Yet another masterwork from the Pixar folks, Up dominated the summer box office and will no doubt come through at Oscar time, and for good reason, thanks to gorgeous animation and pitch-perfect writing and dialogue that will bring tears and laughter--sometimes both at the same time.
One of my absolute favorite Hitchcock movies finally comes to Blu-ray, and Warner Home Video has outdone itself with this release (also available in a 2-disc DVD set) starring Cary Grant (in his final collaboration with the director) as a victim of mistaken identity who lands in a whole mess of hot water...
A bit of everything this week: Fans of horror, family animation, comedy, drama, and Woody Allen will find something to enjoy on DVD/Blu-ray.
Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen Michael Bay's bombastic sequel had its detractors, but who goes into a CGI extravaganza about cars that turn into robots with high expectations anyway? With a movie like this, all you really want is fast-paced action, tremendous explosions, awesome special effects and hot chicks. In that regard, Revenge of the Fallen more than delivers.
It’s about time director Sam Raimi returned to his horror-camp roots. Drag Me to Hell harks back to his Evil Dead series, an even more ridiculously over-the-top schlockfest starring Allison Lohman as soft-spoken bank teller named Christine cursed by a old gypsy woman to be tormented and literally dragged off to hell by a demon.
You probably have never heard of this band, even though its 1982 album was a thrash-metal landmark that set the speed for bands to follow: Metallica, Anthrax, Slayer, Megadeth. But while those bands went on to massive success in the ‘80s, it never happened for these guys—though it should have. Plus: Win Snow White Collectors Set and Blu-rays!
Seth Rogen's particular brand of stoner yukkity-yuk has landed him squarely on the A-List, and he's lined up movie after movie since hitting it big in Knocked Up. If you're expecting more of the same from Observe and Report, though, prepare yourself: This isn't Paul Blart on weed.What it is represents a big stretch for Rogen, who plays it way more straight ...
In 2003's X2, we found out who was behind creating Wolverine's razor-sharp metal claws and erasing his memory. In the fourth installment, we learn why he changed his name, how he got that iconic leather jacket and the reason for his seething need for revenge. None of it really matters, of course....
Chev Chelios: He's still on the hunt for his stolen heart, screwing his girlfriend in public places, unafraid to shove a machine gun up a bad guy's keister, and spewing lines of profanity faster than you can say -- nevermind. That's Jason Statham, back for the ridiculously outrageous, over-the-top frenzy that is the sequel to the tamer 2006 Crank....
A tightly wound thriller that keeps the twists coming, State of Play stars Russell Crowe as a scruffy, shoe-leather investigative journalist whose ethics conflict with his friendship with a married congressman (Ben Affleck) who's caught in a sex scandal made worse when the mistress turns up dead. As the coincidences pile up, things become more and more confusing...
From the director of Superbad comes this surprisingly sweet, restrained comedy about a college grad (Jesse Eisenberg) trudging his way through summer as a carnival worker. As he meets various oddballs and falls for the dramatic Em (Kristen Stewart, following through on her promise from Twilight and Into the Wild), the movie perfectly captures that fleeting, magical joy of summer romance and...
Iron Mike Tyson enters the ring again, this time in a fascinating, thought-provoking documentary directed by longtime friend and filmmaker James Toback, who allows the crown-winning boxer to tell his story with unfettered honesty, humor and charm.
It's about time Paul Rudd headlined his own movie, after having stolen scenes in the likes of The 40-Year-Old Virgin and Knocked Up (note to Judd Apatow: what have you been missing?). Here he plays a real estate agent successful in everything but meeting ... guys?
This week's new releases:
The Soloist Based on Los Angeles Times columnist Steve Lopez's (Robert Downey Jr.) real-life experience discovering a former classical violin prodigy (Jamie Foxx) living on the streets...
OK, so normally I stick to covering movies in this blog, but I just had to let you all know about this awesome box set Universal released this week on DVD and Blu-ray of the Sci Fi (now Syfy) Channel's remarkable TV show. With more than 4,000 minutes on 20 Blu-ray or 25 SD discs, plus loads of special features, you may not leave your couch for weeks. If you aren't familiar with the show, it...
"Welcome to the party, pal."
"I am serious... and don't call me Shirley."
"When am I gonna learn how to punch?"
"These go to eleven."
"Benjamin, have you ever been severely beaten about the face & neck?"
"Just keep swimming, swimming, swimming."
"You're gonna need a bigger boat."
"Jessica's got cable."
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