Screening Room Home Video Edition: “42,” “Evil Dead,” “Temptation,” “The Have and Have Nots”

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KANSAS CITY, Mo --

**42 (PG-13)**
 
RUSS

As the old Count Basie song went, “Did You See Jackie Robinson Hit That Ball?” The former KC Monarchs and Brooklyn Dodgers star gets the big screen biopic treatment in “42,” a glossy drama about the man who broke baseball’s color barrier in 1947.

SHAWN
"42" is home run. Not a grand slam but a well-made. Well intentioned biopic that looks the part and tells the story correctly. Even if it is a bit watered down.
RUSS
Harrison Ford chews the scenery as Branch Rickey, the crusty Dodgers owner and newcomer Chadwick Boseman scores as the ballplayer who had do endure ugly racist indignities in order to pave the way for other minorities.
SHAWN
Harrison Ford is great. What? He's actually acting. And newcomer Chadwick Boseman gets Jackie Robinson right on and off the field.
RUSS
If you’re looking for an action-packed sports movie, look elsewhere. From a historical perspective, it’s an important film to see. Like Mr. Robinson himself, “42" is restrained, low-key, dignified and respectable.
SHAWN
Not as hard hitting as "Malcolm X" or entertaining as "Ray" bit nicely done and a fitting tribute. The extras include  some really neet stuff including three behind-the-scenes featurettes: Stepping into History, Full-Contact Baseball and The Legacy of the Number 42.
RUSS: 4 Popcorn Bags
SHAWN: 4 Popcorn Bags
**EVIL DEAD (R)**
RUSS
This reboot seems possessed by the horror spirit of the original cult favorite from the 80s, but the slapstick specter is missing. Still, "Evil Dead" is a skillfully made and decadent gore-fest that is also a not-so-subtle commentary on drug addiction.
SHAWN
This is a great horror movie. “The Cabin in the Woods” was my 5th favorite movie last year. In many ways “Evil Dead” is better. “Evil Dead” is definitely a genre masterpiece. There are plenty of homages, but Overall it’s a rebirth. It’s the same intention with a different story.
RUSS
The zippy pace, creative camera angles and anything goes attitude serve as an entertaining tip of the hat to the original, although the carnage has been cranked up to “11” this time out. The welcome humor that characterized the original is lacking in “Evil Dead,” but this update should receive a stab of approval from horror fans.
SHAWN
The extras include three featurettes. The Blu-ray release will also include a cast and crew commentary and two additional featurettes.
RUSS: 4 Popcorn Bags
SHAWN: 4 Popcorn Bags
**TEMPTATION (PG-13)**
SHAWN
Tyler Perry knows drama and "Temptation" is a drama fest. In true Tyler Perry fashion the acting is over the top, the direction is lackluster and the writing is elementary but man will it have you talking afterward.
RUSS: No review
SHAWN: 3 Popcorn Bags
**TYLER PERRY'S THE HAVE AND HAVE NOTS (Not rated)**
 
SHAWN
Tyler Perry can't stop, won't stop. But with this stage play he probably should have. Fans will love it. Everyone else will probably find it too trite and a bit too silly.
RUSS: No review
SHAWN: 2 Popcorn Bags

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