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DVD/Blu-ray Roundup for Feb. 17, 2017

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Welcome back to another look at new releases arriving on Blu-ray and DVD. This time out, it’s an impressive mix of Hollywood fare and independent features. 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!

Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk - A...

‘John Wick: Chapter 2’ – Action packed, yet full of filler

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Rating: «« out of 4 stars

Running Time: 122 min.

The original John Wick came out of the blue back in 2014. It was a really entertaining little action flick that boasted some incredible stunt work and a memorably quirky title character. Essentially, an assassin driven to wipe out all those responsible for an unusual death in his family. It’s tongue was also planted firmly in cheek, adding a welcome dose of humor to offset the violence and carnage. John Wick: Chapter 2 is still amusing in several respects, although this tale is not quite as effective the second time around.

After the events of the first film, John Wick (Keanu Reeves) heads out to tie up one loose end, leading to...

DVD/Blu-ray Roundup for Feb. 10, 2017

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Time for another look at the highlights arriving on Blu-ray and DVD this week. It’s an incredibly busy edition with so many films in so many genres that it’s going to take some time to get through them all. 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 9th Life of Louis Drax - This young-adult suspense thriller from Alexandre Aja (Horns, The Hills Have Eyes, High Tension) involves a 9 year old boy who has cheated death 9 times in his incredibly brief lifetime. A neurologist arrives to try and find out what’s going on in the child’s brain as well as what is happening at home, leading to conflict...

‘The Space Between Us’ launches into silly teenage-romance orbit

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Rating: «« out 4 stars

Running Time: 121 min.

I think it’s fairly safe to say that I’m really not the target demographic for a teen romance feature. Still, one can see how a love story spanning incredible distance might succeed and create a lot of drama if done properly.

Unfortunately, The Space Between Us is a long and lumbering effort that can’t quite get a handle on its tone, juggling some disparate elements in an awkward fashion. It may work well enough for youngsters, but most adults will find themselves rolling their eyes.

The bulk of the story deals with 16-year-old Gardiner (Asa Butterfield), the first person ever born on Mars. It’s an unexpected pregnancy (NASA...

DVD/Blu-ray Roundup for Feb. 3, 2017

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Hello! It’s time once again to take look at what’s arriving on DVD and Blu-ray. This edition includes some notable releases in a variety of genres that will interest many readers. 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!

Boo! A Madea Halloween - The latest in Tyler Perry’s long-running series features the actor playing three roles, including that of the title character. This time out, Madea must endure the holiday chaos and set some misbehaving teenagers straight. Of course, she also encounters a few frights along the way. As expected, reviews weren’t very strong, although they didn’t...

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