DEATHSTROKE: KNIGHTS & DRAGONS [BLU-RAY] (2020): "With Deathstroke: Knights & Dragons, a secondary comic character gets his time to shine. Unfortunately, the movie lacks dramatic heft, as it relies on tacky melodrama and graphic violence rather than compelling storytelling." Starring Michael Chiklis, Sasha Alexander. Warner, $24.98, 8/18/2020.
FAST FIVE [4K UHD] (2011): "After 10 years, the Fast and the Furious franchise continued to rake in the big bucks – and I continued to feel somewhat befuddled by its appeal. Fast Five became a sizable hit but it never goes much of anywhere, as the characters, story and action all remain somewhat pedestrian." Starring Vin Diesel, Paul Walker. Universal, $29.98, 10/2/2018.
THE HIGH NOTE [BLU-RAY] (2020): "A romantic comedy set in the world of show business, The High Note fares best when it stays with love and laughs. The film’s narrative branches out into melodrama too often, though, and those moments make it sag." Starring Dakota Johnson, Tracee Ellis Ross. Universal, $19.98, 8/11/2020.
GAMERA VS. JIGER [BLU-RAY] (1970): "Though the sixth film in six years, Gamera vs. Jiger becomes one of the franchise’s more satisfying efforts. While I can’t claim it excels, it capitalizes on the property’s strengths and avoids some of the usual pitfalls." Starring Tsutomu Takakuwa, Kelly Varis. Arrow, $179.95, 8/18/2020.
GAMERA VS. GUIRON [BLU-RAY] (1969): "Arguably the most ambitious effort in the series to date, Gamera vs. Guiron comes with real potential. However, it lacks commitment to its themes and ends up as a shoddy mix of bad effects and lackluster action." Starring Toru Takatsuka, Carl Craig. Arrow, $179.95, 8/18/2020.
THE GREEN HORNET [BLU-RAY 3D] (2011): "On the surface, The Green Hornet should’ve been a miscast disaster, but the movie actually manages to entertain. Sure, it’s not especially consistent, but it manages enough action and comedy to succeed." Starring Seth Rogen, Jay Chou. Sony, $19.95, 5/3/2011.
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