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Digital Week - April 30th

Blu-rays of the Week Dragged Across Concrete (Lionsgate) There are no good guys in S. Craig Zahler’s relentlessly grim and gratuitously brutal crime drama about a couple of rogue cops who get caught up in a bank robbery masterminded by a group

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Digital Week - April 23rd

Blu-rays of the Week Diamonds of the Night (Criterion) In Jan Němec’s dazzling 1964 debut feature, two young men escape a train heading to a Nazi concentration camp during a tense and seemingly endless night. A mere 67 minutes, Němec’s

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Digital Week - April 16th

Blu-rays of the Week The Kid Who Would Be King (Fox) Writer-director Joe Cornish’s follow-up to his diverting 2011 mess Attack the Block is an enjoyable but overlong young adult tale about a 12-year-old missing his absent father who’s chosen by

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Digital Week - April 2nd

Blu-rays of the Week The Mule (Warner Bros) In Clint Eastwood’s most entertaining film in years, the octogenarian writer-director plays Earl Stone, a retiree with money problems who starts transporting drugs across state lines for a Chicago-based

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Digital Week - March 26th

Blu-rays of the Week Aquaman (Warner Bros) Aquaman is the latest superhero to get his due onscreen, and James Wan’s overstuffed but entertaining movie runs headlong into crazily convoluted plotting about underwater plotting among the people of

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Digital Week - March 19th

Blu-rays of the Week Spiderman—Into the Spider Verse (Sony) Winner of the Oscar for Best Animated Film, this enjoyable “alternative” Spiderman origin story follows a teenager who, after a bite by a radioactive spider, becomes another

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Digital Week - March 12th

Blu-rays of the Week Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald (Warner Bros) This sequel to J.K. Rowling’s first post-Harry Potter story (and maiden attempt at a screenplay) tracks a wizard, Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne), a none-too-subtle

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Digital Week – March 5th

Creed II (Warner Bros) In this sequel-to-cum-remake-of Creed I and Rocky IV, the son of Ivan Drago—the Russian from Rocky IV—faces off against Adonis Creed, who wants to avenge his father Apollo (who was killed in the ring by Ivan), but his trainer,

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Digital Week – February 26th

Blu-rays of the Week A Star Is Born (Warner Bros) Despite its acclaim, box office haul and awards, this is definitely the least of the four versions I’ve seen of the standard she-becomes-famous-while-he-goes-downhill showbiz tale—even the

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Digital Week - February 19th

Blu-rays of the Week Backbeat (Shout Select) Iain Softley’s engaging 1994 biopic of Stu Sutcliffe—John Lennon’s best friend who never had real musical smarts and who got kicked out of the Beatles, died tragically of a brain hemorrhage at age

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Digital Week - February 12th

Blu-rays of the Week Bohemian Rhapsody (Fox) Remi Malek’s remarkable transformation into Farrokh Bulsara, aka Queen frontman Freddie Mercury, is the no-brainer reason to see this entertaining if flawed and disappointingly tame biopic about the

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Digital Week - February 5th

Blu-rays of the Week All the Colors of the Dark (Severin) In this entertaining giallo (the irrepressibly Italian horror/mystery genre), Edwige Fenech gives another impressively scream-laden performance as an unstable young woman dealing with

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Digital Week - January 29th

Blu-rays of the Week American Renegades (Lionsgate) In this efficient if undistinguished action flick, a group of American soldiers in Bosnia agrees to bring up from the surface of a nearby lake a cache of gold hidden by the Nazis—but have to

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Digital Week - January 22nd

Blu-rays of the Week First Man (Universal) In his first film since winning the Oscar for directing the wildly overpraised musical La La Land, Damien Chazelle proves his versatility, even though his straightforward biopic of astronaut Neil

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Digital Week - January 15th

Blu-rays of the Week Halloween (Universal) Forty years after the original slaughter by Michael Myers, original survivor Laurie Strode—now a grandmother—always felt he would return to finish her off: now that he’s (improbably) escaped from

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Digital Week - January 9th

Blu-rays of the Week Hell Fest (Lionsgate) After a group of dumb teenagers traipses down to the local amusement park for a Halloween-themed party, the horror soon becomes reality as bodies start piling up in ever more grotesque—and, occasionally,

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Digital Week - January 2nd

Blu-rays of the Week I Still See You (Lionsgate) After a cataclysmic event that killed many, survivors still see “remnants,” the apparitions of those who died, in Scott Speer’s workmanlike adaptation of Daniel Waters’ novel. Bella Thorne gives a

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Digital Week - December 18th

Blu-rays of the Week   Panique (Criterion) Belgian author Georges Simenon’s novels have been adapted for the cinema for decades, and Jacques Duvivier’s 1947 drama based on Simenon’s short novel Monsieur Hire's Engagement (later the basis for Patrice

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