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Review: Castle's final bow will leave you in tears

Posted August 23, 2016, 4:08 PM

As an avid fan of a TV show, the last thing you ever want to read is "Final Season." For fans of Castle those words became reality when Castle: The Complete Eighth and Final Season debuted on DVD this week.

My wife and I loved this series and we were quickly turning our young children into diehard fanatics with us, so this one hits a little close to home for my liking. For the uninitiated, the show follows roguishly handsome and charming writer Castle who shadows his local NYPD murder department to get inspiration for a new novel.

He finds his inspiration in Beckett, who is quickly transformed into the ultra sexy Nikki Heat, a thinly veiled literary invention that is never able to quite live up the mystique of her inspiration. The series takes this simple concept and the fact that...

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Review: 'The Duel' provides a fresh take on a western cliché

Posted August 23, 2016, 4:08 PM

When I say western and Duel, there's probably a very distinct image in your head. Two guys facing each other in the middle of the street of an old western town ready to draw their guns and end the other fella's life.

This was precisely the image I had when I put in the new western film The Duel. With prominent pictures of stars Liam Hemsworth (no not that one) and Woody Harrelson on the cover, I was sure that they would be assuming the position during the film's climax.

Thankfully, I was wrong.

For some reason, the number of really good western films has gone down tremendously since Clint Eastwood's Unforgiven came out in 1992. Sure, there have been half-hearted attempts (mostly by Quentin Tarantino) to revive the genre, but it's pretty much dead as we steam forward into the dystopian future...

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Review: Eli Roth's 'Clown' will haunt you

Posted August 23, 2016, 3:08 PM

When you hear or see the name Eli Roth, you know that you're in for one messed up ride. So, it's not surprising that when my young son saw a picture of a clown on the Blu-ray package and tried to start it up, my wife was concerned.

Of course, I knew better than to let him watch it because no three-year-old needs to have a lifetime of nightmares related to the usual happy visage of a clown. And yet, I did find it comical. My wife said that she knew nothing of the film, but she did see Eli Roth's name and knew that the film would be too "messed up" for kids.

She was right, of course.

I'm pretty sure that Eli Roth making a kid's film would rank right up there with the Pope getting caught in a sexting scandal...

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Review: 'Power Rangers' provides a great generational bridge

Posted August 16, 2016, 4:08 PM

Did you know that Disney nearly ran the Power Rangers franchise into the ground in during the early 2000s? Did you even know that Disney once controlled the spandex clad, kung fu fighting kitsch that has come to embody everything that was right and wrong about the 1990s?

No, you probably didn't. And no, this isn't a cautionary tale given the fact that Disney now controls arguably the three most successful franchises on the planet (Marvel, Pixar and Star Wars), but rather a tale of enduring legacy and trial by fire that ends well for both the movie studio and perhaps the most overexposed entertainment franchise in the world.

When I say the words Power Rangers, I'm sure you can conjure up something in your head. Most likely, you'll remember their tacky color-coordinated outfits and miserably bad "kung fu." And yet, they...

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Monday Mixer: It's a 'Sausage Party'

Posted August 15, 2016, 3:08 PM

What is the peak moment of the Olympics?

Is it during the pageantry of the opening ceremonies? The sadness of another long four-year wait of the closing ceremonies? Or somewhere in between?

Are you a swimming fan? Or gymnastics? Or track and field?

Do you enjoy watching professional athletes dominate their peers, both professional and otherwise?

It seems that just like the Olympics, the box office has a little for everyone this month and it's getting a bit difficult to determine just what it is that someone will go see. There's plenty of action and laughs. Animated films for adults and kids. And plenty of adventures and scares that are quite literally out of this world.

But much like the closing ceremonies of the Olympics, the summer box office period must eventually end and that end is in sight. With Labor Day on the...

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Darth Vader cameos in new 'Rogue One' trailer

Posted August 12, 2016, 10:08 AM

Usually, we hold all of the Star Wars news for our monthly digest, but sometimes the news is too big to hold. A new trailer for Rogue One definitely falls into the breaking news category.

Last month, we heard about the trailer that they showed the audience at Star Wars Celebration Europe but had not released it into the wild. We heard about Darth Vader's cameo and got excited, but still, weeks went by and there were no official signs of it online.

Then, we got wind of a new Rogue One trailer debuting during last night's Olympics coverage and we had to tune in. From what I could tell, the trailer is precisely the one that made its debut last month at Star Wars Celebration Europe, complete with a shot of Darth Vader from behind at the end.

Beyond the expected cameo...

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Disney eschews 4K again, 'Force Awakens' getting 3D treatment

Posted August 10, 2016, 5:08 PM

If you take a minute and peruse our 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray page, it won't take you long to notice one glaring omission. Of the nearly 100 films available or upcoming in the nascent format, not a single one of them is a Disney film. The reason for this, which was confirmed by the studio earlier this year, is that they don't believe that the format is quite there yet.

They further confirmed that there were no plans in place to release any films on UHD Blu-ray in 2016 or 2017. Of course, a lot has changed since we last talked and they did acknowledge that they are always taken a pulse of the home entertainment landscape.

So, consider my surprise today, when I got a notification that Disney is planning to release a 3D Collector's Edition version of The Force Awakens...

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