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Blu-ray/DVD Roundup for January 24, 2020

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It’s time for another look at new releases arriving on Blu-ray and DVD. Once again, it’s a busy edition with plenty of flicks that should appeal to just about any age group. So, if you can’t make it out to the movies this week, be sure and give one of these titles a try!

 

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‘Dolittle’ talks to animals; delivers a dog’s breakfast

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Running Time: 106 minutes

You know that something must have gone very, very wrong with your movie when the big climax involves a character desperately trying to clear a bowel obstruction (sorry if that piece of information might come as something of a spoiler, but it’s better to know these details in advance than experience a blockage without warning). This week sees the release of Dolittle, a big-budget remake of the 1967 Academy Award-winning family film, as well as another popular series of features starring Eddie Murphy, some 20 years ago. Sadly, it’s unlikely that the newest version will earn any accolades. It’s a mess made exclusively for the...

‘Just Mercy’ does justice to its subject

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Running Time: 136 minutes

Some true stories are so horrifying that it’s actually shocking to believe that something like the events depicted could have occurred in the country so recently. The new drama Just Mercy details one such story involving criminal injustice, that of a man falsely accused and convicted of murder simply because of his race. While this courtroom drama won’t offer viewers any surprises, it is still an effective and well-told story worth seeing.

The film follows a young Harvard graduate and lawyer named Bryan Stevenson (Michael B. Jordan). Determined to follow his passion and help the wrongfully convicted as a defense attorney...

Blu-ray/DVD Roundup for January 10, 2020

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The New Year is here. While one might expect a slowdown in the number of new Blu-rays and DVDs, there are actually quite a few arriving on store shelves, including some big Hollywood flicks and interesting independent fare. 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!

Depraved - Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein gets a fresh update in this independent horror flick. A disillusioned Brooklyn field surgeon with PTSD (caused from his time serving overseas as a medic), decides to fashion a man out of body parts and bring him to life. Despite being initially successful, the creator finds it increasingly hard to...

‘1917’ is a thrilling technical marvel

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Running Time: 119 minutes

NOTE: This is an early review. The film opens on January 10.

We’ve all seen plenty of WWI epics over the years, including All Quiet on the Western Front, Paths of Glory, Gallipoli, A Very Long Engagement, War Horse, and the recent documentary They Shall Not Grow Old. All of these pictures depict the violence and horrors endured by young soldiers. Additionally, some even show the nastiness displayed by not only the enemy, but also by their own superiors. While it is difficult to imagine that any recent film could add anything that audiences haven’t seen before, 1917 manages to do just that. It places viewers alongside the...

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