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DVD/Blu-ray Roundup for July 12, 2019

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Welcome back to another very busy edition of new release highlights on Blu-ray and DVD. Looks like there’s a bit of everything, both new and old to enjoy this time out. 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!

After - Based on a bestselling novel, this teen romance follows a smart and studious young woman who falls for a mysterious, moody new arrival with a rebellious streak. Their passionate and rocky relationship makes the lead question several of the conservative choices she has made in life. This effort was largely panned by the press. Most thought the production was bland and the motivations of the...

‘Spider-Man: Far from Home’ is a fun summer trip

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Rating: ««« out of ««««
Running Time: 129 minutes

Suffering from superhero fatigue? Well, you wouldn’t be alone. It seems that so many Marvel movies have come down the pipeline the past few years that it’s difficult just to keep up with them all. The latest entry is Spider-Man: Far from Home, and it marks the final film in what the studio refers to as Phase Three.

In fact, there will be an almost one-year gap between this and the next feature. Much of the big action occurred in the previous Avengers finale, and so this latest sequel doesn’t have the same kind of epic stakes. Still, the movie does provide some laughs and a few thrills along the way. It’s a perfectly...

‘Midsommar’ looks spectacular, but the characters can be difficult to fathom

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Rating: «« out of ««««
Running Time: 140 minutes

Sometimes, a movie comes along that is unexpectedly difficult to review. Ever watched a picture that had a lot of intriguing ideas, effective elements and looked quite remarkable, yet you couldn’t buy into the concept and lost empathy for several of the characters?  Well, that pretty much sums up this critic’s take on Midsommar, the new horror movie from Ari Aster (Hereditary). It is certainly admirable in many respects, yet at the same time is something of a jumbled mess.

Dani (Florence Pugh) is a university student suffering from a personal tragedy. Her boyfriend Christian (Jack Reynor) finds her emotional needs difficult...

DVD/Blu-ray Roundup for July 5, 2019

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Hello once again, and welcome to another look at highlights arriving on Blu-ray and DVD. It may be a holiday week, but that doesn’t mean that there aren’t several interesting releases worth your while. 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!

An Acceptable Loss - A former top security advisor for the US government finds herself pushed into a regrettable decision after following the advice of a seasoned political official. Disturbed by the bill passed, the lead decides to go public about her concerns, knowing that these actions could bring down the government. Unfortunately, no one around...

‘Yesterday’ is an entertaining cover that tugs on the heartstrings

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Rating: ««« out of ««««

Running Time: 116 minutes

The new comedy Yesterday boasts quite a pedigree. Not only does it contain covers of classic tunes from The Beatles, but it also has a wealth of talent behind the camera, including director Danny Boyle (Trainspotting, 28 Days Later, Slumdog Millionaire) and writer Richard Curtis (Bridget Jones’s Diary, Love Actually, Pirate Radio, About Time). Admittedly, the film may not mark career highpoints for either participant. However, there is a great deal of affection present for its subject and the movie ultimately comes across as sweet, breezy, and enjoyable.

Jack Malik (Himesh Patel) is a struggling musician in a seaside English...

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