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DVD/Blu-ray Roundup for Dec. 14, 2018

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By Glenn Kay

For the Sun

Welcome to another look at highlights arriving on Blu-ray and DVD. There's plenty to choose from, with a wide range of titles in a variety of genres making their debuts on disc. 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!

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‘Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse’ displays zip and humor

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Running Time: 117 minutes

Audiences have certainly gotten a lot of Spider-Man over the past 15 years, including a film franchise, a rebooted franchise and another reconfigured version as part of the Marvel Universe.

Now, Sony brings not one, but numerous incarnations of the superhero into an animated take on the character. Surprisingly, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse is better than anticipated, employing unique visuals and plenty of action, while poking fun at tropes associated with the role.

This version follows teenager Miles Morales (Shameik Moore), who lives in a world inhabited by a heroic Spider-Man (Chris Pine). When the lead is also bitten...

‘Green Book’ hits the right notes

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Rating: ««« out of ««««

Running Time: 130 minutes

It has been more than two decades since filmmaker Peter Farrelly co-wrote and co-directed the hits Dumb and Dumber and There’s Something About Mary. In the time since, the quality of work produced has been, well, not quite as stellar.

The past decade alone has seen spotty output from the filmmaker that includes titles like Hall Pass, The Three Stooges, Movie 43 (which I absolutely hated) and Dumb and Dumber To. So when it was announced that his latest feature was generating positive buzz, this reviewer couldn’t help but be suspicious.

Inspired by a true story, Green Book is an early ’60s set drama/comedy that follows...

DVD/Blu-ray Roundup for Dec. 7, 2018

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Wow, it’s time for a massive edition of highlights arriving on Blu-ray and DVD. Just about every genre is represented, with major studio hits and smaller independent features from around the world. 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!

A Bag of Marbles - This France/Canada/Czech Republic foreign-language production follows a pair of Jewish brothers at the outset of World War II. As Nazi forces invade their town, the boys go on the run to avoid capture and persecution. Reviews for the movie were generally good. Some didn’t find it as thrilling or have the impact of titles with a similar...

‘Tis the season for holiday flicks

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There’s a slight lull this week at the movies. The only film opening is The Possession of Hannah Grace, and it’s not getting a press screening. For the next month, the studios will mix big studio titles with awards contenders. So, it’s a perfect time to go over what will be coming your way soon.

Director Yorgos Lanthimos (The Lobster, The Killing of a Sacred Deer) is something of an acquired taste, with most of his work garnering extreme responses from viewers. The dark period drama The Favourite involves a servant vying for power by trying to usurp and take the position of Queen Anne’s closest confidant. It opens in limited release next week before expanding across...
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