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The latest ‘Shaft’ is a letdown

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Running Time: 111 minutes

First debuting in 1971, hard-nosed private detective Shaft has entertained audiences for decades, not only in the first trilogy of films (not to mention a brief TV series), but also in a 2000 remake that introduced the next generation of the family. The latest Shaft marks the fifth cinematic outing of the character and adds more relatives to the mix. But despite the talented and charismatic cast assembled, the screenplay fails to maximize the story’s potential to provide action thrills, nor does it go out of its way to address the social themes one would expect. As a result, this is the least persuasive entry in the...

The host of ‘ Late Night’ steals the show

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Running Time: 102 minutes

Most late-night shows look like smoothly produced and effortless exercises in entertainment, bringing stand-up and celebrity guests together and speaking about latest projects and topics of the day. Of course, it’s an immense amount of work for the host and even more so for the writers tasked with creating talking points almost nightly for a national market. The new comedy Late Night attempts to shed some light on the process and one woman’s attempt to fulfill her aspirations.

Chemical plant worker Molly Patel (Mindy Kaling) has always dreamed of being a comedy writer and after talking to a company head who also owns a TV...

DVD/Blu-ray Roundup for June 14, 2019

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Welcome back to another edition of highlights arriving on Blu-ray and DVD. Plenty of interesting features both new and old are arriving on shelves in this edition. So if you can’t make it out to the movies this week, be sure to give one of these titles a try!

Big New Releases!

The 27 Club - Based around the idea that a great many popular celebrities have met untimely ends at the age of 27, this independent horror feature follows a student investigating the phenomenon. When the protagonist meets and befriends a singer-songwriter searching for their big break, the two team up to find the title location and become fully engaged in a strange underground society. The movie has...

‘The Secret Life of Pets 2’ caters exclusively to kids

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Running Time: 86 minutes

The Secret Life of Pets proved to be something of a surprise success back in 2016, chronicling the lives of animals and what they get up to when their owners are away. It earned solid reviews from the press and a massive box office haul. So naturally, it was only a matter of time before audiences would be receiving a sequel. The Secret Life of Pets 2 is bright, colorful and will certainly impress children. However, adults will find it nothing more than genial and forgettable. They’ll probably be most pleased by the fact that their kids are sufficiently distracted.

Even if you haven’t seen the original film, there’s nothing...

‘Godzilla: King of the Monsters’ is overbaked and...well...undercooked

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Running Time: 131 minutes

This reviewer is something of a monster movie aficionado who grew up watching old creature features on the television screen before actively seeking them out on various video formats. As a fan, I can come across as somewhat picky about them. The previous giant lizard film from 2015 had its share of issues. However, the movie succeeded in presenting the titular being with a sense of gravitas, displaying it as a truly immense and awe-inspiring force of nature. Godzilla: King of the Monsters does feature an onslaught of monsters fighting across the globe, but doesn’t feel as exciting, impressive, or weighty.

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