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. Read more
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 explosive crime thriller 10 Cent Pistol involves a robbery gone bad, a debt paid in blood and a mixed up romance that adds a nice twist for good measure. The movie’s one of those indies that come along once in a while and turn into gold on the screen. Extremely well written and directed by Michael C. Martin, the movie has plenty of twists and intrigue to entertain most adults.
You can hear a pin drop in the boxer’s dressing room as the feel of high tension begins. Here we see prize fighter Billy Hope (Jake Gyllenhaal) getting his hands meticulously taped for his championship boxing match against Darius Jones (Cedrick D. Jones). Still undefeated, Billy needs to win the fight to retain the Light Heavyweight Crown and the fame and money that goes with it. In the ring the battle between the two gets very brutal with each taking pounding blows to the body and cuts on their faces. Blood running from Hope’s eye has not stopped the man from his determination to last through round ten. The number of hits he’s taking from Jones has put Billy in a position of putting Jones down for a ten count or being unseated as champ. This is Southpaw. Read more
A very compelling documentary Cartel Land takes you into Mexico for an up in your face look at the battles for a safe community. Pulling no punches and showing how the drug producing, kidnapping, border crossing, vicious cartels have hold on the people in areas of Mexico. It also delves and makes accusations about the government’s participation in the cartels with a policy of laissez-faire. Violent, emotional, informative the film makes its way into theaters for all to see and ponder. It’s not only Mexico, as the film reaches onto U.S. soil effecting all Americans. Read more
The very funny Amy Schumer steps into her first film screen role and she nails it. The newcomer who has taken the boob tube by storm with her bawdy “Inside Amy Schumer”, moves to a film venue with ease. In Trainwreck she streaks into theaters all over America with a hilarious story and a support cast that keeps it all together to its predictable romantic ending. Much like her TV show the film uses many side vignettes that contribute to the central theme of trying to survive her screwed up life. It’s a lot of fun for the ladies, but for adults only.
Introducing the smallest Marvel Comics character to the big screen, Ant-Man takes a turn at being a huge superhero. 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 drag somewhat. If you are a Marvel Comic addict, then the first paragraph here will be meaningless to you. I’m sure you’ll be one of the multitudes that are already lining up for a turn on seeing the Avengers newest freshman.
Ladies make sure you see Lila & Eve, a crime drama that will take you into the depths of a mother’s despair. Starring Viola Davis and Jennifer Lopez, the compelling film deals with street crime like you’ve never seen before. While the target audience does lean toward women, the performances are amazing and the story convincing. It’s a thriller that speaks volumes so I believe that both sexes will take it to heart.