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Review: McConaughey is in full high-res glory on 'Lincoln Lawyer' 4K UHD

Posted August 15, 2017, 2:08 PM

Many decades from now, the eternal question will be, when did Matthew McConaughey's resurgence in film begin? Or not. He could simply fade away as a one-time Oscar winner never to be heard from again.

Such is the enigma wrapped in a riddle that is Matthew McConaughey. I have to put it on front street right here, I'm a fan. I love every incarnation of Matthew McConaughey there is. Romantic comedy Matthew McConaughey. Serious drama Matthew McConaughey. Even naked bongo-playing Matthew McConaughey.

There's another sub-genre of Matthew McConaughey that many people might not be aware of and that's the lawyerly Matthew McConaughey. Yes, the guy that popularized the random shirtless ab shot long before Zac Efron was even born, has played a lawyer on the big screen at least three times.

If there wasn't a more compelling reason to give the guy an...

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Review: 'Treasure Hounds' isn't original, but kids love it

Posted August 15, 2017, 2:08 PM

If you're reading this review and over the age of 15, then let me save you some time. Unless you have children, Treasure Hounds will bore you to sleep. If you are a younger reader, I'm a bit concerned that you're reading this review on a video release date site but welcome. There is nothing inherently wrong with Treasure Hounds per se, but as I watched it with my kids, I yearned to show them the better films that this film pays homage to. My kids are probably still a little young to watch The Goonies, Home Alone or Raiders of the Lost Ark, but Treasure Hounds was an age-appropriate substitute. And they loved it. My kids found the talking dog ridiculous (remind me to show them The Shaggy Dog some day) and all of the physical comedy notes resounded with loud bellows...

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Review: 'Start Your Engines' expands the Mickey franchise nicely

Posted August 15, 2017, 10:08 AM

When Disney debuted the Mickey and the Roadster Racers property, we talked about their foresight in extending the Mickey brand beyond the early childhood demographic of Mickey Mouse Clubhouse. Not only was it a wise decision, but as I discovered first hand, the new path is connecting really well with boys.

My son quickly outgrew Mickey Mouse Clubhouse while my daughter enjoyed it well into her third year. But when I brought home this second Mickey and the Roadster Racers offering, it was my son who was most eager to watch it. It also helps that he's still really into cars and is starting to discover Transformers. So, the Roadster Racers is a nice mix because the normal cars transform into racers, and he is continually delighted every single time.

With Start Your Engines, Disney continues to expand its brand further...

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Review: 'The Hunter's Prayer' is familiar but forgettable

Posted August 8, 2017, 4:08 PM

It would be easy to cast off The Hunter's Prayer as just another in a long line of Leon clones, but that would be a disservice for a film that offers a surprising level of character development. Most films in this oeuvre trade any sort of character building for more and bigger explosions, but The Hunter's Prayer strikes a good balance between the two.

The film is a polished gem that rises to the top of the B-movie heap but falls short of breaking through to the next echelon. I think the main problem that I have with the film is the rather wooden performance given by lead Sam Worthington. Ever since he scored the lead in Avatar and broke into mainstream recognition, it seems that he has been passing the time until the oft-delay sequels to that film start filming...

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Review: 'Warlock' finally appears on Blu-ray

Posted July 25, 2017, 4:07 PM

We have written about the Vestron Video Collector's Series before and if you are a fan of 1980s/1990s horror, then I'm preaching to the choir. If you don't consider yourself a horror aficionado, then might I present to you a collection of films that proudly bathes itself in just about every cliché and trope of the genre from this time.

To simply dismiss the Warlock movies as horror films would be a disservice to this diverse collection of films. The original Warlock is more of a dark comedy action film than a full-on 1980s slasher flick. Released in 1989, Warlock is a bridge between the two eras in horror and yet defies simple classification.

I have heard many people compare it to the original Terminator film with a warlock traveling to the future in the place of a robot traveling to the...

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'Pirates' sails home to 4K UHD, Blu-ray and DVD on October 3

Posted July 14, 2017, 8:07 AM

Remember when Disney wasn't in the 4K UHD business? Yeah, that was Monday. In case you were sleeping earlier this week, Disney announced on Tuesday that they were going to release their first ever film on the nascent 4K UHD Blu-ray format when Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 debuts on home entertainment on August 22.

Well, Disney wasted no time to reaffirm its newfound commitment to the latest home entertainment format when it announced this morning that Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales would also be available on 4K UHD Blu-ray when it debuts on home entertainment on October 3. Disney will also be bringing Pirates out on Blu-ray and DVD.

Johnny Depp returns as Captain Jack Sparrow in Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales who finds that he has a band of ghost...

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Review: 'Smurfs' returns to its roots with 'The Lost Village'

Posted July 11, 2017, 4:07 PM

As much as I appreciated the attempt to combine live-action and animation in the two recent Smurfs films, there was just something intrinsically wrong with seeing Smurfs interact with live actors. It's not that either film was inherently flawed per se, it's just that they lacked a bit of the mystique and panache of the original animated TV series.

I get it. Today's film environment has evolved to a place where a traditional animated Smurfs adventure would feel dated. The easiest way to make something new again is to introduce a new gimmick like live action and hope that it works.

It didn't. So, I was both hesitant and optimistic that the fully animated Smurfs: The Lost Village would capture the mystery and fun of the original series that I grew up watching. I will say this, The Lost Village is an...

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