Film and Television Reviews

Reviews By Allison Hazlett-Rose

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Straight Outta Compton Theatrical Review
Straight Outta Compton   Straight Outta Compton Theatrical Review
(Allison Hazlett-Rose)  08/13/2015 11:20 AM EDT
The streets of Compton were a hard place to grow up in the 1980s. Guns, gangs, drugs and violence were prevalent, and a young black man was lucky just to stay alive, let alone not go to jail.  However, the Compton of the 80's also produced some of the best innovators of rap music in the industry.  Straight Outta Compton is the story o... Read More

Far From the Madding Crowd Blu-ray Review
Far From the Madding Crowd   Far From the Madding Crowd Blu-ray Review
(Allison Hazlett-Rose)  08/11/2015 11:34 AM EDT
To be an independent woman in 1870's England was incredibly difficult.  To have three suitors along with that independence lent itself not only to gossip but also to trials, tribulations and heartache.  Bathsheba Everdene is the woman described above and the heroine of the movie Far From The Maddening Crowd, based on the novel by Thomas H... Read More

Hot Pursuit Blu-ray Review
Hot Pursuit   Hot Pursuit Blu-ray Review
(Allison Hazlett-Rose)  08/11/2015 8:51 AM EDT
When you see a movie starring Reese Witherspoon (Walk The Line) and Sofia Vergara (Modern Family), you have high hopes it will be good.  Sadly, Hot Pursuit completely missed the mark by not utilizing these two talented ladies. I‘m not sure what they saw in this film when they read the script, but, it isn't funny, interesting or original.... Read More

Insurgent Blu-ray Review
Insurgent   Insurgent Blu-ray Review
(Allison Hazlett-Rose)  08/04/2015 10:57 AM EDT
Insurgent, the second in the trilogy by Veronica Roth's Divergent series, hits stores Tuesday, August 4, on Blu-ray and DVD.  In the ever present quest for commercial dominance, I'm sure this Blu-ray will fare well based on the popularity of the book series and the stars of the movie.The film picks up pretty much where the first o... Read More

The Casual Vacancy Blu-ray Review
The Casual Vacancy   The Casual Vacancy Blu-ray Review
(Allison Hazlett-Rose)  08/03/2015 4:40 PM EDT
Never judge a book by its cover.  That is one of the lessons of The Casual Vacancy, the J.K Rowling book adaptation that was a three hour miniseries on BBC and HBO. Lesson two – our actions affect those around us, so be careful of what you say and do because it can have unintended consequences.=Pagford seems like a quaint, idyl... Read More

The End of The Tour Theatrical Review
The End of The Tour   The End of The Tour Theatrical Review
(Allison Hazlett-Rose)  07/31/2015 9:55 AM EDT
I'm not quite sure how to describe The End of The Tour.  So many adjectives come to mind, it's hard to know which ones to choose. The ones that jump out are intense, philosophical, poignant, introspective, intelligent, and slightly depressing.Based on a novel by David Lipsky, it tells the story of Lipsky's five day interview with acc... Read More

The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel Blu-ray Review
The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel   The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel Blu-ray Review
(Allison Hazlett-Rose)  07/27/2015 4:15 PM EDT
I know the saying is "third time's a charm",  but, for  Fox Searchlight, it seems to be the second go around is charming, or at least just as charming, as the first.  The surprise hit of 2012 is back, along with the entire cast, for The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel.   Starring some of Britain's most talented ... Read More

The Longest Ride Blu-ray Review
The Longest Ride   The Longest Ride Blu-ray Review
(Allison Hazlett-Rose)  07/23/2015 3:15 PM EDT
Anyone expecting Nicholas Sparks (The Notebook) to veer from his tried and true method of romantic story telling would be sorely disappointed with The Longest Ride.  As is Sparks' M.O., once again, there are multi-generational love stories, tragedy, heartbreak, and ultimately, a happy ending.  While slightly more interesting than Sparks' ... Read More

X-Men: Days of Future Past Blu-ray Review
X-Men: Days of Future Past (The Rogue Cut)   X-Men: Days of Future Past Blu-ray Review
(Allison Hazlett-Rose)  07/23/2015 10:54 AM EDT
I have a great idea for a new drinking game. Every time you spot a difference from the original X-Men: Days of Future Past to the new Rogue cut, take a shot!  With 30 more minutes of footage you will surely be drunk long before Magneto (Michael Fassbender; Inglourious Basterds) shoots Mystique (Jennifer Lawrence; The Hunger Games) in the leg.S... Read More

Ant-Man Theatrical Review
Ant-Man   Ant-Man Theatrical Review
(Allison Hazlett-Rose)  07/17/2015 9:45 AM EDT
Marvel is the juggernaut that won't be stopped.  With its recent wave of Comic book hero themed movies, it dominates the theaters, raking in your hard earned dollars.  This summer, they once again entice you to suspend disbelief with their latest film, Ant-man.Paul Rudd (I Love You, Man) stars as this most unlikely superhero and take... Read More