December 19, 2014

Home for a Blu-ray Review: This Is Where I Leave You


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All in the family...

Dysfunctional families have long been a source of entertainment in Hollywood, both on-screen and off. And in the case of the former, it's usually the premise of the dysfunctional family reunion that filmmakers keep cycling back to time and time again. Such is This is Where I Leave You, a film by director Shawn Levy and based on the novel by Jonathan Tropper, which centers on four adult siblings who return home to support their mother, in the wake of their father's passing. But while the concept may feel all too familiar, it's the standout cast that make this a movie worth watching.

December 17, 2014

The Stars are Aligned for this Blu-ray Review: Magic in the Moonlight


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Comedy and romance are in the cards...

With each passing year comes the promise of a new Woody Allen movie, and 2014 was no different. Arriving on the heels of 2013's surprisingly somber Blue Jasmine, Allen's 47th film, Magic in the Moonlight, marks the prolific writer/director's return to the more lighthearted fare he's come to be known for. And the results are as enchanting as ever, transporting moviegoers — as well as stars Colin Firth and Emma Stone — back to the roaring twenties, for a comedy that's brimming not only with magic, but also with mystery and romance.

December 16, 2014

A Blu-ray Review with Extra Cheese: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles


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Born to raise shell...

Kermit the Frog may find it hard being green, but the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles don't seem to be phased by it one bit. It's been thirty years since Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird first introduced the Turtles to comic readers, and these heroes in a half shell are still going strong, with several television series and feature films under their belts. Their latest big screen adventure arrives courtesy of producer Michael Bay and director Jonathan Liebesman, and though it marks a return-of-sorts to their comic book roots, there's also no shortage of the humor Turtles fans have come to know and love.

December 12, 2014

A Film Review Deciphered: The Imitation Game


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Confessions of a beautiful mind...

Considered to be the father of modern computing, Alan Turing has had the details of his life and work find their way into the pages of many a textbook over the years. As it turns out, however, academic scholars were only familiar with half the story. For in 1983, a secret chapter of Turing's life came to light, as revealed in author Andrew Hodges' "Alan Turing: The Enigma". It's a story that's explored in director Mort Tyldum's The Imitation Game, which chronicles Turing's exploits as a World War II codebreaker for MI6, as well as the persecution he faced due to his sexual orientation.

Bottlenose Blu-ray Review: Dolphin Tale 2


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A tale of two fishies...

It doesn't get much more family-friendly than Dolphin Tale 2. Director Charles Martin Smith's follow-up to his 2011 film, Dolphin Tale, reunites audiences with Winter, the bottlenose dolphin who won the hearts of moviegoers with her inspiring true story of survival. Overcoming incredible odds after losing her tail to some fishing lines, she was outfitted with a prosthetic one. Now, Winter and her rescuers from the Clearwater Marine Aquarium are back for a brand new adventure, and they're bringing a new friend or two along for the ride.