Not Appointment TV
The Secret Life of the American Teenager
Channel: ABC Family
Premieres: Tue, Jul 1
Starring: Molly Ringwald, Shailene Woodley, Francia, Raisa, Kenny Baumann, Daren Kagasoff, Megan Park, Greg Finley, Josie Bissett, John Schneider, Mark Derwin, India Eisley, Jorge Pallo
Synopsis: A teenage good girl is pregnant, and has to deal with her parents and everyone at school.
My Take: The reviews I have read have not been good. It seems a little too out of touch with what teenagers are like these days, probably because it is from the 7th Heaven people.
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Directed: Andrew Stanton
Starring: Fred Willard, Jeff Garlin, Ben Burtt, Sigourney Weaver, John Ratzenberger
Synopsis: In the future, humans leave Earth and there is one robot that is left to clean up all the garbage left behind. He develops a personality and becomes lonely.
My Take: I love Pixar and I think it looks adorable, like R2D2.
RT Score: 96%
RT Consensus: Charming, audacious, and timely, Wall-E‘s lighthearted magic and stellar visuals testify once again to Pixar’s ingenuity.
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Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull
Directed: Steven Spielberg
Starring: Harrison Ford, Ray Winstone, Shia LaBeouf, Cate Blanchett, Karen Allen
The third sequel in the series almost twenty years after the last one where they smartly have Indiana Jones age about twenty years in the process too.
I was a tad spoiled rewatching the old Indiana Jones movies the weekend before watching this movie, but it reminded me how fun the movies were, even when they were being silly. This movie is beyond silly. I believe it started with the monkeys in the jungle, got a little bit goofier with the huge killer ants, and completely lost it with the alien angle. I think the alien angle would have been fine, if it had been suggested, but not verified. I was very ready for the movie to end when it got to that point.
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Alicia has joined the Movie Watching Group and it is now her turn to pick a movie. When we were dancing at the Fez, they played part of Barbarella on the wall. Marci and I laughed at it, but Alicia became intrigued since she had never seen it. She has now decided that everyone must watch it and post their reviews!
Netflix synopsis: A young Jane Fonda stars as the shapely 41st century space traveler dispatched to apprehend missing scientist Durand Durand (Milo O’Shea), whose latest handiwork threatens to bring evil back to the galaxy. En route, Barbarella discovers the joys of celestial sex and experiences kinky misadventures with a mélange of bizarre characters. Fans of sci-fi kitsch will treasure the camp classic, which heaps on the psychedelic scenery with gaudy aplomb.
Rotten Tomato Score: 72%
Premieres: Tue, Jun 24
Starring: Denis Leary, Michael Lombardi, Callie Thorne, Steven Pasquale, Tatum O’Neal, John Scurti, Daniel Sunjata, Andrea Roth, Jack McGee
Synopsis: The writer’s strike stopped the next season’s production so the show won’t be returning until spring 2009, but it will be a longer 22-episode season when it does return. To tide over the fans, there will be ten five-minute long minisodes that will be shown, featuring all the regular characters of the show.
My Take: I am sad that the show is not back this summer, but I’ll have to make do with these teeny tiny episodes. I do love the mix of drama and comedy in the series, but I think these will be more comedy.
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Directed: Peter Segal
Starring: Steve Carell, Anne Hathaway, Dwayne Johnson, Alan Arkin, Terence Stamp
Synopsis: Movie adaptation from the old television show where Maxwell Smart becomes a field agent, but is more of a bumbling fool.
My Take: When I heard Steve Carell was going to be Maxwell Smart, I thought it was a perfect fit. I also like Anne Hathaway. It looks like super goofy, not to be taken seriously, and overall fun fluffy summer movie.
RT Score: 51%
RT Consensus: Get Smart rides Steve Carell’s considerable charm for a few laughs, but in the end is a rather ordinary Summer comedy.
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Below is a listing of some albums being released this week, links to the band’s website, where to buy it on Amazon.com and a video from YouTube so you can check out if you like it.
Album: Viva La Vida
RIYL: Death Cab for Cutie, My Morning Jacket, Duffy, Weezer,
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Top Chef: Chicago
The finale is all about the chefs being able to cook a full menu of whatever they want. It is their chance to really showcase what they do best at the end of this very long, brutal competition. Going into it, I am still amazed that Lisa is one of the final three. I thought for sure she was out the door as soon as Nikki was finally kicked off. I still would have much rather have Antonia or Dale going up against Richard and Stephanie.
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Premieres: Mon, Jun 16
Starring: Mary-Louise Parker, Elizabeth Perkins, Kevin Nealon, Justin Kirk, Hunter Parrish, Alexander Gould, Allie Grant
Synopsis: After watching Agrestic burn to the ground, the Botwins head to Mexico. This season, they meet up with Nancy’s estranged father-in-law near the border and Julie Bowen joins the cast as a “friend” of Nancy’s oldest son.
My Take: Love the show. I find it hilarious and outrageous.
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The Incredible Hulk
Directed: Louis Leterrier
Starring: Edward Norton, Liv Tyler, Tim Roth, Tim Blake Nelson, Ty Burrell
Synopsis: Bruce Banner is in hiding trying to find a cure for the radiation that makes him big and green, when he must come out of hiding to fight the Abomination.
My Take: Very wary after the other Hulk movie, but I do like Edward Norton and Tim Roth.
RT Score: 63%
RT Consensus: The Incredible Hulk provides the action and excitement to please comic book fans and re-ignite this fledgling franchise.
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