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‘Hands of Stone’ bobs and weaves but can’t land a blow

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Rating: «« out of 4 stars

Running Time: 105 min.

If you watched any boxing in the ’70s and early ’80s, you’ll certainly be familiar with Roberto Durán. The Panamanian was an incredible pugilist who courted controversy and provoked strong reactions over his career. The new film Hands of Stone depicts his life...

‘Don’t Breathe’ is pulpy, efficient, and very very tense

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Rating: ««« out of 4 stars

Running Time: 89 min.

Director Fede Alvarez made his cinematic debut three years ago with the better-than-expected remake of The Evil Dead. His follow-up is an original tale of a heist gone wrong. While the plot may suggest it’s a thriller or sorts, make no mistake... it is a graphic and distressing horror picture all the way... just not one that features any kind of supernatural scares. Don’t Breathe is definitely gross and at times a little trashy, but it effectively accomplishes its simple goal — to make you feel uncomfortable and unnerved.

The story follows Rocky (Jane Levy), her boyfriend Money (Daniel Zovatto) and friend Alex (Dylan...

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!

Big New Releases!

Already Tomorrow in Hong Kong - This independent flick is a U.S./China co-production that follows a Chinese American girl who visits Hong Kong, only to fall for an ex-pat. Can their love survive bad timing and the great distance between them? Notices weren’t half bad for this romantic feature. Apparently, some found it too slight and uneventful to recommend, but more...

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.

Kubo (Art...

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