Adding another princess to their family, the movie Disney’s Moana comes to home video and it’s perfect for kids and family. The animated full feature takes place in the Pacific Islands with Fiji in mind. The heroine is a young girl who wants to save her people from becoming extinct due to lack of food. The comical musical adventure shows how courage, friendship and uniting with others can help you achieve your goal. Read more
Adding another princess to their gallery, the movie Moana comes to theaters and it’s perfect for kids and family. This feature takes place in the Pacific Islands with Fiji in mind and a young girl who wants to save her people from dying from lack of food. The adventure shows how courage, friendship and uniting with others can help you achieve your goal. Read more
The last home video release of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast in 2011 came complete with 3D Blu-ray, Blu-ray, DVD and Digital Copy. If your family has not obtained an updated release, this 25th anniversary edition of the animated feature offers more bonus features plus a peak at the all new live action telling of the fairy tale that has lived on for decades. The Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast” new live action film will be released in theaters March of 2017. Read more
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
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
There’s a very good film opening this weekend and it’s pretentious in a very loving way. Partly based on a true story, Marguerite takes you to a time when Paris was in flower and Barons ruled provincial areas of France. And it’s drenched in the opulence of the rich and ravenous with the shysters looking to take advantage of the vain and ostentatious. Elegantly filmed, richly acted and well directed, if you like a good farce, you’ll fall in love with Marguerite. Read more
Fun for the youngsters, the newest “Alvin and the Chipmunks: Road Chip” is now available on DVD plus Digital HD. It’s good family fun and features some real hip music to boot. The disc doesn’t stop with the story, it contains some cool special features as well. If you want to keep you children happy on a rainy day, this is one animated film that should be in the stack. Read more
Swinging into Pitch Perfect 2, the very funny and uplifting musical offers a good time for the over 13 crowd and it’s now on Blu-ray and DVD. The whole cast is returning from the first episode and they are in a battle to keep their legacy intact. You’ll be treated to the antics of your favorites from last year and a group of new characters who will rock the house. Jam packed with special features, other than Disney releases no other studio gives home viewers this many extras on Blu-ray. Available for home viewing on September 22. Read more
Emotional, disturbing and astounding the film Straight Outta Compton takes its audience on a journey from ghetto to greatness. The biographical film tells all showing how five creative music artists broke away from a life of crime or degradation to a career that allowed them to speak their piece. Told and created by the guys who lived it, the film puts a stamp on the beginning of the rap era that took a stand against social intolerance by raising their voices in the best way they knew how. Read more
Bringing to light the importance of the Underground Railroad in American History, the movie Freedom delivers a captivating true account of slavery and those who would defy the oppressors. With good performances all around, the use of music to help tell the anguish and able direction, the film is a must see. Not a film with a political agenda, Freedom shows the cooperation between races as they try to right a terrible wrong. The film has been released on DVD.
Combining two iconic stars into one songwriting dynamo, the film Love & Mercy delves into the life of The Beach Boys lead singer. The film depicts Paul Dano as the younger vibrant Brian Wilson and John Cusack as the older troubled musician who tries to come to terms with his past of glory, a troubling mental illness and conflicted advice. Whether you are a fan of the famous The Beach Boys or just like good dramatic performances, Love & Mercy should be at the top of your list this weekend.
A legend in Rock and Roll, the biography about Jimi Hendrix called Jimi: All is by my Side is now on Blu-ray, DVD and VOD. The film focus on his early rise to fame and moves along at a fast tempo till the amazing musically explosive finale. He carved out a name for himself in the midst of Britain’s top rock stars including Paul McCartney, George Harrison, Eric Clapton, The Rolling Stones and The Animals. If your music involves the love of rock, blues, jazz and soul, this film delivers the man with the red hot guitar. Read more
Impressive, the film Get on Up has a fine cast, direction and a story that’s convincing with its excellent acting. It entertains on two levels, a heartrending biography and the singer that changed music in America. The film is directed by Tate Taylor who brought The Help to the screen and now tackles a difficult bio with an uplifting movie that’s pure gold. Now on Blu-ray and DVD in a combo pact, the film transfers well to home theaters. Read more
Likable actors try to save this drama, but the story gets a little lame, quickly predictable and lacks real empathy for the characters. However, for the musical soundtrack and those utterly idealistic fans of both Keira Knightly and Mark Ruffalo, it’s perfect. Targeted at mostly women, Begin Again is now on DVD/Blu-ray with a couple of good bonus features. Read more
Taking a turn at directing William H. Macy offers a nicely acted drama with music and a little comedy called Rudderless. The indie movie, targeted for the adult crowd, takes you into the life of a family man who has to deal with the tragic loss of is son. It’s a gripping story that evolves into an emotional twist. Read more