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Blu-ray and DVD Reviews for the Week of May 26, 2015

ISLAND OF DEATH | © 2015 Arrow Video

Your time is short. We know this. So in order to expedite your buying and Netflix decision making, we provide you with a list of the cool and not-so-cool titles coming out for movies, television and everything in-between. So put your feet up, grab some popcorn and check out this week’s selections. Movies: ISLAND OF DEATH – If you are a fan of the Eurotrash/Eurosleaze movie genre, ISLAND OF DEATH may be a familiar title to you. Namely because it has the honor of being one of the first movies to ever get placed on England’s “video nasties” list. If …Read On »

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Movie Review: POLTERGEIST

POLTERGEIST (2015) | ©2015 20th Century Fox/MGM

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Sam Rockwell, Rosemarie DeWitt, Saxon Charbino, Kyle Catlett, Kennedi Clements, Jane Adams, Jared Harris, Susan Heyward, Nicholas Braun Writer: David Lindsay-Abaire, story by Steven Spielberg Director: Gil Kenan Distributor: Twentieth Century Fox Release Date: May 22, 2015 In 1982, POLTERGEIST was largely deemed to be scary as hell. A haunted house tale with extra oomph, it incited everything front nightmares to (in especially impressionable viewers) strange TV viewing habits. The film spawned two sequels, a non sequitur TV series, and now, thirty-three years later, it has an official remake. Despite the fact that POLTERGEIST hardly needs a …Read On »

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Movie Review: TIME LAPSE

TIME LAPSE movie poster | ©2015 XLerator Media

Rating: Not Rated Stars: Danielle Panabaker, Matt O’Leary, George Finn, Amin Joseph, Jason Spisak, Sharon Maughan, David Figlioli Writers: Bradley King & BP Cooper Director: Bradley King Distributor: XLerator Media Release Date: theatrical & VOD, May 15, 2015 While not quite up there with 2004’s low-budget mind-bending time-travel thriller PRIMER, TIME LAPSE is a smart, pretty tight story that uses narrative invention and a single sci-fi element in lieu of production money. Directed by Bradley King, who co-wrote the clever screenplay with BP Cooper, TIME LAPSE introduces us to three roommates: would-be writer/current waitress Callie (Danielle Panabaker), artist and courtyard …Read On »

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Movie Review: TOMORROWLAND

TOMORROWLAND movie poster | ©2015 Walt Disney Pictures

Rating: PG Stars: George Clooney, Hugh Laurie, Britt Robertson, Raffey Cassidy, Thomas Robinson, Pierce Gagnon Writers: Damon Lindelof and Brad Bird, story by Brad Bird & Damon Lindelof & Jeff Jensen Director: Brad Bird Distributor: Walt Disney Pictures Release Date: May 22, 2015 Supremely well-intentioned and very uneven, TOMORROWLAND is a movie that’s easier to appreciate than to actually enjoy. Yes, it has some great concepts and delightful moments, but it also has long stretches that feel borrowed from dozens of other kid-friendly quest stories, along with some expository dialogue that goes on longer than is safe. TOMORROWLAND starts with …Read On »

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Blu-ray and DVD Reviews for the Week of May 19, 2015

AMERICAN SNIPER | © 2015 Warner Home Video

Your time is short. We know this. So in order to expedite your buying and Netflix decision making, we provide you with a list of the cool and not-so-cool titles coming out for movies, television and everything in-between. So put your feet up, grab some popcorn and check out this week’s selections. Movies: Some good stuff this week including the Academy Award winning AMERICAN SNIPER mixed in with some not-so-good stuff that highlights the week of DVD and Blu-ray titles for the week of May 19, 2015. AMERICAN SNIPER – What hasn’t been said about AMERICAN SNIPER? It is an …Read On »

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DVD/Video on Demand Review: AN IRISH EXORCISM

AN IRISH EXORCISM movie poster | ©2015 Virgil Films

Rating: Not Rated Stars: Aislinn Ni Uallachain, Dillon White, Brian Fortune, Paddy C. Courtney, Elaine Hearty, Anna Davis Writer: Martin Robinson Director: Eric Courtney Distributor: Virgil Films Release Date: May 12, 2015 The found-footage genre, that friend to every filmmaker who has a tale (and some who don’t) but no budget, ranges from the sublime to the idiotic. AN IRISH EXORCISM doesn’t break any ground – apart from perhaps being, as is claimed in the behind-the-scenes featurette, the only serious exorcism movie made so far in Ireland – but it’s a mostly good small-scale horror film. Writer Martin Robinson and …Read On »

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Movie Review: MAD MAX: FURY ROAD

MAD MAX: FURY ROAD poster | ©2015 Warner Bros.

Stars: Tom Hardy, Charlize Theron, Nicholas Hoult Writers: George Miller, Brendan McCarthy, Nick Lathouris Director: George Miller Distributor: Warner Bros. Release Date: May 15, 2015 It’s been 30 years since Mad Max battled Tina Turner in BEYOND THUNDERDOME and boy is his presence (and action adrenaline) needed. With the state of action movies reliant more on CGI over practical filmmaking, everything has become artificial live action cartoons. Thank goodness for director George Miller who returns to helm the fourth installment in his MAD MAX films – MAD MAX: FURY ROAD. And while the film does feature its share of CGI, …Read On »

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Blu-ray and DVD Reviews for the Week of May 12, 2015

BROADCHURCH: THE COMPLETE SECOND SEASON | © 2015 Entertainment One

Your time is short. We know this. So in order to expedite your buying and Netflix decision making, we provide you with a list of the cool and not-so-cool titles coming out for movies, television and everything in-between. So put your feet up, grab some popcorn and check out this week’s selections. Movies: It is a huge week for video with a whole slew of vintage titles reborn onto Blu-ray, cool TV shows and the latest hot releases coming out May 12, 2015. BROADCHURCH: THE COMPLETE SECOND SEASON – The second season of BROADCHURCH proves why the Americanized version of …Read On »

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Movie Review: MAGGIE

MAGGIE movie poster | ©2015 Lionsgate

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Abigail Breslin, Joely Richardson, Douglas M. Griffin, Raeden Greer, Bryce Romero Writer: John Scott 3 Director: Henry Hobson Distributor: Lionsgate/Roadside Attractions Release Date: May 8, 2015 MAGGIE gives us a whole lot of things we don’t expect and perhaps didn’t know we wanted, but come to appreciate soon and thoroughly. John Scott 3 has crafted a screenplay that thinks through the zombie apocalypse more thoroughly than most in the genre. More, this is not a movie about a group of survivors, or even a lone survivor, facing down a horde. It’s a sober family drama …Read On »

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Movie Review: PRIVATE NUMBER

PRIVATE NUMBER | © 2015 ARC Entertainment

Rating: R Stars: Hal Ozsan, Nicholle Tom, Judd Nelson, Tom Sizemore, Gary McDonald Writer: LazRael Lison Director: LazRael Lison Distributor: ARC Entertainment/Summer House Pictures Release Date: Theatrical & VOD, May 1, 2015 PRIVATE NUMBER is one of those what’s-going-on-here thrillers that works as well as it does partly because writer/director LazRael Lison keeps us guessing most of the way through whether what’s happening is hallucinatory, supernatural, or some combination of the two. It also helps that the film has a sturdy leading man in Hal Ozsan, who is capable of the personality swings that the script demands. A prologue sequence …Read On »

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