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

Hangman, a Seriously Disturbing Movie

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Very disturbing, unsettling and terrifying, the movie Hangman has come to home video on Blu-ray and DVD. The actors play out their roles as we see them on video tape much like films The Blair Witch Project and the hidden cams in Paranormal Activity. This one however brings with it a good measure of believability and possibility surrounding a mass murderer. The film claims to be based on a true story. Read more

Bridge of Spies, an Intriguing True Story on Blu-ray

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Probably the most intriguing film in sometime, Bridge of Spies takes on the Cold War with Russia in this compelling true story. Now on Blu-ray and DVD the film is well casted with Tom Hanks in the starring role, written by the ubiquitous Cohen Brothers who gave us No Country for Old Men, and directed by three time Oscar winner Steven Spielberg the film has all the makings of an Academy Award winner. And it is that good. Read more

Burnt, a Scrumptious Film for the Ladies

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Food, romance, comedy, drama and a pinch of pepper the film Burnt has arrived on Blu-ray/DVD and ladies, find a copy and pop it into your player. A lot of good acting makes the story more palatable than it should have been since its pure Hollywood. Not of love story for the ages, the film’s more of a quest for an ultimate ego rush that works its way into the story early on. That said, there’s a lot of eye candy and food prep for the women along with enough matinee side stories that fulfil a couple of entertaining hours. Read more

Howl, a Train Ride to Hell

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As horror films go, Howl does an above average job of scarring the pants off of its audience. Gross, ghastly and eerie, the film has moments when even the most hardened thriller fan will jump. The Blu-ray has excellent quality so even the night scenes where most of the film takes place are nicely visible, easy to identify and delightfully sinister. Topping it off, the make-up and costume creators are on their mark with some very ghoulish characters. Read more

Painkillers, Fighting a Lost Cause

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The film Painkillers now on DVD changes direction throughout while setting up a far-out science fiction thriller that’s kind of just average. The opening and midway through get very intriguing, but beyond that its more of a run of the mill story that never really makes a whole lot of sense. The cinematography and special effects are good, the wardrobe department shines and there’s some twists in the film that are fun when revealed. Read more

Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead, Turning Hamlet into a Comedy

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Now out on Blu-ray for the first time the comedy drama Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead takes its turn at providing a clear and clean presentation of an oldie on home video. The film is a must see for those who like Shakespeare or just a film buff wanting to see one of the best theatre to screen movies. This 25th anniversary edition contains interviews with cast and director Tom Stoppard. Read more

Lyfe’s Journey, a Trip Down the Rabbit Hole

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This faith based made for TV movie features a story that you may have seen in another movie, but this one is worth a try. I may have seen a lot like it because I do see about 200 plus films a year and have favorite TV shows as well. Take a few minutes to read the review about Lyfe’s Journey and decide whether the DVD is right for you. Read more

Robo-Dog, His Bark is Bigger than his Bite

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Fun for the whole family, the movie Robo-Dog comes to DVD and it’s a winner. The film has good acting, direction and very good special effects. There have been other films that may remind you of the story, but should not bother youngsters who like animals and kids their age getting into a mess now and then. You’ll have your 4 to 7 year old asking to watch it over and over again. Read more