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4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days: Criterion Collection (Blu-ray)
by Justin Remer

The Movie:


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Following up their excellent releases of Cristian Mungiu's Beyond the Hills and Graduation, the Criterion Collection now offers a stellar Blu-ray of Mungiu's harrowing international breakthrough from 2007, 4 Months, 3 Weeks, and 2 Days. Along with The Death of Mr. LazarescuRead the entire review »

 

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Devil Fish aka Monster Shark (Blu-ray)
by Ian Jane

The Movie:

Lamberto Bava's 1984 killer fish movie was obviously inspired by the success of Jaws and the countless other Italian knock offs that Spielberg's movie birthed. While it may not be the worst of the Jaws rip offs, it's definitely in the running but it's still a hell of a lot of fun.

Set out in the ocean, we see a series of boats destroyed by an unseen force. Dr. Stella Dickens (Valentine Monnier) is called in to investigate but the teeth marks on the wreckage don't match anything, which means only one thing: that it's some sort of undiscovered creature that's been causing all this chaos and that she and her team of crack scientists are obligated to do everything in their power to capture this creature alive.

What Dr. Dickens doesn't know is that the culprit is actually a genetically engineered fish that's been created by some other, meaner scientists ...Read the entire review »

 

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Blast (Blu-ray)
by Thomas Spurlin

The Film:


As someone who grew up in Georgia during the 90s, there are certain surface-level elements about the low-ball action flick Blast that speaks to both nostalgia and personal interest levels. Naturally, the location for the film's setting -- Atlanta during the '96 Olympics -- holds some inherent appeal, but the co-star of the show happens to be Linden Ashby, whose noteworthy credits don't extend very far beyond his cheeky turn as Johnny Cage in the not-so-guilty pleasure videogame adaptation of Mortal Kombat. For those reasons, and those reasons alone, the urge stuck me to dive into the thriller from Cyborg and Sword and the Sorcerer director Albert Pyun. Flickers of martial arts physicality telegraphed by Ashby aren't enough to defuse t...Read the entire review »

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