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Cage gives an emotional performance in ‘Pig’

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92 minutes

This film is currently playing at cinemas and is available to rent or own on digital streaming sites this week.

Nicolas Cage has had a long career filled with critical and commercial hits, as well as an Academy Award for his work in “Leaving Las Vegas.” Unfortunately, for the last decade or so the star’s dramatic chops haven’t been utilized to their fullest. With the exception of the 2013 independent film “Joe,” the performer has often been forced to prop up less-than-stellar material with some exaggerated mannerisms. The new film “Pig” is a small, low-key drama that actually allows the actor to shine once...

Blu-ray/DVD Roundup for Aug. 13, 2021

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by Glenn Kay

For the Sun

Welcome back to another busy week of Blu-ray and DVD releases. Once again, there’s a wide variety of titles to choose from in this edition, as well as some fascinating older features receiving high-definition upgrades. 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!

AMERICAN TRAITOR: THE TRIAL OF AXIS SALLY: Mildred Gillars is the subject of this period biopic that follows an American woman who falls for a German man and moves abroad. After WWII breaks out, Gillars becomes a voice of Nazi propaganda, sending discouraging messages to U.S. soldiers across the radio. After...

Dvd/Blu-ray Reviews August 6, 2021

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By Glenn Kay

For the Sun

Welcome back to another look at some of the exciting new Blu-ray and DVD releases that are coming your way. There is a high-profile title arriving on shelves, as well as other impressive features starring plenty of familiar faces. 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!

DEAD AGAIN: This extremely low-budget, independently-produced British horror/comedy follows a bored cop who is nearing retirement. Stationed in a small village, he is tasked with training an overly-enthusiastic new recruit to take over his position. However, circumstances change when the town is...

‘Stillwater’ makes a lasting impression

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Running Time: 140 minutes

This film from Focus Features opens in cinemas on July 30.

Over the years, there have been plenty of movies about family members giving their all to try to prove a loved one innocent of a crime. In many of these stories, the leads take extreme measures to uncover the truth. By definition, “Stillwater” is one these films, but this tale is handled differently from others of its ilk. This character-based drama focuses on the characters and takes many unique turns along the way, asking questions of its protagonist and addressing bigger themes in the process.

Bill Baker (Matt Damon) is an Oklahoma oil-rig roughneck with a...

‘Luca’ takes its time, but ultimately charms viewers

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Patience pays off with this quiet, gentle effort

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Running Time:
96 minutes

This feature will be released direct-to-streaming on Disney+ (and have a simultaneous limited run at the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood, Calif.).

For over 25 years, Pixar has been considered the biggest and best animation outfit in the world, creating elaborate and visually groundbreaking worlds with titles like “Toy Story,” “Monsters, Inc.,” “Finding Nemo” and “Inside Out” to name just a few. Their latest effort is something of a contrast to many of the features that have preceded it. “Luca” feels much smaller in scope and more personal, telling a simpler...

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