This week, Robert Pattinson gets his best role to date with “Good Time,” which highlights the new releases coming to Blu-Ray and DVD. Plus, that’s not the only thing hitting shelves today, so quality won’t be a problem. You’ll see what we mean below!
PICK OF THE WEEK
Filmmakers Josh Safdie and Benny Safdie are among the most exciting independent directors in the business. Teaming up with Robert Pattinson for a kinetic crime drama certainly has boosted their careers. Not only did the Safdie Brothers showcase their talents with this flick, they gave Pattinson a plum role. The result in “Good Time” is his best work yet. Here’s what we had to say in our review here at the site:
If you’re looking for a filmmaking duo to follow as they evolve, keep an eye on the Safdies and “Good Time.” Pattinson fans will delight in seeing the actor try something new, while those of you compelled by throwback work will definitely dig this.
“Good Time” is the week’s best bet, by far. In addition, it’s a great introduction to a filmmaking duo that is doing great work. Give it a look and see what we mean!
Special Features: N/A
Total Box Office: $2,026,499 (and counting)
Major Awards: Nominated for Best Feature and Best Actor (Pattinson) at the 2017 Gotham Awards
“Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets”
Undoubtedly one of the most ambitious films of the year, this science fiction epic is a visual treat. Luc Besson‘s passion project has its warts, but the good outweighs the bad. Additionally, it’s original sci-fi in an era where that is increasingly rare. That alone is worthy of some praise. We had this to say in our review on the site at the time of release:
Give filmmaker Luc Besson some credit. It really does look like every bit of the $180 million budget for “Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets” is right there on the screen. No expense is spared in creating a brand new world and letting you loose in it.
Not on par with “Good Time” for sure, “Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets” is still compelling genre fare. It’s flawed, but worthwhile. Plus, if you like visual effects, this will blow you away.
Special Features: Featurettes
Total Box Office: $40,479,370
Major Awards: None yet
In honor of this week’s release of “Coco,” the pick today is going to be another tear inducing Pixar offering. Yes, it’s “Inside Out,” one of their other modern classics. No animated company is more adept at making whole families cry. Here’s a taste of what Clayton had to say in his review at the time:
With no shortage of tears for the adults, and big laughs for the kids, “Inside Out” fits firmly in the top-tier of Pixar’s most vibrant pictures.
“Coco” will make you cry ugly tears, so know that going in. As such, consider a revisit of “Inside Out” as training for your tear ducts.
Other Films Being Released
Here’s a look at what else is hitting shelves today, besides the recommended duo of “Good Time” and “Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets”:
One of the more buzzed about titles at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival was this coming of age story. In general release, however, it struggled to find a home. Reviews were mostly strong, though our take on the site had many issues. Here is just a taste:
“Beach Rats” feels as substantive as a grainy mirror selfie on a hook up app. There’s beauty shrouded by a whole lot of nonsense.
Make of that what you will.
Box Office: $473,771
“Birth of the Dragon”
This Bruce Lee centered film should have been a blast. Plus, it has a ridiculous premise that sounds amazing. And yet, it turned out to be a drag. Just look at what the AV Club had to say in its pan of a review:
There’s no reason a movie in which Bruce Lee and Steve McQueen (er, “Steve McKee”) duke it out with Chinatown gangsters in mid-1960s San Francisco has any business being this joyless and dull.
Box Office: $6,901,965
“The Hitman’s Bodyguard”
Teaming up Samuel L. Jackson with Ryan Reynolds in a buddy action comedy? Yes please. Or, at least that’s what the answer should have been. Despite strong box office numbers, the overall word of mouth for this one was poor. Plus, this is one role that Gary Oldman won’t be nominated for this year. The Hollywood Reporter sums it up well:
The picture feels far more generic than its A-list cast would suggest.
A pity that Jackson and Reynolds were wasted.
Box Office: $75,468,583
This animated flick has Mel Brooks among its voice cast. That should be gold. It wasn’t to be though, as this was pretty thoroughly dismissed upon release. Reviews suggested that was an appropriate response. Entertainment Weekly shrugged it off as such:
The script is brimming with half-baked ideas, drilling far too much fluffy nonsense about achieving one’s dreams into our skulls before the film crosses the 10-minute mark.
Box Office: N/A
A Korean action outing, this one managed something interesting. Well praised, it’s remarked on for having great fight choreography, a female perspective, and very little narrative sense. Go figure. Variety has this to say about it:
“The Villainess” … succeeds in being one-of-a-kind for its delirious action choreography and overall narrative dementia.
Something to consider alongside “Good Time” this week?
Box Office: $27,741
Special Criterion Collection Section
The only release getting the Criterion treatment today is an offering from filmmaker Terry Gilliam. His first outing as a director on his own, it’s notable for how formed his view on the world already was. Here’s what the Collection had to say:
Terry Gilliam’s first outing as a solo director—inspired by Lewis Carroll’s poem “Jabberwocky” and made following Gilliam’s success as a member of the iconic comedy troupe Monty Python—showcases his delight in comic nonsense, with a cast chock-full of beloved British character actors.
Gilliam fans should definitely grab it!
“American Dad: Volume 12”
“The Fall: Complete Collection”
“The Fall: Series Three”
“The Librarians: The Complete Third Season”
“Living Single: The Complete Third Season”
“Mystery Science Theater 3000 XXXIX”
“Red Dwarf: XII”