Film and Television Reviews

Reviews By Chris Rebholz

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Turbo Blu-ray Review
Turbo   Turbo Blu-ray Review
(Chris Rebholz)  11/19/2013 10:51 AM EDT
It would be easy to simply stamp Turbo as DreamWorks' Cars rip-off. Certainly the similarities are striking, from high speed animated racing and a spot on the map on the verge of extinction right down to the chrome font featured on the poster art. That doesn't mean Turbo can't hold its own in a race against Pixar's speed-centric dig... Read More

Man of Steel Blu-ray Review
Man of Steel   Man of Steel Blu-ray Review
(Chris Rebholz)  11/12/2013 8:49 AM EDT
Batman might seem to be the DC hero most likely to be involved in a soap opera. After all, he was traumatized by seeing his parents killed right before his very eyes as a little boy, and in his original story he seemed to be a midnight vigilante barely able to control his more violent instincts. And yet it's been Superman who has been the subje... Read More

Thor: The Dark World Theatrical Review
Thor: The Dark World   Thor: The Dark World Theatrical Review
(Chris Rebholz)  11/08/2013 8:48 AM EDT
Now that we're firmly into Phase Two of Marvel's plan for total cinema domination, the titles are coming thick and fast.The next Captain America (Captain America: The Winter Soldier) will be along in the spring, and in a year that's already brought the terrific Iron Man 3 we now have this sequel to Thor, a movie that was bright, funny and carried a... Read More

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Blu-ray Review
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (Extended Edition)   The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Blu-ray Review
(Chris Rebholz)  11/06/2013 10:43 AM EDT
*Note: This review focuses on the extended version of the recently released Blu-ray of The Hobbit, all video/audio specs and special features focus on this release specifically.It was bound to disappoint. With expectations at an enormous high, a 48fps experiment in tow, and fandom, both literary and cinematic, frothing at the mouth, poised to strik... Read More

Lovelace DVD Review
Lovelace   Lovelace DVD Review
(Chris Rebholz)  11/06/2013 9:45 AM EDT
There seem to be a couple widely known "truths" about the pornographic industry, one of which is probably verifiable if one were to dig into the numbers, the other a little harder to quantify but nevertheless hard to dismiss. The first is that porn is the industry that truly drives home video commerce, not the mainstream hits on the digit... Read More

The Internship Blu-ray Review
The Internship   The Internship Blu-ray Review
(Chris Rebholz)  11/05/2013 12:36 PM EDT
One almost has to giggle at the irony inherent in The Internship with regard to Google's well publicized ability to tailor ads for specific people via its technologies like AdSense. This too long and not funny enough supposed comedy deals with two misfit guys, maybe not exactly "middle aged" (as euphemistic as that term is, typically)... Read More

The Way, Way Back Blu-ray Review
The Way, Way Back   The Way, Way Back Blu-ray Review
(Chris Rebholz)  11/05/2013 12:20 PM EDT
If you're too young to have experienced the era of the family station wagon, you may not initially understand the phrase "the way way back", for it referred to the most posterior section of the car, where quite frequently the third seat faced backwards. As the youngest of three children, I can tell you from personal experience that it... Read More

The Heat Blu-ray Review
The Heat   The Heat Blu-ray Review
(Chris Rebholz)  10/30/2013 2:23 PM EDT
Sandra Bullock both brought the house down and up to its feet into a standing ovation when she started off her acceptance speech for having won the Best Actress Academy Award for The Blind Side with her wonderfully self-deprecating query, "Did I really earn this, or did I just wear you all down?" Many pundits, including Variety, the so-ca... Read More

Shrek the Musical Blu-ray Review
Shrek the Musical   Shrek the Musical Blu-ray Review
(Chris Rebholz)  10/30/2013 11:45 AM EDT
There has been a lot of talk over the past several years about the so-called "Disneyfication" of Times Square and Broadway. Broadway, once the purview of creative types who would bring completely original entries to the stage, has increasingly become a warehouse for adaptations of films. Disney has been one of the prime beneficiaries of t... Read More

Monsters University Blu-ray Review
Monsters University   Monsters University Blu-ray Review
(Chris Rebholz)  10/29/2013 10:14 AM EDT
It wasn't so long ago that Pixar rejected the idea of churning out sequels to its greatest hits. Toy Story was the exception rather than the rule, having been succeeded by two critically hailed sequels -- the first in 1999, the second in 2010 -- each one arguably better than the last. But then, in 2011, came John Lasseter's middle of the ro... Read More



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