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THE HOBBIT THE DESOLATION OF SMAUG Highlights this week in Blu-ray, DVD and VOD Releases

HOBBIT THE DESOLATION OF SMAUG | © 2014 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: THE HOBBIT: THE DESOLATION OF SMAUG – Much like the first trilogy from the LORD OF THE RINGS mythology, director Peter Jackson ramps up the action and stakes in the second part of the HOBBIT trilogy, the very wordy THE DESOLATION OF SMAUG. Once again, Jackson makes …Read On »

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Movie Review: RIO 2

RIO 2 | © 2014 Twentieth Century Fox

Rating: G Stars: Jesse Eisenberg, Anne Hathaway, Jamie Fox, will.i.am, Jemaine Clement, Leslie Mann, Rodrigo Santoro, George Lopez, Tracy Morgan, Andy Garcia, Bruno Mars, Kristin Chenoweth, Rita Moreno Writers: Don Rhymer, Carlos Kotkin, Jenny Bicks, Yoni Brenner, story by Carlos Saldanha Director: Carlos Saldanha Distributor: Twentieth Century Fox Release Date: April 11, 2014 RIO 2 is a pleasing film. It has heart, a sense of humor, is very appealing to the eye and knows exactly how hard to try. In 2011’s RIO, we were introduced to rare Amazon blue macaw Blu (voiced by Jesse Eisenberg), who was birdnapped and fell …Read On »

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Movie Review: ONLY LOVERS LEFT ALIVE

ONLY LOVERS LEFT ALIVE | © 2014 Sony Pictures Classics

Rating: R Stars: Tilda Swinton, Tom Hiddleston, John Hurt, Anton Yelchin, Mia Wasikowska, Jeffrey Wright Writer: Jim Jarmusch Director: Jim Jarmusch Distributor: Sony Pictures Classics Release Date: April 11, 2014 The notion of watching Tilda Swinton and Tom Hiddleston play characters who are besotted with one another will be enough to get quite a few people into the movie theatre, and those who come for that reason won’t be disappointed by the actors. However, ONLY LOVERS LEFT ALIVE is not only a love story but also a vampire film. Its narrative style suggests that writer/director Jim Jarmusch hasn’t turned on …Read On »

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Movie Review: CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER

CAPTAIN AMERICA THE WINTER SOLDIER | © 2014 Walt Disney Studios

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Anthony Mackie, Robert Redford, Samuel L. Jackson, Sebastian Stan, Cobie Smulders Writers: Christopher Markus & Stephen McFeely, story by Ed Brubaker, based on the comics by Joe Simon and Jack Kirby Directors: Anthony Russo & Joe Russo Distributor: Walt Disney Pictures Release Date: April 4, 2014 Whether you’re tracking the Marvel universe in all its interwoven facets – IRON MAN, THOR, THE AVENGERS, AGENTS OF SHIELD on TV – or just enjoying (or not) the individual projects as they appear, some of the story developments in CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER are surprising. …Read On »

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HERE’S LUCY: THE COMPLETE SERIES Highlights this week in Blu-ray, DVD and VOD Releases

HERES LUCY: THE COMPLETE SERIES | © 2014 MPI 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: ODD THOMAS – This movie is based on the book of the same name by Dean Koontz. It centers on a local grill cook, Odd Thomas (played by STAR TREK’s Anton Yelchin), that happens to have a special power to see dead people. He helps them find …Read On »

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Movie Review: THE RAID 2: BERANDAL

THE RAID 2: BERANDAL poster | ©2014 Sony Pictures Classics

Rating: R Stars: Iko Uwais, Yayan Ruhian, Arifin Putra, Oka Antara, Tio Pakusadewo, Alex Abbad, Julie Estelle, Cok Simbara Writer: Gareth Evans Director: Gareth Evans Distributor: Sony Pictures Classics Release Date: March 28, 2014 2012’s THE RAID: REDEMPTION has some of the most astonishing martial arts sequences to be seen in a film distributed in the United States. Now its sequel, THE RAID 2: BERANDAL, is here. Like its predecessor, THE RAID 2 is written and directed by Gareth Evans and stars the gifted Iko Uwais as dedicated kickass Jakarta cop Rama. In the first film, Rama fought his way …Read On »

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Movie Review: ENEMY

ENEMY movie poster | ©2014 A24

Stars: Jake Gyllenhall, Melanie Laurent, Sarah Gadon, Isabella Rossellini Writer: Javier Gullon, based on the novel THE DOUBLE by Jose Saramago Director: Denis Villeneuve Distributor: A24 Theatrical Release Date: March 21, 2014 The film ENEMY is based on Jose Saramago’s 2004 novel THE DOUBLE. Saramago is a Nobel Prize-winning author, and it’s entirely possible the source material for this movie is brilliant. ENEMY, however, is not. If it is the chronicle of a disaffected, bored young college professor having a nervous breakdown, we don’t know enough about the man to care and the details of his delusion don’t intrigue us; …Read On »

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Movie Review: ROB THE MOB

ROB THE MOB movie poster | ©2014 Millennium Entertainment

Rating: R Stars: Michael Pitt, Nina Arianda, Andy Garcia, Ray Romano, Burt Young, Griffin Dunne, Michael Rispoli, Frank Whaley, Samira Wiley Writer: Jonathan Fernandez Director: Raymond De Felitta Distributor: Millennium Entertainment Release Date: March 21, 2014 ROB THE MOB is based in part on events that happened between 1991 and 1992. Exactly how much is true is not as interesting a question as how writer Jonathan Fernandez and director Raymond De Felitta took such a promising premise and managed to flatten it out by emphasizing the wrong angles. Tommy Uva (Michael Pitt) and his girlfriend Rose Marie (Nina Arianda) are …Read On »

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

FROZEN | © 2014 Disney 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: FROZEN – What can be said about Disney’s FROZEN that hasn’t already? It is a great animated flick that appeals to all ages with catchy songs, two strong female leads and loveable side characters that really adds up to a tremendous effort. I know of many kids …Read On »

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DVD Review: TOM HOLLAND’S TWISTED TALES

TOM HOLLAND'S TWISTED TALES | ©2014 RLJ Entertainment / Image Entertainment

Rating: Not Rated Stars: William Forsythe, Danielle Harris, Ray Wise, AJ Bowen, Sarah Butler, Angela Bettis, Amber Benson Writer: Tom Holland Director: Tom Holland Distributor: RLJ Entertainment/Image Entertainment DVD Release Date: March 18, 2014 TOM HOLLAND’S TWISTED TALES began life last year as an anthology series on FearNet. Nine episodes have been gathered on DVD, with jocular on-camera introductions by writer/director/producer Holland (of FRIGHT NIGHT and CHILD’S PLAY fame). The segments are of varying lengths – the longest, “The Pizza Guy,” is approximately twenty minutes – and cover a whole spectrum of horror topics, from werewolves, vampires and Satanism to …Read On »

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