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Reviews By Chris Rebholz

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Wilfred Blu-ray Review
Wilfred: Season Two   Wilfred Blu-ray Review
(Chris Rebholz)  6/26/2013 1:30 PM EDT
Much like its central protagonist, Ryan Newman (Elijah Wood), Wilfred's weightiest problems continue to be inconsistency and uncertainty. Adapted from the Australian series of the same name, concerning an emotionally distraught young man who possibly survives a suicide attempt only to awake to a world in which he's the only one who sees his... Read More

The Emperor's New Groove Blu-ray Review
The Emperor's New Groove / Kronk's New Groove: Two-Movie Collection   The Emperor's New Groove Blu-ray Review
(Chris Rebholz)  6/24/2013 4:06 PM EDT
You have to wonder if the Disney folk were as surprised as anyone at the phenomenal success of 1992's animated feature, "Aladdin," among adults as well as children, thanks largely to the hip vocal talents of Robin Williams as the genie of the lamp. It must not have taken them long to recognize that they might duplicate that accomplish... Read More

Lilo & Stitch Blu-ray Review
Lilo & Stitch / Lilo & Stitch: Stitch Has A Glitch Two-Movie C...   Lilo & Stitch Blu-ray Review
(Chris Rebholz)  6/24/2013 3:37 PM EDT
"Lilo & Stitch" was Disney's major animated release for 2002, and it was interesting enough to make a splash at Cannes. There was something intriguing about a little Hawaiian girl and a mutated alien she adopts, thinking he's a dog. Same old same old? Not remotely. Especially when you have that girl stuck on Elvis, with her pl... Read More

The Incredible Burt Wonderstone Blu-ray Review
The Incredible Burt Wonderstone   The Incredible Burt Wonderstone Blu-ray Review
(Chris Rebholz)  6/24/2013 8:43 AM EDT
The Incredible Burt Wonderstone" is a great title for a promising premise involving dueling Las Vegas magicians fighting for stage glory. Unfortunately, the feature moves beyond the basics to beef up a sense of character and fuel formulaic story arc ambitions, dropping its sense of cartwheeling absurdity to tend to a tale of spray-tanned rebir... Read More

Burn Notice DVD Review
Burn Notice: Season Six   Burn Notice DVD Review
(Chris Rebholz)  6/21/2013 4:33 PM EDT
Every season offers producers and writers chances to go new places with their characters.  For season 6 of Burn Notice, that lead to some darker material than we've seen on the show before. Whether or not that decision was the right course is, as always, up to the audience to decide. Season six picks up with the aftermath of season five.&... Read More

Beautiful Creatures Blu-ray Review
Beautiful Creatures   Beautiful Creatures Blu-ray Review
(Chris Rebholz)  5/21/2013 11:03 AM EDT
So it begins (and hopefully ends) the post Twilight era of hurried box office seizures, as studios and once-respectable filmmakers willingly sell their souls to score the next, big teen-driven supernatural mega-franchise. There's an Edward and Jacob-sized hole in adolescent cinema's still-racing heart, dear readers, and whoever manages to f... Read More

Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters Digital HD Review
Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters   Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters Digital HD Review
(Chris Rebholz)  5/20/2013 10:32 AM EDT
"Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters" aspires to be cheeky entertainment, sold with a wink and a fist to the face with plenty of ghouls, trolls, and horrible humans to populate a carnival atmosphere of genre delights. However, despite a colorful presentation, the movie fails to raise much hell, insisting on a flat tone of tedious storytell... Read More

One Hour Photo Blu-ray Review
One Hour Photo   One Hour Photo Blu-ray Review
(Chris Rebholz)  5/15/2013 11:06 AM EDT
Think hard—when was the last time you dropped off a roll of 35mm film at a photo lab for processing and prints? It's probably been close to a decade, as digital cameras first outsold film models around 2003. For a lot of people, even the idea of getting prints made from digital files off of a memory card seems quaint, especially now that ... Read More

Shanghai Noon Blu-ray Review
Shanghai Noon & Shanghai Knights: 2-Movie Collection   Shanghai Noon Blu-ray Review
(Chris Rebholz)  5/9/2013 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)  5/7/2013 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

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