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Lion (Blu-ray Review)

It takes a lot to make a dramatic feature, based on a true story, into something that hits in the right ways. Because a drama can have the intent to strike at certain chords to ideally generate emotions, there is often a level of manipulation to consider. Lion concerns the story of a lost Indian […]

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The Full Modern Malick Effect Continues In ‘Song To Song’ (Movie Review)

It can be mean, alienating and condescending to tell something they don’t “get” a movie. Terrence Malick, a filmmaker who has gone from reclusive and rarely making films to prolific, yet still reclusive as a person, seems to be making a conscious effort to challenge the notion of understanding cinema. His recent output has maintained […]

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The Oscar-Nominated LION Comes Home To Blu-ray This April

LION follows five-year-old Saroo who gets lost on a train traveling away from his home and family. Time passes, but this journey takes an emotional turn for Saroo as an adult. Garth Davis’ directorial film debut garnered six Academy Award® nominations including Best Picture. The film features an astounding cast with Best Supporting Actor nominee Dev […]

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AFI Fest 2016: Lion (Movie Review)

It takes a lot to make a dramatic feature, based on a true story, into something that hits in the right ways. Because a drama can have the intent to strike at certain chords to ideally generate emotions, there is often a level of manipulation to consider. Lion concerns the story of a lost Indian […]

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KUBO AND THE TWO STRINGS Comes To One Blu-ray November 22nd!

A young boy with a magical gift sets out on a thrilling quest to discover his family’s legacy in LAIKA’s newest film, Kubo and the Two Strings. The latest masterpiece from the animation studio behind the Academy Award®-nominated films Coraline, ParaNorman, and The Boxtrolls comes to Digital HD on November 8, 2016 and Blu-ray™ 3D, […]

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Experience The Craft And Adventure In ‘Kubo And The Two Strings’ (Movie Review)

Laika is currently the studio I have the utmost respect for. Just knowing this stop-animation studio has more films coming down the line to be distributed by Focus Features makes their next project one of my most anticipated films of that year. There latest film, Kubo and the Two Strings, is another amazing accomplishment. It […]

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Carol (Blu-ray Review)

Anchor Bay Entertainment and The Weinstein Company are proud to announce the home entertainment release of CAROL—one of the most critically acclaimed films of 2015, from director Todd Haynes and starring Academy Award® winner Cate Blanchett and Academy Award nominee Rooney Mara.  CAROL will be available for digital download on March 4, 2016 from Starz […]

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Her (Blu-ray Review)

Truth be told, had I been living among the stars and privileged in life last year in Los Angeles, Her would have been my #2 film of 2013 easily knocking down The Wolf of Wall Street here.  Oh no!  The cat’s out of the bag over how much I love this film!  Now don’t fret! […]

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Own ‘Her’ on Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD and Digital HD Download 5/13

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment has finally announced the Blu-ray release of writer/director Spike Jonze’s award-winning Her, which stars Joaquin Phoenix, Amy Adams, Rooney Mara, Chris Pratt, Olivia Wilde and the sexy, seductive voice of Scarlett Johansson.  The romantic science fiction drama was nominated for five Academy Awards (including Best Picture) and won Best Original Screenplay.  Oh […]

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He Likes ‘Her’ A Lot (Movie Review)

If anything, I should be mad at Her for upsetting my list of best films of 2013.  Here is a film that I was excited for, as Spike Jonze is a force to be reckoned with, when it comes to directors of wildly imaginative original films (Being John Malkovich, Adaptation), and it turned out to […]

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Your ‘Side Effects’ May Vary on Blu-ray This May

Here’s one I missed seeing this year in the theaters, but I heard enough good things about to possibly warrant a Blu-ray viewing at home?  What say you?  With an all-star cast featuring Jude Law, Rooney Mara and Channing Tatum…how can you possibly go wrong?  So May seems to be a big month for upcoming […]

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Side Effects Movie Review – Just Seen It

Watch us on National Public Television – check your local listing for show times! Aaron, Liz and Salim review the newest (and last?) film from Steven Soderbergh. Starring Aaron Fink, Liz Manashil and Salim Lemelle. Directed by Sean Wright. WATCH US ON PBS SOCAL Saturdays at 6PM or pbssocal.org/justseenit

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‘Side Effects’ May Include Twists, Turns, And Some Deliberate Pacing (Movie Review)

The tricky thing about discussing Steven Soderbergh’s latest and reportedly last directorial feature, Side Effects, is that the film is most effective if the viewer goes in knowing nothing about it.  The marketing campaign (or at least the initial trailers) can be commended for being fairly ambiguous in presenting what is actually going on in […]

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Gerard’s Top 10 Bad Ass Blu-rays of 2012

It’s that not-so-dreaded time of the year where I unleash my Top 10 Blu-rays of 2012. This year I thought I’d go against the grain the best that I could and just limit myself on picking Blu-rays that actually made a statement in terms of video, audio, and special features, instead of films that were […]

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‘The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo’ on Blu-ray March 20th

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo – the gripping, hard-edged thriller based on the first of Stieg Larsson’s suspenseful and spell-binding “Millennium” trilogy – arrives on one-disc DVD and three-disc Blu-ray™ Combo Pack (includes two Blu-ray discs with UltraViolet™ + one DVD) on March 20th. This highly anticipated motion picture from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment […]

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Gerard’s Top 10 FILMS of 2011

As promised, here is my Top 10 FILM list for 2011. I actually had to scramble in compiling this list, because there was one movie that I needed to see before my deadline and I was confident that it would go on my list. Did it, though? That’s what you’re going to have to read […]

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The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (Movie Review)

David Fincher’s newest flick, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, features an unforgettable opening sequence reminiscent of star Daniel Craig’s other franchise, which coincidently, is also filled with sex, spy gadgets and wealthy super villains.  This movie begins by flashing sort-of-nude dancers writhing to a tune related to the movie, like Octopussy or Goldeneye did […]

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‘Dragon Tattoo’: An Almost Too Expected Use Of Fincher’s Talents

After all the lighthearted fun I have had with the adventure films of December, 2011, it is now time to sink to someplace darker.  The biggest curiosity I have with the self proclaimed, “feel bad film of Christmas,” is how the three groups of people will respond to it.  The groups I refer to are […]

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