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Digital Week - December 11th

Blu-rays of the Week Brewster McCloud (Warner Archive) Made immediately after his 1970 breakthrough, M*A*S*H, Robert Altman’s character study of a young man who wants to fly—literally—while living in the bowels of the Houston Astrodome is

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Digital Week - December 4th

Blu-rays of the Week Attraction (Dark Sky) This big-budget Russian armageddon flick by Fyodor Bondarchuk—son of renowned director Sergei Bondarchuk (who made the classic 7-hour War and Peace in 1966—is a supremely silly adventure, but it has a

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Digital Week - November 27th

Blu-rays of the Week Some Like It Hot (Criterion) Still one of the funniest movies ever made, Billy Wilder’s 1960 classic might now run afoul of those who find it sexist and condescending, but it remains a breathless comic romp, with Tony

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Digital Week - November 20th

Blu-rays of the Week Crazy Rich Asians (Warner Bros) Considered an historic film as the first Hollywood studio release to have an all-Asian cast since 1993’s The Joy Luck Club, director Jon M. Chu’s adaptation of the first of a trilogy of

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Digital Week - November 13th

Blu-rays of the Week The Meg (Warners) The ludicrousness of this gargantuan shark movie—it’s Jaws on steroids—is beside the point when all anybody wants is to see, in CGI, how the ocean behemoth makes mincemeat of lots of awful—and some not so

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Digital Week – Nov 6

Robin Williams—Comic Genius (Time-Life) When Robin Williams committed suicide in 2014, the world was robbed of one of its greatest comedians, an endlessly inventive and original performer who was always “on” whenever in front of the camera. That

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Digital Week – October 30

Blu-rays of the Week Mamma Mia 2—Here We Go Again (Universal) In this otherwise turgid sequel to the inexplicably beloved stage and screen musical comprising many Abba songs, Lily James (as Meryl Streep’s character when younger) is quite

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Digital Week - October 23rd

Blu-rays of the Week Arizona (RLJ Entertainment) In this pitch-black comedy that swings for the fences but falls short, Danny McBride is a frustrated homeowner who’s been foreclosed on and who takes it out on the real estate agency that sold

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Digital Week - October 16th

Blu-rays of the Week Ant-Man and the Wasp (Disney/Marvel) In this protracted, fitfully entertaining sequel to Ant-Man, the interplay among Paul Rudd, Evangeline Lilly, Michael Douglas and Michelle Pfieffer makes it work, despite several good

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Digital Week - October 9th

Blu-rays of the Week John & Yoko: Imagine/Gimme Some Truth (Eagle Vision) Accompanying the massive new boxed set celebrating John Lennon’s seminal Imagine album (1971), this release contains John and Yoko’s film called Imagine, which

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Digital Week - October 2nd

Blu-rays of the Week Agrippina (Naxos) Handel’s dazzling opera has meaty roles for a pair of sublime singing actresses, and Robert Carson’s otherwise goofy modern-dress production set in the board rooms, bedrooms and poolsides of political and

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Digital Week - September 25th

Blu-rays of the Week Andrei Rubelev (Criterion) Russian director Andrei Tarkovsky’s 1966 biographical epic about the medieval Russian icon painter is a mesmerizing classic crammed with sweeping visuals and intimate moments that paint an

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Digital Week - September 18th

Blu-rays of the Week Cold Water (Criterion) French director Olivier Assayas’s 1994 breakthrough was this cutting, insightful exploration of disaffected youth, circa 1972; part of a series of films about young people, Cold Water goes far beyond

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Digital Week - September 11th

Blu-rays of the Week Tag (Warner Bros) With Ed Helms in the lead, this mainly inane comedy about grown men acting like children (based on a true story) tries to equal the vapidity of Helms's biggest hit, The Hangover; indeed, there are several

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Digital Week - September 4th

Blu-rays of the Week American Animals (Lionsgate) Brutal and brusque, Bart Layton’s crime drama has enough topsy-turviness to keep one watching, even if it ultimately doesn’t achieve the greatness it could have. Still, seeing the real

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Digital Week - August 21st

Blu-rays of the Week Supergirl (Warner Archive) This big, lumbering mess was a complete flop in 1984, but it’s hard to blame then-unknown Helen Slater, charming in the lead but unable to do what Christopher Reeve did in the 1978 Superman. Faye

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Digital Week - August 14th

Blu-rays of the Week Breaking In (Universal) Gabrielle Union makes a kick-ass heroine in this derivative but fun thriller as a mother who takes revenge on the murderous thugs who invade her dead father’s home looking for a stash of cash and

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Digital Week - August 7th

Blu-rays of the Week Overboard (Lionsgate/MGM) Remaking a forgettable 1987 Goldie Hawn-Kurt Russell vehicle in 2018 might seem a non-starter, but someone thought pairing Mom’s Anna Faris and Mexican star Eugenio Derbez as, respectively, the

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