This week, one of 2019’s best films and one of 2018’s most Oscar-nominated lead the charge of new Blu-Ray and DVD releases. The former features another top-notch Sam Elliott performance, while the latter contains another unrecognizable one from Christian Bale. Joining them is, wait for it, a good “Transformers” movie. Read on for more!
PICK OF THE WEEK
“The Man Who Killed Hitler and Then the Bigfoot”
Sam Elliott is at his world weary best playing the title character here. This film literally depicts what it promises, though it goes about it in a far quieter way than you might expect. Richard Roeper was fond of this one, putting forth the following take in his review:
[A] strange and original and at times surprisingly lovely bit of folklore…
“The Man Who Killed Hitler and Then the Bigfoot” is one of the year’s best so far. Elliott is terrific and captivates you throughout. Anyone who is a fan of him should absolutely make it their business to check this one out!
Special Features: Audio Commentary, Deleted Scenes, and more
Total Box Office: N/A
Major Awards: None yet
A good “Transformers” movie? 93% positive on Rotten Tomatoes suggests that this wasn’t just good, but great. Full of nostalgia and heart, Hailee Steinfeld finally gives this series a soul. Variety was just as taken by it, stating the following:
“Bumblebee” is basically the movie that fans of the 1980s animated series wanted all along.
“Bumblebee” is charming and a lot of fun. If this is where the franchise is headed now, especially without Michael Bay, they might finally be on the right creative track.
Special Features: Deleted and Extended Scenes, Featurettes, and more
Total Box Office: $127,195,589
Major Awards: None
One of last year’s more divisive titles, some felt that Adam McKay had knocked this one out of the park, while others thought it was a disappointment. Agreement seemed to rest on Christian Bale being outstanding as Dick Cheney. The Hollywood Reporter wound up on McKay’s side of things, as you can see below:
Through wit, surprise and an irrepressible ballsiness comes a scorching humor that neither curdles nor becomes exhausted.
“Vice” features some phenomenal acting by Bale. Even if the film itself doesn’t work for you, the cast should lead the way.
Special Features: Deleted Scenes and more
Total Box Office: $47,827,229 (and counting)
Major Awards: Won Best Makeup and Hairstyling at the Academy Awards
In honor of this week’s release of “The Public,” the pick today is going to be a previous filmmaking effort from Emilio Estevez. It’s “The Way,” a character study in which his gives his father Martin Sheen one of his best roles in years. It’s funny, tender, and well crafted. From our positive review here on the site:
This is a very solid drama about a father honoring his son. In reality, Estevez is honoring his father here as well, with Martin Sheen starring in the flick and doing a wonderful job.
“The Public” is another of 2019’s best movies. Prep for this delight by checking out Estevez’s last outing.
OTHER FILMS BEING RELEASED
Here’s a look at what else is hitting shelves today, besides the recommended trio of “Bumblebee,” “The Man Who Killed Hitler and Then the Bigfoot,” and “Vice”:
Clint Eastwood directed and starred in this crime drama. Sadly, he sleepwalks through both jobs, depicting a sense of indifference that’s incredibly frustrating to witness. Even in his most uneven of works, he’s better than this. From our pan of a review right here on the site:
Bloated, meandering, and completely lacking in tension, it’s a throwaway effort that has no business being spoken of in the same breath as the legend’s best work.
Eastwood disappointed yet again, though the film itself made a ton of money. If you were part of that equation, perhaps you’ll want to pick it up?
Box Office: $103,804,407
“Nancy Drew and the Hidden Staircase”
A new reboot for the famous young female sleuth, Nancy Drew is being set up to appeal to a whole new generation. At the same time, it’s probably something best seen by fans of the literary character. For what it’s worth, The Wrap enjoyed this one:
Clearly made by people who have thought through the material and tried to make it enjoyable and palatable, but the set-up at the end for further sequels feels a little too hopeful.
Nancy Drew fans could find this one to be fun. Other than that, it’s a bit sleight to warrant a recommendation to newcomers.
Box Office: N/A
Dog lovers will howl at this British dramedy. As an added bonus, this is the rare animal film that does not even come close to depicting a four legged friend biting the dust. That’s a relief to pet owners worldwide. Variety wagged its tail in their review:
Though the narrative tends to be a touch too simplistic for most grown-ups, and lacks enough riotous dog action for the little ones, there’s enough bite to make things worthwhile for those who just want to enjoy a sweet, wholesome dog movie.
If you have a canine companion, this will undoubtedly make you smile!
Box Office: $6,290
This horror movie takes a “Hostel” type premise and sets it within the world of fraternity pledging. Though over-the-top and on the nose, it does achieve the modest goals it set out to achieve, which is worth noting. From The Los Angeles Times:
The characters and premise of “Pledge” are over-the-top, but the movie understands that – whether comedy or horror – all these stories are really about a desperate yearning for belonging.
Frats are terrifying for multiple reasons. This only adds to that terror.
Box Office: N/A
A backwoods thriller with a breakthrough performance by Hermione Corfield, this tale has a bit of “Winter’s Bone” to it. This one doesn’t have the firepower that one had in front of and behind the camera, but it’s certainly no slouch. The Hollywood Reporter agreed:
A modest but involving rural-captivity tale.
Corfield is going to be a star. Get in on the ground floor by checking her out in this one!
Box Office: N/A
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