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De Niro-Cusack Crime Caper Comes to DVD

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The Bag Man DVD Review by Kam Williams   De Niro-Cusack Crime Caper Comes to DVD   At first blush, The Bag Man reads a lot like The Transporter, the 2002 action film about a courier hired by a mobster to deliver a mysterious package without opening it. After all, the title character of this […]

Oscar-Winning Animated Film Arrives on DVD

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Frozen DVD Review by Kam Williams Oscar-Winning Animated Film Arrives on DVD Given the toll the polar vortex exacted on the continental U.S. this winter, I think plenty of people can relate to the frigid predicament of the people living in the fictional kingdom of Arendelle. Disney’s Frozen is an animated adventure loosely based on “The […]

Tom Hanks Channels Walt Disney in Mary Poppins Period Piece

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Saving Mr. Banks DVD Review by Kam Williams Tom Hanks Channels Walt Disney in Mary Poppins Period Piece   P.L. Travers (Emma Thompson) was the pen name of Helen Lyndon Goff (1899-1996), the creator of the children’s classic “Mary Poppins.” When his daughters were young, Walt Disney (Tom Hanks) promised to turn their favorite book […]

Couples’ Lives Intertwine Incestuously in Gender-Blending Brooklyn Drama

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The Happy Sad DVD Review by Kam Williams Couples’ Lives Intertwine Incestuously in Gender-Blending Brooklyn Drama   Stan (Cameron Scoggins) and Annie (Sorel Carradine) are a young couple in crisis. She recently informed him over brunch in a Brooklyn bistro that she wanted to take a break “to figure things out.” Flabbergasted Stan pressured her for an explanation, so she lied and said […]

Ten-Time Oscar-Nominated Dramedy Due on DVD

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American Hustle DVD Review by Kam Williams Ten-Time Oscar-Nominated Dramedy Due on DVD   In the late Seventies, a half-dozen Congressmen along with a United States Senator were caught on camera taking bribes from FBI agents posing as wealthy Arab sheiks. The elaborate sting in which the disgraced politicians became ensnared was code named Abscam, […]

Bale, Affleck and Whitaker Co-Star in Raw Revenge Thriller

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Out of the Furnace DVD Review by Kam Williams Bale, Affleck and Whitaker Co-Star in Raw Revenge Thriller   Russell Baze’s (Christian Bale) is stuck in a dead-end job at a rural Pennsylvania steel mill rumored to be closing soon. He’s not in a position to abandon the Rust Belt in search of greener pastures, […]

Adaptation of South African Icon’s Autobiography Arrives on DVD

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Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom DVD Review by Kam Williams   Adaptation of South African Icon’s Autobiography Arrives on DVD   Nelson “Madiba” Mandela (Idris Elba) started secretly writing his autobiography “Long Walk to Freedom” while still serving what he had every reason to believe might very well be a life sentence on Robben Island. […]

Coen Bros Tribute to Folk Music Comes to DVD

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Inside Llewyn Davis DVD Review by Kam Williams Coen Bros Tribute to Folk Music Comes to DVD   It’s Greenwich Village in the middle of the winter of 1961, and Llewyn Davis (Oscar Issac) is so down on his luck that he can’t afford an overcoat, let alone a place to live. The fledgling folksinger’s fortunes […]

Katniss Back to Fight in Another Death Match

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The Hunger Games: Catching Fire DVD Review by Kam Williams Katniss Back to Fight in Another Death Match               Despite only being introduced in 2008, The Hunger Games trilogy has so captured the collective imagination of kids the world over that it has already eclipsed Harry Potter as the best-selling children’s book series of all […]

Best Picture Oscar-Winner Out on DVD

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12 Years a Slave DVD Review by Kam Williams   Best Picture Oscar-Winner Out on DVD               Solomon Northup (Chiwetel Ejiofor) was a black man born free in upstate New York in 1808. A skilled carpenter and fiddler, he and his wife (Kelsey Scott) settled in Saratoga Springs where they were raising their children (Quvenzhane Wallis and […]