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Bluray/DVD Roundup for November 11, 2023

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Hello, it’s time for another look at some of the highlights arriving on Blu-ray and DVD. There is a big studio effort in this edition, as well as plenty of smaller, interesting independent features. So, if you can’t make it out to the movies this week or need to stay indoors for a while, be sure to give one of these...

'The Marvels' is one of the MCU's weakest efforts

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Rating: 2 out of 4

Running Time: 105 minutes

This motion picture from Disney and Marvel Studios opens on Friday,  Nov. 10.

It’s been quite a ride for Marvel Studios over the last 15 years, with some 32 superhero films and more than a dozen series on various streaming services. A lot of information has been delivered and recently there have been more and more references to T.V. programs in the movie franchise. Generally, this hasn’t been a big issue, but the latest film, The Marvels, is something of a head-scratcher in that a fine knowledge of the Disney+ shows Ms. Marvel and WandaVision appears vital to appreciating this effort.

As a reviewer walking into the picture cold, the...

Blu-ray/DVD Roundup for November 3, 2023

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Welcome to another look at highlights arriving on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray and DVD. It’s an extremely busy edition, with several notable releases and plenty of older titles coming your way. So, if you can’t make it out to the movies this week or need to stay indoors for a little while, be sure to give one of these titles a try!

BIG NEW RELEASES!




ASTRAKAN: In this foreign-language drama from France, a young orphan is adopted by a foster family. Drama follows as he struggles to fit in at his new home. After beginning to feel a sense of belonging and happiness, he goes through coming-of-age trials and also discovers an unexpected and hidden secret about his new parents.

The press...

‘Quiz Lady’ wins thanks to star-studded cast

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Rating: 3 out of 4

Running Time: 100 minutes

This film from 20th Century Studios will be released in the United States via the streaming service Hulu on Friday, Nov. 3.

The long history of television game shows isn’t a particularly popular subject in cinema, even though witnessing an average person appear in front of millions in a high-stress situation would seem tailor-made for drama. There have been a couple of notable efforts, like the Oscar-nominated Quiz Show and Oscar-winner Slumdog Millionaire, but otherwise they are few and far between. The new comedy Quiz Lady certainly isn’t designed for awards consideration, but it delivers a cute and amusing little story about two...

Possession movies, past to present

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Check these picks for Halloween fare

 

It has now been 50 years since one of the most financially successful horror pictures of all time was released to audiences. The Exorcist (1973) was a landmark and influential film that told the story of a little girl being possessed by a demon. It included a lengthy and memorable confrontation between the force and a pair of Catholic priests. The movie became Warner Bros.’ all-time highest grossing picture during its original run and is still adored by fans today.

With Halloween arriving and readers looking for creepy viewing options, it seems like an appropriate time to examine just a few of the effective and underseen...

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