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Home Entertainment Screen Shot 2017-01-27 at 10.17.23 PM

Fences (Paramount Home Entertainment) stars Denzel Washington and Viola Davis, who recreate their Tony Award-winning Broadway roles in this adaptation of the Pulitzer Prize-winning August Wilson play. Troy Maxson (Washington) is a hard-working sanitation worker in 1950s Pittsburgh. Bitter that baseball’s color barrier was broken only after his own heyday in the Negro Leagues, Maxson takes out his frustrations on his loved ones.

SXSW 2017 small town crime

John Hawkes is one of those familiar faces, so often popping up in a supporting role, like in Winter’s Bone or Martha Marcy May Marlene, and regardless of the amount of screen time he is granted, absolutely slays. He’s the kind of actor that…

SXSW 2017 The Honor Farm_1

We, the audience, have an agreement in place with filmmakers when it comes to thrillers, horrors, and the like: we’ll take your build up, if you deliver a payoff. We are content to sit in mystery, to have plot points and little beats piled on top of us, because deep down…

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We can thank – or blame, depending on your perspective – the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) for Gareth Edwards’ (Rogue One: A Star Wars Story) 2014 remake/reboot of Godzilla three years ago and Jordan Vogt-Roberts (The Kings of Summer) Vietnam War-era set Kong: Skull Island. Without the multi-billion dollar success of the …

SXSW 2017 Song to Song_1

When it comes to Terrence Malick there are those that love his work and then there are those that don’t really get it. Admittedly, I firmly fall into the latter camp. For those people that seek out Malick’s work, that gobble up his special brand…

SXSW 2017 Prevenge_1

Most of the time when you say “pregnancy” and “horror” in the same sentence, you’re usually talking about something either pre-pregnancy or post-pregnancy. We’ve had plenty of films featuring demonic children or satanic conception, placing the impetus of the fear…

Reviews my scientology movie

“Let me know that my problem is that I buy my own bullshit,” Marty Rathbun, a former high-level Scientologist, tells a young actor auditioning for the role of church head David Miscavage. Filmmaker Louis Theroux, claiming frustration over not being allowed to speak to Scientology officials for his documentary on the church, has called in…

Home Entertainment Screen Shot 2017-03-07 at 1.16.55 PM

em>The ‘Mama’s Family’ Favorites Collection (Time Life) features highlights from all six seasons of Mama’s Family, which originally aired from 1983 to 1990, first on NBC and then, after a two-year hiatus, in first-run syndication. Mama’s Family originated on “The Carol Burnett Show,” which lasted 11 seasons on CBS. On the Burnett show, the sketch was called The Family and featured the …

Home Entertainment Screen Shot 2017-03-06 at 1.02.47 PM

Man Down (Lionsgate) stars Shia LaBeouf as U.S. Marine Gabriel Drummer who, when he returns from his tour in Afghanistan, finds that the place he once called home has become a ravaged wasteland. Accompanied by his best friend, hard-nosed Marine Devin Roberts (Jai Courtney), he searches desperately for the location of his estranged son, Jonathan (Charlie Shotwell), and wife Natalie (Kate Mara). In their …

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