WIN ‘FREE FIRE’ ON BLU-RAY!!!!

Blu-Ray/DVD, Giveaways/Contests, Movies ‐ July 18, 2017
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There’s no reason that some good old fashion violence can’t be a little fun at the same time…

It’s the mean streets of Boston in the late 1970’s as Justine (Brie Larson) has brokered a meeting in a deserted warehouse between two Irishman (Cillian Murphy, Michael Smiley) and a gang led by Vernon (Sharlto Copley) and Ord (Armie Hammer) who are selling them a stash of guns.  Before too long though, some simple misunderstandings escalate, a difference in personalities escalates into a shootout and a game of survival for everyone involved.

While the phrase from “Executive Producer Martin Scorsese” does have a …

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Fantasia 2017: Our Review of ‘Savage Dog’

Fantasia 2017, Festival Coverage, Movies ‐ July 15, 2017
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Fantasia 2017: Our Review of ‘Savage Dog’

Revenge can be cold and brutal, but it is also the stuff of legends…

Set in a land without law, Savage Dog takes us to the year 1959 in Indochina where Martin (Scott Adkins) an ex-IRA enforcer finds himself in an Indochina jail forced to take part in savage and vicious underground fights that are ruled over by the warden who also has the bulk of the surrounding townsfolk living in fear under his oppressive thumb.  Convinced into granting him an appeal, Martin is set free and begins life a new as a bouncer at a local bar.  However things take …

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Fantasia 2017: Our Review of ‘Boyka: Undisputed’

Fantasia 2017, Festival Coverage, Movies ‐ July 15, 2017
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Fantasia 2017: Our Review of ‘Boyka: Undisputed’

Just because you haven’t seen the first three chapters of a franchise, certainly doesn’t mean that you can’t enjoy the fourth one.

In this fourth installment, Boyka is now a free man and is looking for his shot at the big time as a legit pro fighter.  However things change when an accidental death in the ring sends Boyka on a downward spiral questioning his entire value system and risking everything by going back into Russia to try and make amends for the unintentional suffering that he has caused.

I’ll be the first to admit that when a movie like this put …

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The Next Level: Our Review of ‘War For The Planet Of The Apes’

Movies, Theatrical ‐ July 13, 2017
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The Next Level: Our Review of ‘War For The Planet Of The Apes’

It’s an easy thing to anticipate a certain degree of malaise when it comes to franchise filmmaking.  That’s why I’m all the happier when someone pulls up their boots straps and does something right.

It would be incredibly easy to dump War For The Planet Of The Apes into the blockbuster tent pole category but it is truly so much more as it bleeds the material for all the genuine emotion, humanity and pathos it can inside the framework of a movie with a nine figure budget.  It is the near perfect collision of art-house sensibilities placed on a massive scale …

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Fantasia 2017: Our Review of ‘The Villainess’

Fantasia 2017, Festival Coverage, Movies ‐ July 13, 2017
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Fantasia 2017: Our Review of ‘The Villainess’

When a movie just kicks your ass in such a spectacular fashion, you can’t help but scream it from the mountain tops.

Since her days as a child Sook-hee has only known one thing; how to kill.  After witnessing the death of her father, she’s taken under the wing of an assassin who trained her to kill without mercy.  He also took her as a lover and on the day of their wedding he is killed while on the job.  Set on a path of merciless revenge against those who have widowed her, she is taken into a government program to …

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Deadpan Piety: Our Review of ‘The Little Hours’

Movies, Theatrical ‐ July 13, 2017
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Deadpan Piety: Our Review of ‘The Little Hours’

A faithful adaptation of ‘The Decameron’ you will not find here. Though that shouldn’t come as a surprise considering the cast of The Little Hours features some great and goofy comic actors like Aubrey Plaza, Alison Brie, Kate Micucci, and John C. Reilly. Oh, and Fred Armisen shows up as an exasperated priest. It’s less about death and disease and faith, and more about being silly.

The three women are nuns in this story set in the 14th century written and directed by Jeff Baena, and they all are having trouble with their faith. Bored and tempted by desire, they spy, tattle, and …

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WIN ‘THE LOST CITY OF Z’ ON BLU-RAY!!!!

Blu-Ray/DVD, Giveaways/Contests, Movies ‐ July 11, 2017
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Sometimes you just have to embrace the impossible…

The Lost City of Z tells the incredible true story of explorer Percy Fawcett (Charlie Hunnam) who journeys into the Amazon at the dawn of the 20th century and discovers evidence of a previously unknown advanced civilization.  Mocked and ridiculed by the elites and academics who regard indigenous populations as nothing more than ‘savages’, the determined Fawcett soldiers on with the support of his devoted wife (Sienna Miller), son (Tom Holland) and partner (Robert Pattinson) he rages into the very heart of darkness on a dangerous journey that the world has never seen …

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WIN ‘ONCE UPON A TIME IN VENICE’ ON BLU-RAY!!!!!

Blu-Ray/DVD, Giveaways/Contests, Movies ‐ July 11, 2017
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Something’s are just sacred and no one with any kind of sense would ever mess with another man’s dog…

It’s just another day for Steve Ford (Bruce Willis) but when his beloved dog Buddy is stolen by some local thugs; everything changes.  He ultimately makes a questionable alliance with their devious leader Spider (Jason Momoa) in order to set things straight and get Buddy back by Steve’s side where he belongs.

The things we do for our beloved pets, Once Upon A Time In Venice is the kind of action comedy that any pet owner can relate to and thanks to our …

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From The New York Asian Film Festival ’17: Our Review of ‘Town in a Lake’

Festival Coverage, Movies, NYAFF '17 ‐ July 10, 2017
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From The New York Asian Film Festival ’17: Our Review of ‘Town in a Lake’

One senseless crime disrupts the lives of the citizens of a small town, Matangtubig, Philippines. And in more ways than just losing two of its young women. The media gets a whiff of the mysterious, violent crime and swarms Matangtubig. They’re a presence the town would rather not have. This works as an effective satire of both the media and the police force. It’s almost cartoonish the way reporter Benny Ricarte (Lance Raymundo) gets into the faces of one of the victim’s mothers Thelma Cruz (Mailes Kanapi). But the film knows how to pull back here. Besides, the problems we see …

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From The New York Asian Film Festival ’17: Our Review of ‘Rage’

Festival Coverage, Movies, NYAFF '17 ‐ July 10, 2017
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From The New York Asian Film Festival ’17: Our Review of ‘Rage’

An grisly unsolved double murder takes place in a Tokyo suburb. That’s simple enough of a premise for Rage, but not for long because of its three suspects. All three enter the lives of three groups of people whose worst instincts come out inadvertently because of them. The film’s basic premise is a push and pull. Like us in real life, these characters meet new people who they might not be able to trust perfectly. This is well-treated territory for Lee Sang-Il, who also directed the previous hit 2010 film Villain. That one also uses murder as a starting point to …

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