Artemis Fowl Tries To Do Too Much In 94 Minutes

The problem with Artemis Fowl is the same problem that plagued Green Lantern in that the film tries to do way too much during its run time. There are films that deserve the ire of Green Lantern and Independence Day 2. Hell, for all the problems with Percy Jackson, Artemis Fowl deals with too much mythology to bring the books justice.  Disney was right to send this film to the vault that is Disney+.  I’m…

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Da 5 Bloods Takes Us Back To Vietnam

Four African-American Vets search for the remains of their fallen Squad Leader and treasure in the new Spike Lee film, Da 5 Bloods, launching on Netflix. Paul (Delroy Lindo), Otis (Clarke Peters), Eddie (Norm Lewis), and Melvin (Isiah Whitlock Jr.) are back in Vietnam.  Paul’s son, David (Jonathan Majors), joins them as well.  Their main purpose is to find Stormin’ Norman’s (Chadwick Boseman) buried remains so that he can get a proper American burial.  The…

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Think Like A Dog Is Now Available

The predictably cute family comedy Think Like A Dog is now available from Lionsgate for viewers to watch on Blu-ray, DVD, and Digital. Tech genius Oliver (Gabriel Bateman) is twelve-years-old and lives with his parents, Lukas (Josh Duhamel) and Ellen (Megan Fox).  When we first meet him, he’s about to present his middle school science fair experiment.  The experiment doesn’t go wrong (hello, bullying!) so he makes another attempt at home with his dog, Henry…

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Selma Remains Just As Powerful in 2020

Selma takes us back to the heights of the Civil Rights movement by recreating the historic 1965 march from Selma to Montgomery. It’s been just over five years since the theatrical release and the film remains just as powerful.  The biggest injustice is that the Academy only gave the film two nominations.  That’s right.  The film only earned nominations for Best Picture and Best Original Song.  While I admit to actively rooting for Birdman that…

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Do the Right Thing Is Still Relevant in 2020

It’s been almost 31 years since the release of Do the Right Thing in July 1989 but the Spike Lee film is still relevant in the summer of 2020. Watching the film for the first time amid a civil unrest really displays how relevant the film still is.  It’s truly an injustice that the same thing happening in a 1989 film is still happening today.  How can we as a culture allow this to happen? …

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Netflix vs. the World: Doc Explores History

Netflix vs. the World takes a look at the company’s history and how Blockbuster almost won the battle before Netflix ever had time to make their rise. Long before Netflix became one of the leading streaming providers, they mailed DVDs to your home.  All the while, you could also rent movies from Blockbuster or Hollywood Video.  The 2000s proved to be a time for transition in the home video industry.  Why go to Blockbuster when…

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Dogtooth: Yorgos Lanthimos’ Breakthrough Film

Dogtooth (Kynodantas), the breakthrough film from filmmaker Yorgos Lanthimos, is available for viewers to watch on Blu-ray. Before Lanthimos wrote and directed films in the English language, the filmmaker was making films in his native Greek tongue.  Dogtooth premiered to critical acclaim during the 2009 Cannes Film Festival.  Winning the Prix Un Certain Regard, the breakthrough film would also earn an Oscar nomination for Best Foreign Language Film. It’s a dark comedy that focuses on…

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SXSW 2020: Laurel Canyon: A Place in Time

Laurel Canyon: A Place in Time utilizes both interviews and archival footage to tell the definitive story of the Laurel Canyon music scene over two parts. Echo in the Canyon is just one part of the story.  What documentary filmmaker Alison Ellwood does is tell a story through mixing interviews with archival footage.  The end result is a beautiful documentary.  It isn’t without its sadness given the time period.  The film also serves as a…

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The Ten Commandments: A Flawed Epic

While Cecil B. Demille’s The Ten Commandments (1956) is hailed as an epic, the lengthy film does not come without its own flaws. Starting tonight through sundown on Saturday evening, Jews living in the diaspora will be celebrating Shavuot.  The holiday celebrates the giving of the Torah at Mount Sinai.  Inside Israel, the holiday will end on Friday.  In any event, shuls are closed and thus, The Ten Commandments may also feel like appropriate viewing…

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The High Note Hits In The Middle

A overworked assistant with dreams of being a music producer reaches a potential turning point in her career in The High Note. Late Night‘s Nisha Ganatra takes the helm behind the camera.  After taking us behind the scenes of a late night writer’s room, we now get to experience the life of a musician and those who surround her.  Well, more so on at least one person who surrounds said musician.  In this particular instance,…

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