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The Unstoppable Wasp: Built on Hope (Book)

This week brings a new novel focused on the tiny Avenger, The Wasp (specifically the younger Nadia Van Dyne), but is it worth picking up? Check out my full review to find out!

Sword Art Online: Alicization Lycoris

After months and months of anticipation, Sword Art Online: Alicization Lycoris, the latest entry in the Sword Art Online video game series, finally arrived. I got the chance to check the game out, and here are my thoughts on the game and what you need to know if you're looking to pick the game up yourself. Keep reading to find out more!

The Old Guard

Netflix’s big Summer action flick arrives this week with The Old Guard, bringing about a unique take on the immortal warrior story, and managing to work even when it shouldn’t. Check out my full review!

Hamilton

In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, with Broadway and the film world grinding to a halt, the news that Disney had pushed up the release of a filmed version of Hamilton from October 2021 to July 3, 2020 took the world by storm. Originally filmed in late June 2016, this filmed stage performance of Hamilton, featuring the original Broadway cast, would give millions their first chance to see one of the hottest shows on Broadway, a title it has held since it premiered in 2015. Did this filmed performance of Hamilton live up to the hype? Keep reading to find out!
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May 09, 2015
Overall rating 
 
3.6
The Movie 
 
3.0
Picture Quality 
 
4.0
Audio Quality 
 
4.0
Special Features 
 
3.5
Home Entertainment
Carrie / The Rage: Carrie 2

I freely admit that Scream Factory’s Carrie / The Rage: Carrie 2 Double Feature Blu-ray would’ve been a lot more thrilling if it included Brian De Palma’s 1976 film instead...

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Eric Shirey
April 30, 2015
Overall rating 
 
4.0
The Movie 
 
4.0
Picture Quality 
 
4.0
Audio Quality 
 
4.0
Special Features 
 
4.0
Escape from New York Collector's Edition

Escape from New York is rated R for violence and gore, profanity, smoking, nudity, and frightening and intense sequences. A girl is seen topless in a rather darkly lit sequence...

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Eric Shirey
April 29, 2015
Overall rating 
 
3.9
The Movie 
 
3.5
Picture Quality 
 
4.0
Audio Quality 
 
4.0
Special Features 
 
4.0
Home Entertainment
Ghoulies / Ghoulies II

Scream Factory’s Ghoulies / Ghoulies II Double Feature Blu-ray is a great reminder of what movie magic was like before CGI took over. Just like the Gremlins films that launched...

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Eric Shirey
April 27, 2015
Overall rating 
 
3.8
The Movie 
 
3.5
Picture Quality 
 
4.0
Audio Quality 
 
4.0
Special Features 
 
3.5
Home Entertainment
Invaders from Mars

Invaders from Mars will fit nicely in your Blu-ray collection between The Goonies and The Monster Squad. It has all the elements of the coming-of age films of the 1980s...

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Eric Shirey
April 20, 2015
Overall rating 
 
4.0
The Movie 
 
4.0
Picture Quality 
 
4.0
Audio Quality 
 
4.0
Special Features 
 
4.0
Home Entertainment
From a Whisper to a Scream

From a Whisper to a Scream fits perfectly somewhere between other portmanteau films made in the 1980s like Tales from the Darkside and Creepshow and 1960s classics such as Tales...

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Eric Shirey
April 20, 2015
Overall rating 
 
3.1
The Movie 
 
4.0
Picture Quality 
 
4.0
Audio Quality 
 
4.0
Special Features 
 
0.5
Star Trek: The Original Series – Captain Kirk’s Boldest Missions

Star Trek: The Original Series – Captain Kirk’s Boldest Missions reminds all of us what sort of take-charge man our leader can be. He’s as vulnerable as the next guy,...

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Eric Shirey
April 14, 2015
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Entertainment Value 
 
4.0
Story/Writing 
 
4.0
Performance (Acting) 
 
4.0
Direction 
 
4.0
Production 
 
4.0
Red on Yella, Kill a Fella

Red on Yella, Kill a Fella is an entirely new and unique hybrid in the world of cinema. Although movies like Wesley Snipes’ Gallowwalkers and DC Comics’ Jonah Hex have...

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Eric Shirey
April 13, 2015
Overall rating 
 
3.1
The Movie 
 
4.0
Picture Quality 
 
4.0
Audio Quality 
 
4.0
Special Features 
 
0.5
Home Entertainment
Our Mother’s House

Our Mother’s House is another fine example of a classic film somehow being overlooked by cinema enthusiasts. It’s a brilliant family drama blended with just the right amount of effective...

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Eric Shirey
April 13, 2015 (Updated: April 13, 2015)
Overall rating 
 
3.0
The Movie 
 
4.0
Picture Quality 
 
3.5
Audio Quality 
 
3.0
Special Features 
 
1.5
Home Entertainment
Horror 4-in-1 Collection

The Horror 4-in-1 Collection is perfect for a long night of thrills and action entertainment. There’s something for everyone whether they like creature features, aliens, stalkers, or slashing killers. The...

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Eric Shirey
April 08, 2015
Overall rating 
 
4.1
The Movie 
 
4.5
Picture Quality 
 
4.0
Audio Quality 
 
4.0
Special Features 
 
4.0
Home Entertainment
The Babadook

The Babadook truly is an exercise in psychological horror that must be seen. It takes your worst fears and darkest thoughts and parades them onscreen in front of you to...

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