Greg Hammond

Orphan (2009) Collector’s Edition Blu-ray Review: Surprisingly Strong Psychological Thriller

Jaume Collet-Serra’s Orphan, starring Vera Farmiga as the mom, Kate, and Peter Saarsgard as the dad, John, is a psychological ...
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Killer Klowns from Outer Space 4K UHD Review: The Bloody Circus Comes to Town

Killer Klowns from Outer Space, written, directed, produced, and starring the Chiodo Brothers (pronounced kee-oh-do) is a comedy/action/horror movie that ...
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The Powerpuff Girls: The Complete Series DVD Review: Fighting Crime, Trying to Save the World

The Powerpuff Girls was an American animated series on the Cartoon Network from 1998 to 2005 (six seasons and 78 ...
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Vitagraph Comedies Blu-ray Review: A Beautifully Restored Archive of Early Silent-Era Films

Vitagraph Comedies are a collection of 40 short films curated by the Library of Congress and distributed by Kino Lorber. ...
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Scooby-Doo on Zombie Island (1998) and Scooby-Doo! Return to Zombie Island (2019) Blu-ray Review: Wallow in the Warmth of a 20-Year Story Arc

Scooby-Doo on Zombie Island starts with the gang (Scooby-Doo/Scott Innes, Shaggy Rogers/Billy West, Daphne Blake/Mary Kay Bergman, Fred Jones/Frank Welker, ...
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The Big Country Blu-ray Review: A Comfortable Ride on a Slow Horse

When James McKay (Gregory Peck) rides into William Wyler’s The Big Country, everybody believes he is a foppish dandy. Even ...
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White Squall Blu-ray Review: Boys Bonding on Boats

Ridley Scott’s White Squall is an action/adventure/disaster tale based on a true story that takes place on a brigantine ship ...
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Lorenzo’s Oil Blu-ray Review: We Leave Science to Its Own Concerns

George Miller’s Lorenzo’s Oil is for a limited audience: those who want to watch a child suffer horrifically for two ...
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The Border (1982) Blu-ray Review: Great Stars in Search of a Script

Jack Nicholson stars as Charlie Smith in Tony Richardson’s The Border. Charlie is a border agent in California living with ...
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Phantasmagoria DVD Review: Great Music and Visuals in Search of a Story

Cosmotropia de Xam’s Phantasmagoria is based on the novel The Omen Complex by Sue R. Lizm. It stars Rachel Audrey ...
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Mean Girls (2004) and Mean Girls (2024) 4K UHDs Review: So Fetch They’re Grool

It is interesting that the book Queen Bees and Wannabes: Helping Your Daughter Survive Cliques, Gossip, Boys, and the New ...
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The Coffee Table DVD Review: I Said the Smartest Thing to Do Was Get a Vasectomy

Caye Casas’ The Coffee Table (La Mesita del Comedor) opens with brand new parents, María (Estefania de los Santos) and ...
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Midnight Cowboy Movie Review: I Only Get Car Sick on Boats

John Schlesinger’s Midnight Cowboy (1969) is based on the novel by James Leo Herlihy and adapted by Waldo Salt. In ...
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Arcadian Movie Review: Let Nicolas Out of His Cage

Ben Brewer’s Arcadian opens with Paul (Nicolas Cage) running for his life in what appears to be an apocalypse-level event ...
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Gigi Movie Review: Weak Heads and Careless Bodies

Gigi (1958), a musical romantic comedy, won all nine of its Academy Award nominations including Best Picture and Best Director ...
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Book Review: Blessed Be by Rick Altergott

In the opening of Rick Altergott’s first graphic novel, Blessed Be, a Flowertown judge sentences Tommy Cottonwood, a local drug ...
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Coup de Chance Movie Review: He Caught His Wife Having an Affair with Their Marriage Counselor

Woody Allen’s 50th feature film, Coup de Chance (Stroke of Luck), is a comedic thriller that opens, of course, with ...
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The Best Years of Our Lives Movie Review: People Are Playing Golf…Just As if Nothing Had Ever Happened

Director William Wyler’s best picture winner, The Best Years of Our Lives (1946), deftly interweaves the stories of three men ...
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Film Noir: The Dark Side of Cinema XVI Blu-ray Review: A Worthy Entry to the Series

Film Noir: The Dark Side of Cinema is an on-going series of boxed sets each containing three noir films from ...
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Wednesday: Season 1 Blu-ray Review: Two Snaps Up

The Addams Family empire has quite a streak going. Starting with 150 single-panel comics (mostly published in The New Yorker) ...
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Strange Way of Life DVD Review: A Strong, Romantic, Cowboy Drama

Writer-director Pedro Almodovar’s Strange Way of Life is a short (30 minutes) cowboy drama/romance starring Ethan Hawke as Sheriff Jake ...
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Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom 4K UHD Review: Inventive Action Sequences Keep the Story Alive

James Wan’s Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom is funny, action-packed, filled with strong performances, and it is one of the ...
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Good Burger 2 Blu-ray Review: Still Serving Up the Laughs

It has been two and a half decades since Good Burger hit the screens to tell the story of Dex ...
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Book Review: Tender by Beth Hetland

Tender, Beth Hetland’s first graphic novel, is a psychological thriller with a big dose of body horror. It is meant ...
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Book Review: The N-Word of God by Mark Doox

Two-thirds of the way through Mark Doox’s The N-Word of God, the character Saint Sambo asks if you consider yourself ...
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Migration Blu-ray Review: Funny but Flies South Quick

Benjamin Renner’s Migration is an animated adventure story from Illumination. It concerns itself with a family of mallards who have ...
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Contagion 4K UHD Review: If I Could Throw Your Computer in Jail, I Would

Steven Soderbergh’s Contagion, written by Scott Z. Burns (The Bourne Ultimatum), is about a pandemic which spreads quickly and kills ...
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Mutiny on the Bounty (1935) Movie Review: I Am Your Captain, Your Judge, and Your Jury

Frank Lloyd’s Mutiny on the Bounty was nominated for eight Academy Awards and came away with one, Best Picture. The ...
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Annie Hall Movie Review: Look, There’s God Coming Out of the Restroom

From the opening lines of Annie Hall, we know there will be no chance for romance between Alvy Singer (Woody ...
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Book Review: Long Haul by Cullen Bunn and Heath Amodio

Long Haul is the latest graphic novel from Sandy Carpenter’s Storm King Comics’ Dark & Twisted line which focuses on ...
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Darkman 4K UHD Review: A Must-See for Sam Raimi Fans

In Sam Raimi’s Darkman (1990), Liam Neeson, in his first starring action role, plays Dr. Peyton Westlake, a researcher in ...
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The Russians Are Coming, the Russians Are Coming Blu-ray Review: If You Want to Hit Him, It’s Alright by Me

Norman Jewison’s The Russians Are Coming, the Russians Are Coming is one of those rare comedies that holds its laughs ...
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Coming Home Blu-ray Review: Romantic War Drama at the Top of Its Game

There is nothing subtle about Hal Ashby’s Coming Home. It is not an anti-war film, it is, specifically, an anti-Vietnam ...
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Footloose (1984) 4K UHD Review: Rambunctious, Though Mostly Tired

After the death of his father, Ren McCormack (Keven Bacon), and his mother (Frances Lee McCain) move from Chicago to ...
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Willy’s Wonderland 4K UHD Review: Nicolas Cage Brings a Whole Lot of Fun

Kevin Lewis’s Willy’s Wonderland stars Nicolas Cage, a possibly mute, probably just super quiet, nameless drifter driving the backroads, who ...
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The Lovely Bones DVD Review: Saoirse Ronan and Stanley Tucci are Bright and Shiny Stars

Peter Jackson’s The Lovely Bones is based on the novel of the same name (2002) by Alice Sebold and stars ...
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The Road to Hong Kong Blu-ray Review: The Formula Works to the End of the Map

A few months before the release of James Bond in Dr. No in theaters around the world, Bob Hope and ...
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Red Planet Mars Blu-ray Review: Peter Graves and Andrea King Put Some Life into a Surprisingly Religious Story

Red Planet Mars by director Harry Horner is a strange beast. It would like to be a sci-fi/thriller plopped down ...
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Joe’s Apartment Blu-ray Review: Riding Cockroaches Into the Sunset

Joe’s Apartment is a black comedy/musical/romance written and directed by John Payson. It stars Jerry O’Connell as down-on-his-luck New York ...
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Book Review: The Bitter End and Other Stories, Illustrated by Reed Crandall

Fantagraphics presents yet another unparalleled collection in their EC Artists series with The Bitter End and Other Stories. This time ...
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American Dharma Movie Review: Duty, Fate, and Destiny

American Dharma is a documentary film in which director Errol Morris interviews Steve Bannon, who, among many other roles, was ...
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Thinner: Collector’s Edition Blu-ray Review: Lose the Fat to Find a Good Story

Tom Holland’s (dir. Fright Night, Child’s Play) Thinner, based on the novel by Stephen King, is a body horror/thriller starring ...
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Book Review: Smoking Kills by Thijs Desmet

Smoking Kills by Thijs Desmet has a simple premise. Though we don’t know how long he has been in the ...
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The Trip to Italy Movie Review: She’s Got a Lovely Gait. Probably Padlocked.

The Trip to Italy is the second of four films directed by Michael Winterbottom and starring Steve Coogan and Rob ...
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The English Patient Movie Review: When Were You Most Happy?

Anthony Minghella’s The English Patient is an epic war drama with two romances thrown in for spice. All three parts: ...
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The Trip (2010) Movie Review: Everything’s Exhausting When You’re Past 40

Michael Winterbottom’s The Trip is a strange beast: a television series made up of six episodes that were cut and ...
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The Man in the Iron Mask (1998) 4K UHD Review: Struggles to Find its Footing

The phenomenal success of Randall Wallace’s screenplay for 1995’s Braveheart gave him carte blanche on his next film for which ...
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Standard Operating Procedure Movie Review: We Just Did What We Were Told

Errol Morris’ 2008 documentary Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) concerns itself with the photos uncovered at Abu Ghraib prison in 2004 ...
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All Quiet on the Western Front (1930) Movie Review: And We Sleep and Eat with Death

Lewis Milestone’s movie All Quiet on the Western Front comes from the novel of the same title by Erich Maria ...
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Face/Off 4K UHD Review: Great Performances and a Fun Sci-Fi Script

In John Woo’s Face/Off, FBI Special Agent Sean Archer (John Travolta) holds a particularly personal grudge against no-good-nic Castor Troy ...
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Pet Sematary: Bloodlines Blu-ray Review: Bring Out Your Dead

The premise of Pet Sematary: Bloodlines (Lindsey Anderson Beer’s directorial debut) is that there is a local Pet Sematary (misspelled ...
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Marty Movie Review: A Classic Best Picture You Must Seek Out

In Delbert Mann’s Oscar winner for Best Picture, Marty, starring Ernest Borgnine, you will find yourself cheering for Marty during ...
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Far from the Apple Tree DVD Review: Amazing Visuals Upgrade an Average Story

In Grant McPhee’s Far from the Apple Tree, Judith (Sorcha Groundsell) is a visual artist who is given the opportunity ...
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Titanic 4K UHD Limited-Edition Collector’s Boxed Set Review: A Must-Have for Titanic Lovers

James Cameron’s Titanic is 25 years old this year. To celebrate, 20th Century Fox and Paramount Pictures have put together ...
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Silver Bullet 4K UHD Review: A Reasonably Creepy Creature Feature

Based on Stephen King’s novellette The Cycle of the Werewolf, and with a screenplay also by King, one would expect ...
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Book Review: Milky Way by Miguel Vila

Milky Way by Miguel Vila is a truly exceptional graphic novel for adults who aren’t bothered by artistic nudity and ...
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The Last Tycoon (1976) Blu-ray Review: Uneven Goodness

In The Last Tycoon (Elia Kazan’s final film), it is the Great Depression and Robert De Niro plays stratospheric Hollywood ...
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The Fugitive (1993) 4K UHD Review: Non-Stop Action and Thrills

Andrew Davis’ The Fugitive is a non-stop action roller coaster that will leave you breathless. It is based on the ...
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Joyce Carol Oates: A Body in the Service of Mind DVD Review: An Intimate Conversation with a Living Legend

In just 89 minutes, Stig Bjorkman, the director, brings us the life of one of America’s most prolific writers (over ...
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Marathon Man 4K UHD Review: Is It Safe?

John Schlesinger’s movie Marathon Man was written by William Goldman from his novel of the same name. In it, “Babe” ...
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Duck Soup Blu-ray Review: I Could Dance with You ‘til the Cows Come Home

The Marx Brothers’ Duck Soup takes place in the fictional country of Freedonia. At the beginning of the movie, Mrs. ...
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Horse Feathers Blu-ray Review: What Do You Do for a Haddock?

In the fourth feature-length film from the Marx Brothers, Horse Feathers, Groucho plays Professor Quincy Adams Wagstaff, the new president ...
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Monkey Business (1931) Blu-ray Review: You Call This a Party?

Those who have watched a few Marx Brothers movies know that Margaret Dumont is often trying to get her hands ...
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Book Review: Find the Xenomorph – An Aliens Search-and-Find Book Illustrated by Kevin Crossley

The Alien franchise, along with Titan Books, has published their own search-and-find book titled Find the Xenomorph. Can you find ...
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Animal Crackers (1930) Blu-ray Review: The Marx Brothers Find Their Stride

The Marx Brothers’ Animal Crackers was their second feature-length “talkie.” Groucho stars as Captain Spaulding, a celebrated African explorer who ...
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The Cocoanuts Blu-ray Review: Classic Comedy Starts to Age

The Cocoanuts (1929) was the Marx Brothers first feature-length film. It was also the first “talkie” to credit two directors, ...
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Terms of Endearment 4K UHD Review: Great Performances Make for a Great Film

James L. Brooks produced, wrote, and directed Terms of Endearment based on the popular novel by Larry McMurtry. He also ...
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Scrooged 4K UHD Review: The Ghost of Murray’s Sense of Humor

Richard Donner’s Scrooged is a “comedic” retelling of Charles Dickens’ 19th century novella, A Christmas Carol.  Bill Murray plays Frank ...
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Witness 4K UHD Review: Competent Thriller; Excellent Romance

Peter Weir’s Witness is a contemporary police drama / romance that takes place in 1984 in Philadelphia and the Amish ...
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Rebel Without a Cause 4K UHD Review: A Beautiful Film that Shoots You in the Heart

Nicholas Ray’s Rebel Without a Cause concerns itself with children learning how to be adults and their parents who never ...
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Justice League x RWBY: Super Heroes & Huntsmen, Part Two 4K UHD Review: Once Again, It Is All About the Fighting

In Justice League x RWBY: Super Heroes & Huntsmen , Part One, the Justice League (Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Green ...
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Book Review: Conan the Barbarian by L. Sprague De Camp and Lin Carter

The novel Conan the Barbarian by L. Sprague De Camp and Lin Carter is the official motion picture adaptation of ...
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The Dark Power Blu-ray Review: A Solid Creature Feature

In The Dark Power, several young coeds who have yet to learn that, in the winter time, clothes will help ...
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Le Mépris (Contempt) 4K UHD Review: Contemplative, Frustrating, and Painfully Sad

Le Mépris (Contempt) written and directed by Jean-Luc Godard in 1963 is based on a 1954 Italian novel called Il ...
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Paramount Scares Volume 1 4K UHD Review: An Embarrassment of Riches

The Paramount Scares Volume 1 4K UHD box set comes packed full of scares. First there are the five movies, ...
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Kiss the Girls 4K UHD Review: A Quality Thriller Showing Its Age

Early in Gary Fleder’s Kiss the Girls, Washington, D.C. forensic psychologist and detective Alex Cross (Morgan Freeman) goes to North ...
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RWBY Volume 9 Blu-ray Review: Beware the Jabberwocky

RWBY Volume 9 continues the story of Team RWBY (pronounced Ruby), who are made up of Ruby Rose, Weiss Schnee, ...
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Crime and Punishment (2002) Blu-ray Review: Too Much Punishment

Crispin Glover plays Roskolnikov in Menahem Golan’s adaptation of Fyodor Dostoyevsky’s novel Crime and Punishment. Roskolnikov has recently published a ...
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The Exorcist 4K UHD Review: William Friedkin’s Masterpiece

William Friedkin's The Exorcist is based on the novel and screenplay by William Peter Blatty. The film opens in Iraq, ...
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After Dark, My Sweet Blu-ray Review: A Strong Film Noir from Director James Foley

Based on the novel by Jim Thompson, After Dark, My Sweet, stars Jason Patric (in an early outing meant to ...
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Book Review: Uncle Scrooge & Donald Duck in Les Misérables and War and Peace by Giovan Battista Carpi

Disney presents a new addition to the Fantagraphics series of collected cartoons. In this volume we get both “The Secret ...
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Cocaine Bear 4K UHD Review: Fans of the Genre Might be Pleased

In 1985, a drug dealer dumped cocaine out of his Cessna and then fell from the plane to his death. ...
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Crime + Punishment in Suburbia Blu-ray Review: Mostly Punishment

Crime + Punishment in Suburbia, written by Larry Gross in the early 1990’s and directed by Rob Schmidt in 2000 ...
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Brightwood DVD Review: An Independent Horror Flick with a Blood-Soaked Heart

Brightwood, written, directed, and edited by Dane Elcar, and starring Dana Berger as Jen, and Max Woertendyke as Dan, is ...
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East of Eden (1955) 4K Ultra HD Review: All Kinds of Perfection

Elia Kazan’s movie version of John Steinbeck’s novel East of Eden is a retelling of the Cain and Abel story. ...
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Star Pilot Blu-ray Review: Space Satire Points Finger at Self

Pietro Francisci’s Star Pilot (2 + 5 Missione Hydra in Italian, 1966) stars Leonora Ruffo and Anthony Freeman, and begins ...
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Invaders from Mars (1953) Blu-ray Review: Classic Science Fiction Gets the Royal Treatment

Invaders from Mars (1953) concerns a young boy named David MacLean (Jimmy Hunt - who carries much of the film ...
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Whisper of the Heart (2022) Blu-ray Review: A Delightful Romance for All Ages

Whisper of the Heart (2022) is a Japanese romance starring Nana Seino as Shizuku (She-Zoo-Koo) and Tori Matsuzaka as Seiji ...
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Gorky Park Blu-ray Review: Strange Accents Nearly Ruin a Strong Thriller

Gorky Park (1983), starring William Hurt, Lee Marvin, Joanna Pacula, and Brian Dennehy, is a thriller set in Cold War ...
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Book Review: Inside Comedy: The Soul, Wit, and Bite of Comedy and Comedians of the Last Five Decades by David Steinberg

David Steinberg is a man of many talents. He performed improv at Second City before becoming a stand-up comedian known ...
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The Strawberry Blonde Blu-ray Review: A Sweet and Charming Piece of Old Hollywood

The Strawberry Blonde (1941) is directed by Raoul Walsh; stars James Cagney, Olivia De Havilland, and Rita Hayworth; and is ...
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Justice League x RWBY: Super Heroes & Huntsmen, Part One Blue-ray Review: When There Is Action, the Film Shines

Justice League x RWBY: Super Heroes & Huntsman, Part One has been released direct-to-video and follows a separate storyline from ...
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Book Review: The Trees Grew Because I Bled There by Eric LaRocca

The Trees Grew Because I Bled There by Bram Stoker Award Finalist Eric LaRocca is a collection of “literary dark ...
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Chilly Scenes of Winter Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: The Star of the Movie Is Director Joan Micklin Silver

Joan Micklin Silver’s Chilly Scenes of Winter is based on the best-selling book of the same name by Ann Beattie. ...
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Book Review: Five Decembers by James Kestrel 

Joe McGrady has been a beat cop in Hawaii since he left the Army five years ago. But it’s the ...
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Book Review: Tough Tender by Max Allan Collins

Tough Tender, by Max Allan Collins, is the latest double-issue reprint from Hard Case Crime book publishers and includes two ...
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Book Review: Castle in the Air by Donald E. Westlake

Castle in the Air, by Donald E. Westlake, is a recent crime caper reprint (1980) from the always entertaining Hard ...
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Book Review: Two for the Money by Max Allan Collins

Two for the Money, by Max Allan Collins, is the latest double issue reprint from the almost always good Hard ...
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Book Review: Wolverine: Weapon X Omnibus by Cerasini, Mack, and Matthews

Wolverine: Weapon X Omnibus is a collection of three classic Logan, aka Wolverine of X-Men fame, novels from Titan Books. ...
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Book Review: The Further Adventures of Sherlock Holmes: The Crusader’s Curse by Stuart Douglas

The Further Adventures of Sherlock Holmes: The Crusader’s Curse (2020) by Stuart Douglas is the thirty-second entry in The Further Adventures of ...
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Book Review: Marvel Spider-Man: Miles Morales – Wings of Fury by Brittney Morris

Marvel Spider-Man: Miles Morales - Wings of Fury by Brittney Morris is a prequel to the video game Marvel Spider-Man: ...
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Book Review: Harry Dean Stanton: Hollywood’s Zen Rebel by Joseph B. Atkins

Harry Dean Stanton: Hollywood's Zen Rebel, by Joseph B. Atkins (University Press of Kentucky, 2020), is a carefully crafted tribute ...
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Book Review: Maureen O’Hara: The Biography by Aubrey Malone

Maureen O'Hara: The Biography by Aubrey Malone (University Press of Kentucky - 2020) is a heartfelt biography of the screen ...
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Book Review: Serpentine by Philip Pullman

Serpentine, by Philip Pullman, is the latest entry into the author’s much lauded His Dark Materials. Coming in at fewer ...
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Book Review: The Autobiography of Kathryn Janeway, edited by Una McCormack

The Autobiography of Kathryn Janeway, by Una McCormack, is the third book in a series of planned Star Trek “autobiographies” ...
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Book Review: Star Trek: The Artistry of Dan Curry by Dan Curry and Ben Robinson

In Star Trek: The Artistry of Dan Curry by Dan Curry and Ben Robinson, the reader is constantly reminded that ...
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