This week, one of the year’s best comedies in “Blockers” hits Blu-Ray and DVD. Those in need of guffaws have something high quality here. Joining it today is an eclectic mix of other titles. In the spirit of that (and technically since I’m writing this early so I can go on vacation this week), let’s get down to it!
PICK OF THE WEEK
Among 2018’s funniest films, this sex comedy is way more woke than you’d expect. The marketing did this one no favors. Then, when folks saw it, they understood what was on the movie’s mind. Plus, there’s hilarious turns by John Cena and Leslie Mann to enjoy. The parents are great, but the trio of teenagers actually stole the show. Our positive take here on the site had this to say:
A comedy about parents trying to stop their teenage daughters from having sex? There’s so much that could have gone wrong with “Blockers,” and yet, it defies expectations. Hilarious, of course, but also surprisingly sweet, the film mines its premise for humor but never forgets that the concerns here are ridiculous.
“Blockers” is a must own for comedy fans. Our interview with director Kay Cannon should be up on the site as well, so take a look at that!
Special Features: Audio Commentary, Deleted Scenes, Featurettes, and more
Total Box Office: $59,839,515
Major Awards: None yet
This foreign dramedy is hard to describe. At times, it’s almost a slapstick comedy, while at others, it’s morose. The mixture is jarring, but it does ultimately work. Filmmaker Arnaud Desplechin has Marion Cotillard in fine form here though, so that will always be an ace in the hole. Back at the New York Film Festival last year, we had this to say:
Arnaud Desplechin‘s movie achieves an admirable mixing of tones in order to create something oddly fun.
“Ismael’s Ghosts” won’t be for everyone. If you’re a Cotillard fan or just in the mood for something odd though, this is one to pick up.
Special Features: N/A
Total Box Office: $102,510
Major Awards: None yet
In honor of this week’s release of “Ant-Man and the Wasp,” the pick today is going to be first adventure we went on with Scott Lang. It’s “Ant-Man,” which made Paul Rudd into a superhero. Initially pegged as an Edgar Wright vehicle, it ended up with Payton Reed at the helm. The result was a fun outing in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. This is what we had to say on the site the first time around:
Paul Rudd‘s turn as a thief turned hero is effective, while Reed keeps things moving along
“Ant-Man and the Wasp” has gotten some strong reviews (like ours here), so prep for it with the last one!
OTHER FILMS BEING RELEASED
Here’s a look at what else is hitting shelves today, besides the recommended titles “Blockers” and “Ismael’s Ghosts”:
Sometimes we need something silly. Sometimes, you even need a guilty pleasure. In that spirit, we have this B movie. Featuring cameos that include the likes of Kevin Smith, this seems like riot. You have to enjoy this sort of thing, but if you do, this has some potential. The Los Angeles Times said this:
Ask yourself: “Do I have any interest at all in a movie with ‘WolfCop’ in the title?” If the answer’s yes, you probably won’t be disappointed.
If that sounds up your alley, pick it up and enjoy.
Box Office: $7,285
“7 Days in Entebbe”
An action thriller about one of history’s greatest rescue missions, this flew way below the radar. Daniel Brühl and Rosamund Pike are wasted in a poor telling of a worthy story. IndieWire found it rather disappointing, writing up the following take:
We’re left right where we started, and with nothing to show for it but a fleeting reminder that peace is impossible without negotiation. It’s a lesson that history has failed to teach us, filtered through a movie that doesn’t understand why.
Box Office: $3,347,813
Did you see this Jon Hamm film? Going just by the box office take for this war tinged drama, the answer is no. That being said, audiences seemed to miss out on a throw back sort of flick, one that worked too. Variety found it to be agreeable enough, as they literally state in their review:
Mostly the film trades in an agreeably old-school form of cinematic espionage intrigue.
A title to consider.
Box Office: $5,019,226
“Borg vs. McEnroe”
This sports drama about one of tennis’ biggest rivalries did not catch on in any way, shape, or form. Again though, audiences seem to have missed out, as reviews for this were pretty solid. Plus, it’s apparently a strong Shia LaBeouf turn. The Hollywood Reporter had this positive take to share:
Though it never justifies the overblown Andre Agassi quote used as its preface (“every match is a life in miniature”), the picture certainly shows how a single match can be made to feel like the world depends on it.
Perhaps an under the radar flick to take in?
Box Office: $231,346
Special Criterion Collection Section
“Dietrich & von Sternberg in Hollywood”
Our sole new Criterion release this week is this box set of films from the early 1930’s. As you might have guessed, it’s a group of movies helmed by Josef von Sternberg and starring Marlene Dietrich. This was an all time cinematic partnership. In addition, it’s a great excuse to see some classic films. The Collection explains what made this team up so compelling in their own special way:
Tasked by studio executives with finding the next great screen siren, visionary Hollywood director Josef von Sternberg joined forces with rising German actor Marlene Dietrich, kicking off what would become one of the most legendary partnerships in cinema history.
Give it a shot!
“Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure Set 2: Stardust Crusaders”
“Psych: The Complete Collection”