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‘Annabelle Comes Home’ but doesn’t bring many chills

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Rating: «« out of ««««

Running Time: 106 minutes

It has only been two months since the release of The Curse of La Llorona, the last film in The Conjuring universe. This time out, the makers turn to one of the series’ most iconic threats with Annabelle Comes Home. Yet while promising to deliver some familiar faces...

DVD/Blu-ray Roundup for June 28, 2019

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Welcome back to another look at Blu-ray and DVD highlights arriving on shelves. Yes, it’s another jam-packed week with all kinds of interesting features in a variety of genres. 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 Aftermath - This period effort is set in postwar Germany and follows the wife of a British colonel who is sent to Hamburg to join him as he oversees rebuilding efforts. After arriving, she’s surprised to learn from her husband that she will be sharing a home with its German owners, a local widower and his distressed daughter. The press didn’t take very kindly to this drama...

‘Toy Story 4’ benefits from new additions, but feels redundant, repetitive

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Running Time: 100 minutes

The Toy Story series marks a landmark of sorts, helping establish Pixar animation studios as a major production company and providing early examples of meticulously crafted stories with appeal for both children and adults. The first three movies in the series were truly stellar accomplishments, providing loads of laughs and even eliciting a strong emotional response (with that third film in particular, really going in a dark direction). I’m going to get myself in a lot of trouble here by saying that Toy Story 4 is perfectly pleasant and, as expected, impeccably animated. It’s definitely a good film. Still, the movie also...

DVD/Blu-ray Roundup for June 21, 2019

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Hello once again, and welcome to another look at highlights arriving on Blu-ray and DVD. It’s another busy week with some big movies and interesting independent fare to check out. 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 Beach Bum - This stoner comedy follows a strange man living a nomadic and hedonistic lifestyle in the Florida Keys. After a car accident leaves him a widower, the family estate falls into the hands of his estranged daughter, who forces her dad to try and complete his novel, before allowing the funds to be released back to him. This project split critics. More than half commented...

The latest ‘Shaft’ is a letdown

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Rating: «« out of ««««

Running Time: 111 minutes

First debuting in 1971, hard-nosed private detective Shaft has entertained audiences for decades, not only in the first trilogy of films (not to mention a brief TV series), but also in a 2000 remake that introduced the next generation of the family. The latest Shaft marks the fifth cinematic outing of the character and adds more relatives to the mix. But despite the talented and charismatic cast assembled, the screenplay fails to maximize the story’s potential to provide action thrills, nor does it go out of its way to address the social themes one would expect. As a result, this is the least persuasive entry in the...

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