Jane Got a Gun, Revenge So Sour

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Slow to develop and lack of energy shoots down Jane Got a Gun, a wannabe action western with a stellar cast. The film has a few attributes including some very nice cinematography and a decent performance by Joel Edgerton who offers a nice character with shades of Clint Eastwood. But, it’s not enough to save the predictable storyline and copycat scripted scenes that have been overused even as recent as the 2014 movie Salvation. Now available on Blu-ray and DVD. Read more

The Lady in the Van, a Heartwarming True Story

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Being a fan of good acting, plot and direction, especially connected to an indie, it’s enjoyable to watch a heartfelt film like The Lady in the Van. For those who admire Maggie Smith they’ll have double delight with this true story. Originally a play on a London stage starring the consummate actress and now on Blu-ray and DVD, the comedy drama’s wonderful to watch even your home video screen. Read more

Tumbledown, Writing for Romance

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The music and cinematography save Tumbledown from dropping below average and actually provide good reasons to see this drippy romance. Ordinary, unexciting and straight laced, the film tries to keep its audience compelled, but there’s no chemistry between the main stars to even make it heartfelt. Billed as a romantic comedy, the plot gets out of hand leaning more to a drama with restrained humor. If you just have to see another film starring Jason Sudeikis, then ladies this may be one decision you may want to reconsider. Read more

The Hoarder, Trifling with Terror

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All right horror fans here’s the low down on The Hoarder a thriller being released on DVD and Digital Video this week. Up front the film’s got a very good monster in the vein of a Gollum looking character and even brought to the screen without CGI. The cinematography makes the film dark and sinister with some good scary moments, even though the sets are barren and boxy. Sadly beyond that however, the acting looks amateurish, the direction messy and the story very disjointed, especially in the finale.
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“Turn: Washington’s Spies” Season 2, Secrets and Treachery

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Things are really starting to heat up in season two of AMC’s “Turn: Washington’s Spies” in both the colonies and in London. The weekly series now on DVD continues the secrecy, concealment, spying, trickery, lying and deceit. You would think it was just another episode of “The Americans”. But, “Turn” takes place a couple centuries earlier and the characters here are vying for control of the United States. In some cases its spy versus spy while delivering some major information that could change the tide of the war. Read more

Alvin and the Chipmunks: Road Chip, Traveling to the Music

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Fun for the youngsters, the newest “Alvin and the Chipmunks: Road Chip” is now available on DVD plus Digital HD. It’s good family fun and features some real hip music to boot. The disc doesn’t stop with the story, it contains some cool special features as well. If you want to keep you children happy on a rainy day, this is one animated film that should be in the stack. Read more

Game of Thrones 5, a Season of Sinister Surprise

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The fifth season of Game of Thrones ups the excitement with a nice amount of treachery and war. By far the best production in this incredible saga that has attracted a wide audience and garnered a remarkable number of awards. The acting has retained the brilliance that began five years ago and in this season over shadows anything they have done in the past. Brilliant sets, costumes and make-up keeps the series fresh with locations fit for a kingdom in peril. If you haven’t yet seen season five or just want to relive it, put this season of treachery and sinister surprise on yes list. Read more

The Lion Guard, Kion Discovers His Roar

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The cute, brave and cuddly animals of Disney’s Lion King take over your DVD player in Lion Guard: Return of the Roar. Fun filled for the youngsters this new adventure tells a coming of age for Simba’s growing up cub Kion. It has strong values like making the right decision, leadership, friendship, bravery and identifying the strengths of others. It plays best to boys, but the girls will have fun too because the music’s lively and Simba’s daughter Kiara has a role in the film as well. Read more

The Spoils of Babylon, a Cool Satire on Soap Operas

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A one-hit mini-season wonder, The Spoils of Babylon a spoof on soap operas, has been released on DVD. The campy six episodes were shown on the Independent Film Channel in 2014 and are a satire to the movie making industry with cardboard cut-out sets, green screen epic views, one camera cinematography, simplified special effects and other cheaply devised movie tricks. Whew! That was a mouthful. That said, the 6 part miniseries homage strikes the silly heart strings resonating to those who have worked in the industry and love the life. For all you other folks this comedy’s just a flat out mash up of plots from Gone with the Wind, Giant, “Rich Man, Poor Man” and even a little bit of “Dynasty” to name a few. Read more

Lego Star Wars: Droid Tales, Tames the Saga for Youngsters

Youngsters have a chance to see what the movie series Star Wars were all about at their own level. The just released Lego edition of Star Wars: Droid Tales follows the saga from start to finish cutting out most of the violence and character buildup that gets boring to the young folks. It’s a fun 115 minutes of adventure and comedy that should keep your 7 to 12 year olds excited and happy.

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The North Star, Escape to Freedom

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Although the true story of The North Star has wide reaching meaning and intentions behind it, the acting, direction and cinematic expertise fails miserably. Because of the very pedestrian production, instead of a compelling drama we get a historical vignette that has been used in films way beyond the scope of the script that gets presented here. That said, for an after school special directed at older teens, The North Star gets an average grade. Informational, yes, but captivating, marginal. Read more

The Good Dinosaur, Growing Up in the Wild

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Relive the fun and journey of The Good Dinosaur, Disney/PIXAR’s kid friendly and graphically stunning animated adventure. Now on Blu-ray and DVD, it’s a fun family film that features good values about growing up, facing your fears and friendship. The story may be a little familiar for the teens if they have seen most of the animated films in the past 6 years or so, but the youngsters should love the dinosaurs, Arlo and young Spot.

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Frankenstein, Modernizing the Monster

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As if Mary Shelley’s “Frankenstein” needs another adapted storyline, then the release of the movie Frankenstein pops up. This past year even saw Victor Frankenstein with a story that shows the monster from the point of view of Igor. But, I guess it’s never to late to modernize the creature that has had a good run at the box office for many years. Well in this new edition we are treated to a present day view. Now on Blu-ray/DVD the film shows promise throughout the first two acts, but unfortunately has a lackluster ending. Read more

Criminal Activities, a Twisted Tale of High Stakes

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A twisty twisted tale of crime and punishment Criminal Activities will keep you guessing till the final turn of events. The film has a very good up-and-coming cast with a balance of A-list actors Jackie Early Haley and John Travolta. If you like your entertainment gutsy and gritty, then this film has the right elements for you. The movie enters the DVD/Blu-ray market today. Read more