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‘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...

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...

DVD/Blu-ray Roundup for April 1, 2016

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It’s time for yet another roundup of highlights on Blu-ray and DVD. Once again there are some great (and not-so-great) films coming your way. 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!

Cartel Land - This documentary earned an Oscar nomination for its gripping tale of the drug trade in Mexico. Featuring unprecedented access to all sides, it focuses on a physician who leads a citizen’s revolt against his region’s Knights Templar drug cartel. As the story progresses and confrontations mount between the rogue faction, cops and traffickers, the motives and actions of many parties shift. The...

‘Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice’ wears viewers down with dourness and destruction

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Rating: «« out of 4 stars

Running Time: 153 min.

The first Man of Steel movie left me pretty cold. As someone without a comic book background, it did little to engage me. The story lacked well-drawn characters and seemed to revel in nonsensical action and destruction. I came into Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice hoping for the best, or at least some tweaks and alterations to the formula that might develop the plot and characters.

It has been 18 months since the events of the previous film. While Metropolis has been rebuilt and many see Superman (Henry Cavill) as a hero, a minority is still reeling from the mass destruction. This includes Bruce Wayne/Batman (Ben Affleck), a...

‘My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2’ is genial and unremarkable

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Rating: «« out of 4 stars

Running Time: 90 minutes

Some 14 years ago, My Big Fat Greek Wedding surprised just about everyone. The low-budget comedy found an enormous audience, becoming a box office behemoth and raking in over $368 million dollars worldwide. A long time has passed since that first movie... and probably for good reason. It didn’t exactly leave any lingering questions about the fates of its characters.

Regardless, My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 reunites just about everyone from the first film and attempts to make a go of it once again. In the years since the original, Toula (Nia Vardalos) and Ian (John Corbett) have settled into their suburban lives in Chicago...

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