Oct 312014
 

There’s really no reason for Step Up: All In to even exist mainly because everything outside of some of the dance chorography was poorly done, in particular a thin story. But, for fans of the series, they might get more out of this as it does bring together some favorites, except for Channing Tatum and Jenna Dewan whose presence I think would’ve been beneficial even as cameos.

 

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Oct 272014
 

Although Desolation of Smaug is an improvement over Unexpected Journey, I still wasn’t crazy about the installment with the action scenes, albeit well filmed, seemingly blurring from one to the next and you once more had references to LOTR, a series I have far more interest in re-watching and caring about than this one thus far.

 

 

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Oct 262014
 

Free Fall is the typical direct-to-video thriller with a plot stretched far too thin, filled with cliché after cliché and acting that’s at best average and is just an all around poorly made flick with little redeeming value. The Blu-ray released by Anchor Bay has decent video and audio transfers while the solo bonus feature actually isn’t that bad.

 

 

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Oct 252014
 

Somewhere in there, The Scribbler is a good concept but poorly executed from both the direction and screenplay, though at the very least Katie Cassidy does well in the title role while the supporting cast, as impressive as they might be, were either miscast or, in the case of Gina Hershon, vastly underutilized.

 

 

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Oct 242014
 

Deliver Us from Evil is an effective film that keeps one on the edge until the end, even if the finale doesn’t give us anything new in the genre. The cast is well put together and the direction by Scott Derrickson is successful building on his respectable resume following The Exorcism of Emily Rose and Sinister.

 

 

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Oct 232014
 

“The Sopranos” is clearly one of the best television series ever created and throughout its 6 (and a half) seasons, it maintained quality through direction, writing and especially the acting both by not only James Gandolfini but Edie Falco as well. This “Complete Series” set is thankfully well put together as most of the features have been ported over.

 

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Oct 212014
 

The Prince is a generic action movie that seemed to be geared towards Jason Statham but instead got Jason Patric who at least did come off better bad ass than he did in Speed 2… Still, it’s passable entertainment even though you won’t remember a single thing about it the following day.

 

 

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Oct 202014
 

“2 Broke Girls” isn’t the funniest show around and is basically right at home on CBS with the rest like “Two and a Half Men” and “The Big Bang Theory” with some raunchier humor and two hotter women to make it at least watchable. The DVD released by Warner Brothers unfortunately has scaled back in the features department with only some deleted scenes and a gag reel included.

 

 

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Oct 202014
 

The Believers isn’t a bad supernatural thriller though it does kind of fall apart towards the third act to the point of near absurdity, but even so, might be worth a watch if only for some half-decent performances from Martin Sheen and Robert Loggia. The Blu-ray released by Twilight Time offers excellent audio and video though the bonus material is almost non-existent.

 

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Oct 202014
 

Kingpin is a quirky and effective comedy directed by the Farrelly Brothers combining tasteless humor with some heartwarming scenes that made There’s Something About Mary special. The Blu-ray release from Paramount is slightly disappointing with average audio (albeit good video), a basic featurette and a commentary track.

 

 

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Oct 202014
 

“Adventure Time”: The Complete Fourth Season is yet another successful and incredibly funny addition the popular series that appeals to most age groups, though an older audience seems to have more appreciation for it thanks to great stories, characters and all around funny situations, as inane as they are (and that’s a compliment). The Blu-ray released by Warner Brothers is fairly average with solid video, OK audio and decent features headlined by commentaries on each of the 26 episodes.

 

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Oct 202014
 

The Squad is a well made movie coming out of Colombia but it’s not without its problems nor does it take advantage of an interesting plot. Still, it might be worth a watch so long as it’s only the cost of a rental. The Blu-ray released by Shout has limited features while the video/audio transfers aren’t great but good enough.

 

 

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Oct 182014
 

The Steven Spielberg: Director’s Collection is a fine selection, that Universal has access to, that general movies fans will appreciate, even if a couple aren’t that great (1941 and Always specifically). However, given the studio’s history, those who already own previous releases like E.T. and Jurassic Park, could wait as I’m sure the exclusive titles will come available on their own at some point down the road.

 

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