Punch Drunk DVDs: ‘The Post’, ‘The Commuter’, And More!


Meryl Streep stars in Speiberg’s acclaimed new drama as Katharine
Graham, the real life first female publisher of a major American newspaper —
The Washington Post. With help from editor Ben Bradlee (Tom Hanks), Graham
races to catch up with The New York Times to expose a massive cover-up of
government secrets that spans thirty years of lies concerning the Vietnam War. Is
the truth worth the danger publishing the papers would put them in? This
exciting political thriller tells a story just as relevant today as it was
when it happened over four decades ago.

We Said: “While its
imperfections glare like the marker corrections of an overworked copy editor, The
t is an important, necessary statement on journalism’s place in
strengthening democracy by speaking truth to power.” Rating: 3 out of 5

This winter’s Liam Neeson thriller stars America’s favorite
Irish action icon as a lowly insurance salesman named Michael, who, on his
daily commute home, finds himself wrapped up in a dangerous puzzle that
threatens the lives of every other commuter on the train. When a stranger (Vera
Farmiga) offers him a large sum of money to identify a hidden passenger on the
train before the last stop. Unfortunately, her offer is darker than it seemed,
and soon turns into a deadly race against the clock.

.We Said: “Ever
since [Liam Neeson] became an unexpected action star with Taken, he’s delivered one
easily disposable diversion after another, particularly alongside Spanish
helmer Jaume Collet-Serra. That’s fine, they’re effective for what they are
meant to be, but even so we deserve better than The Commuter, which is
like the dumb cousin to Murder On the Orient Express.” Rating: 2 out of 5


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