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Blu-ray/DVD Roundup for November 15, 2019

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Welcome to yet another look at highlights coming your way on Blu-ray and DVD. It’s another busy edition with plenty of big box office hits in many different genres, as well as critical favorites. 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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‘Doctor Sleep’ works as a horror film, carries the ghost of the original

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Rating: «« out of ««««

Running Time: 151 minutes

Talk about impossible acts to follow, Stephen King’s 1977 novel The Shining remains one of the most popular bestsellers in horror. And although director Stanley Kubrick’s 1980 film adaption may have had a few detractors during its initial release (mostly due to its icy approach and some significant changes made from the source material), it has grown ever more popular over the years, and is now considered a genuine classic of the genre. While sequels are commonplace these days, few expected a new novel from King devoted to the characters, nor another film nearly 40 years later to update audiences on the lives of the...

Blu-ray/DVD Roundup for November 8, 2019

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Hello and welcome to another look at highlights arriving this week on Blu-ray and DVD. There’s a little mix of everything in this edition that includes big Hollywood productions, along with small, independent 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!

Ambition - This independent thriller involves a young violinist preparing for a life-changing audition. However, when a suspicious death occurs, the musician begins to fear that she may be the next target. The lead starts to suspect her friends of the crime, as well as a mysterious new neighbor who has just moved in. She must determine who...

‘Motherless Brooklyn’ going for Oscar glory

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Rating: «« out of ««««

Running Time: 144 minutes

In case you haven’t already noticed, we’re beginning to venture into awards season. This part of the year is always filled with ambitious pictures featuring high drama that seem earmarked for Oscar glory…as well as some that aspire for the honors, but don’t quite make as strong an impression (at least for this writer). Motherless Brooklyn is one such example.

Everyone involved seems to be giving it their all with big performances filled with grand speeches and bold dramatic gestures. Yet while it’s watchable in the moment, the end result feels manufactured and one that never matches the films that inspired it.

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‘Jojo Rabbit’ will be hard to forget

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Rating: ««« out of ««««

Running Time: 108 minutes

Over the past several years, New Zealand writer/director/performer Taika Waititi has slowly and steadily earned a large fanbase thanks to his exciting work on What We Do in the Shadows, Hunt for the Wilderpeople and Thor: Ragnarok. His latest, Jojo Rabbit, is one of his boldest and most eccentric pictures, mixing satire, slapstick and drama in equal measure. Admittedly, the humor is hit and miss and the concoction won’t appeal to all. Yet, after a bit of time, this reviewer found himself gradually won over by the story, characters, and a couple of grimly amusing moments. The movie certainly isn’t quite like any other war...

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