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‘Pete’s Dragon’ is well-intentioned, genial, and exclusively for kids

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Rating: «« out of 4 stars

Running Time: 102 min.

As a reviewer, you see all kinds of films in various different genres. Sometimes in the kids’ flick category, there are features in which the characters speak especially slowly, almost pouring over every syllable. It’s obvious the makers and performers are specifically aiming the material at youngsters. Some of these movies are decent, some are not, but I’ve come to call them “slow-talkers.”

This week, Disney has a slow-talker coming your way. To be fair, Pete’s Dragon is a nicely produced, well-intentioned, and perfectly genial family film. It’s likely to please the children, although a few adults in the audience...

‘Sausage Party’ has enough meat to earn it a recommendation

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Rating: ««« out of 4 stars

Running Time: 89 min.

Occasionally, when you watch a movie, you wonder whether the creators were smoking something when they wrote it. Very rarely, however, is one absolutely convinced. OK, one can’t say with absolute certainty how Sausage Party came about, but it’s easy to imagine creators Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg, and Jonah Hill dreaming this one up on the couch in a cloud of smoke.

Regardless of how it came to be, the result is a uniquely vulgar and outrageous R-rated animated comedy that provides laughs and gross-outs in equal measure.

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DVD/Blu-ray Roundup for Aug. 12, 2016

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Time for another edition giving readers the highlights of what’s arriving on Blu-ray and DVD. Once again, it looks like a lot of unusual and interesting releases will be out on Tuesday. 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!

Addicted to Fresno - This independent comedy follows two co-dependent sisters working as hotel maids. When one of the ladies believes she may be responsible for the death of a guest, the other does her best to help get rid of the body. Reviews were mixed for this effort, with a few more falling on the negative side. While the majority complimented the lead performances...

‘Suicide Squad’ works in fits and starts, but still doesn’t hit its target

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Rating: «« out of 4 stars

Running Time: 123 min.

Another week, another comic-book movie. At least, that’s the way it seems lately. The most recent tale to get the big cinematic treatment is from the DC universe, and at least it features a more unusual hook than many other superhero tales. Personally, I had a lot of trouble with the dour and nonsensical Superman movies. So is Suicide Squad an improvement on what has come before? The answer is, well, sort of... in fits and starts.

The covert group is created by U.S. government agent Amanda Waller (Viola Davis) as a means to take on underhanded and impossible secret missions, while maintaining plausible deniability for the...

DVD/Blu-ray Roundup for Aug. 5, 2016

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This week is absolutely bonkers for releases and we’ve got the highlights below. As mentioned, there are 17 new features coming your way, meaning you’ll certainly find something of interest listed below. So if you can’t make it out to the movies this week, be sure and give one of these titles a try!

Big New Releases!

April and the Extraordinary World - This animated effort from France follows a family of scientists on the brink of a great discovery. When they’re kidnapped, the youngest child goes on a journey to find the group responsible and save the clan. The movie received nearly unanimous positive notices from the press. While a few found the story a bit slight...

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