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Skyscraper doesn’t catch fire

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Rating: «« out of ««««

Running Time: 102 minutes

It’s unfortunate that even when an original movie arrives in theaters, its inspirations are so blatant that it hardly feels like anything new or original. Such is the case with Skyscraper, a summer film that purposefully attempts to fuse disaster movie fare like The...

DVD/Blu-ray Roundup for July 13, 2018

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Time for another look at flicks coming your way on Blu-ray and DVD. There are a couple of big, high profile releases, some smaller titles and tons of older features making their high definition debuts. So if you can’t make it out to the movies this week, be sure to give one of these titles a try!


211 - Loosely inspired by a real life event, this action thriller involves a bank heist. A cop struggling after a divorced is forced to escort a young high school student on a ride-along. Nearby, a group of armed criminals rob a bank. Bullets fly and the villains try to escape, with both the police officer and the student finding themselves in the middle...

Ant-Man and the Wasp lacks a powerful sting

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Rating: «« out of ««««

Running Time: 125 minutes

Yep, this week I’m going to be Mr. Grumpy about the latest chapter in the Marvel Universe, Ant-Man and the Wasp. The movie certainly provides all the comic book movie story beats and action you’d expect, but the material isn’t nearly as sharp this time out. Thankfully, the talented cast of this superhero feature manage to eke out a few laughs almost purely on charm. However, there isn’t a whole lot else to recommend about this clumsy and haphazard sequel.

Set before the events of Avengers: Infinity War, Scott Lang aka Ant-Man (Paul Rudd) is about to finish a house arrest sentence after causing a big ruckus in the last...

DVD/Blu-ray Roundup for July 6, 2018

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Welcome to a look at highlights coming your way on Blu-ray and DVD. This time out, there are a ton of releases arriving in a wide variety of genres, meaning there should be 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!


7 Days in Entebbe - This US/UK drama is based on the 1976 terrorist hijacking of an Air France flight on its way from Tel-Aviv to Paris. It tells of the work of an elite commando team sent in by the Israeli government to rescue the hostages and eliminate the threat. The press were not taken with the end result. While about a quarter of reviewers wrote that the film was...

Sicario: Day of the Solado ends with a punch, but no challenge to original

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Rating: «« out of ««««

Running Time: 122 minutes

Sicario is a tough act to follow. The 2015 production was one of my favorite films of that  year, detailing an ugly, gray, unflinching and unflattering portrait of US operatives going above and beyond the law in order to cause chaos among Mexican drug cartels. This spin-off follows the most enigmatic and dangerous character from the previous film, setting him loose on a new assignment. The results are Sicario: Day of the Soldado. On its own, it’s a well acted and decent thriller. However, it can’t match the tension and uniqueness of the original.

After a terrorist attack on a Texas grocery store, the US government looks for...
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