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DVD/Blu-ray Roundup for April 28, 2017

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Welcome back to another edition listing all of the highlights coming your way on DVD and Blu-ray. There’s plenty to choose from here, including a big Oscar-winner and a sequel in a major action/horror franchise. So, if you can’t make it out to the movies this week, be sure to give one of these titles a...

‘Free Fire’ entertains expertly, if uncomfortably

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Rating: ««« out of 4 stars

Running Time: 90 min.

Some features have “cult movie” written all over them. The new independent feature Free Fire is pretty certain to attain that title in the near future. It’s a gritty, grimy and punchy little picture that makes the most of a simple set-up and is filled with entertainingly oddball characters. You certainly wouldn’t want to hang out with any of the disagreeable hooligans featured, but watching them at their worst is a real hoot.

Set in the 70s, IRA members Frank (Michael Smiley) and Chris (Cillian Murphy) are in Boston attempting to secure arms for their cause. Along with gang members Stevo (Sam Riley) and Bernie (Enzo...

‘The Promise’ focuses heavily on melodrama

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Rating: «« out of 4 stars

Running Time: 134 min.

It’s unfortunate when a movie attempts to tackle a serious and important issue and falls short. That’s the feeling one gets while watching the period drama, The Promise. The intent of shedding light on and garnering attention to the Armenian genocide is certainly noble. However, packaging such an abominable event within the melodramatic framework of a slick and polished romance flick doesn’t end up gelling.

Set in 1915 during the onset of WWI, Mikael (Oscar Isaac) is an apothecary living in a small village in Armenia. In order to achieve his dream of becoming a doctor, Mikael makes arrangements to marry a local woman.

But...

DVD/Blu-ray Roundup for April 21, 2017

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It’s time for another look at the highlights arriving on DVD and Blu-ray. This is a busy edition with new releases that include hit films and curious independent fare. There are also great older features coming your way. 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!

Before the Flood - This documentary from actor/director Fisher Stevens was produced by Leonardo DiCaprio and follows the Oscar winner as he talks to experts about climate change. The feature shows how increasing temperatures are affecting the environment around us and ruining ecosystems. It also gives examples of what we can do to help stop it...

‘Fate of the Furious’ up in the air

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Still plenty of fan-loving, over-the-top, speed-filled action

Rating: «« out of 4 stars

Running Time: 136 min.

After eight movies and a set up for more sequels after the close of The Fate of the Furious, I’ve frankly run out of “family” jokes to open my reviews with (instead, I’ll just suggest playing a drinking game based around the number of times it’s referenced). As a result, by now everything about this franchise feels pretty familiar. The latest installment does deserve a bit of credit, however, for being a slight improvement over the previous edition (at least, by my estimation).

This time out, Dominic Toretto (Vin Diesel) has moved to Cuba and is living happily...

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