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Blu-ray/DVD Roundup for Sept. 2, 2022

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Welcome back to another look at highlights arriving on Blu-ray and DVD. Once again, there’s a wide variety of offerings coming your way, with a particular emphasis on documentary films. So, if you can’t make it out to the movies this week or need to keep yourself in quarantine, be sure to give one of these titles a...

‘Love in the Villa’ is a misstep for writer/director Mark Steven Johnson

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By Glenn Kay
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This movie was released globally on Netflix on September 1.

Admittedly, I’m not the target audience for “Love in the Villa,” a frothy romance feature that could have just as easily debuted on the Hallmark Channel as it has on Netflix. However, this week marks a slower period for entertainment options. And I was intrigued by the talent behind the camera on this project.

“Love in the Villa” was written and directed by Mark Steven Johnson, whose previous credits include “Daredevil” (2003) and “Ghost Rider” (2007). He also wrote the story for “Christopher Robin” (2018), a recent...

‘Three Thousand Years of Longing’ leaves audience longing for a bit more

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Running Time: 108 minutes

This film from MGM/United Artists will be released exclusively in theaters on Aug. 26.

The career of director George Miller has involved many leaps from genre to genre. Best known for the “Mad Max” series, he is also responsible for the “Babe” films, animated “Happy Feet” franchise and the medical drama “Lorenzo’s Oil.”

His latest is another left turn, telling a fantastical tale of a woman who encounters a Djinn (which is a genie from Arabic mythology). Several recent movies have used this figure as a monster who terrorizes humans, but this movie takes a different approach to the subject matter. Part folklore...

‘Beast’ doesn’t offer any new twists; characters, visual effects make it worthwhile

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Running Time: 93 minutes

This film from Universal Pictures will open exclusively in theaters on Aug. 19.

Movie critics like myself see an awful lot of titles. So many, that after a time one begins to see repetitive patterns and tropes that can become more grating to a reviewer than to an average viewer who isn’t nearly as obsessive about such matters.

“Beast” is a horror film about a group of characters who are stranded in the wild and pursued by a seemingly unstoppable creature. The story doesn’t offer a lot of new twists or surprises. However, a strong and committed cast, visual flair and decent CGI-effects make enough of a difference to...

Blu-ray/DVD Roundup for August 19, 2022

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Welcome to another look at some of the highlights coming your way on Blu-ray and DVD. This edition includes major releases as well as some interesting independent fare. So, if you can’t make it out to the movies this week or shouldn’t be out in big crowds, be sure to give one of these titles a try!


BABY ASSASSINS: This action/comedy from Japan follows two high school seniors who moonlight as hired killers. When the organization they work for tells them to move in and share an apartment over their final year of class, things go badly and their relationship begins to sour. In addition to normal coming-of-age problems, the relationship turns...

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