The Flash: The Complete Fourth Season: The Scarlet Speedster Delivers Once Again (Blu-ray)

The Show: For the last three years, “The Flash” has proven itself to be one of the very best (if not THE best) superhero shows on television. With its incredible mix of compelling characters, intricate storytelling, and tense thrills, it has continued to deliver a wonderful blend of drama, comedy, action, and even a little romance. Heading into season four, the show has shown no signs of slowing down, and coming off of a particularly excellent season, expectations remain quite high. Now, at last, it’s time to see if “The Flash” continues its “streak” of greatness, or if the show has at last run its course. At the end of season three, Barry Allen/The Flash (Grant Gustin) found himself with no

First Reformed: Fascinating Ideas Undone by an Erratic Character Arc

Writer/director Paul Schrader may not exactly be a household name, but if you’re any kind of film connoisseur, then you’ve more than likely seen one of the several critically acclaimed projects that he’s written the screenplays for, which has included “Taxi Driver,” “Raging Bull, “Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters,” and “The Last Temptation of Christ.” For his latest project, “First Reformed,” he returns with yet another intimate character study that may seem a little familiar to those connoisseurs mentioned earlier (Schrader admittedly “borrowed” from multiple sources), but which he attempts to make all his own as he delves into various themes of faith and more. Reverend Ernst Toller (Ethan

Gotham: The Complete Fourth Season: A Step Down for a Once-Great Show (Blu-ray)

The Show: For its first three seasons, “Gotham” proved itself to be one of the very best shows on television, entwining multiple storylines and characters in the “Batman” universe to produce a fascinating kind of “what if” scenario in which the beloved heroes and villains clashed before the dawn of the Caped Crusader. I know I’ve said it before, but there was no reason such an idea should have worked, and yet, somehow they’ve been able to bring it all together to make a compelling, thrilling, and downright entertaining show that has shown no signs of slowing down. Heading into the fourth season, expectations remained quite high, and once again the fans found themselves wondering if the show’

Avengers: Infinity War: The Grand Epic Fans Have Been Waiting For (Blu-ray)

The Film: It’s the event that comic book/MCU fans have been waiting for. Over the course of ten years and 18 films, Marvel Studios has slowly built up its cinematic universe, putting vast amounts of time, money, and effort into introducing and developing its plethora of characters, all of which has been leading up to the point where they would finally come together to do battle against the most dangerous foe any of them has ever come across. “Avengers: Infinity War” was never going to be a small feat. In fact, in terms of sheer scale, it was always going to have to be the most epic and grandiose entry yet seen in this universe. This put an enormous burden on the shoulders of directors Joe an

The House of Tomorrow: A Familiar, but Enjoyable Coming of Age Tale (Blu-ray)

The Film: When it comes to “coming of age” films, it’s a bit like the horror genre in that there seems to be very little that hasn’t been seen before, causing those types of films to feel a little clichéd and overdone. However, that doesn’t mean that there haven’t been some enjoyable entries in the last several years, including “Boyhood,” “Juno,” and the recently very-well-received “Eighth Grade.” For his feature debut, writer/director Peter Livolsi has opted to give this oft-trod genre a try by adapting Peter Bognanni’s novel “The House of Tomorrow,” which does indeed strike the viewer as being familiar, but which also might just surprise you by the end. The film centers on a young man by t

Marrowbone: A Decent Mystery with an Illogical Conclusion (Blu-ray)

The Film: As long as there have been horror films, there have been films about haunted houses, dating back to classic fare like “The Old Dark House,” “The Haunting,” and “House on Haunted Hill” to more contemporary selections like “The Others” and “The Grudge.” Like any horror film, it’s a subgenre that’s rather hard to pull off, mainly due to the fact that it’s hard to come up with anything original to do with it, but that certainly hasn’t stopped filmmakers from trying to make their mark by using the classic setup. The latest to do so is screenwriter Sergio G. Sanchez, who is no stranger to haunted house flicks, having given us the intriguing “The Orphanage” back in 2007. Will he be able

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