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‘In the Heights’ offers viewers a dose of high-energy fun

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Running Time: 143 minutes

This film opened at theaters and became available for streaming on HBO Max on June 10.

Tony Award-winning playwright and songwriter Lin-Manuel Miranda is known for creating the musical Hamilton, but fans will know that he has also helped create other successful stage productions. His first creation was In the Heights, which premiered on Broadway in 2008 to great acclaim. This week, the story is being given the Hollywood big screen treatment. Like any adaptation from another medium, there are a few minor issues present in the translation.

However, it’s difficult not to find this high-energy film anything but punchy and...

Blu-ray/DVD Roundup for June 11, 2021

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Welcome to another look at Blu-rays and DVDs coming your way. There’s a great mix of familiar and new, interesting features being made available in a wide variety of genres. So, if you can’t or shouldn’t be going out to the movies just yet, be sure to give one of these titles a try!

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ASSAULT ON VA-33: This independent action feature follows a decorated army veteran visiting his local VA hospital for a routine checkup. He arrives just as a group of terrorists decides to take control of the building. They immediately take hostages, including the lead’s wife. The protagonist evades capture and takes action, trying to stop the threat and save...

Blu-ray/DVD Roundup for June 18, 2021

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By Glenn Kay

For the Sun

Welcome to another look at all the latest Blu-rays and DVDs coming your way. There are a couple of big movies, as well as a number of interesting smaller features hitting store shelves this week. 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!

ANYTHING FOR JACKSON: After their grandchild dies in car accident, an elderly couple takes up Satanism and decides to try to bring their loved one back. They kidnap a pregnant woman and use a reverse exorcism technique to put the deceased child’s soul into the unborn fetus. Unfortunately, the pair soon realizes that they have...

‘The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It’ isn’t as bewitching as previous entries

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Running Time: 112 minutes

This feature from Warner Bros. opens at cinemas June 4.

In the eight years since The Conjuring first premiered at cinemas, its success has paved the way for a massive horror franchise. Most of the spin-offs, including The Nun, Annabelle and The Curse of La Llorona haven’t managed to capture the magic of the original or even its follow-up. The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It is the third official sequel that once again follows the team of paranormal investigators known as the Warrens. The likable leads do add some gravitas to the proceedings, but truth be told, this effort ultimately feels like it has more in common with the...

Blu-ray/DVD Roundup for June 4, 2021

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Welcome to another article detailing some of the new Blu-rays and DVD highlights arriving on store shelves. There are numerous features in this edition that encompass 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!



THE COURIER: Based on a true story, this tale is set during the Cold War. It details the life of a British importer/exporter with contacts in the USSR who is recruited by MI6 and CIA. He is asked by government officials to visit the Soviet Union and courier sensitive information out of the country during the Cuban Missile Crisis. Naturally, being...

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