Straight Outta Compton Rated R Studio: Universal Formats available: BD, DVD, VOD
This biopic of the rap group NWA runs a bit long, but it’s still a well-made flick, juggling multiple characters and connecting with a fan base that transcends racial demographics. Continue reading →
13 HOURS: THE SECRET SOLDIERS OF BENGHAZI (R) **** (out of 5)
January 15, 2016
John Krasinski as JACK SILVA
James Badge Dale as TYRONE “RONE” WOODS
Pablo Schreiber as KRIS “TANTO” PARONTO
David Denman as DAVE “BOON” BENTON
Dominic Fumusa as JOHN “TIG” TIEGEN
Max Martini as MARK “OZ” GEIST
Alexia Barlier as SONA JILLANI
David Costabile as BOB
Peyman Moaadi as AMAHL
Matt Letscher as AMBASSADOR CHRIS STEVENS
This Week: Kevin takes a moment to wish a final rest in peace to David Bowie and Alan Rickman. Then he sounds off about the Oscar nominations and the eventual box office potential of Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Later, he reviews Ride Along 2, 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi, Norm of the North, The Abandoned and Lamb. Finally, there’s some box office analysis and the world-famous home cinema round-up!
The Martian Rated PG-13 Studio: 20th Century Fox Formats available: BD, DVD, VOD
The little movie that could this year was Ridley Scott’s crowd-pleasing space adventure. It’s a wildly entertaining movie with a great cast and some very exciting moments. Continue reading →
This Week: Kevin kicks off the first weekend of releases this year with a look at some Star Wars and Star Trek news before rolling into reviews of The Revenant, The Forest, The Masked Saint and Diablo. He also discusses the significance of everything from Bill Cosby bear action to the eerie Eastwood look-alike western actors. Later, he offers his five most anticipated films of 2016 before looking deeper into the Star Wars box office and the home cinema selections for the week.
Sicario Rated R Studio: Lionsgate Formats available: BD, DVD, VOD
My pick for the best film of 2015, this thriller about the drug war on the U.S.-Mexico border is shot like a horror movie, featuring fantastic performances by Benecio Del Toro and Josh Brolin. Continue reading →
A couple years ago, I was so excited for 2015’s releases that I could barely contain myself. However, as some release dates shifted (such as “Batman vs. Superman” jumping to March 2016 and developing everything from a bad subtitle to a bloated character slate) and some films simply failed to impress me as I hoped (I’m looking at you, “Avengers: Age of Ultron”), things started to look grim.
Fortunately, 2015 got stronger as the year went by, and the bigger event films from later in the calendar started to catch my attention. My best-of-the-year list often impresses me because there’s a nice diversity of tent pole releases, award-bait movies and independent choices. This year is unique in that it sees two documentaries into the ranks, but it’s also somewhat typical because it includes a couple animation selections (which I tend to love) and of course the return of “Star Wars.” On to the best of 2015… Continue reading →
Every year as I look back on the greatest films to come out in the past twelve months, I can’t help but also lament about the worst films that pierced through my eyeballs. I suppose it says something that my shortlist for the worst films of the year is generally about twice as long as that of the best films. However, I’ve come to expect as much from the waning side of mediocrity.
Some say that a worst-of-the-year list is mean-spirited – or worse yet, the social media’s own critical N-word: schadenfreude. (Gasp!) However, I say to bring it on. Since I had to sit through these hours of dreck, I earned my right to call them out for what they are… Continue reading →
This Week: Kevin dresses up in his Baby New Year diaper and rings in 2016 with a final accounting of the last films to be released: The Hateful Eight and Anomalisa. Of course, he can’t start this without some Star Wars talk, so he deconstructs Carrie Fisher’s tantrum on Twitter and mansplains why there are not as many girl characters in the toy market. Later, he breaks down the Best and Worst of 2015 before offering his wisdom on box office predictions and the home cinema recommendations. Happy New Year!
Samuel L. Jackson as MAJOR MARQUIS WARREN
Kurt Russell as JOHN RUTH
Jennifer Jason Leigh as DAISY DOMERGUE
Walton Goggins as SHERIFF CHRIS MANNIX
Demian Bichir as BOB
Tim Roth as OSWALDO MOBRAY
Michael Madsen as JOE GAGE
Bruce Dern as GENERAL SANDY SMITHERS
Bone Tomahawk Not Rated Studio: Image Entertainment Formats available: BD, DVD, VOD
A brilliant horror western featuring Kurt Russell as a sheriff leading a posse to find a kidnapped wife. They face a dangerous cannibal tribe, making this the go-to cannibal movie of 2015 (instead of The Green Inferno). Continue reading →
This Week: Kevin greases himself up and slides down the chimney to talk all things Christmas and Christmas movies this year. First off though, he talks a bit about the box office records achieved by Star Wars: The Force Awakens as well as some last-minute award changes that reveal the issues with end-of-the-year awards. Later, he reviews Concussion, Joy, Daddy’s Home, Point Break and Where to Invade Next?. Finally, he gives his infallible box office predictions and some home cinema recommendations for your Christmas gift card consideration. Ho! Ho! Ho!
Pan Rated PG Studio: Warner Bros. Formats available: BD, DVD, VOD
Even though it did not do well in theatrical release, Pan is a fun and adventurous origin story for Peter Pan. Enjoy striking visuals and some fun (though some painfully over-the-top) performances. Bonus features include a commentary track, plus four featurettes: “Never Grow Up: The Legend of Pan,” “The Boy Who Would Be Pan,” “The Scoundrels of Neverland” and “Wonderous Realms.” Continue reading →