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Blu-ray and DVD reviews this week – September 22, 2015

ARROW COMPLETE THIRD SEASON | © 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: EATEN ALIVE – The cult classic from Tobe Hooper begins with the infamous line from a very young Robert Englund saying “Name’s Buck and I’m ready to f***.” This is the first time the notorious EATEN ALIVE is being offered in high definition and is the second […]Read On »

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Movie Review: SOME KIND OF HATE

SOME KIND OF HATE movie poster | ©2015 Image Entertainment

Rating: Not Rated Stars: Ronen Rubenstein, Grace Phipps, Sierra McCormick, Spencer Breslin, Michael Polish, Lexi Atkins Writers: Brian De Leeuw & Adam Egypt Mortimer Director: Adam Egypt Mortimer Distributor: Image Entertainment/RLJ Entertainment Release Date: theatrical and VOD, September 18, 2015; Blu-ray/DVD, November 3, 2015 What’s an appropriate response to bullying and where does self-defense cross the line into active offense? These questions come up more and more in the drama genre, and they’ve been a supernatural staple since forever. SOME KIND OF HATE fuses the two in fairly effective fashion, even if it’s not tremendously scary. High-school student Lincoln (Ronen […]Read On »

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Movie Review: BLACK MASS

BLACK MASS movie poster | ©2015 Warner Bros.

Rating: R Stars: Johnny Depp, Joel Edgerton, Benedict Cumberbatch, Dakota Johnson, Kevin Bacon, Corey Stoll, Julianne Nicholson, Jesse Plemons, Rory Cochrane, W. Earl Brown Writers: Mark Mallouk and Jez Butterworth, based on the book by Dick Lehr and Gerald O’Neill Director: Scott Cooper Distributor: Warner Bros. Release Date: September 18, 2015 James “Whitey” Bulger was an infamous figure for decades and the story of his rise and fall seems even more likely fodder than most for a cinematic biopic. Not only was Bulger the head of a South Boston mob for decades, but his younger brother became a powerful state […]Read On »

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Movie Review: COOTIES

COOTIES movie poster | ©2015 Lionsgate

Rating: R Stars: Elijah Wood, Rainn Wilson, Alison Pill, Jack McBrayer, Leigh Whannell, Nasim Pedrad, Jorge Garcia Writers: Leigh Whannell & Ian Brennan, story by Ian Brennan & Leigh Whannell & Josh C. Waller Directors: Jonathan Milott & Cary Murnion Distributor: Lionsgate Premiere Release Date: theatrical & VOD, September 18, 2015 How good is COOTIES? The first twenty-five minutes or so (minus an opening sequence that will validate every vegetarian in the audience and make everyone else question fast-food chicken forever) could easily be mistaken for a quality comedy pilot about elementary school teachers on HBO or Showtime. Then the […]Read On »

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Movie Review: MAZE RUNNER: THE SCORCH TRIALS

MAZE RUNNER: THE SCORCH TRIALS movie poster | ©2015 20th Century Fox

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Dylan O’Brien, Ki Hong Lee, Kaya Scodelario, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Dexter Darden, Alexander Flores, Jacob Lofland, Rosa Salazar, Patricia Clarkson, Giancarlo Esposito, Aiden Gillen, Lili Taylor, Barry Pepper, Alan Tudyk, Nathalie Emmanuel Writer: T.S. Nowlin, based on the novel by James Dashner Director: Wes Ball Distributor: Twentieth Century Fox Release Date: September 18, 2015 To answer one burning question about MAZE RUNNER: THE SCORCH TRIALS, yes, it’s easily possible to follow what’s going on in without having seen 2014’s original THE MAZE RUNNER. To answer a second question, no, this isn’t because we get tackled with a ton […]Read On »

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Movie Review: PAWN SACRIFICE

PAWN SACRIFICE poster | ©2015 Bleecker Street Media

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Tobey Maguire, Liev Schreiber, Michael Stuhlbarg, Peter Sarsgaard, Lily Rabe, Robin Weigert Writer: Steven Knight, story by Stephen J. Rivele & Christopher Wilkinson and Steven Knight Director: Edward Zwick Distributor: Bleecker Street Media Release Date: September 16, 2015 Chess is not an inherently cinematic game. Couple it with a main character who is actively unlikable, and it sounds like the makings of a movie that is at best hard to watch. Yet PAWN SACRIFICE turns out to be immersive. Directed by Edward Zwick and scripted by Steven Knight from a story by Stephen J. Rivele & Christopher […]Read On »

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Blu-ray and DVD reviews this week – September 15, 2015

FURIOUS 7 | © 2015 Universal 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: FURIOUS 7 – The big title of the week is FURIOUS 7, which made a huge splash at the box office in ways probably not a lot of people suspected. But given the popularity of the series and the sad death of Paul Walker maybe there was […]Read On »

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Blu-ray/DVD Review: LOVE & MERCY

LOVE AND MERCY Blu-ray | ©2015 Lionsgate

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Paul Dano, John Cusack, Elizabeth Banks, Paul Giamatti Writers: Owen Moverman and Michael Alan Lerner, based on the life of Brian Wilson Director: Bill Pohlad Distributor: Lionsgate Home Entertainment Release Date: Blu-ray/DVD, September 15, 2015 By all accounts – including the one in this film – the life of Beach Boys’ founding member Brian Wilson, one of the most influential singer/songwriters of the twentieth century, was and is a complex affair. A single feature film of normal running time wouldn’t be able to tell Wilson’s story in linear fashion. LOVE & MERCY, which was released theatrically last […]Read On »

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Movie Review: BLOODSUCKING BASTARDS

BLOODSUCKING BASTARDS movie poster | ©2015 Scream Factory

Rating: R Stars: Fran Kranz, Pedro Pascal, Joey Kern, Joel Murray, Emma Fitzpatrick, Yvette Yates, Justin Ware Writers: Dr. God & Ryan Mitts Director: Brian James O’Connell Distributor: Scream Factory Release Date: September 4, 2015 BLOODSUCKING BASTARDS combines the usual horrors of a dull office sales job – useless products, bored and uncooperative coworkers, a stressed-out boss – with a different kind of scare. What if your old college nemesis swooped in, got the promotion you’d been striving for and was a vampire? This is the situation that confronts our hero Evan (Fran Kranz). Up until now, Evan has been […]Read On »

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Movie Review: DRAGON BLADE

DRAGON BLADE movie poster | ©2015 Lionsgate

Rating: R Stars: Jackie Chan, John Cusack, Adrien Brody, Siwon Choi, Mika Wang, Lin Peng, Jozef Liu Waite Writer: Daniel Lee Director: Daniel Lee, action director, Jackie Chan Distributor: Lionsgate Release Date: September 4, 2015 Unlikely as it sounds, there really is, or at least was, a Chinese city with a Roman name along China’s famous Silk Road (Google “Chinese city Roman name” for verification). Writer/director Daniel Lee and executive producer/action director/star Jackie Chan have taken this historical nugget and run with it. The result is DRAGON BLADE, a compact epic that espouses peace and interracial/international harmony while engaging in […]Read On »

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