For movies opening July 14, 2017

The Big Sick (R for profanity and sexual references) Romantic comedy recounting the real-life courting of fan (Zoe Kazan) by a Pakistani stand-up comedian (Kumail Nanjiani as himself). Supporting cast includes Ray Romano, Holly Hunter and SNL\’s Aidy Bryant.

The “War for the Planet of the Apes” Interview

If they handed out an Oscar for the best motion-capture performances, Andy Serkis would probably have quite a few trophies on his mantelpiece. The accomplished actor/director has provided the movements and voice for such memorable, CGI characters as Gollum in The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings trilogy, King Kong in King Kong, Supreme Leader Snoke in the Star Wars sequel trilogy and Caesar in The Planet of the Apes trilogy. Planet of the Apes, Andy Serkis, Visual Effects, The Hobbit,The Lord of the Rings, King Kong, Joe Letteri Joe Letteri Photo by Eric Charbonneau/WireImage.com

Trilogy Finale Pits Primates vs. Humans in Epic Showdown

War for the Planet of the Apes is the 9th episode in the legendary film franchise that began almost a half-century ago with Planet of the Apes. The groundbreaking sci-fi adventure was based on the novel of the same name by Pierre Boulle, who also wrote \

Top Ten DVD List for July 11, 2017

The Fate of the Furious [8th Installment of High-Octane Franchise] https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B06Y3KS6S9/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20 Songwriter [Willie Nelson and Kris Kristofferson] https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B071VSD8Z6/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20 Underground: Season Two [Underground Railroad Epic] https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN//B072L69KC7/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20 Diana: Queen of Hearts [Lady Diana Retrospective] https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B071ZC6PY/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20 The Lost City of Z [Adaptation of Fact-Based Best Seller]

8th Installment of Car Crash Franchise Arrives on Home Video

There are a number of action films whose opening scenes alone are well worth the price of admission. Taken (2008), District B-13 (2004) Super 8 (2011) and Dawn of the Dead (2004) are four which automatically come to mind. Feel free to add The Fate of the Furious to the list of flicks that grab you by the throat right off the bat.

Book of Black Heroes

“The first African-American political leaders began to serve following the Civil War…Known as Reconstruction, this period represented a window of opportunity for African-Americans… Many [Black] political leaders emerged during this period, using their political power and influence to push for equality and justice for all Americans… Unfortunately, the Reconstruction period was short-lived, lasting only from 1865-1877.

Casey Affleck and Rooney Mara Co-Star in Surrealistic Romantic Fantasy

C (Casey Affleck) and M (Rooney Mara) are a nondescript young couple living in a modest ranch house in suburban Texas. Nothing of note transpires between the happily-married lovebirds besides carnal canoodling interrupted by things that go bump in the night.

For movies opening July 7, 2017

A Ghost Story (R for brief profanity and a disturbing image) Romantic fantasy revolving around a recently-deceased musician (Casey Affleck) whose spirit miraculously returns home to comfort his inconsolable wife (Rooney Mara). Supporting cast includes Kenneisha Thompson, Will Oldham, Liz Franke and Kesha.

Top Ten DVD List for July 4, 2017

Homicide: Life on the Streets [The Complete Series] https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B06Y3WJFZ8/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20 Zookeeper\’s Wife [Holocaust Heroine Biopic] https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B06ZXXC768/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20 Vincent-N-Roxxy [Rebel Meets Drifter Road Thriller] https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B072BB7D7P/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20 Bitcoin Heist [Crypto-Currency Crime Caper]

Selfless Heroine Saves Animals and Jews in Fact-Based Biopic

In 1928, Dr. Jan Zabinski (Johan Heldenbergh) became the director of the Warsaw Zoo. Over the next decade, he ran it with the help of his wife, Antonina (Jessica Chastain), who was something of a wildlife whisperer. The institution flourished under their auspices until the outbreak of the Second World War in September of \’39 when Hitler invaded Poland.