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    Escape Plan (Blu-Ray)

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Jeremy Butler on February 7th, 2014

    “A successful breakout depends on three things: Layout, Routine, and Outside Help.”

    You know, there was a time when the public could only dream of an Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sylvester Stallone team-up. Now thanks to a little film called The Expendables, when it comes to the realm of action star team-ups, anything is possible. Case in point: Escape Plan. When this film was first announced, I figure it would be devoid of any real substance and just another attempt to capitalize on the success of  Expendables
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    The Darkest Hour (Blu-ray)

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Gino Sassani on April 19th, 2012

    “This is how it starts…”

    You know, it’s getting awfully hard to make an original alien invasion film. Most filmmakers have accepted the obvious and go for mind-blowing f/x and never mind the story. Still others go the trendy found-footage route. I was pleasantly surprised that The Darkest Hour appears to prove that there just might be more than just fumes in the creative tank after all. I’m not going to try to convince you that the film doesn’t rely on much of the tried and true standby material.
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    The Three Musketeers (Blu-ray)

    Posted in Disc Reviews by John Ceballos on March 13th, 2012

    I don’t think I’m breaking any news when I say that director Paul W.S. Anderson’s latest action spectacle, an update of Alexandre Dumas’ classic The Three Musketeers, is junk. So far, the director has specialized in taking established properties — including the Resident Evil and Mortal Kombat videogames, as well as the Alien and Predator franchises — and re-working them to fit his own shallow, highly-stylized, quick-cutting sensibilities. The result is basically the cinematic equivalent of junk food: people know those Resident Evil movies are bad, but they just can’t stop consuming them.
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    Twilight Saga – Breaking Dawn Part 1

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Michael Durr on February 16th, 2012

    Somehow, I should have known that when my wife started to read the Twilight Series, I would eventually get dragged into watching the movies. The first one, I probably saw three times, the second one, only once. The interesting thing was that my wife was turned off by the movies and I am not sure I remember how the third one ended up. But low and behold, the fourth chapter of the series did not escape my grasp. Not because of my wife, but because of my webmaster knowing I am a glutton for punishment. Enter Breaking Dawn.
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    The Beaver (Blu-ray)

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Gino Sassani on August 31st, 2011

    “This is a picture of Walter Black, a hopelessly depressed individual who becomes The Beaver, who becomes a phenomenon.”

    When I first heard about this film, it was hard to keep the Mel Gibson story out of my mind. It almost seemed as if his casting was related to his off-screen situation. After all, this is a story of redemption, and there isn’t anyone in Hollywood searching for that more than Mel Gibson.
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    Source Code (Blu-ray)

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Gino Sassani on August 2nd, 2011

    “What is source code?”

    That’s a good question. Unfortunately, there really isn’t a good answer, not without spoiling some of the finer elements of this science fiction thriller from Moon director Duncan Jones. At the heart of this code you’ll a bit of the familiar. From Groundhog Day to Déjà Vu you’ll leave this movie with a sense that you’ve seen much of this before, and that’s not entirely a bad thing. These elements aren’t necessarily merely retread material. Let’s just say they share a large amount of DNA in this film’s basic source code.
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    Drive Angry (Blu-ray)

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Gino Sassani on June 8th, 2011

    “Since the birth of time, humanity has endeavored to restrict evil men in prisons. But since Cain fled the murder of his brother, evil men have fled the walls of punishment. So it doesn’t matter if you’re a badass mother on the run because you think you’re better than everyone else and somehow entitled to do what you gotta do. No, because you see, badass mothers are never fast enough. In the end, they will be accounted for.

    People have been breaking out of Hell since the days of Dante.
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    Fair Game (Blu-ray)

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Bob Ross on March 30th, 2011

    A newspaper article infuriates the White House, which retaliates with all its political might to discredit the story, crush its author and cover up its own internal corruption. Sound familiar, like maybe All the President’s Men? If that’s among your favorite docudramas, then make room on the shelf for Fair Game, a real-life paranoid trip that unfolds across continents but finds its emotional center in a quiet suburban home.
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    Red (Blu-ray)

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Gino Sassani on February 2nd, 2011

    “This used to be a gentleman’s game.”

    I must confess that I had not even heard of the comic book titles created by Warren Ellis and Cully Hamner. I think that might have been one of the best things that could have happened to me as I sat down to watch the film Red. With a cast this strong, there was little doubt that they would provide a powerful stamp on these characters. No insult intended toward the graphic novels, but I can’t imagine these characters any other way now.
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    Letters to Juliet (Blu-Ray)

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Archive Authors on September 16th, 2010

    When I met my husband, and found out he wrote reviews, I never pictured myself writing as well. I had never really played with the concept, other than some short stories. But here I sit, once again, in front of my computer screen with another disc in front of me. And what do we have this time? A romantic comedy. Yes folks, I love the torture. I was asked to do Letters to Juliet as a favor for my busy husband who is adjusting to his busy new job. This has to land me home made waffles in bed sometime in the near future. But was this one really that bad? Could there be a decent romantic comedy out there? Meh, we shall see. And away we go!
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    Ghost Writer, The (Blu-Ray)

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Michael Durr on August 9th, 2010

    A good thriller is something that has been absent from my recent viewing experience. One of my favorite thrillers of all time is a movie named Ninth Gate. This movie is directed by Roman Polanski. As luck would have it, Roman Polanski also directed the thriller I am bringing you today, The Ghost Writer. My fingers are crossed and I can only hope that this film is just as good.
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    Astro Boy

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Archive Authors on March 17th, 2010

    In 1952 pioneering animator Osamu Tezuka’s manga series ignited a cultural phenomenon in Japan that has now reached worldwide acclaim: anime. Astro is a beloved pop culture figure that is finally getting wider recognition with younger audiences thanks to 2009’s feature film Astro Boy. Set in a future where Earth has endured years of abuse and pollution, one city decided to improve their quality of life. Metro City hovers far above Earth’s surface, but shares little similarities. Robots have been designed to take over the menial, mundane jobs they can’t be bothered to do themselves.
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    The Hurt Locker

    Posted in Disc Reviews by David Annandale on January 21st, 2010

    It is the last month-and-a-bit of Delta Company’s tour of duty in Iraq. The IED disposal squad has just lost its leader, and he is replaced by Staff Sergeant James (Jeremy Renner), a brilliant bomb defuser who is also something of a loose cannon, prone to taking foolish risks. What follows is Kathryn Bigelow’s best movie to date, as finger-gnawing scenes of bomb disposal and combat alternate with portraits of men’s psyches being taken apart by war, both because of what happens to them, and because of what they must do.
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