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DVD/Blu-ray Roundup for May 24, 2019

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Welcome to another look at new releases arriving on Blu-ray and DVD. It’s a busy edition with a wide variety of discs hitting store shelves. 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!

Big Brother - Released in Hong Kong as Dai si hing, this foreign-language action/comedy follows an ex-soldier turned schoolteacher who is tasked with instructing a group of delinquent kids. When a nasty entrepreneur decides he’d like to tear down the institute, the hero and kids team up to stop the hostile takeover. The movie was successful in its homeland. While there aren’t a lot of notices for it in this part...

Action scenes are the highlight of ‘John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum’

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Rating: ««« out of ««««

Running Time: 130 minutes

2014 offered a real surprise in the form of the exceptional action flick, John Wick. The hits kept coming in the 2017 sequel, which attempted to explore the inner workings of a criminal underworld and its various factions. The action continues in John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum, which pits the hero against, well, just about everybody. Viewers may suffer a bit from fatigue and this title’s inability to tie up loose ends, but the fight choreography on display is phenomenal and should please genre fans.

As the film begins, John Wick (Keanu Reeves) finds himself, not only being excommunicated from the official, umm, well...

DVD/Blu-ray Roundup for May 17, 2019

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Wow, it’s another busy edition of new release highlights on Blu-ray and DVD. In fact, there’s something interesting from just about every genre imaginable 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!

American Exit - Based loosely on a true-story, this film involves a cash-strapped father who decides to steal a million-dollar painting from an art dealer who has ties to criminal organizations. The lead heads out to the desert with his rebellious teenage son in order to avoid detection and try to repair their relationship. However, the pair soon find themselves in the middle of...

‘Pokémon Detective Pikachu’ is salvaged by a great voice performance

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Rating: «« out of ««««
Running Time: 104 minutes

Unfortunately, movie adaptations of video games tend to have pretty poor reputations. In the past, we’ve been dealt the less-than-stellar Super Mario Brothers, Wing Commander, House of the Dead, Hitman, and Need for Speed. When Lara Croft: Tomb Raider and Prince of Persia represent the genre heights, that is not a good sign. The bad news about Pokémon Detective Pikachu is that it is far from a masterpiece that solves all of the issues other films of its ilk possess. However, the good news is that it’s better than the previous titles mentioned, and is amusing enough in spots to earn a modest recommendation.

After receiving...

‘Long Shot’ defies the odds; ends on top

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Rating: ««« out of ««««

Running Time: 125 minutes

Truthfully, romantic comedies are often about as predictable as it gets. Countless versions feature a down-on-her-luck woman making a change in her life, becoming more assertive, and in the process finding the charming man of her dreams. Long Shot is the latest genre effort to arrive on cinema screens, and thankfully, it offers a couple of enjoyable variations on the tropes frequently seen in these types of features. The result is a likable and entertaining flick bolstered by its charismatic lead performances.

Fiery journalist Fred Flarsky (Seth Rogen) finds himself in a difficult situation after the publication he works for is...

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