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DVD/Blu-ray Roundup for February 22, 2019

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It’s time for another look at highlights arriving on Blu-ray and DVD. There are more Oscar nominees arriving as well as plenty of genre fare; essentially, lots to choose from. 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!

Backtrace - A...

‘Isn’t It Romantic’ provides breezy fun winking at genre clichés

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Rating: ««« out of ««««

Running Time: 88 minutes

With Valentine’s Day approaching, it isn’t a surprise to see a new rom-com arriving in theaters. Isn’t It Romantic tries to provide a few new wrinkles to the formula with a lead character who hates the movie genre and all the falsehoods it projects. Of course, the film can’t help but end up repeating some of the elements it attempts to make fun of. Still, thanks to an entertaining lead and the film’s breezy charm, there’s enough amusing material here to earn it a recommendation.

After being told as a child that Hollywood romantic comedies are a complete lie, an adult Natalie (Rebel Wilson) works as an architect at a...

‘Alita: Battle Angel’ looks great, but lacks a compelling story

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Rating: ««« out of ««««

Running Time: 122 minutes

If you read Japanese manga, then you might be familiar with the story of the latest sci-fi epic to hit cinema screens. Alita: Battle Angel is based on one such series, which sets up a unique futuristic world where humans coexist with cybernetic organisms. The movie certainly looks remarkable and features some impressive visuals. However, the creaky screenplay ultimately prevents the final result from being anything more than a curious oddity.

Set in a post-apocalyptic future, the story begins with cyborg scientist Dr. Dyson Ido (Christoph Waltz) discovering the robotic head of Alita (Rosa Salazar). He quickly finds a human...

DVD/Blu-ray Roundup for February 15, 2019

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Hello and welcome back to another look at highlights arriving on Blu-ray and DVD. There’s plenty to choose from in this edition, which includes box office hits as well as Academy Award 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 Appearance - After a monk dies in a disturbing manner and a witch is blamed for the killing, an Inquisitor is sent out to investigate. Considered a rational man of science, the lead soon begins to think that perhaps something threatening and supernatural is occurring at the site. The monk ponders what to do in order to save the locals. The cast includes Jake Stormoen...

‘The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part’ doesn’t quite fit together

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Running Time: 107 minutes

Five years ago, The Lego Movie was released to unexpected acclaim and success, a surprising feat for a motion picture based on a toy line. In the years since, we’ve seen two spin-off flicks which weren’t quite up to the original standard, but still provided enough inventive visuals and laughs to provide decent family entertainment.

Maybe it is a result of too much coming too fast, but sadly, The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part is the weakest link in this franchise.

In the years following the original film, nice-guy Lego figure Emmet Brickowski (Chris Pratt) has had to make some adjustments. The once great Lego city has been...

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