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

Wrecker, Kill or be Roadkill

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The film Wrecker, now on DVD, may be quite familiar as it’s just a newer model of a long list of road kill films. Nicely made however the cinematography makes for entertaining viewing and the production value is a step up from other films in the genre. The acting by the main cast typify the characters and a tip of hat to director Micheal Bafaro for getting realistic performances. If you are a fan of the devil on wheels chasing innocent travelers in a dangerous game of cat and mouse, then this is your cup of tea. Read more

The Green Inferno, a Gorefeast in the Jungle

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I really didn’t expect a gore festival more realistic than in the movie Bone Tomahawk, then up popped The Green Inferno taking me into the blood bath of cannibalism. Now on Blu-ray and DVD the film has excellent cinematography, good direction and a story that’s more a sick mutilation scare fiesta than a piece of cinematic art. If you like Eli Roth’s brand of filmmaking like the frightening Hostel 1 and 2, then this film certainly is up to your expectations. If you haven’t seen the aforementioned films then get ready for something really different. Read more

Bone Tomahawk, Hatchets of Horror

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Now here’s a gem for those who like a thriller filled with good acting and a wild storyline. Now on Blu-ray/DVD it’s called Bone Tomahawk a dark western horror flick that will make your day if you like the genre. It may be a little long, but it sure has a big payoff with action throughout and a twisted ending. It’s not your usual horse opera and that’s a good thing. This review comes with a warning: There’s a very ghastly scene in the finale that looks so real it may make you squirm and turn your tummy.  Read more

Grace of Monaco, Saving the Crown

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This made for television film surprises with very good performances by Nicole Kidman and Tim Roth making the docudrama interesting and compelling. Based on true accounts Grace of Monaco opens sanctified doors of the Palace to show how strong willed Grace Kelly was during a period of isolationism and threats by the French Government. If you like melodramas about famous people, then this is your cup of tea. Read more

Ant-Man, the Tiny Superhero

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Introducing the smallest Marvel Comics character to the big screen, Ant Man, now of DVD and Blu-ray the superhero takes a turn saving humanity. Aiming to equal his predecessors such as Iron Man and Captain America this little giant comes in close to the pack. The comedy and drama are very good, but much like the movie introductory of the character Thor the opening story does get strung out a bit. If you are a Marvel Comic addict, then Ant Man is sure to thrill as it did for the multitudes that saw the newest hero in movie theaters. Read more

No Escape, a Gripping Tale of Madness in the Streets

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Relentlessly exciting the movie No Escape, now on Blu-ray and DVD, puts its audience into a nonstop survival film as a family runs for their life. Just as violent and all-consuming as the tsunami film The Impossible, the only difference comes with humans killing humans instead of nature. The momentum builds so quickly that you’ll find yourself glued to the electrifying film till the credits roll. Even in your home theater you will become so shocked at times by the brutal extremists no matter how big the screen. Get your goodies ready, take potty breaks before you press play and let the ride begin.

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The Last House, Where the Horror Lies

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Not the sharpest knife in the drawer, the low budget The Last House turns a horror flick into an insipid nightmare. Trying to be creative director Sean Cain uses a quick flash back technique that confuses his audience by chopping up scenes making the storyline a travesty. A waste of a good budget, special effects and make up, this horror film isn’t even that good on DVD. Read more

Toy Story That Time Forgot, Playing with Dinosaurs

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This little gem of an animated flick on Blu-ray/DVD called Toy Story that Time Forgot should excite youngsters from 4 to 10 and those parents that are still holding on to their childhood days. Because it’s short enough to play over and again, no one in the home will be able to avoid the laughter and there’s even a sing-along in the Bonus Features. Two new characters are featured in this robust treasure that puts the Toy Story gang in the center of it all. (also Check out the Doc McStuffins: Pet Vet review below)  Read more