Marvel Studios continues to amaze with its use of astonishing computer graphic effects in the movie Doctor Strange now on DVD/Blu-ray and Digital HD. The film takes you into the realm of superheroes, this time a neurosurgeon who finds his body in ruin only to become a mystic with unusual powers. It’s a different kind of crusader, one that must rely on his own natural strengths in a world of antagonists with similar powers. It may be a detour from films like The Avengers and Thor, but one that keeps its main target audience enthralled throughout. Read more
Review by John M. Delia, Jr
Visually amazing and thrilling, the movie The Great Wall certainly has the best effects and story thus far in 2017. Even though most of the film makes the use of a massive amount of CGI, that’s not a bad thing here as the production certainly warrants it. If you are a fan of high impact movies like World War Z, then this film should be on your list to see this weekend. Read more
The drama A Monster Calls has a story that becomes magical as it works on your heartstrings. Entering the mind of a young boy we explore his feelings, fears and desperate attempt to save his mom. Excellent acting, solid direction and a story that will be remembered well after you leave the movie theater. It’s a heartfelt experience for you and your mature children. Read more
Have you ever wondered if fairy tales are real or if Giants actually exist? Who catches our dreams and delivers them to us or are supernatural forces out there? The BFG will have you asking yourself these interesting questions and you’ll feel like a child once more. Now on Home Video available in Blu-ray, DVD and Digital Download or get all three in a combo pack. Read more
Nicely made the film Pete’s Dragon has reached home video. Now in Blu-ray/DVD and combo the film has a modern twist that should mesmerize the youngest of tykes that like exciting and family oriented films. Since it does have a quite unsettling beginning my advice to parents, run it ahead a bit for 5 and under until you are okay with what you are watching. It settles into a very adventurous fantasy with Elliot the Dragon and the orphaned Pete.
Review by John Delia, Jr.
Many years before Harry Potter’s birth there was another time where turmoil ran the wizard world. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is an interesting prequel to the Harry Potter series as it dives in deeper to the historical part of the JK Rowling magical franchise. Based on a book that appeared in one of the earlier Harry Potter stories, JK Rowling explores adventurously into her wizardry realm. Read more
Deliciously decadent, this live action sequel to Alice in Wonderland puts a lot of chaotic energy beyond the original abstract film. This adventure called Alice Through the Looking Glass is packed full of surprises and comedy within the world of fantasy. A little more daring a wonderland, this one takes on a darker shade that may be a bit trying for very young tykes.
Filmmaker Bryan Singer finally comes up with a very good movie starring the X-Men, but again it’s Team vs. Team in X-Men: Apocalypse. In a matter of months we’ve had Batman vs. Superman and Captain America: Civil War and his four superheroes vs. Iron Man’s select four. It’s been a year of class of the titans and it’s only May. But, let’s stick with the review of this weekend’s savers of mankind. Read more
While the special effects are very good in The Huntsman: Winter’s War, the story, direction and the acting leave a lot to be desired. CGI plays a big part in the film and for the most part it carries its own weight, so much so that it gets wasted. The romantic plot gets a lot of the screen time and tends to make the film drag with its repetitive drivel. And most of the film can be described as The Hobbit meets Frozen. That said, let’s take one objection at a time. Read more
Working with a simple plot and on an indie budget Adam Sandler gives a good performance in the fantasy comedy The Cobbler. Doing what he does best, the comedian turns on the charm making his character enjoyable to watch under the creative direction of Tom McCarthy who co-wrote the script. While the story follows a theme similar to Sandler’s Click, here however, he’s more of a champion than an opportunist.
The stylish and compelling fantasy Ex Machina takes its audience into the labs of a world powerhouse specializing in artificial intelligence. It’s a tantalizing sci-fi drama that works magic with skillful CGI, convincing acting, dark and brooding music, and an imaginative winning script. If you are truly a science fiction fan, than this is one film you must see this year. Read more
The fun film Into the Woods has been released on Blu-ray and it’s dazzling. The fast moving musical comedy takes the audience on a fantasy trip with characters from the classic tales Little Red Riding Hood, Jack and the Beanstalk, and Cinderella. The fairytale characters collide on a fateful day when the Baker’s Wife decides to have a child. Based on the Steven Sondheim play, the live action with CGI film grossed just under $200 million worldwide theatrically. Read more
Taking many pages from previous films, the movie Seventh Son puts together a daemon slayer story that entertains. The motion picture plays well from tweens to gamers in their mid-twenties bringing a lot of action filled adventure for a Saturday matinee. Think The Sorcerer’s Apprentice with a sharper edge, but if you saw that film you may want to question seeing this one. The cinematography, special effects CGI and costumes are a starring part of the movie, so unless you are into filmmaking, Seventh Son’s more of a rainy day choice for teen males and dad’s with pre-teen sons. Read more
All good things must come to an end and for The Hobbit the finale is amazing. Titled The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, the film delivers action packed sequences of total devastation putting the film up there with Lord of the Rings: Return of the King. The cast continues to amaze with their fine acting, Peter Jackson lays the story to rest with a solemn, but captivating finish and the production crew dishes out a heaping helping of awesome cinematography/CGI and special effects. Read more
Most every child knows the story of Disney’s Sleeping Beauty from early video, books and DVD. Unless you went to see the movie at a theater back in the 1959 however, you probably saw a version that was not crisp and colorful. Finally after what seems forever, the family animated fantasy has been Blu-ray remastered and digitally restored in super widescreen. The Blu-ray, DVD and Digital HD have new bonus features and includes the DVD release’s special extras as well. Read more