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‘Detroit’ examines a powerful, disturbing tale of injustice

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Rating: ««« out of 4 stars

Running Time: 143 min.

The 1967 Detroit riot was one of the largest displays of violent civil unrest in the United States up to that point in history. Motivated largely by racial discrimination and mistreatment, mobs formed in the streets, leading to clashes, confrontations and devastation...

DVD/Blu-ray Roundup for August 4, 2017

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Hello. Wow, it’s another incredibly busy edition with a ridiculous number of new discs arriving. And when there’s a large amount of releases, there is a ton of variety. SO, if you can’t make it out to the movies this week, be sure to give one of these titles a try!


The Circle - A new employee at an enormous technology and social media company rises in the ranks and comes under the tutelage of the big bosses. The more she learns, the more wary she becomes of their actions and a new experimental program that may negatively impact the world. Reviews were very weak for this thriller. Articles suggested that while the ideas may have been intriguing, the...

‘Atomic Blonde’ delivers incredible action with routine spy story

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Rating: «« out of 4 stars

Running Time: 115 min.

It has been a decent month at the movies, with several solid titles being released over the past week. Atomic Blonde isn’t the best of the bunch and suffers from a lack of emotional investment in the character, but it does provide a few excellent moments of popcorn thrills and a charismatic lead, which help elevate it over a fairly humdrum plotline.

Set in 1989, Lorraine Broughton (Charlize Theron) is a British agent with MI6 sent to Berlin to investigate the murder of another agent. She’s met by station chief Percival (James McAvoy) and informed that the killing may have had something to do with a list of spies and double agents...

DVD/Blu-ray Roundup for July 28, 2017

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It’s time for another look at Blu-rays and DVDs coming your way. There are some big movies to choose from this week as well as some interesting independent fare. So, if you can’t make it out to the movies this week, be sure to give one of these titles a try!


Black Butterfly - Based on a hit French thriller called (appropriately enough) Papillon Noir, this remake involves a struggling screenwriter who heads out to a mountain cabin to work on a new project. He offers a drifter a place to stay for the night, but tension soon arises between the pair and events spiral out of control. It doesn’t help that several murders have been reported in the area...

‘Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets’ takes viewers on a wild ride

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Rating: ««« out of 4

Running Time: 137 min.

Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets opens with an absolutely phenomenal montage. It depicts human progress into space over the passing of centuries, eventually leading to the creation of an orbiting space station featured prominently in the film. This gorgeous, quirky and strangely affecting opening ends up emphasizing camaraderie between all beings. The bit is so strikingly good, in fact, that it’s pretty much impossible for the rest of the film to top it. Yes, nothing can quite match this sequence, but the feature itself still manages to offer a lot of fun, popcorn entertainment thrills.

Valerian (Dane DeHaan) and partner...

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