ZOOLANDER NO. 2 [BLU-RAY] (2016): "As a comedy, Zoolander No. 2 throws enough at the wall that some of it sticks. Unfortunately, its “humor batting average” seems awfully low, as the movie counts on cheap humor and cameos too much of the time." Starring Ben Stiller, Owen Wilson. Paramount, $39.99, 5/23/2016.
THE WITCH [BLU-RAY] (2016): "A a psychological horror film, The Witch offers moderate pleasures. I appreciate its lack of cheap scares and sensationalism but wish the movie offered a more compelling tale." Starring Anya Taylor-Joy, Ralph Ineson. Lionsgate, $24.99, 5/17/2016.
BALLERS: THE COMPLETE FIRST SEASON [BLU-RAY] (2015): "Though it attempts to balance drama and comedy, Ballers does neither genre particularly well. Season One entertains enough to keep the viewer with it through 10 shows, but it never threatens to turn into anything better than average." Starring Dwayne Johnson, Rob Corddry. HBO, $34.98, 6/14/2016.
THE AVENGERS [BLU-RAY 3D] (2012): "As an old-time comic book fan who has owned a copy of Avengers #1 for 30-plus years, I want to love the series’ big-screen debut. Unfortunately, I don’t; while I think it’s a reasonably fun film, it’s never better than 'pretty good'." Starring Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans. Disney, $49.99, 9/25/2012.
HAIL, CAESAR! [BLU-RAY] (2016): "As a lavish recreation of “classic Hollywood”, Hail, Caesar! excels. As anything else, it flops, as the movie fails to become more than a collection of stage pieces with little wit, cleverness or charm." Starring Josh Brolin, George Clooney. Universal, $34.98, 6/7/2016.
UNITED 93 [BLU-RAY] (2006): "Of all the events that took place on 9/11/01, the actions of the passengers on United Flight 93 stand among the most heroic. United 93 pays tribute to them with a stirring but still moderately unsatisfying effort. The movie delivers an emotional climax but distracts us with too many gimmicks in the preceding 90 minutes." Written & Directed by Paul Greengrass. Universal, $19.98, 6/12/2012.
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