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March 26, 2017 - Our newest Blu-ray review looks at Live by Night, Ben Affleck's critically and commercially disappointing adaptation of the period gangster novel by Dennis Lehane (Mystic River, Gone Baby Gone, Shutter Island). Affleck plays the son of an Irish-American police sergeant who gets involved in crime after his girlfriend is killed. This slick production, which Affleck also adapted and directed, co-stars Zoe Saldana, Chris Messina, Chris Cooper, and Elle Fanning. Now available, Warner's Blu-ray includes an audio commentary, deleted scenes, making-of featurettes, and digital copy. Full review.
March 24, 2017 - Part 3 of 2016: Ranked and Reviewed moves us into the Top 100, where we find two of last year's biggest blockbusters, the lowest ranked of the Best Picture nominees, and a number of films that could very well be worth your time. Check out #'s 100-51 and come back Monday to see the Top 50!
March 23, 2017 - Our newest Blu-ray review looks at Southside with You, a film dramatizing the first date of Barack and Michelle Obama. Written and directed by Richard Tanne, this PG-13 indie presents a Chicago summer day full of activity in 1989. Lionsgate's Blu-ray includes an audio commentary, the trailer, and six original artwork animations. Full review.
Opening in theaters tonight, the sci-fi thriller Life evokes Alien as it tells the story of a six-member international space crew that discovers life on Mars in the form of a single-celled organism...that soon endangers all of them. Jake Gyllenhaal, Rebecca Ferguson, and Ryan Reynolds lead a small cast in this film from the writers of Deadpool and Zombieland and the director of Safe House. Full review.
Day 2 of 2016: Ranked and Reviewed presents the third tier of last year's theatrical releases. Occupying ranks 150 through 101 are six Oscar-nominated features, a number of fall underperformers, and some of summer's bigger movies. Don't miss Part 2: #150-101 and check back tomorrow for #'s 100 through 50.
March 22, 2017 - We extend our tradition of year-in-review with 2016: Ranked and Reviewed. Beginning today, we count down 200 movies released to theaters, arranged from worst to first. Each gets a new single-sentence assessment along with a link to a full review for those that were reviewed in full. Check back every weekday for the next fifty. Start with the 50 worst movies of last year.
March 19, 2017 - Our newest review covers Silence, a Martin Scorsese film nearly thirty years in the making. This adaptation of Shϋsaku Endτ's novel sees Portuguese Jesuit missionaries under attack in 17th century Japan where Christianity has been outlawed. Andrew Garfield leads a cast that includes Adam Driver, Ciarαn Hinds, and Liam Neeson. Available next week, Paramount's Blu-ray + Digital HD edition includes a 25-minute making-of documentary. Read our full review.
March 17, 2017 - An Oscar nominee for Best Original Screenplay, 20th Century Women depicts a teenager's coming of age in 1979 California with a mother (Golden Globe nominee Annette Bening) who asks two other women (Greta Gerwig and Elle Fanning) to help look out for him. Billy Crudup co-stars in this dramedy from Beginners writer-director Mike Mills. Available at the end of the month, Lionsgate's Blu-ray + Digital HD edition includes a Mills audio commentary and two making-of featurettes. Full review.
Will Smith's underperforming holiday release Collateral Beauty is now on Blu-ray. From the director of Marley & Me, this Capra-esque modern fantasy sees a grief-stricken ad executive visited by actors posing as Love, Time, and Death in an effort to save his company. Helen Mirren, Kate Winslet, Keira Knightley, Edward Norton, Naomie Harris, and Michael Pena star in this PG-13 tearjerker, which is joined by a making-of featurette and Digital HD on Warner's Blu-ray. Full review.
March 16, 2017 - Expanding in theaters this weekend a week after opening is The Sense of an Ending. Adapted from Julian Barnes' 2011 novel, this British drama from director Ritesh Batra stars Jim Broadbent as a London shop owner reflecting on the past after an ex's mother leaves him a diary in her will. Charlotte Rampling co-stars. Full review.
Disney's new Beauty and the Beast is now in theaters. Don't miss our review!
Our newest Blu-ray review covers The Secret Life of Pets, Illumination Entertainment's blockbuster family comedy that sees pets on an adventure in New York City. Universal's Blu-ray + DVD + Digital HD combo pack includes three mini-movies and a host of making-of featurettes. Full review.
March 9, 2017 - Jackie, an Academy Award nominee for Best Actress, Best Score, and Best Costume Design, is now on disc. Natalie Portman plays the First Lady of President John F. Kennedy in the mournful wake of his 1963 assassination. Chile's Pablo Larraνn directs a cast that includes Peter Sarsgaard, Greta Gerwig, Billy Crudup, and the late John Hurt. Fox's Blu-ray + DVD + Digital HD combo pack includes a making-of featurette, the trailer, and a photo gallery. Full review.
March 8, 2017 - In theaters Friday (in other words, tomorrow night), Kong: Skull Island takes King Kong in a new direction. From director Jordan Vogt-Roberts (The Kings of Summer), this 1973-set adventure sends veterans, scientists, government officials, and a photographer to a mysterious island where Kong is but one of many giant, deadly creatures. Tom Hiddleston, Samuel L. Jackson, Brie Larson, John C. Reilly, and John Goodman lead a large ensemble cast in this grounded, big-budget PG-13 excursion. Full film review.
March 7, 2017 - Our newest Blu-ray review looks at Doctor Strange. Marvel's latest superhero film introduces us to Stephen Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch), a New York neurosurgeon who gets into a car accident...and in search of rehabilitation options, unlocks some mystical powers. Rachel McAdams, Tilda Swinton, Mads Mikelsen, and Chiwetel Ejiofor co-star in this hit origin movie. The Cinematic Universe Edition Blu-ray 3D + Blu-ray + DVD + Digital HD combo pack includes a director's audio commentary and intro, deleted scenes, a gag reel, a Thor short, a sneak peek at upcoming Marvel movies, and 5 making-of featurettes. Don't miss our full review.
March 5, 2017 - An Academy Award nominee for Best Costume Design, Allied deserves a look for more than that. Directed by Robert Zemeckis (Back to the Future), this drama sees two intelligence officers posing as a married couple (Brad Pitt and Marion Cotillard) during World War II fall in love, only to have their marriage tested when suspicions land on her being a German spy. An underperformer in theaters, this sleek period drama is joined by over an hour of making-of featurettes on Blu-ray in Paramount's 4K Ultra HD + Blu-ray + Digital HD edition. Our review.
March 3, 2017 - Our newest Blu-ray review looks at Tanna, Australia's nominee for Best Foreign Language Film at this week's Academy Awards. Based on a true story and performed by the people of Yakel, this unrated drama looks at what happens when a couple runs off to avoid an arranged marriage one of them has been strategically offered into. Available Tuesday, Lightyear Entertainment's disc includes a number of short making-of featurettes. Full review.
Disney's much-anticipated live-action remake Beauty and the Beast opens in theaters in two weeks and we've got an early review. Emma Watson plays Belle, the bibliophile who swaps places with her father (Kevin Kline) and becomes a prisoner of the prince who's been cursed into hairy beasthood (Dan Stevens). Luke Evans and Josh Gad co-star as Gaston and LeFou, while the castle's enchanted objects are brought to life by a variety of star power in this big budget, effects-heavy musical from director Bill Condon (Dreamgirls). Full review.
Now in theaters, Logan sees Hugh Jackman portraying Wolverine one last time. Older and wearier than we've seen him before, the clawed mutant winds up with custody of a girl bred from his DNA and exhibiting his same powers. Read all about this acclaimed finale from director James Mangold.
Opening in 800 theaters, Table 19 stars Anna Kendrick as a woman assigned to sit at a distant table full of strangers at the wedding of her ex's sister. June Squibb, Craig Robinson, Lisa Kudrow, Stephen Merchant, Tony Revolori, and Wyatt Russell co-star in this PG-13 comedy conceived by the Duplass brothers. Full review.
Expanding today after losing the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar on Sunday is Land of Mine, a gut-punching Danish film about young German prisoners of war forced to clear deadly minefields following World War II. Full review.
February 28, 2017 - Nominated for six Academy Awards and winner of Best Editing and Best Sound Mixing, Hacksaw Ridge is now on Blu-ray, DVD, and 4K. Directed by Mel Gibson, this drama tells the story of Desmond Doss (Andrew Garfield), a conscientious objector who served in the US Army during World War II and saved dozens of men's lives without ever touching a gun. Lionsgate's Blu-ray + DVD + Digital HD combo pack includes an hour-long making-of documentary, deleted scenes, and Gibson's Veterans Day greeting. Don't miss the full review.
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February 24, 2017 - The Oscars are on Sunday night, which means it's time for predictions. We take a quick look at all 24 categories in the Academy Awards, even the shorts that no one sees. The big winner of the night is guaranteed to be La La Land, but expect the Academy to otherwise spread the love among a number of the nominees. Don't miss our Oscars Predictions.
Opening in theaters today, Get Out is the rare horror film to win universal acclaim from critics. Written and directed by Jordan Peele, this thriller sees an African American man (Daniel Kayuula) visiting the country to meet his girlfriend's family and getting more than he bargained for. Full review.
February 21, 2017 - Coverage of the month full of Oscar contenders coming to home video continues with a review of next week's Moonlight Blu-ray. Barry Jenkins' universally acclaimed coming-of-age drama tells of an African American's journey from boyhood to manhood in three distinct acts. Nominated for eight Academy Awards including Best Picture, Director, and Adapted Screenplay, this A24 release is joined by a Jenkins commentary and three making-of featurettes in Lionsgate's Blu-ray + Digital HD edition. Full review.
February 20, 2017 - With the Academy Awards next week, studios are now bringing the contenders to home video in fast order. Available tomorrow, Manchester by the Sea is nominated for six awards including Best Picture, Actor, Original Screenplay, and Director. From writer-director Kenneth Lonergan (You Can Count on Me, Margaret), this drama sees a Boston area janitor called back to his seaside hometown to deal with the death of his brother. Co-starring supporting nominees Lucas Hedges and Michelle Williams, as well as Kyle Chandler, this highly acclaimed drama is joined by three deleted scenes, a making-of featurette, and an audio commentary in Lionsgate and Amazon's Blu-ray + DVD + Digital HD combo pack. Full review.
February 17, 2017 - Logan, the final film starring Hugh Jackman as Wolverine, does not open in theaters until March 3rd. But Fox has already screened the film for critics and aware that they have something that will attract acclaim, have lifted the usual release date embargo. Set in 2029, the film finds a grayed, weary Wolverine on the run from a corporation and trying to protect the ferocious genetically-engineered young daughter he never knew he had. James Mangold returns to direct this R-rated finale. Full review.
February 16, 2017 - Now in theaters, The Great Wall stars Matt Damon as an 11th century mercenary who comes to defend the Great Wall of China...from ferocious legendary monsters who surface every sixty years. This big-budgeted PG-13 Chinese production from Hero director Zhang Yimou opens two months after releasing in China. Full review.
Also in theaters, Fist Fight stars Charlie Day ("It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia") as a high school teacher challenged by a colleague (Ice Cube) to fight in the parking lot after the last day of school. This racy R-rated comedy co-stars Tracy Morgan, Jillian Bell, Christina Hendricks, and Dean Norris. Read the review.
February 14, 2017 - The Edge of Seventeen, the critically acclaimed yet commercially futile dramedy written and directed by Kelly Fremon Craig, hits stores today. Golden Globe-nominated Hailee Steinfeld (True Grit) stars as a socially outcast high school junior whose life grows complicated when her best friend starts dating her brother. Woody Harrelson and Kyra Sedgwick co-star. Universal's Blu-ray + DVD + Digital HD combo pack includes a gag reel and three deleted scenes. Full review.
February 12, 2017 - On Tuesday, Arrival becomes the second of 2016's nine Best Picture Oscar nominees to hit home video. Adapted from Ted Chiang's short story, this sci-fi drama sees aliens come to earth and the US military turning to a linguistics professor (Amy Adams) to help them communicate with them. Adapted for eight Oscars, this film from Sicario director Denis Villeneuve is joined by five making-of featurettes on Blu-ray in Paramount's 4K Ultra HD + Blu-ray + Digital HD edition. Full review.
February 10, 2017 - Today's new Blu-ray review covers The 9th Life of Louis Drax. Adapted from Liz Jensen's novel, this R-rated genre-bending drama centers on an accident-prone boy who is in a coma following a fall from a steep cliff, but still impacting those around him. Jamie Dornan, Sarah Gadon, Aaron Paul, and Oliver Platt star in this 2016 limited theatrical release, which is now on Blu-ray with a making-of short and Digital HD. Full review.
Two animated films opening in theaters today get reviewed. First, presumptive box office winner The Lego Batman Movie spins off of Warner's popular The Lego Movie to give us a funny and smart take on the Dark Knight and his universe. Will Arnett reprises the title role in this satisfyingly colorful and original comic adventure. Full review.
Expanding to far fewer theaters is The Red Turtle, an Academy Award nominee for Best Animated Feature. This co-production of Wild Bunch and Studio Ghibli tells the story of a shipwrecked man stranded on a desert island and the turtle who becomes his wife. Void of dialogue but full of emotion, this traditionally animated feature warrants a look. Read more.
February 8, 2017 - The documentary By Sidney Lumet reflects on the distinguished over 50-year career of the director of such films as 12 Angry Men, Dog Day Afternoon, Serpico, Network, and The Verdict. The foundation of the film from The Loving Story director Nancy Buirski is a long interview Lumet recorded three years before his 2011 death. Now available on Blu-ray from FilmRise, the feature is joined by a Treat Williams interview, a trailer, and nine unused Lumet interview clips. Full review.
February 6, 2017 - Today's Blu-ray review covers The Eagle Huntress, Otto Bell's critically acclaimed and Oscar-shortlisted documentary feature about a 13-year-old Mongolian girl who becomes the first female to partake in her family's long tradition of eagle-led hunting. Available tomorrow, Sony's disc includes a director's audio commentary, a making-of featurette, and the film's theatrical trailer. Full review.
February 5, 2017 - American Pastoral, the directorial debut of Ewan McGregor, adapts a 1997 Philip Roth novel of the same name, telling the story of an affluent New Jersey couple (McGregor and Jennifer Connelly) whose teenaged daughter (Dakota Fanning) grows a rebellious streak and disappears accused of a murderous act. Available Tuesday, Lionsgate's Blu-ray + DVD + Digital HD includes a McGregor audio commentary and two making-of featurettes. Full review.
February 3, 2017 - Four new theatrical releases get reviewed today. First up is Rings, which attempts to revive the horror franchise launched by 2002's hit remake The Ring. In this third installment, a young woman goes searching for the boyfriend who ghosted her and discovers he's in trouble after having seen that death-bringing video. Full review.
Opening nearly as wide, The Space Between Us tells the story of a teenaged boy (Asa Butterfield) who comes to Earth after spending his first sixteen years on Mars. Gary Oldman, Carla Gugino, and Britt Robertson co-star in this inane sci-fi romance from the director of Hannah Montana: The Movie. Full review.
Expanding today after a fruitless awards-qualifying run, The Comedian stars Robert De Niro as an aging insult comic who assaults a heckler and has to do time and community service. Leslie Mann, Harvey Keitel, Danny DeVito, and Edie Falco also feature in this dramedy from Ray director Taylor Hackford. Read more.
Finally, Toni Erdmann, an Academy Award nominee for Best Foreign Language Film, expands today. Written and directed by Maren Ade, this German dramedy tells of a father who adopts a new persona to feature more prominently in the life of his workaholic daughter. Read all about it.
January 31, 2017 - Among today's new releases is Queen of Katwe, Disney's true story of a young girl from the slums of Uganda who becomes a chess champion. Selma's David Oyelowo, Academy Award winner Lupita N'yongo, and newcomer Madina Nalwanga star in this critically acclaimed drama. The Blu-ray + Digital HD edition includes an Alicia Keys lyric video and behind-the-scenes, a long section of deleted scenes, an audio commentary by director Mira Nair, a three-part making-of documentary, and a short on the real coach Oyelowo portrays. Our full review.
January 30, 2017 - Another Halloween-themed movie hits stores when it isn't even close to Halloween. Tyler Perry's Boo! A Madea Halloween finds the large, sassy character butting heads with a fraternity allowing underage girls into their epic Halloween bash. Lionsgate's Blu-ray + Digital HD release includes a featurette and cast/crew boos. Full review.
Our newest review looks at Jack Reacher: Never Go Back, the underperforming follow-up to Tom Cruise's moderately well-received 2012 action vehicle. Adapted from one of the books in Lee Child's best-selling series, this sequel sees former military police officer Reacher recalled to the Marines as he tries to clear the name of a colleague (Cobie Smulders) and figure out if he's the father of a teenaged girl. Available Tuesday, Paramount's 4K Ultra HD + Blu-ray + Digital HD edition includes over an hour of featurettes on Blu-ray. Full review.
January 28, 2017 - Masterminds, the repeatedly delayed comic retelling of the 1997 Loomis Fargo robbery, hits stores Tuesday in a Blu-ray + DVD combo from Fox following a disappointing fall run in theaters. Zach Galifianakis, Owen Wilson, Kristen Wiig, and Jason Sudeikis star in this breezy PG-13 comedy from Napoleon Dynamite director Jared Hess. It's joined by a featurette on the real Charlotte, North Carolina crime. Full review.
Our newest review looks at The Handmaiden, the acclaimed South Korean film from Oldboy director Park Chan-wook, which tells the story of a scam to rob an inheritance from three different perspectives. This Amazon Studios acquisition is now on DVD from Sony. Our review.
January 27, 2017 - In theaters today, Gold stars a balding and beer-bellied Matthew McConaughey as a 1980s prospector who happens upon the biggest discovery of gold in a decade in Indonesia. Edgar Ramirez, Bryce Dallas Howard, and Corey Stoll co-star in this Golden Globe-nominated film from Syriana director Stephen Gaghan. Full review.
January 24, 2017 - The nominees for the 89th Academy Awards will be announced live this morning at 5:18 PST/8:18 EST. You can stream them live right here as part of our Nominations Predictions and Preview.
January 23, 2017 - Coming to Blu-ray tomorrow, Inferno is our newest review subject. The third film in the series of international mysteries adapted from Dan Brown's bestselling novels, this one sends Robert Langdon (Tom Hanks) to Florence, where he pursues the death mask of the Italian poet Dante. Rogue One's Felicity Jones, Omar Sy, Irrfan Khan, and Ben Foster co-star in this domestic flop directed by Ron Howard and scripted by David Koepp (Jurassic Park). Sony's Blu-ray + Digital edition includes over 25 minutes of deleted/extended scenes and over 45 minutes of making-of featurettes. Full review.
January 22, 2017 - In our newest review, we look at The Men's Club, which finally makes its way to DVD and Blu-ray this week. Adapted from Leonard Michaels' novel, this 1986 drama stars Roy Scheider, Harvey Keitel, Frank Langella, and Treat Williams as some of a group of seven California men that assembles to discuss women and proceeds to visit a San Francisco brothel. Olive Films' Blu-ray includes the film's original trailer. Our full review.
January 21, 2017 - Today's Blu-ray review covers Come and Find Me, a thriller written and directed by Zack Whedon which hit stores this week after a limited fall theatrical release. The film stars Aaron Paul as a man whose girlfriend (Annabelle Wallis) goes missing, leaving behind a trail of lies and danger. Lionsgate's Blu-ray + Digital HD includes a Whedon commentary and short making-of featurette. Full review.
January 19, 2017 - Two more award-eligible 2016 releases expand to theaters nationwide today. 20th Century Women from Beginners writer-director Mike Mills tells the story of a teenaged boy in 1979 Santa Barbara, California, whose single mother (Annette Bening) turns to others (Greta Gerwig and Elle Fanning) to help raise him. Full review.
Meanwhile, The Founder stars Michael Keaton as Ray Kroc, the businessman who turned McDonald's into the first and biggest fast food empire in the world. From director John Lee Hancock (The Blind Side, Saving Mr. Banks), this PG-13 biopic follows Kroc from selling milkshake mixers on the road to meeting with the McDonald brothers (Nick Offerman and John Carroll Lynch) and entering into a deal to grow their unique, popular San Bernadino burger joint into a national attraction. Film review.
Our latest Blu-ray review covers American Honey. Nominated for six Independent Spirit Awards including Best Feature, this long and distinctive coming-of-age drama from Fish Tank writer-director Andrea Arnold sees an 18-year-old southerner (Sasha Lane) joining a traveling crew of youths selling magazines door to door. Now available, Lionsgate's Blu-ray + Digital HD release includes a short featurette with interviews of Lane and Riley Keough. Full review.
January 17, 2017 - With the nominees for the 89th Academy Awards set to announce in one week, we give you predictions and preview. Look for La La Land to lead the pack, with Manchester by the Sea and Moonlight following. Hacksaw Ridge, Hell or High Water, Arrival, Lion, and Fences all seem primed for multiple nominations including Best Picture, which may or may not include Hidden Figures. Other major bubble contenders include Sully, Silence, Nocturnal Animals, Loving, and Jackie. Don't miss our three-page preview, which should be updated with a stream of next Tuesday morning's actual announcements.
January 16, 2017 - The Girl on the Train, the steamy thriller adapted from Patricia Hawkins' bestselling novel, hits Blu-ray and DVD this week. Emily Blunt plays an alcoholic New Yorker who thinks she has some voyeuristic insight into the disappearance of a young woman (Haley Bennett) connected to her ex-husband. Universal's Blu-ray + DVD + Digital HD combo pack includes deleted and extended scenes, two making-of featurettes, and an audio commentary by director Tate Taylor (The Help). Full review.
January 15, 2017 - Our latest Blu-ray review covers Blair Witch, 2016's underperforming, shrouded-in-secrecy sequel to the landmark 1999 horror film. It hits physical media in a Blu-ray + DVD + Digital HD combo pack that includes an apologetic audio commentary and an epic, nearly two-hour making-of documentary. Read our full review.
January 12, 2017 - As the latest collaboration of Mark Wahlberg and Peter Berg expands nationwide in theaters, their previous effort, Deepwater Horizon is now available to own in a Blu-ray + DVD + Digital HD combo pack. This hard-PG-13 dramatization of the oil rig that went up in flames as part of the 2010 BP oil spill co-stars John Malkovich, Kurt Russell, and Kate Hudson. The CBS/Lionsgate set includes a number of making-of featurettes. Full review.
January 11, 2017 - Expanding to nationwide release this Friday after a limited awards-qualifying late December debut is Patriots Day, the latest tale of modern American heroism from Mark Wahlberg and director Peter Berg (Deepwater Horizon, Lone Survivor). This R-rated drama tells of the terrorists who bombed the Boston Marathon and the lawmen who went looking for them. Kevin Bacon, John Goodman, J.K. Simmons, and Michelle Monaghan co-star. Read our review.
January 10, 2017 - Expanding in theaters on Friday after a lackluster limited release before Christmas, Live by Night sees Ben Affleck follow up his Oscar-winning Argo with another adaptation of Dennis Lehane (Gone Baby Gone, Shutter Island). Set primarily in the 1920s, this one sees an Irish immigrant's son (Affleck) reluctantly go to work for the Italian mob after his girlfriend is killed. Zoe Saldana, Chris Cooper, Chris Messina, Elle Fanning, and Sienna Miller co-star in this period crime drama. Full film review.
January 9, 2017 - Our newest Blu-ray review looks at Morgan, the underperforming sci-fi film produced by Ridley Scott and directed by his son Luke. It tells of a genetically engineered person (The Witch's Anya Taylor-Joy) who is subjected to evaluation from a scientific research corporation. Fox's Blu-ray + DVD + Digital HD combo includes Luke Scott's short film Loom with commentary, deleted scenes with commentary, an audio commentary, a gallery, trailers, and a featurette on the science in the film. Full review.
January 5, 2017 - Our first few theatrical reviews of 2017 will cover Oscar-qualifying 2016 releases that are slowly expanding this month. First up is Silence, Martin Scorsese's long-in-development adaptation of Shϋsaku Endτ's 1966 novel. It tells the story of Jesuit priests and their follows facing state persecution in 17th century Japan. Andrew Garfield, Adam Driver, and Liam Neeson lead a predominantly Japanese cast in this much-anticipated but still little-seen epic. Full review.
Neeson also stars, via motion capture and voice performance, as the titular character of A Monster Calls. Adapted from Patrick Ness' novel by the author, this British drama sees a giant tree-like creature visiting a bullied 12-year-old boy (Lewis MacDougall) with a sick mother (Felicity Jones). This PG-13 tearjerker occupies a middle ground between effects-laden fantasy tentpole and tender indie character study. Don't miss our review.
January 4, 2017 - Our first Blu-ray review of 2017 covers Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life, a family comedy adapted from the first book in James Patterson's best-selling children's series. It centers on a mid-semester transfer student (Griffin Gluck) who secretly rebels against the rules of a strict principal (Andy Daly) who destroyed his sketchbook. Now available, the Lionsgate/CBS Blu-ray + DVD + Digital HD combo pack includes deleted scenes, a gag reel, and a number of making-of shorts. Full review.
Recent Film Reviews:
Hidden Figures - From St. Vincent writer-director Theodore Melfi, this PG-rated drama tells the true story of three African-American women who worked for NASA during the Space Race. Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, Janelle Monαe, Kevin Costner, Mahershala Ali, and Jim Parsons star in this Oscar nominee for Best Picture.
Why Him? - From writer-director John Hamburg (I Love You, Man), this R-rated comedy sees a midwestern printer (Bryan Cryanston) clashing with the LA entrepreneur (James Franco) that wants to marry his daughter. Co-starring Zoey Deutch, Megan Mullally, and Keegan-Michael Key, this racy farce wastes some major talent.
Lion tells the moving true story of an Indian boy separated from his family who decades later uses Google Earth to try to reunite with them. Dev Patel, Nicole Kidman, and Rooney Mara star in this PG-13 drama from first-time Australian director Garth Davis.
Jackie - Stars Natalie Portman as First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy, mostly in the wake of her husband's assassination. Chile's Pablo Larraνn directs from an original screenplay by Noah Oppenheim (The Maze Runner) in this Oscar-aspiring drama which also features Peter Sarsgaard, Billy Crudup, Greta Gerwig, and John Hurt.
Elle - An Oscar nominee for Best Actress, this French psychological drama stars Isabelle Huppert as a video game company executive who is violently raped in her home. Paul Verhoeven (RoboCop, Starship Troopers) directs this complex, provocative film.
Passengers - The two stars of six of the decade's best-attended sci-fi movies come together in an original sci-fi movie nearly ten years in the making. Chris Pratt and Jennifer Lawrence play passengers awoken from suspended animation 90 years before they were supposed to on a trip to a distant colony planet. Morton Tyldum (The Imitation Game) directs from a screenplay by Jon Spaihts (Doctor Strange).
La La Land - This original musical from Whiplash writer-director Damien Chazelle stars Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone as two people chasing their dreams in modern-day Los Angeles.
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story - Expands the Star Wars universe with a standalone story of Rebels plotting to steal the Empire's plans for the Death Star. Felicity Jones heads an international cast in this action-heavy PG-13 outing from Godzilla director Gareth Edwards.
Collateral Beauty - This PG-13 drama from Marley & Me director David Frankel and 21 screenwriter Allan Loeb stars Will Smith as a grieving advertising executive whose colleagues (Edward Norton, Kate Winslet, and Michael Peρa) hire three stage actors (Helen Mirren, Keira Knightley, and Jacob Lattimore) to play the abstracts of Death, Love, and Time that he has written letters to.
Manchester by the Sea - One of the year's best-reviewed films, this drama written and directed by Kenneth Lonergan (You Can Count on Me, Margaret) tells the story of a Boston janitor (Casey Affleck) who is summoned to a fishing town elsewhere in the state, where he is to assume custody of his brother's teenaged son. Sure to compete for a number of major Academy Awards, this heartfelt film demands to be seen.
Moana - From the directors of The Little Mermaid and Aladdin, this musical comedy adventure from Walt Disney Animation Studios sees the headstrong teenage daughter of an island chief venturing away from home with the demigod Maui (voiced by Dwayne Johnson) to help her community lift their troubles. The film is preceded by Disney's '80s-flavored short Inner Workings.
Allied - A compelling drama about a couple of World War II intelligence officers who fall for each other after assassinating a German ambassador in Casablanca. Brad Pitt and Marion Cotillard star in a film that made recent headlines as a scapegoat to divert attention away from Pitt's personal problems. Robert Zemeckis (Forrest Gump, Back to the Future) directs.
Nocturnal Animals - Tom Ford's follow-up to his acclaimed 2009 debut A Single Man. Adapting a novel, it sees a high powered art gallery owner (Amy Adams) becoming enthralled by a suspenseful manuscript written by her ex-husband (Jake Gyllenhaal). Michael Shannon and Laura Linney co-star in this stylish thriller.
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them - Harry Potter spin-off franchise launches with the tale of Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne), a Hogwarts expellee who comes to New York in the 1920s with a briefcase of...fantastic beasts. J.K. Rowling wrote the screenplay (based on her 2001 "textbook"), while David Yates (director of the final four Potter movies) mans the helm. Katherine Waterston, Dan Fogler, Colin Farrell, and Jon Voight also feature in this much-anticipated, big budget fantasy adventure.
Loving - Writer-director Jeff Nichols (Mud, Take Shelter) tells the true story of an interracial Virginia couple who faced legal trouble simply for getting married. Joel Edgerton and Ruth Negga star in this understated drama that is expected to compete for a number of Academy Awards.
Arrival - In this adaptation of Ted Chiang's short story "Story of Your Life", Amy Adams plays a linguist whom the American military calls in to try to understand alien visitors. Jeremy Renner, Forest Whitaker, and Michael Stuhlbarg co-star in this film from Sicario director Denis Villenueve and Lights Out screenwriter Eric Heiserer.
Doctor Strange - Extends Marvel Studios' winning streak with an entertaining origin film for a gifted neurosurgeon (Benedict Cumberbatch) who becomes a kind of sorcerer after an accident gives him nerve damage in his hands. Rachel McAdams, Tilda Swinton, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Benedict Wong, and Madds Mikkelsen co-star in this visually stunning superhero flick from the director of The Exorcism of Emily Rose.
Hacksaw Ridge - Mel Gibson returns to the director's chair for the first time in ten years to tell the true story of Desmond Doss (Andrew Garfield), a medic who objected to bearing arms in World War II but proved heroic in his own way. Teresa Palmer, Sam Worthington, Vince Vaughn, and Hugo Weaving co-star in this violent R-rated drama.
Moonlight - Acclaimed indie tells of a boy's journey to manhood in three distinct acts sets at three different ages.
Recent Blu-ray and DVD Reviews:
Snowden (Blu-ray + DVD + Digital HD) - Oliver Stone's look at CIA agent turned whistleblower Edward Snowden. Joseph Gordon-Levitt adopts a deeper voice to portray the title character and Shailene Woodley plays Snowden's photographer girlfriend. Universal's combo pack includes a 41-minute Q & A with Stone, Snowden, and the two lead actors, five deleted scenes, and a short making-of featurette.
Dog Eat Dog (Blu-ray) - Darkly comic crime drama stars Nicolas Cage and Willem Dafoe as ex-cons pulling off a job. Paul Schrader (Affliction) directs this unrated limited theatrical release, which is joined by a Q & A, audio commentary, Nic Cage video intro, and photo gallery on RLJ Entertainment's Blu-ray.
It's a Wonderful Life (Platinum Anniversary Edition Blu-ray) - Adds marketing art postcards to its stunningly restored black & white and colorized Blu-rays first released in 2009.
Storks (Blu-ray + DVD + Digital HD) - Warner Bros.' animated family film about a girl and stork who must work together to deliver a human baby to her family. Now available, the combo pack includes an audio commentary, deleted scenes, bloopers, a music video, and a new Pigeon Today-centric short.
Sully (Blu-ray + DVD + Digital HD) - Clint Eastwood's well-attended docudrama stars Tom Hanks as Chesley Sullenberger, the seasoned pilot whose quick thinking helped a bird-struck commercial flight from avoiding disaster. Co-starring Aaron Eckhart and Laura Linney, this PG-13 drama is joined by three featurettes on Blu-ray.
Florence Foster Jenkins (Blu-ray + DVD + Digital HD) - A comedy that spends the final year in the life of the titular tonedeaf opera singer (played by Meryl Streep). Paramount's combo pack includes deleted scenes, a Streep Q & A, and a number of short making-of featurettes.
Christmas All Over Again - A swag-obsessed teenager (Sean Ryan Fox) getgs stuck living the same Christmas Day again and again, as he botches his brother's wedding and tries unsuccessfully to get a crush's interest. Directed by Christy Carlson Romano ("Kim Possible", "Even Stevens"), this PG-rated family comedy hits DVD today with 4 episodes of the French TV series "Minuscule" and trailers.
The Hollars (Blu-ray + Digital) - Directed by John Krasinski, this indie dramedy sees a family reunite in a hospital where their matriarch (Margo Martindale) needs surgery for a brain tumor. Krasinski heads a cast that also includes Sharlto Copley, Richard Jenkins, Anna Kendrick, Charlie Day, Josh Groban, and Mary Elizabeth Winstead. Sony's disc includes an LA Film Festival Q & A, a making-of featurette, and a celebration of Martindale's career.
Pete's Dragon (2016) (Blu-ray + DVD + Digital HD) - Directed and co-written by David Lowery (Ain't Them Bodies Saints), this family drama tells the story of an orphaned boy and a dragon he befriends who is usually invisible. Bryce Dallas Howard, Robert Redford, Wes Bentley, and Karl Urban play the adult leads of this tale set in the Pacific Northwest decades ago. Now available, Disney's combo pack includes an audio commentary, deleted scenes, two music videos, and making-of featurettes.
The Wild Life (Blu-ray + DVD + Digital HD) - Known as Robinson Crusoe in most parts of the world, this European animated feature adapts Daniel Defoe's 18th century novel, this comedy centers on the island animals who welcome the shipwrecked castaway into their company. Summit/Lionsgate's combo pack includes four making-of featurettes.
The BFG (Blu-ray + DVD + Digital HD) - Steven Spielberg returns to wonderment on his very first Disney film. Adapted from Roald Dahl's 1982 children's book, this PG-rated fantasy sees a British orphan (Ruby Barnhill) befriending a big, friendly giant (a mo-capped Mark Rylance). The combo pack includes a tribute to screenwriter Melissa Mathison, a half-hour making-of documentary, an animated short about the BFG's friendship with another "human bean", and two other shorts.
The Intervention - Independent dramedy gathers eight thirtysomething friends for a vacation that soon turns to be a forum to persuade two of them to get divorced. The film is written and directed by Clea DuVall, who also stars along with Cobie Smulders, Melanie Lynskey, Ben Schwartz, Jason Ritter. The DVD includes a Tegan and Sara music video and a blooper reel.
Hell or High Water (Blu-ray + DVD + Digital HD) - The highly acclaimed Texas heist thriller from Sicario writer Taylor Sheridan and Starred Up director David Mackenzie. Chris Pine and Ben Foster play brothers robbing a chain of vulnerable small banks for a reason. Jeff Bridges and Gil Birmingham play the rangers on their trail. Lionsgate and CBS' combo pack includes a Q & A session from the ArcLight Cinemas in Los Angeles, three making-of featurettes, and red carpet interviews from the Austin premiere.
Sausage Party (Blu-ray + Digital) - Written by Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg among others, this raunchy, acclaimed, well-attended R-rated animated feature sees grocery store foods coming to terms with their existence. Sony's edition includes a number of making-of featurettes plus outtakes and a Walt Disney anthology parody.
Imperium (Blu-ray + Digital HD) - Drama stars Daniel Radcliffe as an FBI agent who goes undercover as a white supremacist to infiltrate a group with deadly plans. Toni Collette co-stars in this limited theatrical release which is joined by a host of bonus features including an audio commentary and an hour-long Times Talks interview panel.
War Dogs (Blu-ray) - Tells the bizarrely true story of two young friends (Miles Teller and Jonah Hill) who land big time arms deals for the US military during the Iraq War. Directed by Todd Phillips (The Hangover), this crime comedy is joined by two making-of featurettes, an animated short song, and Digital HD.
Punch-Drunk Love (Criterion Collection Blu-ray) - Paul Thomas Anderson's acclaimed 2002 romantic comedy starring Adam Sandler and Emily Watson. The artsy film is joined by deleted scenes, new interviews, artwork, an essay booklet, and more.
Coffee and Cigarettes (Blu-ray) - Jim Jarmusch's black and white 2004 anthology comedy of strange diner encounters over the titular vices. The cast includes Bill Murray, Cate Blanchett, Tom Waits, Iggy Pop, Steve Buscemi, Roberto Benigni, RZA and GZA of The Wu-Tang Clan, Jack and Meg White of The White Stripes, Alfred Molina, and Steve Coogan. Olive Films' Blu-ray includes the trailer and an interview of actor Taylor Mead.
Army of One (Blu-ray + DVD + Digital HD) - Based on a true story, this R-rated comedy sees a Colorado patriot (Nicolas Cage) journeying to Pakistan to try to find Osama bin Laden in the mid-Noughties on the directions of God (Russell Brand). Wendi McLendon-Covey co-stars in this film from Borat director Larry Charles. The Weinstein/Anchor Bay combo pack includes a making-of featurette.
Finding Dory (Blu-ray + DVD + Digital HD) - The 17th feature film from Pixar Animation Studios, this blockbuster follow-up to 2003's beloved hit sees Dory looking for her parents and winding up "rescued" at an aquarium, while Marlin and Nemo search for her. The combo pack includes an audio commentary, 50 minutes of deleted scenes, the theatrical short Piper, and a host of making-of featurettes and miscellaneous fun.
The Jungle Book (2016) (Collector's Edition Blu-ray + Blu-ray 3D + DVD + Digital HD) - Reissue adds a 3D presentation of the film and 16 additional minutes of bonus features to an already substantial and stunning release.
Space Jam (20th Anniversary Steelbook) - The mixed-medium blockbuster that sent Michael Jordan into the animated world to help the Looney Tunes avoid losing a basketball game that would send them working in a theme park. Warner's nostalgia-courting release bundles existing discs, holding an audio commentary by director, voice actors, and Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck, music videos for Seal's "Fly Like an Angel" and "Hit 'Em High (The Monstars Anthem)", a making-of documentary, and the original trailer.
Indignation (Blu-ray + Digital HD) - Adapted from Philip Roth's novel, this tells the story of a young man from Newark (Logan Lerman) who attends a small liberal arts college in 1951 Ohio and has various awakenings in the process. Sarah Gadon and Tracy Letts co-star in this directorial debut of longtime screenwriter James Schamus (The Ice Storm, Brokeback Mountain). Lionsgate's release includes two making-of featurettes.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens (Collector's Edition Blu-ray 3D + Blu-ray + DVD + Digital HD) - Four-disc set adds a 3D version of the film, a J.J. Abrams audio commentary, three deleted scenes, and 5 new featurettes.
Nine Lives (Blu-ray + DVD + Digital HD) - Family comedy stars Kevin Spacey as a workaholic billionaire who gets transformed into a fluffy gray cat, which teaches him to reprioritize his life. Christopher Walken and Jennifer Garner co-star in this film directed by Men in Black's Barry Sonnenfeld. Two featurettes and the trailer accompany this summer theatrical release in Fox's combo pack.
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