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DVD/Blu-ray Roundup for April 1, 2016

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It’s time for yet another roundup of highlights on Blu-ray and DVD. Once again there are some great (and not-so-great) films coming your way. 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!

Cartel Land - This documentary earned an Oscar...

‘Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice’ wears viewers down with dourness and destruction

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Rating: «« out of 4 stars

Running Time: 153 min.

The first Man of Steel movie left me pretty cold. As someone without a comic book background, it did little to engage me. The story lacked well-drawn characters and seemed to revel in nonsensical action and destruction. I came into Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice hoping for the best, or at least some tweaks and alterations to the formula that might develop the plot and characters.

It has been 18 months since the events of the previous film. While Metropolis has been rebuilt and many see Superman (Henry Cavill) as a hero, a minority is still reeling from the mass destruction. This includes Bruce Wayne/Batman (Ben Affleck), a...

‘My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2’ is genial and unremarkable

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Rating: «« out of 4 stars

Running Time: 90 minutes

Some 14 years ago, My Big Fat Greek Wedding surprised just about everyone. The low-budget comedy found an enormous audience, becoming a box office behemoth and raking in over $368 million dollars worldwide. A long time has passed since that first movie... and probably for good reason. It didn’t exactly leave any lingering questions about the fates of its characters.

Regardless, My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 reunites just about everyone from the first film and attempts to make a go of it once again. In the years since the original, Toula (Nia Vardalos) and Ian (John Corbett) have settled into their suburban lives in Chicago...

DVD/Blu-ray Roundup for March 25, 2016

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Hello folks, it’s another busy edition of DVD and Blu-ray highlights. In fact, a couple of the following films were big box office hits. 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!

Cowboys vs. Dinosaurs - Dinosaurs rise from beneath a mine in Montana and go on a rampage in this direct-to-DVD B-movie. The only person who can save a nearby town from total destruction is a disgraced ex-cowboy. Yep, the movie sounds pretty bad and apparently it is. There are only a couple of write-ups online and they call it a badly acted, poorly-executed Jurassic World knock-off. At least Eric Roberts makes an...

The Divergent Series: ‘Allegiant’ – silly, drawn out sequel

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Rating: «« out of 4 stars

Running Time: 121 min.

The previous film in the series may not have been stellar, but it at least showed some promise for the next chapter by promising the characters will finally get out of their walled-in and cut-off existence. It may be due to the source material or the screenplay, but The Divergent Series: Allegiant never takes advantage of its potential. It’s an even sillier follow-up to a series that was already straining credibility.

After receiving a message from beyond the walls of Chicago, Tris (Shailene Woodley)

is ready to investigate with beau Four (Theo James). However, there’s still plenty of conflict going on. Rebel leader Evelyn...

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