This week, “Wreck-It Ralph” returns for more animated havoc. The animated sequel “Ralph Breaks the Internet” leads the charge of new Blu-Ray and DVD titles, without question. In fact, today also marks two different opportunities to see the Disney princess Ariel. Read on for more.
PICK OF THE WEEK
“Ralph Breaks the Internet”
This sequel to “Wreck-It Ralph” again follows the title character in an animated adventure. This time, he ends up within the internet, leading to all sorts of crazy shenanigans. There’s a ton of fun here, but it’s also a movie with something to say. Clayton really enjoyed the message of the movie, writing the following here in his review:
A constructive examination of human disconnect from the world, in association with women’s idealized portrayal in our society. It’s an entertaining endeavor filled with visual intelligence.
“Ralph Breaks the Internet” matches the charm of “Wreck-It Ralph,” which is no small task. It stands tall today as easily the top pick, so be sure to grab it!
Special Features: Deleted Scenes and more
Total Box Office: $199,582,967 (and counting)
Major Awards: Nominated for Best Animated Feature at the Academy Awards
In honor of this week’s release of “Climax,” the pick today is going to be the controversial last film from director Gaspar Noe. It’s “Love,” Noe’s attempt to mix un-simulated sex with a romantic drama. It was a messy mixture, but one that’s undeniably a conversation piece. Our review here on the site back around the time of release worked it over, ultimately landing on the positive side:
There’s definitely some off-putting elements in Love, but it also has something compelling to say about intimacy, some striking cinematography, and is very much the type of flick you want to discuss with others.
Adventurous viewers should seek it out before subjecting themselves to Noe’s latest.
OTHER FILMS BEING RELEASED
Here’s a look at what else is hitting shelves today, besides the sole recommended title in “Ralph Breaks the Internet”:
Nominated at the Oscars for Best Makeup and Hairstyling, this Swedish flick is a unique little endeavor. It’s the sort of thing that works best when you go in blind. In fact, our review said just as much. Part of our highly positive take here on the site is below:
It appears to be a quiet, unassuming film. Then, it plays on your perceptions and undermines them. In the end, it gives you an experience you were not fully prepared for, but are so glad you had.
It’s one worth looking for, especially if you’re curious why it was nominated…
Box Office: $771,930
“Lords of Chaos”
This biopic of the Norwegian black-metal band Mayhem met with a mixed reaction when it hit theaters a few weeks ago. Starring Rory Culkin, some were into the tale, while others were fairly dismissive of it. Entertainment Weekly had this to say while taking the latter position:
In Lords of Chaos, you never really know what these dim lost boys are rebelling against or manage to get inside of their heads… not that you’d ever want to.
Make of this one what you will.
Box Office: $120,780 (and counting)
“Mary Queen of Scots”
A well regarded period piece, this didn’t quite connect with the Academy like was initially hoped. At the same time, the costume drama did receive a pair of citations, when it just as easily could have been passed over. Saoirse Ronan and Margot Robbie square off here, with many being quite taken with the performances. Clayton was a big fan, as you can see here in his rave review:
In a wicked display of tension and percolating drama, Josie Rourke‘s smartly effective and intoxicating “Mary Queen of Scots” showcases two grandiose performances from Academy Award nominees Saoirse Ronan and Margot Robbie.
If you agree with the boss, pick “Mary Queen of Scots” up and enjoy!
Box Office: $16,468,499
“The Possession of Hannah Grace”
This horror film hasn’t really made much of an impact. These types of stories usually need an intriguing hook to get viewers, which this one does not particularly have. The end result is one big shrug by most. Variety dismissed it like so:
She’s possessed, although she’s lifeless. Sort of like the movie.
Seems like an easy pass.
Box Office: $14,837,422 (and counting)
Special Criterion Collection Section
“To Sleep with Anger”
The one and only new Criterion releases to discuss this week is a Danny Glover showcase. Written and directed by Charles Burnett, it’s an entry from the 1990s, which we don’t really see that often. One fo Glover’s finest hours, it’ll get seen by more eyeballs this way though, for sure. The Collection pitches it to you like so:
A slow-burning masterwork of the early 1990s, this third feature by Charles Burnett is a singular piece of American mythmaking. In a towering performance, Danny Glover plays the enigmatic southern drifter Harry, a devilish charmer who turns up out of the blue on the South Central Los Angeles doorstep of his old friends.
Give it a shot today!
Also Of Note
“The Little Mermaid”
Worth mentioning today as well is that “The Little Mermaid” arrives on 4K in honor of its 30th Anniversary. An undisputed classic, it’s one of the most purely entertaining Disney princess entries. The animation, the music, it’s all just phenomenal. Revisiting it now is also just a tremendous nostalgia kick. It all still works brilliantly. Roger Ebert loved it, writing the following back when it first hit theaters:
A movie that’s so creative and so much fun it deserves comparison with the best Disney work of the past.
If you’re a fan of this film, it’s a must own, especially in 4K!
Special Features: Featurettes
“Andromeda: The Complete Collection”
“Animal Kingdom: The Complete Third Season”
“The Dead Zone: Complete Series”
“Mystery Road: Series1”
“What I Like About You: The Complete Fourth Season”