Must See Movies Releases

The recent list of movie releases has a lot of options for everyone. September has offered a variety of movies, from must see under-the-radar releases to higher profile summer movies that are arriving for home entertainment viewing. Here are the September Blu-ray, DVD, VOD and limited theatrical releases to see:

WONDER WOMAN:

Arguably the best movie of the summer. Wonder Woman amazed audiences and critics with the inspirational portrayal of a superhero that everyone can embrace. Gal Gadot marvels as Wonder Woman. She’s heroic, tough, kind and empowering. Her chemistry with Chris Pine who plays her love interest Steve Trevor is outstanding, they are equally playful as they are connected. The film has a very smart and entertaining plot with a variety of interesting and likable characters. On the surface it may seem like just another superhero movie, but Wonder Woman is a lot more than that. It’s a story of a woman maturing by coming into her own and finding her place in the world. To me this film could also have been mentioned alongside any war movie. The war setting is a major point of the film’s story. Wonder Woman succeeds on a variety of levels, acting, directing (Patty Jenkins), cinematography, story-telling and entertainment. It’s a definite must-see and must own movie.

Blu-ray Bonus Content (including a bonus scene not seen in theaters):

  • Epilogue: Etta’s Mission
  • Crafting the Wonder
  • A Director’s Vision: Themyscira: The Hidden Island 
  • A Director’s Vision: Beach Battle
  • A Director’s Vision: A Photograph Through Time
  • A Director’s Vision: Diana in the Modern World
  • A Director’s Vision: Wonder Woman at War
  • Warriors of Wonder Woman
  • The Trinity 
  • The Wonder Behind the Camera
  • Finding the Wonder Woman
  • Extended Scenes 
  • Blooper Reel 

‘Wonder Woman’ is available on Ultra HD Blu-ray, 3D Blu-ray , Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD, Digital HD and VOD

Podcast: Jim & Don Discuss ‘Wonder Woman’ (Ep.3)

Episode 3 of the Reel Talker Podcast is all about Wonder Woman. Jim is joined once again by Don Shanahan of the CIFCC. Jim brings up his frustrations with the early Wonder Woman critic reactions. Don discusses his favorite moments of the film and why he things it can be an inspirational movie. The guys debate where Wonder Woman ranks among DC movies. All that and more in the podcast.

*Podcast was recorded prior to the movie release.

Podcast Ep. 2 Part 2: Chicago Film Critic Don Shanahan Joins To Preview The 2017 Summer Movies

In the second part of episode 2 of the Reel Talker podcast, Chicago Independent Film Critics Circle’s director Don Shanahan stays on to talk about Zach Snyder leaving Justice League due to unfortunate personal issues, Tom Holland not being the right fit as Spider-Man. Don and I also preview the 2017 summer movie season. Don’t know which movies to check-out and which ones to avoid? Listen in to what we think are the movies to see and to skip.

Trailer: What We Just Learned About ‘Justice League’

There it was, the first major Justice League trailer dropped over the weekend. I actually was at the Chicago “Walker Stalker/Heroes and Villains” comic con when it happened and watched it with David Mazouz (Bruce Wayne from GOTHAM). I asked him if he’s seen it, he said he didn’t know it released, so I pulled out my phone and we watched it together. More on that with my upcoming coverage of the comic con. So, what did we learn from this trailer? Check it out below and hear my thoughts:

RECAP:

Looks like Bruce Wayne is doing a lot of the legwork here, looking for “the others” all over the globe, including areas that appear to lack any sort of civilization. What the hell is Wonder Woman doing in the meantime? Is she hanging out at home watching Netflix? Get your fine booty off the couch and help the man out, Diana. Geez.

Next up, we see Aquaman, Cyborg and Flash in quick intros. I like Barry Allen questioning Bruce Wayne if he’s Batman. Kind of a fan moment there for another superhero that clearly looks up to Batman. Then it starts getting fun. We see all of them in action. The background is similar to the final battle in BvS, with the fire and smoke and the comic bookish look of destruction taking place in the background. Aquaman is throwing down that spear, but one thing to note is it appears Cyborg is shooting at The Flash? Does that mean they are feuding initially?

In the remainder we get a quick glimpse of Lois Lane, so that’s important she’s making an appearance. Batman does battle in his Batmobile. It ends with Commissioner Jim Gordon stating that it’s good to see Batman playing with others while Aquaman approaches them. The trailer ends with Aquaman hanging out on the top of the Batmobile.

WHAT IT MEANS:

It’s a fun trailer, but it doesn’t tells us much. Only clues we get is that some of these superheroes are fighting against each other, for example Cyborg and Flash are. Bruce Wayne is the one doing the recruiting, while Diana is doing whatever else. The sighting of Lois Lane may be a clue to Superman. This trailer is more guarded than most girls are on online dating, now that’s saying something. We got nothing on the villains, nothing on Superman, but instead they showed us the new characters skills and some humorous interaction between them. It’s basically a two and a half minute teaser. I think they learned their lesson after giving it all away in BvS. Less is more and leads to more anticipation.