Tyler Perry’s Boo! Madea’s Halloween – Blu-ray Review

The year 2016 will be remembered for many things, but one of the oddest events was the strange clown epidemic that seemed to sweep the nation during the latter half of the year. I, like most people, am not a huge fan of clowns, but I am far from being terrified of them. My good friend is terrified of clowns to the point that even a photo of one makes him uncomfortable. Madea (Tyler Perry) has similar feelings when it comes to clowns and her thoughts are also made perfectly clear about them (and many, many other things) in Boo! Madea’s Halloween.

Boo! is the seventh big-screen outing for everyone’s favorite loudmouthed, opinionated, gun-toting woman who doesn’t take any lip, and definitely doesn’t take things lying down. When she’s tasked to babysit on Halloween night, it’s a battle of wits, child rearing tactics, and scares as Madea does her best to keep things under control in the only chaotic way she knows how. From punching clowns to confronting a sketchy frat house, Madea is a woman who takes no prisoners and always has the last word.

Boo! Madea’s Halloween has some very funny moments, especially when Madea is paired with Aunt Bam (Cassi Davis) and her friend Hattie (Patrice Lovely). Tyler Perry has been able to create a very expanded universe in which Madea exists both on film and on stage where she originated. It’s a testament to his talents as a writer and as an actor that Madea has grown and flourished as a comedic character for over a decade.

Along with the Halloween hijinks, the films also touches on more serious topics about family, the importance of raising children with boundaries and limits, and the value of honesty. Like all Tyler Perry productions, there’s always a message woven into the narrative even with Madea is at her wackiest (and she gets pretty wacky in this one!).

The Blu-ray includes the featurette Why We Love Madea!, a look at the character over the years with comments by her creator, Tyler Perry. It also includes Boo! From the Crew with the cast and crew delivering their best “Boos!” to try and scare the audience.

If you enjoyed the previous six Madea films, you will definitely enjoy Boo! Madea’s Halloween. And even if you haven’t seen them, it’s still worth a look!

Boo! Madea’s Halloween is available January 31, 2017 on Blu-ray, DVD, and Digital Download!

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Come and Find Me – Blu-ray Review

David and Claire are a young couple with a promising future. All seems right with the world until one morning David wakes up and discovers that Claire is gone. Vanished. Disappeared. Where is she? What happened to her? It’s up to her devoted boyfriend to find the answers to those questions – and a whole lot more – in the mystery-thriller, Come and Find Me.

Come and Find Me is a labyrinth filled with mysterious characters, crazy twists and turns, and plenty of surprises that will have you guessing until the very last frame. Intermixed within the mystery are flashbacks that give us insight into David and Claire’s relationship from inception to the present. Do the flashbacks hold clues that can help David discover where Claire has gone?

Featuring the amazing talents of Aaron Paul (Breaking Bad, The Path, Central Intelligence), Annabelle Wallis (Annabelle, Peaky Blinders), and Garret Dillahunt (No Country for Old Men, Deadwood), Come and Find Me is an exciting and engaging thriller from first-time director Zach Whedon. It’s a solid debut film from Whedon whose writing credits include Halt and Catch Fire, Southland, and Deadwood, along with this film.

The Blu-ray includes the Unraveling the Mysteries of Come and Find Me featurette that gives you and behind-the-scenes look at the making of the film.

I highly recommend Come and Find Me. It’s solid, suspenseful, and sharp.

Come and Find Me is available January 17, 2017 on DVD, Blu-ray, and Digital Download.

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Decommissioned – DVD Review

There’s plenty of action, explosions, and firepower to be found in the latest revenge flick from Lionsgate, Decommissioned. This is the fifth revenge-based movie I have reviewed for the studio this year, and all of them have been action-packed perfection. Decommissioned delivers over and over again with an entertaining story and patriotic message.

All is well for John Niles (Johnny Messner), a retired CIA agent as he lives out his life with his wife and son. When he finds himself kidnapped and his family held captive, he discovers that he may not be out of the CIA for good after all. Will he be able to figure out what the CIA and his kidnappers are up to, save his family, and safe the United States from falling into chaos?

Also starring Vinnie Jones (X-Men: The Last Stand; Arrow), James Remar (State of Affairs; The Legend of Korra), and Estella Warren (Planet of the Apes; No Way Out), the film is directed by relative newcomer Timothy Woodward, Jr. who has also directed films starring Danny Trejo, Danny Glover, and Kris Kristofferson.

Decommissioned is a solid revenge flick that is a must for fans of the genre. I recommend it!

Decommissioned is available now on DVD!

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Marauders – Blu-ray Review

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Christopher Meloni is back kicking ass and taking names in the action flick, Marauders. Meloni – who’s best known to TV audiences as Detective Elliot Stabler from Law & Order: Special Victims Unit – plays Montgomery, an FBI agent with the Robbery/Homicide Division in Ohio. He’s a no nonsense guy with a badge, a gun, and tragedy in his past that drives him to seek justice for those who have been wronged.

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When a bank robbery results in murder, Montgomery and his FBI team are ready to swoop in a make things right. The only problem is, someone’s trying to make it harder than it should be. Will they be able to put a stop to the chaos before it escalates beyond their control?

Along with solid action, Marauders is a clever whodunit that will have you guessing who’s responsible for the chaos that has erupted in the city until the very end. There are plenty of twists, plenty of surprises, and lots of mayhem as bank after bank is hit, and the team of robbers uses technology to their advantage.

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Joining Meloni’s Montgomery on his quest to track down those responsible for the city’s bank robbing spree are Dave Bautista (Guardians of the Galaxy) and Adrian Grenier (Entourage) who make up an elite team of FBI Agents ready to take whatever actions are necessary to quell the succession of robberies. As the pieces begin to fall into place, the stakes are raised, and Montgomery and his team find themselves in the middle of something bigger than they ever imagined.

Also along for the ride is a very subdued Bruce Willis (Die Hard film series, Armageddon, The Sixth Sense) who plays the owner of the banks that have been hit. It’s an interesting turn for Willis. He’s not in the center of the action, but it’s nice to see him in and out of the story throughout the film.

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Director Steven C. Miller does an excellent job creating a gritty underworld where crime runs amok and the most corrupt are sometimes those we least expect. From its sweeping vista shots over the city, to it’s in-your-face ugliness, Marauders succeeds visually as well as narratively.

Special features include Commentary from Director Steven C. Miller and Cinematographer Brandon Cox; The Making of Marauders featurette; Deleted/Extended Scenes; and Interviews with the Cast & Crew.

For a solid crime-drama with plenty of action and lots of twists, I recommend Marauders.

Marauders is available September 13, 2016 on DVD and Blu-ray!

Code of Honor – Blu-ray Review

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Ah, the revenge story. From Greek mythology to a Shakespearean tragedy, from Charles Bronson in Death Wish (1974) to Marvel’s The Punisher, stories depicting individuals enacting vengeance on those who have wronged them or their loved ones have been a staple of storytelling for generations. Audiences love the thrill of living vicariously through characters who take matters into their own hands and seek justice when no one else will make things right. Such is the case in the latest Steven Seagal flick, Code of Honor.

Seagal has been an action movie icon for nearly three decades. And while most know him from films like Under Siege (1992), he has been in dozens and dozens of action flicks since his first film, Above the Law in 1988. In Code of Honor, Seagal once again takes on the corrupt, the unjust, and the unlawful with his own brand of kick-ass action complete with gunfire, explosions, and plenty of martial arts action.

Mr. Seagal plays Colonel Robert Sikes, a retired Special Ops operative who has taken it upon himself to rid his city of the dregs of criminal society. No scumbag or thug is off limits as Sikes enacts his own brand of justice on the evildoers that plague his world. His vigilante actions make him a target of law enforcement that are on a mission to stop him while he does his best to stop the criminals he has vows to eradicate. Will Sikes avoid the law and complete his mission, or will his vengeful action be thwarted before he reaches his goal?

With plenty of action and thrills, Code of Honor is an enjoyable revenge flick. Seagal is at his stoic best, and the solid supporting cast is a nice balance to his character’s larger-than-life presence. If you like big action, gunfights, and explosions, Code of Honor will not disappoint.

I do wish there was a behind-the-scenes featurette, but we only get the film’s trailer and other trailers for upcoming films in the Special Features section.

I recommend Code of Honor to Seagal fans and action movie fans alike. It’s action-packed entertainment!

Code of Honor is available now on Blu-ray and DVD.

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