TROLLS highlights Blu-ray, DVD and Digital Releases for Feb. 7, 2017

TROLLS | © 2017 Fox Home Entertainment

Your guide to some of the new releases that are out this week. TROLLS – Why adults may not be excited about TROLLS, kids will love it. There’s a lot to like if you are kid. Lots of singing and dancing. Lots of catchy songs. A crazy simplistic plot involving an invading bad guys and a number of trolls having to save their friends is enough to drive you crazy but kids will be easy to follow along making it fun for them. Justin Timberlake and Anna Kendrick star so at least the singing is actually done by people who […]Read On »

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Movie Review: THE ACCOUNTANT

THE ACCOUNTANT movie poster | ©2016 Warner Bros.

Rating: R Stars: Ben Affleck, Anna Kendrick, J.K. Simmons, Jon Bernthal, Jeffrey Tambor, Cynthia Addai-Robinson, John Lithgow, Jean Smart Writer: Bill Dubuque Director: Gavin O’Connor Distributor: Warner Bros. Release Date: October 14, 2016 The intentions behind THE ACCOUNTANT are broadly good. The filmmakers want to show the audience that people on the autism spectrum can be just as capable, if not more so, than neuro-typical (non-autistic) folks. There are certainly plenty of examples of autistic people who are extraordinarily gifted in fields like math and music. Rather than giving us another “very special” drama, director Gavin O’Connor, writer Bill Dubuque […]Read On »

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Movie Review: INTO THE WOODS

INTO THE WOODS movie poster | ©2014 Walt DIsney Pictures

Rating: PG Stars: Meryl Streep, Emily Blunt, James Corden, Anna Kendrick, Chris Pine, Lilla Crawford, Daniel Huttlestone, Tracey Ullman, Johnny Depp, Mackenzie Mauzy, Billy Magnussen, Christine Baranski Writers: Stephen Sondheim & James Lapine, music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, based on their stage musical Director: Rob Marshall Distributor: Walt Disney Pictures Release Date: December 25, 2014 Not to name names, but transferring stage musicals to the screen can be risky business. This is especially true when there are magical elements in the original, because what looks splendid done live can look either cheesy (if copied from the stage) or jarringly […]Read On »

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Movie Review: LIFE AFTER BETH

LIFE AFTER BETH | © 2014 A24

Rating: R Stars: Aubrey Plaza, Dane DeHaan, John C. Reilly, Molly Shannon, Cheryl Hines, Paul Reiser, Matthew Gray Gubler, Anna Kendrick, Eva La Dare Writer: Jeff Baena Director: Jeff Baena Distributor: A24 Release Date: August 15, 2014 There are more of them out there, but for the purposes of this discussion, we’ll just name SHAUN OF THE DEAD, WARM BODIES and now LIFE AFTER BETH. It’s official – the zomromcom or romzomcom (i.e., romantic zombie comedy) is now its own subgenre. LIFE AFTER BETH, written and directed by Jeff Baena, uses a new (or at least new-ish) zombie mythology as […]Read On »

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Movie Review: THE COMPANY YOU KEEP

THE COMPANY YOU KEEP movie poster | ©2013 Sony Pictures Classics

Rating: R Stars: Robert Redford, Shia LaBeouf, Julie Christie, Sam Elliott, Terrence Howard, Richard Jenkins, Anna Kendrick, Brit Marling, Stanley Tucci, Nick Nolte, Chris Cooper, Susan Sarandon, Jacqueline Evancho, Stephen Root Writer: Lem Dobbs, based on the novel by Neil Gordon Director: Robert Redford Distributor: Sony Pictures Classics Release Date: April 5, 2013 A movie that has in its cast Robert Redford, Shia LaBeouf, Julie Christie, Sam Elliott, Terrence Howard, Richard Jenkins, Anna Kendrick, Brit Marling, Stanley Tucci, Nick Nolte, Chris Cooper, Stephen Root and Susan Sarandon is obviously worth seeing, no matter its content or execution. THE COMPANY YOU […]Read On »

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Movie Review: END OF WATCH

END OF WATCH poster | ©2012 Open Road Films

Rating: R Stars: Jake Gyllenhaal, Michael Pena, Anna Kendrick, America Ferrara, Cody Horn, Natalie Martinez, Frank Grillo Writer: David Ayer Director: David Ayer Distributor: Open Road Films Release Date: September 21, 2012 END OF WATCH is an entertaining, mostly solid buddy cop drama. Director/writer David Ayer for some reason has elected to show the bulk of it through video cameras – both the police and the criminals have them – which doesn’t seem to serve any purpose. In horror movies, this format can allow for a particular type of tension and storytelling, but here, everything could just as easily (and […]Read On »

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Movie Review: PARANORMAN

PARANORMAN | (c) 2012 Universal Pictures

Stars (voices): Kodi Smit-McPhee, Tucker Albrizzi, Anna Kendrick, Casey Affleck, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Leslie Mann, Jeff Garlin, Elaine Stritch, Bernard Hill, Jodelle Ferland, Tempestt Bledsoe, Alex Borstein, John Goodman Writer: Chris Butler Directors: Sam Fell & Chris Butler Distributor: Focus Features Release Date: August 17, 2012 PARANORMAN is the latest 3-D stop-motion animation release from a lot of the folks who brought you the film version of CORALINE (writer Neil Gaiman isn’t involved here, but a lot of the sensibility is the same). The movie is full of surprises, not the least of which is what those surprises actually are. Written […]Read On »

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Exclusive Photos from the WHAT TO EXPECT WHEN YOU’RE EXPECTING Los Angeles Premiere

Cameron Diaz at the Los Angeles Premiere of WHAT TO EXPECT WHEN YOU'RE EXPECTING | ©2012 Sue Schneider

Lionsgate and Alcon Entertainment held the Los Angeles Premiere of WHAT TO EXPECT WHEN YOU’RE EXPECTING on May 14th at the Grauman’s Chinese Theatre in Hollywood. WHAT TO EXPECT WHEN YOU’RE EXPECTING features an A-list star cast and they all showed up to walk the black carpet, which included: Cameron Diaz, Jennifer Lopez, Elizabeth Banks, Chace Crawford, Brooklyn Decker, Ben Falcone, Anna Kendrick, Matthew Morrison, Rodrigo Santoro, Joe Manganiello, Amir Talai, Wendi McLendon-Covey, Rob Huebel, Tom Lennon, Rebel Wilson, Taboo, Whitney Port, Kirk Jones (Director), Mike Medavoy (Producer), and from the soundtrack Alison Sudol. Joining them were guests, which included: […]Read On »

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