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Blu-ray/DVD Roundup for January 6, 2022

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Welcome back to another look at highlights arriving on Blu-ray and DVD. With the holiday season just ending, it’s a shorter list than usual, but there are still plenty of interesting titles coming your way. So, if you can’t make it out to the movies this week or need to stay indoors, be sure to check out one...

‘Babylon’ is an overly grandiose endeavor

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Running Time: 188 minutes

This feature from Paramount Pictures opened at theaters on December 23.

Sometimes, advertising about a movie can be misleading.

The new film Babylon has been described in some circles as a drama/comedy set during the days of early Hollywood that depicts the outrageous excesses and decadence of stars and producers. Yes, there is a wild party presented early on, but the movie is actually a story about various silent performers and producers adapting to change when sound technology is introduced (one imagines this plot synopsis wasn’t considered exciting enough). And it also tries to sandwich in a message about the power of...

The best movies of 2022

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With New Year’s Eve fast approaching, it is a perfect opportunity to list some personal favorite movies from 2022.

First off, the biopic Till from United Artists makes a lasting impression. Telling a horrific true story of a group of white supremacists murdering a black teenager and the effect this event had on his mother, the film boasts a memorable performance by Danielle Deadwyler as Mamie Till that perfectly encapsulates a mother’s grief and fury.

While we critics do tend to laud heavy dramas, this reviewer remains taken by Avatar: The Way of Water and its awe-inspiring spectacle. Yes, this sequels’ family drama is corny (although this reviewer did find...

Blu-ray/DVD Roundup for December 30, 2022

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Welcome to another look at highlights arriving on Blu-ray and DVD. While readers are in the middle of the holidays, there are still some interesting discs being released in a variety of genres. So, if you can’t make it out to the movies this week or need to stay indoors, be sure to give one of these titles a try!


BOMB! BURNING FANTASY: THE LIFE AND POETRY OF GREGORY CORSO: Also released under the title, Bomb! Burning Fantasy, this docudrama tells the life story of New Yorker Gregory Corso, who is credited by many to be the best poets of the Beat Generation movement. A synopsis of the movie states that it intertwines some of his words with a...

Christmas movies for every type of movie fan

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The holiday season is here and that means there is no shortage of options as far as seasonal fare goes. For a film critic, it can be a bit difficult to recommend something at this time of year that few have seen. Like everyone else, it’s easy to suggest familiar favorites, so I’ll run down obvious titles before drawing attention to a few that deserve more attention.


Naturally, if you haven’t seen them, it’s certainly worth checking out classics like It’s a Wonderful Life (1946), A Christmas Carol (1951) aka Scrooge (this is the British production with Alistair Sim) along with White Christmas (1954). Those looking for some holiday trivia may be...

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