Elizabeth Periale

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The Last of Sheila Blu-ray Review: A Stylish Whodunnit

Fans of games, puzzles, and mysteries will enjoy the 1973 film The Last of Sheila. Written by the dynamic duo ...
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Damn Yankees Blu-ray Review: Lola Wants (and Gets) 4K

How much do you love your favorite baseball team? Or, more accurately, how much do you hate the New York ...
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Six by Sondheim Blu-ray Review: Behind the Music of a True Broadway Baby

The HBO television documentary Six by Sondheim is now available on Blu-ray. A fascinating look at the career of Stephen Sondheim, it tells ...
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Smooth Talk Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: A Teen’s Roller Coaster Ride from Innocence to Harsh Reality

1985's Smooth Talk, directed by Joyce Chopra (Murder in a Small Town, The Lemon Sisters, Blonde), follows restless teenager Connie ...
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Pretty in Pink (35th Anniversary) Movie Review: Still Pretty, Still (Very) Pink

Pretty in Pink turns 35 this year. It was a peak '80s film - featuring teen romance, members of the ...
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Beautiful Girls (25th Anniversary) Movie Review: Love in the ’90s

Miramax is releasing 1996's Beautiful Girls on digital for its 25th anniversary on February 9 and DVD on February 23. ...
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The Go-Go’s Movie Review: Girls Rock. Duh.

The Go-Go's documentary, which premiered at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival and won two awards, “Best Music Documentary” and “Most Compelling ...
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My Rembrandt Movie Review: Portraits of Obsession

Strand Releasing has released the art world documentary My Rembrandt, which opened in theaters on January 22, 2021 and is ...
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Killing Eve: Season 3 Blu-ray Review: Girl Power to the Max

Killing Eve is a weird and wonderful show. The cat and mouse attraction/repulsion between British intelligence agent Eve Polastri (Sandra Oh) ...
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Agatha Christie’s Death on the Nile (2004) Blu-ray Review: Poirot Solves Multiple Murders

Acorn Media has released on Blu-ray Death on the Nile, starring David Suchet as the ingenious Belgian detective Hercule Poirot. It ...
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Roman Holiday Blu-ray Review: Audrey Hepburn Epitomizes Charm in Italian Locations

Paramount Home Entertainment has released the 1953 Hollywood classic film Roman Holiday for the first time on Blu-ray and it's about time. ...
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Pizza, A Love Story Movie Review: A Loving Tribute to New Haven’s Tomato Pie

Pizza wasn't invented in New Haven. It was perfected there. That's the tagline to MVD Entertainment Group's Pizza, A Love Story, ...
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Beyond the Visible – Hilma af Klint Blu-ray Review: An Artist for the Ages

The pictures were painted directly through me, without any preliminary drawings, and with great force. I had no idea what ...
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A Stranger Among Us Blu-ray Review: A Shiksa Cop Out of Water

A Stranger Among Us is a strange film. At times a crime thriller, a romance, a fish-out-of-water story, and a golden-toned ...
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All I Desire Blu-ray Review: Can Barbara Stanwyck Go Home Again?

Kino Lorber's KL Studio Classics has released All I Desire, from 1953, a romantic melodrama featuring Barbara Stanwyck, from the producer/director ...
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Lucky Grandma Blu-ray Review: Don’t Mess with Grandma

After her husband's death and an auspicious fortune-telling reading, chain-smoking, cranky Grandma Wong (Tsai Chin - Joy Luck Club, Casino Royale) ...
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Old Boyfriends Blu-ray Review: Girl Trip

Diane Cruise (Talia Shire) is a psychiatrist who doesn't seem to have any sense of herself in Old Boyfriends (1979), presented with ...
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Carole Lombard Collection I Blu-ray Review: An Early Glimpse of the Queen of Screwball Comedy

Kino Lorber Studio Classics have released a Blu-ray collection of three pre-Code films featuring Golden Age of Hollywood star Carole ...
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The Booksellers DVD Review: Like a Good Book, You Won’t Want It to End

Calling all bibliophiles - The Booksellers is a documentary that you won't want to miss. And like a good book, you won't ...
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In Search of Dracula Blu-ray Review: A Bloody Good Documentary

In Search of Dracula, originally released in 1975, and directed by Calvin Floyd (Terror of Frankenstein, The Sleep of Death), has ...
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Alice in Wonderland (1933) Blu-ray Review: The Special Effects Are Actually Quite Special

The live-action (mostly) version of Alice in Wonderland, released by Kino Lorber, has a lot packed into its 76-minute running time. ...
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An Inspector Calls (1954) Blu-ray Review: More of a Psychological Mystery than Detective Story

In 1912, the wealthy Yorkshire Birlings, Eric and Sybil (Bryan Forbes and Olga Lindo) have a lot to celebrate. Their ...
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Like A Boss Blu-ray Review: Making Up is Hard to Do

Like A Boss has the ingredients of a really good girl power comedy: a great cast with lots of chemistry (led ...
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Bluebeard’s Eighth Wife Blu-ray Review: Lifestyles of the Rich and Zany

Kino Lorber has just released Bluebeard's Eighth Wife, starring Claudette Colbert and Gary Cooper. Made in 1938, the screwball romantic comedy was ...
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Endless Night Blu-ray Review: Not Your Typical Christie

Agatha Christie is well-known for cozy mysteries set in English villages where evil lurks beneath the neatly trimmed hedges; or ...
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Bombshell (2019) Blu-ray Review: Me (and Me and Me, etc.) Too

Available on Blu-ray, DVD and digital copy, Bombshell uses real news footage mixed with actor portrayals to tell the story of how ...
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Antonio Gaudí Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: A Tone Poem of Gaudí, Barcelona, and Art

Antonio Gaudí, a film by Japanese director Hiroshi Teshigahara (1927-2001), is a tone poem of Gaudí, Barcelona, and art - ...
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Marcel Duchamp: The Art of the Possible Movie Review: What Would Modern Art Be Like Without Duchamp?

Available on iTunes and Amazon on March 10, 2020, comes a new documentary film from Electrolift Creative Productions, Marcel Duchamp: The ...
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TV Review: Twin – A Limited Series

Norwegian actor Kristofer Hivju is probably best-known to most avid television viewers as the ginger-haired, love-lorn Tormund Giantsbane from HBO's Game ...
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The Major and the Minor Blu-ray Review: Wild Comedy from Billy Wilder

Susan Applegate (Ginger Rogers) has had it up to here with New York City, with fighting off men making passes ...
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The Girl Most Likely To… Blu-ray Review: Very Dark, Very Funny

They sure knew how to make TV-movies back in the day. In The Girl Most Likely To… Stockard Channing (Grease, Six Degrees ...
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Isn’t It Romantic Blu-ray Review: Rebel Wilson Is a Pretty (and Funny) Woman

"Isn't It Romantic opens with Roy Orbison's classic song "Oh, Pretty Woman" playing, as a young Aussie, Natalie, watches Julia Roberts ...
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Eyes of Laura Mars Blu-ray Review: Fashion Can Be Deadly

In 1978, hairdresser-turned movie mogul Jon Peters bought a murder-mystery screenplay, Eyes of Laura Mars, for his then-girlfriend, Barbra Streisand. She ...
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The Kid Who Would Be King Blu-ray Review: Merlin’s Beard, Kids Should Like It

The Kid Who Would Be King is a modern take on the King Arthur legend. Directed by Joe Cornish (Attack the ...
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Replicas (2018) Blu-ray Review: Attack of the Keanu Clones

Keanu Reeves plays Will, a neuroscientist who has more than a little bit of Victor Frankenstein to his personality. His ...
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Nancy Drew and the Hidden Staircase (2019) Blu-ray Review: Girl Sleuth, Girl Power

Do kids still read Nancy Drew? I hope so. She was the original girl power hero, solving mysteries and having adventures. ...
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Murder on the Orient Express (2017) Blu-ray Review: Kenneth Branagh Dunnit (Pulled Off Poirot, That Is)

As an avid fan of Agatha Christie mysteries on book and screen - especially David Suchet's excellent portrayal of her ...
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