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Now Available to Own: Magic Mike XXL, Insidious 3, The Leftovers, and More

Brace your bank accounts, it’s time to see what’s Now Available to Own for the week of October 6, 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 Magic Mike XXL, Insidious: Chapter 3, Penny Dreadful (Season 2), The Leftovers (Season 1), and more.

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Movies on Blu-ray

Magic Mike XXL (Gregory Jacobs) Rated R [115 min] – Three years after Mike bowed out of the stripper life at the top of his game, he and the remaining Kings of Tampa hit the road to Myrtle Beach to put on one last blow-out performance. Starring Channing Tatum, Joe Manganiello, Matt Bomer, Adam Rodriguez, Kevin Nash, and Amber Heard [Watch the trailer]

Magic Mike XXL stands out as one of the better films of the year simply because it has an acute ability to balance character drama with silly, entertaining charm. This Magic Mike isn’t as dark and brooding as its predecessor. XXL is the film moviegoers were hoping for the first time around. There are moments that feel like the movie is dragging, but overall it’s quite enjoyable.

Special features include:

  • The Moves of Magic Mike XXL
  • Extended Malik Dance Scene
  • Georgia

Me and Earl and the Dying Girl (Alfonso Gomez-Rejon) Rated PG-13 [105 min] – High schooler Greg, who spends most of his time making parodies of classic movies with his co-worker Earl, finds his outlook forever altered after befriending a classmate who has just been diagnosed with cancer. Starring Thomas Mann, RJ Cyler, Olivia Cooke, Nick Offerman, and Connie Britton

Another great film from earlier this year. Me and Earl and the Dying Girl is an incredible cinematic experience. And after you’ve seen it, despite the sadness of it all, there’s a revelatory moment at the end that makes repeat viewing more enjoyable with every watch.

Special features include:

  • Deleted Scenes with Optional Commentary by Alfonso Gomez-Rejon
  • This is Where You Learn How The Movie Was Made
  • Abstract: Movie for Rachel
  • A Conversation with Martin Scorsese and Alfonso Gomez-Rejon
  • Greg Gaines and Earl Jackson Productions (Shorts Montage)
  • Audio Commentary by Director Alfonso Gomez-Rejon
  • Greg’s Trailer, Gallery
  • And more!

Insidious: Chapter 3 (Leigh Whannell) Rated PG-13 [97 min] – A prequel set before the haunting of the Lambert family that reveals how gifted psychic Elise Rainier reluctantly agrees to use her ability to contact the dead in order to help a teenage girl who has been targeted by a dangerous supernatural entity. Starring Lin Shaye Dermot Mulroney, Stefanie Scott, Angus Sampson, and Leigh Whannell [Watch the Trailer]

As a big step up from Insidious: Chapter 2, Chapter 3 does an OK job at filling in character gaps of our ghost hunters. Unfortunately, there isn’t as much time devoted to team building as one would hope because most of the time is dedicated to haunting our protagonist. There are some good frights, but Insidious: Chapter 3 still fails to capture the magic of the first Insidious.

Special features include:

  • Origin Story: Making Chapter 3 Featurette
  • Deleted Scenes (Blu-ray exclusive)
  • Being Haunted: A Psychic Medium Speaks Featurette (Blu-ray exclusive)
  • Macabre Creations Featurette (Blu-ray exclusive)
  • Stunts: The Car Crash Featurette (Blu-ray exclusive)
  • Cherry Glazerr: Tiptoe Through the Tulips Featurette (Blu-ray exclusive)

We Are Still Here (Ted Geoghegan) Not Rated [84 min] – In the cold, wintery fields of New England, a lonely old house wakes up every thirty years – and demands a sacrifice. Starring Barbara Crampton, Andrew Sensenig, and Lisa Marie

It’s been a good while since I’ve seen a haunted house story that I haven’t been bored to tears by. Not since The Conjuring has anything really worked for me. We Are Still Here is not groundbreaking, but it is a solid B-movie flick that has a unique story surrounding the origins of the house that kept my interest engaged. It also has a bloody good finale.

Special features include:

  • Commentary with Writer-Director Ted Geoghegan and Producer Travis Stevens
  • Behind the Scenes – Geoghegan and Stevens discuss the genesis of the project and the challenges and successes of bringing the script to life.
  • Trailer
  • Teaser

Final Girl (Tyler Shields) Rated R [90 min] [DVD Only] – A man teaches a young woman how to become a complete weapon. 13 years later, at 18 she will approach a group of sadistic teens who killed blonde women for unknown reasons. The hunting season begins. Starring Abigail Breslin, Wes Bentley, Logan Huffman, and Alexander Ludwig

On the other side of the coin, Final Girl is the purest example of how a promising B-movie can fail. The concept has all the best intentions and it could have been fantastic, but the acting and the characters are awful. And I’m surprised. With Breslin and Bentley at the forefront, Final Girl should succeed. I’d love to see this remade with a little more attention to detail and better direction.

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Eaters (Johnny Tabor) Rated R [90 min] [DVD Only] – After their friend goes missing, five road-tripping friends must confront a violent biker gang, but after they narrowly escape, their nightmare goes from bad to spine-chilling. Starring Marcelle Bowman, Robert Dean, and Tristan Parrish Moore

Nothing is more basic than Eaters. I like road trip thrillers as much as the next horror fan, The Texas Chain Saw Massacre is one of my favorites, but when there is no intensity or empathy for our protagonists then all is lost. Never did I care about any of the little rascals lost on their way to Timbuktu, or the bikers who are wrapped up in a contrived drug scheme. The folks they encounter that stir the pot are hardly frightening and have no depth to them to be afraid either.

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Rumble in the Bronx (Stanley Tong) Rated R [87 min] – A young man visiting and helping his uncle in New York City finds himself forced to fight a street gang and the mob with his martial art skills. Starring Jackie Chan, Anita Mui, and Françoise Yip [Watch the Trailer]

This is classic Jackie Chan. I remember growing up as a young lad and catching Rumble in the Bronx on TNT or some cable channel. I always stopped when I reached this point. It seemed to be on all the time. There’s something about the goofiness of the story, Chan’s incredible fight choreography, and the terrible dubbing that creates something magical.

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Jackie Chan’s First Strike (Stanley Tong) Rated PG-13 [107 min] – This installment of Chan’s Police Story series has our hero trying to locate a missing nuclear warhead. Starring Jackie Chan, Jackson Liu, and Annie Wu [Watch the Trailer]

But if you’re looking for a more serious Chan movie, First Strike is what you seek. A year after Bronx, Chan’s follow up feature is more hard-hitting, non-stop action. Of course the whole scenario the plot is wildly exaggerated like most Chan films, but that’s why we love them. Another fine Jackie Chan classic.

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What We Did on Our Holiday (Andy Hamilton and Guy Jenkin) Rated PG-13 [95 min] [DVD Only] – Doug and Abi take their kids on a family vacation. Surrounded by relatives, the kids innocently reveal the ins and outs of their family life and many intimate details about their parents. It’s soon clear that when it comes to keeping a big secret under wraps from the rest of the family, their children are their biggest liability. Starring Rosamund Pike, David Tennant, and Billy Connolly

What would happen if the psycho wife from Gone Girl and the tenth Doctor took a mini vacay as a family? What We Did on Our Holiday is your answer. Not quite as childish as the promotional images imply, WWDOOH does its best in teaching life-long, adult lessons through the perspective of precarious British children. And you can’t have any kind of family comedy without a kooky grandfather, right? There’s a lot that works here better than it should, and perhaps U.S. studios could learn a thing or two about family comedies from this foreign flick.

Special features include:

  • Audio Commentary with Directors Andy Hamilton and Guy Jenkin
  • “Creating Dysfunction: Making What We Did on Our Holiday” featurette
  • Deleted Scenes

When Marnie Was There (Hiromasa Yonebayashi) Rated PG [103 min] – A young girl is sent to the country for health reasons, where she meets an unlikely friend in the form of Marnie, a young girl with flowing blonde hair. As the friendship unravels it is possible that Marnie has closer ties to the protagonist than we might expect. Starring Sara Takatsuki, Kasumi Arimura, Nanako Matsushima, and Susumu Terajima

Sadly, I missed this film in theaters and haven’t had a chance since to check it out. When Marnie Was There is a Studio Ghibli film in a post Hayao Miyazaki retirement world. So I am interested in seeing how it holds up without him.

Special features include:

  • The Making of When Marnie Was There
  • Yohei Taneda Creates the Art of When Marnie Was There
  • Feature-Length Storyboards
  • Behind the Scenes with the Voice Cast
  • Foreign Trailers and TV Spots
  • US Trailer

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Coming Soon to Blu-Ray and DVD: Terminator Genisys, Z for Zachariah, 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 5, 2015 we have Terminator: Genisys, Z for Zachariah, The Gallows, and more. Find out when they’ll be out and what special features movie fans can expect below.

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Available on 3D Blu-ray, Blu-ray, DVD, and Digital HD November 10

Terminator Genisys (Alan Taylor) [7/1 Release] Rated PG-13 [125 min] – John Connor sends Kyle Reese back in time to protect Sarah Connor, but when he arrives in 1984, nothing is as he expected it to be. Starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jason Clarke, Emilia Clarke, Jai Courtney, and J.K. Simmons [Watch the trailer]

Special features includes:

  • Family Dynamics – Casting Terminator Genisys and how the actors filled some of the most iconic roles in cinematic history
  • Infiltration and Termination – Go behind-the-scenes to San Francisco and New Orleans in a first-hand look at filming locations
  • Upgrades: VFX of Terminator Genisys – Delve into the revolutionary visual effects behind the movie’s incredible action sequences

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

Z for Zachariah (Craig Zobel) Rated PG-13 [95 min] – In the wake of a disaster that wipes out most of civilization, two men and a young woman find themselves in an emotionally charged love triangle as the last known survivors. Starring Margot Robbie, Chiwetel Ejiofor, and Chris Pine,

Special features includes:

  • “The Making of Z for Zachariah” Featurette
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Extended Interviews with Actors Chiwetel Ejiofor and Margot Robbie, Director Craig Zobel and Screenwriter Nissar Modi

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

The Gallows (Travis Cluff and Chris Lofing) Rated R [81 min] – 20 years after a horrific accident during a small town school play, students at the school resurrect the failed show in a misguided attempt to honor the anniversary of the tragedy – but soon discover that some things are better left alone. Starring Reese Mishler, Pfeifer Brown, and Ryan Shoos

Special features includes:

  • The Gallows: The Original Version
  • The Gallows: Surviving the Noose
  • Charlie: Every School Has Its Spirit
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Gag Reel
  • Concept, Original Version and Theatrical Trailers
  • Dolby Atmos

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

Nurse Jackie: The Complete Seventh Season (Liz Brixius, Evan Dunsky, and Linda Wallem) Rated TV-MA [27 min] – A drug-addicted nurse struggles to find a balance between the demands of her frenetic job at a New York City hospital and an array of personal dramas. Starring Edie Falco, Peter Facinelli, Paul Schulze, Dominic Fumusa, Merritt Wever, Anna Deavere Smith, Adam Ferrera, Ruby Jerins, Morris Chestnut, and Betty Gilpie

Special features includes:

  • “The Last Patient at All Saints” Featurette
  • “Final Shift” Featurette
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Gag Reel
  • Last Dance: Flash Mob with Edie Falco
  • Audio Commentary on Select Episodes

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

Mr. Holmes (Bill Condon) Rated PG [104 min] – An aged, retired Sherlock Holmes looks back on his life, and grapples with an unsolved case involving a beautiful woman. Starring Ian McKellen, Laura Linney, Hiroyuki Sanada, and Hattie Morahan

Special features includes:

  • “Icon” Featurette
  • “Story” Featurette

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Available on Blu-ray and DVD October 6

Final Girl (Tyler Shields) Rated R [90 min] – A man teaches a young woman how to become a complete weapon. 13 years later, at 18 she will approach a group of sadistic teens who killed blonde women for unknown reasons. The hunting season begins. Starring Abigail Breslin, Wes Bentley, Logan Huffman, Alexander Ludwig

No special features included

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25th Anniversary Collection Available on October 6

Home Alone: 25th Anniversary Collection (Chris Columbus) Rated PG [103 min] – An 8-year old troublemaker must protect his home from a pair of burglars when he is accidentally left home alone by his family during Christmas vacation. Starring Macaulay Culkin, Joe Pesci, and Daniel Stern

Discs includes:

  • Home Alone – 4K Blu-ray Restoration, DVD and Digital HD
  • Home Alone 2: Lost in New York –Blu-ray, DVD and Digital HD
  • Home Alone 3 – DVD
  • Home Alone 4: Taking Back the House – DVD
  • Home Alone 5: The Holiday Heist – DVD

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.


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Box Office Battlefield: The Man from U.N.C.L.E. vs. Straight Outta Compton

Every week, movie studios select candidates to enter the glorious battlefield for your hard-earned dollars. The weekend warriors of August 14, 2015 includes The Man from U.N.C.L.E. and Straight Outta Compton, along with 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, Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation chose to accept the impossible task of thwarting off four new wide releases, successfully completing their mission. Fantastic Four found no love while the low-budget thriller, The Gift bestowed upon its niche audience what its title infers.

Can Tom Cruise pull a three-peat or will the N.W.A. cruise down the street for a victory lap? Or will the ’60s chic spies from the U.S. and Russia get the upper hand? I got my mind on my tummy and my tummy on my mind. This is the Box Office Battlefield:

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The Man from U.N.C.L.E. (Guy Ritchie) Rated PG-13 [116 min] – In the early 1960s, CIA agent Napoleon Solo and KGB operative Illya Kuryakin participate in a joint mission against a mysterious criminal organization, which is working to proliferate nuclear weapons. Starring Henry Cavill, Armie Hammer, Alicia Vikander, and Elizabeth Debicki

Rotten Tomatoes Score: Critics – 67% • Audience – 81%

My review:

To be clear, The Man from U.N.C.L.E. is a prequel to the 1964 spy television series, which makes the title of the film completely useless in context of what you can expect to see. Regardless, Guy Ritchie’s flashy showmanship works to the advantage of the cast whose chemistry captures the lighthearted nature of the TV show to some degree. But that’s all this movie is: all spectacle and no substance. Adding in a little more adult tone to liven up the series, U.N.C.L.E. has a handful of good scenes stitched together within an uninteresting story.

There’s little tension and it bears very few surprises, surprises that it seems to hit you over the head with to make sure you understand what’s happening at all times. The performances are really good from Vikander (especially), Cavill, and Debicki, but Hammer’s Ilya is barely fleshed out well enough to understand his thought process and leaves the actor out to dry – he does the best he can with what’s given. The worst offender of this movie is its structure where it would prefer telling you everything that is happening or describing certain characters, rather than letting it all happen naturally and organically with the story. It’s excruciating to bear. Go in for the action, but stay for the Vikander. RENT IT!

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Straight Outta Compton (F. Gary Gray) Rated R [147 min] – The group NWA emerges from the streets of Compton, California in the mid-1980s and revolutionizes Hip Hop culture with their music and tales about life in the hood. Starring O’Shea Jackson Jr., Corey Hawkins, Jason Mitchell, Neil Brown Jr., and Paul Giamatti

Rotten Tomatoes Score: Critics – 87% • Audience – 94%

My Review:

If you know me, you know that biopics are not my bag. There has to be something extra special about them to catch my interest. Seeing something great in Straight Outta Compton due to its content, I found that my expectations mostly lined up to what I was given, but I wanted more despite its two and a half hour run time. They crammed so much story in, from the inception of N.W.A. to the beginning of Aftermath Records, but the filmmakers didn’t flesh out Eazy-E, Dr. Dre, and Ice Cube well enough beyond the scenes that server the story for any particular moment.

Straight Outta Compton focuses more on breezing through the cliff notes of the rappers’ lives than actually providing enough personality or character to fully understand their motivations and drive. With what’s provided, the direction and production is very well put together, and seeing the influence that this group had on the music industry is a fascinating watch. The performances and the casting are also on point. But ultimately the film needed to be a little more focused on what makes Dre, E, and Cube unique throughout their journey and not so much about the journey itself. SEE IT!

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Mistress America (Noah Baumbach) [Limited] Rated R [84 min] – A lonely college freshman’s life is turned upside down by her impetuous, adventurous soon-to-be stepsister. Starring Greta Gerwig, Lola Kirke, Seth Barrish, and Juliet Brett

Rotten Tomatoes Score: Critics – 80% • Audience – 84%

Their reviews:

“At the center of the film is the interesting idea that we’re all putting on performances for each other; unfortunately, the manner in which “Mistress America” explores that theme also makes it a movie where moments of authenticity are scarce.” – Rebecca Keegan (Los Angeles Times)

“Ms. Kirke is skillful and appealing as Tracy, but Ms. Gerwig’s performance is a comic diamond, and not in the rough. Her timing is flawless, her delivery is droll.” – Joe Morgenstern (Wall Street Journal)

My take:

Noah Baumbach has a unique vision as a filmmaker that speaks to a specific audience. In my opinion, the Woody Allen fans of this generation. His New York hipster storytelling is intimate and personal. You can hear Baumbach’s voice throughout the dialogue, where sometimes it can be profound while other times pretentious. Mistress America definitely comes across as his standard issue hipster fare, targeted to a very specific audience. But what I get most out of Baumbach’s storytelling is at least he is trying to say something compared to many of the empty films we typically get. RENT IT!

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Ten Thousand Saints (Shari Springer Berman and Robert Pulcini) [Limited] Rated R [113 min] – Set in the 1980s, a teenager from Vermont moves to New York City to live with his father in East Village. Starring Ethan Hawke, Asa Butterfield, Hailee Steinfeld, and Emily Mortimer

Rotten Tomatoes Score: Critics – 60% • Audience – 88%

Their reviews:

“A very fine film, full of quietly impressive performances and young characters who register as authentic.” – Neil Genzlinger (New York Times)

“Heart-warming, funny, and real, which means at times it can be desperately sad, this is a fantastic new development for Springer Berman and Pulcini. This one’s going to go far.” – Katie Walsh (The Playlist)

My take:

Steinfeld and Butterfield had decent chemistry in Ender’s Game together, and it’s nice to see them in something less chaotic to showcase more of their talent. Based solely on the trailer and the reviews, the plot looks OK and it’s earned mostly positive reviews. But something about the film feels like it could get muddled down or the direction won’t be as sharp based on the run time for such a small story. WAIT FOR IT ON NETFLIX!

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Final Girl (Tyler Shields) [Limited] Rated R [90 min] – A man teaches a young woman how to become a complete weapon. 13 years later, at 18 she will approach a group of sadistic teens who killed blonde women for unknown reasons. The hunting season begins. Starring Abigail Breslin, Wes Bentley, Logan Huffman, Alexander Ludwig

Rotten Tomatoes Score: Critics – 43% • Audience – 20%

Their reviews:

“This patchy, underwritten thriller could almost pass for a critique of any number of genre forebears in which the mere presence of a hot, ass-kicking female avenger is meant to seem subversive.” – Justin Chang (Variety)

“Breslin, whose recent resume hasn’t lived up to her Oscar nomination for “Little Miss Sunshine,” needs to find something worthy of her talents. An Oscar nominee shouldn’t even watch ‘Final Girl,’ much less star in it.” – Joe Neumaier (New York Daily News)

My take:

I like the concept, however, Final Girl looks really cheap and too campy. The dialogue is harsh to listen to and I don’t think the movie brings anything new to the table. Intent can only get you so far, but if you can’t capture it on film there’s very little point. WAIT FOR IT ON NETFLIX!

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People Places Things (2015) – [Limited]Certificate R 85 min   –   ComedyMetascore: 68/100 (14 reviews)Will Henry is a newly single graphic novelist balancing parenting his young twin daughters and a classroom full of students while exploring and navigating the rich complexities of new love and letting go of the woman who left him.Director: James C. StrouseStars: Jemaine Clement, Regina Hall, Jessica Williams, Stephanie Allynne

Rotten Tomatoes Score: Critics – 74% • Audience – 87%

Their reviews:

“Rampant cutesiness, improbable spontaneous decisions, indie-movie clichés, and the occasional decent one-liner.” – Mike D’Angelo (AV Club)

“To say that People, Places, Things is a lovely experience makes it sound less challenging than it is. It provides a range of emotion, all of which it earns.” – Neil Miller (Film School Rejects)

My take:

This looks kind of cute. From the reviews, People Places Things sounds a little messy, but has the right kind of heart that won’t feel like an entire waste of effort. WAIT FOR IT ON NETFLIX!

Although Rogue Nation has a strong following, I don’t think it has enough supporters to carry itself into first place for the third weekend in a row. Both wide releases make strong cases to earn that top spot. U.N.C.L.E. has two chiseled chinned leading men with a beautiful supporting cast, while Straight Outta Compton holds dear a special history to many fans. On the other side of the coin, U.N.C.L.E. is your typical action/spy adventure with some wit, but not enough to satisfy to make a strong case for top dollars. We’ve seen it all before. And Straight Outta Compton has a long run time with an R rating, limiting the availability for audiences to enjoy. Both movies bring nostalgia with them, but the one that will win is the story that holds the most relevance to today’s culture. So as it stands, I believe the victor for this weekend will be:

Winner: Straight Outta Compton

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