• The L-Shaped Room

    BLU-RAY REVIEW: Available via ScreenArchives.com; Twilight Time; Drama; $29.95 Blu-ray; Not rated. Stars Leslie Caron, Tom Bell, Brock Peters. Buoyed by surprise lead casting that worked at the time and still does, The L-Shaped Room fairly seamlessly smooshes one of those British kitchen-sink dramas that a lot of critics diss (but I rather like) with an unwed … Continue reading “The L-Shaped Room”

  • I, Tonya

    BLU-RAY REVIEW: Street 3/13/18; Universal; Comedy; Box Office $29.51 million; $29.98 DVD, $34.98 Blu-ray; Rated ‘R’ for pervasive language, violence, and some sexual content/nudity. Stars Margot Robbie, Sebastian Stan, Allison Janney, Julianne Nicholson, Bobby Cannavale, Paul Walter Hauser. The darkly funny I, Tonya isn’t so much a docu-drama about a moment of historical infamy as … Continue reading “I, Tonya”

  • Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

    BLU-RAY REVIEW: Fox; Drama; Box Office $53.35 million; $29.99 DVD, $34.99 Blu-ray, $39.99 UHD BD; Rated ‘R’ for violence, language throughout, and some sexual references. Stars Frances McDormand, Sam Rockwell, Woody Harrelson, Zeljko Ivanek, Caleb Landry Jones, Kerry Condon, Abbie Cornish, Peter Dinklage, John Hawkes, Amanda Warren, Clarke Peters. Writer-director Martin McDonagh’s Three Billboards offers … Continue reading “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”

  • Thor: Ragnarok

    BLU-RAY REVIEW:  Street 3/6/18; Disney/Marvel; Action; Box Office $314.97 million; $29.99 DVD, $39.99 Blu-ray, $39.99 UHD BD; Rated ‘PG-13’ for intense sequences of sci-fi violence and action, and brief suggestive material. Stars Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston, Cate Blanchett, Idris Elba, Jeff Goldblum, Tessa Thompson, Karl Urban, Mark Ruffalo, Anthony Hopkins, Benedict Cumberbatch. As with any … Continue reading “Thor: Ragnarok”

  • Darkest Hour

    BLU-RAY REVIEW:  Street 2/27/18; Universal; Drama; Box Office $54.55 million; $29.98 DVD, $34.98 Blu-ray; Rated ‘PG-13’ for some thematic material. Stars Gary Oldman, Kristin Scott Thomas, Lily James, Stephen Dillane, Ben Mendelsohn. Darkest Hour is a solid character drama about Winston Churchill’s first few weeks as prime minister of Great Britain in 1940, as he … Continue reading “Darkest Hour”

  • Steve McQueen: American Icon

    DVD REVIEW: Universal; Documentary; Box Office $1.23 million; $19.98 DVD; Not rated.  As boilerplate shorthand goes when it comes to documentaries that brandish “icon” in the title, 2017’s Steve McQueen: American Icon really throws the word around in the laziest cheerleading fashion from a few of its on-camera principals in the early going — leading … Continue reading “Steve McQueen: American Icon”

  • The Hanging Tree

    BLU-RAY REVIEW: Available via Warner Archive; Warner; Western; $21.99 Blu-ray; Not rated. Stars Gary Cooper, Maria Schell, Ben Piazza, Karl Malden, George C. Scott.  Gary Cooper made three more movies after The Hanging Tree before his death in the spring of 1961, but due to varied limitations in terms of conception and/or execution, none of … Continue reading “The Hanging Tree”

  • Coco

    BLU-RAY REVIEW: Street 2/27/18; Disney; Animated; Box Office $207.56 million; $29.99 DVD, $39.99 Blu-ray, $44.99 UHD BD; Rated ‘PG’ for thematic elements. Voices of Anthony Gonzalez, Gael García Bernal, Benjamin Bratt, Alanna Ubach, Renée Victor, Ana Ofelia Murguía, Gabriel Iglesias, Natalia Cordova-Buckley, Edward James Olmos. Pixar’s latest adventure is a visually stunning treat with a … Continue reading “Coco”

  • The Star

    BLU-RAY REVIEW: Street 2/20/18; Sony Pictures; Animated; $30.99 DVD, $34.99 Blu-ray; Rated ‘PG’ for some thematic elements. Voices of Steven Yeun, Gina Rodriguez, Zachary Levi, Keegan-Michael Key, Kelly Clarkson, Patricia Heaton, Kristin Chenoweth, Tracy Morgan, Tyler Perry, Oprah Winfrey, Aidy Bryant, Anthony Anderson, Kris Kristofferson, Christopher Plummer, Ving Rhames, Gabriel Iglesias, Mariah Carey, Phil Morris, … Continue reading “The Star”