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Love, Simon is a sweet, predictable coming of age story

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Rating: ««« out of ««««

Running Time: 109 minutes

This reviewer is now at an age where he’s seen more teen coming-of-age movies than he can possibly remember. Love, Simon is yet another entry in the genre that, story-wise, is formatted exactly like others of its ilk. The exception in this case is the sexual...

DVD/Blu-ray Roundup for March 16, 2018

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Welcome back to another look at highlights arriving on Blu-ray and DVD. It’s a busy week with several well-received features in a wide variety of genres. 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!

Call Me By Your Name - Set in Italy during the 1980s, a 17-year-old student and son of a professor befriends and embarks on a romantic relationship with his father’s research assistant. They travel the countryside as the young man attempts to process his feelings. This Oscar-winner for Best Adapted Screenplay earned raves from the press. There were a couple of criticisms directed at the film’s...

A Wrinkle in Time lacks darkness to balance the light

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Rating: «« out of ««««

Running Time: 109 minutes

The 1962 book, A Wrinkle in Time, was one that completely passed me by growing up. However, it has developed a fervent following, now large enough to warrant a $105 million dollar cinematic adaptation. What transpires is noble in its intentions to promote love and a positive approach to life. However, as a drama and adventure that spans the universe, it never manages to build up a great deal in the way of thrills.

Meg Murry (Storm Reid) is a young girl whose schoolwork and attitude change for the worse when her astrophysicist father (Chris Pine) disappears. After four years, her child prodigy brother, Charles Wallace (Deric...

DVD/Blu-ray Roundup for March 9, 2018

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Hello again. It’s another busy week with plenty of new releases arriving on Blu-ray and DVD.  Once again, they include blockbusters and Oscar nominees. 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 Breadwinner - After her father is taken away and put in prison by members of the Taliban, a young girl is forced to find a way to provide for her mother and siblings. She does so disguising herself as a boy and trying to make ends meet without being discovered for who she really is. This animated tale was nominated for an Oscar and earned impressive marks from almost all critics. The overwhelming majority...

Red Sparrow doesn’t sing

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Rating: «« out of ««««

Running Time: 140 minutes

Based on a bestselling spy book, the new film Red Sparrow seems to hark back to Cold War thrillers of the past, although with one novel little twist. The operative is a Russian woman who uses the power of seduction to woo her targets before striking. It’s an interesting concept with a lot of potential, but this adaptation ends up looking and feeling too slick for its own good. It’s so polished, that ultimately it lacks the necessary gravitas or even provide pulpy thrills to grip viewers.

Dominika Egorova (Jennifer Lawrence) is a Bolshoi ballet dancer who is struggling to make ends meet and care for her mother. An on-stage...
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