“A Bigger Splash” a Sensuous Film that Tantalizes

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Set in the south of Italy on the island of Pantelleria the modern day romance A Bigger Splash has a few twists to its plot that’s nicely handled by the famous cast. The sound track gets a lot of work while the foursome bask in the gorgeous rocky coast of the exquisite island. The storyline does lack some zip and it flounders somewhat, but in the long run this 2 hour movie does work well as a home video or digital download. Read more

“The Phenom”, Losing Mojo in the Majors

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Just in time for the winding down of the major league baseball season, The Phenom comes to Blu-ray/DVD with a drama that’s fit for avid lovers of the sport. The psychological story has a good cast, nice direction, but the script turns an interesting plot into a theatrical two act play. The movie leaves out the guts and glory that most baseball flicks rely on for the magic that puts sports fans in the seats of a dark movie theater. Instead turns into a sob story about a rookie that loses his ability to focus on “the game”. Read more

“Hands of Stone” A Rock Hard Film

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The movie Hands of Stone follows the life of world champion boxer Roberto Duran. Well-acted by a fine cast, the film plays out much like the movie Ali where the top boxer stunned the world capturing the heavyweight crown. With Duran, the story gets a glazing of white wash, turns bullish and then a bit too sentimental for my taste. That said, I did enjoy the production value and the boxing action that looked very realistic. 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

“Pete’s Dragon” a Darker Version of the Family Film

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Although it is about Pete and Elliot the dragon, Pete’s Dragon is a far cry from the live action and animated musical that we loved and filled our dreams as children. This Pete’s Dragon has a modern twist that sets even PG viewers on the edge of their seats. From the opening scary car crash involving Pete’s parents, to the hostile way they have to capture Elliot the dragon, the film spans a mystery, adventure and fantasy that both endears and shocks. Read more

“Halt and Catch Fire” Season Two Hits the Streets

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The intense drama Halt and Catch Fire season 2 comes to home video August 9th providing a perspective of 1980’s birth of the internet revolution. Working with some fine actors and very good cinematography for a TV series, the story by Christopher Cantwell and Christopher C. Rogers takes on a lot of challenging subjects in one ball of string. Using opposing views in the world of PC’s and Gaming the play gets hot and heavy at times leading to a gripping second season ending. Read more

“The Bride”, a Tragedy of Undying Love

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Steeped in a veil of deceit and anguish The Bride (“La Novia”) tells a tale of forbidden love and vengeance. Much like the films by powerful director Sergio Leone this foreboding tale gets an ominous story that involves star crossed lovers, choices, and a heroine pulled between families. Excellent cinematography plays a big part in this revenge driven film. Read more

“The Girlfriend Experience”, Earning a Living on the Side

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The first season for The Girlfriend Experience on STARZ has now been released on Blu-ray/DVD and very good acting, direction and filming has made it worth watching. If you have not seen the series or would like to relive it, then pick up a copy today where you purchase videos. The drama has a lot of twists, “pushes the envelope” in several episodes and intrigue even in its most provocative and twisted season finale. Read more

“Careful What You Wish For”, a Walk to the Wild Side

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The big thing going for the movie Careful What You Wish For is Nick Jonas in the lead and a plot that’s not been run into the ground, yet. Tailoring to the teen and twenties set, the film takes on a dark side as it progresses until there’s seemingly no way out for a teen that dares to take a walk on the wild side. The very popular Nick Jonas should attract a huge interest with the older teen set, but not enough to make the DVD a winner. 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 Innocents” a Disturbing True Story of Dignity

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The atrocities of WWII were not only the work of the Nazis, but the Russian troops made Polish Christians pay a price for life as well. The film The Innocents (“Les Innocentes”) tells a true story so appalling that it’s hard to watch. But, you will not want to miss a frame for this true account that took place toward the end of WWII in Poland. 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