Enough Said
Dec 30th, 2013

Enough Said Enough Said comes out on DVD on January 14, and having just seen it, I recommend it. It’s a quieter movie than many you’ve heard about this year, and it has unfortunately been overshadowed by tragedy (since co-star James Gandolfini passed away unexpectedly just a few months before its release), but it’s a […]

The NY Times Thinks We Need a Wonder Woman Movie
Dec 22nd, 2013

Frank Bruni at the NY Times weighs in on the relative lack of female movie heroes, including specifically on how Wonder Woman is “slated to be an appendix to Superman and Batman” in the Man of Steel sequel: For decades now a Wonder Woman movie has been chattered about, longed for, plotted, scuttled…. At this […]

Free Saving Mr. Banks eBook on iBooks
Dec 15th, 2013

To promote Saving Mr. Banks, Disney has created a free digital making-of book covering the story behind the film. Saving Mr. Banks stars Emma Thompson as P.L. Travers, author of Mary Poppins and Tom Hanks as Walt Disney, who has to talk the curmudgeonly woman into letting him turn her story into an animated musical. […]

Fast & Furious 6 (Blu-ray Review)
Dec 10th, 2013

The sixth movie in a franchise is probably not the right place to jump in, but I was in the mood for cars, capers, and global big adventure. Fast & Furious 6 delivers. Fast & Furious 6 They start by getting the gang back together, a sequence that didn’t mean a lot to me. But […]

The Shadow Comes to Blu-ray in Collector’s Edition
Dec 7th, 2013

I have a fondness for this movie, cheesy as it is. It’s got young, broody, hairy-chested Baldwin and a winking sense of humor. Shout! Factory has announced that they will be releasing The Shadow on Blu-ray on February 25. The Shadow Based on the pulp stories and radio shows, the 1994 movie stars Alec Baldwin […]

What Is the Future of Indiana Jones?
Dec 7th, 2013

News broke at the end of last week that Disney had acquired Indiana Jones franchise rights from Paramount. Under the arrangement, Disney gains distribution and marketing rights to future films, in addition to retaining the ownership rights it secured when it acquired Lucasfilm. Paramount will continue to be responsible for distribution of the first four […]

Amazing Spider-Man 2 Trailer Released
Dec 5th, 2013

The official trailer for The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is now available, highlighting dazzling special effects, a message for Peter Parker (Andrew Garfield) from his dead father, a gorgeous Gwen Stacy (Emma Stone), a vengeful Electro (Jamie Foxx), and an emo Green Goblin (Dane DeHaan). Not really visible is Paul Giamatti playing the Rhino, but I’m […]

How to Fight, Lie, and Cry Your Way to Popularity (And a Prom Date)
Dec 4th, 2013

How to Fight, Lie, and Cry Your Way to Popularity (And a Prom Date) It’s a listicle in a book! So why buy it? Because you can’t take the internet into the bathtub, which is the kind of environment perfect for this type of pick-up-and-put-down flip-through reading, which I found great light entertainment. The subtitle, […]

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 […]

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