Reel Reviews

Hercules - Movie Review

Ridiculous summer fun! Leave your brain at the door.

Lucy - Movie Review

Well, at least LUCY looks good

The Purge: Anarchy - Movie Review

Sometimes picture perfect and sometimes too loud for enjoyment

Sex Tape - Movie Review

A face-palming embarrassment

Sabotage - Blu-ray Review

Pure spectacle and exploitation, nothing more. Now on sparkling blu-ray

Under the Skin - Blu-ray Review

The details are blurry and ring in our ours, but they linger on and on

Scanners - Blu-ray Review

Now on sparkling blu-ray

Bad Words - Blu-ray Review

Now on sparkling blu-ray

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Video Games: The Movie - Movie Review

Video Games: The Movie - Movie ReviewLike the movie industry, video games and the people who design them have had their fair share of ups and downs. There is a landfill full of E.T. Atari cartridges to remind folks of the low period if you are in doubt. Unlike the movie industry, they’ve always had a target on  ...

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Ginger Snaps: Collector's Edition (1990) - Blu-ray Review

Ginger Snaps - Blu-ray ReviewNever before in the history of motion pictures have the changes that happen inside the female body when a girl gets her first period been explained so clearly then in Ginger Snaps, a female-led werewolf movie from the early part of the 1990s. Oh, sure, the werewolf  ...

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Lucy - Movie Review

Lucy - Movie ReviewBummer. Well, at least Lucy looks pretty. The return of Luc Besson to the director’s chair after the massive failure of The Family doesn’t come without a few glitches as he guides Scarlett Johansson through a criminal underworld full of drug smugglers. She is, after all, the   ...

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Under the Skin - Blu-ray Review

Under the Skin - Movie ReviewHere’s an Under the Skin viewing tip: know that Scarlett Johansson plays an alien who inhabits the skin and clothing of a human female, scours the Scottish Highlands luring unsuspecting male hitchhikers into her nondescript panel van before seducing them to a nearby location  ...

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Hercules - Movie Review

Hercules - Movie ReviewOnce again, a film company bungles a summer marketing strategy. This time it is Paramount and MGM with Dwayne Johnson in Hercules. The trailers for this sword and sandal picture simply suck and leave its beefy star looking strangely miscast, as if he is too old and too  ...

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Sabotage - Blu-ray Review

Sabotage - Movie ReviewYes, it’s true that Sabotage is profane, gory, mean-spirited, and violent as hell. In fact, it may very well be one of the most violent mainstream films in decades. It’s like the love child of a grind house slasher and a Sam Peckinpah western. And it’s also true that Arnold ...

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To Be Takei - Movie Review

To Be Takei - Movie ReviewThe seemingly impossible rise of the man who played Mr. Sulu in Star Trek many, many moons ago as a modern day cultural icon and gay rights activist is, in itself, worthy of attention. It’s a story that has its beginnings here in America inside bleak internment camps   ...

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Life Itself - Movie Review

Life Itself - Movie ReviewRoger Ebert might have been robbed of his ability to talk but he was never robbed of his voice. That’s the point of director Steve James’ documentary about this recently passed true American icon. That and to make you cry. This touching portrait of a critic  ...

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Scanners: Criterion Collection (1981) - Blu-ray Review

Scanners - Blu-ray ReviewGrateful Dead.  Janis Joplin.  The Band.  Buddy Guy.  What do they all have in common?  Well, other than being fantastic rock bands, artists, and live performers, they once upon a time in 1970 shared the same train as it traveled through Canada and played a series of  ...

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Deadly Eyes (1982) - Blu-ray Review

Deadly Eyes - Blu-ray ReviewHailing from the early part of the dreaded 1980’s, it is safe to say that Deadly Eyes is not the most technically brilliant film ever made about marauding rats terrorizing humans and trains alike in subway tunnels. It is a Canadian low budget film made in the era of practical  ...

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