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As 2019 comes to a close and the New Year quickly approaches, I’ve done my best to compile my ten favorite films of this year. Please do keep in mind that even as the year wraps, there are still far too many movies that I haven’t yet had the chance to check out, and out of all I have seen there was certainly no shortage of great titles to consider. I’m sure there are plenty I missed, haven’t seen or simply wasn’t able to squeeze into my list, so please don’t hesitate to sound off in the comments after checking out my Best of 2019 selections with your own favorite films of the year! Now, with that being said, let’s get to it and start counting them down! Continue reading “[Best Of 2019] The Top 10 Films Of 2019 (Kevin Lovell)”

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[Blu-Ray Review] Angel Has Fallen: Available On 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray & DVD November 26, 2019 From Lionsgate

[Best Of 2019] The Top 10 Films Of 2019 (Kevin Lovell) 4Angel Has Fallen [Blu-Ray] amazon-cart-logo

Director: Ric Roman Waugh

Cast: Gerard Butler, Morgan Freeman, Jada Pinkett Smith

Release Date: November 26, 2019

A Review By: Kevin Lovell

Film Rating: 7.5/10
Disc Rating: 8.5/10

Synopsis:

When there is an assassination attempt on U.S. President Allan Trumbull (Morgan Freeman), his trusted confidant, Secret Service Agent Mike Banning (Gerard Butler), is wrongfully accused and taken into custody. After escaping from capture, he becomes a man on the run and must evade his own agency and outsmart the FBI in order to find the real threat to the president. Desperate to uncover the truth, Banning turns to unlikely allies to help clear his name, keep his family from harm, and save the country from imminent danger. Continue reading “[Blu-Ray Review] Angel Has Fallen: Available On 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray & DVD November 26, 2019 From Lionsgate”

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[Blu-Ray Review] ‘Captain Marvel’: Available On 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray & DVD June 11, 2019 From Marvel Studios

[Best Of 2019] The Top 10 Films Of 2019 (Kevin Lovell) 6Captain Marvel [Blu-Ray]

Directors: Anna Boden, Ryan Fleck

Cast: Brie Larson, Samuel L. Jackson, Ben Mendelsohn

Release Date: June 11, 2019

A Review By: Kevin Lovell

Film Rating: 8/10
Disc Rating: 8/10

Synopsis:

Set in the 1990s, “Captain Marvel” is an all-new adventure from a previously unseen period in the history of the Marvel Cinematic Universe that introduces the MCU’s first stand-alone, female-franchise title character—Carol Danvers aka Captain Marvel. When we first meet Danvers, she already possesses her superhero powers, having left her earthly life behind and become a member of an intergalactic elite Kree military team called Starforce, led by their enigmatic commander, Yon-Rogg. But after Danvers has trained and worked with the Starforce team, and become a valued member­, she finds herself back on Earth with new questions about her past. While on Earth she quickly lands on the radar of Nick Fury, and they must work together against a formidable enemy in the form of the Skrulls—the notorious Marvel bad guys made even more dangerous by their shape-shifting abilities—and their leader, Talos, who is spearheading a Skrull invasion of Earth. Continue reading “[Blu-Ray Review] ‘Captain Marvel’: Available On 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray & DVD June 11, 2019 From Marvel Studios”

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[Blu-Ray Review] ‘What Men Want’: Available On Blu-ray & DVD May 7, 2019 From Paramount

[Best Of 2019] The Top 10 Films Of 2019 (Kevin Lovell) 8What Men Want [Blu-Ray] amazon-cart-logo

Director: Adam Shankman

Cast: Taraji P. Henson, Aldis Hodge, Richard Roundtree

Release Date: May 7, 2019

A Review By: Kevin Lovell

Film Rating: 5/10
Disc Rating: 8.5/10

Synopsis:

Ali Davis (Taraji P. Henson) is a successful sports agent who’s constantly boxed out by her male colleagues. After a wild night out with her girls, she mysteriously gains the ability to hear men’s thoughts. With her newfound power, Ali looks to outsmart her colleagues as she races to sign the next basketball superstar, but the lengths she has to go to will put her relationship with her best friends and new love interest to the test.  The film also stars Aldis Hodge, Richard Roundtree, Wendi McLendon-Covey, Erykah Badu, Max Greenfield, and Tracy Morgan. Continue reading “[Blu-Ray Review] ‘What Men Want’: Available On Blu-ray & DVD May 7, 2019 From Paramount”

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[Blu-Ray Review] ‘Dragged Across Concrete’: Now Available On Blu-ray, DVD & Digital From Lionsgate

[Best Of 2019] The Top 10 Films Of 2019 (Kevin Lovell) 10Dragged Across Concrete [Blu-Ray] amazon-cart-logo

Director: S. Craig Zahler

Cast: Mel Gibson, Vince Vaughn, Tory Kittles

Release Date: April 30, 2019

A Review By: Kevin Lovell

Film Rating: 9.5/10
Disc Rating: 8/10

Synopsis:

Two police detectives (Mel Gibson and Vince Vaughn) find themselves suspended after a video of their strong-arm tactics is leaked to the media. In another part of town, a felon (Tory Kittles) is released from prison and discovers that his family is about to be evicted. With little money and no options, all three men descend into the criminal underworld, where danger awaits them in the shadows. Continue reading “[Blu-Ray Review] ‘Dragged Across Concrete’: Now Available On Blu-ray, DVD & Digital From Lionsgate”

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[Blu-Ray Review] ‘On The Basis Of Sex’: Now Available On Blu-ray, DVD & Digital From Universal

[Best Of 2019] The Top 10 Films Of 2019 (Kevin Lovell) 12On The Basis Of Sex [Blu-Ray] amazon-cart-logo

Director: Mimi Leder

Cast: Felicity Jones, Armie Hammer, Justin Theroux

Release Date: April 9, 2019

A Review By: Kevin Lovell

Film Rating: 7.5/10
Disc Rating: 7/10

Synopsis:

Inspired by the powerful true story of a young Ruth Bader Ginsburg (Academy Award® nominee Felicity Jones), On the Basis of Sex depicts a then-struggling attorney and new mother facing adversity in her fight for equal rights. When Ruth takes on a ground-breaking case, she knows the outcome could alter the courts’ view of gender discrimination. Stronger together, Ruth teams up with her husband, Martin Ginsburg (Armie Hammer), to fight the case that catapults her into one of the most important public figures of our time. Continue reading “[Blu-Ray Review] ‘On The Basis Of Sex’: Now Available On Blu-ray, DVD & Digital From Universal”

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[Blu-Ray Review] ‘Vice’: Now Available On Blu-ray, DVD & Digital From Fox Home Ent.

[Best Of 2019] The Top 10 Films Of 2019 (Kevin Lovell) 14Vice (2018) [Blu-Ray] amazon-cart-logo

Director: Adam McKay

Cast: Christian Bale, Amy Adams, Steve Carell

Release Date: April 2, 2019

A Review By: Kevin Lovell

Film Rating: 8.5/10
Disc Rating: 8/10

Synopsis:

Nominated for 8 ACADEMY AWARDS®*, including Best Picture, VICE stars Christian Bale in his Oscar-nominated role as Dick Cheney in this epic tale of how a bureaucratic Washington insider quietly became the most powerful man in the world. Co-starring Amy Adams, Steve Carell, and Sam Rockwell, VICE is a darkly comic look behind the scenes of American politics. Continue reading “[Blu-Ray Review] ‘Vice’: Now Available On Blu-ray, DVD & Digital From Fox Home Ent.”

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[Blu-Ray Review] ‘Mary Poppins Returns’: Now Available On 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray, DVD & Digital From Disney

[Best Of 2019] The Top 10 Films Of 2019 (Kevin Lovell) 16Mary Poppins Returns [Blu-Ray]

Director: Rob Marshall

Cast: Emily Blunt, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Ben Whishaw

Release Date: March 19, 2019

A Review By: Kevin Lovell

Film Rating: 9.5/10
Disc Rating: 8/10

Synopsis:

In “Mary Poppins Returns,” Michael Banks (Ben Whishaw) — just a child when Mary Poppins first visited 17 Cherry Tree Lane — is now a grown man raising his children Annabel (Pixie Davies), John (Nathanael Saleh) and Georgie (Joel Dawson) with help from his sister Jane (Emily Mortimer). Times are tough in Depression-era London but the winds begin to change and the enigmatic governess, whose unique magical skills can turn any ordinary task into a fantastic adventure, enters the lives of the Banks family once again, having not aged a single day. Teaming up with an old friend, Jack, they take the Banks children on a series of whimsical adventures, encountering colorful characters like Mary’s eccentric Cousin Topsy (Streep), Jack’s lovable band of leeries and bank executives William Weatherall Wilkins (Colin Firth) and Mr. Dawes Jr. (Van Dyke) — bringing life, love and laughter back into the home. Continue reading “[Blu-Ray Review] ‘Mary Poppins Returns’: Now Available On 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray, DVD & Digital From Disney”

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[Blu-Ray Review] ‘A Star Is Born’: Now Available On 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray, DVD & Digital From Warner Bros

[Best Of 2019] The Top 10 Films Of 2019 (Kevin Lovell) 18A Star Is Born (2018) [Blu-Ray] amazon-cart-logo

Director: Bradley Cooper

Cast: Lady Gaga, Bradley Cooper, Sam Elliott

Release Date: February 19, 2019

A Review By: Kevin Lovell

Film Rating: 10/10
Disc Rating: 8/10

Synopsis:

In this new take on the iconic love story, four-time Oscar nominee Cooper (“American Sniper,” “American Hustle,” “Silver Linings Playbook”) makes his directorial debut, and also stars alongside multiple award-winning, Oscar-nominated music superstar Gaga in her first leading role in a major motion picture. Cooper portrays seasoned musician Jackson Maine, who discovers and falls in love with struggling artist Ally. She has given up on her dream to become a successful singer until she meets Jack, who immediately sees her natural talent. Continue reading “[Blu-Ray Review] ‘A Star Is Born’: Now Available On 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray, DVD & Digital From Warner Bros”

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[Blu-Ray Review] ‘The Meg’: Available On 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray & DVD November 13, 2018 From Warner Bros

[Best Of 2019] The Top 10 Films Of 2019 (Kevin Lovell) 20The Meg (2D) [Blu-Ray] amazon-cart-logo

Director: Jon Turteltaub

Cast: Jason Statham, Bingbing Li, Rainn Wilson

Release Date: November 13, 2018

A Review By: Kevin Lovell

Film Rating: 6/10
Disc Rating: 7.5/10

Synopsis:

A deep-sea submersible—part of an international undersea observation program—has been attacked by a massive creature and now lies disabled at the bottom of the deepest part of the Pacific Ocean…with its crew trapped inside. With time running out, former deep-sea rescue diver Jonas Taylor (Jason Statham) is drawn out of self-imposed exile by a visionary Chinese oceanographer, Dr. Zhang (Winston Chao), against the wishes of his daughter, Suyin (Li Bingbing), who thinks she can rescue the crew on her own. But it will take their combined efforts to save the crew, and the ocean itself, from this seemingly unstoppable threat—a prehistoric 75-foot-long shark known as the Megalodon. Thought to be extinct, the Meg turns out to be very much alive…and on the hunt.

Five years before, Jonas had encountered this same terrifying creature, but no one had believed him. Now, teamed with Suyin, Jonas must confront his fears and risk his own life to return to the ocean depths…bringing him face-to-face once more with the apex predator of all time. Continue reading “[Blu-Ray Review] ‘The Meg’: Available On 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray & DVD November 13, 2018 From Warner Bros”

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[Blu-Ray Review] ‘Incredibles 2’: Available On 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray & DVD November 6, 2018 From Disney•Pixar

[Best Of 2019] The Top 10 Films Of 2019 (Kevin Lovell) 22Incredibles 2 [Blu-Ray]

Director: Brad Bird

Cast: Craig T. Nelson, Holly Hunter, Samuel L. Jackson (VOICES)

Release Date: November 6, 2018

A Review By: Kevin Lovell

Film Rating: 10/10
Disc Rating: 9.5/10

Synopsis:

In “Incredibles 2,” Helen (voice of Holly Hunter) is called on to lead a campaign to bring Supers back, while Bob (voice of Craig T. Nelson) navigates the day-to-day heroics of “normal” life at home with Violet (voice of Sarah Vowell), Dash (voice of Huck Milner) and baby Jack-Jack—whose super powers are about to be discovered. Their mission is derailed, however, when a new villain emerges with a brilliant and dangerous plot that threatens everything. But the Parrs don’t shy away from a challenge, especially with Frozone (voice of Samuel L. Jackson) by their side. That’s what makes this family so Incredible. Continue reading “[Blu-Ray Review] ‘Incredibles 2’: Available On 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray & DVD November 6, 2018 From Disney•Pixar”

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[Movie Review] ‘Malevolence 3: Killer’ Is A Smart & Satisfying Third Chapter: Arriving October 12, 2018 In Theaters & On Blu-ray/DVD Combo & Digital From Mena Films

[Best Of 2019] The Top 10 Films Of 2019 (Kevin Lovell) 24Malevolence 3: Killer

Director: Stevan Mena

Cast: Adrienne Barbeau, Kevin McKelvey, Katie Gibson

Release Date: October 12, 2018

A Review By: Kevin Lovell

Film Rating: 7.5/10

 

Synopsis:

Martin Bristol returns to where it all began: the home where he was kidnapped from. But he is not the boy who disappeared over 10 years ago. Tortured and abused at the hands of his psychotic captor, Graham Sutter, Martin is damaged beyond repair. Lurking in the shadows of suburbia, he stalks and kills without remorse. Special Agent William Perkins follows Martin’s trail of terror, desperate to capture him before he kills again. Martin’s family, mourning his disappearance for over 10 years, is informed not only that he is alive, but that he is responsible for the wave of murder sweeping through their town. Will they be able to reunite with their long lost son before it’s too late, or will Perkins have to use excessive force to bring him down? Continue reading “[Movie Review] ‘Malevolence 3: Killer’ Is A Smart & Satisfying Third Chapter: Arriving October 12, 2018 In Theaters & On Blu-ray/DVD Combo & Digital From Mena Films”

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[Blu-Ray Review] ‘Solo: A Star Wars Story’: Now Available On 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray, DVD & Digital From Lucasfilm

[Best Of 2019] The Top 10 Films Of 2019 (Kevin Lovell) 26Solo: A Star Wars Story [Blu-Ray]

Director: Ron Howard

Cast: Alden Ehrenreich, Woody Harrelson, Emilia Clarke

Release Date: September 25, 2018

A Review By: Kevin Lovell

Film Rating: 7.5/10
Disc Rating: 8.5/10

Synopsis:

Through a series of daring escapades deep within a dark and dangerous criminal underworld, Han Solo befriends his mighty future copilot Chewbacca and meets the notorious gambler Lando Calrissian, in a journey that will set the course of one of the Star Wars saga’s most unlikely heroes. Continue reading “[Blu-Ray Review] ‘Solo: A Star Wars Story’: Now Available On 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray, DVD & Digital From Lucasfilm”

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[Blu-Ray Review] ‘Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom’: Available On 4K Ultra HD, 3D Blu-ray, Blu-ray & DVD September 18, 2018 From Universal

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Director: J.A. Bayona

Cast: Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Rafe Spall

Release Date: September 18, 2018

A Review By: Kevin Lovell

Film Rating: 8/10
Disc Rating: 8.5/10

Synopsis:

It’s been three years since theme park and luxury resort, Jurassic World was destroyed by dinosaurs out of containment. Isla Nublar now sits abandoned by humans while the surviving dinosaurs fend for themselves in the jungles. When the island’s dormant volcano begins roaring to life, Owen (Chris Pratt) and Claire (Bryce Dallas Howard) mount a campaign to rescue the remaining dinosaurs from this extinction-level event. Continue reading “[Blu-Ray Review] ‘Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom’: Available On 4K Ultra HD, 3D Blu-ray, Blu-ray & DVD September 18, 2018 From Universal”

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[Blu-Ray Review] ‘Super Troopers 2’: Now Available On Blu-ray, DVD & Digital From Fox Home Ent

[Best Of 2019] The Top 10 Films Of 2019 (Kevin Lovell) 30Super Troopers 2 [Blu-Ray] amazon-cart-logo

Director: Jay Chandrasekhar

Cast: Jay Chandrasekhar, Kevin Heffernan, Steve Lemme

Release Date: July 17, 2018

A Review By: Kevin Lovell

Film Rating: 7/10
Disc Rating: 8/10

Synopsis:

When an international border dispute arises between the U.S. and Canada, the fun-loving Vermont Highway Patrolmen – Mac, Thorny, Foster, Rabbit and Farva – are called in to resolve the situation. Continue reading “[Blu-Ray Review] ‘Super Troopers 2’: Now Available On Blu-ray, DVD & Digital From Fox Home Ent”

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[Movie Review] ‘The Show’ Is A Grim And Eerily Realistic Exploration Of Today’s Culture; In Select Theaters & On Demand September 15, 2017 From Lionsgate

[Best Of 2019] The Top 10 Films Of 2019 (Kevin Lovell) 32The Show (2017)

Director: Giancarlo Esposito

Cast: Josh Duhamel, Giancarlo Esposito, Famke Janssen

Release Date: In Select Theaters & On Demand September 15, 2017

A Review By: Kevin Lovell

Film Rating: 9/10

Synopsis:

Josh Duhamel, Famke Janssen, and Giancarlo Esposito highlight this pulse-pounding thriller about a reality show that exploits the on-camera deaths of its players—on live TV. After a dating show ends in violence, its host Adam Rogers (Duhamel) and a ratings-hungry network exec (Janssen) launch a terrifying new program that promises fresh kills every week. The tension mounts as a kindhearted janitor (Esposito) joins the deadly program, hoping to help his struggling family survive…at any cost. Continue reading “[Movie Review] ‘The Show’ Is A Grim And Eerily Realistic Exploration Of Today’s Culture; In Select Theaters & On Demand September 15, 2017 From Lionsgate”

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[Blu-Ray Review] ‘Free Fire’: Available On Blu-ray & DVD July 18, 2017 From Lionsgate

[Best Of 2019] The Top 10 Films Of 2019 (Kevin Lovell) 34Free Fire [Blu-Ray] amazon-cart-logo

Director: Ben Wheatley

Cast: Sharlto Copley, Armie Hammer, Brie Larson

Release Date: July 18, 2017

A Review By: Kevin Lovell

Film Rating: 9/10
Disc Rating: 7.5/10

Synopsis:

Free Fire is an electrifying action-thriller about an arms deal that goes spectacularly and explosively wrong. Set in 1970s Boston, the film opens with Justine (Larson), a mysterious American businesswoman, and her wise-cracking associate Ord (Hammer) arranging a black-market weapons deal in a deserted warehouse between IRA arms buyer Chris (Murphy) and shifty South African gunrunner Vernon (Copley). What starts as a polite if uneasy exchange soon goes south when tensions escalate and shots are fired, quickly leading to a full-on battle royale where it’s every man (and woman) for themselves. Continue reading “[Blu-Ray Review] ‘Free Fire’: Available On Blu-ray & DVD July 18, 2017 From Lionsgate”

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[Blu-Ray Review] Disney’s ‘Beauty And The Beast’: Available On Blu-ray, DVD & Digital June 6, 2017 From Disney

[Best Of 2019] The Top 10 Films Of 2019 (Kevin Lovell) 36Beauty And The Beast (2017) [Blu-Ray]

Director: Bill Condon

Cast: Emma Watson, Dan Stevens, Luke Evans

Release Date: June 6, 2017

A Review By: Kevin Lovell

Film Rating: 7.5/10
Disc Rating: 8.5/10

Synopsis:

The story and characters you know and love come to spectacular life in the live-action adaptation of Disney’s animated classic Beauty and the Beast, a cinematic event celebrating one of the most beloved tales ever told. Continue reading “[Blu-Ray Review] Disney’s ‘Beauty And The Beast’: Available On Blu-ray, DVD & Digital June 6, 2017 From Disney”