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December 20, 2017 - Today, we take a look at four of the season's new theatrical releases.
First up, Hugh Jackman stars as circus ringleader P.T. Barnum in the musical biopic The Greatest Showman. Michelle Williams plays Barnum's wife and Zac Efron his stage-seasoned business partner in this PG-rated production that features songs from two of the Oscar-winning lyricists of La La Land. Nominated for three Golden Globes, it is in theaters today. Full review.
Next, Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle provides an untimely direct sequel to the 1995 Robin Williams hit. Dwayne Johnson, Kevin Hart, Jack Black, and Karen Gillan play the grown-up avatars of four detention-serving high school students who find themselves sucked into an old video game. Bearing little resemblance to its predecessor, this PG-13 comedy adventure should do just fine at the box office, giving Sony some franchise potential. Read the review.
All the Money in the World will open on Christmas Day, three days after originally planned, but the fact that it is opening at all is a miracle, given that director Ridley Scott replaced second-billed Kevin Spacey with Christopher Plummer in a single week of reshoots last month. The true story of the 1973 kidnapping of oil tycoon J.P. Getty's grandson, this R-rated drama also stars Michelle Williams and Mark Wahlberg. It picked up three Golden Globe nominations for director, actress, and supporting actor. Don't miss our early review.
Expanding still since its limited November opening, Darkest Hour stars Gary Oldman as British prime minister Winston Churchill, who has to act when his nation is in the crosshairs of Nazi Germany during World War II. Joe Wright (Atonement) directs this snore of a historical drama, which also features Kristin Scott Thomas, Lily James, and Stephen Dillane and has had its Oscar chances greatly overstated by pundits all season long. Read more...
December 14, 2017 - Opening in theaters across from Star Wars is Ferdinand, Blue Sky Studios' new feature adaptation of the classic children's book. It tells the story of an outcast bull (voiced by John Cena) more interested in flowers than fighting. Nominated for two Golden Globes, this PG-rated feature is the latest moderate diversion from the studio behind Ice Age and Rio. Read our review.
Expanding in theaters today is The Shape of Water, the dark fantasy from Pan's Labyrinth director Guillermo del Toro that led all films in this week's Golden Globe nominations, scoring seven nods. Set in 1962, the film centers on a mute military research facility custodian (Sally Hawkins) who befriends a top-secret amphibian man the government has in custody as a potentially powerful asset. Richard Jenkins, Michael Shannon, Doug Jones, and Octavia Spencer co-star in this R-rated film that is sure to be recognized by a number of Academy Award nods. Full review.
December 12, 2017 - The most anticipated film of 2017 yet to open, Star Wars: The Last Jedi reaches theaters this week and we've got an early review. Rian Johnson (Looper, Brick) takes the helm as writer-director of this eighth episode which is more full of humor and originality than its predecessors. Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher complement the young returning cast of Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Adam Driver, Domhnall Gleeson, and Oscar Isaac in what is expected to become the #1 film of the year at the box office. Don't miss our full review.
December 8, 2017 - Nominees for the 75th Annual Golden Globes are announced on Monday morning and we've got three pages of predictions and previews of the people and movies you can expect to be nominated in the awards' fourteen film categories. Don't miss them.
Expanding today is Wonder Wheel, 2017's contribution to Woody Allen's annually expanding catalog of films. Set in 1950s Coney Island, this one sees a young woman (Juno Temple) hiding out in the home of her father (James Belushi), where she comes between her stepmother (Kate Winslet) and the romantic lifeguard (Justin Timberlake) she's having an affair with. Full review.
December 7, 2017 - Though it doesn't open in theaters until December 22nd, The Post lifts its reviews embargo to allow widespread acclaim to come in. From director Steven Spielberg and a writer of Spotlight comes this drama telling the true story of the Washington Post publishing the Pentagon Papers in defiance of administrative threat. Tom Hanks and Meryl Streep lead a distinguished cast in this certain multiple Oscar nominee. Full review.
December 1, 2017 - Opening in theaters today, The Disaster Artist tells the story of the making of The Room, the deliciously awful 2003 independent movie that continues to play as a midnight movie around the world. James Franco directs and stars as Tommy Wiseau, the eccentric enigma who wrote, directed, produced, and starred in the film. Dave Franco plays Wiseau's best friend, line producer, and second lead Greg Sestero, on whose memoir the film is based. This star-studded A24 release has already earned some awards recognition and should continue to do so as it expands this month. Full review.
November 23, 2017 - Thirty years ago this week, Planes, Trains & Automobiles was released to theaters. Written and directed by John Hughes, this comedy tells the story of two strangers struggling to get from New York to Chicago for Thanksgiving. Steve Martin and John Candy star in this endearing film which Paramount recently reissued in an anniversary edition Blu-ray + DVD + Digital HD combo pack. Here's our review.
November 22, 2017 - Traditionally one of the biggest moviegoing weekends of the year, this Thanksgiving sees the release and expansion of a number of films.
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, from In Bruges writer-director Martin McDonagh, tells the story of a grieving mother (Frances McDormand) who rents out ad space to put pressure on the local police who haven't solved the months-old mystery of her daughter's violent rape and murder. Woody Harrelson, Sam Rockwell, Peter Dinklage, and Lucas Hedges co-star in this acclaimed dramedy. Don't miss our review.
Opening today is The Man Who Invented Christmas, a British dramatization of Charles Dickens' creation of A Christmas Carol. Beauty and the Beast's Dan Stevens portrays the author, while Christopher Plummer plays Ebenezer Scrooge, the stingy miser who features as the protagonist of the novella. Full review.
A year after Fences, Denzel Washington finds himself back in the Oscar race via Roman J. Israel, Esq.. Nightcrawler's Tony Gilroy wrote and directed this story of an unfashionably principled Los Angeles lawyer who comes into money and changes his life after collecting a reward for turning in a fugitive. Colin Farrell and Carmen Ejogo star in this mixed-review character study. Read more...
Finally, expected to top the box office over the holiday weekend is Coco, Pixar Animation Studios' original movie centering on a Mexican boy who winds up among his deceased ancestors on the Day of the Dead. Full review.
November 17, 2017 - In theaters today, Justice League provides DC Comics' long-teased answer to Marvel's The Avengers, as Batman (Ben Affleck) and Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot) assemble a team of superheroes including a newly-resurrected Superman (Henry Cavill) to defeat a mad man looking for powerful boxes. Full review.
Adapting the best-selling book, Wonder stars Room's Jacob Tremblay as a facially deformed boy starting the fifth grade after years of home schooling. He endures bullying with help from his parents, played by Julia Roberts and Owen Wilson, in this family drama from The Perks of Being a Wallflower director Stephen Chbosky. Read the review.
Expanding today to dozens of theaters is Last Flag Flying, Richard Linklater's sequel to the 1970s Jack Nicholson movie The Last Detail. Bryan Cranston, Steve Carell, and Laurence Fishburne play three Marines who reunite in 2003 to bury the son who was killed in action. This R-rated drama has generated some awards buzz for its fine cast and writing. Read more.
November 14, 2017 - Our newest Blu-ray review covers Baby Driver, Edgar Wright's acclaimed American action film about a young getaway driver (Ansel Elgort) and the crime worlds he finds himself stuck in. Jon Hamm, Jamie Foxx, Lily James, and a two-time Academy Award-winning actor co-star in this R-rated summer hit, which is joined by two audio commentaries, deleted/extended scenes, animatics, storyboards, trailers and more on Sony's fully loaded Blu-ray + Digital HD edition. Full review.
November 12, 2017 - Coco, the 19th feature film from Pixar Animation Studios, opens in theaters in ten days and we've got early review. Toy Story 3 director Lee Unkrich returns to the helm to steer this original adventure about a Mexican boy whose pursuit of music, against his family's position, leads to him being sent toe realm of the dead on Dia de Muertos. Don't miss our full review.
November 9, 2017 - A classic Agatha Christie mystery is adapted again in Murder on the Orient Express. Directed by Kenneth Branagh, this wide release also stars the filmmaker as Hercule Poirot, the Belgian detective whose 1930s train ride is derailed and becomes the scene of a murder in which every passenger is a suspect. Johnny Depp, Michelle Pfeiffer, Willem Dafoe, Daisy Ridley, Josh Gad, and Judi Dench co-star in this PG-13 Fox movie that's now in thaters. Full review.
Expanding in theaters after a promising debut last weekend is Lady Bird, the acclaimed coming-of-age comedy written and directed by Greta Gerwig (Frances Ha). Saoirse Ronan plays a high school senior in 2002-03 Sacramento with ambitions to attend college on the East Coast. Laurie Metcalf, Tracy Letts, Lucas Hedges, and Timothee Chalamet co-star in this indie with major awards prospects. Full review.
November 6, 2017 - Expanding to 86 theaters over the weekend was The Killing of a Sacred Deer, the follow-up from the duo behind last year's Original Screenplay nominee The Lobster. This psychological thriller tells the story of a cardiac surgeon (Colin Farrell) who befriends the teenaged son (Barry Keoghan) of a patient, a relationship that has troubling consequences for the surgeon's family. Nicole Kidman co-stars in this thought-provoking drama. Full review.
November 3, 2017 - The holiday movie season launches today with the theatrical release of Thor: Ragnarok, the delightful third installment centered on Marvel's God of Thunder (Chris Hemsworth). New Zealand's Taika Waititi takes the helm of the franchise with a fun, colorful space adventure that also prominently features Loki (Tom Hiddleston), Hulk (Mark Ruffalo), Valkyrie (Tessa Thompson), and Jeff Goldblum as Grandmaster. Fitted with some of the best reviews the Marvel Cinematic Universe has ever drawn, Ragnarok looks to open huge this weekend. Full review.
October 27, 2017 - Four films opening or expanding in theaters today get reviewed.
First up, Suburbicon sees George Clooney bringing a 1980s Coen Brothers script to fruition. Set in 1959, it tells the story of an idyllic American neighborhood where a black family's move provokes outrage as a white family (headed by Matt Damon and Julianne Moore) suffers from a deadly home invasion. Hit with poor reviews, this R-rated black comedy faces an uphill battle at the box office. Full review.
Goodbye Christopher Robin tells the story of author A.A. Milne (played by Domhnall Gleeson) and his creation of Winnie the Pooh books inspired by his son and his dolls. Margot Robbie co-stars in this dull PG-rated biopic from My Week with Marilyn director Simon Curtis. Read more...
Expanding a week after launching in four theaters, Wonderstruck adapts the award-winning book by Brian Selznick (author of the book that became Martin Scorsese's Hugo). It tells the story of two hearing-impaired children who run away to New York fifty years apart. Director Todd Haynes (Carol) employs different styles to distinguish the 1927 narrative from the 1977 narrative in this creative, enchanting presentation. Full review.
Last but not least comes our review of The Florida Project, a film from Tangerine director Sean Baker. This heralded drama looks at life in a seedy Orlando motel by Walt Disney World. A spectacular Willem Dafoe shares the screen with a mix of inexperienced child and adult actors in what is one of the best-reviewed films of the year and an almost certain Oscar nominee. Don't miss our review.
October 24, 2017 - Our newest Blu-ray review covers Inconceivable, a thriller in which a nanny (Nicky Whelan) who becomes the surrogate mother to a wealthy couple (Gina Gershon and Nicolas Cage) becomes more than bargained for. Academy Award winner Faye Dunaway also appears in this R-rated thriller, which is joined by a commentary, deleted scene, making-of featurette, extended cast and crew interviews, trailer, and digital HD in Lionsgate's release. Full review.
October 20, 2017 - In theaters today, Only the Brave tells the true story of the Granite Mountain Hotshots of Arizona, a group of wildfire fighters. Josh Brolin heads a cast that includes Miles Teller, Jeff Bridges, and Jennifer Connelly in this film from writers of American Hustle and Black Hawk Down and the director of Tron: Legacy. Full review.
Also now playing in theaters is The Snowman, the adaptation of the Norwegian crime thriller. Michael Fassbender stars as Harry Hole, a hard-drinking Norway police inspector who begins investigating a series of murders. From a writer and director of Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy and counting Martin Scorsese as executive producer, this R-rated thriller has drawn some terrible reviews. Here's ours.
October 16, 2017 - Today's Blu-ray review covers The Dinner, the English language adaptation of the best-selling Dutch novel. Oren Moverman (The Messenger, Rampart) directs a cast headed by Steve Coogan, Richard Gere, Laura Linney, and Rebecca Hall as two sets of affluent parents come together in a fancy restaurant to discuss how to handle a troubling incident perpetrated by their children. Lionsgate's Blu-ray includes an audio commentary by Moverman and Linney, a photo gallery, and Digital HD. Full review.
October 14, 2017 - The Hero stars Sam Elliott as an aging actor best known for cowboy roles decades ago. With offers drying up and his health in doubt, he meets a younger woman (Laura Prepon) and reflects on his life and family. From I'll See You in My Dreams writer-director Brett Haley, this R-rated dramedy is joined by an audio commentary, a photo gallery, and Digital HD in Lionsgate's Blu-ray. Read our review.
October 12, 2017 - Opening in over 1,000 theaters this weekend is Professor Marston and the Wonder Women, a film dramatizing the unconventional life of Wonder Woman creator William Moulton Marston (Luke Evans), whose wife (Rebecca Hall) and their student turned mutual lover (Bella Heathcote) inspired the iconic superhero. Connie Britton and Oliver Platt co-star in this R-rated biopic written and directed by Angela Robinson (Herbie: Fully Loaded, D.E.B.S.). Full review.
October 9, 2017 - A Ghost Story is our newest Blu-ray review subject. Written and directed by David Lowery (Pete's Dragon, Ain't Them Bodies Saints), this unique independent drama looks at a couple (Rooney Mara and Casey Affleck) and what happens when the man dies and becomes a bedsheet-covered ghost. Now available, Lionsgate's Blu-ray includes a deleted scene, an audio commentary, a making-of featurette, an interview with composer Daniel Hart, and Digital HD. Full review.
October 4, 2017 - Our newest DVD review covers Beatriz at Dinner, the acclaimed indie film from screenwriter Mike White (Brad's Status) and director Miguel Arteta (Cedar Rapids). Salma Hayek stars a a holistic therapist who becomes an unexpected guest at a business dinner party among wealthy Californians. John Lithgow and Connie Britton co-star in this R-rated film that is joined by its trailer on DVD. Full review.
October 3, 2017 - Director Denis Villeneuve (Arrival, Sicario, Prisoners) looks to extend his winning streak with Blade Runner 2049, an ambitious sequel to the 1982 sci-fi classic. Ryan Gosling stars as a Los Angeles police officer of the future charged with tracking down and retiring powerful replicants. Harrison Ford reprises his role of Rick Deckard in this striking big budget production whose story is shrouded in secrecy. Full film review.
September 29, 2017 - Now in American theaters, American Made stars Tom Cruise as Barry Seal, a TWA pilot who in the late 1970s begins making flights to Latin America on behalf of the CIA in which he distributes guns and drugs. Domhnall Gleeson co-stars in this R-rated true story from Edge of Tomorrow and The Bourne Identity director Doug Liman. Our review.
The Lego Ninjago Movie represents the third distinct entry into Warner Animation Group's series of colorful comedies featuring the tiny interlocking figures. Adapted from the line and TV series, this one sees one member of a group of teenaged ninjas getting to know his evil father. Full film review.
September 22, 2017 - The second major motion picture to dramatize the Boston Marathon bombing, Stronger presents the 2013 domestic terror attack from the perspective of Jeff Bauman (Jake Gyllenhaal), a superstititous Costco employee who loses his legs from the explosion and becomes a hometown hero as a result. Tatiana Maslany, Miranda Richardson, and Clancy Brown co-star in this R-rated drama from director David Gordon Green (Pineapple Express). Full review.
Expanding after a limited opening last weekend, the indie comedy Brad's Status stars Ben Stiller as a middle class Sacramento father disheartened by how he's not having the same wealth and fame of his friend group. Brad and his teenaged son hit the East Coast to look at colleges in this R-rated film written and directed by The Good Girl writer Mike White. Don't miss our full review.
Expected to bump It from atop the box office this weekend, Kingsman: The Golden Circle follows up the 2015 hit with the tale of the secretBritish spy agency being attacked and decimated, leaving Eggsy (Taron Egerton), Merlin (Mark Strong), and a not so dead Galahad (Colin Firth) to try to prevent catastrophe involving a recognition-seeking drug lord (Julianne Moore). Here 's our Full review.
American Assassin adapts a novel in the Vince Flynn book series, telling the story of a young man (Dylan O'Brien) who is driven by vengeance to team with the CIA to deal with a threat in the Middle East. Michael Keaton plays the man's grizzled trainer. Full review.
September 15, 2017 - Now in theaters from Black Swan director Darren Aronofosky, mother! tells the story of a married couple (Jennifer Lawrence and Javier Bardem) whose beloved old home is turned upside down by the arrival of some not terribly invited guests (Ed Harris and Michelle Pfeiffer). This unpredictable thriller opens wide today to favorable reviews and what is likely to be toxic word of mouth. Full review.
September 11, 2017 - Today's review looks at Chuck, a film that tells the story of Chuck Wepner, the 1970s heavyweight boxer from Bayonne, New Jersey who inspired Sylvester Stallone's Rocky Balboa character. Liev Schreiber stars as Wepner as well as writing and producing this R-rated indie dramedy which co-stars Naomi Watts, Jim Gaffigan, Michael Rapaport, Elisabeth Moss, and Ron Perlman. Now available, Paramount's Blu-ray includes a short making-of featurette. Full review.
September 7, 2017 - Our newest Blu-ray review covers this week's release of All Eyez on Me, the long-in-development Tupac Shakur biopic that finally came to theaters this summer. Newcomer Demetrius Shipp, Jr. plays the influential and controversial 1990s rapper as an adult as the film traces his life and careers in music and film. Benny Boom (Next Day Air) directs. Lionsgate's Blu-ray + DVD + Digital HD combo pack includes deleted scenes, making-of featurette, Shipp's audition tape and interview, and roundtable conversations. Full review.
September 6, 2017 - The fall movie season begins this week with the theatrical release of It, the much-anticipated feature film adaptation of Stephen King's landmark horror novel. Set in the late 1980s, it tells the story of adolescent friends who are troubled by a clown and their fears in a Maine town where children keep disappearing. Andrιs Muschietti (Mama) directs an ensemble cast headed by Midnight Special's Jaeden Lieberher. Full review.
September 3, 2017 - Our newest review covers Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, Disney and Marvel's first foray into the world of 4K Ultra HD. The blockbuster sequel is joined by an introduction and audio commentary by director James Gunn, deleted scenes, outtakes, making-of featurettes, a disco music video, and poster in the Cinematic Universe Edition 4K Ultra HD + Blu-ray + Digital HD release. Full review.
August 28, 2017 - Demetri Martin makes the jump to writer-director on Dean. The indie film stars the stand-up comedian as a New York illustrator who falls in love out in California while coping with the recent death of his mother. Kevin Kline, Gillian Jacobs, and Mary Steenburgen star in this limited CBS Films release, which is joined by three short featurettes on Lionsgate's DVD, in stores tomorrow. Full review.
August 25, 2017 - Expanding in theaters this weekend is The Trip to Spain, the third installment in the series of British comedy films adapted from television series. Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon once again play fictionalized versions of themselves, as they take in the sights and tastes of Spain. Michael Winterbottom once again directs this unrated, largely improvised travelogue picture. Full review.
August 19, 2017 - Our newest review covers Paramount's recent 25th Anniversary Blu-ray debut of Juice. A key film in the early '90s urban crime cinema boom, this 1992 drama stars Tupac Shakur and Omar Epps as part of a group of four teenaged friends who get drawn into crime after a convenience story robbery does not go as planned. The loaded disc includes new retrospective featurettes, an audio commentary by writer-director Ernest R. Dickerson, vintage on-set footage, a photo gallery, and a rooftop interview of the cast. Full review.
August 18, 2017 - Expanding in theaters today is The Only Living Boy in New York, a coming-of-age drama from (500) Days of Summer director Marc Webb and Collateral Beauty writer Allan Loeb. It tells the story of a Columbia University graduate (Callum Turner) who befriends his enigmatic neighbor (Jeff Bridges) and starts an affair with the mistress (Kate Beckinsale) of his father (Pierce Brosnan). The Graduate, it's not. Full film review.
August 17, 2017 - Now in theaters, Logan Lucky marks the return of Steven Soderbergh (Ocean's Eleven, Traffic) to directing. This PG-13 crime comedy tells the story of two brothers (Channing Tatum and Adam Driver) who enlist the help of an incarcerated convict (Daniel Craig) to rob the Charlotte Motor Speedway and reverse their family's string of bad luck. Riley Keough, Katie Holmes, and Hilary Swank co-star in this well-reviewed Bleecker Street release. Full review.
August 15, 2017 - Arsenal casts veteran leading men Nicolas Cage and John Cusack in supporting roles. It tells the story of two brothers (Adrian Grenier and Johnathon Schaech) whose lifelong bond is tested when one gets abducted and ransomed. Given a limited theatrical release in the first week of the year, this violent R-rated thriller includes an audio commentary, making-of featurette, and extended interviews in Lionsgate's Blu-ray + Digital HD. Full review.
The action thriller Free Fire assembles a number of criminals from all over the world in a warehouse in 1978 Boston for what largely amounts to a feature-length shootout. Academy Award winner Brie Larson (Room), Sharlto Copley, Cillian Murphy, Armie Hammer and Jack Reynor feature in this gunfire-loaded flick from Kill List director Ben Wheatley and, among others, executive producer Martin Scorsese. Lionsgate's Blu-ray + Digital HD edition includes a making-of featurette and commentary by Wheatley, Murphy, and Reynor. Full review.
August 11, 2017 - Expanding from four to 40 theaters today is Wind River, a film written and directed by Sicario and Hell or High Water screenwriter Taylor Sheridan. Jeremy Renner plays a Fish & Wildlife officer who teams up with a young FBI agent (Elizabeth Olsen) and Indian police to solve the apparent homicide of a young Native American woman in the eponymous Indian reservation. Don't miss our full review.
August 4, 2017 - Expanding nationwide after last week's limited opening is Detroit, a tense and acclaimed drama from Zero Dark Thirty director Kathryn Bigelow and screenwriter Mark Boal. The film recreates the tense scene at the Algiers Motel born out of the racially charged riots that struck the Motor City in the summer of 1967. The large ensemble cast includes Star Wars' John Boyega, The Revenant's Will Poulter, Anthony Mackie, Straight Outta Compton's Jason Mitchell and John Krasinski. Full review.
In theaters today after ten years of development, The Dark Tower turns Stephen King's popular book series...into one of summer's worst films. Idris Elba plays a gunslinger and Matthew McConaughey an evil man in black at cross purposes regarding a tower whose collapse could bring pain and misery upon the world. This brisk PG-13 thriller is expected to open in first place, despite icy reviews like this.
Recent Film Reviews:
Atomic Blonde - Charlize Theron plays a British agent trying to orchestrate the safe evacuation of a critical ally at the time of the Berlin Wall's fall. Co-starring James McAvoy and John Goodman, this '80s music-packed R-rated action thriller marks the first directing credit for longtime stunt coordinator David Leitch.
Dunkirk - The tenth feature film directed by Christopher Nolan, this PG-13 drama tells the story of World War II's Dunkirk evacuation, in which Allied forces tried to escape while Axis powers closed in on them. Tom Hardy, Cillian Murphy, Kenneth Branagh, and Mark Rylance are part of a newcomer-heavy cast which feature in this three-narrative drama driven by picture and sound. While the film opens to glowing reviews, ours is somewhat mixed.
Valerian and the the City of a Thousand Planets, a big budget sci-fi movie adapted and directed by Luc Besson (The Fifth Element, The Professional). Adapted from a 50-year-old French comic series, this effects-laden adventure sees two young agents (Dane DeHaan and Cara Delevingne) traveling through space and time to aid an alien race whose planet has been destroyed. Clive Owen, Herbie Hancock, and Rihanna co-star in this PG-13 head-scratcher.
War for the Planet of the Apes - Concluding the trilogy that began with 2011's Rise of the Planet of the Apes, this threequel sees Caesar (Andy Serkis in another stunning motion capture performance) lead a group of apes on a mission to find the human Colonel (Woody Harrelson) who had his family killed. Director Andy Reeves and co-writer Mark Bomback return from Dawn of the Planet of the Apes for this epic finale
A Ghost Story - An inventive and original tale from writer-director David Lowery (Ain't Them Bodies Saints, Pete's Dragon) in which a man (Casey Affleck) dies and returns covered by a bedsheet to his house where his wife (Rooney Mara) grieves his loss.
Spider-Man: Homecoming - Brings a 15-year-old Spider-Man (Tom Holland) into the Marvel Cinematic Universe. He juggles high school and thwarting evildoers, including a construction man (Michael Keaton) whose turned refuse from the Avengers' New York battle into a black market weapons operation. Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.) features prominently, while Captain America pops up four times.
The Big Sick - Based on the real-life experiences of Kumail Nanjiani and his co-writer Emily V. Gordon, this acclaimed comedy tells the story of a Pakistani-American comic who begins dating an American girl, who gets hospitalized, creating a culture clash between the man and her parents (Holly Hunter and Ray Romano). Produced by Judd Apatow and directed by Michael Showalter, this R-rated indie has gotten almost all positive reviews.
Maudie - Indie drama tells the story of Canadian artist Maud Lewis (Sally Hawkins), who became maid, then wife, to a reclusive fish peddler (Ethan Hawke), before her colorful artwork made her a celebrity.
Baby Driver - Writer-director Edgar Wright (Hot Fuzz, Shaun of the Dead) tells the story of a young getaway driver (Ansel Elgort) trying to clear his debt to a crime boss (Kevin Spacey) while dealing with some sketchy thieves (Jon Hamm, Jamie Foxx). This music-filled, R-rated crime thriller which is sitting pretty with near-unanimous critical praise.
Cars 3 - Extends Pixar's least acclaimed franchise. Shown up by rookies, an aging Lightning McQueen (voiced by Owen Wilson) gets a new backer and a trainer who seeks to help him stave off retirement.
All Eyez on Me - Eight years in development, this biopic dramatizes at length the short life of iconic '90s rapper Tupac Shakur, who is played by newcomer Demetrius Shipp Jr.
Rough Night - Five old college friends reunite for a wild bachelorette party in Miami, where things take a dark and unexpected turn. Scarlett Johansson, Jillian Bell, Zoe Kravitz, Ilana Glazer, and Kate McKinnon star in this film from two writers of "Broad City."
The Book of Henry - In between blockbusters, Jurassic World, Star Wars: Episode IX director Colin Trevorrow gives us this contrived trainwreck about a precocious child (Jaeden Lieberher) determined to help the abused classmate next door. Naomi Watts, Room's Jacob Tremblay, and Dean Norris co-star.
Recent Blu-ray and DVD Reviews:
Going In Style (Blu-ray + DVD + Digital HD) - A remake of the 1979 movie of the same name, this PG-13 comedy stars Michael Caine, Morgan Freeman, and Alan Arkin as three old friends and former co-workers who decide to rob a bank after their company's pension plan goes broke. From Hidden Figures scribe Ted Melfi and Garden State director Zach Braff, the film is joined by deleted scenes on Blu-ray and a solo Braff commentary on both discs.
Kong: Skull Island (Blu-ray 3D + Blu-ray + Digital HD) - Big-budget tentpole gives us an all-new take on King Kong. Set in the early 1970s, this adventure sees a team of explorers visiting an uncharted island in the Pacific where Kong is but one of a number of gigantic creatures. Tom Hiddleston, Brie Larson, Samuel L. Jackson, John C. Reilly, and John Goodman head a large, distinguished cast in director Jordan Vogt-Roberts' follow-up to Kings of Summer. Warner's edition includes deleted scenes, director's audio commentary, Monarch "research files", and making-of featurettes.
Song to Song (Blu-ray) - The Tree of Life writer-director Terrence Malick extends his uncharacteristically productive phase with a meandering portrait of Austin, Texas musicians and their overlapping romances. Ryan Gosling, Rooney Mara, Michael Fassbender, and Natalie Portman headline a cast that takes a backseat to striking cinematography. Broad Green's Blu-ray includes a 2-minute short on the real musicians featured in the film.
The Zookeeper's Wife (Blu-ray + DVD + Digital HD) - Jessica Chastain holds the title role of Antonina Zabinski, a Polish woman who helps hide Jewish refugeesafter Nazi Germany occupies the family's zoo. Adapted from Diane Ackerman's book and directed by Whale Rider's Niki Caro, this well-attended limited release PG-13 drama is joined by deleted scenes, a making-of featurette, and a tribute to the real Zabinskis in Univeral's combo pack.
Tom and Jerry: Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory - Places the animated cat and mouse into the world of the 1971 movie musical adapted from Roald Dahl's children's novel. This new Warner Bros. feature is accompanied by episodes from three different Tom and Jerry series of the '90s, '00s, and '10s.
Norman: The Moderate Rise and Tragic Fall of a New York Fixer - Richard Gere stars as a shameless strategist whose purchase of a pricey pair of shoes makes him friends with the man who goes on to become Israel's prime minister. Israel-based writer-director Joseph Cedar makes his English language debut with a cast that includes Steve Buscemi, Michael Sheen, Dan Stevens, Charlotte Gainsbourg, and Josh Charles. Sony's DVD includes a Q & A session, a red carpet featurette, and the indie film's trailer.
Rock Dog (Blu-ray + DVD + Digital HD) - Ash Brannon (Toy Story 2) adapts and directs this animated family film adapted from the graphic novel by Chinese rocker Zheng Jun. In it, a dog who discovers rock and roll music and dreams to make his own, with help from the famous Angus Scattergood. Luke Wilson, Eddie Izzard, and J.K. Simmons head a somewhat distinguished voice cast. Lionsgate/Summit's combo pack includes making-of featurettes and a music video.
Absolutely Anything - Simon Pegg plays an ordinary Brit who is randomly chosen by alien species to be gifted with limitless power as a way to determine if Earth should be protected or destroyed. Kate Beckinsale co-stars in this R-rated comedy directed by Terry Jones and featuring voice performances by his fellow Monty Python members and, in his final role, Robin Williams. Fox's DVD includes the film's trailer and Digital HD.
Beauty and the Beast (2017) (Blu-ray + DVD + Digital HD) - The top-grossing film of the year and one of the biggest hits of all time, this effects-heavy, "live-action" remake of the classic 1991 animated musical fairy tale stars Emma Watson, a mostly motion captured Dan Stevens, Luke Evans, and Josh Gad lead the cast. Disney's combo pack includes deleted scenes, an extended song, John Legend and Ariana Grande's "Beauty and the Beast" music video (with making-of), behind-the-scenes featurettes, and an interview with Celine Dion.
Life (4K Ultra HD + Blu-ray + Digital) Jake Gyllenhaal, Rebecca Ferguson, and Ryan Reynolds form half of an ensemble in this Alien-esque sci-fi thriller in which a single-celled organism discovered in soil samples from Mars turns deadly. Sony's edition includes deleted scenes, making-of featurettes, and astronaut diaries.
The Lego Batman Movie (4K Ultra HD + Blu-ray + Digital HD) - Spins-off the scene-stealing dark knight of The Lego Movie to his own film, a funny look at his inner demons and his "relationship" or lack there of with Joker. Warner's loaded set includes deleted scenes, an audio commentary, a number of original shorts, trailers, making-of featurettes, and more.
Table 19 (Blu-ray + DVD + Digital HD) - Duplass-produced indie assembles a group of misfit strangers who are seated in an unfavorable place at a lavish wedding. Anna Kendrick heads an ensemble cast that includes Lisa Kudrow, Craig Robinson, June Squibb, Stephen Merchant, and Tony Revolori. Fox's combo pack includes deleted scenes, promotional featurettes, a photo gallery, and the trailer.
Logan (Blu-ray + DVD + Digital HD) - Hugh Jackman plays the X-Men's Wolverine one final time. Set in 2029, this one sees a grizzled, aging Logan caring for an ailing Charles Xavier (Patrick Stewart) and try to bring his newly-discovered genetically engineered daughter to safety. Directed by James Mangold, this dark R-rated finale is presented with a feature-length making-of documentary, director's audio commentary, deleted scenes, and Logan Noir, a black and white version of the theatrical cut.
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