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A weak ‘Justice League’ offers few laughs, lots of CGI

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Rating: «« out of ««««

Running Time: 121 min.

Over the past four years, DC has pushed to create a grand cinematic universe, equivalent to the one created by its contemporary (and competitor) Marvel. It’s fair to say that while their latest attempts have resulted in box office success, the quality of the films has been uneven. Justice League is a team-up film along the lines of The Avengers, introducing and uniting several of the biggest characters in comics. This reviewer can report that the latest effort is slightly better than the previous Batman/Superman entry. However, it still manages to do more wrong than it does right.

Several months after the death of Superman (Henry...

DVD/Blu-ray Roundup for Nov. 17, 2017

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It’s a really busy week once again with some intriguing Blu-ray and DVD releases coming your way. So if you can’t get out to the theater this week, be sure to give one of these titles a try!

Big New Releases!

6 Below: Miracle on the Mountain - Based on a true account, this movie follows an ex-hockey player struggling with personal demons who decides to go snowboarding alone in the High Sierra mountains. Bad idea! When a snowstorm hits unexpectedly, he becomes lost and struggles to survive incredibly brutal conditions for several days. Reaction to this drama wasn’t particularly overwhelming. While admitting it was an interesting tale, the movie received criticism for...

Murder on the Orient Express takes a familiar route

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Rating: «« out of ««««

Running Time: 114 min.

First published in 1934, Agatha Christie’s Murder on the Orient Express is perhaps one of the most well known mystery books ever written. Over the years, it has been adapted for film and TV on numerous occasions. The latest attempt is certainly a lavish and pretty one. However, the movie suffers from being overly faithful to the occasionally creaky, train-based source material. It’s capably made, but doesn’t do enough to stand apart from all of the other adaptations.

The story begins with detective Hercule Poirot (Kenneth Branagh) wrapping up an investigation and preparing himself for a much needed vacation. He winds up on the...

DVD/Blu-ray Roundup for Nov. 10, 2017

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Another edition, another busy slate of releases on Blu-ray and DVD. Of course, we’ve got all of the highlights right here. 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!

Cars 3 - The second animated sequel to Pixar’s smash hit Cars finds Lightning McQueen beginning to consider retirement. However, he hopes to make one last winning dash across the finish line and take down an arrogant young opponent. This follow-up earned decent reviews. Some complained that it will only appeal to youngsters, but others enjoyed the impressive animation and attempts at a deeper theme enough to earn it a pass...

‘Thor: Ragnarok’ emphasizes humor amidst the spectacle

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Running Time: 130 min.

Believe it or not, Thor: Ragnarok marks the seventeenth film in the Marvel cinematic universe, which began only nine years ago. That’s an awful lot of superhero flicks and as someone who sees and reviews them all, it’s difficult not to feel a bit of comic book fatigue. Thankfully, I can report that the latest entry offers a fresh voice with a playfulness that makes it a very enjoyable experience. In fact, it’s the strongest of the three features involving the character.

This episode begins with Thor (Chris Hemsworth) returning to his home world of Asgard, reuniting him with his opportunistic and dangerous brother, Loki (Tom...
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