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Published March 23, 2018.

Star Wars: The Last Jedi

Genre: Action/Adventure/Sci-fi
Starring: Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Adam Driver, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac
Rating: PG-13
for sequences of sci-fi action and violence.
Reviewer: Kent Tentschert
THE PLOT:

The First Order has scattered the Rebel forces. They are in retreat. Rebel leader Leia (Carrie Fisher) scrambles her people to flee their base as the First Order Battle Cruisers arrive to destroy it. The only thing between the Rebel’s utter destruction and their survival is the hot-shot pilot, Poe Dameron (Oscar Isaac).

At the same time, Rey (Daisy Ridley) has been dispatched to find Jedi Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) in order to enlist his help. While Kylo Ren struggles with his emotions, as the evil Supreme Leader Snope continues to keep Ren under his thumb.

As the forces of good and evil collide, the fate of the galaxy falls upon the actions of those willing to fight and sacrifice.

Kent’s Take:

“Star Wars: The Last Jedi” is the much anticipated Episode VIII of the storied Star Wars franchise. Unfortunately, this episode struggles to connecting with its audience.

Written and directed by Rian Johnson, this film is defined by uninspired action, familiar characters, and themes of hope and sacrifice. It is also defined by a distinct lack of emotional connection with audiences, poor use of humor, and mediocre writing.

We met Rey, Finn (John Boyega), and BB-8 in episode VII, yet, we learn little more about any of these characters in this next installment. Rey begins to discover her Jedi power, but we never actually witness any training. Finn is sent on a useless mission and BB-8 is relegated to a utility bot.

The strong cast gives good performances in this film and the special effects are excellent from top to bottom, but these strong elements can’t help audiences connect because of a weak story. Add to this, humor that is mis-directed and misused – diluting the villainy and weakening an already faltering story.

We already know the big problem in this feature – the writing. Snope (who looks like E.T’s grandfather), is a weak villain, acting more like a bully rather than a “Supreme Leader.” The plot has holes big enough through which one could drive a dreadnaught, in addition there are small details that make you scratch your head asking why they would waste time on such things.

One of the most disappointing aspects of this film is the use of Luke Skywalker. This legendary Jedi was relegated to simple posturing and a few wise moments. His prowess as a Jedi was not displayed. His years of development, training, experiences and seclusion was supposed to bring him into the mythical realm of Yoda, yet, we never see any of it.

“Star Wars: The Last Jedi” had the potential to launch this franchise into a galaxy far far away, but instead sucked it deeply into the dark side.

Bonus Features:

• The Director and the Jedi - Go deep behind the scenes with writer-director Rian Johnson on an intimate and personal journey through the production of the movie – and experience what it's like to helm a global franchise and cultural phenomenon.

• Balance of the Force - Explore the mythology of the Force and why Rian Johnson chose to intepret its role in such a unique way.

• Scene Breakdowns:

- Lighting The Spark: Creating the Space Battle - Get a close up look at the epic space battle, from the sounds that helped propel the action, through the practical and visual effects, to the characters who bring it all to life.

- Snoke and Mirrors - Motion capture and Star Wars collide as the filmmakers take us through the detailed process of creating the movie's malevolent master villain.

- Showdown on Crait - Break down everything that went into creating the stunning world seen in the movie's final confrontation, including the interplay between real-world locations and visual effects, reimagining the Walkers, designing the crystal foxes, and much more.

• Andy Serkis Live! (One Night Only) - Writer-director Rian Johnson presents two exclusive sequences from the movie featuring Andy Serkis' riveting, raw on-set performance before his digital makeover into Snoke.

• Deleted Scenes - With an introduction and optional commentary by writer-director Rian Johnson.

• Audio Commentary - View the movie with in-depth feature audio commentary by writer-director Rian Johnson.
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Published March 02, 2018.

Thor: Ragnarok

Genre: Action/Adventure/Comedy/Sci-fi
Starring: Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston, Cate Blanchett, Anthony Hopkins
Rating: PG-13
for intense sequences of sc-fi violence and action, and brief suggestive material.
Reviewer: Kent Tentschert
The Plot:

Times have changed. When Thor (Chris Hemsworth) escapes captivity and returns to the realm of Asgard, he finds that decadence, laziness and self-aggrandizement rule the day. He also discovers that his brother Loki (Tom Hiddleston) has assumed Odin's (Anthony Hopkins) throne, after exiling him.

It doesn't take Thor long to find him, but in so doing, begins Ragnarok – the downfall of Asgard. Thor and Loki soon learn of their sister, Hela (Cate Blanchett) when she begins her domination of Asgard – Hela's other title is the Goddess of Death.

Kent’s Take:

"Thor: Ragnarok" continues the run of Thor movies that separate themselves from the usual Marvel playbook.

Thor, the God of Thunder, is arrogant, self-absorbed, egotistical and is strong as all get-out! He swings, twirls and spins his hammer like a champion, neutralizing and destroying all foes. So it stands to reason that fear is a distant companion for this demi-god.

As he discusses Asgard's and his own future with Odin, Thor undertakes his journey with the overwhelming force he is accustomed to. Yet, when his hammer is taken away, he is forced to become more than Odin's enforcer – he begins to become a leader.

Thor has always been a foreigner in the Avengers. His personality, powers and rappor always seem out of sync with the other Avengers – much like the Hulk. However, when Thor loses his hammer, it's like Sampson losing his locks, he is adrift in a pool of uncertainty and is forced to develop skills other than strength.

This film is also different in its balance. Marvel normally uses a very successful combination of action, drama and humor to fuel its stories. "Ragnarok" is overbalanced with humor. The Guardians of the Galaxy could have made an appearance and not felt out of place. The constant humor dilutes the drama that should have galvanized the villain, Hela. Instead, this almost seems like two separate films, Hela's unrelenting assault on Asgard and Thor's humorous lark on a distant garbage planet.

Add to this a distinct lack of characterization, we never get further insight into Thor's, Loki's or even Hela's character. They are simply raw emotions of anger and revenge and are hell-bent on driving this narrative home to Asgard. The highlight of the film is Jeff Goldblum's Grandmaster, he is ridiculous, vengeful and hilarious.

That's not to say this film fails as an exciting action adventure – on the contrary. This film has plenty of laughs, action and some interesting fights, but the subtlety that distinguishes Marvel films from others is missing here.

"Thor: Ragnarok" shrugs off the distinctive Marvel mantel in order to once again blaze its own path. As this humorous and action-packed adventure unfolds, the pieces that fall into place fit well, but lack the Marvel luster.

Blu-Ray Features:

• Director's Introduction

• Deleted/Extended Scenes - Deleted Scenes: The Sorcerer Supreme, Skurge Finds Heimdall & Hulk Chases Thor Through Sakaar Extended Scenes: Thor Meets the Grandmaster, Stupis Avenger vs. Tiny Avenger and Grandmaster and Topaz

• Gag Reel - Watch a collection of goofs, Gaffes and pratfalls starring the cast.

Exclusive Short/Team Darryl - Fresh off being unseated as the ruler of Sakaar, the Grandmaster makes his way to earth to start a new life. It's been over a year since Thor left Australia and Darryl has been struggling to pay his rent. Now Darryl needs a new roommate to help make the monthly payments. Unfortunately for Darryl, the Grandmaster was the only one who answered Darryl's "Roommate Needed" ad and with no viable options, the Grandmaster moves in.

• Marvel Studios: The First Ten Years - The Evolution of Heroes - Marvel's universe is vast and transcends both time and space. We'll examine the cinematic universe as a whole and revisit each of our heroes' current location and their place in the current MCU timeline, as it all leads up to the one culminating event: "Avengers: Infinity War."

• Getting In Touch with Your Inner Thor - "Thor: Ragnarok" director Taika Waititi has brought his unique sensibility and sense of humor to the film in a great many ways, but it is the evolution of Thor's own sense of humor, which stands out the most in the new film. This piece explores the impact Chris Hemsworth has made on the development of his widely-loved character and celebrates the mighty cast and crew who reveal the fun and hard work that went into assembling Thor's eccentric counterparts.

• Unstoppable Women: Hela & Valkyrie - This piece explores the strong female characters in "Thor: Ragnarok," their importance in the MCU, their incredible casting and their epic comic origins.

• Finding Korg - A tongue-in-cheek interview with Taika on casting Korg. He describes the difficult search for just the right evolution of the character design, and the nuances of this instantly classic character in the MCU. This conversation will also delve into all of the extraordinary visual effects that brought Korg, Sakaar and the world's of "Thor: Ragnarok" to life.

• Sakaar: On the Edge of the Known and Unknown - Sakaar is the collection point for all lost and unloved things. This documentary will answer all known and unknown questions while also exploring the hard work and creativity that went inro creating the look and feel of Sakaar.From design inspired by Jack Kirby's classic artwork to the dedication of the visual development team to the awe-inspiring physical and digital production, you will see this distant world come alive.

Journey Into Mystery - A deep dive story piece with the writers, director and producer Kevin Feige about the inspirations for "Thor: Ragnarok" within the comic. Most notably, the contest of champions limited series where the Grandmaster pitted our favorite heroes against one another as he does in the film. This piece also further explores Thor's comic book origins and classic arcs through interviews with some of the most important comic creators, such as Walt Simonson and Jack Kirby.

8bit Scene - Final Bridge Battle + Sakaar Speceship Battle. Dive into these climactic sequences presented in retro video game format.

• Directors Commentary

Digital Exclusives:

• Evolution of Thor and Hulk's Bromance - We'llexamine this superhero friendship, which has spanned through several Marvel films. From their original hellicarrier fight match to the now iconic Hulk punch from from Avengers 1, see how Marvel's most powerful superheroes become the most extraordinary Super Hero buddies.

• Additional deleted scenes - Travel to Asgard & Race To The Wormhole.
Published February 23, 2018.

Lady and the Tramp Signature Collection

Genre: Animated/Family
Rating: G
for general audiences.
Reviewer: Kent Tentschert
The timeless tale of Lady, a pampered cocker spaniel and Tramp, a roguish mutt from the wrong side of the tracks is brought beyond its original version in Walt Disney's Blu-ray Signature Collection. With three versions of the film, classic bonus material and three new bonus features you have a MUST-OWN for any family.

Blu-ray and digital:

Film Versions:

• Original Theatrical Edition - Enjoy this cherished Disney classic that captivates audiences of all ages.

• Sing-Along Mode - Sing along with all of your favorite songs as you watch the movie.

• Inside Walt's Story Meetings - As you view the film, hear reenactments of Walt's story sessions with animators and see how their ideas were realized on-screen.



New Signature Bonus:

• Walt & His Dogs - Through archival recordings and photos, hear the tales of the dogs Walt Disney owned and loved over his lifetime.

• Stories From Walt's Office - Take a tour of Walt's office suite on the studio lot, carefully recreated to look just as it did when he occupied it.

• How to Make a Meatball and Other Fun Facts About "Lady and the Tramp" - Watch a delicious lesson on how to make perfect meatballs with teen chef Amber Kelley and Oh My Disney Show Alexys Gabrielle.

Songs:

• "Peace on Earth"

• "What is a Baby/La La Lu"

• "The Siamese Cat Song"

• "Bella Notte"

• "He's A Tramp"

Classic Bonus Features:

• Diane Disney Miller: Remembering Dad - Walt's daughter shares memories of her father and Disneyland's early days, as well as a look at his apartment above the firehouse.

• Never-Recorded Song - "I'm Free As The Breeze" - Take a listen to a song originally meant to be sung by Tramp.

Deleted Scenes:

• Introduction of Boris - Tramp wasn't always meant to be Lady's only suitor. Meet Boris the aristocrat and Homer the peasant in this deleted scene.

• Waiting for Baby - Lady watches as Jim Dear plans out his new son's future in this early storyboard.

• Dog Show - See the storyboards for this deleted scene in which Lady and Tramp unexpectedly find themselves in the middle of a dog show.

Classic Bonus Features on Digital Only:

• Lady's Pedigree: The Making of "Lady and the Tramp" - A behind-the-scene look at the making of Walt Disney's first feature-length animated film based on an original story.

• Finding Lady: The Art of the Storyboard - Explore the origins of the storyboard and how they are used by filmmakers today.

• Original 1943 Storyboard Version of the Film - View a unique presentation of the original 1943 storyboards for "Lady and the Tramp."

• Puppypedia: Going to the Dogs - Wild and wacky comedian Fred Willard takes us for an outing to the dog park to learn all about dogs and their owners.

Deleted Scenes:

• 1955 Original Theatrical Trailer - More than just a trailer, this preview features several minutes of footage from the film and introduces each major character.

• 1972 Theatrical Re-Issue Trailer - This trailer from the 1972 rerelease heralds Disney's "happiest motion picture."

• 1986 Theatrical Re-Issue Trailer - Released theatrically for the 1986 holiday season, this trailer highlights the love story between Lady and the handsome Tramp.
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Published February 23, 2018.

Coco

Genre: Animated/Adventure/Comedy
Starring: Anthony Gonzalez, Benjamin Bratt, Gael Garcia Bernal
Rating: PG
parental guidance suggested
Grade: A
Reviewer: Kent Tentschert
The Plot:

Miguel (Anthony Gonzalez), a rambunctious 12-year-old, is a musician in his mind and heart, but his family has banned him from playing music. Desperate to follow in the footsteps of his idol Ernesto de la Cruz (Benjamin Bratt), Miguel sneaks into de la Cruz's tomb and due to an unusual series of events find himself stuck in the land of the dead.

Making the best of his situation, Miguel, with the help of a dead musician Hector (Gael Garcia Bernal), must discover the truth of his family's musical heritage in order to save his friend's and his own family memories.

Kent’s Take:

"Coco" is easily the best animated feature of 2018. Following the lovable and entertaining Miguel, audiences find themselves rooting for Miguel as he learns the of his heritage while exploring the importance of his family's history.

Miguel is a very talented young man, playing guitar with the best of them, but his grandmother forbids any family member to play music. As Miguel struggles with understanding his grandmother's rules, he also struggles with his family lineage.

Walt Disney Pictures and Pixar Animation Studios have once again teamed up to create pure pleasure for the senses. Steeped in Central and South American history, especially for the Day of the Dead, this wonderful feature uses the strength of love and family to fuel this eye-popping story.

Colors jump off the screen from the opening moment and continue throughout. The music is inviting, upbeat and memorable, while the cast gives strong voice performances.

As the music fills the theater and the colors mesmerize, the true strength of this film comes in the narrative. Miguel learns a valuable lesson, that his elders had hopes and dreams, loves and losses and his elders lives are part of his history, part of his lineage and heritage – part of his soul. Teaching to respect ones elders is just part of this valuable message. The idea that memories sustain our family's souls in the afterlife is both valuable and comforting.

"Coco" is an outstanding film and should be an important part of your families animated rotation of wholesome entertainment.

Blu-Ray 3D, Blu-Ray & Digital 3D/HD/SD:

• Deleted Scenes with Introductions - Director Lee Inkrich and co-director Adrian Molina talk about the deleted scenes and the part they play in the development of "Coco."

- Dia los Muertos - In this musical extravaganza, the colors and excitement of Dia de los Muertos comes to life as we meet superstar Ernesto de la Cruz.

- The Way of the Riveras - A musical number in which Abuelita and Miguel prepare their Dia de los Muertos celebration while she teaches him Rivera family history and traditions.

- Celebrity Tour - Hector, a Land of the Dead tour bus guide, agrees to help Miguel, revealed to be a living boy, on his quest to find de la Cruz.

- The Bus Escape - The Rivera family catches up to Miguel and Hector and attempts to halt their mission to find de la Cruz.

- Alebrije Attack - Miguel and Hector are interrupted on their journey to find de la Cruz by a fierce alebrije.

- The Family Fix - After de la Cruz reveals his true colors, the Rivera family puts their dismay aside and comes together to repair the smashed guitar needed to send Miguel home.

- To the Bridge - As the Land of the Dead counts down to the end of Dia de los Muertos, Miguel and de la Cruz come head-to-head on the Marigold bridge.

• Filmmaker Commentary - Presented by Lee Unkrich (director), Adrian Molina (co-director) and Darla K. Anderson (producer).

• The Music of "Coco" - Collaborating with the musicians of Mexico and some unique instrumentation, this documentary explores the beautiful fusion of music essential to the story of "Coco."

• Paths to Pixar: "Coco" - Explore how the film crew's personal stories resonate with the themes of the movie itself.

• Welcome to the Fiesta - A musical exploration of the skeletons that make the Land of the Dead in "Coco" so wondrous and intriguing.

• How To Draw a Skeleton - Pixar artist Daniel Arriaga gives a lesson on the quick and easy way to draw skeletons using simple shapes.

• A Thousand Pictures a Day - Join the "Coco" crew on an immersive travelogue through Mexico, visiting families, artisans, cemeteries and small villages during the Dia de los Muertos holiday.

• Mi Familia - Developing the Riveras was a labor of love that took the cast and crew on a deep dive into the meaning of family.

• Land of our Ancestors - Watch Pixar artists lovingly construct layer upon layer of architecture from nay eras of Mexican history, bringing the Land of the Dead to life.

• Fashion Through the Ages - The cast of characters in "Coco" are from many different eras, making for some magnificent costuming opportunities.

• The Real Guitar - The majestic guitar that spurs Miguel on his journey through the Land of the Dead is a unique creation. Watch as it is initially designed by a Pixar artist and ultimately realized as a real instrument by a master luthier in this poetic ode to craftsmanship.

• Dante - How the crew fell in love with the uniquely Mexican breed of Xoloitzcuintli (or "Xolo") dogs that inspired Dante.

• How to Make Papel Picado - Join Pixar Artist Ana Ramirez Gonzalez as we learn how papel picado is made traditionally, and then try your own approach to this beautiful art form.

• Un Poco "Coco" - A montage or original animated pieces used to promote "coco."

• "Coco Trailers" - Trailers include "Feeling," "Dante's Lunch," "Destiny," "Journey" and "Belong."

DVD:

• Filmmaker Commentary

• Dante
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Published November 01, 2017.

Cars 3

Genre: Animated/Adventure/Family
Starring: Owen Wilson, Armie Hammer, Cristela Alonzo
Rating: G
for general audiences
Grade: B+
Reviewer: Kent Tentschert
The Plot:

Race car Lightening McQueen (Owen Wilson) has dominated his sport for years, enjoying his friendly rivalries and success. However, when rookie Jackson Storm (Armie Hammer) begins beating McQueen regularly, McQueen begins to wonder if his time has passed.

With the help of trainer Cruz Ramirez (Cristela Alonzo), McQueen begins to discover the next chapter in his racing career.

Kent’s Take:

"Cars 3" could have been a tired, predictable money-grab for Disney, but that's not how they roll. Bringing a heartfelt, vibrant animated addition to the "Cars" franchise finds lightening McQueen struggling with his performance and the reality that he is an aging star.

Doubt, frustration and arrogance/over-confidence frame the themes of battling generations and the realization that aging is part of life. These themes help to gently shape this story into a nostalgic, respectful, exciting and funny story.

As McQueen searches for his racing confidence and passion, he finds his mentor's cronies, including Smokey (Chris Cooper), who corrects his misguided assumptions and reveals a few important facts about the Fabulous Hudson Hornet and in so doing, finds answers, hope and his future.

Truly a family feature (please note the "G" rating), this wonderful film has a simple premise with a complex execution, leaving kids laughing and cheering – Kapow!, as adults smile and reminisce.

Bonus Features:

• Miss Fritter's Racing Skool (Exclusive New Mini-movie) – enjoy blind sided testimonials from the Crazy 8's, touting the transformative impact Miss Fritter's Racing School has had in reshaping the direction of their lives.

• Theatrical Short: "Lou" – When a toy-stealing bully ruins recess for a playground full of kids, only one thing stands in his way: the "Lost and Found" box.

• Let's. Get. Crazy. – Get schooled in the world of demolition derby, the "rules" of figure 8 racing, and how Pixar puts the crazy in the Thunder Hollow Crazy 8 Race. This piece is hosted by Lea DeLaria.

• Legendary – a close, historical look at the racing legends Wendell Scott and Louise Smith, whose tenacity and perseverance got them into the race even when they weren't invited.

• Ready for the Race – Disney Channel's Olivia Rodrigo and NASCAR Racer William Byron check out the Hendrick Motorsports campus to showcase how real-world race training influenced the filmmakers.

• Cruz Ramirez: The Yellow Car That Could - Join Cristela Alonzo and the filmmakers on their journey to create a race-car trainer turned champion racer.

• Generations: The Story of "Cars 3" – For the story team, creating Lightening McQueen's next chapter didn't involve just a tune-up, but a complete overhaul.

• My First Car – A collection of illustrated first-car stories as narrated by members of the "Cars 3" cast and crew. "A Green car on the Red Carpet with Kerry Washington," "Old Blue," and "Still in the Family."

• 5 Deleted Scenes – Each deleted scene is set up with an introduction as to why it was removed from the film. Deleted scenes include "The Boogie Woogie," "The Jars of Dirt," "The Bolt," and "More Than New Paint."

• Cars To Die (cast) For – Take a look at the phenomenon of die-cast toy collecting and the more than 1,000 unique designs that exist in the Cars universe.

• Commentary – Brian Fee (Director), Kevin Reher (Producer), Andrea Warren (Co-producer) and Jay Ward (Creative Director)

• And More . . .

DVD:

• Theatrical Short: "Lou" – When a toy-stealing bully ruins recess for a playground full of kids, only one thing stands in his way: the "Lost and Found" box.
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Published September 29, 2017.

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales

Genre: Action/Adventure/Fantasy
Starring: Johnny Depp, Brenton Thwaites, Kaya Scodelario
Rating: PG-13
for sequences of Adventure violence, and some suggestive content.
Grade: B+
Reviewer: Kent Tentschert
The Plot:

Young Henry Turner (Brenton Thwaites) is determined to free his father, Will Turner (Orlando Bloom) from his curse on the Flying Dutchman – by finding Poseidon's Trident.

Carina Smyth (Kaya Scodelario) uses her father's journal to seek Poseidon's Trident for scientific study.

As their paths cross, they form a tentative alliance but soon realize their path to the trident leads through none other than Captain Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp).

However, few of these adventurers can fathom the depths to which they will sink in order to secure their ancient prize.

Kent’s Take:

"Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales" does the opposite of the title, telling a tale of enduring love, of high adventure and limitless greed.

Henry Turner is dead-set on freeing his father, Carina is determined to find the mythical trident to fulfill her father's destiny, while Jack Sparrow is determined to get drunk, rich and save his skin –preferably in the opposite order.

Disney's fifth installment in the "Pirates of the Caribbean" series may seem to be grasping at air with a quest to find Poseidon's Trident. Previous installments sought cursed Inca gold, Davey Jones' locker and the Fountain of Youth.

Fortunately, this film keys on all of the right elements to create a well-paced, action-packed adventure. This is not a "Johnny Depp film," it's a "Pirates of the Caribbean" film with Johnny Depp at the helm. This distinction places the story at the fore allowing viewers to experience an adventure on the high seas with memorable, lovable characters.

From the first creaking of timbers to the final embrace, this swashbuckling film brings back the energy, the playfulness and magic that this franchise originally offered. Add top notch special effects that fuel the action and this film surfaces as a sure summer blockbuster.

The cast is excellent with Depp's Sparrow reviving the memorable Jack Sparrow rather than the over-wrought Sparrow of later adventures. Javier Bardem as Captain Salazar is perfect and coupled with fascinating special effects darkens this story menacingly. Geoffrey Rush as Captain Barbossa distinguishes his limited screen time and Thwaites and Scodelario hold their own against the seasoned pros.

"Dead Men Tell No Tales" may be a fifth film in a 14 year voyage, but this dead man's tale cruises into open water to gather a strong tail wind.

Bonus Features, Blu-Ray & Digital:

• Dead Men Tell More Tales: The Making of a New Adventure - Get unnique access into the making of this exciting new "Pirates of the Caribbean" movie with this collection of revealing and entertaining stories that you can view individually or as a "play all."

- A Return To The Sea - Two talented filmmakers, Joachim Ronning and Espen Sandberg, team up to bring "Pirates of the Caribbean" back to the screen. Hear how this new chapter of the tale was developed.

- Telling Tales: A Sit-down with Brenton & Kaya - Meet Brenton Thwaites and Kaya Scodelario, the young actors behind Henry and Carina. The two sit down for a revealing conversation on becoming a part of the "Pirates of the Caribbean" film franchise and its continuing legacy.

- The Matador & The Bull: Secrets of Salazar & The Silent Mary - Oscar-winner Javier Bardem reveals more about his menacing new character and the foreboding ship that he helms.

- First Mate Confidential - Go on-set along with Kevin McNally, the affable actor behind the feisty Mr. Gibbs, Captain Jack's reliable first mate from all five movies.

- Deconstructing the Ghost Sharks - Peer below the depths at how these ferocious, mythical monsters were designed and brought to life.

- Wings over the Caribbean - Captain Jack has a memorable encounter with Sir Paul McCartney - rock-n-roll royalty.

- An Enduring Legacy - Take one more look at the "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales" experience and the impact of "Pirates of the Carobbean" - the movies, the ride and beyond.

• Bloopers of the Caribbean

• Jerry Bruckheimer Photo Diary

• Deleted Scenes

- Highwayman

- Henry Turner Learns a Lesson from Captain Jack

- A Whale in Poseidon's Tomb

- Alternate Coda: Murtogg & Mullroy "Flogging"

DVD:

• First Mate Confidential
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Published September 01, 2017.

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

Genre: Action/Adventure/Sci-fi
Starring: Bradley Cooper, Kurt Russell, Chris Pratt, Dave Bautista, Zoe Saldana, Vin Diesel
Rating: PG-13
for sequences of sci-fi action and violence, language and brief suggestive content.
Grade: B+
Reviewer: Kent Tentschert
The Plot:

The Guardians of the Galaxy's latest adventure goes awry thanks to Rocket's (Bradley Cooper) sticky fingers.

As their pursuers corner them, Peter Quill/Star-Lord (Chris Pratt) and his friends are rescued by Ego (Kurt Russell) a Demi-God who also happens to be Peter's father.

While learning about his true lineage, Peter also discovers his real family.

Kent’s Take:

“Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2" pops in mix tape vol. 2 and continues the antics of Star-Lord, Gamora (Zoe Saldana), Drax (Dave Bautista), Rocket, and Baby Groot (Vin Diesel) as they both help and fleece the galaxy.

The tone in this latest adventure has changed. This sequel is more family-friendly and touts less graft, less language and more adventure. With a memorable opening scene, this thoughtful, well-written film offers nonstop laughs, action or thoughtful moments.

Marvel knows what has made the "Guardians" first film so successful, the misfit characters, the sarcasm, the hilarious peril and honesty."Vol. 2" has all of these elements and a notable addition. The lovable characters are back, followed closely by the sarcasm and laughs. Add honesty as the theme of "family value" fuels this story, thrusting audiences into their emotional handbags to draw forth some tears alongside their giggles. In addition, Baby Groot steals every scene he is in and is almost too cute for the film – merchandisers, be ready!

As Quill finds the father he sought his entire life, his Pop ultimately slips through his hands. Writer/director James Gunn has brought us a worthy sequel that will not only gather new fans, but will also capture your heart.

Bonus Material: Blu-Ray

• The Making of "Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2" - A four-part, behind-the-scenes look at the making of the film, done in the style of classic-rock album liner notes.

• Visionary Intro - Director James Gunn provides context on how he continues and expands the storylines of these beloved characters in "Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2."

• Guardians Inferno Music Video - Join David Hasselhoff and sepcial guests for a galactic retro dance party.

• Gag Reel - Laugh out loud at all of the hilarious off-script shenanigans and bloopers that took place on the set of "Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2," featuring all your favorite guardians.

• Four Deleted Scenes - Check out four specific scenes that had to be cut from the film, including two extended scenes and two deleted scenes.

• Audio Commentary - Check out a special narration of the film by director James Gunn, who guides fans through an inside look at the making of the movie.

Bonus Material: Digital

All the features on the Blu-ray plus four extra exclusives.

• Three Scene Breakdowns (Digital Exclusives) - We'll reveal the anatomy of a few key scenes from the film. Discover the process in bringing these scenes to life. It starts with a doodle and the rest is film history. Audiences will be given the option to view 5-6 layers of specific scenes in the film. Scenes include "Eclector Escape," "Gamors and Nebula," and "Rocket and Ravegers."

• Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: Breakout! (Digital Exclusive) - Get an exclusive sneak pek inside the most anticipated ride at Disneyland, Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: Breakout! We;ll dig into the concepts and inspiration, and talk about what it took to bring the most epic ride at Disneyland to life.
Published September 01, 2017.

Disneynature Born In China

Genre: Family/Adventure/Documentary/Nature
Rating: G
for general audiences
Reviewer: Kent Tentschert
The Plot:

Follow three animal families in "Disney Nature Born In China. A Panda Bear mother, a golden snub-nosed Monkey and a mother snow leopard. This feature is the seventh in the Disney Nature franchise. Disney Nature films are world renown for their breathtaking footage and provide emotional connections with their audiences. This documentary is no different. Using top professional in their field, Disney captures the heart and beauty of these creatures.

Blu-Ray 3D, Blu-Ray & Digital:

• Panda Suits and Bamboo Shoots - Join the team as they struggle through an almost impenetrable bamboo forest in an effort to capture footage of Pandas in the wild.

• Walking With Monkeys - The shivering crew bundles up to film the adorable golden snub-nosed monkeys engage in a surprisingly human activity.

• Wasters of Camouflage - Go behind the scenes as the filmmakers set out on a quest never before achieved: to find and film a snoe leopard family in the wild.

• Wading Through Wetlands - A crew travels to far northeast China to catch the first moments of a red-crowned crane chick's life.

• "Everything Everything" Music Video Performed by American Authors - Check out the full music video of American Authors end-credit song "Everything Everything."

• Disneynature: Get Inspired, Get Involved - Join Disneynature and the Disney Conservation as they thank our audiences an the animals who star in the films for helping to make Disneynature and its conservation efforts a success.


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Published August 15, 2017.

Descendants 2

Genre: Family/Adventure
Starring: Dove Cameron (Mal) Cameron Boyce (Carlos), Sofia Carson (Evie), Booboo Stewart (Jay) and China Anne McClain (Uma)
Rating: TV-Y
Reviewer: Kent Tentschert
The Plot:

The teenage sons and daughters of Disney's villians strggle to find their place in Auradon.

Mal gets upset when she is not selected to attend Auradon Prep with the other villian kids. Returning to the Isle of the Lost, she rouses her pirate gang including Hook's son Harry and Gaston's son Gil in an attampt to free the imprisoned villians from the island forever.



Blu-Ray 3D, Blu-Ray & Digital 3D/HD/SD:

• Cast Secrets - Personal secrets are revealed by cast members Dove Cameron (Mal) Cameron Boyce (Carlos), Sofia Carson (Evie), Booboo Stewart (Jay) and China Anne McClain (Uma) during the filming of the movie.

• Bloopers - The cast cracks up on set during some crazy takes.

• Deleted Song and More - includes and extended song, a deleted song and two alternate endings.

• Descendants: Wicked World - A collection of all the animated shorts from season 1.
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Published June 06, 2017.

Beauty and the Beast

Genre: Family/Fantasy/Musical/Romance
Starring: Emma Watson, Kevin Kline
Rating: PG
for some action violence, peril and frightening images.
Grade: A
Reviewer: Kent Tentschert
The Plot:

Young, beautiful Belle (Emma Watson) is seen as odd in her small village, for she aspires to be more than a cog in the local wheel. Her father Maurice (Kevin Kline) sees Belle's kind heart and intelligence, and loves her for it. When Maurice goes missing after a nasty storm, Belle searches the nearby forest to find him imprisoned at a mysterious castle by an even more mysterious "Beast."

To rescue her father, Belle agrees to take his place as a prisoner of the Beast, but soon she finds allies in adorable animated items. As Belle discovers the curse that has befallen the Beast and his staff, Belle begins to warm toward him, building a relationship.

But love is itself, an elusive beast and time is running out for this duo as the beauty and the Beast find that their love may have found its limit.

Kent’s Take:

“Beauty and the Beast" is the next live action feature from Walt Disney studios. With the beautiful "Cinderella" and the playful "Jungle Book" behind us, it's time for the romantic "Beauty and the Beast."

Belle is the catch of her small village. She is kind, beautiful and intelligent, but all of the eligible bachelors are self-absorbed – especially the aggressive Gaston. While captive, Belle discovers that compassion can melt the hardest heart, opening the possibilities for romance.

Walt Disney has done a masterful job of realizing their animated features as live-action adventures. "Beauty and the Beast" is no different. Opening as a playful musical, this beautiful film slowly takes a darker turn as the menacing Beast bares his teeth and gives his growl. Yet, throughout this story, Watson's innocence and beauty light the screen.

Most audiences know the story of the beauty and the Beast, but this live-action version is enhanced by two performances. Luke Evans' Gaston is initially funny in his self-absorbtion, vapid in his wooing of Belle and perfectly menacing as the villain between Belle and Beast. And Dan Stevens as Prince/Beast uses his furry facial expressions to deftly transition from Belle's captor to a captive of her love.

Viewers will also enjoy the lovable recreation of Lumiere (Ewan McGregor), Plumette (Gugu Mbatha-Raw), Ian McKellen's Cogsworth and Mrs. Potts (Emma Thompson) and Chip (Nathan Mack). While Josh Gad's Le Fou steals the film as Gaston's unrequited sidekick.

The music is rousing and will have audiences humming and possibly singing along as our favorite characters belt-out memorable stanzas of our favorite tunes.

For a romance, there is much to keep children captivated as well, from the beautiful and menacing backdrops through the humor and goofiness to the final climax that finds the final petal falling.

"Beauty and the Beast" offers an emotional retelling of one of Disney's most beloved romances. With laughter, fear and romance mixing to create and intoxicating draught, this tale of love, loss and lyrics will spellbind audiences.

Blu-Ray and Digital HD Bonus Features:

• Enchanted Table Read - Join the cast for the movie's elaborately staged table read, complete with singing and dancing to live music, set pieces and more.

• A Beauty of a Tale - Explore the process of transforming a beloved animated film into a new live-action classic.

• The Women Behind "Beauty and the Beast" - Emma Watson introduces several of the talented women in all aspects of production who helped bring this enchanted tale to life.

• Making a Moment with Celine Dion - Celine Dion shares what it's like to sing "How Does A Moment Last Forever" - and be a part of the legacy of "Beauty and the Beast."

• From Song to Screen: Making the Musical Sequences - See what goes into making some of the best known moments from "Beauty and the Beast."

* "Belle" - Filmmakers and cast reveal how it felt to shoot this memorable scene.

* "Be Our Guest" - Discover all that went into creating this epic, primarily virtual performance.

* "Gaston" - Join the cast for rehearsals and filming of this rousing, high energy number.

* "Beauty and the Beast" - You're invited on set for the filming of this beloved, classic scene.

• Deleted Scenes:

* Introduction by Director Bill Condon - Director Bill Condon presents a collection of scenes that, for one reason or another, ended up on the cutting room floor.

• Gaston Courts Belle - Pleased with himself after settling a disturbance with the townspeople, a triumphant Gaston attempts to woo Belle.

* Bread and Jam for Agathe - On her morning market rounds, Belle stops by to see Agathe, the village beggar woman.

* Storming the Ice Gates - The angry mob of villagers, led by Gaston, overwhelms the castle's defenses.

* Lumiιre Torches LeFou- As the fight rages around them, LeFou scuffles with Plumette ... until he experiences a sudden, extremely heated inturruption.

* Monsieur Toilette- LeFou escapes from the brawl into a small room, where he's startled by a castle resident.

* Cogsworth Rescues Lumiιre - While Clothilde the fishmonger threatens Lumiιre, Cogsworth leaps into the fray.

* Treacle the Lasses - Three village lasses chase Chip and Froufrou - Madame Garderobe's dog-turned-footstool – into the kitchen where a surprise awaits.

* LeFou and Monsieur Toilette Reunite- After the spell is broken and the castle residents are returned to human form, LeFou and his new acquaintance meet again.

• Extended Song: "Days In The Sun" - Learn more about Beast's childhood in an alternate version of this beautiful song, introduced by Bill Condon.

• "Beauty and the Beast" Music Video - Award-winning artists Ariana Grande and John Legend perform a moving version of this iconic song.

• Making the Music Video - Go on set to capture the magic as it happens in Ariana Grande and John Legend's "Beauty and the Beast" music video.

• Disney Song Selection - Jump directly to all yourfavorite songs and sing along with the movie.

* "Belle"

* "How Does A Moment Last Forever" (Music Box)

* "Belle" (Reprise)

* "Gaston"

* "Be Our Guest"

* "Days In The Sun"

* "Something There"

* "How Does A Moment Last Forever" (Montmartre)

* "Beauty and the Beast"

* "Evermore"

* "The Mob Sing"

* "Beauty and the Beast" (Finale)

DVD:

• "Beauty and the Beast" Music Video
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