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Tonal imbalance sinks opioid addiction drama ‘Cherry’

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Serious topic handled with too much flash

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Running Time: 142 minutes

This feature will be available for streaming via Apple TV+ on March 12.

Based on the bestselling book of the same name by Nico Walker, Cherry is a drama that tackles the massive opioid-addiction problem plaguing the U.S...

Blu-Ray/DVD Roundup for March 19, 2021

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By Glenn Kay

For the Sun

Welcome back to another look at new releases arriving on Blu-ray and DVD. There are a lot genre flicks coming your way, as well as one big Academy Award contender. So, since you can’t, or likely shouldn’t be going out to the movies this week, be sure to give one of these titles a try!



CASTLE FREAK: Horror fans might remember the original 1995 cult flick Castle Freak, which was written and directed by late, great genre film veteran Stuart Gordon (Re-Animator, From Beyond, Fortress, Stuck). This remake was actually produced by the co-star of the original film. It is set in Albania and follows a blind woman who inherits a...

‘The Mauritanian’ recounts a horrifying ordeal

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Running Time: 129 minutes

This feature from STXfilms is currently available On Demand everywhere.

Based on a true story, the new drama The Mauritanian involves an African man who was arrested in his hometown, passed to United States officials and detained in Guantanamo Bay for more than 14 years. All of this occurred without a criminal charge ever being levied against him. Admittedly, some of this earnest drama’s courtroom procedurals don’t offer new or dynamic cinematic storytelling techniques. However, the numerous hardships this person was forced to endure without justification make this a tale worth telling.

Mohamedou Ould Slahi (Tahar Rahim)...

Predictable story, beautiful visuals in new Disney release

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Visit Kumandra in ‘Raya and the Last Dragon’

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Running Time: 108 minutes

This feature debuts March 5 at open cinemas and on Disney+ with Premier Access.

The two most recent features from Walt Disney Animation Studios were the sequels Frozen II and Ralph Breaks the Internet. It’s nice to see that their latest production, Raya and the Last Dragon, is an original and not another follow-up. It’s a beautifully animated fable that will most certainly entertain kids. Still, despite the fact that it is well-produced and isn’t a direct by-product of an earlier production, adult viewers may feel slightly less enamored with the predictable story.


Blu-ray/DVD Roundup for March 5, 2021

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Welcome back to another busy week running through all of the highlights coming out on Blu-ray and DVD. This edition includes several big studio pictures and independent features. So, since you can’t or likely shouldn’t, be going out to the movies this week, be sure to give one of these titles a try!



AFTER THE REIGN: A social media prankster is the protagonist of this dark comedy. The narrative follows the character’s rise to prominence pulling increasingly edgy stunts and hoaxes that eventually land him in legal trouble. After being arrested and incarcerated for his gags, his online following explodes. The protagonist becomes a popular...

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