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‘The Shape of Water’ Is A Fantastical Masterwork (Movie Review)

Thinking about writer/director Guillermo del Toro’s work, it easy to see how much effort he puts into every aspect of his films. Del Toro’s best movies are ones that feel like a symphony of ideas all brought together brilliantly by his love for fantasy and horror. The Shape of Water is the latest example. This […]

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Gifted (Blu-ray Review)

Gifted is the kind of film where an emotional courtroom scene plays out, with rain just outside the window to emphasize the drama, but you don’t mind because the main characters involved still spend relaxed moments with each other minutes later. This is a film that traffics in ideas expected from stories dealing with legal […]

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Hidden Figures (Blu-ray Review)

Hidden Figures is the kind of winning biopic I can easily champion. It joins a film like Queen of Katwe from last fall, in presenting a story I was not too informed about, with enough confidence to easily please those in search of a good story. The film does little to distance itself from other […]

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‘Gifted’ Is Smart Enough To Work (Movie Review)

Gifted is the kind of film where an emotional courtroom scene plays out, with rain seen just outside the window to emphasize the drama, but you don’t mind because the main characters involved still spend relaxed moments with each other minutes later. This is a film that traffics in ideas expected from stories dealing with […]

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Courage Seen In ‘Hidden Figures’ (Movie Review)

Hidden Figures is the kind of winning biopic I can easily champion. It joins a film like Queen of Katwe from earlier this fall, in presenting a story I was not too informed about, with enough confidence to easily please those in search of a good story. The film does little to distance itself from […]

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Divergent / Insurgent / Allegiant (Blu-ray Reviews)

Being a Divergent virgin, when I was recently asked about covering the Blu-ray release of the third film in the series Allegiant (out on 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack, Blu-ray Combo Pack and DVD on July 12 from Lionsgate Home Entertainment) my immediate thought was to pass.  How could I review the third installment when […]

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Zootopia (Blu-ray Review)

Walt Disney Animation Studios’ (WDAS) comedy-adventure, “Zootopia” has broken records worldwide earning more than $900 million at the global box office to date. The best reviewed movie of 2016, critics and audiences around the world have fallen in love with the wonderfully innovative animal metropolis of “Zootopia” and the comedic chemistry of rookie rabbit officer […]

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‘Allegiant’ Fights Against Tired Ideas (Movie Review)

There is something to be said for the third film in a franchise (based on three books) that can essentially reboot itself with the same characters. While the Divergent series wasn’t over, Insurgent did leave things in a curious position. Now we are getting more answers, but while Allegiant may be an improvement over the […]

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‘Zootopia’ Presents Profound Discourse In A Fun Family Film (Movie Review)

Here’s a simple claim right off the bat – Zootopia is a true triumph for Disney. The animation studio has had something of a resurgence in recent years with films such as Frozen and Big Hero 6, but Zootopia feels like an actual classic. That is high praise for the Mouse House, but the balance […]

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Black or White (Blu-ray Review)

Black or White from writer/director Mike Binder (The Upside of Anger, Reign Over Me) concerns the custody of Eloise, who after her white mother died in childbirth, is raised by her white grandparents, Elliott (Kevin Costner) and Carol (Jennifer Ehle).  After Carol dies in an accident, a custody battle ensues between Elliott and Eloise’s black […]

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Get On Up (Blu-ray Review)

Given the strength of the lead performance and some other aspects, at this point, I am pretty fine with saying Get On Up was one of the more underrated films from 2014.  I am a big fan of James Brown and was happy to go in to this film pretty open-minded (as I generally do).  […]

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Snowpiercer (Blu-ray Review)

I enjoy science fiction stories quite a bit.  Whether it ranges from plausible ideas regarding the future of our current society or to things a bit more abstract, I love seeing creativity on display.  This especially goes for sci-fi films that allow a large number of filmmakers, actors, production designers, etc., to develop worlds, stories, […]

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Halloween: The Complete Collection – 10 Disc Edition (Blu-ray Review)

What seems to be little known is that there were actually two versions of Halloween: The Complete Collection back on September 23rd.  Most every bit of press and excitement wen toward the Deluxe Limited Edition that came with 15 discs.  And rightfully so.  There was another, more basic edition, released as well.  That one is […]

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All Aboard For SNOWPIERCER, Coming To Blu-ray This October!

One of my favorite films of the year (Review HERE) and destined to become a cult classic, Snowpiercer is coming to Blu-ray and DVD on October 21st.  This is the film set in a frozen world, where the earth’s population is contained entirely on board a train that circles the globe.  Directed by Bong Joon-Ho, the […]

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Get On Up Is Out Of Sight (Movie Review)

There is a level of familiarity to musician biopics at this point that tends to keep me from becoming too excited about the prospect of a new one.  With varying degrees of separation, they mostly tend to follow a formula, much like any film that hits similar beats as its predecessors within the same sub-genres […]

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Step Onto ‘Snowpiercer’ And Hold On Tight (Movie Review)

I enjoy science fiction stories quite a bit.  Whether it ranges from plausible ideas regarding the future of our current society or to things a bit more abstract, I love the creativity on display.  This especially goes for sci-fi films, which allow a large number of filmmakers, actors, production designers, etc., to develop worlds, stories, […]

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Fruitvale Station (Blu-ray Review)

Let’s get one thing straight.  Ordinarily, this is not a film I would watch.  Right off the bat it has a couple strikes against as far as movies that I would find appealing.  Let’s take this flick’s trailer for instance.  Yawn.  I was bored out of my mind when I first saw it and I […]

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Fruitvale Station Rolls Onto Blu-ray In January

All I know is this movie is supposed to be da bomb!  I have yet to see it yet, but all my reviewer friends had nothing but mad praise for this one.  So Fruitvale Station is in my future on the Blu-ray format and now it’s in yours too!  Every step will bring you closer […]

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