This week, Danny Boyle and Richard Curtis team up for the romantic comedy “Yesterday,” leading the charge of new Blu-Ray/DVD titles. Today brings a few other film options, though this Beatles inspired crowd pleaser is the best of a slight bunch.
PICK OF THE WEEK
An incredibly high concept rom com, “Yesterday” brings two powerhouse creative forces together. This look at life without the music of The Beatles should have been brilliant, but director Danny Boyle and scribe Richard Curtis didn’t bring out the best in each other. Still, they did manage to craft a pleasing enough Hollywood movie, one that Mark enjoyed at the Nantucket Film Festival, as you can see below:
“Yesterday” will leave you with a full heart and a beaming face, and who couldn’t use that feeling every once in a while?
“Yesterday” buckles under high expectations. If you go in without any preconceived notions, it’s much easier to enjoy. Still, this week, it’s tops, as you’ll see below.
Special Features: Alternate Ending, Audio Commentary, Deleted Scenes, and More
Total Box Office: $73,286,650
Major Awards: None yet
In honor of this week’s release of “Judy,” the pick today is going to be a previous Renee Zellweger performance. It’s “Jerry Maguire,” which contains one of her best turns to date. Never has Zellweger been so winning as she is here playing Dorothy Boyd. Her work is part of what inspired this quote from Roger Ebert:
There are a couple of moments in Jerry Maguire when you want to hug yourself with delight.
OTHER FILMS BEING RELEASED
Here’s a look at what else is hitting shelves today, besides the sole recommended title in “Yesterday.”
This Luc Besson action flick looked fairly interchangeable with most of his other ones, and played that way to a fairly indifferent audience. However, for some pundits, that was part of its appeal. One such example is this review from Variety, as you can see:
Besson is the same filmmaker now that he was 20 years ago, and unlike his title character, who lithely adapts to whatever situation she’s in, he’s been telling roughly the same story over and over all this time. The thing is, he’s great at it…
Box Office: $7,743,794
A horror remake, this effort opted to bring everyone’s favorite malevolent doll into the 21st century, technologically. In terms of style, the movie is pretty old school, having fun with some of its cheesier elements. The Wrap was decidedly in on the joke:
The movie’s biggest strength is its balance between mordant humor and psychological fear. Everyone’s focus seems to be in a very old-fashioned place, and here that’s an asset.
Box Office: $29,208,403
A documentary by Ron Howard about the legendary opera singer Luciano Pavarotti, this proved to be a bit of a box office draw for CBS Films. Perhaps the man with the beautiful voice still retains a solid fan base? Regardless, reviews were strong, including this one from Variety:
Howard adopts a no-muss-no-fuss tone of benevolent civility that feels like a legitimate way to go, keeping Pavarotti’s identity as a singer front and center.
Box Office: $4,600,249
Another remake, this one also functioning as a sequel to the last “Shaft” outing. The character is a relic from the past, something this update tries to reckon with, to mixed results. Our review here on the site was only impressed with one supporting turn:
The saving grace…is the exquisite, talented, and utterly hilarious Regina Hall.
Sounds like Hall fans might want to consider this one today.
Box Office: $21,360,215
Special Criterion Collection Section
The one and only option coming to Criterion today is this classic satire by Bill Forsyth. Co-starring Burt Lancaster, it’s a classic comedy effort from the early 1980s. The Collection sells it like so:
Packed with a near nonstop stream of droll one-liners and deadpan gags, this enchanting cult hit finds Forsyth surveying the idiosyncrasies of small-town life with the satirical verve of a latter-day Preston Sturges, arriving at a sly commentary on conservation, corporate greed, and the legacies we leave behind.
Give this one a shot!
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