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Tribeca 2024 Review: Soldiers of Song

Ryan Smith’s Soldiers of Song starts off as if we’re about to watch a trailer for the documentary that’s going ...
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Tribeca 2024 Review: Pirópolis

From the film’s opening shot to the final haunting minutes, Nicolás Molina’s Pirópolis grabs your attention, immerses you into the ...
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Tribeca 2024 Review: The Dog Thief

One of the best things about film festivals, such as Tribeca and others, is having the opportunity to see movies ...
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Tribeca 2024 Review: Brats

For years, I thought that films with the “Brat Pack” term attached to them were only written and/or directed by ...
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Tribeca 2024 Review: Some Rain Must Fall

There has been a recent trend in which independent features are shot in 4:3 box format, as opposed to the ...
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Of Mice and Men (1992) Blu-ray Review: A Fine Adaptation, but a Terrible Blu-ray

Gary Sinise had a brief period in his career where he also directed himself in certain movies. One of those ...
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Appaloosa Blu-ray Review: A History of Law-Abiding Violence

Ed Harris may be mainly known for his work as an actor, but the skills he has behind the camera ...
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Gravity (2013) Blu-ray Review: Out of This World

One of the most intense cinematic experiences I remember having in the last decade was seeing Alfonso Cuarón’s Gravity on ...
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Resistance – They Fought Back Movie Review: A Captivating Look at the Jewish Uprising

The Jewish resistance that took place during the Holocaust is something that isn’t as heavily discussed or documented in history ...
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Interview with Tony DiTerlizzi and Holly Black on The Spiderwick Chronicles

From 2003 through 2004, Tony DiTerlizzi and Holly Black released a series of five children's fantasy books called The Spiderwick ...
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The Long Riders Blu-ray Review: O Brother, Who Shot Thou?

While the western genre is amongst my favorites for film and television, there are still some that I’ve overlooked or ...
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Journey to Bethlehem Blu-ray Review: Joyful, Joyful, Movie, I Adore Thee

As a Christian, I will admit that movies catered toward my demographic are mostly hard to stomach. They usually come ...
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The Fog of War Blu-ray Review: Robert McNamara Tells All

Although I’ve never held a role in politics, nor do I intend to, there’s no doubt that they come with ...
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National Lampoon’s Animal House Remastered Edition Blu-ray Review: Toga! Toga!

While rewatching National Lampoon’s Animal House, I couldn’t help but notice a few things. The first is just how many ...
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Interview with James Cosmo on My Sailor, My Love

The name James Cosmo may not be one many recognize right away, but there’s a high likelihood you’ve watched him ...
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After Death (2023) Movie Review: A Beautifully Filmed Exploration of Near-Death Experiences

The biggest question that people ask, whether they are young or old, is what happens when we die? Where do ...
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The Road Dance Movie Review: A Slight Misstep

There comes a moment in Richie Adams’ The Road Dance where I wondered if I would actually care what happened ...
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Divinity Movie Review: Forever Young

Eddie Alcazar’s Divinity is a film that begs to be seen. Heck, it’s pleading to be seen, to be noticed, ...
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School of Rock 20th Anniversary Blu-ray Steelbook Review: It Still Rocks

Richard Linklater’s School of Rock was released 20 years ago and is still proof that a family film doesn’t have ...
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My Sailor, My Love Movie Review: A Delightful Feature on Later-Stage Romance

It may almost seem cliché to say that a movie filmed in Ireland is breathtaking to behold, but it’s true ...
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Book Review: Out There: The Science Behind Sci-Fi Film and TV by Ariel Waldman

Science fiction is a genre that has predicted many current inventions. And yet, at the time of release, certain movies ...
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One False Move Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: Southern Discomfort

Carl Franklin’s work is a blind spot for me, sad to say. While the acclaimed filmmaker has only a few ...
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Sympathy for the Devil (2023) Movie Review: Ride Angry

It’s almost too on the nose that Nicolas Cage would star in a movie called Sympathy for the Devil, in ...
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Tribeca 2023 Interview: Filmmaker Rod Blackhurst on Blood for Dust

This isn’t the first time that filmmaker Rod Blackhurst has attended the Tribeca Film Festival. Back in 2016, his feature ...
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Guy Ritchie’s The Covenant Blu-ray Review: A Solid yet Standard War Flick

Guy Ritchie’s wheelhouse has primarily been in the crime comedy genre with films like Snatch; Lock, Stock and Two Smoking ...
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Tribeca 2023 Review: Blood for Dust

In the opening scene of Rod Blackhurst’s Blood for Dust, we see an image of what appears to be a ...
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Tribeca 2023 Review: Stan Lee

Stan Lee, the legendary Marvel Comics co-founder, passed away back in 2018. But the work he did during his time ...
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Rain Man Blu-ray Review: Irresistibly Good

For years, I had made references to Rain Man or had people make references to the movie because of how ...
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Tribeca 2023 Review: Richland

Richland, Washington is a small town with which not many people may be familiar. And yet, it has a fascinating ...
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Tribeca 2023 Interview: Filmmaker Irene Lusztig Discusses Her New Documentary, Richland

While the summer movie season will feature a lot of discussion about Christopher Nolan’s Oppenheimer, which tells the true story ...
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Renfield Blu-ray Review: Sink Your Teeth into This One

When you allow an actor like Nicolas Cage to completely let loose, it’s almost guaranteed that the performance will be ...
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Book Review: Out of My Head: The Imaginary Creatures of Josep Baqué by Brian Chidester

Josep Baqué was an artist with whom very few are familiar. His artwork went mostly unknown, as he never shared ...
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Moon Garden Movie Review: A Beautiful, Nightmarish Ride

It’s easy to see that Ryan Stevens Harris’ feature film debut, Moon Garden, takes its cues from established niche directors ...
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It’s Quieter in the Twilight Movie Review: The Final Frontier

Space exploration is one of the most fascinating subjects we’ve been able to conduct in human history. It gives us ...
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Sisu (2023) Movie Review: A Bloody, and I Mean Bloody, Good Time

What happens when you take John Wick, cross it with Inglourious Basterds, and sprinkle a dash of the Man with ...
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His Dark Materials: The Complete Season Three Blu-ray Review: A Fitting Finale for this Series

All too often, successful television shows go on longer than they should. Most of the time, it results in the ...
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Sweetwater (2023) Movie Review: Inspirational Sports Story Hampered by Cliches

Martin Guigui’s Sweetwater begins with a sports reporter (Jim Caviezel) getting into a taxicab and start discussing the possibility of ...
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Interview with Actor Cary Elwes on His New Film, Sweetwater, and His Performance as Ned Irish

While most people know Cary Elwes for his work as the dashing Westley in Rob Reiner’s The Princess Bride, the ...
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The Magic Flute (2023) Movie Review: Bargain Harry Potter Set to Opera

I’m not familiar with Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s original opera, The Magic Flute, nor am I familiar with other renditions that ...
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The Fabelmans Blu-ray Review: Steven Spielberg’s Cinema Paradiso

It’s hard to imagine what cinema would be like without Steven Spielberg’s presence. He’s the man who created the first ...
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The Final 19 Movie Review: A Riveting Account of a POW’s Experience

Dan Hefel knew he was going to be drafted eventually. With the Vietnam War intensifying, Hefel decided that it would ...
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Book Review: Kevin Smith: His Films and Fans, Compiled & Edited by David Gati

No matter what you think of director Kevin Smith, there’s no denying that the 52-year-old filmmaker has something out of ...
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Book Review: Being Bond: A Daniel Craig Retrospective by Mark Salisbury

Daniel Craig’s final outing as James Bond in No Time to Die reminded us all how much of an impact ...
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The Banshees of Inisherin Movie Review: Simply Lovely

What could be better than watching two under-appreciated actors give it their all? It’s watching two under-appreciated actors give it ...
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The Woman King Blu-ray Review: Delivers a Mighty Roar

When the majority of PG-13-rated action films being released today have a Marvel or DC label attached to them, one ...
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Mayor of Kingstown: Season One Blu-ray Review: Deserving of a Recall Election

There was a time when Taylor Sheridan was the hot, up-and-coming filmmaker whose work I consistently sought. The first Sicario ...
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DC League of Super-Pets Blu-ray Review: Sit and Stay for This One

Usually known for being much darker and more adult than its cinematic competitor Marvel, DC films will, on the very ...
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The Justice of Bunny King Movie Review: Essie Davis Excels in Familiar Drama

Gaysorn Thavatt’s The Justice of Bunny King premiered at 2021’s Tribeca Film Festival and is finally making its way to ...
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Running out of Time/Running out of Time 2 Blu-ray Review: One Part Great, One Part Unnecessary

It’s always great when a boutique studio like Arrow or Criterion releases a set of films in the same series ...
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Ferngully: The Last Rainforest 30th Anniversary Blu-ray Review: A Magical yet Rigid Journey

When revisiting a movie from your childhood, it’s always best to go in with an open mind and the expectation ...
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Get Away If You Can Movie Review: Sound Advice

It’s a rarity when the name of the movie tells you what to do if you see it playing in ...
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Interview with Terrence Martin and Dominique Braun about Get Away If You Can

It’s a daunting task to direct your first feature film in Hollywood. It’s even more daunting when you also commit ...
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Tribeca 2022 Interview: Producer Annalise Davis Talks Fireworks

Producer Annalise Davis has been in the film industry for nearly 20 years, having worked on films such as The ...
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Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore Blu-ray Review: It’s No Secret, This Movie Stinks

If David Yates and J.K. Rowling are serious about their plan to make the Fantastic Beasts series into five movies, ...
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Tribeca 2022 Review: Fireworks

There have been many films and television series that involve top-level characters carrying out orders to bomb a certain location ...
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Tribeca 2022 Review: Katrina Babies

There is no way that someone could direct a documentary such as Katrina Babies the same way if they had ...
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Tribeca 2022 Review: A Rising Fury

Starting with the Maidan Revolution in Kyiv in 2013, and leading up to the current invasion from Russia, A Rising ...
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Tribeca 2022 Review: The Visitor

After spending time in jail for “alcoholism,” Humberto (Enrique Araoz) is three years sober and ready to restart his life ...
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Tribeca 2022 Review: The Integrity of Joseph Chambers

Joseph Chambers (Clayne Crawford), or “Joe” as some call him, is not the kind of man you would think could ...
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Tribeca 2022 Review: A Love Song

Dale Dickey has been acting for nearly 30 years, and chances are, you’ve seen her in at least one movie ...
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Tribeca 2022 Review: Butterfly in the Sky

The opening scene of Butterfly in the Sky centers LeVar Burton in front of a huge library filled with books. ...
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Tribeca 2022 Review: Peace in the Valley

It’s a sad coincidence that Tyler Riggs’ Peace in the Valley premieres at the Tribeca Film Festival as the nation ...
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Tribeca 2022 Review: Rounding

Alex Thompson’s Rounding is classified as a psychological thriller, and it has the necessary elements to categorize it as such. ...
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Interview with Filmmaker Naveen Chathapuram about The Last Victim

After nearly 20 years in the film industry as a producer, Naveen Chathapuram has made his directorial debut with the ...
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The Last Victim (2022) Movie Review: A Victim of Mediocrity

One of the most interesting things about Naveen Chatapuram’s directorial debut The Last Victim is that, by the end, the ...
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Adieu Lacan Movie Review: Say Hello to This Gem

One of the tricks of adapting a stage play to film is making sure that the film is able to ...
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As They Made Us Movie Review: A Solid Directorial Debut for Mayim Bialik

Mayim Bialik has become successful in numerous fields. From landing roles in acclaimed television shows such as Blossom and The ...
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Eastern Promises (2007) Blu-ray Review: The Fellowship of the Mafia Ring

For most people, Viggo Mortensen’s star power was recognized after his performance as Aragorn in the Lord of the Rings ...
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SXSW 2022 Review: Mickey: The Story of a Mouse

As Walt Disney once said, “It all started with a mouse.” Now, that mouse, whose name you are probably spelling ...
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SXSW 2022 Review: Cha Cha Real Smooth

Coming-of-age movies have a tendency to be huge successes in the festival circuit, and most wind up becoming popular with ...
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SXSW 2022 Review: Tony Hawk: Until the Wheels Fall Off

The opening minutes of Tony Hawk: Until the Wheels Fall Off captivate the viewer with footage of a present-day Hawk, ...
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SXSW 2022 Review: The Cow

A bad couple making bad decisions is always a chore to watch as a movie progresses to its end. One ...
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SXSW 2022 Review: Raquel 1:1

Mariana Bastos’ Raquel 1:1 questions what would happen if the Bible was written with more favorability toward women in its ...
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SXSW 2022 Review: Crows are White

Traditions are hard to break, especially if a particular population has been practicing them for more than a century. And ...
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SXSW 2022 Review: A Vanishing Fog

Augusto Sandino’s A Vanishing Fog is the first film to be shot entirely in the Páramo of Sumapaz, a large ...
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SXSW 2022 Review: The Blind Man Who Did Not Want to See Titanic

It’s a long and unique title, but The Blind Man Who Did Not Want to See Titanic is also something ...
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The Matrix Resurrections 4K UHD Review: Welcome to the Meta-Verse

One of the things that The Matrix: Resurrections does is acknowledge that it feels pointless to make a sequel to ...
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La Dolce Vita Blu-ray Review: The High Cost of Fancy Living

Federico Fellini’s La Dolce Vita clocks in at nearly three hours, the usual length of some big-budgeted epics that would ...
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12 Angry Men (1997) Blu-ray Review: One Terrific Movie

While Sidney Lumet’s adaptation of Reginald Rose’s 12 Angry Men is a film that is 100 percent perfect and doesn’t ...
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Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978) Blu-ray Review:  An Instant Sci-Fi Classic

At one point, Hollywood gave Jack Finney’s The Body Snatchers the same treatment it did to other popular literature such ...
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Sundown (2022) Movie Review: A Long, Unengaging Walk on the Beach

Michel Franco’s Sundown clocks in at 83 minutes but feels like it takes an eternity to reach its destination. Despite ...
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Cry Macho Blu-ray Review: Back in the Saddle Again

It’s been some time since Clint Eastwood made a movie that is simply just enjoyable and doesn’t become something weighed ...
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The Original Christmas Specials Collection Steelbook Blu-ray Review: Three Gifts, One Stocking Stuffer, One Lump of Coal

For many years, Arthur Rankin Jr. and Jules Bass dominated the small screens with their holiday specials. Even after the ...
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Throw Down Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: Brawl Room Blitz

Johnnie To’s Throw Down is a titular double entendre. Not only is it a film about martial arts (kind of); ...
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Interview with Leonard Maltin about His Memoir, Starstruck: My Unlikely Road to Hollywood

Photo by Jessie Maltin “Is this about you or me?” That one question changed how then 13-year-old Leonard Maltin conducted ...
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Book Review: Starstruck: My Unlikely Road to Hollywood by Leonard Maltin

He has covered the entertainment industry since he was 13 years old. At some point, maybe even right now, his ...
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The Fortune Cookie Blu-ray Review: The Beginning of a Beautiful Friendship

I’m from a generation that hears the names Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau together in a movie and immediately reverts ...
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His Dark Materials: The Complete Second Season Blu-ray Review: Entertaining Adaptation of Popular Book Series

There was an era in the 2000s in which movie studios were desperate to find the next The Lord of ...
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12 Monkeys Blu-ray Steelbook Review: No Monkeying Around Here

The first time I had come across Terry Gilliam’s 12 Monkeys was in middle school, finding a novelized adaptation at ...
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Crisis (2021) Movie Review: Surprisingly Disappointing

With heavy inspiration drawn from movies like Steven Soderbergh’s Traffic, Nicholas Jarecki’s Crisis takes a look at America’s addiction to ...
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Mandabi Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: Unexpected Money Leads to Lots of Problems

One of the things that Ousmane Sembène’s second feature film does that so few films do is, take lesser-known actors ...
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Tesla (2020) Blu-ray Review: Electrifying

To call Michael Almereyda’s Tesla an unconventional biopic would be an understatement. It’s an oddball and brazen approach to the ...
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The Marksman (2021) Movie Review: Off Target

There is no debating that Liam Neeson is the one big-name actor currently working in Hollywood who is able to ...
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Cinema Paradiso Blu-ray Review: Heaven-Sent

The winner for Best Foreign Language Film at the 1989 Golden Globes and Academy Awards ceremonies, and deservedly so, Cinema ...
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Jiu Jitsu (2020) DVD Review: Wasted Potential

At this point in his career, when Nicolas Cage does a paycheck movie (which feels like one every week), a ...
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Judy (2019) Blu-ray Review: A Look at Life After the Rainbow

There is no denying that all of the praise and awards attention that Renee Zellweger has been receiving for her ...
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The Plot Against America DVD Review: A Bland ‘What If’ Drama

Based on Phillip Roth's novel of the same name, David Simon's adaptation of The Plot Against America takes a look at an ...
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Parasite (2019) Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: Rich Fam, Poor Fam

One of the hardest things for a filmmaker to do is blend multiple genres together and do it so seamlessly. ...
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First Cow Blu-ray Review: Striking Gold and Finding Friendship

This tumultuous year saw several films see a brief theatrical release before being pulled altogether. Unless it was something that ...
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Christ Stopped at Eboli Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: Emotionally Captivating

Listed as one of the 1,001 movies you need to see before you die, Christ Stopped at Eboli is a film of ...
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We Bare Bears: The Movie DVD Review: A Satisfying Send-Off

Warner Bros Home Entertainment provided the writer with a free copy of the DVD reviewed in this Blog Post. The ...
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Book Review: Blade Runner 2049 – Interlinked – The Art by Tanya Lapointe

I remember back in 2017, after I had just exited the IMAX presentation of Blade Runner 2049, being absolutely stunned by ...
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Before the Fire (2020) Movie Review: A Timely Thriller that Flames Out

There's a lot that happens in the opening moments of Before the Fire that immediately feels tense and eerie, given the current ...
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The Whistlers (2020) Movie Review: Barely a Peep

One of the review pull quotes I originally saw for The Whistlers noted that it was like something the Coen Brothers would ...
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Book Review: Tiananmen 1989: Our Shattered Hopes by Lun Zhang

I was not even five years old when the events of Tiananmen Square took place in Beijing, China in 1989. ...
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Friday the 13th (40th Anniversary) Steelbook Blu-ray Review: There Was This One Time at Camp Crystal Lake…

Confession time. The Friday the 13th franchise is one that I've largely ignored my whole life. Call it snobbery, call it what ...
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The Deeper You Dig (2020) Movie Review: An Effective DIY Thriller

In the world of filmmaking, it's not rare to see siblings make movies together (the Coen brothers, for example). Nor ...
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Shirley (2020) Movie Review: Seriously Great

Shirley Jackson (Elisabeth Moss) has just become one of the most talked-about writers of her time, with the publishing of ...
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Richard Jewell Blu-ray Review: Misinformation Sells

It has become more of a gamble with Clint Eastwood's late-career directorial efforts. The Oscar-winning actor/filmmaker, who is still pumping ...
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Swamp Thing (2019): The Complete Series Blu-ray Review: What Is and What (Unfortunately) Will Never Be

It was doomed from the beginning. Before making its debut on the DC Universe streaming service, Swamp Thing had its initial 13-episode ...
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Waves (2019) Blu-ray Review: The Place Beyond the Palms

The use of popular music can make or break certain scenes in movies. Martin Scorsese knows this, even though he ...
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Harriet (2019) Blu-ray Review: A Long Walk to Freedom

One of the most surprising things about Harriet is the fact that, prior to it, there hadn't been a single feature film ...
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Sliding Doors Collector’s Edition Blu-ray Review: Let Them Close

The idea behind Sliding Doors is one that is rather original and intriguing. Imagine someone living two separate but shared storylines. One ...
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Color Out of Space (2020) Movie Review: A Campy and Gorgeous Lovecraft Adaptation

One of the great things about Nicolas Cage's decisions to appear in practically anything that crosses his desk is, every ...
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The Farewell Blu-ray Review: Family Matters

When someone is diagnosed with a terminal illness, the automatic assumption is that the person should know what they have ...
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By the Grace of God (2019) Movie Review: Shines a Spotlight on the Catholic Church Scandal

It wasn't that long ago that Tom McCarthy released Spotlight, the Best Picture-winning biopic that showcased a team of Boston Globe reporters investigating ...
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This Magnificent Cake! Blu-ray Review: This Magnificent Movie!

At just 44 minutes, This Magnificent Cake! zooms by, but it also leaves the viewer speechless. An exploration of 1800s Belgian history ...
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Chained for Life (2019) Movie Review: Unchained Filmmaking

As history has proven time and time again, Hollywood is not always the kindest place for certain people. All of ...
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Poms Blu-ray Review: Rah, Rah, Sis Boom Bah

Based on the trailers alone, Zara Hayes' Poms could easily be dismissed as something that we've seen numerous times and won't try ...
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Roxanne (1987) Blu-ray Review: Big Nose, Bigger Laughs

Fred Schepisi's Roxanne is a film that, at first glance, may seem too contrived and too formulaic to differentiate itself from the ...
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The Mountain (2019) Movie Review: Worth Exploring

I'm not familiar with any of Rick Alverson's previous efforts, such as The Comedy and Entertainment. But if there's something to be learned ...
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Fathom Events Presents Glory (1989): An Intense Civil War Film

In recent years, the war genre has mostly shown viewers the events of what happened during World War II or ...
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High Life (2019) Blu-ray Review: Out of This World

If 2001: A Space Odyssey had more of a horror aspect and were to get slapped with an R rating, it might ...
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The Illusionist (2006) Blu-ray Review: Full of Tricks and Treats

There was a time in which both Christopher Nolan's The Prestige and Neil Burger's The Illusionist played at the theater at which I worked. ...
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Spider-Man: Far From Home Movie Review: Living in a Post-Endgame World

Serving as an epilogue to Avengers: Endgame, and also the final installment of Marvel's Phase Three set of feature films, ...
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Yesterday (2019) Movie Review: Oh-Blah-Di, Oh-Blah-Da

Danny Boyle's Yesterday imagines a world in which all the people, living all around the world, had never heard of John Lennon, ...
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Under the Silver Lake DVD Review:  A Mind-Bending Ode to Hollywood and the Noir Genre

David Robert Mitchell's Under the Silver Lake had been pushed back so many times before A24 decided to quietly release it in ...
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Pavarotti Movie Review: A Fine Look at the Opera Legend

Luciano Pavarotti was one of the best opera singers to have lived, and his memory will live on forever in ...
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A Star is Born: Encore Blu-ray Review: As Great As the Original Version

Bradley Cooper showed his prowess for directing with his debut, the 2018 version of A Star is Born. In some aspects, ...
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Blaze (2018) Blu-ray Review: Hits the Right Notes

You may not know the name Blaze Foley, and that's OK. A lot of other people - myself included - ...
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The Kid Brother Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: A Comedic Gem

I'm not too familiar with the work of Harold Lloyd, and The Kid Brother is actually the first film of his that ...
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Pandas Movie Review: Simply Adorable

One of the things about animal/nature documentaries is that a lot of them aim to be overly cutesy in their ...
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Vice (2018) Blu-ray Review: A Smug, Insulting Biopic

In a perfect world, the cast of Vice would be in a movie that is compelling and maybe doesn't play to the ...
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The Mule (2018) Blu-ray Review: The Old Man and the Drugs

At this point, it's hard to take an actor seriously when he or she announces retirement from being in front ...
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Year of the Dragon Blu-ray Review: An Underrated Cop Thriller

Michael Cimino may have never had another critical and/or commercial success after The Deer Hunter, but that doesn't mean he, ...
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Unknown Soldier (2017) Blu-ray Review: A Gripping World War II Drama

One of the great things about the Finnish war drama, Unknown Soldier, is that it doesn't rely on copious amounts ...
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Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald Blu-ray Review: A Crime Itself

Maybe five films is a bit too much to look at everything in the pre-Harry Potter universe. Or, maybe it's ...
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Starfish (2019) Movie Review: A Gorgeous, Moving Portrayal of Grief

When the phrase “Based on a true story” pops on the screen, that is usually a signal that the following ...
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The Craft Collector’s Edition Blu-ray Review: Witches be Crazy!

It's a funny thing, really, to revisit films that defined your adolescent years. Sometimes, they can be just as good ...
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Soldier of War (2019) Movie Review: A Total Bore

Every now and then, a well-known actor will appear in a low-budget effort for a brief period of time. But, ...
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At Eternity’s Gate Blu-ray Review: Poetic Beauty

Yes, we just had a semi-biopic on Vincent van Gogh not too long ago with Loving Vincent; the trippy, experimental ...
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The Man Who Killed Hitler and Then the Bigfoot Movie Review: Not Exactly What You Expect, and That’s a Good Thing

What a name for a movie! One could easily suspect The Man Who Killed Hitler and Then the Bigfoot would ...
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Then Came You (2019) Movie Review: Steer Clear

Coming-of-age films in which cancer-stricken teens are at the forefront have become a dime-a-dozen concept, and after Then Came You,there ...
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Don’t Come Back from the Moon Movie Review: Stay Seated for This

Although I have yet to experience fatherhood, I do know from close friends and family members that any type of ...
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Mary Poppins Returns Movie Review: Unnecessary but Delightful

It's not like the world needed a sequel to Mary Poppins, but we got one anyway. And you know what? ...
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Mandy (2018) Blu-ray Review: Destined to be a Cult Classic

For every disposable, straight-to-VOD picture that Nicolas Cage does, he'll usually come up with something that surprises and shocks even ...
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They Shall Not Grow Old Movie Review: World War I Captured in Breathtaking New Way

Taking old black and white footage and adding color to it is nothing particularly new. Some documentaries have already done ...
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Westworld Season Two: The Door Blu-ray Review: Flawed Mechanisms

Warner Bros.Home Entertainment provided the writer with a free copy of the Blu-ray reviewed in the Blog Post. The opinions ...
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Operation Finale Blu-ray Review: Emotionally Flat but Subjectively Intriguing

I'm a sucker for films based on historical events, especially those that don't get told often or have yet to ...
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Fathom Events Presents Sleepless in Seattle

A few weeks ago, my girlfriend and I were watching a movie when a trailer for Fathom Events' presentation of ...
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Crazy Rich Asians Blu-ray Review: Crazy Good Movie

By now, it's already very well known that Jon M. Chu's Crazy Rich Asians marked a milestone for Hollywood as ...
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Kin (2018) Blu-ray Review: All Setup with No Payoff

Jonathan and Josh Baker's directorial debut, Kin, is just further proof that not all short films deserve the feature-length treatment. ...
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The Meg Blu-ray Review: Worth Diving Into

The Meg is almost exactly the type of movie one would expect if you told them the basic premise is ...
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Dragnet (1987) Collector’s Edition Blu-ray Review: A Lackluster Satire

There's this feeling that lingers throughout Tom Mankiewicz's satirical approach to the hit television series, Dragnet. The feeling is that ...
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Get Shorty: Collector’s Edition Blu-ray Review: One of the Great ’90s Mobster Comedies

Back in 1977, Saturday Night Fever became a box-office sensation, garnering $237 million worldwide and putting its star, John Travolta, ...
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City Slickers Collector’s Edition Blu-ray Review: Yee-haw, It’s a Blast

During my youth, City Slickers had been a film that I watched with my parents only a few times. It ...
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Gotti (2018) Blu-ray Review: Sleeping with the Fishes

Despite the colossal amount of negative press it received during its theatrical run, I half-expected Gotti to at least have ...
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Bel Canto (2018) Movie Review: Out of Tune

Is it too much to ask for someone who can both act and sing exceptionally well? Apparently so. In last ...
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Beast (2018) Blu-ray Review: It’s a Beauty

While Jessie Buckley has made several notable appearances on television, Beast marks the first time she's taken on a role ...
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Deep Rising Blu-ray Review: Schlocky, B-Movie Fun

Stephen Sommers' Deep Rising was one of those movies I wanted to see when it initially released, but I never ...
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First Reformed Blu-ray Review: Praise Paul Schrader and Ethan Hawke

It's a subject in which Paul Schrader is very familiar, and also the one from which some of his best ...
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The Rider (2018) DVD Review: Beautiful and Poignant 

Chloe Zhao's The Rider is a film that begins with our lead character, Brady Blackburn, removing staples from his head. ...
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Marrowbone (2018) Blu-ray Review: A Cure for Insomnia

Based on its trailer, its look, and the fact that it has Anya Taylor-Joy (The Witch, Split) and Mia Goth ...
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Mac and Me (Collector’s Edition) Blu-ray Review: E.T. Phone Lawyer

It's one thing to pay homage to a certain film. It's another to do an almost beat-for-beat replica and try ...
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Super Troopers 2 Blu-ray Review: Stick with the First One

One of my main concerns about a sequel to a film being released more than a decade later is the ...
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You Were Never Really Here Blu-ray Review: A Dark, Masterful Thriller

Prior to watching Lynne Ramsay's You Were Never Really Here, I came across one short comment on Letterboxd in which ...
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Lean on Pete Blu-ray Review: A Boy and His Horse

I can't begin to tell you how many times I expected Andrew Haigh's Lean on Pete to fall in the ...
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Interview with Jerry G. Angelo, Scott Engrotti, and Christine Maag about Warfighter

During the inaugural Fandemic Tour Sacramento weekend, I found myself coming across a variety of things. At nearly every vendor, ...
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Fandemic Tour Sacramento 2018 Review: A Solid Debut

One of the most disappointing things about this year is that, for the first time since it expanded to the ...
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Interview with Jason David Frank about Fandemic Tour Sacramento and the Power Rangers

This weekend marks the start of a new type of comic convention hitting the national market. Fandemic Tour, which was ...
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Saturday Programming Highlights for Fandemic Tour Sacramento

Unfortunately, I won't be able to make the first day of the inaugural Fandemic Tour due to getting off work ...
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Saving Brinton Movie Review: One’s Trash Is a Treasure for Many

Michael Zahs, a retired history teacher and the subject of the new documentary Saving Brinton, is the very definition of ...
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The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension Steelbook Edition Blu-ray Review: Giddyup for Some Sci-Fi Fun

With one of the longest movie titles in cinematic history, and one of the most unique heroes to ever grace ...
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Phantom Thread Blu-ray Review: Woven Together Rather Wonderfully

In 2017, Daniel Day-Lewis announced that he would be retiring from acting - which makes Phantom Thread, the eighth film ...
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Please Stand By Blu-ray Review: Truly Tedious

I could make a number of bad Star Trek references and puns throughout this review, but others have already done ...
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Have a Nice Day (2018) DVD Review: A Bag Full of Money Can’t Buy Happiness

There have been two Chinese animated features released this year that are polar opposites in terms of style and genre, ...
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Killer Klowns from Outer Space (1988) Blu-ray Review: Krazy, Kampy Fun

During the 1990s, my father and I had an annual tradition on or near Halloween. Whenever Killer Klowns from Outer ...
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Molly’s Game Blu-ray Review: All In!

Oscar-winning screenwriter Aaron Sorkin is known for having his characters spout out lines of dialogue as fast as a typewriter ...
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Big Fish & Begonia Movie Review: Visually Sumptuous

It took 12 years for directors Xuan Liang and Chun Zhang to bring their animated feature film, Big Fish & ...
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Sweet Country (2018) Movie Review: Tense, Terrific Aussie Western

As I watched Warwick Thornton's wonderful new film, Sweet Country, there were many thoughts going through my mind. One was ...
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The Last Movie Star Blu-ray Review: Good Intentions, Disappointing Movie

The message behind Adam Rifkin's The Last Movie Star is too on the nose and too undercooked to be effectively ...
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TV Review: The Alienist: “Castle in the Sky”

Although The Alienist has always been proposed as a miniseries, and its main story comes to an end in “Castle ...
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TV Review: The Alienist: “Requiem”

For a miniseries called The Alienist, the second-to-last episode took some chances by making its titular character not the main ...
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Allure (2017) Movie Review: Only Mildly Alluring

Bearing witness to a toxic relationship unfolding in front of you is not a pleasing task, and brothers Carlos and ...
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TV Review: The Alienist: “Psychopathia Sexualis”

At the end of last week's The Alienist, Mary and Lazlo shared a kiss. It was a moment for both ...
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Book Review: Movie Nights with the Reagans by Mark Weinberg

During their eight years in office, Ronald Reagan and his wife, Nancy, watched a total of 363 movies during their ...
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TV Review: The Alienist: “Many Sainted Men”

Last week, The Alienist ended with the death of another boy prostitute, but unlike the others, this victim had just ...
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TV Review: The Alienist: “Ascension”

The sixth episode of The Alienist, “Ascension,” begins with a rather long glimpse at a dead horse lying in the ...
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TV Review: The Alienist: “Hildebrandt’s Starling”

For most of The Alienist, Lazlo has had this feeling like he is the superior of the three when it ...
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Mr. Mom Blu-ray Review: Role Reversal Comedy Has Few Laughs

Stan Dragoti's Mr. Mom is what happens when someone decides that a sitcom with its premise might not have much ...
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TV Review: The Alienist: “These Bloody Thoughts”

When it comes to these whodunit type of mysteries, the killer ends up being someone whom the audience already knows, ...
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TV Review: The Alienist: “Silver Smile”

In this third episode of TNT's The Alienist, the opening credits sequence switches from being just a quick glimpse at ...
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Attack of the Killer Tomatoes (1978) Blu-ray Review: Mildly Amusing

Before David and Jerry Zucker teamed up with Jim Abrahams to deliver one of the zaniest and funniest spoofs ever ...
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TV Review: The Alienist: “A Fruitful Partnership”

In some ways, it's appropriate to have a show like The Alienist airing in today's climate to illustrate what was ...
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TV Review: The Alienist: “The Boy on the Bridge”

TNT's adaptation of Caleb Carr's The Alienist comes across as something bold and daring for the network. It has the ...
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Adventures of Captain Marvel (1941) Blu-ray Review: For Loads of Fun, Just Say “Shazam!”

Although the format went extinct long before I was born, I've always been fascinated by serials. They're short-formatted adventures that ...
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The Apartment (Arrow Academy) Blu-ray Review: A Must Own for Film Fans

I'm amazed that I've gone this long without having seen Billy Wilder's Best Picture-winning The Apartment. After falling in love ...
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Stronger (2017) Blu-ray Review: Not Strong Enough

Shortly after its opening scenes, David Gordon Green's Stronger has the look and feel of what appears to be a ...
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Fargo: Season 3 DVD Review: Oh, You Betcha It’s Great!

It may be a while until Fargo returns to television screens, since there has been no news of a fourth ...
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Woodshock (2017) Blu-ray Review: Shockingly Bad

Sisters Kate and Laura Mulleavy may have established themselves well in the fashion world with their brand, Rodarte. But when ...
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Wind River Blu-ray Review: A Compelling Murder Mystery

There's a sudden chill that makes its way down the viewer's back after the opening scene of Taylor Sheridan's Wind ...
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Westworld: Season One Blu-ray Review: Do Enjoy Your Stay

Disclaimer: Warner Bros. Home Entertainment provided Cinema Sentries with a free copy of the Blu-ray reviewed in this post. The ...
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Book Review: The Autobiography of Jean-Luc Picard, edited by David A. Goodman

Following the success of The Autobiography of James T. Kirk, David A. Goodman explores the background of another well-known and ...
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Fathom Events and GKIDS Present Spirited Away

Spirited Away was my first exploration into the world of Hayao Miyazaki, and it was also the first time I ...
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David Lynch: The Art Life Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: With Chemicals, He Points

I remember my first encounter with a David Lynch film was in 2004 during my Introduction to Film class at ...
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The Survivalist Blu-ray Review: Very Lean, Sort of Mean, and Surprisingly Dull

The best thing to say about Stephen Fingleton's feature film debut, The Survivalist, is that it completely strips away a ...
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A Ghost Story (2017) Blu-ray Review: A Beautiful and Tragic Tale of Loss

Despite its October Blu-ray release, David Lowery's A Ghost Story is not a horror movie. It's actually the furthest thing ...
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Loving Vincent Movie Review: Painting Life

At the end of each Laika Studios feature film (Coraline, Kubo & the Two Strings, etc.), we get a time-lapsed, ...
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Effects (1980) Blu-ray Review: Gonzo-Style Meta Horror

Dusty Nelson's Effects has had quite the unexpected ride ever since its completed stages back in the late 1970s. What ...
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The Transfiguration DVD Review: A Boy Walks Home Alone at Night

Michael O'Shea's feature film debut, The Transfiguration, is less of a movie about an actual vampire that stalks its prey, ...
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The Zookeeper’s Wife Blu-ray Review: Fascinating Story, So-So Movie 

Even in movies that aren't good, such as last year's Miss Sloane, Jessica Chastain has proven to be a major ...
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The Bird with the Crystal Plumage Blu-ray Review: A Skillfully Crafted Thriller

Dario Argento has been referred to as the “Italian Hitchcock,” and when you see his debut feature, The Bird with ...
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Wizard World Sacramento 2017 Review: Great Guests and Even Better Panels

Ever since making its way to Sacramento in 2014, I've had the pleasure of covering each Wizard World convention. That ...
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Pelle the Conqueror (1987) Blu-ray Review: Coming to Denmark

You hear stories about people wanting to migrate from their home country to a new area all the time. All ...
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I first interviewed Kevin Sorbo back in 2013, when he was doing a promotion for a little film called Storm ...
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Beauty and the Beast (2017) Blu-ray Review: A Delightful Remake

Walt Disney is continually proving its efforts at adapting every animated classic in its vault is financially successful, and, because ...
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A United Kingdom (2017) Blu-ray Review: Strong Performances Lift Film Above Biopic Cliches

Amma Asante's A United Kingdom has the feel of something that just missed the window for Oscar consideration and was ...
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The Hero (2017) Movie Review: A Familiar but Moving Story

For the past nine years, several actors have played similar performances to that of Sam Elliott's in The Hero, and ...
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Aftermath (2017) Blu-ray Review: A Serious Arnold Schwarzenegger Can’t Save This Melodramatic Misfire

For most of his career, Arnold Schwarzenegger has been known as the tough guy, the guy that can kick butt ...
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Roma Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: Rome, I Love You

In the opening text prior to the start of Roma, we get a detailed explanation of how the original version ...
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The Commune (2017) Movie Review: Uneasy Living

The Commune is a film that should be praised for its realistic depictions of a relationship growing stale and the ...
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Alien: Covenant Movie Review: Ridley Scott Returns to the Bloody Basics

More than 30 years after he terrified us with Alien, Ridley Scott returned to the franchise with Prometheus, a film ...
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The one question I had after the screening of Guy Ritchie's King Arthur: Legend of the Sword was, “Why does ...
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Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 Movie Review: A Solid Start to the Summer Movie Season

Superhero movies are going to be coming down the cinematic pipeline for many years to come. The same can be ...
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Django, Prepare a Coffin Blu-ray Review: A Slick Spaghetti Western

Following the success of Sergio Corbucci's 1966 spaghetti western, Django, dozens of films were released that bore the name but ...
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Unforgettable (2017) Movie Review: It’s Actually Pretty Forgettable

It's as if, for her directorial debut, longtime Hollywood producer Denise Di Novi followed every single rule in the How ...
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The Creeping Garden (Arrow Academy) Blu-ray Review: An Intriguing Look at Slime Mold

The Creeping Garden opens with a 1973 newscast that reports on some “blobs” being found in the backyards of some ...
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