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Isle of Dogs warms the heart

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Rating: ««« out of ««««

Running Time: 101 minutes

After nine feature films, director Wes Anderson (The Grand Budapest Hotel, Moonrise Kingdom, Rushmore) has a firmly established and distinct visual style, as well as an eccentric sense of humor that continues to help build on his already large fan base. After more...

DVD/Blu-ray Roundup for March 30, 2018

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Guess what? There’s a blockbuster movie arriving on shelves. In fact, it’s so big that others seem to have vacated the release date to give it some space. Still, there are a few interesting little independent features arriving, as well as plenty of classic flicks getting a high definition upgrade. 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!

Acts of Violence - Not to be confused with the recent Blu-ray/DVD release Act of Vengeance, this action picture involves three brothers who previously served in the military. When the fiancé of one of the trio is kidnapped by human traffickers, they join...

Pacific Rim: Uprising sets its sights on teen viewers

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Running Time: 111 minutes

The original Pacific Rim arrived as a modern take on Japanese monster movies, placing humans in giant robots called Jaegers and forcing them to combat an invasion of enormous Kaiju creatures from an inter-dimensional portal. It may not have been to everyone’s taste, but this reviewer enjoyed the eccentric imagination and visual inventiveness of filmmaker Guillermo Del Toro (The Shape of Water, Pan’s Labyrinth) run wild across the screen. This week sees the release of Pacific Rim: Uprising, a follow-up that features different people behind the camera, as well as a mostly new team onscreen.

Set 10 years after the previous...

DVD/Blu-ray Roundup for March 23, 2018

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It’s time for another look at new release highlights arriving on Blu-ray and DVD. There’s an interesting variety coming your way with several genres represented. 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!

Downsizing - When scientists develop the technology to shrink humans, a couple decides to try living on a much smaller scale. After setting up digs in a new community, the husband is forced to deal with the unanticipated consequences of his choice and the foibles of humanity. Critics were completely divided on the end results, with all sorts of extreme reviews that varied from praise to hatred...

Love, Simon is a sweet, predictable coming of age story

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Rating: ««« out of ««««

Running Time: 109 minutes

This reviewer is now at an age where he’s seen more teen coming-of-age movies than he can possibly remember. Love, Simon is yet another entry in the genre that, story-wise, is formatted exactly like others of its ilk. The exception in this case is the sexual orientation of the lead character. Admittedly, it isn’t the funniest teen comedy that has ever been produced, but the cast is charming and the subject matter well-handled with earnestness and sensitivity. As a result, the final product is exceedingly likable.

Simon (Nick Robinson) is a high school student in a nice suburban neighborhood. However, the young adult is...

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