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‘The Art of Racing in the Rain’ spins its wheels in melodrama

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Running Time: 109 minutes

It seems like there has become a whole separate genre of tear-jerker melodramas devoted to pooches and their influence in our lives. Marley & Me is an obvious example, and in the years following, we’ve gotten titles like Red Dog (which I admit, actually worked on me), A Dog’s Purpose and A Dog’s Journey among many, many others. These movies aren’t exactly subtle and almost seem to revel in their emotional manipulations, doing everything they can to try and eke sniffles out of viewers. Based on the novel by Garth Stein, The Art of Racing in the Rain follows this trend, abandoning every ounce of subtlety.

Denny Swift (Milo...

DVD/Blu-ray Roundup for August 9, 2019

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Welcome to one of the busiest editions of Blu-ray and DVD highlights we’ve had in some time. It’s full of both Hollywood blockbusters and small independent features that you’ve likely never heard of. All in all, a lot of interesting stuff is arriving for your perusal. 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!

American Hangman- A judge who presided over a botched criminal case finds himself kidnapped in this independent thriller. With cameras all around, he’s prosecuted for his part in the trial, with viewers watching the streaming video on multiple social networks. As the details unfold, those...

‘Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw’ is an interim fix for Fast & Furious superfans

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Running Time: 136 minutes

In 2017, Universal released the eighth title in its Fast & Furious franchise. Naturally, it was a massive success like all the others in the series. While there is a follow-up in the works, studio heads have decided that another year is too long for audiences to wait to get another fix. As such, they’ve created the spin-off, Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw.

It’s an overlong and very silly action picture that almost revels in its plot’s slapdash absurdities. This movie certainly isn’t an action classic, but at least the bickering leads don’t appear to be taking things too seriously and have a few fun moments...

‘Once upon a time…in Hollywood’ Another winner from Tarantino

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Running Time: 161 minutes

Over the years, writer/director Quentin Tarantino made some iconic works like Reservoir Dogs, Pulp Fiction and Django Unchained. Even his genre film homages like the Kill Bill movies and The Hateful Eight boast exceptional writing and elevated production value. His latest, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, is not only an examination of show business in the ‘60s from the perspective of an actor, but it also incorporates a tragic part of Hollywood history. And when Tarantino decides to broach any subject, viewers know that he won’t pull his punches.

Rick Dalton (Leonardo DiCaprio) is a TV star facing a mid-life crisis. He has...

DVD/Blu-ray Roundup for July 26, 2019

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Hello and welcome to another look at highlights arriving on Blu-ray and DVD. Some interesting material is coming your way this week, including everything from big studio films to privately financed, 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!

Big New Releases!

Alita: Battle Angel - Based on the Japanese manga series, this sci-fi/action picture follows a cyborg who wakes up with no memory of who she is or where she came from. A scientist attempts to replace parts and restore the teen to her full potential. She soon develops incredible abilities and sets out to uncover the truth about her past. Critics were a...
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