Split Review (Spoilers)

This past weekend I had the chance to indulge in the new movie Split, directed by, M. Night Shyamalan. Split brought in $40 million at it’s opening box office weekend, beating Return of Xander Cage which only brought in $20 million.  The movie was a good thriller and even had some dark humor at times, but alas, it still doesn’t beat Shyamalan’s infamous, The Sixth Sense.

Shymalan did a great job directing a movie and putting it out during one of the hardest times of the year. January, the time that most companies put out their “not as great” films.  Despite the odds of January, it did fairly well. The movie stars, actors James McAvoy and Anya Taylor-Joy.  McAvoy’s character, Kevin/Dennis/Barry, etc. is a man that went through a tragic incident as a kid, and now copes with the help of his 23 personalities. His condition is otherwise known as, D.I.D.  Rating this movie, I would give it a B.  It had a lot of great elements, but due to the time constraint of the movie, I feel as if there was more of the story that could have been told.

For instance, it is known that Kevin has 23 characters, with one that was developing during the course of the movie, but unfortunately the movie only expanded on about four or five of them. I understand it might be difficult to keep the audience’s attention if Kevin was frequently switching between 23 different characters, but the hype of the movie was about a man with 23 different personalities.

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Anya Taylor-Joy played the other main role, Casey, one of the girls that is abducted by Kevin.  Her character is very complex and reserved at the same time.  We later find out it is because her uncle used to rape her when she was a young girl.  The complexity of her character makes the other two girls look very dull and sometimes frustrating to even watch.  The movie is “split” into two stories, the current with Kevin and the girls, and then flashbacks of Casey’s past when she was a child.  Shymalan did not hesitate in showing how terrible Casey’s childhood was with her dad’s passing and her uncle’s abuse, which explains why her character is so complex and slow to develop. Casey, is the only one of the girls who seems to be level headed during the situation.  She figures out how to tap into the mind of some of Kevin’s vast personalities and communicate with them. Despite the lack of characters that were seen, it was fun to see the juxtaposition of all the different personalities, plus it was remarkable how well McAvoy was at playing each character.

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The ending of the movie, has a fun little surprise that I won’t ruin, but other than that, the ending could have had more thought behind it.  It was interesting how we find out the girls are stuck underground at the Philly Zoo, but being a M. Night Shyamalan movie, I expected a mind blowing twist. It ended up being more of a PSA for those who have “broken” pasts, which is something that is never out of style to talk about, but I can’t say this was his best movie.  It was highly entertaining, but maybe more time would have helped the movie.  Did you see the movie? Did you love it or hate it? Tell me what you think! If you haven’t seen it check out the trailer below!

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Free Documentaries To Watch This Weekend

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We have put together a list of 10 documentaries that talk about everything, including aliens! Get your popcorn ready now, because these documentaries will have you glued to the TV. Check out our list of documentaries below.

 

Free Documentaries To Watch This Weekend

 

1. UFOs: 50 Years of Denial

Ufos: 50 Years of Denial
This documentary aims to demystify the controversial phenomenon of UFOs and offers explosive information about some of the biggest cover-ups of the last century, from Roswell to Area 51.
2. The Hollywood Madam
Heidi Fleiss: Hollywood ... Nick Broomfield tackles his most controversial subject yet with Hollywood madam, Heidi Fleiss. Featuring a parade of pimps, hustlers, informers and cops, it’s clear that no one can be trusted in this twisted, wretchedly funny “Rashomon” of sleaze.
3. Living In Emergency

Living in Emergency: Stories of Doctors Without Borders
Set in war-torn Congo and Liberia,”Living in Emergency” interweaves the stories of four volunteers with Doctors Without Borders as they struggle to provide emergency medical care under the most extreme conditions.
4. Journey to Le Mans
Journey to Le Mans The 24 hours of Le Mans is the most famed endurance motorsport event in the universe. Witness up close the spectacle that is Le Mans, through the eyes and emotions of the men at the very heart of it (narrated by the legendary actor, Patrick Stewart).
5. Man Up & Go
Man Up & Go An unlikely band of American men travels to Africa to launch a movement called Man Up. The objective: to become fathers to the fatherless.
6. Dancing Across Borders
Dancing Across Borders “Dancing Across Borders” tells the intimate and triumphant story of Sokvannara Sar in Angkor Wat, Cambodia. The film follows Sy’s development as a dancer and gives a behind-the-scenes look into the world of American ballet.
7. The Last Days of Extraordinary Lives
The Last Days of Extraordinary Lives In this inspiring and captivating documentary, ordinary people face their last days and yet tell extraordinary stories about their lives and the beautiful experience of living.
8. Pressure Cooker 
Pressure Cooker Wilma Stephenson runs a boot camp teaching Culinary Arts, disciplining her students into capable chefs and responsible students. But behind her tough exterior is a teacher who cares deeply about getting the best out of her kids.
9. Beatles The Journey
Beatles: The Journey

This riveting documentary follows the formation and rise of the world’s first supergroup: The Beatles. Re-live the events that marked them as a music phenomenon and follows their careers through to the deaths of John Lennon and George Harrison.

10. Bill Cunningham New York
Bill Cunningham New York For decades, this New York Times photographer has been obsessively chronicling fashion trends he spots for his beloved Style section columns On The Street and Evening Hours.

If you are in the mood to watch more documentaries, check out our Roku Documentary Depot Channel. Documentary Depot  features thousands of documentaries on a variety of subjects. Whether you want to watch a Nature Documentary, a War Doc or something about recent events in Culture and Society, you can find them all on in the Documentary Depot Channel.

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NBC Revives Will and Grace

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Thanks to NBC, after 11 long years these four eccentric characters are being brought back to your screen. Will & Grace has been renewed for a limited-run of 10 episodes this 2017 – 2018 TV season. The revival will feature the original four stars Debra Messing, Eric McCormack, Sean Hayes, and Megan Mullally. This revival has been in the works since September, when these four stars momentarily stepped back into their roles for a 10-minute election-themed video (watch it below). The wave of nostalgia that washed over fans, producers, and the actors was undeniable, and here we are months later with the revival confirmed!

2016 was a whirlwind of a year for most, and as a result quite a few of us have yearned for the simpler times of the past. This has resulted in reboots being extremely popular and in high demand. Netflix’s reboot of Gilmore Girls recently shocked the world with it’s ending. We’re not even sure they can just leave us fans hanging where they did! Another reboot in the works we’re all excited about is Varsity Blues at CMT!

Seriously though, we couldn’t be more excited for this witty series to return and grace our screens again! (Hah, get it?) Check out the video of NBC officially announcing the renewal below!

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Looking Forward To Seeing Margot Robbie in Her New Biopic

A new biopic called “I, Tonya” starring Margot Robbie is set to come out in 2018, and she had to undergo a big transformation for the film! Margot Robbie, is an Australian actress first came to prominence for her role as Donna Freedman on the soap opera Neighbours. After moving to the United States, Robbie appeared in films such as About Time and The Wolf of Wall Street, which earned her multiple award nominations including winning Best Female Newcomer at the Empire Awards. More recently, Robbie starred in Suicide Squad as Harley Quinn.

“I, Tonya” chronicles the events that led to the scandal between olympian figure skaters Tonya Harding and Nancy Kerrigan at the 1994 U.S. Championships. The scandal we are referring to is when a man attacked Kerrigan, and hit her just a few inches above her knee. This attack was traced back to Harding’s ex-husband, Jeff Gillooly and her bodyguard. This ultimately led to Harding being banned from U.S. Figure Skating.

Wow, sounds like the movie is going to be pretty intense. Check out the transformation of Robbie from her hard-hitting look, to the 90’s figure skater!

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Winter 2017 TV Shows Premiere Dates

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Are you looking for a new show to to watch this Winter? If so, OVGuide has a list of Must Watch Winter 2017 TV Shows premiering on CBS, FOX and NBC. Check out the TV Shows below and fill your calendar with premiere dates of the shows you’d like to watch.

Must Watch Winter 2017 TV Shows

CBS

1. Doubt
Doubt 02/15/17
2. Training Day
02/02/17

FOX

1.Legacy
24 Legacy 02/05/17
2. APB
APB 02/06/17

NBC

1.Powerless 
Powerless 02/2/17
2. The Blacklist: Redemption
The Blacklist Redemption 02/23/17
3. Taken
Taken (2016) Poster 02/27/17
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Free Movies To Watch on Friday the 13th

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There are officially two days that fall on Friday the 13th in 2017, Jan 13th and October 13th. Considering today is Friday Jan 13th some people have fears of bad luck and plenty ideas of superstition. If you are deciding to stay in the house all night to avoid being caught up in the bad luck spell, OVGuide has 10 movies that will probably creepy you out a little more. At least you can live out your fears in the privacy of your home, right?  Check out our Top Free Movies to Watch on Friday the 13th below.

Free Movies To Watch on Friday the 13th

 Perfidy
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Laura and Ruben, a separated couple, reunite in a remote cabin in the woods after spending 15 years apart. But a grave sacrifice must be made when the portals of another dimension open to punish them for their actions in life.
The Collector
The Collector A chance encounter with an enigmatic young woman he meets on a train leads a documentary filmmaker down a very different path than he intended as he works on his latest project.Desperate to repay his debt to his ex-wife, an ex-con plots a heist at his new employer’s country home, unaware that a second criminal has also targeted the property, and rigged it with a series of deadly traps
Deadly Blessing

Deadly Blessing
The film tells the story of a strange figure committing murder in a contemporary community that is not far from another community that believes in ancient evil and curses.
Forget Me Not
Forget Me Not Graduation weekend and Sandy Channing, the popular class president of the high school, should be enjoying the time of her life. When her friends start disappearing, Sandy must unlock a dark secret from her own past before it is too late.
The Dooms Chapel Horror 
The Dooms Chapel Horror Kyle Cole returns to home for the first time in nearly 10 years with the hopes of healing the emotional wounds caused by a family tragedy. What he finds is that his family and the town are not ready for the same. However, a mysterious man, Jordan, has been waiting for him with an evil plan.
Devil Dolls 
Devil Dolls Welcome to the haunted dollhouse where 3 devilish tales of twisted horror take place. From a re-animated ragdoll that seeks revenge to a child’s doll graveyard where angry playthings come back to life – enter the world of Devil Dolls.

If you are in the mood to watch more horror movies, check out our Roku Horror Hall Channel. Horror Hall features thousands of FREE Horror Movies with your favorite actors.

Happy Watching!

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Netflix & Marvel Team Up to Create “The Defenders”

In case you haven’t noticed, with the New Year Netflix has brought out a whole new boat load of shows to satisfy all of us binge-watchers. (THANK YOU!) Big news today is that Marvel  has relaunched their campaign to make “The Defenders”, this time with Netflix. The Defenders is yet another group of superheroes comprised of: Luke Cage, Iron Fist, Jessica Jones, and Daredevil. I hope you recognize these names because there are separate Netflix shows already out about each individual superhero!! Luke Cage, Jessica Jones & Daredevil are already on Netflix ready to stream, and Iron Fist is set to premiere on Netflix March 17, 2017.

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Word on the street is that when this show hits Netflix, it’s going to be unlike those normal Netflix shows we’re used to. Since each of these street-superheroes already has their own shows, you can expect for many of the supporting characters in them to go in and out of “The Defenders”.

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All we know for know is that this show is going to hit Netflix in 2017 at some point, so in the mean time we suggest you spend some quality time watching the other shows for background knowledge. Trust me, you’ll thank us for this later.

Take a look at all four trailers below! Its hard choice which superhero to start with, they all look so good!

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New Miniseries Taboo Starring Tom Hardy is a Must-See

I will repeat, Taboo is a MUST SEE. If you are one of my fellow Game of Thrones, WestWorld, or Stranger Things followers, then Taboo is right up your street. The new mini series promises to be a darker & grittier show, and is made in cooperation between both BBC One and FX. Tom Hardy, the star of Taboo, is known to deliver stellar performances as complex psychopaths, including his particularly famous role as Bane in The Dark Knight Rises. Given the studios and actors involved, we could hardly wait to watch the premiere last night!

The mini series is set in 1814, and follows the story of a man who was long presumed dead — one James Keziah Delaney. He returns home to London from Africa in possession of 14 ill-gotten diamonds and seeking to avenge his father’s death. Refusing to sell the family business to the East India Company, he sets to build his own trade and shipping empire and finds himself playing a dangerous game with two warring nations, Britain and America.

 

BEWARE, SPOILERS BELOW!

The first episode premiered in the US last night, and it was a rich and engrossing episode to say the least. The story begins with the return of the mysterious James Keziah Delaney during his father’s funeral. In 1814 London, this would make him the natural and rightful heir to his fathers property, estate and so forth. Included in this estate is a small batch of land called “Nootka Sound”. This area of land is of great interest to a number of characters, and further fuels rumors already swirling about Delaney. The episode ends with a perplexing letter written candidly from his married sister, which leaves viewers with a number of questions. Overall, the show delivered a mystical, dark and rich storyline.

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Below is the trailer for the first season. We recommend that you watch it, then watch the first episode and join the Taboo crew!

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2017 Golden Globe Awards – Best Television Series Winners

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If you missed the 2017 Golden Globe Awards, OVGuide is here to provide you with the Best Television Series Winners.  Below the winners are featured for best drama, musical or comedy and limited series or motion picture made for television.

2017 Golden Globe Awards – Best Television Series Winners

The Crown – Best Television Series Drama

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The Crown tells the inside story of two of the most famous addresses in the world — Buckingham Palace and 10 Downing Street – and the intrigues, love lives and machinations behind the great events that shaped the second half of the 20th century. Two houses, two courts, one Crown.

Atlanta – Best Television Series Musical or Comedy
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Two cousins, with different views on art versus commerce, on their way up through the Atlanta rap scene; Earnest ‘Earn’ Marks, an ambitious college dropout and his estranged cousin, who suddenly becomes a star.

The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story – Best Television Limited Series or Motion Picture Made For Television

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An anthology series centered around some of history’s most famous criminals, including O.J. Simpson.

 

 

 

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2017 Golden Globe Awards – Motion Picture Winners

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If you missed the 2017 Golden Globe Awards last night, OVGuide is here to provide you with the Best Motion Picture Winners.  Below the winners are featured for best drama, musical or comedy, animation and foreign language.

2017 Golden Globe Awards – Motion Picture Winners

Moonlight – Best Motion Picture Drama
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Image result for golden globes 2017 moonlightA timeless story of human connection and self-discovery, Moonlight chronicles the life of a young black man from childhood to adulthood as he struggles to find his place in the world while growing up in a rough neighborhood of Miami.
LaLa Land – Best Motion Picture Musical or Comedy 
La La Land Image result for golden globes 2017 lala landMia, an aspiring actress, serves lattes to movie stars in between auditions and Sebastian, a jazz musician, scrapes by playing cocktail party gigs in dingy bars, but as success mounts they are faced with decisions that begin to fray the fragile fabric of their love affair, and the dreams they worked so hard to maintain in each other threaten to rip them apart.
Zootopia – Best Motion Picture Animated

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Image result for golden globes 2017 zootopiaThe modern mammal metropolis of Zootopia is a city like no other. Comprised of habitat neighborhoods like ritzy Sahara Square and frigid Tundratown, it’s a melting pot where animals from every environment live together—a place where no matter what you are, from the biggest elephant to the smallest shrew, you can be anything. But when optimistic Officer Judy Hopps arrives, she discovers that being the first bunny on a police force of big, tough animals isn’t so easy. Determined to prove herself, she jumps at the opportunity to crack a case, even if it means partnering with a fast-talking, scam-artist fox, Nick Wilde, to solve the mystery.
Elle – Best Motion Picture Foreign Language
Elle Image result for golden globes 2017 elleWhen Michelle, the CEO of a gaming software company, is attacked in her home by an unknown assailant, she refuses to let it alter her precisely ordered life. She manages crises involving family, all the while becoming engaged in a game of cat and mouse with her stalker.

 

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