Links: ‘Legend of the Sword’ offers little to like about an Arthurian reboot [Review]

So, I mostly hated this movie. “Charlie Hunnam has some great abs. “I say this not to simply grab attention, but because — no matter your sex, no matter your orientation — they might be the only thing worth appreciating about “King Arthur: Legend of the Sword.” In director Guy Ritchie’s vision of what makes men men, there is no doubt Hunnam is his ideal hero and that he has put in the work to play the role. “One might as well appreciate the results of that work, because beyond that “Legend of the Sword” takes everything worth loving about Continue reading

Links: Lego Batman Movie review for 22nd Century Media

It’s been a little while since I’ve had a chance to review a film for 22nd Century Media. I was happy, though, that I got back into it courtesy of “The Lego Batman Movie,” which is a ton of fun. You can check out my full review of it here. (subscription)

My wife reviews the Nicholas Sparks DVD collection [Guest Review]

Title: Nicholas Sparks: Limited Edition DVD Collection Studio: Warner Home Video Review by: Sarah Jones Bill’s Note: I’m not a huge Nicholas Sparks fan. He — much like Bruno Mars and John T. Mayer before him — is the type of person who continually raises the bar for romance to unrealistic heights, basically saying I would literally have to overcome someone else’s Alzheimer’s through the power of storytelling to show my true devotion and love. That’s rough. But my wife eats this stuff up, so when I saw Warner Home Video was releasing a collection of his films, I requested Continue reading

Cars makes solid use of 3D on new Blu-ray release [Home Video Review]

Title: Cars Edition: Ultimate Collector’s Edition // MPAA Rating: G // Directed by: John Lasseter, Joe Ranft // Written by: John Lasseter, Joe Ranft // Starring: Owen Wilson, Bonnie Hunt, Paul Newman, Larry the Cable Guy, Cheech Marin, Tony Shalhoub // Studio: Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment Edition Rating: Review by: Bill Jones While Cars may have the dubious distinction of being the first Pixar film to buck the studio’s high-quality trend, at least in the eye’s of critics, it has also proven an undeniable success for children and, as a result, a ridiculous marketing piece for all sorts of Continue reading

Don Jon’s flashes of brilliance overshadowed by miscues [Theatrical Review]

Title: Don Jon MPAA Rating: R // Directed by: Joseph Gordon-Levitt // Written by: Joseph Gordon-Levitt // Starring: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Scarlett Johansson, Julianne Moore, Tony Danza Rating: Review by: Bill Jones It’s hard to deny the star power of Joseph Gordon-Levitt right now. People love him for his acting talents, be they employed as an integral character in Christopher Nolan’s Inception, in a heartfelt comedic turn alongside Seth Rogen in 50/50 or doing a wonderful Bruce Willis impression in Looper. So it’s not much of a surprise that Relativity Media was willing to indulge the actor in Don Jon, a Continue reading

Bret Hart, WWE serve up four-star collection [Guest Home Video Review/Wrestling]

Title: Bret “Hit Man” Hart – The Dungeon Collection Format: DVD // Studio: WWE Home Video Rating: Review by: Matt Peters There is something truly special about hearing Bret Hart talk wrestling. Even though he has physically seen better days, he still gets a certain twinkle in his eye when he reminisces over his amazing career. The recently released 3-disc set from WWE Home Video provides viewers the opportunity to sit down with the Hit Man as delivers story after story of his glory days. The set starts out strong, with a Dynamite Kid match from the heyday of Stampede Continue reading

Gangster Squad pulls its punches [Home Video Review]

Title: Gangster Squad Edition: Blu-ray + DVD + UltraViolet // MPAA Rating: R // Directed by: Ruben Fleischer // Written by: Will Beall // Starring: Josh Brolin, Ryan Gosling, Sean Penn, Nick Nolte, Emma Stone, Anthony Mackie, Giovanni Ribisi, Michael Peña // Studio: Warner Bros. Film Rating: Blu-ray Rating: Review by: Bill Jones The Film It’s unfortunate that, in retrospect, Gangster Squad will mostly be remembered as the film that had to pull a scene originally teased in its theatrical trailer — in which a group of gunmen cut through the screen of a theater with tommy guns — after Continue reading

Easy Money struggles with the triple threat [Home Video Review]

Title: Easy Money Edition: DVD // MPAA Rating: R // Directed by: Daniel Espinosa // Written by: Maria Karlsson // Starring: Joel Kinnaman, Matias Padin Varela, Dragomir Mrsic // Studio: Anchor Bay Entertainment Film Rating: DVD Rating: Review by: Bill Jones The Film From watching wrestling for way too many years, I’ve learned that what generally makes a triple threat match interesting is the fact that there are inevitably alliances and breakups that occur throughout the match. The stakes are too high for each competitor to not be in it for himself, but the extra man always has the option Continue reading

Like being beat over the head with the blunt end of a message [Home Video Review]

Title: Killing Them Softly Format: Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy // MPAA Rating: R // Directed by: Andrew Dominik // Written by: Andrew Dominik // Starring: Brad Pitt, Scoot McNairy, Richard Jenkins, James Gandolfini, Ray Liotta // Studio: The Weinstein Company Film Rating: Blu-ray Rating: Review by: Bill Jones The Film Killing Them Softly is a movie that purports itself to be something more than it really is. It wants to be a mob movie with a political conscience. It wants the stylized nature of its violence to say something more than its surface value. And it wants its Continue reading