THE ROLLING STONES: HYDE PARK LIVE 1969 [BLU-RAY]: (1969) "For historical purposes, The Rolling Stones: Hyde Park Live 1969 proves worthwhile. Unfortunately, it doesn’t offer an especially good document of an important gig, as it leaves out way too much music to satisfy." Starring The Rolling Stones. Eagle Rock Entertainment, $19.98, 7/24/2015
THE LONGEST RIDE [BLU-RAY]: (2015) "Compared to other films based on Nicholas Sparks’ novels, The Longest Ride shows relative restraint and subtlety. Unfortunately, it comes with two dull romantic narratives and never demonstrates enough personality to become interesting." Starring Britt Robertson, Scott Eastwood. Fox, $39.99, 7/14/2015.
THE WATER DIVINER [BLU-RAY]: (2015) "As Russell Crowe’s directorial debut, The Water Diviner becomes a respectable effort. A few notable missteps harm the project but it comes with enough positives to keep us involved." Starring Russell Crowe, Olga Kurylenko. Warner, $44.95, 7/28/2015.
X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST - THE ROGUE CUT [BLU-RAY]: (2014) "In relation to the rest of the series, X-Men: Days of Future Past offers a middle of the pack experience. It keeps us moderately involved but it never turns into anything especially exciting, and this disc’s “Rogue Cut” fails to improve the original." Starring Hugh Jackman, James McAvoy. Fox, $29.99, 7/14/2015.
JUSTICE LEAGUE: GODS AND MONSTERS [BLU-RAY]: (2015) "With an intriguing “alternate universe” premise, Justice League: Gods and Monsters looked like it’d offer a good adventure. Unfortunately, it suffers from pacing problems as well as a generally dull narrative." Starring Benjamin Bratt, Michael C. Hall. Warner, $24.98, 7/28/2015.
FRIDAY THE 13TH PART 8: JASON TAKES MANHATTAN [BLU-RAY]: (1989) "Would I call Friday the 13th Part VIII: Jason Takes Manhattan a good movie? No, but it stands as one of the better flicks in the series, especially compared with the two total duds that preceded it. Moderately clever and inventive, it presents one of the more entertaining Friday films." Starring Kane Hodder, Lar Park-Lincoln. Paramount, $129.95, 9/13/2013.
WHAT WE DO IN THE SHADOWS [BLU-RAY]: (2015) "With What We Do In the Shadows, we get a parody of the vampire genre. Although the movie scores the occasional laugh, it runs way too long and doesn’t keep us with it the whole time." Starring Taika Waititi, Jemaine Clement. Paramount, $39.99, 7/21/2015.
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