DVD Review: Woman in Black 2: Angel of Death - Creepy Visuals Without the Scares - Out Now

Woman in Black 2: Angel of DeathFollowing the success of the original movie from 2012, The Woman in Black 2: Angel of Death had the makings of another great horror film: the creepy sets and atmosphere, a well-chosen cast, and trailers that made you want to see what the angry spirit was up to now. I was quite excited to receive the Blu-ray. The original film starring Daniel Radcliffe (Harry Potter franchise) was haunting and full of great scares that were reminiscent of more classic horror films. Upon the start of the sequel; however, I was sadly disappointed.

Although the visuals were there and the actors did a fine job with what they were given, the scares were not, which let's face it, is the most important part of a horror film. It felt disjointed at points and dragged on at others. The first third of the film to me felt wasted and nothing really occurred until forty-five minutes in.

The script and story itself wasn't bad; it was actually decently interesting, but something about the delivery was off.

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Jupiter Ascending: A Visual Masterpiece That's Worth A Watch

Jupiter AscendingJupiter Ascending follows Jupiter Jones (Mila Kunis), a young housecleaner who was destined for much more. With an uncanny resemblance to galactic royalty, she is thrust into the middle of a family drama of siblings vying for control of Earth. Accompanied by a genetically engineered hybrid hunter, Caine Wise (Channing Tatum), she must fight to protect the planet from tyrants who are set on harvesting off the world's population.

As expected at this point from an action film by the Wachowskis, the visuals on the film were absolutely stunning. There was always something gorgeous to look at, even when there wasn't action on screen. The world that was created for the movie was quite beautiful and unique, as were the makeup and costumes. The colors were vibrant, and in this case, watching the film in 3-D really helped to showcase the magnificence.

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Epic Drama in Exodus: Gods and Kings

By Marcina Zaccaria

Exodus: Gods and KingsExodus: Gods and Kings
, the stunning action adventure drama directed by Ridley Scott, tells the story of Moses, the man who freed the Israelites.

Christian Bale (American Psycho and The Dark Knight Rises) is transformative as Moses. In him, the audience can see a tough warrior, a simple shepherd, and a man capable of parting the Red Sea. Bale shares the screen with Joel Edgerton, who plays the Egyptian Pharaoh Ramses. Bale never seems hollow or withdrawn in the film, as he glares up to the sky and denounces God.

Exodus: Gods and Kings has enough sand and chariots to win the heart of the most stoic movie watcher. It is a story of power and enormous consequence. The lead actors consider who God is, and whether God or man has the greater power to kill. The swordplay and the emotion behind it are fierce, and the film, as a whole, is relentless. It doesn’t focus so much on good and evil, but rather, on the juxtaposition of massive impact and new movement. Though movie making has never seemed bigger or bolder, the film brings up real issues of humanity and frailty.

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Rippling Through Sorrow in Chris Lowell's Beside Still Waters

By Marcina Zaccaria

Beside Still WatersA directorial debut from Chris Lowell, Beside Still Waters wades through ripples of sorrow before discovering that friendship can steady the stormiest waters.

It is an honorable film by Lowell, who acted in the Oscar nominated movie, The Help and the box office hit, Veronica Mars. Beside Still Waters won both the Jury Prize and the Audience Award at the 2013 Austin Film Festival. A finalist for the Sundance Screenwriter’s Lab with his first screenplay, The Bridgewater Umbrella, Lowell considers sorrow and unexpected tragedy with his latest effort.

The truth comes out when a group of friends visits an old lake house, after the unfortunate death of the lead character’s parents. Ryan Eggold, as Daniel, never misses the opportunity for connection or the chance to share his story. When moving out of the house, the friends recall old times, as they sort through their past.

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Looking Inside the Mind of Leonardo

By Marcina Zaccaria

Peter CapaldiInside the Mind of Leonardo, a new movie from History Films, is a stunning motion picture in 3D, featuring Peter Capaldi and directed by Julian Jones.

The documentary film takes place in Florence and Milan, and features potent monologues performed by BAFTA Award winning actor Peter Capaldi. Capaldi plays Leonardo in the film. The slim actor who received an Oscar for Best Live Action Short Film for his movie, Franz Kafka’s It’s a Wonderful Life, reveals the emotion behind Leonardo, the man who many regard as a genius.

Image after image, monologue after monologue, the film doesn’t fail to disappoint. So much is known about Leonardo da Vinci. The inventor, the artist, and the military theorist had over 6,000 pages of notebooks. Da Vinci’s notebooks feature visionary drawings, musings on experience and causation, and mundane lists of food items. Holding information about beauty, flight, and war, da Vinci’s musings make exceptional sense when spoken by Capaldi. Throughout the film, the Scottish actor brings life and meaning to Renaissance concepts and ideals.

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Early Review: "Sharknado 2" Takes a Bite Out of the Big Apple

By Jamie Ruby

Sharknado 2Last summer Syfy premiered Sharknado and it quickly became a cult sensation, which no one predicted. Tomorrow Syfy premieres the highly anticipated next chapter: Sharknado 2: The Second One, which is sure to cause another social media frenzy. To prepare there have already been more than 45 products available across the country. NBC Universal has been involved with multiple tie-ins, including the book How to Survive a Sharknado and Other Unnatural Disasters, published by Three Rivers Press, a Sharknado: Go Shark Yourself app, and even Sharknado: The Video Game from Other Ocean and Majesco Entertainment Company. Fans can be ready and decked out in their Sharknado gear for the premiere.

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Blu-Ray Review: 47 Ronin

By Jamie Ruby

47 Ronin47 Ronin is based on a legend from 18th century Japan that tells the tale of a group of 47 samurai warriors who become what's called ronin when their master is killed, as they attempt to reclaim the honor of their master.

The movie, directed by Carl Rinsch, starts by introducing the samurai warriors and their master Lord Asano (Min Tanaka) of Ako. While hunting in the forest Lord Asano finds a boy about his daughter's age, Kai (Keanu Reeves), but he is a half-breed (half demon). Lord Asano saves him against the samurai's wishes and takes him with them.

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DVD Review: Riddick

By Jamie Ruby

RiddickRecently Riddick was released on Blu-ray, DVD, and Digital HD. Riddick is the third film in the franchise (following Pitch Black and The Chronicles of Riddick) that follow the adventures and ordeals of the title character, played by Vin Diesel.

At the end of the last film, Riddick was the new Lord Marshall of the Necromongers after defeating their leader. However with a wish to return to Furya, he makes a deal with Vaako (Karl Urban) for him to help him reach the planet. Unsurprisingly, Riddick's betrayed.

Riddick finds himself stranded on a sun-scorched planet, and needing a way to escape he announces his arrival at a mercenary station by activating an emergency beacon, prompting two groups of mercs to go after him for the bounty on his head. The mercs aren't his only problems though, as the approaching storm is waking up some nasty alien predators.

Can Riddick convince the mercs to work with him to survive or will he have to trick them and follow his own agenda? As a connection to his past emerges, Riddick must decide how best to play his cards in order to make it off of the planet alive.

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DVD Review: Fright Night 2: New Blood

Fright Night 2: New BloodThe straight-to-video film Fright Night 2: New Blood follows a teenage boy, Charley, as he travels abroad to study in Romania for a school trip with his friends and peers. In between trying to woo back his exgirlfriend, Charley accidentally sees his hot professor, Gerri Dandridge, with a woman, though things are not what they seem when he witnesses the woman's death. Charley must convince his friends that their teacher is a member of the undead, all while keeping her from his ex, who just might be the virgin that Gerri needs to end her curse. They also enlist the help of paranormal reality show host Peter Vincent to help stop Gerri.

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DVD Review: "Atlas Shrugged: Part II"

Atlas Shrugged: Part IIBefore watching Atlas Shrugged Part II, I decided to watch the first film, and I watched them back to back. One thing to be noted is that the two films, although revolving around the same characters, have completely different casts, which felt very disjointed. The story is one overall all arch, and while they are two separate films, if you don't watch the first you miss a large chunk of the story. I believe that you could follow Part II without having seen its predecessor and still understand it, but I don't think it would have the same impact. Everything that happens in Part II is fueled by Part I:

Who is John Galt? That's the mystery that's woven throughout the films as the best and the brightest start disappearing, and is also used as a saying when one doesn't know an answer to something they are asked.

The main characters of the films are the protagonist Dagny Taggart, played by Samantha Mathis (Taylor Schilling in Part I) and her love interest Henry "Hank" Reardon, played by Jason Beghe (Grant Bowler in Part I). While there is a love story, it takes a backseat to all of the problems that they and the country are facing. The story starts in a dystopian United States (Part I starts in 2016, Part II does not specify) during an economic depression. Prices have skyrocketed and with the cost of fuel and oil rising, the predominant form of travel has become rail transportation, but even the railways are in need of repair.

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