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‘Haunted Mansion’ doesn’t outdo the real Disney attraction

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Running Time: 122 minutes

This feature from Walt Disney Pictures will be released exclusively in theaters on Friday, July 28.

For the last decade, Disney has been on a tear creating live-action adaptations of animated properties. These films have gotten so much attention that many may have forgotten the studios’ sideline of making movies out of their theme park rides. And some of these projects are even more daunting, considering that there typically is very little detailed backstory involved in a 10-minute attraction.

The 2003 effort Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl was something of an anomaly in that it successfully...

Blu-ray/DVD Roundup for July 28, 2023

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Welcome to another look at highlights arriving on Blu-ray and DVD. Once again, it’s a remarkably busy edition with a number of interesting films in a wide variety of genres. So, if you can’t get out to the movies this week or need to stay indoors, be sure to give one of these titles a try!


HOLLYWOOD DREAMS & NIGHTMARES: THE ROBERT ENGLUND STORY: Horror fans will likely be familiar with the name Robert Englund, who played the villainous Freddy Krueger in eight “Nightmare on Elm Street” pictures. This documentary details his life story, how the classically trained actor was cast in the famous role, as well as how he handled super-stardom. It...

The ones they left behind

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Art show focuses on families of the Navajo Code Talkers

Three years into World War II, the U.S. military decided they needed a new approach to defeat Nazi Germany and its allies. One strategy they devised was to use young Native American men attending boarding schools across the country to craft a coded language. The idea was to use men who were fluent in both English and their traditional tribal language to send secret messages during battle.

The first class of 29 Navajo Code Talker U.S. Marine recruits completed their training in 1942. According to the National WWII Museum website, these men learned basic military training while also developing and memorizing a unique military...

The biopic ‘Oppenheimer’ presents multiple sides of its subject

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Running Time: 180 minutes

This feature film from Universal Pictures opens exclusively at theaters on Friday, July 21.

Every so often, an event occurs that changes the course of history. The Manhattan Project, which ultimately resulted in the development of nuclear weapons, certainly qualifies. Oppenheimer, the newest film from writer/director Christopher Nolan (The Dark Knight, Inception, Interstellar, Dunkirk, Tenet), tells this story through the eyes of the atomic bomb’s creator, focusing on the intense work and toll that it ultimately took on his life.

In comparison to some of the filmmaker’s epic thrillers, this feels like a more low-key drama...

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