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TV Review: AMC’s Controversial ‘The Killing’ Tries to Win Back Fans

CHICAGO – When season one of AMC’s hit mystery show “The Killing” came to a conclusion, Detective Linden (Emmy nominee Mireille Enos) thought that the case of Rosie Larsen had been solved and most of the show’s fans were furious that she was wrong.

Blu-ray Review: Memorable, Atmospheric ‘The Killing: The Complete First Season’

The Killing

CHICAGO – With the upcoming second-season premiere of “The Killing” (come back for our review on Sunday, April 1st, 2012), it’s a good time to cram in the first season, recently released on a nice three-disc set from Fox Home Video. With stellar performances, especially from Mireille Enos & Michelle Forbes, and an accomplished sense of atmosphere, this is one of the best shows on TV. The Blu-ray release doesn’t answer questions or criticisms about the controversial season finale, but will allow you to reassess it away from the expectations of a resolution to the mystery of who killed Rosie Larsen.

Blu-ray Review: Disney’s ‘The Rocketeer’ Misfires With Lackluster Rerelease

The Rocketeer Blu-ray

CHICAGO – Twenty years before helming “Captain America,” director Joe Johnston made another superhero picture that was equal parts nostalgic and bombastically patriotic. Though 1991’s “The Rocketeer” was distributed by Walt Disney Pictures, the material is so dark that it’s worthy of Touchstone. As a throwback to Saturday morning serials and classic Hollywood archetypes, the film is likably breezy and instantly disposable.

TV Review: Mesmerizing ‘The Killing’ Continues AMC’s Quality Streak

CHICAGO – With echoes of “Twin Peaks” and the film “Insomnia,” AMC’s “The Killing” joins the lineup of one of the more respected networks on cable.

Blu-Ray Review: Romantic Comedy Lives in ‘Ghost Town’

Ghost Town

CHICAGO – With three of the most charming and enjoyable leads in any romantic comedy released in 2008, David Koepp’s “Ghost Town” should find a steady and satisfied audience on Blu-Ray this winter.

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    Something always felt a bit out of place for me in Martin Scorsese’s brilliant “The King of Comedy”, just released on Blu-ray for the first time. I couldn’t put my finger on it but chalked it up to it being thematically ahead of its time in its investigation of the cult of personality that defines modern entertainment.

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