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Crimson Peak – Guillermo del Toro

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When her heart is stolen by a seductive stranger, a young woman is swept away to a house atop a mountain of blood-red clay – a place filled with secrets that will haunt her forever. Between desire and darkness, between mystery and madness, lies the truth behind Crimson Peak.

Crimson Peak works best when expectations are tempered properly. If you’re expecting one of the scarier movies of 2015, this will greatly disappoint you. You might not even believe that and will go in believing it will be. Give it a second look if you do, because this is a beautifully made film with a fantastic environment backed by some really good performances . This is also a pretty stacked disk that explores all aspects of making this film with an emphasis on the gothic nature of the setting. Queue This

Bridge of Spies – Steven Spielberg

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James Donovan (Tom Hanks) is a Brooklyn lawyer who finds himself thrust into the center of the Cold War when the CIA sends him on a nearly impossible mission to negotiate the release of a captured American U-2 pilot. High stakes and suspense power a story that captures the essence of a man who risked everything, vividly bringing his personal journey to life.

Typical fare for a Spielberg movie. This features a compelling story, even knowing some of it may have been over dramatized for film content. It garnered an Oscar nod for supporting actor Mark Rylance for his heartbreaking portrayal of a sympathetic figure, but maybe he didn’t deserve our sympathy? Definitely worth a viewing and the special features even include some discussion with the cast and crew about the real life events surrounding the history of when this movie took place. Queue This

The Last Witch Hunter

130512_frontVin Diesel is Kaulder, an immortal witch hunter who has spent centuries tracking down those who practice evil magic. When history’s deadliest witches resurrect their bloodthirsty Queen Witch, Kaulder becomes humanity’s last hope as he clashes with the supernatural in an epic battle for the ages.

This is actually a more enjoyable movie than the cover and description might lead you to believe. Especially considering some of the more terrible movies of the same ilk from the last couple of years like Dracula Untold and I, Frankenstein. This is a fun time and Vin Diesel shines in a non-Fast and Furious role. The special features here aren’t more than standard EPK material. Queue This

Rock the Kasbah

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A has-been rock manager from Van Nuys, California stumbles upon a once-in-a-lifetime voice in a remote Afghan cave in Rock the Kasbah, a dramatic comedy inspired by stranger-than-fiction, real-life events and directed by Oscar winner Barry Levinson. Richie Lanz (Bill Murray), dumped and stranded in war-torn Kabul by his last remaining client (Zooey Deschanel), discovers Salima Khan (Leem Lubany), a Pashtun teenage with a beautiful voice and the courageous dream of becoming the first woman to compete on national television in Afghanistan’s version of “American Idol.” Richie partners with a savvy hooker (Kate Hudson), a pair of hard-partying war profiteers (Danny McBride and Scott Caan) and a hair-trigger mercenary (Bruce Willis) and, braving dangerous cultural prejudices, managers his new protegee into becoming the “Afghan Star.”

This has all the parts to be a good movie, but unfortunately a cast like this doesn’t always mean the movie is going to deliver. It’s not so terrible that it ruins the careers of some of the actors involved, but this could be a source for some disappoint for some. The disk is light on special features as well. Skip It because there are better movies to see from this cast.

Man Up

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When Nancy (Lake Bell) is mistaken for Jack’s (Simon Pegg) blind date, she decides to take fate into her own hands and just go with it. What could possibly go wrong? From the producers of Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz comes a screwball romantic comedy about one night, two people and a first date like no other…

This sounds like your standard rom-com fare that is far from original, but although this stays within the familiar formula, Simon Pegg and Lake Bell are talented enough to take this tired formula and make it their own. There are references to many pop culture staples to give this its own legitimate indie cred while making you feel like you didn’t just sit through something generic, and that’s a very welcome thing indeed. Queue This

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J.C. De Leon

J.C. De Leon

Hailing from Austin, Tx. J.C. is maybe the biggest fan of sports movies you'll ever see. He's got an affinity for great writing and two of his favorites are Aaron Sorkin and Shane Black. When he's not watching movies at home, he can be found watching movies at the Alamo Drafthouse. He occasionally tries to play video games, but he's not very good at them. Follow him on Twitter for witty tweets and pictures of his cats.