Chaz Lipp

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Chaz Lipp
Chaz Lipp is a Seattle-based freelance writer whose focus is film and music. A jazz saxophonist, Chaz's new album Good Merlin - with his band The Groove Tripp and guest vocalist Sanjaya Malakar - is available at all the usual e-tailers.


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Articles From Chaz Lipp
Wednesday Sep 20, 2017 30:00 AM ET
Mild-mannered romantic comedy masquerades as "disease of the week" movie. It's based on the true-life story of star Kumail Nanjiani, who co-wrote with his wife Emily V. Gordon.
Tuesday Sep 19, 2017 05:00 AM ET
Not nearly all it's cracked up to be, director Patty Jenkins does little to distinguish this 'Wonder' from the more testosterone-driven comic book offerings out there.
Monday Sep 18, 2017 35:00 AM ET
The Blu-ray documents the audio/visual extravagance of the 'Rebel Heart' tour, while a bonus audio CD offers highlights from a more extensive two-disc live album (available separately).
Tuesday Sep 12, 2017 45:00 AM ET
This is a story that deserves even wider attention than the movie (starring Oprah Winfrey and Rose Byrne) can give it. Based on the bestseller of the same name by Rebecca Skloot.
Tuesday Sep 12, 2017 50:00 AM ET
Universal's 'Dark Universe' is expected to link all its classic Monsters in one shared cinematic universe. But it stumbles out of the gate with this Tom Cruise-starring reboot.
Tuesday Sep 12, 2017 05:00 AM ET
Marking its 35 birthday, the Steven Spielberg classic looks and sounds phenomenal in this new reissue. And fear not—this edition presents the unaltered original film (not the CG'ed, walkie-talkie "special" version previously seen on DVD).
Friday Sep 8, 2017 30:00 PM ET
Great start for this political thriller starring Kiefer Sutherland as a low-level cabinet member who suddenly finds himself President of the United States after a national tragedy—stick with it through the first half, as the season really ramps up thereafter!
Thursday Sep 7, 2017 45:00 AM ET
Despite the sometimes-cheesy narration by 'The Office' star John Krasinski, this Disneynature-produced documentary (a U.S. theatrical release in spring 2017) is often awe-inspiring.
Wednesday Sep 6, 2017 20:00 AM ET
It's a romance starring Charlize Theron and Javier Bardem, directed by Sean Penn. Promising, right? Say this for it—it sure does look visually beautiful.
Friday Sep 1, 2017 35:00 AM ET
One of Disney's greatest animated classics returns to the Blu-ray format as part of the Signature Collection, with a smattering of brand new bonus features to go with it.
Thursday Aug 31, 2017 50:00 PM ET
The third season of the popular 'Star Wars' animated series continues to add new-but-familiar elements, including the formerly literary character Grand Admiral Thrawn and Forest Whitaker voicing his 'Rogue One' character, Saw Gerrera.
Monday Aug 28, 2017 35:00 AM ET
Juvenile, lowbrow comedy provides few laughs—Ken Jeong is a businessman deeply indebted to the mob who sets out to off David Hasselhoff (co-starring as himself) in order to win a celebrity death pool.
Tuesday Aug 22, 2017 20:00 AM ET
New to Blu-ray: 'Kid Galahad' starring Elvis Presley, 'The Long, Hot Summer' starring Paul Newman, 'Suddenly, Last Summer' starring Elizabeth Taylor, and 'The Emperor in August' starring Kôji Yakusho.
Tuesday Aug 22, 2017 05:00 AM ET
The 1997 crime comedy boasts a confidently funny Joe Pesci performance and an early supporting turn by David Spade. It debuts on Blu-ray in a limited edition.
Monday Aug 21, 2017 50:00 AM ET
Director Ridley Scott doesn't try to reinvent the wheel in this latest 'Alien' adventure, but he does bring the series back to its roots after the ponderous 'Prometheus.'
Friday Aug 18, 2017 05:00 AM ET
The upcoming release boasts a complete performance of the entire 'Tommy' album, with a set of additional Who classics plus bonus features. Also available on CD and vinyl.
Thursday Aug 17, 2017 40:00 AM ET
Season six marks the end of an era for the popular ABC fantasy drama, serving as the swan song (or Emma Swan song, if you will) for many popular characters.
Tuesday Aug 15, 2017 05:00 AM ET
Star-studded benefit concert from 2009 is headlined by Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr. Also features Eddie Vedder, Donovan, Sheryl Crow, and more.
Tuesday Aug 15, 2017 55:00 AM ET
Though this Amy Schumer and Goldie Hawn team-up is a bit lacking in the plot department, those who go in with low expectations just might find themselves laughing fairly often.
Monday Aug 14, 2017 35:00 AM ET
Teen-lit novel translates into charming, if slight, teen romance. This modest drama was an early-summer sleeper and should find favor among tween and young teen home viewers.
Monday Aug 14, 2017 20:00 AM ET
This incoherent Britney Spears biopic (which aired earlier this year on the Lifetime Network) has little to recommend.
Monday Aug 14, 2017 10:00 AM ET
Guy Ritchie's rollicking take on Camelot didn't find much favor at the box office, but fans of the director's style should consider giving this a shot on home video.
Thursday Aug 10, 2017 50:00 AM ET
An outstanding ensemble cast and sure-handed storytelling make this seven-episode HBO limited series a must-watch. Nominated for 16 Emmy Awards.
Tuesday Aug 8, 2017 40:00 AM ET
What a hot mess of a movie... Director Oren Moverman confronts his audience with some highly unsavory people who try to justify some highly unsavory actions—all in a vain attempt to preserve the illusion of personal stability.
Monday Aug 7, 2017 35:00 PM ET
Pete Holmes created this funny HBO series about a struggling comedian. Holmes stars as a version of himself, and the new Blu-ray release includes one of his hour-long stand-up specials.
Monday Aug 7, 2017 50:00 AM ET
Lena Dunham's iconic HBO series winds up on a strong note with its sixth season, which is nominated for four Emmy Awards.
Monday Aug 7, 2017 15:00 AM ET
Legendary guitarist's 2016 concert featuring special guests including Steven Tyler and Buddy Guy will be available October 6, 2017 on multiple formats.
Friday Aug 4, 2017 15:00 AM ET
The Stones acclaimed 'From the Vault' series rolls on with this 2015 concert, available in a variety of formats.
Thursday Aug 3, 2017 55:00 AM ET
Octavia Spencer is the only 'Gifted' cast member with an Oscar to her name. So why is she playing the thankless role of unpaid caretaker of Chris Evans' seven-year-old niece?
Wednesday Aug 2, 2017 30:00 AM ET
While nowhere near the level of classic Mafia films, early 007 director Terence Young puts the life of mobster-turned-informant Joseph Valachi on screen.
Wednesday Aug 2, 2017 20:00 AM ET
Three old pros - Morgan Freeman, Michael Caine, and Alan Arkin - work hard to dignify this limp remake of Martin Brest's 1979 classic.
Tuesday Aug 1, 2017 25:00 AM ET
A World War II action picture starring George Segal and Robert Vaughn that focuses on the Battle at Remagen and attempts by Allied forces to secure the Ludendorff Bridge, late in the war.
Monday Jul 31, 2017 20:00 AM ET
Who doesn't love a double feature? Two for the price of one in Twilight Time's reissue of twin 1978 Jackie Chan kung fu classics.
Thursday Jul 27, 2017 50:00 AM ET
July limited edition titles include: 'Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex* (*But Were Afraid to Ask),' 'The Crimson Kimono,' a double feature of 'Tom Sawyer' and 'Huckleberry Finn,' and 'State Fair' (1962).
Thursday Jul 27, 2017 40:00 AM ET
On September 12, 2017, Universal Pictures Home Entertainment reissues Steven Spielberg's classic.
Thursday Jul 27, 2017 20:00 AM ET
Interesting, timely ideas abound throughout this techno thriller. It's just that, for the most part, they left out the thrills. Emma Watson headlines, with support from Tom Hanks.
Friday Jul 21, 2017 55:00 AM ET
Veteran Hollywood producer Denise Di Novi makes her directorial debut with this revenge thriller. Fans of stars Rosario Dawson and Katherine Heigl will get the most mileage.
Friday Jul 21, 2017 45:00 AM ET
After the so-so 'Godzilla' of 2014 kicked off the 'MonsterVerse' to big box office, a more creative entry follows with this fun King Kong reboot.
Wednesday Jul 19, 2017 50:00 AM ET
Oscar winner Brie Larson headlines this non-stop shootout, which also features Armie Hammer, Cillian Murphy, and Sharlto Copley.
Tuesday Jul 18, 2017 55:00 AM ET
This reissue makes the closing date of Heart's 2002 Summer of Love tour readily available again. Ann and Nancy Wilson shine throughout a set that includes most of their big hits.
Sunday Jul 16, 2017 50:00 AM ET
Though more than 80 percent of its box office came from overseas audiences, the 'Fast' franchise shows little signs of slowing overall with its eighth installment.
Friday Jul 14, 2017 15:00 AM ET
What a great cast. Natalie Portman, Ryan Gosling, Michael Fassbender, Rooney Mara. What a shame writer-director Terrence Malick strands them in a go-nowhere dud.
Friday Jul 7, 2017 50:00 AM ET
Harrowing WWII tale, based on a true story, charts the efforts by Polish zookeepers to safe residents of the Warsaw Ghetto.
Thursday Jun 29, 2017 40:00 AM ET
Boosted by voice work by the late Robin Williams and all surviving Monty Python members, this Simon Pegg sci-fi/rom-com coasts by on its cast's charm.
Tuesday Jun 27, 2017 00:00 AM ET
Unnecessary TV adaptation doesn't have much to offer aside from typically bawdy, low-brow humor. Which can be funny. The problem is, writer-director-star Dax Shepard fails to make it so.
Tuesday Jun 27, 2017 10:00 AM ET
Good natured but dull, this ensemble rom-com does little to engage viewers' emotions.
Wednesday Jun 21, 2017 00:00 AM ET
Eagle Rock brings three Stones shows (well, two - plus a few Stones guesting with blues legend Muddy Waters) to CD. The best of the three - 'Ladies & Gentleman' - debuts on CD.
Tuesday Jun 20, 2017 50:00 AM ET
The year 1811 was apparently a good one for wine. The discovery of a 181-year bottle triggers a race across Europe.
Tuesday Jun 20, 2017 40:00 AM ET
Eerie and beautiful to look at, there's not enough originality in director Gore Verbinski's vision to make it truly haunting.
Friday Jun 16, 2017 55:00 AM ET
Though it's sometimes a bit too snarky and smug for its own good, this Lego adventure is a kid-pleasing bit of fluffy entertainment.

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