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“Ant-Man and the Wasp” is also new to Blu-Ray this week. 

In descriptions of the “Deep Web,” the Internet is often compared to an iceberg. What you see above the surface is about 5% of the actual thing. The remaining 95% is hidden below. But this is the Deep Web, which simply means areas of the Internet that are not indexed by search engines like Google. These include networks in private companies (sometimes called Intranet) and information like bank and credit card numbers. It’s all fairly mundane—for the most part.

Then there is the Dark Web, which is an area of the Internet that is not logged into with the usual means. It’s a place where people from all over the world can come together in chat rooms—similar to what the Internet was in its infancy in the mid-90s. Much like anywhere else where folks congregate without regulation, illegal activities happen. The types of activities run the gamut from relatively benign marijuana sales to the much more sinister and depraved. Naturally, it is these types of activities that get the largest proportion of coverage by press and pundits. So of course, when a group of seven friends become entangled with the Dark Web in “Unfriended: Dark Web,” the folks they’re dealing with are interested in way more than selling them a dime bag.

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by Norm De Palma

This 1994 camp classic may not necessarily be Palm d’Or material, but its over-the-top visuals, intriguing plot, and cinematic clichés make for what is ultimately an entertaining sci-fi treat.

Roland Emmerich’s 1994 action sci-fi film received mixed reviews when it was released. The Movie Maestro noted that some audiences praised its B-movie aesthetics, while others pointed out its heavy use of Hollywood clichés. It's impressive for such polarizing work, though, as it made $196 million globally, inspired a TV spin-off and even garnered a cult following. Plus, excerpts of Emmerich's interviews were previously shared by Punch Drunk Movies when the director revealed that he is planning to reboot the Stargate franchise.

The movie's plot comes straight from the '90s Hollywood rulebook. It follows Egyptologist Daniel Jackson (James Spader), who was called by the U.S. military to investigate an ancient site. Jackson discovers that the ruin is actually a stargate – a wormhole to another planet. He meets Col. Jack O’Neil (Kurt Russell), and together they enter the stargate with a band of soldiers. In this other world, they meet ancient-looking humans overseen by an alien 'god’ named Ra.

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“Skyscraper,” “Hotel Artemis,” and “Hotel Transylvania 3” are also new to Blu-Ray this week.

It’s not easy being a teen. It’s especially hard to be a shy, introverted, thirteen year old girl with a doughy body and acne. In spite of this, horny boys in her age group will still want to see her naked—and they’re not shy about disclosing this desire. The other girls aren’t that much better. They’re self-obsessed, shallow, vapid, and mean. Good thing there’s dad—the one person in her life who gives her unconditional love and support. The catch is that she regards him as an embarrassment and shuts him out as much as possible. Poor guy—he’s just trying to connect.

This, in a nutshell, is what “Eighth Grade” is all about. As a first time full-length feature from writer-director Bo Burnham, it’s auspicious and impressive. I have a feeling that a lot of Bo’s experiences reflect that of Kayla (Elsie Fisher), the awkward thirteen-year-old at the movie’s center. This is up to and including the fact that kids in middle schools today have active shooter drills in addition to the usual fire drills. Oh, the times in which we live.

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“Leave No Trace” and “The First Purge” are also new to Blu-Ray this week.

“Sicario: Day of the Soldado” starts off with a timely event that speaks to our current societal fears. A group of Mexicans are illegally crossing the border into the United States. One of them is a Muslim extremist who blows himself up rather than be caught. We then cut to a non-descript, run of the mill department store in Kansas City filled with people. We see three suspicious-looking men enter into the store. Moments later it blows up. Putting two and two together, we extrapolate that these terrorists got into the United States through our porous southern border.

Based on the opening scenes, it looks like “Sicario: Day of the Soldado” is going to go with the theme and be a “Build that wall!” the movie. It’s doesn’t. After some intel on the bombers is collected by CIA Agent Matt Graver (Josh Brolin), he is brought in by Department of Homeland Security official Cynthia Foards (Catherine Keener) to meet with Secretary of Defense James Riley (Matthew Modine). They hatch a plan to stop the smuggling of people across the border by starting a war between two drug cartels in the area. In classic government style, this will be done through a false flag operation in which they kidnap Isabel (Isabela Moner), the youngest daughter of the Reyes cartel, and make it look like the rival Matamoras cartel is behind it.

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