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    Unfinished Business Blu-ray Review

    Jun 27 2015 03:00 PM | Matt Hough in DVD & Blu-ray Reviews

    An uneasy alliance of farce and sensitivity that doesn’t lie at all well together, Ken Scott’s Unfinished Business wastes talented players in a paint-by-the-numbers dramedy plot that doesn’t inspire raucous laughs or sweet sighs. Top-billed Vince Vaughn’s string of underperforming comedy vehicles just got a little longer with this unfunny and unimaginative, tasteless brew.



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    Mississippi Mermaid Blu-ray Review

    Jun 26 2015 01:33 PM | Matt Hough in DVD & Blu-ray Reviews

    Dual-sided obsessions that turn into genuine love highlight François Truffaut’s Mississippi Mermaid, a film which focuses on personal demons and obsessive behaviors more strongly than in many of his more famous works. A sometimes torturous tale of disillusionment as much as a tale of perverse sexual allure that can’t be extinguished no matter the dastardly things that happen, the movie was not one of Truffaut’s biggest hits, but its reputation has improved over time, and since it features two of the most stunning looking creatures ever to appear before his camera, there is always something wonderful to see even if narratively there seem to be inconsistencies that are incessantly bothersome.



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    The Fisher King Blu-ray Review

    Jun 25 2015 07:12 PM | Neil Middlemiss in DVD & Blu-ray Reviews

    The Fisher King is at once a story about the power of kindness and a commentary of homelessness and mental illness. Directed by Terry Gilliam’s, the film is a curious journey through sadness and darkness that warms and enriches the soul. Filled with expert performances, Gilliam’s trademark directorial approach (though restrained from his more unleashed adventures,) and a marvelous sense of intimacy among the New York setting, The Fisher King is a must see. Criterion’s fine Blu-ray release is a perfect opportunity to discover, or rediscover, this wonderful film.



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    Danny Collins Blu-ray Review

    Jun 25 2015 05:47 PM | Todd Erwin in DVD & Blu-ray Reviews

    Al Pacino plays the title character in Danny Collins, a melodramatic soap opera about an aging rock star coming to terms with where his life has taken him and where it may have gone after receiving a long lost letter from John Lennon. The film, from writer-director Dan Fogelman (Last Vegas, The Guilt Trip, Tangled), also stars Annette Bening, Jennifer Garner, Bobby Cannavale, and Christopher Plummer.



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    Absolute Beginners Blu-ray Review

    Jun 25 2015 01:36 PM | Matt Hough in DVD & Blu-ray Reviews

    There’s an awesome amount of energy expended in the musical numbers of the under heralded Absolute Beginners directed by Julien Temple, and while the dancing and production values will at various times remind one of dances in Oliver!, West Side Story, or Ken Russell’s The Boy Friend, that doesn’t lessen its very real entertainment value. The script is all over the map, inconsistent in tone and lacking in depth when things turn serious, but it’s an overall delightful little bauble that briefly glimmered at the very moment movie musicals were so out of favor.



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    An American Girl: Grace Stirs Up Success Blu-ray Review

    Jun 25 2015 11:38 AM | Todd Erwin in DVD & Blu-ray Reviews

    Aimed specifically at pre-teen girls, An American Girl: Grace Stirs Up Success follows 2015’s American Girl of the Year Grace as she travels to Paris, learns to bake at her Aunt and Uncle’s Patisserie, and tries to save her grandparent’s bakery by entering the MasterChef Junior contest.



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    The Young Lions Blu-ray Review

    Jun 24 2015 01:33 PM | Matt Hough in DVD & Blu-ray Reviews

    A patchwork quilt of stories featuring men on both sides of World War II and their lady loves, Edward Dmytryk’s The Young Lions is an absorbing if overlong period melodrama. With two of the greatest actors ever to appear in films in their only joint screen appearance (though they share only one sequence and then don’t really interact), The Young Lions engages the viewer through the towering personalities of its actors though the back-and-forth nature of the storytelling juggling three main storylines trying to intersect in some way may prove frustrating for those who would want more development in one story before jumping into another.



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    Last Knights Blu-ray Review

    Jun 23 2015 01:43 PM | Matt Hough in DVD & Blu-ray Reviews

    What a strange compilation of actors, genres, and styles is Kaz I Kiriya’s Last Knights! An inarguable samurai story resituated into a nebulous European middle ages fictional country and featuring an international cast of performers all speaking English but in their own unmodulated accents makes for one big goulash of a film. As a medieval knight adventure tale, it has some merit in the acting and directing, but there’s nothing particularly special about the story: the kind of downfall and redemption tale that’s been around longer than any of us has been alive.



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    Back to the Jurassic 3D Blu-ray Review

    Jun 22 2015 01:22 PM | Matt Hough in DVD & Blu-ray Reviews

    An outstanding cast of voice actors isn’t quite enough compensation to lift the children's adventure movie Back to the Jurassic beyond the mundane. Pre-teens will likely be entertained by the time travel adventure of a mischievous kid and his best friend and annoying sister, but others won’t find the animation all that engaging, and the 3D offered is definitely not on the lists of pluses for the film. It’s innocuous entertainment for the small fry, and that’s about it.



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    The Night of the Generals Blu-ray Review

    Jun 21 2015 06:22 PM | Richard Gallagher in DVD & Blu-ray Reviews

    The Night of the Generals is a large-scale, star-studded murder mystery about a sadistic serial killer during World War II. What makes it a unique story is the fact that the murderer is a German general who likes to mutilate prostitutes ( in effect a latter-day Jack the Ripper). The film chronicles the efforts of a dogged military investigator to solve the crime, demonstrating a somewhat ironic obsession with one death while surrounded by carnage involving millions. This Sam Siegel production is another outstanding Blu-ray from Twilight Time, with an exceptional transfer provided by Sony.



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    The Cowboy and the Blonde DVD Review

    Jun 21 2015 01:05 PM | Matt Hough in DVD & Blu-ray Reviews

    A spoiled Hollywood star and a naïve rodeo cowboy butting heads on a studio lot: there are the makings for a potentially riotous screwball comedy, but in the hands of B-movie director Ray McCarey, it amounts to very little in The Cowboy and the Blonde, a film that could have offered viewers a tantalizing look behind the scenes of a Hollywood studio or offered a modern-day Taming of the Shrew-style romantic comedy set in Tinsel Town. Instead we get stereotypical characters of no discernible interest and views of the Fox backlot that are stingily doled out and leave us wanting so much more.



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