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No Escape Is Too Ugly To Entertain

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Rating: «« out of 4

Running Time: 103 min.

Here’s a movie that will likely never earn the endorsement of the Southeast Asia Tourism Board. No Escape depicts a nuclear family unit from America in a foreign land that must fight for survival and endure some of the toughest hardships imaginable. Admittedly, the movie is effective in spots, but the approach taken to the material left this viewer more than a little conflicted.

Jack Dwyer (Owen Wilson) is a down-on-his-luck engineer who has taken a job in Southeast Asia to help build a water purification refinery. Mere hours after arriving with his wife Annie (Lake Bell) and daughters, a violent coup breaks out. With foreigners being...

DVD/Blu-ray Roundup for August 28, 2015

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Alright folks, it’s a really busy week with some great Blu-ray and DVD coming your way, both new and old. That means we should get right to it. So if you can’t go out to the movies this week, be sure to give one of these titles a try!

Big New Releases!

6 Ways to Die - This small, action B-movie follows a man beaten by a notorious drug kingpin. Yearning for revenge, the protagonist comes up with an elaborate plan and hires 6 assassins to help him destroy the life of his nemesis. Reviews were mixed - some called it an acceptable if unremarkable genre picture, while others found it too weak and derivative to recommend. The cast includes Vinnie Jones, Dominique Swain, Vivica...

HITMAN: AGENT 47 is Dead On Arrival

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out of 4 stars

Video games always make difficult transitions to film. In fact, the Hitman character was already adapted back in 2007. So is the new film, Hitman: Agent 47, a reboot or a sequel? Frankly, I’m still not entirely sure. All I can say is that despite constant barrage of blazing guns, there’s little in the way of excitement. In fact, it struggles mightily to hold any interest at all over its 90 minutes.

Agent 47 (Rupert Friend) is a genetically engineered assassin with near superhuman abilities. Part of a top secret program that no longer exists, he’s a ruthless killing machine who can wipe out rooms full of people without breaking a sweat. His target is Katia (Hannah...

DVD/Blu-ray Roundup for August 21, 2015

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It’s time once again to look at new rele1ase highlights on Blu-ray and DVD. Unfortunately, it’s a relatively quiet week, but there are plenty of fascinating older features being issued in high definition for your viewing pleasure. 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!

Cub - A tormented young boy scout on a weekend outing with his troop discovers that a mythic monster of legend in the woods may actually be real. Unfortunately, no one believes him, leaving the protagonist with some difficult decisions as to how to handle the matter. This foreign-language fright flick from Belgium garnered...

THE MAN FROM U.N.C.L.E. – Action packed with suave spies, comic banter

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Rating: ««« out of 4 Stars

Running Time: 116 min.

With James Bond working hard to keep his newest adventures real and gritty, The Man From U.N.C.L.E. takes the reverse approach. This is no parody, but it is a love letter to the Dr. No era of espionage thrillers; it keeps the Cold War setting and production design, all the while holding its tongue firmly in cheek.

Thanks to some inspired casting and stylish visuals, director Guy Ritchie (Sherlock Holmes, Sherlock Holmes: Game of Shadows) manages to pull it all off. It’s a fun throwback that will keep most viewers amused and entertained.

Based upon the 60s television series that Bond author Ian Fleming assisted in creating, the...

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