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Entries for January, 2009

Box Office Review: Doubt [2008]

Reviewed by Richard Lee Zuras Released Dec. 25 I hr. 44 min. PG-13 John Patrick Shanley/Miramax Meryl Streep Philip Seymour Hoffman Amy Adams Viola Davis Some films have divining rods built into them. It may be argued that a film such as Doubt has such a rod. After all, who among us that has been […]

Blu-ray review: Without A Paddle: Nature’s Calling [2009]

Reviewed by Johnny McNair    Paramount Home Entertainment – 90 mins – 2009 – Rated PG-13 – 1080p Widescreen 2.35: 1 – Dolby TrueHD 5.1 Master Audio     The original Without A Paddle movie came out in 2004, and maybe I didn’t get the memo, but I don’t recall anyone ever wishing a sequel […]

Blu-ray review: Babylon A.D. [2008]

Reviewed by Johnny McNair Fox Home Entertainment– 101 minutes – 2008 – Unrated – 1080p Widescreen 2.35:1 – DTS HD 5.1 Lossless Audio – Digital Copy   The problem with the sci-fi film genre is that for every great one that comes along, you have to suffer through about twenty really, really bad ones. This […]

Box Office Review: Defiance [2009]

Jan. 17, 2009 Reviewed by Richard Lee Zuras Released Jan. 16, 2009 2 hr. 17 min. R Edward Zwick/The Weinstein Company Daniel Craig Liev Schreiber Mark Feuerstein Jamie Bell This is a truly defiant movie. On one hand Defiance is the true story of a band of Jewish me, women, and children who fled to […]

Box Office Review: Valkyrie [2008]

Jan. 15, 2009 Reviewed by Richard Lee Zuras Released Dec. 25, 2008 2 hr. 1 min. Pg-13 Bryan Singer/United Artists Tom Cruise Tom Wilkinson Kenneth Branagh Bill Nighy Eddie Izzard Terence Stamp Carice van Houten Here are the main reasons why Valkyrie received initial bad press and ultimately kept people from considering it for awards: […]

Blu-ray review: Days of Thunder [1990]

Reviewed by Johnny McNair Paramount Home Entertainment – 107 mins – 1990 – Rated PG-13 – 1080p Widescreen 2.35:1 – Dolby TrueHD 5.1 Audio   When it was released in 1990 Days of Thunder was hyped as being Top Gun on wheels, and because of the mega success of that film, everyone was waiting for […]

Blu-ray review: Vicky Cristina Barcelona [2008]

Reviewed by Johnny McNair   Weinstein Company – 97 minutes – 2008 – PG-13 – 1080p Widescreen 1.85:1 – Dolby TrueHD 5.1 Audio     Filmmaker Woody Allen is a master at telling stories where the characters outshine their situations. He’s been doing this for nearly 40 years, and no one does it better, which […]

Blu-ray review: Burn After Reading [2008]

Reviewed by Johnny McNair   Universal Studios Home Entertainment – 96 mins – 2008 – Rated R– 1080p Widescreen 1.85: 1 – DTS-HD Lossless Master 5.1 Audio     The Coen Brothers are two of the most influential filmmakers of our generation, crafting such cinema classics as Blood Simple, Miller’s Crossing, The Big Lebowski, Fargo, […]