Weekend Openings: McDonald’s and ‘Split’ Personalities

This weekend, an interesting mix of 2016 award hopefuls and 2017 crowd-pleasers flood the marketplace. From a look at the origin of McDonald’s to the latest M. Night Shyamalan joint,  there’s something for just about everyone. In addition, there’s also the nationwide expansion of awards hopeful “20th Century Women.” With that small tease in mind, let’s […]

New Blu-ray/DVD Releases (01/10/17) – Assassin Accountants and Deadly Disasters

This week, Ben Affleck plays an unstoppable superhero…I mean an assassin, in one of the highlighted titles coming to Blu-ray and DVD. That film is today’s most interesting option, oddly enough. The slate also includes a few would-be awards players today, which only adds to the unusual-ness of it all. The top pick this time […]

New Blu-ray/DVD Releases (12/27/16) – American Whistleblowers and Youths

This week, two very different sorts of American films hit Blu-ray and DVD, making for an unusual pairing. One looks at notorious whistleblower Edward Snowden, while the other looks at modern alternative youth. They come together today, along with some other titles to form an eclectic slate. There’s some solid quality in addition to quantity, […]

Weekend Openings: Oscar Hopefuls Litter the Holiday Weekend

This weekend, a ton of Oscar contenders are finally hitting screens. The new releases are supported by expansions, including for Denzel Washington‘s film “Fences.” Technically, Sunday also brings the release of “20th Century Women,” “Hidden Figures,” “Live by Night” and “Toni Erdmann,” but they’ll be handled in next week’s column. In addition, “La La Land” […]

Film Review: ‘Passengers’ Brings Romance to Deep Space Travel

Getting lost in space has long been a staple of science fiction cinema. Whether alone or with a crew/family/stranger, the coldness of deep space is inherently thrilling. Now, when you factor in an unexpected romance, that gives something like “Passengers” a unique spin. Mixed with a “Cast Away” in a luxury hotel type setting, there’s […]