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DVD & Blu-ray

These are our most recent DVD and Blu-ray reviews. Skip to the bottom of any review ("How to Use This DVD") for advice on which extra features are worth watching and which ones are a waste of your time.

The Magic Box: Project Shirley Volume 4: The Films Of Shirley Clarke 1929-1989

2016, Shirley Clarke

Like finding a twenty-dollar bill at the back of a drawer

Anyone who’s ever moved their household knows there comes a time in the move when the big stuff is gone, the good stuff is packed and what’s left are the odds and ends of life lived in one place. It’s that catch-all drawer with all the strange stuff that is an archeological history of what you’ve been up to. Milestone’s Volume 4 of their tireless Project Shirley is that catch-all drawer at the end of the move. It is filled with material that will bore the unimaginative and fascinate the students of Shirley Clarke. In short, yes, there are home movies.

Suicide Squad

**

Suicide Squad bombs out.

Suicide Squad bombs out.

Suicide Squad had a chance to set a corrective course for DC’s burdensome, heavy-handed approach to creating a movie universe along the lines of Marvel.

Jason Bourne

2016, Paul Greengrass

Damon and Greengrass return with preposterous action set pieces

If you want to spend a couple of hours watching Matt Damon play a character who’s running for his life, Jason Bourne — the latest in the series about an amnesiac spy — might be the movie for you.

Jason Bourne

**2016, Paul Greengrass

Matt Damon and Paul Greengrass miss an opportunity to do something new with Jason Bourne.

After a 9-year hiatus, Matt Damon and Paul Greengrass miss an opportunity to do something new with Jason Bourne.

Sully

***

A great American story competently told, but it’s one that remains stubbornly grounded.

Like its eponymous subject, Sully is pretty low-key and soft-spoken. That’s not entirely complimentary, given the life-altering drama that thrust Capt. Chesley “Sully”  Sullenberger into the headlines.

The Magnificent Seven

***Antoine Fuqua

The Magnificent Seven packs the ammo, but needs more soul.

This modern take on the classic Western could use a little more soul, but it serves up almost everything else in heaping helpings.

The BFG

***

Like a dream, Spielberg’s first Disney movie will likely have its impact felt for some time to come.

Like a dream, Spielberg’s first Disney movie is likely to have its impact felt for some time to come.

Florence Foster Jenkins

***

It’s a slight but entertaining look at one of the most unlikely stars in music history.

“People may say I couldn’t sing, but no one can say I didn’t sing.”
- Florence Foster Jenkins

The Secret Life of Pets

**1/2

It’s lively and colorful, but The Secret Life of Pets is hard to get excited about.

It’s lively and colorful, but The Secret Life of Pets is hard to get excited about.

War Dogs

***

War Dogs pulls the right strings in crafting a raw look at the modern age.

It’s pretty funny, a little insightful and utterly ridiculous. And War Dogs is based on disgraceful true events.

Finding Dory

**1/2

Finding Dory flounders.

Finding Dory flounders.

Sure. A lot of it is relative. Finding Dory is better than the typical animated fare coming out of Fox studios, but it’s still a victim of Pixar’s own successful formula. This one simply doesn’t rank with the best of Pixar and it falls somewhere in the mix of the weaker entries (Cars 2 most notably).

Alice Through the Looking Glass

**1/22016

Alice Through the Looking Glass is lavishly mounted, but lacking an emotional resonance.

It’s lavishly mounted with loads of eye-popping visuals, but Alice’s latest trip to Neverland never manages to reach its emotional core. Curious.

Our Kind of Traitor

2016

Another engaging adaptation of a le Carré novel

Almost any John le Carré novel has the potential to yield an intelligent, big-screen thriller. Adapted from a 2010 le Carré novel, Our Kind of Traitor proves the point, deftly luring us into a world populated by Russian mobsters, British academics, and British intelligence agents, all of them operating against backdrops that extend from Marrakech to Paris.

Ghostbusters

***1/2

The spirit’s in the right place with this new conjuring of Ghostbusters.

The spirit’s in the right place with this new conjuring of Ghostbusters and they’re ready to rescue the languishing summer movie season with a genuinely fun movie.

Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising

Still crude and dumb after all these years — two to be exact

If you loved the comedy Neighbors, you probably can stop reading. I was not a fan of that vulgar heap nor am I about to enthuse over Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising, the sequel to the 2014 hit.