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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.

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.

The Legend of Tarzan

***

The Legend of Tarzan swings close to greatness.

The Legend of Tarzan swings close to greatness.

Money Monster

2016, Jodie Foster

A second-rate critique of the media and the financial system

The Money Monster is a situation in search of a movie — and, I’m afraid, it’s a search conducted in vain.

Money Monster

***2016, Jodie Foster

Money Monster’s offers some nifty twists and turns.

It’s not as savvy and sophisticated as The Big Short, but Money Monster’s a good Wall Street/big media thriller that offers some nifty twists and turns.

X-Men: Apocalypse

2016, Bryan Singer

Apocalypse crowds the screen with X-Men

For some reason, X-Men: Apocalypse was screened for critics a couple of weeks back. Normally, early screenings are welcome, but with a movie as diffuse as this one, the details already have begun to blur into a miasmic haze of mutants and overblown action.

Now You See Me 2

**1/2

The Horsemen are up to the same tricks.

Are you watching closely? The Horsemen are up to the same tricks.

Captain America: Civil War

2016, Anthony Russo, and Joe Russo

Opposing groups of Avengers square off in the latest movie from the Marvel Comics storehouse

I’m not sure what it means, but one of the best scenes in Captain America: Civil War doesn’t involve Captain America. It occurs when Robert Downey Jr — in Tony Stark mode — visits Peter Parker (a.k.a. Spider Man) in the young man’s Queens, NY apartment.

Captain America: Civil War

***1/22016, Anthony Russo, and Joe Russo

The second half of this popcorn flick is nearly perfect summer movie magic.

The second half of this popcorn flick is nearly perfect summer movie magic.

The Brainwashing of My Dad

2015, Jen Senko

Kickstart filmmaker labels the social phenomenon of right-wing brainwashing

Decent subject matter. Frankly, covered before in documentaries like Outfoxed, but not recently.

The Jungle Book (2016)

***1/2

The latest adaptation of The Jungle Book is a visually-stunning technical marvel.

The latest adaptation of The Jungle Book is a visually-stunning technical marvel — and it even has a heart for its characters.

Me Before You

***2016

Me Before You breaks the conventions and stereotypes of the typical romantic drama.

Me Before You breaks the conventions and stereotypes of the typical romantic drama and it serves as a poke in the eye to the Hallmark Channel’s 24/7 rehashing of the gentrified Harlequin tropes.

The Lobster

2015, Yorgos Lanthimos

Lanthimos again posits what happens when the absurd becomes normal

If you’re looking for the kind of movie that dutifully works its way toward a conclusion you can see coming from several multiplexes away, you may want to skip The Lobster, a film from Greek director Yorgos Lanthimos. Lanthimos marches — or in the case of The Lobster — crawls to a different drummer, immersing us in worlds that slowly reveal their secrets.

Daughter of Dawn

****1920, Norbert A. Myles

Native American actors and story shine through the 1920s’ cultural insensitivity

Resistance is futile (or so we’ve been told) and when you are up against an inhuman alien force armed with superior weaponry and unencumbered by conscience you don’t stand a chance. Just ask the Native Americans. Or as Old Lodge Skins said in Little Big Man, “There is an endless supply of white men, but there has always been a limited number of human beings.” Oh, how true, how true.

The Wave

A Norwegian helping of disaster

I don’t know if I’ve said it in this context before, but those familiar with my movie tastes know that I’m a generally impartial fan of disaster movies.

Embrace of the Serpent

2016, Ciro Guerra

Two compelling river journeys make essential viewing

The Colombian film Embrace of the Serpent sees white, western civilization as terminally exploitative. Moving deep into the Amazonian jungle, this rich and unsettling movie focuses on the life that’s being trampled and squandered as rampant colonialism gobbles up the world’s resources and murders its primal dreams.