LA LA LAND [BLU-RAY] (2016): "An homage to classic Hollywood musicals, La La Land keeps us moderately engaged via the charm of its stars. However, the movie seems too derivative, and it falters in too many other ways to become a strong musical in its own right." Starring Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone. Lionsgate, $9.99, 4/25/2017.
LIZZIE [BLU-RAY] (2018): "As it relates a famous historical murder, Lizzie tries too hard to stand as a social statement for our times. As such, we get a movie heavy on trite symbolism and light on actual story and character beats." Starring ChloŽ Sevigny, Kristen Stewart. Lionsgate, $14.99, 12/11/2018.
THE WAR OF THE WORLDS: CRITERION COLLECTION [BLU-RAY] (1953): "I know that it maintains a prominent status in the history of science-fiction flicks, but nearly 70 years down the road, The War of the Worlds doesnít offer much entertainment for modern audiences." Starring Gene Barry, Ann Robinson. Criterion, $39.95, 7/7/2020.
JERRY MAGUIRE [4K UHD] (1996): "Cameron Crowe hit his commercial peak with 1996ís Jerry Maguire. I donít view it as his best creative endeavor, but the film manages to offer an enjoyable and endearing romantic comedy." Starring Tom Cruise, Renee Zellweger. Sony, $164.99, 6/16/2020.
A LEAGUE OF THEIR OWN [4K UHD] (1992): "How can you resist a movie in which a ballplayer signs his autograph, 'Avoid the clap - Jimmy Dugan'? I canít. A League of Their Own presents a terrific film that works for a wide variety of audiences." Starring Tom Hanks, Geena Davis. Sony, $164.99, 6/16/2020.
JACK THE GIANT SLAYER [BLU-RAY 3D] (2013): "At times Jack the Giant Slayer becomes a decent action flick, but it doesnít ever become better than average, and a variety of flaws keep it from anything more than that. Itís a passable diversion and thatís about it." Starring Nicholas Hoult, Eleanor Tomlinson. New Line, $19.98, 6/18/2013.
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