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DVD/Blu-ray Roundup for Aug. 11, 2017

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It’s time for another look at highlights arriving on Blu-ray and DVD. There’s a great mix here that includes big summer releases as well as small, independent fare. Looks like there’s something for everyone. So if you can’t make it out to the movies this week, be sure to give one of these titles a try!

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‘Annabelle: Creation’ manages to illicit a few scares

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Rating: «« out of 4 stars

Running Time: 109 min.

Annabelle is an evil and decidedly creepy-looking porcelain plaything that first received attention for its brief but memorable turn in The Conjuring. The bit stood out so much that the toy received its own film in 2014. While the press (myself included) were less enamored with the spin-off, it was successful enough to spawn this week’s follow-up, Annabelle: Creation. As expected, this prequel/sequel is far from a classic. Still, those who enjoy a chill or two may find a few of their hairs standing on end.

Set in the 1950s, the story involves doll-maker Samuel Mullins (Anthony LaPaglia) and his wife Esther (Miranda Otto), who...

‘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. The new film Detroit comes 50 years after the real-life incident and specifically deals with the horrific and disturbing actions that took place between police and citizens taking refuge at the nearby Algiers Motel.

Admittedly, the opening is a tad more awkward than it should be. There’s an animated intro setting up events in US history, then a raid that ultimately...

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!

BIG NEW RELEASES!

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...
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