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Blu-ray Review: ‘Day of the Falcon’

Coming out on a single-disc Blu-ray package, the action-adventure drama "Day of the Falcon," originally titled “Black Gold” for the international market, features a soaring epic that centers on two rival kingdoms' bloody war during the dawn of the oil boom in the Middle East. Exploring the themes of love, honor, greed, family pride, betrayal, and traditions, it follows the story of star-crossed lovers whose families get caught up in a reignited conflict after the discovery of oil between their territories. This film by award-winning director Jean-Jacques Annaud, also the helmer of "Enemy at the Gates" and "Seven Years in Tibet,"

Blu-ray Review: ‘Empire of the Sun’ 25th Anniversary Edition

The 1987 World War II epic "Empire of the Sun" releases on a DigiBook package consisting of a Blu-ray disc and a DVD. This two-disc set serves as the film's 25th Anniversary Edition offering. A powerful portrait of lost innocence in a foreign land, this tale becomes a compelling adaptation of J.G. Ballard's best-selling, semi-autobiographical novel of the same title. The narrative reflects his own coming-of-age story about living as a prisoner in an internment camp at a young age. This cinematic opus helmed by Steven Spielberg features a very young Christian Bale on the lead role. It also stars a

‘Star Trek’ (2009) Film Review: Warpspeed wow!

Director J.J. Abrams and his crew build this Star Trek franchise into a truly glorious new enterprise.

‘Angels and Demons’ Film Review: From suspense novel to audio-visual flair

The film’s strong points as a commercial cinematic offer is that it combines religious, scientific, political, art, historical, and academic issues in one package; thus, making it an entertaining blend capturing many kinds of moviegoers.

‘Watchmen’ Film Review: Deconstructing the film in reference to the graphic novel

“Watchmen” is visually brilliant but flawed in certain ways. Nevertheless, this eye-poppingly faithful adaptation is a carefully crafted as a lavish cult movie.

‘Beowulf’ (2007) Film Review: Motion-capture statement

For its time, “Beowulf” takes tremendous artistic license to blend CGI and motion-capture technology, then renders it in IMAX 3D to bring a level of hyperreality for the audience to savor on screen.

‘Shrek the Third’ Film Review: The slapstick third

The Shrek franchise comes up with its third installment quite inferior to the first two. Shrek the Third tries to do its best to bring out some laugh-inducing slapstick from the can. At least, it has the very humor that Shrek fans have come to expect.

‘Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire’ Film Review: Dark, adolescent Potter film

Darker, a little more mature, and a little less magical, “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire” primarily deals with rejection and hormones as Harry and his friends struggle through transition from childhood to young adulthood. This motion picture focuses on the Hogwarts students in the seemingly awkward stage of their youth. The film’s look is less ostentatious than the previous installments. This time, things are more intimate and real. With the exceptions of a Quidditch stadium and some dragons and mermaids, it tones down on special effects. Yet, it enchants and satisfies its followers and its now grown-up fans. Some familiarity with

‘Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith’ Film Review: The force of tragedies

“Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith” serves as the final chapter to the culturally historical galactic empire saga from the real master behind the force George Lucas, along with his dedicated behind-the-scene heroes from the "Star Wars" of the 1970s and 1980s ("Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope" in 1977, "Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back" in 1980, and "Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi" in 1983) to the prequels produced two decades after ("Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace" in 1999 and "Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones" in 2002). As the classic franchise's concluding motion picture offer, "Revenge of the

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