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AT THE DEVIL'S DOOR [BLU-RAY]: (2014) "At times, At the Devil’s Door shows promise, mostly due to some unconventional elements. Unfortunately, it lacks much purpose and relies too much on cliché “scare beats” to prompt viewer attention."
Starring Ashley Rickards, Catalina Sandino Moreno. MPI, $29.98, 12/16/2014.
THE MAN WITH TWO BRAINS [WIDESCREEN]: (1983) "While not Steve Martin’s best work, The Man With Two Brains proves to be reasonably entertaining. It offers a silly piece with enough laughs to keep the viewer interested." Starring Steve Martin, Kathleen Turner. Warner Archives, $14.99, 12/16/14.
NO GOOD DEED [BLU-RAY]: (2014) "With just a little creativity and ingenuity, No Good Deed could’ve turned into a decent thriller. Unfortunately, the movie leaves no cliché untouched and it fails to ever threaten to become anything more than trite and tiresome." Starring Taraji P. Henson, Idris Elba. Sony, $35.99, 1/6/2015.
OCEAN'S TWELVE [BLU-RAY]: (2004) "When I initially watched Ocean’s Twelve back in 2005, I thought it provided a plodding, meandering dud. On second review, I still don’t think it’s nearly as good as the first movie, but it has its own charms. I admire the fact that it didn’t just copy its predecessor, and it delivers decent entertainment." Starring George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Julia Roberts. Warner, $14.98, 7/2/2012.
THE EQUALIZER: (2014) "A mixed bag, The Equalizer expands the TV series in an intriguing manner and comes with good performances and action. However, it plods a lot of the time due to the lack of interesting story, and its graphic violence can be a bit tough to take." Starring Denzel Washington, Chloe Grace Moretz. Sony, $35.99, 12/30/2014.
THE DEPARTED [BLU-RAY]: (2006) "While it forms an interesting picture, The Departed doesn’t match up with director Martin Scorsese’s best. It entertains and acts as a worthwhile experience, but it doesn’t leave a substantial impression like Scorsese’s more memorable material." Starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Matt Damon. Warner, $14.98, 2/13/2007.
THE GOOD LIE [BLU-RAY]: (2014) "A warm, effective inspirational drama, The Good Lie works due to its lack of overt sentiment. Instead, it remains understated and wins us over with quality character portraits." Starring Reese Witherspoon, Arnold Oceng. Warner, $35.99, 12/23/2014.
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