May 272012
 

This Means War is by no means… err… no way a very good movie but because of the cast and at least an interesting premise, makes for an enjoyable, if not forgettable, action romantic comedy. Reese Witherspoon is as charming as ever and the rising stars of Chris Pine and Tom Hardy both show they can be leading men. The Blu-ray offers up excellent audio and video transfers and an OK selection of features that don’t amount to a whole lot.

 

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May 252012
 

The Grey is a harrowing suspense-drama that features an absolutely incredible performance from Liam Neeson (perhaps his best since Schindler’s List) but because it’s a tough movie to get through, there’s really no let-up; it pushes you around from beginning to the end. That said, I’m not sure how many times I will revisit the movie but it is at least worth checking out at least once.

 

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May 252012
 

The Grey is a harrowing suspense-drama that features an absolutely incredible performance from Liam Neeson (perhaps his best since Schindler’s List) but because it’s a tough movie to get through, there’s really no let-up; it pushes you around from beginning to the end. That said, I’m not sure how many times I will revisit the movie but it is at least worth checking out at least once.

 

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May 242012
 

The Sting is a timeless movie one can watch over and over again. The biggest reason for its placement with other classics is mainly due to the fantastic chemistry between Paul Newman and Robert Redford not to mention top notch work on the production design. The Blu-ray offers up solid video and audio transfers which are certainly a step up from the DVD counterpart.

 

 

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May 212012
 

Admittedly, the plot for Man on a Ledge is on the preposterous side with sizeable plot holes but given what it is and the cast gathered, I was still rather entertained. Sam Worthington is for once able to hold his own, albeit with a weaker script, and the supporting cast is impressive. The Blu-ray offers good video and audio transfer but utterly drops the ball in the features department.

 

 

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May 212012
 

Journey 2: The Mysterious Island actually isn’t too bad of a movie. Even as an adult, I found it to be fairly entertaining and although I’d hardly say anything in the acting department was great and the characters are paper thin, the adventure and fantasy elements, along with a breezy plot, makes up for any of the movie’s flaws. The Blu-ray meanwhile serves up an excellent video transfer and a more than adequate lossless audio track.

 

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May 212012
 

Journey 2: The Mysterious Island actually isn’t too bad of a movie. Even as an adult, I found it to be fairly entertaining and although I’d hardly say anything in the acting department was great and the characters are paper thin, the adventure and fantasy elements, along with a breezy plot, makes up for any of the movie’s flaws.

 

 

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May 202012
 

There are many reasons I should dislike, even hate, Gone from the simple story to the one-dimensional supporting characters, but there’s something about Amanda Seyfried that elevates this from forgettable made-for-television drivel to semi-forgettable, slightly entertaining, direct-to-video release. For sure, that’s not high praise but I think if you’re a fan of Seyfried’s, then it might be worth checking out, especially for a slow Saturday afternoon.

 

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May 202012
 

Bettie Page: Dark Angel is an all around bad movie, poorly acted and gives no insights into the character and instead is more of a porn film than anything of substance. The lead actress certainly has the look down but the acting is poor, although I can’t blame her too much given the director doesn’t have much going for him. If you want to see a half decent biopic on Page, The Notorious Bettie Page starring Gretchen Mol gives the model far more respect and is an all around better produced film.

 

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May 202012
 

Bringing Down the House has its moments and Steve Martin, while not on his game as he had been in the past, has a few hilarious scenes, but as a whole, this isn’t a very memorable comedy. As far as the “15th Anniversary” Blu-ray is concerned, both the video and audio transfers are decent upgrades over the DVD, so if you enjoyed the movie and can find this for under $10, then it might be worth it.

 

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May 172012
 

One for the Money is a serviceable crime-comedy but it’s also completely forgettable. Katherine Heigl is OK in the lead role and in fairness to her, I’m not sure any other actress could’ve done that much better of a job. The plot itself is pretty thin and, worse yet, absolutely predictable. As far as the Blu-ray is concerned, it has a couple interesting featurettes and the video/audio transfers are pretty good, so if you’re a fan of this movie or the supporting cast, then it’d be worth picking up, otherwise at best this is a rental.

 

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May 152012
 

Dark Tide receives high marks for its underwater camera work but the story is lame and the acting is sometimes even worse. Halle Berry for her part is OK with a limited role. The Blu-ray offers up solid audio and video transfers but there are no features so even if you enjoyed the film, you might want to hold off until it’s around $5.

 

 

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May 152012
 

Being John Malkovich is certainly a unique film and as with anything directed by Spike Jonze or written by Charlie Kaufman, it’s not going to be for everybody. Myself, I enjoyed the oddities and all, but it doesn’t have as much replay value. The Criterion Collection release has some good features and nice audio/video transfers.

 

 

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May 142012
 

Beyond actually isn’t too bad of a film. Clocking in at a mere 90-minutes (less without the credits), it has a good flow and the performance from Jon Voight probably is his best in quite a while as he seemed far more measured, avoiding mugging for the camera and instead seemingly provide his character with true emotions. The biggest drawback is the mixing of genres and the movie…

 

 

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