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In the Heart of the Sea (Blu-ray Review)

In The Heart of the Sea Blu-ray ReviewBased on Nathaniel Philbrick’s non-fiction book of the same name, In the Heart of the Sea tells the story of the Essex, a whaling ship whose 1820 voyage served as the basis for the novel Moby-Dick.  The film premiered in New York City on December 7th, 2015, before receiving a wide release on December 11th.  The film grossed $93.8 million against a budget of $100 million. Continue reading ‘In the Heart of the Sea (Blu-ray Review)’

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Man Up (Blu-ray Review)

Man UpSingle 34-year-old Nancy, who hasn’t been in a relationship in four years, accidentally runs into 40-year-old divorcee Jack, who believes she is a blind date he is supposed to be meeting. Sensing a connection, Nancy forgoes telling Jack the truth and decides to play along in Man Up. The film premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival on April 19th, 2015, before being given a wide release by StudioCanal on May 29th, 2015. Continue reading ‘Man Up (Blu-ray Review)’

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Max (Blu-ray Review)

Max Blu-ray ReviewMax is a Belgian Malinois, a dog handled by U.S. Marines in Afghanistan.  After tragedy strikes, Max is sent back stateside to the Harne family and their son Tyler.  Although reluctant to take on the veteran canine, Tyler and Max ultimately for a familial bond.  The film received a wide release in the United States on June 26th, 2015. Continue reading ‘Max (Blu-ray Review)’

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Hot Pursuit (Blu-ray Review)

Hot Pursuit Blu-ray ReviewOfficer Rose Cooper (Reese Witherspoon) is assigned the task of escorting cartel informant Daniella Riva (Sofia Vergara).  The two must team up against the cartel members and corrupt policemen as they travel across Texas.  The film received a wide release in the United States on May 8th, 2015. Continue reading ‘Hot Pursuit (Blu-ray Review)’

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The Water Diviner (Blu-ray Review)

The Water Diviner (Blu-ray Review)After hearing word that his three sons have been killed in the Battle of Gallipoli, Australian farmer Joshua Connor (Russell Crowe) travels to Turkey in order to find their remains and return them home.  The uneasy aftermath of World War I and an uncooperative regime in power provide heavy conflict for Connor in his epic search.  The film premiered in Australia and Turkey on December 26th, 2014, before seeing wide release in the United States on April 24th, 2015. Continue reading ‘The Water Diviner (Blu-ray Review)’

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Get Hard (Blu-ray Review)

Get HardWill Ferrell’s James King is a millionaire head fund manager who is accused of fraud and embezzlement, who seeks the aid of Darnell Lewis (Kevin Hart) to prep him for life in prison in Get Hard. The two form an unlikely bond in the 30 days leading up to his incarceration. The film premiered at South by Southwest on March 16th, 2015 before its wide release in the U.S. on March 27th. Continue reading ‘Get Hard (Blu-ray Review)’

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Black or White (Blu-ray Review)

Black or White Blu-ray ReviewBlack 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 paternal grandmother Rowena (Octavia Spencer).  The film premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival before received a wide theatrical release on January 30th, 2015. Continue reading ‘Black or White (Blu-ray Review)’

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Turn: Washington’s Spies – The Complete First Season (Blu-ray Review)

Turn: Washington's SpiesBased on the novel Washington’s Spies: The Story of America’s First Spy Ring by Alexander Rose, Turn: Washington’s Spies arrives as AMC’s newest cable series, which tracks the early days of espionage in the American colonies that eventually became the United States of America. The Culper Ring, led by Abe Woodhull, provided George Washington valuable information on the British Army in New York, which helped to turn the tide of the Revolutionary War. The first season of 10 episodes debuted on April 6th, 2014, with season two set to premiere on April 13th, 2015. Continue reading ‘Turn: Washington’s Spies – The Complete First Season (Blu-ray Review)’

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On Any Sunday: The Next Chapter (Blu-ray Review)

On Any Sunday The Next ChapterOn Any Sunday: The Next Chapter is a follow-up to the 1971 motorcycle documentary On Any Sunday, produced and featuring Steve McQueen.  The doc follows several motorcycle enthusiasts, including racers, stuntman, designers, and the events that they participate in.  Interviewees include well known motorcycle personalities such as Robbie Madison, Roland Sands, James Stewart, Jr., and continuing the initial films celebrity involvement, Bo Derek, Scott Caan, and Mickey Rourke.  The film premiered on July 12th, 2014 in New Zealand before hitting a limited theatrical run. Continue reading ‘On Any Sunday: The Next Chapter (Blu-ray Review)’

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Atlas Shrugged Part III: Who is John Galt? (Blu-ray Review)

Atlas Shrugged Part III Blu-ray ReviewAtlas Shrugged Part III, subtitled Who is John Galt?, continues the story of Dagny Taggart and John Galt (once again bizarrely recast with actors Laura Regan and Kristoffer Polaha). In this third and final film adapting Ayn Rand’s novel, Taggart has stumbled upon a self-created utopia of the world’s creative minds have escaped to after overbearing government regulation. The film saw a limited release of 242 screens when it was released in September 2014. Continue reading ‘Atlas Shrugged Part III: Who is John Galt? (Blu-ray Review)’

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