THE ASSASSINATION BUREAU [BLU-RAY] (1969): "Given a cynical and gleefully dark premise, The Assassination Bureau seems like a good candidate to deliver a witty black comedy. And at times it does, but the movie feels too tame and too unwilling to really explore the depths of its concepts for it to genuinely succeed." Starring Oliver Reed, Diana Rigg. Arrow, $39.95, 4/25/2023.
ROMEO + JULIET [BLU-RAY] (1996): "With this 1996 film, Baz Luhrmann brought Shakespeare into the 1990s. He did so in the most ridiculous manner possible, as his Romeo + Juliet becomes an absurd, over the top mess." Starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Claire Danes. Fox, $9.99, 10/19/2010.
DRAGONSLAYER [4K UHD] (1981): "Dragonslayer seems lithe and creative, and it provides a good take on the fantasy genre. It takes itself just seriously enough but manages to provide some lightness to keep the flick from dragging." Starring Peter MacNicol, Ralph Richardson. Paramount, $25.99, 3/21/2023.
FLAMINGO ROAD [BLU-RAY] (1949): "A mix of romance, melodrama and thriller, Flamingo Road sporadically kicks to life, mainly when it features the ever-compelling Sydney Greenstreet. However, the end result sputters too often and feels less coherent than it needs to be." Starring Joan Crawford, Zachary Scott. Warner, $21.99, 3/14/2023.
HEART OF DRAGON [BLU-RAY] (1985): "Via Heart of Dragon, we get a side of Jackie Chan different from his standard MO. While I respect the ways the film attempts to go down unusual paths, it cannot quite get where it needs to go, so the end result feels a bit half-hearted." Starring Jackie Chan, Sammo Hung. Arrow, $39.95, 4/11/2023.
HIGHLANDER: 30TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION [BLU-RAY] (1986): "Highlander offers a fairly entertaining film. While not a classic, it certainly shows a lot of flair and creativity, and it works well as a whole." Starring Christopher Lambert, Sean Connery. Lionsgate, $14.99, 9/27/2016.
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