August comes to an end, but it provided us with plenty of movie choices to indulge in. Some recent releases that you can’t miss includes a comedy with an all-star cast of women, along with a crazy true story you’ll have to see to believe. Here are the recently released recommendations to enjoy during your Labor Day Weekend.

BOOK CLUB:

An iconic cast of Hollywood’s most esteemed leading ladies comes together in this feel-good comedy. Diane Keaton, Jane Fonda, Candice Bergen and Mary Steenburgen play four lifelong friends who venture into the some ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ for their book club. The book transports them into a whole new chapter of their lives, as they live out some of their fantasies, face truths in their lives and open up to new experiences. Director Bill Holderman (Chicago guy) and writer Erin Simms really center the film on the characters and their relationships, with each other and in their individual lives.

Usually I’d just suggest a movie like this for my mom and her friends, but as much as it would seem that it’s geared to a older female demographic, it’s really not. I found this film to be highly enjoyable. It’s fun to see these legendary actresses let it loose and have fun. They play good-natured flawed women that are relatable in many ways. Individually facing life issues like marital problems to dating in today’s online world. There are dozens of hilarious scenes that are both charming and funny.

Book Club is a film most can enjoy if they come into it with an open mind and don’t judge the book by it’s cover (no pun intended). It’s lighthearted and touching at the same time. These characters are coming to terms with the missing aspects of their lives and how to navigate them. It exemplifies that even as we grow older and wiser, we still have so many things to figure out, learn and adjust to in this world. Check this film out, with your mother’s. It will be a great experience.

BLU-RAY SPECIAL FEATURES:

  • Feature film in high definition
  • Bonus Content: Go inside the making of Book Club!
  • Deleted & Extended Scenes
  • It All Started with a Book – The journey from script to screen
  • Casting Book Club – Working with Hollywood icons
  • Location, Location, Location – Visit the set with filmmakers
  • A New Chapter – The cast discuss themes of friendship and romance Living in the Moment – Creating the film’s theme song

Check out my interview with director Bill Holderman and writer Erin Simms, as they discuss the movie. 

BOOK CLUB is out and available now on Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD and Digital 

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Written by Jim Alexander

Once upon a time I watched Monday Night Raw on Monday nights. By coincidence I ended up hooked on The Bachelor/Bachelorette. That lead to a Blog at Chicago Now called Bachelor Universe and a podcast of the same name. Now, I've decided to spread my wings and create this site that can be your Bachelor/Bachelorette destination. Aside from The Bachelor, in my personal life I'm a bachelor myself. Looking for the love of my life (not handing out many roses). I'm an avid animal lover. Have a rabbit and two turtles. I'm a film critic and co-founder of the Chicago Independent Film Critics Circle (CIFCC). Lover of sports. Currently residing in the suburbs of Chicago (my hometown).

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