh Gad and Emma Thompson.

Intriguing Expose’ Chronicles Billionaire’s Crusade vs. Possible Pyramid Scheme

Every couple of years or so, I get approached by a friend or acquaintance excited about some great new product that they\’ve just quit their job to sell. Curiously, instead of trying to get me as a customer, they\’re always more interested in offering me an opportunity to share in their good fortune by becoming a distributor.