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New to View from “ReelBob” Bob Bloom

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New to View: Dec. 13
Posted on December 9, 2016 by Bob Bloom

By Bob Bloom
The following Blu-rays and DVDs are being released on Tuesday, Dec. 13, unless otherwise noted:

Southside With You (Blu-ray + Ultraviolet)
Details: 2016, Lionsgate Home Entertainment
Rated: PG-13, language, smoking, violent image, drug use
The lowdown: This feature, set over the span of a day in 1989 Chicago, chronicles the first date between Barack Obama and Michelle Robinson.
If you can ignore the future while viewing the film, “Southside With You” is an relaxed picture about two young black professionals slowly learning about each other as they navigate the social and cultural politics of office romances, stressful positions and dealing with white perceptions of what it means to be black in a professional setting — in this case, a prestigious Chicago law firm.
Writer-director Richard Tanne, at times, creates banter between the pair worthy of a Spencer Tracy-Katharine Hepburn exchange.
Smartly, the movie does not offer a political agenda. It’s simply a story of two smart, ambitious and committed professionals discovering what they have in common, and sharing their views on life, race and society.
The charm of Tanne’s film is its understatement; its strength is its presentation of two smart people on the cusp. Tanne need not add a prologue, relying on the intelligence of his audience to know the rest of the story.
Technical aspects: 1080p high definition, 2.35:1 (16×9 enhanced) widescreen picture; English 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio; English SDH, English and Spanish subtitles.
Don’t miss: Original artwork and animations and a commentary track comprise the major bonus features.

Suicide Squad: Extended Cut (Blu-ray + DVD + Ultraviolet)
Details: 2016, Warner Home Video
Rated: Not rated & PG-13, action and graphic violence, disturbing images, language, suggestive content
The lowdown: A movie about bad guys kicking ass — even as reluctant heroes “recruited” by the federal government — should be loud and over the top, displaying attitude and anarchy.
But “Suicide Squad” is a product of the serious and dark DC Comics world, where it must be against the law to show brashness and flex some craziness.
This is a movie where the light is sucked out of the film — and the audience.
It takes place mostly at night and in deep, dank prison cells.
And that is one of “Suicide Squad’s” problems. It lacks that in-your-face presence that dares the audience to embrace it. It’s a film that should say take me or leave me, I don’t give a damn.
We get what basically is a two-hour setup for the next “Justice League” movie.
Even with an extended version that adds 11 minutes to the movie, nothing seems to have changed. It is still too serious for its own good.
Technical aspects: Blu-ray: 1080p high definition, 2.40:1 (16×9 enhanced) widescreen picture; English Dolby Atmos, English 5.1 descriptive audio and French and Spanish 5.1 Dolby digital; English SDH, French and Spanish subtitles; DVD: 2.40:1 (16×9 enhanced) widescreen picture; English, Spanish and French 5.1 Dolby digital; English SDH, French and Spanish subtitles.
Don’t miss: A featurette, “Task Force X: One Team, One Mission” that examines the legacy of these bad guys; a featurette on how the cast got themselves in shape; a look at the underworld’s most romantic couple, Harley and Joker; a behind-the-scenes look with director David Ayer on creating a surreal world; a gag reel, looks at the movie’s weapons and battles; and a “Squad Declassified” featurette comprise the major bonus offerings.

“2016 World Series Collector’s Edition: Chicago Cubs” (Blu-ray)
Details: 2016, Shout! Factory
Rated: Not rated
The lowdown: Cubs fans can relive every pitch, every out, every hit, every inning and, most importantly, every win of the 2016 World Series with this eight-disc set that includes each exciting game of the series.
You will be able to see the clutch hits, outstanding fielding and strong pitching that ended the Cubs’ 108-year drought.
This is a set that Cubs die-hards and baseball lovers alike will be able to enjoy over and over.
Technical aspects: 1080p high definition, 1.78:1 (16×9 enhanced) widescreen picture; English DTS-HD Master Audio; English SDH subtitles.
Don’t miss: Bonus features include game six of the NLCS series; four audio options, including TV, home radio, away radio and Spanish-language broadcast; and a Sleevestats insert with official stats, game trivia and more.

Morgan (Blu-ray + DVD + digital HD)
Details: 2016, Fox Home Entertainment
Rated: R, graphic and bloody violence, language
The lowdown: A science-fiction thriller about an experiment to create a genetically designed human.
The young woman, played by Anya Taylor-Joy, however, cannot be totally controlled, triggering a horrific event that causes those leading the experiment to determine if her potential outweighs the danger.
The film, from producer Ridley Scott and director Luke Scott, costars Paul Giamatti, Kate Mara, Toby Jones, Jennifer Jason Leigh and Rose Leslie.
Technical aspects: Blu-ray: 1080p high definition, 2.39:1 widescreen picture; English 7.1 DTS-HD Master Audio, English 5.1 audio descriptive and Spanish and French 5.1 Dolby digital; English SDH, French and Spanish subtitles; DVD: 2.39:1 widescreen picture; English 5.1 Dolby digital; English 5.1 audio descriptive and Spanish and French 2.0 Dolby digital surround; English SDH, French and Spanish subtitles.
Don’t miss: Extras include a featurette on the science behind Morgan, deleted scenes, a commentary track and a short film by director Luke Scott.

Harley and the Davidsons (Blu-ray + DVD + Ultraviolet)
Details: 2016, Lionsgate Home Entertainment
Rated: Not rated
The lowdown: This Discovery Channel miniseries looks at the three young men who risked their fortunes to create what has become the iconic American motorcycle.
The story begins at the turn of the 20th century as Walter and Arthur Davidson and Bill Harley began their enterprise. Along the way, each faced various personal and professional challenges, but it was their dreams and ambitions that kept them united.
Fans of the motorcycle will find this series entertaining and historically perceptive.
Technical aspects: Blu-ray: 1080p high definition, 1.78:1 (16×9 enhanced) widescreen picture; English 2.0 DTS-HD Master Audio; English SDH subtitles; DVD: 1.78:1 (16×9 enhanced) widescreen picture; English 2.0 Dolby digital; English SDH subtitles.
Don’t miss: A making of featurette and a “Biketacular” that looks at impressive bike builds comprise the major bonus components.

American Gothic: Season One
Details: CBS DVD-Paramount Home Entertainment
Rated: Not rated
The lowdown: This four-disc set features all 13 episodes of the CBS summer series about a well-known Boston family who learn that someone close to them is linked to a series of gruesome murders.
During the investigation, dark secrets from the past and present are unearthed as the hunt for the culprit goes deeper and deeper.
The mounting suspicion and paranoia begins to have an adverse impact on the family, threatening to tear it apart.
Technical aspects: 16:9 full-screen picture; English 5.1 Dolby digital stereo; English SDH subtitles.
Don’t miss: Extras include deleted and extended scenes, a first look at the show, a gag reel and a featurette on the cast and creators at Comic-Con.

Little Men
Details: 2016, Magnolia Home Entertainment
Rated: PG, mature themes, language, smoking
The lowdown: A family drama about two young boys who form a friendship, despite friction and bickering between the adults in their life.
Jake and his family move into their late grandfather’s Brooklyn home, where he befriends Tony, whose mother runs the dress shop in the downstairs part of the apartment building.
When Jake’s parents ask Tony’s mother to pay a higher rent, the feud begins. The boys protest by taking an oath of silence against their parents.
The movie offers lessons for adults and children.
Technical aspects: 1.66:1 widescreen picture; English 5.1 Dolby digital; English SDH and Spanish subtitles.
Don’t miss: A making of featurette and casting sessions for the two young actors playing the boys comprise the main supplemental offerings.

The Exterminating Angel: Special Edition (Blu-ray)
Release date: Dec. 6
Details: 1962, The Criterion Collection
Rated: Not rated
The lowdown: Director Luis Buñuel’s masterpiece about a group of high society friends invited to a mansion for dinner who find themselves unable to leave.
After a few days, the guests — one by one — begin to starve and die.
This eerie comic tale, in Spanish with English subtitles, is another in the director’s satiric commentaries on the rituals and frivolities of the upper class.
Technical aspects: 1080p high definition, 1.33:1 full-screen picture; Spanish LPCM monaural; English subtitles.
Don’t miss: Bonus offerings include a 2008 documentary about Buñuel, 2006 interviews with actor Silvia Pinal and filmmaker Arturo Ripstein and a booklet with essays about the film and its director.

Zoo: Season Two
Release date: Dec. 6
Details: 2016, CBS DVD-Paramount Home Entertainment
Rated: Not rated
The lowdown: A four-disc set featuring the second season of this popular CBS summer series, based on the book by James Patterson.
The series deals with an animal takeover of the planet, which, in this season, has gone from animal attacks to a global war between beast and mankind.
Meanwhile, zoologist Jackson Oz (James Wolk) and his team uncover a plan to exterminate all wildlife on the planet, again proving that humans are the most dangerous species of all.
The cast also includes Kristen Connolly, Billy Burke and Nonso Anozie.
Technical aspects: 16:9 widescreen picture; English 5.1 Dolby digital surround and stereo surround; English SDH subtitles.
Don’t miss: Bonus features include an overview of the second season with cast members and the executive producers, a gag reel, deleted scenes and a tour of “The Bird,” the plane that serves as the team’s base of operations.

Dreamscape: Collector’s Edition (Blu-ray)
Details: 1984, Scream Factory
Rated: PG-13, violence, language, sexual content
The lowdown: Dennis Quaid stars in this science fiction-thriller as Alex Gardner, a young man with the psychic ability to enter another person’s subconscious through dreams.
When he is recruited for a government project, he learns that others with similar abilities are being used for nefarious purposes.
The film is one of those projects, such as “Firestarter,” in which secret government agencies use people with special powers to murder and control others.
The impressive cast also includes Max von Sydow, Christopher Plummer, Kate Capshaw, Eddie Albert, George Wendt and David Patrick Kelly best known as the psycho gang leader-killer in “The Warriors.”
Technical aspects: 1080p high definition, 1.85:1 widescreen picture; English 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio; English SDH subtitles.
Don’t miss: Bonus offerings include a new retrospective that includes interviews with filmmakers and cast members, a look back at the Snakeman creation, an in-depth conversation between Bruce Cohn Curtis and co-writer-producer Chuck Russell and a commentary track.

Phantasm: Remastered (Blu-ray)
Release date: Dec. 6
Details: 1979, Well Go USA Entertainment
Rated: R, graphic violence, nudity, intense scary sequences
The lowdown: This cult favorite horror feature gets a remastered reissue.
The tale of The Tall Man, his lethal Sentinel Spheres and the group of small-town friends who must come together to halt his dimension-hopping schemes has struck a chord with fans for decades.
This restoration was aided by J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot Productions.
Technical aspects: 1080p high definition,16:9 widescreen picture; English 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio; English SDH subtitles.
Don’t miss: Extras include interviews from 1979, a commentary track, deleted scenes and a new “Graveyard Carz” episode.

Sudden Fear (Blu-ray)
Details: 1952, Cohen Film Collection
Rated: Not rated
The lowdown: Joan Crawford stars in this film noir thriller as a successful playwright who marries an actor, played by Jack Palance, who hides a dark secret.
Crawford’s character learns that her hubby not only married her for her money, but that he plans on killing her with the help of his lover, portrayed by Gloria Grahame.
The movie received four Academy Award nominations, and features a memorable score by Elmer Bernstein.
Technical aspects: 1080p high definition, 1.37:1 full-screen picture; English 2.0 LPCM monaural; English SDH subtitles.
Don’t miss: The major bonus component is a commentary track by film historian Jeremy Arnold.

Creepshow 2 (Blu-ray)
Details: 1987, Arrow Video
Rated: R, graphic violence
The lowdown: A series of bloody and horrific tales from George A. Romero and Stephen King highlight this anthology feature.
The film is comprised of three short stories by King involving a wooden Indian coming to life, a motorist terrorized by hitchhiker she ran over and killed.
The movie looks as if it was made on a rather stringent budget, and it lacks the impact of the original.
The cast includes Oscar-winner George Kennedy, Dorothy Lamour and Lois Chiles.
Technical aspects: 1080p high definition, 1.85:1 widescreen picture; English Dolby digital stereo; English SDH subtitles.
Don’t miss: Extras include behind-the-scenes footage, a featurette on make-up artist Rick Baker, a look at the movie’s special effects, a commentary track and a collector’s booklet.

The Driller Killer (Blu-ray + DVD)
Details: 1979, Arrow Video
Rated: Not rated
The lowdown: Abel Ferrara made his directorial debut with this low-budget, independent horror feature about a paranoid artist who fears becoming homeless, so he begins killing hobos using a power drill.
His paranoia grows to the point that he soon begins killing anyone whom he has perceived as slighting him.
The film is graphically violent and disturbing.
Technical aspects: Blu-ray: 1080p high definition, 1.85:1 widescreen picture; English LPCM monaural; English SDH subtitles; DVD: 1.85:1 widescreen and 1.37:1 full-screen picture; English LPCM monaural; English SDH subtitles.
Don’t miss: Extras include an interview with Ferrara, a 2010 documentary by Ferrara about New York, a visual essay to Ferrara’s films and career, a commentary track and a booklet about the movie and Ferrara.

The Legend of Korra: The Complete Series
Details: 2012-14, Nickelodeon-Paramount Home Entertainment
Rated: Not rated
The lowdown: An eight-disc set containing all 52 episodes of this animated series about Korra, a teenage girl from the Southern Water Tribe, who embarks on an exciting journey of self-discovery as well as restoring balance to the Earth Kingdom.
The 20-plus hours includes all the battles and adventures of air, earth, water and firebending.
The set would make a perfect holiday gift for fans of the series.
Technical aspects: 1.78:1 widescreen picture; English 5.1 Dolby digital and French and Spanish Dolby digital stereo (Book One), English 5.1 Dolby digital and Spanish Dolby digital stereo (Books Two and Three) and English 5.1 Dolby digital (Book Four).
Don’t miss: Commentaries, a making of featurette, behind-the-scenes looks and episode breakdowns comprise the bonus offerings.

Other Blu-rays and DVDs being released on Tuesday, unless otherwise indicated:
Black Christmas: Collector’s Edition (Blu-ray) (Scream Factory)
Killjoy’s Psycho Circus (Full Moon Features, Dec. 1)
The Search for Weng Weng (Wild Eye Releasing, Nov. 8)
Marquise de Sade aka The Portrait of Doriana Gray (Full Moon Features, Oct. 24)

FOR KIDS
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Earth’s Last Stand (Nickelodeon-Paramount Home Entertainment)

DIGITAL DOWNLOADS and STREAMING
Snowden (Universal Studios Home Entertainment)
Tri (Red Zeppelin Productions)

Bob Bloom is a member of the Indiana Film Journalists Association. He reviews movies, Blu-rays and DVDs for ReelBob (ReelBob.com), The Film Yap and other print and online publications. He can be reached by email at bobbloomjc@gmail.com. You also can follow Bloom on Twitter @ReelBobBloom and on Facebook. Movie reviews by Bloom also can be found at Rottentomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com.

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BOB BLOOMS’S review of Moonlight, which is playing in Indy and is a very strong Academy Award contender.

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ReelBob: ‘Moonlight’
Posted on December 6, 2016 by Bob Bloom

By Bob Bloom

“Moonlight” intimately shares a young black man’s journey of self-discovery from childhood to adulthood as he tries to understand his place in the world and his sexuality.

The movie, adapted and directed by Barry Jenkins, is told in three parts, as we follow the life in Miami of a young boy nicknamed Little (Alex Hibbert), who morphs into the teenage Chiron (Ashton Sanders), who then matures into the adult Black (Trevante Rhodes).

From the outset, we see the quiet and shy Little bullied. He can find no refuge at home, where his crack-addicted mother, Paula (Naomi Harris), verbally abuses him as well.

His only refuge is with a kindly drug dealer, Juan (Mahershala Ali), and his girlfriend, Teresa (Janelle Monáe), who show Little a ray of kindness he has never known.

Little’s one friend is Kevin, who urges him to stand up and fight back, advice the child ignores.

The teenage Chiron fares no better, being constantly picked on in high school.

Chiron meets up again with Kevin, where the pair share — for Chiron at least — a life-changing experience.

A later betrayal creates an upheaval that alters Chiron’s persona.

Years later, the now adult Black is living in Atlanta, where he is peddling drugs.

An unexpected phone call brings him back to Miami, where his life comes full circle.

Despite its rough exterior, “Moonlight” is a tender picture, a soft and understanding portrait of isolation, of living in the shadows by denying one’s true self.

Compassion overflows in this intimate movie that takes viewers into a world of black men that is rarely shown in film or newspaper articles.

The movie showcases a complexity about human nature and sexuality that is refreshing to watch. We mourn and cry with Little-Chiron-Black during his dark times, and celebrate his moments of joy and survival.

“Moonlight” is a performance-driven feature. The three actors portraying Little-Chiron-Black blend into each other; all are spotlighted more by their silences and reactions than any dialogue.

They are heartbreakingly vulnerable; their pain, though muted, can be felt through the screen.

Ali as the kindly Juan showcases a man of conscience who, despite how he makes his living, has heart and compassion, recognizing how a gesture or friendly word can help change a life.

His portrayal is worthy of a supporting actor Academy Award nomination.

“Moonlight” is a melancholy and moving feature that will tug at your heart and call you to embrace it. It’s an invitation you should definitely accept.

Bob Bloom is a member of the Indiana Film Journalists Association. His reviews appear at ReelBob (reelbob.com) and Rottentomatoes (www.rottentomatoes.com). He also reviews Blu-rays and DVDs. He can be reached by email at bobbloomjc@gmail.com or on Twitter @ReelBobBloom.

MOONLIGHT
4 stars out of 4
(R), sexual content, violence, language, drug use

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STEVIE NICKS AND PRETENDERS COMING TO INDY 3/29

STEVIE NICKS ROCKIN’ 24 KARAT GOLD TOUR

WITH SPECIAL GUESTS PRETENDERS TO VISIT INDIANAPOLIS, MARCH 29

 

– New Dates Include Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Following 29 Shows

in 2016 Which Have Received Rave Reviews –

 

– Tickets on Sale Monday, December 12 –

 

KRISTIN_SHOT_03_126_F5(low res)LOS ANGELES (December 5, 2016) – As Stevie Nicks 24 Karat Gold Tour with Special Guests Pretenders winds down for the year with eight shows left, Live Nation, the tour’s promoter has announced 20 new shows including March 29 in Indianapolis.

 

American Express Card Members can purchase tickets before the general public, beginning Wednesday, December 7 at 10:00 a.m. through Sunday, December 11 at 10:00 p.m. Tickets go on sale beginning Monday, December 12 at the Bankers Life Fieldhouse Box Office, BankersLifeFieldhouse.com, all Ticketmaster outlets or by phone at (800) 745-3000.

 

Due to huge ticket demands and stellar reviews for the 24 Karat Gold Tour, the legendary gold dust queen Stevie Nicks, a Rock & Roll Hall of Famer and multi-platinum Grammy Award winning solo artist, has happily agreed to add the new series of shows and continue singing and dancing across the stages of North America performing her classic hits along with longtime fan favorites from throughout her entire career as a solo artist and member of Fleetwood Mac. Nicks has collectively sold over 140 million albums.

 

“It’s been thrilling to get on stage each night and sing some of my early gems from early in my career along with getting the chance to sing the material from my last two albums, “In Your Dreams” and “24 Karat Gold – Songs From The Vault,” says Stevie Nicks. Rhino Records has also recently released remastered deluxe versions of Nicks’ first two solo albums “Bella Donna” and “Wild Heart”.

 

RECENT RAVES FROM 24 KARAT GOLD TOUR

“Stevie cast a spell over Houston… Women danced. Men sang along. And Nicks in all her witchy allure proved she still reigns supreme.” – HOUSTON CHRONICLE

 

“Let’s face it, there’s something downright magical to Stevie Nicks… The sexiest voice on the planet.” – PHOENIX NEW TIMES

 

“Stevie Nicks enchants faithful fans at the Atlanta show… As women rock stars go, there aren’t much cooler than Stevie Nicks and Chrissie Hynde… A whopping injection of female fused musical power – a love letter to the faithful.” – ATLANTA JOURNAL CONSTITUTION

 

“Stevie Nicks doesn’t need Fleetwood Mac… I’m so happy she has the Mac but her solo catalogue does fine, filling two hours as she proved to a packed TD Garden. The golden goddess in gossamer has huge instantly recognizable hits… In the ‘80’s she had ten top 40 singles (not including her Mac smashes) but last night proved her “forgotten works have equal force and beauty .” – BOSTON HERALD

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City of West Lafayette to celebrate reopening of River Road

City of West Lafayette to celebrate reopening of River Road with dedication ceremony

 

WHEN:

?Friday, Dec. 2, 2016 at 3 p.m.

 

WHERE:

?West corner of River Road and Williams Street in West Lafayette

 

DETAILS:

Join West Lafayette’s Mayor John Dennis and Redevelopment Commission President Larry Oates as they share highlights and successes of the city’s CSO Relief Interceptor Project.?

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Bob Bloom’s Review of “The Eagle Huntress” on Reelbob

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ReelBob: ‘The Eagle Huntress’
Posted on November 23, 2016 by Bob Bloom

By Bob Bloom

“The Eagle Huntress” is a beautiful documentary with some awesome visuals and an inspiring story.

The feature, shot in Mongolia, tells the story of Aisholpan, a 13-year-old girl, who aspires to be the first female eagle hunter in her family.

For generations, eagle hunting has been handed down from father to son, but Aisholpan’s father, Rhys, inspired by her determination and skill, sees no reason why he should not train her in this difficult art.

Rhys is unconcerned about bucking years of tradition, believing that his daughter’s talents have earned her the right to follow her dream.

Smartly, the film, narrated by Daisy Ridley — who also serves as one of its executive producers — spends the bulk of its time chronicling Aisholpan’s extensive training — from capturing her eaglet to teaching it to obey her commands and hunt.

The Mongolian steppe region where the film takes place is a desolate, cold and, at times, harsh environment. Yet Aisholpan and her family survive — as her tribe has for generations — by moving and adapting to changes in weather and seasons.

For a documentary, “The Eagle Huntress” looks very cinematic. That is not meant as a criticism, just an observation about the film’s splendid shots.

The film contains sequences that look as if they were filmed from either drones or an aircraft, as well as some smooth and long tracking shots that would rival anything in a big-budget feature.

“The Eagle Huntress,” despite its scope, is an intimate story of one young girl ignoring obstacles to do what she believes she was born for — and succeeding splendidly.

The movie does not trumpet its feminist message, but lets it sink in slowly and subtlely.

The movie is a charming story of perseverance, dignity and courage as Aisholpan goes on her first winter hunt with her father, braving an unforgiving terrain where the temperatures are as low as 40 below zero.

True, the movie has some issues — a soundtrack and some songs that make it almost sound like a Disney princess feature — but the film’s inspirational story grabs onto the audience and holds it tightly.

“The Eagle Huntress” is an impressive feature with a spunky, optimistic, bubbly heroine who faces every challenge with a smile and a can-do attitude.

It’s a story of conquering barriers with pure talent and grit and by ignoring naysayers and those who want to maintain a status quo.

Bob Bloom is a member of the Indiana Film Journalists Association. His reviews appear at ReelBob (reelbob.com) and Rottentomatoes (www.rottentomatoes.com). He also reviews Blu-rays and DVDs. He can be reached by email at bobbloomjc@gmail.com or on Twitter @ReelBobBloom.

THE EAGLE HUNTRESS
3 stars out of 4
(G)

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