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Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues

Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues

| December 23, 2013 | 0 Comments

‘Don’t mature, Ron Burgundy’ Could there be a more fearful venture for Anchorman devotees than believing lightning could strike twice? Before enduring the 119 minute sequel, I remembered to check the releases for the 2004 original. Bill Maher’s pithy review of 2012′s The Three Stooges presents the fear most Anchorman fans should consider: “The movie was funny, but why […]

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Nightmare City

Nightmare City

| December 23, 2013 | 0 Comments

Zombies didn’t always run, and yet, it’s hardly a new development. Forget the 2004 Dawn of the Dead. Never mind 28 Days Later. In 1980, Umberto Lenzi’s Nightmare City (Incubo sulla Città Contaminata) started it all. While also released under the title, City of the Walking Dead, these are not your average walking dead, I […]

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Family Guy: Volume 12

Family Guy: Volume 12

| December 20, 2013 | 0 Comments

After 2 cancellations and over 200 episodes, Family Guy is better than ever, and in case you haven’t heard the good news, Fox has begun releasing entire seasons of the hit animated series on DVD rather than breaking them up into separate, shorter sets.  This Volume 12 set captures the entire 11th season of the […]

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The Wolf of Wall Street

The Wolf of Wall Street

| December 15, 2013 | 0 Comments

‘Wolf in Wolves’ Clothing’ The Wolf of Wall Street is being marketed as a black comedy. Fine, but this label (usually) denigrates any serious implications of important matters discussed. Watching the 179 minutes of Martin Scorsese’s new entertainment (a short three hours) finds audience members, regretfully, guffawing so loud they miss the purpose of the […]

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The Wolverine

The Wolverine

| December 15, 2013 | 0 Comments

When compared to X-Men Origins: Wolverine, James Mangold’s The Wolverine (2013) is a bona fide masterpiece. On its own merits, though, it may be little more than an average-to-slightly above average superhero flick, but even still, it’s one of the three best pictures in Fox’s X-Men franchise alongside X-Men 2 and X-Men: First Class. Now, […]

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20th Century Fox’s “VOICE YOUR CHOICE” Winners: Part 3

20th Century Fox’s “VOICE YOUR CHOICE” Winners: Part 3

| December 9, 2013 | 0 Comments

This final installment of my series of reviews examining Twentieth Century Fox’s inaugural wave of “VOICE YOUR CHOICE”-winning home video releases is devoted to the films of the “Duke” himself, John Wayne. The previous reviews, if you missed them, covered the earliest six titles chosen by viewers from the Fox archives to make their Blu-ray […]

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Homefront

Homefront

| November 27, 2013 | 0 Comments

“Whatever you’re thinking, re-think it,” is the kind of derivative action hero one-liner that Sylvester Stallone cranks out so easily and Jason Statham delivers so assuredly in several movies, not excluding Homefront. The latest Stallone-penned action-drama stars this generation’s heir to genre’s throne—Jason Statham, and includes an impressive supporting cast, as well as a solid […]

A Comprehensive Encyclopedia of Film Noir

A Comprehensive Encyclopedia of Film Noir

| November 25, 2013 | 0 Comments

Film noir is the kind of genre that grabs you by throat and doesn’t let go. It can be mean and fierce (Ace in the Hole). It can have startling commentary on gender politics and malignant desire (The Little Foxes). More recent films with significant traces of noir include Prisoners and Stoker. At its best, […]

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The Vivien Leigh Anniversary Collection

The Vivien Leigh Anniversary Collection

| November 24, 2013 | 0 Comments

Commemorating the 100th anniversary of Gone with the Wind (1939) star Vivien Leigh’s birth, the Cohen Film Collection released this incredible collection of the star’s early, pre-Scarlett O’Hara work. The Vivien Leigh Anniversary Collection, which Cohen assembled in collaboration with the British Film Institute, features four pictures Leigh made in England in 1936 and 1937, […]

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Dallas Buyers Club

Dallas Buyers Club

| November 18, 2013 | 0 Comments

“‘One Man’s Courage’” It’s exciting to see an actor physically adapt for a role. Contemporary examples point to Christian Bale in Hunger and Anne Hathaway in Les Miserables. In Dallas Buyers Club, smooth tongued Matthew McConaughey slims (way) down to play AIDS patient Ron Woodroof. Watching the skin-and-bones performance, one begins to question the sincerity of the portrayal; is […]

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