Film and Television Reviews

Reviews By Chris Rebholz

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Norma Rae Blu-ray Review
Norma Rae Blu-ray Review   Norma Rae Blu-ray Review
(Chris Rebholz)  04/16/2014 2:36 PM EST
Lots of people probably rolled their eyes when Sally Field was announced as the star of Norma Rae, Martin Ritt's 1979 film about a blue collar union activist in the Deep South. Sally Field? In 1979, Field was hardly the celebrated actress she is today. Sure, she had proven her acting bona fides in the television movie Sybil, but for many she wa... Read More

The Nut Job Blu-ray Review
The Nut Job Blu-ray Review   The Nut Job Blu-ray Review
(Chris Rebholz)  04/15/2014 2:49 PM EST
In the current state of CGI animation, projects are either massive blockbuster entries with a regal voice cast or disposable cartoons with actors taking work to impress their kids. "The Nut Job" follows last Thanksgiving's "Free Birds" in the forgettable category, with the potential of a spiraling 3D caper featuring squirrels an... Read More

Fargo Blu-ray Review
Fargo Blu-ray Review   Fargo Blu-ray Review
(Chris Rebholz)  04/15/2014 2:40 PM EST
A film about greed and violence that is sometimes classified as a comedy proved to be Joel and Ethan Coen's first major breakthrough to mainstream audiences. Earning seven Academy Award nominations and winning two—Best Original Screenplay and Best Actress—Fargo shows the darkest and brightest sides of humanity against a backdrop of ... Read More

Dragons: Riders of Berk DVD Review
Dragons: Defenders of Berk Part 1 DVD Review   Dragons: Riders of Berk DVD Review
(Chris Rebholz)  04/04/2014 11:04 AM EST
If you're a fan of DreamWorks Animation's "How to Train Your Dragon", they you need to check out this follow-up animated TV series "Dragons" if you haven't already. The first season of this show was subtitled "Riders of Berk" and included 20 episodes. The second season which just finished airing this month was subtitle... Read More

47 Ronin Digital HD Review
47 Ronin Digital HD Review   47 Ronin Digital HD Review
(Chris Rebholz)  04/02/2014 2:09 PM EST
"47 Ronin" has received its fair share of press due to its runaway costs and missed released dates. Branded a troubled production, it's with some relief to report that the feature is not a mess, just misguided in a manner familiar to moviegoers who've previously been subjected to the runaway ambition of a first-time director with access t... Read More

Jungle Book 2 Blu-ray Review
Jungle Book 2 Blu-ray Review   Jungle Book 2 Blu-ray Review
(Chris Rebholz)  04/01/2014 12:35 PM EST
Disney's relatively brief obsession with cash-in sequels churned out far more misses than hits, with Jungle Book 2 being one of the only direct-to-video-quality misfires in the bunch to make its debut in theaters... to the tune of $135 million no less. Regardless, it remains one of the studio's most unnecessary sequels and one of its most d... Read More

Out of the Furnace Blu-ray Review
Out of the Furnace Blu-ray Review   Out of the Furnace Blu-ray Review
(Chris Rebholz)  03/26/2014 2:59 PM EST
There's a certain melancholy to a lot of country music that seemed to make Scott Cooper's Crazy Heart redolent with a kind of ragged sensibility that was perhaps best summed up by the title of its Academy Award winning song, "The Weary Kind". There's a different kind of sadness running rampant in Cooper's latest, the dour ... Read More

The Book Thief Blu-ray Review
The Book Thief Blu-ray Review   The Book Thief Blu-ray Review
(Chris Rebholz)  03/24/2014 12:26 PM EST
Young Adult Fiction has provided fodder for several huge film hits over the past several years, including such iconic franchises as the Harry Potter movies and the still current Hunger Games outings, which has just seen the Blu-ray release of The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. The Book Thief might seem like a somewhat odd addition to this growing sub... Read More

The Middle DVD Review
The Middle DVD Review   The Middle DVD Review
(Chris Rebholz)  03/12/2014 10:27 AM EST
One of my biggest issues with the entertainment industry is that it doesn't seem to have a clue about the socio-economic situation of most Americans. How many times have you watched a movie where a "normal, middle-class" family lives in a 5-bedroom house? Or a TV show where the family lives in a huge house and the kids all share a roo... Read More

Legit DVD Review
Legit DVD Review   Legit DVD Review
(Chris Rebholz)  03/12/2014 10:05 AM EST
Stand-up comedy is no laughing matter. Well, let me rephrase that. The business of stand-up comedy is no laughing matter. Australian stand up Jim Jefferies isn't exactly a household name in the United States, but he's the latest comedian to try to transport his routines, at times whole cloth, into an often snarky sitcom format. If the most ... Read More