DVD Reviews

La La Land

“La La Land” is a little bit of a lot of things — funny, sad, romantic, melodious, handsome, charming. But it just doesn’t impact you in one or two strong ways.


Though it plucks the hoariest of chestnuts, split personalities, off the cinematic fireplace, "Split" still manages to scare in between the snickers.

Janelle Monáe, Taraji P. Henson and Octavia Spencer star in "Hidden Figures," a 20th Century Fox release.

Hidden Figures

Takes an interesting bit of forgotten history, and then spools that out in a predictable plot that's strictly by the numbers.

Rogue One

It's easily the weakest of the "Star Wars" saga. But this prequel still is better than most science-fiction out there and builds momentum rather than losing it.

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (DVD Review)

A great design and middling story make this a watchable but unimpressive expansion of the Harry Potter franchise.


One of the best films of 2016, and certainly the one almost nobody saw, "Silence" is a deeply affecting depiction of the struggle between faith and church.

Lion stars Dev Patel as Saroo, a boy lost thousands of miles from home in India


A worthy but overrated drama about a lost child longing to return home as an adult, "Lion" is the classic parable of the book being better than the movie.


Director/actor Denzel Washington and his cast bring us an amazing translation of August Wilson's play, penned by the playwright himself.