Lorna Miller

TCM Classic Film Festival 2024 Review

The 2024 Turner Classic Film Festival offered a variety of programming options focused on the central theme of “Most Wanted: ...
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My 2024 TCM Classic Film Festival Schedule

The 2024 TCM Classic Film Festival is rapidly approaching April 18-21. The central theme for the 15th annual event in ...
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Wonka Blu-ray Review: A Sweet Audiovisual Treat with Heart

When I first heard this film was Willy Wonka's origin story with Timothée Chalamet playing the titular role, I admit ...
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Staying Alive Blu-ray Review: They Say the Neon Lights Are Bright on Broadway

I might be in the minority but I think Staying Alive is a better film than Saturday Night Fever. (Yes, ...
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Poker Face: Season One Blu-ray Review: An Extremely Clever TV Series

I am a crime junkie and it is rare that something comes along in this genre that is new and ...
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Midsummer Scream 2023: Hall of Shadows Review: Each Attraction Showcased an Impressive Amount of Work

The Hall of Shadows is a section of the exhibit floor filled with haunted attractions. CalHaunts, a Southern California group ...
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Magic Mike’s Last Dance Blu-ray Review: The Cohesiveness and Comradery of the First Two Installments Is Missing

Magic Mike’s Last Dance is a departure from the previous films. While it still offers sexy, astoundingly choreographed dance numbers ...
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TCM Classic Film Festival 2023 Review: Celebrating Film Legacies

My eleventh opportunity to cover the TCM Classic Film Festival in Hollywood provided an opportunity to enjoy some old favorites ...
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My 2023 TCM Classic Film Festival Schedule

The 2023 TCM Classic Film Festival is right around the corner, and it is time to start planning my schedule. ...
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Chicago: Limited Edition Blu-ray SteelBook Review: Rob Marshall Gives Audiences the Old Razzle Dazzle

Musical theater is something that I have always enjoyed. It is often difficult to translate a spectacular and engaging play ...
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Grease 2 (40th Anniversary) Limited Edition Steelbook Blu-ray Review: Back to Rydell High School Again

It is hard to believe that Grease 2 came out 40 years. Released four years after the massive hit Grease, ...
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TCM Classic Film Festival 2022 Review: Day Three

[Read Lorna's Day One and Two coverage of TCMFF 2022] Three on a Match (1932) was one of the most ...
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TCM Classic Film Festival 2022 Review: Day One and Two

After a three-year hiatus, the TCM Classic Film Festival returned to an in-person event in Hollywood over four days and ...
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My (Tentative) 2022 TCM Classic Film Festival Schedule

The COVID pandemic resulted in the cancellation of many activities. One that I have missed the most is the TCM ...
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Castle Rock: The Complete Second Season Blu-ray Review: A Stronger Stephen King Feel to It

Having read numerous Stephen King books and loving so many movies based on them, I was really excited for the ...
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The 2019 TCM Classic Film Festival Review: Day Four

The last day started with my first 9 am block viewing.  While I was tempted to sleep in, I couldn't ...
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The 2019 TCM Classic Film Festival Review: Day Three

Day Three started with what turned out to be my favorite film of the festival, Kind Hearts and Coronets (1949).  ...
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The 2019 TCM Classic Film Festival Review: Day Two

My first full day started with one of my all-time favorite actors Gary Cooper starring in Love in the Afternoon ...
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The 2019 TCM Classic Film Festival Review: Day One

The festival is held over four days and spread out between the TCL Chinese Theater, the Chinese Multiplex, the Egyptian ...
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My (Tentative) 2019 TCM Classic Film Festival Schedule

With the 2019 TCM Classic Film Festival only days away, I have started planning my schedule. This is always a ...
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Mary Poppins Returns Blu-ray Review: Entertaining for the Whole Family

When I first heard that there would be a Mary Poppins sequel, I was extremely skeptical. How could anything possibly ...
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Castle Rock: The Complete First Season Blu-ray Review: So Much Potential Wasted

My love of reading and addiction to Stephen King started at a young age thanks to my Uncle Vern. King's ...
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Longmire: The Complete Sixth and Final Season DVD Review: They Saved the Best for Last

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment provided the writer with a free copy of the DVD reviewed in this Blog Post. The ...
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Riverdale: The Complete Second Season DVD Review: The Archie Gang Finds Their Groove

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment provided us with a free copy of the DVD reviewed in this Blog Post. The opinions ...
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2018 TCM Classic Film Festival Review: Day Four

The last day of the festival is always started with a mix of emotions, sadness that it is almost over ...
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2018 TCM Classic Film Festival Review: Day Four

The last day of the festival is always started with a mix of emotions, sadness that it is almost over ...
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2018 TCM Classic Film Festival Review: Day Three

One of my most anticipated films started day three with Bullitt (1968). This is a movie I am always surprised ...
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2018 TCM Classic Film Festival Review: Day Three

One of my most anticipated films started day three with Bullitt (1968). This is a movie I am always surprised ...
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2018 TCM Classic Film Festival Review: Day Two

The second day of the festival started with the world premiere restoration of My Brilliant Career (1979) since it features ...
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2018 TCM Classic Film Festival Review: Day Two

The second day of the festival started with the world premiere restoration of My Brilliant Career (1979) since it features ...
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2018 TCM Classic Film Festival Review: Day One

Each year, I seem to be more and more excited when my press credentials are approved for the Turner Classic ...
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2018 TCM Classic Film Festival Review: Day One 

Each year, I seem to be more and more excited when my press credentials are approved for the Turner Classic ...
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Suicide Squad: Hell to Pay Blu-ray Review: Engaging with Exciting Twists and Turns

Not having been impressed by the recent live-action version, I admit the only reason I was interested in Suicide Squad: ...
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The Incredible Shrinking Woman Collector’s Edition Blu-ray Review: Sometimes It’s Hard to Be a Woman

Pat Kramer (Lily Tomlin) is a normal housewife trying her best to take care of her husband (Charles Grodin) and ...
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Longmire: The Complete Fifth Season DVD Review: The Best Season to Date

Season Five of Longmire, which aired on Netflix, continued the successful formula of a twisting and turning season-long story arc ...
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Riverdale: The Complete First Season DVD Review: An Entertaining Guilty Pleasure

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment provided us with a free copy of the DVD reviewed in this Blog Post. The opinions ...
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Vision Quest Blu-ray Review: Wasn’t Too Crazy for This

Vision Quest is a movie that I have always been surprised that I haven't seen, considering there were not many ...
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2017 TCM Classic Film Festival Review: Day Four

The last day. It is always with mixed emotions when I look at the schedule for the final day. Film ...
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2017 TCM Classic Film Festival Review: Day Three

One of my most anticipated events was The Last Picture Show (1971) with director Peter Bogdanovich in attendance. While it ...
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2017 TCM Classic Film Festival Review: Day One and Two

Day One I was hoping to arrive in time to start the festival with the tribute to Robert Osborne but ...
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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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Book Review: Feeding Hannibal: A Connoisseur’s Cookbook by Janice Poon

Hannibal was one of the most beautiful yet disturbing shows I have ever seen. One of the most beautiful aspects ...
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Pete’s Dragon (2016) Blu-ray Review: A Fine Film If You Simply Change the Name 

The original Pete's Dragon (1977) is one of my all-time favorite Disney films. When I heard a remake was in ...
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Being Canadian DVD Review: Is Canada the Best Country in the World?

People often tell me when my Canadian side is showing. This is a huge compliment as everyone seems to think ...
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Longmire: The Complete Fourth Season DVD Review: A Thought-provoking Western

Disclaimer: Warner Bros. Home Entertainment provided Cinema Sentries with a free copy of the DVD reviewed in this post. The ...
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Marauders Blu-ray Review: A Bank Heist Movie Worth Watching

FBI agents Montgomery (Christopher Meloni) and Stockwell (Dave Bautista) are tasked with investigating a sophisticated group of bank robbers who ...
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11.22.63 Blu-ray Review: A Thoughtful Story about Relationships

How often do we wish we could go back in time and do things differently or make different decisions? Based ...
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Major Crimes: The Complete Fourth Season DVD Review: The Series Found Its Groove

It took some time for me to stop comparing Major Crimes to The Closer. Kyra Sedgwick created an original character ...
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2016 TCM Classic Film Festival Review: Day Four

Heading into the last day, I was already starting to feel sad that it was almost over. No matter how ...
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2016 TCM Classic Film Festival Review: Day Three

I decided to sleep in to prepare for another big day ahead since there wasn't anything that I really wanted ...
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2016 TCM Classic Film Festival Review: Day One and Two

Each year as I am heading home from the TCM Classic Film Festival, I am sure that the next year ...
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Book Review: The Art and Making of Hannibal: The Television Series by Jesse McLean

If you are going through withdrawal from the cancellation of the ingeniously gorgeous television show Hannibal created by Bryan Fuller, ...
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Mr. Holmes Blu-ray Review: A Study in Relationships

It is hard to believe that the fictional character Sherlock Homes first appeared in print in 1887. Sir Arthur Conan ...
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Sleepy Hollow: The Complete Second Season Blu-ray Review: A Spine-chilling Drama with Comic Relief

When I first heard about the premise behind Sleepy Hollow, I had no interest in watching it as it sounded ...
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George Strait: The Cowboy Rides Away: Live from AT&T Stadium DVD Review

Growing up, I always dreaded when my mom would put on her country music. She warned me that when I ...
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The French Lieutenant’s Woman Criterion Collection Review: Parallel Tales Rooted in Forbidden Passions 

Based on the John Fowles novel, The French Lieutenant's Woman tells parallel tales rooted in forbidden passions and the complexity ...
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The Mentalist: The Seventh and Final Season DVD Review: Wrapping Up Loose Ends

The foundation of The Mentalist had been the mystery of the serial killer Red John, who was responsible for the ...
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Shania Twain: Shania: Still the One: Live from Vegas Blu-ray Review

Shania: Still the One: Live from Vegas captures the complete stage performance of Shania Twain from her two-year residency at ...
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Wild (2014) Blu-ray Review: Embrace the Beauty

The death of her mom Bobbi (Laura Dern), a divorce from her husband (Thomas Sadoski), and years of self-destructive choices ...
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2015 TCM Classic Film Festival Review: Day Three and Four

Saturday morning, I opted to sleep in and miss The Man Who Would be King (1975) to see So Dear ...
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2015 TCM Classic Film Festival Review: Day One and Two

The 2015 TCM Classic Film Festival was the best one I have attended.  The previous four festivals were fantastic but ...
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My 2015 TCM Classic Film Festival Schedule (subject to change)

With the 2015 TCM Classic Film Festival a week away, I have started planning my schedule.  Each year it is ...
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Longmire: The Complete Third Season DVD Review: A Much Darker Season Unfolds

The third season of Longmire continued what had been previously established in the first two seasons as a strong crime ...
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101 Dalmatians (1961) Diamond Edition Blu-ray Review: An Amusing and Entertaining Film

Disney's 101 Dalmatians is narrated by Pongo (Rod Taylor), an adult male Dalmatian, and starts cleverly with him introducing us ...
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Alabama & Friends at the Ryman CD/DVD Review: Celebrating 40 Years

Alabama was formed in 1969 by cousins Randy Owen, Teddy Gentry, and Jeff Cook. Over the course of their career, ...
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Divergent Blu-ray Review: Shailene Woodley Has a Dauntless Task

Being a big fan of Veronica Roth's book series, I was thrilled to hear that Divergent was being made into ...
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Longmire: The Complete Second Season DVD Review: A Standout Show Worth Watching

The second season of the popular A&E western crime drama Longmire continued the successful formula of interesting standalone cases along ...
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2014 TCM Classic Film Festival Review: Day Three and Four

Day Three Mr. Deeds Goes to Town (1936) had me up and raring to go for Day Three.  Anything starring ...
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2014 TCM Classic Film Festival Review: Day One and Two

The 2014 TCM Classic Film Festival was my fourth and favorite. It may have been the festival programming or the ...
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My Top Picks for the 2014 TCM Classic Film Festival

Each year when the schedule for the TCM Classic Film Festival is posted, I feel equal levels of excitement and ...
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Saving Mr. Banks Blu-ray Review: A Heartwarming Story

It is rare that I am interested in watching a movie a second time after a recent viewing. It is ...
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The Following: The Complete First Season Review: Dark and Truly Horrifying

For 15 weeks on Monday nights at 9:00 pm, I was glued to the television to watch The Following. Since ...
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Big: 25th Anniversary Combo Pack Review: A Splendidly Touching Film

Big is one of those movies that I thoroughly enjoyed when it was released but haven't seen or thought about ...
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Saturday at Stan Lee’s Comikaze 2013

Held at the Los Angeles Convention Center, Stan Lee's Comikaze offers pop culture delights on a much smaller scale. I ...
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Monsters, Inc. Blu-ray Review: Monsters Get Scared Too

Released in November 2001, Monsters, Inc. was the fourth feature-length feature film by Pixar Animation Studios. While it was a ...
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The Devil’s Backbone Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: One of Guillermo del Toro’s Most Personal Films

Guillermo del Toro is one of the most interesting directors currently making films because of his unique vision and style. ...
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Trance (2013) Blu-ray Review: Suspenseful and Surprising

Danny Boyle is one of the few directors who garners instance attention for any new film. His history of interesting ...
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Stoker Blu-ray Review: A Film to Be Savored

India Stoker (Mia Wasikowska) is a shy, isolated young girl devastated by the loss of her father Richard (Dermot Mulroney) ...
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Dark Skies (2013) Blu-ray Review: A Compelling Family Drama Undercut by Aliens

I have never been a big fan of alien movies because they have never been particularly scary to me. More ...
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Longmire: The Complete First Season DVD Review: Complex Characters, Simple Police Work

Based on best-selling author Craig Johnson's Walt Longmire western mystery novel series, Longmire is a fresh take on the crime ...
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My 2013 TCM Classic Film Festival Journal, Part Two

My Saturday started off with a bit of nostalgia at “Bugs Bunny's 75th Birthday Bash”.  Film critic Leonard Maltin and ...
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My 2013 TCM Classic Film Festival Journal, Part One

As the fourth annual TCM Classic Film Festival was approaching, I was filled with anticipation as I made my top ...
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What I Must See at the 2013 TCM Film Festival

As spring approaches, one of the things I look forward to with high anticipation is the TCM Classic Film Festival. ...
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Les Miserables (2012) Blu-ray Review: Bring This Home

Les Miserables was one of my most anticipated films of 2012. I have seen the stage musical numerous times and ...
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Lady Antebellum: Own the Night World Tour Blu-ray Review: Fans Need This Now

Before watching this concert, I wouldn't have called myself a great fan of Lady Antebellum, which is comprised of Hillary ...
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Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure Blu-ray Review: A Nostalgic Look Back at the ’80s

It's been many years since I'd seen Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure and will admit that I haven't missed it ...
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The Raven (2012) Blu-ray Review: Quoth the Reviewer, Worth Watching

I love murder mysteries; given my choice of any genre, this is what I will pick every time. To get ...
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The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel DVD Review: Well Worth a Visit

I admit that I loved The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel before I watched it. The preview brought me to tears ...
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The Game (1997) Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: A Fast-paced Thrill Ride

David Fincher is one of my all-time favorite directors. He instantly captured my attention with Se7en; I had never seen ...
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You Only Live Twice Movie Review: All of the Charm, Action, and Womanizing You Expect

You Only Live Twice is the fifth film in the James Bond series.  Released in 1967, it was intended to ...
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Shallow Grave (1994) Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: An Exceptional Film

Danny Boyle’s first film Shallow Grave is a disturbing and extreme examination of the consequences of one’s actions. I love ...
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Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows Blu-ray Review: Impressive Disc but Lacks the Charm of the Previous Film

The first Sherlock Holmes was fun, exciting, and unique. It far exceeded my expectations. A Game of Shadows doesn’t have ...
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Reporting on the 2012 TCM Classic Film Festival: Day 3 and 4

My longest day of the festival appropriately started with The Longest Day (1962), a star-studded World War II action film ...
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Reporting on the 2012 TCM Classic Film Festival: Day 1 and 2

The 2012 TCM Classic Film Festival returned to Hollywood from April 12th through April 15th for their third edition. I ...
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War Horse Blu-ray Combo Pack Review: Worth Watching Though Poorly Paced

While the title indicates that this is a war movie, it is much deeper than that. It is a film ...
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Texas Killing Fields Blu-ray Review: Unimaginative and Disjointed

I am always a little concerned when reviewing a film that I have never heard of that has already been ...
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In Time DVD Review: An Enthralling Science-Fiction Thriller

I am not sure what it is but I am willing to see anything these days featuring Justin Timberlake. He ...
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Real Steel Blu-ray Review: A Good Movie, A Great High-Definition Experience

When I saw the first preview for Real Steel, my reaction was the same as many: Rock’em Sock’em Robots brought ...
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‘Twas the Night Before Christmas (1974) Blu-ray Review: An Average Rankin Bass TV Special

Arthur Rankin, Jr. and Jules Bass created many successful animated holiday specials, the best known being Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer ...
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The Help Blu-ray Review: Maids Air Dirty Laundry Anonymously

Written by Kathryn Stockett, The Help is a fiction novel released in 2009. It is currently ranked number seven on ...
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Winnie the Pooh Combo Pack: A Wonderful Return to the Classic Characters

Winnie the Pooh is the fifth animated theatrical release featuring Christopher Robin and the adorable creatures from the Hundred Acre ...
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Cedar Rapids: The Super Awesome Edition Blu-ray Review: Neither Super nor Awesome

Tim Lippe (Ed Helms) is a sheltered and naive small-town insurance agent who is given the chance to attend a ...
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Four Weddings and a Funeral Blu-ray Review: Not a Run-of-the-Mill Romantic Comedy

Four Weddings and a Funeral is a 1994 British romantic comedy that follows a group of friends as they attend ...
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Honeymoon in Vegas Blu-ray Review: Enjoyable Movie but the Blu-ray Should Be Annulled

Oh, I how I remember the days when Nicholas Cage made good movies. Honeymoon in Vegas was one of them. ...
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Limitless Blu-ray Review: The Film Reaches Its Potential

What would it be like to utilize 100% of your brain? This is the question posed in the film Limitless ...
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Kung Fu Panda Blu-ray Review: Captivating for Both Kids and Adults

Po (Jack Black) dreams of being a kung fu master but being an overweight, uncoordinated panda makes working in his ...
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Tangled (2010) Blu-ray Review: Disney’s Last Princess Movie Ends on a High Note

Comedy, romance and adventure, Disney delivers all three mightily in their 50th animated feature Tangled. In November 2010, Disney announced ...
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Magic Mike Blu-ray Review: For All Audiences, Men Included

I will admit when I saw the first preview for Magic Mike, I was mostly interested in the eye candy. ...
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Bambi: Diamond Edition Blu-ray Review: The Prince of the Forest is Born

Based on the book Bambi, A Life in the Woods by Felix Salten, Walt Disney’s Bambi was released in 1942 ...
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You Again Blu-ray Review: Actions Have Consequences

I have often wondered why women are not as supportive of each other as they could be. We should be ...
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