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‘The Huntsman: Winter’s War:’ A chilly, clumsily mashed together movie

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Rating: «« out of 4 starts

Running Time: 114 min.

I’m not entirely sure that anyone was clamoring for it, but this week we’re receiving yet another sequel. The follow-up to the 2012 Snow White film is called The Huntsman: Winter’s War. Unfortunately for fans of the first film, the heroine is merely mentioned in...

‘Criminal’ wastes a talented cast, crew

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Rating: «  out of 4 Stars

Running Time: 113 min.

If you do happen to find yourself in the theater watching the action/thriller Criminal this weekend, I can think of a game you can play to pass the time. It’s called “The Dutchman” and it involves taking a drink each time you hear that name uttered. A word of warning - by the final act, it seems like it’s being yelled every single minute. I expect most will be thoroughly smashed by the credit roll. The fact there are now cinemas where drinking is a legitimate option leaves me both amused and frightened.

To put it bluntly, this movie is absurd. Its plot involves a CIA agent named Pope (Ryan Reynolds). He’s working an...

DVD/Blu-ray Roundup for April 15th, 2016

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Do you like scary movies? Well, it appears as though this edition of highlights on DVD and Blu-ray has a theme - horror. And don’t get too concerned, there are a few other genres represented. 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!

About Scout - A rebellious girl decides to travel across Texas to search for her missing sister – she suspects the sibling is with their estranged father. Along the way, she befriends and travels alongside a depressed New Yorker. Press reaction was mixed, claiming that the performances were good but that the story was riddled with plot holes and inconsistencies...

‘Everyone Wants Some!!’: Meanders, but has its moments

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Rating: ««« out of 4 Stars

Running Time: 116 min.

Occasionally, there’s a downside to seeing so many movies. When one really makes an impression on you, it’s tough for any sort of follow-up to compete. Such is the case with Everybody Wants Some!!, a “spiritual sequel” to Dazed and Confused (1993) and to some extent, Boyhood (2014). I’m a big fan of the earlier title, which captured the last day of school for a varied group of kids in a local high school. It depicts a day of celebration and consternation about the future and is pretty much one of the best coming-of-age movies you’re likely to see.

Truth be told, there’s nothing wrong with Everybody Wants Some!! It’s...

‘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 least 20 walkouts in the opening half-hour. It felt like there was constant movement of people in and out of the theater. That’s a huge number of people throwing up their hands in dismay. Clearly, this is going to be a polarizing cinematic experience.

For me, the reaction wasn’t as severe, but I certainly wasn’t cheering either. Yes, I thought that there were many...

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