NO ALTERNATIVE [BLU-RAY] (2018): "Despite its semi-autobiographical nature, No Alternative never manages to feel especially convincing as a coming of age drama. The movie packs in too much narrative material for its 97 minutes and little of it works." Starring Michaela Cavazos, Conor Proft. Gravitas, $19.99, 4/2/2019.
NIGHT OF THE WEREWOLF [BLU-RAY] (1981): "Although I enjoyed my prior experiences with the films of Paul Naschy, Night of the Werewolf left me cold. Too slow and without much drama, the movie failed to turn into an effective horror experience." Starring Paul Naschy, Julia Saly. Shout! Factory, $79.97, 6/20/2017.
JUSTICE LEAGUE VS. THE FATAL FIVE [BLU-RAY] (2019): "When it concentrates on action, Justice League Vs. the Fatal Five offers a pretty fun adventure. It loses some points due to semi-messy storytelling, but there’s more to like than dislike here." Starring Elyes Gabel, Diane Guerrero. Warner, $24.98, 4/16/2019.
JUMANJI: WELCOME TO THE JUNGLE [4K UHD] (2017): "An unexpected box office hit, Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle offers a fun update on the source. The 4K UHD becomes an obvious upgrade over the Blu-ray, especially in terms of visuals." Starring Dwayne Johnson, Kevin Hart. Sony, $30.99, 3/20/2018.
A FACE IN THE CROWD: CRITERION COLLECTION [BLU-RAY] (1957): "Though aspects of the way it depicts society seem quaint compared to modern politics, A Face in the Crowd nonetheless offers a powerful, prophetic tale. Packed with strong performances and a timeless theme, the movie holds up well after more than six decades." Starring Andy Griffith, Patricia Neal. Criterion, $39.95, 4/23/19.
WELCOME TO MARWEN [BLU-RAY] (2018): "With an intriguing premise based on a fascinating real-life story as well as a talented cast/crew, Welcome to Marwen prompted reasonably high expectations. Unfortunately, it dashed these, as the film offers a mawkish, erratic and melodramatic affair." Starring Steve Carell, Leslie Mann. Universal, $34.98, 4/9/2019.
GLASS [BLU-RAY] (2019): "After more than 18 years, M. Night Shyamalan concludes his “Unbreakable Trilogy” with Glass. Though not on a par with the first film in the series, it seems vastly superior to the silly Split and it finishes matters on a positive note." Starring Samuel L. Jackson, Bruce Willis, James McAvoy. Universal, $34.98, 4/16/2019.
THE GLASS BOTTOM BOAT [BLU-RAY] (1966): "At times, a talented cast brings a little life to The Glass Bottom Boat. However, the movie largely becomes a borderline incoherent of silly sequences without much to hold the whole package together." Starring Doris Day, Rod Taylor. Warner, $21.99, 3/26/2019.
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