BLU-RAY MOVIE REVIEWS

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Chris Chiarella Posted: Sep 14, 2013 0 comments
The small screen serves up some big drama in these three TV-on-Blu-ray releases, from Liberace to slave revolt to big-city vigilante justice.
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SV Staff Posted: Sep 10, 2013 0 comments
Star Trek Into Darkness, Star Trek: Stardate Collection, The Spy Who Came In From The Cold, The Talented Mr. Ripley, Parade’s End, La Cage aux Folles, Marathon Man.
Chris Chiarella Posted: Sep 05, 2013 0 comments
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Peter Jackson gave the world a beloved, wildly successful film adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings, culminating in a record-breaking Oscar sweep, so of course, he was the obvious choice to helm the Hobbit prequels. But whereas the Rings trilogy made a newbie like me love it with its epic thrills and fascinating characters, An Unexpected Journey seems to be in love with its own familiar world and everyone in it. We meet a younger Bilbo Baggins, a hobbit happily minding his own business when the wizard Gandalf drafts him for a dangerous quest.
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SV Staff Posted: Sep 04, 2013 0 comments
The Hour: Seasons 1&2, Now You See Me, Revolution: Season 1, Cockneys vs Zombies, Person of Interest: Season 2, The Iceman, Da Vinci’s Demons: Season 1, Stories We Tell, The Office: Season 9.
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Chris Chiarella Posted: Aug 30, 2013 0 comments
Father and son Miyazakis craft another touching tale, Helen Mirren shines as a capable cop, and all hell breaks loose in an offbeat World War II gorefest.
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SV Staff Posted: Aug 27, 2013 0 comments
The Great Gatsby, Prime Suspect: The Complete Collection, To Be or Not to Be, The Walking Dead: Season 3, And Then There Were None, Kon-Tiki, Pain & Gain.
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Chris Chiarella Posted: Aug 22, 2013 0 comments
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Steven Spielberg’s long-rumored dream project—bring- ing the factual, Holocaust-set book Schindler’s Ark to the screen—finally arrived to great acclaim in 1993, culminating in Academy Awards for Best Director, Best Picture, and more. Oskar Schindler (Liam Neeson) is a clever civilian businessman and a bit of a cad who achieves a fortune by manufactur- ing pots and pans for the German army during World War II. His secrets? World-class schmoozing and an unpaid legion of Jewish laborers. He has no love of the Nazis or their agenda, but as he bears witness to their escalating atrocities, he is reluctantly moved to become a champion of his ill-fated workforce. His steps are small at first, ultimately leading to the creation of a list of more than 1,000 names of people to be kept at his factory instead of sent to concentration camps or gas chambers. This decision winds up costing Schindler all of his vast wealth, but his selfless act made history. It’s a profound tale told with great passion and indelible images.
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SV Staff Posted: Aug 20, 2013 0 comments
Boardwalk Empire: Season 3, Shadow Dancer, Star Trek: Enterprise: Season 2, Amour, Killing Season, The Big City (Mahanagar) & Charulata (The Lonely Wife)
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Chris Chiarella Posted: Aug 16, 2013 0 comments
An Italian language Cannes winner, another terrific Justice League adventure and a long-lost Rock Hudson gem make their Blu-ray debuts.
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HT Staff Posted: Aug 14, 2013 0 comments

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You know that old saying, “Life begins after 40”? Well, it’s true. That’s because it’s the exact moment when you become aware of your own mortality. In your twenties and thirties, you’re still technically invincible as far as you’re concerned and blissfully naive, but when 40 hits, it’s “Holy crap, I’m gonna die!” Suddenly you’re on numerous prescription medications and seeing far more of your doctor than you’d like; proctology exams, mammograms, prostate checks, pap smears, the works.
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Chris Chiarella Posted: Aug 14, 2013 0 comments
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Four of the 10 Best Picture winners of the ’60s were musicals, but as Hollywood transitioned to a post–Easy Rider era, they had to make even song-and-dance extravaganzas more relevant. And so in 1972, Cabaret redefined what a movie musical could be.
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SV Staff Posted: Aug 13, 2013 0 comments
Shane, Olympus Has Fallen, The Company You Keep, Seconds, Emperor, The Damned.
Corey Gunnestad Posted: Aug 09, 2013 0 comments
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I was a senior in high school when Top Gun came out in 1986. After that, every guy in my class, including myself, wanted to be Tom Cruise. He just epitomized coolness in a way that transcended even his iconic turn in Risky Business. Our Navy recruitment officer was extremely happy that year because enlistment was at an all-time high. No, they didn’t ensnare me, thankfully. My admiration for Mr. Cruise and this film went only as far as the box office and not swabbing decks on some aircraft carrier. But I remember we drove an extra 20 miles out of our way to see Top Gun at a brand-new theater that was the first in the state equipped for THX sound. And it made all the difference.
Thomas J. Norton Posted: Jul 31, 2013 0 comments
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Ralph plays the bad guy in the decades-old video game Fix-It Felix, Jr. Each time the game is reset, he trashes the high-rise apartment building that serves as the game’s main setting, only to have Felix instantly repair the damage. It’s a living, but Ralph lives alone in a junk pile, the other characters in the game want nothing to do with him, and he finds relief only in a Bad-Anon support group. As another member of that group argues, he may be a bad guy, but he isn’t a bad guy.
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Fred Kaplan Posted: Jul 26, 2013 0 comments
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To my mind, Lincoln was the best film of 2012. In any case, it’s a rare thing: an old-fashioned biopic, a 19th century costume drama, a “talky” set piece about a debate in Congress—and yet it’s riveting, stirring, transporting. This is a film about the struggle over the 13th Amendment, which abolished slavery; but it’s also about the nature of hard-boiled politics, the tension between compromise and principle, and the meaning of leadership—and, somehow, it doesn’t come off as preachy (except, a bit, at the very beginning and ending, though what comes in between almost earns it the right of a little sentimentality).

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