• Despicable Me 3

    BLU-RAY REVIEW: Universal; Animated; Box Office $264.55 million; $29.98 DVD, $34.98 Blu-ray, $39.98 UHD BD; Rated ‘PG’ for action and rude humor. Voices of Steve Carell, Kristen Wiig, Trey Parker, Miranda Cosgrove, Dana Gaier, Nev Scharrel, Pierre Coffin, Steve Coogan, Jenny Slate, Julie Andrews. The “Despicable Me” franchise has always tried to have its cake … Continue reading “Despicable Me 3”

  • The Hitman’s Bodyguard

    BLU-RAY REVIEW: Lionsgate; Action Comedy; Box Office $75.47 million; $29.95 DVD, $39.99 Blu-ray, $42.99 UHD BD; Rated ‘R’ for strong violence and language throughout. Stars Ryan Reynolds, Samuel L. Jackson, Gary Oldman, Salma Hayek, Élodie Yung, Joaquim de Almeida, Kirsty Mitchell, Richard E. Grant. Advertising for The Hitman’s Bodyguard promoted a riotous comedy akin to … Continue reading “The Hitman’s Bodyguard”

  • Election

    BLU-RAY REVIEW: Street 12/12/17; Criterion; Comedy; $29.95 DVD, $39.95 Blu-ray; Rated ‘R’ for strong sexuality, sex-related dialogue and language, and a scene of drug use. Stars Matthew Broderick, Reese Witherspoon, Chris Klein, Jessica Campbell, Mark Harelik, Phil Reeves, Molly Hagan, Delaney Driscoll, Colleen Camp. The novel upon which Alexander Payne’s Election is based drew its … Continue reading “Election”

  • Hans Zimmer: Live in Prague

    BLU-RAY REVIEW: Eagle Vision; Music; $19.99 DVD, $24.99 Blu-ray; Not rated. Concerts of film music conjure visions of orchestras performing a variety of pieces not unlike classical music. Indeed, the maestro John Williams often fills the Hollywood Bowl with performances of his classic movie themes. A Hans Zimmer concert, on the other hand, is an … Continue reading “Hans Zimmer: Live in Prague”

  • The Crown: Season One

    BLU-RAY REVIEW: Sony Pictures; Drama; $45.99 DVD, $55.99 Blu-ray; Not rated. Stars Claire Foy, Matt Smith, Vanessa Kirby, Eileen Atkins, Jared Harris, John Lithgow. The excellent first season of Netflix’s “The Crown” highlights the often tumultuous lives of Britain’s royal family and their role in a government that has no practical need for them yet … Continue reading “The Crown: Season One”

  • Gidget

    BLU-RAY REVIEW: Available via ScreenArchives.com; Twilight Time; Comedy; $29.95 Blu-ray; Not rated. Stars Sandra Dee, Cliff Robertson, James Darren, Arthur O’Connell. In terms of recent Twilight Time Blu-ray releases, my eyes have been more naturally gravitating toward Sayonara and Captain From Castile, big-scale productions whose substantial bankrolls easily financed stunner looks — the kind that … Continue reading “Gidget”

  • Junior Bonner

    BLU-RAY REVIEW: Kino Lorber; Drama; $19.99 DVD, $29.99 Blu-ray; Rated ‘PG.’ Stars Steve McQueen, Robert Preston, Ida Lupino, Ben Johnson, Joe Don Baker. To hear a welcome barrage of familiar Sam Peckinpah experts accurately tell it as part of Kino’s ample-plus Blu-ray bonus features, not many moviegoers were waiting for Junior Bonner in 1972 at … Continue reading “Junior Bonner”