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Butterfly Effect 2 Blu-ray Review
Butterfly Effect 2   Butterfly Effect 2 Blu-ray Review
(Chris Rebholz)  8/13/2012 12:13 PM EDT
In some ways, it's hard to blame studios for remakes like this. The exec's must love pitches for movies like The Butterfly Effect 2: take a popular movie, write a script built around the same premise, hire some b-list actors, crank it out in less time than it takes to review it, rip off the name of the original, and hope that it will be a b... Read More

Ransom Blu-ray Review
Ransom   Ransom Blu-ray Review
(Chris Rebholz)  8/8/2012 9:30 AM EDT
The name Mel Gibson used to bring a smile to everyone's face, but that quickly changed and now one can't help but cringe at the mere mention of him. A perfectly reasonable reaction in light of the star's recent behavior. However, this review isn't about the man, but about his work, which can't be argued with.  Gibson is a f... Read More

Cocktail Blu-ray Review
Cocktail   Cocktail Blu-ray Review
(Chris Rebholz)  8/8/2012 9:13 AM EDT
It has been said that Cocktail is a musical in disguise, and it makes a lot of sense. The film has a score composed of reliably catchy tunes, many of them Eighties classics that instantly evoke a specific time and mood. The two male leads, Flanagan and Coughlin, engage in choreographed dance routines disguised as bartending. The characters and thei... Read More

The Color of Money Blu-ray Review
The Color of Money   The Color of Money Blu-ray Review
(Chris Rebholz)  8/5/2012 7:18 PM EDT
What is it with The Color of Money? The film was profitable, won Paul Newman a long overdue Oscar and helped establish Martin Scorsese's reputation as a commercially viable director. When it was finally issued on DVD, the disc had no features. Now, six years into the Blu-ray format, it has once again been re-issued on a featureless disc that wi... Read More

Home On The Range Blu-ray Review
Home On The Range   Home On The Range Blu-ray Review
(Chris Rebholz)  8/5/2012 6:05 PM EDT
For Walt Disney fans, the years following the Disney Golden Age -- which began in 1989 with The Little Mermaid and, by most accounts, ended in 1999 with Tarzan -- was a nightmare. Fantasia 2000 underwhelmed, Dinosaur disappointed, Atlantis arrived to mixed reviews and declining box office returns, Treasure Planet was anything but, and Brother Bear ... Read More

American Reunion Blu-ray Review
American Reunion   American Reunion Blu-ray Review
(Chris Rebholz)  7/31/2012 7:55 AM EDT
Rated, unrated, a double feature for those who dare... it doesn't matter which way you come at American Reunion. It's one sequel too many. Never mind the American Pie series' appeal, never mind its four maligned direct-to-video sequels, never mind debating whether a fourth film was even necessary. Reunion is a further descent into unrul... Read More

Newsies Blu-ray Review
Newsies   Newsies Blu-ray Review
(Chris Rebholz)  7/30/2012 10:06 AM EDT
Newsies' history as a film is as unlikely as that of its titular heroes. The biggest live action flop in Disney's history (at the time), it steadily built a devoted following on home video until it not only recouped its costs, but also spawned a hit stage musical that is currently filling the house on Broadway (and, like most successful mus... Read More

The Three Stooges Blu-ray Review
The Three Stooges   The Three Stooges Blu-ray Review
(Chris Rebholz)  7/30/2012 9:03 AM EDT
As The Three Stooges, Moe Howard, Curly Howard, and Larry Fine created a comedy institution. An act that grew into a popular series of shorts and features, the Stooges developed into a household name, with young fans spending long hours replicating the trio's signature moves of pain, to the consternation of parents everywhere. They are legends with... Read More

Next of Kin Blu-ray Review
Next of Kin   Next of Kin Blu-ray Review
(Chris Rebholz)  7/27/2012 9:58 AM EDT
In 1987, Patrick Swayze scored a sleeper smash with "Dirty Dancing," catapulting the actor to bigger and better roles in Hollywood, offering a shot at starring vehicles after years of supporting work. In 1990, Swayze hit the jackpot with "Ghost," a bona fide blockbuster that made him a household name, using sensual pottery and a... Read More

Murder In The First Blu-ray Review
Murder In The First   Murder In The First Blu-ray Review
(Chris Rebholz)  7/26/2012 8:52 PM EDT
"Based on a true story," those are loaded words. By that standard the undeniably affecting Murder in the First, which takes major factual liberties, is bound to get bashed. Here's the true part: Henri Young — Kevin Bacon in a blistering performance — hit prison at 17 for stealing five bucks from a post office. In 1938, Hen... Read More

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