January 28, 2015

Blu-ray Review: The Judge


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Drama in the first...

Based solely on its title, it's understandable if moviegoers might mistake The Judge for just another courtroom drama. But with a powerhouse cast that includes the likes of Robert Downey Jr., Vincent D'Onofrio, Vera Farmiga and Robert Duvall, the film is much more than your ordinary legal potboiler. Its director, David Dobkin, is best known for his comedic body of work; and while there are certainly comedic aspects to The Judge, the movie is really a character drama of the highest order — one that's all about family, owning up to our mistakes, and finding redemption in the eyes of those we love.

January 27, 2015

Blu-ray Review: The Guest


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Halloween has been Terminated...

Arriving on the heels of their darkly funny and twisted slasher flick You're Next, director Adam Wingard and writer Simon Barrett's latest project, The Guest, is a balls-to-the-wall action-thriller in the vein of eighties genre fare. But in contrast to the most recent wave of big screen shoot-em-up throwbacks, this sly homage doesn't just rely on bombastic action set-pieces and moviegoers' nostalgia. No, The Guest is something else entirely — a bloody, subversive and self-aware romp in which the man of the hour, Dan Stevens, blows audiences away in the title role.

January 23, 2015

Film Review: Still Alice


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Remember me...

Our memories define who we are — they inform our hopes, influence our dreams and guide our sense of purpose. The notion of losing our memories is a frightening prospect, but it's the reality faced by the millions of people around the world afflicted with Alzheimer's disease. And in Still Alice, writer/directors Richard Glatzer and Wash Westmoreland's powerful and poignant film adaptation of neuroscientist-turned-author Lisa Genova's bestselling novel, Julianne Moore plays one such person, a woman struggling to retain her identity and dignity while grappling with her inevitable fate.

Film Review: Cake


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Pain and gain...

Being a movie star is all about being glamorous. However, in her latest movie, Cake, Jennifer Aniston is anything but. In the indie dramedy, Aniston sheds all vanity to portray a woman suffering the debilitating aftereffects of a devastating accident that has left her not just physically scarred, but also emotionally wounded. And even though it's a role that has failed to garner the actress a Best Actress nomination at this year's Oscars, that doesn't change the fact that it turns out to be her most compelling screen performance in years.

January 21, 2015

Blu-ray Review: Annabelle


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Devil in a doll's dress...

If you've seen The Conjuring, you may have tried hard to forget the chilling details of its unnerving prologue, which gave audiences a small but terrifying taste of the tale of Annabelle, a demonically possessed doll responsible for tormenting a pair of nursing students in the 1970s. Like the plight of the Perron family, Annabelle's story finds its basis in the real-life case files of paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren. And now the makers of that film are back to frighten moviegoers with Annabelle, a prequel to The Conjuring devoted to telling the story of how that evil doll came to be.