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‘Joker’: an adult version of a comic book character

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Running Time: 121 minutes

The latest comic-book adaptation to hit cinema screens is at least an attempt to try something a bit different from the current formula. Based on the famous villain from the Batman comic book, Joker is a gritty and violent take on the figure that does its best to...

‘Abominable’ has beautiful visuals, bland characters

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Running Time: 97 minutes

It is always strange how studios tend to develop similar projects at the same time and double-down on them. There were two Wyatt Earp westerns made the same year, and other examples in the past include two asteroid movies, two volcano flicks, as well as a pair of family features about insects (specifically, Antz and A Bug’s Life). Well, it appears to have happened once again. Abominable is the second animated film this year to use a large, hairy humanoid attempting to return home and find its family as subject matter (after the excellent Missing Link arrived earlier in the year). This title is certainly nice to look at, but will...

DVD/Blu-ray Roundup for October 4, 2019

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Greetings once again for another look at highlights arriving on Blu-ray and DVD. It appears that this edition sees the release of one of the year’s biggest box office hits, but there are also plenty of smaller indie titles arriving on 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!

Airplane Mode - A man with a flight phobia needs to take a plane to Australia in order to attend an important social media convention. Unfortunately, the other passengers are so obsessed with their phones, they forget to switch them to “airplane mode,” causing chaos in the sky. In the meantime, the lead’s...

‘Ad Astra’ is absorbing, features a few wondrous sights

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Running Time: 122 minutes

If any scientists out there are planning on embarking on building a lab in space, they might want to check out the new sci-fi drama Ad Astra. It may compel them to think twice about bringing a very specific mammalian species along for the ride. For the rest of us, this is a low-key, but tense and engaging space drama that effectively combines thrills with personal introspection on the meaning of life and, to a lesser extent, dealing with family grievances.

The film is set in the future with Earth under dire threat due to a series of cataclysmic electrical storms coming from Neptune. Not long after, the military approach and...

DVD/Blu-ray Roundup for September 20, 2019

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Welcome back to another look at highlights arriving on Blu-ray and DVD. This edition has fewer Hollywood features, but there is a big film hitting stores, and plenty of smaller choices, too. 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!

Above the Shadows - This unusual drama involves a young woman who was once a tabloid photographer, but who now lives on the fringes and avoids personal contact. She unexpectedly encounters and befriends an ex-MMA fighter and realizes that one of her pictures ruined his career. The lead decides to try to make amends for her past, so that she can move on. Reviewers were split on this...

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