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‘Jason Bourne’ delivers great action, but feels familiar

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Rating: ««« out of 4 stars

Running Time: 123 min.

It’s been nine years since we last saw Matt Damon as author Robert Ludlum’s uniquely skilled ex-CIA agent. Re-teaming with director Paul Greengrass (The Bourne Supremacy, The Bourne Ultimatum), Jason Bourne is the latest title in the lengthy series. Like many of the other chapters, this is a decent and well-produced action flick with a couple standout chases. The downside to this endeavor is that it all feels, for lack of a better term, overly familiar.

In the time since we last saw him, Bourne has gone off the grid, apparently making ends meet as an underground bare-knuckle boxer. His retreat doesn’t last long, as a face...

‘Bad Moms’ are more bland than badly behaved

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Rating: «« out of 4 stars

Running Time: 101 min.

Bad Moms is the latest comedy from the writers of The Hangover series, who made their directorial debut with the underwhelming flick 21 & Over (2013). Promos for this effort promise the same kind of wild shenanigans for mothers as the filmmakers have depicted for bachelor parties and college students. Admittedly, the concept has potential, and it features a great cast. Alas, this title is far more generic than one might expect — Bad Moms even seems like a misnomer; Bad Husbands and Children is far more apt.

Amy (Mila Kunis) is a harried working mom struggling to juggle a career and family. Unfortunately, her family doesn’t seem...

DVD/Blu-ray Roundup for July 29, 2016

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Аnother week, another stack of interesting new releases on Blu-ray and DVD. Read on, because we’ve got the highlights for you below. 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!

The Boss - The title character in this release is a nasty businesswoman serving time for insider trading. After her release, she goes about trying to repair her image. The executive decides to do so by moving in with her personal assistant and helping out with her daughter’s Girl Scouts. Of course, the lead’s crudeness and aggressive tactics cause further problems. Reviews were poor; despite a couple of...

‘Star Trek Beyond’ isn’t deep, but it provides plenty of thrills

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Rating: ««« out of 4 stars

Running Time: 122 min.

It’s amazing to think about, but this week marks the latest film entry in the Star Trek series, specifically, the 13th feature. While that number may be considered unlucky to some, this chapter escapes the curse relatively unscathed. Although Star Trek Beyond isn’t nearly as deep as it thinks it is, the movie successfully provides a fun dose of summer action and high adventure. In fact, it’s considerably more entertaining than the previous installment.

As the story begins, Captain Kirk (Chris Pine) is beginning to find the routine of space exploration a bit too familiar, to the point where he becomes concerned about his...

‘Lights Out’ is a bit dim

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Rating: «« out of 4 stars

Running Time: 80 min.

It’s really too bad. The new horror picture Lights Out is based on a very scary short film that garnered so much attention from studios that it was developed into a feature. It’s about the nasty, violent spirit of a girl who exists exclusively in the darkness, stalking her prey whenever the lights go out (and when they don’t, she turns the bulbs off herself). There’s a really fun and exciting opening scene that really takes advantage of the premise, locking a couple of workers in a factory space and moving the spirit closer and closer between flickers of light.

Unfortunately, there isn’t much more to this feature. Yes...

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