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HDTV Magazine Reviews Archive (December, 2011)

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Blu-ray Review: The Help

By The HT Guys • Dec 30 2011, 3:49pm

The Help stars Emma Stone as the courageous Eugenia “Skeeter‟ Phelan, who goes against the beliefs of her family and friends to find her own voice. The critically praised, emotional performance of Viola Davis as Aibileen Clark, a woman who secretly dreams of one day having more than she has been given, offers a deep emotional storyline. The breakthrough performance of Octavia Spencer as Minny Jackson, whose sass and tough exterior disguise the pain and fear she faces every day, brings both drama and humor to the film.

I wasn’t excited to watch this movie because I thought it would be a “chick flick” with lots of preachy messages about racism. I’m glad I watch it because its one of the best movies I’ve seen all year. The film was able to...

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Blu-ray Review: The Hangover Part II

By The HT Guys • Dec 29 2011, 3:46pm

In this booze and laugh soaked sequel to The Hangover, the buddies from the earlier film's bachelor party reunite for a wedding trip to Thailand where one of them, Stu Price (Ed Helms), is planning to tie the knot. Stu is determined that his own pre-wedding party should be a restrained and dignified affair, but between the habits of his friends and the multiple distractions of Bangkok, fate has other plans in store for him.

If you loved the first Hangover movie, you should really like this one, because...

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Blu-ray Review: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2

By The HT Guys • Dec 2 2011, 3:44pm

The final chapter begins as Harry, Ron, and Hermione continue their quest of finding and destroying the Dark Lord's three remaining Horcruxes, the magical items responsible for his immortality. But as the mystical Deathly Hallows are uncovered, and Voldemort finds out about their mission, the biggest battle begins and life as they know it will never be the same again.

This is the Harry Potter movie we've been waiting for since the series started in 2001. We've seen the cast of kids grow up before our eyes, and watched as their adventures become more dark and dangerous in each progressing film. Compared to many of the previous Potter movies, this one moves much faster, and has lots more action. Even though...

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Blu-ray Review: Fast Five

By Ryan Gibbs • Dec 1 2011, 3:54pm

Former cop Brian O'Conner (Paul Walker) partners with ex-con Dom Toretto (Vin Diesel)on the opposite side of the law. Since Brian and Mia Toretto (Jordana Brewster) broke Dom out of custody, they've blown across many borders to elude authorities. Now backed into a corner in Rio de Janeiro, they must pull one last job in order to gain their freedom. As they assemble their elite team of top racers, the unlikely allies know their only shot of getting out for good means confronting the corrupt businessman who wants them dead. But he's not the only one on their tail. Hard-nosed federal agent Luke Hobbs (Dwayne Johnson) never misses his target. When he is assigned to track down Dom and Brian, he and his strike team launch an all-out assault to capture them. But as his men tear through Brazil, Hobbs learns he can't separate the good guys from the bad. Now, he must rely on his instincts to corner his prey... before someone else runs them down first.

I knew this movie was going to be entertain ...