Jul 292012
 

Lockout isn’t a bad movie but it’s hardly a memorable one. It’s yet another sci-fi thriller which fades into the background with the other wannabes. The visual effects is pretty bad especially early-on and the characters are one-dimensional but at the same time, at only 90-minutes (sans credits), it’s at an OK time-waster, nothing more, however.

 

 

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Jul 292012
 

Lockout isn’t a bad movie but it’s hardly a memorable one. It’s yet another sci-fi thriller which fades into the background with the other wannabes. The visual effects is pretty bad especially early-on and the characters are one-dimensional but at the same time, at only 90-minutes (sans credits), it’s at an OK time-waster, nothing more, however.

 

 

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Jul 272012
 

Clue is one of those comedies that have stood the test of time. The actors are so funny and perfectly cast for their respective roles and despite being based on a board game, and as inane/forced as the plot is, it’s reasonably mysterious to go along with the comedy. The Blu-ray offers up a nice high-definition video transfer and although the audio isn’t the greatest, it’s still OK.

 

 

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Jul 222012
 

Singin’ in the Rain is a wonderful musical that has influenced so many over the years and has stood the test of time and will surely/hopefully, be prominent for years to come. The Blu-ray features a wide array of features to go along with great audio/video transfers which makes purchasing this a no-brainer.

 

 

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Jul 222012
 

Silent House is yet another film that spoiled its potential. Despite some suspense-filled scenes and an interesting idea of portraying it as one shot, the finale was just dumb and when looking back at the movie as a whole, it doesn’t make sense. Elizabeth Olsen for her part was good and the first 65-minutes or so were great, but the ending spoiled it all.

 

 

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Jul 192012
 

Just Cause is an overwrought court room drama that is absolutely boring to get through, despite it only being ~100-minutes, and featuring performances which are at best, uninspiring not to mention a predictable plot. The Blu-ray unfortunately doesn’t have much to offer. There are no features and the video/audio transfers are fine but hardly amazing.

 

 

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Jul 162012
 

The Butterfly Effect 2 is a waste of celluloid and time. Although I might not have been the biggest fan of the previous entry, it at least had some interesting ideas behind it, not to mention a character I could actually somewhat care about. This one however has 1-dimensional characters and our main guy is a Grade A douche. The Blu-ray itself doesn’t offer much but has most of the features and decent audio but the video transfer has much to be desired, though it’s probably better than the DVD version.

 

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Jul 162012
 

The Butterfly Effect isn’t a perfect movie but it does have subject matters that not many other films, especially mainstream ones, rarely tackle. The performances from an impressive cast are mostly good and while some of the sequences are a bit laughable, I found it to be a serviceable flick. The Blu-ray has a decent amount of features, and the audio/video transfers are impressive to make this worth picking up.

 

 

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Jul 152012
 

“The Big Bang Theory”, although not hilarious, is a show that is worth investing 22-minutes in. The characters, for the most part, are likeable enough and the premise is different from what has come before in the sitcom genre. Even though I still prefer “The Office” or “Scrubs” to get my comedy fix, I think in that old style of comedy (even with the canned laughter), it’s pretty good.

 

 

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Jul 152012
 

Cellular is a high-octane thriller with great action and suspense throughout. Kim Basinger, Chris Evans and William H. Macy all turn in great performances with a story that could’ve easily gone wrong and became just another forgettable thriller. The Blu-ray offers up solid video and audio transfers and although there is nothing new in the features department, what is there is fascinating to watch.

 

 

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Jul 142012
 

A Perfect Murder might not be the ‘perfect’ thriller but it is an effective one. Director Andrew Davis manages to keep the pacing going throughout the fairly lengthy running time despite a predictable storyline and characters. The performances from the three leads are all well done albeit I’ve seen better work from each of them in the past and since the movie’s release. Still, this a good flick worth checking out if you haven’t already, just don’t judge too critically by comparing it to Hitchcock…

 

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Jul 112012
 

One would think when you get Johnny Depp and Charlize Theron on the same screen and an intriguing storyline it would make for, at minimum, an entertaining science-fiction thriller. Instead, The Astronaut’s Wife is a complete mess with subpar performances, a story that doesn’t make a whole lot of sense and direction that is at best sloppy.

 

 

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Jul 102012
 

Brainstorm might not be a perfect sci-fi flick but it’s easy to see why this has garnered a following since the DVD release in 2000 (and subsequent 2009 remaster) with great performances from Christopher Walken and the late Natalie Wood. The effects, by 1983 standards, are impressive being able to utilize computer technology back then and make it at least realistic.

 

 

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Jul 082012
 

Even with some necessary suspension of disbelief, Frequency is a well crafted film with fine performances from Jim Caviezel, Dennis Quaid and Andre Braugher. The story is finely written and the premise is certainly interesting and above all else, original. The Blu-ray offers up more than adequate audio and video transfers while the features have all been ported over from the DVD release.

 

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Jul 082012
 

The Horse Whisperer is an all around beautiful movie. The story is both heartbreaking and ultimately uplifting, the cinematography is Oscar-worthy (unfortunately it was not nominated), the direction inspiring and the acting, especially from Redford and Thomas, amazing. The Blu-ray has good audio/video transfers but falls flat in the features department.

 

 

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