Doctor Strange: Spectacular Special Effects in Search of an Engaging Narrative (Blu-ray)

The Film: Here we go yet again with another Marvel superhero origin story. Following in the footsteps of the immensely popular “Iron Man,” “Captain America: The First Avenger,” “Thor,” “The Avengers,” and “Guardians of the Galaxy,” there seemed to be very little of this ever-expanding universe that we hadn’t seen yet, which makes it a perfect irony that the next entry in the series would be “Doctor Strange,” a film that is largely about things that your average person doesn’t even know exist. Admittedly, this is a character I knew practically nothing about before seeing the film, but like with all of these wild superhero adventures, I approach it with an open mind in the hopes that it will b

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story Comes to Digital HD March 24th and Blu-ray/DVD April 4th

When the highly-anticipated "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story" hit theaters, it was met with mostly good reviews, though it was met with a fair amount of criticism as well. Noted for its action, compelling narrative, and gorgeous aesthetics, it did leave a little to be desired when it came to the less-than-engaging characters and its over-extended climax. That being said, it would appear that most "Star Wars" fans were quite pleased with what they received, making today's announcement something they've been looking forward to. Today, Walt Disney Home Entertainment has announced that the film will be coming to Digital HD on March 24th and Blu-ray/DVD April 4th, with the following special features

Manchester by the Sea: Kenneth Lonergan’s Captivating Family Drama (Blu-ray)

The Film: Every once in a while, we get a film that I suppose you could classify as a “quiet drama,” one that doesn’t seek to impress with flashy special effects, production design, or supreme technical artistry, but rather one that takes the basics of a great screenplay and a top-notch ensemble to deliver a film that connects to the audience emotionally and has them enraptured from the first frame to the last. This year, that film was Kenneth Lonergan’s compelling family drama “Manchester by the Sea,” which was recently nominated for six Academy Awards and would easily be deserving of each one of them. The film has enjoyed nothing but solid acclaim since it premiered at Sundance over a year

The Winners of the 69th Annual Writers Guild of America Awards

The Writers Guild of America has just finished handing out their awards for 2016 with at least a couple of surprises to be had. First of all, in an unexpected twist, Barry Jenkins was given the Original Screenplay award for "Moonlight," despite everyone believing the showdown to be between "Manchester by the Sea" and "La La Land." What makes this particularly interesting (and frustrating at the same time) is that "Moonlight" is in the Adapted Screenplay category for the Oscars, leaving the actual showdown to be between the other two. This means that we still don't have a clear indication as to which film will be winning the Original Screenplay category come Oscar night. The other somewhat sh

The First Reviews for Logan Are In

With James Mangold's "Logan" having screened for critics, the first reviews for the highly-anticipated film have finally started to pour in, and it looks like the reactions are overwhelmingly positive. At the time of this article, there are 49 reviews posted with only two calling it rotten, giving the film a 96% and a score of 8.2/10. Here are a few example of what's being said: "Easily the best Wolverine outing, Logan is The Dark Knight of the mutant-filled X-franchise, a gripping film that transcends the comic-book genre by saying something important." - Brian Truitt, USA Today "Seamlessly melding Marvel mythology with Western mythology, James Mangold has crafted an affectingly stripped-do

The Winners of the 2017 BAFTA Awards

The British Academy of Film and Television Arts has just finished announcing their awards for 2017 with Damien Chazelle's musical masterpiece "La La Land" taking the top prize for a total of five wins that included Best Film, Best Director, Best Actress, Best Cinematography, and Best Original Music. The next closest winners were "Manchester by the Sea" (Best Actor and Best Original Screenplay) and "Lion" (Best Supporting Actor and Best Adapted Screenplay) with two apiece. As far as surprises go, there were certain plenty to be had. In fact, I count about nine categories that turned out completely different than most thought. For starters, both of the wins for "Lion" were entirely unexpected,

The LEGO Batman Movie: Emotional Currents Overwhelmed by Action

Three years ago, “The LEGO Movie” was unleashed upon audiences to spectacular acclaim. It was a fun and exciting ride, and even though it had a somewhat basic plotline, it was still very much entertaining thanks to its boundless imagination (a rather fitting analogy for the building blocks themselves). The film also enjoyed a very successful awards run, claiming multiple trophies for Best Animated Feature right up until its shocking snub at the Oscars, where it seemed certain to win as well. Meanwhile, it dominated at the box office, topping the charts for four weeks in a row and pulling in nearly half a billion dollars worldwide. Because of all this, there was absolutely no doubt that we wo

The Winners of the 69th Annual Directors Guild of America Awards

The Directors Guild of America has just finished handing out their annual awards, concluding with the entirely foreseen result of Damien Chazelle taking the top prize for his outstanding direction of his musical masterpiece "La La Land." He was already seen as the front-runner for the directing Oscar, but now his win here has pretty much made it a near-certainty, just as the film winning the PGA's top award last week solidified it as the Best Picture favorite. Looking at the other categories, there weren't really any surprises to be had. Garth Davis took Best First-Time director for "Lion," but given that the DGA liked his work enough to nominate him in both the main category AND the first-t

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