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“Girls Trip” is also new to Blu-Ray this week. 

The third time’s the charm. At least it is for the “Spider-Man” franchise now that it can be brought into the Marvel Cinematic Universe and done some justice.

One of the best moves toward that end is the casting of Tom Holland as Spider-Man/Peter Parker in “Spider-Man: Homecoming.” The character is 15 years old, and he actually looks fifteen. Holland perfectly encapsulates the body, mind, and spirit of a smart, awkward high schooler from Brooklyn who has to keep up his grades, has crushes on girls, and does what he can to make his guardian, Aunt May (Marisa Tomei), happy. The fact that Parker was bit by a spider and imbued with super powers so he could don superhero tights to fight crime is just an extra added dimension to the character.

Read moreBlu-Ray Pick of the Week: Spider-Man: Homecoming

“The House” and “Wish Upon” are also new to Blu-Ray this week. 

Tinnitus is a bitch. It’s a constant sound heard in the ear when there is no source present. It’s typically reported as a ringing, but can also manifest itself as buzzing, hissing, whistling, swooshing, and clicking. The sufferer hears it all the time, with no reprieve, and a totally quiet environment exacerbates it because the sufferer concentrates on it all the more. What’s worse is there is no cure for it, only treatments to ease the strain and stress of dealing with it. Hearing devices that provide “white noise” are common to help deal with tinnitus.

Knowing that Baby (Ansel Elgort), the character referred to in the title “Baby Driver,” has tinnitus helps explain why he constantly has ear buds in his ears, hooked up to an ipod. The music helps drown out the tinnitus. The music does more than that though. It provides the soundtrack to his life. Whether he’s dancing around on the sidewalk on his way to get coffee, at home with his foster dad Joseph (CJ Jones), or driving burglars to safety in a get away car, the music is always playing and Baby keeps the beat.

Read moreBlu-Ray Pick of the Week: Baby Driver

“The Book of Henry” and “Cult of Chucky” are also new to Blu-Ray this week.

I remember the phrase “Dead men tell no tales” as the last thing a ghostly pirate voice says before heading down a mini-waterfall on the “Pirates of the Caribbean” ride at Disney. Seeing this phrase as the subtitle in the latest entry in the franchise, “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales,” it made me nostalgic not only for the ride, but also for the “Pirates” movies of over a decade ago, particularly the first two, “The Curse of the Black Pearl” from 2003 and “Dead Man’s Chest” from 2006, which I found to be highly entertaining swashbucklers. Then came the awful, non-sensical, and just downright confusing “At World’s End” in 2007 and the middling, unmemorable “On Stranger Tides” in 2011.

So what was I going to get with “Dead Men Tell No Tales?” Would it be just another cheap cash grab from Disney Studios and Bruckheimer Productions, or would it be a movie that cares to tell a great action-adventure story like the first two movies? The answer is both, but more of the latter than of the former. Thank goodness.

Read moreBlu-Ray Pick of the Week: Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales

“Transformers: The Last Knight” is also new to Blu-Ray this week.  

The common theme in all of director Christopher Guest’s loosely written and largely improvised films is delusion. That is to say that his characters, by and large, have super inflated egos that make them think that who they are and what they do are much more important than they really are. No single character embodies this theme better than Corky St. Clair, the local theater director in the small town of Blaine, Missouri, who is at the heart of “Waiting for Guffman.”

St. Clair is played by Guest. He’s an effeminate and fickle man who doesn’t exactly blend in with the locals, most of whom are descended from the original settlers who founded Blaine 150 years prior. To cover for this, St. Clair says he has a wife—who is always away—and that he does all of her shopping for her at the local women’s clothing store. Uh huh. The people in the town all like Corky though, so they believe him. Or maybe they are just rubes who are that easily fooled. It’s never made clear.

Read moreBlu-Ray Pick of the Week: Waiting for Guffman
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