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DVD/Blu-ray Roundup for May 12, 2017

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Welcome back to another look at highlights arriving on Blu-ray and DVD. It’s an edition filled with plenty of quirky and eccentric films. So if you can’t make it out to the movies this week, be sure to give one of these titles a try!


American Mummy - Set in New Mexico, this independent horror...

‘Snatched’ manages to steal a few laughs

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Rating: ««« out of 4

Running Time: 97 min.

Occasionally, a critic just ends up giving a movie a pass simply based on how many times it brings a smile to their face. The new comedy Snatched doesn’t offer a new or unique take on the comedy genre and is by no means a classic. What it does possess is an excellent and very funny cast who manage (sometimes on charm alone) to steal just enough laughs to earn it a modest recommendation.

In many respects, this flick feels like it came off a comedy movie assembly line. The story is simple and the act breaks as well as plot points are obvious. Its central theme and mother-daughter relationship isn’t anything you haven’t seen a hundred...

‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2’ doesn’t soar, but still a fun journey

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Rating: «« out of 4

Running Time: 138 min.

Another month, another comic book adaptation. At least this one isn’t quite as familiar as some of the other offerings from Marvel. The original feature worked a lot of its magic courtesy of introducing new, interesting characters and a unique, cheeky tone. In Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, things don’t feel quite as fresh or new and the results are a little more uneven. Still, there’s enough fun to be had from the proceedings to earn it a recommendation.

The latest adventure finds Peter Quill (Chris Pratt), Gamora (Zoe Saldana), Drax (Dave Bautista), Rocket (Bradley Cooper) and Baby Groot (Vin Diesel) on the run from an angry...

DVD/Blu-ray Roundup for May 5, 2017

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It’s another busy edition with a large number of new releases arriving on Blu-ray and DVD. The highlights are all covered below. So if you can’t make it out to the movies this week, be sure to give one of these titles a try!


Beyond the Gates - Anyone out there remember the “video board game” Nightmare? Inspired by these types of 80s VHS games, this horror/sci-fi feature is about two brothers reeling after the disappearance of their father. They find an old game like the one described above and start to play, only to learn that the host on the tape is a sinister, supernatural force. Genre critics were positive about this low-budget, independent...

Summer movie sneak preview ... Expect plenty big, action packed flicks

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There’s something for everyone to enjoy

Time sure flies, doesn’t it? Well, it appears to pass even faster in Hollywood. After something of a lull at cinemas this week (the newest releases aren’t even being screened for the press), the summer season is about to arrive. Sure, according to the Gregorian calendar we’re not even close to those long, lazy, heat-filled days of shorts and sunglasses. Yet the movie studios have other ideas. They’re already hoping to pack cinemas with big, expensive, and often goofier movie fare.

Here are the highlights.

It all starts on May 5, with the arrival of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. Based on the Marvel comic book characters...

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