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‘The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part’ doesn’t quite fit together

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Rating: «« out of ««««

Running Time: 107 minutes

Five years ago, The Lego Movie was released to unexpected acclaim and success, a surprising feat for a motion picture based on a toy line. In the years since, we’ve seen two spin-off flicks which weren’t quite up to the original standard, but still provided enough inventive visuals and laughs to provide decent family entertainment.

Maybe it is a result of too much coming too fast, but sadly, The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part is the weakest link in this franchise.

In the years following the original film, nice-guy Lego figure Emmet Brickowski (Chris Pratt) has had to make some adjustments. The once great Lego city has been...

DVD/Blu-ray Roundup for Feb. 8, 2019

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Welcome to another look at highlights arriving on Blu-ray and DVD. There is some variety in this edition, with all sorts of interesting features 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!

Black ‘47 - Set in 1847, this tale involves a soldier who returns from service to Ireland, which is in the midst of the Great Famine. After learning that his mother has died of starvation and his brother has been hanged, the serviceman snaps, determined to take revenge on the officials responsible for the deaths of family members.. Hugo Weaving, James Frecheville, Stephen Rea, Jim Broadbent and...

‘Miss Bala’ softens its story’s rough edges, but loses its impact

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Rating: «« out of ««««

Running Time: 104 minutes

It’s probably not the best of signs when a critic begins a review stating sometimes the best of intentions can go wrong. Miss Bala is an attempt at a gritty crime thriller and boasts an unusual role for its star, best known for her work on a comedy/drama TV series.

This tale is actually a remake of a well-regarded 2011 Mexican film about a beauty pageant contestant turned hardened criminal. But like most Hollywood redos, this effort softens out all the rough edges and adds a shiny gleam to proceedings. In the process, it appears to have lost whatever might have made it distinctive.

Gloria (Gina Rodriguez) is a sweet-natured...

DVD/Blu-ray Roundup for Feb. 1, 2019

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Time for another look at new releases arriving on Blu-ray and DVD. It’s another busy week, with discs in a wide variety of genres. 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!

Blood Brother - An ex-con decides to take revenge on a group of childhood friends that he believes set him up and sent him to prison. Naturally, this is very upsetting to those being targeted, one of whom has grown up to become a police officer. The group does their best to survive the ordeal. This independent action picture got a mixed reception. One or two thought the lead (R&B singer Trey Songz) showed some promise, but more stated...

‘The Kid Who Would Be King’ delivers a bit of magic

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Rating: ««« out of ««««

Running Time: 120 minutes

January is often a month for misfit films that, for one reason or another, studios don’t have a lot of confidence in. However, there are always a few exceptions to the rule.

This week sees the release of The Kid Who Would Be King, a children’s film and loose, modern adaptation of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table. This unlikely amalgamation of Excalibur and Goosebumps ends up working much better than anticipated. In fact, it can be crowned an enjoyable and entertaining family film.

An impressive animated intro gives a brief history of King Arthur and tells viewers that when civility and honor are replaced in...

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