• A Quiet Place

    BLU-RAY REVIEW: Street 7/10/18; Paramount; Horror; Box Office $187.28 million; $29.99 DVD, $34.99 Blu-ray, $34.99 UHD Blu-ray; Rated ‘PG-13’ for terror and some bloody images. Stars Emily Blunt, John Krasinski, Millicent Simmonds, Noah Jupe. Sometimes the simplest concepts, when engineered properly, can produce the most effective films. A Quiet Place is based on the basic … Continue reading “A Quiet Place”

  • Rampage

    BLU-RAY REVIEW:  Street 7/17/18; Warner; Action; Box Office $98.58 million; $28.98 DVD, $35.99 Blu-ray, $44.95 3D BD, $44.95 UHD BD; Rated ‘PG-13’ for sequences of violence, action and destruction, brief language, and crude gestures. Stars Dwayne Johnson, Naomie Harris, Malin Akerman, Jake Lacy, Joe Manganiello, Jeffrey Dean Morgan. Movies based on video games often run … Continue reading “Rampage”

  • Blockers

    BLU-RAY REVIEW:  Street 7/3/18; Universal; Comedy; Box Office $59.84 million; $29.98 DVD, $34.98 Blu-ray; Rated ‘R’ for crude and sexual content, and language throughout, drug content, teen partying, and some graphic nudity. Stars Leslie Mann, John Cena, Ike Barinholtz, Hannibal Buress, June Diane Raphael, Kathryn Newton, Geraldine Viswanathan, Gideon Adlon, Graham Phillips, Miles Robbins, Gary … Continue reading “Blockers”

  • GLOW: Season 2

    STREAMING REVIEW: Netflix; Comedy; Stars Alison Brie, Betty Gilpin, Sydelle Noel, Britney Young, Marc Maron, Britt Baron, Kate Nash, Gayle Rankin, Kia Stevens, Jackie Tohn, Chris Lowell. Last year’s first season of “GLOW” was one of the more memorable additions to the television landscape, deftly mixing comedy and drama with an assortment of quirky characters … Continue reading “GLOW: Season 2”

  • Designing Woman

    BLU-RAY REVIEW: Available via Warner Archive; Warner; Comedy; $21.99 Blu-ray; Not rated. Stars Gregory Peck, Lauren Bacall, Dolores Gray, Mickey Shaughnessy. Directed to the hilt with his own designer’s eye by Vincente Minnelli and boasting an Oscar-winning story and screenplay by George Wells, 1957’s Designing Woman was supposed to be a James Stewart-Grace Kelly reunion pic, post-Rear … Continue reading “Designing Woman”

  • My Sister Eileen

    BLU-RAY REVIEW: Available via ScreenArchives.com; Twilight Time; Comedy; $29.99 Blu-ray; Not rated. Stars Janet Leigh, Jack Lemmon, Betty Garrett, Bob Fosse, Tommy Rall. As a Columbus, Ohio, Midwesterner who lived for a period in Greenwich Village during grad school, My Sister Eileen’s Columbus-to-the-Village trajectory has obvious appeal to me — though there was no way, of … Continue reading “My Sister Eileen”

  • Up in Smoke

    BLU-RAY REVIEW: Paramount; Comedy; $12.99 DVD, $16.99 Blu-ray; Rated ‘R.’ Stars Cheech Marin, Tommy Chong, Stacy Keach, Tom Skerritt. I’m running late on this vibrant-colored commemorative 40th anniversary paean to cannabis capers — and given the specifics of one gag that opens it, plus the disoriented and judgmentally addled states of its two protagonists, detractors … Continue reading “Up in Smoke”

  • The Woman in the Window

    BLU-RAY REVIEW: Street 6/19/18; Kino Lorber; Mystery; $19.99 Blu-ray; Not rated. Stars Edward G. Robinson, Joan Bennett, Dan Duryea, Raymond Massey. As with a lot of fellow nitpickers whose starting position should be that we’re still talking about a very good movie, Fritz Lang’s The Woman in the Window from 1944 has always been problematic … Continue reading “The Woman in the Window”

  • Pacific Rim Uprising

    BLU-RAY REVIEW: Street 6/19/18; Universal; Sci-Fi; Box Office $59.19 million; $29.98 DVD, $34.98 Blu-ray, $37.98 3D BD, $37.98 UHD BD; Rated ‘PG-13’ for sequences of sci-fi violence and action, and some language. Stars John Boyega, Scott Eastwood, Jing Tian, Cailee Spaeny, Rinko Kikuchi, Burn Gorman, Adria Arjona, Max Zhang, Charlie Day. The original Pacific Rim … Continue reading “Pacific Rim Uprising”