• Captain Marvel

    BLU-RAY REVIEW: Street Date 6/11/19; Disney/Marvel; Action; Box Office $425.98 million; $39.99 Blu-ray, $39.99 UHD BD; Rated ‘PG-13’ for sequences of sci-fi violence and action, and brief suggestive language. Stars Brie Larson, Samuel L. Jackson, Ben Mendelsohn, Jude Law, Annette Bening, Djimon Hounsou, Lee Pace, Lashana Lynch, Gemma Chan, Clark Gregg. The 21st film in … Continue reading “Captain Marvel”

  • Fighting With My Family

    BLU-RAY REVIEW:  Street Date 5/14/19; Universal/MGM; Comedy; Box Office $22.96 million; $29.98 DVD, $34.98 Blu-ray; Rated ‘PG-13’ for crude and sexual material, language throughout, some violence and drug content. Stars Florence Pugh, Lena Headey, Nick Frost, Jack Lowden, Vince Vaughn, Dwayne Johnson, Stephen Merchant. The notion that professional wrestling is “fake” is pervasive enough that … Continue reading “Fighting With My Family”

  • Summer Stock

     BLU-RAY REVIEW:  Available via Warner Archive; Warner; Musical; $21.99 Blu-ray; Not rated. Stars Judy Garland, Gene Kelly, Eddie Bracken, Gloria DeHaven. Judy Garland’s last movie at the studio whose heyday she helped establish may be even more interesting to talk about than it is to see, but there are enough evenly sprinkled golden moments in … Continue reading “Summer Stock”

  • Three Coins in the Fountain

    BLU-RAY REVIEW: Available via ScreenArchives.com; Twilight Time; Drama; $29.95 Blu-ray; Not rated. Stars Clifton Webb, Dorothy McGuire, Jean Peters, Louis Jourdan, Maggie McNamara.  On a commentary carried over to Twilight Time’s newly 4K-remastered Blu-ray of Three Coins in the Fountain from a long ago DVD, the great academician/film historian Jeanine Basinger is correct in treating … Continue reading “Three Coins in the Fountain”

  • The Toys That Made Us: Seasons 1 & 2

    DVD REVIEW:  Street Date 5/7/19; Screen Media; Documentary; $29.98 DVD; Not rated. This eight-part documentary series that originally premiered on Netflix delves into the history of some of the most influential toy brands from the past 50 years. With a particular focus on toys that were big in the 1980s, when the loosening of the … Continue reading “The Toys That Made Us: Seasons 1 & 2”

  • Beer League

    BLU-RAY REVIEW: Street Date 5/14/19 MVD/FilmRise; Comedy, B.O. $0.5 million, $14.95 DVD, $24.95 Blu-ray, ‘R’ for nonstop language, including strong sexual references, sexuality, nudity and drug use. Stars Artie Lange, Ralph Macchio, Anthony De Sando, Cara Buono, Jimmy Palumbo, Jerry Minor, Joe Lo Truglio, Seymour Cassel, Laurie Metcalf, Louis Lombardi. I love this movie. It’s … Continue reading “Beer League”

  • Bend of the River

    BLU-RAY REVIEW: Kino Lorber; Western; $29.95 Blu-ray; Not rated. Stars James Stewart, Arthur Kennedy, Julia Adams, Rock Hudson. This second of the five revered James Stewart-Anthony Mann Westerns consistently gets high marks on rank-them-in-order lists, but leaving aside 1955’s perfectly respectable but unexceptional The Far Country (a ’54 release in England), you can shuffle your … Continue reading “Bend of the River”

  • Melvin and Howard

    BLU-RAY REVIEW: Available via ScreenArchives.com; Twilight Time; Comedy; $29.95 Blu-ray; Rated ‘R.’ Stars Paul Le Mat, Mary Steenburgen, Jason Robards, Pamela Reed. To me, the three most generous filmmakers to their characters — and that is, to all of their characters all of the time — were Jean Renoir, Leo McCarey and Jonathan Demme in … Continue reading “Melvin and Howard”

  • The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part

     BLU-RAY REVIEW:  Street Date 5/7/19; Warner; Animated; Box Office $105.73 million; $28.98 DVD, $35.99 Blu-ray, $44.95 UHD BD; Rated ‘PG’ for some rude humor. Voices of Chris Pratt, Elizabeth Banks, Will Arnett, Tiffany Haddish, Stephanie Beatriz, Charlie Day, Alison Brie, Nick Offerman. Picking up directly where 2014’s The Lego Movie left off, the sequel finds … Continue reading “The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part”