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Us

by Alan Rapp on November 13, 2019

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  • Title: Us
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Us Blu-ray reviewUs is a creepy horror flick featuring evil doppelgangers rising up from the sewers hoping to kill off and replace the human race. The film is primarily centered around the Wilson family (Lupita Nyong’o, Winston Duke, Shahadi Wright Joseph, and Evan Alex), but opens the story broader as the scope of the attacks become realized. Writer/director Jordan Peele succeeds in creating a bizarre experience as each member of the family comes face-to-face with more murderous version of themselves (the tie-in to a carnival house of mirrors is a nice touch). While disturbing at times, and at times bordering on unintentionally funny, the film doesn’t have the payoff to elevate the film past a good genre film (and the late reveal was far from shocking).

Available on DVD, Blu-ray, and 4K, extras include outtakes, deleted scenes, and short featurettes on the main characters, shooting sequences from different perspectives, the actors, and the movie’s dancing scene. Horror fans should enjoy themselves here, although the film began to lose me the moment it tried to explain the existence of the red-jumpsuited evil clones.

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Missing Link

by Alan Rapp on November 13, 2019

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  • Title: Missing Link
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Missing Link DVD reviewMissing Link is one of two animated films focused on returning a mythical creature home this year. While it lacks the heart of Abominable, the latest movie from LAIKA is a fun romp.

The story centers around self-absorbed adventurer Sir Lionel Frost (Hugh Jackman) who discovers a Sasquatch (Zach Galifianakis) in the Pacific Northwest and agrees to see it to the Himalays, dressed-up as Frost’s assistant, where its distant cousins live. The villains of the peace are the members of and exclusive club that has barred Frost from entry for his ridiculous beliefs (which he hasn’t been able to prove… until now). Along for the ride is Frost’s ex-girlfriend (Zoe Saldana).

Available on Blu-ray and DVD, extras include commentary by writer/director Chris Butler, the film’s trailer, a photo gallery, and various short featurettes on the making of the film. You can certainly do better than Missing Link but there’s fun to be had on Frost’s adventure across the world.

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The Secret Life of Pets 2

by Alan Rapp on October 29, 2019

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  • Title: The Secret Life of Pets 2
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The Secret Life of Pets 2 Blu-ray reviewA sequel to the 2016 film that showcased what pets get up to when their owners aren’t around, The Secret Life of Pets 2 offers three separate storylines featuring the characters from the first film along with a few new faces. The neurotic Max (Patton Oswalt) learns to relax about the child of his owner, the would-be hero Snowball (Kevin Hart) goes on a mission to save a tiger from the circus, and the flighty Gidget (Jenny Slate) enlists the help of Chloe (Lake Bell) to recover a toy from a cat woman’s home. Each provides some humorous moments here and there, but the stories are only loosely connected (as if a trio of TV-specials were combined into a single film).

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Aladdin

by Alan Rapp on October 3, 2019

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  • Title: Aladdin (2019)
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Aladdin DVD reviewThe 2019 live-action remake of Disney’s animated film of the same name is a mostly harmless, and mostly pointless, endeavor that adds little (if anything) new to the tale (other than giving the Genie a girlfriend). As in the previous remakes, the plot and songs are brought in from the original (although this version sadly lacks Robin Williams‘ madcap antics that helped elevate an otherwise pedestrian story).

Mena Massoud and Naomi Scott star as street thief Aladdin and Princess Jasmine with Will Smith stepping in as the Genie and Marwan Kenzari providing the most bland version of the villain Jafar possible. Although there’s certainly money spent on CGI for the project, the film lacks any of the magic of the animated feature.

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Men in Black: International

by Alan Rapp on September 26, 2019

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  • Title: Men in Black: International
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Men in Black: International Blu-ray reviewOther than its existence, the most shocking thing about Men in Black: International is that it isn’t a complete dumpster fire and does deliver some enjoyable moments over its uneven 114-minute running time (although, in the end, the entire enterprise is largely forgettable). The movie franchise dormant for seven years is reawoken by bringing in Thor: Ragnarok stars Chris Hemsworth and Tessa Thompson as the primary agents. Thompson is cast as the young woman smart enough to uncover the existence of MIB while Hemsworth is the weary agent who has been skating on his reputation for years.

The plot is more complicated than it needs to be as Agent M (Tessa Thompson) is sent to London by Agent O (Emma Thompson) who suspects something foul may be happening on the other side of the pond. M soon hooks up with Agent H (Hemsworth) only to bungle their assignment and end up on the run with a valuable piece of alien technology that a race known as the Hive are desperate to get there hands on.

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