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DISC SPOT: “The Sound of Music 50th Anniversary Blu-ray”

Movie critic Michael Clark spotlights the DVD/Blu-ray release of the film: “The Sound of Music 50th Anniversary”

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DISC SPOT: “Foxcatcher”

Movie critic Michael Clark spotlights the DVD/Blu-ray release of the film “Foxcatcher.”

Movie Trivia Contest — March 6, 2015

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Mr. Turner’ a long, painfully boring art film

Movie critic Michael Clark reviews the art-house film “Mr. Turner.”

Movie Trivia Contest — Feb. 27, 2015

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DISC SPOT: 'Whiplash' — Blu-ray

Movie critic Michael Clark spotlights the DVD/Blu-ray release of the film “Whiplash.”

MOVIE REVIEW: 'Focus' an unfocused failure

Movie Critic Michael Clark reviews the film “Focus,” starring Will Smith.

MOVIE REVIEW: 'Leviathan' a long, drawn-out art-house film

Movie Critic Michael Clark reviews the foreign film “Leviathan.”

MOVIE REVIEW: 'The DUFF'

Movie Critic Michael Clark reviews the film “The DUFF,” starring Mae Whitman

Movie Trivia Contest — Feb. 20, 2015

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2015 Oscars predictions

Movie critic Michael Clark makes his predictions for Sunday’s awards.

DISC SPOTLIGHT: 'Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) Blu-ray (R)'

Michael Clark spotlights the DVD/Blu-ray release of the film “Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance).”

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Movie Trivia Contest — Feb. 13, 2015

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DISC SPOT: “Kill the Messenger Blu-ray”

Michael Clark spotlights the DVD/Blu-ray release of the film “Kill the Messenger.”

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Kingsman’ ultra-violent, action-comedy misses the mark on a few points

Movie critic Michael Clark reviews the film “Kingsman: The Secret Service,” starring Colin Firth.

DISC SPOT: “The Bruce Lee Story Blu-ray”

Michael Clark spotlights the DVD/Blu-ray release of the film “The Bruce Lee Story.”

MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Still Alice’ has message that hits close to home

Movie critic Michael Clark reviews the film “Still Alice,” starring Julianne Moore.

Movie Trivia Contest — Feb. 6, 2015

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Jupiter Ascending’ visually stunning sci-fi movie

Movie critic Michael Clark reviews the film “Jupiter Ascending,” starring Mila Kunis and Channing Tatum.

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"Black Sea" an unpredictable submarine thriller

If there was ever a micro-genre with limited artistic latitude it would be the submarine thriller. With the obvious exception of the animated “Yellow Submarine,” all of the memorable ones (“Hellcats of the Navy,” “The Hunt for Red October,” “Das Boot,” “Crimson Tide,” “U-571”) are all set in wartime and always include German and/or Russian antagonists.

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DISC SPOT: "John Wick" Blu-ray

Michael Clark spotlights the DVD/Blu-ray release of the film “John Wick.”

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MOVIE REVIEW: "A Most Violent Year" mediocre crime movie lacking violence

The first thing you should know about “A Most Violent Year” is that it isn’t all that violent. Apart from the mercy killing of an animal and a suicide – both via pistol – there’s no on-screen carnage, at least the kind we’ve come to expect from modern crime movies.

Movie Trivia Contest: Jan. 30, 2015

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DISC SPOT: “The Drop Blu-ray”

Michael Clark spotlights the DVD/Blu-ray release of the film “The Drop”

Movie Trivia Contest — Jan. 23, 2015

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Still Life’ enlightening, character-driven art film

By design there’s not a whole lot going on in the appropriately titled “Still Life” which is exactly the point. It’s a low budget, character driven art film with spare dialogue that is steeped in measured atmosphere about a lonely man dutifully performing a mostly thankless job.

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘The Boy Next Door’ predictable, stalker flick

Whatever your opinion of Jennifer Lopez as a person and/or performer, you’ve got to give her credit. She’s found success (“success” meaning considerable financial gain, not artistic triumph) in three different mediums (film, TV and music) and is about conquer a fourth (a highly lucrative series of stage shows in Las Vegas).

MOVIE REVIEW: 'Blackhat' has timely hacking subject overpowered by action

You know something is afoul when a film with a (supposed) A-list director starring an A-list movie star (also the current “Sexiest Man Alive”) and a more-than-topical, A-list premise gets slotted for a B-movie release in the wasteland of January.

MOVIE REVIEW: 'American Sniper' an accurate portrayal of life as a soldier

Every once in a while (either to avoid boredom or “stretch” artistically) Clint Eastwood will step outside of his comfort zone and tackle genres (musical, romance, comedy, political epic) and most of the time these experiments fail miserably.

DISC SPOTLIGHT: 'Lucy' — Blu-ray

Michael Clark spotlights the DVD/Blu-ray release of the film “Lucy”

Movie Trivia Contest — Jan. 16, 2015

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MOVIE REVIEW: 'Little Accidents' good at first, then ends a dud

“Little Accidents” is an overly-earnest, hand-wringing drama set in a dreary West Virginia mountain town where every family is dependent to some degree or another on the coal industry.

MOVIE REVIEW: 'Inherent Vice' painfully long with scattered plot

For his seventh feature, writer/director Paul Thomas Anderson adapted a novel most people considered impossible to film and he proceeded to prove all of them right.

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Movie Trivia Contest — Jan. 9, 2015

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'Predestination' expertly crafted, life-changing film

After making the rounds at various festivals since late last summer, the Australian-produced “Predestination” was finally picked up by a major distributor (Sony), yet will likely only have a limited art-house run before slipping into either obscurity or cult status, which is an absolute shame.

DISC SPOTLIGHT: Dances With Wolves 25th Anniversary Blu-ray

Micheal Clark spotlights the DVD/Blu-ray release of the film “Dances With Wolves 25th Anniversary Blu-ray.”

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Michael Clark’s 2014 Year in Review

It’s time now for my annual year-end list of movie industry highlights and lowlights. Some choices are obvious; some others hopefully, are not. Thanks for reading and have yourself a great 2015!

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DISC SPOT: “Working Girl Blu-ray”

Micheal Clark spotlights the DVD/Blu-ray release of the film “Working Girl Blu-ray.”

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Movie Trivia Contest — Jan. 2, 2015

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MOVIE REVIEW: 'The Gambler' a grim examination of addiction

Based on the 1974 movie of the same name, which like a few other films (but not the TV franchise starring Kenny Rogers), was based on the 1867 book by Fyodor Dostoyevsky, “The Gambler” portrays gambling in the same manner “Leaving Las Vegas” did with alcoholism.

MOVIE REVIEW: 'Selma' epic in scale, yet remains thoroughly grounded

Taking place nearly 50 years ago, the three marches that took place in Selma, Alabama shifted the American Civil Rights Movement into high gear and took what was only a regional issue and transformed it into a high-profile national, if not international news story.

MOVIE REVIEW: 'Unbroken' well-intended but fails to reach full potential

Love her or hate her (and almost everyone is in one boat or the other), you’ve got to tip your hat to Angelina Jolie.

Movie Trivia Contest — Dec. 26, 2014

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MOVIE REVIEW: 'Into the Woods' contains heavy material for young audiences

In a rare instance, Disney has no animated feature to offer up on this, the most coveted week of the year, so they are releasing what most would consider the next best thing for family consumption: a live-action fantasy musical.

DISC SPOT: “The Skeleton Twins Blu-ray”

Micheal Clark spotlights the DVD/Blu-ray release of the film “The Skeleton Twins Blu-ray.”

MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Foxcatcher’ presents heavy material in artistically rich way

For his third live-action feature, director Bennett Miller jettisons the slick sheen and overlong length of “Moneyball” and wisely returns to the brittle dread and narrative economy of “Capote.”

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Night at the Museum’ best bet for family holiday entertainment

The supposed last installment in the overly-eager-to-please action/adventure/comedy/family franchise, “Secret of the Tomb” will surely please most children under the age of 10 and anyone for whom story, logic and originality are more bothersome than desired.

Movie Trivia Contest — Dec. 19, 2014

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘The Hobbit’ trilogy ends on relatively high note

To label this final installment of Peter Jackson’s second Middle Earth trilogy the best of the lot is somewhat misleading.

MOVIE REVIEW: ‘The Hobbit’ trilogy ends on relatively high note

To label this final installment of Peter Jackson’s second Middle Earth trilogy the best of the lot is somewhat misleading.