• Kingsman: The Golden Circle

    BLU-RAY REVIEW: Fox; Action; Box Office $100.23 million; $29.99 DVD, $34.99 Blu-ray, $39.99 UHD BD; Rated ‘R’ for sequences of strong violence, drug content, language throughout and some sexual material. Stars Taron Egerton, Mark Strong, Colin Firth, Julianne Moore, Halle Berry, Channing Tatum, Jeff Bridges, Pedro Pascal, Elton John, Edward Holcroft, Hanna Alström, Poppy Delevingne, … Continue reading “Kingsman: The Golden Circle”

  • Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets

    BLU-RAY REVIEW: Lionsgate; Sci-Fi; Box Office $41.19 million; $29.95 DVD, $39.99 Blu-ray, $42.99 UHD BD; Rated ‘PG-13’ for sci-fi violence and action, suggestive material and brief language. Stars Dane DeHaan, Cara Delevingne, Clive Owen, Rihanna, Ethan Hawke, Herbie Hancock, Kris Wu, Rutger Hauer. Writer-director Luc Besson’s Valerian has the same elaborate world-building and goofy sci-fi … Continue reading “Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets”

  • Dunkirk

    BLU-RAY REVIEW: Street 12/19/17; Warner; Drama; Box Office $188.05 million; $28.98 DVD, $35.99 Blu-ray, $44.95 UHD BD; Rated ‘PG-13’ for intense war experience and some language. Stars Fionn Whitehead, Tom Glynn-Carney, Jack Lowden, Harry Styles, Aneurin Barnard, James D’Arcy, Barry Keoghan, Kenneth Branagh, Cillian Murphy, Mark Rylance, Tom Hardy. Christopher Nolan is the kind of … Continue reading “Dunkirk”

  • 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”