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Jeri Jacquin

In theatres this Friday from director Roar Uthaug and Warner Bros. Pictures is the beginning adventure of Lara Croft becoming the Tomb Raider.

Lara Croft (Alicia Vikander) is a young woman trying to find her place by making it on her own. She really doesn’t need to since her father Lord Richard Croft (Dominic West), who has been missing for seven years, left his daughter an inheritance. When family friend Ana Miller (Kristin Scott Thomas) bails Lara out of a problem, she is told it is time to sign the papers legally declaring her father dead.

Agreeing to finally do so, family lawyer Mr. Yaffe (Derek Jacobi) is presented with a puzzle and in it is something that sets Lara off on a quest for answers. Finding clues to the last place her father went, she discovers a diary and maps along with a cryptex with a story about a Japanese Queen and a power that has the capability of world destruction.

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Lara makes her way to the Far East in search of a man named Lu Ren, instead she finds the son, also Lu Ren (Daniel Wu) who is shocked to learn that they have something in common. Explaining that they both need answers about their fathers, Lu and Lara head off to a dangerous island that shows them no mercy.

So much so that the ship is grounded and Lara is washed ashore only to be taken by Mathias Vogel (Walton Coggins). He is thrilled at the new island arrival because she holds the answers he has spent seven years looking for. Lara has no plan on letting Vogel get away with what he is doing and manages to escape. In an adventure within an adventure, she is surprised to find someone else on the island she hasn’t expected to see.

Vogel finds the tomb and along with his well weaponized mercenaries forces Lara to go in first and lead them to the final resting place of the Queen of Death. The horror that awaits them is nothing they are prepared for but that isn’t going to stop Lara from doing the right thing and save the world!

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Vikander as Lara shows the beginnings of Lara Croft and how hard headed and yet still an adrenaline junkie she is. Wanting to avoid signing the papers declaring her father dead, she is told by Ana that if it doesn’t happen, Lara will lose everything that her father built. Vikander literally jumps into action and I can clearly see why she was chosen to be a younger Lara Croft.

Coggins as Vogel has made being a bad guy so deliciously easy. All balled up with anger at being forced to live in a dangerous place for seven years, he isn’t very forgiving. Looking for the one thing that can bring him home means nothing or no one, not even Lara Croft, is going to get in his way. Coggins is an actor who can play a good guy (or gal), a mediocre guy and a bad guy – all with such skill. Can you tell I’m a fan?

Wu as the younger Lu Ren is a boat owner who doesn’t want to get involved with Lara’s mystery. Talking him into it isn’t hard and after being thrown on the island with Lara, he jumps into the action when seeing how wrong everything around him is. Of course I am a serious fan of Wu and if you’ve seen the AMC series Into the Badlands where he plays Sunny, you’d be hooked on him too.

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West as Lord Richard Croft raises his young daughter but leads a very secretive life. As Lara gets older she accepts her father’s ‘business’ trips with ease knowing that her father loves her. West takes the role of Richard and gives the audience a little more back story and experience the father-daughter relationship.

Thomas as Ana has been keeping Croft Holdings up and running for Lara but knows its time for decisions to be made so she doesn’t lose what her father has left behind. I have to say I love seeing Thomas taken on a shady character.

Other cast includes: Alexandre Willaume, Tamer Burjaq, Adrian Collins, Keenan Arrison, Andrian Mazive, Milton Schorr and a cameo by Nick Frost.

Okay, time to get real and announce this is where there may be a few spoilers because there is no way to talk about the film without letting things slip here and there. So if you don’t want to know – check out right here – still here? Then prepare for a rant.

I want to be taken away and go on an adventure when I’m watching a movie that is suppose to be, well, an adventure. Then a scene takes me completely out of it and I’m spending the rest of the time seeing nothing but what’s wrong. Let’s begin being hit by a car, I realize she is Lara Croft but, um, yea, a car usually puts people out of commission for a day at least. Then again I guess that’s what one does when dealing with daddy issues.

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Then there is a camera left behind seven years after Richard Croft’s disappearance. Lara finds it and – low and behold – it works. Really? REALLY? My cell phone can’t hold a charge for more than a day and this frikken camera is still working after seven years?Also, knowing a thing or two about keeping a house – is it me or shouldn’t there be more dust and cobwebs in an office that has been left untouched for seven years. I mean not a single cobweb?

Onward trying not to shake my head, the next jaw dropper – I could be wrong but when a tree stabs you in the side and you get sewn up, do you (less than 8 hours later) run top speed through the jungle like Katniss Everdeen hunting President Snow? It could be she is a descendant of Legolas from Lord of the Rings with the ability to run and shoot rapid arrows at close range. Maybe it’s Indian Jones figuring out the traps so that she can get her hands on the Grail? That can’t be possible since Dan Brown has taken care of that faux cup right? Professor Jones must feel sheepish.

I mean seriously we have had the Grail, Priory, Illuminati which, by the way, the original Lara Croft’s father was a part of. Since that’s been covered, it’s on to the new secret sect of crazies called the Trinity. My head is spinning.

Yes, I am completely over it which once again proves to my stubborn self that there is no reason to redo films that are perfectly okay as they are. The thought process should have been this; how about saving millions of dollars and have a Lara Croft: Tomb Raider marathon of the original films and pocket money without out really spending millions. Oh I know, I’m going to get garbage about how old the other film is or how a “new generation” needs a revamp of the story. I’m calling b.s. on that Hollywood.

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And as far as the theme song does it really have to be ‘Survivor’? This song has been played into the dirt and this is the best you could come up with? What’s with calling the film TOMB RAIDER as if Lara Croft is an after thought. Did you think that leaving it off would mean people wouldn’t IMDB it to see that this is a remake, rethink, reimaging or anything else re?

So here is the deal – is the film heinous? No, it’s just annoying and I hate being annoyed. Is it a good cast? Yes, and in lies another dilemma for me. I don’t have issue with the cast at all, I am a Vikander, West and Wu fan and am completely in love with anything Walton Coggins does. I mean really, any guy who can pull off the ever so lovely Venus Van Damn with a heart of gold to sway Tig from Sons of Anarchy fame works for me completely. That’s where my thumbs up ends.

Come on studios! Are you going to rely on Steven Spielberg, Christopher Nolan, Alfonso Cuaron and Spike Jonze to do all the original film heavy lifting forever?

In the end – her legend begins.


JUMANJI: Welcome to the Jungle Bangs the Drums on Bluray

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Jeri Jacquin

Coming to Bluray next Tuesday from director Jake Kasdan and Sony Pictures Home Entertainment is an adventure inside a video game with JUMANJI: Welcome to the Jungle.

It is 1998 and Alex is jogging on the beach when he is stopped by the sound of drums. Looking in the sand he discovers a box that reads Jumanji and takes it home. Learning it’s a board game he is clearly uninterested as video games are in. Setting the box on the shelf he jumps into play own game. Later that night Jumanji has, well, upgraded itself!

Flash forward to 2018 and Spencer (Alex Wolff) is into video games and trying to keep an old friendship with Fridge (Ser’Darius Blain). The only way that can happen is by doing the football players homework which leads to both having detention. Bethany (Madison Iseman) is totally into selfies and her phone. Thinking the world revolves around her and that puts her in detention. Martha (Morgan Turner) isn’t a fan of P.E. class and that gets her into detention.

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So, all four are sentences to two days of removing staples from old magazines in a dingy room when Fridge finds a video game and Spencer hooks it up. Wanting to do anything but pull staples, the four choose characters in the game and get ready to play. That’s when a mysterious green light from the game pulls them into a jungle filled world with one slight difference – well not slight exactly.

The characters each chose has changed their appearance and now Spencer (Dwayne Johnson) is the tall, muscular smoldering Dr. Xander Bravestone, Fridge (Kevin Hart) is the small yet still mouthy weapons carrier Franklin ‘Moose’ Finbar, Martha (Karen Gillan) is the bad ass beauty with skills Ruby Roundhouse and Bethany (Jack Black) is still Bethany without actually being Bethany but is Professor Shelley Oberon.

It takes the four time to acclimate to where and who they are and trying to discover what the game wants. That’s when Nigel (Rhys Darby) shows up and explains to them that a man names Van Pelt (Bobby Cannavale) has taken the Jaguar’s Eye and it must be returned if they want to return to home.

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Learning what there skills are and finding a map that takes them through the levels, they meet Alex (Nick Jonas) who doesn’t realize how long he’s been in the game. Dealing with such different personalities, this group of players needs to come together and be smart about how to play the game because the game only gives them three chances.

They discover that planning out their moves together works and Van Pelt is hardly prepared for how good they are!

Johnson as Spencer is given a chance to be the big guy with little guy insecurities. Of course I never thought I’d hear him scream like that but I found myself giggling. He has made a name for himself playing these roles and people love him for it. Wolff as Spencer the younger is insecure and feels abandoned by a friendship with Fridge that he remembers fondly. Wanting to do anything to keep it means making a decision that just intensifies the split between them and Wolff plays this role wonderfully.

Hart as Fridge is clearly unhappy with how his character looks and has a serious case of little man syndrome. When pressed to put Spencer in his place, he has a big surprise coming to him. Blain as Fridge the younger knows that he isn’t treating Spencer right and feels justified for blaming him when they get in trouble together. Boy does he have a lesson coming his way.

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Gillan as Martha is shocked by her appearance in the video game and surprises herself even more when she learns one of her skills is Dance Fighting. The shell she was in sort of fades away when the gang needs her certain set of skills. Turner as Martha the younger is shy and keeps to herself but when pushed she roars which pretty much put her right smack into detention.

Black as Bethany is completely hilarious – I mean completely! His mannerism and attitude are absolutely the character and when training video game Martha how to flirt with a guy, I was in stitches. I think this is Black’s silliest role since TROPIC THUNDER! Iseman as Bethany the younger is totally wrapped up in, well, herself and her phone. When those two things are taken from her, it is more than she can handle.

Jonas as Alex has been in the game for quite some time and although a bit sad that he doesn’t realize it, it is to the advantage of the group that he has knowledge of how to beat levels. His weakness is a fear of losing his last life before breaking free of Jumanji. Also, there is a touching scene between the group and Colin Hanks so I’m definitely giving a shout out for that.

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Other cast include Sean Buxton, Mason Guccione, Marin Hinkle, Tracey Bonner, Natasha Parker, Kat Altman, Michael Shacket, Marc Jackson, Missi Pyle and Colin Hanks.

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The Bluray and Digital includes the Special Features of Gag Reel, Meet the Players: A Heroic Cast, Surviving the Jungle: Spectacular Stunts!, Attack of the Rhinos!, Journey Through the Jungle: The Making of Jumanji, Book to Board Game to Big Screen & Beyond, and Celebrating the Legacy of Jumanji! The DVD Bonus’ include ‘Jumanji, Jumanji’ Music Video by Jack Black and Nick Jonas.

Another amazing bonus feature is that the Bluray includes a Snapchat code that will be available March 20th. The code will transform you to the world of Jumanji as Dr. Smolder Bravestone gives additional clues to another code and another experience as Jumanji brings characters to life. More fun included is the ability to record the experience and share it with friends!

JUMANJI: Welcome to the Jungle is a fun family film which means its time to break out the popcorn and enjoy the adventure. Adding JUMANJI: Welcome to the Jungle to your own home entertainment library means you can play again and again and there’s nothing wrong with a little adventure now and then.

In the end – the game has evolved!


On Bluray Comes the Amazingly Successful Series THE HANDMAID’S TALE


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Jeri Jacquin

This week on Bluray from creator Bruce Miller based on the 1985 novel by author Margaret Atwood and 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment is the stunning THE HANDMAID’S TALE.

The Unite States is coming out of a civil war and a new government called the Gilead is ruling with an iron fist in a twisted mixture of totalitarianism and Bible verses of their own choosing. The first to be put under subjugation are women who are lower than second class citizens. Actually, the only thing lower would be Handmaids, women who still have the ability to bear children in a world of infertility.

June (Elisabeth Moss) is one such woman. After she, husband Luke (OT Fagbenle) and daughter Hannah try to escape the clutches of the Gilead, she is now under the thumb of Aunt Lydia (Ann Dowd) who takes her job of instructing the Handmaid’s extremely seriously. Hannah is taken away and she has no idea where to find her or how. Once a woman named June, the red robes and white hat have transformed her into Offred and assigned to bear a child for Commander Fred Waterford (Joseph Fiennes) and wife Serena Joy (Yvonne Strahovski).

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While acclimating to this new life, Offred remembers how it all began when her life was normal and she spent time with friend Moira (Samira Wiley). She recalls everything in her old life with such detail that it begins to take its toll on how she handles it all. She also learns that there could be someone in the house that can’t be trusted.

Offred becomes nervous when she learns from the Commander’s driver Nick (Max Minghella) that the Commander wants to see her in private, something that is strictly forbidden. Explaining it to Ofglen, she learns that there is a resistance group and is told to be very careful. When one of the other Handmaid’s gives birth, Offred remembers her life with Luke and the birth of their own daughter.

When Serena Joy wrongly believes there will be a child, Offred is punished and it brings back the memory of how she and Moira tried to get away from what was to happen to them. It is a Latin phrase that Offred discovers in her room that gives her the strength to find another way to survive. Especially when it is suspected that the Commander might not be able to get Offred pregnant and there is a chance that she could be reassigned elsewhere. They both agree to seek out another way.

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The Commander is dealing with a Mexican trade delegation that comes to their home for dinner and one of the women of the delegation asks to speak with Offred. Wanting to know about her life and happiness, Offred lies in order to keep the peace in the Waterford home. The story takes a turn when the history of Serena Joy and the Commander comes to light and how a book written before the civil war has come back around. Offred learns that what she thought to be true about Luke has more to the story.

Putting Offred in more danger, the Commander decides to dress her up and take her out for the night. Nick drives them to an unscrupulous part of town where an old friend appears and Offred sees hope for escape but its going to take every ounce of will. Trying to convince the Commander that she has true feelings for him is part of her plan. It all comes under suspicion when another Handmaid named Ofwarren turns the tables on her Commander and puts the fate of a child in danger.

In the finale, what happened to June once she was captured and taken to the Red Center comes to light. It is what happens when Serena Joy discovers what Fred has been doing and in anger tells him something that could threaten everything. Moira finds her way to freedom and Offred finally catches a glimpse of Hannah and in a verbal showdown with Serena Joy – all gloves are off!

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The chaos becomes intense when the man responsible for Ofwarren’s actions is given his sentence, Aunt Lydia hands down the sentence for Ofwarren and when the Handmaid’s refuse to do what they are told – it is Aunt Lydia that saves them from death but at what price?

When the black van pulls up, Offred leaves quietly but June walks out on her own terms!

Moss as June/Offred has the unique ability to give this character such an intense range of emotions. Her anger is barely below the surface and sometimes when she smiles I am quite literally scared of what she may do. That’s what brings this character to another level and very deep into that level. When she does have the rare moment to say how she feels, it is a volcanic eruption that should scare everyone around her. Moss has given her own stamp to June/Offred and it is uniquely and underlying brutal.

Fiennes as Waterford is a man who once knew what having a normal life is like. Becoming a Commander has put his life in a place I don’t think even he saw coming. When he is kind to Offred, she sees it as a chance to have something normal in her life but he is a man who uses what he needs to in this Gilead world and that includes Offred. His kindness comes at a price and the humiliations he heaps on his wife is a clear message that he has embraced the new ways. Fiennes is handsomely clever in his delivery of every word he speaks.

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Strahovski as Serena Joy is a woman who has watched her life turn into something she never expected. The further and further the Gilead take over, the colder and more distance she becomes. She too remembers a life before this new world and who she was in it. Supporting her husband at all times, they begin to become farther and farther apart as she tolerates more and more. Turning to Offred is a chance to have something of her own – a feeling Offred understands. Don’t think Strahovski’s portrayal of Serena Joy is anything less than spectacular but stay away from those retractable claws and venomous actions.

Minghella as Nick has a plan of his own and that is to lay low and watch everything that is happening around him. What he didn’t expect is having feelings for Offred. The situation he is put in by Serena Joy makes it even more difficult for him to keep perspective. The dark and brooding look helps keep this character at arms length. He keeps his emotional distance and in doing do gives him the opportunity to observe everything.

Wiley as Moira is that outspoken friend we all have who isn’t afraid to make sure the world hears her yell. Her story becomes twisted in a world underneath Gilead. I love Wiley’s portrayal of Moira because it’s full of fire and an anger that comes from knowing she isn’t going down without a fight. Fagbenle as Luke is a man who believes his family is gone. He believed running was the only possibility for them and when his story is finally told it adds another dimension to a complex story and oh goodness what a twist it is.

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Dowd as Aunt Lydia is a woman that is shrouded in mystery. I love Dowd and she can do no wrong in my eyes. I never would have pictured her in this role because, of course, when you read a character you sort of have a picture in mind. Now that I have seen Dowd – she is the true Aunt Lydia. When she played Patti Levin in another series called THE LEFTOVERS along side Justin Theroux, I have come to appreciate her thrilling ability to make you love and hate the character she is wrapped up in all at the same time. Well done Ms. Dowd, extremely well done.

Other cast include Alexis Bledel as Ofglen, Madeline Brewer as Janine, Amanda Brugel as Rita, Nina Kiri as Alma, Ever Carradine as Naomi, Stephen Kunken as Commander Putnam, Sydney Sweeney as Eden, Jenessa Grand as Ofsamuel, Robert Brown as Pryce, Birgitte Solem as Putnam Martha, Angela Vint as Leah, Kristen Gutoskie as Beth and Jordana Blake as Hannah.

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The Bluray and DVD includes three discs with the episodes Offred, Birth Date, Late, Nolite Te Bastardes Carborundorum, Faithfully, A Woman’s Place, The Other Side, Jezebels, The Bridge and Night. The Special Features include Script to Screen and Hope in Gilead.

The soundtrack for this series is absolutely amazing and I wouldn’t mind having it for myself. The music just adds so much to the story as it unfolds, especially considering that I don’t think music would have been accepted in the Gilead world.

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I read the book when it came out in 1985 and to be perfectly honest I still have that very same copy in my bookshelf. Having read it countless times, I was surprised when I heard it was becoming a series. Of course the first season is very familiar to me yet I was still riveted. The storyline is even more drawn out and has the opportunity to put in the details that the film didn’t have time to.

The look of the series is gripping, twisted, and plays out every emotion whether it is directly in front of you or deep within a characters eyes. This is a cast that has taken a story and made absolutely sure that not one moment is wasted in its telling. This series should definitely be filed under ‘binge watching’ because there is no way to watch one episode and walk away (she says at 12:30 a.m. after a day of binging).

The flash backs are perfectly placed and enrich the story rather than cause confusion as the characters each have a story that needs telling. In this grey and dingy world that leads to a civil war, there is so much to know and after the rise of Gilead, it is extremely cool to be let in on how it all came to be.

THE HANDMAID’S TALE has won eight of its 13 nominations from the Primetime Emmy Awards including Outstanding Drama Series. The Golden Globes gave the series two awards that included Best Actress for Elisabeth Moss and Best Television Series. Be prepared as THE HANDMAID’S TALE returns to Hulu this April!

In the end – we will bear no more!

He is the Loyal Bull Called FERDINAND



Jeri Jacquin

On Bluray, DVD and Digital this week from director Carlos Saldanha, Blue Sky and 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment is a delightful tail of fun and flowers from FERDINAND.

Living with his father and others at the Casa del Toro bull-training camp run by Moreno (Raul Esparza), Ferdinand isn’t the average calf. Watching his father train and be chosen for the bull ring, the young bull is proud and awaits fathers return. He ignores the bullying from the younger calves while he waits. When that doesn’t happen, a hard reality sends the Ferdinand running as far away as he can.

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Ferdinand wakes up and finds himself staring into the face of a young girl. Nina (Lily Day) is immediately taken when Ferdinand and shown a beautiful farm life along with her father Juan (Juanes), he grows into a very large bull. Ferdinand (Jon Cena) spends his days with Nina, her father being and dog Paco (Jerrod Carmichael) well loved and loving in return.

When the flower festival comes around, Ferdinand is filled with joy as flower is his favorite thing. He is a little hurt when Juan tells his daughter that he is to big to go to the festival and must stay at the farm. Not willing to take no for an answer, Ferdinand decides that he is capable of being gentle and that the towns people just need to get to know him.

Unfortunately, the term ‘bull in a china shop’ plays out and Ferdinand is taken away from Nina! He is taken to Casa del Toro, Ferdinand sees a familiar faces in a still angry Angus (David Tennant), Guapo (Peyton Manning), Bones (Anthony Edwards), and a new face in goat Lupe (Kate McKinnon).

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Also still there Valiente (Bobby Cannavale), he still carries the same anger as when he was young and makes it clear he tends to take Ferdinand down. Arriving to look for the best bull for the best bullfighter is El Primero (Miguel Angel Silvestre). He spends a few days looking over all the bulls and after a scuffle in the ring between he and Valiente – chooses Ferdinand.

Not wanting to fight Ferdinand realizes that the only way he can stop it all is convincing the others that there is an amazing life on the farm waiting for them where they will be loved by one special family!

Cena as the voice of Ferdinand has the right inflection to pull off this loveable character. He is a flower loving bull is quite happy with his farm life and doesn’t understand why people might be afraid of him. That lesson becomes quickly clear and he is right back where he doesn’t want to be! At Casa del Toro he comes face to face with a bull who doesn’t have a reason not to be his friend other than he’s has daddy issues. Ferdinand is as loyal as you would want a friend to be and even more loyal to those who aren’t very friendly. Its a great lesson for kids to learn.

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Day as young Nina absolutely adores her very large friend and doesn’t see what those off the farm think they see. She is adorable and is the epitome of an animal lover. Carmichael as Paco pretends not to care but we all can see from the get go that he isn’t very good at it.

Cannavale as Valiente has anger issues that stem from having a father who has anger issues. Trying to keep Ferdinand down from childhood and reuniting as a full grown bull, Cannavale gives his character a rough edge. Tennant as Angus is hilarious plain and simple. Manning and Edwards are just followers who start to realize that it is no way to go through life.

McKinnon as Lupe is such a riot from start to finish! We all have that friend who is just a little nutty in a way that makes them extremely special. I couldn’t keep up with her infectious words of wisdom and her unwavering support of her very large friend.


Silvestre as El Primero is full of himself and there comes a moment where he is in the ring with Ferdinand that he must choose between his ego and a bull named Ferdinand.

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Other cast include Daveed Diggs, Gabriel Inglesias, Flula Borg, Sally Phillips, Boris Kodjoe, Jack Gore, Jet Jurgensmeyer, Nile Diaz, Colin H. Murphy, Gina Rodriguez and Jeremy Sisto.

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With the overwhelming success of Ice Age, Blue Sky suddenly found itself a frontrunner in what has blossomed into a powerful, billion dollar marketplace.  Together, Fox and Blue Sky Studios have broken records, growing their diversely talented staff and crew, developing their breakthrough renderer CG Studio, and producing hit after hit: Robots (2005), Dr. Seuss’ Horton Hears a Who! (2008), the wildly successful Ice Age sequels: Ice Age: The Meltdown (2006), Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs (2009), Ice Age: Continental Drift (2012), and the vibrant musical comedy, Rio (2011).

The Bluray and DVD include the Special Features of Ferdinand’s Team Supreme, “Home” Nick Jonas Music Video, Creating a Remarka-Bull Song, Learn to Dance with Ferdinand, Ferdinand’s Do-It-Yourself Flower Garden and so much more. The Digital Movie is also included so the entire family can watch anywhere.

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FERDINAND is from the creators of RIO and ICE AGE, both of which are high on my granddaughters watch list – over and over. This animated film is surely a must-have in the family home entertainment library because of its color, vibrancy, story line and cast of characters that will become iconic on their own.

What makes FERDINAND so beautifully done is Ferdinand himself! He sees the joy in the simplest things – such as his beloved flowers, and believes in helping all those that need it. Just as he was helped by a little girl named Nina who saw something beautiful in him, this lovely and large bull pays it forward but does so without a thought toward himself.

FERDINAND was an Academy Award Nominee for Best Animated film and also nominated at the Golden Globes for Best Motion Picture and Best Original Song. The film won the HUMANITAS PRIZE in the Feature Film Category for the screenplay by Robert L. Baird.

As this is a week of indoor weather, let FERDINAND bring color and fun to a home movie family night!

In the end – you will bullieve!

ROWAN and MARTIN’S LAUGH-IN: The Complete Third Season Arrives on DVD



Jeri Jacquin

It’s that time again as Time Life continues to keep the laughs coming with another amazing DVD set of ROWAN and MARTIN’S LAUGH-IN: The Complete Third Season.

Comedians Dan Rowan and Dick Martin would come to be the iconic dynamic-humor duo beginning in 1967 as LAUGH-IN hit the airwaves with what was suppose to be a one-time special. What actually happened was that a comedy series like no other would make its way onto television sets and become one of TV Guide’s 50 Greatest TV Shows of All Time!

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Gary Owens would introduce the program with his infamous hand over the ear and slap stick voice letting us know it was basically time to prepare our funny bones for what was to come. Rowan and Martin would give both the ‘live’ studio audience and those of us at home a well choreographed humor dance that was perfection.

A cast of regulars and weekly special guests always brought their own unique brand of funny. As the first season included cast members Ruth Buzzi, Arte ‘very interesting…but stupid’ Johnson, Goldie Hawn, Pamela Rodgers, Teresa Graves, the laughable Jo Anne Worley and lovely Judy Carne – the third season brought a woman who would shape my comedy mind so thank you Lily Tomlin.

Arte Johnson brought his Rabbi Shankar and Tyrone F. Horneigh to the screen with the latter chasing Ruth Buzzi’s Gladys Ormphby as far as his old legs would carry him. Gladys was a elderly drab woman in a hairnet looking for love but not in the army of Horneigh! Although in this season we come very close to what I thought they would have been the cutest wedding ever on television. The opposite of Gladys would be Doris Swizzle sitting on a barstool next to hubby Leonard!

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Tomlin brought to the show a plethora of characters that still have my heart today with Ernestine ‘one ringy dingy’ the telephone operator who had no problem keeping it real, grocery clerk Dotty who rang up laughs along with her ability to cut to the quick and finally, my beloved Edith Ann ‘and I’m only five years old’ who rocked her way into hearts with her outlook on life and a nice big raspberry like an exclamation point at the end of a sentence.

Time Life continues to bring never before released anywhere classic collections of television shows for fans to revisit and remember what has made television so special. Time Life has released Mama’s Family, CPO Sharkey and The Tonight Show and they now reminds of us of a time when sex and politics were up for grabs with ROWAN & MARTIN’S LAUGH-IN. For more of what Time Life has to offer fans of classic television visit

In this 26 episode-7 DVD Complete Third Season there are so many famous guest stars as well as the cast regulars. Appearances on the show included Johnny Carson, Debbie Reynolds, Peter Sellers, Flip Wilson, Michael Caine, Bob Hope, Diana Ross, Sonny & Cher, The Monkees (hold me back!), Carol Channing, Buddy Hackett, Sid Ceasar, Zsa Zsa Gabor, Tennessee Ernie Ford, Jack Benny, Engelbert Humperdinck, Peter Lawford, Phyllis Diller, Roger Moore, Romy Schneider, Greer Garson, Lorne Greene of BONANZA fame, Ed McMahon, Frank Sinatra Jr. and his sister Nancy Sinatra, James Garner, Bing Crosby, Jim Backus, Andy Williams, Carl Reiner, Ringo Starr, Andy Griffith and the ever handsome Tony Curtis.

An amazing Bonus Feature is an interview with Lily Tomlin and featurette of Still Laugh-In – A Tribute to George Schlatter who was the shows creator and executive producer.

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This is a series that is so much fun to explain to someone who may not have seen it before. They are surprised to learn that many of the saying they had come to know had their origins in this very series. I also love that my generation still gets excited having the opportunity to re-watch a series that most thought was gone forever.

Reliving Sock It To Me, the Cocktail Party, Sammy David Jr. teaching us how to strut to ‘here comes the judge!’, and The Flying Fickle Finger of Fate Award given to someone who truly deserved to be called out. This would be the season that we were introduced to the Farkle Family with Dad Frank Farkle, his wife Fanny Farkle and two children Simon and Gar Farkle. The family had a very interesting way of speaking and along with neighbor Ferd Berfel (which by the way was my first hamsters’ name), it was a group that I could have easily spent time with.

That is what ROWAN and MARTIN’S LAUGH-IN did for my generation actually. It gave us a brand of humor that would light up our minds as it took the comedy road to point out the government, what women were going through at the time as well as that of Native Americans. There was nothing and no one off limits to the sketches and final poke as the show closed with a wall of doors as the cast had a chance to make jokes and take one last jab of fun.

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Each show ended with Rowan telling his counterpart ‘Say goodnight Dick’ and the reply was ever faithful with ‘Goodnight Dick!’. So if you can recall how much fun ROWAN and MARTIN’S LAUGH-IN was, I am willing to bet that the opportunity to experience it all once again on DVD, all 1425 minutes, will bring a huge grin and we have Time Life to thank for that!

In the end – political correctness? Forget about it!




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Jeri Jacquin

Coming to theatres from director Paolo Virzi and Sony Picture Classics is a film about the journey’s we sometimes need to take to appreciate our lives with THE LEISURE SEEKER.

Stopping to check on her parents, Jane Spencer (Janel Moloney) discovers her parents are not at home. Calling brother Will (Christian McKay), it becomes quickly clear that not only are the folks gone – but so is their motor home called The Leisure Seeker. Family friend Lillian (Dana Ivey) is in a panic wanting them to be found quickly.

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But Ella Spencer (Helen Mirren) and husband John (Donald Sutherland) are focusing on their trip. Making one stop to call home to reassure them that everything is fine, Ella does her best to explain that they just want a few days for themselves.

Ella is the commander-in-chief of the road trip and it is clear that something is wrong with John. Once an college professor, he now has moments of forgetfulness and random walks that keep her on high alert. Yet down the road they go remembering their lives together. Stopping at campgrounds they spend evenings with one another and even unexpected events on the road are hilarious.

But, with all trips down memory lane, each of us remember things differently and Ella learns that perhaps some memory’s are best left unspoken.

Mirren as Ella is a woman with the patience of a saint. As Ella and John reminisce about their lives, she is clearly happy with the journey they shared together. That’s not to say there aren’t times of frustration, but their memories and joys are solid in her heart. Mirren is such a fantastic actress and watching her bring this character with such depth and emotion smack forward is a privilege to watch.

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Sutherland as John is a man who has lived in a world of knowledge and that world changes daily. The trip with Ella brings back the memories of their own children growing up and the many students he taught. Feeling that things are slowly becoming out of his control, it takes one sentence to bring out a secret that could fracture them. I love Sutherland’s humor mixed with the snide one liners from Mirren, it is a dance they do with such finesse.

Moloney as Jane starts off worrying but slowly listens to her mother Ella say they need time together. Backing off, she tries to convince Will to let them have some time. McKay as Will isn’t as thrilled about the road trip as his sister. Ivey as Lillian has been a friend of the family since their younger years. She believes the trip is insane as well!

THE LEISURE SEEKER is a film that touches every fiber of a human being. The connection for each of us is that this could quite easily be the story of our own parents. For the parents, it could easily be the story of trying to make life easier for their children.

These two elderly parents want to hit the road and feel the wind on their faces. They want to remember the good that has been their lives and come to terms with the not so good moments. Sutherland and Mirren are perfection forcing me to stop and truly listen to the color of their moments.

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This film will break hearts because we are witnessing the story of a couple who has seen so much in their lives. Clearly they both have medical issues and yet in the midst of that there is humor that can only be portrayed by these two amazing actors.

I love the music of THE LEISURE SEEKER that adds not only to their attempt at moments of fun but also the amazing love when things go a little wrong. This is a story that I will truly carry with me for a long time to come.

In the end – a once in a lifetime road trip they will never forget!

WHEN CALLS THE HEART: The Heart of Homecoming Is a New Year Gift on DVD


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Jeri Jacquin

Coming to DVD from Shout! Factory is another holiday in beloved Hope Valley with WHEN CALLS THE HEART: The Heart of Homecoming.

It is Christmas time again but this year carries a little sadness for Elizabeth Thatcher (Erin Krakow) as Mountie Jack Thornton (Daniel Lissing) is still in the Northern Territories. Trying to keep busy, she works with town Mayor Abigail Stanton (Lori Loughlin), Rosemary Coulter (Pascale Hutton) and other townswomen on ideas to help celebrate the holidays.

They decide that this year that the tree in the middle of town will be decorated with wishes. Each person of Hope Valley writes down something they wish for and anyone is free to take a wish to help grant it. Immediately Elizabeth finds the wish from Robert, one of her students who wants a crib for a baby coming. It also keeps her from putting up her own wish ornament.

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The town also begins to design a parade and when Abigail’s boy Cody (Carter Evancic) discovers a Christmas list from her son Peter, he is excited about his idea for a float. Rosemary is flustered as husband Lee (Kavan Smith) decides to close his business to allow families to prepare for the holidays. This means he is around the house more and getting underfoot! Inviting Elizabeth out to dinner, Rosemary convinces Elizabeth that she must put up her Christmas wish.

Jesse (Aren Buchholz) wants to get Clara (Eva Bourne) something beautiful for Christmas and when he learns that their is something special she wants, the money becomes the problem. In the spirit of the season, Jesse is able to find a bit of work that will allow him to buy the gift. While working, he discovers something that is tempting and knowing he already has been accepted by the town means he has to make a choice about what is right.

Elizabeth is stunned to learn that Bill Avery (Jack Wagner) called in a favor and managed to have Jack back in Hope Valley, even if only for a few days. Abigail learns from Bill that there is prisoner overcrowding and that some of them are sleeping in extremely cold tents making her think of Henry Gowen (Martin Cummins). She asks Bill to have Henry brought to Hope Valley where he can spend the night in the jail cell and do community service during the day.

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Now that Jack is back for the holidays, Rosemary practically begs Elizabeth to help give Lee something to do. Even Lee is thrilled when Jack asks him to help with the holiday floats! As the celebration gets closer, Abigail and Cody are disappointed to learn that the snow is so bad that daughter Becky won’t be able to come home.

But it is the holidays in Hope Valley, a place of people who are not always what they seem and a town of people who want what is best for one another which is love and extended family celebrating the most precious time of year.

Krakow as Elizabeth continues to be so endearing as Hope Valley’s beloved schoolteacher. This character has such a good heart to the point of feeling selfish about putting a wish on the town tree and it is Krakow that brings those emotions to the screen. Her infectious smile and sense of lightness makes me root for her and Jack so much more.

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Speaking of Jack, Lissing as Mountie Jack is equally as endearing as his co-star. Being away in the Northern Territory, it is when he returns to Hope Valley that he is torn. Instead of becoming down, Lissing’s character embraces the time with Elizabeth and gives of himself to the town he cherishes. Who can’t love a guy like that?

Loughlin as Abigail is now Hope Valley’s Mayor while still running the Cafe. Discovering what it takes to run a town, she doesn’t shy away from the problems left by Henry Gowen. Happy to have her kids Cody and Becky home for the holidays, she is excited about all the fun planned for the town. She also still believes that there is something good in Henry.

Wagner as Avery is the law in Hope Valley and although not happy with Abigail’s request to have Henry in town, he wants to believe as she does but is also leery. Cummins as Gowen doesn’t understand why Abigail would do such a giving thing for him and keeps to himself while doing community service.

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Hutton as Rosemary is always so delightful, lovely and has surprising moments where she completely says all the right things! This season she learns that it isn’t always necessary to be the brightest star in the sky. I love Rosemary’s relationship with her husband always wanting to do special things for him and even when it’s a little quirky; it isn’t any less special to him. Smith as Lee is taking it easy for the holidays; at least it starts out that way! When he has the chance to be part of the holiday makings for Hope Valley, Lee is all in!

Evancic as Cody is a young man who clearly loves Abigail and wants her to know how much. Finding a way to bring son Peter back into her heart and not let him be forgotten for the holidays means everything and Hope Valley helps him accomplish his goals. Bourne as Clara is a young woman who is falling hard for the rogue Jesse. She knows he has a past but the longer he stays in the town, the more he is accepted. Buchholz as Jesse is put in a position where he must decide whether his old life means more or what he feels now for his adopted home and the young lady he has eyes for.

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Inspired by the books written by Janette Oke, the series began airing in the United States in 2014 and quickly found a loyal following of fans who love the storyline. WHEN CALLS THE HEART is executive produced by Michael Landon Jr. and can be seen on The Hallmark Channel.

WHEN CALLS THE HEART: The Heart of Homecoming is a very sweet treat for the New Year. Who doesn’t want to return once again to the people and place that is Hope Valley and be a part of their holiday celebration. There is something extremely special about this series because, in truth, we all want to be a part of such a caring and strong community.

Perhaps that’s what draws everyone back season after season, the sense of nostalgia of when people were not buried by the fast-paced daily living. Instead, we can stop for a moment and breathe becoming enveloped in Hope Valley and the people doing the best they can. In the midst of it all they remind each other to embrace life and remember to care for everyone – and I mean everyone.

Also, with every episode reminds me of what I came to believe about the series from its beginning. WHEN CALLS THE HEART continues to hold precious the simple values we hold dear. There is nothing like a community that builds on love, family, friendship, and faith – and nothing has changed my opinion about that.

I personally would give just about anything to be there when they finally film the wedding between Jack and Elizabeth. That is actually a shared feeling between myself and other watchers of WHEN CALLS THE HEART – we’ve spent time getting to know these characters and nothing beats a good country wedding filled with love!

In the end – join in their celebration!



Not Missing a Beat is HBO’S CURB YOUR ENTHUSIASM: The Complete Ninth Season on DVD

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Jeri Jacquin

This week on DVD and Digital is the return of cable’s favorite enthusiast with HBO’s hit series CURB YOUR ENTHUSIASM: The Complete Ninth Season.

The gang is back and Larry (played by Larry David) starts out of the gate running when he shows Jeff his idea of making Salman Rushdie’s life a musical. Of course it isn’t just any musical but a comedy musical. When Larry takes a seat on Jimmy Kimmel Live! and does an impression of the Ayatollah, he learns what a fatwa really is. As if his day isn’t bad enough, empathy and a dead bird don’t help his cause with Richard Lewis.

The fatwa has caused Larry to go underground so to speak and become Buck Dancer, a hotel dweller who isn’t starting out very well in his new digs and all over cookies! Marty’s nephew Kenny isn’t happy that a pickle jar injury is interfering with his nocturnal emissions game. That’s when Larry steps in does a little pimping.

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After trying to reach someone at the Consul of Iran, Larry now has to reach out to Salman Rushdie to find out what to do about the fatwa. Rushdie’s first suggestion is to can Buck Dancer and get back to real life. Basically that means sitting down with Dr. Templeton (Bryan Cranston) and trying to work out how to deal with the fatwa but gets sidetracked about a chair.

Attending the funeral of Kenny who dies by bull, Larry wigs out when he thinks there is an assassin in the crowd. But that doesn’t compare to Larry having difficulty keeping thoughts to himself. He starts out by offending people at the club, continues on at a dinner party with a war veteran and wraps it all up with a Revolutionary War reenactment fiasco.

But Larry is hardly done getting removed from a yoga class for not namaste’ing, hits a car, offends a mechanic and an Uber driver. But somehow and some way he manages to turn it all to his advantage. It’s all in a few days in the life of Larry.

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While at a buffet line, Larry meets a man who could possible help him with the dangling fatwa. Morsi actually takes his time and finds out about Larry and lets a group of Muftis put him through questioning. Going through it all, he might have finally found a way to get the fatwa off his back.

Working on the musical, Larry is adamant that Lin-Manuel Miranda will be part of the cast. It is Lin who has a list of things that Larry has to agree to before there is one day of rehearsals. Of course where Larry’s life is concerned there is always room for more! When a woman named Mrs. Shapiro steals a plant from his house, they both end up on an episode of Judge Judy.

The rehearsals have begun and F. Murray Abraham, the Ayatollah, is already working Larry’s nerves. Lin is out of control as well but when Larry agrees to let Lin’s cousin spend time at the house, he is freaked out at what happens to his home. Of course the season ends when Larry and Lin have it out in a paintball challenge which puts the musical in jeopardy.

Of course there is always someone out there who still knows about the fatwa!

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The exceptional cast of course includes Jeff Garlin as Jeff, Cheryl Hines as Cheryl and Susie Essman as Susie. Episodes also include cameos from the talented Ted Danson, Mary Steenburgen, Richard Lewis, Elizabeth Banks, Lauren Graham, Carrie Brownstein, Rich Fulcher, Katie Aselton, Elizabeth Perkins, Steven Weber, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Salman Rushdie and so many more..

HBO Home Entertainment has an extensive array of critically-acclaimed and groundbreaking programs found on Bluray, DVD and Digital HD. They have provided viewers with some of the most amazing programs with huge fan bases that include the shows True Blood, Sex and the City, The Sopranos, True Detectives, The Wire, Entourage and Game of Thrones. Launched in 1984, HBO is world wide in viewed entertainment in more than 70 territories around the world! For more of what they have to offer please visit

The DVD includes the episodes Foisted!, The Pickle Gambit, A Disturbance in the Kitchen, Running with the Bulls, Thank You for Your Service, The Accidental Text on Purpose, Namaste, Never Wait for Seconds!, The Shucker, and Fatwa! The Bonus Features include Cast Memorable Moments and Deleted Scenes.

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 The series began on HBO in 1999 with an hour long special that would be followed by it’s first season the next year. Larry David created this show featuring his fictional self about a semi-retired television writer and his life in Los Angeles.

CURB YOUR ENTHUSIASM has the most stellar humor that I enjoy and situations that, although highly unlikely to ever be true, are still so well done by Larry David. The cast has put so much into this show and it shows in every minute. Of course I don’t mention every detail because I want everyone who gets their copy of the show to laugh just as much and just as hard as I did.

The way in which David incorporates celebrities into the stories is absolutely brilliant. His choices of F. Murray Abraham and Lin-Manuel Miranda are so perfect and they trippy directions he takes just cracked me up. I think one of my favorites is the Judge Judy and probably because of the verdict at the end – which made me rethink how I take care of my plants!

Celebrate the return of Larry David and the rest of the cast and the stories we have all waited for. Prepare to CURB YOUR ENTHUSIASM with the Complete Ninth Season from HBO Home Entertainment!

In the end – the good news is he’s back!

Find the Meaning of Life on DVD with WHEN THE STARLIGHT ENDS

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Jeri Jacquin

Coming to DVD from writer/director Adam Sigal and Cinedigm is the story of life, the written word and the clash between the two with WHEN THE STARLIGHT ENDS.

Jacob (Sam Heughan) is stuck at a job he can’t stand and girlfriend Cassandra (Arabella Oz) wants him to be happy. He truly wants to write and when Cassandra says he should follow his dream, their lives begin to change. Sitting in front of a computer screen daily, he pumps out his thoughts trying to put it all together in a book worth publishing.

When it begins to pay off, he knows that Cassandra deserves to fruits of their labor and finding the house of their dreams is a good beginning. Jacob begins working on his next work but starts to get sidetracked and tries to get it together with a side chat with dog-neighbor Ralph (Sean Patrick Flanery). When that doesn’t help, his mind begins to wander wondering if it’s possible that there is another ‘Jacob’ living another life.

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Cassandra makes the painful decision to leave when she realizes that Jacob’s writing is more important than she is. Knowing he could change this fate around with one simple promise, something inside stops every urge he has. That decision puts Jacob back in front of the keyboard to try and find a happy ending to it all.

He lives for the words.

Heughan as Jacob is a man who can’t believe the love of his life allows him to finally have the time to put his thoughts into a book. When the book is successful, it releases him to freely write and take care of his life with Cassandra. Heughan is sweet in this role giving us all a look inside of the thought process of a writer but this character has moments of artistic narcissism.

Of course I’m sure it can be said that all artists carry a bit of it with them but Cassandra isn’t about to have it in her life. Heughan came to the attention of American audiences from the STARZ original series Outlander playing the role of Scottish rogue Jamie Fraser. This is a different look for accent-less Heughan and the stories within the main story come off well.

Oz as Cassandra also has the opportunity to play other characters within the stories Jacob is writing. Because his work focuses around his love for her, it is also a very cool way of showcasing Oz’s ability to go from loving girlfriend to hitchhiker. The brilliant scene toward the end of the film between Cassandra and Heughan is awkward, necessary and it felt like I was eavesdropping.

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Flanery as Ralph is the odd duck neighbor who occasionally is Jacob’s sounding board. It’s not so much that he really cares about what Jacob is going through as much as it would be nice to have a buddy to have a few beers with. His story comes into play when the writer can’t help but wonder how his life works.

Other cast include Armando Gutierrez as Don, Hunter Gomez as Danny, Georgia Cook as Ellie, George Griffith as Jimmy, AlexAnn Hopkins as Eva, and David Arquette as Bill.

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WHEN THE STARLIGHT ENDS is a look inside the mind of Jacob as a writer and he truly does have a lot to say and in such a way that I loved hearing every word. The process of how he gets there is the story of a man who goes so deep into his own world that he forgets about the one person he constantly professes is his life.

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Writer/director Sigal presents his complex story blanketed in the simplicity of love and the choices we all make using that emotion. Sometimes it isn’t until we hurt or are hurt that what is in our hearts and minds flows out of us whether it is writing, painting, singing, etc.

The character of Jacob had the choice to keep the life he professed to love but instead took another path that was riddled with mirrors of pain, angst and ugly realities staring right back at him.

In the end – rewrite your life!

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