DVD Tuesday: Two movies based on real life and a comedy that is best forgotten

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DVD and Blu-ray Tuesday has rolled around again this time it brings a couple of stories based on real life and a classic detective adaptation that is best left forgotten. Here are the reviews from film critic Tony Toscano.

On the Basis of Sex

The story of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, her struggles for equal rights, and what she had to overcome in order to become a U.S. Supreme Court Justice.

“On the Basis of Sex” is an uneven film depicting Ruth Bader Ginsberg’s early career and her struggle to climb the ladder in a field dominated by men. 

Although well acted, the film takes on a dry and sterile approach to Ginsberg’s continuing fight against sexual discrimination in corporate America.

“On the Basis of Sex” is presented more like a scholastic film than a big screen movie.

If you’re interested in Ruth Bader Ginsberg, I suggest the documentary done earlier this year called “RBG,” it’s much more riveting.

“On the Basis of Sex” gets a C and is rated PG-13.


Holmes & Watson

What should have been a humorous take on Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s classic detectives Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Watson, turns out to be much less.

This could possibly be the worst film of 2018, a title previously held by “The Happytime Murders.”

There is nothing in this film that I can remotely call “entertainment” as every joke, every gag, and every comic set-up reeked of desperation.

Please miss this movie, “Holmes and Watson” gets an F and is rated PG-13.


Welcome to Marwen

A victim of a brutal attack finds a unique and beautiful therapeutic outlet to help him through his recovery process.

Based on the 2010 documentary, “Marwencol,” “Welcome to Marwen” is not an easy film to warm up to. The story is told with purposeful detachment as Steve Carrell’s character begins his healing process by creating a backyard model of a World War II village called “Marwen,” in which he slowly imagines himself a part of.

But “Welcome to Marwen” never satisfies the audience, as director Robert Zemeckis keeps everything at arm’s length and instead of creating an inviting story, the audience is left with only the film’s CGI to keep entertained.

“Welcome to Marwen” ends up with very little for viewers to take with them.

It gets a C and is rated PG-13.

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