Jul 012015
 

Virtuosity isn’t a great movie by any stretch but I don’t think it intended to be taken seriously. While Denzel Washington plays it safe with a steady if not forgettable performance, Russell Crowe is an absolute hoot and goes over-the-top and was easily the film’s saving grace to go along with a thin but entertaining plot. The Blu-ray released through Warner is rather basic with no bonus material while the video and audio transfers are at least well done.

 

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Jun 302015
 

The Cell might look nice with amazing visuals by director Tarsem Singh and the production design team and conceptually it is an intriguing idea, but man its hard not to realize how dumb the movie is while watching. I suppose if viewing for the first time one might get lost in the effects and style, but drilling down, the substance is lacking to go along with one-dimensional characters (though Lopez for her part wasn’t terrible).

 

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Jun 282015
 

The Unwanted has some things going for it especially with its two relatively young actresses in Hannah Fierman and Christen Orr and although some work could’ve been done with the writing and in the editing room, there’s enough there that makes it worth at least a rental. The Blu-ray released by Kino Lorber is a tad weak with some basic bonus material and while the video was decent, the audio had so much to be desired.

 

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Jun 272015
 

Neither The Outing/The Lamp nor The Godsend are particularly well made movies but they do have a niche audience who might appreciate it. The Blu-ray released by Shout via their Scream Factory line is rather basic with basically no bonus material while the video and audio transfers are both OK and nothing extraordinary.

 

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Jun 222015
 

The DUFF might not achieve the same status of Mean Girls or Easy A (to name two of recent memory), but it does have a few things going for it from an amiable cast to some witty writing and dialogue as well as a charming story, syrupy conclusion and all. It was far better than what I thought it would be and perhaps it’s worth a rental if you’re on the fence.

 

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Jun 222015
 

Here are the artwork and features for the August and September ABC on TV DVD (and a Blu-ray) releases including Castle, Scandal, How to Get Away with Murder, Once Upon a Time and more! Click on the link below or image to the left to check out the features and artwork.

 

 

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Jun 212015
 

The Lazarus Effect had some potential between a respectable cast who did a good job with what they were given and some nice production values, but the script came across as half assed and delved into horror clichés we’ve seen too many times before and done far better.

 

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Jun 192015
 

1990: The Bronx Warrior was never meant to be good and it certainly is not. It is also not a movie to watch alone as I suspect one would have a far better time mocking it, “MST3K” style. This release by Blue Underground is alright with so-so audio/video transfers and an OK selection of bonus features.

 

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Jun 162015
 

Run All Night isn’t great but a perfectly satisfactory and entertaining action/thriller flick. Liam Neeson does employ his “special set of skills” but unlike the Taken movies, his character does get more depth and actual emotion. The writing isn’t the best, in particular developing the plot, but this is at least worth a rental.

 

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Jun 142015
 

It’s not too hard to see why Survivor went direct-to-video and in spite of the best efforts of a (mostly) respectable cast and some decent direction from the director, the screenplay needed a few more passes to iron out the plot and, in particular, the characters who are laughably thinly written and just laughable all around. This movie is destined for the dump bin and with a few cuts, will air on Spike TV one day.

 

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Jun 132015
 

“Rizzoli & Isles” is a fun show that won’t challenge the brain which makes it a nice, relaxing viewing. But beyond the stories, what drives the series, since its inception, the cast it what makes it go headlined by Angie Harmon and Sasha Alexander who share amazing (friendly) on-screen chemistry.

 

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Jun 112015
 

Project Almanac might not be a great movie, and in my book no found footage feature is anyway, but there is just enough that kept my attention from at least likable characters, as well as half-decent visual effects. That said, it’s nothing more than a Red Box rental and nothing more. The Blu-ray released by Paramount is really basic with minimal bonus material but the audio/video transfers were both impressive.

 

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Jun 082015
 

Five Easy Pieces might not have been my cup of tea as it is slow moving and no real plot to speak of being a character study, but Jack Nicholson’s performance, in one of his first lead roles, is fantastic and it is a fairly well written film with one iconic scene.

 

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