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‘Ride Along’ With Ice Cube

Ride Along

How much you enjoy Ride Along depends on how much you like Kevin Hart. America thinks Kevin is hilarious: Ride Along (out now on Blu-ray and DVD) was a giant hit in theaters and the biggest hit ever with Ice Cube in a lead role. +Continue Reading

‘Fargo’ Remastered & Reissued


Fargo, Joel & Ethan Coen’s classic Minnesota crime picture, has just been remastered for Blu-ray as part of MGM’s 90th anniversary. Never mind that the Coen Brothers made the movie for the PolyGram back in 1996, MGM bought the rights at some point and they get to take the credit now.

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Get a Job With KISS & Def Leppard


As discussed here before, KISS and Def Leppard are touring together this summer and are looking to hire two military veterans to work on the road crew (one for each band). You can get all the details on’s information page if you click on this link. +Continue Reading

A Pair of Con Jobs on DVD


Both David O. Russell’s American Hustle and Martin Scorsese’s The Wolf of Wall Street were surprisingly shut out at the Oscars last month right before both landed on Blu-ray (Hustle/Wolf) and DVD (Hustle/Wolf). Maybe they split the “degenerate con man” vote, but both movies are (depending on your interest in/tolerance for on-screen depravity) a lot more engaging than 12 Years a Slave and a bit more substantial than Gravity. +Continue Reading

‘Anchorman’ On Repeat With Adam McKay


Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues is out this week on Blu-ray in one of those ridiculously loaded packages that includes over four hours of special features. Director Adam McKay talked to us about how they ended up with so much Anchorman and reflects on why so many people think his movies are funnier the fourth, fifth, twentieth time they watch them. +Continue Reading

Reality is Overrated: ‘SEAL Team 8′


We get a lot of pitches around here that emphasize just how real the military action sequences are in Hollywood movies. Studios emphasize the badass credentials  of their military advisers and directors and actors rhapsodize about the thrill of creating action sequences that might pass muster with the guys who actually do it for a living. Seal Team 8: Behind Enemy Lines (out now on Blu-ray and DVD) is not one of those movies. +Continue Reading

Exploring an Iraq Vet’s Struggles in ‘Out of the Furnace’


Out of the Furnace (out now on Blu-ray and DVD) tells a tragic tale about Russell and Rodney Baze, two working-class Pennsylvania brothers played by Christian Bale and Casey Affleck. Bale is a machinist who’s trying to look out for his younger brother, an Iraq war vet fighting PTSD.

When the movie came out last December, it into a PR buzzsaw because its bad guys (led by Woody Harrelson) have Dutch last names that are common in the Ramapo tribe, a New Jersey cultural group that identifies as Native American. The Ramapough Lunaape Nation sued the film’s director Scott Cooper, claiming his characters defamed their people.  +Continue Reading

‘The Monuments Men’ Comes to Blu-ray


The Monuments Men, director George Clooney’s tribute to the Allied Monuments, Fine Arts, and Archives section and their efforts to rescue and preserve art and European culture during World War II, comes to Blu-ray Combo pack, DVD and Digital on May 20th.

The action thriller stars Clooney alongside Matt Damon, Bill Murray, Cate Blanchett, John Goodman, Jean Dujardin, Bob Balaban and Hugh Bonneville in a screenplay inspired by and adapted from Robert Edsel and Bret Witter’s history of the men and women who fought to preserve Europe’s monuments and recover and return thousands of pieces of  art stolen by the Nazis. +Continue Reading

Director David Ayer Talks ‘Sabotage’


Sabotage stars Arnold Schwarzenegger as John “Breach” Wharton, the leader of an elite DEA team tasked with taking down the most dangerous kingpins in the drug trade, They steal $10 million during a raid and slowly turn on each other after the stolen money disappears. Writer/director David Ayer has made a movie that’s part heist story, part film noir, part revenge tale and part mystery story. Why Breach’s team stole the money, who stole it the second time and who’s taking out the agents are revealed in between the scenes of mayhem.

Schwarzenegger’s team features a much higher-octane cast than his other post-Governorship movies: Sam Worthington (Avatar, Clash of the Titans), Joe Manganiello (True Blood, Magic Mike), Terrence Howard (Crash, Iron Man), Max Martini (Saving Private Ryan, Captain Phillips), Mireille Enos (World War Z, The Killing TV series) and Josh Holloway (Lost, new TV series Intelligence) make up most of the DEA team, which Ayer has rounded out by casting technical advisers Kevin Vance and Mark Schlegel in acting roles. +Continue Reading

Racy Bible Tales in ‘Samson and Delilah’


Bible pictures used to be big business in Hollywood and directors used Old Testament stories as a great way to have both men and women march around in the kind of skimpy costumes they’d never get away with in a picture about another era. Cecil B. DeMille’s Samson and Delilah (1949) takes a relatively minor story and blows it up into an epic tale of betrayal and epically skimpy costumes. The movie’s just been released on an artfully restored Blu-ray. +Continue Reading