• Star Wars: Episode VIII — The Last Jedi

    BLU-RAY REVIEW: Street 3/27/18; Disney/Lucasfilm; Sci-Fi; Box Office $619.6 million; $29.99 DVD, $39.99 Blu-ray, $39.99 UHD BD; Rated ‘PG-13’ for sequences of sci-fi action and violence. Stars Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Adam Driver, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis, Lupita Nyong’o, Domhnall Gleeson, Anthony Daniels, Gwendoline Christie, Kelly Marie Tran, Laura Dern, Benicio … Continue reading “Star Wars: Episode VIII — The Last Jedi”

  • Justice League

    BLU-RAY REVIEW:  Street 3/13/18; Warner; Action; Box Office $229.01 million; $28.98 DVD, $35.99 Blu-ray, $44.95 3D BD, $44.95 UHD BD; Rated ‘PG-13’ for sequences of sci-fi violence and action. Stars Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, Gal Gadot, Ezra Miller, Jason Momoa, Ray Fisher, Jeremy Irons, Amy Adams, J.K. Simmons, Amber Heard, Connie Nielsen, Diane Lane, Billy … Continue reading “Justice League”

  • Night of the Living Dead: Criterion Collection

    BLU-RAY REVIEW: Criterion; Horror; $39.95 DVD, $39.95 Blu-ray; Not rated. Stars Duane Jones, Judith O’Dea, Karl Hardman, Marilyn Eastman. In any form, the opening shot seems exactly right: a moving car finessing all the twists and turns of a pastoral setting that turns out to be a graveyard entrance that its sibling passengers would have … Continue reading “Night of the Living Dead: Criterion Collection”

  • 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”