New Blu-Ray/DVD Releases (05/30/17) – Zoey Deutch Shines

This week, Zoey Deutch gets a starring role to sink her teeth into. It’s the highlight of a Blu-Ray/DVD slate that lacks much excitement. Straight up, today is a weaker grouping. Still, we press on!

PICK OF THE WEEK

Before I Fall

The aforementioned Deutch gets a rare lead role in this coming of age story. The film is flawed, and Deutch is better in the still to be released “Flower” than here, but she’s undeniably good. Furthermore, she makes the most of this opportunity. The movie is a YA tinged take on “Groundhog Day” in some ways. It frustrates, but Deutch saves the day. Entertainment Weekly had a similar take, stating:

A teen melodrama that’s steeped in clichés but still has an unexpectedly poignant message.

Deutch’s performance is the reason to see this one. In addition to being strong here, look out for her in the aforementioned “Flower”!

Special Features: Trailers
Total Box Office: $12,241,122
Major Awards: None yet

Vintage Viewing

In honor of this week’s release of “Dean,” the pick today is going to be another quirky dramedy. It’s “Lars and the Real Girl,” which is a kindred spirit of sorts. The film also features one of Ryan Gosling’s best and more underrated turns to date. Roger Ebert was a big fan of it at the time, writing the following:

Only after the movie is over do you realize what a balancing act it was, what risks it took, what rewards it contains.

“Dean” (rave review here) is well worth seeing, though in the meantime, Gosling’s flick is something to pop in once again and enjoy!

Other Films Being Released

Here’s a look at what else is hitting shelves today, besides the recommended Deutch film “Before I Fall”:

The Blackcoat’s Daughter

This genre outing had some fans upon release, including The Village Voice. This is part of what they had to say:

Few horror debuts unnerve and fascinate as much as this one.

Something to consider, perhaps?

Box Office: $20,435

Collide

Felicity Jones is wasted in this throwaway action flick, which got the expected poor reviews. One such take came from indieWire:

The kind of low-rent action movie that only exists because everybody involved knew that nobody in the Western world would ever see it.

Pass. If nothing else, we likely won’t see Jones in anything like this ever again.

Box Office: $2,280,004

Fist Fight

A star on the small screen, Charlie Day deserves the same sort of success on the big screen. Plus, he’s always been part of an ensemble in movies. Here, he gets a lead role, but in a substandard product. The Hollywood Reporter had one of the kinder takes on the flick, writing the following:

Represents a missed opportunity, given the talents of this charismatic and game cast.

This was not a good film. Day deserves better. Additionally, so did Ice Cube, while we’re at it. Alas.

Box Office: $32,187,017

Rupture

Another low rent horror tale, The Village Voice dismissed it thusly:

A diluted interpretation of Aughts torture-porn with a film-student appreciation for Gaspar Noé’s color palette, Rupture is a sci-fi abduction thriller that leaves little to be thrilled about.

It deals with arachnophobia, and poorly. Tisk tisk.

Box Office: N/A

The Shack

A near faith based film, this one made a few bucks but was dismissed by critics, including one at Variety. His take including this bit:

A Hallmark-card therapy session, a kind of woodland weekend-retreat self-actualization seminar hosted by the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost.

No thanks.

Box Office: $57,386,418

Special Criterion Collection Section

Ghost World

The first title to get the Criterion treatment today is this cult classic comedy. The folks at the collection have the following to say about it:

Terry Zwigoff’s first fiction film, adapted from a cult-classic comic by Daniel Clowes, is an idiosyncratic portrait of adolescent alienation that is at once bleakly funny and wholly endearing.

If you’re a fan, you’ve already preordered this one.

Martin Scorsese’s World Cinema Project No. 2

The other addition to the collection is this unique item. Here is what they have to say about it:

This collector’s set gathers six works, from the Philippines (Insiang), Thailand (Mysterious Object at Noon), Soviet Kazakhstan (Revenge), Brazil (Limite), Turkey (Law of the Border), and Taiwan (Taipei Story).

Cinephiles would do well to pick it up. Additionally, it comes with the Martin Scorsese stamp of approval!

TV Releases

“Beauty and the Beast (2012): The Complete Series”
“Castle: Seasons 1 & 2”
“Falling Skies: Seasons 1 & 2”
“Grey’s Anatomy: Seasons 1 & 2”
“Hart to Hart: The Complete Series”
“How to Get Away with Murder: Seasons 1 & 2”
“Impractical Jokers: Seasons 1 & 2” *Recommended Pick*
“The Last Ship: Seasons 1 & 2”
“Major Crimes: The Complete Fifth Season”
“Nashville: Seasons 1 & 2”
“Once Upon A Time: Seasons 1 & 2”
“Queen Sugar: Season One”
“Scandal: Seasons 1 & 2”
“Suits: Season Six”

Thoughts on what to watch this week on Blu-ray or DVD? Share them in the comments below!