Now Available to Own: The Good Dinosaur, Spotlight, Fargo Season 2, and More

Brace your bank accounts, it’s time to see what’s Now Available to Own for the week of February 23, 2016. Every Tuesday we run down new movie and television releases that you can enjoy in the comfort of your own home, as well as some slick deals that can help save you some coin. New on shelves this week are The Good Dinosaur, Spotlight, Fargo Season 2, Secret in their Eyes, and more.

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Movies on Blu-ray

The Good Dinosaur Blu-ray Box Cover ArtThe Good Dinosaur (Peter Sohn) Rated PG [93 min] – In a world where dinosaurs and humans live side-by-side, an Apatosaurus named Arlo makes an unlikely human friend. Starring Jeffrey Wright, Frances McDormand, and Maleah Nipay-Padilla

Two Pixar movies in one year, 2015 was certainly a great time to be alive. Or was it? After being pushed back from 2014, kinks the animation juggernaut tried hard to work out don’t seem too far removed in The Good Dinosaur. Visually stunning with the most breathtaking environments ever computer rendered, sadly great aesthetics don’t make up a good movie. Tonally, The Good Dinosaur is a bit all over the place, the direction linear, and unlike most of Pixar’s impressive catalog, the themes hit you over the head. We’re always one step ahead of the characters, making Arlo’s journey particularly uninteresting. The Good Dinosaur is like purchasing the latest iPhone and discovering it has Windows on it. It’s easily digestible and far from being terrible, but it’s kind of a let down based on the high quality we know the studio is capable of.

Special features include:

  • Sanjay’s Super Team Theatrical Short (in 3D on the 3D disc)
  • True Lies About Dinosaurs
  • Recyclosaurus
  • The Filmmakers’ Journey
  • Every Part of the Dinosaur
  • Following the T-Rex Trail
  • Commentary from director Peter Sohn, story supervisor Kelsey Mann, supervising animator Mike Venturini, director of photography/lighting Sharon Calahan, and supervising technical director Sanjay Bakshi.
  • Dino Bites
  • Hide and Seek
  • Deleted Scenes

Spotlight 2015 Movie Blu-ray Box Cover ArtSpotlight (2015) (Tom McCarthy) Rated R [128 min] – The true story of how the Boston Globe uncovered the massive scandal of child molestation and cover-up within the local Catholic Archdiocese, shaking the entire Catholic Church to its core. Starring Mark Ruffalo, Michael Keaton, Rachel McAdams, Liev Schreiber, John Slattery, Stanley Tucci, Brian d’Arcy James, and Gene Amoroso

Based on all of the rave reviews from critics I expected more from Spotlight. It’s a wonderfully directed story that is chock-full of shock and awe moments through brilliant acting, but there’s something about it that didn’t quite captivate me. Maybe I thought it would be more flashy and in your face when it came time to break the scandal wide open? Slow churning, Spotlight is deliberate in its storytelling, giving off a sense of accomplishment with every revelation for each reporter as they delve deeper into the truth. A incredible example of what the power of journalism can achieve. Spotlight rewards patience and never pulls any punches, but it feels like eating a delicious steak dinner without a cool beverage to wash it all down.

Special features include:

  • Uncovering the Truth: A Spotlight Team Roundtable
  • Spotlight: A Look Inside
  • The State of Journalism

Fargo Season 2 Blu-ray Box Cover ArtFargo – Season 2 (Noah Hawley) A drifter named Lorne Malvo arrives in small-town Minnesota and influences the population with his malice and violence, including put-upon insurance salesman Lester Nygaard. Starring Kirsten Dunst, Patrick Wilson, Ted Danson, Jeffrey Donovan, Kieran Culkin, and Brad Garrett

Believe the hype. What you may have heard about the first season rings true in the hilariously fascinating second season. Fargo is a textbook example of how this is the next golden age of television. All of the performances and absurd story arcs are so engaging and fresh that it’s hard to believe this is a show adapted from a film from the ’90s. Fargo is easily one of the most unique series on television right now and has the perfect balance of thrills and humor. What’s wild about the second season is how packed full of surprises it has without compromising story or character for the sake of shock value. Fargo is a true treasure.

Special features include:

  • Lou on Lou: A Conversation with Patrick Wilson, Keith Carradine and Noah Hawley
  • Waffles and Bullet Holes: A Return to Sioux Falls
  • The Films of Ronald Reagan: Extended Fargo cut
  • The True History of Crime in the Midwest
  • Skip Sprang TV Commercial

Secret in their Eyes Blu-Ray Box Cover ArtSecret in Their Eyes (Billy Ray) Rated PG-13 [111 min] – A tight-knit team of rising investigators, along with their supervisor, is suddenly torn apart when they discover that one of their own teenage daughters has been brutally murdered. Starring Chiwetel Ejiofor, Nicole Kidman, Julia Roberts, Dean Norris, and Alfred Molina

Once the climax makes its big reveal there is very little rewatch value. All of the well trained, stellar actors appear to be sleep walking through their performances with very little passion or glimmer of life behind their eyes. The movie is hollow and devoid of any redeeming qualities to make revisiting the mystery of it all worthwhile.

Special features include:

  • Adapting the Story for Today’s World
  • Julia Roberts Discusses Her Most Challenging Role
  • Feature Commentary with Director/Screenwriter Billy Ray and Producer Mark Johnson

Extraction Blu-ray Box Cover ArtExtraction (Steven C. Miller) Rated R [83 min] – A former CIA operative is kidnapped by a group of terrorists. When his son learns there is no plan for his father to be saved, he launches his own rescue operation. Starring Bruce Willis, Kellan Lutz, and Gina Carano

Extraction is a grueling time waste. Granted, I more than assumed Kellen Lutz and Gina Carano would be their typical wooden selves, but I expected more from Bruce Willis. The dialogue is unbearable, the action is practically incomprehensible, and the story a contrived disaster. Despite the serious threat of nuclear warfare there is no sense of urgency or tension to really keep you engaged with the characters or the story. We know how this movie is going to end and there are little surprises to make it worth the effort. Woof.

Special features include:

  • Audio Commentary with Director Steven C. Miller and Actor Kellan Lutz
  • “The Making of Extraction” Featurette
  • Extended Interviews with the Cast & Crew
  • Deleted/Extended Scenes

Digital HD Only

Pretty in Pink 30th Anniversary Digital HD ReleasePretty in Pink (John Hughes) Rated PG-13 [1h 36min] – A poor girl must choose between the affections of her doting childhood sweetheart and a rich but sensitive playboy. Starring Molly Ringwald, Jon Cryer, Harry Dean Stanton, Annie Potts, James Spader, and Andrew McCarthy

I was offered the opportunity to review Pretty in Pink and figured why not? It’s been a long while since I had seen the film and I wanted to see how much my perspective of the characters have changed now that I’m a little older and wiser more seasoned from life. With 2016 marking the movie’s 30th anniversary, of course there are a lot of aspects that feel outdated: technology, human interaction, etc. But what makes John Hughe’s Pretty in Pink so spectacular after all these years is its honesty to its characters. In an age where we demand more female driven roles, Pretty in Pink was ahead of its time. Molly Ringwald’s performance is still sweet and absolutely genuine. They don’t make teen comedies like they use to.

DVD Only

I Smile Back DVD Box Cover ArtI 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, Skylar Gaertner, and Shayne Coleman

When we see comedians known for their raunchy, absurdist behavior take on roles that are polar opposite to their regular gigs it can be a bit jarring. Like watching a dog walk on its hind legs. It can either be a thing of beauty or a complete disaster. Sarah Silverman is not a complete stranger to dramatic acting. She has appeared in multiple episodes of Showtime’s Masters of Sex and had a supporting role in Sarah Polley’s Take This Waltz. But she’s never been the leading lady. I Smile Back is a no holds barred portrayal of addiction and the affects that it can have on others. Silverman earned herself a well-deserved SAG Award nomination for her role, but sadly the third act fails to completely make the character’s final decision seem believable. And being a fairly short film, the movie feels like a slog. The best takeaway we can gain from I Smile Back is that it would be in our best interest to bring more dramatic work to Sarah Silverman.

Special features include:

  • In Conversation With… Sarah Silverman at TIFF.40

Additional Releases this Week

  • The Big Short [Digital Only]
  • The Graduate (Criterion Collection Edition)
  • The Big Sleep (Warner Archive Edition)
  • Scott Eastwood
  • Diablo
  • Warehouse 13: The Complete Series
  • Doctor Who: The Husbands of River Song: 2015 Christmas Special

Blu-Ray Deals and Steals

  • The Flash: Season 1 -$16.96
  • The Walk – $12.99
  • Interstellar – $8
  • Gravity – $8
  • John Wick – $8
  • Galaxy Quest – $5.99
  • Kung Fu Panda 2- $9.99
  • How to Train Your Dragon – $9.99
  • Lone Survivor – $8
  • The Imitation Game – $9.96
  • The Wizard of Oz – $8
  • Hannah and Her Sisters – $8.45
  • Howard the Duck p $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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Coming Soon to Blu-Ray and DVD: Point Break, I Smile Back, The League, and More

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Netflix Leads 22nd Annual SAG Awards Nominees

The 22nd Annual SAG Awards nominees were revealed this morning at the Pacific Design Center’s Silver Screen Theater in West Hollywood. Anna Faris (CBS’s Mom; Scary Movie) and Anthony Mackie (Pain & Gain; Captain America: The Winter Soldier) were joined by SAG-AFTRA Executive Vice President Gabrielle Carteris to announce this year’s nominations, which will be awarded Live on TNT, TBS, truTV, sagawards.tntdrama.com, and truTV.com on Saturday, Jan. 30, 2016 at 8:00 p.m. (ET) / 5:00 p.m. (PT).

Actors make up a fairly large chunk of Academy voters, so it’s no surprise that the SAG Awards are a fairly good indicator as to how the Oscars may shape up. I didn’t think my eyebrows could be raised any higher when I saw the list of nominees this morning. Peculiar is one word to put it. Maybe even jarring. If this is how the awards season is going to be, I don’t know if I want any part of it.

First of all, Trumbo leads the film categories with three nods – ensemble, Bryan Cranston for Best Male Actor, and Helen Mirren for Best Supporting Female Actor. The other nominees are spread thin, with two nods each, including Beasts of No Nation, The Big Short, Carol, The Danish Girl, Room, Spotlight, and Steve Jobs. Second, there were a handful of names that have completely come out of left field, including Sarah Silverman (I Smile Back) and Helen Mirren (Woman in Gold) for Best Actress; and Christian Bale (The Big Short) for Best Supporting Actor. And third, I’m surprised Beasts of No Nation and bested the likes of The Martian and The Hateful Eight for Best Ensemble.

There were also a good handful of snubs that include Jennifer Lawrence for Joy, anyone from Quentin Tarantino’s The Hateful Eight, Matt Damon for The Martian, and Will Smith for Concussion. Of course they all can’t be chosen, and today’s nominees have certainly made the playing field rather interesting.

As for the television categories, they’ve all wound up pretty much how you would expect. The only kicker here is that Netflix leads the pack with eight nominations, which also has two in film categories as well. Game of Thrones, Homeland, and House of Cards are all tied at the top with three nods each. My biggest concern about the TV categories is that the industry continues to recognize Jim Parsons and The Big Bang Theory. It needs to stop.

Despite this year’s SAG Awards nominees not turning out exactly how some may have predicted, many fresh faces were recognized, which is always a good thing. Brie Larson, Rami Malek, Rooney Mara, Christina Ricci, Mark Rylance, Sarah Silverman, Jacob Tremblay, and Alicia Vikander have each earned their first individual Actor nomination with this upcoming SAG Awards.

Everything seems to be quite up in the air after the SAG Awards have shown that it could be anyone’s game. We will be keeping a close eye on the road to the Oscars with the Golden Globes nominations being announced tomorrow. Until then, your nominees are:

22nd ANNUAL SAG AWARDS NOMINEES – THEATRICAL MOTION PICTURES

Outstanding Performance By A Male Actor In A Leading Role

  • Bryan Cranston / Dalton Trumbo – Trumbo
  • Johnny Depp / James Whitey Bulger – Black Mass
  • Leonardo Dicaprio / Hugh Glass – The Revenant
  • Michael Fassbender / Steve Jobs – Steve Jobs
  • Eddie Redmayne / Einar Wegener/Lili Elbe – The Danish Girl

Outstanding Performance By A Female Actor In A Leading Role

  • Cate Blanchett / Carol Aird – Carol
  • Brie Larson / Ma – Room
  • Helen Mirren / Maria Altmann – Woman In Gold
  • Saoirse Ronan / Eilis – Brooklyn
  • Sarah Silverman / Laney Brooks – I Smile Back

Outstanding Performance By A Male Actor In A Supporting Role

  • Christian Bale / Michael Burry – The Big Short
  • Idris Elba / Commandant – Beasts Of No Nation
  • Mark Rylance / Abel Rudolph – Bridge Of Spies
  • Michael Shannon / Rick Carver – 99 Homes
  • Jacob Tremblay / Jack – Room

Outstanding Performance By A Female Actor In A Supporting Role

  • Rooney Mara / Therese Belivet – Carol
  • Rachel Mcadams / Sacha Pfeiffer – Spotlight
  • Helen Mirren / Hedda Hopper – Trumbo
  • Alicia Vikander / Gerda Wegener – The Danish Girl
  • Kate Winslet / Joanna Hoffman – Steve Jobs

Outstanding Performance By A Cast In A Motion Picture

  • Beasts Of No Nation
    • Abraham Attah / Agu
    • Kurt Egyiawan / 2nd I-C
    • Idris Elba / Commandant
  • The Big Short
    • Christian Bale / Michael Burry
    • Steve Carell / Mark Baum
    • Ryan Gosling / Jared Vennett
    • Melissa Leo / Georgia Hale
    • Hamish Linklater / Porter Collins
    • John Magaro / Charlie Geller
    • Brad Pitt / Ben Rickert
    • Rafe Spall / Danny Moses
    • Jeremy Strong / Vinny Peters
    • Marisa Tomei / Cynthia Baum
    • Finn Wittrock / Jamie Shipley
  • Spotlight
    • Billy Crudup / Eric Macleish
    • Brian D’arcy James / Matty Carroll
    • Michael Keaton / Walter Robby Robinson
    • Rachel Mcadams / Sacha Pfeiffer
    • Mark Ruffalo / Michael Rezendes
    • Liev Schreiber / Marty Baron
    • John Slattery / Ben Bradlee, Jr.
    • Stanley Tucci / Mitchell Garabedian
  • Straight Outta Compton
    • Neil Brown Jr. / Dj Yella
    • Paul Giamatti / Jerry Heller
    • Corey Hawkins / Dr. Dre
    • Aldis Hodge / Mc Ren
    • O’shea Jackson Jr. / Ice Cube
    • Jason Mitchell / Eazy-E
  • Trumbo
    • Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje / Virgil Brooks
    • Louis C.K. / Arlen Hird
    • Bryan Cranston / Dalton Trumbo
    • David James Elliott / John Wayne
    • Elle Fanning / Niki Trumbo
    • John Goodman / Frank King
    • Diane Lane / Cleo Trumbo
    • Helen Mirren / Hedda Hopper
    • Michael Stuhlbarg / Edward G. Robinson
    • Alan Tudyk / Ian Mclellan Hunter

22nd ANNUAL SAG AWARDS NOMINEES – TELEVISION PROGRAMS

Outstanding Performance By A Male Actor In A Television Movie Or Miniseries

  • Idris Elba / Dci John Luther – Luther
  • Ben Kingsley / Grand Vizier Ay – Tut
  • Ray Liotta / Lorca/Tom Mitchell – Texas Rising
  • Bill Murray / Himself – A Very Murray Christmas
  • Mark Rylance / Thomas Cromwell – Wolf Hall

Outstanding Performance By A Female Actor In A Television Movie Or Miniseries

  • Nicole Kidman / Grace – Grace Of Monaco
  • Queen Latifah / Bessie Smith – Bessie
  • Christina Ricci / Lizzie Borden – The Lizzie Borden Chronicles
  • Susan Sarandon / Gladys Mortenson – The Secret Life Of Marilyn Monroe
  • Kristen Wiig / Delores Dewinter – The Spoils Before Dying

Outstanding Performance By A Male Actor In A Drama Series

  • Peter Dinklage / Tyrion Lannister – Game Of Thrones
  • Jon Hamm / Don Draper – Mad Men
  • Rami Malek / Elliot – Mr. Robot
  • Bob Odenkirk / Jimmy Mcgill – Better Call Saul
  • Kevin Spacey / Francis Underwood – House Of Cards

Outstanding Performance By A Female Actor In A Drama Series

  • Claire Danes / Carrie Mathison – Homeland
  • Viola Davis / Annalise Keating – How To Get Away With Murder
  • Julianna Margulies / Alicia Florrick – The Good Wife
  • Maggie Smith / Violet Crawley, Dowager Countess Of Grantham – Downton Abbey
  • Robin Wright / Claire Underwood – House Of Cards

Outstanding Performance By A Male Actor In A Comedy Series

  • Ty Burrell / Phil Dunphy – Modern Family
  • Louis C.K. / Louie – Louie
  • William H. Macy / Frank – Shameless
  • Jim Parsons / Sheldon Cooper – The Big Bang Theory
  • Jeffrey Tambor / Maura Pfefferman – Transparent

Outstanding Performance By A Female Actor In A Comedy Series

  • Uzo Aduba / Suzanne Crazy Eyes Warren – Orange Is The New Black
  • Edie Falco / Jackie Peyton – Nurse Jackie
  • Ellie Kemper / Kimmy Schmidt – Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
  • Julia Louis-Dreyfus / President Selina Meyer – Veep
  • Amy Poehler / Leslie Knope – Parks And Recreation

Outstanding Performance By An Ensemble In A Drama Series

  • Downton Abbey
    • Hugh Bonneville / Robert, Earl Of Grantham
    • Laura Carmichael / Lady Edith Crawley
    • Jim Carter / Mr. Carson
    • Raquel Cassidy / Baxter
    • Brendan Coyle / Mr. Bates
    • Tom Cullen / Anthony Gillingham
    • Michelle Dockery / Lady Mary Crawley
    • Kevin Doyle / Mr. Molesley
    • Joanne Froggatt / Anna Bates
    • Lily James / Lady Rose
    • Robert James-Collier / Thomas Barrow
    • Allen Leech / Tom Branson
    • Phyllis Logan / Mrs. Hughes
    • Elizabeth Mcgovern / Cora, Countess Of Grantham
    • Sophie Mcshera / Daisy
    • Lesley Nicol / Mrs. Patmore
    • Julian Ovenden / Charles Blake
    • David Robb / Dr. Clarkson
    • Maggie Smith / Violet, Dowager Countess Of Grantham
    • Penelope Wilton / Isobel Crawley
  • Game Of Thrones
    • Alfie Allen / Theon Greyjoy
    • Ian Beattie / Ser Meryn Trant
    • John Bradley / Samwell Tarly
    • Gwendoline Christie / Brienne Of Tarth
    • Emilia Clarke / Daenerys Targaryen
    • Michael Condron / Bowen Marsh
    • Nikolaj Coster-Waldau / Jaime Lannister
    • Ben Crompton / Dolorous Edd
    • Liam Cunningham / Ser Davos Seaworth
    • Stephen Dillane / Stannis Baratheon
    • Peter Dinklage / Tyrion Lannister
    • Nathalie Emmanuel / Missandei
    • Tara Fitzgerald / Selyse Baratheon
    • Jerome Flynn / Bronn
    • Brian Fortune / Othell Yarwyck
    • Joel Fry / Hizdahr Zo Loraq
    • Aidan Gillen / Littlefinger Petyr Baelish
    • Iain Glen / Ser Jorah Mormont
    • Kit Harington / Jon Snow
    • Lena Headey / Cersei Lannister
    • Michiel Huisman / Daario Naharis
    • Hannah Murray / Gilly
    • Brenock O’connor / Olly
    • Daniel Portman / Podrick Payne
    • Iwan Rheon / Ramsay Snow
    • Owen Teale / Ser Alliser Thorne
    • Sophie Turner / Sansa Stark
    • Carice Van Houten / Melisandre
    • Maisie Williams / Arya Stark
    • Tom Wlaschiha / Jaqen H’ghar
  • Homeland
    • F. Murray Abraham / Dar Adal
    • Atheer Adel / Numan
    • Claire Danes / Carrie Mathison
    • Alexander Fehling / Jonas Hollander
    • Rupert Friend / Peter Quinn
    • Nina Hoss / Astrid
    • René David Ifrah / Bibi
    • Mark Ivanir / Ivan Krupin
    • Sebastian Koch / Otto Düring
    • Miranda Otto / Allison Carr
    • Mandy Patinkin / Saul Berenson
    • Sarah Sokolovic / Laura Sutton
  • House Of Cards
    • Mahershala Ali / Remy Danton
    • Derek Cecil / Seth Grayson
    • Nathan Darrow / Edward Meechum
    • Michael Kelly / Doug Stamper
    • Elizabeth Marvel / Heather Dunbar
    • Molly Parker / Jackie Sharp
    • Jimmi Simpson / Gavin Orsay
    • Kevin Spacey / Francis Underwood
    • Robin Wright / Claire Underwood
  • Mad Men
    • Sola Bamis / Shirley
    • Stephanie Drake / Meredith
    • Jay R. Ferguson / Stan Rizzo
    • Bruce Greenwood / Richard Burghoff
    • Jon Hamm / Don Draper
    • Christina Hendricks / Joan Harris
    • January Jones / Betty Francis
    • Vincent Kartheiser / Pete Campbell
    • Elisabeth Moss / Peggy Olson
    • Kevin Rahm / Ted Chaough
    • Kiernan Shipka / Sally Draper
    • John Slattery / Roger Sterling
    • Rich Sommer / Harry Crane
    • Aaron Staton / Ken Cosgrove
    • Mason Vale Cotton / Bobby Draper

Outstanding Performance By An Ensemble In A Comedy Series

  • The Big Bang Theory
    • Mayim Bialik / Amy Farrah Fowler
    • Kaley Cuoco / Penny
    • Johnny Galecki / Leonard Hofstadter
    • Simon Helberg / Howard Wolowitz
    • Kunal Nayyar / Rajesh Koothrappali
    • Jim Parsons / Sheldon Cooper
    • Melissa Rauch / Bernadette Rostenkowski-Wolowitz
  • Key & Peele
    • Keegan-Michael Key / Various Characters
    • Jordan Peele / Various Characters
  • Modern Family
    • Julie Bowen / Claire Dunphy
    • Ty Burrell / Phil Dunphy
    • Aubrey Anderson Emmons / Lily Tucker-Pritchett
    • Jesse Tyler Ferguson / Mitchell Pritchett
    • Nolan Gould / Luke Dunphy
    • Sarah Hyland / Haley Dunphy
    • Ed O’neill / Jay Pritchett
    • Rico Rodriguez / Manny Delgado
    • Eric Stonestreet / Cameron Tucker
    • Sofia Vergara / Gloria Delgado-Pritchett
    • Ariel Winter / Alex Dunphy
  • Orange Is The New Black
    • Uzo Aduba / Suzanne Crazy Eyes Warren
    • Mike Birbiglia / Danny Pearson
    • Marsha Stephanie Blake / Berdie Rogers
    • Danielle Brooks / Tasha Taystee Jefferson
    • Laverne Cox / Sophia Burset
    • Jackie Cruz / Marisol Flaca Gonzales
    • Catherine Curtin / Wanda Bell
    • Lea Delaria / Carrie Big Boo Black
    • Beth Fowler / Sister Jane Ingalls
    • Joel Marsh Garland / Scott O’neill
    • Kimiko Glenn / Brook Soso
    • Annie Golden / Norma Romano
    • Diane Guerrero / Maritza Ramos
    • Michael J. Harney / Sam Healy
    • Vicky Jeudy / Janae Watson
    • Selenis Leyva / Gloria Mendoza
    • Taryn Manning / Tiffany Pennsatucky Doggett
    • Adrienne C. Moore / Black Cindy
    • Kate Mulgrew / Galina Red Reznikov
    • Emma Myles / Leanne Taylor
    • Matt Peters / Joel Luschek
    • Lori Petty / Lolly Whitehill
    • Jessica Pimentel / Maria Ruiz
    • Dascha Polanco / Dayanara Diaz
    • Laura Prepon / Alex Vause
    • Elizabeth Rodriguez / Aleida Diaz
    • Ruby Rose / Stella Carlin
    • Nick Sandow / Joe Caputo
    • Abigail Savage / Gina
    • Taylor Schilling / Piper Chapman
    • Constance Shulman / Yoga Jones
    • Dale Soules / Frieda
    • Yael Stone / Lorna Morello
    • Samira Wiley / Poussey Washington
  • Transparent
    • Alexandra Billings / Davina Rejennae
    • Carrie Brownstein / Syd Feldman
    • Jay Duplass / Josh Pfefferman
    • Kathryn Hahn / Raquel Fein
    • Gaby Hoffmann / Ali Pfefferman
    • Cherry Jones / Leslie Mackinaw
    • Amy Landecker / Sarah Pfefferman
    • Judith Light / Shelly Pfefferman
    • Hari Nef / Gittel/Gerson
    • Emily Robinson / Rose Boymelgreen
    • Jeffrey Tambor / Maura Pfefferman
  • Veep
    • Diedrich Bader / Bill Ericsson
    • Sufe Bradshaw / Sue Wilson
    • Anna Chlumsky / Amy Brookheimer
    • Gary Cole / Kent Davidson
    • Kevin Dunn / Ben Cafferty
    • Tony Hale / Gary Walsh
    • Hugh Laurie / Tom James
    • Phil Reeves / Doyle
    • Sam Richardson / Richard
    • Reid Scott / Dan Egan
    • Timothy Simons / Jonah Ryan
    • Sarah Sutherland / Catherine
    • Matt Walsh / Mike Mclintock

22nd ANNUAL SAG AWARDS NOMINEES – HONORS FOR STUNT ENSEMBLES

Outstanding Action Performance By A Stunt Ensemble In A Motion Picture

  • Everest
  • Furious 7
  • Jurassic World
  • Mad Max: Fury Road
  • Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation

Outstanding Action Performance By A Stunt Ensemble In A Comedy Or Drama Series

  • The Blacklist
  • Game Of Thrones
  • Homeland
  • Marvel’s Daredevil
  • The Walking Dead

LIFE ACHIEVEMENT

52nd Annual Sag Life Achievement Award

  • Carol Burnett

Source: Screen Actors Guild

Box Office Battlefield: Steve Jobs, Paranormal Activity 5, Jem and the Holograms, The Last Witch Hunter, and Rock the Kasbah

Every week, movie studios select candidates to enter the glorious cinematic battlefield for your hard-earned dollars. The weekend warriors of October 23, 2015 includes Steve Jobs, Paranormal Activity 5, Jem and the Holograms, The Last Witch Hunter, Rock the Kasbah, and I Smile Back. Box Office Battlefield is here to help you decide which movie(s) will take precedence over the others while also taking a look at which will come out on top.

Last weekend, Goosebumps delivered nostalgic thrills for late ’80s and early ’90s babies while Crimson Peak and Bridge of Spies faltered to find audiences. With five new wide release contenders vying for the number one spot this weekend, it’s going to be a brutal showdown. The odds are practically stacked against each other. It’s going to be truly outrageous.

Should you see ’em, skip ’em, or rent ’em?

This is the Box Office Battlefield:

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Steve Jobs (Danny Boyle) Rated R [122 min] – Set backstage at three iconic product launches and ending in 1998 with the unveiling of the iMac, Steve Jobs takes us behind the scenes of the digital revolution to paint a portrait of the man at its epicenter. Starring Michael Fassbender, Kate Winslet, Seth Rogen, Jeff Daniels, Michael Stuhlbarg, and Katherine Waterston

Rotten Tomatoes Score: Critics – 85% • Audience – 79%

My review:

Steve Jobs is an absolute tour de force. I was swept away by the top notch dialogue and acting. Danny Boyle directs the hell out of this film, presenting it in a well-crafted three act structure like you would see in a play. It’s sharp and fast for a movie where all you have are people talking to each other. I was on the edge of my seat at all times hanging on to every word of Aaron Sorkin’s screenplay perfectly delivered by Hollywood’s finest.

And although this is all incredible to behold, it doesn’t feel entirely organic. It would be hard to find people in real life who could talk like these characters, at the pace they bounce off each othter and with such wit. Regardless, the flurry of talent involved putting this cinematic achievement together is well worth the time spent watching it unfold before you. SEE IT!

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Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension (Gregory Plotkin) Rated R [88 min] – Using a special camera that can see spirits, a family must protect their daughter from an evil entity with a sinister plan.Director: Stars: Chris J. Murray, Brit Shaw, Ivy George, and Dan Gill

 Rotten Tomatoes Score: Critics – 15% • Audience – 39%

My review:

There must have been something in the water I was drinking before seeing The Ghost Dimension because the 3D gimmick for the final Paranormal Activity movie had me giddy with excitement. I was actually captivated by its use, practically the last ditch effort to revitalize this tired franchise.

The story itself is lackluster and uninventive. It’s nice that they wanted to tie everything together in one ambitious story, but its many parts did not benefit the whole. Since the original and very subtle flick, the PA series has evolved into your typical loud mainstream horror with an over abundance of fake scares and an over opportunistic sound mixer. There’s more tension in silence than that white noise they’ve produced that slowly builds to a boom. It’s annoying and all that sound leading up to the big action beat feels empty compared to when the scares and frights really mean something.

The Ghost Dimension is unsatisfactory, and the fact that they consider this a ghost story when in fact they’ve said all along it’s about demons and witches boggles my mind. WAIT FOR IT ON NETFLIX!

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Jem and the Holograms (Jon M. Chu) Rated PG [118 min] – As a small-town girl catapults from underground video sensation to global superstar, she and her three sisters begin a journey of discovering that some talents are too special to keep hidden.Starring Aubrey Peeples, Stefanie Scott, Aurora Perrineau, Hayley Kiyoko, Molly Ringwald, and Juliette Lewis [Watch the Trailer]

Rotten Tomatoes Score: Critics – 20% • Audience – 51%

My review:

Despite not following the beloved original ’80s cartoon, Jem and the Holograms is fairly competent in its ability to tell a complete story. However, it feels constrained, plays it too safe, and has very weak character development. It’s an average movie that doesn’t know exactly what it wants to be. On one hand it wants to be fun, wacky, and childish like a cartoon, but at the same time it has a very adult feel to it that caters to CW/ABC Family audiences.

I strangely enjoy the music, but in the context of the story when the original songs sung by the band are played too on the nose and don’t work authentically. The girls have a good rapport with one another, but I feel they were all under utilized with little depth to feel any attachment or resonance. RENT IT!

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The Last Witch Hunter (Breck Eisner) Rated PG-13 [106 min] – The last witch hunter is all that stands between humanity and the combined forces of the most horrifying witches in history. Starring Vin Diesel, Rose Leslie, Elijah Wood, and Ólafur Darri Ólafsson

Rotten Tomatoes Score: Critics – 15% • Audience – 54%

Their reviews:

“The Last Witch Hunter aims for pulpy, comic-book fun, but it’s never as fleet, funny, or detailed as it needs to be. If you’re looking for something above middling in terms of plot, characters, [or] world-building, you’ll need to seek it elsewhere.” – Inkoo Kang (The Wrap)

“The screenplay by a trio of writers is muddled and goofy and riddled with clichés.” – Richard Roeper (Chicago Sun-Times)

My take:

Sounds like The Last Witch Hunter is a big bowl of nope. I had a sliver of hope hiding somewhere inside me that wanted this to be so wacky that it would make for an entertaining time. But from what I’ve gathered from the reviews, Witch Hunter is so bad it’s not worth even a first glance. SKIP IT!

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Rock the Kasbah (Barry Levinson) Rated R [100 min] – A down-on-his-luck music manager discovers a teenage girl with an extraordinary voice while on a music tour in Afghanistan and takes her to Kabul to compete on the popular television show, Afghan Star. Starring Bill Murray, Leem Lubany, Zooey Deschanel, and Bruce Willis

Rotten Tomatoes Score: Critics – 8% • Audience – 44%

Their reviews:

“Clichéd, enervating, insulting – it’s tough to settle on a single pejorative for “Rock the Kasbah,” though abysmal might do.” – Manohla Dargis (New York Times)

“A comedy that’s openly afraid to seem too sincere or too mawkish, and doesn’t fully commit either to its comedy or its uplift. Like Murray, it’s wry and presented largely in air quotes, with an accompanying eye-roll.” – Tasha Robinson (AV Club)

My take:

There was nothing within the trailer for Rock the Kasbah that caught my interest and it would appear that within the film itself critics couldn’t find anything to latch onto either. Which is sad, because I like Bill Murray, but the story gave him nothing particular enough to capture the actor’s many talents. WAIT FOR IT ON NETFLIX!

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I Smile Back (Adam Salky) [Limited] 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, Skylar Gaertner, and Shayne Coleman

Rotten Tomatoes Score: Critics – 44% • Audience – 52%

My review:

I am all in favor for Sarah Silverman continuing to push herself in new directions and to expand her career forward. Silverman gives a very heartfelt and earnest performance that would be surprising to most who are familiar with her raunchy, comedic side. However, I Smile Back isn’t the most capable movie to let her talents shine bright. The third act is a complete nightmare, back-peddling on themes and story arcs that make little sense for her character to revisit or take upon herself. There’s a lot of potential, especially with its poignant ending, but sadly I Smile Back’s sloppy character faults make me frown. WAIT FOR IT ON NETFLIX!

In summation:

I feel that with so many movies releasing wide this weekend they’re all going to cancel each other out.

The Last Witch Hunter is expected to do big business with Vin Diesel at the forefront with all his Fast and Furious fame. But the movie looks too terrible and evoking too much genre that it will turn folks away. Case in point: Jupiter Ascending.

The only thing Rock the Kasbah has going for it is Bill Murray. Unfortunately, that isn’t the most deciding factor to see a movie these days.

Steve Jobs, no matter how wonderful it is, doesn’t have the appeal to grab the attention of demographics outside those who favor the actors, Steve Jobs himself, or awards season movies. Plus the recent Steve Jobs biopic with Ashton Kutcher is on Netflix.

I would like to think that Paranormal Activity will make the big bucks this weekend based on the franchise’s track record, but it’s only opening in 1,500 before it his VOD – a strange roll out Paramount is testing. The 3D might give it a decent push, but there’s been a lot of burnout for that medium.

Which leaves us with Jem and the Holograms. The first trailer set the bar really low with its varying tones. It may be hard for moviegoers to determine who Jem and the Holograms is intended for. It’s is all over the place and I doubt parents are going to take their kids to something that feels more adult thanks to its bizarre marketing.

Last weekend, Goosebumps and The Martian hit figures in the low twenties. With the buffet selection of movies to choose from this weekend, a previous winner could come out on top.

So as it stands, I believe the victor for this weekend will be:

Winner: The Martian

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

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.