Jan 312012
 

Adaptation is a, well, interesting viewing experience. It’s a film propelled by a fantastic screenplay and incredible performances from Nicolas Cage (who deserved the Oscar), Meryl Streep and Chris Cooper. The Blu-ray offers up good video and audio transfers and although the features are lacking, if you can pick this up for less than $10 and are a fan, then it’s worth picking up.

 

 

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Jan 302012
 

The Double doesn’t quite capitalize on an interesting concept thanks in part to a “twist” that not only is revealed in the trailer but early on in the film itself. Despite that, I still feel the film is at least watchable due to Richard Gere and Topher Grace. The Blu-ray offers up solid video and audio transfers but falters in the features department, although the commentary is pretty good.

 

 

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Jan 272012
 

Real Steel is a fun movie that the whole family can enjoy. The mixture of practical and visual effects is fantastic and the story has a great heart behind it. Hugh Jackman once again delivers a fine performance and the young Dakota Goyo isn’t nearly as obnoxious as other child actors I’ve had to endure in movies over the years. No, this isn’t a great movie but it’s an amiable one with a satisfying finale.

 

 

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Jan 252012
 

Transformers: Dark of the Moon is hardly the high point of action but I must admit that I actually mostly enjoyed this installment possibly because the previous sequel was so bad that it made this film look like Citizen Kane. In any case, once again the visual effects are incredible and the story was at least acceptable.

 

 

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Jan 232012
 

See No Evil, Hear No Evil is Richard Pryor and Gene Wilder at their best. The story isn’t great and in fact is quite dumb but the pair’s comedic timing and chemistry makes the 100-minutes so worthwhile. As far as the Blu-ray is concerned, not surprisingly there are no features but the audio and video transfers are definitely better than the DVD counterpart.

 

 

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Jan 202012
 

It’s rare to come upon a movie that’s so obnoxious and worse, void of laughs but Bucky Larson: Born to Be a Star does it so damn well. The character seems to be a cast off of from “Saturday Night Live” and the entire movie is just one misstep after another. I can’t give Swardson too much crap outside the fact he did have his hand in writing, but otherwise this is a definite skip.

 

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Jan 202012
 

Writer-director Daniel Simpson’s Spiderhole offers up a great visual element but everything else is pretty much par for the course in horror and even then, it’s not that effective. However, I would’ve more than accepted the horror clichés if not for one character’s stupidity that makes little sense given what transpired earlier in the film.

 

 

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Jan 182012
 

To say the least, Abduction is not a very good movie, the acting from Lautner is pretty bad (and at best just OK) while the talented supporting cast can’t overcome a lame script and overwrought storyline. The action sequences are all fairly average but at the same time I at least found some of it to be entertaining even when things get bad.

 

 

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Jan 182012
 

Sony Pictures has announced the date and released artwork for the crime drama, London Boulevard starring Colin Farrell, Keira Knightley, Ray Winstone, David Thewlis and Ben Chaplin. It is the directorial debut of William Monahan (The Departed). Click on the link below or image to the left to check out the features and artwork.

 

 

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Jan 172012
 

Texas Killing Fields is a bit of a disappointment. Director Ami Canaan Mann has some of the visual talents of her father but the story doesn’t quite fit and most of all, the characters are soulless and/or un-relatable. I couldn’t care less what happened to anybody in this film and thus didn’t care for the crimes themselves. This is not a compelling movie in any way which is unfortunately given the talent attached.

 

 

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Jan 112012
 

Universal Studios Home Entertainment has announced the date and released artwork for the mystery thriller, Columbus Circle starring Selma Blair, Amy Smart, Kevin Pollak, Giovanni Ribisi, Beau Bridges and Jason Lee. Click on the link below or image to the left to check out the features and artwork.

 

 

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Jan 072012
 

Traffic still is as engrossing today as it was the first day I saw it in the theaters 11 years ago. The performances all around are fantastic while Soderbergh’s style, now a standard for him, was unique and beautiful. When it comes to the Criterion Blu-ray release, I’d say it’s on par in the video and audio realm as the Universal release but obviously this is the edition to go with as it contains several featurettes and commentaries.

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Jan 062012
 

Contagion has some things going for it, but mainly from an acting and technical level rather than the story. The cast is mostly good despite having a limited amount of screen time and Soderbergh’s visual style, while nothing new from what he’s done in the past, still looks stunning and gives the film a certain gravitas yet at the same time I felt like I was more or less a spectator versus becoming involved or entrenched with what was going on.

 

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Jan 062012
 

Contagion has some things going for it, but mainly from an acting and technical level rather than the story. The cast is mostly good despite having a limited amount of screen time and Soderbergh’s visual style, while nothing new from what he’s done in the past, still looks stunning and gives the film a certain gravitas yet at the same time I felt like I was more or less a spectator versus becoming involved or entrenched with what was going on.

 

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