Monday, July 10, 2017

New on Blu-ray & DVD for July11, 2017 "Fate of the Furious," "Lost City of Z" and "Smurfs: The Lost Village"

The Lost City of Z
Starring: Charlie Hunnam, Robert Pattinson and Sienna Miller
Rated PG-13

The film tells the tale of tells the incredible true story of British explorer Percy Fawcett, who journeys into the Amazon at the dawn of the 20th century and discovers evidence of a previously unknown, advanced civilization that may have once inhabited the region.

Despite being ridiculed by the scientific community, Fawcett returns time and again to his beloved jungle in an attempt to prove his case, culminating in his mysterious disappearance in 1925.

“The Lost City of Z” is based on the book “Exploration Fawcett,” published in the early 1950's.

The film takes us on 3 journeys into the jungle with Fawcett. However, the audience never learns much from these explorations and doesn't lend itself to engaging the viewer. Also the film has a problem in relaying the passage of time, leaving the viewer bewildered as to how much time has passed between explorations.

In the end, “The Lost City of Z” is a passionless adventure. It gets a C and is rated PG-13.
Fate of the Furious
Starring: Vin Diesel, Dwayne Johnson and Charlize Theron
Rated PG-13

A mysterious woman seduces Dom into the world of crime, he can't seem to escape and must betray those closest to him. The team will face trials that will test them as never before.

From the shores of Cuba and the streets of New York City to the icy plains off the arctic Barents Sea, the elite force will crisscross the globe to stop an anarchist from unleashing chaos on the world's stage.

“Fate of the Furious” marks the 8
th chapter in the “Fast & Furious” series. The film offers no new twists or turns for the gang, as Dom (Vin Diesel) goes rogue and forces the team to use their special skills to track him down and stop him before a deadly weapon is delivered.

Fans of the franchise will get exactly what they are expecting as the film delivers some good high-speed stunts, great cars and tough-guy lines, but the film stays squarely in it's comfort zone.

“Fate of the Furious” gets a B and is rated PG-13.

The Smurfs: The Lost Village
Starring the voices of: Demi Lovato, Rainn Wilson and Julia Roberts
Rated PG
In this all-animated film, a mysterious map sets Smurfette and her friends Brainy, Clumsy and Hefty on an exciting race through the Forbidden Forest leading to the discovery of the biggest secret in Smurf history.

“Smurfs: The Lost Village” is a total kid's film from beginning to end. It has a few funny moments in it that will tickle a child's funny bone, but for adults this animated adventure is mostly forgettable.

In the end “Smurfs: The Lost Village” is cute with no substance.

It gets a C and is rated PG.

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