Today:  10/30/2020

Review: 'The Doorman' cashes in on action nostalgia

Posted October 13,2020 - 06:38 PM


You know what they say, imitation is the highest form of flattery.

Back when Die Hard debuted in theaters in 1988, it didn't take long for every movie studio in town to try and rip off that highly successful formula. During the 1990s, it felt like a Die Hard clone came out every month.

Naturally, the fad went away, and new films rose up to take its place. These days everyone wants to make the next 165540{John Wick} and so the cycle continues over and over again.

With The Doorman, the filmmakers decided to take a page out of John McClane's playbook instead of the latest flavor du jour. And it was a great decision.

Ruby Rose stars as a former marine with baggage who returns to the states to try and get a fresh start. When that new beginning crosses paths with art thieves intent on...

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Review: Scott Adkins shines in 'Seized'

Posted October 13,2020 - 05:06 PM


I believe that I was a bit critical of Scott Adkins in an earlier review for his film Legacy of Lies from July. To be honest, I wasn't that familiar with his work and perhaps my ire should have been better aimed at the director.

It's true that Legacy of Lies was a pale imitation of the John Wick films, but that wasn't Scott's fault. By comparison, Seized definitely delivers more on the John Wick-esque promise of the previous film by showcasing the pure action skills of Mr. Adkins.

This time around Adkins plays a former Special Forces agent named Nero who is forced to wipe out three rival crime syndicates when his son is kidnapped. As the bodies pile up Nero must finish his mission and discover the man behind his son's kidnapping in order to enact his revenge.

Let's face...

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Review: 'Cats & Dogs 3' is a pandemic curse

Posted October 13,2020 - 04:04 PM


Warner Bros. Home Entertainment provided me with a free copy of the Blu-ray I reviewed in this news story. The opinions I share are my own.

You could see the writing on the wall. Once the box office well dried up, studios would be forced to reach deep into their shelves to find anything that might connect with audiences.

Enter the quasi-sequels to existing properties.

Whether it's Welcome to Sudden Death or Deep Blue Sea 3, these long-shelved sequels were finally given a chance to shine. Naturally, there was a reason that these films required a global pandemic to see the light of day, but with little alternatives, these movies are finding an audience.

Which brings us to Cats & Dogs 3: Paws Unite!.

It's been so long since the first two films in the franchise were released that I...

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Review: Shia LaBeouf is scary good in 'The Tax Collector'

Posted October 06,2020 - 09:07 PM

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Love him or loathe him, Shia LaBeouf is an actor that definitely elicits a response. There doesn't seem to be much middle ground with the guy and while his choices seem suspect at times, he always seems to go all-in for whatever role he is playing.

Hot off great performances in The Peanut Butter Falcon and Honey Boy, it appeared that Shia's career was back on the rise. And then, the reviews started to roll in for The Tax Collector. Almost universally bashed, the David Ayer film seems to be the Razzie du jour for critics, but what do critics know?

As we've mentioned many times before, this year has been irrevocably changed by COVID-19. With limited entertainment options available, suddenly second and third-tier titles are finding a more gracious audience with the general public.


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Review: Universal debuts spectacular multi-film collections

Posted September 29,2020 - 05:08 PM

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As the Summer of COVID turns into the Fall of discontent (especially at the box office), movie studios are scrambling to find unique ways to stay relevant. This is especially true with the usually lucrative fourth quarter holiday spending spree on the horizon.

The only problem is that traditionally Summer blockbusters would be leading the charge as they arrive on home entertainment for the first time. With no theatrical releases this Summers, studios are looking to their vast catalog of movies to focus on the gift-giving aspect of the upcoming holidays.

One studio that is getting a jump on their peers is Universal Home Entertainment. This week, they released a slew of compilations and collections that will appeal to even the most discerning movie fan. Whether it's comedy, sci-fi, or...

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Review: 'Stargirl' is a fun ride for the whole family

Posted September 28,2020 - 04:36 PM


Warner Bros. Home Entertainment provided me with a free copy of the Blu-ray I reviewed in this news story. The opinions I share are my own.

We have spent many reviews heaping praise on Greg Berlanti and his creation of the Arrowverse and Stargirl is just the latest feather in a cap that is quickly running out of room for more feathers. As the father of a young daughter, I am always on the outlook for quality TV that we can watch together and this show fits the bill.

With Batwoman and Supergirl already in the Arrowverse stable, there's no shortage of strong and empowered female characters on the CW. With my young daughter seeking out more and more entertainment options, it's good to know that she can find strong role-models with a simple click of a channel.

As a relatively new...

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Review: 'Legends of Tomorrow' is historical for Season 5

Posted September 22,2020 - 05:34 PM


Warner Bros. Home Entertainment provided me with a free copy of the Blu-ray I reviewed in this news story. The opinions I share are my own.

It's funny, for every misstep that DC makes on the big screen, they continually deliver satisfying entertainment on the small screen. A lot of that success certainly falls in the hands of uber producer Greg Berlanti and his Arrowverse stable of TV shows on The CW, but it's like he has the Midas touch and it doesn't appear to be dissipating anytime soon.

In Season Five, the Legends are major celebrities and hire a documentary crew to follow them around and film them in action. Astra Logue frees history's most notorious villains from Hell and the Legends crew must travel through time to stop these reanimated "Encores."

As you're aware, I...

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Review: Season 4 of 'Rick and Morty' is worth the wait

Posted September 22,2020 - 04:29 PM


Warner Bros. Home Entertainment provided me with a free copy of the Blu-ray I reviewed in this news story. The opinions I share are my own.

If there's one good thing that has come out of this pandemic, it's given me plenty of time to catch up on shows that I missed the first time around. One show that I finally got around to watching is Rick and Morty.

Billed as a warped combination of Back to the Future and Family Guy, Rick and Morty is a show that should be right up my alley, and despite my hesitation, I'm glad that I finally got around to watching it. With only 10 episodes per season, it was an easy binge effort and now I finally understand the fans lament at having to wait between seasons.

Rick and Morty debuted in 2013, but Season Four debuted late last year and finished up its...

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Review: 'Let It Snow' is an avalanche of missed opportunities

Posted September 22,2020 - 10:38 AM


I'm currently reading Ruth Ware's "One By One" which is a taut thriller about a group becoming stranded in the French Alps after an avalanche cuts them off from civilization. What was intended as a restful getaway soon turns deadly.

Now, this would make a very compelling psychological thriller that Let It Snow hints at, but doesn't quite achieve. There are some great moments in the film and the cinematography is gorgeous, but it just seems like three different movies were blended together and none of them has any sort of lasting impact. It's the type of movie that soon leaves your memory as the credits roll.

Let It Snow follows Max and Mia, a couple on the verge of being engaged looking for danger, and finding it on a free-ride snowboarding vacation. Unfortunately, the danger is more...

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Review: 'Shivers' is the latest Vestron darling

Posted September 17,2020 - 03:14 PM


If you've been sleeping under a rock these past few years, you may have missed the exquisite work that Lionsgate is doing under its Vestron Video Collector's Series. The releases were hot and heavy there for awhile, but this week's release of Little Monsters and Shivers are the first two entries in the home entertainment collection in almost two years.

These days boutique labels are as ubiquitous as popup streaming sites, but there have been few more successful in delivering hit after hit as Lionsgate's Vestron Video Series. They are cherry-picking the rich Vestron library and making sure that the releases are jam-packed with goodies before they finally see the light of day.

Many, if not all, of these titles were previously out of print and most of them are made their Blu-ray debuts...

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