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 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 Week Six Recap: Famous Dances Night

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Season 22 | Week 6 | Aired: April 25th, 2016

Week Six on DWTS and the couples are dancing to famous dances from various films and performances.

Here are the scores:

Kim Fields & Sasha Farber
Dance: Jive
Song: “You Can’t Stop the Beat” – Hairspray
Score: 24

Von Miller & Witney Carson
Dance: Jazz
Song: “Bad” – Michael Jackson
Score: 24

Jodie Sweetin & Keo Motsepe
Dance: Contemporary
Song: “Try” – Pink
Score: 25

Paige VanZant & Mark Ballas
Dance: Jazz
Song: “Soul Bossa Nova” – Quincy Jones
Score: 28

Nyle DiMarco & Peta Murgatroyd
Dance: Quickstep
Song: “Hey Pachuco” – Royal Crown Revue
Score: 25

Ginger Zee & Val Chmerkovskiy
Dance: Jazz
Song: “Nasty” – Janet Jackson
Score: 24

Doug Flutie & Karina Smirnoff
Dance: Bollywood
Song: “Jai Ho” – A.R. Rahman
Score: 21
*Lowest Score*

Wanya Morris & Lindsay Arnold
Dance: Jazz
Song: “Bye Bye Bye” – N’Sync
Score: 29
*Highest Score*

Antonio Brown & Sharna Burgess
Dance: Jive
Song: “Footloose” – Kenny Loggins
Score: 27

Two couples received tens this week, but unfortunately someone did have to go home.

The three couples in jeopardy were Von & Witney, Paige & Mark, and Doug & Karina. The couple eliminated was Doug and Karina.

Doug Karina

Whose famous dance did you like best? Is your favourite couple still in the running?

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Dancing With the Stars Week Five Recap: “Switch Up Week”

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Season 22 | Week Five | Aired: April 18th, 2016

So I fell behind on watching Dancing With the Stars, but I finally managed to get caught up just in time for the quarter finals. How are there only six couples left already? However! This recap is not for the quarter finals, it is for week five: Switch Up Week!

From the celebs having new partners to a live performance by James Bay to Maks Chmerkovskiy guest judging, it was quite a night.

Here are the scores:

Wanya Morris & Witney Carson
Dance: Tango
Song: “Hold Back the River” – James Bay
Score: 30

Kim Fields & Keo Motsepe
Dance: Viennese Waltz
Song: “These Arms of Mine” – Otis Redding”
Score: 28

Doug Flutie & Peta Murgatroyd
Dance: Tango
Song: “Black and Gold” – Sam Sparro
Score: 28

Ginger Zee & Mark Ballas
Dance: Salsa
Song: “La Malanga” – Eddie Palmieri
Score: 32

Antonio Brown & Karina Smirnoff
Dance: Cha-Cha-Cha
Song: “Son of a Preacher Man” – Dusty Springfield
Score: 26

Paige VanZant & Sasha Farber
Dance: Rumba
Song: “Perfect” – One Direction
Score: 31

 Von Miller & Lindsay Arnold
Dance: Jive
Song: “Hips” – Beans and Fatback
Score: 29

Nyle DiMarco & Sharna Burgess
Dance: Viennese Waltz
Song: “I Get to Love You” – Ruelle
Score: 37
*First 10 of the season*

Jodie Sweetin & Val Chmerkovskiy
Dance: Paso Doble
Song: “Under Control” – Calvin Harris & Alesso feat. Hurts
Score: 35

Now, because it was Switch Up Week there was no elimination, but it was definitely interesting seeing how each of the celebs did dancing with someone else.

And I was so proud of Nyle getting the first ten of the season! And from Len no less!

Did you enjoy Switch Up Week?

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

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Season 22 | Week 4 | Aired: April 11, 2016

It’s “Disney Night” on DWTS! This week the couples will be dancing to songs from Disney films and I am so incredibly exciting.

The scores this week will be out of 40 as this week Zendaya will be a guest judge.

Here are the scores for week four:

Antonio Brown & Sharna Burgess
Dance: Jazz
Song: “Friend Like Me”
Score: 35
Disney Film: Aladdin

Marla Maples & Tony Dovolani
Dance: Waltz
Song: “Part of Your World”
Score: 28
Disney Film: Little Mermaid
*In Jeopardy*
*Eliminated*

Nyle DiMarco & Peta Murgatroyd
Dance: Samba
Song: “Trashin’ the Camp”
Score: 34
Disney Film: Tarzan

Doug Flutie & Karina Smirnoff
Dance: Jazz
Song: “A Spoonful of Sugar”
Score: 24
Disney Film: Mary Poppins
*Lowest Score of the Night*

Kim Fields & Sasha Farber
Dance: Quickstep
Song: “I Wan’na Be Like You”
Score: 32
Disney Film: The Jungle Book

Jodie Sweetin & Keo Motsepe
Dance: Cha-Cha-Cha
Song: “Try Everything”
Score: 27
Disney Film: Zootopia
*In Jeopardy*

Von Miller & Witney Carson
Dance: Viennese Waltz
Song: “A Dream is a Wish Your Heart Makes”
Score: 32
Disney Film: Cinderella

Ginger Zee & Val Chmerkovskiy
Dance: Foxtrot
Song: “Belle”
Score: 36
Disney Film: Beauty and the Beast
*Tied for Highest Score of the Night*

Wanya Morris & Lindsay Arnold
Dance: Samba
Song: “Circle of Life”
Score: 35
Disney Film: The Lion King

Paige VanZant & Mark Ballas
Dance: “Quickstep”
Song: “You’ve Got a Friend in Me”
Score: 36
Disney Film: Toy Story
*Tied for Highest Score of the Night*

This was such a great week with some amazing dances and some not so amazing dances.

Unfortunately, this is a competition which means someone has to go home.

Tonight, the couples in jeopardy were Marla & Tony and Jodie & Keo.

The couple eliminated were Marla & Tony.

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

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It’s Week Three on DWTS! Or, it was, last week. Thanks to having the flu kick my ass all week this recap is late, but it’s finally here! I finally got to watch Week Three!

It’s was “Most Memorable Year” night on DWTS and the stars came together with their pro partners to create dances for their most memorable year.

Here are the scores for Week Three:

Ginger Zee & Val Chmerkovskiy
Dance: Contemporary
Song: “Home” – Phillip Phillips
Score: 21
Most Memorable Year: 2013, the year she met her husband
*Safe*

Doug Flutie & Karina Smirnoff
Dance: Waltz
Song: “The Rainbow Connection” – Kermit the Frog
Score: 21
Most Memorable Year: 2015, the year he lost both his parents
*In Jeopardy*

Kim Fields & Sasha Farber
Dance: Foxtrot
Song: “The Facts of Life Theme” – Al Burton, Gloria Loring, & Alan Thicke
Score: 22
Most Memorable Year: 1976, the year she booked her first gig
*Safe*

Von Miller & Witney Carson
Dance: Contemporary
Song: “In the Air Tonight” – Phil Collins
Score: 20
Most Memorable Year: 2016, the year he and his team won the Superbowl
*Safe*

Marla Maples & Tony Dovolani
Dance: Jive
Song: “Happy” – Pharrell Williams”
Score: 21
Most Memorable Year: 1993, the year she had her daughter
*Safe*

Antonio Brown & Sharna Burgess
Dance: Foxtrot
Song: “7 Years” – Lukas Graham
Score: 20
Most Memorable Year: 2007, the year his son was born
*Safe*

Paige VanZant & Mark Ballas
Dance: Paso Doble
Song: “300 Violin Orchestra” – Jorge Quintero
Score: 23
Most Memorable Year: 2014, her first UFC fight
*Safe*

Jodie Sweetin & Keo Motsepe
Dance: Foxtrot
Song: “Rise Up” Andra Day
Score: 23
Most Memorable Year: 2015, the year Full House came back
*In Jeopardy*

Mischa Barton & Artem Chigvintsev
Dance: Samba
Song: “Party in the USA” – Miley Cyrus
Score: 18
Most Memorable Year: 2008, the year she left the O.C. and returned home
*Lowest Score of the Night*
*In Jeopardy*
*Eliminated*

Wanya Morris & Lindsay Arnold
Dance: Waltz
Song: “National Anthem” – Boyz II Men
Score: 24
Most Memorable Year: 1996, when Boyz II Men sang the National Anthem after a National
Tragedy
*Safe*

Nyle DiMarco & Peta Murgatroyd
Dance: Tango
Song: “Verge” – Owl City feat. Aloe Blacc
Score: 25
Most Memorable Year: 2012, the year he travelled the world
*Highest Score of the Night*
*Safe*

Unfortunately there had to be an elimination and this week the couples in jeopardy were Jodie & Keo, Mischa & Artem, and Doug & Karina.

The couple eliminated was Mischa & Artem.

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What did you think of Week Three? Who are you rooting for?

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