A sly little film with a lot of drama from a small cast Cop Car stands toe to toe with the outstanding Indies released this year. At first I thought that it was another episode of “Fargo” with the kind of sick humor that last year’s cable show delivered, but on its own the movie just plays out with that kind of fell to it. Nicely written and excellent direction, if you like movies that get more twisted as it goes along, then Cop Car’s for you.
With a good measure of supposition that most people will have been exposed to the 1960’s TV Show “The Man from U.N.C.L.E.” is a mistake on the part of the producers of this low energy spy adventure. Even though it’s mainly an introduction to the characters and a set-up for future sequels, it has no charm, oomph or likable protagonists or villains. Slow and steady does not win the race in this turtle speed spooling of this James Bond style movie and falls flat. Give me a stand out thriller and a roller-coaster ride when it comes to spy action films, this one is too slow and sophisticated for my taste. Read more
The perfect expense thriller The Gift entertains those who like their dramas filled with mystery. Packed with a punch, the movie sets up an intriguing story, moves along with a good tempo, become very compelling then turns the table with a finale that you thought you saw coming, but not the twist. It has all the necessary elements of good acting, direction and photography that work together to make the cunning story work. Read more
Dropping below the level of the previous sequel, Fantastic Four fails to entertain. Slow moving, lacks excitement, fails to intrigue and for all intense and purposes, unremarkable. The movie that reboots the Marvel characters does nothing more than rehash the story of how they came to be and the introduction of Doctor Doom. The production does not match the Disney’s Avengers products that have taken the superhero genre by storm. Dismal sets, novice direction and 80’s TV special effects doom the film. Originally intended to be remastered for release in 3D, the producers must have realized the film as a failure and trashed the idea to save money.
Fall releases are hot on Blu-ray and DVD. Most of the films may also be out there on VOD. The genre’s are work on crime to comedy and include some long awaited theatrical hits. We will be reviewing select titles so check back to get opinions from our writing staff. You might also discover a gem that you didn’t know existed or a hilarious comedy to brighten your day. Whether you’re on the lookout for horror, action-adventure, drama, comedy, crime or lifestyles— the list below has a lot to offer. Read more
In a surprisingly good mystery drama, Dakota Fanning impresses as one of the central figures in Every Secret Thing now on DVD. Very disturbing and incredibly cunning in her performance she makes the film compelling keeping the audience off guard till the very end. Together with Danielle Macdonald in her first major role, the two along with the youngsters playing their early years, give Every Secret Thing the strength necessary to pull off one surprise after another. If you like your crime mysteries that keep you guessing, then this film should keep you entertained. Read more
Delivering sexy hot energy, the film Chocolate City has a Magic Mike feel, but with an intense edge. Well-acted and choreographed, the indie has a good, but ordinary, storyline that may seem trite to some yet exciting to others, especially to women. Even though it’s a ladies only film, there’s much more to it than just sexy dancers. Ladies if you pick up this DVD, better be ready with the drinks and treats because once the word gets out, you’ll be hosting your lady friends for sure. Read more
Lavishly filmed showing all the beauty and dreariness of 1800’s France, the film Madame Bovary is now available on Blu-ray and DVD. This production marks at least the sixth time the film has been brought to the big screen and TV. Not much different in story as the 2000 release starring Frances O’Connor as the cheating wife, but let me analyse this film as if you had not seen it or even read the novel. As most costume dramas and period pieces go, this depiction of the book by French writer Gustave Flaubert written in 1856 isn’t half bad. If you would like a pleasant afternoon with tea, toast and a heartfelt movie, then you will be thoroughly entertained.
Taking a few ideas from High School Musical and adding offspring of four of Disney’s evil villains makes Disney Channel a winner with their newest teen/tween adventure Descendants. It’s a well-made film with fine direction, young Disney stars and a whole lot of fun for the whole family. Yep, even dad if he watches with his daughter. Targeted toward females, it makes a perfect film for the sleep over or pajama party crowd. Now on DVD the film has no commercial interruptions and some bonus material that keeps the party going. Read more
It’s one of those films that gets lost in the shuffle among the more promoted movies and cannot find audiences. The gripping action drama The Salvation however, now on DVD has a powerful story, top notch acting, very good directing and amazing cinematography. Yes it’s a western and most think of the spaghetti westerns of old that crowded theaters and television sets for years. However, if you did not see last year’s The Homesman you missed a dynamite movie, but pick-up The Salvation so you won’t make the same mistake. Read more
If you are a comedy horror fan and like your films very ghastly, gruesome, gory and grisly, then you should get a charge out of Appetites an indie shock movie that’s strong on characters, light on acting and with fair directing. When it comes to production values, Appetites lacks a good meal and needs some upgraded utensils. If you just want to get together with some men for laughs or just gross out some gal pals, this movie will do the trick. Read more
The taut adventure film Northmen a Viking Saga delivers a bloody Norsemen story with no-stop action. The story may not be new to you especially if you have watched a lot of westerns, but I do like the characters, the chase and the combat. The costumes give the look of Viking warriors, the make-up brings some realism to the sliced up fighters and the cinematography of the locations where it was shot stunning and picturesque. In all the production value proves above par and the acting follows suit. Read more
A tad too long, a bit slow, but enough impossible action to keep you awake to the very end. The fifth sequel Mission: Impossible- Rogue Nation hits theaters this weekend as the alpha lone wolf for its male targeted audience. The cast from Mission: Impossible- Ghost Protocol returns in support of Tom Cruise with the addition of Alec Baldwin and newbie Jessica Ferguson and all put on a good show. While this one does entertain, it doesn’t have the punch of Ghost Protocol. Read more
The annual Cobb Theatre Grove 16 & CinéBistro Back to School Event in Wesley Chapel, Florida will take place on August 15th. It is completely free for children with accompanying parent. Geared for the younger kids, the event will offer FREE school supplies, health & dental supplies, hair cuts, face painting, games & more!
Only at: Grove 16 & CinéBistro is located at 6333 Wesley Grove Blvd., Wesley Chapel, Florida 33544 (Tampa, Florida area) 813.948.5445
Please note that this event does not include admission to films playing at the movie theater. Please call the theater if you have any questions. Plenty of Free Parking.
Check out the official trailer for Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2. The film opens November 20, 2015. Read more