DVD Verdict reviews: NATURAL CITY, UNO BIANCA, GODZILLA: MONSTER EDITION, and more!

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    Today, DVD Verdict posted reviews of CLAIRE DOLAN, A FATHER... A SON...
    ONCE UPON A TIME IN HOLLYWOOD, GENDERNAUTS, GHOST STORIES SEMESTER 4:
    SENIOR SCREAMS (VOLUME 4), GODZILLA: MONSTER EDITION, NATURAL CITY, REEL
    PARADISE, UNO BIANCA, and VOYAGES:


    CLAIRE DOLAN (reviewed by Dan Mancini, overall score 85/100):
    "It seemed to have the same ugly mix of wooden acting and tawdry sex one
    can dial up during late night and early morning hours on Cinemax. But a
    funny thing happened. Claire Dolan began to grow on me. Its flat affect
    was intentional, the performances of its actors excellent."

    FULL REVIEW: http://www.dvdverdict.com/reviews/clairedolan.php

    A FATHER... A SON... ONCE UPON A TIME IN HOLLYWOOD (reviewed by Ryan
    Keefer, overall score 80/100):
    "I found this to be quite an interesting look at one of Hollywood's
    first families, and well worth viewing when HBO airs it 46 times over
    the next two weeks."

    FULL REVIEW: http://www.dvdverdict.com/reviews/fatherson.php

    GENDERNAUTS (reviewed by Brett Cullum, overall score 92/100):
    "You could almost rename the movie 'Gender-Nots,' because these people
    seek to obliterate (or at least blur) the line between masculine and
    feminine."

    FULL REVIEW: http://www.dvdverdict.com/reviews/gendernauts.php

    GHOST STORIES SEMESTER 4: SENIOR SCREAMS (VOLUME 4) (reviewed by Brett
    Cullum, overall score 92/100):
    "The latest volume of Ghost Stories says 'screw all that reverent
    original language crap,' and lets voice actors run rampant behind the
    microphone. The cast gets the basic plot in there somehow, but they
    pepper everything with their own unique brand of ad libs that skewer pop
    culture, anime, movies, race, religion, and anything else their sick
    little minds can fixate on."

    FULL REVIEW: http://www.dvdverdict.com/reviews/ghoststoriessemester4vol4.php

    GODZILLA: MONSTER EDITION (reviewed by David Ryan, overall score
    77/100):
    "Anyhow, to summarize: French nuclear testing bad; aggressive news
    reporting good."

    FULL REVIEW: http://www.dvdverdict.com/reviews/godzilla98se.php

    NATURAL CITY (reviewed by Eric Profancik, overall score 80/100):
    "Tossed in for good measure is way too much MTV-style editing where you
    really can't follow the action unless you're twelve and hopped-up on
    sugar. If directors and editors would just stop embracing this imbecilic
    type of storytelling and return to the 'old days' of slow, played-out
    sequences, then we might enjoy the scenes more. If we were able to see
    what was going on instead of just getting impressions of action, life
    would be better."

    FULL REVIEW: http://www.dvdverdict.com/reviews/naturalcity.php

    REEL PARADISE (reviewed by Jennifer Malkowski, overall score 78/100):
    "With funding from friends such as Kevin Smith, Pierson took over the
    defunct 180 Meridian Cinema and paid the expenses of showing current
    American and Indian films without charging any admission to the mostly
    impoverished locals. Interestingly, this lifelong promoter of
    independent cinema mostly shows mainstream blockbuster fare like X-Men
    2, Bringing Down the House, and The Hot Chick, with films like Bend it
    Like Beckham and Rabbit-Proof Fence mixed in here and there."

    FULL REVIEW: http://www.dvdverdict.com/reviews/reelparadise.php

    UNO BIANCA (reviewed by Paul Corupe, overall score 79/100):
    "Soavi's dynamic visuals and his flair for placing his characters in
    undeniably suspenseful situations will keep you riveted throughout the
    lengthy, three-hour running time."

    FULL REVIEW: http://www.dvdverdict.com/reviews/unobianca.php

    VOYAGES (reviewed by Kerry Birmingham, overall score 83/100):
    "Finkiel should be commended for cutting through the melodrama that
    seems to spring naturally from Holocaust narratives (understandable,
    certainly), but the resulting film will likely put off those interested
    in the subject matter and those unwilling to abide its glacial pace."

    FULL REVIEW: http://www.dvdverdict.com/reviews/voyages.php

    Mike Jackson
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