Warcraft: A Troubled Attempt at Bringing the Epic Games to the Big Screen (Blu-ray)

The Film: Given the immense popularity of the massive multiplayer online role playing game “Warcraft,” it always seemed inevitable that a movie would be adapted from it eventually. Since the first game was released back in 1994, there have been a multitude of sequels and expansions that have gone towards creating a rich and detailed world full of characters, and while I’ve not personally played them, there have been plenty of people who have raved about how amazing the series is. The question became who should be the one to attempt the difficult task of bringing this material to the big screen. It would have to be someone with a grand imagination and somebody who wouldn’t balk at all the tec

Labyrinth (30th Anniversary Edition): The Fantasy Classic Celebrates a Milestone (Blu-ray)

The Film: Jim Henson’s “Labyrinth” is one of those classic fantasy films that an entire generation has fond memories of growing up with. As one of those kids, I must have seen the film at least a few dozen times throughout my youth, and thoroughly enjoyed it as the vivid and bizarre experience it was always meant to be. Prior to rewatching it this week, it had probably been about ten years since I last saw the film, and with its 30th anniversary happening this year, it was the perfect time to go back and revisit a childhood favorite that I always had such affection for. But would it stand up to the test of time and still dazzle me as an older adult, or are those fond memories of the film des

Kubo and the Two Strings Comes to Digital HD on November 8th and Blu-ray/DVD on November 22nd

Without a doubt, "Kubo and the Two Strings" has been one of the most acclaimed animated adventures of recent years, with critics calling it "beautiful," "bold and daring," "stunning," and "a masterpiece." There have even been many early predictions saying that it will be a strong contender for this year's Best Animated Feature Oscar. For those unfamiliar with the film, it tells the story of a young boy who is trying to locate a suit of magical armor in order to defeat a spirit from the past, and features an incredible vocal cast that includes Charlize Theron, Ralph Fiennes, Matthew McConaughey, George Takei, and Rooney Mara. Today, Universal has officially announced the home release of "Kubo

Beauty and the Beast (25th Anniversary Edition): One of Disney's Greatest Masterpieces (Blu-ray)

The Film: 1991 was a rather interesting turning point in the history of Disney’s popular line of animated films. Audiences had already been admiring the great movies the studio had been putting out for decades, falling in love with excellent works like “Sleeping Beauty,” “Pinocchio,” “The Sword in the Stone,” “The Little Mermaid,” and “Cinderella.” Nor had the studio’s work gone unrecognized by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, with Disney himself receiving a special award for “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” (on top of several wins for short cartoons). However, it wasn’t until the 1991-92 award season where the Academy finally bestowed the honor of nominating one of their an

Star Trek Beyond Comes to Digital HD on October 4th and Blu-ray/DVD on November 1st

When "Star Trek Beyond" landed in theaters earlier this year to mark the franchise's monumental 50th anniversary, it was expected that we would be getting something quite special, a film that would show just how great the series still is after all of these years. Sadly, what we got instead was a mostly-disappointing entry in the newly-rebooted series of films that didn't live up to the high level of quality that we had seen in "Star Trek" and "Star Trek Into Darkness." It wasn't all bad, for we still got the same fantastic cast and a good dose of humor along the way, but it clearly didn't have the same amount of thought put into the story that we had seen before, turning it into a somewhat f

The First Trailer for Morten Tyldum's Passengers Finally Arrives

Morten Tyldum's upcoming science-fiction project "Passengers" is easily one of the most anticipated films for the remainder of 2016, and while we've seen a number of production stills and teaser posters, it took until today to finally get a full trailer for the film, which is due to be released in just two months. For those unfamiliar with the film's plot, here's a synopsis to get you caught up: On a routine journey through space to a new home, two passengers, sleeping in suspended animation, are awakened 90 years too early when their ship malfunctions. As Jim (Chris Pratt) and Aurora (Jennifer Lawrence) face living the rest of their lives on board, with every luxury they could ever ask for,

Better Call Saul: Season Two Comes to Blu-ray/DVD on November 15th

"Better Call Saul" was one of those spinoffs that seemed like an enormous gamble when it was first announced, but all fears were soon put aside when the first season proved to be a smart, edgy, and utterly captivating drama that delved into the unknown backstory of one the most intriguing secondary characters from "Breaking Bad," Saul Goodman. As the show headed into season two, it yielded somewhat different results, giving us a show that felt like it was delaying more so than moving the story forward. However, it still had its fans, with critics giving it mostly high marks and the Television Academy nominating it for seven Emmys (including Outstanding Drama Series). Today, Sony Pictures Hom

Mad Max High Octane Collection Comes to Blu-ray/DVD on December 6th

It was only a matter of time, but at long last, Warner Bros. has officially announced the "Mad Max High Octane Collection," which will contain all four films in the popular "Mad Max" series ("Mad Max," "The Road Warrior," "Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome," and "Mad Max: Fury Road"). The set is due to be released on December 6th. In addition to the four films, the set will come with five hours of bonus features, along with the long-awaited "Black & Chrome" edition of "Mad Max: Fury Road" (a black and white cut of the film). The special features in their entirety are as follows: High Octane Collection Special Features and Additions: NEW! *Fury Road “Black & Chrome” Edition - Witness the surreal bl

The Conjuring 2: A Chilling Sequel That Outdoes the Original (Blu-ray)

The Film: Back in 2013, a little horror film called “The Conjuring” landed in theaters. The trailers made it look like it could be a fun chiller, especially since it was coming from director James Wan, who had given us such films as the original “Saw” (the only decent entry in the franchise) and “Insidious” (not a particularly good film, but one that did well as far as its mood and atmosphere were concerned). What we got instead was a bland, lazily-written, cliché-filled mess that lacked scares and a story and characters worth caring about. Because of this, the thought of a sequel was not the most welcome thing imaginable when it comes to horror offerings. After all, how often is it that a s

Captain America: Civil War: A Marvel Outing with Something a Little Different (Blu-ray)

The Film: The Avengers assemble once more for the Russo Bros.’ “Captain America: Civil War,” a film that brings to life one of the most popular storylines in the Marvel Comics Universe. This storyline offers up something a little different than what we’re used to seeing from the multiple Marvel films that got us to this point, and yet it still fits into the same typical package that viewers are used to getting, so don’t be surprised if it feels somewhat familiar at the same time. However, if we do focus on what sets it apart, you don’t really need to look any further than the title. Whereas in the previous films, there’s usual a standard villain that one or all of the avengers need to face (

Game of Thrones Dominates Creative Arts Emmys for 2016

Today saw the awarding of most of the important creative arts Emmys for 2016, and as expected, "Game of Thrones" came out far ahead of everyone else with a whopping nine wins that included Best Drama Casting, Best Costumes (Period/Fantasy), Best Picture Editing (Single-Camera Drama), Best Production Design (Contemporary/Fantasy), Best Stunt Coordination (Drama/Mini/Movie), and Best Visual Effects. Also as expected, "American Crime Story: The People v O.J. Simpson" has also started to rack up some early Emmy wins for itself, including Best Casting for a Movie or Miniseries, Best Sound Mixing (Movie/Mini), Best Single-Picture Camera Editing (Mini/Movie), and Best Hairstyling (Movie/Mini). It m

Finding Dory Comes to Digital HD on October 25th and Blu-ray/DVD November 15th

This year, Disney and Pixar had yet another massive hit on their hands with "Finding Dory," their latest animated feature that garnered praise from critics and audiences alike, in addition to a whopping worldwide box office of over $900 million. Today, they have finally announced the home release of the film, stating that it will first come to Digital HD on October 25th, followed by the Blu-ray/DVD release on November 15th. The following special features will be included: Blu-ray 3D, Blu-ray & Digital HD: Theatrical Short: “Piper” – A hungry sandpiper hatchling ventures from her nest for the first time to dig for food by the shoreline. The only problem is that the food is buried beneath the

The Flash: Season Two: A Step Down from Season One, but Still Compelling Enough

When “The Flash” premiered back in 2014, it changed the game for superheroes on television. It broke boundaries for how engaging a comic book-based show could be by giving us thoroughly-developed characters, a good dose of exciting action, and a brilliantly-conceived arc that made you want to jump right into the next episode the second one was over. It was so well done in fact, that it even managed to surpass most of its big budget theatrical counterparts (i.e. the decent films that mainly concentrate on giving you the biggest bang for your buck). Now, at last, we’ve finally come to the highly-anticipated second season, which all fans have hoped would continue the show’s incredible run, and

American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson: A Riveting Retelling of the Infamous Trial (Blu-ra

The Show: It was the trial that captivated an entire nation. In June of 1994, beloved football star Orenthal James “O.J.” Simpson was charged with the murders of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman, and in January of 1995, the infamous trial began. For months, the entire country watched as both sides presented their evidence, including DNA, recordings, and gloves that didn’t quite fit the defendant. When the “not guilty” verdict was announced in October of 1995, there were multitudes cheering, but also many who were completely shocked at the result. One thing was for sure, these events would never be forgotten by those who lived through them, making it the perfect subject for the new FX

Money Monster: A Tense and Compelling Thriller (Blu-ray)

The Film: It has been rather fascinating to watch Jodie Foster’s career develop from that of an accomplished, two-time Academy Award-winning actress to that of a pretty successful director. After directing two well-received films in the 90s (“Little Man Tate” and “Home for the Holidays”), it took her a while to get back behind the camera, but she eventually did with the somewhat divisive “The Beaver,” which she starred in alongside Mel Gibson. However, she continued on to direct episodes of the critically-acclaimed shows “House of Cards” and “Orange is the New Black.” This brings us to her latest feature, “Money Monster,” a tense story that not only deals with issues that are still hot topic

Love & Friendship: A Strangely Misguided Austen Adaptation (Blu-ray)

The Film: There’s nothing quite like the work of beloved author Jane Austen. When it comes to adaptations of her novels, most will remember films like 1995’s “Sense and Sensibility,” which featured an outstanding cast and won an Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay, and 2005’s “Pride & Prejudice,” which earned a few Oscar nods of its own. In fact, these being the most popular of Austen’s novels, they’ve seen numerous adaptations in the past, which makes it a rather intriguing notion when a filmmaker decides to take one of her lesser-known works and bring it to the big screen. Academy Award-nominated filmmaker Whit Stillman (“Metropolitan”) has made the bold move of attempting to stand out in th

Full Lineup for Telluride Film Festival Announced

Along with the Toronto International Film Festival and Venice Film Festival, the Telluride Film Festival has long been seen as one of the major stops on the road to awards season. With the festival's full lineup finally being announced, it looks like this year is to be no exception as there are at least a few here that have such potential. Take a look at the rather impressive list: · ARRIVAL (d. Denis Villeneuve, U.S., 2016) · THE B-SIDE: ELSA DORFMAN’S PORTRAIT PHOTOGRAPHY (d. Errol Morris, U.S., 2016) · BLEED FOR THIS (d. Ben Younger, U.S., 2016) · CALIFORNIA TYPEWRITER (d. Doug Nichol, U.S., 2016) · CHASING TRANE (d. John Scheinfeld, U.S., 2016) · THE END OF EDEN (d. Angus Macqueen,

First Reviews for Damien Chazelle's La La Land Are In

After two gorgeous previews for Damien Chazelle's "La La Land," audiences have been patiently waiting for word as to whether the film was going to be able to match the anticipation that's been building steadily for it over the past several months. Well, the film finally had its premiere at the Venice Film Festival just a couple of days ago, which was followed up by the first batch of reviews, and if they're to be believed, it looks like Chazelle is going to have another critical hit on his hands. Thus far, the film has received 14 reviews on Rotten Tomatoes, all of which are positive, giving it a remarkable score of 9.2/10. Granted, there are still many more reviews to come, but this is cert