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Blu-ray Review: The Expendables 2

By The HT Guys • Dec 20 2012, 3:26pm

In this high-octane thriller, Mr. Church brings the Expendables back together for an easy job -- but things go wrong, and one of the mercenaries is brutally murdered. Now the band of hired guns goes on a mission of revenge in hostile territory.

This movie isn’t shy about delivering the goods. If you like the action movies of the 80’s love movies with corny one liners, this movie’s for you. It’s...

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Blu-ray Review: Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted

By The HT Guys • Dec 7 2012, 3:04pm

Having ended their African adventures, Alex and his friends set their sights for New York City -- this time, hitching a ride with a traveling circus. But as they make their way through Europe, they run into their fair share of roadblocks.

I had fun watching this movie with my kids, but you won’t ever catch me watching it alone. It’s an entertaining silly movie, but it falls flat when...

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Blu-ray Review: Prometheus

By The HT Guys • Dec 6 2012, 3:07pm

When scientific explorers unearth an artifact that points to the origins of humankind, they're pulled into the unexpected adventure of a lifetime. But if they falter, the very future of their species is at stake.

Prometheus is a not a typical science fiction film. Yes it’s a scary space movie about meeting aliens, but it...

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Blu-ray Review: Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter

By The HT Guys • Dec 5 2012, 8:30pm

Honest Abe: he was the 16th president, the Great Emancipator ... and a righteous slayer of the undead spurred to action by his mother's vampiric murder. History and legend are both turned upside-down as Lincoln tracks the creatures of the night.

Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter is not the type of movie you watch for an accurate depiction of history, great acting, or a heart wrenching story, but what you do get is a fun flick with some decent action scenes. In the wake of Twilight, True Blood, and The Vampire Diaries, it’s nice to see a movie that...

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Blu-ray Review: Paranorman

By Ryan Gibbs • Nov 26 2012, 3:57pm

From the makers of Coraline comes the story of Norman, a boy who must use his ability to see and speak with the dead to save his town from a centuries-old curse. In addition to spooky zombies, he’ll also have to take on mysterious ghosts, wily witches and worst of all, clueless grown-ups. But this young ghoul whisperer will soon find his paranormal abilities pushed to their otherworldly limits. Featuring the voice talents of Kodi Smit-McPhee (Norman), Anna Kendrick (Courtney), Casey Affleck (Mitch), Christopher Mintz-Plasse (Alvin), Leslie Mann (Sandra), Jeff Garlin (Perry) and John Goodman (Mr. Prenderghast), it’s a frightfully funny and magically thrilling adventure for the whole family in eye-popping stop-motion.

I didn’t know what to expect when I sat down to watch Paranorman. Would it be just another children’s movie or would it truly be a movie the whole family would enjoy? The answer is...

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Blu-ray Review: Savages

By Ryan Gibbs • Nov 22 2012, 3:55pm

Entrepreneurs Ben (Aaron Johnson), a peaceful and charitable marijuana producer, and friend Chon (Taylor Kitsch), a former Navy SEAL, run a lucrative, homegrown industry - raising some of the best weed ever developed. They also share a one-of-a-kind love with Ophelia (Blake Lively). Life is idyllic in their Southern California town... until the Mexican Baja Cartel decides to move in and demands that the trio partners with them. When the merciless head of the BC, Elena (Salma Hayek) and her enforcer, Lado (Benicio Del Toro), underestimate the unbreakable bond of the three friends, Ben and Chon - with the reluctant assistance of a dirty DEA agent Dennis (John Travolta) - wage a seemingly unwinnable war against the cartel. And so begins a series of increasingly vicious ploys and maneuvers in a high stakes, savage battle of wills.

I’m just going to cut to the chase…Savages for me is one of the best movies in the last year or so that I have had the privilege to watch. The acting is .. ...

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Blu-ray Review: Brave

By Ryan Gibbs • Nov 14 2012, 12:10am

Merida (Kelly Macdonald) is a skilled archer and impetuous daughter of King Fergus (Billy Connolly) and Queen Elinor (Emma Thompson). Determined to carve her own path in life, Merida defies an age-old custom sacred to the uproarious lords of the land: massive Lord MacGuffin (Kevin McKidd), surly Lord Macintosh (Craig Ferguson) and cantankerous Lord Dingwall (Robbie Coltrane). Merida's actions inadvertently unleash chaos and fury in the kingdom, and when she turns to an eccentric old Witch (Julie Walters) for help, she is granted an ill-fated wish. The ensuing peril forces Merida to discover the meaning of true bravery in order to undo a beastly curse before it's too late. -- (C) Disney

Brave might be the first foray in fairytale storytelling by Pixar but...

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Blu-ray Review: The Avengers

By The HT Guys • Oct 9 2012, 2:28pm

An all-star lineup of superheroes -- including Iron Man, the Incredible Hulk and Captain America -- team up to save the world from certain doom. Working under the authority of S.H.I.E.L.D., can our heroes keep the planet at peace?

This summer offered up a few amusing action flicks, however The Avengers was by far the most entertaining films of the year (and yes I know the year isn’t over). I will try to write the review without having much of a slant, but...

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Blu-ray Review: The Cabin in the Woods

By The HT Guys • Oct 8 2012, 2:14pm

In this twisted thriller from Joss Whedon and Drew Goddard, five friends arrive at a secluded cabin with clear instructions for their anticipated mountain getaway. But when the rigid rules are broken, punishment is swift -- and everyone will pay. Kristen Connolly, Jesse Williams, Anna Hutchison, Fran Kranz, Chris Hemsworth and Brian J. White star with Richard Jenkins and Bradley Whitford in this surprising spin on a classic horror setup.

Cabin in the Woods is one of the most creative and original horror films I’ve ever scene. If you like horrors films, and understand their structure this film is an instant classic for you. It pays homage to several beloved horror films, while it flips the whole genre upside down. The writing is impressively original with witty dialog and very few plot holes. The cast...

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Blu-ray Review: Indiana Jones - The Complete Adventures

By The HT Guys • Oct 5 2012, 2:06pm

As a whole Indiana Jones is one the best adventure series of all time. The way they’re directed and the style of action make them timeless. They’re movies I share with my kids, and I don’t have to force them to watch. These movies are part of the American texture. If I see a kid pretending to use a whip, they aren’t a lion tamer, they’re Indiana Jones. Looking at the movies with a critical eye...

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Blu-ray Review: Snow White and the Huntsman

By The HT Guys • Oct 4 2012, 2:56pm

An updated take on the Snow White tale finds the fair-skinned maiden battling the Evil Queen with skills learned from the huntsman sent to kill her. Meanwhile, a love-struck prince bides his time from afar.

his version of Snow White is one of the darker and grittiest versions I’ve seen, but still remains to be a fairy tale. The overall plot of this movie is simple but somehow they...

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Blu-ray Review: Battleship

By The HT Guys • Oct 3 2012, 2:16pm

The classic Battleship board game moves to the big screen in this at-sea adventure about defending planet Earth from a mysterious enemy fleet. At the center of the action is a pair of naval officer brothers and their commanding superior.

Battleship is a fun over the top blockbuster movie, that’s been poorly judged because it was based on the silly premise of a board game. Don’t get me wrong...

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Review: Dish Network Hopper

By Rodolfo La Maestra • Oct 2 2012, 2:43pm

After reading the rosy articles from other reviewers about the Hopper system this may come as a splash of cold water to Dish fans, or as a “yes, we know, it has been always that way” to some satellite service history followers, why?

I reviewed primarily the image quality side of the system, as I would do with other HD video provider service or media, and I concluded that it should be better, and it could be if Dish wants.

None of the other publications said a word about the subject of Dish’s image quality, they rather concentrated in admiring the Hopper’s impressive feature set and functionality, which, do not take me wrong, I fully concur with the reviews in that area, the features are great, but to me the image quality should be the main requirement of any video service contract/package, not just a sophisticated set-top-box or a mile-long channel lineup.

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Blu-ray Review: The Hunger Games

By The HT Guys • Oct 2 2012, 2:07pm

Every year the twelve districts send a teenage boy and girl to compete in "The Hunger Games" which is a nationally televised event in which "Tributes" must fight with one another until one survivor remains. Katniss is forced to rely upon her sharp instincts as well as the mentorship of drunken former victor Haymitch Abernathy. If she's ever to return home she must make impossible choices in the arena that weigh survival against humanity and life against love.

It’s nice to see an extremely popular movie for teens that has substance. The Hunger Games is an entertaining and heart wrenching film filled will great performances and a few action sequences. This movie isn’t just for teens, it’s filled with...

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Blu-ray Review: Jaws

By The HT Guys • Oct 1 2012, 2:45pm

When the seaside community of Amity finds itself under attack by a dangerous great white shark, the town's chief of police, a young marine biologist and a grizzled shark hunter embark on a desperate quest to destroy the beast before it strikes again.

There are very few movies that change how the entertainment industry operates, Jaws defined what we now call the summer blockbuster. Jaws is a movie based on the primal fear of man versus animal. This story has been told several times in movies such as Moby Dick, The Grey, and Anaconda, but none have ever been as cinematic as Jaws. Watching this movie on Blu-ray takes...

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Blu-ray Review: The Dictator

By Ryan Gibbs • Sep 29 2012, 2:25pm

Sasha Baron Cohen is at it again in this wildly offensive, farfetched political comedy about the fictional North African Republic of Wadiya. Cohen plays Admiral General Shabazz Aladeen, a childish, anti-western and anti-Semitic ruler who refuses to allow Wadiyan oil to be sold internationally and is working on developing nuclear weapons.

Let me first say that Sasha Baron Cohen has had his fair share of funny parts. The funniest by far was Jean Girard in Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby. But this performance would definitely rank towards the...

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Blu-ray Review: American Reunion

By Ryan Gibbs • Jul 9 2012, 8:35pm

American Reunion opens in grand fashion just like the other three American Pie theater classics, with Jim (Jason Biggs) in a compromising situation yet again. This time he is caught by his 2 year old son, which in turn leads to Jim walking in on...

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Blu-ray Review: Safe House

By Ryan Gibbs • Jul 6 2012, 2:54pm

This movie is a masterful look into the inter-happenings of the CIA and how hard it is to tell the good guys from the corrupt agents. Yes, believe it or not, the CIA has its fair share of rogue agents. Housekeeper of the Safe House, Matt Weston, is a rookie agent who has been assigned to possibly the dullest work detail in the eastern hemisphere. He has been looking for a way to prove himself to his superiors in the hopes of getting a transfer to a more exciting locale. But all this changes when...

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Blu-ray Review: 21 Jump Street

By The HT Guys • Jun 29 2012, 2:40pm

In this action-comedy based on the 1980s-debuted TV show, Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum play youthful undercover cops who work the local high school. There to investigate a drug ring, the guys find that much has changed since their own school days.

The original TV show 21 Jump Street was almost cop drama that sometimes tacked serious issues that teens faced in the 1980’s. This movie is...

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Blu-ray Review: Smokey and the Bandit

By The HT Guys • Jun 28 2012, 2:37pm

The Bandit is hired on to run a tractor trailer full of beer over county lines in hot pursuit by a pesky sheriff.

Smokey and the Bandit is a fun classic comedy that features Burt Reynolds at his best. The plot is very simple but...