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THE LEGO BATMAN MOVIE highlights Blu-ray, DVD and Digital Releases for June 13, 2017

THE LEGO BATMAN MOVIE | © 2017 Warner Home Video

Your guide to some of the new releases that are out this week. THE LEGO BATMAN MOVIE The DC Cinematic Universe has had a hard time getting its footing in the theater (and WONDER WOMAN will only help in this regard) but the animated universe from DC has been killing it for many years. And if you combine animation with LEGOs and Batman, that’s a recipe for success before anything has been filmed. And not surprisingly it is a fun time with numerous jokes and gags that go beyond just children. Of course, there is plenty here for them as […]Read On »

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Movie Review: 47 METERS DOWN

47 METERS DOWN poster | ©2017 Dimension Films

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Claire Holt, Mandy Moore, Matthew Modine Writers: Johannes Roberts & Ernest Riera Director: Johannes Roberts Distributor: Dimension Films/Entertainment Studios Motion Pictures Release Date: June 16, 2017  The original JAWS is rightly a classic, but since then audiences have learned to be wary of shark movies. SHARKNADO gonzo parody aside, they can be a cheesy bunch, with 2004’s destabilizing OPEN WATER a rare exception. Well, surprise. 47 METERS DOWN has most of the makings of a first-rate horror movie: a plausible set-up, multiple sources of jeopardy, an environment that’s terrifying all on its own, ace special effects and […]Read On »

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Movie Review: THE BOOK OF HENRY

THE BOOK OF HENRY poster | ©2017 Focus Features

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Naomi Watts, Jaeden Lieberher, Jacob Tremblay, Sarah Silverman, Dean Norris, Maddie Ziegler, Lee Pace Writer: Gregg Hurwitz Director: Colin Trevorrow Distributor: Focus Features Release Date: June 16, 2017 THE BOOK OF HENRY is something of a return to roots for director Colin Trevorrow. Before helming JURASSIC WORLD (and yes, he’s also scheduled to direct STAR WARS: EPISODE IX), Trevorrow made his feature directing debut with the wonderful, unpredictable 2012 indie SAFETY NOT GUARANTEED. THE BOOK OF HENRY has what looks like a slightly bigger budget than SAFETY, but it too zigs into some unexpected places. THE BOOK […]Read On »

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Movie Review: IT COMES AT NIGHT

IT COMES AT NIGHT movie poster | ©2017 A24

Rating: R Stars: Joel Edgerton, Carmen Ejogo, Kelvin Harrison Jr., Christopher Abbott, Riley Keogh, Griffin Robert Faulkner, David Pendleton Writer: Trey Edward Shults Director: Trey Edward Shults Distributor: A24 Release Date: June 9, 2017 IT COMES AT NIGHT is a perfectly respectable low-budget post-apocalypse character study – or it would be if it wasn’t so half-hearted about trying to add a horror element. This has the effect of making us wait for something that neither fully materializes nor adds meaningfully to the potent tension. In the world of IT COMES AT NIGHT, an unspecified but deadly plague has decimated the […]Read On »

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Movie Review: THE MUMMY starring Tom Cruise

THE MUMMY movie poster | ©2017 Universal Pictures

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Tom Cruise, Annabelle Wallis, Sofia Boutella, Russell Crowe, Jake Johnston Writers: David Koepp and Christopher McQuarrie and Dylan Kussman, story by Jon Spaihts and Alex Kurtzman & Jenny Lumet Director: Alex Kurtzman Distributor: Universal Release Date: June 9, 2017 THE MUMMY isn’t a remake of the ‘30s Boris Karloff version, the ‘50s Peter Cushing edition or the ‘90s/’00s trilogy starring Brendan Fraser. It has its own mythology and its own look, both of which are very strong. The two big problems here are first that this MUMMY doesn’t know how to lay out its narrative so that […]Read On »

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Movie Review: WONDER WOMAN

WONDER WOMAN poster | ©2017 Warner Bros.

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Gal Gadot, Chris Pine, Connie Nielsen, Robin Wright, Danny Huston, Elena Anaya, David Thewlis, Said Taghmoui, Ewen Bremner, Eugene Brave Rock, Lucy Davis Writer: Allan Heinberg, story by Zack Snyder & Allan Heinberg and Jason Fuchs, based on the DC Comics character created by William Moulton Marsdon Director: Patty Jenkins Distributor: Warner Bros. Release Date: June 2, 2017 After all of the DC Comics/Warner Bros. big-screen darkness of the past decade or so, it is a pleasure to report that, while it is completely serious, WONDER WOMAN has a sense of joy that feels genuine and earned. […]Read On »

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Dorking Out – Episode 49: The Pirates of the Baywatch

Dorking Out Show | © 2016 Chris Smith/Sonia Mansfield

Hey there, dorks. In this week’s episode, we review WAR MACHINE, starring Brad Pitt. This is Netflix’s first big attempt at blockbuster-style film making. How’d they do? We’re going to talk about that. In our second segment, we have not one BUT TWO movie reviews for you, including PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: DEAD MEN TELL NO TALES and BAYWATCH. And finally, we end our show with what we’re dorking out about this week, including the women-only screenings of WONDER WOMAN and savor-watching, which is the anti-binge watching. We hope you enjoy our dorky podcast. You can listen to us here, or […]Read On »

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Movie Review: ALIEN COVENANT

ALIEN COVENANT poster | ©2017 20th Century Fox

Rating: R Stars: Michael Fassbender, Katherine Waterston, Billy Crudup, Danny McBride, Demian Bichir, Carmen Ejogo, Jussie Smollett, Callie Hernandez, Amy Seimetz Writers: John Logan and Dante Harper, story by Jack Paglen and Michael Green, based on characters created by Dan O’Bannon and Ronald Shusett Director: Ridley Scott Distributor: 20th Century Fox Release Date: May 19, 2017 Ask any prospective audience member what genre they expect ALIEN COVENANT to belong to and the answers will be horror, space horror, monster movie or some variation thereof. ALIEN COVENANT broadly fits these parameters – it has aliens of various shapes and sizes that […]Read On »

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HEAT: DIRECTOR’S DEFINITION EDITION highlights Blu-ray, DVD and Digital Releases for May 9, 2017

HEAT | © 2017 Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment

Your guide to some of the new releases that are out this week (or perhaps a week ago). HEAT: DIRECTOR’S DEFINITIVE EDITION There are a few movies that just do it for me. RONIN is one because I love the mash-up for characters all doing shady dealings in Europe. HEAT is one of Michael Mann’s best work because it has multiple players doing a variety of heinous crimes and brings together two actors that were (at the time) the top of their game in Al Pacino and Robert De Niro. Now, how both of these actors perform today is an […]Read On »

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Movie Review: KING ARTHUR: LEGEND OF THE SWORD

KING ARTHUR: LEGEND OF THE SWORD poster | ©2017 Warner Bros.

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Charlie Hunnam, Jude Law, Astrid Berges-Frisbey, Djimon Hounsou, Eric Bana, Aiden Gillen, Freddie Fox, Craig McGinlay, Tom Wu, Kingsley Ben-Adir, Neil Maskell Writers: Joby Harold and Guy Ritchie & Lionel Wigram, story by David Dobkin and Joby Harold Director: Guy Ritchie Distributor: Warner Bros. Release Date: May 12, 2017 On the one hand, there’s a protagonist called Arthur who pulls a magical sword out of a stone in medieval Britain, so the storytellers have pretty much got to acknowledge this is indeed a tale of Arthur and Excalibur. On the other hand, Mordred is a mage who […]Read On »

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