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‘The Edge of Seventeen’ — A decent enough coming-of-age movie

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Rating: «« out of 4 stars

Running Time: 102 min.

First things first: despite being called The Edge of Seventeen, you’re not going to hear the famous Stevie Nicks tune over the course of this film. I suppose it’s a strange thing to take notice of, but when you name a movie after a song, you just kind of expect to...

DVD/Blu-ray roundup for November 18, 2016

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Welcome back! Time once again to check out the highlights of what’s arriving on DVD and Blu-ray. There’s definitely some interesting stuff to be found. So if you can’t make it out to the movies this week, be sure to give one of these titles at try!

Big New Releases!

The Beatles: Eight Days a Week - The Touring Years - Ron Howard directs this documentary about the famous band. It uses archival footage as well as interviews to show the band’s years touring and how their experiences on the road altered the group dynamic. Critics all seemed to enjoy the picture. While a few commented that there wasn’t a lot of new insight here, many still found it to be an enjoyable...

‘Arrival’ packs an emotional wallop

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Rating: ««« out of 4 stars

Running Time: 118 min.

Director Denis Villeneuve has been on a great run. His previous films, Sicario, Enemy, and Prisoners have been unique films tackling deeper themes and raising as many questions as they answer. The science-fiction drama Arrival (based on a short story by Ted Chiang) may be the most cerebral of the bunch. Despite focusing on the mysterious appearance of alien spacecraft in locations around the globe and that have a worldwide impact, this tale manages to maintain a small and intimate focus.

The central character is Dr. Louise Banks (Amy Adams), a linguist who is called in as a translator by U.S. Army Captain Weber (Forest Whitaker)...

‘Loving’ is a gentle and sweet testament

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Rating: ««« out of 4 stars

Running Time: 123 min.

Director Jeff Nichols (Midnight Special, Mud and Take Shelter) has frequently taken on the fantastic in his movies. This includes kids with psychokinetic powers, criminals on the run, and persons with apocalyptic visions, all done while maintaining a low-key approach. His latest is called Loving, and it’s a very sweet and affecting tale based around a true story. It’s also a lot more traditional and straightforward in its approach than one might have expected.

This feature depicts the 1959 union of Richard (Joel Edgerton) and Mildred Loving (Ruth Negga), and their eight-year struggle to be recognized as a married couple in...

DVD/Blu-ray Roundup for November 11, 2016

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Welcome back to this edition of new releases on DVD and Blu-ray. It’s an eccentric mix with a lot of interesting material arriving on store shelves. 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!

Indignation - Based on the novel by Philip Roth, this period drama follows a young Jewish boy who enrolls in university to avoid the draft. Unfortunately, the institute is extremely conservative, leading to conflict when the lead begins dating a female student. Reviews were generally very strong, although some found it a bit dry. The greater part complimented the way the design, look and feel of the era was...

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