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CARS 3 Revs Up Their Engines Once Again To Race Home!

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Jeri Jacquin

Racing into Bluray/DVD and Digital HD from writer/director Brian Fee, Pixar Animated Studios and Walt Disney Home Entertainment is everyone’s favorite racers with CARS 3.

Lightening McQueen (voiced by Owen Wilson) has been a winner on the track race after race. That is until one day a big race that he felt was a win suddenly changes when a new generation car speeds past to take the win. Shocked, McQueen meets Jackson Storm (Armie Hammer), a new race car that is all teched out and he isn’t sure how to deal with it.

When an event on the track happens, McQueen goes back to his little town to basically hide. That is until his friends Sally (Bonnie Hunt), Luigi (Tony Shalhoub) and Mater (Larry the Cable Guy) convince him that he needs to reach out Rust-eze, the sponsor who is now owned by Sterling (Nathan Fillion).

Sterling gives McQueen trainer Cruz Ramirez (Cristela Alonzo) who makes her duty to get him up to speed, literally, before the next big race in Florida. Wanting to go back to training the old-school way, McQueen and Cruz begin to understand one another.

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But there is still one more thing McQueen needs to do and that’s return to where his mentor Doc (Paul Newman) lived and discover what motivated him! He meets Smokey (Chris Cooper) who introduced him to old-school racers who push McQueen.

When they arrive in Florida, McQueen begins to realize that the racing world is changing and it might be time for him to change too!

Wilson as McQueen once again brings humor and fun to his vocal role. This is a character that just continues to grow, even if he doesn’t understand why he has to. Wanting to be the best for as long as he can isn’t a new concept in life and McQueen eventually shows us all that being the best only changes when we realize change can be oh so good!

Alonzo as Cruz is a young lady car that absolutely needs to know her worth. As McQueen begins to understand her drive, he realizes that he can either help his new friend or be part of the problem. I love Cruz’s get up and go but also her dreams.

Cooper as Smokey brings in the old school gang to straighten out McQueen letting him know that Doc has always been with him. Those scenes are extremely touching. Hammer as Storm is a car that plays to the cameras but his wit even though it is stingingly aimed at McQueen. The addition of Fillion as Sterling is an owner that seems committed to McQueen but, of course he’s only in it for what he can get out of it and not the love of racing.

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Larry the Cable Guy as Mater is till the sweetest and sometimes smartest car of them all. He wants what is best for his friends, believes in them and will drop everything to help them. He helps McQueen in ways that even Mater doesn’t realize. Larry will always be Mater!

Other cast includes Ray Magliozzi as Dusty, Kerry Washington as Natalie Certain, Bob Costas as Bob Cutlass, Margo Martindale as Louise Nash, Darrell Waltrip as Darrell Cartrip and Isiah Whitlock Jr. as River Scott.

Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment began distributing under its own label in 1980 and continues to bring quality programming to kids and kids at heart. Home of the most beloved animated features including SNOW WHITE, PINOCCHIO and SLEEPING BEAUTY to name a few is what keeps families coming back for more. To see what is currently available to add to your own family library please visit. www.movies.disney.com for their At Home titles!

The Bluray/DVD and Digital HD Special Features include Exclusive New Mini-Movie: Miss Fritter’s Racing Skool, Theatrical Short: Lou [Deleted Scenes], Cruz Ramirez: The Yellow Car that Could, Let’s. Get. Crazy., Ready for the Race, Cars to Die For, Generations: The Story of Cars 3, My First Car, Legendary, World’s Fastest Billboard, Commentary, Cars D’oeuvres, Cars 3 Trailers, Cars 3 Car Reveals and Cars 3 Set Fly-Throughs.

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CARS 3 is an absolute and fast riding winner! It is fantastic that Pixar and Disney have returned to the original formula that made the original CARS so much fun. Having come full circle with the inclusion of Paul Newman’s character just brought a tear.

The story gives each character an added depth of loyalty, belief in one another, can-do attitude and even when feeling defeated the uplifting of friends. It is thrilling that the original cast came together bringing all the comedy and laughs I felt missing in the second film.

Everyone in the audience truly had a great time and with school ending it is a great beginning to the summer family movie going experience. Lightening McQueen and the gang have brought their story full circle and it is nothing short of well done and fun.

Grab the family and curl up on the sofa with some popcorn and an amazing story from beloved friends who just happen to be CARS.

In the end – It’s not over until lightning strikes!

 

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CARS 3 Revs Up Their Engines for the Weekend!

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Jeri Jacquin

Racing into theatres this weekend from writer/director Brian Fee, Pixar Animated Studios and Disney is everyone’s favorite racers with CARS 3.

Lightening McQueen (voiced by Owen Wilson) has been a winner on the track race after race. That is until one day a big race that he felt was a win suddenly changes when a new generation car speeds past to take the win. Shocked, McQueen meets Jackson Storm (Armie Hammer), a new race car that is all teched out and he isn’t sure how to deal with it.

When an event on the track happens, McQueen goes back to his little town to basically hide. That is until his friends Sally (Bonnie Hunt), Luigi (Tony Shalhoub) and Mater (Larry the Cable Guy) convince him that he needs to reach out Rust-eze, the sponsor who is now owned by Sterling (Nathan Fillion).

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Sterling gives McQueen trainer Cruz Ramirez (Cristela Alonzo) who makes her duty to get him up to speed, literally, before the next big race in Florida. Wanting to go back to training the old-school way, McQueen and Cruz begin to understand one another.

But there is still one more thing McQueen needs to do and that’s return to where his mentor Doc (Paul Newman) lived and discover what motivated him! He meets Smokey (Chris Cooper) who introduced him to old-school racers who push McQueen.

When they arrive in Florida, McQueen begins to realize that the racing world is changing and it might be time for him to change too!

Wilson as McQueen once again brings humor and fun to his vocal role. This is a character that just continues to grow, even if he doesn’t understand why he has to. Wanting to be the best for as long as he can isn’t a new concept in life and McQueen eventually shows us all that being the best only changes when we realize change can be oh so good!

Alonzo as Cruz is a young lady car that absolutely needs to know her worth. As McQueen begins to understand her drive, he realizes that he can either help his new friend or be part of the problem. I love Cruz’s get up and go but also her dreams.

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Cooper as Smokey brings in the old school gang to straighten out McQueen letting him know that Doc has always been with him. Those scenes are extremely touching. Hammer as Storm is a car that plays to the cameras but his wit even though it is stingingly aimed at McQueen. The addition of Fillion as Sterling is an owner that seems committed to McQueen but, of course he’s only in it for what he can get out of it and not the love of racing.

Larry the Cable Guy as Mater is till the sweetest and sometimes smartest car of them all. He wants what is best for his friends, believes in them and will drop everything to help them. He helps McQueen in ways that even Mater doesn’t realize. Larry will always be Mater!

Other cast includes Ray Magliozzi as Dusty, Kerry Washington as Natalie Certain, Bob Costas as Bob Cutlass, Margo Martindale as Louise Nash, Darrell Waltrip as Darrell Cartrip and Isiah Whitlock Jr. as River Scott.

TUBS OF POPCORN: I give CARS 3 four tubs of popcorn out of five. It is fantastic that Pixar and Disney have returned to the original formula that made the original CARS so much fun. Having come full circle with the inclusion of Paul Newman’s character just brought a tear.

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The story gives each character an added depth of loyalty, belief in one another, can-do attitude and even when feeling defeated the uplifting of friends. It is thrilling that the original cast came together bringing all the comedy and laughs I felt missing in the second film.

Everyone in the audience truly had a great time and with school ending it is a great beginning to the summer family movie going experience. Lightening McQueen and the gang have brought their story full circle and it is nothing short of well done and fun.

Grab the family and head to the theatre this weekend for an amazing story from beloved friends who just happen to be CARS.

In the end – It’s not over until lightning strikes!

MASTERMINDS Steals Laughs on Bluray

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Jeri Jacquin

Planning to heist on Bluray and DVD this week from director Jared Hess and 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment is a plan put together by MASTERMINDS, sort of.

David (Zach Galifianakis) is a man of simple means. Having big dreams early in life, he has settled for a rather routine one as a driver for Loomis armored car service. Engaged to Jandice (Kate McKinnon) he is going along to get along while dreaming of a more adventurous time. His day got better the moment that Kelly (Kristen Wiig) walked through the Loomis doors.

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Striking up a friendship with Kelly, it becomes clear that friendship is not all David sees with crush in his eyes. The two share talks and laughs together which is something he doesn’t have at home. Having lunch together in the Loomis lunchroom, Kelly gets in the face of the boss and she’s had enough. Walking out is the heartbreak David is use to as he goes back to his routine.

Kelly has other plans when partner Steve (Owen Wilson) want to get their hands on what is inside the vaults at Loomis. Devising a plan to get his grubby hands on the cash, he enlists Kelly talking her into using David’s feelings for her as a way in. After everything that can go wrong does go wrong, David still manages to escape with $17 million dollars. Kelly puts David on a plane to get away with the promise that she would join him as soon as the heat is off.

What she doesn’t know is that Steve has other plans which include a psychotic hit man Mike McKinney (Jason Sudeikis) who takes his job very seriously. Once David realizes what has happened, he puts the big girl panties on and makes a master plan of his own!

Galifianakis as David is simple and settled in the uniform wearing life. This is a character that he makes seem easy to play and perhaps it’s because we have caught glimpses of him before (which I don’t mind as long as it makes me laugh!). From the character of Alan in THE HANGOVER series of films to taking on Will Ferrell as Marty Huggins in THE CAMPAIGN, his way of getting laughs is by being the straight guy but in such a unique way that he really isn’t! The haircut kept me captivated the entire film!

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Wiig as Kelly is an out spoken gal who isn’t going to take anything from her Loomis boss yet pretty much lets Steve lead her around for the sake of a few bucks. Using her feminine wiles to get David to do her bidding gives her several moments of pause about doing the right thing by a sweet guy who happens to be crushing on her. Wiig has made a successful career out of playing the victim while victimizing with her sheepish grin and innocent eyes.

Wilson as Steve – see douche bag in the dictionary and this guy’s picture would be right there. He uses everyone and everything letting the money get to his head. Wilson’s character just smooth talks everyone and isn’t about to let anyone take a dollar from his nice home filled with drums of money.

McKinnon as Jandice had me howling with laughter. It is talent to make someone laugh using expression and body language but it is an EXCEPTIONAL  talent who can cause laughing by barely using any facial expressions at all. This is a jewel character and McKinnon embraces it to the point of perfection. I lost it totally during the scenes between her, Galifianakis and the photographer. I’m going to bet there are tons of outtakes just with her and I’d love to see them.

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Sudeikis as McKinney the psycho hit man is another brilliant character. A hit man who finds friendship at the end of a silencer is a character that deserves applause.  I think maybe he and Jandice should get together because there could be magic there. Sudeikis gets a chance to be cheesy, crazy and a friend all at the same time which I don’t think is a bad gig at all.

Other cast include Mary Elizabeth Ellis as Michelle, Ken Marino as Doug, Leslie Jones as Detective, Devin Ratray as Runny, Jill Jane Clements as Beryl and Daniel Zacapa as Quintero.

Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment brings award-winning global product and new entertainment to DVD, Bluray, and Digital HD. There amazing collection offers fans an opportunity to expand their own home libraries with the best films. To discover what other titles they have please visit www.fox.com.

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MASTERMINDS is a slapstick comedy filled with the silliest characters yet – it works! Galifianakis leads this band of merry masterminds and pretty much steals the show. Get ready to use every range of giggling, chuckling, snorting, and laughing in your arsenal because the jokes are either in-your-face or “what did he/she just say?” I appreciate that subtle sense of comedy and MASTERMINDS delivers.

This is a film that is worthy of ordering pizzas, a couple of six packs, call all your comedy loving friends and make a movie night of it (they will thank you!). MASTERMINDS is quirky, funny, twisted, and, like the heist, a simple plan for a good time. The Bluray & DVD comes in at an hour and a half with Special Features that include The Imperfect Crime.

In the end – someone is about to get stupid rich!

NO ESCAPE Brings Full Action to Bluray!

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Jeri Jacquin

From Anchor Bay Entertainment, The Weinstein Company and writer/director John Erick Dowdle comes a fast action drama that has NO ESCAPE.

Jack Dwyer (Owen Wilson) brings wife Annie (Lake Bell) and daughters Lucy (Sterling Jerins) and Beeze (Claire Geare) to exotic Southeast Asia. Beginning a position with a new company, it is clear the family is going to have to make many adjustments to their lives.

Thanks to Hammond (Pierce Brosnan), they find their hotel and begin the process of settling in. Finding his way around town, Jack finds himself caught up in what he thinks is a local problem in the middle of the street. Almost back to the hotel, he witnesses the execution of another new employee and runs.

The mob is making its way to the hotel as well and is determined to take out any foreigners they find along the way. Jack gathers up his wife and children as they begin a nightmare run through the night to escape.

It is their strength as a family that will see them through!

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Wilson as Jack gives a solid performance as a father who wants to do right by his family. Trying to start over he never would have seen events going so wrong so fast. I give him credit for being the strong person because goodness knows with a wife who isn’t very supportive and kids that are trying not to yell at every turn he had his job cut out for him. I really enjoyed his performance filled with action, suspense and a few breath-catching moments.

Bell as Annie isn’t happy about the move or the lack of modern conveniences or maybe it’s just that she wasn’t on board in the first place. Bell goes along to get along and does have her moments of action as well. Jerins as Lucy has probably learned her lesson to never go the hotel pool unless an adult is with you, just sayin! Geare as Beeze is adorable, scared, and adorable. I would think this film would have taken a lot out of this young actress but she holds up well.

Brosnan as Hammond comes off as a man with a plan and definitely has his Bond moments. When his story comes out full tilt, it makes his sacrifice very understandable. I really enjoy Brosnan’s role choices as of late and hope he delves back into action films more often.

Anchor Bay Entertainment is a leader in the home entertainment industry celebrating its 20th anniversary this year. There isn’t a DVD or Bluray they haven’t released that hasn’t been a hit with me or with fans of good programming that includes STARZ original series, AMC series, children’s entertainment and specialty films. To see more of what Anchor Bay has to offer please visit www.anchorbayentertainment.com.

The Weinstein Company has, since 2005, brought films such as INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS, THE KING’S SPEECH, THE ARTIST, DJANGO UNCHAINED and more for fans of quality entertainment. Upcoming releases include BURNT, CAROL and the much anticipated THE HATEFUL EIGHT.

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TUBS OF POPCORN: I give NO ESCAPE three and a half tubs of popcorn. This is an amazing role for Wilson and a nice step away from the comedy roles everyone is use to seeing him do. I think he does a very cool job here. For those who are into drama and action then NO ESCAPE is definitely a must-have for the man cave collection.

The story is definitely intense, the action is non-stop and the cast brings it all together in a 103 minute ride. The Bluray includes: Feature Commentary with Writer/Director John Erick Dowdle and writer/producer Drew Dowdle, Deleted Scenes and Behind-the-Scene Gallery along with Bluray + DVD + Digital HD Combo pack!

In the end – all that matters is making it out alive!

 

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