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Annihilation takes viewers on a bizarre sci-fi trip

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Running Time: 115 minutes

A word of warning about the new sci-fi thriller Annihilation... if you’re expecting a straight-forward narrative adventure, you’re probably not going to like it. The latest from writer/director Alex Garland is adapted from a book series. Frankly, it doesn’t have...

Early Man is a prehistoric soccer romp with a message

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The animated feature stands out among recent family films

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Running time: 89 minutes

Aardman Animations and founder/director Nick Park are responsible for some great little animated efforts of recent years, including the Wallace & Gromit series and feature film, the Shaun the Sheep spin-off and movie, and Chicken Run. Early Man is the latest from the production house and it offers more family friendly fun, exceptional stop-motion animation, a sweet message and an eccentric sense of humor (with a few nods and gags for parents). It may not be the most daring or original work the studio has ever produced, but it’s still a good time that will leave a warm...

Black Panther adds some energy to the Marvel formula

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Running Time: 135 minutes

It seems like it has been only a short time since a superhero film opened in cinemas... wait, it has only been a few months since the last title. Regardless, audiences should prepare to be inundated once again with the arrival of the first of three Marvel Comics adaptations coming this year. Thankfully, Black Panther is a solid addition to the franchise cannon and one that should provide viewers with plenty of action and thrills.

The story involves the African nation of Wakanda. After the passing of King T’Chaka (John Kani) in a bombing (depicted in the Captain America: Civil War film), Prince T’Challa (Chadwick Boseman)...

DVD/Blu-ray Roundup for Feb. 16, 2018

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It’s time for another look at highlights arriving on Blu-ray on DVD. There are some very interesting new releases coming your way, as well as a massive amount of older flicks making their high definition debuts. 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!

The Ballad of Lefty Brown - This western involves a kind-hearted but slightly slow-witted cowboy who works a ranch with his lifelong friend. When his pal is elected to the Senate and promptly murdered, Lefty sets out to take revenge for his buddy’s death. However, the lead finds the task more difficult than anticipated after he ends up...

The 15:17 To Paris use of non-actors’ derails film

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Running Time: 94 minutes

The 15:17 to Paris is a biopic that chronicles the actions of three US military servicemen who thwarted an assailant on a passenger train bound for Paris in 2015. Of course, the three men involved: Spenser Stone, Anthony Sadler and Alek Skarlatos acted bravely and showed incredible heroism under great duress.

However, their real-life exploits would have been served much better by a documentary. As a narrative feature, this movie is dramatically flat and completely ineffective.

Director Clint Eastwood chooses to focus on the three men, beginning with their childhoods and how they became friends, before detailing their adult career...

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