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‘Beauty and the Beast’ impresses with gorgeous visuals

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Rating: ««« out of 4

Running Time: 129 min.

Disney sure have found themselves a goldmine with their live-action remakes of animated features. Alice in Wonderland, Cinderella and last year’s The Jungle Book all raked piles of cash, so much so that it appears to have resulted in a studio plan to get more of these types...

DVD/Blu-ray Roundup for March 17, 2017

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Welcome to another look at some of the highlights arriving on DVD and Blu-ray. As always, there’s plenty of choose from with all sorts of features in a wide variety of genres. 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 Violence - In this independent thriller, a world renowned psychologist decides to get at the root cause of violent behavior. As an expert, he’s asked to travel to a penitentiary and interview a death row inmate. When the lead learns more about the prisoner and the crime, he must decide whether or not to grant a stay of execution. This one hasn’t gotten...

‘Kong: Skull Island’ does its monsters proud, but ignores humans

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Rating: «« out of 4 stars

Running Time: 120 min.

I have a confession to make. As a kid, I grew up watching old giant monster movies on TV weekend afternoons, featuring the likes of Godzilla and other fantastical creatures. As a result I still have a fondness for them. Looking back, most of those films weren’t particularly strong (and some are downright awful), but they were fun. Kong: Skull Island feels a bit like one of those old movies, only heightened with top-tier special effects. It’s certainly enjoyable to an extent. Yet after so many iterations, these movies still forget an essential element that can really elevate a story - the human characters.

This re-imagining is set...

DVD/Blu-ray Roundup for March 10th, 2017

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Welcome back to another look at all the highlights arriving on Blu-ray and DVD. There’s incredible variety in this week’s releases, with interesting films featured from all around the globe. 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!

Bad Kids of Crestview Academy - Only in the movies can you end up spending a Saturday in detention. Taking its cue from The Breakfast Club, this comic thriller is about a group of kids who find themselves at school, locked up and being picked off one by one by another student who blames them for a sibling’s death. Apparently, it’s based on a graphic novel...

‘Logan’ delivers a darker, grimmer X-men story

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Rating: ««« out of 4 stars

Running Time: 137 min.

It has been quite a run for Hugh Jackman in one of his most memorable roles as the X-Men superhero, Wolverine. Logan, which marks his ninth onscreen appearance as Wolverine, is by far the darkest tale for the character. Perhaps encouraged by the R-rated hit, Deadpool, the filmmakers have been allowed to go down a more adult path (if you consider dropping more f-bombs and adding graphic violence mature). Regardless, this is still a strong movie, bolstered by some solid performances and an attempt to deliver something a little different.

Set several years in the future, human mutations have seemingly stopped and pre-existing...

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