Early Review: "Sharknado 2" Takes a Bite Out of the Big Apple

By Jamie Ruby

Sharknado 2Last summer Syfy premiered Sharknado and it quickly became a cult sensation, which no one predicted. Tomorrow Syfy premieres the highly anticipated next chapter: Sharknado 2: The Second One, which is sure to cause another social media frenzy. To prepare there have already been more than 45 products available across the country. NBC Universal has been involved with multiple tie-ins, including the book How to Survive a Sharknado and Other Unnatural Disasters, published by Three Rivers Press, a Sharknado: Go Shark Yourself app, and even Sharknado: The Video Game from Other Ocean and Majesco Entertainment Company. Fans can be ready and decked out in their Sharknado gear for the premiere.

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Blu-Ray Review: 47 Ronin

By Jamie Ruby

47 Ronin47 Ronin is based on a legend from 18th century Japan that tells the tale of a group of 47 samurai warriors who become what's called ronin when their master is killed, as they attempt to reclaim the honor of their master.

The movie, directed by Carl Rinsch, starts by introducing the samurai warriors and their master Lord Asano (Min Tanaka) of Ako. While hunting in the forest Lord Asano finds a boy about his daughter's age, Kai (Keanu Reeves), but he is a half-breed (half demon). Lord Asano saves him against the samurai's wishes and takes him with them.

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DVD Review: Riddick

By Jamie Ruby

RiddickRecently Riddick was released on Blu-ray, DVD, and Digital HD. Riddick is the third film in the franchise (following Pitch Black and The Chronicles of Riddick) that follow the adventures and ordeals of the title character, played by Vin Diesel.

At the end of the last film, Riddick was the new Lord Marshall of the Necromongers after defeating their leader. However with a wish to return to Furya, he makes a deal with Vaako (Karl Urban) for him to help him reach the planet. Unsurprisingly, Riddick's betrayed.

Riddick finds himself stranded on a sun-scorched planet, and needing a way to escape he announces his arrival at a mercenary station by activating an emergency beacon, prompting two groups of mercs to go after him for the bounty on his head. The mercs aren't his only problems though, as the approaching storm is waking up some nasty alien predators.

Can Riddick convince the mercs to work with him to survive or will he have to trick them and follow his own agenda? As a connection to his past emerges, Riddick must decide how best to play his cards in order to make it off of the planet alive.

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DVD Review: Fright Night 2: New Blood

Fright Night 2: New BloodThe straight-to-video film Fright Night 2: New Blood follows a teenage boy, Charley, as he travels abroad to study in Romania for a school trip with his friends and peers. In between trying to woo back his exgirlfriend, Charley accidentally sees his hot professor, Gerri Dandridge, with a woman, though things are not what they seem when he witnesses the woman's death. Charley must convince his friends that their teacher is a member of the undead, all while keeping her from his ex, who just might be the virgin that Gerri needs to end her curse. They also enlist the help of paranormal reality show host Peter Vincent to help stop Gerri.

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DVD Review: "Atlas Shrugged: Part II"

Atlas Shrugged: Part IIBefore watching Atlas Shrugged Part II, I decided to watch the first film, and I watched them back to back. One thing to be noted is that the two films, although revolving around the same characters, have completely different casts, which felt very disjointed. The story is one overall all arch, and while they are two separate films, if you don't watch the first you miss a large chunk of the story. I believe that you could follow Part II without having seen its predecessor and still understand it, but I don't think it would have the same impact. Everything that happens in Part II is fueled by Part I:

Who is John Galt? That's the mystery that's woven throughout the films as the best and the brightest start disappearing, and is also used as a saying when one doesn't know an answer to something they are asked.

The main characters of the films are the protagonist Dagny Taggart, played by Samantha Mathis (Taylor Schilling in Part I) and her love interest Henry "Hank" Reardon, played by Jason Beghe (Grant Bowler in Part I). While there is a love story, it takes a backseat to all of the problems that they and the country are facing. The story starts in a dystopian United States (Part I starts in 2016, Part II does not specify) during an economic depression. Prices have skyrocketed and with the cost of fuel and oil rising, the predominant form of travel has become rail transportation, but even the railways are in need of repair.

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Early Review: "End of the World" - Delightfully Different & Funny

By Jamie Ruby

End of the WorldEnd of the World, Syfy's newest original disaster movie, premieres tomorrow night. The film is somewhat different from the usual fair. Many of the Syfy Saturday originals are campy, whether they are meant to be or not, but this one is different. It's the ultimate disaster movie to end all disaster movies, almost a spoof of the genre, if you will. And it's really funny, paying homage to science fiction and disaster movie fans everywhere.

The film revolves around two such fan boys, played by Neil Grayston and Greg Grunberg, who work at a video store. Their world is turned upside down when their small town becomes a disaster of its own, with plasma rain that causes power surges and reduces people to ash.

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DVD Review: "Ruby Sparks"

By Jamie Ruby

Ruby SparksRuby Sparks stars Paul Dano as Calvin Weir-Fields, a struggling novelist who after finding fame as a teenager, now has writers' block. To kickstart his creativity, his therapist (Elliot Gould) tells him he should write about someone who would love his dog the way he is, timid and slobbery. So Calvin starts writing about a young woman, Ruby Sparks, and unwittingly ends up falling in love with her, which he thinks is a problem, because she's not real.

The more he writes, the more real she becomes, until her underthings start showing up and he sees her in his apartment. He freaks out, assuming he's had some kind of mental breakdown, but soon realizes that other people can see her too, and that he controls her with his writing.

The film is in much part about loving someone for who they are and accepting all their faults. Calvin learns that trying to change someone can have costs, as the more he controls her, the less she is the woman he fell in love with, and that love is often complicated, but that's what makes it real.

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DVD Review: "The Raven:" Underwhelming, but Worth the Watch

The RavenThe Raven, set in the mid-1800s in Baltimore, is a fictional account of the last few days of Edgar Allan Poe's life, and what could have transpired. Don't let the title fool you; however, the film is not about his poem, nor even the bird. A serial killer is murdering people in ways that come from the pages of Poe's works, such as The Murders in the Rue Morgue, which starts the story.

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"Snow White and the Huntsman:" Visually Stunning

Snow White and the HuntsmanSnow White and the Huntsman, starring Kristen Stewart, Chris Hemsworth, and Charlize Theron, comes to Blu-ray and DVD on Tuesday.

The film follows Snow White (Stewart), who after her mother has died and Evil Queen Ravenna (Theron) has married and killed her father, is put in a cell and left in the dungeon. As in the original Snow White tale, the queen asks the mirror (Christopher Obi) who is the fairest, and as Snow White is now of age, he says that Snow White is now the fairest. The mirror also tells her that Snow White is the key to her immortality, so the queen sends for her to be killed, and once she escapes the castle, sends the Huntsman (Hemsworth) after her.

Before I go into reviewing the storyline of the film I want to start with the look, because for me, that's what I will remember most. Visually the film was absolutely breathtaking in many of the scenes. From the grand sets of the castle and the Dark Forest, to the visual effects of the fairies, to the animation of the "obsidian shards," it really was a beautiful film.

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"Decoy Bride" - DVD/Blu-Ray Review

By Jamie Ruby

Decoy BrideKatie (Kelly MacDonald), the only single woman left on the small Scottish island of Hegg, lives a boring life with her sick mother. All that changes when the island is visited by famous movie star Lara Tyler (Alice Eve) and British author James Arber (David Tennant), as they come to the remote location after their first wedding attempt was botched by the paparazzi. The island was chosen because James previously described the castle where they would be married and the island in his novel - in gross exaggeration. Lara's assistants work feverishly to transform an entire castle to be perfect for the bride, as well as take precautions to keep the press at bay.

When it's apparent that the press cannot be so easily swayed, the assistants decide to find a decoy bride.

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