Red Tails Blu-Ray Review: Riveting History

Red Tails lands on Blu-Ray and DVD and brings with it the story of one of the more important moments in Civil Rights for Americans. The Tuskegee Airmen were the first African American pilots and their struggle to serve their country is chronicled in the film from producer George Lucas.

Terrence Howard in Red Tails
First and foremost, Red Tails sports a stellar cast. Oscar winner Cuba Gooding, Jr. and Oscar nominee Terrence Howard lead as officers who put their careers on the line on multiple occasions to speak up for what’s not only right for equality, but as history has proven, was right for America and the effort to win World War II.

Both actors rise to the occasion and inspire the young cast including Tristan Wilds, Ne-Yo, David Oyelowo and Nate Parker. The film has such power that it even managed to snag Breaking Bad star Bryan Cranston in a small and against type role.

The timing of the Blu-Ray and DVD release is terrific with Memorial Day around the corner. In fact, it’s hard to believe that this particular World War II story hasn’t been told on the big screen as director Anthony Hemingway achieves in Red Tails.

As seen in brilliant hi-def on our Blu-Ray review copy, Lucas’ handprints are all over the film’s aerial fight scenes. It is mayhem captured as no other World War II fight sequences have achieved prior. The man is certainly in his element when it comes to special effects. And as producer, he lets the storytellers do their thing while his wide scope of an eye for the visually arresting enhances the story without getting in the way of it.

Red Tails Blu-Ray
The Red Tails Blu-ray Combo Pack special features that rocked our world include the fascinating Double Victory: The Tuskegee Airmen at War. Movie Fanatic would almost suggest watching that doc first — prior to taking in the actual film. It enhances the entire experience. The featurettes on Lucas, Hemingway and the cast of Red Tails are quite compelling as well.

Finding Nemo 3D Re-Release Gets a New Trailer: Long Time No Sea

Finding Nemo will be getting a re-release! This time, in 3D. Take a look at the new official trailer.

The classic Disney Pixar film stars Albert Brooks as Marlin, a Clownfish looking for his lost son Nemo with the help of a fish named Dory. Before its re-release, browse through some Finding Nemo quotes to remember why it was such a smash hit.

The film arrives in theaters on September 14. Pixar fans have plenty of options hitting theaters before then, however. Next weekend is a Pixar Memorial Day event, with the films Toy Story 3, Up, Ratatouille, and Wall-E being re-released in AMC theaters for three days.

There is also the upcoming Pixar film Brave, which release June 22. Take a look at the Brave trailer for a preview.

Bond Girl Berenice Marlohe: Five Things to Know About Her

There’s a lot of buzz surrounding the newest Bond Girl, Berenice Marlohe, who will star in the upcoming film Skyfall alongside Daniel Craig (check out the first Skyfall trailer, released yesterday). But not much is known about the French starlet. Below is a list of five things you should know about Berenice Marlohe.

Berenice Marlohe

  1. Marlohe is the 63rd Bond Girl, the 20th non-British non-American Bond Girl, and the 10th Bond Girl from France.
  2. She has appeared in numerous French television shows.
  3. In addition to acting, the beautiful Marlohe is also a model.
  4. Marlohe will also appear in an upcoming French film this year, titled Un Bonheur N’arrive Jamais Seul.
  5. She connects to the darker side of her character, Severine.

For more from the Skyfall bond girl, take a look at this video blog featuring the actress.

This Means War Blu-Ray Exclusive Giveaway: Second Shot at Love

Movie Fanatic and 20th Century Fox are joining forces to give away two copies of the This Means War blu-ray. The film stars Reese Witherspoon, Chris Pine, and Tom Hardy (who will play Bane in The Dark Knight Rises). Details are below.

In This Means War, Lauren (Witherspoon) doesn’t immediately fall for FDR (Pine). She needs a bit of persuasion before agreeing to go on a date with him. In honor of our This Means War Blu-Ray giveaway, we’ve highlighted four other films where two characters start off at odds, but end up in love, including: Margaret and Andrew in The Proposal, Abby and Mike in The Ugly Truth and Andie and Ben in How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days.

This Means War Blu-Ray DVD Cover

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The winner will be selected at random from all valid entries this coming Tuesday, May 29. We’ll contact you then if you’re the lucky winner!

MARGARET & ANDREW in The Proposal

To say Andrew wasn’t fond of Margaret at first would be an understatement. In The Proposal, a pushy and manipulative boss, Margaret (Sandra Bullock), forces her young assistant, Andrew (Ryan Reynolds) to marry her in order to keep her visa status in the US and avoid being deported back to Canada.As part of the deal, Andrew demands her to promise him a promotion.However, a skeptical INS agent thinks they’re committing a fraud and vows to test the couple in a few weeks. When Andrew and Margaret fly home for Andrew’s grandma’s 90th birthday, tensions grow and hilarity ensue as two people who didn’t get along start to see each other in a different light while being in the middle of small town Sitka, Alaska.

ABBY & MIKE in The Ugly Truth

Morning TV show producer Abby Richter’s (Katherine Heigl) career and personal life are tossed upside down when her boss hires a crass relationship-cynic to head up their new segment, The Ugly Truth. As Mike Chadway (Gerard Butler) improves the ratings of their show, Abby offers him a deal: he will help her with her relationship issues and if he fails, he has to leave the show. As the two spend more time with each other, both on the job and in the dating world, their relationship improves and they go from hating each other to something more. 

ANDIE & BEN How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days

What started off as a challenge for two head-strong, career-driven individuals eventually becomes a stepping stone for falling in love.In How To Lose a Guy in 10 Days, Andie Anderson (Kate Hudson) is a writer for a woman’s magazine whose new piece is all about the “don’ts” that women do to drive men away.To write her piece, she vows to date someone and do all the things women do that make men break up with them all within a 10-day time frame.Benjamin Barry (Matthew McConaughey) is an exec who wants to land the new client – a billionaire in the diamond business – by proving to his boss that he knows how to sell diamonds. His plan: to make women fall in love with him.Their paths cross and as they try to set out their goals, one of them eventually wins. Take a look at some How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days quotes

VIVIAN & EDWARD in Pretty Woman

One of the most beloved love-stories in recent pop culture, Pretty Woman tells the story of a successful businessman, Edward Lewis (Richard Gere), who upon getting lost on Hollywood Boulevard meets a charming prostitute, Vivian Ward (Julia Roberts).Though she was only meant to help him with directions, Edward invites her to stay with him in his penthouse suite in Los Angeles and escort him to social events.Their relationship began as a “working” one, but things progress and they soon learn to understand each other’s world and backgrounds. Check out these Pretty Woman quotes for more.

So what are you waiting for? head over to our G+ This Means War giveaway post to enter.

Fox and Movie Fanatic also present our Top 10 Things to Consider When Choosing Your Perfect Guy:

This Means War Top 10 List - Perfect Guy

MacGruber 2: Writer-Director Jorma Taccone Hints at a Sequel

Despite the tepid box office earnings of the original film, MacGruber may be getting a sequel. The comedy, based on a Saturday Night Live sketch starring Will Forte, was actually quite hilarious, despite the poor track record of post-Wayne’s World SNL films. For proof, visit our MacGruber quotes page.

MacGruber Poster!

While no plot or casting details have been revealed for MacGruber 2, writer/director Jorma Taccone has stated that he, Forte, and fellow writer John Solomon have been throwing around ideas for a while. One can only hope that Kristen Wiig (check out some Bridesmaids quotes) will return as Vicki St. Elmo-MacGruber.

Perhaps because the film was based on a recurring sketch with almost no plot or character development, the expectations for MacGruber were initially low, but since its release, the film, which spoofs the 80’s action genre, has gained a rather large cult following. It is likely that a sequel will have a more positive initial reaction.

While MacGruber 2 awaits a greenlight, Will Forte can be seen in a supporting role the upcoming film The Watch. Take a look at The Watch redband trailer for more.