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DVD/Blu-ray Roundup for May 17, 2019

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Wow, it’s another busy edition of new release highlights on Blu-ray and DVD. In fact, there’s something interesting from just about every genre imaginable this time out. 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!

American Exit - Based loosely on a true-story, this film involves a cash-strapped father who decides to steal a million-dollar painting from an art dealer who has ties to criminal organizations. The lead heads out to the desert with his rebellious teenage son in order to avoid detection and try to repair their relationship. However, the pair soon find themselves in the middle of...

‘Pokémon Detective Pikachu’ is salvaged by a great voice performance

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Rating: «« out of ««««
Running Time: 104 minutes

Unfortunately, movie adaptations of video games tend to have pretty poor reputations. In the past, we’ve been dealt the less-than-stellar Super Mario Brothers, Wing Commander, House of the Dead, Hitman, and Need for Speed. When Lara Croft: Tomb Raider and Prince of Persia represent the genre heights, that is not a good sign. The bad news about Pokémon Detective Pikachu is that it is far from a masterpiece that solves all of the issues other films of its ilk possess. However, the good news is that it’s better than the previous titles mentioned, and is amusing enough in spots to earn a modest recommendation.

After receiving...

‘Long Shot’ defies the odds; ends on top

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Rating: ««« out of ««««

Running Time: 125 minutes

Truthfully, romantic comedies are often about as predictable as it gets. Countless versions feature a down-on-her-luck woman making a change in her life, becoming more assertive, and in the process finding the charming man of her dreams. Long Shot is the latest genre effort to arrive on cinema screens, and thankfully, it offers a couple of enjoyable variations on the tropes frequently seen in these types of features. The result is a likable and entertaining flick bolstered by its charismatic lead performances.

Fiery journalist Fred Flarsky (Seth Rogen) finds himself in a difficult situation after the publication he works for is...

DVD/Blu-ray Roundup for May 3, 2019

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Hello and welcome back to another look at highlights arriving on Blu-ray and DVD. There’s a lot of great stuff to pick both new and old this time out. 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!

Arctic - In this survival adventure, a plane crash leaves a lone man stranded in the Arctic. He must decide whether to stay at the site and hope a rescue team finds him, or venture out into the cold wilderness in order to find a way out. The press generally rated this feature as excellent. Almost everyone commented that the movie was extraordinarily tense and thought that the lead performance was superb (an...

‘Avengers: Endgame’ marks a fitting, satisfying close

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Rating: ««« out of ««««
Running Time: 181 minutes

The past 11 years have been filled with Marvel superhero movies...21, in fact. So many features that this critic has definitely been feeling a bit of burn-out at witnessing more comic characters do battle with evil forces, before setting up yet another threat and sequel. Avenger: Endgame is a finale of sorts, tying together all of the events in the previous films into one climactic showdown. While one could nitpick about a few minor elements, this is one of the stronger entries in the franchise. Overall, it wraps up events and characters in an engaging and entertaining manner.

Following the end of Infinity War, which left half...

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