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DVD/Blu-ray Roundup for Aug. 26, 2016

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Another week, another impressive grouping of titles arriving on Blu-ray and DVD. Read below to look at all the highlights. Overall, there’s an incredible variety of releases in various genres. So if you can’t make it out to the movies this week, be sure to give one of these titles a try!

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It’d be criminal to miss ‘Hell or High Water’

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Rating: ««« out of 4 stars

Running Time: 102 min.

Times are tough, and Hell or High Water is a crime flick that also manages to astutely encapsulate many financial problems (in particular, foreclosures). This is a small but effective crime film that offers plenty of thematic meat between its impressive character interplay. It’s got the vibe of No County For Old Men, with a more straight-forward plot and theme. However the project was conceived, it’s hard to imagine the end result turning out any better.

Toby (Chris Pine) and his ex-con brother Tanner (Ben Foster) are robbers plotting a string of heists through little banks in small towns on the back roads of Texas. On their...

‘Kubo and the Two Strings’ has fantastic visuals (but could use a stronger finish)

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Rating: ««« out of 4 stars

Running Time: 101 min.

August used to be a time for studios to release summer misfires, but so far this month, we’ve gotten some effective little films. Okay, it’s had its share of flops, too, but for such a muggy time, there have been a couple of breaths of fresh air — Hell or High Water and even Sausage Party being examples.

Kubo and the Two Strings is another rarity in that it isn’t a reboot or sequel, but rather a unique attempt to pay homage to Asian cinema. It results in a very pretty picture, though one that isn’t without a few issues. Still, in the end there’s enough style on display to earn it a minor recommendation.

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DVD/Blu-ray Roundup for August 19, 2016

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Welcome to another look at the highlights arriving in stores this week on Blu-ray and DVD. Beyond the run of new releases, this is a fantastic week for great older features making their debuts in high-definition. So if you can’t make it out to the movies this week, be sure to give one of these flicks a try!

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The Angry Birds Movie - The video-game franchise makes its film debut in this animated comedy. Viewers are promised an explanation as to why the birds are so ill-tempered; it may have something to do with monstrous green piggies that arrive on their island. The movie did well at the box office, but like many game adaptations, it garnered mixed notices...

‘Pete’s Dragon’ is well-intentioned, genial, and exclusively for kids

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Rating: «« out of 4 stars

Running Time: 102 min.

As a reviewer, you see all kinds of films in various different genres. Sometimes in the kids’ flick category, there are features in which the characters speak especially slowly, almost pouring over every syllable. It’s obvious the makers and performers are specifically aiming the material at youngsters. Some of these movies are decent, some are not, but I’ve come to call them “slow-talkers.”

This week, Disney has a slow-talker coming your way. To be fair, Pete’s Dragon is a nicely produced, well-intentioned, and perfectly genial family film. It’s likely to please the children, although a few adults in the audience...

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