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Paddington 2 shines in an era of sequels

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Running Time: 103 min.

A couple of years ago, I was completely taken aback by the family film Paddington. The movie won me over instantaneously as a charming and funny tale of a Peruvian bear immigrating to England after a terrible disaster in his home country. It was easy to empathize with...

DVD/Blu-ray Roundup for Jan. 12, 2018

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Hello. Wow, it’s another incredibly busy edition with a number of new discs arriving. And when there’s a large amount of releases, there’s always 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!

Big New Releases!

Bad Day for the Cut - This independent action/thriller is about a docile, middle-aged farmer who lives with his mother in Northern Ireland. When she is murdered by some thugs, the man decides to head out for revenge, searching for the responsible parties in the criminal underworld of Belfast. Reaction to the feature was very positive. Comments stated that while the movie wasn’t perfect, it...

Native films to look out for at Sundance 2018

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In an exciting start to the New Year, Mud (Hashtl’ishnii) written and directed by Shaadiin Tome, Diné, will premiere at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival in Utah.

This will be a significant year for indigenous filmmakers at Sundance. Here are some other new films that you should add to your watch list, sourced from the Sundance Institute’s website:

Feature films include:

Deirdra & Laney Rob a Train. Director: Sydney Freeland, Diné

Dolores. Director: Peter Bratt, Quechua

RUMBLE: The Indians Who Rocked The World. Executive Producers: Stevie Salas, Apache, Tim Johnson, Mohawk

Sami Blood. Director: Amanda Kernell, Sámi

Akicita: The Battle of Standing Rock. Director: Cody Lucich...

Insidious: The Last Key produces the odd jolt but feels worn

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Running Time: 103 min.

In many series, there eventually comes a time when it feels like things become so familiar that they cease to be exciting or engaging. Insidious: The Last Key is the fourth title in the very successful franchise. Last many series, the first was a very effective scare picture, but each subsequent chapter has become less effective at providing hair-raising chills. This effort provides a couple of interesting ideas and one or two effective jolts, but it’s all beginning to feel a bit worn out.

The feature focuses on parapsychologist Dr. Elise Rainier (Lin Shaye) and her paranormal team of investigators Specs (Leigh Whannell) and...

DVD/Blu-ray Roundup for Jan. 5, 2018

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Welcome to another edition chronicling new releases on Blu-ray and DVD. Again, it’s a surprisingly busy time with plenty of big arrivals coming your way. 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 Adventurers - A notorious thief is released from prison, only to instigate a new plot that involves stealing some of the most valuable jewels in Europe. As they set out, the lead and his team are pursued by a relentless cop determined to put them away once and for all. This is a China/Hong Kong/Czech co-production and it didn’t receive the greatest of reviews. One or two complimented the...

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