This week, Mr. Rogers is given the highest praise in the top title coming to Blu-Ray and DVD. The slate otherwise is a little on the light side, but if you look carefully, you’ll find things to latch onto. Here goes nothing!
PICK OF THE WEEK
“Won’t You Be My Neighbor?”
I’m not a religious man, but if anyone in modern times deserved sainthood, it was Fred Rogers. Known as Mr. Rogers on his hit children’s television program, he literally made the world a better place. Director Morgan Neville manages to make you long for the warm embrace of this man. The best documentary of the year so far is also one of 2018’s very best. Our rave review on the site makes that claim as well:
“Won’t You Be My Neighbor” is one of the most moving films you will see in 2018.
“Won’t You Be My Neighbor?” works as an incredible tribute to Mr. Rogers, regardless of how much you know about him. The movie is 94 minutes long, and you will spend about half of it crying. Television has given us the Kardashians and Donald Trump, but it also gave us Rogers. Even at 31 years old, when I hear him say he likes you just the way you are, I feel like he’s talking to me. You’ll likely feel the same way.
Special Features: N/A
Total Box Office: $22,502,337 (and counting)
Major Awards: None yet
In honor of this week’s release of “The Nun,” the pick today will be the film that inspired this spinoff. It’s “The Conjuring,” a terrific horror movie. When you watch this creation from James Wan, you understand why a franchise has been born. Our rave review on the site feted it quite heavily:
James Wan creates one of the creepiest, most terrifying films in ages.
Horror fans should make time for this original!
OTHER FILMS BEING RELEASED
Here’s a look at what else is hitting shelves today, besides the sole recommended title in the Mr. Rogers tribute piece “Won’t You Be My Neighbor?”:
“’85: The Greatest Team in Football History”
This documentary looks at a Super Bowl winning football squad and the one special year that they had. It’s a niche item, for sure, but sports fans may well find something to latch on to here. One fan in the critical community was Richard Roeper, who had very kind words to say about the doc:
This is a great time capsule about a team that dominated the sport for one season, and then fell apart all too quickly due to a variety of factors.
Chicago Bears football is about as far from Mr. Rogers as it gets. That being said, as another doc option, it’s worth considering.
Box Office: N/A
Shailene Woodley gives it her all in this survival drama. Out on the water, it’s her against the elements. Unfortunately, she also has to battle against this film. She’s easily the best part, though Woodley can’t fight off the uneven romance that makes up part of the running time. Our mixed review here at the site had this to say:
Woodley nearly saves the day, but the end result is just slightly too unsatisfying to recommend.
Woodley deserved better.
Box Office: $31,445,012
“Godard Mon Amour”
From the director of “The Artist” comes this look at fellow filmmaker Jean-Luc Godard. Here, his life is given a somewhat comedic take, which proved divisive. Reviews out of the Cannes Film Festival were mixed, to say the least. The Hollywood Reporter shrugged its critical shoulders at this one, as you can see below:
Serious cinephiles will likely reject it as glib and disrespectful, while more mainstream viewers could be amused but not that interested.
Keep your expectations in check here.
Box Office: $82,264
The independent horror hit of 2018, this fright flick also has some Oscar aspirations for star Toni Collette. Time will tell if she can crack the Best Actress lineup, but she’s undeniably good. Yours truly wasn’t big on this one, but Clayton was. Here is a taste from his highly positive review on the site:
“Hereditary” is a polished, downright creepy event that will be hard to shake from your mind for quite some time.
It’s one of A24’s biggest success stories, and that alone is worthy of praise. Mr. Rogers has the top pick, but Collette’s effort will do well today too.
Box Office: $44,069,456
This dramedy slipped through the cracks earlier this year. Steve Coogan and Paul Rudd turn in two surprising performances as a couple dealing with the sudden emergence of a long lost son for one of them. It’s a thin flick, but one with more than bit of charm up its sleeve. Time Out offered the following light recommendation:
Funnier would have been better, but the warm inclusiveness makes its point.
Coogan and Rudd are really solid here. It’s nothing too special, but it’s a solid second option this week.
Box Office: N/A
Special Criterion Collection Section
“Scenes from a Marriage”
Our only new Criterion release to talk about this week is an all time classic. Coming from legendary filmmaker Ingmar Bergman, this is one of his crowning achievements. Erland Josephson and Liv Ullmann star in this piercing drama, which has rightly stood the test of time. Released in the mid 1970’s, it still works just as well today. This is what the Collection has to say about it:
Shot on 16 mm in intense, intimate close-ups by cinematographer Sven Nykvist and featuring flawless performances by Ullmann and Josephson, Bergman’s emotional X-ray reveals the intense joys and pains of a complex bond.
Bergman fans should delight in this release!
“A.P. Bio: Season One”
“Bull: Season Two”
“The Goldbergs: The Complete Fifth Season”
“Hawaii Five-O (2010): The Eighth Season”
“Rowan and Martin’s Laugh-In: The Complete Sixth Season”
“Silicon Valley: The Complete Fifth Season”
“Supernatural: The Complete Thirteenth Season”
“Timeless: Season Two”
“Top Gear: The Complete Season 25”
“Young Sheldon: The Complete First Season”