This week, a new incarnation of King Kong joins a feature length gun fight featuring Armie Hammer and Brie Larson to represent the best of the bunch hitting Blu-Ray and DVD. A few other titles of note are coming out today too, so it’s a nice slate overall. As such, there’s no point in delaying. Let’s get down to brass tacks!
PICK OF THE WEEK
The most commercial film to date from Ben Wheatley is also his best. Essentially a giant Mexican standoff, the movie details an arms deal gone bad. It’s ridiculous and a ton of fun from start to finish. In addition, Hammer as a smooth talker and Larson as a badass is just a joy to witness. Entertainment Weekly perfectly sums up the experience of watching “Free Fire” here:
Just imagine what an Itchy and Scratchy short directed by Sam Peckinpah would look like. That’s Free Fire.
“Free Fire” is well worth a look, whether you tend to like Wheatley’s efforts or not. It’s just plain fun!
Special Features: Audio Commentary
Total Box Office: $1,799,312
Major Awards: None yet
“Buster’s Mal Heart”
Rami Malek gives a moving and complex turn in this psychological thriller of sorts. The film is very strange, to say the least. Additionally, it never makes it easy on the audience. Still, Malek helps make it work in a very notable way. Variety put forth the following about the flick:
Whether he’s playfully interacting with his wife and daughter, or delivering a madman’s rant to thin air, Malek has the range to be utterly charming, utterly creepy, or both at once.
If you like Malek, “Buster’s Mal Heart” is a must see!
Special Features: Deleted Scenes
Total Box Office: $73,121
Major Awards: None yet
“Kong: Skull Island”
A new take on King Kong, this monster movie is as much a prequel to “Godzilla” and the eventual “Godzilla vs King Kong” blockbuster we’re sure to get as anything else. Still, it’s plenty of fun. Combining Vietnam era war imagery with Kong works surprisingly well. This is what we had to say here at the site earlier this year when the film came out:
While not reinventing the cinematic wheel, it’s a blockbuster that knows where the money shots are. You’re going to get what you pay for here, and if you’re paying to see Kong in action, you’ll be satisfied.
“Kong: Skull Island” is an enjoyable blockbuster. Sit back and enjoy!
Special Features: N/A
Total Box Office: $168,052,812
Major Awards: None yet
In honor of this week’s release of “Dunkirk,” the pick today is a no brainer. It has to be Christopher Nolan‘s last film, “Interstellar.” Much has been written about it over the years, but to many, it’s a modern science fiction masterpiece. Here is one of our takes on the site back when it hit theaters, which happens to be an absolute rave:
What Christopher Nolan has given us is nothing short of a work of cinematic art. This is the sort of thing that the movies were made for.
Whether it’s another viewing of “Interstellar” or another Nolan work (or even something else from this article like “Kong: Skull Island”), do what you must to be ready for “Dunkirk”!
Other Films Being Released
Here’s a look at what else is hitting shelves today, besides the recommended trio of “Buster’s Mal Heart,” “Free Fire,” and “Kong: Skull Island”:
An epic that ideally wanted to contend for awards, this war drama ended up falling flat on its face. Considering the $90 million budget and A-list stars like Christian Bale and Oscar Isaac, this was a flop of epic proportions. Intentions were pure, but the execution was dulled. Rolling Stone explains how in their take, writing:
Director Terry George delivers a scalding dramatization of the Ottoman Empire’s 1915 genocidal annihilation of its Armenian citizens, and then dulls it with a soapy, invented love triangle.
What a shame.
Box Office: $8,224,288
This golfing biopic definitely flew under the radar of American audiences. The Wrap found it to be intriguing, however. Furthermore, they wrote the following:
The rare sports biography that keeps its eye on the ball of character and milieu.
Give it a look if that particular sport is your thing.
Box Office: $569,306
Special Criterion Collection Section
The only release getting the Criterion treatment today is this Andrei Tarkovsky outing. The Collection has this to say:
Andrei Tarkovsky’s final Soviet feature is a metaphysical journey through an enigmatic postapocalyptic landscape, and a rarefied cinematic experience like no other.
Be sure to give it a look!
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