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Contributor, The Morton Report
Covering Music, Movies, Interviews
Wednesday Aug 27, 2014 15:00 AM ET
Great music for a great cause, the former American Idol finalist was mature and assured in a jazz setting. The fundraiser also featured singers Lisa Fox and Kristin Allen-Zito.
Wednesday Aug 27, 2014 05:00 AM ET
First-time director David Jung manages to wring some life out of the tired "found footage" horror subgenre with this often-creepy demonic possession flick.
Friday Aug 22, 2014 40:00 AM ET
Four excellent audio commentaries highlight the third season of ABC's fairy tale-oriented series. The menagerie of characters and tangle of plots can get confusing, but Once never comes up short on entertainment value.
Thursday Aug 21, 2014 50:00 AM ET
This 1971 Disney classic has lost none of its charm and the Sherman brothers songs still pack plenty of hummable zip. This is the original theatrical cut rather than the extended "roadshow" restoration previously available on DVD.
Thursday Aug 21, 2014 40:00 AM ET
This rendering of the myth of the son of Zeus is more Saturday morning cartoon than Disney at its best, despite the huffing and puffing of a star-studded voice cast that includes James Woods.
Tuesday Aug 19, 2014 20:00 AM ET
Catching up with the former Idol finalist about future plans, giving back to the community, and the current state of singing competition TV shows.
Saturday Aug 16, 2014 05:00 PM ET
Phil Collins songs, a vine-surfing ape man, and the aggressively annoying voice talent of Rosie O'Donnell all combine to distinguish the 37th entry in the Walt Disney Animated Classics series.
Friday Aug 15, 2014 20:00 PM ET
Billed as a double-feature, this is actually a triple-feature including the 1941 live-action/animated faux documentary The Reluctant Dragon tacked on as a bonus feature.
Monday Aug 11, 2014 15:00 PM ET
The first feature film to star Mickey Mouse gets a high definition upgrade with this tenth anniversary edition.
Sunday Aug 10, 2014 30:00 AM ET
This Australian comedy is based on the true story of a middling cricket club that journeys to India for a series of matches, originally chronicled in a documentary of the same name.
Sunday Aug 10, 2014 55:00 AM ET
A late-career action outing by John Wayne as the titular Chicago cop on a mission to retrieve a mobster from Great Britain. It's cheesy '70s fun with a sly turn by the Duke.
Sunday Aug 10, 2014 55:00 AM ET
Good jokes are far more scarce in the follow up to the 2013 found-footage horror movie spoof. Marlon Wayans and Jaime Pressly star.
Friday Aug 8, 2014 55:00 AM ET
The first part in the Divergent series finds Shailene Woodley stepping out for her first role as a full-fledged action heroine.
Tuesday Aug 5, 2014 55:00 AM ET
John Frankenheimer's action classic stars Burt Lancaster in an astoundingly physical performance as a French trainmen attempting to prevent the Nazis from stealing priceless art. Move over Monuments Men, this is the real deal.
Thursday Jul 31, 2014 15:00 AM ET
Robert Bresson's 1959 classic is the tale of an ambiguous young thief that's open to multiple interpretations. Criterion's excellent supplemental package offers great guidance to the many ways to read the film.
Wednesday Jul 30, 2014 50:00 AM ET
Moral decay lurks beneath the sunny surface of Bradenville. The trigger for its exposure arrives in the form of three bank robbers. This 1955 crime drama has been expertly restored.
Tuesday Jul 29, 2014 45:00 AM ET
A featherweight, not-so-romantic comedy carried by the strength of Cameron Diaz and Leslie Mann's comedic skill. Only intermittently funny, but never hard to watch.
Saturday Jul 26, 2014 15:00 PM ET
This edgy crime comedy is not only a terrific showcase for Jude Law, who delivers a powerfully magnetic performance in the title role, but the story is full of interesting surprises.
Sunday Jul 20, 2014 10:00 PM ET
Recorded live at Caesar's Palace in Las Vegas, this 2012 concert may not offer a lot of surprises but it's packed with familiar hits.
Saturday Jul 19, 2014 05:00 PM ET
Woody Allen's light nostalgia piece doesn't carry the weight of his best classics. Still, there's plenty to like here even if it doesn't amount to much.
Saturday Jul 19, 2014 40:00 PM ET
John Huston directed this subtle World War II character study about a Marine and a nun stranded together on the same remote island.
Sunday Jul 13, 2014 55:00 AM ET
Tinkering with the controversial original screenplay sapped this 1972 Charles Bronson thriller of much of its potential power.
Sunday Jul 13, 2014 40:00 AM ET
A cinematic Rorschach test, this disorienting sci-fi head trip stars Scarlett Johansson as an alien without empathy.
Wednesday Jul 9, 2014 25:00 AM ET
Just in time to get caught up for season four on Netflix in August, The Killing's best season (so far) is now available as a DVD-R release.
Saturday Jul 5, 2014 30:00 PM ET
Classic set taped at the Dutch PinkPop Festival during the band's Lowell George prime.
Saturday Jul 5, 2014 25:00 PM ET
The Dylan-influenced New Yorker follows up his well-received debut Circling Back with 13 new songs.
Thursday Jul 3, 2014 30:00 AM ET
A 1989 film based on the true story of a soldier, thought to be dead, who is very much alive. Launched the careers of director Paul Greengrass and actor David Thewlis.
Wednesday Jun 25, 2014 50:00 AM ET
The classic season six two-parter, with memorable supporting turns by David Warner and Ronny Cox, is seamlessly presented along with exclusive commentary, a featurette, and deleted scenes.
Tuesday Jun 24, 2014 35:00 PM ET
Another triumphant restoration of the classic sci-fi series, this remarkably consistent season boasts fan favorites like "Relics" and "Frame of Mind" plus another round of all-new special features.
Monday Jun 23, 2014 35:00 AM ET
The original live album from 1987 has been expanded to two discs, with the deluxe edition augmented by a concert film and documentary.
Monday Jun 23, 2014 30:00 AM ET
Surprising guest appearances abound on Louis C.K.'s consistently inventive sitcom. Don't look to this bare-bones, MOD release for bonus material though.
Friday Jun 20, 2014 25:00 PM ET
The 1964 plane crash drama has been paired with the feature-length documentary To Whom it May Concern: Ka Shen's Journey, which is about one of its co-stars, Nancy Kwan.
Thursday Jun 19, 2014 55:00 PM ET
A man of many disguises, the mysterious Judex aims to may an unscrupulous banker pay for his sins in Georges Franju's surreal 1963 classic.
Thursday Jun 19, 2014 05:00 AM ET
One young couple must save the world from a voracious alien, who also happens to be their best friend. Two will win the new horror shocker, recently released by IFC Midnight and MPI Media Group.
Wednesday Jun 18, 2014 05:00 AM ET
An adaptation of Larry Brown's 1991 grit lit novel boasting excellent performances by Nicolas Cage and Tye Sheridan.
Tuesday Jun 17, 2014 20:00 PM ET
An overview of the latest five releases from the specialty label: The Train (1964), The Mechanic (1972), Resurrected (1989), Heaven Knows, Mr. Allison (1957), The Man from Laramie (1955).
Monday Jun 16, 2014 30:00 PM ET
All 13 episodes of the hit documentary series in stunning high definition, this collection is a smartly-produced package.
Friday Jun 13, 2014 50:00 AM ET
Tom Doyle had direct access to Paul McCartney, interviewing him numerous times and incorporating the resulting stories in his retelling of the musician's tumultuous, first post-Beatles decade.
Thursday Jun 12, 2014 30:00 AM ET
Lesser-known John Ford film from 1961 boasting a likeably disreputable lead performance by James Stewart as Marshal Guthrie McCabe.
Wednesday Jun 11, 2014 00:00 PM ET
Three winners will win both these gripping films, new to Blu-ray, by director Costa-Gavras. Capital stars Gabriel Byrne, Amen stars Mathieu Kassovitz.
Tuesday Jun 10, 2014 40:00 PM ET
Eighteen years later, Mike Nichols and Elaine May's farce holds up well. The Blu-ray is disappointingly free of extras.
Tuesday Jun 10, 2014 50:00 AM ET
People mysteriously return from the dead in a small Missouri town in the new ABC hit series. The eight-episode first season exhibits a lot of promise.
Thursday Jun 5, 2014 10:00 PM ET
At least the team behind the new RoboCop worked hard to make sure this remake was a different beast than the Paul Verhoeven original, but that doesn't make it a great movie.
Tuesday Jun 3, 2014 50:00 PM ET
A double-feature containing both big screen adventures of the International Rescue team, presented with lossless audio and a plethora of supplementary features.
Sunday Jun 1, 2014 40:00 AM ET
Not to be confused with the Tom Cruise-starring John Grisham adaptation of the same name, this is a remake of Alan Clarke's 1989 TV movie about brutal U.K. football firms.
Saturday May 31, 2014 50:00 PM ET
The late Cory Monteith co-stars with morose David Morse in this bleak crime drama. Though his screen time is somewhat limited, Monteith is the main attraction here.
Friday May 30, 2014 20:00 PM ET
Billy Wilder's scathing 1951 depiction of an unscrupulous journalist's coverage of a "human interest" story, and the public's reaction to it, holds up beautifully 63 years later.
Wednesday May 28, 2014 25:00 PM ET
The history of Paul McCartney's solo career as a recording artist, examined song by song. Lots of great anecdotes from over 70 of McCartney's collaborators and musicians, interviewed exclusively for this book.
Tuesday May 27, 2014 00:00 PM ET
An intermittently funny mess from 1980 directed by Robert Zemeckis and starring Kurt Russell as an unscrupulous used car dealer who's also running for office.
Sunday May 25, 2014 30:00 PM ET
James Stewart mopes around, Fabian and Lauri Peters sing, and Valerie Varda struts her stuff on the beach in this mild-mannered 1962 comedy.
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