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No Country for Old Men 3-Disc DVD Review

A little known movie called No Country for Old Men came out a couple years back, raked in a few random awards and then settled into obscurity. With few critics or audiences avidly backing the film, the movie disappeared quickly, taking with it its shoddy acting and direction. Good riddance. Alas, Miramax believes it can […]

Oscar-Nominated Doubt on DVD: A DVD Review

Doubt arrives on DVD this coming Tuesday, April 7, 2009. This chilling movie features the best collective performances of 2008 by far, and even if the movie were worse than The Love Guru, it would be worth it to see the actors involved. Meryl Streep, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Amy Adams and Viola Davis were all […]

Movie Review: Bedtime Stories DVD/Blu-Ray/Digital Combo

When I first heard about Bedtime Stories, it sounded like a disaster. You take Adam Sandler, the bane of parents everywhere for delivering inappropriate and idiotic humor to their children, and put him in a PG-rated Disney flick, thus circumcising away what makes him so popular among his fan base: I smell mega-flop. But with […]

Dear Zachary: The Best Documentary of the 21st Century?

There are entertaining documentaries, like Man on Wire. There are political documentaries, such as Nothing But the Truth. And then there are those utterly depressing documentaries that only come along once every couple of years. Dear Zachary: A Letter to a Son About His Father is one of those films. Filmmaker Kurt Kuenne made this […]

Sex Drive Movie Review: The Next Animal House?

I have a new actress-crush. Her name: Amanda Crew. She plays the hot goth BFF in Sex Drive, the latest R-rated teen comedy to hit DVD. She’s the best part about the movie. Sex Drive, from upstart Summit Entertainment, came and went from theaters with little promotion or buzz, though one wonders – and by […]

Is Duplicity Better than Ocean’s 11?

From the director of the Oscar-nominated Michael Clayton comes Duplicity, a witty romantic-comedy-espionage-thriller starring Clive Owen and Julia Roberts. Smart and fun, Duplicity works in a breezy, harmless kind of way, though those expecting the crispness, fluidity and entertainment value of Ocean’s 11 may be disappointed. Duplicity follows Ray Koval (Owen), an ex-MI6 agent who […]

DVD Review: Seven Pounds, Starring Will Smith

Will Smith is one of the most consistent box office forces there is. Even his intentionally misspelled 2007 drama The Pursuit of Happyness went on to make well over $100 million in the United States. So, the odds were good that his 2008 follow-up Seven Pounds, which is directed by the same man, Gabriele Muccino, […]

The Haunting in Connecticut Movie Review

At some point in our lives, we all reach a split in the road. These are the decisions that shape us, that define our futures. I reached such a split tonight. On the one side of the gaping four-story mall promenade, a line for a free screening of Adventureland. On the other, The Haunting in […]

Movie Review: Marley & Me, Now on DVD

Owen Wilson + Jennifer Aniston + cute dog = blockbuster. Marley & Me comes to DVD on March 31, allowing people like me who passed on the film during its theatrical run to take a peek at the surprisingly heartwarming dog film. Marley & Me is not at all what I expected. Based on the […]

DVD Review: Slumdog Millionairre

The Best Picture of 2008, at least according to some unnamed Academy, arrives on DVD and Blu-Ray on March 31, 2009 – and is sure to be as big of a hit as it was in theaters. While I would argue that Fox’s decision to release Slumdog Millionaire on DVD while it is still going […]

DVD Review: The Odd Couple Centennial Collection DVD

One of the greatest – or oddest – on-screen couples of all time returns to DVD in a Centennial Collection edition. Yes, it’s Walter Matthau and Jack Lemmon, and they are The Odd Couple. In The Odd Couple, Lemmon plays Felix Ungar, a man who just been kicked by his wife. Left to fend for […]

DVD Review: Quantum of Solace DVD

The hit James Bond action flick Quantum of Solace speeds its way onto DVD and Blu-Ray this coming Tuesday, March 24, 2009 in a two-disc special edition. The follow-up to the immensely popular reboot Casino Royale finds us with a new director, an angrier Bond and of course a new set of Bond girls, and […]

Happy-Go-Lucky Movie Review

I like depressing movies. I really like depressing movies. So when I saw the preview for Happy-Go-Lucky, a movie about an overly bubbly woman who goes around being – well – bubbly, I balked. The movie looked annoying, stupid and boring. But, I can be wrong sometimes. It’s a rare occurrence, but I can be […]

The Boy in the Striped Pajamas Movie Review

Nazi movies were popular among filmmakers in the latter half of 2008, but several flew in under the radar. One such film was The Boy in the Striped Pajamas, a movie that is not a biopic about Michael Jackson but about two young boys who become friends, despite one being the son of a soldier […]

Role Models Unrated Edition DVD Review

If you missed Role Models in theaters… what the hell is wrong with you? The Paul Rudd/Seann William Scott comedy is one of the funniest of 2008, as long as you like Judd Apatow kind of humor. Apatow, by the way, is not involved in this movie, but McLovin’ from Superbad is. Oh, and Elizabeth […]
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