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Movie Review: HOME

HOME | © 2015 Dreamworks Animation

Rating: PG Stars (voices): Jim Parsons, Rihanna, Steve Martin, Jennifer Lopez Writers: Tom J. Astle & Matt Ember, based on the novel THE TRUE MEANING OF SMEKDAY by Adam Rex Director: Tim Johnson Distributor: 20th Century Fox/DreamWorks Animation Release Date: March 27, 2015 HOME succeeds in just about everything it sets out to do. It is funny, charming, entertaining, big-hearted and has a message that is at once clear enough to be understood by young viewers and woven into the storyline so thoroughly that we don’t feel lectured. Its animation suits the narrative style with pleasing details – note our …Read On »

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ANNIE Highlights this week in Blu-ray, DVD and VOD Releases

ANNIE | © 2015 Sony Pictures Home Entertainment

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: ANNIE – Yes, Hollywood has no new ideas but people have been redoing ANNIE since the dawn of time and so when an updated version came to theaters a few months ago it wasn’t so much a shock as it was a natural order of things. The …Read On »

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Movie/VoD Review: THE WALKING DECEASED

THE WALKING DECEASED | © 2015 Arc Entertainment

Cast: Dave Sheridan, Joey Oglesby, Tim Olgetree, Sophia Taylor Ali, Danielle Garcia, Mason Dakota Galyon, Troy Olgetree Writer: Tim Ogletree Director: Scott Dow Distributor: Arc Entertainment Rating: Not Rated Movie parodies used to be something of a rarity. And then they were not based on current pop culture but on a genre of cinema. AIRPLANE was not based on a slew of shows about airplanes but rather the dramas and action flicks of the time with a unique storyline and comedic slapstick. Parodies remained a rare thing in Hollywood until the SCARY MOVIE franchise emerged and made a ton of …Read On »

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Movie Review: THE GUNMAN

THE GUNMAN | © 2015 Open Road

Rating: R Stars: Sean Penn, Jasmine Trinca, Javier Bardem, Mark Rylance, Ray Winstone, Idris Elba Writers: Don MacPherson and Peter Travis, based on the novel by Jean-Patrick Manchette Director: Pierre Morel Distributor: Open Road Release Date: March 20, 2015 It may well be that the Jean-Patrick Manchette novel that is the basis for THE GUNMAN is a masterpiece of suspense. The movie version, scripted by Don MacPherson and Peter Travis and directed by Pierre Morel, is not. This would be less of a problem if THE GUNMAN wasn’t trying to be, among other things, a mystery, when the only real …Read On »

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Movie Review: RUN ALL NIGHT

RUN ALL NIGHT poster | ©2015 Warner Bros.

Rating: R Stars: Liam Neeson, Joel Kinnaman, Ed Harris, Vincent D’Onofrio, Bruce McGill, Genesis Rodriguez, Nick Nolte, Common, Boyd Holbrook, Holt McCallany Writer: Brad Ingelsby Director: Jaume Collet-Serra Distributor: Warner Bros. Release Date: March 13, 2015 RUN ALL NIGHT is one of those movies that could be a lot better, but it could also be a lot worse. If one can accept the colossal coincidence that fuels the action, it has solid emotional underpinnings, a strong cast and a snazzy visual style courtesy of director Jaume Collet-Serra. On the flip side, writer Brad Ingelsby’s on-the-nose dialogue tends to undercut the …Read On »

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THE HUNGER GAMES: MOCKINGJAY PART 1 Highlights this week in Blu-ray, DVD and VOD Releases

THE HUNGER GAMES: MOCKINGJAY PART 1 | © 2015 Lionsgate Home Entertainment

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: THE HUNGER GAMES: MOCKINGJAY PART 1 – I found it particularly interesting that they really took THE HUNGER GAMES franchise is a crazy direction with MOCKINGJAY. Up until this point, the two previous films were centered on the annual games where a bunch of people fight to …Read On »

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Movie Review: CHAPPIE

CHAPPIE | © 2015 Sony/Columbia

Rating: R Stars: Sharlto Copley, Dev Patel, Hugh Jackman, Sigourney Weaver, Ninja, Yo-Landi Visser, Jose Pablo Cantillo, Brandon Auret Writers: Neill Blomkamp & Terri Tatchell Director: Neill Blomkamp Distributor: Sony/Columbia Release Date: March 6, 2015 Although CHAPPIE is clearly a product of present-day filmmaking – the motion capture is state of the art – it harks back to the kinds of stories that filmmakers were telling in the early ‘80s, like E.T. (minus the alien element), ROBOCOP and TERMINATOR. Director Neill Blomkamp and his co-screenwriter Terri Tatchell have a lot of love for the first sentient, self-aware robot they depict …Read On »

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Movie/VoD Review: AVENGED

AVENGED | © 2015 Uncork'd Entertainment

Cast: Amanda Adrienne, Tom Ardavany, Ronnie Gene Blevins, Brionne Davis, Ed Fletcher, Jason Gurvitz Writer: Michael S. Ojeda Director: Michael S. Ojeda Distributor: Uncork’d Entertainment Rating: Not Rated AVENGED is like a supernatural I SPIT ON YOUR GRAVE, if that film has a deaf woman that actually dies and begins to rot on her way to killing the men that did her wrong. Oh and if they added a contrived romance plotline that never really takes off during the course of the movie. Zoe (Amanda Adrienne), a deaf girl with a boyfriend that lives far away, decides to go visit …Read On »

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WHIPLASH Highlights this week in Blu-ray, DVD and VOD Releases

WHIPLASH | © 2015 Sony Pictures Home Entertainment

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: WHIPLASH – One of the first Best Picture films from the Oscars to come to video, this is the powerful tale of an up-and-coming drummer that gets drafted by a big league school for music to sit at the big boys table. Unfortunately, that comes at a …Read On »

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Movie Review: FOCUS

FOCUS | © 2015 Warner Bros.

Rating: R Stars: Will Smith, Margot Robbie, Rodrigo Santoro, Adrian Martinez, Gerald McRaney, Brennan Brown, BD Wong Writers: Glenn Ficarra & John Requa Directors: Glenn Ficarra & John Requa Distributor: Warner Bros. Release Date: February 27, 2015 FOCUS begins in a way that primes us to expect one sort of movie, only to deliver another. Given that bait and switch and general con artistry is the business of its protagonist Nicky (Will Smith), this isn’t inappropriate, but it’s still somewhere between a little disconcerting and really disappointing, depending on how much one values certain elements. There are plenty of plot …Read On »

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