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Evilspeak (1981) - Blu-ray Review

Evilspeak - Blu-ray ReviewThe passing of time favors 1981’s Evilspeak, a film a little too late to ride the whole Satanic scene of the late 1970’s but way in front of the curve as far as computers are concerned. Starring Clint Howard as a military cadet so bullied that he turns to Satanic forces via a  ...

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Godzilla: Tokyo S.O.S./Godzilla: Final Wars (2003/2004) - Blu-ray Review

Godzilla Final Wars - Blu-ray ReviewMothra and the two singing fairies return in the 27th Godzilla film, Godzilla: Tokyo S.O.S. much to the satisfaction of die-hard fans. The errors of director Masaaki Tezuka and Masahiro Yokotani’s script are forgivable in light of the massive action scenes on display ...

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Godzilla vs. MechaGodzilla / Godzilla vs. SpaceGodzilla (1993, 1994) - Blu-ray Review

Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla - Blu-rayWhen the winged menace of Rodan – long thought dead – returns to attack the innocent, who are you gonna call? Godzilla, that’s who! As long as you can guarantee that the mutated dinosaur is on your side. And when you can’t, you better hope to hell that  ...

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Godzilla vs. Destroyah/Godzilla vs. MegaGuirus (1995/2000) - Blu-ray Review

Godzilla vs Destroyah - blu-ray Review…which brings us to the death of the original Godzilla. After 22 films and countless battles, Toho paves the way for the American version of Godzilla and kills off the one and only King of the Monsters. Directed by Takao Okawara, with special effects by Koichi Kawakita,   ...

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Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah / Godzilla vs. Mothra (1991, 1992) - Blu-ray Review

King Ghidora/Godzilla vs. Mothra - Blu-ray ReviewThis May the Toho Company, Ltd – known around the world for their special effects bonanza of man-in-a-rubber-suit monster flicks - strikes back with quite an impressive haul of Godzilla vs. titles for your blu-ray player. While some titles  ...

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Carrie - Blu-ray Review

Carrie - Movie Review‘She was a chunky girl with pimples on her neck and back and buttocks, her wet hair completely without color.' -Stephen King The story that gave Stephen King to the world has been adapted as a cinematic horror classic once before. Having nearly every horror classic  ...

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Non-Stop - Blu-ray Review

Non-Stop - Movie ReviewProving that he’s not going down without a fight, 61-year-old Liam Neeson returns for another early year no-brainer action flick (something like six films in as many years) in Non-Stop. This time he’s an alcoholic air marshal receiving threatening texts while on board a  ...

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Escape Plan - Blu-ray Review

Escape PlanMarketed as the first film to feature old action dogs Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger together as top-billed stars in the same film, Escape Plan is not the high-octane action thriller we were led to believe. Ironically however, neither is it the compelling ...

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The Spectacular Spider-Man: The Complete Series - Blu-ray Review

The Spectacular Spider-man: The complete Series - Blu-ray ReviewFrom the sharp writing to the clever plotting, The Spectacular Spider-Man – appearing on the Kids' WB programming block of The CW and later on Marvel's sister network Disney XD from 2008 to 2009 – ended much too quickly. Series creators Greg Weisman and Victor  ...

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Get Carter (1971) - Blu-ray Review

Get Carter - Blu-ray ReviewAnd the controversy continues. Violent and heavy on the nudity, Get Carter is a rather mean-spirited revenge flick that earns its reputation alongside Michael Caine’s badass performance as Jack Carter, a man on a mission. He won’t be content until it is completed  ...

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Touch of Evil (1958) - Blu-ray Review

Touch of Evil - Blu-ray Review“I close this memo with a very earnest plea that you consent to this brief visual pattern to which I gave so many long hard days of work.” That is the closing line in writer/director Orson Welles’ 58-page memo to Universal after finally seeing the studio’s version of his movie.   ...

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Philomena - Blu-ray Review

Philomena - Blu-ray ReviewLeave it to Judi Dench, who squeezes every bit of emotion from each and every closeup in Stephen Frears’ movie, to actually bring a tear to my eye. Philomena is a heart wrenching road trip from Ireland to America and then back to the homeland that is definitely worth taking  ...

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Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones - Blu-ray Review

Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones Movie Review"Every time I try to get out, they pull me back in," screams Al Pacino in The Godfather III.  I now know how he feels.  Honestly, the only way to begin a review of Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones is with that famous non-haunted quote.  Why? Because ...

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The Lego Movie - Blu-ray Review

The Lego MovieRaise your hand if you thought making yet another movie based on a children’s toy was a terrible idea. And keep it up if The Lego Movie’s trailers did nothing to convince you otherwise that a feature-length movie starring those dastardly little plastic land mines would end  ...

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Bad Ass 2: Bad Asses

Bad Ass 2 - Blu-ray reviewAging Bad Ass Frank Vega (Danny Trejo) returns to protect his Los Angeles neighborhood from the villains, the heathens, and the drug lords that surround his boxing community center. But this time he has help from a local bodega owner Bernie  ...

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