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July the 4th: The return of Darth Vader

Posted July 4, 2016, 3:07 PM

While the rest of the country is out celebrating our independence, we've got you covered with everything that has happened in the world of Star Wars over the last month. Of course, considering the holiday, we couldn't help but indulge in a bit of inquiry over whether the have an equivalent holiday in the Star Wars universe.

I would think that if there's any day that would be close it would Endor Day, the day that the rebels blew up the second death star at the end of Return of the Jedi. Obviously, it's a momentous day that celebrates the liberation of the galaxy from the evil clutches of the Emperor and, heck, they even celebrated with fireworks.

What do you think?

Perhaps the biggest news in the last month was the least surprising. Darth Vader will indeed appear in Star Wars: Rogue...

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The good, the bad and the ugly from the first half of 2016

Posted June 30, 2016, 11:06 PM

Here we are, June 30. When the clock strikes midnight, we will officially be half through 2016 which means that the next Star Wars film is almost here.

At the start of the year, I made a new year's resolution that I intended to keep. In the last five years since the birth of my daughter, my movie viewing time has dwindled significantly. In an effort to reverse the trend, I vowed to watch 100 movies this year.

Considering that I have probably averaged 25 movies a year since becoming a father, this was a real challenge, but one that I was determined to conquer. I didn't really place many stipulations on the challenge, but for a movie to count it had to be one that I hadn't seen before and relatively new (within the last five years).

So, how did I do...

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Does 'Sully' mark an Oscar return for Tom Hanks?

Posted June 30, 2016, 4:06 PM

There was a period of time (the 1990s) when Tom Hanks was THE consummate Hollywood actor. Fresh off back-to-back Oscar wins for Best Actor (Philadelphia and Forrest Gump), Hanks was at the top of his game and the competition wasn't even close.

Then, something odd happened, Tom Hanks was no longer the top actor in Hollywood. It's not that he suddenly became a hermit and stopped acting, he was just no longer the untouchable heat of mid 1980s Dwight Gooden. He made a few questionable choices and his peers took advantage.

It has been a long way back to the top, but 2016 might finally be the year that restores the name Tom Hanks to relevancy at the Academy Awards. Can you believe that it has been 15 years since the last time Tom was nominated for an Oscar (Best Actor...

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'Captain America: Civil War' comes home on September 13

Posted June 30, 2016, 2:06 PM

It's no secret that Disney is enjoying the sort of box office run that has sports fans reminiscing about the Jordan's Chicago Bulls or the early 1980s New York Islanders. Thanks to their "big three" (Pixar, Marvel and Star Wars), Disney has been crushing it at the box office for the last couple of years and nothing points to that changing anytime soon.

As one would suspect, their market share dominance has extended to home entertainment as people scramble to own their latest offerings. The next chance to own a piece of history is September 13, when Captain America: Civil War debuts on DVD and Blu-ray.

Available on a bare-bones DVD and special features-packed Blu-ray and 3D Blu-ray editions, Captain America: Civil War looks to continue the tradition of excellent home entertainment offerings from Marvel. The film recently broke the mythical $400...

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Monday Mixer: It's Shark Week

Posted June 27, 2016, 3:06 PM

I really don't understand our society's obsession with sharks. I mean, I get it. Ever since Jaws debuted (41 years ago last week), the once benign ocean-dwelling beasts were raised to mythic proportions.

Now, thanks to Steven Spielberg, sharks were sworn enemies of humanity intent on fulfilling their blood lust through any means at their disposal. And for those us that have suffered through Jaws 3 and Jaws: The Revenge can attest, every conceivable mean (and several that shall never be talked about again) has been tried.

But, do we really need an entire week of television devoted to them? I mean really, are we truly learning so much about them year-to-year that we need to spend an entire week each June on sharks? Apparently so, because Shark Week is a cultural phenomenon and I blame it for the never-ending barrage of...

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Review: 'The Martian' Extended Edition 4K UHD is other worldly

Posted June 23, 2016, 5:06 PM

When a new format for home entertainment is released, there is always that one title that becomes the iconic standard by which all other future released are judged. For DVD, that title was Twister and for Blu-ray, the first iconic release was most likely The Fifth Element.

With the onset of the brand new Ultra HD Blu-ray format, we already have an early leader for the format-defining release in The Martian. The film debuted on home entertainment on January 12 of this year and we have already seen not one, but two Ultra HD Blu-ray releases within six months.

The Martian Ultra HD Blu-ray was a part of the first wave of releases in the format from Fox in mid-May and on June 7, the Extended Edition Ultra HD Blu-ray debuted. That's right, the format is less than six months old and...

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Nothing 'Peculiar' about 'Miss Peregine's' new trailer

Posted June 21, 2016, 2:06 PM

I've had Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children on my to-read book list for years, but I've never gotten around to picking it up. Something about having two children under the age of five and the loss of anything even resembling free time, but the film adaptation is definitely not something that I'm going to sleep on.

In fact, Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children is one of my breakthrough sleepers of the Fall. It is a film that I strongly believe may be the biggest surprise hit of 2016. Of course, it doesn't hurt when you have someone with Tim Burton's track record calling the shots.

The real kicker for this film though is that the story upon which Tim Burton is able to paint his masterpiece is as equally strong as any of the awe-inspiring visual oddities that the director...

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