“Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates” A Laugh Riot on Blu-ray

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A laugh riot on Blu-ray, the movie Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates shows why it’s at the top of this year’s comedies. The duo of Zac Efron and Adam Devine remind me of Paul Rudd and Seth Rogan in films like Knocked Up and Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughn in The Wedding Crashers. Zany, wacky and out and out looney the story hardly ever lets go of the funny bone. Read more

“Modern Family” Season Seven a Splendid Comedy

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One of the most successful comedy series in the 21st century, Modern Family has released its Seventh Season on DVD. Just completed in May the multi-talented actors turn up their energy for a memorable season. There are 22 episodes so you’ll not have to worry about downtime if you want to just keep on playing for nearly ten commercial free hours. Whether you’ve seen all the shows already or you just want to relive the wacky lives of the characters, it’s all include on three discs. And there’s even some extras with a very funny gag reel. Read more

“Mia Madre” Juggling Dreams While Jumping Through Hoops

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The film Mia Madre has its moments, but the bleak story is a matter of taste. A true indie in every sense of the word, the movie becomes a trite look at the inside of movie making through the eyes of a director who’s dealing with her mother’s illness. Admittedly not based on a true story, the subject matter should appeal to those who have found themselves in similar situations with the main character. If you like films that work their magic through dramatic moments and hard to cope with situations, then this little gem will work nicely for you. Read more

“Ratchet & Clank”, Dynamic Heroes Dominate

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Here’s a very good animated film for the kiddies and even teens, especially gamers who have played the PlayStation video game from which the movie was taken. It’s called Ratchet & Clank and gets released on August 23, 2016 in several formats DVD, Blu-ray and Digital HD. They have also bundled the three formats in a one purchase box for those that want to split the fun with youngsters. The story has a good theme about being a hero, but the sci-fi animated violence can get a bit testy for the very young. Read more

“War Dogs”, Making Easy Cash the Hard Way

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Billed as a comedy with drama and based on a true story, War Dogs takes you into the world of selling guns during wartime. The film delves into profit making from the military and the risks the gun sellers take for chances of making millions. While a lot of Hollywood goes into the film, it does happen and it did happen this way, mostly. What adds high entertainment value to the movie comes from the acting by two of America’s better actors, Oscar nominated Jonah Hill and rising star Miles Teller. Read more

“Suicide Squad” Villains vs Supervillain

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Rivaling the dark comedy superhero movie Deadpool, the wacky Suicide Squad takes off with a blast and it will kickass this weekend. The sometimes hilarious action, adventure, science fiction thriller gets yanked from the DC comic books by super director David Ayer for the huge IMAX screen and other venues. It’s a monster of a film filled with, yup, a monstrous cast and tons of computer graphics to feed the audience targeted with an adrenaline rush. One of the better action releases this year, the film WILL make a ton of money at the box offices worldwide. Read more

“Captain Fantastic” Dealing with Culture Clash

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Giving probably his best performance in many years, Viggo Mortenson makes Captain Fantastic up-close and personal. And the acting, direction and cinematography all come together in this heartfelt film about a strong-willed family. However, the storyline takes on a dark tone concerning todays’ social and religious beliefs that tends to provide its own agenda. While it’s not uncommon for films to add critical scenes, this one becomes obsessive with it. Read more

“Hunt for the Wilderpeople” a Comedy About Growing Up

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The oddball film Hunt for the Wilderpeople has a couple of attributes that make it very special. First, it has a story that charms, captivates and compels viewers to watch a young boy come of age in a strange environment under the most unusual circumstances. Second, the perfect cast treats the audience with performances that work their way into your heart and never let go. If you enjoy movies that fascinate with characters changing for better or worse, than this is your cup of Zealong tea. Read more

“The Secret Life of Pets” a Wild Adventure in the Big Apple

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Very funny and creative The Secret Life of Pets puts together a raucous little ditty filled with some very cute characters. The story idea may not be original as it takes a premise much like that of Toy Story, but this animated film delivers a lot of twists for the more mature children. From the gang that gave us Despicable Me and Minions, the art style works here as does the similar sometimes dark comedy. Safe for most of the family, especially those that have matured, the movie spools out nicely for teens to twenties as well. Read more

“The Family Fang”, a Wacky Heartfelt Film

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Ditsy, a little wacky, but mostly heartfelt the film The Family Fang has been released on DVD. With a very fine cast, a very kooky premise and able direction by actor/director and producer Jason Batemen make the film an instant winner. Fitting into the mold of Indie comedies like Little Miss Sunshine, Mistress America and About a Boy, if you like any of the aforementioned titles then this is your cup of tea. Read more

“Spoils Before Dying” a Catchy Little Film Noir

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At it again and this time Producer Kristin Wiig releases The Spoils Before Dying on DVD, a continuation of a series of campy stories by a would be famous fictional writer Eric Jonrosh (Will Farrell). Two years ago it was Spoils of Babylon that took you into the rich oil lands of Texas. This new six part miniseries offers up a spoof of an old style 1960’s film noir with murder and intrigue. Stick with it, the video gets so silly you will not want to pause it even for a potty break. Read more

“One More Time”, a Walken Surprise

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Stepping back into the limelight, Christopher Walken gives one of his best performances in quite a while in One More Time now on DVD. He works his character well and even belts out a few tunes. But, the stellar actor’s performance cannot hold the audience alone. The losing grace comes from uneven direction and a hackneyed script lowering the entertainment value a couple of grades. If you’re a Walken fan however, this one’s for you. Read more

“Popstar: Never Stop, Never Stopping”, a Rap Star on the Rocks

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Continuing with a list of goofball films the trio of writers called ‘Lonely Island’ Andy Samberg, Jorma Taccone, and Akiva Schaffer make Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping, a mockumentary style movie that may look a bit like one famous pop star who made it big. But it’s just another project for their memory chest. You may remember Hot Rod and The Watch or maybe not, well anyway they also collaborated on the two so-so comedies. And both films barely made a pay day for the big talent that were in them. Now comes another shot at trying to build an audience and box office, but from the looks of Popstar they should hunker down for the long haul. Read more

“The Lobster”, a Bizarre Story About Love

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Working with excellent talent and intrusive camera work director Yorgos Lanthimos brings a bizarre film to the screen. The Lobster can be the perfect indie for a select audience of art film lovers that want to be drawn into a dark place for two hours while being entertained by the dreary storyline and the lifeless characters on the screen. For this group the movie’s a winner. The Lobster is motion picture art at its most absurd, even more so than the morose and brooding Melancholia or Under the Skin. If you want a mind bending experience, then this little gem is for you. That said, I did applaud Under the Skin for its alien tale about a hooker who gathers humans for disturbing reasons. Read more

“Hard Sell”, Flashing for Dollars

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Taking a few pages out of scripts of the 70’s and 80’s the movie Hard Sell opens in theaters this weekend. It’s a fun romp that’s aimed straight at teens to mid-twenties, but more for those who remember films like Weird Science, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off and many cool films by John Hughes. This low budget attempt however, serves more as a coming out for rising talent rather than an energetic comedy/melodrama. It does have a few words of wisdom attached that may hit home with our modern day youth, but not much more. Read more