Blu-ray and DVD Reviews for the Week of August 4, 2015

CHILD 44 | © 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: CHILD 44 – This is an interesting thriller about Russia at the beginning of the Cold War and the years following World War II. Because Stalin believes that Russia is superior to other countries it is not susceptible to things such as homicide and evil doers. But […]Read On »

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Movie Review: DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES

DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES movie poster | ©2014 20th Century Fox

Stars: Andy Serkis, Jason Clarke, Gary Oldman, Keri Russell, Toby Kebbell, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Kirk Acevedo, Nick Thurston, Terry Notary, Karin Konoval, Judy Greer Writers: Mark Bomback and Rick Jaffa & Amanda Silver, based on characters created by Rick Jaffa & Amanda Silver, based on characters created by Paul Dehn, based on the book PLANET OF THE APES by Pierre Boulle Director: Matt Reeves Distributor: Twentieth Century Fox Release Date: July 11, 2014 By certain standards, THE BLAIR WITCH PROJECT is one of the most profitable films ever made. No, it didn’t have the worldwide box office grosses of, say, TITANIC, […]Read On »

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Movie Review: ROBOCOP

ROBOCOP | © 2014 Columbia Pictures

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Joel Kinnaman, Gary Oldman, Michael Keaton, Abbie Cornish, Jackie Earle Haley, Michael K. Williams, Jennifer Ehle, Jay Baruchel, Marianne Jean-Baptiste, Samuel L. Jackson Writers: Joshua Zetumer and Edward Neumeier & Michael Miner, based on the 1987 screenplay by Neumeier & Miner Director: Jose Padilha Distributor: Columbia Pictures/MGM Release Date: February 12, 2014 The original 1987 ROBOCOP, directed by Paul Verhoeven and scripted by Edward Neumeier & Michael Miner, gave rise to two sequels, videogames and a batch of TV series both live-action and animated. Given Hollywood’s propensity for remaking movies, it was nearly inevitable that a full-on reboot would come forth. Surprisingly, it’s pretty […]Read On »

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MEN IN BLACK III Highlights this week in Blu-ray and DVD Releases

MEN IN BLACK 3 | (c) 2012 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: MEN IN BLACK III – While I have not been a fan of the previous two MEN IN BLACK films, mostly because I am not a fan of Will Smith at all and I thought the whole premise was just beyond stupid. The third part of the […]Read On »

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Movie Review: LAWLESS

LAWLESS movie poster | ©2012 The Weinstein Company

Rating: R Stars: Shia LaBeouf, Tom Hardy, Jessica Chastain, Jason Clarke, Mia Wasikowska, Dane DeHaan,, Guy Pearce, Gary Oldman Writer: Nick Cave, based on the book THE WETTEST COUNTY IN THE WORLD by Matt Bondurant Director: John Hillcoat Distributor: Weinstein Co. Release Date: August 29, 2012 Once upon a time, movies about moonshine-whisky makers were much more common than they are these days. Enter LAWLESS, which has the feel of a slightly tall tale while still being respectably dramatic and action-filled. We’re in Franklin County,Virginia, a rural place where Prohibition exists as something that is mainly the problem of city […]Read On »

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Movie Review: THE DARK KNIGHT RISES

THE DARK KNIGHT RISES final poster | ©2012 Warner Bros.

Stars: Christian Bale, Michael Caine, Gary Oldman, Anne Hathaway, Tom Hardy, Marion Cotillard, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Morgan Freeman Writers: Jonathan Nolan & Christopher Nolan, story by Christopher Nolan & David S. Goyer, based on characters created by DC Comics, Batman created by Bob Kane Director: Christopher Nolan Distributor: Warner Bros. Release Date: July 20, 2012 Few movies come with as many built-in expectations as does THE DARK KNIGHT, director/co-writer Christopher Nolan’s finale to the Batman saga he started with 2005’s BATMAN BEGINS and continued with 2008’s THE DARK KNIGHT. Christian Bale is as brooding and tortured as they come in the […]Read On »

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Movie Review: TINKER, TAILOR, SOLDIER, SPY

TINKER TAILOR SOLDIER SPY movie poster | ©2011 Focus Features

Rating: R Stars: Gary Oldman, Kathy Burke, Benedict Cumberbatch, David Dencik, Colin Firth, Stephen Graham, Tom Hardy, Ciaran Hinds, John Hurt, Toby Jones, Svetlana Khodchenkova, Simon McBurney, Mark Strong Writers: Bridget O’Connor & Peter Straughan, based on the novel by John Le Carre Director: Tomas Alfredson Distributor: Focus Features Release Date: December 9, 2011 John Le Carre’s novel TINKER, TAILOR, SOLDIER, SPY is one of the most revered espionage tales ever. Its protagonist George Smiley is the anti-Bond, a British secret agent who wears glasses, has a dodgy marriage and, though he’s no stranger to violence, spends less time dodging […]Read On »

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Movie Review: HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS PART 2

HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS PART 2 poster - Harry Potter and Lord Voldemort | ©2011 Warner Bros.

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, Emma Watson, Helena Bonham Carter, Robbie Coltrane, Warwick Davis, Tom Felton, Ralph Fiennes, Michael Gambon, Ciaran Hinds, John Hurt, Jason Isaacs, Matthew Lewis, Gary Oldman, Alan Rickman, Maggie Smith, Julie Walters, Bonnie Wright, William Welling, Evanna Lynch Writer: Steve Kloves, based on the novel by J.K. Rowling Director: David Yates Distributor: Warner Bros. Release Date: July 15, 2011 You can tell Warner Bros. feels they have something special on their hands with HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS PART 2 from the very beginning. It’s rare (if not unheard of) for the studio […]Read On »

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Blu-ray Review: HARRY POTTER AND THE ORDER OF THE PHOENIX Ultimate Edition

HARRY POTTER AND THE ORDER OF THE PHOENIX - Ultimate Edition | ©2011 Warner Bros.

Stars: Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, Emma Watson, Helena Bonham Carter, Robbie Coltraine, Warwick Davis, Ralph Fiennes, Michael Gambon, Brednan Gleeson, Richard Griffiths, Jason Isaacs, Gary Oldman, Alan Rickman, Fiona Shaw, Maggie Smith, Imelda Staunton, David Thewlis, Emma Thompson, Julie Walters Writer: Michael Goldenberg based on the novel by J.K. Rowling Director: David Yates Distributor: Warner Home Video Suggested Retail Price: $49.99 Of all the HARRY POTTER films, I think HARRY POTTER AND THE ORDER OF  THE PHOENIX is by far the weakest. Condensing an overly long book into this very short film proved to be a daunting task. Additionally, Michael […]Read On »

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Movie Review: KUNG FU PANDA 2

KUNG FU PANDA 2 teaser poster | ©2011 Dreamworks

Rating: PG Stars: Jack Black, Angelina Jolie, Jackie Chan, Gary Oldman, Lucy Liu, Seth Rogen, Dustin Hoffman, Michelle Yeoh Writer: Jonathan Aibel & Glenn Berger Director: Jennifer Yuh Distributor: Dreamworks Animation Release Date: May 26, 2011 In a summer filled with lots of sequels, it’s not that easy to pick and choose which ones will be hits and which will be misses. KUNG FU PANDA 2 is one of the hits in my book. This animated sequel from Dreamworks picks up pretty much where the last movie left off. Po (Jack Black) is the Dragon Warrior and he fights for […]Read On »

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