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Bridge of Spies

Tom Hanks stars as the American attorney tasked with negotiating the release of a U-2 spy plane pilot who was shot down over Russia at the height of the Cold War in this historical drama from DreamWorks Studios. Steven Spielberg and Mark E. Platt produce a film written by Matt Charman. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

Steve’s Take

Check out Steve’s review here!

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

It was called “Disney’s Folly.” Who on earth would want to sit still for 90 minutes to watch an animated cartoon? And why pick a well-worn Grimm’s Fairy Tale that every schoolkid knows? But Walt Disney seemed to thrive on projects which a lesser man might have written off as “stupid” or “impossible”. Investing three years, $1,500,000, and the combined talents of 570 artists into Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Disney produced a film that was not only acknowledged a classic from the outset, but also earned 8,500,000 depression-era dollars in gross rentals. Bypassing early temptations to transform the heroine Snow White into a plump Betty Boop type or a woebegone ZaSu Pitts lookalike, the Disney staffers wisely made radical differentiations between the “straight” and “funny” characters in the story. Thus, Snow White and Prince Charming moved and were drawn realistically, while the Seven Dwarfs were rendered in the rounded, caricatured manner of Disney’s short-subject characters. In this way, the serious elements of the story could be propelled forward in a believable enough manner to grab the adult viewers, while the dwarfs provided enough comic and musical hijinks to keep the kids happy. It is a tribute to the genius of the Disney formula that the dramatic and comic elements were strong enough to please both demographic groups. Like any showman, Disney knew the value of genuine horror in maintaining audience interest: accordingly, the Wicked Queen, whose jealousy of Snow White’s beauty motivates the story, is a thoroughly fearsome creature even before she transforms herself into an ancient crone. Best of all, Snow White clicks in the three areas in which Disney had always proven superiority over his rivals: Solid story values (any sequence that threatened to slow down the plotline was ruthlessly jettisoned, no matter how much time and money had been spent), vivid etched characterizations (it would have been easier to have all the Dwarfs walk, talk and act alike: thank heaven that Disney never opted for “easy”), and instantly memorable songs (Frank Churchill, Leigh Harline, Paul J. Smith and the entire studio music department was Oscar-nominated for such standards-to-be as “Whistle While You Work” and “Some Day My Prince Will Come”).

Steve’s Take

Well, here is Snow White…again. This time it is part of the Signature Collection. If you don’t already own this one, then you should be ashamed of yourself and you need to pick this up tomorrow!

The Last Witch Hunter

The modern world holds many secrets, but the most astounding secret of all is that witches still live amongst us; vicious supernatural creatures intent on unleashing the Black Death upon the world. Armies of witch hunters battled the unnatural enemy across the globe for centuries, including KAULDER, a valiant warrior who managed to slay the all-powerful QUEEN WITCH, decimating her followers in the process. In the moments right before her death, the QUEEN curses KAULDER with her own immortality, forever separating him from his beloved wife and daughter in the afterlife. Today KAULDER is the only one of his kind remaining, and has spent centuries hunting down rogue witches, all the while yearning for his long-lost loved ones. However, unbeknownst to KAULDER, the QUEEN WITCH is resurrected and seeks revenge on her killer causing an epic battle that will determine the survival of the human race. (C) Summit

Steve’s Take

Sitting at 16% on Rotten Tomatoes, this one is a no-go if ever I saw one. Don’t even waste your money at the Redbox machine.

Our Brand Is Crisis

Sandra Bullock stars in this political comedy drama from Warner Bros. and director David Gordon Green, and inspired by the 2005 documentary of the same name, an expose of a bungled American election campaign in South America. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

Steve’s Take

I missed the screening for this one and it turns out it was a pretty good move on my end. Proceed with caution.

Scott’s Take

Check out Scott’s review here!

Batman: Bad Blood

Bruce Wayne and his alter ego Batman go missing, so Batwoman undertakes a search while Robin and Nightwing patrol Gotham for Batman and Alfred substitutes for Bruce.

Steve’s Take

Looks like another must have for fans of The Dark Knight. I will surely be checking it out soon!

Martyrs

Ten-year-old Lucie flees from the isolated warehouse where she has been held prisoner. Deeply traumatized, she is plagued by awful night terrors at the orphanage that takes her in. Her only comfort comes from Anna, a girl her own age. Nearly a decade later and still haunted by demons, Lucie finally tracks down the family that tortured her. As she and Anna move closer to the agonizing truth, they find themselves trapped in a nightmare – if they cannot escape, a martyr’s fate awaits them…

Steve’s Take

Listen, I’m not sold at all on this one and for them to put on the trailer “from the producer of The Conjuring” is as big a reach as there is out there. If you’re seeing this it is for a few cheap screams and because you are just in the mood for a horror flick.

Next Week

That’s all for this week. Scott has a nasty ear infection and I think I did a damn good job in his place. The clear winner for the week is Bridge of Spies. Tom Hanks. Love that guy. Next week we have a little 007 flick hitting the shelves as well as Crimson Peak and Love the Coopers. Have a great week everyone!