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The Old Man & the Gun is The Pick of The Week

Who knew January was such a great time for new releases?
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Robert Redford is one of the all-time classic movie stars. He has the looks, the charm, and the acting chops. He starred in lots of great movies over his long career including Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, All the President’s Men, Out of Africa, and The Horse Whisperer. With The Old Man & the Gun, he has declared he is retiring from film acting. At 82 years of age and a whole lot of films to his credit as actor, director, and producer, I think he’s earned it. The Old Man & the Gun is based on the true

Castle Rock: The Complete First Season Is the Pick of the Week

Hope you have some Christmas money left because this week brings some interesting new releases.
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Over the last year or so, I’ve become quite the Stephen King fan. I’d read some of his work before then and seen many of the cinematic adaptations based upon his words, but I’d never really engulfed myself into his stories. It started with the audio book of his recent novel Mr. Mercedes and blossomed from there. I’m currently in the middle of IT which, if my pace continues, I’ll finish sometime in 2021. It's a really big book, and I’m a slow reader. But I dig it. I don’t know it that behemoth will cure me of my King

Bad Times at the El Royale is the Pick of the Week

The new year starts with some new titles.
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Those of you who pay attention to these things might be wondering what happened to this article over the last two weeks. Never fear, faithful reader. I have answers. Two weeks ago, I was at the beginning of a week-long bout with a virus that kept me bed-bound and mostly comatose. This last week, I was on the mend but there really was nothing worth talking about. Last Tuesday, otherwise known as New Release Day was also known as Christmas. The people who make decisions, such as what new Blu-rays to release and when had spent the previous four weeks

De Niro & De Palma: The Early Years From Arrow is The Pick of the Week

Here's a few new releases to add to your Christmas stocking.
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Over the years, I’ve become a pretty big Brian De Palma fan. It has been a slow process. I first came to him through the Oscar-winning, Al Capone-drama The Untouchables in 1987, then it was likely another decade before I caught him again in Mission:Impossible. I’d then catch a film here, a film there. Then the last couple of years, I’ve really started to pay attention. I’ve caught up on a lot of his older films - The Fury, Blow Out, Dressed to Kill - and while his stories are often a gloriously mess, I really dig his visual style.

Mission:Impossible - Fallout is the Pick of the Week

This pick of the week will self destruct in seven days.
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I have pretty much completely given up on action movies over the last decade or so. I long ago grew tired of more car chases, more explosions, more bigger and bigger guns. I still do watch superhero movies which I suppose are kind of like action flicks, but with capes, but whatever. Straight up action is pretty much gone from my movie queues. The exceptions being the Bond films (which I can call spy films and still get away with my "no action movies" mantra) and the Mission:Impossible films (also technically spy films, but who are we trying to kid?).

Sharp Objects is the Pick of the Week

Christmas is coming and with it loads of new releases.
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I regularly complain that there is just too much good television out these days. It's more than any one person can watch. This is especially true of me this past year as I have mostly concentrated on watching movies over television. Sometimes, I tell myself to take a week and binge-watch a few shows, but then the question becomes which one? Sharp Objects is a good place to start, I think. Based upon Gillian Flynn’s debut novel of the same name, it stars Amy Adams as an alcoholic reporter recently discharged from a psychiatric hospital after years of self-harming. She

Ingmar Bergman's Cinema is the Pick of the Week

Santa's gonna have a big list this year.
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Ingmar Bergman was one of the great pioneers of cinema. He made films that spoke directly to the soul. He made films about the soul, about faith and doubt, about life and metaphysics. He made art about the struggles between those things, always questioning, always exploring. He often made difficult movies, never popcorn affairs. His films could sometimes feel pretentious which is why I suspect most people who don’t like foreign films think of Bergman when making their argument. This is a man who literally made one of his characters play chess with Death in what is arguably his most

Juliet, Naked is the Pick of the Week

Star Trek, Blood Island, and giant sharks are just some of the great Blu-ray releases this week.
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As a non-fiction writer, Nick Hornby writes passionately and magnificently about the things he loves. I’ve utterly enjoyed his writings about music, reading, and even football. When he incorporates those passions into his fictional novels, he’s quite good. But when he leaves those things aside, his books tend to get sappy, preachy and uninteresting, at least to this reader. I was very happy to see that with Juliet, Naked he had returned to his musical roots. It tells the story of Duncan, a man obsessed with reclusive singer-songwriter Tucker Crowe, and his long-suffering girlfriend Annie. When Annie meets and develops

Incredibles 2 Is the Pick of the Week

It is a jam-packed week full of all sorts of goodness.
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Pixar’s stellar reputation has taken a few hits over the last several years, mostly due to unnecessary sequels. Many of their movies are complete stories within themselves and don’t need a sequel, so when one is tacked on it doesn’t have the same Pixar charm. The Incredibles is not such a story. It is a superhero movie. It deserves a sequel. Heck, it deserves a cinematic universe. It is a movie that practically begged for a sequel. After 14 years, we finally got one. The original The Incredibles is an action-packed, super-fun superhero movie with a lot of heart, but

Criterion's Release of The Princess Bride is the Pick of the Week

It's a week full of great interesting releases, so let's have fun storming the castle of upcoming Blu-ray releases.
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Hello. My name is Mat Brewster. I’ve picked The Princess Bride this week. Prepare to enjoy. It is a C.C.O.U.A (Criterion Collection of Usual Awesomeness) with a brand new 4K scan and loads of new and old extras. Including audio commentaries, an in-depth making-of documentary, interviews, features on the making of the film, and more. Let me explain the plot. No, there is too much. Let me sum up. The Princess Bride is Rob Reiner’s adaptation of William Goldman’s beloved novel that lovingly satirizes princess stories while remaining a wonderful comedic adventure with plenty of romance and enough great lines

Sorry to Bother You Is the Pick of the Week

Not sorry to tell you this is a great week for new Blu-ray releases.
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Sorry To Bother You stars Lakeith Stanfield as a telemarketer who adopts a white person’s voice at his job in order to increase his sales. His numbers do go through the roof, causing him to move up in the company and get swept up into a strange conspiracy. It was written and directed by Boots Riley of the musical group The Coup and also stars Tessa Thompson, Jermaine Fowler, Terry Crews, Patton Oswalt, David Cross, Danny Glover, Steven Yeun, and Armie Hammer. It garnered a lot of critical buzz and has been praised for its originality. In a world full

Ant-Man and the Wasp is the Pick of the Week

It's a big week full of releases but Marvel wins again.
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I hate to continually be a Marvel fanboy but here I am picking a movie from the MCU once again. I really do like most of the films they’ve put out over the last decade or so but I also have to admit consideration is paid to the fact that millions of people watch Marvel movies and picking them over and over isn’t going to hurt the old Cinema Sentries hit counter. Ant-Man and the Wasp was something of a palette cleanser after Avengers: Infinity War. That film was an enormous, expensive, expansive, high-stakes event in which literally the universe

Hotel Artemis is the Pick of the Week

Some pretty cool Blu-rays are coming out this week, I've got your scoop.
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In riot-torn Los Angeles in the year 2028, criminals of a discerning nature get their wounds patched up at the Hotel Artemis, a fortified hospital that will fix up whatever ails ya and not ask any questions about how you got hurt. It is run by Jodie Foster with muscle provided by Dave Bautista. There are lots of rules, including no killing on the premises all of which makes it sound like an extended version of that scene in John Wick in which Keanu Reeves shows up at a similar hospital. If you saw that scene and thought that concept

Three Identical Strangers is the Pick of the Week

The first week in October starts us off with a bang.
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Three Identical Strangers tells the real life story of David, Bobby, and Eddy, three identical triplets who were separated at birth not knowing of each other's existence. One day, when they were 19, they randomly discovered each other and became instant friends. They became a media sensation in the '80s, being interviewed by everyone from Tom Brokaw and Phil Donahue. But there was a dark side. The reasons why they were separated bordered on the nefarious. The media used them for ratings then tossed them aside. There were physical and mental issues. I don’t know all the details as I’ve

Solo: A Star Wars Story is the Pick of the Week

It was a tough choice to make this week, but I always gotta go with Star Wars.
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Back in 2012 when George Lucas sold Star Wars to Disney, the fandom went completely bonkers. The realization that there would be new Star Wars movies was incredibly exciting. Then a few years later, J.J. Abrams brought us The Force Awakens. It was an enormous success. Critics liked it, fans loved it. All was well with the world. Not long after Rogue One, the first anthology series came out and it too was a smashing success. Disney was promising new movies every year until the end of time. Then came The Last Jedi. Director Rian Johnson took the Star Wars

Criterion's Release of My Man Godfrey is the Pick of the Week

Superheroes, dinosaurs, aliens and more are all in this week's new Blu-ray releases.
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I cut the cord many years ago. For the most part, I haven’t missed cable at all. I don’t watch sports or any live events really. I’m happy to wait for whatever movie or TV show I want to watch comes to one streaming service or another. The one thing I do miss is Turner Classic Movies. They show all sorts of great movies, many of which would not have been on my radar otherwise. They put together interesting line-ups featuring particular directors or actors, or any other number of themes. Their hosts are informative and interesting. It was always

Ocean's 8 is the Pick of the Week

Here's what's interesting in the new Blu-ray releases this week.
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With reboots, re-imaginings, remakes, sequels, prequels, etc. and so forth, it's hard to keep up with all the ways Hollywood takes an existing property and changes it just enough to get us back into theaters (or at least attempt to do that). I get why they do it. You’ve got an established property with a built in fan base, but it's a few years (or decades) past its expiration date so you bring in fresh faces and start over. But it's hard not to be cynical about these things. Ocean’s 8 is an interesting twist in this ever-expanding and changing

Won't You Be My Neighbor? is the Pick of the Week

Here's all that you need to know about this week's new Blu-ray releases.
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I loved watching Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood growing up. I have only the vaguest memories of actually watching the show, but what is there is very warm. Later in life, my mother used to be bewildered by this fact. She always figured kids should prefer the more lively kids shows like Sesame Street and didn’t get the appeal of Mr. Rogers who seemed, well, kind of boring. But millions of kids like me completely get that his gentle demeanor and warm kindness wasn’t boring, it was comforting. In the years since, I’ve come to see Fred Rogers a radical cultural rebel.

RBG is the Pick of the Week

It's a big week full of interesting releases. We've got your details.
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The Supreme Court of the United State is shrouded in mystery. The decisions they make have far-reaching and long-running impacts on all aspects of our society. Yet cameras are not allowed into their proceedings, and rarely do they give open interviews or stand for intimate profile pieces. In recent years, this has begun to change and we now see some Justices having a more public profile but much of what goes on inside the court remains a mystery. Ruth Bader Ginsburg was the second woman to be appointed to the court. RBG profiles her rise to that position and her

The Terror is the Pick of the Week

It's a week full of big movies, big TV, shows and big reviews from our staff.
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The question we are faced with, dear reader, is whether to go with the new release that we have seen and loved, or the one we have not watched but really want to. The answer, it seems is to go with what we know. At least for this week. The Terror is a new anthology series from AMC. Season One fictionalizes the true story of the crew members of two British ships, the HMS Erebus and the HMS Terror, that set sail in the 1800s to find the fabled Northwest Passage to Asia and were never seen alive again. Based

Avengers: Infinity War is the Pick of the Week

Here's all that's worth buying in this week's new Blu-ray releases.
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Oh snap, Avengers: Infinity War comes out this week. It's been twenty years since Iron Man began the Marvel Cinematic Universe. In that time, Marvel has changed the landscape of film, television, and how far reaching franchises can get. These days, everybody is trying to get into the cinematic-universe game and pretty much everybody else is failing at it. Marvel has made billions of dollars from their films, television series, and other tie-ins. They’ve proven you can make individual films that maintain their own style and yet are able to be brought into a larger cinematic fold. In some ways,

The Death of Superman is the Pick of the Week

It's a full week of new releases, and I've got the details.
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Superman died in 1993. Or at least DC Comics briefly killed him in Superman #75. It was a huge media event. I wasn’t much for comic books in 1993 but I totally remember the hype. Of course, they brought him back to life sometime later but the idea that the indestructible Man of Steel could be killed was a pretty big deal back then. It was also one of the earliest major cross-over events. DC chose this story for their first DC Universe Animated Original Movie back in 2007. They’ve now remade it with Jerry O’Connell starring as Superman with

Tully is the Pick of the Week

Here's all that's interesting coming to Blu-ray this week.
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Last week, I complained that there wasn’t much of interest coming out. At least it had a big Steven Spielberg movie hitting the shelves. This week doesn’t even have that. It's the sort of week that I’d skip if I were just a regular schlub looking for something to buy at my local Blu-ray store. Instead, I’m just a schlub who writes a weekly column about new home-video releases so I’d better say something. Tully is a dramatic comedy from Diablo Cody and Jason Reitman. It stars Charlize Theron as a soon-to-be mother of three struggling with the craziness that

Ready Player One is the Pick of the Week

The long, hot summer may never end, but at least there are still a few movies to watch.
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We are officially into the Dog Days of Summer. Actually, that may not be true. Is there an official start to the Dog Days of Summer? Do they put that on calendars? Maybe it's in August, I don’t know. What I do know is that it feels like summer has been here forever and it feels like it will never end. I’ve grown really tired of having nothing but blockbusters at the movie theater. I’m ready for cooler weather, leaves changing colors, the end of mowing my yard, and some new Oscar contenders to watch. There is no relief coming

Isle of Dogs is the Pick of the Week

It's a big week for new releases. Come inside to see the best of the bunch.
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One of the hardest things to do with Wes Anderson films is waiting for the eventual Criterion release. Every film of his up to The Grand Budapest Hotel has gotten one (and Anderson has promised it will get a Criterion release eventually). Too impatient to wait on that one, I already have a Blu-ray copy sitting on my shelf. This will no doubt get replaced once the Criterion comes out. There has been no announcement that Anderson’s latest film, Isle of Dogs will get a Criterion release, but safe money is that it will. Eventually. The difficulty will be waiting

Mosaic is the Pick of the Week

Stephen Soderbergh getting experimental with television leads off a pretty cool week in new releases.
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I’m on record as being a recovering Steven Soderbergh fan. Or maybe I was a recovering fan who has fallen off the wagon. This metaphor has already gotten out of hand and I just started. I loved Soderbergh early in his career then drifted away for awhile but I’m now very much back into finding him to be a very interesting director. He briefly quit filmmaking a few years back and kept himself busy with TV work on shows like The Knick, then came back to film with Logan Lucky, and now he seems to be splitting his time between

Arrow Video's The Last House on the Left is the Pick of the Week

This week is packed full of interesting releases I've never heard of.
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I write a weekly column discussing all the cool things I’ve discovered in a given week. I typically spend time on IMDB in preparation for that column watching new trailers, looking at new posters, and generally trying to stay abreast of what new movies are coming out. Even so, nearly every week I am surprised when writing this column over various new Blu-ray releases that I’ve never heard of, especially ones with big names attached to them. This week includes several releases star people like Shia LaBeouf, Rosamund Pike, Ellen Page, Jon Hamm, and others that somehow slipped right past

Terminal (2018) is the Pick of the Week

Bad reviews be damned, Terminal sounds like fun to me.
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Do you ever find yourself really liking an actor or actress even though there isn’t a film of theirs that really thrills you? Margot Robbie is like that to me. I’ve liked her ever since I first saw her in Wolf of Wall Street (even though she wasn’t much more than a pretty face in that one). I’ve only only seen her in a few other things and most of those have been bad (I’m looking straight at you, Suicide Squad) and the things I haven’t seen have not been well reviewed. I did really enjoy her performance in I,

Tom Baker's Complete First Season of Doctor Who is the Pick of the Week

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In 1978, the first four seasons of Tom Baker’s Doctor Who episodes were sold to PBS stations across the United States. This was not the first time The Doctor had come to America. Several years prior, Time Life bought up some of Jon Pertwee’s episodes and syndicated it to commercial stations in the U.S. However, none of the stations seemed to understand the nature of the serialized show and were constantly shuffling it about in their schedule keeping audiences from getting it. PBS hired Howard Da Silva to read voiceover recaps before each episode and teasers at the end, allowing

George Carlin Commemorative Collection is the Pick of the Week

Here are a few titles worth picking up this week.
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Mat continues his family road trip, so I am picking up the reins to write about what looks interesting. It feels like we've been living in Hans Christian Andersen's "The Emperor's New Clothes" for the past few years as the public discourse gets increasingly less trustworthy due to certain players reveling in and profiting from the chaos of misinformation. It makes one wish for more people in the public square, like the child of Andersen's story, to call out the nonsense on display in society. I enjoy those rabble-rousers, firebrands, and troublemakers who don't go along with the status quo,

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