This week, one of the absolute best films of the year hits Blu-Ray and DVD in “The Peanut Butter Falcon.” Joining that little engine that could is a whole host of other titles today. It’s a big slate, so let us dive right in!
PICK OF THE WEEK
“The Peanut Butter Falcon”
Not only only of 2019’s top titles, this modern day Mark Twain tale is just a complete delight. From a surprisingly tender Shia LaBeouf turn to the incredibly winning performance from Zack Gottsagen, every single thing here works. Filmmakers Tyler Nilson and Michael Schwartz have made the rare cinematic beast, able to charm even the most cynical viewer. Mark adored it out of the Nantucket Film Festival, filing this in his rave:
“The Peanut Butter Falcon” is an uproarious, odd-couple buddy flick that is laced with so many laugh-out-loud moments. It is a remarkable achievement and certain to go down as one of the best films of the year. Imagine if Mark Twain had written “Rain Man.” That’s what this film is. And it works exceptionally well.
“The Peanut Butter Falcon” has a chance to surprise this awards season. Even if it doesn’t, it’s still a miracle of a movie that demands to be seen. Pick it up and you’ll easily see why!
Special Features: Featurette
Total Box Office: $20,280,756 (and counting)
Major Awards: None yet
A24 could have another Best Picture nominee on their hands with this Sundance Film Festival standout. A tender family drama that never forgets to find the humor in ones relatives, this is a phenomenal calling card for Lulu Wang. Out of Sundance, Karen put forth this rave review:
“The Farewell” is not a film about loss or grief. It is about family and identity and love. It is about the people we are and how we become. The generations that lived before and how we can honor them as we move forward. This is a beautiful film.
“The Farewell” may well get Wang and her star Awkwafina nominated at the Oscars. Either way, this indie winner is a must see for anyone who appreciates quality filmmaking.
Special Features: Audio Commentary, Deleted Scenes, and more
Total Box Office: $17,695,781
Major Awards: None yet
A raunchy comedy with slightly more than meets the eye, this flick gets a lot of mileage out of kids saying dirty things. However, it has more on its mind than sheer filth. Chris got into that a bit in his review here on the site:
“Good Boys” understands how low stakes in real life can feel like the end of the world. An embarrassing moment at school, lousy nickname, or social faux pas can trigger extreme anxiety. The best moments in the film’s script (by Lee Eisenberg and director Gene Stupnitsky) understands this. When the film shows the social hierarchy of sixth grade, the humor comes alive.
“Good Boys” is low art, admittedly. However, it’s also really funny, and that counts for something. Those of you looking for an easy laugh would do well to give this one a look!
Special Features: Alternate Ending, Deleted & Extended Scenes, and more
Total Box Office: $83,083,070
Major Awards: None yet
In honor of this week’s release of “The Report,” the pick today is going to be another quest for the truth. It’s “Spotlight,” one of our recent Academy Award winners in Best Picture. A tribute to hard work and crusading for answers, it shares more than a bit in common with Scott Z. Burns‘ impending Adam Driver vehicle. At the Telluride Film Festival, we were among the first to chime in, with this part of our review:
“Spotlight” is…a subtle and resplendent film, shot with great acuity and substance.
Prep for this new release by revisiting one of the decade’s top Best Picture winners!
OTHER FILMS BEING RELEASED
Here’s a look at what else is hitting shelves today, besides the trio of recommended titles in “The Farewell,” “Good Boys,” and “The Peanut Butter Falcon.”
“47 Meters Down: Uncaged”
Sharks love to get franchises. It’s just in their DNA, apparently. A follow up to the surprise hit “47 Meters Down,” this is far less effective of a film, though not without its occasional B-level charms. The Hollywood Reporter had this to say:
Set disbelief aside, and primal phobias may well suffice to get you happily to the other side of this adventure.
Lovers of shark based monster movies may want to consider this one…
Box Office: $22,257,864
“After the Wedding”
A remake of the Oscar nominated foreign film of the same name, this outing ups the star power, featuring Julianne Moore and Michelle Williams. It’s not nearly as effective a work, but it’s never boring to watch those two actresses spar. Entertainment Weekly agreed:
If the script’s epiphanies don’t feel quite as shocking or profound the second time around, it’s still pleasing to watch these beautiful, troubled people move through their equally beautiful spaces…
Box Office: $1,573,500
“The Angry Birds Movie 2”
Another sequel, this one for the animated smash “The Angry Birds Movie.” Films based on phone apps are fairly limited right now, so this series is at the forefront by proxy. Variety thought it honored the first one fairly well:
Maintains the balance of scattergun jokes, candy-coated visuals and cheerfully bird-brained storytelling that raked in $350 million worldwide in 2016.
Families may want to consider this one?
Box Office: $41,632,347
This true life tale of injustice, this sports adjacent drama lives and dies on the performance from Aldis Hodge. He’s the heart and soul of this cliched yet well intentioned movie. The Hollywood Reporter fell for Hodge, as you can see below:
Hodge’s performance is what keeps the film on track. He is powerful in scenes of anger, but he may be even better in purely silent moments where his unspoken reactions are eloquent.
Hodge is going places. This film will show you ample evidence of that.
Box Office: $4,376,819
Special Criterion Collection Section
The only option coming to Criterion today is this deeply underrated road trip comedy from Greg Mottola. A humorous and moving family story, told with a deadpan commitment to uncomfortable humor by Mottola and his cast, this is a small scale gem. The Collection sells this one to you like so:
With its droll humor and bittersweet emotional heft, the feature debut of writer-director Greg Mottola announced the arrival of an unassumingly sharp-witted new talent on the 1990s indie film scene.
If you’ve never seen this one, rectify that immediately!
ALSO OF NOTE
Also hitting shelves today is a special Collector’s Edition of Hayao Miyazaki‘s masterpiece “Spirited Away.” Included with the movie, which is wonderful on its own, is a treasure trove that includes a 40 page art and essay book, as well as the soundtrack. Peter Travers had this to say about the film:
Think you’re too hip for Japanese anime about a lost ten-year-old girl whose parents turn into snorting pigs? Get over it.
Winner of the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature, animation fans should definitely pick this one up!
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