This Week on TV: “Fault of our Stars” and a new television season

The fall season kicks off with a vengeance over the next couple of weeks. But for all the exciting new and returning shows, don’t miss out on some great movies, including hits such as “The Fault in our Stars,” “Godzilla” and “Neighbors.”

New on Video on Demand

fault-starsThe Fault in our Stars
A beautiful, touching and funny film about two teens with life threatening illnesses who fall in love. Shailene Woodley and Ansel Elgort are perfect in the leads, each bringing just the right measure of wit, anger and charm to their roles. Available September 16.

Think Like a Man Too
A likable cast (especially the great Kevin Hart) makes this sequel worthwhile as a group of couples run into misadventures in Las Vegas. Available September 16.

godzillaGodzilla
Hollywood takes another run at the original Japanese monster franchise. The film takes a little while to get going, but the second half delivers solid thrills and chills for action fans. Available September 16.

Neighbors
Crank up the laughs in this raunchfest starring Seth Rogen, as a young father, and Zac Efron, as the head of the local frat house, as neighbors who go to war with each other. The film is crude and wild and very funny, but not for young ones. Rose Byrne, as Rogen’s wife, steals the show. Available September 23.

thunder-house-of-magicThunder and the House of Magic
A charming animated children’s film about a cat that sneaks into a mysterious mansion inhabited by an elderly magician. The animation is good and story engaging, making this a wonderful film for the kids. Available now.

God Help the Girl
A young Scottish woman channels her emotional problems into her music. The result is an energetic and earnest pop rock musical. Emily Browning shines in the film’s lead role. Available now.

TV Highlights

The fall television season is upon us. Here are some of the new and returning shows that have us excited.

Mindy-ProjectThe Mindy Project
Worth watching simply for the brilliant Mindy Kaling, who plays a doctor who struggles to balance her professional and personal life. It’s quirky, a bit twisted and charming. September 16, Fox.

The Blacklist
“The Blacklist” blends thrills, paranoia and great performances, making it one of the best crime dramas on television. The plot twists are deft and believable. James Spader stars. September 22, Fox.

gothamGotham
TV continues to mine the roots of comic book heroes. The creators of the “Arrow” turn to Gotham City, exploring the back stories of iconic characters such as Batman, the Riddler, the Penguin and others. This should be one of the fall’s most intriguing shows. September 22, Fox.

Sleepy Hollow
“Sleepy Hollow” is a fun and successful blend of “Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” “Warehouse 13,” “National Treasure” and a few other sci-fi and horror offerings. Stars Tom Mison and Nicole Beharie are spot on – funny, sexy and strong. Last season ended in some major cliffhangers, so be prepared for some big happenings to kick off the sophomore campaign. September 22, Fox.

NCIS: New Orleans
Another procedural comes to prime time with this “NCIS” spinoff. This take has the benefit of Scott Bakula in the lead and guidance from the “NCIS” production team (something “NCIS: Los Angeles” never had). September 23, CBS.

greysGrey’s Anatomy
The venerable medical drama begins its 11th – and final – season. Expect the return of some old friends as Doctors Grey, Shepherd, Karev, Bailey and Webber negotiate a host of life-threatening episodes. September 25, ABC.

Parenthood
The final season of this witty and funny series kicks off. Spend 13 more episodes with three generations of the Braverman clan. It’s been an enjoyable ride – heartbreaking at times, but with a lot of laughs and smiles. September 25, NBC.

Other shows kicking off over the next two weeks include “New Girl,” “Dancing With the Stars,” “The Good Wife,” “The Big Bang Theory,” “Bones,” “Scandal” and many others. Check listings for your favorites.

About Matthew Breen

Based in Colorado, but from Madison, Wisconsin, Matt likes to blog about travel, auto, gadgets, food and entrainment. Follow author Matt Breen on Google + or read his recent stories on Pursuitist.

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