Top 7 San Diego Film Festival Picks [2015 Features]

With the festival circuit well underway, this week I am headed to the San Diego Film Festival. Spanning only five days, September 30 through October 4, the SDFF may not be one of the larger, more recognized festivals, but in years past it has been host to some solid Oscar contenders. Within the last three years alone the SDFF has shown 12 Years a Slave, August: Osage County, Wild, Whiplash, Silver Linings Playbook, and The Imitation Game.

With so many feature films packed within a short amount of time, I’ve picked out seven of my top picks that I’m looking forward to seeing at this year’s San Diego Film Festival:

Mississippi Grind San Diego Film Festival 2015

Mississippi Grind (Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck) Rated R [108 min] – Down on his luck and facing financial hardship, Gerry teams up with younger charismatic poker player, Curtis, in an attempt to change his luck. The two set off on a road trip through the South with visions of winning back what’s been lost. Starring Ben Mendelsohn, Ryan Reynolds, Yvonne Landry, and Anthony Howard

There’s been some great buzz for Mississippi Grind since its debut at Sundance earlier this year. Both Ryan Reynolds (2016’s Deadpool; The Voices; Self/Less) and Ben Mendelsohn (Slow West; Netflix’s Bloodline) have been putting out solid work within the past year, and I think it’s the camaraderie between their characters that will really bring enjoyment to moviegoers. Not only does Mississippi Grind involve gambling, but it’s also a road trip movie, which puts a nice spin on both niche genres. [Watch the trailer]

Mississippi Grind will be playing on Friday [10/2] at 3:00 pm at the Reading Cinemas Gaslamp.

I Smile Back San Diego Film Festival 2015

I Smile Back (Adam Salky) Rated R [85 min] – Laney Brooks does bad things. Married with kids, she takes the drugs she wants, sleeps with the men she wants, disappears when she wants. Now, with the destruction of her family looming, and temptation everywhere, Laney makes one last desperate attempt at redemption. Starring Sarah Silverman, Josh Charles, and Thomas Sadoski

I like seeing Sarah Silverman tackling roles outside her regular comedic wheelhouse. Her performance in Sarah Polley’s Take This Waltz was jarring for all the right reasons. It’s when actors take these kinds of chances, to push themselves beyond their limits, is when real movie magic happens. The tone of I Smile Back comes across really heavy, but I believe Silverman is up to the task from what I’ve seen in previews. [Watch the Trailer]

I Smile Back will be playing on Friday [10/2] at 5:00 pm at the Arclight UTC theater and Saturday [10/3] at 8:30 pm at the Reading Cinemas Gaslamp.

Meadowland San Diego Film Festival 2015

Meadowland (Reed Morano) Rated R [105 min] – In the hazy aftermath of an unimaginable loss, Sarah and Phil come unhinged, recklessly ignoring the repercussions. Phil starts to lose sight of his morals; Sarah takes off on a potentially disastrous journey, falling deeper into her own fever dream. Starring Olivia Wilde, Giovanni Ribisi, Luke Wilson, Ty Simpkins. Juno Temple, Elisabeth Moss, and John Leguizamo

Another weighty drama – I promise not all these picks are dreary and bleak! – it’s again the lead performance that intrigues me more than anything else. Olivia Wilde (Drinking Buddies; Alpha Dog; Her) is a wonderful actress who hasn’t had a chance to shine yet. I think Meadowland will give her the opportunity to, especially with such a terrific supporting cast. [Watch the Trailer]

Meadowland will be playing on Friday [10/2] at 8:00 pm at the Reading Cinemas Gaslamp.

Goosebumps San Diego Film Festival 2015

Goosebumps (Rob Letterman) Rated PG [103 min] – A teenager teams up with the daughter of young adult horror author R.L. Stine after the writer’s imaginary demons are set free on the town of Greendale, Maryland. Starring Jack Black, Odeya Rush, and Halston Sage

It’s not often you see a family-friendly flick at traditional film festivals, which is why I am tickled with the idea that the SDFF chose Goosebumps as one of their features. My expectations are very, very low due to the shoddy special effects seen in the trailers and the goofiness of it all, but sometimes silly movies like these can surprise you. I loved reading R.L. Stine’s Goosebumps books growing up and the film reminds me of Jumanji, so I’m letting nostalgia get the best of me here. [Watch the Trailer]

Goosebumps will be playing on Saturday [10/3] at 2:30 pm at the Arclight Theater UTC.

 

Victoria San Diego Film Festival 2015

Victoria (Sebastian Schipper) Unrated [138 min] – While on holiday in Berlin, a young woman finds her flirtation with a local guy turn potentially deadly as their night out with his friends reveals its secret: the four men owe someone a dangerous favor that requires repaying that evening. Starring Laia Costa, Frederick Lau, and Franz Rogowski

Looking to make Birdman seem like child’s play, Victoria is the latest attempt in presenting a story in a single take. Cruising through the awards circuit, this Germanic film is scorching with praise for its innovation and intensity. From the concept to the buzz to the plot, that’s enough to get me on board. And the fact that the run time is longer than Birdman and still manages to captivate audiences is quite impressive. [Watch the Trailer]

Victoria will be playing on Saturday [10/3] at 7:30 pm at the Reading Cinemas Gaslamp.

Moments of Clarity San Diego Film Festival 2015

Moments of Clarity (Stev Elam) Unrated [97 min] – A repressed agoraphobic’s daughter meets a hardened pastor’s daughter, and while escaping their homes to attend the annual church youth group jamboree they discover their worlds aren’t what they once thought they were. Starring Lyndsy Fonseca, Kristin Wallace, Eric Roberts, and Marguerite Moreau

If you’re looking for a more adult romp, Moments of Clarity might be right up your alley. With hints of a semi faith-based story, there’s a certain coming-of-age vibe that I’m feeling introduces a unique perspective. I’m a fan of Lyndsy Fonseca’s work in Kick-Ass and Agent Carter, so seeing her in a starring role catches my attention. Moments of Clarity has been making waves on the indie-circuit too, which says to me that there is more to this movie than meets the eye. [Watch the Trailer]

Moments of Clarity will be playing on Saturday [10/3] at 1:00 pm and Sunday [10/4] at 4:00 pm, both screenings at the Reading Cinemas Gaslamp.

Surprise Spotlight Movie San Diego Film Festival 2015 copy

Surprise Spotlight Film – Last year, the SDFF surprised festival goers with Whiplash. And if my sleuthing proves correct, this year’s Surprise Spotlight Film will be yet another huge Oscar contender. I won’t spoil the surprise, but this film was the talk of the town at TIFF.

The Surprise Spotlight Film will be playing on Saturday [10/3] at 6:30 pm at the Reading Cinemas Gaslamp.

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Now Available to Own: Age of Ultron, Spy, Jane the Virgin, and More

Brace your bank accounts, it’s time to see what’s Now Available to Own for the week of September 29, 2015. Every Tuesday we run down new movie, television, and video game releases that you can enjoy in the comfort of your own home, as well as some slick deals that can save you some coin. New on shelves this week are Avengers: Age of Ultron, Spy, Jane the Virgin, NBA 2K16 and more.

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Movies on Blu-ray

Avengers: Age of Ultron (Joss Whedon) [AVAILABLE OCT. 2] Rated PG-13 [141 min] – When Tony Stark and Bruce Banner try to jump-start a dormant peacekeeping program, things go awry and it’s up to the Avengers to stop the villainous Ultron from enacting his terrible plans. Starring Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemswort, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, and James Spader (Watch the trailer)

What can be said about one of the most bloated, disappointing, and yet gleefully entertaining films of the year? I believe I saw The Avengers three times in theaters, but only managed to see Avengers: Age of Ultron once. Phase 2 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe upped the game and when it came time to Age of Ultron I was fully unprepared for how Earth-shattering it would be. Reality did not align with my expectations. Age of Ultron is just about everything I could have ever asked for. Maybe it came too late? If this was the first Avengers film I might have shit my pants. However, with no build up to Ultron, himself, the reward of the team up doesn’t seem as fun or meaningful. I still like the movie, it’s solid popcorn fare, but I needed more. [Read my full review here]

Special features include:

  • Audio Commentary
  • Never-Before-Seen Deleted Scenes
  • Making-of Featurettes
  • Gag Reel

Entourage (Doug Ellin) Rated R [104 min] – Movie star Vincent Chase, together with his boys Eric, Turtle, and Johnny, are back – and back in business with super agent-turned-studio head Ari Gold on a risky project that will serve as Vince’s directorial debut. Starring Adrian Grenier, Kevin Connolly, Jerry Ferrara, Kevin Dillon, and Jeremy Piven

Entourage has always been given a bad rap. Never having seen the HBO series, I’ve always had the idea in the back of my mind that it is trash-TV. So I decided to give it a chance and check out the Entourage movie. And boy did my expectations meet reality far better than with Age of Ultron. The Entourage movie is pure cinematic garbage. It’s shot beautifully, and there are beautiful people in almost every frame, but Entourage is a total train wreck. Not only is a model/actress a McGuffin, the entire crew of sleazebags have no redeeming qualities to care about their circumstances. Watching Entourage is like subjecting myself to pin pricks to my eyeballs. I had more enjoyment staring at the super blood moon eclipse for less than five minutes than I did this film’s entire run time.

Special features include:

  • The Gang – Still Rockin’ It
  • Hollywood, Baby!
  • The Making of Hyde
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Gag Reel
  • Meet the Newest Member of Entourage
  • Lucas Ellin is Jonah Gold

Spy (Paul Feig) Rated R [120 min] – A desk-bound CIA analyst volunteers to go undercover to infiltrate the world of a deadly arms dealer, and prevent diabolical global disaster. Starring Melissa McCarthy, Rose Byrne, Jude Law, Jason Statham, Allison Janney, Miranda Hart, and Peter Serafinowicz

I liked Bridesmaids and disliked The Heat, so I had a mixed-bag of feelings toward Spy and director Paul Feig. The trailer made the flick look bad and Melissa McCarthy’s filmography hasn’t exactly been filled with more hilarious hits as enjoyable as Bridesmaids. Taking this all into consideration, I walked away pleasantly delighted by what I saw. It could have amped up the energy a little earlier on, but Spy proved to be a pretty refreshing take on the genre. [Read more of my thoughts on Spy here]

  • No special feature details listed online
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Source: MTV

Television Series

iZombie: The Complete First Season (Diane Ruggiero and Rob Thomas) Rated TV-14 [42 min] – A medical resident finds that being a zombie has its perks, which she uses to assist the police. Starring Rose McIver, Malcolm Goodwin, Rahul Kohli, Robert Buckley, and Blaine DeBeers

I’m not a crime procedural kind of guy. I think flavor of the week investigation shows like CSI and NCIS are almost as bad as reality television. But with iZombie there’s an actual through line with a cohesive plot that carries over to each episode – this is what keeps me invested. From what I’ve seen thus far from Season 1, iZombie is light and easily digestible thanks to its likable cast. When the show first appeared on the scene I disregarded it like any other youthful CW series, but iZombie surprises and the lead, Rose McIver, is pretty fun to watch in the undead role.

  • Deleted Scenes
  • iZombie: 2014 Comic-Con Panel

Jane the Virgin: The Complete First Season (Jennie Snyder Urman) Rated TV-14 [43 min] – Jane is a 23 year old hard-working, religious Latina woman, whose family tradition and vow to save her virginity until marriage to a long time boyfriend and detective, is shattered when her doctor mistakenly artificially inseminates her during a checkup. And to make matters worse, the biological donor is a married man, a former playboy, and cancer survivor who is not only the new owner of the hotel where Jane works, but was also her former teenage crush. Starring Gina Rodriguez, Andrea Navedo, Yael Grobglas, Justin Baldoni, Ivonne Coll, Brett Dier, Jaime Camil, and Anthony Mendez

I never watched a single episode while Jane the Virgin aired because once again I disregarded this series as yet another youthful CW series. But after Gina Rodriguez continued to gain recognition and awards for her role as Jane I figured no harm would come in checking this series out. After binging over 120 hours of ABC Family shows, Jane the Virgin felt like a breeze. There’s many similarities in tone in what you’d find on both networks. But unlike any ABC Family dramedy where the most coincidental instances happen to their characters, Jane the Virgin purposefully amps up the drama due to its telenovela roots. It’s a sweet, silly romp that carries pretty heavy themes that cleverly balances out with comedy thanks to its smart writing.

Special features include:

  • Special features include:Jane the Virgin: Immaculate Creation
  • Getting to Know the Cast of Jane the Virgin
  • Gag Reel
  • Deleted Scenes
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More Titles Now Available (I Haven’t Seen These):

  • Grimm: The Complete Fourth Season
  • Cop Car
  • A Room with a View
  • Outlander: Season 1 Vol. 2
  • Christine (1983)
  • Bones: The Complete Tenth Season [DVD Only]
  • Fresh Off the Boat: The Complete First Season [DVD Only]
Tony Hawk Pro Skater 5

Source: USA Today

Video Games

Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 5 [Robomodo and Disruptive Games] – Available for PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, and Xbox 360, Xbox One – Tony Hawk’s® Pro Skater 5 offers a fresh take on combo-driven skateboarding, the most advanced online multiplayer experience, and a state-of-the-art skatepark builder. Ride, build, and repeat!

I spent way too many hours playing this game back in the day on my Nintendo 64/Dreamcast/PlayStation 2. And as fun and challenging as they were, most Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater games reached a pinnacle of entertainment before they became boring. Bringing THPS to next generation consoles works in its favor to increase replayability with online multiplayer and a park creator that can be shared, almost like Super Mario Maker.

Key features include:

  • Classic Gameplay
  • Seamless Online Multiplayer
  • Play as a Pro or Create-a-Skater
  • Endless Shred Sessions
  • Skate Park Creator

NBA 2K16 [Visual Concepts] – Available for PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One, and PC – The NBA 2K franchise is back with the most true-to-life NBA experience to date with NBA 2K16. Guide your MyPLAYER through the complete NBA journey, take control of an entire NBA franchise, or hone your skills online competing against gamers from around the world. With animations that provide smoother movement and more realistic articulation, it’s certain to be the most authentic NBA gaming experience yet.

Sports!

Key features include:

  • MyCAREER – A SPIKE LEE JOINT
  • 2K Pro-Am
  • Enhanced Gameplay
  • Play Now Online
  • Featured DJs
  • Play with Modern Legends
  • MyPark
  • MyTeam
  • MyLeague
  • MyGM
  • NBA 2KTV

NBA Live 16 [EA Tiburon] – Available for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One –  Rooted in self-expression, NBA LIVE 16 takes player customization to another level. Whether it’s how you look or play, your entire journey is all about you. Put yourself in the action with an all-new, easy-to-use HD face scanning app, GameFaceHD and outfit your player with the freshest gear before you even hit the court. With the all-new physics-based player movement system, LIVE Motion, experience free-flowing movement and unparalleled control on the court. Add in fast-paced and fun online multiplayer play through the innovative LIVE Pro-Am mode, to progress and compete with your friends and it’s the perfect time to Rise Together.

More sports!

Key features include:

  • LIVE Pro-Am
    • Summer Circuit
    • LIVE Run
  • LIVE Motion
  • Player Customization

Blu-Ray Deals and Steals

  • All Marvel Phase 2 Films – $16.99–19.96
  • Interstellar – $9.99
  • Transformers: Age of Extinction – $9.99
  • The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 – $14.96
  • Cape Fear – $6.99
  • The DUFF – $14.99
  • This is the End – $6.72
  • Paddington – $15
  • Everly – $9.99

All prices from Amazon.com. Best Buy, Frys, and Target all price match online prices.

What will you be taking home this week? Tell us in the comments section below!


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All plot synopses come courtesy of IMDb.com

Coming Soon to Blu-Ray and DVD: Dexter, Shameless, Better Call Saul, and More

While we provide you with a list of available new releases Now Available to Own every Tuesday, Coming Soon to Blu-ray and DVD looks at all of the recent home video announcements. For the week of September 26, 2015 we have Dexter, Shameless, and Better Call Saul. Find out when they’ll be out and what special features movie fans can expect below.

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Available on Blu-ray, DVD, and Digital HD November 10

Better Call Saul (Vince Gilligan and Peter Gould) Rated TV-14 [47 min] – The trials and tribulations of criminal lawyer, Saul Goodman, in the time leading up to establishing his strip-mall law office in Albuquerque, New Mexico.Starring: Bob Odenkirk, Jonathan Banks, Rhea Seehorn, Patrick Fabian, Michael McKean, and Michael Mando

Special features include:

  • Postcard Vinyl of Better Call Saul performed by Junior Brown (Limited Collector’s Edition Blu-ray Only)
  • All the special features included on the Blu-ray noted below (Limited Collector’s Edition Blu-ray Only)
  • Uncensored Episodes (Standard Blu-ray Edition Only)
  • Cast & Crew Commentaries on Every Episode (Standard Blu-ray Edition Only)
  • Creating the First Season (Standard Blu-ray Edition Only)
  • Gag Reel (Standard Blu-ray Edition Only)
  • Better Call Saul: Day One (Standard Blu-ray Edition Only)
  • Better Call Saul Music Video (Standard Blu-ray Edition Only)
  • Deleted Scenes with Commentary by Vince Gilligan, Peter Gould and Thomas Schnauz (Blu-ray Exclusive Only)
  • In Conversation: Bob Odenkirk & Michael McKean (Blu-ray Exclusive Only)
  • Good Cop, Bad Cop: Becoming Mike (Blu-ray Exclusive Only)
  • Kettle Kommentary with Craig & Betsy Kettleman (Blu-ray Exclusive Only)
  • Jimmy in the Courtroom with Introduction by “Mijo” Director Michelle MacLaren (Blu-ray Exclusive Only)
  • Jimmy Kaleidoscope with Introduction by Co-Creator and Executive Producer Peter Gould (Blu-ray Exclusive Only)
  • Cast & Crew Table Read on “Uno” (Blu-ray Exclusive Only)
  • In the Studio with Junior Brown (Blu-ray Exclusive Only)

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Available on DVD October 13

Dexter: The Complete Series (James Manos Jr.)  Rated TV-MA [55 min] – A Miami police forensics expert moonlights as a serial killer of criminals whom he believes have escaped justice. Starring Michael C. Hall, Jennifer Carpenter, David Zayas, James Remar, C.S. Lee, and Lauren Luna Vélaz

Special features include:

  • Exclusive Bonus Disc includes over 3 Hours of Special Features. DVD Collection also includes Exclusive Grafix book featuring artwork and photography from 8 seasons of Dexter.

Mississippi Grind Blu-Ray Box Cover Art

Available on Blu-ray, DVD, and Digital HD December 1

Mississippi Grind (Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck) Rated R [108 min] – Down on his luck and facing financial hardship, Gerry teams up with younger charismatic poker player, Curtis, in an attempt to change his luck. The two set off on a road trip through the South with visions of winning back what’s been lost. Starring Ben Mendelsohn, Ryan Reynolds, Yvonne Landry, and Anthony Howard

Special features include:

  • Two of a Kind: On the Road with Mississippi Grind” Featurette

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Available on Blu-ray, DVD, and Digital HD December 29

Shameless: The Complete Fifth Season (Paul Abbott) An alcoholic man lives in a perpetual stupor while his six children with whom he lives cope as best they can. Starring William H. Macy, Emmy Rossum, Justin Chatwin, Shanola Hampton, Emma Kenney, Jeremy Allen White, Ethan Cutkosky, Steve Howey, Shanola Hampton, and Cameron Monaghan

Special features include:

  • Two All-New Featurettes:
    • shameless sex love
    • Gentrify This!!!
  • Commentary on Episode 7: “Tell Me You F**king Need Me”
  • Unaired Scenes

Some Kind of Beautiful Blu-Ray Box Cover Art

Available on Blu-ray, DVD, and Digital HD December 1

Some Kind Of Beautiful (Tom Vaughan) [Limited] Rated R [100 min] – A drama about a Cambridge poetry professor who begins to re-evaluate his life of Byronic excess. Starring Pierce Brosnan, Salma Hayek, Jessica Alba, and Malcolm McDowell

Special features include:

  • “Inside the Heart of a Romantic” Featurette

Before We Go Blu-Ray Box Cover Art

Available on Blu-ray, DVD, and Digital HD November 3

Before We Go (Chris Evans) [Limited] Rated PG-13 [89 min] – Two strangers stuck in Manhattan for the night grow into each other’s most trusted confidants when an evening of unexpected adventure forces them to confront their fears and take control of their lives. Starring Chris Evans, Alice Eve, Emma Fitzpatrick, and Scott Evans

No special features announced yet

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Available on DVD October 6

Adventure Time: The Enchiridion Collection (Pendleton Ward) – A human boy named Finn and his best friend Jake, a magical, talking dog, set out on their adventures in the magical Land of Ooo. Starring Jeremy Shada, John DiMaggio, Hynden Walch, and Tom Kenny

No special features. Episodes include:

  • 1. The Enchiridion
  • 2. In Your Footsteps
  • 3. Henchmen
  • 4. Billy’s Bucket List
  • 5. Betty
  • 6. Ocarina
  • 7. Astral Plane
  • 8. Ghost Fly
  • 9. Root Beer Guy
  • 10. The Pajama War
  • 11. What Have you done?
  • 12. James II
  • 13. Web Weirdos
  • 14. The Gut Grinder
  • 15. No One Can Hear You
  • 16. Dungeon Train

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Available on Blu-ray, DVD, and Digital HD October 20

The Wolfpack (Crystal Moselle) [Limited] Rated R [80 min] – Locked away from society in an apartment on the Lower East Side of Manhattan, the Angulo brothers learn about the outside world through the films that they watch. Nicknamed, ‘The Wolfpack,’ the brothers spend their childhood reenacting their favorite films using elaborate homemade props and costumes. Their world is shaken up when one of the brothers escapes and everything changes. Starring Bhagavan Angulo, Govinda Angulo, Jagadisa Angulo, and Krsna Angulo

No special features listed

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Available on Blu-ray December 8

Under the Dome: The Complete Third Season – Under the Dome (2013– )TV Series  |  TV-14  |  43 min  |  Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi6.9Your rating:-/10Ratings: 6.9/10 from 77,106 usersReviews: 351 user | 45 criticAn invisible and mysterious force field descends upon a small fictional town of Chester’s Mill, Maine, USA, trapping residents inside, cut off from the rest of civilization. The trapped townsfolk must discover the secrets and purpose of the “dome” and its origins, while coming to learn more than they ever knew about each other.Creator: Brian K. VaughanStars: Mike Vogel, Rachelle Lefevre, Alexander Koch 

Special features include:

  • Extended and Deleted Scenes
  • Return To The Dome: A Look At Season 3
  • Life Under The Dome: Behind-The-Scenes of Season 3
  • The Season Finale
  • The Device
  • Meet Indy The Dog
  • Gag Reel

The Little Death Blu-Ray Box Cover Art

Available on Blu-ray, DVD, and Digital HD October 13

The Little Death (Josh Lawson) Rated PG-13 [96 min] – The secret lives of five suburban couples living in Sydney reveal both the fetishes and the repercussions that come with sharing them. Starring Bojana Novakovic, Damon Herriman, and Josh Lawson

Special features include:

  • A Little Look at The Story, Casting & Directing: From Script to Screen
  • Inside The Cast & Characters: Relationships & Sex
  • Interview with Writer/Director Josh Lawson

A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence

Available on Digital HD October 6

A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence (Roy Andersson) Rated PG-13 [101 min] – Sam and Jonathan, a pair of hapless novelty salesman, embark on a tour of the human condition in reality and fantasy that unfold in a series of absurdist episodes. Starring Holger Andersson, Nils Westblom, and Viktor Gyllenberg

No special features listed

Baseball Legends DVD Box Cover Art

Available on Blu-ray, DVD, and Digital HD October 13

Baseball Legends – Babe Ruth, Ted Williams, Hank Aaron and Lou Gehrig turned baseball into the National Pastime that it is today. This inspiring collection brings a fresh historical and psychological perspective to the lives of these American icons. Using rare and enhanced archival material and state-of-the-art production techniques, these films are the perfect holiday gift for baseball and history fans alike. Narrated by Martin Sheen

Special features include:

  • The Making of American Hercules: Babe Ruth, rare player interviews, historic game footage, Ted Williams Hall of Fame induction, extended interviews with various experts and archival footage from the Major League Baseball Film & Video Archive.

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Available on Blu-ray, DVD, and Digital HD December 15

Extant: The Complete Second Season (Mickey Fisher)  Rated TV-14 [42 min] – An astronaut struggles to learn how she became pregnant while on a 13-month-long solo space mission. Starring Halle Berry, Pierce Gagnon, and Grace Gummer

Special features include:

  • Extant: A Look At Season 2
  • The Carnival Of The Mind
  • Chemistry: Molly & JD
  • The Season Finale
  • Two Humanichs: Ethan & Lucy
  • A Tour Of The Sets
  • Deleted Scenes (Blu-ray Exclusive)

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Available on DVD and Digital HD December 1

Zero Tolerance (Wych Kaosayananda) Rated R – Two former para-military operatives, Johnny and his police detective friend Peter, search Bangkok to find the killers of Johnny’s beautiful daughter Angel – Leaving carnage and retribution throughout city. Starring Dustin Nguyen, Scott Adkins, and Sahajak Boonthanakit

No special features listed

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Available on DVD and Digital HD December 1

The Guardsman (Jiao Xiao-Yu) – When the Emperor travels in disguise to understand the problems that his people face, his enemies discover his identity and team up with Japanese pirates to assassinate him. Now, it is up to a group of loyal warriors to protect their Emperor and bring peace to the kingdom. Starring Yan Jie, Zheng Peipei, Wu Ma, and Yuan Biao

No special features listed

And that’s it for this week. What are you looking forward to picking up when they release?

Stay tuned for more Blu-Ray and DVD announcements every Saturday.


All plot synopses courtesy of IMDb.com

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Box Office Battlefield: The Intern, Hotel Transylvania 2, and The Green Inferno

Every week, movie studios select candidates to enter the glorious battlefield for your hard-earned dollars. The weekend warriors of September 25, 2015 includes The Intern, Hotel Transylvania 2, and The Green Inferno, as well as a handful of limited releases. Box Office Battlefield is here to help you decide which movie(s) will take priority over the others and determine who will be victorious. Should you see ’em, skip ’em, or rent ’em? Find out below!

Last weekend, The Maze Runner sequel scorched the box office with $30.3 million in domestic ticket sales. Johny Depp fared well with Black Mass owning up to $22 million. But with three new wide releases set to divide audiences, will the young adult adaptation have what it takes to fend off its competitors? Ooga-Chaka Ooga-Ooga! This is the Box Office Battlefield:

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The Intern (Nancy Meyers) Rated PG-13 [121 min] – 70-year-old widower Ben Whittaker has discovered that retirement isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. Seizing an opportunity to get back in the game, he becomes a senior intern at an online fashion site, founded and run by Jules Ostin. Starring Robert De Niro, Anne Hathaway, Rene Russo, Adam DeVine, and Anders Holm

Rotten Tomatoes Score: Critics – 55% • Audience – 79%

My review:

The Intern has all the right intentions. It has a progressive edge in its plot and characters, there’s solid chemistry between De Niro and Hathaway, and it speaks to this generation. Nancy Meyers movies definitely skew toward women, but The Intern has a voice that can be understood and enjoyed by all. Unfortunately, the further down the rabbit hole you go the uglier it becomes, and there’s nothing the actors could have done to salvage its remains.

Mad Max: Fury Road single-handedly demonstrates how you can take an bonkers male property and infuse it with feminist ideals without compromising plot or character for the sake of its agenda. The Intern doesn’t bother with this kind of subtlety. Nancy Meyers shoves her ideas down your throat to ensure you fully grasp what it means to be a woman in a successful company. Representing a woman at the top of her game at the head of a large company is a grand idea that’s rarely seen – The Devil Wears Prada (2006) comes to mind – but Meyers doesn’t allow The Intern to tell this story organically enough to feel completely honest with itself. Her direction and awkward comedic shifts derail the more heartfelt moments that are sprinkled within. Which is a shame because there is a lot to like about The Intern. RENT IT!

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The Green Inferno (Eli Roth) Rated R [100 min] – A group of student activists travels to the Amazon to save the rain forest and soon discover that they are not alone, and that no good deed goes unpunished. Starring Lorenza Izzo, Ariel Levy, Aaron Burns, and Kirby Bliss Blanton

Rotten Tomatoes Score: Critics – 38% • Audience – 46%

Their reviews:

“A fun and interesting twist on the travelogue sub-genre of horror … far better than many horror movies with twice the budget.” – Edward Douglas (ShockTillYouDrop)

“Eli Roth’s faux-smart, long-shelved, and exploitative-as-hell cannibal tale “The Green Inferno” is a remarkably perfect example of horror’s unexamined white privilege.” – Inkoo Kang (The Wrap)

My take:

Unfortunately there were no opportunities for me to see The Green Inferno on Thursday night due to conflicting screen times, so I decided to see Sicario instead. I’m sure I made a far better decision, but I really do eventually want to see The Green Inferno. Eli Roth may not be the greatest actor or have a keen sense of good movies to produce, but he has a decent eye for directing horror. I’ve enjoyed both Hostel films and Cabin Fever, so The Green Inferno tickles my fancy. Other critics who have seen the movie are wildly mixed, leaning more toward the negative end, but I will chalk it up to most critics not liking horror movies in general. I don’t think The Green Inferno warrants a trip to the theater, unless you want to hear other people’s gut reactions to the disgusting visuals. RENT IT!

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Hotel Transylvania 2 (Genndy Tartakovsky) Rated PG [89 min] – Dracula and his friends try to bring out the monster in his half human, half vampire grandson in order to keep Mavis from leaving the hotel.Director: Stars: Adam Sandler, Andy Samberg, Selena Gomez, and Kevin James

Rotten Tomatoes Score: Critics – 45% • Audience – 86%

Their reviews:

“Hotel Transylvania 2 offers cute but brainless escapism for young moviegoers – as well as parents looking to distract their children for a few hours.” – Ben Kendrick (ScreenRant)

“The whole thing is amiable and colorful and surprisingly low on body-function gags. It may not kill you to take your kids.” – Glenn Kenny (New York Times)

My take:

Hotel Transylvania 2 wasn’t an option for Thursday night because it wasn’t being screened. Plus I’ve never seen the original, but I can easily guess what happens based on the trailer. This sequel looks like it’s much of the same shtick. Although critics are saying it’s good for the kids, I’m not sure it would be worth the time or money to see it in theaters. Who would want to subject their children to mindless entertainment? WAIT FOR IT ON NETFLIX!

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Mississippi Grind (Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck) [Limited] Rated R [108 min] – Down on his luck and facing financial hardship, Gerry teams up with younger charismatic poker player, Curtis, in an attempt to change his luck. The two set off on a road trip through the South with visions of winning back what’s been lost. Starring Ben Mendelsohn, Ryan Reynolds, Yvonne Landry, and Anthony Howard

Rotten Tomatoes Score: Critics – 90% • Audience – 60%

Their reviews:

“Mendelsohn plays Gerry as a stringy, sweaty hunk of pure desperation, while Reynolds, as the ostensibly more stable partner, demonstrates yet again that he’s much more than a ridiculously pretty face.” – Mike D’Angelo (AV Club)

“Mississippi Grind captures the ecstasy of a good role of the dice and the desperation of a bad turn of the cards — and provides a sense of why some keep going even when it becomes clear they’ve lost their shot at a happy ending.” – Keith Phipps (Uproxx)

My take:

There was a lot of buzz for Mississippi Grind coming out of Sundance earlier this year. Ben Mendelsohn (Slow West) and Ryan Reynolds are on the up and up with these little indie features they’ve been appearing in this year. The trailer sets up an intriguing premise, one that gains my attention but doesn’t giveaway all its cards. Based on its praise, I’d be hard pressed not to wonder what’s so special about it. MATINEE IT!

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Ashby (Tony McNamara) [Limited] Rated R [100 min] – High-school student Ed Wallis enters into a friendship with his neighbor, Ashby, a retired CIA assassin who only has a few months left to live. Starring Mickey Rourke, Nat Wolff, Emma Roberts, Sarah Silverman

Rotten Tomatoes Score: Critics – 46% • Audience – 56%

Their reviews:

“Folks buying a ticket to Ashby hoping to see a film about the late-great director of Being There and Harold and Maude are about to be sorely disappointed. So is everyone else.” – Chris Nashawaty (Entertainment Weekly)

“The film displays little ability to utilize Ashby’s violent actions for means other than high-concept fodder and out-of-place bloodshed.” – Clayton Dillard (Slant Magazine)

My take:

Last year we had an old man bestowing wisdom to a young lad in St. Vincent with Bill Murray. This year it’s Mickey Rourke’s turn to bring Nat Wolff into adulthood. I’m not sure when there’s going to be a specific genre category named for these old mentor/socially awkward youngster films (Bad Santa; Bad Teacher; Bad Words), but there’s a clear formula they all follow. The performances all look dialed-in and the trailer shows me nothing that hasn’t already been done before. I don’t see much of a reason to waste any money on it. WAIT FOR IT ON NETFLIX!

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99 Homes (Ramin Bahrani) [Limited] Rated R [112 min] – A father struggles to get back the home that his family was evicted from by working for the greedy real estate broker who’s the source of his frustration. Starring Andrew Garfield, Michael Shannon, Laura Dern, and Clancy Brown

Rotten Tomatoes Score: Critics – 90% • Audience – 84%

Their reviews:

“Bahrani’s dismantling of the American dream — a dream deferred — has finally reached its finest conclusion with the director’s finely wrought (and seriously fraught) 99 Homes.” – Kate Erbland (Film School Rejects)

“99 Homes is by no means a perfect film, but it can achieve something more precious, and rarer than glossy perfection: it can take you by the shoulders and shake the apathy and complacency away.” – Jessica Kiang (The Playlist)

My take:

Andrew Garfield has to fill his time with something more fruitful now that he’s off Spider-Man, so why not a little indie crime drama? The plot behind 99 Homes comes across very intimate and fresh. And based on the reviews and the scope of the film it feels like one of those indie movies that many will praise but unfortunately few will see. It’s not grand enough to gain awards season attention, but it definitely has enough clout to be worth your time. MATINEE IT!

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The Keeping Room (Daniel Barber) [Limited] Rated R [95 min] – Left without men in the dying days of the American Civil War, three Southern women – two sisters and one African-American slave – must fight to defend their home and themselves from two rogue soldiers who have broken off from the fast-approaching Union Army. Starring Brit Marling, Hailee Steinfeld, Sam Worthington, and Muna Otaru

Rotten Tomatoes Score: Critics – 65% • Audience – 56%

Their reviews:

“An intriguing premise never finds a dramatic pulse in “The Keeping Room,” a self-consciously artsy depiction of female grit during the final days of the Civil War.” – Sheri Linden (Los Angeles Times)

“Riveting from start to finish and profoundly crowd-pleasing in its later stretches, The Keeping Room is a spare but unsparing film that empowers its women by allowing them to find a power of their own.” – David Ehrlich (Little White Lies)

My take:

I don’t know what it is that turns me off about it, maybe it’s the loony Sam Worthington or the ugly period piece setting, but The Keeping Room looks like a colossal waste of time. WAIT FOR IT ON NETFLIX!

As De Niro has grown older his films have lost touch with the younger male demographic. He’s still a good show, but the stories he inhibits these days shy away from his more known roles. Nancy Meyers and Anne Hathaway are a good draw for moviegoers, but The Intern isn’t strong enough to create positive buzz traffic. The Green Inferno is alienating itself by its premise alone. Folks love horror movies, but not something this far away from mainstream horror. Adam Sandler may be toxic but the last Hotel Transylvania did OK in theaters and there hasn’t been a good kids movie since Inside Out released in June. And I’m sure parents have been waiting for the prime opportunity to get their kids out of the house and into theaters to annoy people. But if I were you I would go see Sicario. So as it stands, I believe the victor for this weekend will be:

Winner: Hotel Transylvania 2

What will you be watching this weekend? What did you think of the current releases? Tell us in the comment section below.


Movie synopses courtesy of IMDb.com and Tomatometer Scores from Rotten Tomatoes

Netflix Streaming Report: Gotham Season 1, Philomena, The Loft, and More

Welcome to your Netflix Streaming Report for September 24, 2015. After the long week you deserve a relaxing staycation with a bowl of popcorn, a bucket of ice cream, and only your Netflix queue to judge you. This past week, Netflix Watch Instant has been kind enough to supply us with Gotham Season 1, Philomena, The Loft, and more.

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Gotham: The Complete First Season (Bruno Heller) Rated TV-14 [42 min] – The story behind Commissioner James Gordon’s rise to prominence in Gotham City in the years before Batman’s arrival. Starring Ben McKenzie, Jada Pinkett Smith, Donal Logue, David Mazouz, Camren Bicondova, Cory Michael Smith, Robin Lord Taylor

Earlier this month I wrote a little ditty on my thoughts about Gotham Season 1. As I stated, my opinion is so so on the series thus far. Batman mythology is forced too hard too soon and it winds up hurting the show by not letting detective Gordon have his own thing. It’s OK. The series is definitely best viewed via Netflix. I wouldn’t consider it binge-worthy though. It’s not that digestible. I’d say about 40% of it is worthwhile entertainment.

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Philomena (Stephen Frears) A world-weary political journalist picks up the story of a woman’s search for her son, who was taken away from her decades ago after she became pregnant and was forced to live in a convent. Starring Judi Dench, Steve Coogan, Sophie Kennedy Clark, and Mare Winningham

Philomena is pretty drab. The performances by both Dench and Coogan are well done, but there’s such minimal amount of energy from their characters that the reward of the climax is hardly fulfilling. Depending on if you like slow burn dramas, the story surrounding these characters isn’t built up to be that interesting too.

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The Loft (Erik Van Looy) Rated R [108 min] – Five married guys conspire to secretly share a penthouse loft in the city–a place where they can carry out hidden affairs and indulge in their deepest fantasies. But the fantasy becomes a nightmare when they discover the dead body of an unknown woman in the loft, and they realize one of the group must be involved. Starring Karl Urban, James Marsden, Wentworth Miller, and Eric Stonestreet

If you want to watch decent actors swept up in a unique concept contained within a terrible movie be my guest.

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Also newly available on Netflix streaming this week:

  • From Prada to Nada
  • Kung Fu Killer
  • Keith Richards: Under the Influence
  • Serendipity
  • SMOSH: The Movie
  • Finding Neighbors
  • Iris
  • Because I Was a Painter

What will you be watching this weekend?

Look forward to more new titles from the Netflix Streaming Report every Thursday on TTRC.


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All plot synopses courtesy of IMDb.com

Now Available to Own: Pitch Perfect 2, Arrow, The Flash, and More

Brace your bank accounts, it’s time to see what’s Now Available to Own for the week of September 22, 2015. Every Tuesday we run down new movie, television, and video game releases that you can enjoy in the comfort of your own home, as well as some slick deals that can save you some coin. New on shelves this week are Pitch Perfect 2, Arrow (Season 3), The Flash (Season 1), and more.

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Movies on Blu-ray

Pitch Perfect 2 (Elizabeth Banks) Rated PG-13 [115 min] – After a humiliating command performance at Lincoln Center, the Barden Bellas enter an international competition that no American group has ever won in order to regain their status and right to perform. Starring Anna Kendrick, Rebel Wilson, Hailee Steinfeld, Brittany Snow, Anna Camp, Adam Devine, Hana Mae Lee, and Ester Dean [Watch the trailer]

With how surprised I was by the first film, blown away really, I still kept cautiously optimistic about the release of Pitch Perfect 2. Could lightning strike twice? Would Elizabeth Banks’ directorial debut be any good? They hooked me with the first film, but would there be any gas left in the tank for a sequel? Honestly, it’s OK. The jokes are there, but it’s become a little too cartoonish. The Barden Bellas have basically gone full Glee. There isn’t as much heart or direction and Beca gets tossed every which way. I like Pitch Perfect 2 for the silly entertainment that it is, but I wanted it to be better. I need more. And I was a little let down. But damn are there a lot of special features to make up for the fact. [Read my full review]

Special features include:

  • Never Before Seen Treblemakers Performance (Blu-ray exclusive)
  • The Making of the Riff- Off (Blu-ray exclusive)
  • Das Sound Machine Finale Breakdown (Blu-ray exclusive)
  • Snoop in the House (Blu-ray exclusive)
  • Green Bay Rap (Blu-ray exclusive)
  • Line-Aca-Rama (Blu-ray exclusive)
  • The World Chamionships of A Cappella (Blu-ray exclusive)
  • An Aca-Love Story: Bumper and Fat Amy (Blu-ray exclusive)
  • Elizabeth Banks’ Directorial Debut (Blu-ray exclusive)
  • Legacy: Hailee Steinfeld (Blu-ray exclusive)
  • Aca-Camp (Blu-ray exclusive)
  • Residual Heat Internship (Blu-ray exclusive)
  • Deleted/Extended/Alternate Scenes
  • Gag Reel
  • Extended Musical Performances
  • The Bellas Are Back

Moonrise Kingdom: Criterion Collection (Wes Anderson) Rated PG-13 [94 min] – A pair of young lovers flee their New England town, which causes a local search party to fan out to find them. Starring Jared Gilman, Kara Hayward, Bruce Willis, Frances McDormand, Bill Murray, Tilda Swinton, Ed Norton, and Jason Schwartzman

A Criterion release with all the fixins. Moonrise Kingdom is a great movie. If you haven’t seen it, it’s now on Netflix. If you love the movie, I’d suggest seeking out this Criterion edition due to all the awesome extras.

Special features include:

  • Restored 2K digital transfer, supervised by director Wes Anderson, with 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • Audio commentary featuring Anderson, Bill Murray, Edward Norton, Jason Schwartzman, and Roman Coppola
  • Selected-scene storyboard animatics
  • Interviews with cast and crew
  • Exploring the Set of “Moonrise Kingdom,” an original documentary about the film
  • Norton’s home movies from the set
  • Behind-the-scenes, special effects, and test footage
  • Auditions
  • Trailer
  • More!
  • PLUS: A booklet featuring an essay by critic Geoffrey O’Brien, plus a map of New Penzance Island and other ephemera

Chain of Command (Kevin Carraway) Rated R – A special operative witnesses the brutal slaying of his brother right after returning home from his third tour of duty. He finds himself a target of a deadly conspiracy so vast that there’s no one to trust but himself. Starring Michael Jai White, Max Ryan, and Steve Austin

Chain of Command is your run of the mill B-action movie. There isn’t anything special that makes it stand apart from the genre nor does it try to. Every bit of the film is generic down to its core. A harmless romp, Chain of Command doesn’t say much of anything and you could find better uses of your time. I like Steve Austin because his acting is hilarious to watch, but other than that I can’t think of any redeeming qualities for this movie.

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Television Series

Arrow: The Complete Third Season (Greg Berlanti, Marc Guggenheim, and Andrew Kreisberg) – Oliver Queen’s Arrow has become a hero to the citizens of Starling City – but he will quickly discover that doesn’t mean he can lead a normal life in the spectacular third season of the hit series based on the DC Comics character. A new wave of diabolical masterminds – including the insidious and pervasive havoc wrought by the lethal and secretive League of Assassins – threatens all he holds dear. Team Arrow has grown into a powerful force, but the dangers and secrets that bind them together often put them at odds with each other, as the shadows cast by Malcolm Merlyn and the omnipotent Ra’s al Ghul trigger shifts in loyalties and alliances that test them to their core. Starring Stephen Amell, Katie Cassidy, and David Ramsey

I’ve been resistant of Arrow since its inception. I was burned out by Smallville and being that it is on The CW doesn’t help its case. Also, the outcry of love for Arrow at San Diego Comic-Con didn’t sit right with me. Perhaps I was afraid the hype would be too much and I didn’t want to be let down. It could be also that I have no affinity for the character as well. But given the opportunity, I finally decided to give it a go. The first season is very dry. It doesn’t really get going until the last five episodes. The second season definitely amps up the energy and finds the much needed personality it was lacking in the first season. Now with an established fan base, this third season is stretching its legs and going really heavy in the DC mythology. I found it mildly enjoying as it acts as a true testament to how on board you are with the characters and whether or not you’re willing to go on this journey with them. It doesn’t feel as rewarding as the second season, but it’s not bad.

Special features include:

  • Second Skins: Creating The Uniforms of Arrow
  • Nanda Parbat: Constructing The Villain’s Lair
  • Two Arrow Audio Commentaries
  • Arrow at Comic-Con 2014
  • The Man Beneath the Suit – Atom’s First Flight
  • Gag Reel
  • Deleted Scenes

The Flash: The Complete First Season (Greg Berlanti, Geoff Johns, and Andrew Kreisberg) Rated TV-PG [43 min] – Central City forensic investigator Barry Allen is, always charming and – as a result of a scientific experiment gone awry – now the fastest man alive! He’s The Flash, zigzagging through the action-packed new series from the creative team behind Arrow and based on the supersonic DC Comics character. With his life shadowed by his mother’s murder and his father wrongly convicted of the crime, Barry finds that his newfound power of super speed grants him the ability to move through Central City like an unseen guardian angel. Barry quickly discovers he’s not the only “metahuman” created by the explosive disaster – and not everyone is using their new powers for good. Now, to protect the innocent, Barry and his close friends who know his secret, race to combat evildoers in one astonishing adventure after another. Starring Grant Gustin, Candice Patton, Danielle Panabaker, Carlos Valdes, Tom Cavangh, and Jesse L. Martin

While I was busy burning through Arrow, I made time to check out The Flash as I have heard delightfully positive words spoken about the spin-off series. I’ve made it through half of the first season and I am really liking what I’ve seen. There’s far more personality and fun to be had in The Flash than its brooding green-hooded counterpart. There’s a great balance of tone if you like both series. What’s most interesting about The Flash is the scientific details it squeezes in to ensure the physics of the character makes sense. The biggest issue I’m having is with the rotating flavor of the week villain. It gives our hero a fast learning curve to work with, but doesn’t give Barry a lot of time to breath and reflect. It’s always on to the next one. The story progression involving his mother’s murder is exciting and builds up a unique through line, whereas the plot against the Glades in the first season of Arrow felt like it was left on the back burner. The Flash is a grand ol’ time with a lot to gain and easily bingeable.

Special features include:

  • The Fastest Man Alive!
  • Creating the Blur
  • The Chemistry of Emily and Grant Screen Test
  • Behind the Story: The Trickster Returns!
  • DC Comics Night at Comic-Con 2014 Presenting Gotham, The Flash, Constantine and Arrow
  • Audio Commentary
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Gag Reel

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More Titles Now Available (I Haven’t Seen These):

  • Toyko Ghoul: The Complete First Season
  • Saint Laurent
  • Results

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Video Games

FIFA 16 (EA Canada) [EA Sports] – Available for PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One, PC, Android, and iOS – FIFA 16 innovates across the entire pitch to deliver a balanced, authentic, and exciting football experience that lets you play your way, and compete at a higher level. And with all new ways to play! With innovative gameplay features, FIFA 16 brings Confidence in Defending, Control in Midfield, and gives you the tools to create more Moments of Magic than ever before. Fans new to the franchise, or skilled players looking to improve their game will have a chance to Compete at a Higher Level using the all new FIFA Trainer. Innovation Across the Entire Pitch. New Ways to Play. Compete at a Higher Level.

Although FIFA 16 is just another rehash of a sports game, this latest entry seems like they’ve really upped the ante to provide some great improvements. And most progressive is the fact that you can now play as Women’s National teams. I love playing soccer. Watching it is great if the match is good. But play soccer on a video game level may be my limit.

Key features include:

  • Defensive Agility
  • Defend as a Unit
  • New Tackling Fundamentals
  • Interception Intelligence
  • Passing With Purpose
  • No Touch Dribbling
  • Dynamic Crossing
  • Clinical Finishing
  • FIFA Trainer
  • Skill Games: Basic Level
  • Women’s National Teams
  • FUT Draft Mode

Blu-Ray Deals and Steals

  • Iron Man 3 – $14.99
  • The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 – $14.96
  • Captain America: The Winter Soldier – $16.99
  • The Return of the Living Dead – $5.96
  • Team America: World Police – $8.99
  • The Hills Have Eyes (2006) [Unrated] – $5.96
  • Arrow (Season 1) – $14.99
  • Sin City: A Dame to Kill For – $14.96
  • Pretty Woman – $8.99

All prices from Amazon.com. Best Buy, Frys, and Target all price match online prices.

What will you be taking home this week? Tell us in the comments section below!


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All plot synopses come courtesy of IMDb.com

The 67th Emmy Awards Winners List [Live Blog]

The TV industry may implode as the stars gather to celebrate the 67th Emmy Awards tonight. With heavy hitters like Game of Thrones, Transparent, Empire, Mad Men, Modern Family, American Horror Story: Freak Show, and House of Cards vying for top honors, this year’s Emmy Awards will be a night to remember.

Will Jon Hamm finally receive his first Emmy win for this iconic role as Don Draper? Will Better Call Saul make its mark like its predecessor Breaking Bad? Will Transparent gain the recognition everyone and their mother believes it should? Will Modern Family finally stop winning awards it shouldn’t?

I’ll be live blogging the tonight’s awards ceremony with an updated 67th Emmy Awards winners list and my reactions in case you miss a beat. Hosted by Andy Samberg, the telecast airs live coast-to-coast at 8:00 p.m. EST/5:00 p.m. PST on FOX from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles.

Let’s begin!

Andy Samberg opens with a pretty damn good musical number. Tremendously witty, it puts perspective on how many stupid shows there are about wives – holy crap.

Moving along. Samberg delivered a decent opening monologue that poked fun at Jared Fogle, Bill Cosby, and other recent events such as diversity, sexism, and feminism in Hollywood.

And he issued a forewarning for winners who dare to go over their 40-second speech limit. That warning comes in the form of Jane Lynch dressed as Septa Unella from Game of Thrones. It’s a really funny idea, but there are so many sensitive people these days that it may be considered disrespectful since speeches have recently lent themselves as a mini platform for social change. This is why we can’t have nice things. They probably won’t incorporate it, but it was a good gag for the monologue.

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Here we go.

67TH EMMY AWARDS WINNERS:

To present the first award, Amy Poehler and Amy Schumer are up.

Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Comedy Series

  • Mayim Bialik as Amy Farrah Fowler (The Big Bang Theory)
  • Niecy Nash as Denise “Didi” Ortley (Getting On)
  • Julie Bowen as Claire Dunphy (Modern Family)
  • Allison Janney as Bonnie (Mom) WINNER
  • Kate McKinnon as Various characters (Saturday Night Live)
  • Gaby Hoffmann as Ali Pfefferman (Transparent)
  • Jane Krakowski as Jacqueline Voorhees (Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt)
  • Anna Chlumsky as Amy Brookheimer (Veep)

I’ve never seen Mom, but Allison Janney is a wonderful actress. And as the first inspirational speech of the evening, Janey talks hope.

Anthony Anderson and Tracee Ellis Ross are the next presenters of the evening to continue the comedy awards.

Outstanding Writing For A Comedy Series

  • “Episode 409” written by David Crane and Jeffrey Klarik (Episodes)
  • “Alive In Tucson (Pilot)” written by Will Forte (The Last Man On Earth)
  • “Bobby’s House” written by Louis C.K. (Louie)
  • “Two Days Of The Condor” written by Alec Berg (Silicon Valley)
  • “Pilot” written by Jill Soloway (Transparent)
  • “Election Night” written by Simon Blackwell, Armando Iannucci, and Tony Roche (Veep) WINNER

I’m really disappointed that Louie did not win. Veep is funny, it has the most hilariously creative uses of foul language I’ve ever seen, but it’s not as smart as Louie.

Ricky Gervais is the next presenter as the self deprecating man that he is.

Outstanding Supporting Actor In A Comedy Series

  • Andre Braugher as Captain Ray Holt (Brooklyn Nine-Nine)
  • Adam Driver as Adam Sackler (Girls)
  • Keegan-Michael Key as Various characters (Key & Peele)
  • Ty Burrell as Phil Dunphy (Modern Family)
  • Tituss Burgess as Titus Andromedon (Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt)
  • Tony Hale as Gary Walsh (Veep) WINNER

I’m not quite sure how Keegan-Michael Key didn’t win.

John Stamos and Gina Rodriguez are the next up to present. Creepy grandpa and virgin jokes ensued.

Outstanding Guest Actor In A Comedy Series

  • Mel Brooks as Mel Brooks (The Comedians)
  • Paul Giamatti as Juror #10 (Inside Amy Schumer)
  • Bill Hader as Host (Saturday Night Live)
  • Louis C.K. as Host (Saturday Night Live)
  • Bradley Whitford as Marcy (Transparent) WINNER
  • Jon Hamm as Reverend Richard Wayne Gary Wayne (Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt)

It couldn’t have gone to anyone else. Whitford was fantastic. Sadly, Transparent should be thrown into the Drama category and Jon Hamm should have won for Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.

Outstanding Guest Actress In A Comedy Series

  • Christine Baranski as Dr. Beverly Hofstadter (The Big Bang Theory)
  • Gaby Hoffmann as Caroline Sackler (Girls)
  • Pamela Adlon as Pamela (Louie)
  • Elizabeth Banks as Sal (Modern Family)
  • Joan Cusack as Sheila Jackson (Shameless) WINNER
  • Tina Fey as Marcia (Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt)

Bradley Whitford and Joan Cusack make up the next presenters.

Outstanding Directing For A Comedy Series

  • “Alive In Tucson (Pilot)” directed by Phil Lord and Christopher Miller (The Last Man on Earth)
  • “Sleepover” directed by Louis C.K. (Louie)
  • “Sand Hill Shuffle” directed by Mike Judge (Silicon Valley)
  • “Best New Girl” written by Jill Soloway (Transparent) WINNER
  • “Testimony” directed by Armando Iannucci (Veep)

A really strong pool of directors. A well deserved win for Jill Soloway.

Jimmy Kimmel finds his way on the stage as the next presenter. He makes a valid point about the power given to him as a presenter because he doesn’t necessarily have to call out the right winner. What would they do? So he ate the name.

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Image courtesy of The Hollywood Reporter

Outstanding Lead Actor In A Comedy Series

  • Anthony Anderson as Andre Johnson (black-ish)
  • Matt LeBlanc as Matt LeBlanc (Episodes)
  • Don Cheadle as Marty Kaan (House Of Lies)
  • Will Forte as Phil Miller (The Last Man On Earth)
  • Louis C.K. as Louie (Louie)
  • William H. Macy as Frank Gallagher (Shameless)
  • Jeffrey Tambor as Maura Pfefferman (Transparent) WINNER

A very, very deserving win for Tambor. This is his seventh Emmy nomination, first Emmy win, and his first nomination as lead actor.

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Seth Myers joins Andy Samberg to honor Lorne Michels (SNL), but the real awards presentation goes to.

Outstanding Lead Actress In A Comedy Series

  • Lisa Kudrow as Valerie Cherish (The Comeback)
  • Lily Tomlin as Frankie (Grace And Frankie)
  • Amy Schumer as Amy (Inside Amy Schumer)
  • Edie Falco as Jackie Peyton (Nurse Jackie)
  • Amy Poehler as Leslie Knope (Parks And Recreation)
  • Julia Louis-Dreyfus as President Selina Meyer (Veep) WINNER

Good on Louis-Dreyfus for winning her fourth consecutive Emmy and her sixth Emmy win. She’s awesome, but come on. Amy Poehler should have had this one in the bag.

Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele begin the awards categories for reality TV.

Outstanding Reality-Competition Program

  • The Amazing Race (CBS)
  • Dancing With The Stars (ABC)
  • Project Runway (Lifetime)
  • So You Think You Can Dance (FOX)
  • Top Chef (Bravo)
  • The Voice (NBC) WINNER

James Corden arrives on stage to honor the accountants from Ernst & Young who tabulate the votes for the Emmys.

Taraji P. Hensen and Terrence Howard are the next awards presenters to hit the stage.

Outstanding Writing For A Limited Series, Movie Or A Dramatic Special

  • “Episode One” written by John Ridley (American Crime)
  • “Bessie” written by Christopher Cleveland, Bettina Gilois, and Horton Foote
  • “Hello Ladies: The Movie” written by Stephen Merchant, Gene Stupnitsky, and Lee Eisenberg
  • “The Honorable Woman” written by Hugo Blick
  • “Olive Kitteridge” teleplay by Jane Anderson WINNER
  • “Wolf Hall” written by Peter Straughan

One of these days I’ll watch all of these honored miniseries/TV movies.

Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Limited Series Or A Movie

  • Regina King as Aliyah Shadeed (American Crime) WINNER
  • Sarah Paulson as Dot & Bette Tattler (American Horror Story: Freak Show)
  • Angela Bassett as Desiree Dupree (American Horror Story: Freak Show)
  • Kathy Bates as Ethel Darling (American Horror Story: Freak Show)
  • Mo’Nique as Ma Rainey (Bessie)
  • Zoe Kazan as Denise Thibodeau (Olive Kitteridge)

Wow, I’m surprised that the Emmy did not go to Sarah Paulson. All the buzz was around her from what I read. The odds were stacked for American Horror Story, and King rose above it.

Andy Samberg arrived back on stage to note HBO’s lack of care against password sharing for HBO NOW. So he conveniently gave it out:

Login: khaleesifan3@emmyhost.com
Password: password1

Andy Samberg HBO NOW Account Emmys

Sadly, there have been too many incorrect login attempts from people trying to change the e-mail address and password to their own. So now no one can use it. If people didn’t try to change the login and password everyone could have had a free HBO NOW account to use. They basically tried to giveaway a free HBO NOW account, which turned out to be an incredible PR stunt for HBO. This is why we can’t have nice things.

John Oliver is the next presenter and delivers probably the best quip of the night about Jeopardy and Alex Trebek.

Outstanding Directing For A Limited Series, Movie Or A Dramatic Special

  • “Monsters Among Us” directed by Ryan Murphy (American Horror Story: Freak Show)
  • “Bessie” directed by Dee Rees
  • “The Honorable Woman” directed by Hugo Blick
  • “Houdini” directed by Uli Edel
  • “The Missing” directed by Tom Shankland
  • “Olive Kitteridge” directed by Lisa Cholodenko WINNER
  • “Wolf Hall” directed by Peter Kosminsky

Bill Murray and Maggie Gyllenhaal are the next presenters.

Outstanding Supporting Actor In A Limited Series Or A Movie

  • Richard Cabral as Hector Tonz (American Crime)
  • Denis O’Hare as Stanley (American Horror Story: Freak Show)
  • Finn Wittrock as Dandy Mott (American Horror Story: Freak Show)
  • Michael Kenneth Williams as Jack Gee (Bessie)
  • Bill Murray as Jack Kenninson (Olive Kitteridge) WINNER
  • Damian Lewis as Henry VIII (Wolf Hall)

Of course Bill Murray did not show up. He’s probably on an island in some karaoke bar.

Our first Andy Samberg digital short of the ceremony parodies the the Mad Men finale and it is horrific and hilarious.

Rob Lowe and Kerry Washington are the next presenters.

Outstanding Lead Actress In A Limited Series Or A Movie

  • Felicity Huffman as Barb (American Crime)
  • Jessica Lange as Elsa Mars (American Horror Story: Freak Show)
  • Queen Latifah as Bessie Smith (Bessie)
  • Maggie Gyllenhaal as Nessa Stein (The Honorable Woman)
  • Frances McDormand as Olive Kitteridge (Olive Kitteridge) WINNER
  • Emma Thompson as Mrs. Lovett (Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber Of Fleet Street)

I guess we all should be checking out Olive Kitteridge.

Lady Gaga makes her first appearance at the Emmy Awards.

Outstanding Lead Actor In A Limited Series Or A Movie

  • Timothy Hutton as Russ (American Crime)
  • Ricky Gervais as Derek (Derek Special)
  • Adrien Brody as Harry Houdini (Houdini)
  • David Oyelowo as Peter Snowden (Nightingale)
  • Richard Jenkins as Henry Kitteridge (Olive Kitteridge) WINNER
  • Mark Rylance as Thomas Cromwell (Wolf Hall)

Olive Kitteridge is all about the Emmys tonight.

Fred Savage is next on stage to introduce a tribute video of series finales, final appearances of late night hosts, and the end of certain variety shows, including The Newsroom, Glee, Letterman, The Daily Show, The Colbert Report, Justified, Sons of Anarchy, Nurse Jackie, and many more. Many final scenes aired and no spoiler alert was even delivered. So many character deaths shown. WOW.

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Lena Headey and Marcia Gay Harden are the next award presenters.

Outstanding Limited Series

  • American Crime (ABC)
  • American Horror Story: Freak Show (FX Networks)
  • The Honorable Woman (SundanceTV)
  • Olive Kitteridge (HBO) WINNER
  • Wolf Hall (PBS)

Olive Kitteridge basically sweeps the TV movie/limited series category in all categories except supporting actress, holy cow.

Mindy Kaling and Zachery Levi are the next presenters.

Outstanding Writing For A Variety Series

  • The Colbert Report (Comedy Central)
  • The Daily Show With Jon Stewart (Comedy Central) WINNER
  • Inside Amy Schumer (Comedy Central)
  • Key & Peele (Comedy Central)
  • Last Week Tonight With John Oliver (HBO)

Jane Lynch and Eric Stonestreet are the next award presenters.

Outstanding Variety Sketch Series

  • Drunk History (Comedy Central)
  • Inside Amy Schumer (Comedy Central) WINNER
  • Key & Peele (Comedy Central)
  • Saturday Night Live (NBC)

This could have gone to Amy or K&P. It would be tough to call, but Inside Amy Schumer made a strong case this year.

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Colin Hanks and Will Forte are the next presenters.

Outstanding Directing For A Variety Series

  • “Show 11040” directed by James Hoskinson (The Colbert Report)
  • “Show 20103” directed by Chuck O’Neil (The Daily Show With Jon Stewart) WINNER
  • “12 Angry Men” directed by Amy Schumer and Ryan McFaul (Inside Amy Schumer)
  • “Show 4214” directed by Jerry Foley (Late Show With David Letterman)
  • “Show 203” directed by Dave Diomedi (The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon)

LL Cool J is the next presenter to close out the Variety Series categories.

Outstanding Variety Talk Series

  • The Colbert Report (Comedy Central)
  • The Daily Show With Jon Stewart (Comedy Central) WINNER
  • Last Week Tonight With John Oliver (HBO)
  • Late Show With David Letterman (CBS)
  • The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon (NBC)

Ben McKenzie and Jamie Alexander are the next presenters.

Outstanding Guest Actor In A Drama Series

  • Alan Alda as Alan Fitch (The Blacklist)
  • Michael J. Fox as Louis Canning (The Good Wife)
  • F. Murray Abraham as Dar Adal (Homeland)
  • Reg E. Cathey as Freddy Hayes (House Of Cards) WINNER
  • Beau Bridges as Barton Scully (Masters Of Sex)
  • Pablo Schreiber as George “Pornstache” Mendez (Orange Is The New Black)

Outstanding Guest Actress In A Drama Series

  • Margo Martindale as Claudia (The Americans) WINNER
  • Diana Rigg as Lady Olenna Tyrell (Game Of Thrones)
  • Rachel Brosnahan as Rachel Posner (House Of Cards)
  • Cicely Tyson as Ophelia Hartness (How To Get Away With Murder)
  • Allison Janney as Margaret Scully (Masters Of Sex)
  • Khandi Alexander as Maya Pope (Scandal)

Reg E. Cathey is next to present in his booming, deep voice.

Outstanding Writing For A Drama Series

  • “Do Mail Robots Dream Of Electric Sheep?” written by Joshua Brand
  • “Five-O” written by Gordon Smith (Better Call Saul)
  • “Mother’s Mercy” written by David Benioff and D.B. Weiss (Game Of Thrones) WINNER
  • “Lost Horizon” written by Semi Chellas and Matthew Weiner (Mad Men)
  • “Person To Person” written by Matthew Weiner (Mad Men)

I did not see that one coming. I would have put my life savings on Weiner to win. Whoa.

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Emma Roberts and Jamie Lee Curtis are the next presenters.

Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Drama Series

  • Joanne Froggatt as Anna Bates (Downton Abbey)
  • Lena Headey as Cersei Lannister (Game Of Thrones)
  • Emilia Clarke as Daenerys Targaryen (Game Of Thrones)
  • Christine Baranski as Diane Lockhart (The Good Wife)
  • Christina Hendricks as Joan Harris (Mad Men)
  • Uzo Aduba as Suzanne “Crazy Eyes” Warren (Orange Is The New Black) WINNER

Lena Headey was robbed. Uzo Aduba did a great job in season 2 of Orange, but this was Cersei’s year. SHAME!

Outstanding Directing For A Drama Series

  • “Eldorado” directed by Tim Van Patten (Empire)
  • “Mother’s Mercy” directed by David Nutter (Game of Thrones) WINNER
  • “Unbowed, Unbent, Unbroken” directed by Jeremy Podeswa (Game of Thrones)
  • “From A To B And Back Again” directed by Lesli Linka Glatter (Homeland)
  • “The Knick” directed by Steven Soderbergh (The Knick)

“Hardhome” should have been the episode to nominate and to win, but whatever. A win is a win for GoT, right?

Viola Davis is our next presenter tonight.

Outstanding Supporting Actor In A Drama Series

  • Jonathan Banks as Mike Ehrmantraut (Better Call Saul)
  • Ben Mendelsohn as Danny Rayburn (Bloodline)
  • Jim Carter as Mr. Carson (Downton Abbey)
  • Peter Dinklage as Tyrion Lannister (Game Of Thrones) WINNER
  • Alan Cumming as Eli Gold (The Good Wife)
  • Michael Kelly as Doug Stamper (House Of Cards)

And the Dinkles pulls off the big W. I would have liked and pegged Jonathan Banks to win after such a riveting speech in episode six of Better Call Saul, but good on the Drinkles.

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Tina Fey is our next presenter of the night.

Outstanding Lead Actor In A Drama Series

  • Bob Odenkirk as Jimmy McGill (Better Call Saul)
  • Kyle Chandler as John Rayburn (Bloodline)
  • Kevin Spacey as Francis Underwood (House Of Cards)
  • Jon Hamm as Don Draper (Mad Men) WINNER
  • Jeff Daniels as Will McAvoy (The Newsroom)
  • Liev Schreiber as Ray Donovan (Ray Donovan)

It’s about damn time. I hate that Hamm had to win for the final season because it feels as though they’re just giving it to him to honor the character. His performance was incredible and definitely better than the rest of the nominees, but I wish he won it earlier for this role. Although, Bryan Cranston did deserve it each and every time for Breaking Bad, which has held back Jon Hamm from winning. Congratulations Mr. Hamm.

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Outstanding Lead Actress In A Drama Series

  • Taraji P. Henson as Cookie Lyon (Empire)
  • Claire Danes as Carrie Mathison (Homeland)
  • Robin Wright as Claire Underwood (House Of Cards)
  • Viola Davis as Annalise Keating (How To Get Away With Murder) WINNER
  • Elisabeth Moss as Peggy Olson (Mad Men)
  • Tatiana Maslany as Sarah, Alison, Cosima, Helena, Rachel and Krystal (Orphan Black)

Davis’ first Emmy win and nomination. Viola is the first African American to win the Leading Acress in a Drama category. She dominates film and now the small screen. She can’t be stopped. She delivered an incredibly powerful speech.

Mel Brooks is up to present the final comedy award of the night.

Outstanding Comedy Series

  • Louie (FX Networks)
  • Modern Family (ABC)
  • Parks And Recreation (NBC)
  • Silicon Valley (HBO)
  • Transparent (Amazon Instant Video)
  • Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt (Netflix)
  • Veep (HBO) WINNER

Come on. Really? I’m really glad that Modern Family finally didn’t win, but Veep is not the funniest or greatest comedy out of the bunch. Transparent should have had this in the bag for as much heart and humanity it presents in a comedic form.

And Tracy Morgan is final presenter of the evening.

Outstanding Drama Series

  • Better Call Saul (AMC)
  • Downton Abbey (PBC)
  • Game Of Thrones (HBO) WINNER
  • Homeland (Showtime)
  • House Of Cards (Netflix)
  • Mad Men (AMC)
  • Orange Is The New Black (Netflix)

I don’t even know at this point. It’s as if HBO campaigned really hard this year, which is sad because it comes down to advertising dollars and who gets the word out the most.

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It’s disgusting to think that one of the most polarizing and weakest seasons of Game of Thrones beat out the final season of Mad Men. It makes no sense.

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Like what were they thinking?

It’s a sad day for this golden age of television.

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I feel dirty. And I’m glad this night is over.

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I’m out.

Thanks for reading!


Nominee List: Emmys.com

Coming Soon to Blu-Ray and DVD: Vacation, Penny Dreadful, and More

While we provide you with a list of available new releases Now Available to Own every Tuesday, Coming Soon to Blu-ray and DVD looks at all of the recent home video announcements. For the week of September 19, 2015 we have Vacation, Penny Dreadful, and Happyish. Find out when they’ll be out and what special features movie fans can expect below.

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Available on Blu-ray, DVD, and Digital HD November 3

Vacation (John Francis Daley and Jonathan M. Goldstein) Rated R [99 min] – Rusty Griswold takes his own family on a road trip to “Walley World” in order to spice things up with his wife and reconnect with his sons. Starring Ed Helms, Christina Applegate, Skyler Gisondo, and Steele Stebbins

Special features include:

  • Return to Walley World
  • The Griswold Odyssey
  • Gag Reel
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Georgia

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Available on Blu-ray and DVD October 6

Penny Dreadful: The Complete Second Season (John Logan) Explorer Sir Malcolm Murray, American gunslinger Ethan Chandler, and others unite to combat supernatural threats in Victorian London. Starring: Josh Hartnett, Timothy Dalton, Eva Green

Special features include:

  • Video Production Blog
  • Reeve Carney Round Table
  • History of the Occult
  • Character Profile
  • Evelyn Poole’s Mansion
  • Interview/Behind the Scenes

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Available on DVD October 6

Happyish (Shalom Auslander) Rated TV-MA [30 min] – On his birthday, Thom Payne gets the gift of insignificance and also a new boss. He suspects his ED pills are interfering with his anti-depressants, leaving him with neither happiness nor… happiness. In a culture that reveres youth – a culture he helped create – Thom needs to figure out what his purpose is now that he’s halfway to death and nobody cares what he thinks. Because in a world where any Kardashian is trending up, perhaps the wise among us would heartily embrace trending down. Starring Kathryn Hahn, Steve Coogan, Sawyer Shipman

No special features announced yet.

And that’s it for this week. What are you looking forward to picking up when they release?

Stay tuned for more Blu-Ray and DVD announcements every Saturday.


All plot synopses courtesy of IMDb.com

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Box Office Battlefield: The Scorch Trials, Black Mass, and Everest

Every week, movie studios select candidates to enter the glorious battlefield for your hard-earned dollars. The weekend warriors of September 18, 2015 includes The Scorch Trials, Black Mass, and Everest, as well as a handful of limited releases. Box Office Battlefield is here to help you decide which movie(s) will take priority over the others and determine who will be victorious. Should you see ’em, skip ’em, or rent ’em? Find out below!

Last weekend, two low-budget films, The Visit and The Perfect Guy, battled it out in a close match up to gain supremacy. In a surprising turn of events, Perfect Guy beat out Visit by about $400 thousand. Do they have what it takes to fend off some heavy hitters this weekend? UNLEASH THE POWER OF APPLES! This is the Box Office Battlefield:

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Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials (Wes Ball) Rated PG-13 [131 min] – After having escaped the Maze, the Gladers now face a new set of challenges on the open roads of a desolate landscape filled with unimaginable obstacles.Director: Wes BallStars: Dylan O’Brien, Kaya Scodelario, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Giancarlo Esposito, Ki Hong Lee, Dexter Darden, Jacob Lofland, Rosa Salazar, Aidan Gillen, and Patricia Clarkson

Rotten Tomatoes Score: Critics – 49% • Audience – 69%

My review:

I’m highly impressed with director Wes Ball. For only being his second feature length film, his first being The Maze Runner, the man has an eye for adventure. Which is what predominately The Scorch Trials consists of. The plot of the movie is pretty thin, exhibiting little depth to build the post-apocalyptic world the story inhabits. But what it lacks in plot The Scorch Trials makes up for in action.

The biggest downfall of the series thus far is how they’re handling the lead character, Thomas (Dylan O’Brien). He’s a strong, emotive character, but the story isn’t giving us enough to completely understand his motivations. He has a very one track mind that isn’t very compelling, and it hurts the credibility of his sidekicks as they go along with him just because. We’ve gained more backstory from his gal pal Teresa (Kaya Scodelario) than anyone else in the entirety of both films.

With only one movie left in the trilogy – which is great because I’m sick of studios splitting up the last book of YA franchises just to make a quick buck– there needs to be more in order for us to root for Thomas, otherwise this will be a very disappointing trilogy because its premise has a lot of promise. MATINEE IT!

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Black Mass (Scott Cooper) Rated R [122 min] – The true story of Whitey Bulger, the brother of a state senator and the most infamous violent criminal in the history of South Boston, who became an FBI informant to take down a Mafia family invading his turf. Starring Johnny Depp, Benedict Cumberbatch, Joel Edgerton, Jesse Plemons, Dakota Johnson, Adam Scott, Kevin Bacon, Peter Sarsgaard, Corey Stoll, David Harbour, and Julianne Nicholson

Rotten Tomatoes Score: Critics – 76% • Audience – 80%

My review:

Full disclosure: if you put Johnny Depp in anything I’m going to be very unenthusiastic going in to a movie. His recent stints in makeup (The Lone Ranger; Alice in Wonderland; Into the Woods) and without (Transcendence; Tusk; Mortdecai) have been quite indigestible. With that said, I found Depp to be quite satisfactory as Whitey Bulger. I am happy to see the actor take a more grounded role that doesn’t call for any of his Depp-isms or any quirky behavior traits. Bulger is a straight up thug who played the system very well. And the rest of the cast are excellent too; although I couldn’t comprehend Benedict Cumberbatch’s Boston accent.

Be that as it may, I can’t help but find Black Mass to be your ordinary gangster film. There isn’t much to say about Bulger, what drives him, or anyone really. Black Mass has a very linear plot that recalls events from A to B rather than putting any kind of effort to provide perspective or depth to Bulger. This bland representation, and maybe that’s who he was, doesn’t make for an entertaining piece of cinema. RENT IT!

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Everest (Baltasar Kormákur) [IMAX Only] Rated PG-13 ]121 min] – A climbing expedition on Mt. Everest is devastated by a severe snow storm. Starring Jason Clarke, Ang Phula Sherpa, Thomas M. Wright, and Martin Henderson

Rotten Tomatoes Score: Critics – 72% • Audience – 76%

Their reviews:

“Everest is a sobering character story packed with bravery, horror, and humility – as well as thrilling tension.” – Ben Kendrick (ScreenRant)

“Film has two big issues, one dramatic, one having to do with awful and stupid 3D conversion.” – James Verniere (Boston Herald)

My take:

Everest looks like a thrilling sit. It’s sad that the trailer had to explain the entire situation and leave no surprise for moviegoers. But the fact that the only way to see Everest is in a 3D IMAX theater makes me shudder to think what was going on in the minds of the studio execs who green-lit that decision. Is the gimmick of a 3D IMAX experience worth the trip to the theaters? I don’t personally think so. If Everest was presented in regular IMAX I would be more accepting, but 3D? Come on. MATINEE IT IF YOU TRULY HAVE TO SEE IT!

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Sicario (Denis Villeneuve) [Limited] Rated R [121 min] – An idealistic FBI agent is enlisted by an elected government task force to aid in the escalating war against drugs at the border area between the U.S. and Mexico. Starring Emily Blunt, Josh Brolin, Benicio Del Toro, and Jon Bernthal

Rotten Tomatoes Score: Critics – 88% • Audience – 91%

Their reviews:

“Directed by Denis Villeneuve from a script by Taylor Sheridan, the film manages to somehow be sleek and sprawling, focused and cagey at the same time, often in the same scene.” – Mark Olsen (Los Angeles Times)

“Villeneuve, cinematographer Roger Deakins and composer Jóhann Jóhannsson combine to make the action scenes gorgeous, scary and exciting, while the script by Taylor Sheridan is mordant and smart, with not a wasted word.” – Kyle Smith (New York Post)

My take:

Emily Blunt is unstoppable. There’s no other way in saying it. She is a Jill of all trades going from hardcore action to musicals and thrillers to dramas. What can’t she do? Sicario looks great and absolutely suspenseful with all the right tension. I have been avoiding the marketing as much as possible because I’ve heard really positive things. So when it comes to your town be prepared. SEE IT!

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Cooties (Jonathan Milott and Cary Murnion4) Rated R [88 min] – A mysterious virus hits an isolated elementary school, transforming the kids into a feral swarm of mass savages. An unlikely hero must lead a motley band of teachers in the fight of their lives. Starring Elijah Wood, Rainn Wilson, and Alison Pill

Rotten Tomatoes Score: Critics – 36% • Audience – 60%

Their reviews:

“If Cooties subscribes slavishly to the conventions of teacher movies, it at least has fun with them.” – Nathan Rabin (AV Club)

“The engaging opening third of “Cooties” is enough to make the rest of the 96-minute film a mildly amusing diversion, but as the minutes roll by, you’ll wish the brains of the film had remained intact.” – Kevin Jagernauth (The Playlsit)

My take:

Cooties looks cute. A silly romp that you laugh at and with. Elijah Wood has been doing a lot of great work in the horror realm, and throwing him into the horror comedy genre makes me anticipate its release. However, the reviews are pretty negative, which doesn’t bode well and lessens my expectations, but I am still looking forward to seeing it regardless. RENT IT! 

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Captive (Jerry Jameson) [Limited] Rated PG-13 [97 min] – A single mother struggling with drug addiction is taken hostage in her own apartment by a man on the run after breaking out of jail and murdering the judge assigned to his case. Starring Kate Mara, David Oyelowo, Mimi Rogers, and Michael Kenneth Williams

Rotten Tomatoes Score: Critics – 35% • Audience – 69%

Their reviews:

“A Lifetime movie shoved into a cage and fattened with sermons and platitudes until it is ready to be served up cold and bland.” – James Rocchi (The Wrap)

“A credit-sequence television clip of Mr. Warren and the real Ms. Smith with Oprah Winfrey makes the entire movie feel like the strangest book infomercial in memory.” – Nicolas Rapold (New York Times)

My take:

Faith-based films have been running rampant lately. There was a huge surge last year, and the trend has only continued with each new success. Now equipped with A-list stars, Captive looks like it has the best intentions, but from what I’ve seen from the trailers the themes look inherently forced. I can’t get past it. WAIT FOR IT ON NETFLIX!

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Pawn Sacrifice (Edward Zwick) [Limited] Rated PG-13 [114 min] – Set during the Cold War, American chess prodigy Bobby Fischer finds himself caught between two superpowers and his own struggles as he challenges the Soviet Empire. Starring Tobey Maguire, Liev Schreiber, Peter Sarsgaard, and Michael Stuhlbarg

Rotten Tomatoes Score: Critics – 80% • Audience – 76%

Their reviews:

“Edward Zwick’s “Pawn Sacrifice” is an enthralling piece of mainstream entertainment that captures the essence of Fischer’s mad genius, perfectly re-creates the tenor of the times AND works as a legit sports movie about the great game of chess.” – Richard Roeper (Chicago Sun-Times)

“There’s much to recommend it… thanks to some sharp lines from screenwriter Steven Knight and first-rate performances.” – Keith Phipps (Uproxx)

My take:

Where has Tobey Maguire been? I feel like he’s been running around in the shadows trying to get the taste of Spider-Man out of his mouth. Pawn Sacrifice seems like a well-crafted biopic that has a dark edge to it, something that brings a little more color into the genre. It doesn’t look like it is playing it safe or straight forward, so I’m intrigued. MATINEE IT!

First off, as exciting as Everest appears to be, I can only imagine it will make very little money because of the gimmick and the limited amount of IMAX screens to begin with. They go up the mountain, they go down the mountain. Not much to it. Although Johnny Depp’s performance is grand and at a high caliber we haven’t seen him at in years, Black Mass is nothing to run home about. Plus it’s rated R so you’re losing a lot of moviegoers there. And then we have The Scorch Trials, which is a PG-13 action flick based on a young adult book series starring a Teen Wolf hunk. There haven’t been a lot of big movies geared toward that tween/young adult genre in about a month since Ant-Man. With school back in session, The Scorch Trials seems like the perfect hangout movie for youths to enjoy. So as it stands, I believe the victor for this weekend will be:

Winner: Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials

What will you be watching this weekend? What did you think of the current releases? Tell us in the comment section below.


Movie synopses courtesy of IMDb.com and Tomatometer Scores from Rotten Tomatoes

Netflix Streaming Report: Moonrise Kingdom, The Bank Job, The Fosters, and More

Welcome to your Netflix Streaming Report for September 17, 2015. After the long week you deserve a relaxing staycation with a bowl of popcorn, a bucket of ice cream, and only your Netflix queue to judge you. This past week, Netflix Watch Instant has been kind enough to supply us with Moonrise Kingdom, The Bank Job, The Fosters, and more.

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Moonrise Kingdom: Criterion Collection (Wes Anderson) Rated PG-13 [94 min] – A pair of young lovers flee their New England town, which causes a local search party to fan out to find them. Starring Jared Gilman, Kara Hayward, Bruce Willis, Frances McDormand, Bill Murray, Tilda Swinton, Ed Norton, and Jason Schwartzman

Since The Grand Budapest Hotel isn’t available on Netflix, Moonrise Kingdom is your next best bet to get your Wes Anderson fix. It’s really playful and has a great charm with its young lead. The cast is lively, fun, and endearing. if you aren’t keen on Anderson’s more artsy films, check out Moonrise Kingdom, it is far easier to digest.

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Men, Women & Children (Jason Reitman) Rated R [119 min] A look at the sexual frustrations that young teenagers and adults face in today’s world. Starring Ansel Elgort, Adam Sandler, Judy Greer, Rosemarie DeWitt, Jennifer Garner, Dean Norris, Kaitlyn Dever, J.K. Simmons, and Emma Thompson

I don’t envy anyone trying to weave together interrelated stories to create one cohesive film. And if I thought anyone could pull it together it would be Jason Reitman (Up in the Air; Juno; Thank You for Smoking). Unfortunately he didn’t quite stick the landing. Men, Women & Children is a step above and beyond his previous feature, Labor Day, but the film plays it too safe by delivering something sadly generic and incredibly depressing. There’s a solid cast here, I just wish there was more substance than what you’d come to expect.

(Watch it now)

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The Fosters: The Complete Third Season (Brad Bredeweg and Peter Paige) Rated TV-14 [42 min] – Teenager Callie Jacobs is placed in a foster home with a lesbian couple and their blend of biological, adoptive and foster children.Creators: Stars: Teri Polo, Sherri Saum, Hayden Byerly, Maia Mitchell, David Lambert, Danny Nucci, and Cierra Ramirez

If you’re ever in the market for a series that bridges the gap between daytime soaps and young adult women, ABC Family has cracked the code. Their half-hour sitcoms are a different story. Armed with a slew of carefully targeted program is so craftily put together, ABC Family is unlike any other channel out there. The Fosters is a good show, full of many feels and maybe too much coincidental drama that you’d think you’re back in Degrassi High. There are a lot of topical situations that The Fosters nails on the head with acute precision and grace, but if you can’t believe that so much drama can befall one family you might want to look elsewhere.

(Watch it now)

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The Bank Job (Roger Donaldson) Rated R [111 min] – Martine offers Terry a lead on a foolproof bank hit on London’s Baker Street. She targets a roomful of safe deposit boxes worth millions in cash and jewelry. But Terry and his crew don’t realize the boxes also contain a treasure trove of dirty secrets – secrets that will thrust them into a deadly web of corruption and illicit scandal. Starring Jason Statham, Saffron Burrows, Stephen Campbell Moore

I’ve never seen The Bank Job, but it’s on Netflix in case you need your Jason Statham fix.

(Watch it now)

Also newly available on Netflix streaming this week:

  • Madam Bovary
  • God Bless the Child
  • About Elly
  • Why Did I Get Married
  • Portlandia (Season 5)
  • Comedy Bang! Bang! (Season 4)
  • Ax Men (Season 4)
  • Reality (2014)
  • Myth Hunters (Series 1)
  • The Beast (1975)
  • Reservation Road
  • Skin Trade

What will you be watching this weekend?

Look forward to more new titles from the Netflix Streaming Report every Thursday on TTRC.


 

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All plot synopses courtesy of IMDb.com