Blu-ray and DVD picks of the week including CONTAGION

CONTAGION | © 2012 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 CONTAGION – Call the OUTBREAK of the modern era but with a crapload more depressing situations that come along with what would happen if a devastating pandemic sweeps the globe and wipes out a considerable amount of the population. Told in a format similar to other films […]Read On »

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Movie Review: WE BOUGHT A ZOO

WE BOUGHT A ZOO movie poster | ©2011 20th Century Fox

Rating: PG Stars: Matt Damon, Scarlett Johannson, Thomas Haden Church, Colin Ford, Maggie Elizabeth Jones, Angus Macfadyen, Elle Fanning, Patrick Fugit, John Michael Higgins, Carla Gallo, J.B. Smoove Writers: Aline Brosh McKenna and Cameron Crowe, based on the book by Benjamin Mee Director: Cameron Crowe Distributor: Twentieth Century Fox Release Date: December 23, 2011 There really is a gentleman named Benjamin Mee who wrote a book with the title WE BOUGHT A ZOO about his experiences with the wildlife park in Dartmoor, England, where (according to the film’s credits) he still resides with his two children. The movie entitled WE […]Read On »

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Movie Review: HAPPY FEET TWO

HAPPY FEET TWO poster | ©2011 Warner Bros.

Rating: PG Stars (voices): Elijah Wood, Robin Williams, Alecia Moore (Pink), Hank Azaria, Common, Sofia Vergara, Richard Carter, Brad Pitt, Matt Damon, Anthony LaPaglia, Ava Acres, Magda Szubanski, Hugo Weaving Writers: George Miller, Warren Coleman, Gary Eck, Paul Livingston Director: George Miller Distributor: Warner Bros. Release Date: Nov. 18, 2011 The original 2006 HAPPY FEET had the amusement factor of singing and dancing penguins, along with a nice ecological message. Some people objected to that message served with the music, so HAPPY FEET TWO has drastically scaled back on its observations about the havoc humans are wreaking across the planet. […]Read On »

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Movie Review: MARGARET

MARGARET movie poster | ©2011 Fox Searchlight

Rating: R Stars: Anna Paquin, J. Smith-Cameron, Mark Ruffalo, Jeannie Berlin, Matt Damon, Jean Reno, Matthew Broderick, Kieran Culkin, Hina Abdullah, Allison Janney, Jonathan Hadary Writer: Kenneth Lonergan Director: Kenneth Lonergan Distributor: Fox Searchlight Release Date: September 30, 2011 Seventeen-year-olds tend to act without thinking often. But what if an action may have catastrophic, irrevocable consequences? How to take responsibility for this without wrecking the lives of everyone in sight? This is a tough issue even for adults – for high school student Lisa Cohen (Anna Paquin), it’s practically unbearable. In MARGARET, the trouble starts when Lisa, a Manhattan dweller, […]Read On »

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Movie Review: CONTAGION

CONTAGION movie poster | ©2011 Warner Bros.

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Marion Cotillard, Matt Damon, Jennifer Ehle, Laurence Fishburne, Jude Law, Gwyneth Paltrow, Kate Winslet, Sanaa Lathan, Bryan Cranston, Enrico Colantoni, Anna Jacoby-Heron Writer: Scott Z. Burns Director: Steven Soderbergh Distributor: Warner Bros. Release Date: September 16, 2011 If there is a worldwide pandemic of a fatal disease, odds are good that it will play out fairly like what we see in CONTAGION. Director Steven Soderbergh and screenwriter Scott Z. Burns have made a film that plays like a curious hybrid of a CNN special report and a zombie movie – minus the walking dead, of course, but […]Read On »

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TV Review: WILFRED – Season 1 – “Doubt”

Dwight Yoakam in WILFRED - Season 1 - "Doubt" | ©2011 FX/Ray Mickshaw

Stars: Elijah Wood, Jason Gann, Fiona Gubelmann, Dorian Brown, Dwight Yoakam Writers: Reed Agnew & Eli Jorne, series created by Jason Gann & Adam Zwar, adapted for American television by David Zuckerman Director: Randall Einhorn. Network: FX, Thursdays @ 10 PM Airdate: August 25, 2011 WILFRED viewers may have questions along the lines of, “What the hell is really going on here?” For awhile, “Doubt” seems like it’s going to answer some of these, but it turns out, like so many other things about Wilfred the character (Jason Gann), to be simply a gotcha. However, as it’s a smart, funny […]Read On »

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WonderCon 2011: Potential BOURNE LEGACY actor Luke Evans comments on vying to star in the rebooted franchise

IMMORTALS teaser poster - Zeus | ©2011 Relativity Media

During the press event for the new Greek Gods action film IMMORTALS (opening November 11, 2011) at WonderCon 2011 in San Francisco, Luke Evans answered questions about him vying for the new lead in the continuation of the BOURNE franchise in THE BOURNE LEGACY from co-writer/director Tony Gilroy. “It is a big deal – it is a fantastic role,” Evans says. “You have one actor [Matt Damon]  that portrayed the character three times successfully. I love the BOURNE films, but I would not be Jason Bourne in the film [the series is going to continue with another character]. I did […]Read On »

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Movie Review: THE ADJUSTMENT BUREAU

THE ADJUSTMENT BUREAU movie poster | ©2011 Universal Pictures

Stars: Matt Damon, Emily Blunt, Anthony Mackie, John Slattery, Michael Kelly, Terence Stamp Writer: George Nolfi, based on the story THE ADJUSTMENT TEAM by Philip K. Dick Director: George Nolfi Distributor: Universal Pictures Release Date: March 4, 2011 Screenwriter George Nolfi, who has previously tackled THE BOURNE ULTIMATUM, OCEAN’S TWELVE and TIMELINE, makes his feature directorial debut with THE ADJUSTMENT BUREAU (adapted by Nolfi from Philip K. Dick’s THE ADJUSTMENT TEAM). The film has a curious inversion of the usual problem that plagues big science-fiction/fantasy films. Instead of a terrific idea populated by rote characters, here we’ve got delightful characters […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: Michael Kelly chats CRIMINAL MINDS: SUSPECT BEHAVIOR

Michael Kelly in CRIMINAL MINDS: SUSPECT BEHAVIOR - Season 1 | ©2010 CBS/Yu Tsai

CRIMINAL MINDS, now in its sixth season, is the CBS procedural drama/thriller in which a team of FBI profilers pursue serial killers throughout the United States. Since the network has had great success spinning off other its other crime-solving shows, with three editions of CSI and two of NCIS currently on the air, it’s not surprising that they’ve brought forth CRIMINAL MINDS: SUSPECT BEHAVIOR which debuts tonight. The difference between the two series is both in their settings (the original team are based in Washington, D.C. and the SUSPECT team are in San Francisco, though both shows are shot in […]Read On »

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Movie Review: TRUE GRIT

TRUE GRIT poster | ©2010 Paramount Pictures

Sometimes more of a good thing is just great, which is the case with the Coen Brothers’ (Ethan & Joel) remake of TRUE GRIT. The 1969 original, based on Charles Portis’ novel, won an Oscar for John Wayne as Rooster Cogburn, a one-eyed, alcoholic U.S. marshal who reluctantly takes up the quest of tracking down the man who murdered the father of fourteen-year-old Mattie Ross (Kim Darby in that version) – with Mattie doggedly accompanying him.

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