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December 1, 2015 - Our newest Blu-ray review looks at The Man from U.N.C.L.E., Guy Ritchie's underperforming spy action flick adapted from the 1960s TV series of the same name. Man of Steel's Henry Cavill, The Lone Ranger's Armie Hammer, and Ex Machina's Alicia Vikander play three strangers who come together to try to thwart opposing forces from developing nuclear weapons. Now available, Warner's Blu-ray + DVD + Digital HD combo pack includes a number of making-of featurettes. Full review.
November 29, 2015 - The independent film Walt Before Mickey tells the story of Walt Disney's start in Hollywood. Thomas Ian Nicholas plays Walt and Jon Heder is his older brother and company co-founder Roy. This PG-rated, low-budget drama supposedly hits DVD this week on what would have been Walt's 114th birthday. Here is our none too enthusiastic film review.
November 25, 2015 - Now on DVD days after premiering on Lifetime is Jim Henson's Turkey Hollow. A new Thanksgiving tale based on an idea the Muppets creator and his collaborator Jerry Juhl came up with in 1968, this TV movie sends a divorced dad and his two kids to the "Turkey Capital of the Pacific Northwest" to spend Thanksgiving with eccentric Aunt Cly (Mary Steenburgen) and some musical monsters of the forest. Full review.
Three new movies open in theaters today and we've got reviews of each.
First up is The Good Dinosaur, Pixar Animation Studios' second feature film of 2015. Emerging from a troubled production that bred delays and layoffs, this adventure tells the story of a timid dinosaur and a young feral human boy taking a journey together in an alternate universe where dinosaurs did not go extinct. Directed by Peter Sohn (Partly Cloudy) and written by Inside Out's Meg LeFauve and others, this picturesque 3D production opens in 3,600 reviews to gently favorable reviews far below the studio's high standard. Here is ours.
Surprisingly better is Creed, the seventh film in Sylvester Stallone's Rocky series. This time out, Rocky takes a supporting role, as we focus on Adonis Johnson (Michael B. Jordan), the illegitimate son of late heavyweight champ Apollo Creed. The young man with greatness in his genes convinces old Rocky to train him. Fruitvale Station's Ryan Coogler directed and co-wrote this well-reviewed PG-13 drama, which co-stars Tessa Thompson. Full review.
Finally, occupying 2,700 theaters is Victor Frankenstein, Fox's repeatedly delayed new take on Mary Shelley's classic horror story. James McAvoy plays the titular scientist, who is obsessed with trying to create life from death. Daniel Radcliffe is Igor, a circus clown turned assistant with some moral objections to Frankenstein's experimentations. Paul McGuigan (Lucky Number Slevin) directs from a script by Max Landis (Chronicle). Here is the not so enthusiastic review.
November 20, 2015 - New reviews of four theatrical releases have just been posted. First and of greatest importance to most is The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 2, the fourth and final installment in the sci-fi franchise adapted from Suzanne Collins' best-selling YA novels. This one sees Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) leading a self-appointed mission to assassinate President Snow, a task that puts her group in danger amidst the booby-trapped Capitol. Opening in over 4,000 theaters, this sequel is expected to gross well over $100 million domestically by Sunday. Here's our film review.
Opening to less admiration and interest is Secret in Their Eyes, an American remake of 2010's Best Foreign Language Film Oscar winner from Argentina. Chiwetel Ejiofor stars as a former FBI agent pursuing justice for 13 years regarding the murder of the teenaged daughter of his partner (Julia Roberts). Nicole Kidman and Dean Norris co-star in this PG-13 mystery adapted and directed by Billy Ray (Captain Phillips, The Hunger Games). Full review.
Today also sees the expansion of two awards season hopefuls. The better of those is Brooklyn, the easy to love tale of a young Irish woman (Saoirse Ronan) who emigrates to the titular New York borough in 1952 and falls in love, while missing home. Emory Cohen, Domnhall Gleeson, Julie Walters, and Jim Broadbent also feature in this definite Oscar contender. Review.
Enjoyable but not transcendent is Trumbo, a film about Dalton Trumbo, a blacklisted Communist screenwriter who continued to write under pseudonyms and won/didn't win Oscars doing so. Bryan Cranston fills the title role, surrounded by a host of talented individuals including Helen Mirren, John Goodman, Diane Lane, Michael Stuhlbarg, and Louis C.K. Jay Roach (Meet the Parents) directs this lighthearted biopic the Golden Globes has classified as a drama. Our review.
November 16, 2015 - Chris Evans, Marvel's Captain America, makes his behind-the-camera debut as the director and a producer of Before We Go. This low-budget indie stars Evans as a New York City trumpet player who helps a young woman (Alice Eve) who has missed the final train of the night try to get home to Boston. Now available, Anchor Bay's Blu-ray includes a short interview with Evans on this RADiUS-TWC release. Full review.
November 14, 2015 - Terminator Genisys, the fifth film in the sci-fi action franchise, is now available to own in a Blu-ray 3D + Blu-ray + DVD + Digital HD combo pack. Part remake, part sequel, part reboot, this PG-13 installment sends Kyle Reese (Jai Courtney) back to 1984 to save Sarah Connor (Emilia Clarke), who has a familiar guardian (Arnold Schwarzenegger). Jason Clarke plays John Connor, the leader of the resistance. Paramount's three-disc set includes three making-of featurettes and the most dynamic soundtrack you've ever heard. Full review.
November 13, 2015 - Expanding from a promising launch in five theaters last week is Spotlight, a true drama that has emerged as a serious contender in the year's Oscar race. Directed and co-written by Tom McCarthy (The Station Agent, The Visitor, Win Win), the film dramatizes The Boston Globe's four-journalist investigative team's Pulitzer Prize-winning exposι of rampant sex abuse and cover-up within the archdiocese's Catholic church. The dynamite ensemble cast includes Mark Ruffalo, Michael Keaton, Rachel McAdams, Brian d'Arcy James, John Slattery, Liev Schreiber, Stanley Tucci, and Billy Crudup. Don't miss our full review.
Opening in theaters today is Love the Coopers, a PG-13 comedy that assembles four generations of a Pittsburgh family for Christmas. While the parents (John Goodman and Diane Keaton) hide their separation plans, their daughter (Olivia Wilde) asks a soldier (Jake Lacy) she meets at an airport bar to pose as her beau. Co-starring Marisa Tomei, Anthony Mackie, Alan Arkin, Amanda Seyfried, Ed Helms, and Nebraska's June Squibb, the film is directed by Jessie Nelson (I Am Sam) and written by Steven Rogers (Stepmom, P.S. I Love You). Our review.
November 8, 2015 - We have two new Blu-ray reviews for you today. First up, Nicolas Cage stars in Pay the Ghost, playing a college professor whose 7-year-old son disappears without a trace on Halloween, prompting Dad and his estranged wife (Sarah Wayne Callies) to search for him. This unrated supernatural thriller hits Blu-ray and DVD Tuesday after a very limited September theatrical release. Full review.
Then, for something lighter, there is Elf: Buddy's Musical Christmas, a stop-motion animated television special adapted from the hit 2003 Will Ferrell comedy and the 2010 Broadway musical inspired by it. Jim Parsons voices the title character: a human raised as elf instructed to find his biological father in New York City and get him off the Naughty List. Now available, Warner's Blu-ray + DVD + Digital HD combo pack includes a short making-of featurette. Our review.
November 6, 2015 - Today's other new theatrical review covers Spectre, the 24th film in Eon Productions' series. In it, the death-defying secret agent journeys to Mexico City, Rome, Austria, and elsewhere to perform assassinations and his signature heroics. Directed by Skyfall's Sam Mendes, the $300 million action film co-stars Christoph Waltz, Lea Seydoux, and Ralph Fiennes. Here is a Bond novice's review.
Now in theaters, The Peanuts Movie brings Charlie Brown, Snoopy, and company to the big screen, this time in computer animation from Blue Sky Studios (Rio, Ice Age). The unlucky blockhead tries to make a good impression on his new neighbor: the red-haired girl. Full review.
November 5, 2015 - Pixar's Inside Out reached home video this week and we've got a review of the Blu-ray + DVD + Digital HD. One of the year's top films by box office gross and critical acclaim, this imaginative comedy takes us inside the mind of a pre-teen girl and shows us the five emotions who are calling the shots. The three-disc set includes the theatrical short Lava, the new short Riley's First Date?, an audio commentary, deleted scenes, and a host of making-of featurettes. Don't miss the full review.
November 3, 2015 - Our newest review covers Pixels, Sony's action comedy that sees a bunch of middle-aged nerds using their knowledge of '80s video games to help the military save the world from alien attack. Adam Sandler, Kevin James, Michelle Monaghan, Josh Gad, and Peter Dinklage star in this PG-13 underperformer from director Chris Columbus (Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, Home Alone). It's now available in a Blu-ray 3D + Blu-ray + Digital HD edition that includes a Waka Flocka Flame and Good Charlotte music video plus a host of behind-the-scenes shorts. Full review.
October 30, 2015 - Expanding to 49 theaters today to overwhelmingly positive reviews is Room. Winner of the People's Choice Award at the Toronto International Film Festival, this drama adapted from Emma Donoghue's 2010 novel tells the story of a mother (Brie Larson) and son (Jacob Tremblay) enduring years in narrow captivity who hatch a plan to get out. Seemingly destined for major awards season recognition, especially in Best Actress, this low-budget effort hails from Irish director Lenny Abrahamson (Frank). Our film review.
October 29, 2015 - Our newest review looks at Weinstein and Anchor Bay's Blu-ray + DVD + Digital HD combo pack of Southpaw, now available. From "Sons of Anarchy" creator Kurt Sutter and director Antoine Fuqua, this drama stars Jake Gyllenhaal as an undefeated professional boxer who loses everything and has to fight to win some of it back. Co-starring Forest Whitaker and Rachel McAdams, the film reaches Blu-ray with eight deleted scenes, a making-of featurette, a cast Q & A, and an extended training montage. Full review.
October 22, 2015 - Summer's biggest hit is now on home video. Jurassic World, the warmly received reboot of Universal's dinosaur adventure franchise, finds the former site of Jurassic Park open and thriving... until dinosaurs break loose. The Blu-ray 3D + Blu-ray + DVD + Digital HD combo pack includes deleted scenes, making-of content, and some lighthearted featurettes. Our review.
October 21, 2015 - The blockbuster disaster movie San Andreas is our newest Blu-ray review subject. Dwayne Johnson stars as an LA Fire and Rescue helicopter pilot who does everything in his power to save his estranged wife (Carla Gugino) and teenaged daughter (Alexandra Daddario) when a series of record-setting earthquakes hit California. Now available, Warner's Blu-ray 3D + Blu-ray + DVD + Digital HD combo pack includes an audio commentary by director Brad Peyton, deleted scenes with commentary, gag and stunt reels, and making-of featurettes. Don't miss our full review.
October 18, 2015 - Our latest Blu-ray review explores Tomorrowland, Disney's rare original live-action big-budget tentpole that was released theatrically in May to box office disappointment. From writer-director Brad Bird (The Incredibles), this sci-fi adventure sees a conscientous teenager (Britt Robertson) discovering a fascinating new world and teaming up with a bitter inventor (George Clooney) to save her from extinction. Now available, the combo pack includes deleted and extended scenes, an original animated short from Pixar employees, making-of featurettes, and outtakes from a "1960s science TV show pilot" hosted by the film's villain (Hugh Laurie). Our full review.
October 16, 2015 - Disney and Marvel will bring Ant-Man to Blu-ray 3D, Blu-ray, and DVD on December 8th, three weeks after the movie becomes available on Digital HD/3D and Disney Movies Anywhere. The Paul Rudd-headlined action hit will be joined by audio commentary, deleted and extended scenes, a gag reel, a making-of featurette, and more on Blu-ray. See the press release for full details and preorders.
Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks reunite for a fourth movie together in Bridge of Spies. This true drama tells the story of an American lawyer (Hanks) representing a man accused of being a Soviet spy (Mark Rylance) at the height of the Cold War. Co-written by the Coen brothers, this stately period piece opens in nearly 3,000 theaters today to warm reviews. Click here for our critique.
Goosebumps, adapted from R.L. Stine's best-selling children's book series, casts Jack Black as the author, a curmudgeon whose creations come to life when his manuscripts are unlocked. An abominable snowman, dastardly garden gnomes, and other monsters wreak havoc on the small Delaware town one boy (Dylan Minnette) has just moved with his widowed mother (Amy Ryan). This PG-rated family horror movie opens today, two weeks before Halloween. Here's our review.
After last week's smash opening in four theaters, Steve Jobs expands to much fanfare and hype. This troubled second biopic of the Apple co-founder and CEO (played by Michael Fassbender) presents backstage drama at three presentations of the 1980s and '90s. Directed by Danny Boyle (Slumdog Millionaire) and adapted by Aaron Sorkin (The Social Network), this pedigreed production co-stars Kate Winslet, Seth Rogen, Jeff Daniels, Katherine Waterston, and Michael Stuhlbarg. Expect it to compete for a number of Oscars. Our film review.
October 14, 2015 - Our newest Blu-ray review looks at Avengers: Age of Ultron, Marvel's enormous follow-up to their record-setting 2012 blockbuster. This one unleashes potent artificial intelligence as well as the Eastern European twins the Maximoffs, as the Avengers again have to save the world. Now available, the Blu-ray includes an audio commentary by writer-director Joss Whedon, deleted scenes with commentary, a gag reel, and multiple making-of featurettes. Full review.
October 9, 2015 - Our latest Blu-ray review covers Entourage, the feature film conclusion to HBO's long-running comedy series. It places Hollywood star Vincent Chase (Adrian Grenier) in the director's chair for an overbudget movie that is creating grief for agent-turned-studio head Ari Gold (Jeremy Piven) and company. Now available, Warner's combo pack includes a series retrospective with creator Doug Ellin and his cast, 19 minutes of deleted scenes, a gag reel, and much more. Our full review.
Now in theaters, Warner Bros.' Pan is a big budget, effects-heavy 3D prequel to J.M. Barrie's famous play. Its title character (Levi Miller) is a World War II orphan who is whisked away by pirates forced to mine for Pixum (fairy dust) before meeting James Hook (Garrett Hedlund) and Princess Tiger Lily (Rooney Mara). A heavily made-up Hugh Jackman plays the fearsome villain Blackbeard in this PG-rated fantasy tentpole from director Joe Wright (Atonement). Full film review.
99 Homes stars The Amazing Spider-Man's Andrew Garfield as a Florida home builder whose family is evicted from their home. To get it back, he begins working for the man who evicted him, played by Michael Shannon. Directed and co-written by Ramin Bahrani (Goodbye Solo), this powerful, timely and well-acted drama expands today to 689 theaters from nineteen. Here's our film review.
October 8, 2015 - The last of the four theatrical Peanuts movies became the last to reach DVD with this week's release of Bon Voyage, Charlie Brown (and Don't Come Back!!) from Paramount. The 1980 movie takes Charlie Brown, Linus, Peppermint Patty, Marcy, Snoopy, and Woodstock to Europe for a student exchange program. Paramount's disc includes a brand new making-of featurette and the original theatrical trailer. Our full review.
October 6, 2015 - The independent comedy People Places Things stars Jemaine Clement as a comic book author and college professor trying to put his life back together after the mother of his children leaves him. Co-starring Regina Hall and Stephanie Allynne, this R-rated limited summer release written and directed by Jim Strouse (Grace Is Gone) hits DVD today from Alchemy. Our review.
October 2, 2015 - The Martian opens in theaters today to overwhelmingly favorable reviews, but gets panned right here. Director Ridley Scott (Alien, Blade Runner) returns to sci-fi with this adaptation of Andy Weir's novel about an American astronaut (Matt Damon) who gets left on Mars during a manned mission and struggles to stay alive. Despite the director's track record in the genre and a talent-rich cast that includes Jessica Chastain, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Jeff Daniels, Kate Mara, and Kristen Wiig, the movie fumbles with a comic tone unbefitting its survival story. Full film review.
September 30, 2015 - Our newest review covers Criterion's recent Blu-ray release of Dressed to Kill. This 1980 thriller written and directed by Brian De Palma (Scarface, Carrie) recalls Psycho with the story of a middle-aged woman's murder under mysterious circumstances. Starring Michael Caine, Angie Dickinson, Nancy Allen, and Keith Gordon, this envelope-pushing flick enters Criterion in an unrated cut, accompanied by hours of bonus material new and old. Our full review.
Beginning its theatrical run today exclusively in IMAX venues, The Walk dramatizes Philippe Petit's daring 1974 tightrope walk between New York City's Twin Towers. Directed by Robert Zemeckis (Back to the Future, Forrest Gump), this 3D drama moves from whimsical to breathtaking as it shows Petit's lifelong fascination with the high wire and his determination to pull off his illegal, death-defying coup. Joseph Gordon-Levitt stars as the Frenchman. Full movie review.
September 25, 2015 - Robert De Niro stars as a 70-year-old widower who becomes a senior intern to a hip online clothing business in The Intern, a new comedy from writer-director Nancy Meyers (The Holiday, It's Complicated, Something's Gotta Give). Anne Hathaway plays the company's overworked CEO and De Niro's direct boss. Now in theaters... read our review.
After posting the best per-theater opening in six theaters last weekend, the acclaimed Sicario expands today. From director Denis Villenueve (Prisoners, Incendies), this drama stars Emily Blunt as an FBI agent who volunteers to join an interdepartmental task force targeting deadly cartels in the endless war on drugs along the US-Mexico border. The film co-stars Benicio Del Toro and Josh Brolin. Full review.
September 20, 2015 - Our latest Blu-ray review covers Monkey Kingdom, Disneynature's 2015 release. The G-rated documentary looks at life for a society of macaque monkeys in the wilds of Sri Lanka, specifically Maya, a lower class gal trying to raise her baby Kip. Now available, Disney's Blu-ray + DVD + Digital HD combo pack includes making-of featurettes and a music video. Full review.
September 18, 2015 - We have reviews of three new movies opening in theaters today.
First, Johnny Depp transforms himself to play notorious Boston mob boss Whitey Bulger in Black Mass. From director Scott Cooper (Crazy Heart, Out of the Furnace), this R-rated crime drama details Bulger's unholy alliance with FBI agent John Connolly (Joel Edgerton). The film co-stars Benedict Cumberbatch, Corey Stoll, Kevin Bacon, and Dakota Johnson. Full review.
Next up is Everest, which will play exclusively in IMAX theaters for a week. This PG-13 adventure tells the true story of commercial expeditions' harrowing attempts to summit Mount Everest and live to tell the tale in 1996. Jason Clarke, Josh Brolin, John Hawkes, Keira Knightley, Robin Wright, Sam Worthington, Emily Watson, and Jake Gyllenhaal appear in this thrilling film from the director of Contraband and 2 Guns. Film review.
Last but not least in limited release is Pawn Sacrifice, which dramatizes the world-compelling chess tournaments between American Bobby Fischer (Tobey Maguire) and the Soviet Union's greatest players during the height of The Cold War. Liev Schreiber, Peter Sarsgaard, and Michael Stuhlbarg star in this predominantly '70s-set drama from Glory and Blood Diamond director Edward Zwick. Our review.
September 17, 2015 - Our newest DVD review looks at Peanuts Emmy Honored Collection, a two-disc set compiling eleven animated Peanuts specials that either won or were nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award. Spanning from 1975 to 1990, these cartoons see Snoopy dance up a storm, get engaged, and join the circus, Charlie Brown compete in a decathlon and motocross race, and Peppermint Patty ice skate. Full review.
September 10, 2015 - Gattaca writer-director Andrew Niccol reunites with Ethan Hawke in Good Kill. This drama stars Hawke as a grounded pilot of military drones itching to get back up in the sky. Co-starring January Jones, Zoe Kravitz, Bruce Greenwood, and Jake Abel, this IFC theatrical release has hit stores in a Blu-ray + DVD + Digital HD combo pack wielding a 15-minute making-of featurette on BD. Our full review.
September 8, 2015 - Our latest Blu-ray review covers The D Train, a wide release indie comedy. Jack Black stars as the head of the alumni committee planning his high school's 20-year reunion who hatches a plan to get the coolest kid from his class (James Marsden), now a commercial actor, to attend. The directorial debut of the writing duo behind Yes Man, this subversive R-rated jaunt is now available from Paramount with deleted scenes, a gag reel, and Digital HD with UltraViolet. Our review.
September 4, 2015 - Today's review covers this week's Blu-ray release of Boulevard, the final film of Robin Williams. This independent drama stars Williams as a banker who begins acting upon the secret that has plagued him his entire life. Co-starring Kathy Baker, Roberto Aguire, and Bob Odenkirk, the film is directed by Dito Montiel (A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints). Full review.
September 3, 2015 - Our latest Blu-ray review looks at the one of the year's most acclaimed films, Mad Max: Fury Road. Australian writer-director George Miller returns to the post-apocalyptic desert action franchise with which his career began with this ambitious, expensive reboot starring Tom Hardy and Charlize Theron. Now available, Warner's Blu-ray + DVD + Digital HD combo pack includes three deleted scenes and a host of making-of featurettes. Full review.
September 2, 2015 - Paramount has scheduled a November 10th Blu-ray, Blu-ray 3D, and DVD release for the big-budget sequel Terminator Genisys. Three weeks after becoming available on Digital HD, the domestic underperformer that thrived in China and other foreign markets will be accompanied by three making-of featurettes (on casting, filming, and visual effects) on Blu-ray. See Upcoming Cover Art for preorders.
In theaters today, A Walk in the Woods stars Robert Redford and Nick Nolte as aging old friends who set out to hike all 2,200 miles of the daunting Applachian Trail together. Adapted from Bill Bryson's 1998 book and directed by Ken Kwapis (He's Just Not That Into You), this R-rated comedy co-stars Emma Thompson, Kristen Schaal, Mary Steenburgen, and Nick Offerman. Our film review.
August 28, 2015 - Citizenfour, 2014's winner of the Best Documentary Feature Oscar, is now on Blu-ray. Laura Poitras' film provides front row access to the historic news-making leak of classified documents on NSA surveillance from former CIA employee Edward Snowden. The Weinstein/Anchor Bay Blu-ray includes Q & A panels from The New York Times and the New York Film Festival, deleted scenes, and Laura Poitras' New York Times op-doc. Full review.
Expanding in theaters today, Mistress America tells the story of a college freshman (Lola Kirke) who becomes fast friends with the cosmopolitan 30-year-old daughter (Greta Gerwig) of her mother's fiancι. The indie comedy is directed by Noah Baumbach (The Squid and the Whale), who wrote it with Gerwig, his Frances Ha star and co-writer. Our review.
August 26, 2015 - Two Days, One Night earned Marion Cotillard an Academy Award nomination for Best Actress. Written and directed by the Dardenne brothers, the 2014 Belgian drama tells the story of a woman who tries to convince her co-workers to sacrifice their annual bonus to keep her job. Now available, Criterion's Blu-ray includes interviews with the directors and Cotillard, a 1979 documentary from the directors, and more. Our review.
August 24, 2015 - Universal has announced that Jurassic World, the biggest blockbuster of 2015 and third highest-grossing film of all time domestically and worldwide, will come to home video in October. The reboot to the studio's dinosaur adventure franchise will be available in Blu-ray 3D and Blu-ray combo packs on October 20th with a number of exclusive bonus features nineteen days after being made available on Digital HD. See the press release for cover art, full details, and site-supporting preorders.
August 23, 2015 - The Runner stars Nicolas Cage as a Louisiana congressman who gains attention in 2010 for his criticisms of the BP oil spill. Just as he's about to mount a Senate run, the politician is brought down by scandal and compelled to resign. Co-starring Sarah Paulson ("American Horror Story"), Connie Nielsen, and Peter Fonda, this R-rated limited release drama hits Blu-ray this week from Alchemy. Read the review.
August 22, 2015 - Our newest review covers the North American Blu-ray debut of Guess Who's Coming to Dinner. This landmark 1967 film introduces a pair of lifelong liberals (Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn) to the African American man (Sidney Poitier) their daughter (Katharine Houghton) intends to marry. Nominated for ten Academy Awards and winning for Original Screenplay and Best Actress, this American Film Institute-recognized drama reaches high definition from Twilight Time with a new historians' audio commentary, over an hour of featurettes, award acceptance videos, original trailers, an isolated score and an essay booklet. Our full review.
August 21, 2015 - Nicole Kidman, Joseph Fiennes, and Hugo Weaving star in Strangerland, a new Australian mystery film now on Blu-ray and DVD. Kidman and Fiennes play the parents of two teenaged children who go missing in the family's new desert town. Alchemy's Blu-ray includes two making-of featurettes plus the trailer. Full review.
Recent Film Reviews:
The Man from U.N.C.L.E. - Turns a forgotten '60s TV series into a characteristic Guy Ritchie action movie. Henry Cavill (Man of Steel) and Armie Hammer (The Lone Ranger) star as rivals forced to work together along with a German mechanic (Alicia Vikander) to prevent an organization from developing nuclear weapons.
Fantastic Four - The bad buzz that has plagued Fox for a while hits fever pitch with some of the worst reviews hurled at a big budget film since The Last Airbender. Chronicle director Josh Trank gives us an origin story of the group that develops powers through a mishap on
an outer space adventure an interdimensional exploration. The film stars Miles Teller (Whiplash) as Reed Richards, Michael B. Jordan (Fruitvale Station) as Johnny Storm, Kate Mara (Transcendence) as Sue Storm, Jamie Bell (Billy Elliott) as Ben Grimm, and Toby Kebbell as Victor von Doom.
Dark Places - Adapting the second novel of Gone Girl author/screenwriter Gillian Flynn, this pitch black mystery stars Charlize Theron as a woman who as a child survived and witnessed her Kansas family's massacre. A group of true crime enthusiasts (led by X-Men's Nicholas Hoult) encourages her to reconsider the testimony she gave that put her brother (Corey Stoll) in jail for the murders. Gilles Paquet-Brenner (Sarah's Key) adapts and directs this suspense thriller.
The End of the Tour - Acclaimed independent film dramatizes the Midwestern road trip that David Lipsky (Jesse Eisenberg) and author David Foster Wallace (Jason Segel) shared in the winter of 1996 for a Rolling Stone interview. The guarded, acclaimed Wallace nervously opens up to the budding reporter in this dialogue-driven drama adapted from Lipsky's book by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Donald Margulies and directed by James Ponsoldt (The Spectacular Now).
Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation - The Impossible Missions Force is disgraced and dissolved, leaving Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) and his colleagues (Simon Pegg, Jeremy Renner, Ving Rhames) to try to thwart the Syndicate on their own. Directed by Christopher McQuarrie (Jack Reacher), who wrote the screenplay with Drew Pearce (Iron Man 3), this exciting fifth installment in the spy action series opens nationwide to glowing reviews.
Irrational Man - Woody Allen's film for 2015 stars Joaquin Phoenix as a world-weary philosophy professor who catches the eye of both a student (Emma Stone) and a faculty member (Parker Posey) while discovering a challenge to make him feel alive.
Recent Blu-ray and DVD Reviews:
Walt Disney Animation Studios Short Films Collection (Blu-ray + DVD + Digital HD) - Gathers 12 shorts from the past 15 years, including recent Oscar winners Feast and Paperman, nominees Lorenzo and Get a Horse!, and the spin-off tales Tangled Ever After, Frozen Fever, and Prep & Landing: Operation: Secret Santa. The shorts are presented with filmmaker intros and joined by a featurette in Disney's combo pack.
The Casual Vacancy (Blu-ray + Digital HD) - Three-hour BBC/HBO miniseries adapted from J.K. Rowling's 2012 novel tells the story of an English village whose divided parish council has an opening after the death of a respected neighborhood figure. With a large ensemble cast including Michael Gambon, Simon McBurney, and Julia McKenzie, this unrated adult-oriented production is now available from Warner in a Blu-ray + Digital HD edition that holds over 30 minutes of making-of featurettes.
A Little Chaos (Blu-ray + Digital HD) - Alan Rickman (the Harry Potter series, Die Hard) directs, co-writes, and acts in a romantic costume drama that sees a widowed landscape designer (Kate Winslet) going to work and falling for a renowned landscape artist (Matthias Schoenaerts) while they work on Versailles in the 17th century.
Innerspace (Blu-ray) - From producer Steven Spielberg and Gremlins director Joe Dante, this 1987 sci-fi comedy shrinks down a Navy pilot (Dennis Quaid) and injects him into the bloodstream of a grocery store cashier (Martin Short). Co-starring Meg Ryan, this Fantastic Voyage-inspired adventure has come to Blu-ray with audio commentary and its theatrical trailer.
Hot Pursuit (Blu-ray + DVD + Digital HD) - Action-comedy stars Reese Witherspoon as a by-the-book San Antonio police officer and Sofia Vergara as the wife of a drug cartel associate about to turn informant. The two dissimilar women find themselves on the run without a clear ally in this film from director Anne Fletcher (The Proposal). Warner's combo pack includes an alternate ending and behind-the-scenes featurettes.
Descendants (DVD) - In Disney Channel's widely-viewed latest original movie, the teenaged children of Disney villains Maleficent, Cruella De Vil, Jafar, and the Evil Queen are granted permission to join the offspring of heroes and heroines at Auradon Prep. Disney's DVD includes "#Mal", behind-the-scenes dance rehearsals, a brief sneak peek at the upcoming animated "Descendants: Wicked World" shorts, and bloopers.
Madame Bovary (Blu-ray) - The latest in a long line of adaptations of Gustave Flaubert's 19th century novel, this period drama tells the story of a dissatisfied wife (Mia Wasikowska) of a French country doctor. From the writer-director of Cold Souls, this limited theatrical release co-stars Rhys Ifans and features Paul Giamatti.
Free Willy (Blu-ray) - The 1993 family blockbuster about a troubled orphan (Jason James Richter) who befriends a troubled Orca hits high definition with four short bonus features, including a Michael Jackson music video, in tow.
Every Secret Thing - Adapted from Laura Lippman's bestselling novel, the mystery/suspense film tells the story of an infant's disappearance and the two teenaged girls (Danielle Macdonald and Dakota Fanning) who are questioned based on a similar incident from their childhood. Directed by Oscar-nominated documentarian Amy Berg and featuring Diane Lane and Elizabeth Banks, this limited theatrical release hits DVD with four deleted scenes.
Adult Beginners (Blu-ray) - Indie comedy stars Nick Kroll ("The League") as a entrepreneur whose tech start-up goes bust, leaving him to crash with his estranged, pregnant sister (Rose Byrne), her husband (Bobby Cannavale), and their three year-old son. The Radius-TWC/Anchor Bay Blu-ray includes a 10-minute making-of featurette.
Blast from the Past (Blu-ray) - This 1999 romantic comedy stars Brendan Fraser as a young man who has spent the first 35 years of his life in a fallout shelter with his paranoid parents (Christopher Walken, Sissy Spacek). This Adam gets a crash course from Eve (Alicia Silverstone) about modern Los Angeles. Warner's Blu-ray includes the original theatrical trailer.
The Black Stallion (Criterion Collection Blu-ray) - Carroll Ballard's 1979 adaptation of Walter Farley's novel tells the story of a boy (Kelly Reno) who befriends and then trains a wild Arabic stallion after the two survive a shipwreck together. Co-starring an Oscar-nominated Mickey Rooney, Teri Garr, and Hoyt Axton, this G-rated drama that spawned a sequel, a prequel, and a TV series is joined by five of Ballard's early short films, new interviews of Ballard and cinematographer Caleb Deschanel, still photographs from production, and the trailer.
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