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New to Home Video: February 14th 2017

Updated on February 16, 2017
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Synopsis - Arrival

The entire world is in panic. Mysterious spacecrafts have entered Earth's atmosphere and positioned themselves across the globe. What does this mean for mankind and what are the intentions of this mysterious new presence? In attempt to avoid a war for our planet, the military reaches out to linguistic expert, Louise Banks (Amy Adams), in the hopes that she will be able to communicate with or understand the alien presence and their intentions. Louise must lead an elite team and race to find answers before a possibly unnecessary war. In an attempt to find these answers, Louise takes a chance that risks all of humanity.

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Recommendation - Arrival

This was a weird movie in the sense that people generally either love this movie or hate it. I found myself not really enjoying this movie. It seemed to take itself too seriously to the point where I found it boring. I think the premise is interesting. Aliens show up and do not do anything right away, so the ball is in humanity's court as to whether or not we start a war for our planet. This premise then gets stretched out for the entire length of the movie which left me wondering when things would start to pick up. I think this movie tried way too hard to be something more than an alien movie and I do not think it delivered on the thought provoking movie that it promised to be. I really hope some people disagree with me and found this movie to be very thought provoking, but it just did not work for me.

While I was not a fan of this movie and know that I am not alone in thinking so, I realize that many people loved it so I encourage you to check out the trailer and be cautious as to whether or not you want to spend your money on it. Know that many people hate it, but many others think that it is the best movie of the year. I cannot recommend it but if you decide you want to see it, definitely rent it before buying it.

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Synopsis - The Edge of Seventeen

The Edge of Seventeen tells the story about the real life issues that come with growing up. Nadine (Hailee Steinfeld) is dealing with an ordinarily stressful high school life when, one day, she discovers her brother (Blake Jenner) is now dating her best friend (Haley Lu Richardson). Nadine's life upside down as she tries to process her new discovery. Unable to go to her best friend, Nadine finds comfort in a surprising new friend (Hayden Sseto) who gives her hope and shows her that life is not as bad as she had thought as he brings happiness back into her life.

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Recommendation - The Edge of Seventeen

I enjoyed this movie a lot more than I thought I would but, too be fair, I was not expecting much. The acting was decent and I sympathized with the main character. Even though I never experienced quite what Nadine had to deal with, I still found the main character relatable which made the whole movie way more entertaining. While I thought the acting was decent, I also thought it coupe have been better. Though I will confess that I cut the up and coming Hailee Steinfeld a little slack since it is still very early in her career. I think this is a very good, modern age, coming of age movie that most will enjoy.

I recommend adding this to your home video collection if you are a young teen entering adulthood. If you are an adult then go ahead and rent this movie. I think you will like it but I do not think you will watch it more than once.

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Synopsis - Bleed for This

Based on a true story, Bleed for This tells the story of a professional boxer named Vinny Pazienza (Miles Teller). After losing a huge figet, Vinny's manager suggests retirement. This leads Vinny to search for new management in a man named Kevin Rooney (Aaron Eckhart). After being set up with another fight, Vinny gets into a bad car accident that leaves him severely injured. The doctor tells Vinny that, not only will he never box again, he may never even walk. Unable to accept this fate, Vinny decides to begin training and hopes that there is still a comeback story in his future.

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Recommendation - Bleed for This

Knowing the relationship between Miles Teller and Michael B. Jordan, I kind of hope that Miles saw Creed and thought "Hey, I can do that!". After seeing this movie I'm happy to say that I was equally as satisfied with Bleed for This as I was with Creed. This movie has everything you would expect from a boxing movie, but the severe injury added more depth and reminded me of the movie Rush. I think Miles Teller is a great actor and I think that he did a great job with this movie. I think the only negative with Bleed for This is that I never, even for one second, thought that Vinny would not make a successful comeback. I know that I shouldn't expect anything else from a boxing movie, but I think the movie would have been so much better if the ending was uncertain. That being said, I still thoroughly enjoyed Bleed for This.

I can recommend adding this movie to your home video collection if you are passionate about boxing movies. If you are not, then I can still recommend renting this one, but maybe avoid buying it.

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Synopsis - Christine

Set in the 1970s, Christine tells the story of Christine Chubbuck (Rebecca Hall) who is a TV reporter struggling with depression. Christine struggles with trying to move her career to the next level while having a boss that does not want to take a chance in her. She struggles with having a crush on the lead anchor at her station (Michael C. Hall) while being too much of an introvert to say anything to him. Then she also deals with a mysterious medical issue and a living with her difficult mother. This movie follows Christine in her attempt to deal with these, very real, life issues.

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Recommendation - Christine

I thought this was a pretty boring and disappointing movie. I thought Rebecca Hall gave a great performance, as she always does, but I thought her character was pretty unlikable. I did not think the movie properly focused on the issue of depression. It actually seemed like it struggled to focus on anything. If I had to put a finger on the real issue with this movie, I would have to say it was the directing. This movie had some potential but ended up lacking direction and heart. I will say that the past ten minutes, or so, of this movie was pretty interesting but everything leading up to it had me bored and wondering when the movie would end (hoping for it to be soon).

For these reasons, I cannot recommend adding this movie to your home video collection and I cannot recommend renting this movie either. Maybe some people will like this movie, but I thought it was incredibly boring so I cannot recommend you spending your money on it.

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