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New on Blu-ray: The Fury of WHIPLASH

By at March 3, 2015 | 10:55 pm | 1 Comments

New on Blu-ray: The Fury of WHIPLASH

4.5 / 5 stars After winning just about every award available to a supporting actor, J.K. Simmons has become the eternal face of Whiplash, and rightfully so. It's his face that strikes fear into the hearts of the film's conservatory students, his searing visage looming like a dark, angry tornado in just about every scene he's in. Simmons elevates the character of music more...

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Big Brain Teaser: LUCY Blu-ray and DVD Review

By at January 31, 2015 | 10:53 pm | 1 Comments

Big Brain Teaser: LUCY Blu-ray and DVD Review

3 / 5 stars If it’s true that we use only 10% of our brains, what if Luc Besson tried using more than 10% of his? We’d get something more intellectually challenging than his The Fifth Element or La Femme Nikita, but with the DNA of those earlier Besson favorites. We’d probably get Lucy, a kitchen-sink thriller that comes up short for the core sci-fi crowd while more...

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The Top 10 Films of 2014 and Where to Find Them

By at December 30, 2014 | 11:29 pm | 1 Comments

The Top 10 Films of 2014 and Where to Find Them

Here’s the greatest thing about the best films of 2014: You can see many of them right now across a variety of home video options, including Netflix. That tells me any number of these facts is true: 1. A higher-quality selection of films played throughout the year, instead of being stacked up in December like planes at O’Hare. 2. Films that have been released in more...

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The Vagina Dialogues: OBVIOUS CHILD Film Review

By at October 27, 2014 | 10:54 pm | 0 Comment

The Vagina Dialogues: OBVIOUS CHILD Film Review

4 / 5 stars If Juno had a smarter, more mature older sister, it would be Obvious Child. Replace the wiseass chatter of Ellen Page’s pregnant teen with the considerably more complex anxieties of Jenny Slate’s equally pregnant, somewhat stunted adult, and you’re just about there. Add in writer-director Gillian Robespierre’s ease with witty relationship dialogue more...

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