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September 26, 2016 - Today's review looks at tomorrow's Blu-ray release of Cell. Adapted from Stephen King's 2006 novel, this R-rated thriller unleashes a cell phone-based Apocalypse that has a graphic novelist (John Cusack), a subway driver (Samuel L. Jackson), and a young woman (Isabelle Fuhrman) scrambling to stay alive while those who were talking on their phones turn into killing machines. Lionsgate's release includes an audio commentary, a making-of featurette, and Digital HD. Full review.
September 24, 2016 - Today, we cover Hunt for the Wilderpeople, one of the year's best-reviewed films thus far. From writer-director Taika Waititi (What We Do in the Shadows, the upcoming Thor: Ragnarok), this comic adventure sees a troubled 13-year-old boy (Julian Dennison) and a gruff widower (Sam Neill) go missing in the New Zealand bush. Available on Tuesday, Sony's DVD includes an audio commentary, a making-of featurette, and a blooper reel. Full review.
September 23, 2016 - Our newest Blu-ray review looks at Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising. Universal's underperforming sequel to its 2014 hit sees three college freshmen launch an independent sorority next door to the home of Mac and Kelly (Seth Rogen and Rose Byrne) while their house is in escrow and have another child on the way. Returning to mix things up is frat alum Teddy Sanders (Zac Efron). Now available, the Blu-ray + DVD + Digital HD combo pack includes 24 minutes of deleted scenes, a gag reel, "Line-o-Rama", four making-of featurettes, and a filmmaker audio commentary. Full review.
September 22, 2016 - Now in theaters, Storks lets Warner Animation Group (The Lego Movie) attempt to establish itself among the major animation houses. Written and co-directed by Nicholas Stoller (The Muppets, Get Him to the Greek), this PG-rated family comedy sees a stork (voiced by Andy Samberg) and a teenaged human orphan have to deliver a baby the old-fashioned way to a family of three. It opens in nearly 4,000 theaters today. Our review.
Also opening in theaters today is The Magnificent Seven, director Antoine Fuqua's remake of the classic 1960 western. Denzel Washington, Chris Pratt, and Ethan Hawke head a team of seven deadly cowboys that assembles to defend a small Montana town from the evil oil baron (Peter Sarsgaard) who plans to prey upon it. The PG-13 adventure claims 3,600 theaters, some of them as part of a 7-day IMAX stint. Full review.
September 19, 2016 - Olive Films launches their new Olive Signature line tomorrow with a new Blu-ray edition of High Noon. The classic 1952 western stars Gary Cooper as a newlywed New Mexico marshal who delays turning in his badge to deal with the return of a vengeful outlaw he put away. The new release includes a host of new retrospective featurettes plus the trailer and an essay booklet. Full review.
September 17, 2016 - Today's review looks at last week's Sony DVD release of The Meddler, an acclaimed indie comedy written and directed by Lorene Scafaria (Seeking a Friend for the End of the World). Susan Sarandon plays a recent widow from Brooklyn who moves to Los Angeles to be closer to her daughter, a TV writer (Rose Byrne). This autobiographical tale co-stars J.K. Simmons and Michael McKean. Sony's DVD includes a Sarandon and Scafaria audio commentary, a gag reel, a making-of featurette, and a featurette with the "Real Marnie", Scafaria's mother Gail. Full review.
September 16, 2016 - Our newest Blu-ray review covers Fox Searchlight's critically acclaimed drama A Bigger Splash, which sees four connected people get together for an unusual vacation on a scenic Italian island. Ralph Fiennes, Tilda Swinton, Matthias Schoenaerts, and Dakota Johnson star in this film directed by Luca Guadagnino (I Am Love). Now available, Fox's Blu-ray + DVD + Digital HD combo pack includes 8 promotional featurettes, a photo gallery, and the trailer. Our review.
September 15, 2016 - Three movies open theatrically in wide release today and we've got reviews of each.
Jeremy Irons, Elisabeth Moss, and Luke Evans co-star in this dystopian film from director Ben Wheatley. Now available, Magnolia's Blu-ray includes an audio commentary, four making-of featurettes, and the trailer. Full review.
Produced in secrecy, Blair Witch follows the iconic 1999 viral hit with a new found footage tale involving the sibling of an original documentarian and others venturing into the spooky Black Hills of Burkittsville, Maryland to see what they find. The writer and director of You're Next and The Guest serve up this untimely sequel whose true identity was only recently revealed. Our review.
The third film in the British romantic comedy series, Bridget Jones's Baby checks in with the unlucky-in-love TV reporter (Renιe Zellweger) as she turns 43 and then becomes pregnant with the child of either a wealthy one-night stand (Patrick Dempsey) or her on-again, off-again flame Mark Darcy (Colin Firth). Sharon Maguire returns to direct, while Emma Thompson joins the franchise as both a screenwriter and supporting actress. Full review.
Finally, Snowden, Oliver Stone's delayed biopic about CIA agent turned whistleblower Edward Snowden, stars Joseph Gordon-Levitt in the deep-voiced title role. Co-starring Shailene Woodley, Melissa Leo, Zachary Quinto, Tom Wilkinson, Rhys Ifans, and Nicolas Cage, this R-rated drama has divided critics and raised questions about its veracity. Read our review.
September 14, 2016 - The upbringing of sharpshooting perennial NBA all-star Kevin Durant is dramatized in the Lifetime TV movie The Real MVP: The Wanda Durant Story. Wanda (Cassandra Freeman) works nights for the post office and gives hair cuts on the side to provide for her two sons on her own outside of Washington D.C. Available next Tuesday, Lionsgate's DVD includes a digital copy. Full review.
September 13, 2016 - Hitting Blu-ray and DVD today, The Conjuring 2 presents another family haunting for paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren (Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga) to tackle. This time, it's a divorced mother and her children who are tormented by demons in 1976 England. Warner's Blu-ray includes deleted scenes, five making-of featurettes, and Digital HD with UltraViolet. Full review.
September 11, 2016 - Our coverage of Tuesday's new discs continues with a review of the Blu-ray 3D + Blu-ray + Digital HD Collector's Edition release of Captain America: Civil War, the #1 film of the year by worldwide box office. Chock-full of superheroes including Iron Man, Spider-Man, Black Panther, Ant-Man, Hawkeye, War Machine, Falcon, Scarlet Witch, and Vision, this epic adventure divides those powerful forces into two groups for an epic battle as part of a continuing storyline involving Captain America and his brainwashed best friend Bucky Barnes. The two-disc set includes deleted/extended scenes, four making-of featurettes, an audio commentary, gag reel, and exclusive sneak peek of Doctor Strange. Full review.
September 10, 2016 - Today's review covers this week's Blu-ray + DVD + Digital HD release of Now You See Me 2. A domestic underperformer but worldwide blockbuster, the follow-up to 2013's surprise hit sees magician-thief team the Horsemen (Jesse Eisenberg, Mark Ruffalo, Woody Harrelson, Dave Franco, and Lizzy Caplan) enlisted by a death-faking tycoon (Daniel Radcliffe) to steal a computer chip. Morgan Freeman and Michael Caine reprise their supporting roles in this entertaining bit of escapism. The Summit/Lionsgate combo pack includes an audio commentary by director Jon M. Chu and three lengthy making-of featurettes. Full review.
September 9, 2016 - Expanding today, the independent comedy The Hollars looks at life for a family that comes together when the matriarch is found to have a brain tumor that requires surgery. John Krasinski directed and stars in this PG-13 Sony Pictures Classics movie alongside Richard Jenkins, Margo Martindale, Sharlto Copley, Anna Kendrick, Charlie Day, and Mary Elizabeth Winstead. Full film review.
September 8, 2016 - Now in theaters, Sully tells the true story of the Miracle on the Hudson. In early 2009, pilot Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger (Tom Hanks) nimbly maneuvered a failing US Airways jet on to the Hudson River. Swiftly proclaimed a hero by the world, Sully's actions are subjected to investigation. Directed by Clint Eastwood and co-starring Aaron Eckhart and Laura Linney, this PG-13 drama kicks off the industry's award season in wide release today. Our film review.
Disney and Pixar have announced a November 15th release of their blockbuster Finding Dory on DVD, Blu-ray combo pack, and Blu-ray 3D combo pack. The top-grossing animated film of all time will be joined by theatrical short Piper on DVD and much more (including deleted scenes, audio commentary, and making-of featurettes) in high definition. For cover art, preorders, and full details, see the complete press release.
September 7, 2016 - Today's review looks at next week's DVD reissue of Back in Time, a 2015 documentary celebrating the Back to the Future trilogy and its fans. With interviews of Michael J. Fox, Steven Spielberg, Robert Zemeckis, Christopher Lloyd, Bob Gale, and many more, this exhaustive film leaves little to be desired. Full review.
September 6, 2016 - Our coverage of today's new discs continues with a review of Love & Friendship, Whit Stillman's adaptation of a little-known Jane Austen epistolary novella that has the distinction of being one of the year's most acclaimed films and best-attended specialty releases. Kate Beckinsale plays a new widow looking to find a man for both herself and her daughter while relying on the kindness of relations. Sony's Blu-ray includes a making-of featurette. Full review.
September 4, 2016 - The sci-fi movie Equals is set in a future where people no longer display emotions. A man (Nicholas Hoult) gets diagnosed with Switched On Syndrome and notices a work colleague (Kristen Stewart) has been hiding symptoms that indicates she too may have the condition. After a very limited theatrical release, this A24 film co-written by director Drake Doremus (Like Crazy) and Nathan Parker (Moon) and co-starring Guy Pearce and Jacki Weaver hits Blu-ray on Tuesday with an audio commentary, three making-of featurettes, and Digital HD with UltraViolet. Full review.
September 2, 2016 - Now in theaters, The Light Between Oceans adapts M.L. Stedman's 2012 novel with the story of a couple of Australian lightkeepers (Michael Fassbender and Alicia Vikander) who pass a found infant off as their own child. This PG-13 drama co-stars Rachel Weisz as the baby's biological mother. Full film review.
On DVD next week, Genius dramatizes the friendship and collaboration of author Thomas Wolfe (Jude Law) and editor Max Perkins (Colin Firth) in New York at the end of the 1920s. Pulled from their families, Wolfe and Perkins try to trim Wolfe's epic writings to a manageable size. Lionsgate's DVD + Digital includes two making-of featurettes. Read on...
August 31, 2016 - Our newest Blu-ray review covers Money Monster. This R-rated real-time thriller from director Jodie Foster sees a financial TV news personality (George Clooney) taken hostage at gunpoint by a young man (Jack O'Connell) disgruntled with the system. Julia Roberts and Giancarlo Esposito co-star in this drama that comes to disc next week joined by deleted scenes, making-of featurettes, and a music video. Full review.
August 30, 2016 - Our coverage of this week's new discs concludes with a detailed review of the Blu-ray + DVD + Digital HD edition for Disney's new The Jungle Book. Grossing nearly a billion dollars worldwide, Jon Favreau's big budget blockbuster features Neel Sethi as Mowgli and a talented cast lending their voices to computer-animated animals like Baloo the bear (Bill Murray), Bagheera the panther (Ben Kingsley), King Louie the orangutan (Christopher Walken), Shere Khan the tiger (Idris Elba), and Kaa the snake (Scarlett Johansson). The combo pack complements a dynamic feature presentation with an audio commentary, a substantial making-of documentary, and two featurettes. Read our full review.
In our latest Blu-ray review, we look at High-Rise, a British drama adapted from the 1975 novel by J.G. Ballard. Tom Hiddleston plays a physiology professor who moves into a lively new 40-story high-rise on the outskirts of London, only to watch the tower descend into madness following a tenant's suicide. Sienna Miller,
August 26, 2016 - Our newest Blu-ray review covers Me Before You, the summer hit adapted from Jojo Moyes' bestselling novel. It tells the story of a British woman (Emilia Clarke, "Game of Thrones") who takes on a caregiving job for a quadriplegic young man (Sam Claflin, The Hunger Games sequels). As feelings develop, their plans diverge. Available Tuesday, Warner's Blu-ray includes deleted scenes, outtakes, a making-of featurette, and Digital HD with UltraViolet. Full review.
In theaters today, Hands of Stone stars Edgar Ramνrez as Panamanian boxer Roberto Durαn and Robert De Niro as his seasoned trainer Ray Arcel. Also featuring Usher Raymond as opponent Sugar Ray Leonard, this R-rated drama written and directed by Jonathan Jakubowicz opens in 810 locations. Our film review.
August 25, 2016 - Today's review covers The Phenom, a critically acclaimed but narrowly released independent drama about a major league baseball pitcher (Johnny Simmons) who consults a sports psychologist (Paul Giamatti) after his control goes haywire. Co-starring Ethan Hawke, this unrated film was written and directed by Noah Buschel. Available next Tuesday, RLJ's Blu-ray includes photo galleries and a cast interview featurette. Full review.
August 23, 2016 - Our coverage of today's new discs concludes with a review of Maggie's Plan. Adapted and directed by Rebecca Miller, this independent comedy tells the story of Maggie (Greta Gerwig), a college administrator on the verge of having a child on her own, who instead marries an anthropology professor (Ethan Hawke) and starts a family with him before having second thoughts. Julianne Moore, Bill Hader, and Maya Rudolph co-star in this acclaimed film. Sony's Blu-ray + Digital release includes a Miller audio commentary, outtakes, a making-of featurette, the trailer, and a Sundance Film Festival Q & A. Read our full review.
August 22, 2016 - Our newest review covers one of 2016's best movies to date: The Nice Guys. From Lethal Weapon writer and Iron Man 3 director Shane Black, this action comedy stars Russell Crowe and Ryan Gosling as an enforcer and private eye who team up to investigate a young woman's disappearance in 1977 Los Angeles. This acclaimed film hits stores tomorrow in a Blu-ray + DVD + Digital HD combo pack with two making-of featurettes. Don't miss our full review.
August 20, 2016 - Our coverage of Tuesday's Blu-rays begins with a review of The Man Who Knew Infinity. This PG-13 drama stars Dev Patel (Slumdog Millionaire) as brilliant Indian mathematician Srinivasa Ramanujan as Jeremy Irons as his mentor at Cambridge's Trinity College. Well-attended in limited release by IFC, this Matthew Brown-directed film hits Blu-ray and DVD from Paramount. Full review.
August 19, 2016 - We have reviews of two of today's new wide theatrical releases.
Laika (Coraline, ParaNorman) extends their streak of striking stop-motion storytelling with Kubo and the Two Strings, an original film that sees a one-eyed Japanese boy along with a monkey and beetle go on an epic journey to find armor to protect him. Featuring the voices of Charlize Theron and Matthew McConaughey, this PG-rated Focus Features release is getting favorable reviews. Here's ours.
Even better, War Dogs sees successful comedy filmmaker Todd Phillips (The Hangover, Old School) get a little more serious in the true story of two young Americans (Miles Teller and Jonah Hill) who find themselves dealing arms to the US military in the mid-Noughties. A funny and absorbing film in the spirit of Goodfellas, this R-rated film also features Bradley Cooper. Full review.
August 18, 2016 - Today's review looks at The Angry Birds Movie. Adapted from the extremely popular video game, this animated family comedy sees Red (voiced by Jason Sudeikis) sentenced to anger management therapy and green pigs with nefarious plans arriving on Bird Island. Now available, Sony's Blu-ray + DVD + Digital HD combo pack includes Hatchling shorts, deleted scenes, making-of featurettes, and a Blake Shelton music video and dance-along. Don't miss our full review.
August 15, 2016 - Today's new review covers Scooby-Doo! and WWE: Curse of the Speed Demon, a new direct-to-video animated movie now available on DVD and Blu-ray combo pack. The second pairing of the Hanna-Barbera franchise with the pro wrestling league, this one sees the Mystery Machine gang tapped by Mr. McMahon to solve a mystery of a demon racer. Warner's combo pack includes a featurette on the Monster Jam Scooby-Doo truck and episodes from two recent "Scooby-Doo" series. Our review.
August 12, 2016 - We've got reviews of four new movies opening in theaters today!
Disney treats another fondly remembered film of yore to a reimagining in Pete's Dragon. David Lowery (Ain't Them Bodies Saints) directs and co-writes a film markedly different from the 1977 musical comedy. The story of an orphan boy's friendship with a dragon is relocated to a logging town in the Pacific Northwest in the late 1970s. Bryce Dallas Howard, Robert Redford, Wes Bentley, and Karl Urban star in this dramatic adventure receiving quite good reviews. Ours does not join the chorus of acclaim.
Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg bring their crude sense of humor to the world of computer animation in Sausage Party. This hard R-rated comedy depicts life for supermarket foods whose expectations of a better life in the Great Beyond seem to be misplaced. Rogen leads a star-studded voice cast that also includes Jonah Hill (who shares story credit), Kristen Wiig, David Krumholtz, James Franco, Edward Norton, Salma Hayek, and Bill Hader. Our review.
Florence Foster Jenkins stars Meryl Streep as the wealthy socialite whose erratic operatic singing made her infamous. Hugh Grant plays her supportive but unfaithful husband, while Simon Helberg plays her nervous accompanist. Directed by Stephen Frears (Philomena, The Queen), this PG-13 comedy opens in 1,500 theaters today. Full review.
Finally, opening in limited release is Hell or High Water, a Texas film about bank-robbing brothers (Chris Pine and Ben Foster) and the two Texas rangers on their trail (Jeff Bridges and Gil Birmingham). David Mackenzie (Starred Up) directs the second script by Sicario writer Taylor Sheridan. Read on.
August 11, 2016 - 2014: Ranked and Reviewed comes to a close with our fourth and final part, presenting the Top 50 Films of 2014. See where the remaining animated blockbusters, Best Picture nominees, superhero films, and underrated/under-the-radar films ended up in our 200-film countdown. Top 50.
August 10, 2016 - 2014: Ranked and Reviewed marches on with a look back at the next fifty films, those ranked 100th through 51st. Among those featured in Part 3 are the Hobbit and Night at the Museum finales, the coolly received Muppets and Amazing Spider-Man sequels, and several more Academy Award nominees. Check out the update here and come back tomorrow as the Top 50 of the year are revealed!
August 9, 2016 - Our latest review looks at today's Blu-ray + Digital HD release of A Hologram for the King. Tom Tykwer's adaptation of Dave Eggers' novel stars Tom Hanks as an American businessman in Saudi Arabia trying to sell the king on a teleconferencing system. Lionsgate's disc includes three substantial making-of featurettes alongside the acclaimed R-rated dramedy. Full review.
2014 Movies: Ranked and Reviewed continues today with #'s 150-101. The second of four parts features below average works a billion dollar worldwide grosser, a multiple Oscar winner (and Best Picture nominee), a pair of dystopian YA adventures, a quartet of religious films, and one film that was nearly too controversial for theaters. Check out all of them here and don't forget to come back tomorrow for #'s 100-51!
August 8, 2016 - Better late than never! We have begun to count down the movies of 2014 from worst to first in 2014 Movies: Ranked and Reviewed. In total, two hundred films will be ranked, with a one-line assessment and a link to a full review if available. Over the next four days, we'll make our way down to #1, presenting 50 films a day. Join us in this trip down a not so distant memory lane: Part 1: #200-#151.
August 6, 2016 - Our newest review covers Fox's DVD + Digital HD release of Demolition. This dramedy from Dallas Buyers Club and Wild director Jean-Marc Vallιe stars Jake Gyllenhaal as a New York investment banker whose life unravels after losing his wife in a car accident. Naomi Watts and Chris Cooper co-star in this undeperforming wide release, whose DVD includes a photo gallery and the trailer. Full review.
August 5, 2016 - Ewan McGregor gets to play two extremes in Last Days in the Desert, a film that casts him as both Jesus and the Devil who tempts him during his time spent in Judea's desert after His baptism. Written and directed by Rodrigo Garcνa (creator of HBO's "In Treatment"), this PG-13 drama co-stars Ciarαn Hinds and Tye Sheridan. It's on DVD now after a minimal theatrical release. Our review.
August 4, 2016 - Now in theaters, DC's Suicide Squad assembles convicted villains to use their deadly skills against a threat to the public. Featuring Will Smith as Deadshot, Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn, and Jared Leto as Joker, this character-heavy film is written and directed by David Ayer (Fury, End of Watch). Primed for a record opening, it opens in over 4,250 theaters. Our review.
August 2, 2016 - Sketch comedians Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele make the leap to leading men in Keanu, a comedy that finds two mild-mannered cousins posing as tough gangsters to recover their stolen kitten. This acclaimed R-rated film hits Blu-ray tomorrow with a gag reel, deleted scenes, Digital HD with UltraViolet, and the featurette "Keanu: My First Movie." Our review.
August 1, 2016 - Our coverage of this week's new discs continues with a review of The Bronze. This racy R-rated comedy stars Melissa Rauch ("The Big Bang Theory") as Olympic bronze medalist who hasn't moved on from her glory back in 2004. The small town hero reluctantly trains an up and comer to collect a $500,000 inheritance. Co-starring Gary Cole, Thomas Middleditch, and Captain America's Sebastian Stan, this box office underperformer is joined by deleted scenes and a red band trailer on Blu-ray. Full review.
July 31, 2016 - Our newest review looks at Puerto Ricans in Paris, a comedy directed and co-written by "How to Make It in America" creator Ian Edelman. Luis Guzman and Edgar Garcia play NYPD detectives brought in to solve a million Euro mystery for French fashion designer. Not long after a one-week theatrical release, this R-rated film hits Blu-ray from Universal on Tuesday with Digital HD. Full review.
July 30, 2016 - Norwegian director Joachim Trier (Oslo, August 31st) makes his English language debut on Louder Than Bombs, a drama exploring the grief of a father (Gabriel Byrne) and his two sons (Jesse Eisenberg and Devin Druid) after the death of their mother (Isabelle Huppert). Co-starring Amy Ryan and David Strathairn, this limited theatrical release hits DVD from Sony on Tuesday with a behind-the-scenes short, a select scene audio commentary, and a photo gallery. Here's our review.
July 29, 2016 - Our coverage of this week's Blu-rays and DVDs concludes with a review of Criminal. Kevin Costner plays a convict who has memories from a slain CIA operative (Ryan Reynolds) implanted in his brain. Summit/Lionsgate's Blu-ray + DVD + Digital HD combo pack includes a partial audio commentary, deleted scenes, a music video and a two-part 40-minute making-of featurette. Full review.
Now in theaters, Jason Bourne brings back Matt Damon as the titular superspy and Paul Greengrass as director. In this, the franchise's fifth movie, the CIA targets Bourne following a hacking. Full film review.
July 27, 2016 - Barbershop: The Next Cut revives the early Noughties franchise with another session of topical discussion centered around Calvin's Barbershop in Chicago. Ice Cube heads a cast that includes Cedric the Entertainer, Common, Eve, Regina Hall, and Nicki Minaj. Now available, Warner's Blu-ray includes deleted scenes, a gag reel, a short on the cast's hair-cutting training, and Digital HD. Our full review.
July 25, 2016 - The Boss stars Melissa McCarthy as a high-powered businesswoman who needs to rebound after doing time for a white collar crime. Co-written by McCarthy and her husband, the film's director Ben Falcone, this comedy is presented in its R-rated theatrical cut and an extended unrated cut in Universal's Blu-ray + DVD + Digital HD combo pack. Extras include deleted and alternate scenes, a gag reel, the character's origins on stage through the Groundlings improv group. Don't miss our full review.
July 24, 2016 - Our newest Blu-ray review looks at this week's The Film Detective remastered release of Francis Ford Coppola's Dementia 13. The black and white 1963 horror film, made in the wake of Psycho and nearly a full decade before Coppola's The Godfather, gets a new Blu-ray edition with no frills. Full review.
July 23, 2016 - Our coverage of this week's Blu-ray releases concludes with a review of The Ratings Game. This 1984 Showtime television movie, directed by and starring Danny DeVito, tells the story of a New Jersey trucking magnate who breaks into show business with a lousy sitcom that is pitted against the World Series, requiring an attack on the medium's hallowed ratings system. Olive Films pulls this movie out of obscurity with a Blu-ray that also includes four DeVito-directed short films, deleted scenes, a behind-the-scenes featurette, a promo, and an illustrated booklet. Full review.
July 22, 2016 - Now in theaters, the horror film Lights Out adapts the 2013 online short of the same name. James Wan (The Conjuring) produces this story of a ghost who lurks in the shadows and haunts a family when it's dark. Teresa Palmer and Maria Bello star in this PG-13 movie. Film review.
Our newest review covers Elvis & Nixon, which offers a comedic look at the time when Elvis Presley dropped by the White House and met with President Richard Nixon in 1970. Michael Shannon plays Elvis and Kevin Spacey is Nixon in this R-rated film directed by Liza Johnson (Loveship Hateship). Now available, Sony's Blu-ray includes filmmakers' audio commentary and the short featurette "Crazy But True." Our full review.
July 21, 2016 - One of 2016's most anticipated and most divisive films is our latest review subject. Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Zack Snyder's follow-up to Man of Steel, pits DC Comics' biggest superheroes against one another in a dark, action-packed outing. On Blu-ray, the 2½-hour film is extended to just over 3 in an Ultimate Edition cut that undeletes a journalist played by Jena Malone. Extras tease upcoming DC Movies and consider these characters' long, storied pasts in comics. Don't miss our full review of the three-disc Blu-ray + DVD + Digital HD edition.
July 18, 2016 - The 1997 crime drama Gang Related, the final film of Tupac Shakur, comes to Blu-ray tomorrow and we've got a review. Shakur and James Belushi play dirty cops who inadvertently kill an undercover DEA agent and have to take measures to pin the murder on someone else (Dennis Quaid). Co-starring Lela Rochon, James Earl Jones, Wendy Crewson, and Gary Cole, this gritty R-rated film written and directed by "Grimm" creator Jim Kouf is accompanied by a trailer and a making-of featurette on Olive Films' disc. Full review.
July 16, 2016 - Our latest review looks at this week's Blu-ray + Digital release of Miracles from Heaven. From the producers of Heaven Is for Real, this PG-rated drama tells the true story of the Beams, a Texas family whose sick daughter gets an instant, inexplicable cure. Jennifer Garner, Martin Henderson, and Queen Latifah star in this film from The 33 director Patricia Riggen. Sony's Blu-ray includes filmmaker audio commentary, deleted scenes, interviews of the real family members, a music video, and concept art. Full review.
July 14, 2016 - Coverage of this week's new discs continues with a review of Green Room, the critically acclaimed horror film written and directed by Blue Ruin's Jeremy Saulnier. In one of his final roles, Anton Yelchin plays a member of a young punk band who play a gig in rural Oregon and wind up trapped backstage by white supremacists (led by Patrick Stewart). Lionsgate's Blu-ray + Digital HD of this A24 release includes a Saulnier commentary and a making-of featurette. Our review.
Now in theaters, Ghostbusters remakes one of the most successful comedies of all time. Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon, and Leslie Jones play a new team assembling in New York to eliminate paranormal spooks in this PG-13 comedy from Bridesmaids and Spy director Paul Feig. Full film review.
July 12, 2016 - Everybody Wants Some!!, writer-director Richard Linklater's "spiritual successor" to Dazed and Confused is on Blu-ray today. This comedy depicts Labor Day Weekend 1980 for two houses full of baseball players at a Texas college. Paramount's Blu-ray + DVD + Digital HD combo includes unused footage and making-of featurettes. Our full review.
July 11, 2016 - Our newest review covers The Dark Horse, a drama starring Cliff Curtis ("Fear the Walking Dead") as a mentally troubled New Zealander who turns life around for himself and his nephew with his involvement in a local chess club. Broad Green brings this R-rated film to DVD tomorrow. Our review.
July 10, 2016 - The Adderall Diaries stars James Franco as Stephen Elliott, a successful author whose rough upbringing is disputed when his supposedly dead father (Ed Harris) resurfaces. Co-starring Amber Heard, Cynthia Nixon, and Christian Slater, this R-rated drama adapted from the real Elliott's "true crue memoir" by director Pamela Romanowsky is now on Blu-ray from Lionsgate with audio commentary, a director's interview, deleted scenes, and Digital HD with UltraViolet. Full review.
Our newest Blu-ray review looks at The Mermaid, China's highest-grossing film ever. From director Stephen Chow (Kung Fu Hustle, Shaolin Soccer), this R-rated romantic comedy fantasy sees a wealthy tycoon (Deng Chao) reconsidering his business practices after a visit from a real live mermaid (Jelly Lin). Now available, Sony's Blu-ray + Digital edition includes a making-of featurette, a making-of short, and a music video. Full review.
July 1, 2016 - Our latest home video review covers Tuesday's DVD release of The Family Fang, the second film directed by Jason Bateman. Adapted from the bestselling novel, this independent dramedy looks at life in adulthood for two siblings (Bateman and Nicole Kidman) who grew up in a family of performance artists participating in public scenes. Anchor Bay's DVD includes an audio commentary by Bateman. Full review.
June 30, 2016 - Now in theaters, The BFG marks Steven Spielberg's first film for Walt Disney Pictures. This adaptation of Roald Dahl's 1980s novel sees a British orphan meeting a big friendly giant...and his bigger, less friendly fellow giants. Starring Academy Award winner Mark Rylance in the title role, this effects-heavy PG-rated family film opens wide in 3D. Film review.
Also in theaters, The Legend of Tarzan gives us a new take on Edgar Rice Burroughs' old hero. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows director David Yates sends the aristocratic Tarzan (Alexander Skarsgεrd) back to the wilds of Africa where he grew up and into a trap set by a nasty Belgian captain (Christoph Waltz). Co-starring Margot Robbie as Jane and Samuel L. Jackson as comic relief, this PG-13 adventure uses some of its big budget on an entirely CG animal cast. Our review.
Meanwhile, expanding nationwide today after a strong debut last weekend, Swiss Army Man stars Paul Dano as a Pacific Ocean castaway whose dire life changes when a dead body (Daniel Radcliffe) washes ashore and becomes an inexplicably powerful new companion. This offbeat comedy is written and directed by "Daniels", a duo making its big screen debut. Read more...
A September 13th Blu-ray 3D, Blu-ray, and DVD release for Captain America: Civil War has just been announced. Marvel's superhero-studded blockbuster will be joined by audio commentary, deleted and extended scenes, making-of featurettes, a Doctor Strange sneak peek and a gag reel on Blu-ray, while going movie-only on DVD. See the press release for cover art, preorder links, and full details.
Our newest review looks at Precious Cargo, a crime action film starring Mark-Paul Gosselaar as a cunning thief whose pregnant ex (Claire Forlani) gets him to do a big job to clear her debt with a crime boss (Bruce Willis). After limited theatrical release in April, this R-rated Lionsgate thriller hit Blu-ray and DVD this week with a making-of featurette, cast and crew interviews, Digital HD, and the trailer. Our review.
June 29, 2016 - Coverage of this week's new discs continues with a review of Eye in the Sky. This British thriller from Tsotsi director Gavin Hood sees a variety of officials around the globe contemplating whether to authorize a drone strike on a terrorist safe house in Africa. Helen Mirren, Aaron Paul, Barkhad Abdi, and, in his final live-action performance, Alan Rickman star in this critically acclaimed film. Universal's Blu-ray + DVD + Digital HD combo pack includes two making-of shorts. Check out the full review.
June 28, 2016 - The new documentary Elstree 1976 interviews ten actors who held supporting roles in the original Star Wars, playing such iconic characters as Darth Vader, Boba Fett, and Greedo. It hits DVD today. Our review.
June 27, 2016 - Twenty-nine years after the release of the original Touchstone Pictures comedy, Disney Channel gives us a new version of Adventures in Babysitting. This TV-G remake stars Sabrina Carpenter ("Girl Meets World") and Sofia Carson (Descendants) as rivals who find themselves on a wild night in the big city while babysitting a total of five kids from two households. Available tomorrow, Disney's DVD includes a blooper reel and a magnetic photo frame. Don't miss our full review.
June 26, 2016 - The 1993 drama A Home of Our Own stars Kathy Bates as a hardworking, strong-willed widow who moves with her six kids to rural Idaho for a new start in 1962. Co-starring Terminator 2's Edward Furlong and Soon-Tek Oh, this esteemed film hit Blu-ray last week from Olive Films. Full review.
June 25, 2016 - Our latest Blu-ray review looks at Cornbread, Earl and Me, the 1975 drama that marked Laurence Fishburne's film debut. NBA All-Star Jamaal Wilkes plays Nathaniel "Cornbread" Hamilton, a college-bound star basketball player who is the hero of his poor neighborhood. When he is mistaken for a criminal and shot to death by police, Cornbread's family and community rallies to clear his name. Olive Films' Blu-ray includes the theatrical trailer. Our review.
June 24, 2016 - Disney has announced Beauty and the Beast as the second film to be released in the Walt Disney Signature Collection of animated classics. The 1991 Academy Award winner and Best Picture nominee will be treated to a new 25th Anniversary Blu-ray + DVD + Digital HD combo pack with four versions of the movie and a number of new bonus features. Check out the press release to watch the trailer and see full details.
Now in theaters, The Neon Demon, from Drive director Nicolas Winding Refn, sees a new to Los Angeles 16-year-old aspiring model (Elle Fanning) turn heads and produce an array of reactions from peers and colleagues. It's...different. Full film review.
June 23, 2016 - The Brothers Grimsby stars Borat's Sacha Baron Cohen as a soccer-loving Brit who reconnects with his brother (Mark Strong) after 28 years of estrangement, only to become involved in a deadly international conspiracy. Directed by Louis Leterrier (Now You See Me, The Incredible Hulk), this crude R-rated action-comedy is now on Blu-ray from Sony with deleted scenes, extended scenes, making-of featurettes, line-o-rama, gag reel, and Digital HD with UltraViolet. Our Blu-ray review.
June 22, 2016 - My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2, the sequel to 2002's crowd-pleasing indie, is our latest Blu-ray review subject. This time around, Toula (Nia Vardalos) tries to rekindle the spark in her marriage to Ian (John Corbett), while her daughter weighs college plans and her parents discover they need to get married. Now available, Universal's Blu-ray + DVD + Digital HD combo pack includes a gag reel, a cast discussion at the Dancing Zorba's, and a making-of featurette. Opa! Full review.
June 21, 2016 - Our coverage of today's new Blu-ray and DVD releases continues with a review of Knight of Cups, the latest film from The Tree of Life writer-director Terrence Malick. Four years in the making, this artsy drama explores the life and loves of a womanizing screenwriter (Christian Bale). The star-studded cast includes Natalie Portman, Cate Blanchett, Freida Pinto, Imogen Poots, Teresa Palmer, Wes Bentley, and Brian Dennehy. Broad Green's Blu-ray includes a making-of featurette. Don't miss our full review.
June 16, 2016 - Pixar Animation Studios returns to the universe of what was once their biggest blockbuster in Finding Dory, now in theaters. The follow-up to the beloved 2003 film sees amnesia-addled Dory trying to remember and find her parents, while being "rescued and rehabilitated" at the Marine Life Institute. Marlin and Nemo search for their friend. Just keep swimming towards our full review.
The British film Eddie the Eagle dramatizes the inspiring run of UK ski jumper Eddie Edwards (Kingsman's Taron Egerton) in the 1988 Winter Olympics. Hugh Jackman plays his alcoholic American coach, while Jim Broadbent and Christopher Walken also appear. Now available, Fox's Blu-ray + DVD + Digital HD combo pack includes 43 minutes of featurettes, the trailer, and a photo gallery. Here is our full review.
June 14, 2016 - Midnight Special, the fourth film from writer-director Jeff Nichols (Mud, Take Shelter) finds a powerful otherworldly boy with glowing eyes (Jaeden Lieberher) on the run from the FBI and cult members alike with guardians (Michael Shannon, Joel Edgerton). Available next Tuesday, Warner's Blu-ray includes five origin shorts, a making-of featurette, and Digital HD UltraViolet. Full review.
June 13, 2016 - Our latest review looks at 10 Cloverfield Lane, the sorta (mostly not) sequel to the J.J. Abrams-produced 2008 found footage film Cloverfield. This self-contained thriller finds a young woman (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) suddenly living in the underground shelter of a doomsdayer (John Goodman) who insists the surface is uninhabitable following attack. Available tomorrow, Paramount's Blu-ray + DVD + Digital HD combo pack includes an audio commentary and seven short making-of featurettes. Full review.
June 12, 2016 - Today's review covers 45 Years, Charlotte Rampling's Oscar nominee for Best Leading Actress. This British drama from director Andrew Haugh tells the story of an aging married couple (Rampling and Tom Courtenay) about to celebrate their 45th anniversary, whose relationship is shaken by a discovery from his past. This IFC film reaches Blu-ray and DVD from Paramount on Tuesday. Here is our Blu-ray review.
June 11, 2016 - Zootopia, Disney's acclaimed animated blockbuster, is now on home video. Set in a world where animals are anthropomorphic, the film lets rookie rabbit cop Judy Hopps and sly fox con man Nick Wilde team up to solve the mystery of an animal's disappearance. The Blu-ray + DVD + Digital HD combo pack includes filmmaker roundtables, an epic deleted scenes section, a featurette on deleted characters, making-of featurettes, a guide to Easter eggs hidden in the film, and Shakira's "Try Everything" music video. Don't miss our full review.
June 10, 2016 - Our newest DVD review covers the independent drama One More Time, which stars Amber Heard as a struggling musician who has to move in with her father (Christopher Walken), an accomplished crooner on the verge of a second act. Now available, this unrated limited theatrical release co-stars Hamish Linklater, Kelli Garner, and Oliver Platt. Full review.
Recent Film Reviews:
The Conjuring 2 - In this sequel to 2013's acclaimed hit, Ed and Lorraine Warren (Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga) journey to England to investigate a family's claims of demonic possession. Director James Wan returns and contributes to the script that is based on the real case files of the Warrens.
Alice Through the Looking Glass - Brings back the cast of Disney's 2010 blockbuster Alice in Wonderland, with Tim Burton producing and James Bobin (The Muppets) directing. This sequel sees Alice having to journey through time (using a device stolen from Time, a new character played by Sacha Baron Cohen), to help the Mad Hatter (Johnny Depp) and protect his family.
Recent Blu-ray and DVD Reviews:
Love Finds You in Valentine - An UP TV movie adapted from the third in the romance novel series. In it, a California woman (Michaela McManus) inherits her family's ranch in Valentine, Nebraska and has second thoughts about selling it upon learning of its history.
Anomalisa (Blu-ray + DVD + Digital HD) - An Academy Award nominee for Best Animated Feature, this R-rated stop motion romantic dramedy is written and co-directed by Charlie Kaufman, the Oscar-winning screenwriter of Being John Malkovich, Adaptation., and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. Adapted from Kaufman's 2005 sound play, it tells the story of a lonely customer service guru (voiced by David Thewlis) visiting Cincinnati to deliver a speech who meets a woman (voiced by Jennifer Jason Leigh) who stands out from the rest. Paramount's combo pack includes a half-hour making-of documentary, two featurettes, and an Easter egg.
Hail, Caesar! (Blu-ray + DVD + Digital HD) - Coen Brothers' comedy looks at the issues concerning a studio fixer (Josh Brolin) in 1952 Hollywood, most significantly the abduction of a movie star (George Clooney) by Communist screenwriters. Co-starring Scarlett Johansson, Tilda Swinton, Alden Ehrenrich, and Jonah Hill. Universal's combo pack includes four making-of featurettes.
The Spoils Before Dying - IFC's follow-up miniseries to The Spoils of Babylon sees a 1950s jazz pianist (Michael Kenneth Williams) wrongly accused of murder. The six-episode comedy co-stars Kristen Wiig, Maya Rudolph, Michael Sheen and Will Ferrell as author Eric Jonrosh (and J. Edgar Hoover).
Gods of Egypt (Blu-ray 3D + Blu-ray + DVD + Digital HD) - From I, Robot director Alex Proyas, this sees the desert god Set (Gerard Butler) usurp the throne from his nephew Horus (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau), whose perfect eyes he steals. This big budget flop, also starring Brenton Thwaites and Geoffrey Rush, is now available in a Best Buy-exclusive Steelbook.
Zoolander 2 (The Magnum Edition Blu-ray + DVD + Digital HD) - Untimely sequel to Ben Stiller's 2001 male model comedy brings back the original cast and pulls Zoolander (Stiller) and Hansel (Owen Wilson) out of retirement and Mugatu (Will Ferrell) out of prison while an INTERPOL agent (Penelope Cruz) tries to uncover conspiracy. Paramount's combo pack presents the film in an unrated director's cut with four bonus features plus a Digital HD code for the original movie.
The Finest Hours (Blu-ray + Digital HD) - Disney drama tells the true story of an incredible rescue by U.S. Coast Guard officers of the crew of a sinking oil tanker during a 1952 nor'easter. The Blu-ray edition includes two deleted scenes and a number of featurettes.
The Private Affairs of Bel Ami - Long-unavailable 1947 drama stars George Sanders and Angela Lansbury. Adapted from the novel by Guy de Maupassant, the film tells the story of a 19th century French scoundrel (Sanders).
The Player (The Criterion Collection Blu-ray) - Chockfull of star cameos, Robert Altman's 1992 Hollywood satire tells the story of a studio exec (Tim Robbins) who winds up killing a disgruntled screenwriter. Criterion's Blu-ray includes audio commentary, a new documentary, deleted scenes, an hour-long Cannes Film Festival press conference, and more.
How to Be Single (Blu-ray) - Adapted from the novel by "Sex and the City" writer-editor Liz Tuccillo, this R-rated romantic comedy follows newly-single Alice (Dakota Johnson), where she learns the scene from a co-worker (Rebel Wilson) as Alice's older sister (Leslie Mann) tries to get pregnant and another woman (Alison Brie) searches for a soulmate. Warner's Blu-ray includes outtakes, deleted scenes, making-of featurettes, and Digital HD.
Zoolander (The Blue Steelbook Blu-ray + Digital HD) - Directed and co-written by Ben Stiller, who also stars as the titular male model, this 2001 comedy makes its BD debut in a Walmart-exclusive limited edition which includes loads of extras (including a never-before-seen alternate brainwashing scene) plus a Zoolander headband wig.
The Witch (Blu-ray + Digital HD) - From first-time writer-director Robert Eggers, this critically acclaimed "New-England Folk Tale" sees unusual occurrences befall a banished Puritan family in 1630s America. Lionsgate's Blu-ray includes an audio commentary, a Q & A panel, a making-of featurette, a design gallery, and a hidden outtakes reel.
Zapped! (Blu-ray) - Two years before the launch of "Charles in Charge", Scott Baio and Willie Aames starred in this R-rated comedy in which a high school science nerd (Baio) becomes equipped with telekinetic powers after a lab mishap. Naturally, he uses them to win a baseball game and to blow girls' clothes off.
Joy (Blu-ray + Digital HD) - Jennifer Lawrence stars as a single mother who invents a self-wringing mop and bets everything on it in the new dramedy from David O. Russell. Fox's disc includes a 20-minute making-of featurette, an image gallery, and an hour-long Times Talks Q & A session with Lawrence and Russell.
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