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Rock Dog (Lionsgate) is an animated feature about Bodi (voice of Luke Wilson), a Tibetan mastiff who lives on Snow Mountain where he is training to be a shepherd, keeping the wolves away from the sheep under the watchful eye of his father, Khampa (J.K. Simmons), but his heart isn’t into it. When a passing plane accidentally drops a radio, Bodi hears the sound of an electric guitar for the first time. Soon, Bodi is off to find out who’s responsible for the amazing sound — the incredible Angus Scattergood

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Logan (20th Century-Fox Home Entertainment), set in the year 2029, is about an older, grizzled Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) who has tried to leave behind his mutant abilities and live life a low-key life as a limousine driver. The X-Men are gone; a mutant hasn’t been born in 25 years. Logan’s primary duty, with albino mutant Caliban (Stephen Merchant), is to look after Charles Xavier (Patrick Stewart).

NP Approved alien covenant

Five years ago, as I walked out of Prometheus, my imagination was ablaze with the possible trajectories the sequel would go as David and Elizabeth’s journey to their creators continued. That film, while certainly dreary, had a streak of optimism in discovery that high school Austin expected to continue. I was totally unprepared…

Reviews alien covenan

In the era of franchise filmmaking and shared universes, the end is never really the end. It’s a new beginning, a new beginning involving prequels, sequels to the prequels, spin-offs, and after a franchise has run aground on the infertile shores of creative bankruptcy, an inevitable reboot to restart the cycle all over again. We haven’t…

Home Entertainment 8 bit generation

Relying heavily on interviews with the late Jack Tramiel, 8-Bit Generation: The Commodore Wars means to trace the history of the Commodore 64, arguably the most popular and influential early home computer. Long since outclassed by computers vastly more powerful, the Commodore 64 dominated the 1980s, primarily due…

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Resident Evil: The Final Chapter (Sony Home Entertainment) picks up after the events in “Resident Evil: Retribution.” Alice (Milla Jovovich) is the only survivor of what was meant to be humanity’s final stand against the undead. Now, she must return to where the nightmare began — The Hive in Raccoon City, where the Umbrella Corporation is gathering its forces for a final strike against the only remaining survivors of the apocalypse.

Reviews King Arthur

After King Arthur: Legend of the Sword, Guy Ritchie’s latest attempt, doomed to kickstart another franchise (see, e.g., Sherlock Holmes, The Man from U.N.C.L.E.), it might be time to retire the “Chosen One”/Hero’s Journey formula once and for all. Hollywood won’t, of course, not as long as moviegoers are…

Reviews snatched

Don’t expect cultural sensitivity or the equivalent thereof from Snatched, Amy Schumer’s disappointing follow-up to Trainwreck, a critical and box-office hit just two years ago. Centered on two American women kidnapped and held for ransom in Colombia, Snatched does little to counter recurring concerns about…

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