January 2018 Film Releases

New year and lots of new movies coming out! Good mix this month with some horror, some romance, and lots of action.

Insidious: The Last Key

Release Date: January 5th
Dir. Adam Robitel
Prod. Jason Blum, Oren Peli, James Wan, Leigh Wannell
Studio: Universal Pictures
Genre: Supernatural Horror
Starring: Lin Shaye, Angus Sampson, Leigh Wannell, Josh Stewart, Caitlin Gerard

Elise Rainier travels to New Mexico to investigate disturbing supernatural forces in her old home.


Stratton

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Release Date: January 5th
Dir. Simon West
Prod. Matthew Jenkins
Studio: Momentum Pictures
Genre: Action Thriller
Starring: Dominic Cooper, Gemma Chan, Austin Stowell, Tyler Hoechlin, Tom Felton

 

Dominic Cooper stars as John Stratton, a Special Boat Service operator in Northern Ireland who must track down a terrorist cell.


The Commuter

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Release Date: January 12th
Dir. Jaume Collet-Serra
Prod. Andrew Rona, Alex Heineman
Studio: Lionsgate
Genre: Action
Starring: Liam Neeson, Vera Farmiga, Patrick Wilson, Jonathan banks, Elizabeth McGovern, Sam Neill

 

A man gets caught up in a deadly game while on his way home from work. What started as a normal day now has him racing to find a hidden passenger on the train to save his life and those of his fellow commuters.


Proud Mary

Release Date: January 12th
Dir. Babak Najafi
Prod. Tai Duncan, Paul Schiff
Studio: Screen Gems
Genre: Action Thriller
Starring: Taraji P. Henson, Billy Brown, Danny Glover, Neal McDonough, Xander Berkeley, Maragaret Avery

Taraji P. Henson plays Mary, a hitwoman working in Boston who inadvertently orphans a young boy when her latest job goes sideways.


12 Strong

Release Date: January 19th
Dir. Nicolai Fuglsig
Prod. Jerry Bruckheimer, Molly Smith, Thad Luckinbill, Trent Luckinbill
Studio: Warner Bros.
Genre: War Drama
Starring: Chris Hemsworth, Elsa Pataky, Michael Shannon, Michael Pena, Trevante Rhodes

Based on the book, Horse Soldiers, the film follows 12 soldiers who, after the 9/11 attacks, are sent to Afghanistan to help fight the Taliban.


Den of Thieves

Den of Thieves

Release Date: January 19th
Dir. Christian Gudegast
Prod. Mark Canton, Christian Gudegast, Ryan Kavanaugh, Tucker Tooley
Studio: STX Entertainment
Genre: Heist Action Thriller
Starring: Gerard Butler, Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson, Pablo Schreiber, O’Shea Jackson Jr., Evan Jones, Dawn Olivieri, Mo McRae, Max Holloway

Following a group of robbers as they plan the biggest heist of their careers as well as the cops who both work against and with the criminals.


The Leisure Seeker

Release Date: January 19th
Dir. Paolo Virzi
Prod. Fabrizio Donvito, Marco Cohen, Benedetto Habib
Studio: Sony Pictures Classics
Genre: Italian-French Road Film
Starring: Donald Sutherland and Helen Mirren

A couple escape from their adult children and their lives full of doctors appointments by taking a road trip from Boston to the Florida Keys.


Maze Runner: The Death Cure

Death Cure

Release Date: January 26th
Dir. Wes Ball
Prod. Ellen Goldsmith-Vein, Wyck Godfrey, Marty Bowen, Lee Stollman, Wes Ball
Studio: 20th Century Box
Genre: Dystopian Science Fiction Action Thriller
Starring: Dylan O’Brien, Kaya Scodelario, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Nathalie Emmanuel, Giancarlo Esposito, Aidan Gillen, Walton Goggins, Ki Hong Lee, Barry Pepper, Will Poulet, Patricia Clarkson

In this final chapter of The Maze Runner trilogy, Thomas and the other Gladers must break into the “Last City”. Controller by WCKD and full of deadly traps, it will be their most dangerous adventure yet, but it will also get them the answers they need.


Lots of great films being released in 2018 and this is just the start!

Which of these films are you most excited about?

Personally, I can’t wait for The Death Cure or Insidious. Not too sure I’ll paying to see Liam Neeson ride a train though.

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Dancing With the Stars Week Six: “A Night at the Movies” Recap

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This week on DWTS the couples were off to the movies!

The scoring this week was out of 40 as the regular judges were joined by special guest judge, Shania Twain.

Each couple was assigned a film genre and had to come up with a dance that both incorporated the ballroom style they were given and that genre.

Each dance was interesting and incorporated the genre they were given in a unique and creative way.

Something else that was unique and creative (and quite controversial) was Shania Twain’s performance mid-way through the show. There is a lot of critique about her entire appearance during week six, but what I’m talking about is when she got up to perform her song “Soldier”.

Now, I’m no expert, but I work in a music store. And during her performance she sounded exactly (like scarily so) like the recording of that song that is on her new album. I’m not saying for sure whether or not she lip synced, but something about the whole performance was definitely off.

Moving on to nicer and less controversial performances, here are the scores from Monday night:

Nikki & Artem
Dance: Argentine Tango
Song: “Derniere Danse” – Indila
Score: 36
Film Genre: Foreign
#TeamSmackDown
*Safe*

Drew & Emma
Dance: Paso Doble
Song: “Legend” – The Score
Score: 30
Film Genre: Action
#TeamHotProperty
*Safe*

Nick & Peta
Dance: Samba
Song: “Wild Wild West” – Will Smith feat. Dru Hill & Kool Moe Dee
Score: 26
Film Genre: Western
#TeamMomandPops
*Lowest Score of the Night*
*Jeopardy*

Victoria & Val
Dance: Paso Doble
Song: “We Will Rock You” – Queen
Score: 31
Film Genre: Sport
#TeamViVa
*Jeopardy*

Terrell & Cheryl
Dance: Jive
Song: “Feel it Still” – Portugal the Man
Score: 37
Film Genre: Spy
#TeamGetchaPopcorn
*Jeopardy*

Frankie & Witney
Dance: Jazz
Song: “Holly Rock” – Sheila E.
Score: 31
Film Genre: Animation
#TeamFrannyPack
*Safe*

Vanessa & Maks
Dance: Quickstep
Song: “Let’s Be Bad” – Smash cast feat. Megan Hilty
Score: 36
Film Genre: Musical
#TeamBabiesAndBallroom
*Safe*

Jordan & Lindsay
Dance: Rumba
Song: “Supermarket Flowers” – Ed Sheeran
Score: 39
Film Genre: Drama
#TeamFishUponAStar
*Safe*

Lindsey & Mark
Dance: Argentine Tango
Song: “Human” – Sevdaliza
Score: 40
Film Genre: Sci-Fi
#TeamSTARK
*Highest Score of the Night*
*Perfect Score*
*Safe*

The competition is continuing to heat up the further into it we get and every dancer brought their A-game this week.

Unfortunately, there still had to be an elimination. Throughout the course of the night it was announced which couples were safe and which ones were in jeopardy.

Initially in jeopardy this week: Nick & Peta; Victoria & Val; Terrell & Cheryl.

The last couple called to be called safe was Victoria & Val, leaving Terrell & Cheryl and Nick & Peta in jeopardy.

The couple eliminated in week six was Nick and Peta.

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Sad to see them go, though I think after all the weeks of them being in jeopardy and scraping by we knew it was going to come. Nick brought a lot of fun to the competition and we all know this won’t be the last we see of him. It’s safe to say he’ll be in the audience every week now to cheer on Vanessa.

Which dance was your favourite? Is the couple you’re rooting for still in the running?

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Dancing With the Stars Week Five: “Disney Night” Recap

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I always get excited for Disney Night on DWTS because you just know it’s going to be a fun night.

Great music, fun dances, and some tribute to High School Musical (my inner twelve year old was very excited).

Everyone brought their A Game and it reflected in the scores:

Victoria & Val
Dance: Jazz
Song: “Steamboat Willie Suite” – Wilfed Jackson & Bert Lewis
Score: 27
Disney Film: Steamboat Willy
#TeamViVa

Vanessa & Maks
Dance: Waltz
Song: “Un jour mon prince viendra” – Nikki Yanofsky
Score: 24
Disney Film: Snow White and the Seven Dwarves
#TeamBabiesAndBallroom

Lindsey & Mark
Dance: Foxtrot
Song: “When You Wish Upon a Star” – Ray Chew
Score: 28
Disney Film: Pinocchio
*From Len, The Ten*
#TeamSTARK

Nick & Peta
Dance: Quickstep
Song: “The Bare Necessities” – Phil Harris & Bruce Reitherman
Score: 22
Disney Film: Jungle Book
#TeamMomandPops

Drew & Emma
Dance: Viennese Waltz
Song: “Rainbow Connection” – Kermit the Frog
Score: 25
Disney Film: The Muppet Movie
#TeamHotProperty

Sasha & Gleb
Dance: Rumba
Song: “Kiss the Girl” – Samuel E. Wright
Score: 24
Disney Film: Little Mermaid
#TeamAteam
*Jeopardy*
*Eliminated*

Terrell & Cheryl
Dance:
Song: “I Just Can’t Wait to be King” – Jason Weaver, Rowan Atkinson, & Laura Williams
Score: 25
Disney Film: The Lion King
#TeamGetchaPopcorn

Frankie & Witney
Dance: Argentine Tango
Song: “Angelica” – Rodrigo y Gabriela
Score: 29
Disney Film: Pirates of the Caribbean
#TeamFrannyPack
*Jeopardy*

Jordan & Lindsay
Dance: Foxtrot
Song: “You’re Welcome” – Jordan Fisher feat. Lin-Manuel Miranda
Score: 30
Disney Film: Moana
#TeamFishUponAStar
*First Perfect Score*

Nikki & Artem
Dance: Jazz
Song: “Remember Me” – Benjamin Bratt\
Score: 27
Disney Film: Coco
#TeamSmackDown

Despite being Disney Night and a happy night, there was still an elimination.

In Jeopardy this week were Sasha & Gleb and Frankie & Witney, two couples I don’t think anyone was expecting to end up on that list at this point in the competition.

Sadly, it was Sasha & Gleb who were eliminated.

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Were you surprised by this week’s elimination? Which dance was your favourite?

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Dancing With the Stars Week Four: “Most Memorable Year” Recap

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“Most Memorable Year” is always a tough week with lots of tears from the dancers and from everyone watching them.

There were some truly beautiful tributes done by many of the dancers tonight and many special moments shared.

All of the stars brought their all this week, seemingly inspired by the beautiful moments they were dancing about.

Here are the scores for week four:

Frankie & Witney
Dance: Quickstep
Song: “Adventure of a Lifetime” – Coldplay
Score: 24
Most Memorable Year: 2017, Learned to live in the present
#TeamFrannyPack

Terrell & Cheryl
Dance: Viennese Waltz
Song: “I Have Nothing” – Whitney Houston
Score: 24
Most Memorable Year: 2012, Year he lost his grandmother
#TeamGetchaPopcorn

Nikki & Artem
Dance: Contemporary
Song: “Fight Song” – Rachel Platten
Score: 24
Most Memorable Year: 2016, The year she made her way back into the ring after a serious injury
#TeamSmackDown

Nick & Peta
Dance: Contemporary
Song: “Falling Slowly” – Glen Hansard & Marketa Irglova
Score: 22
Most Memorable Year: 2011, Year he and Vanessa got married
#TeamMomandPops
*Jeopardy*

Lindsey & Mark
Dance: Viennese Waltz
Song: “Anchor” – Mindy Gledhill
Score: 26
Most Memorable Year: 2016, The year she lost her father
#TeamSTARK

Derek & Sharna
Dance: Jazz
Song: “Move on Up” – Curtis Mayfield
Score: 23
Most Memorable Year: 2007, The year his daughter was diagnosed with a rare form of eye cancer
#TeamHoopsandHeels
*Jeopardy*
*Eliminated*

Jordan & Lindsay
Dance: Contemporary
Song: “Take Me Home” – Us the Duo
Score: 29
Most Memorable Year: 2005, The year he was adopted
#TeamFishUponAStar
*Highest Score of the Night*
*Highest Score of the Season*
*First 10 of the Season*

Sasha & Gleb
Dance: Foxtrot
Song: “Over my Head (Cable Car)” – The Fray
Score: 24
Most Memorable Year: 2016, Last season of Pretty Little Liars and the year she got engaged
#TeamAteam

Vanessa & Maks
Dance: Rumba
Song: “Godspeed (Sweet Dreams)” – Nick Lachey
Score: 24
Most Memorable Year: 2017, The year her third baby was born and their family completed
#TeamBabiesAndBallroom

Drew & Emma
Dance: Jive
Song: “Don’t Stop Me Now” – Queen
Score: 24
Most Memorable Year: 2007, The year the Property Brothers came to be
#TeamHotProperty

Victoria & Val
Dance: Foxtrot
Song: “I Lived” – OneRepublic
Score: 27
Most Memorable Year: 2017, the year she got her life and her freedom back
#TeamViVa

The tears were flowing from the first dance to the last.

Every dance, no matter the circumstances, was beautiful and inspiring.

Unfortunately, it is a competition and there was an elimination.

The couples in jeopardy during week four were Nick & Peta and Derek & Sharna and ultimately it was Derek & Sharna who were sent home.

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Make sure you tune in next week for Disney Night and let me know below which dance was your favourite. Which one had you crying?

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Dancing With the Stars Weeks Three: “Guilty Pleasures Night” Recap

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Wow, missing one week can really throw a person off their schedule.

I am three weeks behind on recapping this season of Dancing with the Stars, but I am now back and ready to binge on everything I missed.

So here we go: Guilty Pleasures night!

From Boybands to Rom Coms, the night was definitely an entertaining one to watch.

The scores are as follows:

Drew & Emma
Dance: Argentine Tango
Song: “Red Right Hand” – Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds
Score: 23
Guilty Pleasure: True Crime Shows
#TeamHotProperty

Derek & Sharna
Dance: Cha-Cha
Song: “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” – DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince
Score: 21
Guilty Pleasure: Fresh Prince of Bel-Air
#TeamHoopsandHeels

Victoria & Val
Dance: Quickstep
Song: “Tubthumping” – Chumbawamba
Score: 22
Guilty Pleasure: “Tubthumping” by Chumbawamba
#TeamViVa

Vanessa & Alan (Standing in for Maks)
Dance: Jazz
Song: “Girl’s Just Want to Have Fun” – Cyndi Lauper
Score: 23
Guilty Pleasure: Girls Night Out
#TeamBabiesAndBallroom

Nikki & Artem
Dance: Viennese Waltz
Song: “Love on the Brain” – Rihanna
Score: 21
Guilty Pleasure: Romance Novels/Fifty Shades of Grey
#TeamSmackDown

Frankie & Witney
Dance: Samba
Song: “It’s Gonna Be Me” – N’Sync
Score: 21
Guilty Pleasure: Boybands
#TeamFrannyPack

Lindsey & Mark
Dance: Jive
Song: “Wake Me Up Before You Go Go” – Wham
Score: 27
Guilty Pleasure: Pajamas All Day
#TeamSTARK
*Highest Score of the Night*
*Highest Score of the Season*

Sasha & Gleb
Dance: Jazz
Song: “I Can’t Help Myself (Sugar Pie Honey Bunch) – The Four Tops
Score: 19
Guilty Pleasure: Baking
#TeamAteam
*Lowest Score of the Night*

Nick & Peta
Dance: Jazz
Song: “Jump (For My Love)” – The Pointer Sisters
Score: 21
Guilty Pleasure: Romantic Comedies
#TeamMomandPops

Terrell & Cheryl
Dance: Salsa
Song: “The Breaks” – Kurtis Blow
Score: 21
Guilty Pleasure: Breakdancing
#TeamGetchaPopcorn

Jordan & Lindsay
Dance: Charleston
Song: “The Glory Days” – Michael Giacchino
Score: 25
Guilty Pleasure: Comic Books
#TeamFishUponAStar

I loved Frankie’s & Lindsey’s routines and thought they both did fantastic.

Sasha & Gleb’s routine I found to be a bit confusing. Usually my opinion on the dances goes as far as “that was good” or “I didn’t really like it”. Why? Because I have no dancing qualifications of my own. But I agree with the judges on this one, I kept waiting for the dance to actually start, but the whole thing was just them doing synchronized moves next to each other. Interesting, but pretty risky for a dance competition.

There was no elimination after Week Three which I’m sure was a relief to all the stars, but now they had to get ready for Week Four: “Most Memorable Year”

What did you think of Guilty Pleasures night? Which dance was your favourite?

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Dancing With the Stars Week Two, Night Two: “Latin Night”

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Monday night ended with the elimination of Barbara & Keo, but there are still twelve couples remaining.

They all faced off on Latin Night with some exceptional Latin dances and some great music to go along with them.

Here are Tuesday Night’s Scores:

Nikki & Artem
Dance: Samba
Song: “Despacito” – Luis Fonsi feat. Daddy Yankee
Score: 18
#TeamSmackDown
*Lowest Score of the Night*
*Safe*

Victoria & Val
Dance: Rumba
Song: “Easy” – Sky Ferreira
Score: 20
#TeamViVa
*Safe*

Derek & Sharna
Dance: Paso Doble
Song: “Diablo Rojo” – Rodrigo y Gabriela
Score: 19
#TeamHoopsandHeels
*Safe*

Sasha & Gleb
Dance: Samba
Song: “Most Girls” – Hailee Steinfeld
Score: 22
#TeamAteam
*Safe*

Nick & Peta
Dance: Argentine Tango
Song: “She’s a Lady” – Lion Babe
Score: 19
#TeamMomandPops
*Jeopardy*

Jordan & Lindsay
Dance: Samba
Song: “Mi Gente” – J Balvin & Willy William
Score: 24
#TeamFishUponAStar
*Safe*

Drew & Emma
Dance: Rumba
Song: “Lights Low Down” – MAX feat. gnash
Score: 21
#TeamHotProperty
*Safe*

Debbie & Alan
Dance: Argentine Tango
Song: “Havana” – Camila Cabello feat. Young Thug
Score: 21
#TeamSonberst
*Eliminated*

Vanessa & Maks
Dance: Salsa
Song: “Instruction” – Jax Jones feat. Demi Lovato & Stefflon Don
Score: 23
#TeamBabiesAndBallroom
*Safe*

Terrell & Cheryl
Dance: Samba
Song: “Hot in Herre” – Nelly
Score: 19
#TeamGetchaPopcorn
*Safe*

Lindsey & Mark
Dance: Salsa
Song: “Mani Picao” – Ricky Campanelli
Score: 24
#TeamSTARK
*Safe*

Frankie & Witney
Dance: Cha-Cha-Cha
Song: “Perm” – Bruno Mars
Score: 25
#TeamFrannyPack
*Highest Score of the Night*

The end of Latin night found Frankie & Witney at the top of the leader board with a score of 25, while Nikki & Artem had the lowest score of the night with 18.

It also meant the second elimination of the season.

This time, Nick & Peta and Debbie & Alan were the couples in jeopardy and, unfortunately, Debbie & Alan were sent home.

I think we will definitely see all the couples bringing it more than ever next week, particularly the couples who were in jeopardy (Nick & Peta, Terrell & Cheryl), and who pulled through to the next round.

Were you surprised by the elimination on Tuesday? Who are you rooting for?

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Dancing With the Stars Week Two, Night One: “Classic Ballroom Dances”

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Week Two of Dancing With the Stars finds the celebs having to learn two dances (already!) and facing not one, but two imminent eliminations.

The focus for this week was classic ballroom dances such Quickstep, Foxtrot, and Tango, amongst others.

They immediately kicked off the night with a quickstep by Debbie and Alan

Here are the scores from the first dances of Week Two:

Debbie & Alan
Dance: Quickstep
Song: “This is My Time” – Amy Stroup
Score: 20
#TeamSonberst
*Safe*

Nikki & Artem
Dance: Waltz
Song: “Come Away with Me” – Norah Jones
Score: 21
#TeamSmackDown
*Safe*

Lindsey & Mark
Dance: Quickstep
Song: “Swing Set” – Jurassic 5
Score: 21
#TeamSTARK
*Safe*

Barbara & Keo
Dance: Tango
Song: “Whatever Lola Wants” – Sarah Vaughan
Score: 17
#TeamSharkeo
*Lowest Score of the Night*
*Eliminated*

Nick & Peta
Dance: Foxtrot
Song: “Mandy” – Barry Manilow
Score: 19
#TeamMomandPops
*Safe*

Drew & Emma
Dance: Quickstep
Song: “Sing, Sing, Sing (With a Swing)” – Louis Prima
Score: 20
#TeamHotProperty
*Safe*

Vanessa & Maks
Dance: Foxtrot
Song: “Hit Me with a Hot Note” – Tami Tappan Damiano
Score: 24
#TeamBabiesAndBallroom
*Tied Highest Score of the Night*
*Safe*

Frankie & Witney
Dance: Tango
Song: “Whatever it Takes” – Imagine Dragons
Score: 23
#TeamFrannyPack
*Safe*

Terrell & Cheryl
Dance: Foxtrot
Song: “Pillowtalk” – Zayn
Score: 20
#TeamGetchaPopcorn
*Jeopardy*

Sasha & Gleb
Dance: Viennese Waltz
Song: “I’m Going Down” – Rose Royce
Score: 23
#TeamAteam
*Safe*

Victoria & Val
Dance: Tango
Song: “Look What You Made Me Do” – Taylor Swift
Score: 24
#TeamViVa
*Tied Highest Score of the Night*
*Safe*

Derek & Sharna
Dance: Foxtrot
Song: “Hallelujah I Love Her So” – Ray Charles
Score: 19
#TeamHoopsandHeels
*Safe*

Jordan & Lindsay
Dance: Viennese Waltz
Song: “Count on Me” – Judah Kelly
Score: 24
#TeamFishUponAStar
*Tied Highest Score of the Night*
*Safe*

Three couples tied for the lead tonight: Jordan & Lindsay, Victoria & Val, and Vanessa & Maks, all with scores of 24. In last place, with a score of 17, were Barbara & Keo.

However, the night still had more to it and we saw the first elimination of the season.

Terrell & Cheryl and Barbara & Keo were the couples in jeopardy and the first couple to go home ended up being Barbara & Keo.

Barbara & Keo

Poor Keo just can’t catch a break can he?

The rest of the couples weren’t done yet though and returned Tuesday night to dance their second dances and face a second elimination.

Which couple are you rooting for? What did you think of Monday night’s elimination?

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