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‘The Space Between Us’ launches into silly teenage-romance orbit

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Rating: «« out 4 stars

Running Time: 121 min.

I think it’s fairly safe to say that I’m really not the target demographic for a teen romance feature. Still, one can see how a love story spanning incredible distance might succeed and create a lot of drama if done properly.

Unfortunately, The Space Between Us is a...

DVD/Blu-ray Roundup for Feb. 3, 2017

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Hello! It’s time once again to take look at what’s arriving on DVD and Blu-ray. This edition includes some notable releases in a variety of genres that will interest many readers. 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!

Boo! A Madea Halloween - The latest in Tyler Perry’s long-running series features the actor playing three roles, including that of the title character. This time out, Madea must endure the holiday chaos and set some misbehaving teenagers straight. Of course, she also encounters a few frights along the way. As expected, reviews weren’t very strong, although they didn’t...

‘Gold’ looks more like bronze

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Rating: «« out of 4 stars

Running Time: 121 min.

Based on the posters, you might think that Gold is some sort of an adventure movie. In fact, it’s a drama from Stephen Gagham (Syriana) that spends far less time prospecting and searching than it does with behind-the-scenes business dealings. This is certainly a competent production and I admired aspects of it, but strangely enough, it all feels a little flat.

Loosely based on the Bre-X company in the 1990s, the story follows Kenny Wells (Matthew McConaughey), a mining prospector looking to make it rich by finding gold deposits. Unfortunately, after many years, he finds himself still struggling to make an impact. Eventually, Wells...

DVD/Blu-ray Roundup for January 27, 2017

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Greetings once again for another look at all the highlights coming your way on DVD and Blu-ray. It looks like there’s plenty of great stuff both new and old to check 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!

The Handmaiden - The latest from Chan-wook Park (Stoker, Thirst, Oldboy) is a period thriller about a servant who takes a job at the estate of a wealthy heiress. However, she has alternative motives, first plotting to help a suitor seduce the aristocrat, then developing feelings for the woman herself. Reviews were quite strong. While some thought the ending didn’t quite hit the...

’Split” delivers shocks, surprises to recommend

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Rating: ««« out of 4 stars

Running Time: 117 min.

In case you haven’t been on the internet or been reading film reviews in the past 10 years, director M. Night Shyamalan has become something of a polarizing figure. His first group of projects drew raves, but some audiences have since turned on the filmmaker. Personally, I feel like he’s taken far too much heat over the years. Like any director, he’s had a few big misfires, but has begun to find his footing recently in some smaller projects.

His latest is another little film that falls into the latter category. Split is a creepy thriller about a troubled man named Kevin (James McAvoy) who suffers from Dissociative Identity...

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