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New ‘Candyman’ sequel could save the franchise

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Running Time: 91 minutes

This feature from Universal Pictures will open at cinemas Aug. 27.

In 1992, audiences got their first taste of the iconic horror character known as Candyman. The original film, based on a short story by Clive Barker, was striking and made a sizable impression on moviegoers. Unfortunately, the pair of follow-ups weren’t nearly as successful critically or commercially, and the franchise quickly petered out. Now, enough time seems to have passed to move forward with a new and updated take on the figure.

While the new “Candyman” isn’t as dynamic as the original film, it is certainly an improvement over the previous...

Blu-ray/DVD Roundup for August 27, 2021

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Welcome to another look at the latest highlights arriving on Blu-ray and DVD. As always, this edition features plenty of new material in a wide variety of genres. So, if you can’t, or shouldn’t be heading out to the movies this week, be sure to give one of these titles a try!



BIG NEW RELEASES!

AGAINST THE CURRENT: Kayaking can certainly be a lot of fun, but one person takes it to extremes in this documentary. Forty-four-year-old Veiga Grétarsdóttir sets out to be the first to kayak over 2000 kilometers around the island nation of Iceland. And she sets out to complete the task by traveling counter-clockwise and against the current. A crew follows her for 103 days...

Dystopian travelogue gets bogged down in a crime plot in ‘Reminiscence’

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Running Time: 116 minutes

This film will be released in cinemas by Warner Bros. on Aug. 20 and will also be available for viewing on the HBO Max streaming service.

The new neo-noir science-fiction thriller “Reminiscence” boasts impressive names behind the camera. This includes director/writer Lisa Joy and producer Jonathan Nolan, creators of the hit HBO series “Westworld.” As expected, the visuals are striking and the story offers limitless possibilities to investigate the nature and lure of our deepest memories and their fallibility. There are some strong individual moments in the story, but the narrative ultimately careens in an overly...

Blu-ray/DVD Roundup for Aug. 20, 2021

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Blu-ray/DVD Roundup for August 20, 2021

By Glenn Kay

For the Sun

Hello and welcome to another look at highlights arriving on Blu-ray and DVD. This is another jam-packed edition with a wide variety of pictures both new and old. So, if you can’t or shouldn’t, be heading out to the movies just yet, be sure to give one of these titles a try!

BIG NEW RELEASES!

FAST VENGEANCE: A man who returns home after years abroad discovers that his brother has been slain. Angry and ready to take action against those responsible, the protagonist learns that the murder was committed by a motorcycle gang. In order to get close to his targets, he must enter the underground racing world, rise to the...

‘Free Guy’ brings a bank teller into a video game

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Running Time: 115 minutes

Movies based around video games have always been a tough prospect for filmmakers. Perhaps it’s the already exaggerated and artificial nature of the source material, but many adaptations of these properties have had difficulty generating much in the way of tension and excitement. The latest attempt is “Free Guy,” which benefits from being an original tale not based on any preexisting game. It manages to earn a few laughs from its entertaining and charismatic lead, but struggles to build dramatic momentum as it begins jumping in and out of its video game setting.

Guy (Ryan Reynolds) is an upbeat bank teller who lives a...

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