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‘Three Billboards’ is a thoughtful, gripping character study

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Running Time: 115 min.

Martin McDonagh sure has a way with words. In fact, his previous features In Bruges and Seven Psychopaths are well known for their sharp and incisive dialogue and deeply flawed characters. Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri is no exception, boasting an...

DVD/Blu-ray Roundup for Dec. 1, 2017

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Welcome back to another look at the highlights arriving on Blu-ray and DVD. It’s a slightly smaller edition, but there are still plenty of interesting releases coming your way. So if you can’t make it to the movies this week, be sure to give one of these titles a try!

Big New Releases!

Acts of Vengeance - This action/drama tells the tale of a lawyer whose wife and daughter are killed. Yearning for revenge, he starts muscling up and then takes a vow of silence until he can find those responsible. Hmm… that might make tracking the bad guys a whole lot tougher. Reaction to this independent Death Wish-like feature was mixed. About half thought it delivered its B-movie...

A colorful and charming Coco marks a bright spot for Pixar

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Running Time: 109 min.

Pixar, once the leader in the animated film industry, has been in something of a creative slump lately. While still boasting excellent technical merits, recent titles like Cars 3, Finding Dory and The Good Dinosaur haven’t exactly been earning raves from the press. Their latest, Coco, attempts to tackle unique and visually arresting subject matter by using the Mexican Day of the Dead holiday as inspiration. But does it do the material justice?

The story involves 12-year-old Miguel Riviera (Anthony Gonzalez). He wants to be a musician like his hero, Ernesto de la Cruz (Benjamin Bratt), but his shoemaking family doesn’t permit...

DVD/Blu-ray Roundup for Nov. 21, 2017

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It’s time once again to take a look at new arrivals on Blu-ray and DVD. As always, there is a lot to look at in a wide variety of 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!

Beach Rats - A scruffy Brooklyn teenager comes of age in this drama, experimenting with drugs and his own sexuality while palling around with local delinquents. Reviewers were generally positive about this independent effort. There were a few who thought that the character study was too surface level and didn’t delve deeply enough. However, the majority stated that the work was gritty and compelling, and felt that...

A weak ‘Justice League’ offers few laughs, lots of CGI

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Running Time: 121 min.

Over the past four years, DC has pushed to create a grand cinematic universe, equivalent to the one created by its contemporary (and competitor) Marvel. It’s fair to say that while their latest attempts have resulted in box office success, the quality of the films has been uneven. Justice League is a team-up film along the lines of The Avengers, introducing and uniting several of the biggest characters in comics. This reviewer can report that the latest effort is slightly better than the previous Batman/Superman entry. However, it still manages to do more wrong than it does right.

Several months after the death of Superman (Henry...

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