A film critic’s take on Oscars Night and the newest films to be released on DVD/Blu-Ray

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Our Film Critic Tony Toscano, dropped by the GMU set, to talk about highlights from the Oscars. He looked at the good and the bad, and shared his thoughts on some movies coming out to DVD and Blu-Ray.

Toscano felt like Jimmy Kimmel’s hosting was overall very great, but that it felt a little subdued.

He thought Jet Ski was a nice gag, and “Remember Me” was the best live performance. Overall, Toscano felt like the Oscars were very safe and predictable. Those were his feelings for the top 3 awards as well: Best Actress, Best Actor and Best Picture.

Now to DVD/Blu-Ray Monday. Toscano went over some of the biggest movies released this week: “Thor: Ragnarok,” and “Lady Bird.”

Thor: Ragnarok

Imprisoned, the mighty Thor finds himself in a lethal gladiatorial contest against the Hulk, his former ally.

Thor must fight for survival and race against time to prevent the all-powerful Hela from destroying his home and the Asgardian civilization.

“Thor: Ragnarok” is about as good as a superhero movie can be.

It has everything you want in a film and more. More action, more humor and more insight. The film is beautifully balanced and offers tremendous action, with a slight wink at the audience.

“Thor: Ragnarok” is a true blockbuster.
It gets an A and is rated PG-13.

Lady Bird
In this coming of age story, a young woman longs for adventure, sophistication, and opportunity, but finds none of that in her Sacramento Catholic high school. 

“Lady Bird” follows the title character’s senior year in high school, including her first romance, her participation in the school play, and most importantly, her relationship with her mother.

The film, directed and written by Greta Gerwig, is a powerful, well-acted character study that is both heartwarming and shattering as the lead characters engage in the love / hate relationship most parents and children feel.

The film is beautifully acted and well worth seeing. It gets an A and is rated R.

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