Recaps & Reviews




1917 Looks Gorgeous On Bluray

1917 was one of those films that came out of nowhere. It had very little advertising, and the trailers weren’t playing ad nauseam. For fans of director Sam Mendes, and of war films, they knew it was coming of course, but for the average movie going audience it just showed up one day on their now playing lists. Then before anyone knew what was happening, it started getting buzz and winning awards, and suddenly it was an Oscar contender. While the film didn’t win any of the top awards, it still took home three Oscars (Cinematography, Sound Mixing and Visual Effects) and is considered one of the best films of 2019.

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Jojo Rabbit Is A Quirky, Touching Film

When Jojo Rabbit won Tiff’s People’s Choice Award last year, people who hadn’t seen it started asking questions about it. Then when it started receiving nominations for Golden Globes, Oscars and other awards even more people stood up and took notice. Now the quirky, heart warming film is available on digital and bluray, and it’s here it should start to really shine.

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Playing With Fire Is A Fun, Family Film

John Cena is arguably one of the best professional wrestlers in history, and like a lot of wrestlers, he had transitioned his career from the ring to film. Unlike a lot of wrestlers though his forte doesn’t seem to be in action films (with Bumblebee being the lone exception so far), but in comedy instead. From Trainwreck to Blockers, he steals scenes and makes us laugh. His latest film is called Playing With Fire, and in it he continues to tickle our funny bone.

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Terminator: Dark Fate Now Available On Bluray

At one point Terminator: Dark Fate was set to be one of Fall’s biggest films, and then it became one of the year’s biggest bombs instead. Made for a budget of over $185 million, the film only made just $62 domestically. Worldwide the numbers look a bit better at $261 million, but still the numbers were far from great, or from what was expected. The bigger question is though, was it really that bad, or was the audience just fickle on it for some reason?

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Gemini Man Is A Treat On Bluray

Fall 2019 saw a lot of films bomb at the box office, and unfortunately Gemini Man was one of them. The film was the latest in a series of theatrical bombs for star Will Smith, but the action flick might just see a new life on Bluray.

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Good Boys Is A Younger, Less Funny Version Of Superbad

It’s hard to believe that Superbad is over 12 years old. The film was by far the funniest film of its kind when it came out, and became a huge hit for the studio. Now the same people who brought you that movie have released a new one, substituting high-school kids for grade school kids, with a whole new set of problems.

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Hobbs & Shaw Is Another Great Addition To The Fast & Furious Franchise

With there already being 8 Fast & Furious films, it was rather surprising when they announced that a spin-off for two of the characters was being made. A lot of questions came to mind before it was released too. Would it be as popular as the main series, how different would it be and would it feature the same kind of vehicular action we’ve come to expect? All those answers came pretty soon after starting to watch the film.

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Clifton Hill Is A Fun Thriller That Will Keep You Guessing

TIFF 2019 had plenty of big name releases hit the silver screen this year, but as usual there were several lower budget films playing as well. One of those films takes place in Niagara Falls, on the world famous Clifton Hill. The film is even named after the street. It’s a mystery/thriller that will keep you guessing until the very end, and if you have a chance to see it when it finally gets a wide release, it will be well worth your time.

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The True History of the Kelly Gang Makes Some Odd Choices

When you think of Westerns and outlaws, generally you think of films taking place in the United States, but what most people fail to remember is that the United States is not the only country ripe with such legends. In Australia one of the most famous outlaws is Ned Kelly, who fought the system throughout the 1870s and almost won before being caught and hanged. In this new film, True History of the Kelly Gang, you get a glimpse of the outlaws life, from when he was a child living in poverty to the day he paid for his transgressions.

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Susan Sarandon’s Latest Film, Blackbird, Is A Real Tear Jerker

If you take a look over the careers of Susan Sarandon and Kate Winslet you will quickly see that both have made a career out of starring in films that will bring tears to your eyes. Whether it’s Lorenzo’s Oil or Dead Man Walking for Sarandon, or Little Children or Titanic for Winslet, both have a body of work meant to bring emotions out of you, so it’s no surprise that their first film together would be more of the same. 

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Stephen King’s The Stand Mini-Series Gets Remastered For BluRay

One of the most anticipated shows that will hit CBS All-Access next year is the new adaptation of Stephen King’s post-apocalyptic novel The Stand. Back in 1994 though, over the course of four nights a mini-series was aired that got a lot of great reviews. Until now however the series hasn’t been available on Blu-Ray, but we are sure glad they decided to go back to it and remaster it for today’s TV’s.

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Hustlers Doesn’t Quite Find Its Way

Hustlers has all the ingredients to be a great movie, including an impressive cast, good back story and amazing publicity. Unfortunately it has trouble with the execution, in that it doesn’t quite ever know what kind of movie it wants to be and loses track of itself along the way. It’s this one flaw that prevents it from being what it could have been.

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Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark Is A Creepy, Fun Film

Originally published as three collections of short stories starting in 1981, Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark have been keeping children up at night for close to 40 years. They’ve also inspired several authors and filmmakers, including Guillermo del Toro who helped write the screenplay for the film adaptation. Now that the film is out, it’s clear that the legacy of the books will carry on.

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Pet Sematary Remake A Must-Own For Stephen King Fans

Pet Sematary was first released in 1983, and instantly became a huge hit for author Stephen King. Of course that wasn’t a huge surprise, considering at that time everything the best selling author wrote became a huge hit. Most of his novels eventually were turned into movies back then as well, and in 1989 the theatrical adaptation followed. The movie grossed over $57 million at the box office, which at the time was considered a pretty decent take. 30 years later the film has gotten a remake, and it did just about as well as the original.

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Us Is One Of The Year’s Must-Own Blurays

Us is one of those movies that sticks with you. Not so much for the action or the dialogue, but for the story itself. It’s one of those movies that once you finish watching it, you’ll want to go back and watch it again to find out all the things you missed. That being said, it’s a great movie to add to your collection, not just for the replay value, but also for the special features. 

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