This week, a slim slate is headlined by “Dragged Across Concrete” hitting Blu-Ray and DVD. The stylish crooked cop tale is the only film of note hitting shelves today, though there are other titles beyond the Vince Vaughn and Mel Gibson vehicle. Still curious what other films are making their way to Blu-Ray and DVD? Read on for more.
PICK OF THE WEEK
“Dragged Across Concrete”
S. Craig Zahler has quietly been building a B-movie brand for himself. Both “Bone Tomahawk” and “Brawl in Cell Block 99” are ultra-violent and lyrical tales of masculinity. Zahler continues with those themes here, re-teaming with Vince Vaughn from the latter film and adding Mel Gibson. The results are indulgently long, but largely compelling. Glenn Kenny of RogerEbert.com had this to say:
Potentially one of the most engrossing 158-minute films you’ll ever sit through.
“Dragged Across Concrete” tones down the violence from Zahler, ever so slightly. It’s still deliberately paced, conservative in its politics, and brutal when those circumstances arise. However, this sees Zahler as a more filmmaker ambitious. It’s a surprisingly engaging procedural, one worth seeking out today.
Special Features: Featurettes
Total Box Office: N/A
Major Awards: None yet
In honor of this week’s release, “Long Shot,” the pick today is another romantic comedy featuring Seth Rogen. “Knocked Up,” which made the actor a star, is a heartfelt and utterly hilarious film. Judd Apatow directs a film that was a huge box office and critical success. Upon its release, New York Times raved:
It may be a bit, um, premature to say so, but Judd Apatow’s Knocked Up strikes me as an instant classic, a comedy that captures the sexual confusion and moral ambivalence of our moment.
OTHER FILMS BEING RELEASED
Here’s a look at what else is hitting shelves today:
This survival drama is largely notable for properly featuring the perpetually underrated Mads Mikkelsen. A debut last year at the Cannes Film Festival hoped to launch the film towards Oscar contention, but this did not come to fruition. The A.V. Club still gave the film a positive, if tepid review:
Mads gets to show an intense vulnerability for once. That’s worth seeing, though one wishes Arctic complicated its life-and-death ordeal a little more, or at least varied its obstacles.
Box Office: $2,386,538
A remake of the 2011 Mexican thriller of the same name, this film sees Gina Rodriguez in an action role. The action is mildly forgettable, the story does not offer any nuance, and there’s a sense Rodriguez even wishes the product was higher quality. Rolling Stone also wished Rodriguez had more to do:
This Hollywoodized remake is mostly generic and uninspired, but it also proves that Rodriguez has the makings of a true movie star.
Box Office: $15,006,824
“Never Ending Man: Hayao Miyazaki”
The iconic animation auteur Hiyao Miyazaki receives this documentary tribute. Focusing on the filmmaker’s more recent career stages, as well as how retirement doesn’t seem to fit him, it’s a treat for those who love Miyazaki. The Hollywood Reporter put forth the following take:
A limited but worthwhile look at the master animator’s late career.
Box Office: $187,320
One of the most contentious films of 2019, this would be erotic noir is bogged down with radical twists. Based purely on the marketing campaign, audiences truly had no idea what they were getting themselves into. Some were left wondering what was Steven Knight thinking? Moreover, how did Oscar-winners Anne Hathaway and Matthew McConaughey come to be a part of such a wild project? The mind reels. Variety found the film a missed opportunity:
“Serenity” sees a usually reliable screenwriter-turned-director take a bold swing and miss the mark completely, so intent on pulling the rug out from under you that he never notices you weren’t even standing on it.
Morbid curiosity or an appreciation for the work of Hathaway and McConaughey is the reason to seek out this particular title. The film could be destined for cult/midnight movie status, as a best-case scenario.
Box Office: $8,547,045
Special Criterion Collection Section
“Police Story/Police Story 2”
Our one title coming to Criterion today is a Jackie Chan double feature. In addition to starring in these action comedies, Chan co-wrote and co-directed as well, flexing his creative muscles. The Collection has this to say about the efforts from the iconic star:
The jaw-dropping set pieces fly fast and furious in Jackie Chan’s breathtakingly inventive action comedies, two smash hits that made him a worldwide icon of daredevil spectacle.
Something to definitely consider for a fan of Chan’s!