Aug 302014
 

Draft Day isn’t a great movie and probably ranks in the bottom half of sports films, but there’s some entertainment value and Kevin Costner helps to elevate the material far beyond what it deserves. The direction is at least interesting by Ivan Reitman and the supporting cast, albeit not well utilized, is respectable.

 

 

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Aug 302014
 

The Possession of Michael King is the latest in the “found footage” flicks that have permeated theaters and store shelves over the past decade or so and it’s frankly kind of dull and not at all scary. The Blu-ray released by Anchor Bay is pretty basic with no features, a digital copy (in case you need to see this on your tablet) and the audio and video are not exactly remarkable.

 

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Aug 302014
 

Sabrina: Secrets of a Teenage Witch: A Witch and the Werewolf “movie” is only 63-minutes long, perfect for the short-attention span children which this is geared towards with low-level animation and humor. Adults won’t get much out of it, however, and anyone older than 10 can find better entertainment. The DVD offers OK audio and video but features are basically non-existent.

 

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Aug 302014
 

Cabin Fever: Patient Zero could’ve just been condensed down to Patient Zero has it has no bearing on the first movie and is merely a generic, flesh-eating virus movie like any other. The acting is also a bit wonky with Sean Astin surprisingly giving the best performance and keeping this from being a complete waste of time.

 

 

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Aug 292014
 

“Criminal Minds” remains one of my favorite shows today (note: I steer more towards procedural crime dramas) and while the ninth season isn’t predominantly special, there are more than a few solid episodes (‘The Inspiration,’ ‘The Inspired,’ and ‘200’) and even the others are entertaining if not routine.

 

 

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Aug 282014
 

Aftermath is a well crafted, and altogether simply made, apocalyptic thriller that serves more as a psychological character study more than anything else, and certainly more than the cause of the nuclear attacks. The characters themselves can be on the clichéd side but still interesting enough to want to get through until the end.

 

 

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Aug 282014
 

R.L. Stine’s Mostly Ghostly: Have You Seen My Ghoulfriend? is a sequel to a 2008 DTV flick that I honestly never heard of, let alone having seen. This is your typical young adult entertainment with slapstick comedy, low key humor, bad dialogue, so-so acting (the highlight is Bella Thorne) and a story maybe those used to shows on the Disney Channel will enjoy, for myself it was a chore to even get through.

 

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Aug 272014
 

Pumpkinhead might not be most well made horror movie coming out of the ‘80s but it has gathered somewhat of a cult following and there are some things to be admired from the late and great creature creator Stan Winston marking his directorial debut, one of only two feature films. The Blu-ray released by Shout Factory, under their Scream Factory line, offers adequate to good audio and video transfers but the highlight is a fine selection of bonus material.

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Aug 262014
 

Trust Me is not the perfect comedy-drama and probably could’ve used a couple rewrites but as a follow-up to his 2008 film, Choke, it’s not bad and he assembles (no pun intended) a fine set of actors and an at least engaging story. The DVD released by Anchor Bay sadly is basic with no features while the audio/video transfers are merely adequate.

 

 

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Aug 262014
 

Kind of forgotten in the wake of James Cameron’s The Abyss, Leviathan is an OK if not uneven sci-fi adventure. The cast is good and some of the creature effects aren’t bad either, but at the same time it comes across as a rip-off of Alien sans suspense and compelling storytelling.

 

 

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Aug 252014
 

it’s another great season for “The Good Wife” raising the bar, no pun intended, with its storytelling, character developments from everyone though Julianna Margulies the most, and the departure of one character which shocked fans but was well done.

 

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Aug 242014
 

The Legend of Hell House is an effective British supernatural-horror-thriller with fine performances all around but with special notice on Roddy McDowell and Pamela Franklin. As far as the Blu-ray is concerned, it’s not Shout’s strongest release, but the audio/video transfers are both good and the bonus material, especially the interview with Hough, is worth watching.

 

 

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Aug 232014
 

Blended isn’t nearly as bad as some of Sandler’s other recent “works” (i.e. train wrecks) because unlike something like Grown Ups 2, I actually managed to laugh (even mildly) a couple of times and, well, it actually had some semblance of a plot even if it is convoluted. And although the material is substandard, the re-pairing of Sandler and Barrymore is a welcoming sight.

 

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