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‘Bridget Jones’s Baby’ avoids the sequel curse with slapstick comedy

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Rating: «« out of 4

Running Time: 123 min.

It’s been a while since we’ve seen Bridget Jones on the big screen. The original exploits of the character back in 2001 were, surprisingly enough, charming and very, very funny. Not long after, Bridget Jones: Edge of Reason (2004) rehashed the material in a painfully ineffective manner. After more than a decade, the character has returned in a new feature. So, is Bridget Jones’s Baby a worthy return or nothing more than a nostalgic cash grab?

From this reviewer’s perspective, the answer lies somewhere in the middle. This is a definite improvement over the previous calamitous and best forgotten entry. Yet in all honesty, it’s a...

Biopic ‘Snowden’ informs, but suffers from lackluster dramatic twists

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Rating: «« out of 4

Running Time: 134 min.

Director Oliver Stone has given his take on numerous events in history over the years in titles like Salvador, Platoon, JFK, Nixon, and W., among many others. He is just as known for his contentious theories and button-pushing approaches to his subjects. It should come as no surprise that upon first glance, the latest from the filmmaker also lends itself to controversy.

Snowden tells the story of NSA employee and whistleblower Edward Snowden (Joseph Gordon-Levitt). Holed up in a Hong Kong hotel room in 2013, he’s met by a small crew, including a documentarian (Melissa Leo) and journalists from British newspaper The Guardian (played by...

DVD/Blu-ray Roundup for Sept. 16, 2016

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It’s time for another edition detailing the highlights coming your way on Blu-ray and DVD. There are a multitude of great options, ranging from the independent scene to Hollywood blockbuster. 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!

Being Canadian - This documentary follows a man who has moved from Calgary to LA. Once there, he struggles to separate himself from Canadian stereotypes and mounts a cross-country trip through the Great White North to provide worldwide viewers with a more detailed picture of his homeland. Along the way, he interviews countrymen like Seth Rogen, Cobie Smulders, Kim...

‘Sully’ is a nice tribute, but lacks drama

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Rating: «« out of 4 stars

Running Time: 95 min.

The basis of drama in cinema is very simple: characters perform and enact highly tense and volatile situations for effect. The stories are often filled with various forms of conflict between the characters, building to a heightened climax. Of course, there are always exceptions to any rule, but generally speaking, the more opposition you can create, the better the results.

Sully is a biopic based on the admittedly flawless heroism of a man and his compatriots during a real-life crisis. It’s efficiently made and a decent film, but it’s also one that struggles to create a lot of drama.

The plot depicts the events of Jan. 15, 2009...

DVD/Blu-ray Roundup for Sept. 9, 2016

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Oh boy, oh boy. This is among the busiest weeks I’ve ever written about — there are more than 20 new releases arriving 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!

All the Way - While technically an HBO made-for-cable movie, this recent effort features an all-star cast and garnered critical raves that make it worthy of a mention here. Based on an award-winning play, this is a biopic about US President Lyndon B. Johnson and his early days in the White House after the Kennedy assassination. It has been called a powerful and well-acted drama with some interesting historical...

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