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Blu-ray/DVD review: “Instant Family” (2018)

“Instant Family” (2018)  Comedy Running Time: 118 minutes Written by: Sean Anders and John Morris Directed by: Sean Anders Featuring: Mark Wahlberg, Rose Byrne, Isabela Moner, Tig Notaro, Margo Martindale, Julie Hagerty and Octavia Spencer Karen: “Lizzie comes with two younger siblings.“ Pete: “Oh, my God!” Ellie: “God, they’re adorable!” Pete: “Why would you show us that? That’s wrong.” This week sees the release of […]

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DVD/Blu-ray review: “Mary Queen of Scots” (2018)

“Mary Queen of Scots” (2018) Drama Running Time: 125 minutes Written by: Beau Willimon Directed by: Josie Rourke Featuring: Margot Robbie, Saoirse Ronan, Jack Lowden, Joe Alwyn, David Tennant and Guy Pearce John Knox: “We have a scourge upon our land. Tis a woman with a crown.” Released this week on DVD and Blu-ray is what could have been a major highlight in film from last […]

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DVD review: “Can You Ever Forgive Me?” (2018)

“Can You Ever Forgive Me?” (2018)  Drama Written by: Nicole Holofcener and Jeff Whitty based on‘Can You Ever Forgive Me?’ by Lee Israel Directed by: Marielle Heller Featuring: Melissa McCarthy , Richard E. Grant, Dolly Wells, Jane Curtin, Anna Deavere Smith, Stephen Spinella and Ben Falcone  Lee Israel:“Jack Hock, you said?” Jack Hock:“That’s me. The renegade, the rebel. Jack Hock, big cock.” One of the cinematic highlights of last year, as well […]

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4K Blu-ray review: “The Grinch” (2018)

“The Grinch” (2018)  Animation Running Time: 86 minutes Written by: Michael LeSieur and Tommy Swerdlow Directed by: Scott Mosier and Yarrow Cheney Featuring: Benedict Cumberbatch, Rashida Jones, Kenan Thompson, Cameron Seely, and Angela Lansbury, and is narrated by Pharrell Williams Grinch:“Well, Santa had eight reindeer, he looks like he ate the other seven.” Critical Commentary Released this month on 4K Blu-ray is the latest incarnation of the Dr Seuss […]

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Blu-ray review: “Jesse Stone Triple Film Collection”

“Jesse Stone Triple Film Collection” (2005-2015) Drama/Thriller Created by: Robert B. Parker Series created by: Robert Harmon & Tom Selleck Featuring: Tom Selleck, Kohl Sudduth, Kathy Baker, Viola Davis, Vito Rezza, Stephen McHattie, William Devane, Saul Rubinek and William Sadler Luther ‘Suitcase’ Simpson: “Is this official?” Chief Jesse Stone: “No. It’s personal.” Tom Selleck has had a pretty great career […]

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DVD review: “Free Solo” (2018)

“Free Solo” (2018)  Documentary Running Time: 96 minutes Directed by: Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi and Jimmy Chin Featuring: Alex Honnold, Sanni McCandless, Jimmy Chin and Tommy Caldwell Alex Honnold:“My friends are like, Oh, that’d be terrible, but if I kill myself in an accident, they’ll be like, Oh, that was too bad, but like life goes on, you know, like they’ll be fine. I mean, […]

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4K Blu-ray review: “Overlord” (2018)

“Overlord” (2018)  Horror/Action/War Running Time: 96 minutes Written by: Billy Rayand Mark L. Smith Directed by: Julius Avery Featuring: Jovan Adepo, Wyatt Russell, Mathilde Ollivier, John Magaro, Gianny Taufer, Pilou Asbæk, and Bokeem Woodbine Chase:[as his veins and arteries begin mutating] “Oh my god! What did you do to me? OH MY GOD!” Critical Commentary Released this month on 4K Blu-ray is the latest J.J. Abrams produced, Bad Robot […]

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4K Blu-ray review: “Annihilation” (2018)

“Annihilation” (2018) Sci-Fi/Horror Running Time: 115 minutes Written & Directed by: Alex Garland Featuring: Natalie Portman, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Gina Rodriguez, Tessa Thompson, Tuva Novotny, and Oscar Isaac The Psychologist: “It’s destroying everything.” The Biologist: “It’s not destroying… It’s making something new.” Critical Commentary: When it comes to genre television and films Netflix really runs the gamut from incredibly complex high quality projects like last years […]

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4K Blu-ray review: “Aquaman”

“Aquaman” (2018)  Action Running Time: 143 minutes Written by: David Leslie Johnson-McGoldrick and Will Beall Directed by: James Wan Featuring: Jason Momoa, Amber Heard, Willem Dafoe, Patrick Wilson, Dolph Lundgren, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, and Nicole Kidman Arthur Curry:“My father was a lighthouse keeper. My mother was a queen. But life has a way of bringing people together. They made me what I am.” Critical Commentary: After the complete failure of […]

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4K Blu-ray review: “Bumblebee” (2018)

“Bumblebee” (2018)  Sci-Fi/Action Running Time: 113 minutes Written by: Christina Hodson Directed by: Travis Knight Featuring: Hailee Steinfeld, John Cena, Jorge Lendeborg Jr., John Ortiz, Jason Drucker, Pamela Adlon, Dylan O’Brien, Peter Cullen, Angela Bassett and Justin Theroux  Optimus Prime: “Bumblebee, our war rages on. You must protect Earth, and its people.” Critical Commentary: This week sees the release of the latest entry into the “Transformers” (2007-present) franchise which has seen some dizzying […]

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4K Blu-ray review: “Mortal Engines” (2018)

“Mortal Engines” (2018)  Fantasy/Young Adult Running Time: 128 minutes Written by: Fran Walsh, Philippa Boyens and Peter Jackson Directed by: Christian Rivers Featuring: Hugo Weaving, Hera Hilmar, Robert Sheehan, Jihae, Ronan Raftery, Leila George, Patrick Malahide and Stephen Lang Chudleigh Pomeroy:“Sixty minutes is all it took to bring humanity to the very brink of extinction. Mankind mobilized, a new age arose. The Age of the Great Predator Cities. Survival […]

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DVD/Blu-ray review: “Climax” (2018)

“Climax” (2018)  Drama/Horror/Thriller Running Time: 96 minutes Written and Directed by: Gaspar Noé Featuring: Sofia Boutella, Kiddy Smile,Roman Guillermic, Souheila Yacoub, Claude Gajan Maull, Giselle Palmer, Taylor Kastle,Thea Carla Schøtt Title Card:“Death is an extraordinary experience.” The latest film from Argentinian (somewhat surrealist) director Gaspar Noé is released on DVD this month, that being the genre defying thriller “Climax” (2018) […]

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DVD review: “Destination Wedding” (2018) 

“Destination Wedding” (2018)  Comedy Running Time: 85 minutes Written and Directed by: Victor Levin Featuring: Winona Ryder and Keanu Reeves Lindsay:“Why didn’t we meet seven years ago?” Frank:“Just lucky I guess.” “Destination Wedding” (2018) released this month on DVD is an unusual movie, a romantic comedy featuring two stars of the past reunited onscreen after twenty years, last appearing together in “The Private Lives […]

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DVD review: “Born Racer” (2018)

“Born Racer” (2018)  Documentary Running Time: 88 minutes Directed by: Bryn Evans Featuring: Scott Dixon, Emma Davies-Dixon and Kenny Szymanski Emma Davies-Dixon:“…unless he’s going really fast, he doesn’t feel alive.” Released this month on DVD is the documentary “Born Racer” (2018) based mostly around New Zealand born car racer Scott Dixon who now makes his living in the US. For […]

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DVD review: “Unbroken: Path to Redemption” (2018)

“Unbroken: Path to Redemption” (2018) Drama Running Time: 98 minutes Written by: Richard Friedenberg and Ken Hixon Directed by: Harold Cronk Featuring: Samuel Hunt, Merritt Patterson, Vincenzo Amato, Vanessa Bell Calloway, Bobby Campo, Bob Gunton, Maddalena Ischiale, David Sakurai and Gary Cole Released this month on DVD is a movie, “Unbroken: Path to Redemption” (2018) that is, at first glance an oddity as it is a sequel of […]

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4K Blu-ray review: “Bad Times at the El Royale” (2018)

“Bad Times at the El Royale” (2018)  Thriller/Action Running Time: 141 minutes Written & directed by: Drew Goddard Featuring:  Jeff Bridges, Cynthia Erivo, Dakota Johnson, Jon Hamm, Cailee Spaeny, Lewis Pullman, Nick Offerman and Chris Hemsworth Miles Miller:[to Father Flynn] “This is not a place for a priest, Father. You shouldn’t be here.” Laramie Seymour Sullivan:“We might need to work on your sales pitch, son. “The El Royale: no […]