Monday, February 26, 2018

New on Blu-ray and DVD for February 27, 2018 "Murder on the Orient Express," "The Darkest Hour" and "Coco"

Murder on the Orient Express
Starring: Kenneth Branagh, Johnny Depp, Judi Dench, Josh Gad and Daisy Ridley
Rated PG-13

An upscale train ride unfolds into a stylish & suspenseful mystery.

From the novel by Agatha Christie, Murder on the Orient Express tells of thirteen stranded strangers and one man's race to solve the puzzle before the murderer strikes again.

“Murder on the orient Express” is lavish filmmaking, but with some disappointing moments.

The film begins with a mostly ridiculous character introduction as our hero, detective Hercule Poirot solves a crime in Jerusalem.

From there we head to the Orient Express, where we are introduced to the cast of characters one by one.

As the train pulls out, beginning it's journey, one of the passengers is brutally murdered and Poirot is determined to solve the case.

With its wonderful array of stars and talent, “Murder on the Orient Express” is simply a letdown.
It deserves a C and is rated PG-13.

Check out the 1974 version of "Murder on the Orient Express" at

The Darkest Hour
Starring: Gary Oldham and Lily James
Rated PG-13 

During the early days of World War II, the fate of Western Europe hangs on the newly-appointed British Prime Minister Winston Churchill, who must decide whether to negotiate with Adolf Hitler, or fight on against incredible odds.

"The Darkest Hour" is a brilliantly performed, written and directed biopic. 

The film veers away from being a stark and dry history lesson and gives us a very personal look at one of the greatest minds of the 20th century.

Gary Oldham's performance is arguably the best of his career and will undoubtedly earn him an Oscar.

"The Darkest Hour" gets an A. It's rated PG-13. 

Starring the vocal talents of: Benjamin Bratt and Anthony Gonzales
Rated PG 

Despite his family's baffling generations-old ban on music, Miguel dreams of becoming an accomplished musician like his idol, Ernesto de la Cruz. 

Desperate to prove his talent, Miguel finds himself in the stunning and colorful 'Land of the Dead' following a mysterious chain of events.

Along the way, he meets charming trickster Hector and set off on an extraordinary journey to unlock the real story behind Miguel's family history.

“Coco” is all about discovering yourself and your heritage and following your passion in life.

The film is superbly animated with bright and vibrant colors and offers a wonderfully melodic soundtrack to help weave the story of a shoemaker's son who wants to share his musical gift.

“Coco” is exactly what you'd expect from Disney / Pixar and deserves an A. It's rated PG.