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Blu-ray/DVD Roundup for Jan. 29, 2021

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By Glenn Kay

For the Sun

Welcome to another look at new releases coming your way on Blu-ray and DVD. As always, there’s an eclectic mix of features from all genres, meaning that there’s probably something out there for everyone. So, since you can’t or likely shouldn’t go out to the movies this week, be sure to give...

'The Night' is an atmospheric chiller

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By Glenn Kay

For the Sun

Rating: 3 out of 4 stars

Running Time: 104 minutes

This title from IFC Midnight will be released in select theaters and on digital & cable VOD Jan. 29.

Horror films are typically low-budget affairs. Sometimes this means that production levels aren’t quite on par with bigger Hollywood features, but these efforts also carry a lower financial risk that can occasionally result in more creative freedom and new approaches. The Night is a psychological horror picture that resembles many other haunted house tales. But while the story is familiar, this project depicts an immigrant Iranian family and much of the dialogue is spoken in the Farsi...

‘Promising Young Woman’ effectively updates the revenge flick

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Running Time: 113 minutes

This film will be available to rent on streaming services Jan. 15.

Movies involving characters doling out justice and getting revenge on crooks are fairly common, but the new film Promising Young Woman attempts to update and modernize the formula, as well as infuse some dark comedy into the proceedings. Admittedly, it can be a bit on-the-nose in its attempts to deal with the issues at hand, but thanks to this new spin and a phenomenal leading performance, the results are impressive and make a lasting impression.

Cassandra “Cassie” Thomas (Carey Mulligan) is a solitary ex-med student whose life has seemingly been on hold...

Blu-Ray/DVD Roundup for Jan. 18, 2021

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By Glenn Kay

For the Sun

Welcome back to another look at highlights arriving on Blu-ray and DVD. It’s another edition filled with plenty of interesting and unique little flicks. So, since you can’t or likely shouldn’t head out to the movies this week, be sure to give one of these titles a try!

BIG NEW RELEASES!

AMERICAN DREAM: This little thriller follows two entrepreneurs desperate for funding in order to finish their construction project. They approach a Russian mobster, but fail to reach a deal. However, after securing a legitimate deal with other sources, the mobsters decide to involve themselves in the project. As the story progresses, tension ultimately leads to...

‘Wonder Woman 1984’ improves on its predecessor

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Rating: ««« out of ««««

Running Time: 151 minutes

This film was released in theaters on Dec. 25 and is also be available for streaming on HBO Max.

Over the past few years, there have been dozens of movies based on comic books. Generally speaking, recent features from the DC Universe (that include superheroes like Superman, Batman, Aquaman and the Suicide Squad) have more often than not come up short in comparison with their Marvel counterparts. Still, one of the more well-received DC efforts was the 2017 film based on the Wonder Woman character. While it was an improvement on some of the previous movies, this reviewer still thought that it had its fair share of...

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