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‘A Monster Calls’ has great visuals, but won’t eke out many tears

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Rating: «« out of 4 stars

Running Time: 108 min.

Very recently, I saw a film that really got me watery-eyed, despite all my efforts to resist its effects. This week, another tear-jerker arrives in the form of A Monster Calls. It’s a beautifully made film with superb visual effects and is a noble attempt to examine the...

DVD/Blu-ray Roundup for Jan. 6, 2017

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Happy New Year! Hope you enjoyed your time off, because the year has started with a number of big new releases on Blu-ray and DVD. We’ve got the highlights right here. 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!

Ace the Case - In this family-friendly mystery, a young girl takes her dog for a walk on the streets of Manhattan and witnesses a kidnapping. When no one believes her, she decides to investigate it on her own, befriending an adult detective along the way. It received a limited release earlier in the year and critics weren’t fond of it. They stated that it was too dark and violent for tykes and the...

Film REVIEWER’S picks ... Top 10 Best Movies of 2016

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It has been another fascinating year filled with plenty of memorable titles. Here’s a list of some of my favorites over the past 12 months. You may not feel the same way about them as I did, but there may be a few here that you haven’t seen and may make an impression.

1. Hell or High Water

This topical, Texas set crime drama about a pair of desperate bank robbers rang true with its current and relevant themes. Filled with wonderfully eccentric characters from the leads to the small town clerks and waitresses, not to mention thrilling heists with unpredictable complications, it’s both exciting and a commentary on the troubles facing many rural families today. This feature...

DVD/Blu-ray Roundup for Dec. 30, 2016

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It’s a busy time, but the studios are still squeezing in some new releases on DVD and Blu-ray before the year’s end. Surprisingly, some of them are quite good. As always, be sure to click on any links to read more. 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!

American Honey - In this indie coming-of-age drama, a poverty-stricken teenage girl decides to leave home and join a traveling troupe who sell magazines during the day and party hard at night. She finds a kindred spirit while on the road. Notices were very strong for the feature and it received positive reaction at film festivals. A few did...

Passengers delivers the Christmas turkey

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Rating: « out of 4 stars

Running Time: 116 min.

Occasionally, you see a bad movie with so much talent in front of and behind the camera, you begin to wonder where exactly it all went wrong. There’s plenty that is calamitous with the big-budget, sci-fi/drama, Passengers. My only guess is some kind of interference or unnecessary rewrites on a script to make it more genial threw this project off the rails. Whatever the case, one couldn’t have possibly read this screenplay and not believed that there weren’t major problems.

One of the biggest is the main character, Jim Preston (Chris Pratt). He’s a technical engineer (essentially, a mechanic) resting in a sleep chamber on an...

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