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‘Shazam!’ is full of humor and levity

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Running Time: 132 minutes

Another week, another comic book movie adaptation. This time out, it’s one of the less familiar superheroes, arriving as part of the latest DC line of features. Shazam! comes from the film universe that began in 2013, and includes titles like Batman v Superman and Justice League. This particular title takes a less somber and serious approach, emphasizing humor over tortured superhero souls. The end results aren’t perfect, and the flick takes a bit of time to find its rhythm. Still, it’s a far better and infinitely more entertaining film than any of the other DC features that have been released in the last six years.


DVD/Blu-ray Roundup for April 5, 2019

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Welcome to another edition detailing highlights arriving on Blu-ray and DVD. There’s a plentiful mix of studio releases and independent fare, meaning there should be something for everyone. 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!

A Breath Away - Also known as Just a Breath Away, this French-language science-fiction thriller involves a Parisian couple balancing their work lives with their daughter’s illness...one that forces the youngster to live in a hermetic glass bubble. When a deadly, poisonous fog cloud covers the city, the parents must find a way to return home and rescue their child. Critics...

‘Dumbo’ stumbles in some areas, soars in others

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Running Time: 112 minutes

The latest Disney animated classic to receive a live-action retelling is Dumbo, the tale of an infant elephant born with enormous ears that give him the ability to fly. However, fans of the 1941 original should be forewarned. This take is very different from the original, meaning audiences may not be getting what they expect when the curtain rises. It has its fair share of issues, but there’s enough good stuff in here to earn it a modest recommendation.

It all begins when ex-circus performer and WWI veteran Holt Ferrier (Colin Farrell) returns home to his troupe after years in service. Besides having lost a limb in battle...

‘Us’ doesn’t cut quite as deep, but still offers some chills

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Running Time: 116 minutes

It has to be tough to follow up a massive critical and financial success with another film in a similar mold. Get Out was a stunning directorial debut for Jordan Peele, combining scares and deeper subtext about racism. The film did it so well that it earned numerous Academy Award nominations and ultimately won an Oscar for Best Original Screenplay. That’s a nearly impossible act to repeat and admittedly, the new film Us isn’t quite as strong.

It delivers plenty of tension and scares, but the undertones aren’t quite as sharp as in its predecessor. Still, even with its flaws, the movie is better than most horror flicks out...

‘Wonder Park’ may amuse kids, but will leave adults rolling their eyes

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Running Time: 86 minutes

As animated films go, there are some releases that are made squarely for the youngest of viewers, a smaller number that cater exclusively to adults, and finally those that aspire to bridge the gap, entertaining young and old alike. The latest feature to hit cinemas is Wonder Park, about a magical theme park called, oddly enough, Wonderland. For those curious, it most definitely fits into the first animated film delineation. It’s certainly polished looking enough to be appealing to young children, but many parents attending with them will be looking at their watches.

June (Brianna Denski) is an imaginative, thrill-seeking child...

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