Feb 292012
 

Tower Heist has a few issues dealing the plot’s logic but thanks to a fine ensemble cast, I’m able to overlook any of the script’s shortcomings; it gets the job done with both the crime and comedy. The Blu-ray offers up solid video and audio transfers a good amount of features with a better selection than what I’ve seen lately from other studios.

 

 

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Feb 282012
 

It’s a shame Columbus Circle wasn’t better as it has a good cast and, at its core, at least an interesting premise. Although the script does them no favors, I give a pass to the cast as they seem to struggle through stilted dialogue and contrived situations, especially a finale that flies in the face of what we watched before. Even so, I found this to be passable entertainment and enough for a quick watch on a weekend where there’s nothing else on.

 

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Feb 262012
 

J. Edgar is one of those films that you can see the passion be it from the costume design, production design and the cast. It’s unfortunate that the screenplay never quite gives the viewer a reason to care either way. Worst still, the movie plods along at a slow and arduous pace and although I appreciate the non-linear storytelling (it worked for Scorsese in The Aviator after all), it doesn’t do any justice for the character in the long run.

 

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Feb 252012
 

Justice League: Doom has some of the same flaws of other DCU Animated releases, one being a short running time, that it limits any kind of character development or arc. Even so, the action and adventure elements are both fantastic and compared with the other Justice League movies, this is probably the best.

 

 

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Feb 242012
 

Unforgiven is probably one of the best westerns ever made and it’s a movie that transcends audiences so if you’re like me and don’t normally watch those kinds of movies, give this one a shot: it features fine performances, fine direction and a story that is compelling from beginning to end.

 

 

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Feb 232012
 

Footloose is the kind of movie that by all accounts shouldn’t work. It’s a remake of a moderately iconic 1980s film that’s more memorable for its soundtrack than the movie itself. However, this remake does manage to differentiate itself enough and pay homage to the original in a variety of ways. The casting was generally well done especially with the two leads.

 

 

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Feb 232012
 

Buena Vista has announced the date and released artwork for the war drama, War Horse starring Jeremy Irvine, Peter Mullan, Emily Watson and directed by Steven Spielberg. The film has received 6 Academy Award nominations including Best Picture, Cinematography and Original Score. Click on the link below or image to the left to check out the features and artwork.

 

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Feb 222012
 

Paramount Pictures has announced the date and released artwork for the spy action-adventure, Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol starring Tom Cruise, Jeremy Renner, Simon Pegg and Paula Patton. It is the live action directorial debut of Pixar director Brad Bird. Check out the latest artwork and features for the DVD, 2-disc Blu-ray/DVD combo and 3-disc Limited Edition Blu-ray/DVD combo.

 

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Feb 222012
 

Puss in Boots is a good entry in DreamWorks Animation catalogue, though I’d hardly call it a classic. Even so, the voice talents are all fantastic, the animation top notch and this Blu-ray release offers up a decent amount of features and excellent video and audio transfers. If you liked the character in his three previous appearances, then you’ll enjoy him here as well.

 

 

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Feb 202012
 

Anatomy of a Murder is a very well made courtroom suspense-drama thanks in large part to a well put together selection of actors. James Stewart continued his streak of wonderful performances while the story manages to hold its own throughout the duration of the lengthy running time. The Blu-ray in the meantime has excellent video and audio transfers and the features have some informative featurettes/interviews.

 

 

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Feb 202012
 

Warner Bros. has announced the date and released artwork for the ensemble romantic comedy, New Year’s Eve starring a plethora of stars including Josh Duhamel, Robert De Niro, Hilary Swank, Jessica Biel, Katherine Heigl and Ashton Kutcher. As with Valentine’s Day, Garry Marshall returns to direct. Check out the artwork and what features will be available on the Blu-ray combo pack.

 

 

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Feb 192012
 

I enjoyed London Boulevard, warts, clichés and all, and because of the casting and some nice camera work, I’d give this a slight recommendation, though it might be wise for a rental. The Blu-ray itself comes with solid video and audio transfers but the special features are much to be desired.

 

 

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