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‘Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates’ is a missed opportunity

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Rating: «« out of 4 stars

Running Time:
98 min.

In a summer full of sequels, it’s rare to find a movie that offers something a bit different.

Thankfully, the new film Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates features an original concept. It also offers a premise that suggests plenty of comedic potential. But do the...

‘The BFG’ is polished, but dramatically flat

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Rating: «« out of 4 stars

Running Time: 117 min.

As a boy, my favorite author by a country mile was Roald Dahl. Obviously, his tales, which include Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and James and the Giant Peach, among many others, were always incredibly imaginative. Still, I think that I most appreciated the author’s embrace of darker story elements (always peppered with a sense of humor). His young protagonists are often put through the ringer. Dahl had an amusing way of putting the screws to any character with traits that he found repellent or rude — it never mattered if it was a child or an adult. As a young reader, I always felt that he wasn’t patronizing me or sanitizing...

‘The Legend of Tarzan’ has its flaws, but adds some interesting elements

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Rating: ««« out of 4 stars

Running Time: 110 min.

It seems like Warner Brothers’ expensive attempt to reboot the Edgar Rice Burroughs character of Tarzan hasn’t been getting a whole lot of publicity over the past couple of weeks. Perhaps this is because it’s an aged property that appears old-fashioned to many. And a truly horrific real-life incident involving a gorilla earlier in the month may have caused some discomfort for viewers and marketing departments. Whatever the reason, The Legend of Tarzan appears likely to take a beating with critics and at the box office.

I feel a little badly for the film. Yes, it is clunky in spots and certainly has its fair share of issues...

DVD/Blu-ray Roundup for July 1, 2016

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Wow! It’s an incredibly busy week for new releases on DVD and Blu-ray, with all kinds of genres and styles represented. One thing’s for certain ... readers are sure to find something here to match their tastes. 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!

Cemetery of Splendor - Soldiers suffering from a sudden and unexpected sleeping sickness are transferred to a medical facility in this arthouse fantasy film. After arriving, doctors and even mediums attempt to help the patients. This multinational production is primarily a Thai project that won numerous awards at film festivals, and praise from...

‘Independence Day: Resurgence’ crashes and burns

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Rating: 1 ½ out of 4 stars

Running Time: 127 min.

By Glenn Kay

For the Sun

Twenty years ago, Independence Day was the movie of the summer, breaking box office records and becoming the highest grossing film of the year. It was a big, bag stuffed full of silliness, but it ultimately worked as cheesy popcorn fare. A long time has passed since then, but viewers are now being given an official sequel. Independence Day: Resurgence features new and familiar characters enduring another alien invasion.

You might be wondering why the $165 million dollar epic isn't getting the kind of press that other blockbusters of the season are receiving. Simply put, it's not our fault. There's been...

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