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‘1917’ is a thrilling technical marvel

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Rating: ««« out of ««««

Running Time: 119 minutes

NOTE: This is an early review. The film opens on January 10.

We’ve all seen plenty of WWI epics over the years, including All Quiet on the Western Front, Paths of Glory, Gallipoli, A Very Long Engagement, War Horse, and the recent documentary They Shall Not Grow Old. All of these pictures depict the violence and horrors endured by young soldiers. Additionally, some even show the nastiness displayed by not only the enemy, but also by their own superiors. While it is difficult to imagine that any recent film could add anything that audiences haven’t seen before, 1917 manages to do just that. It places viewers alongside the...

Blu-ray/DVD Roundup for January 3, 2020

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It’s a quiet time as the year comes to an end, which should allow Blu-ray and DVD enthusiasts out there the opportunity to catch up with a few flicks they might have missed. Still, there are a handful of new releases that may be worth checking out. So, if you can’t make it out to the movies this week, be sure to give one of these titles a try.



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An Innocent Kiss - This little independent South Carolina-set comedy follows an eccentric family going through some difficulties. A struggling husband and wife find their marriage falling apart. It becomes even more strained after the unexpected arrival of the lead’s brother, an oddball who seems to cause...

‘Little Women’ puts a few new spins on a literary rating: 3 out of 4

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Running Time: 134 minutes

I’ll be honest and admit that I’m likely not the target audience for Little Women. It was not part of my school curriculum and thus remains a relatively unfamiliar story to me, as well as one that doesn’t have the same kind of emotional resonance as it will to those who have grown up with it. Still, the new film adaptation is certainly well-acted and lavishly produced, with a cast and crew fully committed to delivering, and in some respects, updating the classic story for modern audiences.

The story begins with Jo Marsh (Saoirse Ronan) an aspiring writer in New York, struggling to sell her work to a publisher. Meanwhile...

Blu-ray/DVD Roundup for December 27, 2019

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The holidays are here, which means this edition of Blu-ray and DVD highlights isn’t as packed as usual. Still, there is a big release and a couple of smaller features coming your way that may be of interest. 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

Adopt a Highway - This independent drama follows a man who is released from prison after 21 years behind bars. He manages to secure a job as a dishwasher at a fast-food restaurant and attempts to catch up on the world that he has missed. When the lead discovers an abandoned baby in a dumpster, he sees it as an opportunity for redemption and debates whether or not...

‘Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker’ gives great visuals, takes no chances

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Running Time: 141 minutes

The latest trilogy of Star Wars films has had a storied and contentious path, with many loving the new chapters and others disparaging the series. In particular, the previous installment, which some fans said dispensed with story elements that they held most dear. For this reviewer, the franchise sequels have served as enjoyable if insubstantial popcorn entertainment. The latest chapter is Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, which attempts to revise some recently added elements, link itself back to the original trilogy, and provide a stirring franchise finale.

It begins with the familiar scrawl that tells us about the First...

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