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Blu-ray/DVD Roundup for December 20, 2019

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Hello and welcome to another look at highlights arriving on Blu-ray and DVD. It’s another jam-packed edition filled with releases in a wide variety of genres. 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!

Abominable - A teenager finds an escaped Yeti on the rooftop of her Shanghai apartment and decides to help get him home in this animated family film. She and her friends set off to the Himalayas to find his family, attracting the attention of several parties desperate to recapture this rare and mythic creature. Reviews were generally good for this movie. A percentage of critics did complain that...

‘Richard Jewell’ – a good movie with distinct flaws

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Does Eastwood dislike investigative journalists?

Rating: «« out of ««««

Running Time: 129 minutes

Director Clint Eastwood’s output has been a little spotty lately, with recent efforts like The Mule making an unremarkable impression on this reviewer and The 15:17 to Paris ranking as one the weakest films in his entire catalog. The good news is that his latest, Richard Jewell, is a definite improvement over those two pictures, including some excellent performances from the cast. So, it’s unfortunate that with all the good on display here, there are some issues still present, with one aspect of the feature coming across as particularly misguided and malicious.

Set primarily...

‘Dark Waters’: a powerful indictment of a corporation

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Rating: ««« out of ««««

Running Time: 126 minutes

While a filmmaker’s imagination can spin fantastic, incredible and disturbing tales, you often find that even the most fervent creative mind can’t tell a more horrifying story than those that are ripped directly from the real world and newspaper headlines. Such is the case with Dark Waters, a biopic that tells the story of a corporate defense attorney who discovered a plot so heinous that even he had to confront the company responsible and seek some form of justice. It all results in a passionate, informative and compelling feature.

The story follows Robert Bilott (Mark Ruffalo), a new partner in a Cincinnati law firm...

Blu-ray/DVD Roundup for December 6, 2019

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It’s time for another look at highlights arriving on Blu-ray and DVD. There are all kinds of interesting arrivals vying for your attention, including independent fare and big studio pictures. 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!

Battle of Leningrad - Also known as Saving Leningrad, this Russian foreign-language title is set during WWII. It follows a young couple evacuated during the Siege of Leningrad and placed aboard a barge. As it attempts to escape the battle, the overstuffed ship encounters a storm and begins sinking. Enemy planes arrive and the pair does its best to survive the terrifying...

‘Knives Out’ is a cutting, sharply written mystery

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Rating: ««« out of ««««

Running Time: 130 minutes

As we all know, murder-mystery films have been something of a staple since the beginning of cinema. As a result, it can be difficult to get all that excited about another one making the rounds. Yet while whodunits are nothing new, Knives Out manages to spin these familiar tropes in entertaining new ways and uses crafty dialogue and an exemplary cast to really amuse and charm viewers. It’s a heck of a lot of fun.

The story revolves around the members of a wealthy and eccentric American family headed by crime novelist Harlan Thrombey (Christopher Plummer). When a tragedy occurs in the household, a trio of men is sent to...

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