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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.
August 18, 2015 - Now available, the Walt Disney Animation Studios Short Films Collection 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 Blu-ray + DVD + Digital HD edition. Our thorough review.
Our newest review covers The Casual Vacancy, the three-hour BBC/HBO miniseries adapted from J.K. Rowling's 2012 novel. It 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. Full review.
August 14, 2015 - Disney has announced a November 3rd DVD, Blu-ray, and Blu-ray 3D release for Inside Out. Pixar's latest acclaimed blockbuster will be joined by audio commentary and the short Lava on DVD, plus deleted scenes and a host of making-of featurettes in two Blu-ray combo packs. The movie will be available on Disney Movies Anywhere three weeks early and with a few exclusive bonus features. See the press release for cover art, full details, and more.
In theaters today, 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. Full movie review.
August 13, 2015 - Alan Rickman (the Harry Potter series, Die Hard) directs, co-writes, and acts in A Little Chaos, a 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. This romance is now on Blu-ray with Digital HD. Our review.
August 11, 2015 - From producer Steven Spielberg and Gremlins director Joe Dante, the 1987 sci-fi comedy Innerspace 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. Read our review.
August 10, 2015 - The action-comedy Hot Pursuit 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). Available tomorrow, Warner's Blu-ray + DVD + Digital HD combo pack includes an alternate ending and behind-the-scenes featurettes. Our review.
August 9, 2015 - Our newest DVD review looks at Disney Channel's Descendants. In this 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. Now available, Disney's DVD includes "#Mal", behind-the-scenes dance rehearsals, a brief sneak peek at the upcoming animated "Descendants: Wicked World" shorts, and bloopers. Full review.
August 8, 2015 - Toy Story That Time Forgot, the second of ABC's two Toy Story TV specials will come to Blu-ray and DVD on November 3rd. The Blu-ray + Digital HD edition will include behind-the-scenes featurettes, deleted scenes, audio commentary, and more. See the press release for cover art, preorders, and full details.
August 7, 2015 - We have reviews of three new films opening or expanding in theaters today. First up, Fox's Fantastic Four reboot has been plagued by bad buzz for a while and it hits fever pitch today 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. Our review is one of the kindest you'll read.
Next, Dark Places adapts 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. Review.
Finally, expanding to 36 theaters today, the acclaimed independent film The End of the Tour 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). Full film review.
August 6, 2015 - Our coverage of this week's many new discs continues with a Blu-ray review of Madame Bovary. 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. Full Blu-ray review.
August 4, 2015 - Our newest review covers today's Blu-ray debut of Free Willy. 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. Full review.
August 3, 2015 - Adapted from Laura Lippman's bestselling novel, the mystery/suspense film Every Secret Thing 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 tomorrow with four deleted scenes. Our review.
August 2, 2015 - The indie comedy Adult Beginners 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. Available on Tuesday, the Radius-TWC/Anchor Bay Blu-ray includes a 10-minute making-of featurette. Our review.
Our coverage of this week's many new discs begins with the Blu-ray debut of Blast from the Past. 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 film's original theatrical trailer. Full review.
August 1, 2015 - Our newest Blu-ray covers Criterion's recent release of The Black Stallion. 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. Our thorough review.
July 31, 2015 - Now in theaters, Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation sees the Impossible Missions Force 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 today. Here's our critique.
Expanding in theaters today is Irrational Man, Woody Allen's film for 2015. It 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. Our film review.
Recent Film Reviews:
Vacation - Revives the National Lampoon's comedy film franchise, with Rusty Griswold (Ed Helms) taking his wife (Christina Applegate) and two sons (Steele Stebbins and Skyler Gisondo) on a road trip to California's Wally World theme park, just like the one his family took thirty years ago. Also featuring Chevy Chase, Beverly D'Angelo, Leslie Mann, and Chris Hemsworth, this R-rated sequel is written and directed by Horrible Bosses scribes Jonathan Goldstein and John Francis Daley.
Ant-Man - Closing the second phase of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, this adventure sees ex-con Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) transformed into a hero with the help of a suit that can shrink him down to the size of a bug. Co-starring Michael Douglas, Evangeline Lilly, Corey Stoll, and Bobby Cannavale, the film is directed by Peyton Reed (The Break-Up) and written by Edgar Wright and others.
Pixels - Adapted from the 2010 online short of the same name, this 3D sci-fi action comedy sees classic arcade characters attacking the world, leaving video gamers of the '80s (Adam Sandler, Kevin James, Josh Gad, and Peter Dinklage) to try to save us. Directed by Chris Columbus, the film co-stars Michelle Monaghan, Brian Cox, and Sean Bean.
Southpaw - Stars Jake Gyllenhaal as an undefeated light heavyweight champion boxer who loses everything and struggles to win some of it back. Written by "Sons of Anarchy" creator Kurt Sutter and directed by Antoine Fuqua (Training Day), this dark drama co-stars Forest Whitaker, Naomie Harris, Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson, Oona Laurence, and Rachel McAdams.
Recent Blu-ray and DVD Reviews:
Justice League: Gods and Monsters (Blu-ray + DVD + Digital HD) - The latest entry to the long line of DC Universe original animated movies gives us an alternate reality where Superman is the son of General Zod, Batman is a bit of a vampire, and Wonder Woman has her husband killed on her wedding day. This PG-13 effort is joined by two episodes of past DC Comics animated series, two making-of featurettes, an old featurette on "The New Gods", and a sneak peek at Batman: Bad Blood.
The Water Diviner (Blu-ray) - Russell Crowe makes his narrative directing feature debut on a drama that stars him as an Australian man looking for his three sons' remains in Gallipoli four years after the World War I battle. Co-starring Olga Kurylenko as a war-widowed hotel owner, this limited release R-rated drama hits Blu-ray with two making-of featurettes and Digital HD with UltraViolet.
Burying the Ex (Blu-ray) - Director Joe Dante (Gremlins, The 'Burbs, Small Soldiers, Innerspace) returns to horror-comedy. Anton Yelchin plays Max, a Los Angeles man whose live-in girlfriend (Ashley Greene) dies before he can break up with her. Death proves to be but a doorway, when she rises from the grave, instantly complicating Max's new romance with an ice cream shop owner (Alexandra Daddario).
What We Do in the Shadows (Blu-ray) - Written and directed by Jemaine Clement ("Flight of the Conchords") and Taika Waititi (Eagle vs. Shark), this iniversally acclaimed New Zealand mockumentary looks at life for centuries-old vampires sharing a house in a suburb of Wellington. Paramount's Blu-ray includes a commentary by the writers-directors-stars, deleted scenes, character interviews, and the original half-hour 2005 short on which the film is based.
My Beautiful Laundrette (Criterion Collection Blu-ray) - Directed by Stephen Frears (Philomena), this 1985 British drama features an early performance by Daniel Day-Lewis as a Cockney street punk who helps a friend/lover revive a decrepit London laundromat. Criterion's BD includes brand new interviews with Frears, Oscar-nominated writer Hanif Kureishi, producers Tim Bevan and Sarah Radclyffe, and cinematographer Oliver Stapleton as well as the trailer and an essay booklet.
Ex Machina (Blu-ray + Digital HD) - The directorial debut of 28 Days Later screenwriter Alex Garland, this sci-fi thriller send a young programmer (Domhnall Gleeson) to the remote research facility of a brilliant, wealthy search engine founder (Oscar Isaac), whose work with artificial intelligence (Alicia Vikander) he puts to the test. Lionsgate includes a 40-minute making-of documentary, an hour-long Q & A session from SXSW, and an additional half-hour of behind-the-scenes vignettes.
Clouds of Sils Maria - Juliette Binoche plays Maria Enders, an accomplished stage and screen actress who signs up for a revival of the play that made her famous decades ago, this time in the elder lead's role. Released theatrically by IFC, this drama written and directed by France's Olivier Assayas and co-starring Kristen Stewart and Chloλ Grace Moretz reaches DVD from Paramount.
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