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DVD/Blu-ray Roundup for Oct. 6, 2017

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Welcome back to another look at highlights arriving on Blu-ray and DVD. Once again, there’s a good mix of big studio fare and smaller, independent features. 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!

6 Days - This UK drama recreates a...

‘Victoria and Abdul’ suffers from deep flaws

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Rating: «« out of ««««

Running Time: 112 Min.

Period costume films. Do you like them?

You probably do if you took anytime to read this. They are an exceptionally bizarre genre to write critique for because it’s hard to sway an audience. You either watch these sorts of films or you don’t.

You either get a tingle of excitement when you hear the news that Dame Judi Dench is portraying Queen Victoria or you don’t.

Fans of these films stay true and those outside of their influence stay away. So, regardless of your position, you are extremely biased and this write up will to very little to influence your decision to see this movie.

But I will not let that get me down. I know...

‘Friend Request’ – an exercise in relying solely on the jump scare

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Rating:  out of ««««

Running Time: 92 min.

There was a bump, an unknown noise in the night.

The victim goes to take a look. The victim makes sure to leave the lights off because, you know, because it’s more effective that way. There’s a shuffling, a buzzing noise and then the reveal! The flash of a monster coupled with the loudest crescendo of a noise possible that sends a jolt through the body. It’s a good ol’ fashion Jump Scare!!! And if you repeat this scenario about nine times, you have the new excuse for a horror film, Friend Request. It’s lazy, folks. The process and the film. Lazy.

The film is directed by Simon Verhoeven, a man who probably doesn’t believe...

DVD/Blu-ray Roundup for Sept. 29, 2017

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Welcome back once again for another look at highlights arriving on Blu-ray and DVD.  Once again, it’s a sizable mix of big Hollywood flicks and smaller, indie fare. 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!

2:22 - An air traffic controller experiences a blinding flash of light and brief paralysis at work. Taking a leave to recover, he begins to suffer from the same effects every day at the exact same time. Naturally, the protagonist attempts to figure out what this ominous sensation means. The press were not overwhelmed by this independent thriller and generally didn’t respond to it. They...

‘The LEGO Ninjago Movie’ has visual pop, but a worn storyline

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Rating: «« out of 4 stars

Running Time: 100 min.

It’s only been three years since the LEGO toy line hit the big screen, but in no time at all it has become a major franchise. The latest feature based around the blocky characters is based on the TV series LEGO Ninjago: Masters of Spinjitzu. As one might have guessed, it finds its inspiration from martial arts movies (with a few nods to giant monster flicks).  The LEGO Ninjago Movie also follows in the same style as previous entries. It feels a bit familiar and doesn’t always hit the mark, but it will certainly entertain children and offer a chuckle here and there for adults.

After a live-action prologue, the bulk of the story...

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