Chicago International Film Festival Must-Watch Films

As the 55th Chicago International Film Festival starts up on Wednesday night, Solzy at the Movies brings you the seven films that you have to watch. The action starts on October 16 with not one but two films.  Motherless Brooklyn opens up the festival.  In a change from recent years, Zombieland: Double Tap opens up the After Dark program.  All in all, there are 132 feature films playing! Gala Knives Out: The Rian Johnson mystery…

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Toy Story 4 arrives on Blu-ray

Fans of Toy Story 4 are now able to bring home the fourth chapter of the longest-running Pixar franchise on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray, and DVD. This film could very well mark the end of an era.  One thing that is almost for sure, Woody’s story is likely at an end.  Whether Disney-Pixar Animation decide to go forward remains to be determined.  Your guess is as good as mine at this point. BONUS FEATURES (may…

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Abbott & Costello: The Complete Universal Collection

It’s a holiday delight for comedy fans as Abbott and Costello: The Complete Universal Collection will soon be available on Blu-ray. This marks the first time that you will be able to bring home all of these titles in one box set.  You get not one but two different films featuring “Who’s On First?”  This is a comedy routine for the ages!  One version is performed in their 1940 debut film, One Night in the…

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Chicago Film Fest: Galas, Special Presentations

The Gala and Special Presentations lineup were announced last week for the 55th Chicago International Film Festival ahead of this morning’s full lineup. The announcement was made last week by Mimi Plauché, Artistic Director of the Chicago International Film Festival.  While it wasn’t included in the initial wave of announcements, this year’s Opening Night selection is Motherless Brooklyn. Tickets for both the Gala and Special Presentations will go on sale on September 27. “This year’s line-up of…

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Aladdin comes home on 4K, Blu-ray

The live-action version of Disney’s Aladdin, already available through Movies Anywhere, is now available to bring home on 4K Ultra HD and Blu-ray. When the film first came out in May, I was probably a bit more harsh towards Will Smith’s take on the Genie.  Yes, he makes it his own character but when you grow up watching Robin Williams, it’s very hard seeing someone else in the role! It’s probably too late now but…

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Aladdin joins the Walt Disney Signature Collection

Disney’s Aladdin arrives today on 4K Ultra HD and Blu-ray as the newest animated film to join the Walt Disney Signature Collection. With its home release today, the film becomes the tenth installment of the Walt Disney Signature Collection, joining both The Little Mermaid and Cinderella this year.  The collection, which started in February 2016, replaces the previous Diamond and Platinum Editions.  The films were either created or inspired by the legacy of Walt Disney. …

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Booksmart arrives on Blu-ray, DVD

Olivia Wilde’s directorial debut starring Kaitlyn Dever and Beanie Feldstein, Booksmart, is now available for viewers to bring home on Blu-ray and DVD. Make no mistake that this film is an instant high school comedy classic.  There’s already been a lot to be said about how the film should have been marketed better.  I’m not going to get into any of that.  What I do hope is that the indie comedy is able to find…

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Toronto 2019: What To Watch At TIFF

As the 2019 Toronto International Film Festival kicks off this Thursday and runs through the following Sunday, there are a number of films I’m looking to watch. Not accounting for short films, there are 90 films on my Toronto shortlist.  I’m just one person and don’t have the capacity to clone myself.  I can’t possibly cover everything but got a head start before the fest with a number of screeners. GALA Abominable: One of many…

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Telluride 2019: Film Festival Lineup Announced

The lineup was announced this morning for the 46th Telluride Film Festival taking place August 30-September 2, 2019. “We are fortunate every year to share some the finest films created with our audience in Telluride” said executive director Julie Huntsinger. “This year is no exception. We are taken aback at the quality and variety of movies we’ve been lucky enough to include. We are excited for our attendees to be as thrilled as we are…

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Godzilla: King of the Monsters arrives on Blu-ray

Godzilla: King of the Monsters, the third installment in Legendary’s Monsterverse, is now available for fans to bring home. The film joins 2014’s Godzilla and 2017’s Kong: Skull Island.  The film teases the next installment as it comes to an end: Godzilla vs. Kong. Kyle Chandler, Vera Farmiga, and Millie Bobby Brown take over in leading roles because neither Aaron Taylor-Johnson or Elizabeth Olsen could return due to scheduling conflicts.  Meanwhile, the film borrows from…

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