TRADING PLACES: 35TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION [BLU-RAY] (1983): "35 years after its initial release, Trading Places remains a reasonably charming and amusing piece of work. While the flick doesn’t excel at much, it maintains a nice sense of lightness and humor that allows it to succeed." Starring Dan Aykroyd, Eddie Murphy. Paramount, $14.99, 6/5/2018.
THE RETURN OF SWAMP THING [BLU-RAY] (1989): "A cheap sequel to the 1982 semi-hit, 1989’s The Return of Swamp Thing offers the tacky, silly experience most expected from the original film. Dumb, meandering and generally brainless, the movie offers virtually no cinematic pleasures." Starring Louis Jourdan, Heather Locklear. Arrow, $39.95, 5/15/2018.
BLACK PANTHER [4K UHD] (2018): "Although I like Black Panther, I don’t think it betters its superhero peers. The 4K UHD offers more expansive audio as well as sharper, smoother visuals than the Blu-ray." Starring Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan. Disney, $39.99, 5/15/2018.
THE 15:17 TO PARIS [BLU-RAY] (2018): "While it may not be the literal worst film of Clint Eastwood’s career, The 15:17 to Paris must be close to the nadir. Clumsy, amateurish, and borderline incoherent, the movie fails in almost every possible way." Starring Spencer Stone, Alek Skarlatos. Warner, $35.99, 5/22/2018.
RED SPARROW [BLU-RAY] (2018): "As much as I like Jennifer Lawrence, she can’t redeem the sluggish, messy Red Sparrow. The movie lacks narrative coherence and becomes a slow, tedious stab at a spy thriller." Starring Jennifer Lawrence, Joel Edgerton. Fox, $34.99, 5/22/2018.
PASSENGERS [BLU-RAY] (2016): "A commercial disappointment, Passengers lacks much to make a strong impression. It never turns into a bad movie but it doesn’t come together in a positive manner." Starring Chris Pratt, Jennifer Lawrence. Sony, $14.99, 3/14/2017.
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