Jun 012011
 

The Company Men is an engrossing drama that gets into the more personal elements of the 2008 financial collapse. The performances while nothing outstanding or award-worthy, are more than adequate especially from Ben Affleck whom I feel is still underappreciated. As far as the Blu-ray goes, the video and audio transfers are good but the features leave much to be desired.

 

 

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Jun 012011
 

Johnny Mnemonic is a dumb movie… and that’s even before Psycho Flipper shows up. The acting at best could be described as stilted while the story itself was inane, though to be fair at its core this could’ve been an interesting idea but was clumsily executed. The Blu-ray for the most part is unremarkable both in terms of video and audio.

 

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May 242011
 

I Am Number Four is really not a bad movie, it just never really hits the sweet spot. It has a bloated run time, yet feels unfinished. While still having a kick-ass soundtrack, I can’t help but feel Disney didn’t really ‘feel’ this film either – nor did the two main stars. The features are lacking as-is the picture quality. It is worth a rental, however.

 

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May 232011
 

The Firm is a top notch and taut legal thriller showcasing why Tom Cruise was a superstar in the ‘90s with a great supporting cast who fit their roles perfectly, avid readers of the novel will disagree, however. The Blu-ray itself has a nice video transfer and an acceptable audio while failing in the features depart, although it’s no surprise Paramount wouldn’t spring for new features.

 

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May 232011
 

I guess Money Train has that so bad its good aspect going for it, especially in regards to Robert Blake’s inane performance but otherwise it’s just another forgettable action piece of the 1990s. In comparison with other buddy comedies, it also falls way short as I didn’t feel the comradery between Snipes and Harrelson and the story never quite gels either as it wasn’t what it was.

 

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May 182011
 

The Hit List is a little better than I had expected going in but at the same time, it is just another direct-to-video flick with a Blu-ray release that has no features and good but unremarkable video and audio transfers. If you like Cuba Gooding Jr. and/or Cole Hauser and have 90-minutes to spare on Friday or Saturday night, then you might take a chance with this one once it comes down in price.

 

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May 182011
 

Vanishing on 7th Street is a film with plenty of potential but poor execution especially in regards to the screenplay and characters that are either unlikable or are forgettable/unremarkable, a description that goes for the entire film in general. I would, however, give it a moderate recommendation if you can get it cheap as either a rental or purchase.

 

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May 172011
 

The Rite places itself amongst the many others who have tried to tackle the all important question as to what kind of power the Devil and his minions can possess on this earth after which we get the answer and it’s often disappointing. This movie however does have Anthony Hopkins going for it since he seemed to show up on set and give it his all in a role that could’ve been cheesy and/or laughable but lending credibility.

 

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May 142011
 

The Green Hornet screams ‘rental’ loud from the rooftops. While it’s enjoyable, re-watchablity is probably pretty low on this as it’s neither a heavy action nor heavy comedy. The Blu-ray meanwhile has good audio and video transfers and the features are aplenty to keep fans busy.

 

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May 122011
 

Beverly Hills Cop is quintessential 1980s action from the electronic score to the basic look and feel. It also was the perfect vehicle for a then on the rise Eddie Murphy who probably was at his best. The Blu-ray itself has a passable audio track, video that is certainly ahead of the curve compared with the DVD and features which are nice but nothing special.

 

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May 102011
 

The Usual Suspects is a fantastic modern film noir that has only gotten better with age. The ensemble cast is utterly fantastic delving into everything from dark humor to bloody violence in a short span of time. As for the Blu-ray, I am giving this a 2/5 not because the disc isn’t worth owning on Blu-ray but because it is the same disc that has been available for years and at an extra premium for a useless book, it might be worth picking up the older version.

 

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May 062011
 

By no means is Daydream Nation a perfect movie as it doesn’t quite hit the emotional notes but it’s still well worth checking out. Kat Dennings delivers a fine performance alongside a solid supporting cast who take the script up a notch. The Blu-ray unfortunately offers little in terms of features but the video and audio transfers are both very good.

 

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Apr 302011
 

No Strings Attached hardly breaks new ground in the romantic comedy genre yet I still found it mostly to be a funny if not charming film. Although Ashton Kutcher doesn’t deviate from what we’ve seen from in other similar movies, he fills in the role of the doting boyfriend wanting more from a relationship and Natalie Portman is more than suitable for the stubborn woman afraid of commitment and the pain that might follow.

 

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