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DVD/Blu-ray Roundup for Oct. 27, 2017

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Hello, it’s time for another look at highlights coming your way on Blu-ray and DVD. We have a varied mix this time out with some big Hollywood efforts as well as intriguing independent fare. 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!

Annabelle: Creation - This horror flick is a prequel the 2014 hit Annabelle, which was a spin-off from the 2013 blockbuster, The Conjuring. Still with me? The film introduces the world to the very creepy and demonically possessed title character. Set on a farm, a group of orphans find themselves under threat from the creation. It earned decent notices during its...

‘Only the Brave’: A heartfelt tribute to the Granite Mountain Hotshots

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Running Time: 133 min.

Wildfires are a terrifying force of nature and it takes great planning as well as immeasurable skill to bring one under control. The new biopic Only the Brave details the story of Prescott, Arizona’s Granite Mountain Hotshots, a team of municipal firefighters that trained and earned the right to join the elite national unit. It is a conventional effort in many storytelling aspects, but is impressively mounted and serves as a noble tribute to its subjects.

The narrative begins with troubled Brian McDonough (Miles Teller) seeking to join the team run by veteran firefighter Eric Marsh (James Brolin). Attempting to better himself...

DVD/Blu-ray Roundup for October 20, 2017

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Welcome back to another look at highlights coming your way on Blu-ray and DVD. There are some big hits arriving as well as plenty of interesting independent fare. 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!

Girls Trip - In this hit comedy, four old college friends decide to reunite and vacation at the Essence Festival in New Orleans. Once there they begin to reconnect, although their hard partying ways lead to a great deal of wild and crazy behavior. This flick was a surprise success at the box office and earned good notices from critics too. Some complained about the crude humor on display and the...

‘The Foreigner’ takes viewers on a compelling journey

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Running Time: 114 min.

Recently, word came out that Liam Neeson was retiring from performing in tough guy action movies like Taken and Run All Night. Based on the new film The Foreigner, Jackie Chan is attempting to step in and fill the void. This is a grittier, heavier feature and an unusual role for a performer known more for his genial demeanor and good-natured kung fu flicks. The results are imperfect, but compelling enough that one wouldn’t have an issue seeing the performer delving into this type of part again in the future.

Chan plays Quan, a seemingly mild-mannered immigrant living in London with his daughter. After a tragic bombing by a...

You won’t want to revisit ‘Happy Death Day’

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Running Time: 97 min.

Ever thought Groundhog Day might work better as a horror feature? The filmmakers behind Happy Death Day certainly thought so, even referencing the previous movie and making some jokes along the way as if to acknowledge the noticeable similarities.

However, beyond a few little wrinkles, this feature doesn’t do a great deal with the concept. If anything, it leaves one with the distinct impression that it would have worked far better had it simply embraced the more humorous and absurd aspects of the story.

Tree Gelbman (Jessica Rothe) is a college student with an attitude problem. She’s arrogant and selfish, insulting many of the...

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