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‘xXx: Return of Xander Cage’ delivers muddled action

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Rating: «« out of 4 stars

Running Time: 107 min.

Sometimes, the term “they don’t make them like they used to” doesn’t necessarily have a negative connotation. This week brings a new title in the sequels-no-one-was-clamoring-for category. Honestly, does anyone look back at 2002’s xXx with an overwhelming...

DVD/Blu-ray Roundup for Jan. 20, 2017

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Welcome back to a new edition of highlights arriving on Blu-ray and DVD. It’s a busy report, with plenty of releases both big and small, critically praised and reviled. So if you can’t make it out to the movies this week, be sure and give one of these titles a try!

BIG NEW RELEASES!

Come and Find Me - In this independent thriller, a man’s girlfriend mysteriously disappears. He goes on the hunt for her, but finds himself in danger after discovering that she has been living a double life. Reviews were good for this feature. A few complained that the plotting was slow and events weren’t clarified enough by the close. However, more felt the performances were...

‘Live By Night’ can’t find its footing

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Rating: «« out of 4 stars

Running Time: 128 min.

Sometimes despite the best of intentions, things just don’t work out. The period drama Live by Night is based on a well-regarded novel by Dennis Lehane (Mystic River, Gone Baby Gone and The Drop among many others). The movie has an excellent cast and crew, some very impressive imagery and strong individual moments. Yet, this tale doesn’t end up translating well to the screen. In fact, it’s a bit of a muddle. There’s too much material here and events feel both rushed and slow-moving at the same time.

Set in the Prohibition era of the 1920s, the plot follows outlaw Joe Coughlin (Ben Affleck). He’s a crook, but generally a...

DVD/Blu-ray Roundup for Jan. 13, 2017

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Welcome back to another edition highlighting the newest DVDs and Blu-rays coming your way. There’s an interesting mix this time out with plenty of curiosities. 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 Accountant - Ben Affleck stars in this action/thriller about an assassin with autism who hides his illegal activities while working as a registered accountant. When he’s called in on a big corporate account, he and his coworker become targets. Reviews were split for the final product, complimenting the performances but suggesting that the story was contrived and that the enterprise came...

‘Lion’ is a powerful true story

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Rating: ««« out of 4 stars

Running Time: 118 min.

Every once in a while, a movie comes along that you can’t help but embrace. It may feature a by-the-numbers plot and be completely obvious in its manipulations, but somehow it all still works. Such is the case with Lion, a family drama/tearjerker that really got to me. This is remarkable, considering that as events were progressing I knew exactly what it was trying to do.

This story (based on real events) begins with young Saroo (Sunny Pawar) a five-year old boy living in a remote village with his family in India. While looking for work with his brother on the rail yard, he accidentally boards a train and ends up traveling a...

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