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‘Criminal’ wastes a talented cast, crew

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Rating: «  out of 4 Stars

Running Time: 113 min.

If you do happen to find yourself in the theater watching the action/thriller Criminal this weekend, I can think of a game you can play to pass the time. It’s called “The Dutchman” and it involves taking a drink each time you hear that name uttered. A word of...

DVD/Blu-ray Roundup for April 15th, 2016

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Do you like scary movies? Well, it appears as though this edition of highlights on DVD and Blu-ray has a theme - horror. And don’t get too concerned, there are a few other genres represented. 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!

About Scout - A rebellious girl decides to travel across Texas to search for her missing sister – she suspects the sibling is with their estranged father. Along the way, she befriends and travels alongside a depressed New Yorker. Press reaction was mixed, claiming that the performances were good but that the story was riddled with plot holes and inconsistencies...

‘Everyone Wants Some!!’: Meanders, but has its moments

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Rating: ««« out of 4 Stars

Running Time: 116 min.

Occasionally, there’s a downside to seeing so many movies. When one really makes an impression on you, it’s tough for any sort of follow-up to compete. Such is the case with Everybody Wants Some!!, a “spiritual sequel” to Dazed and Confused (1993) and to some extent, Boyhood (2014). I’m a big fan of the earlier title, which captured the last day of school for a varied group of kids in a local high school. It depicts a day of celebration and consternation about the future and is pretty much one of the best coming-of-age movies you’re likely to see.

Truth be told, there’s nothing wrong with Everybody Wants Some!! It’s...

‘Hardcore Henry’ is all chaos, no character

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Rating: «« out of 4 Stars

Running Time: 96 min.

A strange thing happened during the preview screening of the first-person action flick, Hardcore Harry. While some members of the audience hooted and hollered at the over-the-top events and violence appearing onscreen, many others were less than impressed. I counted at least 20 walkouts in the opening half-hour. It felt like there was constant movement of people in and out of the theater. That’s a huge number of people throwing up their hands in dismay. Clearly, this is going to be a polarizing cinematic experience.

For me, the reaction wasn’t as severe, but I certainly wasn’t cheering either. Yes, I thought that there were many...

DVD/Blu-ray Roundup for April 8th, 2016

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It’s time for another edition running down the highlights of releases on DVD and Blu-ray. Besides the arrival of one of the biggest box office hits of all time, there are plenty of smaller, quirkier efforts. 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!

Ava’s Possessions - A young woman who has recently been exorcised of a demonic spirit attempts to pick up the pieces of her life in this independent comedy/horror. She attends self-help group meetings, but soon begins to suspect that the evil force may want to return. Reviews were decent for this low-budget spoof, suggesting that while it wasn’t...

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