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DVD Talk reviews for Wednesday, October 9th, 2019

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Dark Phoenix (Blu-ray)
by William Harrison


Despite its winning cast and franchise pedigree, Dark Phoenix stayed amid the ashes upon its theatrical release this summer. This twelfth installment in the X-Men franchise is a direct sequel to 2016 film X-Men: Apocalypse, and attempts to cram the majority of Marvel Comics' The Dark Phoenix Saga into one two-hour film. No surprise, meddlesome Fox nixed plans to tell this story over two films in the months before its recent merger with Disney, leaving star Sophie Turner stranded in a forgettable action film that does not rank among the series' best. There is enough here to entertain for 114 minutes, and the performances by James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender and Jennifer Lawrence, as returning X-Men, are good. ...Read the entire review »


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Child's Play (2019) (Blu-ray)
by William Harrison


Alas, this new Child's Play shoots itself in the foot early on with a narrative decision that annoyed me for the remainder of the film. Gone are the vengeful spirit of serial killer Charles Lee Ray and the delightful quips of Brad Dourif, and this remake from Lars Klevberg instead takes Chucky into the present, seemingly modern era. Meet Buddi, a doll that can connect to and operate other devices from its Kaslan creator. What gives the film's anti-hero Buddi its murderous rage? An assembly line worker at Kaslan is fired, so he manipulates a doll, deleting its intended code and allowing for a new learned personality. That doll is packed ...Read the entire review »

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