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
One of the years most exciting action thrillers stars Charlize Theron as a kick-ass MI6 spy. The movie is set in the late 1980’s and it looks and feels every bit of that time period. The action takes place in Berlin, Germany right at the pinnacle of the Berlin Wall demise. James McAvoy also stars alongside Theron as her sketchy acquaintance, but don’t be confused, Theron is the clear star of the film. It’s as physically impressive performance as she’s given, she puts Jason Bourne to shame with the beatdowns she puts on the baddies. Theron has a fantastic fight scene that’s arguably this years best, it takes up over 10 minutes of continual screen time and will have you gasping with awe. Aside from a somewhat convoluted and confusing plot that has an overabundance of twists and turns, Atomic Blonde is satisfactory and entertaining. It nails the time period and the look of it. Theron proves she can mix it up with the best of them. Simply, this movie is as cool as you could hope it would be.
BONUS FEATURES on 4K ULTRA HD, BLU-RAY, DVD AND DIGITAL
- Deleted and Extended Scenes
- Welcome to Berlin – The ultimate setting for a Cold War spy thriller, Berlin becomes a character of its own. Go behind the wall for this making-off.
- Blondes Have More Gun – Lorraine Broughton has one impressive set of skills. See what it took for Charlize Theron to fully transform herself into this tenacious character.
- Spymaster – David Leitch spins the spy genre on its head through exemplary action sequences and complex characters. Hear from cast and crew what it was like to work with this cutting edge director.
- Anatomy of a Fight Scene – Director David Leitch breaks down the incredibly detailed long-take stairwell shot in this anatomy of a fight scene.
- Story in Motion: Agent Broughton – See Agent Broughton as you never have before in these motion storyboards.
- Story in Motion: The Chase – Gascoigne is on the run. Find out who’s after him in this motion storyboard.
- Feature Commentary with Director David Leitch and Editor Elisabet Ronaldsdottir
Atomic Blonde is out now on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray, DVD, Digital and On Demand
Blu-ray Rating: 8/10 (special features including)
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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The week of August 15 offers some nice choices. As usual this weeks choices include under-the-radar Blu-ray/DVD releases, select theatrical and VOD. Check these films out and you’ll be happy you did:
There has been a nice run of boxing movies in the past year. The story of Roberto Duran in Hands of Stone, then there was the remarkable story of of Vinny Pazienza in Bleed For This, now comes another true life story of boxer Chuck Wepner in this film. Liev Schreiber stars as Wepner, a liquor salesman turned prizefighter who is famously known for going fifteen rounds with Muhammad Ali and being the real-life inspiration for Sylvester Stallone’s Rocky Balboa. I know I haven’t heard of Wepner till I saw this film. Schreiber is terrific in this role. They way Schreiber portrays the man as he goes through highs and lows and dealing with short-term fame duo to the popularity of Balboa. This is the real Rocky, and he’s not what you expect him to be. Very well written, presented and acted. This is a must see film not only for boxing lovers. Before you run out to see McGregor vs Mayweather on August 26, check this film out.
Blu-ray Special Features:
Chuck is out now on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital HD
We have entered the second week of August and this week offers another interesting blend of movies to see. A few of these titles are fun under-the-radar choices. Here are the Blu-ray, DVD, VOD and limited theatrical releases you should see for the week of August 8.
KING ARTHUR: LEGEND OF THE SWORD:
The movie might not have done great box office numbers, but the good things the movie offers has been overlooked. It pops visually. The landscapes of tall intimidating castles to the towering mountainous regions and endless seas, it all looks really grand. The special effects look good. The battles look cool. The action delivers. I liked Charlie Hunnam and Jude Law in their roles. The film has some really good qualities to it, so for an action movie it delivers. I can see how it would appeal more to fans than critics, but films like these are made for fans. This is a good movie to watch at home with a bowl of popcorn.
King Arthur: Legend of the Sword is out now on 4K Ultra HD, 3D Blu-ray, Blu-ray, DVD and Digital HD
August is here and that means new home movie releases that you should see. The week of August 1 offers a nice variety of choices. Here are the must-see Blu-ray/DVD, VOD and limited theatrical releases for the week:
BRAVE NEW JERSEY:
I remember learning in school about the Orson Welles’s infamous “War of the Worlds” radio hoax. It’s said that many people took into the broadcast as reality. We had the Tom Cruise led War of the World’s movie and other incarnations of this hoax on-screen, but we never seen the movie version of those people who took the hoax as reality. Now we get that story in Brave New Jersey. In the movie Anna Camp, Tony Hale, Sam Jeager and Heather Burns among others play villagers of a small New Jersey town that react to their perceived alien invasion. This film is a entertaining and fun. It’s a comedy and it plays on the bewilderment of these foolish small town folks. The cast works well.
Brave New Jersey is out now in select Theaters and On Demand