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HDTV Magazine Reviews Archive (March, 2012)

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Blu-ray Review: The Adventures of Tintin

By The HT Guys • Mar 30 2012, 2:32pm

Blockbuster filmmakers Steven Spielberg and Peter Jackson team up for this 3-D motion capture adaptation of Georges Remi's classic comic strip, centered around the adventures of fearless young journalist Tintin (Jamie Bell) and his trusty dog, Snowy.

The Adventures of Tintin is an entertaining film that has enough action to rival an Indiana Jones movie. Tintin has always been more popular in Europe, but film does a good job of bringing Tintin to an American audience. It’s strange to see...


Blu-ray Review: Immortals

By The HT Guys • Mar 29 2012, 2:14pm

In Ancient Greece, King Hyperion searches for a powerful weapon that will free the bloodthirsty Titans and enable them to overpower the gods and enslave mankind. Unable to interfere directly, the gods choose a champion to defend them: Theseus.

Immortals is gorgeous looking movie, that’s a mix of the movies 300 and Clash of the Titans but a lot more violent. Tarsem Singh is a director who can create visually stunning movies, but his films usually...


Blu-ray Review: Footloose

By The HT Guys • Mar 28 2012, 2:00pm

This musical remake of the infectious 1984 hit finds dance-lovin', big-city kid Ren MacCormack stuck in a small town where dancing is illegal. As he rebels against the town and its influential Rev. Moore, Ren falls for the pastor's lovely daughter.

In recent years it seems like lots of films reliving the 1980s have been made. Dance flicks have also found an audience, so it would make since to remake Footloose. I have to admit I wasn’t looking forward to watching this film. I expected it to be...


Blu-ray Review: Three Musketeers

By The HT Guys • Mar 24 2012, 4:15am

The original three musketeers are past their prime and working menial jobs in Paris when their friend D'Artagnan rallies them to defend the nation. To do so, they must undermine Cardinal Richelieu's plot to have himself crowned France's next king.

The Three Musketeers has been adapted into movies over 20 times. This version swings for the fence by making it an action heavy film and by adding elements of flight...


Blu-ray Review: Drive

By The HT Guys • Mar 9 2012, 3:33pm

A Hollywood stuntman who moonlights as a getaway driver is lured from his isolated life by a lovely neighbor and her young son. His newfound peace is shattered, however, when her violent husband is released from prison.

Drive is an interesting film, the story is simplistic, the dialog is minimal, and the pace is slow. In most movies, these would be...


Blu-ray Review: Dolphin Tale

By The HT Guys • Mar 8 2012, 3:31pm

A badly maimed juvenile dolphin is given a new tail, and a new life, through the efforts of the humans who save it in this true-life adventure saga. After losing its tail to a crab trap, the dolphin is doomed until a young boy spots its plight.

Dolphin Tale is a solid family film that doesn’t get too sappy or try to hit you over the head with its message. When if first heard about this film, I thought it was going to be...


Blu-ray Review: Tower Heist

By The HT Guys • Mar 7 2012, 3:14pm

When a group of workers at a ritzy Manhattan condo realize their boss has swindled them out of their pensions, they vow to reap their own justice. With the cooperation of the building manager, the group devises an ingenious plot to recover the funds.

Tower Heist is an entertaining unique film that might get...


Blu-ray Review: Hugo

By The HT Guys • Mar 6 2012, 3:12pm

When his father dies, 12-year-old orphan Hugo takes up residence behind the walls of a Parisian train station. There, he meets Isabelle, the daughter of filmmaker Georges Méliès, who holds the key to Hugo's destiny.

Hugo is a well made and thoughtful film that touches on several themes that can stick with you long after the film is over. It’s universally known that Martin Scorsese is...


Blu-ray Review: True Grit (1969)

By The HT Guys • Mar 5 2012, 3:11pm

John Wayne landed one of his last great screen roles as crusty lawman Reuben J. "Rooster" Cogburn, who reluctantly helps teenager Mattie Ross (Kim Darby) pursue her father's killer. True Grit is more a character study than many of Wayne's formulaic Westerns. The rousing final showdown between Wayne and the villains adds to the Duke's long list of outstanding movie moments.

The first westerns I fell in love with were Sergio Leone’s gritty spaghetti westerns, and I stood clear of anything starring John Wayne fearing they would be too corny. I wish I would have...


Blu-ray Review: Puss in Boots

By The HT Guys • Mar 2 2012, 3:07pm

The dauntless feline of legend goes on an animated adventure to purloin a priceless golden-egg-laying goose. To help him on his mission, Puss brings along his friends Humpty Dumpty and the super-stealthy Kitty Softpaws.

Puss in Boots is an entertaining family film, and it’s better than I thought a spinoff of Shrek would be. It basically...