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‘No Exit’ fails to make an impression

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This feature film from 20th Century Studios debuts on Hulu on Feb. 25.

If I have learned anything from genre films like “The Hills Have Eyes” (and its sequels and remakes), “Wrong Turn” (and its follow-ups and reboot), “Wolf Creek” (and that franchise)...

Blu-ray/DVD Roundup for February 25, 2022

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It’s time for another look at some of the highlights that will be arriving on Blu-ray and DVD. Once again, this is a busy week with some notable Hollywood films, independent fare and international curiosities. So, if you can’t or shouldn’t be heading out to the movies this week, be sure to give one of these titles a try!

BIG NEW RELEASES!

THE 355: This thriller involves a female CIA agent working on a case with a fellow spy and close friend. When her partner/pal is killed in the line of duty while trying to recover a top-secret weapon, the lead becomes determined to find out who is responsible. In order to locate and stop the villains from using the stolen creation, she joins...

‘Uncharted’ – a lesser clone of ‘Indiana Jones,’ but still fun

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Running Time: 128 minutes

This film from Sony Pictures opens exclusively in cinemas on Feb. 18.

These days, it seems like Hollywood is almost exclusively in the business of creating franchises. At least, that is the feeling of this reviewer after seeing a Marvel or DC logo pop up at the beginning of so many features.

“Uncharted” marks the debut title from PlayStation Productions, Sony’s attempt to develop movie lines inspired by their video game properties. This title strains on occasion to make an impression with game content that is already borrowing from adventure film franchises. It feels like a lesser clone of “Indiana Jones” (or, to...

‘Death on the Nile’ brings a fresh take to a Christie classic

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Running Time: 127 minutes

This film opens exclusively in movie theaters on Feb. 11.

When it comes to murder/mysteries, no one can top Agatha Christie. The late author’s written works revolving around private detective Hercule Poirot and Miss Marple are so iconic and beloved that they have been adapted to film and television on multiple occasions.

“Death on the Nile” serves as one of the most famous books in the author’s resume. So, what can one do to differentiate and add a few twists to the story?

If you are director/star Kenneth Branagh, the answer is changing the histories of a few suspects and adding an elaborate backstory about the lead...

The 2022 Santa Fe Film Festival offers viewers a wide variety of independent films

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“Delicate State” will be screening at the Santa Fe Film Festival on Feb. 12. “Shoveling Pixie Dust: A Memoir” is playing on Feb. 13 with the filmmaker in attendance. Online all-screening passes are also available through the official festival website for those who cannot attend the event in person.

Attending film festivals is a great way to check out exciting independent features, as well as up-and-coming talent. This year, the Santa Fe Film Festival has a full slate of more than 150 movies for enthusiasts to take in. While it is impossible to see everything available for viewing at these events, there are always new discoveries to be made. This reviewer was sent two...

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