Monday, October 23, 2017

New on Blu-ray & DVD for October 24, 2017 "The Emoji Movie," "Annabelle: Creation" and "War for the Planet of the Apes"

Emoji Movie
Starring: Patrick Stewart and T.J. Miller
Rated PG
Hidden within the messaging app is Textopolis, a bustling city where all your favorite emojis live, hoping to be selected by the phone's user.

In this world, each emoji has only one facial expression - except for Gene, an exuberant emoji who was born without a filter and is bursting with multiple expressions. Gene embarks on a journey in hopes to find an app that will make him a regular Emoji.

“The Emoji Movie” is possibly the worst animated film so far this year. Yes even worse than “Spark: A a Space Tale.” The Emoji Movie lacks integrity, story and the very emotions the film's characters represent.

The film is a total waste of your time and hard-earned dollars. It gets an F and is rated PG.

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Annabelle: Creation
Rated R 
12 years after the tragic death of their little girl, a dollmaker and his wife welcome a nun and several girls from a shuttered orphanage into their home, where they soon become the target of the dollmaker's possessed creation, Annabelle.

"Annabelle: Creation" is a bad horror film from it's formulaic beginning to it's "why didn't they do that in the 1st place?" ending. A cliche-ridden, poorly acted, badly directed insipid story that keeps going and going until you beg for it to stop.

Nothing in the film makes any sense and nothing is explained.

Save your money and time. "Annabelle: Creation" gets an F and is rated R.

War for the Planet of the Apes
Starring: Woody Harrelson and Andy Serkis
Rated PG-13
In the the third chapter of the critically acclaimed blockbuster franchise, Caesar and his apes are forced into a deadly conflict with an army of humans led by a ruthless Colonel, played by Woody Harrelson.

After the apes suffer unimaginable losses, Caesar wrestles with his darker instincts and the journey finally brings them face to face as Caesar and the Colonel are pitted against each other in an epic battle that will determine the fate of both their species and the future of the planet.

Usually by the time a 3rd chapter of a series comes out, the franchise is suffering from lack of enthusiasm, ideas and story. “War for the Planet of the Apes” has none of those symptoms.

The film offers a very smart story which is filled with compassion and a genuine understanding of the horrors of war.

Wood Harrelson is in top form as the warlord who is raging his own war against the apes, similar to the way Custer fought the Indian Nation.

But it is Andy Serkis who propels the film with his deep and poignant turn as Caesar. We need to petition the Academy to add Serkis to this year's nominations for Best Actor.

“War for the Planet of the Apes” is a powerful film both as a sci-fi and a statement about the human condition.

It gets an A and is rated PG-13.

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