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Touchy Feely
Dec 2nd, 2013

A great cast can’t make up for an underdeveloped story in Touchy Feely, which is out on Blu-ray and DVD on December 10. Touchy Feely Rosemarie DeWitt plays Abby, a massage therapist. Her brother Paul (Josh Pais) is an uptight dentist, and his daughter Jenny (Ellen Page) works as his assistant. She encourages her dad […]

The Adventures of Superboy: The Complete Fourth Season
Nov 29th, 2013

The fourth and final season of The Adventures of Superboy is now available from the Warner Archive made-on-demand online DVD store. The Adventures of Superboy: The Complete Fourth Season As with the previous season, this one begins with a two-parter, “A Change of Heart”. While Clark Kent (Gerard Christopher) is upset over Lana Lang (Stacy […]

Drinking Buddies
Nov 28th, 2013

Drinking Buddies In Drinking Buddies, out on DVD December 3, Kate (Olivia Wilde) and Luke (Jake Johnson) work together at a small Chicago brewery. They’re great friends, teasing each other during the work day and going out drinking with other employees after work. They wind up vacationing together at a lake cabin with their significant […]

J. August Richards Returns to Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
Nov 27th, 2013

I’m not sure Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. has really found its groove yet, but I’m willing to keep giving it a chance. I like Clark Gregg as Agent Coulson, Ming-Na Wen as Wolverine Melinda May (mysterious bad ass with secret past) is terrific, and the British Fitz-Simmons scientists amuse me. (I could really do without more […]

New Muppets Movie Trailer Reveals More of Plot
Nov 27th, 2013

The new trailer, as seen here, for Muppets Most Wanted reveals a bit more of the plot, involving the evil Constantine looking just like Kermit (except for a mole). Muppets Most Wanted will be in theaters March 21, 2014, and co-stars humans Ricky Gervais (as Constantine’s bad guy sidekick), Ty Burrell (as an Interpol agent), […]

Argo: The Declassified Extended Edition
Nov 27th, 2013

Out next Tuesday, December 3, is a new, extras-added release of Argo, last year’s best picture Oscar winner. I’ve already reviewed the film, recommending it as “terrific”, so here, I’ll just concentrate on the additions and differences between the two versions. Argo Extended Edition Argo: The Declassified Extended Edition contains two Blu-ray discs, a small […]

Blue Is the Warmest Color on DVD February 14
Nov 26th, 2013

Blue Is the Warmest Color Just in time for Valentine’s Day, if your tastes go that way, Criterion has announced that they will be releasing Blue Is the Warmest Color on Blu-ray and DVD on February 11, 2014. The story of first love and lesbian awakening is adapted from a graphic novel by Julie Maroh. […]

The Man From U.N.C.L.E. Now Filming With Lots of Geek Connections
Nov 25th, 2013

I hadn’t heard about this until just now, but with these fine stars, I’m likely to go see it. Guy Ritchie, director of the Sherlock Holmes movies, is currently filming a movie version of The Man From U.N.C.L.E., a remake of the 60s TV show, starring Henry Cavill (Man of Steel) as CIA agent Napoleon […]

The World’s End (Blu-ray Review)
Nov 21st, 2013

The World’s End continues to impress me the more times I watch it, and as expected, the Blu-ray release contains much more information on the moviemakers’ aims and intentions. The World’s End I described the premise when I talked about how much I enjoyed watching the movie. In short, five former friends reunite, drawn together […]

Dear Mr. Watterson Now Playing
Nov 18th, 2013

Dear Mr. Watterson is a 90-minute documentary film by Joel Allen Schroeder about the lasting influence of Calvin and Hobbes. It opened Friday in four cities, with more coming. (Or you can watch it via Amazon or other services.) Schroeder says early on that he’s not as interested in finding the creator (known for being […]

Night of the Comet (Blu-ray Review)
Nov 17th, 2013

Night of the Comet is a 1984 horror comedy that’s still a lot of fun to watch now. The world is celebrating the approach of a comet with viewing parties and news coverage, but the stellar visitor brings death. Everyone either turns to dust, or if they were partially exposed, they become a zombie. (How […]

Maleficent Teaser Trailer Highlights Menace
Nov 13th, 2013

This is one summer movie that definitely passes the Bechdel Test. Disney has released the teaser trailer for Maleficent, the story of the witch from Sleeping Beauty. The movie stars Angelina Jolie as the title character and opens May 30, 2014. Elle Fanning plays Princess Aurora. The script is by Linda Woolverton, who also wrote […]

Man of Steel (Blu-ray Review)
Nov 11th, 2013

Out tomorrow, November 12, on home video is Man of Steel, this summer’s Superman remake. I saw it for the first time this weekend on Blu-ray, and my first impression was that it looked very much like a modern superhero movie. Like many other films this summer, it had big-budget effects, a big plot with […]

TCM Launches Free Online Viewing Service
Nov 11th, 2013

TCM has launched Watch TCM, an online viewing service available for free. This site is amazing! It’s a movie-lover’s dream! There’s a big catch, though — to watch the films, you have to have “an active subscription from a TV Service Provider where you already receive TCM”. And that provider has to participate in the […]

Marvel Announces Plans for Four Series on Netflix
Nov 10th, 2013

Continuing the trend of original TV shows airing elsewhere than traditional television networks, Disney/Marvel announced plans to create live-action programming for Netflix. The four serialized shows will feature street-level, Hell’s Kitchen heroes Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Iron Fist, and Luke Cage in at least 13 episodes each beginning in 2015. After “multiple years of original programming”, […]

Man of Steel Fan Event Highlight Reel
Nov 10th, 2013

The online Man of Steel Fan Event yesterday ran over an hour, and you can watch the whole thing online. But if you don’t want to spend that much time, Warner has created a short set of highlights, running just over three and a half minutes, as shown here: It doesn’t include the part I’ve […]

Man of Steel Fan Event Tomorrow Online — Ask Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Zack Snyder Questions
Nov 8th, 2013

To promote the coming release of Man of Steel on Blu-ray on November 12, they’re holding a live fan event tomorrow on Yahoo! Movies. Kevin Smith will be hosting stars Henry Cavill and Amy Adams and director Zack Snyder at 9 AM PST/11 AM Central/Noon Eastern. From the release: The cast and crew will talk […]

Two 47 Ronin Graphic Novels Due to Movie
Nov 8th, 2013

Coming this Christmas is an action-adventure fantasy movie called 47 Ronin, starring Keanu Reeves as a hero leading 47 “leaderless samurai” (“ronin”) to avenge their dead master in “a savage world of mythic beasts, shape-shifting witchcraft, and wondrous terrors”. It’s based on an historical Japanese tale, but with various liberties taken and a mystical overlay. […]

DC Gets TV, Marvel Does Movies: iZombie Announced for Potential Series
Nov 8th, 2013

I don’t think it’s arguable to say that Disney/Marvel’s superhero movies do better than Warner/DC’s. Marvel has the third biggest US movie of all time (based on box office) in The Avengers, and while DC’s Dark Knight trilogy also ranks highly on that list, they haven’t been able to make Superman an unqualified success or […]

Bechdel Test Becomes an Official Rating in Sweden
Nov 8th, 2013

Alison Bechdel, the cartoonist behind the long-running Dykes to Watch Out For and the modern classic autobiographical graphic novel Fun Home, also lent her name to the Bechdel Test. That simple check evaluates a film on whether 1. it has at least two women in it that 2. talk to each other 3. about something […]

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