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Blu-ray Review: Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance

By The HT Guys • Jun 27 2012, 2:34pm

In the successor to the worldwide hit Ghost Rider, Johnny Blaze, still struggling with his curse as the devil's bounty hunter, is hiding out in a remote part of Eastern Europe when he is recruited by a secret sect of the church to save a young boy from the devil. At first, Johnny is reluctant to embrace the power of the Ghost Rider, but it is the only way to protect the boy and possibly rid himself of the curse forever.

Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance features Nicolas Cage at his...

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Blu-ray Review: Act of Valor

By The HT Guys • Jun 26 2012, 2:30pm

The mission of rescuing a kidnapped CIA agent from a lethal terrorist cell falls to an elite squad of Navy SEALs in this covert-action thriller. Active duty SEALs play the lead fighting roles in a saga based on actual events from their service.

Act of Valor is one of the most...

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Blu-ray Review: John Carter

By The HT Guys • Jun 22 2012, 2:57pm

As a warrior lost on Earth, John Carter is magically transported to Mars, where the fate of the planet and its people ultimately rest in his hands. With surprising new powers, and epic battles, he rises to become the man he is meant to be and the hero he truly is.

John Carter is an entertaining movie that’s full of imagination and interesting characters. The story is so huge that may be hard to grasp in one viewing. It’s also...

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Blu-ray Review: Red Tails

By The HT Guys • Jun 7 2012, 2:03pm

The 332nd Fighter Group, an all-black World War II unit made up of the best escort pilots and known as the Red Tails, fights racism at home while fighting the Nazis abroad in this action-packed drama based on the true story of the Tuskegee Airmen.

Red Tails is a solid film that honors the trail blazing Tuskegee Airmen by showcasing their heroism instead of making them victims. I’ve seen movies based on this story before, but none have been...

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Blu-ray Review: The Vow

By The HT Guys • May 25 2012, 2:14pm

Rachel McAdams stars in this romantic drama about a newlywed woman who slips into a coma after a car accident and awakens with amnesia. Her devoted husband (Channing Tatum) must help her recover and also win her back.

I didn’t want to like this movie because I knew it would be a sappy love story with...

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Blu-ray Review: The War

By The HT Guys • May 23 2012, 2:12pm

A seven-part series brings World War II to life through the harrowing personal accounts of a handful of soldiers and others from "typical" American towns, recreating visceral scenes of the battles at Omaha Beach, Guadalcanal, Okinawa and more.

The War is a remarkable seven part documentary that tells the complete story of World War II from an American perspective. The 15 hour documentary follows the lives of men and women from four different towns in the United States. All of their stories are...

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Blu-ray Review: The Grey

By The HT Guys • May 21 2012, 2:08pm

After narrowly surviving a deadly plane crash in the Alaskan wilderness, a band of oil riggers must fend for their lives in the ice and snow. But thanks to wolves that view their presence as a threat, they aren't alone.

The Grey should be called The Dark, because its characters and subject matter are so grim and harsh it’s hard to walk away from this movie feeling cheerful. The overall theme is...

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Blu-ray Review: Haywire

By The HT Guys • May 18 2012, 2:13pm

A last-minute mission in Dublin turns deadly for stunning secret operative Mallory Kane when she realizes she's been betrayed -- and that her own life is no longer safe. Now, to outwit her enemies, she'll simply have to outlast them.

It’s very rare to see an action film starring a woman that could beat up most men in real life, but that’s exactly what you get in Haywire. It has the familiar plot of...

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Blu-ray Review: One for the Money

By The HT Guys • May 17 2012, 2:00pm

Janet Evanovich's spunky heroine, Stephanie Plum, is adrift after getting a divorce and losing her job. To make ends meet, she becomes a bounty hunter, with her first big case revolving around a high school boyfriend who may be falsely accused.

One for the Money claims to be an action comedy, but its barely funny and hardly has any action. You would expect...

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Blu-ray Review: Back to the Future Trilogy

By The HT Guys • May 16 2012, 2:54pm

In this classic sci-fi adventure from director Robert Zemeckis, eccentric inventor Doc Brown (Christopher Lloyd) turns a DeLorean into a time machine that inadvertently sends his young friend, Marty McFly (Michael J. Fox), 30 years into the past. While stuck in the 1950s, Marty disrupts his parents' destiny and risks throwing the time-space continuum completely out of whack. The only way back to 1985 now is to get mom and dad to pucker up.

The Back to the Future Trilogy is a cultural milestone in American film. It captured what the 1980’s were, what we thought the past was, and what we thought the future could bring. Most people would agree that the first movie is the best, and the series degrades as it goes along. I’m not saying...

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Blu-ray Review: The Darkest Hour

By The HT Guys • Apr 25 2012, 2:11pm

This sci-fi action thriller tracks the adventures of a group of young Americans touring Moscow who get caught up in an alien invasion. Despite the unfamiliarity of their surroundings, the Yanks quickly team up with the Russians to fight back.

The Darkest Hour takes the overused sci-fi plot of alien invasion and...

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Blu-ray Review: War Horse

By The HT Guys • Apr 24 2012, 3:50am

Adapted from a novel by Michael Morpurgo, this majestic World War I drama centers on Devon lad Albert and his steadfast horse, Joey, whose faithful bond cannot be shaken -- even when Joey is sold to the cavalry and sent off to France.

War Horse is a conflicting film. It’s a touching sentimental story about a boy and his horse, and it chronicles the harshness and destruction of war. Blending these two worlds together isn’t easy, even when the film is brought to life by Hollywood’s favorite director Steven Spielberg. I found the tone to be...

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Blu-ray Review: Young Adult

By The HT Guys • Apr 4 2012, 2:57pm

Taken aback when she receives a letter from an old boyfriend announcing that he's just had a baby with his wife, divorced fiction writer Mavis Gary decides to return to her small hometown and reconnect with her former lover.

Young Adult is a refreshing dark drama comedy that takes chances with the script to deliver a story that’s different than most. Diablo Cody’s script is smart and makes the characters the star of the film instead of the situations they find themselves in. At times the film is...

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Blu-ray Review: Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

By The HT Guys • Apr 3 2012, 2:01pm

John Le Carré's classic thriller of Cold War espionage follows an English spy as he returns to MI-6 under a cloud of suspicion. In the years since he was sacked by the agency, some suspect he's become an operative for the Soviet Union.

A best selling spy novel made into a movie starring several noteworthy actors sounds like an easy movie to enjoy, but...

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Blu-ray Review: The Muppets

By The HT Guys • Apr 2 2012, 2:42pm

When Kermit the Frog and the Muppets learn that their beloved theater is slated for demolition, a sympathetic human, Gary, and his puppet roommate, Walter, swoop in to help the gang put on a show and raise the $10 million they need to save the day.

I loved the Muppets when I was a kid. I tried to watch the original movies with my kids, and let me just say, time has not been kind to the old movies. Because of that experience, my kids weren’t interested in watching this one. As soon as we started to watch this reboot...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...