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‘Richard Jewell’ – a good movie with distinct flaws

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Does Eastwood dislike investigative journalists?

Rating: «« out of ««««

Running Time: 129 minutes

Director Clint Eastwood’s output has been a little spotty lately, with recent efforts like The Mule making an unremarkable impression on this reviewer and The 15:17 to Paris ranking as one the weakest films in his entire catalog. The good news is that his latest, Richard Jewell, is a definite improvement over those two pictures, including some excellent performances from the cast. So, it’s unfortunate that with all the good on display here, there are some issues still present, with one aspect of the feature coming across as particularly misguided and malicious.

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‘Dark Waters’: a powerful indictment of a corporation

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Running Time: 126 minutes

While a filmmaker’s imagination can spin fantastic, incredible and disturbing tales, you often find that even the most fervent creative mind can’t tell a more horrifying story than those that are ripped directly from the real world and newspaper headlines. Such is the case with Dark Waters, a biopic that tells the story of a corporate defense attorney who discovered a plot so heinous that even he had to confront the company responsible and seek some form of justice. It all results in a passionate, informative and compelling feature.

The story follows Robert Bilott (Mark Ruffalo), a new partner in a Cincinnati law firm...

Blu-ray/DVD Roundup for December 6, 2019

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It’s time for another look at highlights arriving on Blu-ray and DVD. There are all kinds of interesting arrivals vying for your attention, including independent fare and big studio pictures. 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!

Battle of Leningrad - Also known as Saving Leningrad, this Russian foreign-language title is set during WWII. It follows a young couple evacuated during the Siege of Leningrad and placed aboard a barge. As it attempts to escape the battle, the overstuffed ship encounters a storm and begins sinking. Enemy planes arrive and the pair does its best to survive the terrifying...

‘Knives Out’ is a cutting, sharply written mystery

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Rating: ««« out of ««««

Running Time: 130 minutes

As we all know, murder-mystery films have been something of a staple since the beginning of cinema. As a result, it can be difficult to get all that excited about another one making the rounds. Yet while whodunits are nothing new, Knives Out manages to spin these familiar tropes in entertaining new ways and uses crafty dialogue and an exemplary cast to really amuse and charm viewers. It’s a heck of a lot of fun.

The story revolves around the members of a wealthy and eccentric American family headed by crime novelist Harlan Thrombey (Christopher Plummer). When a tragedy occurs in the household, a trio of men is sent to...

Blu-ray/DVD Roundup for November 29, 2019

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The holidays may be here, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t plenty of new features arriving on Blu-ray and DVD. In fact, it’s time for another look at some of the highlights coming your way. 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!

Amazing Grace - Using footage recording in 1972 of Aretha Franklin performing songs at the New Temple Missionary Baptist Church in L.A. from her best-selling gospel album, this documentary records incredible footage of the artist at the top of her game. Viewers witness her vocal chops and learn more about the legendary talent. The press appeared to be similarly...

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