Film and Television Reviews

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The Oranges Blu-ray Review
The Oranges   The Oranges Blu-ray Review
(John Delia)  05/14/2013 10:50 AM EDT
Working on the premise that a beautiful much younger woman could fall for a very much older man The Oranges targets an audience that understands a mid-life crisis. Describing the film as a scandal of sex and betrayal by the producers, in this day and age where nothing's impossible The Oranges fails to shock.  Even though the acting gets very g... Read More

Safe Haven Blu-ray Review
Safe Haven   Safe Haven Blu-ray Review
(John Delia)  05/14/2013 10:44 AM EDT
This mysterious and romantic film Safe Haven does a good job of twisting and turning through a very good script featuring stellar actors.  The plot starts with action and ends in a thriller under the fine direction of Lasse Hallström who's noted for the recent Salmon Fishing in Yemen.  The chemistry between actors Josh Duhamel and Ju... Read More

Shanghai Noon Blu-ray Review
Shanghai Noon & Shanghai Knights: 2-Movie Collection   Shanghai Noon Blu-ray Review
(Chris Rebholz)  05/09/2013 9:22 AM EDT
Rush Hour has frequently been referred to as Jackie Chan's English-language breakthrough, and, at least from a box-office standpoint, there's truth to that claim. However, much of what makes a Chan performance special was missing from that film, as the Hong Kong actor spent much of the time in the shadow of the flamboyant Chris Tucker. Shan... Read More

Broken City Blu-ray Review
Broken City   Broken City Blu-ray Review
(Chris Rebholz)  05/07/2013 11:20 AM EDT
Midway through Broken City, one character incredulously remarks, "Private eyes still exist?" The gumshoe-for-hire profession does seem old-fashioned and mostly unnecessary now. You could describe Broken City the same way: old-fashioned and mostly unnecessary. Penned by first-time screenwriter Brian Tucker and directed solo by Allen Hughes... Read More

Cloud Atlas Blu-ray Review
Cloud Atlas   Cloud Atlas Blu-ray Review
(Chris Rebholz)  05/06/2013 9:36 AM EDT
Ambitious doesn't even begin to describe "Cloud Atlas," which marks the first collaboration between Andy and Lana Wachowski and Tom Tykwer. Powerhouse screen visionaries, the trio find an unusual harmony for their mighty endeavor, providing a smooth melt of specialized sensibilities as they tackle an adaptation of an "unfilmable"... Read More

Gangster Squad Blu-ray Review
Gangster Squad   Gangster Squad Blu-ray Review
(Chris Rebholz)  04/18/2013 7:25 PM EDT
Gangster Squad hinges on violence and little more, and with it comes an odd, slack-jawed silliness. The film aspires for Untouchables greatness but bumbles all the elements that make Brian De Palma and David Mamet's 1987 crime drama great. It longs to be L.A. Confidential but falls closer to The Black Dahlia. It desperately paws at the classics... Read More

Les Miserables Blu-ray Review
Les Miserables   Les Miserables Blu-ray Review
(Adam Rose)  04/09/2013 8:40 AM EDT
While not a fan of musicals, I have been anxiously awaiting the release of Les Miserables on Blu Ray ever since falling in love with the film in theaters.  For weeks the music, characters, and drama stayed glued to a sentimental part of my mind.  When the Blu-ray finally arrived, I wasted no time ripping it open and exploring.  ... Read More

Parental Guidance Blu-ray Review
Parental Guidance   Parental Guidance Blu-ray Review
(Chris Rebholz)  04/04/2013 8:29 AM EDT
Billy Crystal hasn't starred in a major motion picture since 2002, where he burned off considerable audience goodwill with the abysmal sequel, "Analyze That." There was a bit part in the "Tooth Fairy" with Dwayne Johnson, but let's not dogpile on the guy. Considering he's been away from screen comedy for an eternity in Hollywood... Read More

The Sweeney DVD Review
The Sweeney   The Sweeney DVD Review
(Chris Rebholz)  04/03/2013 1:10 PM EDT
"The Sweeney" is based on a British television series that began in 1975, making its American theatrical run a little on the baffling side, though one should never doubt the drawing power of Ray Winstone. The beefy, growling actor makes a fine if familiar impression in this hard-charging actioner, giving depressingly conventional material... Read More

Lincoln Blu-ray Review
Lincoln   Lincoln Blu-ray Review
(Chris Rebholz)  03/26/2013 4:13 PM EDT
Whenever Steven Spielberg has stood trial for a crime against cinema, it's been a crime of passion. With the exception of Jaws and Raiders of the Lost Ark -- each a perfect movie, if such a thing exists -- Spielberg's vice has long been his love of the tale, the art and the craft. He plucks heartstrings once too often. He extends an otherwi... Read More



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