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In the Heart of the Sea - Blu-ray Review

In the Heart of the Sea - Movie Review

Call me disappointed. (Oh yes, I did.) With such rich source material and a near bottomless barrel of timeless literary themes from which to pull, how does Ron Howard miss with In the Heart of the Sea, his adaptation of Nathaniel Philbrick’s best-selling book about  ...

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Phenomena: Limited Edition Collector’s SteelBook (1985) - Blu-ray Review

Phenomena Collector's Edition Steelbook (1985) - Blu-ray ReviewI first saw Dario Argento’s Phenomena when it was released here in the United States as Creepers.  That version – heavily edited by 30-minutes (for no other reason than to save Americans from actually thinking) – was essentially one long music video.  Goblin and Simon  ...

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Green Room - Blu-ray Review

Green Room - Movie ReviewJeremy Saulnier returns.  The writer and director of the crowdfunded and critically acclaimed Blue Ruin strikes fear into moviegoers and color aficionados with Green Room, a tension-filled horror film about a punk band at the mercy of a bunch of neo-Nazis.  You read   ...

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C.H.U.D. (1984) - Blu-ray Review

C.H.U.D. (1984) - Blu-ray ReviewHa, Criterion Collection.  It seems that little April Fools Day joke (back in 2011) has come to bite you in the ass.  C.H.U.D. has made it to blu-ray! There was a time in America when we surrendered to the idea of nuclear war.   It was bound to happen. Why fight it? This attitude  ...

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The Witch - Blu-ray Review

The Witch - Movie ReviewLadies and Gentlemen, Robert Eggers has arrived.  The Witch is easily the most disturbing horror film I’ve seen in theaters in a long, long while. Writing and directing an impressive debut, the creative artist behind The Witch has done a lot of things right, including the research ...

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Bubba Ho-Tep: Collector's Edition (2002) - Blu-ray Review

Bubba Ho-Tep Collector's Edition - Blu-ray ReviewBubba Ho-Tep and I have finally made up.  I get it.  I finally get why the movie absolutely works and why my punk-ass comments when it was originally released were so naïve.  To borrow a line from from Gatsby's Nick Carraway, “in my younger and more vulnerable years”I was a complete ...

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Crimson Peak - Blu-ray Review

Crimson Peak - Movie ReviewWriter/director Guillermo del Toro returns to the gothic and raids it like an undiscovered goldmine in his latest film, Crimson PeakBe warned, though.This is not the horror film you are expecting as the trailers are a bit misleading.  This is horror by way of serious-minded novelists like  ...

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The Initiation (1984) - Blu-ray Review

The Initiation (1984) - Blu-ray ReviewAnd so we come to the blatant rip-off.  Perhaps that’s too harsh.  After all, there are some interesting things in the mechanics of Larry Stewart’s slasher (the finale inside the multi-level Dallas Market Center being one), but not enough to keep audiences focused on its  ...

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Keanu - Blu-ray Review

Keanu - Movie ReviewThe hugely popular Comedy Central skit team of Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele (aka Key & Peele) triumphantly make the transition from television sketch comedy to big screen success with Keanu, a film that will have you doubled over with laughter when you’re not ...

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The Majorettes (1987) - Blu-ray Review

Majorettes (1987) - Blu-ray ReviewBad Acting.  Bad dialogue.  Bad movie, right?  Not quite.  There are exceptions.  The Majorettes, starring Kevin Kindlin, Terrie Godfrey, Mark Jevicky, and Thomas E. Desrocher, is one of those.  This psychosexual charged flick owes much of its creative prowess to its creators’ ...

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Deadpool - Blu-ray Review

Deadpool - Movie ReviewForget the box of chocolates, dude.  I can think of no better valentine for this hallmark-hijacked   date than taking the object of your affection to witness the vulgarity-spouting vigilantism of Deadpool, a comic book character originally created by Fabian Nicieza and Rob Liefeld  ...

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Doc Savage: The Man of Bronze (1975) - Blu-ray Review

Doc Savage: The Man of Bronze (1975) - Blu-ray Review and DetailsNever fear, Doc Savage is here!

With that joyous announcement, one of the campiest flicks to ever hit the 1970s leaps off the screen and into the hearts and minds of cinephiles everywhere.  Let’s get something straight first.  Doc Savage is completely ridiculous.  Full of knowing winks to the camera  ...

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Spectre - Blu-ray Review

Spectre - Movie ReviewIt is upon us. For, thankfully, a fourth time, Daniel Craig returns as James Bond and delivers yet another quality entry in his stint as the super spy bulldog with a taste for drink and dames.This time though, Skyfall’s director Sam Mendes - who also returns for a  ...

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Private Property: Limited Edition (1960) - Blu-ray Review

Private Property - Limited Edition - Blu-ray ReivewWith funding provided by the Packard Humanities Institute, the members of the UCLA Film & Television Archive have worked tirelessly to restore a small black-and-white crime potboiler that was thought long lost due to the unforgiving ravages of time.  The edgy film is a prophetic  ...

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The Jungle Book (2016) - Blu-ray Review

The jungle Book - Movie ReviewDisney’s mostly-live-action reimagining of its 1967 classic The Jungle Book is a dazzling visual spectacle that tinkers very little with the original’s underlying story while providing an astonishingly new look and feel to the world of man-cub Mowgli (Neel Sethi), black panther ...

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