Ok better news, I made a backup of the folder "Movie" on the SD card. I then put the SD card back in and started to format it but first checked to see if the movies would play now, they did.
Also it seems like to me the lockup of the phone earlier may have been due to the Weather Channel app I installed early this morning. I uninstalled it for now and am using the Accuweather app that was on the phone. It is much quicker anyways but I trust Weather channel's forecasts more. Seems to be running fine as of now. Whew I hope that is the end of the drama for today, I can't take much more