This week, Aubrey Plaza gives the performance of her career so far in the highlighted title hitting Blu-Ray/DVD. Furthermore, it easily leads the charge today, with all of the other offerings on the slate coming up short. Plaza saves the day, without question. Time to dive in and see for yourself!
PICK OF THE WEEK
“Ingrid Goes West”
Aubrey Plaza has never been better than she is in this pitch black comedy. Her work here is absolutely fantastic. She takes a premise that’s a tough sell and makes it a must watch. In a perfect world, she’d be considered for a Best Actress nomination this year. She’s that good in “Ingrid Goes West“. In addition, it shows a whole new side of the actress. Our review here on the site raved about it, with Plaza’s work in particular being feted:
Comedies about mental illness are tough to pull off. How can you properly go for laughs while not being disrespectful? The key is to lean into the darkness of it all and embrace the messiness. “Ingrid Goes West” does this terrifically, with Aubrey Plaza turning in career best work in the process.
“Ingrid Goes West” is cringe inducing with how awkward the comedy is, but it works. In fact, it soars. Mainly due to Plaza, it makes for a memorable viewing experience.
Special Features: N/A
Total Box Office: $3,024,308 (and counting)
Major Awards: None yet
In honor of this week’s release of “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri,” the pick today is another top tier Sam Rockwell performance. It’s “Moon,” which remains his finest work to date. Rockwell is amazing in this small scale science fiction film. Plus, Duncan Jones make an astounding debut here, with his leading man doing something truly special in support of his vision. The Wall Street Journal summed it up well in their review:
Mr. Rockwell gives a brilliant performance, the physical production is impressive and Moon made me think.
“Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” is a must see, so until it opens on Friday, whet your appetite for Rockwell with “Moon”!
Other Films Being Released
Here’s a look at what else is hitting shelves today, besides the recommended “Ingrid Goes West”:
This animated sequel somewhat righted the “Cars” ship, but still, this is middle of the road Pixar at best. With this series, it almost seems to be two steps forward, one step back. Visually, it’s amazing, but story-wise, it’s on much wobblier footing. Our mixed review here at the site had this to say about the picture:
To think in automobile terms, “Cars 3” is a gorgeous looking vehicle that has no pep in its step. On a visual level, this is as stimulating as anything that Pixar has ever done. Story-wise, it’s thematically similar to the first “Cars” and unlikely to rev anyone’s engine.
Fans of this Pixar franchise will enjoy. For others, maybe not so much?
Box Office: $152,901,115
“The Glass Castle”
At one point, this drama seemed like a big time Academy Award player. Woody Harrelson and Brie Larson in a baity dysfunctional family story? Sign Oscar up. Then, people saw it earlier this year. A decidedly mixed response has torpedoed its chances. Still, some did seem fond of it, like Clayton for example. He summed up his review thusly:
Overall, “The Glass Castle” is a solid outing with some very visible problems.
Harrelson fans should just sit tight for “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” instead.
Box Office: $17,273,059
“I Called Him Morgan”
A documentary contender, this look at jazz trumpeter Lee Morgan and his suspicious murder is an under the radar player. The subject matter helps set it apart from the pack and could serve it well during precursor season. We shall see. Over at indieWIRE, they sell the documentary in their review like this:
A bittersweet documentary about the woman who saved a jazz legend’s life, and then killed him.
Doc contender completists should check this one out.
Box Office: $128,986
An imagined road trip tale looking at two government officials during the 2006 Northern Ireland peace talks. Sounds riveting, right? Well, that depends on how you deal with talky cinema. Overall, it fell a bit flat. The Washington Post details how here, stating:
Every element of the movie feels fabricated, from the stilted conversation to the all-too-convenient obstacles the movie keeps throwing in the path of progress, including a flat tire, an empty gas tank and an implausible detour to a church.
There are better options this week, plain and simple.
Box Office: $155,475
“The Limehouse Golem”
This hybrid horror/thriller made no impact at the box office, though it has a pretty decent cast. Reviews overall were strong, which came as a bit of a surprise, all things considered. For example, Time Out was surprised by this one in a noticeable manner, writing:
This classier-than-average shocker leaves you with renewed appreciation of east London as a historical melting-pot.
Genre fans could give this one a look.
Box Office: N/A
Out of the Sundance Film Festival, this comedy about an aspiring rapper in New Jersey looked poised to break out. Then, it opened and did almost no business, putting a damper on that. From here, it seemed like Fox Searchlight dropped the ball. Still, the word of mouth among those who saw it was pretty strong. Our review here on the site had this to say:
Artists come from all backgrounds, some roots more humble than others. Such is the drive behind the central character in “Patti Cake$.”
An underrated gem, perhaps?
Box Office: $800,148
Special Criterion Collection Section
“The Philadelphia Story”
Our only Criterion release today is this romantic comedy. Starring Cary Grant, Katharine Hepburn, and James Stewart, it’s one of the trio’s most beloved films. Need we say more about it? Just in case, the Collection sells it as such:
With this furiously witty comedy of manners, Katharine Hepburn revitalized her career and cemented her status as the era’s most iconic leading lady
This is an overt classic, so grab it today and enjoy. Plus, when in doubt, trust Criterion!
“The Crown: Season 1”
“Family Guy: Season 15”
“Heartland: The Complete Eighth Season”
“Trollhunters: Season One”
“Westworld: The Complete First Season”
Also Of Note
Something else to mention today is this week’s release of a book that cinephiles should look into. It’s “The Coen Brothers: The iconic filmmakers and their work,” which fans will eat up. The Coen Brothers have their fan base for sure, and this book expertly caters to it. If you fall into that group, give it a look. You won’t regret it. Additionally, Amazon previews it like this:
Through in-depth and informative text written by film journalist Ian Nathan, The Coen Brothers Archive re-examines the brothers’ most famous work including Raising Arizona, Fargo, The Big Lebowski, O Brother, Where Art Thou?, No Country for Old Men and True Grit. Plus, some of their cult films, like The Evil Dead, Paris je t’aime, and A Serious Man.
Packed with stunning images from the Kobal archives, this book will also highlight their surprising involvement in recent films like Bridge of Spies and Unbroken, as well as looking at those who they frequently collaborate with.
It hits shelves on Thursday and is worth checking out.