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Review: New on DVD for August 25 Special

This week’s releases include a few crime-solving TV series; a young hero with a daunting task; a fantastic musical noir; and the original horror spoof.

Review: ‘No Escape’ ensnares audiences with a gripping tale of fear Special

‘No Escape’ is an unnerving thriller about an American family trapped at the centre of a violent revolution in a foreign country.

Review: ‘Steve Jobs—The Man in the Machine’ penetrates below the surface Special

Director Alex Gibney’s ‘Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine’ removes the rose-coloured glasses to look at the rise of the Apple co-founder.

Review: ‘Mistress America’ wears its crown proudly Special

‘Mistress America’ is Noah Baumbach and Greta Gerwig’s latest collaboration, which achieves exceptional levels of witty discourse and complex relationships.

Review: ‘Fort Tilden’ is shameless in its humorous portrayal of ignorance Special

‘Fort Tilden’s unsympathetic portrayal of its protagonists produces an unfiltered and entertaining film about being directionless in New York.

Review: Genius and curiosity go unrewarded in this week’s releases Special

This week’s releases include Disney’s version of instant gratification; a new TV series from an Oscar-winning director; a couple of clandestine, small screen operations that risk exposure; and an inventive horror picture.

Review: ‘Final Girl’ values visual style over character development Special

‘Final Girl’ centres on a complete reversal of circumstances when a group of serial killers set their sights on the wrong victim.

Review: ‘Straight Outta Compton’ isn’t as controversial as the group was Special

‘Straight Outta Compton’ is an acceptable biopic chronicling the rise and fall of ‘80s rap group N.W.A., though it doesn’t delve too far beneath the surface.

Review: Robin Williams moves and inspires in his last role in ‘Boulevard’ Special

In Robin Williams’ last dramatic role, he portrays a closeted gay man who imprudently pursues a relationship with a younger prostitute in ‘Boulevard.’

Review: ‘Return to Sender’ shows rape-revenge movies can be subtle Special

Rosamund Pike plays a familiar role in ‘Return to Sender,’ which centres on a rape victim who goes to extreme lengths to regain control of her life.

Review: New on DVD for August 11 Special

This week’s releases include a couple of noteworthy horror movies; a semi-conventional buddy comedy; a modern fairy tale; and proof Jackie Chan still has it.

Review: Meryl Streep is dazzling in ‘Ricki and the Flash’ Special

‘Ricki and the Flash’s story leaves a lot to be desired, but Meryl Streep is fabulous as she steps out of her comfort zone to play an aged rock star.

Review: ‘Dark Places’ is an evocative well of deceit and despair

‘Dark Places’ is another complex whodunit from the pages of Gillian Flynn, this time tackling the consequences of small town anxiety and the difficulties of facing a tragic past.

Review: ‘Shaun the Sheep the Movie’ doesn’t need to say a thing Special

'Shaun the Sheep the Movie’ is one of the best animated films of the year and it accomplishes this feat without ever uttering a word.

Review: Best to watch ‘Bite’ on an empty stomach Special

Fantasia Film Festival favourite ‘Bite’ is the story of a young woman who transforms into a repulsive monster after returning from her tropical bachelorette party.

Review: Animals and murder comprise this week’s new releases Special

This week’s releases include two first seasons that land at opposite ends of the spectrum; a buddy cop comedy from Asia; animals taking revenge; and an adorable alien outcast.

Review: ‘The Editor’ is a stylish homage to giallo cinema Special

Astron-6’s ‘The Editor’ is a thoughtful yet satiric tribute to giallo cinema that played at the 2015 Fantasia Film Festival.

Review: ‘Big Match’ pits brawn against brains in a fight to the finish Special

Fantasia Film Festival’s ‘Big Match’ features human pawns in an omnipotent game planner’s elite gambling operation whose plans are disrupted by a top-ranking MMA fighter.

Review: ‘Wild City’ drags corruption through the streets of Hong Kong Special

‘Wild City’ director Ringo Lam returns to the world of gritty Hong Kong cinema in this tale of corruption and conscience, which screened at the Fantasia Film Festival.

Review: ‘Traders’ deals in humour and extraordinary enterprise Special

‘Traders’ is a darkly humoured and entertaining story about a couple of guys who realize they can profit from the desperation of others guilt-free. Fantasia Film Festival plays host to two sold-out screenings of the film.

Review: Old becomes new again in this week’s releases Special

This week’s releases include several older pictures that slid off anyone’s radar; a noteworthy comparison between possession and addiction; and a TV series that still acknowledges no boundaries.

Review: ‘Southpaw’s grit just isn’t enough Special

‘Southpaw’ is the ultimate boxing movie in that we’ve seen it all before — but that doesn’t mean it can’t have any redeeming qualities.

Review: Asus Eeebook X205TA – the £180 laptop with a 12-hour battery

The Asus Eeebook X205TA is an 11.6-inch Windows laptop that costs less than £180. Despite the ultra-low price, it is a surprisingly capable machine that sports a 12hr battery, solid build quality, and enough power to manage any general computing tasks.

Review: Fantasy runs amok in this week’s releases Special

This week’s releases include an outstanding sci-fi picture that rivals its A.I. contemporaries; a couple of entertaining animated series that rely on very short formats; and a fantastic action picture featuring Donnie Yen.

Review: ‘Ant-Man’ isn’t your typical big screen superhero Special

While ‘Ant-Man’ fits seamlessly into the Marvel Universe, it doesn’t subscribe to the typical action-driven narrative for which the studio has become known and that’s a good thing.

Review: Ian McKellen is the most relatable ‘Mr. Holmes’ Special

Sir Ian McKellan stars in ‘Mr. Holmes,’ which centres on the legendary detective who’s trying to outwit old age just long enough to solve one last mystery.

Review: I am Titanium fantasy novel with social commentary Special

New York - An action packed fantasy thriller with an underlying commentary on social issues of today in John Patrick Kennedy's latest novel "I am Titanium".

Review: ‘Tangerine’ is about more than a commonplace camera Special

Sundance hit ‘Tangerine’ earns praise not only for being shot on an iPhone, but also its unabashed portrayal of transgender sex workers in Los Angeles.

Review: Inateck's stylish, tough, go-anywhere MercuryBox speaker

The Inateck MercuryBox is a rugged, go-anywhere Bluetooth speaker that packs a stylish construction and extraordinary sound quality into a tiny metal form factor, making it a great option to consider for any usage whether indoors or out and wet or dry.

Review: War comes in many forms in this week’s releases Special

This week’s releases include a charming Al Pacino; a new take on a cult classic; varying degrees of war, from Civil to street gang to robot; an eye-opening documentary; and a man who discovers his dream is more of a nightmare.
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