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‘Live By Night’ can’t find its footing

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Rating: «« out of 4 stars

Running Time: 128 min.

Sometimes despite the best of intentions, things just don’t work out. The period drama Live by Night is based on a well-regarded novel by Dennis Lehane (Mystic River, Gone Baby Gone and The Drop among many others). The movie has an excellent cast and crew, some very...

DVD/Blu-ray Roundup for Jan. 13, 2017

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Welcome back to another edition highlighting the newest DVDs and Blu-rays coming your way. There’s an interesting mix this time out with plenty of curiosities. So if you can’t make it out to the movies this week, be sure to give one of these titles a try!


The Accountant - Ben Affleck stars in this action/thriller about an assassin with autism who hides his illegal activities while working as a registered accountant. When he’s called in on a big corporate account, he and his coworker become targets. Reviews were split for the final product, complimenting the performances but suggesting that the story was contrived and that the enterprise came...

‘Lion’ is a powerful true story

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Rating: ««« out of 4 stars

Running Time: 118 min.

Every once in a while, a movie comes along that you can’t help but embrace. It may feature a by-the-numbers plot and be completely obvious in its manipulations, but somehow it all still works. Such is the case with Lion, a family drama/tearjerker that really got to me. This is remarkable, considering that as events were progressing I knew exactly what it was trying to do.

This story (based on real events) begins with young Saroo (Sunny Pawar) a five-year old boy living in a remote village with his family in India. While looking for work with his brother on the rail yard, he accidentally boards a train and ends up traveling a...

‘A Monster Calls’ has great visuals, but won’t eke out many tears

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Rating: «« out of 4 stars

Running Time: 108 min.

Very recently, I saw a film that really got me watery-eyed, despite all my efforts to resist its effects. This week, another tear-jerker arrives in the form of A Monster Calls. It’s a beautifully made film with superb visual effects and is a noble attempt to examine the complicated emotions one can feel when a family member becomes ill. Yet for one reason or another, it just didn’t affect me the same way.

Conor (Lewis MacDougall) is a teen living with his terminally ill and divorced mother (Felicity Jones). He’s struggling at school and is bullied by the kids around him. Events take a turn for the worse with the arrival of his...

DVD/Blu-ray Roundup for Jan. 6, 2017

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Happy New Year! Hope you enjoyed your time off, because the year has started with a number of big new releases on Blu-ray and DVD. We’ve got the highlights right here. So if you can’t make it to the movies this week, be sure to give one of these titles a try!

Big New Releases!

Ace the Case - In this family-friendly mystery, a young girl takes her dog for a walk on the streets of Manhattan and witnesses a kidnapping. When no one believes her, she decides to investigate it on her own, befriending an adult detective along the way. It received a limited release earlier in the year and critics weren’t fond of it. They stated that it was too dark and violent for tykes and the...

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