Film Review: “The Founder”

4 Stars. The Founder zips along on the boundless energy that Keaton infuses into Ray Kroc.

Film Review: “Split”

“Split” isn’t quite a return to form for Shyamalan, but more of an evolutionary step in his directing and writing

Film Review: “20th Century Women”

The film does have some problems with its pacing, but the energy jumps up when any of the three female leads are on screen.

Blu-ray Review “The Accountant”

Starring: Ben Affleck, Anna Kendrick, J.K. Simmons, Jon Bernthal, Jeffrey Tambor, Cynthia Addai-Robinson Director: Gavin O’Connor Rated: R Studio: Warner Brothers Release Date: January 10, 2017 Run Time: 128 minutes Film: 4 out of 5 stars Blu-ray: 4 out of 5 stars Extras: 2.5 out of 5 stars Ben Affleck has been a busy guy […]

Blu-ray Review “The Monster”

Actors: Zoe Kazan, Ella Ballentine, Scott Speedman, Aaron Douglas Directors: Bryan Bertino Rated: R Studio: LIONSGATE Release Date: January 24, 2017 Run Time: 91 minutes Film: 3 out of 5 stars Blu-ray: 3.5 out of 5 stars Extras: 1.5 out of 5 stars I was excited for the film, “The Monster” due to the use […]

Blu-ray Review “USS Indianapolis: Men of Courage”

Actors: Nicolas Cage, Matt Lanter, Thomas Jane, Tom Sizemore Directors: Mario Van Peebles Rated: R Studio: Lionsgate Release Date: January 24, 2017 Run Time: 131 minutes Film: 2 out of 5 stars Blu-ray: 3.5 out of 5 stars Extras: 1 out of 5 stars Whenever I think about the story of the USS Indianapolis, I […]

Film Review: “Elle”

“Elle” is an unpredictable journey that explores the psyche of a woman; Not a victim.

Film Review: “Silence”

“Silence” is not just an intense examination of religion, but it’s a study of societal ethics and personal morality as it relates to history, culture and your community.

Film Review: “Live By Night”

Directed with an obvious love for the genre, “Live By Night” is a stylish – man did they know how to dress back then – film that overcomes some obvious errors with a first rate cast.

Film Review: “A Monster Calls”

Outside of its wonderfully distinct style, it’s a deep observation about the power of loss and the capacity of absolute truth. “A Monster Calls” is a soulful metaphor for anyone who’s mature enough and open enough to feel, think and grow

Film Review: “Hidden Figures”

Uplifting, if not a little heavy handed, “Hidden Figures” is based on the true story of three very remarkable women and all three stars make the wise choice of not being stereotypical in their performances

Blu-ray Review “Deepwater Horizon”

Actors: Kurt Russell, Mark Wahlberg, James DuMont, Douglas M. Griffin, Joe Chrest Directors: Peter Berg Rated: PG-13 Studio: Lionsgate DVD Release Date: January 10, 2017 Run Time: 107 minutes Film: 2.5 out of 5 stars Blu-ray: 4 out of 5 stars Extras: 3.5 out of 5 stars “Deepwater Horizon” is the latest team-up between director […]

Blu-ray Review “Train to Busan”

Starring: Yoo Gong, Ma Dong-Suk, Yu-mi Jeong, Woo-sik Choi, Sohee, Soo-an Kim Director: Sang-ho Yeon Distributed by: Well Go USA Running Time: 118 min Release Date: Jan 17, 2017 Film: 3.5 out of 5 stars Blu-ray: 3.5 out of 5 stars Extras: 2 out of 5 stars I came across the film, “Train to Busan”, […]

Blu-ray Review “31”

Actors: Malcolm McDowell, Elizabeth Daily, Meg Foster, Sheri Moon Zombie, Daniel Roebuck, Judy Geeson Director: Rob Zombie Rated: R Studio: Lionsgate Release Date: December 20, 2016 Run Time: 103 minutes Film: 3 out of 5 stars Blu-ray: 4 out of 5 stars Extras: 3.5 out of stars I have been following this project from very […]

Blu-ray Review “Blair Witch”

Actors: James Allen McCune, Callie Hernandez, Brandon Scott, Valorie Curry, Corbin Reid Directors: Adam Wingard Rated: R Studio: Lionsgate Release Date: January 3, 2017 Run Time: 89 minutes Film: 4 out of 5 stars Blu-ray: 4 out of 5 stars Extras: 4 out of 5 stars “Blair Witch” was previously known as “The Woods”. This […]

Blu-ray Review “American Honey”

Starring: Sasha Lane, Shia LaBeouf, Arielle Holmes, Riley Keough, Will Patton Director: Andrea Arnold Rated: R Studio: Lionsgate Release Date: December 27, 2016 Run Time: 162 minutes Film: 2 out of 5 stars Blu-ray: 3.5 out of 5 stars Extras: 1/2 out of 5 stars I heard a little bit of hype around this film […]

Film Review: “Lion”

Powerful. That is how I’d best describe “Lion.”

Film Review: “Fences”

Working with a screenplay by playwright August Wilson, Denzel Washington crafts a fine film as a director, opening up the once stage set drama and giving each actor a place to share their story

Film Review: “Jackie”

Natalie Portman captures every facet of Jacqueline Kennedy. The smiling, laughing young woman and the embittered widow, refusing to change out of her clothes, stained with her husband’s blood

Film Review: “Passengers”

“Passengers” is a movie about a relationship built on selfish lies, stalking and entitlement. It’s attempt at romance and a cutesy happy ending are stomach-turning

Film Review: “Sing”

Despite its lack of storytelling imagination and original songs, “Sing” is still an adorable movie with an IPod stuck on shuffle soundtrack

Kansas City Film Critics Name “Manchester by the Sea” the Best Film of 2016 During Presentation of 51st Annual James Loutzenhiser Awards

Manchester by the Sea was chosen as the Best Film of 2016 by The Kansas City Film Critics Circle, the 2nd oldest critics group in the country.

Blu-ray Review “Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children”

Actors: Eva Green, Asa Butterfield, Samuel L. Jackson, Ella Purnell, Judi Dench, Allison Janney Director: Tim Burton Rated: PG-13 Studio: 20th Century Fox Release Date: December 13, 2016 Run Time: 127 minutes Film: 2 out of 5 stars Blu-ray: 4 out of 5 stars Extras: 3 out of 5 stars I am a huge life […]

Blu-ray Review “Morgan”

Starring: Rose Leslie, Kate Mara, Anya Taylor-Joy, Paul Giamatti, Boyd Holbrook, Toby Jones Director: Luke Scott Rated: R Studio: 20th Century Fox Release Date: December 13, 2016 Run Time: 92 minutes Film: 2.5 out of 5 stars Blu-ray: 4 out of 5 stars Extras: 3 out of 5 stars “Morgan” is a film that probably […]

Film Review: “La La Land”

“La La Land” is a love letter to a bygone era of cinema and antiquated model of love

Film director Jeff Santo talks about “This Old Cub”

Film director, and son of Cubs great Ron Santo, Jeff Santo talks about “This Old Cub”

GHOST IN THE SHELL Limited Steelbook Packaging with Exclusive Mondo artwork coming to Blu-ray + Digital HD March 14, 2017

BEVERLY HILLS, CA – (December 13, 2016) The groundbreaking anime film Ghost in the Shellarrives on Blu-ray™ + Digital HD with limited-edition Mondo key art in collectible Steelbook packaging from Anchor Bay Entertainment on March 14, 2017. The groundbreaking anime celebrated the 25thanniversary of the original Manga in 2014. Directed by legendary anime director Mamoru […]

Film Review: “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story”

“Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” is a fine stand-alone film and one that will have you anticipating “Episode VIII,” which is just a short 367 days away!

DVD Review “Elena of Avalor: Ready to Rule”

Actors: Aimee Carrero, Jenna Ortega, Chris Parnell, Yvette Nicole Brown, Carlos Alazraqui Studio: Buena Vista Home Entertainment DVD Release Date: December 6, 2016 Run Time: 90 minutes Our Score: 4 out of 5 stars “Elena of Avalor” is the latest Disney channel kids series. It also has immediately won the love of my four year […]

Film Review: “Manchester by the Sea”

Featuring award-worthy performances from its three leads, “Manchester by the Sea,” is the perfect drama to off-set a multiplex full of Bad Santas and Dwayne Johnson.

Film Review: “Office Christmas Party”

“Office Christmas Party” isn’t going to become a holiday staple like “Christmas Vacation” or “Bad Santa.” It’s a handful of laughs and short escapism for those who don’t want to watch one of the Oscar hopefuls.

Film Review: “Nocturnal Animals”

“Nocturnal Animals” delivers a slow reveal that will surely dissatisfy many, while simply turning off others in the first few minutes, but please those who hang with it and scratch beneath the surface.

Blu-ray Review “End of a Gun”

Actors: Steven Seagal, Florin Piersic Jr., Jacob Grodnik, Jonathan Rosenthal, Radu Andrei Micu Directors: Keoni Waxman Rated: R Studio: Lionsgate Release Date: December 13, 2016 Run Time: 93 minutes Film: 2.5 out of 5 stars Blu-ray: 3 out of 5 stars Extras: 0 out of 5 stars “End of a Gun” is the latest direct-to-Blu-ray […]

Blu-ray Review “Jason Bourne”

Actors: Matt Damon, Tommy Lee Jones, Alicia Vikander, Vincent Cassel, Julia Stiles Directors: Paul Greengrass Rated: PG-13 Studio: Universal Studios Home Entertainment Release Date: December 6, 2016 Run Time: 123 minutes Film: 3 out of 5 stars Blu-ray: 4.5 out of 5 stars Extras: 2 out of 5 stars My issue with the “Bourne” franchise […]

Blu-ray Review “Fear the Walking Dead: The Complete Second Season”

Actors: Kim Dickens, Cliff Curtis, Frank Dillane, Alycia Debnam Carey Number of discs: 5 Rated: Not Rated Studio: ANCHOR BAY Release Date: December 13, 2016 Run Time: 648 minutes Season: 2.5 out of 5 stars Blu-ray: 3.5 out of 5 stars Extras: 3.5 out of 5 stars Man I tried, I tried! I really hated […]

Blu-ray Review “Don’t Breathe”

Actors: Dylan Minnette, Jane Levy, Stephen Lang, Daniel Zovatto Directors: Fede Alvarez Rated: R Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment Release Date: November 29, 2016 Film: 3 out of 5 stars Blu-ray: 3.5 out of 5 stars Extras: 3 out of 5 stars I had really solid expectations for the film “Don’t Breathe”. The director Fede […]

Blu-ray 3D/4K Ultra HD Review “The Secret Life of Pets”

Actors: Louis C.K., Eric Stonestreet, Kevin Hart, Jenny Slate, Ellie Kemper Directors: Chris Renaud Rated: PG Studio: Universal Studios Home Entertainment Release Date: December 6, 2016 Run Time: 91 minutes Film: 4.5 out of 5 stars Blu-ray: 5 out of 5 stars 3D: 4.5 out of 5 stars Extras: 4 out of 5 stars From […]

Blu-ray Review “The BFG”

Filled with not funny fart jokes throughout… this was a complete failure in my book.

Blu-ray Review “The Hollars”

PLEASE watch this movie just make sure to have some tissues handy

Blu-ray Review “War Dogs”

Actors: Jonah Hill, Miles Teller, Ana de Armas Directors: Todd Phillips Studio: Warner Brothers DVD Release Date: November 22, 2016 Run Time: 120 minutes Film: 3 out of 5 stars Blu-ray: 3.5 out of 5 stars Extras: 2 out of 5 stars This film had such potential going in. The director of “The Hangover” mixed […]

Blu-ray Review “Mechanic: Resurrection”

Actors: Jason Statham, Jessica Alba, Tommy Lee Jones, Michelle Yeoh Directors: Dennis Gansel Rated: R Studio: Lionsgate Release Date: November 22, 2016 Run Time: 105 minutes Film: 3 out of 5 stars Blu-ray: 4 out of 5 stars Extras: 3.5 out of 5 stars “Mechanic: Resurrection” is the sequel that no buddy asked for. Hollywood […]

Blu-ray Review “Hands of Stone”

Actors: Robert De Niro, Edgar Ramírez, Usher Raymond, Ellen Barkin Directors: Jonathan Jakubowicz Rated: R Studio: ANCHOR BAY Release Date: November 22, 2016 Run Time: 105 minutes Film: 3 out of 5 stars Blu-ray: 3.5 out of 5 stars Extras: 2 out of 5 stars Normally, I am not a huge fan of sports films. Just […]

Film Review: “Moana”

Both brilliant and breathtaking, “Moana” is sure to be the next Disney classic. The characters are beautifully established and the actors behind them are pitch perfect.

Film Review: “Bad Santa 2”

“Bad Santa 2” isn’t a genuine sequel. It’s a greedy studio cash grab in the season of giving.

Film Review: “Loving”

While “Loving” strikes many emotional chords, I was left with more questions than answers.

DVD Review “Game of Thrones: The Complete Sixth Season”

Starring: Peter Dinklage, Lena Headey, Emilia Clarke, Kit Harington, Sophie Turner, Maisie Williams Number of discs: 5 Studio: HBO Studio DVD Release Date: November 15, 2016 Running Time: 590 minutes Season: 3.5 out of 5 stars Extras: 3.5 out of 5 stars When season 5 ended of “Game of Thrones” I was head over heels […]

Blu-ray Review “Black Sails: The Complete Third Season”

Actors: Toby Stephens, Ray Stevenson, Zach McGowan, Luke Arnold, Jessica Parker Kennedy Number of discs: 3 Rated: NR Studio: ANCHOR BAY DVD Release Date: November 8, 2016 Run Time: 549 minutes Season: 3.5 out of 5 stars Blu-ray: 4.5 out of 5 stars Extras: 3 out of 5 stars Black Sails is a great show […]

Film Review “Bleed for This”

This is another in a list of fine performances by Miles Teller, who was so good in last year’s “Whiplash.” Here he captures the ego of Pazienza perfectly, making a man whose boasting should make him unlikable actually become someone to care about.

Blu-ray Review “Finding Dory”

Every time I watch it it only gets better and better…and BETTER!

Blu-ray Review “Army Of One”

Actors: Nicolas Cage, Russell Brand, Rainn Wilson, Wendi McLendon-Covey, Paul Scheer Directors: Larry Charles Rated: R Studio: ANCHOR BAY Release Date: November 15, 2016 Run Time: 93 minutes Film: 2.5 out of 5 stars Blu-ray: 3 out of 5 stars Extras: 1 out of 5 stars Poor Nicolas Cage. This guy was at the top […]

Film Review: “Arrival”

“Arrival” is a profoundly tragic and beautiful sci-fi movie that transcends its interstellar subject material with an introspective look at what it means to be human

Film Review: “Christine”

“Christine” is the story of television personality Christine Chubbuck and is an in-depth look into a problem that was either misdiagnosed or just ignored: depression.

Blu-ray Review “Hell or High Water”

“Hell Or High Water” easily has some of the best performances of the year

Blu-ray Review “Nerve”

If you are a Millenial that like to tweet, Instagram or whatever else you kids do, you will enjoy this but anyone over 30 should steer clear.

Film Review: “Doctor Strange”

Outside of being the most mentally and spiritually stimulating entry into the Marvel movie catalog, “Doctor Strange” features a superhero that prefers brains over brawn.

Film Review: “Hacksaw Ridge”

“Hacksaw Ridge” relies on strong performances and brilliant storytelling to tell the story without being heavy-handed.

Blu-Ray Review: “T.A.M.I. Show and The Big T.N.T Show”

Fans of classic rock and soul can now own the legendary concert film “T.A.M.I. Show” along with its long -lost and much requested follow up “The Big T.N.T Show”.

Blu-ray Review “Mr. Church”

Actors: Eddie Murphy, Britt Robertson, Natascha McElhone, Xavier Samuel, Lucy Fry Directors: Bruce Beresford Rated: PG-13 Studio: Lionsgate Release Date: October 25, 2016 Run Time: 105 minutes Film: 3 out of 5 stars Blu-ray: 3.5 out of 5 stars Extras: 3 out of 5 stars Eddie Murphy hasn’t had the best of luck recently. His […]

Film Review: “Inferno”

I found “Inferno” quite boring at times, wishing I had paid my money to have someone read the book to me, which would have been more exciting than what was happening on screen.

Official and Poster Released Trailer for “V/H/S” spinoff, “SiREN”!

SiREN will be released in theaters on December 2nd and on VOD, Digital HD and DVD on December 6th

DVD Review “Doc McStuffins: Toy Hospital”

I wish the DVD continued the “Toy Hospital” trend though and included more episodes from season four

NYC Metrograph to Host Paul Schrader Retrospect

To honor a career that has spanned more than four decades, The Metrograph in New York City will be hosting a retrospect of Paul Schrader

Film Review “Oasis: Supersonic”

Running over two hours, I felt like it could have been summed up in a one hour MTV special

DVD Review “Feed the Beast: Season 1”

With a show coming from the minds of the people behind “Dexter” and “Nurse Jackie”, I expected much more

Film Review: “American Honey”

“American Honey” grew on me, much like a melancholy memory from my youth. I may not have enjoyed the experience at the time, but looking back on it I slowly begin to understand its importance and significance.

Film Review: “The Accountant”

Smartly directed, with a nice twist in the story, “The Accountant” rests squarely on the shoulders of Ben Affleck.

DVD Review: “Wild Oats”

A small film with big laughs, “Wild Oats” is one you should look for next time you’re at the video store.

Blu-ray Review “Swiss Army Man”

Actors: Daniel Radcliffe, Paul Dano, Mary Elizabeth Winstead Directors: Daniel Scheinert, Daniel Kwan Rated: R Studio: A24 Release Date: October 4, 2016 Run Time: 97 minutes Film: 4 out of 5 stars Blu-ray: 4.5 out of 5 stars Extras: 3.5 out of 5 stars Tired of non-stop superhero movies? Reboots? Sequels? Prequels? Well, luckily there […]

“Marvel’s HULK: Where Monsters Dwell” premiering Oct. 21 on Digital HD!

Hulk, Dr. Strange and the Howling Commandoes join forces to defeat Nightmare in this action-packed, feature-length film premiering Oct. 21 on Digital HD!

Film Review: “The Birth of a Nation”

Haunting. When people have asked me my opinion of “The Birth of a Nation,” that is the word I’ve used most. The story, the images, the history…

Film Review: “The Girl on the Train”

“The Girl on the Train” will most likely be compared to 2014’s “Gone Girl” which is really unfair. “The Girl on the Train” isn’t as smart, witty, or amusingly dark as “Gone Girl”.

Blu-ray Review “Kingsglaive: Final Fantasy XV”

Slow moving, all over the place and very hard to follow

DVD Review “Amazonia”

Actors: Martin Sheen Directors: Thierry Ragobert Rated: G Studio: Lionsgate DVD Release Date: October 4, 2016 Run Time: 93 minutes Film: 3.5 out of 5 stars Extras: 2.5 out of 5 stars Originally released in France in 2003, this film was re-narrated with Martin Sheen (“The West Wing”) and released in the US. I have […]

Film Review: “Masterminds”

The script has fun with the film’s premise and setting, which is the late 90’s where everyone in the South hangs out, robs banks and hire hitmen. With every instance you can’t help but be amazed how such a stupid group of people could pull off the biggest cash robbery in United States history.

Film Review: “Deepwater Horizon”

The absolute panic and mayhem that takes over when the rig finally explodes into a massive fireball is intense to watch. This isn’t like most disaster movies where people complete inhuman feats of heroism to escape, this is blue collar men and women finding a way to survive in a scenario none of them were trained or prepared for.

“Army of One” with Russell Brand & Nicolas Cage Available on Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD and On Demand November 15, 2016

ONE MAN’S MOSTLY TRUE QUEST TO CAPTURE OSAMA BIN LADEN

Media Mikes 2016 Fall/Holiday Movie Preview

With the end of summer comes the beginning of fall and the start of Hollywood’s “Prestige Movie Push!”

Blu-ray Review “Supernatural: The Complete Eleventh Season”

“Supernatural” is quite a marvel in terms of television that is going on 12 seasons now and honestly shows no end in sight.

Blu-ray Review “The Neon Demon”

I found myself holding my breath and unable to look away at this marvel! If you enjoy something that isn’t a sequel or remake/reboot, this is a must see!

Film Review: “The Magnificent Seven”

“Magnificent Seven” is a stick of dynamite blast half the time, but the other half of the time it’s like watching a tumbleweed blow unenthusiastically in the wind.

Blu-ray 3D Review “Warcraft 3D”

The visual effects on this film were simply amazing. I LOVED the 3D effects, in fact they were the best that I have seen in a movie since “Edge of Tomorrow” with Tom Cruise

“Wild Oats,” starring Shirley MacLaine and Jessica Lange, heading to DVD/VOD on 10/4

Two legends have teamed up for the first time in the film “Wild Oats,” which will be released on DVD and Video on Demand on Tuesday, October 4th.

Film Review: “Blair Witch”

The Blair Witch has entered the digital age. It’s no longer trapped in the Circuit City video camera age with a $22,000 budget. It now has drones, Bluetooth headset cameras, and $5 million to play with. And maybe that’s why it has inherently lost a lot of its horror charm and bite.

Blu-ray Review “Now You See Me 2”

“Now You See Me” was a good film…but it was not a film that was asking for sequel in any way. The only thing that the unnecessary sequel does is enlarge its cast.

Film Review: “Sully”

Centuries from now, should movies still be being made, film historians will still be talking about Tom Hanks and Clint Eastwood…if you want to introduce your little one to a true hero, introduce them to “Sully.”

Blu-ray Review “Equals”

When I started watching “Equals”, I got very excited because it has this really cool futuristic feel to it that I was digging. Unfortunately by the end it wasn’t able to hang on tightly to that vibe and ended up feeling very generic and forgettable.

Film Review: “The Light Between Oceans”

Full of inconsistent time jumps and heavy handed foreshadowing, “The Light Between Oceans” starts off strong but peters out by the time the film ends…about 40 minutes too late.

Film Review: “Morgan”

Whenever the movie gets close to developing a theme or message, it reverts back to finding meaning behind violence like a Kindergartener throwing a temper tantrum, frustrated that it couldn’t find a way to expel upon its interesting premise. If this is the final movie of the summer, the summer certainly went out on an uncreative whimper.

Blu-ray Review “Star Wars Rebels: Complete Season Two”

he best part of the season was the return of Ahsoka Tano, Darth Maul and introduction of… Darth Vader.

Blu-ray Review “The Jungle Book (2016)”

The visuals were amazing and at times it was almost difficult to see the line between real and CGI with the characters but I wasn’t grabbed in

Blu-ray Review: “The Commitments” 25th Anniversary Edition

If it’s been 25 years since you saw “The Commitments,” I urge you to see it again. If you haven’t seen it yet….what are you waiting for?

Blu-ray Review “Narcos: Season One”

The show is extremely engaging and locks you in from the very first episode

DVD Review “Castle: The Complete Eight and Final Season”

I have been a hardcore “Castle” fan since the very first episode. It is really hard for me to close the book on this series with “The Complete Eight and Final Season”.

Blu-ray Review “Ash vs Evil Dead: The Complete First Season”

The season is jam packed with enough amazing fanboy head explosion moments to satisfy any hardcore fan.

Blu-ray Review “Clown”

Probably recommend skipping this and watching “Stephen King’s IT”.

Film Review: “War Dogs”

Based on a true story, the action keeps the film flowing smoothly without becoming preachy. As one of the last films of the summer season, “War Dogs” is definitely one to watch before you end your summer vacation.

Film Review: “Kubo and the Two Strings”

“Kubo” will surely be keeping Disney and Pixar on the edge of their seat come award season. Laika Studios is proving to be a worthy adversary and showing that stop-motion can be just as colorfully lively, emotionally heartbreaking and creatively inspiring, than a lost fish in the sea or what your pets do while you’re at work.

Film Review: “Hell or High Water”

“Hell or High Water” captures the rustic West, the deep-seeded “Don’t Mess with Texas” attitude of its characters and the unflinching misery of living in impoverished small town America. It flips between jovial Western and teeth gritting thriller flawlessly.

DVD Reviews “Power Rangers Megaforce & Power Rangers Super Megaforce: The Complete Seasons”

Personally, I haven’t watched “Power Rangers” in a long time but watching these parts of this season I was easy drawn back in

Blu-ray Review “11.22.63”

“11.22.63” is a great Stephen King novel, which was ruined in it’s TV expansion by casting James Franco as the star.