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‘Moana’ looks incredible, but isn’t very memorable

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Rating: «« out of 4 stars

Running Time: 113 min.

The latest animated tale from Disney is a Polynesian-inspired adventure that lends itself to gorgeous landscapes and impressive vistas. Moana is a film chock full of incredible imagery and animation: Lush tropical gardens, striking seascapes and eye-popping animals and...

The creatures of ‘Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them’ steal the show

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Rating: ««« out of 4

Running Time: 133 min.

Five years was all it took. The Harry Potter franchise was one of the biggest in cinematic history, breaking box office records and drawing in huge audiences worldwide. So, it isn’t that much of a surprise that some sort of follow-up was eventually fast-tracked, despite after everything having been wrapped up.

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is that new addition. It’s a prequel of sorts, set in the same universe as the previous series but featuring all new characters and a different focus.

The story begins in Manhattan during the late 1920s, with the arrival of Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne). He’s a Ministry of Magic...

‘Allied’ secures some pulpy thrills, but its drama falls flat

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Rating: «« out of 4

Running Time: 125 min.

How well do you really know your partner? Honestly, you probably know your spouse a whole lot better than the lead in the new film Allied, but then there wouldn’t be a movie without some kind of a juicy mystery. For the most part, this is more of a pulpy thriller than it is awards bait. And on that level it offers a few fun moments.

Unfortunately, the big reveal isn’t a very rewarding pay off for what it sets up.

Set during World War II, the story follows Canadian intelligence officer Max Vatan (Brad Pitt). He parachutes into French Morocco, teaming up with French resistance agent Marianne Beausejour (Marion Cotillard) on a secret...

DVD/Blu-ray Roundup for Nov. 25, 2016

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Welcome to the latest edition of new highlights on Blu-ray and DVD. It’s a really busy week with lots of fascinating flicks. So if you can’t make it out to the movies this week, be sure to give one of these titles a try!

Big New Releases!

Hell or High Water - A Texas rancher desperate to provide for his family recruits his brother to help him hold up banks; they are endlessly pursued by Rangers eager to catch them before their getaway. This independent drama/thriller earned fantastic reviews earlier in the year. It has been called a tense and exciting heist picture with eerie and desolate photography. Additionally, most believed that it also had something to say...

‘The Edge of Seventeen’ — A decent enough coming-of-age movie

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Rating: «« out of 4 stars

Running Time: 102 min.

First things first: despite being called The Edge of Seventeen, you’re not going to hear the famous Stevie Nicks tune over the course of this film. I suppose it’s a strange thing to take notice of, but when you name a movie after a song, you just kind of expect to hear it at some point. Regardless of how that didn’t happen, this effort is a decent enough coming-of-age movie. In fact, it is more than likely to entertain young viewers. However, as someone from an entirely different demographic, this feature offered little more than some decent performances and a few scattered laughs.

Nadine (Hailee Steinfeld) is an awkward...

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