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‘Cruella’ isn’t deliciously evil, but does look striking

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Running Time: 134 minutes

This film from Disney will be released May 28 simultaneously in theaters as well as on Disney+ with Premiere Access and a onetime additional fee.

Disney can’t seem to stop itself from producing live-action remakes of its animated titles. Of course, they have been doing this for many years now (even the original 101 Dalmatians got a live-action redressing in 2000). Their newest attempt is Cruella, a prequel of sorts that focuses on the backstory of the famous antagonist. There are some pacing problems in this film and it isn’t without some issues.

However, it should impress children and is a visual treat.

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‘Army of the Dead’ is a case of undead style over substance

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Running Time: 148 minutes

This film became available to viewers May 21 on Netflix.

Filmmaker Zach Snyder has spent the last decade producing and directing superhero films based on the sprawling DC comic book universe. However, he actually got his big break in 2004 helming a remake of the horror classic, Dawn of the Dead. Snyder has now returned to the zombie genre with Army of the Dead. His latest boasts plenty of gore and wild action, but it also requires viewers to overlook nonsensical story elements and tonal inconsistencies.

The story is set in the city of Las Vegas, Nev. After a massive zombie outbreak results in the famous strip and surrounding...

Blu-ray/DVD Roundup for May 28, 2021

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Welcome to another look at new releases arriving on Blu-ray and DVD. There aren’t a great many major Hollywood films arriving on disc this week, but there is a lot of interesting and exciting material coming around. 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!


AMERICAN FIGHTER: A college wrestler desperate to help pay medical bills for his ailing mother decides to earn extra cash by joining an underground fighting circuit. Initially, it doesn’t go well and the protagonist is injured during his first match, but a trainer takes a shine to this new competitor. The experienced figure...

‘Dream Horse’ tells a low-key, true story

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Running Time: 113 minutes

This feature from Bleecker Street will only be playing in open theaters on May 21st.

Horses are lovely and determined animals, as the creative forces behind the new film Dream Horse readily assert. This true story follows a group of amateur racing enthusiasts from Wales who decide to raise and train their own animal, despite knowing little to nothing about the process of breeding. As you may have guessed, their efforts to do so were unexpectedly successful. The film based on this real-life tale isn’t a prize-winning effort, but the charming cast does make it an engaging little journey.

In a tiny, picturesque Welsh village...

Blu-ray/DVD Roundup for May 21, 2021

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By Glenn Kay

For the Sun

Welcome to another look at some of the highlights arriving on Blu-ray and DVD. This is a very busy week featuring award-winning pictures, well-reviewed independent features, as well as some great family fare. So, if you can’t make it out or shouldn’t be heading to the movies this week, be sure to give one of these titles a try!


ABOVE SUSPICION: Based on a true story, this drama follows a young FBI agent who recruits a female informant in small Kentucky town. She begins providing information on illegal activities in the area and the two begin an illicit affair. Unfortunately for both of them, their activities lead them down a murderous...

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