Movie Rentals Releasing Tuesday July 22, 2014

  • All Cheerleaders Die
  • The Angriest Man in Brooklyn
  • Appleseed: Alpha
  • Blue Ruin
  • Cesar Chavez
  • Dom Hemmingway
  • Heaven is For Real
  • Make Your Move
  • Sabotage
  • The Suspect
  • Transcendence [Click here for Ed's Review]
  • Tyler Perry’s The Single Moms Club

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Warner Bros., Village Roadshow Pictures, RatPac-Dune Entertainment,

Chris Pratt, Elizabeth Banks, Will Arnett, Cobie Smulders, Channing Tatum, Jonah Hill, Morgan Freeman, Will Ferrell, Liam Neeson, Alison Brie, Charlie Day, Nick Offerman

This is the story of an absolutely ordinary construction worker Lego figure who is proud to follow the directions and fade into the background. But when he finds a special piece, he becomes “The Chosen One’ to defeat the evil President Business (aka Lord Business) and set order to the world. But he feels anything but special. With the help of some new found friends and a group of master builders, perhaps the world has a chance.

This really popular little animated Lego film grabbed the hearts of all the kids and touched all those of us who remember the days of Legos. Well now the Lego Movie is finally out on DVD, even for us poor suckers at NetFlix and Redbox, and I do suspect Disney/Pixar may have some real competition this year. The Lego Movie is a nearly perfect film for Kids and Grown-ups much to the level of Wreck-It Ralph, and some of the other recent kiddie blockbusters. This is a story with a lot of heart, and we’re guided through the story by the voice of Morgan Freeman. There are a great many terrific actors in this film, and as a result, we get great performances from the animated characters. There are so many “punny” moments in this film that it’s bound to make the grown-ups laugh along with the kids. They may be laughing at different things, but the jokes and puns are so close together that it will keep you in stitches. There is also a lot of heart and great story of what it takes to be truly “special” and how to work as a team. There are so many references to the real world Legos and a short trip to the human world that kind of tips us off to the whole background story. All in all, this was an excellent story, well told with great animation and terrific voices, and as I said, one of the very best animated films I’ve seen in a long time. In fact, it was AWESOME. Of course, when everything is awesome, that doesn’t mean a whole lot. Trust me, you love this one, so if you haven’t seen it yet, be sure to catch it now that it’s out on DVD. I have no doubt the sequel will be out soon. What a terrific movie.

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Maven Pictures, Anonymous Content, Ambush Entertainment,

Kristen Wiig, Annette Bening, Matt Dillon, Darren Criss, Christopher Fitzgerald, June Diane Raphael, Natasha Lyonne, Bob Balaban

Imogene (Kristen Wiig) is a failed N.Y. Playwright who’s failed career and suicide attempt causes her to be forced to move back home with her wacky Mom, Zelda (Annette Benning) and her new far out boyfriend George (Matt Dillon) who claims to the “The Bousche” (George Boushce, get it?) from the CIA. To add further insult to her situation, she finds a strange man, Lee (Darren Criss) who sings in a Backstreet Boys Cover Band living in her old room. Her life goes from bad to worse as everyone believes she’s insane and a suicide risk, but everyone around is literally driving her crazy for real.

This movie was a pleasant surprise. I didn’t expect much. I found it streaming on NetFlix and it sounded a little bit interesting, but I found it really entertaining. The biggest problem I had with it was that Kristin Wiig, although a great actress and comedienne, seemed much too old to play a character this young. Now perhaps the story was about a somewhat more mature lady, but the way she acted and behaved, she gave me the impression she was in her mid 20′s. That was really the only part that didn’t strike me as just right. But she did a good job, and carried the movie, although this is an ensemble cast for sure and there are some big names and great characters in this little film. Matt Dillon is actually hysterical in his role as Zelda’s boyfriend and does a great job. Darren Criss also plays his role well, and Annette Benning is stellar. All in all this is was a much, much funnier movie that I ever expected, and I really found myself interested in the story and how it was going to work out. I was very pleased with this film, and if you’re in the mood for some silly and lighthearted comedy, this is an unusual story that comes in from left field and wraps up nicely in the end. I enjoyed it, and I’m glad I invested the time to watch this.

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Industrial Entertainment, Nazz Productions, Primary Pictures,

Abigail Breslin, Sean Bean, James Purefoy, Alexa PenaVega, Lew Temple, Jake Busey, J.D. Evermore, Ritchie Montgomery

Hannah Lee Baker (Abigail Breslin) is a smart teenager, but living in the sticks with some rough people. She lives with her sister and her addict uncle and sets off to be a carrier for an awful crime boss Uncle Frank (Sean Bean) who is extremely ruthless and runs the family with a strong hand. Hannah’s outlet is chess, which she plays with passion, but when she falls for Wild Billy (James Purefoy) who is a enemy of Uncle Frank, things get pretty dangerous for Hannah in a hurry.

This was an underwhelming movie. I have no idea what Abigail Breslin is doing in this film. It’s overly violent and vicious for no good reason, filled with highly unlikable people all around, and after about the first 25 minutes I was wishing the Feds would roll in and carry off this entire bunch to put us all out of our misery. I really thought this was a meaningless story, mostly annoying, and just not fun. I never got into the story, as it was so disjointed and all over the place. I just couldn’t care about the characters or the story. I am not sure how the title “Wicked Blood” fits in here, as it sounds like a horror film. Blood may refer to relatives as there were some really wicked uncles and cousins in this sucker. But I would have titled it Effed Up Family to give you more of an association to what it’s about. If you can imagine the Dukes of Hazzard if they all ran meth labs and sold drugs. I just really didn’t like this movie, and I’d say avoid it like the plague!

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Modoc Spring,

Mekhi Phifer, William Sadler, Sterling K. Brown, Derek Roché, James McCaffrey, Rebecca Creskoff, Lizzy DeClement, Bernadette Quigley, Luke Robertson, Marisa Brown

A small town sheriff and his deputies receive a call about the first ever bank robbery in this little town at the same time as a mysterious African-American stranger shows up in town. He has a rather combative attitude and is not helping himself very much with his wise-cracks and claims of racism. But he’s a black stranger in a white town. The suspect has a slew of secrets and is not very worried until his partner who is part of the plan does not show up when he’s supposed to. Things turn very deadly quite quickly and nothing is what it appears to be.

This is one of those hidden gem, indie movies with a really perplexing story. The subject is whether or not the town is racist, and if they treat a black suspect differently than a white one. But like an onion, you peel off layer by layer to find something else underneath. There is so many layers to this story, and it’s beautifully told. Not a mainstream movie by any means, but many reviews give away too many secrets, so I am purposefully keeping this as vague as possible. Essentially there are many tales to tell here, and everyone ends up taking a hard look at themselves. It’s excellent acted by a variety of very good actors who develop the characters very well. I think we have to give a great deal of credit to the screenwriters as well, as it’s a really good little script. Don’t judge the movie by police protocol and there are certain unbelievable elements to the story, and it depends a great deal on coincidence which is pretty far fetched, but there is more than one turn in this movie. I watched it streaming on NetFlix, but you can find this movie many places. It was well worth the time I spend on it. Most streaming movies at NetFlix are either very old classics or not too hot, but this was one that really sparked my interested. I found myself intrigued by the story, and though I didn’t expect a lot going in, I was really touched by the ending of this story. This is one I highly recommend for the classy way this story unfolds. Excellent job, guys.

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