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DVD/Blu-ray Roundup for Nov. 30, 2018

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Welcome back to another look at highlights coming your way on Blu-ray and DVD. The Thanksgiving holiday seems to have resulted in fewer products this week, but there are definitely a few choices out there for those looking for new releases. So if you can’t make it out to the movies this week, be sure to...

‘Ralph Breaks the Internet’ has glitches but delivers some winning moments

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Running Time: 112 minutes

It may be hard to believe, but it’s been six years since the release of the original Wreck-It Ralph. The animated feature provided a zippy little story about a misunderstood arcade-game villain and showcased a nostalgic mix of familiar characters like Pac-Man, Q*bert and even a Street Fighter or two.

The sequel, Ralph Breaks the Internet, heads out on a different path. It isn’t quite as effective as the original, but is exceptionally animated and provides enough fun moments to earn it a recommendation.

In the several years since the events of the previous film, Ralph (John C. Reilly) and

Vanellope (Sarah Silverman) have...

DVD/Blu-ray Roundup for Nov. 23, 2018

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Welcome to another look a new arrival highlights coming your way on Blu-ray and DVD. Despite the big holiday, there’s plenty to check out, including one of the year’s biggest hits. So if you can’t make it out to the movies this week, be sure to pick up one of these titles.

Big New Releases!

Blindspotting - This comedy/drama is set in Oakland and involves a man serving the final days of his probation. Employed as a mover with his childhood best friend, the pair witnesses a police shooting. Each reacts to the event differently as they try to process what happened and figure out how to move forward. Overall, the movie received very strong notices. A small group thought the end...

‘Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald’ doesn’t cast a strong spell

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Running Time: 134 minutes

It must be tricky keeping things fresh and lively in the “Wizarding World of Harry Potter.” The first Fantastic Beasts movie spin-off was a bit clunky but set things up well enough to encourage hope that things would carry on in a new and interesting direction.

As it turns out, Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald is still overly interested in developing its character’s back stories and future plans, promising a grand showdown between the forces of good and evil...without actually delivering one.

Instead, the movie seems to be caught up in the minutiae of its fantasy world. Have you ever wanted to meet a character...

‘The Ballad of Buster Scruggs’ is well worth hearing

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Running Time: 132 minutes

This film premieres Nov. 16 on Netflix.

Right now, the world seems like a nasty, harsh place. There can be little doubt that the Coen Brothers (Fargo, No Country for Old Men) feel that way, too, tackling some of the crueler aspects of life in their latest film. The Ballad of Buster Scruggs is an anthology, containing six individual stories about a bevy of characters living in the old West.

While many movies in this genre are grandiose and display heroic individualism on the part of its protagonists, this movie does something quite different. In this Western, pioneer life is short, brutish and inhumane.

It may not seem like a...

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