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DVD/Blu-ray Roundup for Aug. 12, 2016

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Time for another edition giving readers the highlights of what’s arriving on Blu-ray and DVD. Once again, it looks like a lot of unusual and interesting releases will be out on Tuesday. 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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‘Suicide Squad’ works in fits and starts, but still doesn’t hit its target

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Rating: «« out of 4 stars

Running Time: 123 min.

Another week, another comic-book movie. At least, that’s the way it seems lately. The most recent tale to get the big cinematic treatment is from the DC universe, and at least it features a more unusual hook than many other superhero tales. Personally, I had a lot of trouble with the dour and nonsensical Superman movies. So is Suicide Squad an improvement on what has come before? The answer is, well, sort of... in fits and starts.

The covert group is created by U.S. government agent Amanda Waller (Viola Davis) as a means to take on underhanded and impossible secret missions, while maintaining plausible deniability for the...

DVD/Blu-ray Roundup for Aug. 5, 2016

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This week is absolutely bonkers for releases and we’ve got the highlights below. As mentioned, there are 17 new features coming your way, meaning you’ll certainly find something of interest listed below. So if you can’t make it out to the movies this week, be sure and give one of these titles a try!

Big New Releases!

April and the Extraordinary World - This animated effort from France follows a family of scientists on the brink of a great discovery. When they’re kidnapped, the youngest child goes on a journey to find the group responsible and save the clan. The movie received nearly unanimous positive notices from the press. While a few found the story a bit slight...

‘Jason Bourne’ delivers great action, but feels familiar

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Rating: ««« out of 4 stars

Running Time: 123 min.

It’s been nine years since we last saw Matt Damon as author Robert Ludlum’s uniquely skilled ex-CIA agent. Re-teaming with director Paul Greengrass (The Bourne Supremacy, The Bourne Ultimatum), Jason Bourne is the latest title in the lengthy series. Like many of the other chapters, this is a decent and well-produced action flick with a couple standout chases. The downside to this endeavor is that it all feels, for lack of a better term, overly familiar.

In the time since we last saw him, Bourne has gone off the grid, apparently making ends meet as an underground bare-knuckle boxer. His retreat doesn’t last long, as a face...

‘Bad Moms’ are more bland than badly behaved

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Rating: «« out of 4 stars

Running Time: 101 min.

Bad Moms is the latest comedy from the writers of The Hangover series, who made their directorial debut with the underwhelming flick 21 & Over (2013). Promos for this effort promise the same kind of wild shenanigans for mothers as the filmmakers have depicted for bachelor parties and college students. Admittedly, the concept has potential, and it features a great cast. Alas, this title is far more generic than one might expect — Bad Moms even seems like a misnomer; Bad Husbands and Children is far more apt.

Amy (Mila Kunis) is a harried working mom struggling to juggle a career and family. Unfortunately, her family doesn’t seem...

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