We are itching closer to Christmas and there are plenty of selections leading up to it. This weeks recommendations offers a romantic comedy, a gory horror and a season of a series to remember. Check out these potential stocking stuffers.
Romantic comedies and Reese Witherspoon go together like milk and cookies, a natural combination. In Home Again, Witherspoon plays a recently separated woman moves back to her hometown with her two daughters. Soon after she meets three young filmmakers who need a place to live, so naturally she lets them stay at her guest house. A lot of drama and romance ensue and the ex-husband comes back into the picture to muddy the waters even more. I like that there is a modern feel to this movie. It’s entirely feasible this is a situation that isn’t farfetched, especially where the story is set, Los Angeles.
Witherspoon is a natural in these sort of romantic comedy roles and the movie has enough witty banter to keep you laughing and engaged. Sometimes starting over isn’t as easy as it looks like, but this movie makes it fun.
BONUS FEATURE on BLU-RAY™, DVD and digital
- Feature Commentary with writer/director Hallie Meyers-Shyer and producer Nancy Meyers
Home Again is out now on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital
The holiday season is off and rolling and we are just a few weeks away from Christmas. The week of December 5 offers a nice variety of Blu-ray/DVD, VOD and limited theatrical releases you should check out.
Jake Gyllenhaal has taken on some intriguing roles and turned out some fantastic performances, but the one that may get him that Oscar nod could be for playing Jeff Bauman, a survivor of the Boston Marathon bombing. This film is inspiring and personal. The story centers around Bauman’s recovery and fight to overcome all obstacles that face him after losing both of his legs in the bombings. Bauman’s will and no quit attitude is greatly depicted by Gyllenhaal. The film gives a unique first-person account of the terror of the bombings and the aftermath of individual struggle imposed by the events of the bombings. This is a must see film with terrific acting, engaging story, and lots of heart. Check out the story of this courageous man that had to face some improbable obstacles and be inspired.
Stronger releases on Blu-ray, DVD, Digital HD and On Demand on December 19
The last week of November and start of December offer some solid releases heading into the holiday season. This week offers a wide array of Blu-ray/DVD, VOD and limited theatrical releases. The following are this weeks recommended releases you should see:
Very few have had a career growth that rivals that of Channing Tatum and Adam Driver. Tatum has tackled a variety of eccentric and against type roles, while Driver has established himself a versatile actor that can do a lot more than comedy. Both of these men star in the outrageous and entertaining Logan Lucky (not to be confused with Logan the X-Men character movie released earlier this year). In the movie Tatum and Driver play two oddball trailer-trash brothers that attempt to pull off a heist during a NASCAR race. Don’t be swayed by the premise, these characters are very engaging. Add a bleach blond haired Daniel Craig into a mix and you really have something you haven’t seen before. This is one obscure crime comedy drama that is a must-see. Driver, Tatum and Craig blaze a trail unmatched by any NASCAR ride.
Logan Lucky is out now on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD, Digital HD and On Demand
Halloween is officially behind us and November is here. The month is off to a good start with some interesting selections. The following are the must see Blu-ray/DVD, VOD and select theatrical under-the-radar latest releases.
THE GLASS CASTLE:
Woody Harrelson, Brie Larson and Naomi Watts star in the movie version of Jeannette Wall’s memoir of the same title. The story centers around Larson’s character Jeannette who recollects her poverty stricken childhood with her eccentric family. Harrelson plays the father, Rex, an alcoholic who paints a positive and hopeful life outlook for his children, amid their struggles to make ends meet. This film had a bit of a Captain Fantastic flare to it, but it’s filled with emotionally heavy moments. The characters are strong in their own right. Even though their situations may not be relatable to everyone, the struggles they each endure are relatable. This is a well acted movie, little long, but intriguing enough to keep you engaged throughout. Have some tissues ready, you might need them.
The Glass Castle is out now Blu-ray, DVD, Digital HD and On Demand
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October is winding down, but the film release slate is strong for the week of October 24. This weeks Blu-ray, DVD, VOD and limited theatrical releases include some notable films and some under-the-radar.
WAR FOR THE PLANET OF THE APES:
The recent Planet of the Apes franchise has been outstanding. Matt Reeves has taken this franchise to a new level, War is the proof in that. War is as complete of a movie as you can get in a trilogy. Naturally sequels tend to water down, but War may the best of the three. The evolution of Ceasar has been thorough and compelling. In the film, we see Ceasar as an established leader that’s grown older, but wiser. The apes are facing their biggest threat, a ruthless out-of-control Colonel (Woody Harrelson). Many apes will die, but it’s up to Ceasar to guide them to safety.
The cool thing about the Apes movies is that they have had a natural progression of the characters. They went from wild and semi-villainous, to being the ones you root for, while the humans have gradually turned into the villains. These movies have a lot of underlying messages. From political to the human treatment of animals. These are smart films. War is as emotionally impactful as it’s visually startling. Tears will be shed from the pure emotions that the story will make you feel. Whether this is the end of the franchise or a new start, War for the Planet of Apes is one of the best films of 2017. An absolute must-see blockbuster that feels a lot more like a finely crafted indie drama.
WAR FOR THE PLANET OF THE APES Blu-ray Special Features Include:
- Deleted Scenes with Optional Audio Commentary by Matt Reeves
– Barrier Wall
– “I Owe You One”
– “A Great Man”
– “Do Not Lose Hope”
– The Colonel’s Speech
– Malcolm and the Dinosaurs
– “I Am Like Koba”
- “Waging War for the Planet of the Apes” – In-depth documentary on the making of ‘War for the Planet of the Apes’
– “All About Caesar”
– “WETA: Pushing Boundaries”
– “Music for Apes”
– “Apes: The Meaning of it All”
– “The Apes Saga: An Homage”
MOVIE RATING: 9/10
BLU-RAY/DVD FEATURES: 9.5/10
War for the Planet of the Apes is out now on 4K Ultra HD, 3D Blu-ray, Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD and Digital HD
The week of August 22 surprisingly offers a small slate of movie releases. This week features some big TV show releases, with season seven on The Walking Dead and season two of Supergirl being released. That being said, there are two major home releases this week that you can’t pass up.
GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOL. 2:
One of the summer’s best films is finally out on Blu-ray & DVD. Guardians Vol. 2 brings back the awesome band of misfits back, with the likes of Peter Quill, Gamora, Drax, Rocket and little Groot. This time around they are attempting the discover the mystery behind Quill’s father. The film offers the same sort of humor, entertainment and fun that the first Guardians did, but with an added punch. I really enjoyed the plot and visuals, but also the fact that Yondu plays a prominent role and his story is explored further than before. It’s good to see the already successful Guardians franchise getting better and Vol. 2 is the proof. The Blu-ray special content is another reason to pick up a copy of the film.
- “Guardians Inferno” Music Video
- Hilarious Deleted Scenes
- Outrageous Gag Reel
- Bonus Round: The Making of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
- Audio Commentary by Director James Gunn
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is available now on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD, Digital HD and Disney Movies Anywhere