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Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness Movie Review: Sam Raimi’s Magic Saves a Jam-packed Script

After Doctor Strange director and co-writer Scott Derrickson stepped away due to creative differences, director Sam Raimi was given the ...
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Constantine: The House of Mystery Blu-ray Review: A Cosmic Groundhog Day

The DC Showcase Animated Shorts release Constantine: The House of Mystery is similar to the franchise's Batman: Death in the ...
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Ambulance (2022) Movie Review: Brothers Make Grim Choices in Michael Bay’s Latest

Based on the 2005 Danish film of the same name, Michael Bay's Ambulance is a critique on the failures of ...
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The Last Waltz Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: And All the People Were Singin’

After years playing together as the backing band for Ronnie Hawkins and then Bob Dylan, the quintent of Rick Danko ...
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Night Shift (1982) Blu-ray Review: Pimpin’ Ain’t Easy but Comedy Is for This Cast

Night Shift is a notable comedy because of the folks involved. Owing a great deal to their meeting through Happy ...
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WonderCon 2022 Program Highlights

After a two-year hiatus, WonderCon is returning to the Anaheim Convention Center for an in-person event. Three-day and single day ...
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All My Sons (1948) Blu-ray Review: Greed Is Not Good

Based on Arthur Miller's 1947 play of the same name, which was inspired by a true story, All My Sons ...
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Bringing Up Baby Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: Bone up on a Comedy Classic

Directed by Howard Hawks and based on Hagar Wilde's short story, which Criterion includes in the booklet, Bringing Up Baby ...
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The Batman (2022) Movie Review: Vengeance and Vigilantes Flood Gotham

Matt Reeves's The Batman reboots the franchise and takes the audience back to Bruce Wayne's (Robert Pattinson) second year as ...
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2022 Oscar-Nominated Animated Short Films Review

ShortsTV presents the 17th annual Oscar Nominated Short Films theatrical releases. Spanning the categories of Live Action, Animation, and Documentary, ...
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Sundance 2022 Review: La Guerra Civil

Directed by Eva Longoria Baston, La Guerra Civil tells the stories of two boxers, Julio Cesar Chavez and Oscar De ...
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Fritz the Cat / The Nine Lives of Fritz the Cat Blu-rays Review: Sex, Drugs, and Counterculture

Scorpion Releasing by way of Kino Lorber Studio Classics has released the cinematic adventures of Robert Crumb's Fritz the Cat. ...
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Sundance 2022 Review: We Need to Talk About Cosby

Director/producer W. Kamau Bell's We Need to Talk About Cosby is a four-part documentary series airing on Showtime that tells ...
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Rifkin’s Festival Movie Review: Another Story About a Dead Shark

Woody Allen's 49th feature, Rifkin's Festival, finds the filmmaker return to Spain, where he previously shot Vicky Christina Barcelona (2008). ...
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The Ultimate Richard Pryor Collection (Uncensored) 13-DVD Set Review: Earns the Ultimate Designation

The Ultimate Richard Pryor Collection (Uncensored) is a 13-disc set celebrating the iconic comedian's work in TV and film, ranging ...
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Dune (2021) Blu-ray Review: Although Half the Story, Denis Villeneuve Delivers an Entertaining Science Fiction Spectacle

Director/co-writer Denis Villeneuve wisely chose to only adapt the first half of Frank Herbert's landmark novel Dune, even though the ...
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Ragtime (1981) Blu-ray Review: The Movie Needed to be Shorter or Longer to Succeed

Based on E.L. Doctorow's 1975 novel of the same name, Milos Forman's Ragtime (1981) is set in the turn of ...
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Shadow of the Thin Man Blu-ray Review: Bask in the Laughs and Intrigue

Shadow of the Thin Man is the fourth title in the six-film series featuring the detective team of Nick (William ...
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All My Sons is the Pick of the Week

Happy New Year, CS readers. Hope to see you around these parts often throughout 2022. Arthur Miller was an important ...
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Live at Mister Kelly’s DVD Review: A History of Chicago Told Through a Nightclub

Director Theodore Bogosian's Live at Mister Kelly's tells the story of Mister Kelly's, a famous Chicago nightclub, which existed on ...
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High Sierra Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: Raoul Walsh Tells a Story Twice

Based on W. R. Burnett's second novel, director Roaul Walsh's High Sierra (1941) is a captivating crime drama notable for ...
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Book Review: The Unseen Photos of Street Gang: How We Got to Sesame Street by Trevor Crafts

If you are the kind of person who not only enjoys magic tricks, but wants to know how they saw ...
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The Old Fashioned Way / It’s a Gift / The Bank Dick Blu-rays Review: A Trio of W. C. Fields Comedies from KL Studio Classics

W. C. Fields got his start in vaudeville as a juggler. He went on to create an iconic comic persona, ...
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Spider-Man: No Way Home Review: An Amazing Movie from the MCU Spider-Verse

To paraphrase the Spider-Man comics, with great characters comes great responsibility and the Sony/Marvel partnership has met that challenge by ...
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Los Angeles Comic Con 2021 Panels I’d Like to See

After skipping the past two years due to Covid, the folks at Los Angeles Comic Con are holding their tenth ...
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Superman: The Complete Animated Series Blu-ray Review: A Set for Superfans to Treasure

Remastered for its 25th anniversary, Superman: The Complete Animated Series presents all 54 episodes that originally aired aired on Kids' ...
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San Diego Comic-Con Special Edition 2021 Panels I’d Like to See

After cancelling their traditional summer conventions of the past two years due to Covid, the folks who run San Diego ...
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Coraline (LAIKA Studios Edition) Blu-ray Review: A Fantastic Fairy Tale

Based on Neil Gaiman's award-winning children's novella, writer/director Henry Selick's Coraline is a fantastic fairy tale about a young girl ...
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The Suicide Squad Blu-ray Review: Suicide Isn’t Painless with James Gunn at the Helm

As mentioned in my review of the movie, the main reason for its success is because James “Gunn is a ...
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The Naked Spur Blu-ray Review: A Classic ’50s Western

The Naked Spur (1953) was the third of five westerns between actor James Stewart and director Anthony Mann. Stewart plays ...
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Injustice (2021) Blu-ray Review: An Intriguing Story in An Alternate DC Universe

Based on the Injustice: Gods Among Us video game and the Injustice: Gods Among Us: Year One comic book series, ...
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Tex Avery Screwball Classics Volume 3 Blu-ray Review: Another Must-own for Fans of Avery and Animation

The Warner Archive Collection has released the third volume of their Tex Avery Screwball Classics line, bringing the total number ...
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A Night at the Opera Blu-ray Review: A Comedy Classic

The Warner Archive Collection has released A Night at the Opera on Blu-ray. It is the first Marx Brothers movie ...
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48 Hrs. / Another 48 Hrs. Blu-ray Reviews: The Boys Are Back on Blu-ray

Expanding their roster of Eddie Murphy titles, the Paramount Presents line has added the two films that comprise the 48 ...
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Zack Snyder’s Justice League Blu-ray Review: An Entertaining Superhero Spectacle

I am a fan of Zack Snyder's work on 300 and Watchmen. I didn't think Man of Steel showed an ...
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Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings: Marvel Delivers a Dynamic Duo

After Marvel concluded Phase Three of their Cinematic Universe with the galaxy-spanning, time-traveling, superhero-packed epic Avengers: Endgame, it was understandable ...
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Album Review: Bob Marley & the Wailers: The Capitol Session ’73

Tuff Gong and Mercury Studios present Bob Marley and the Wailers: The Capitol Session ‘73 (although known as The Wailers ...
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The Raven (1963) Blu-ray Review: A Silly, Spooky Movie for Children

In the early 1960s, producer/director Roger Corman made a series of movies adapted (to varying degrees) from the work of ...
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Original Cast Album “Company” Criterion Collection: You Could Drive an Actor Crazy

Originating as a series of 11 one-act plays by George Furth, Company evolved into a musical with music and lyrics ...
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Coogan’s Bluff Blu-ray Review: An Unintentional Precursor to Dirty Harry

Coogan's Bluff, notable as the first of five films Don Siegel directed Clint Eastwood, is a typical fish-out-of-water story as ...
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Batman: The Long Halloween, Part Two Blu-ray Review: Filled with Enjoyable Tricks and Treats

Batman: The Long Halloween, Part Two opens with Bruce Wayne (Jensen Ackles) still under the spell of Poison Ivy (Katee ...
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The Suicide Squad Movie Review: A Top-tier Title in the DC Extended Universe

Writer/director James Gunn clearly has a passion for DC Comics and suicide-mission movies like The Dirty Dozen in this loose ...
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Godzilla vs. Kong Blu-ray Review: Clash of the Titans

Godzilla vs. Kong is the fourth entry in the Monsterverse franchise, taking place three years after the events of Godzilla: ...
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The Herculoids: The Complete Original Series Blu-ray Review: The Adventures of the Exotic Eight

The Warner Archive Collection continues to upgrade Hanna Barbera cartoons to high definition with the release of The Herculoids: The ...
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Batman: The Long Halloween, Part One Blu-ray Review: Gotham for the Holidays

Batman The Long Halloween, Part One is the first of a two-part home-video release based on the 13-issue comic book ...
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Pickup on South Street Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: Sam Fuller Blends Film Noir with a Cold War Spy Thriller

Samuel Fuller directed and wrote the screenplay for Pickup on South Street, a movie that blends film noir with a ...
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Last Train from Gun Hill Blu-ray Review: Variation on a Western Theme

Kirk Douglas and Anthony Quinn star are as former friends who become formidable foes over family in director John Sturges's ...
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Roadrunner: A Film About Anthony Bourdain Movie Review: A Wonderful Tribute, Albeit One Tinged with Sadness

Documentarian Morgan Neville has won an Academy Award and Grammy Award for 20 Feet from Stardom, has won and Emmy ...
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Explorers Collector’s Edition Blu-ray Review: Kids in Space

The success of family-friendly, space fantasy films like George Lucas's Star Wars franchise and Steven Spielberg's E.T. led to wave ...
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Book Review: The Complete Dick Tracy Volume 29: 1976-1977 by Chester Gould

Chester Gould's Dick Tracy comic strip debuted on October 4, 1931 named after its lead character, a by-the-book police detective ...
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Black Widow (2021) Movie Review: Back in the MCU

After making her first appearance in Iron Man 2 and sacrificing herself for half the universe in Avengers: Endgame, Natasha ...
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My Little Chickadee Blu-ray Review: A Delightful Romp Worth Seeing Some Time

My Little Chickadee is one of nine films starring Mae West that Kino Lorber Studio Classics released at the end ...
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Fool for Love Blu-ray Review: The Sins of the Father Revisited

During the '80s, director Robert Altman made a series of six films that were based on plays. One was Sam ...
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Rick and Morty: The Complete Seasons 1-4 Blu-ray Review

Rick and Morty was created by Justin Roiland and Dan Harmon. A series of animated shorts by Roiland that featured ...
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John Wayne Essential 14-Movie Collection DVD Review: A Good Sampling of the Duke’s Work

John Wayne appeared in 169 feature length films over his 50-year career as an actor. The 14 films in this ...
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Genndy Tartakovsky’s Primal: The Complete First Season Blu-ray Review: An Animation Masterpiece

Influenced by artist Frank Fanzetta and Heavy Metal magazine, Genndy Tartakovsky's Primal is an animation masterpiece. The Adult Swim TV ...
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Grizzly Blu-ray Review: Jaws with Claws Has Flaws

Producer David Sheldon gleefully announces in an extra that Grizzly was the first to follow in the footsteps of Jaws. ...
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Escape from Fort Bravo Blu-ray Review: A Serviceable B-western Undercut by Its Love Story

John Sturges' Escape from Fort Bravo sets a love triangle within a Civil War-era western, but the limited development of ...
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King Kong (1976) Collector’s Edition Blu-ray Review: A Special Effects Marvel

After appearing in two Toho Studios-produced films during the 1960s, the character of King Kong returned to the silver screen ...
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Snoopy Collection Blu-ray Review: You’d Be a Blockhead Not to Own It

Charles Schulz's iconic comic strip Peanuts ran in newspapers for nearly 50 years. It became a multimedia sensation because Schulz ...
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Book Review: Usagi Yojimbo: Homecoming by Stan Sakai

Usagi Yojimbo: Homecoming is Book 35 in the collected volumes of Stan Sakai's long running comic book series and the ...
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Fast Times at Ridgemont High Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: A Standout Comedy

Amy Heckerling's Fast Times at Ridgemont High was written by Cameron Crowe, who went undercover at a San Diego high ...
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Book Review: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Ultimate Collection, Volume 5

The fifth volume of IDW's Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Ultimate Collection opens with Issue #56, Part 7 of the ...
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Justice Society: World War II Blu-ray Review: A Superb Superhero Movie

Justice Society: World War II is a superb superhero movie thanks to the screenplay by Meghan Fitzmartin and Jeremy Adams. ...
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Wrath of Man Movie Review: A Bleak Story of Revenge

Guy Ritchie's latest crime thriller, Wrath of Man, finds the director teaming with Jason Statham for the fourth time in ...
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The Furies (1950) Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: A Fascinating Film of Familial Conflict

Based on Niven Busch's 1948 novel of the same name, which Criterion has included in paperback, Anthony Mann's The Furies ...
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Nobody (2021) Movie Review: Bob Odenkirk Is a Somebody in the Action Genre

As the movie opens, Hutch Mansell (Bob Odenkirk) looks like he's been though something. Handcuffed by police, his face is ...
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Legion of Super Heroes: The Complete Series Blu-ray Review: Back to the Future

Based on the comic of the same name, Legion of Super Heroes ran for two seasons (26 episodes) from 2006 ...
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SXSW 2021 Movie Review: The Spine of Night

The Spine of Night by co-writers/co-directors Philip Gelatt and Morgan Galen King is a fantastic fantasy film featuring animated imagery ...
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Book Review: Usagi Yojimbo Origins Volume 01 by Stan Sakai

Over the course of his comic book career, Stan Sakai has become a legend in the industry, winning numerous awards ...
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Austin City Limits: Country (10-Disc Set) Review: A Vital Historical Document of Country Music

Austin City Limits: Country is a music fan's dream. This two-volume set comprised of 10 discs contains 164 live uncut ...
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Thundarr the Barbarian: The Complete Series is the Pick of the Week

Over the past couple of years, I finally caught up with Steve Gerber's run on Howard the Duck, a subversive ...
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SXSW 2021 Movie Review: The Sparks Brothers

Edgar Wright's The Sparks Brothers is a loving biography that tells a story of persistence and resistance as Ron and ...
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2021 Oscar-nominated Live Action Short Films Review

On April 2, 2021, THE 2021 OSCAR NOMINATED SHORT FILMS will be available in over 200 screens across 50+ theatrical ...
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2021 Oscar-nominated Animated Short Films Review

On April 2, 2021, THE 2021 OSCAR NOMINATED SHORT FILMS will be available in over 200 screens across 50+ theatrical ...
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Book Review: The Complete Dick Tracy Volume 28: 1974-1976 by Chester Gould

Chester Gould's Dick Tracy comic strip debuted on October 4, 1931 named after the lead character, a square-jawed, yellow-hat-and-jacket-wearing police ...
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Book Review: The Complete Steve Canyon Volume 10: 1965-1966 by Milton Caniff

Since January 2012, the Library of American Comics, by way of IDW Publishing, has been releasing collections of Milton Caniff's ...
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WonderCon@Home 2021 Program Highlights

Like last summer's Comic-Con International, this year's WonderCon is going virtual. For two days, activities planned include panels streaming and ...
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SXSW 2021 Movie Review: Tom Petty, Somewhere You Feel Free

Mary Wharton's Tom Petty, Somewhere You Feel Free opens with title cards revealing in 2020 a collection of 16 mm ...
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The Parallax View Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: The Second Entry in Pakula’s Political Paranoia Trilogy

Based on Loren Singer's 1970 novel of the same name, Alan J. Pakula's The Parallax View is the second entry ...
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Laurel or Hardy: Early Solo Films of Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy Blu-ray Review

Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy are a legendary comedy duo that had international success with both their silent and sound ...
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Dr. Seuss’ Horton Hears A Who! (1970) Deluxe Edition DVD Review

Horton Hears a Who! was the second television special that combined the talents of author Dr. Seuss and animator Chuck ...
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Book Review: Vision & the Scarlet Witch: The Saga of Wanda and Vision

Tying in with Disney+'s WandaVision, Marvel has repackaged some of the duo's adventures in Vision & the Scarlet Witch: The ...
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Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In: The Complete Series DVD Review

Previously an exclusive from Time Life, the landmark variety show Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In: The Complete Series is now available ...
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Book Review: The Complete Dick Tracy, Volume 27: 1972-1974 by Chester Gould

As the Library of American Comics and IDW Publishing continue to collect The Complete Dick Tracy by Chester Gould, Volume ...
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Mario Puzo’s The Godfather, Coda: The Death of Michael Corleone Blu-ray Review

Timed to coincide with the 30th anniversary of the The Godfather Part III , director/producer/co-writer Francis Ford Coppola recut the ...
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Sundance 2021 Review: Summer of Soul (…Or, When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised)

During the summer of 1969, a remarkable music festival was held in New York that featured some of the world's ...
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Sundance 2021 Review: Playing with Sharks

Playing with Sharks tells the story of Valerie (Hayes) Taylor, an amazing marine/shark conservationist. Well known in her home country ...
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The Court Jester Blu-ray Review: Danny Kaye Stars in a Comic Masterpiece

Paramount Pictures' The Court Jester, a grand musical comedy that showcases the talents of its star Danny Kaye, is a ...
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Sundance 2021 Review: Rita Moreno: Just a Girl Who Decided to Go for It

Rita Moreno: Just a Girl Who Decided to Go for It tells the fascinating story of the triumphs and tragedies ...
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Batman: Soul of the Dragon Blu-ray Review: Everybody Was Kung Fu Fighting

Batman: Soul of the Dragon is the 41st film in the DC Universe Animated Original Movies line. Under their Elseworlds ...
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Rolling Thunder Revue: A Bob Dylan Story by Martin Scorsese Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review

Bob Dylan's Rolling Thunder Revue tour was in support of his album Desire, released January 5, 1976 between the two ...
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Honest Thief Blu-ray Review: Comfort Food for Crime Fans

Honest Thief is a simple crime drama with a plot that resolves unsurprisingly as one who has viewed any of ...
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The Curse of Frankenstein (Two-Disc Special Edition) Blu-ray Review: A Landmark in Horror Is Reborn

As mentioned in the extras and as horror-film fans may be aware, the dominance of the Universal Monsters on the ...
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Beau Geste (1939) Blu-ray Review: A Tale of Brotherly Love

Directed by William Wellman, this second film adaptation of P.C. Wren's 1924 adventure novel of the same name stars Gary ...
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Peanuts Deluxe Holiday Collection DVD Review: A Trio of Animated Classics

This collection features three classic Peanuts television specials, It's The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown; A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving; and A ...
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Book Review: The Complete Dick Tracy, Volume 15: 1953-1954 by Chester Gould

Chester Gould's Dick Tracy comic strip debuted on October 4, 1931 named after the lead character, a square-jawed, yellow-hat-and-jacket-wearing police detective. In ...
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The 2020 World Series Blu-ray Review: It’s Time for Dodgers Baseball

Major League Baseball presents The 2020 World Series, the official 85-minute documentary of the six-game series played between the Los ...
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Tex Avery Screwball Classics Volume 2 Blu-ray Review: A Second Helping of Silliness

The Warner Archive Collection has released the second volume of their Tex Avery Screwball Classics line, bringing the total number ...
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Greendale Movie Review: Neil Young’s Uplifting Musical Novel

In 2003, Neil Young released Greendale, a concept album, or what he called a "musical novel" that found him backed by ...
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Trading Places Blu-ray Review: A Comedic Look at Nature vs. Nurture

Paramount has recently released John Landis' Trading Places, a funny role-reversal story that's a throwback to the screwball comedies of ...
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Dolly: The Ultimate Collection 19-Disc DVD Review: The Queen of Country Conquers TV

The first four volumes of Dolly: The Ultimate Collection from Time Life contains a massive amount of TV appearances across 19 discs ...
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The Irishman (2019) Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: A Welcome Addition to Martin Scorsese’s Filmography

Martin Scorsese's epic The Irishman makes a fitting bookend to his gangster films as one mobster tells his story while ...
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Gordon Lightfoot: If You Could Read My Mind DVD Review: Something Very Special

Named after Canadian troubadour Gordon Lightfoot's 1970 breakout hit in the United States, Martha Kehoe and Joan Tosoni's biographical documentary ...
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Jonny Quest: The Complete Original Series Blu-ray Review: 26 Thrilling, Boys’ Adventures

Originally running from September 18, 1964 - March 11, 1965, Jonny Quest is an animated, science fiction/adventure series from Hanna-Barbera Productions. It ...
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Stargirl: The Complete First Season Blu-ray Review: A Stellar Season

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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You’re Not Elected, Charlie Brown Deluxe Edition DVD Review: Only One Special Gets My Vote

You're Not Elected, Charlie Brown is the eighth Peanuts television special. It first aired in October 1972 before the U.S. Presidential election and ...
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5-Movie Collection from the Written Works of Stephen King Blu-ray Review

This collection packages five Paramount movies based on the writing of Stephen King. They are David Cronenberg's The Dead Zone (1983) based ...
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AFI Fest 2020 Review: My Psychedelic Love Story

(L-R): Timothy Leary and Joanna Harcourt-Smith in MY PSYCHEDELIC LOVE STORY. Photo Credit: Joanna Harcourt-Smith/Courtesy of SHOWTIME. My Psychedelic Love ...
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The Gunfighter Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: The Price of Fame

Set in the Southwest Territory of the 1880s, a Texan named Jimmy Ringo (Gregory Peck) was known the fastest gun. ...
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AFI Fest 2020 Review: Belushi

Set to air November 22 on Showtime, R.J. Cutler's Belushi is a standard biographical documentary that tells the regrettably all-too-familiar ...
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AFI Fest 2020 Review: Wolfwalkers

Made by the Irish animation studio Cartoon Saloon, Tomm Moore and Ross Stewart’s Wolfwalkers is the third in Moore's Irish ...
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The Captains Collection Blu-ray Review: Exploring Star Trek with William Shatner

The Captains Collection is a four-disc set from Shout Factory! that presents four Star Trek-related documentaries written and directed by William Shatner ...
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Batman: Death in the Family Interactive Movie Review: Ready Viewer One

A sequel to the animated film Batman: Under The Red Hood, which I previously reviewed, Batman: Death in the Family is an animated film ...
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A Rainy Day in New York Movie Review: Woody Allen Covers Overly Familiar Ground

A Rainy Day in New York is Woody Allen's 48th feature film as writer/director and is finally making its way ...
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Airplane! Blu-ray Review: Surely, It Hasn’t Been 40 Years

The seventh title in the “Paramount Presents” line is Airplane!, a hysterical send-up of the disaster-film genre, and specifically Zero Hour! (1957), which writers/directors ...
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Little Monsters (Vestron Video Collector’s Series) Blu-ray Review: A Fun Romp for Children

Richard Alan Greenberg's Little Monsters (1989) is definitely a kid's film. Not a family film nor a film for young children, but ...
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The Best of Cher Volume 1 & 2 DVD Review: Take It Home

When The Sonny & Cher Comedy Hour ended after the couple's divorce, CBS stuck with Cher. She starred in an eponymous variety ...
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His Dark Materials: The Complete First Season Blu-ray Review: Lyra and Daemons and Bears, Oh My!

Based on Philip Pullman’s fantasy book trilogy of the same name, His Dark Materials opens with graphics that explain the ...
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Superman: Man of Tomorrow Blu-ray Review: A Hero Grows in Metropolis

Superman: Man of Tomorrow presents viewers a young Clark Kent (Darren Criss) as he heads from Smallville to Metropolis, knowing little ...
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The B-52’s: Live at US Festival DVD Review: Will Make You Feel a Whole Lot Better

In 1982, Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak, with the help of concert impresario Bill Graham, spearheaded the US Festival, a three-day ...
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Bill & Ted Face the Music Movie Review: A Welcome Respite During These Tough Times

The Bill & Ted film franchise has now become a trilogy with the long awaited Face the Music unleashed 29 years after they took ...
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Book Review: Joe Alves: Designing Jaws by Dennis Prince

Special make-up effects artist and The Walking Dead executive producer Greg Nicotero, who cites Steven Spielberg's Jaws as an inspiration for his becoming a ...
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Never Give a Sucker an Even Break Blu-ray Review: W.C. Fields’ Last Star Turn Delivers Laughs

Never Give a Sucker an Even Break is W.C, Fields last outing as the star of a film. He also ...
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This Island Earth Blu-ray Review: Highly Recommended for the Sci-fi Film Buff

Based on Raymond F. Jones's 1952 novel of the same name, which appeared in Thrilling Wonder Stories as a trilogy of novelettes: ...
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Game of HAM Review: Outrageous Fun for Those Not Easily Offended

Much in the way that the makers of Cards Against Humanity created their “adult” version of Apples to Apples by putting a risque spin ...
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Narrow Margin (Special Edition) Blu-ray Review: Strangers on a Canadian Train

Journeyman Peter Hyams did triple duty (director, cinematographer, and screenwriter) on enjoyable albeit formulaic thriller Narrow Margin (1990), a remake of the ...
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South Park: The Complete Twenty-Third Season Blu-ray Review: Maintaining Their Tegridy

Written and directed by Trey Parker, the twenty-third season finds the citizens of South Park continue to deal with current ...
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The Cameraman Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: A Star Begins to Fade

Although a talented filmmaker, Buster Keaton wasn't a great business man and his box-office struggles caused him to sign on ...
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Tex Avery Screwball Classics Volume 1 Blu-ray Review: A Must-Own for Animation Fans

When it comes to the work of legendary animation director Fred “Tex” Avery, the stories typically show order giving way ...
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Escape from L.A. Collector’s Edition Blu-ray Review: A More Expensive yet Inferior Remake

Director John Carpenter developed a cult following among horror and science fiction fans from his work in the 1970s and ...
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When We Were Kings Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: A Marvelous Time Capsule of Muhammad Ali in 1974

Leon Gast's When We Were Kings documents the "Rumble in the Jungle," the legendary boxing match between undefeated heavyweight champion George Foreman ...
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Masked and Anonymous Blu-ray Review: Too Freewheelin’ for Its Own Good

“I stopped trying to figure everything out a long time ago” is the last line of dialogue in Masked and ...
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Matewan Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: Labor Pains

John Sayles' Matewan is a dramatization of the Matewan massacre (1920), a battle that took place in the town of Matewan, West ...
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The Jetsons The Complete Original Series Blu-ray Review: Meet George Jetson

After the success of The Flintstones, Hanna Barbera returned to the family sitcom two years later with The Jetsons, doing ...
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Half Truth Board Game Review: What Is a Lot of Fun?

Designed by Richard Garfield, the creator of the collectible card game Magic: The Gathering, and Ken Jennings, the highest-earning American game ...
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Don’t Drink the Water (1969) Blu-ray Review: A Subpar Sitcom

Based on the 1966 Broadway play of the same name written by Woody Allen, Don't Drink the Water is basically a TV ...
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Three Fantastic Journeys by Karel Zeman Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: Trips Worth Taking

I've been a big fan of movies for most of my 50-odd years on this planet and have enjoyed a ...
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Once Were Brothers: Robbie Robertson and The Band Movie Review

Even before learning that the film was based on Robbie Robertson's memoir Testimony, his name separate from “The Band” in ...
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TCM Classic Film Festival 2020 Special Home Edition Preview

If not for the COVID-19 pandemic affecting the world, the TCM Classic Film Festival would have been held this week. ...
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Good Omens Blu-ray Review: A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Armageddon

Based on the 1990 novel by the late Terry Prachett and Neil Gaiman, the latter of whom oversaw the television ...
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Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of My Voice DVD Review: A Fantastic Appreciation

Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of My Voice is a biographical documentary that Ronstadt was involved with as she introduces the ...
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My Gun Is Quick Blu-ray Review: A Hard-boiled Jewel

Produced and directed together by Victor Saville (credited as Phil Victor) and George White, My Gun Is Quick is the third film ...
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Judgment at Nuremberg (Special Edition) Blu-ray Review: Guilty of Being a Great Courtroom Drama

Previously an episode of the TV series Playhouse 90 (1959), Stanley Kramer's Judgment at Nuremberg (1961) dramatizes the Judges' Trial of 1947, one ...
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Nick Mason’s Saucerful of Secrets: Live at the Roundhouse Movie Review

Pink Floyd was formed in 1965 by Syd Barrett (guitar, lead vocals), Nick Mason (drums), Roger Waters (bass guitar, vocals), ...
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Queen & Slim Blu-ray Review: A Thrilling Drama Infused with Social Commentary

Director Melina Matsoukas and screenwriter Lena Waithe, both of whom are also producers on the project, made an impressive feature-film ...
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ZZ Top: That Little Ol’ Band From Texas Blu-ray Review: The Rise of ZZ Top

ZZ Top: That Little Ol' Band From Texas is a documentary that tells the story of the band, from their ...
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I Got You Babe: The Best of Sonny & Cher, Volume 1 DVD Review

Sonny & Cher started as a singing duo and had their first big #1 hit in 1965 with “I Got ...
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The 2020 NAMM Show Review: There’s More to the Music Business Than Music

The NAMM (National Association of Music Merchants) Show traces its roots back to the NAPDA (National Association of Piano Dealers ...
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2020 Oscar-nominated Animated Short Films Review

On January 29, ShortsTV will debut THE 2020 OSCAR NOMINATED SHORT FILMS at the IFC Center in New York City ...
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Sinister Six Card Game Review: Supervillains Unite (or Not)!

From Spin Master, comes Sinister Six, a card game named after the infamous group of super villains from Spider-Man's rogues' ...
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Popeye the Sailor: The 1940s, Volume 2 Blu-ray Review: The Love Triangle Continues

After a disclaimer about the unfortunate ethnic and racial depictions that occur in a few shorts, Popeye the Sailor: The ...
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The Dick Cavett Show: New York Radio Pioneers DVD Review: See the Faces Behind the Voices

The Dick Cavett Show was a talk show that aired on different TV channels, broadcast and cable, from 1968 to ...
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AFI Fest 2019 Review: The Apollo

Roger Ross Williams's The Apollo opens with a performance in progress as Joe Morton reads to an audience at the theater and ...
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AFI Fest 2019 Review: Queen & Slim

Director Melina Matsoukas and screenwriter Lena Waithe, both of whom are also producers on the project, made an impressive feature-film ...
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The Cure: 40 Live – Curætion-25 + Anniversary Blu-ray Review: A Black Ruby Jubilee

The Cure: 40 Live collects two outstanding concerts performed in the summer of 2018 as founder Robert Smith, bassist Simon Gallup ...
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Terminator: Dark Fate Movie Review: History (and the Franchise) Repeats Itself

Terminator: Dark Fate occurs in a timeline three years after the events of Terminator 2: Judgment Day and ignores Rise of the Machines, Salvation, ...
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Downton Abbey Movie Review: Fans Are Invited Back for a Royal Visit

After ending in 2015, Downton Abbey, the hit trans-Atlantic TV series that ran for six seasons, returns with a theatrical ...
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Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019) Blu-ray Review: Long Live the King

Director/co-writer Michael Dougherty's Godzilla: King of the Monsters, which takes its name (minus the exclamation point) from the re-edited American ...
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Rush: Cinema Strangiato 2019 Movie Review: They Will Choose Farewell

In 2014, Rush (guitarist Alex Lifeson, vocalist/bassist Geddy Lee, and druumer Neil Peart) released R40, a collector's box set that ...
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Avengers: Endgame Blu-ray Review: The End of an Era

Starting with Iron Man (2008), the Marvel Cinematic Universe has gone onto to become a multimedia behemoth. It's been so ...
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Batman: The Motion Picture Anthology 1989-1997 Blu-ray Review: The Rise and Fall of a Franchise

Back before superheroes were all the rage at the box office, Tim Burton and his creative team brought Batman to ...
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Batman Begins Movie Review: A Hero Reborn

Eight years after the damage done to Batman from the one-two combination of Batman Forever and Batman & Robin by ...
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Shazam! (2019) Blu-ray Review: DC Makes a Marvelous Movie

Although it's the seventh movie in Warner Brothers' DC Extended Universe series, David F. Sandberg's Shazam! comes across like it ...
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Archer: Danger Island: The Complete Season Nine DVD Review: One of the Funniest Comedies on TV

Season Nine finds Archer still in a coma after having been shot in Season Seven, but his dreams have changed ...
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Aquaman Blu-ray Review: The Man Who Would Be Sea King

After appearing in Justice League, Aquaman (Jason Momoa) gets his own solo outing in the sixth installment of the DC Extended ...
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The Street Fighter Collection Blu-ray Review: A Thrilling Action Trilogy

Actor Sonny Chiba became an international sensation with the Japanese martial arts film, The Street Fighter, which saw him play ...
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Creed II Blu-ray Review: A Worthy Addition to the Rocky Franchise

Creed II opens with two boxers on the rise: Adonis Creed (Michael B. Jordan) and Viktor Drago (Florian Munteanu). Both ...
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Popeye the Sailor: The 1940s, Volume 1 Blu-ray Review: Impressive Visuals but Disappointing Audio

From July 2007 through November 2008, Warner Brothers released three volumes of Popeye the Sailor cartoons on DVD, which contained ...
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Avengers: Infinity War Blu-ray Review: A Marvelous (pun intended) Superhero Movie

Starting with Iron Man (2008), the Marvel Cinematic Universe has gone onto to become a multimedia behemoth. It's been so ...
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Jackass: Complete Movie and TV Collection DVD Review: Not for the Faint of Heart

Tied to the release of Johnny Knoxville's Action Point, Paramount has released Jackass: Complete Movie and TV Collection, an 11-disc ...
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The Tragically Hip: A National Celebration Blu-ray Review: Armed with Will and Determination and Grace, Too

As I wrote in my review of the documentary The Tragically Hip: Long Time Running, "On May 24, 2016, it ...
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Miracle on 34th Street (70th Anniversary Edition) Blu-ray Review: To Believe or Not to Believe

The miracle I most appreciate in Miracle on 34th Street is how the Oscar-winning story pits realism versus idealism and ...
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The Tragically Hip: Long Time Running Blu-ray Review: Beating the Inevitability of Death Just a Little Bit

On May 24, 2016, it was announced that The Tragically Hip's lead singer Gord Downie had incurable brain cancer.  In ...
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Batman: Under the Red Hood Blu-ray Review: Pays off Better Than Expected

Writer Judd Winick brings his “Under the Hood” story arc from Batman comics to the animated DC Universe with Under ...
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Five Cool Things and Tom Petty

I am taking over the reigns this week, the start of which was pretty brutal with the tragic loss of ...
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Wonder Woman (2017) Blu-ray Review: Entertaining, Uplifting, and Empowering

In the on-going competition between Marvel Comics and DC Comics, the latter has struggled keeping pace with their movies this ...
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The Lodger: A Story of the London Fog Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: A Stealth Double Feature

The Criterion Collection's release of Alfred Hitchcock's third feature, The Lodger (1927), is actually a stealth double feature of Hitchcock ...
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Book Review: Batman: A Celebration of the Classic TV Series by Bob Garcia and Joe Desris

Given its own yellow utility belt, Batman: A Celebration of the Classic TV Series is a marvelous compendium about the ...
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Book Review: The Marvel Vault by Thomas, Sanderson, and Manning

Originally published in 2007, Roy Thomas and Peter Sanderson's The Marvel Vault was clearly in need of Matthew K. Manning's ...
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Book Review: James Bond: SPECTRE: The Complete Comic Strip Collection

Having previously collected and released the James Bond newspaper comic-strip adventures that ran in British newspapers, including in Omnibus Volumes ...
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The Quiet Man Blu-ray Review: Entertaining Escapism on the Emerald Isle

Based on Maurice Walsh's short story of the same name, The Quiet Man is the eighth pairing of actor John Wayne ...
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My Most Anticipated at the 2017 TCM Classic Film Festival

One of the things I look forward to most every year is the TCM Classic Film Festival. It is a ...
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Doctor Strange (2016) Blu-ray Review: Marvel Goes Into the Mystic

Created by artist Steve Ditko and writer Stan Lee, Doctor Stephen Strange debuted in Strange Tales #110 (July 1963) and ...
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I Love Lucy: Superstar Special #2 DVD Review: Lucy and the Duke

Following its airing on May 20, 2016, the I Love Lucy Superstar Special #2, which aired colorized versions of the ...
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Bob Hope: Hope for the Holidays DVD Review: Pop-culture Relics from a Bygone Era

As the DVD menu reveals, Hope for the Holidays is actually the fourth disc from the 11-DVD set titled Thanks ...
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Citizen Kane 75th Anniversary Blu-ray Review: One of the Medium’s Most Visually Compelling Films

After a restored DCP master of Citizen Kane played at the 2016 AFI Fest, followed by an AFI Master Class, ...
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The Flash (2014): The Complete Second Season Blu-ray Review: At Its Core, The Series Is a Family Drama

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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The Monkees: Season 2 DVD Review: The Monkees Take Control

The Monkees are a fascinating pop-culture phenomenon. Inspired by The Beatles' A Hard Day's Night, producers Bob Rafelson and Bert ...
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Roots: The Complete Original Series Blu-ray Review: A Powerful Story About a Family and a Country

Commemorating the 40th anniversary a year early, the landmark television miniseries Roots has been remastered and released on Blu-ray. Based ...
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Tell Them Who You Are Movie Review: A Captivating Documentary about Cinematographer Haskell Wexler and His Son

Tell Them Who You Are is a captivating documentary. It begins as a look at the life and career of ...
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Batman: The Television Series: The Complete Third Season DVD Review: And Batgirl Makes Three

Warner Brothers has completed the entire run of Batman on DVD with the recent release of The Complete Third Season.  ...
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SPECTRE Movie Review: The Story That Baffled Me

SPECTRE is Eon Productions' 24th James Bond film and the fourth starring Daniel Craig.  The title is the name of ...
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The Flash (2014): The Complete First Season Blu-ray Review: Check This Series Out as Fast as You Can

When I first watched The Flash pilot "City of Heroes" at the 2014 San Diego Comic-Con, I thought that "while ...
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Peanuts: Emmy Honored Collection DVD Review: The Quality of These Specials Is Mixed

In anticipation of the upcoming The Peanuts Movie and tying in with the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences' recent ...
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Batman: The Television Series: The Second Season Part Two DVD Review: Back to the Batshow!

On the off chance someone doesn't know about the iconic Batman TV series from the 1960s (there must be at ...
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The Other Side of the Mirror: Bob Dylan at the Newport Folk Festival 1963-1965 Blu-ray Review

Murray Lerner filmed the performances at the Newport Folk Festival in 1963, ’64, and ’65, and from those concerts created ...
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McLintock! (Authentic Collector’s Edition) Blu-ray Review: An Entertaining Escape

Made by his own Batjac Productions, John Wayne stars as the titular McLintock! in a variation of Shakespeare's Taming of ...
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Batman: The Television Series: The Second Season Part One DVD Review: Holy Classic TV Comedy!

After years of legal rights issues needing to be sorted out (and likely a fascinating story in its own right), ...
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Book Review: The Complete Steve Canyon, Volume 5: 1955-1956 by Milton Caniff

Since January 2012, the Library of American Comics, by way of IDW Publishing, has been releasing collections of Milton Caniff's ...
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Batman: The Brave and the Bold: The Complete Second Season Blu-ray Review: Great Teamwork on and off Screen

Warner Archive continues its release of Cartoon Network's Batman: The Brave and the Bold on Blu-ray with The Complete Second Season.  The ...
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Invasion of Astro-Monster DVD Review: The End of an Era

Invasion of Astro-Monster, known in the United States as Godzilla vs. Monster Zero, is a sequel to Ghidorah. The film was released ...
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TV Review: The Flash (2014): ‘City of Heroes’

After two appearances in the second season of Arrow, Barry Allen/The Flash (Grant Gustin) has been spun off into his ...
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Grace Kelly Collection DVD Review: From a Queen to a Princess

It is an impressive feat that Grace Kelly (November 12, 1929 - September 14, 1982) is such an iconic figure from Classic Hollywood even ...
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To Catch a Thief DVD Review: Crime Never Looked So Good

Alfred Hitchcock's To Catch A Thief is his first film shot in the short-lived widescreen format VitsaVision, and his second film shot ...
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Batman: The Brave and the Bold: The Complete First Season Blu-ray Review: Action and Comedy Make a Great Team

Since 1986, many of the stories about Batman have been grim and gritty, most notably in the comic books of ...
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Rollerball Blu-ray Review: Worth Viewing, but Didn’t Maximize Its Potential

Before Star Wars came along in 1977 and reminded moviegoers how much fun science fiction could be, most of the ...
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Book Review: The Complete Steve Canyon, Volume 4: 1953-1954 by Milton Caniff

In 1946, cartoonist Milton Caniff ended a successful 12-year run on the adventure comic strip Terry and the Pirates for ...
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Bob Dylan: The Bootleg Series, Vol. 7: No Direction Home: The Soundtrack Review

This volume of Dylan’s Bootleg Series is the soundtrack to Martin Scorsese’s documentary No Direction Home: Bob Dylan, which debuted ...
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Book Review: Batman: The Silver Age Newspaper Comics, Volume One: 1966-1967

IDW's Library of American Comics and DC Entertainment have teamed up to release Batman's Silver Age newspaper strips, which debuted ...
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In the Heat of the Night Blu-ray Review: Murder (and Race) in a Small Town

Based on John Ball's 1965 novel of the same name, Academy Award Best Picture-winner In the Heat of the Night ...
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Terminator Anthology Blu-ray Review: An Unstoppable Franchise

The Terminator Anthology collects the four films from the Terminator franchise in one set for the first time. However, there's nothing new ...
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Archer: The Complete Fourth Season Four Blu-ray Review: Laugh Another Day

During the 13 episodes of its fourth season, Adam Reed's espionage comedy Archer continued the escapades of international intrigue and ...
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Book Review: The James Bond Omnibus Volume 005 by Jim Lawrence & Yaroslav Horak

Continuing their release of the James Bond comic strips in an oversized omnibus format, Titan Books has released James Bond ...
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The Dean Martin Celebrity Roasts Collector’s Edition DVD Review: You’re Nobody ’til Somebody Insults You

During the ninth and final season of The Dean Martin Show, which ran from 1965 to 1974, a segment was ...
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Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa Movie Review: Bad Is Right

Bad Grandpa finds Johnny Knoxville branching out on his own from his onscreen Jackass pals, like a musician putting out ...
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Escape from Tomorrow Movie Review: Could Have Used More Imagination

Escape from Tomorrow tells the story of Jim White (Roy Abramsohn), whose trip to Walt Disney World with his family ...
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Prometheus (2012) Blu-ray Review: A Feast for the Senses, An Appetizer for the Mind

Ridley Scott's return to science fiction and the universe he established with the classic film Alien is a visual masterpiece.  ...
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Man of Steel (2013) Movie Review: Man of Action, but Little Thought

Director Zack Snyder, producer Christopher Nolan, and writer David S. Goyer have delivered an adaptation of Superman that is parts ...
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Iron Man 3 Movie Review: Third Time’s a Charm

Not only does Iron Man 3 return the franchise to its glory, which I didn't find was as diminished by ...
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Book Review: The Complete Steve Canyon, Volume 3: 1951-1952 by Milton Caniff

Since January 2012, the Library of American Comics, by way of IDW Publishing, has been releasing collections of Milton Caniff's ...
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Star Trek: The Motion Picture Review: Boldly Going Where They’ve Gone Before

As the May 17 release date for Star Trek Into Darkness approaches, it seemed like the perfect time for the ...
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Being John Malkovich Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: Malkovich, Malkovich, Malkovich

In Being John Malkovich, the brilliant feature-film debut of screenwriter Charlie Kaufman and director Spike Jonze, an unhappily married couple ...
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Skyfall Blu-ray Review: Nobody’s Done It Better

Director Sam Mendes and his team deliver such a satisfying film in so many areas, Skyfall may well be my ...
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Batman: The Dark Knight Returns Part 1 Blu-ray Review: A Great Adaptation of Frank Miller’s Work

The year 1986 is considered a landmark for comics because of the debuts of Frank Miller's The Dark Knight Returns ...
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Astonishing X-Men Blu-ray Collection Review: Joss Whedon Teams Up with Marvel Superheroes

Released under the Marvel Knights Animation banner, the Astonishing X-Men Collection Blu-ray presents the four motion comics adapted from the ...
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Concert Review: An Evening with The Monkees, Greek Theater, Los Angeles, CA, 11/10/12

The Monkees 12-date tour this past fall was a bittersweet affair.  No doubt many were delighted to see the return ...
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Licence to Kill Movie Review: Reconsidering the Revoking

Licence to Kill is the 16th installment in the James Bond franchise and was the second and ultimately final appearance ...
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The Spy Who Loved Me Movie Review: One of the Franchise’s Best

In the prologue to The Spy Who Loved Me, author Ian Fleming claimed it was a manuscript by a Canadian ...
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The Man with the Golden Gun Movie Review: All That’s Gold Does Not Glitter

Roger Moore made his second appearance as James Bond in The Man with the Golden Gun, which saw the secret ...
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Book Review: The Complete Steve Canyon, Volume 2: 1949-1950 by Milton Caniff

Since January 2012, the Library of American Comics, by way of IDW Publishing, has been releasing collections of Milton Caniff's ...
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Hondo (1953) Blu-ray Review: John Wayne Delivers a Standout Performance

Based on Louis L'Amour's short story "The Gift of Cochise," Hondo Lane (John Wayne) wearily walks out of the New ...
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Dr. No Movie Review: Introducing James Bond

Welcome to the first assignment of Operation: BOND as Cinema Sentries celebrates the 50th anniversary of the James Bond franchise ...
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The Dark Knight Movie Review: Raised the Bar on What Superhero Movies Can Be

Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight is a fantastic film that has raised the bar on what superhero movies can be, ...
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San Diego Comic-Con 2012: Firefly Panel

Celebrating the 10th anniversary of the cult TV sensation Firefly, Science Channel gathered creator Joss Whedon, executive producer Tim Minear, ...
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Don’t Go See A Movie This Weekend

I know that seems an odd statement coming from a website that revels in movies, but that was my immediate ...
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Lancelot Link: Secret Chimp Special Collector’s Edition DVD Review: The Monkey Who Came in from the Cold

Airing on ABC, Lancelot Link, Secret Chimp was a Saturday morning kids’ show that spoofed spy movies in much the ...
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In Their Own Words DVD Review: A Great Treat for History Buffs

Athena’s In Their Own Words two-DVD set collects a pair of BBC Four television series of the same. The production ...
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The Lord of the Rings Motion Picture Trilogy (Theatrical Edition) Blu-ray Review: Many Fans Will be Disappointed in This Product

The Lord of the Rings trilogy as a whole is a rare work of art, reaching such great heights of ...
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Up (2009) Blu-ray Review: A Wondrous Film by Pixar

Led by director/co-writer Pete Docter, the Pixar team have once again revealed why they are a brand you can trust ...
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Carlos (2010) Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: The Tale of the Jackal

Carlos is a fascinating docudrama about the Venezuelan terrorist Ilich Ramírez Sánchez, known as Carlos the Jackal, whose most notorious ...
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The Muppets (Wocka Wocka Value Pack) Review: The Blu-ray Impresses; The Movie Doesn’t

After not appearing on the silver screen since 1999’s Muppets from Space, there was no surprise at the heightened level ...
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LAFF 2012 Review: Woody Allen’s To Rome with Love Opens the Los Angeles Film Festival

The 2012 Los Angeles Film Festival opened with the North American premiere of Woody Allen’s anthology To Rome With Love. ...
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The Lady Vanishes (1938) Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: All Aboard for Entertainment

Though it was Alfred Hitchcock’s penultimate film made in Britain before producer David O. Selznick brought him to America, the ...
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Sherlock Holmes (2009) Movie Review: A Smart Blockbuster

When I first saw the trailer, I was not enthused. I had not been a fan of Guy Ritchie’s directorial ...
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Serenity and Nathan Fillion Close 2012 Hero Complex Film Festival

For those not in the know, Hero Complex is a website that covers the pop-culture beat with a focus on ...
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3 Women Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: 2 Actresses Can’t Save 1 Film

Writer/producer/director Robert Altman’s 3 Women is powered by the standout performances of Sissy Spacek and Shelley Duvall playing two offbeat ...
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Island of Lost Souls (1932) Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: Of Monsters and Men

The first of many adaptations of H.G. Wells’ novel The Island of Dr. Moreau, Erle C. Kenton’s Island of Lost ...
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The Complete Jean Vigo Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: A Career in Four Films

The Criterion Collection honors filmmaker Jean Vigo by presenting the four titles from his very brief career, cut short due ...
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Hamlet (1996) Blu-ray Review: The Medium’s The Thing That Makes This Version So Special

No film is more deserving of being encased within a book than Kenneth Branagh’s Hamlet, the first silver-screen adaptation to ...
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The Merchant of Venice (2004) Movie Review:  Pacino Wants a Pound of Flesh

For those of you who didn’t read the Cliffs Notes in school, here’s a synopsis: Bassanio (Joseph Fiennes) needs to ...
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Richard III (1995) DVD Review: A Great Introduction to the Bard’s Works

Based on Richard Eyre’s stage production, this retelling of Shakespeare’s Richard III is transported about 500 years forward into an ...
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Wizards 35th Anniversary Edition Blu-ray Review: Artwork Trumps Story

Wizards found writer/director Ralph Bakshi expanding his scope as an artist. His previous films were social satires set on the ...
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Smiley’s People DVD Review: The Spy Who Came in from Retirement

Alec Guinness returned to the role of George Smiley in 1982’s BBC miniseries Smiley’s People. Based on the book of ...
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The Passion of the Christ Movie Review: Too Much Good Friday, Not Enough Easter Sunday

Mel Gibson’s The Passion of The Christ is about the last 12 hours in the life of Jesus Christ (Jim ...
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To Kill a Mockingbird 50th Anniversary Blu-ray Review: Do the Right Thing

Based on Harper Lee’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel of the same name, To Kill a Mockingbird is a highly acclaimed film ...
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Dazed and Confused Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: An Authentic, Evocative Slice of Life

Set on the last day of school on May 28, 1976 in Austin, Texas, writer/director Richard Linklater’s Dazed and Confused ...
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Archer: The Complete Season Two Blu-ray Review: License to Laugh

In Season Two of FX’s Archer, creator/executive producer Adam Reed and his team deliver another frequently hysterical season of outrageous ...
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Beauty and the Beast (1946) Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: Jean Cocteau Creates Magic

Jean Cocteau, a renaissance man of the arts, appears to be the first filmmaker to bring Jeanne-Marie Le Prince de ...
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It Takes a Thief (1968) The Complete Series Review: Fans Will Find This Set Terrific

Created by Ronald Kibbee, It Takes a Thief, which ran for three seasons on ABC from 1968-70, is an action-adventure ...
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Book Review: The Age of Movies: Selected Writings of Pauline Kael

While there were plenty of good reviewers before her, Pauline Kael’s popularity as a movie critic saw her rise to ...
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The Rolling Stones: Some Girls: Live In Texas ’78 Blu-ray Review: It’s Live Rock ‘n’ Roll and I Like It

I am not sure the reasoning behind The Rolling Stones’ recent decision to go through their vaults and unleash some ...
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Rango (2011) Blu-ray Review: There’s a New (Animation) Sheriff in Town

For well over a decade, Pixar Studios, the makers of the Toy Story trilogy and Up, have not only been ...
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Jane Eyre (2011) Movie Review: Director Cary Fukunaga Sets the Bar High for Future Adaptations

Charlotte Bronte’s classic 1847 Gothic novel Jane Eyre has been filmed many times for movies and television over the years, ...
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If…. Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: A Portrait of the Student as an Angry Young Man

Director Lindsay Anderson’s If…. is a film that catches the viewer off guard when its true intention is revealed and ...
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West Side Story (1961) Blu-Ray Review: Celebrating 50 Years of Dancing in the Streets

West Side Story, the classic Broadway musical that went on to become a classic Hollywood film, epitomizes passion. Its creators ...
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Solaris (1972) Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: Explorations in Outer and Inner Space

Director Andrei Tarkovsky used Stanislaw Lem’s 1961 science fiction novel Solaris as the basis for his story about a man ...
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Most Anticipated Films of 2012

With a new year upon us, it's the perfect time to start marking the calendar with release dates. What follows ...
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Kiss Me Deadly Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: Pulp Science Fiction

When Mickey Spillane’s Mike Hammer debuted in I, Jury (1947) he was possibly the hardest of hardnosed detectives there was, ...
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Peter Gabriel: New Blood – Live in London Blu-ray Review: The Power of the Orchestra

In 2009, Peter Gabriel came up with a very intriguing concept where he would cover an artist’s song with the ...
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Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (1979) DVD Review: An Enthralling Search for a Mole in the Circus

During the latter half of the 20th Century, David John Moore Cornwell became world renowned as espionage-fiction writer John le ...
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America Lost and Found: The BBS Story Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review

The story told in Criterion’s The BBS Story box set is a major chapter in the output of producers Bob ...
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Rise of the Planet of the Apes Blu-ray Review: As Good at Home as it was in Theaters

Rise of the Planet of the Apes was one of my favorite action films of the year. In my review, ...
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Some Kind of Monster DVD Review: A Fearless Portrait of Metallica

What started out as promotional piece detailing the recording of Metallica’s next album ended up becoming not only a fearless ...
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The Adventures of Tintin Season One DVD Review: Animated Adventure Abounds!

The Adventures of Tintin by Belgian artist Hegre first appeared as a comic strip in a children’s newspaper supplement in ...
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Woody Allen: A Documentary Review: His Films Make Life Worth Living

Robert B. Weide’s Woody Allen: A Documentary airs in two parts on PBS’ American Masters and is a comprehensive biography ...
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Book Review: Screen World: The Films of 2010, Edited by Barry Monush

”Screen World Volume 62: The Films of 2010 is the latest installment in the long-running reference-book series. On the back ...
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AFI FEST 2011 Review: Into the Abyss

When introducing his latest documentary at AFI FEST presented by Audi, German director Werner Herzog stated he was against the ...
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The Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes! Volume 3 and 4 DVD Review: Entertainment Assembled!

Based on the Marvel comic book series, The Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes! is a very good animated program for superhero ...
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Smiles of a Summer Night Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: All’s Well That Ends Well

Though legendary director Ingmar Bergman is well known for creating films that deal with serious subjects about life and death, ...
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Cream: Live at Royal Albert Hall London 2005 Blu-ray Review: I’m So Glad This Was Recorded

Cream is a legendary rock trio from the late ’60s featuring bassist/vocalist Jack Bruce, guitarist/vocalist Eric Clapton, and drummer Ginger ...
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Book Review: Alien Vault: The Definitive Story of the Making of the Film by Ian Nathan

With Alien Vault, Ian Nathan has created the book of the year for film fans, one they will revisit in ...
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Take Shelter Movie Review: Preparing for the Storm

Jeff Nichols’ Take Shelter is a compelling family drama anchored by Michael Shannon’s captivating performance as Curtis, a man whose ...
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Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: Buy the Disc, Take the Ride

First appearing in the pages of Rolling Stone, Hunter S. Thompson’s Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas details the drug-fueled ...
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Pixar Short Films Collection Volume 1 DVD Review: A Study in Animation

Pixar Animation Studios has been the most consistently creative and innovative production company over the past twenty years. The company ...
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Blood Simple Blu-ray Review: The Coen Brothers’ Impressive Debut Launches a Few Careers

After a brief introduction (HD, 1 min) from Mortimer Young of Forever Young Films, where he explains the film has ...
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Killer Elite Movie Review: Better Than Expected

Adapted from Sir Ranulph Fiennes’ 1991 book The Feather Men, which claims to be based on a true story, director/co-writer ...
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The Hustler (1961) Blu-ray Review: This Disc is a Born Winner

Robert Rossen’s The Hustler is based on Walter Tevis’ novel of the same name and stars Paul Newman as pool ...
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X-Men: First Class Blu-ray Review: Arguably the Best of the Film Franchise

Director/co-writer Matthew Vaughn delivers first-class entertainment with X-Men: First Class, a prequel to the film franchise that presents the origins ...
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Topsy-Turvy Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: It Is the Very Model of a Modern-Day Blu-ray Release

After five films, Mike Leigh took a break from modern-day kitchen-sick dramas and created Topsy-Turvy, a marvelous historical biopic about ...
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Blow Out Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: Hearing Is Believing

Brian De Palma’s Blow Out is an intriguing political thriller that plays with the ideas of perception and cinema. These ...
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D23 Expo 2011: Walt Disney Studios Upcoming Live-Action Releases

Director and co-writer Andrew Stanton introduced John Carter, out March 9, 2012, based on the Edgar Rice Burroughs novel.  The ...
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D23 Expo 2011: Walt Disney Studios Upcoming Animated Releases

The Walt Disney Studios skipped Comic Con this year to present at their upcoming roster of films D23 Expo 2011, ...
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The Mikado Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: Dated but Has its Charms

The Mikado is the ninth opera created by the tandem of W.S. Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan. It debuted in London ...
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Laws of Gravity DVD Review: Scorsese’s Mean Streets Did It Before and Did It Better

Nick Gomez’ Laws of Gravity was his debut as a feature film writer and director and it is now part ...
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Rise of the Planet of the Apes Presents the Rise of a New Franchise

While I am certain this phenomenon is not isolated to movies, it’s interesting how many devotees confuse having an opinion ...
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Book Review: Joe Simon: My Life in Comics

Tying in perfectly with Captain America: The First Avenger, one of the character’s co-creators, Joe Simon, has released his engaging ...
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Planet of the Apes (1968) Blu-ray Review: A Franchise Started with a “Smile”

Set in the year 3978, after having traveled for 2006 years, a trio of ANSA astronauts led by Taylor (Charlton ...
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AC/DC: Let There Be Rock Limited Edition Blu-ray Review: Bon Scott’s Last Tour

AC/DC’s 1980 concert film Let There Be Rock captured the Bon Scott-led version of the band at what would unknowingly ...
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Have a Laugh! Volume 3 and 4 DVD Review: Samplers of Disney’s Animated Stars

Disney’s Have A Laugh! series is aimed at introducing classic Disney cartoons to young children. Both recent volumes offer five ...
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Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince Movie Review: The Empire Strikes Back of the Harry Potter Series

As the film begins, the Death Eaters rampage has spilled over into the Muggle world while forces appear coming to ...
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Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire Ultimate Edition Blu-ray Review

Harry Potter and The Goblet of Fire is the fourth film of the series based on the fourth book of ...
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Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban Movie Review: Why So Sirius?

It is year three for Harry (Daniel Radcliffe) and his friends at Hogwarts School and the big news as the ...
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Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets Movie Review: Mysteries and a Riddle

As Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets begins, life has slightly improved for Harry (Daniel Radcliffe) at the Dursley ...
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Au revoir les enfants Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: Louis Malle’s Remembrance of Things Past

Writer-director Louis Malle’s childhood informs Au revoir les enfants, a story about two boys at a Catholic boarding school in ...
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Game Review: Scene It? – Harry Potter 2nd Edition

Screenlife’s Scene It? is the first classic game of the 21st century. It combines aspects of Trivial Pursuit with the ...
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American: The Bill Hicks Story Blu-ray Review: Only the Ruthlessly Funny Die Young

Stand-up comedian Bill Hicks (1961-1994) was a provocateur, wanting his audiences to think just as much as they laughed. Referring ...
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Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark (Special Edition) DVD Review: Remains a Classic Adventure Film 30 Years Later

Inspired by the adventure serials they grew up with, George Lucas and Philip Kaufman worked on the story. Lucas then ...
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The Comancheros Blu-ray Review: The Duke Doesn’t Abide Bad Guys

Though not considered one his classic Westerns, The Comancheros is an enjoyable picture in John Wayne’s filmography, though I wouldn’t ...
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True Grit (2010) Blu-ray Review: Fill Your Hand With It

Mattie Ross (Hailee Steinfeld) hires Marshal Rooster Cogburn (Jeff Bridges) because of his reputation for having grit and reveals that ...
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Platoon Blu-ray Review: A Balanced, Realistic Portrayal of War

MGM commemorates the 25th anniversary of Oliver Stone’s Academy Award-winning Platoon with its debut on Blu-ray. The film tells the ...
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Drive Angry DVD Review: Watch Disappointed

Nicolas Cage, a name you can no longer trust with your entertainment dollar, plays Milton, a man who busts out ...
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M*A*S*H Blu-ray Review: A Brilliant Military Farce

Based on Richard Hooker’s novel MASH: A Novel About Three Army Doctors and, as it turns out according to the ...
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The Times of Harvey Milk Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: History in the Making

The Times of Harvey Milk is an outstanding documentary that presents an important chapter in the United States civil rights ...
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My Last Movie Before the Rapture

While I don’t understand it myself, a number of people in the media have apparently decided to stop paying attention ...
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Pirates of Tortuga DVD Review: A Love Story at its Core

Captain Bart (Ken Scott) and the crew of the Mermaid have been requested to stop the piracy of former British ...
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A High Wind in Jamaica DVD Review: This Children’s Pirate Adventure Blows

At the time of its release in 1965 A High Wind in Jamaica might have been an adequate adventure for ...
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Army of Shadows Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: A Different Kind of Spy Thriller

Writer/director Jean-Pierre Melville’s Army of Shadows (1969) opens with a powerful image: an extended take of a long line of ...
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Friday the 13th (1980) Blu-ray Review: The Uncut Edition

After the success of John Carpenter’s Halloween, producer/director Sean Cunningham decided to rip it off, according to screenwriter Victor Miller. ...
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All-Star Superman Blu-ray Review: You Will Believe a Man Can Die

I’ve always been ambivalent towards Superman. Though a longtime fan of superheroes, I didn’t collect any of his comics unless ...
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Legend of the Fist: The Return of Chen Zhen Movie Review

Even if you don’t know that Legend of the Fist: The Return of Chen Zhen is a continuation of the ...
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The Incredibles Blu-ray Review: An Incredible High Def Experience

The Incredibles is an imaginative story that makes the most of being an animated film, as evidenced by the stunning ...
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Fiddler on the Roof 40th Anniversary Blu-ray Review

Norman Jewison’s Fiddler on the Roof has been released on Blu-ray in time for its 40th anniversary. The winner of ...
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U2 3D Movie Review: Almost Better Than the Real Thing

U2 3D raised the bar for concert films to a whole new level. Captured during U2’s Vertigo tour of 2005/’06 ...
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The Cure: Trilogy Blu-ray Review: A Wonderfully Draining Experience, Musically and Emotionally

Recorded live on November 11th and 12th in 2002 at the Tempodrom Berlin, The Cure played a concert that had ...
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The Who: Live at The Isle of Wight Festival 1970 DVD Review: Absolutely Brilliant

Throughout the ages, humanity has struggled to find the answers to great philosophical questions in the hopes of making sense ...
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Shine A Light DVD Review: The Rolling Stones and Martin Scorsese Deliver Satisfaction

Longevity in the arts can be a double-edge sword. Artists no doubt appreciate having long careers in the endeavors they ...
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Woodstock: 3 Days of Peace & Music (Director’s Cut) Blu-ray Review: The Beginning of the End of the ’60s

The Woodstock Festival of 1969 was much more than a concert, unintentionally becoming the symbol of the decade’s youth/hippie movement ...
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The Complete Monterey Pop Festival Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: A Marvelous Time Capsule

During the Summer of Love, the weekend of June 16-18, 1967 to be specific, the Monterey International Pop Music Festival ...
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Seven Samurai Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: A Cinematic Masterpiece of Epic Proportions

The premise of Seven Samurai is a simple one: a group of farmers hire seven samurai to deal with bandits ...
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