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‘Life’ delivers old school, creature-feature chills

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Rating: ««« out of 4

Running Time: 104 min.

Sometimes, science-fiction can challenge viewers with brave, visionary ideas about the future and our place as humans in it. Life boasts an impressive cast and early ads for the feature might suggest a heady, thoughtful science-fiction feature about the significance of...

DVD/Blu-ray Roundup for March 24, 2017

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Welcome back yet again for another edition detailing Blu-ray and DVD highlights coming your way. It’s a remarkably busy week, jam packed with features both new and old. 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!

Assassin’s Creed - Once again, a hugely popular video game is translated to the big screen. This adaptation involves a man who is taken by a mysterious corporate entity with ties to the Templar Knights. He’s placed into a machine that can help him travel into an ancestor’s memories, where he is instructed to find information leading to a genetic code. Unfortunately, reviews were poor for...

‘Beauty and the Beast’ impresses with gorgeous visuals

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Rating: ««« out of 4

Running Time: 129 min.

Disney sure have found themselves a goldmine with their live-action remakes of animated features. Alice in Wonderland, Cinderella and last year’s The Jungle Book all raked piles of cash, so much so that it appears to have resulted in a studio plan to get more of these types of features out every year for the foreseeable future. The latest receiving the treatment is Beauty and the Beast, considered one of the very best modern animated efforts from the company.

For those unfamiliar with the fairy tale, the story follows young Belle (Emma Watson), the bookish but pretty daughter of the eccentric Maurice (Kevin Kline). When Maurice gets...

DVD/Blu-ray Roundup for March 17, 2017

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Welcome to another look at some of the highlights arriving on DVD and Blu-ray. As always, there’s plenty of choose from with all sorts of 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!

American Violence - In this independent thriller, a world renowned psychologist decides to get at the root cause of violent behavior. As an expert, he’s asked to travel to a penitentiary and interview a death row inmate. When the lead learns more about the prisoner and the crime, he must decide whether or not to grant a stay of execution. This one hasn’t gotten...

‘Kong: Skull Island’ does its monsters proud, but ignores humans

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Rating: «« out of 4 stars

Running Time: 120 min.

I have a confession to make. As a kid, I grew up watching old giant monster movies on TV weekend afternoons, featuring the likes of Godzilla and other fantastical creatures. As a result I still have a fondness for them. Looking back, most of those films weren’t particularly strong (and some are downright awful), but they were fun. Kong: Skull Island feels a bit like one of those old movies, only heightened with top-tier special effects. It’s certainly enjoyable to an extent. Yet after so many iterations, these movies still forget an essential element that can really elevate a story - the human characters.

This re-imagining is set...
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