This week, Jay and Silent Bob return to Kevin Smith‘s cinematic universe, representing the highlight of new Blu-ray/DVD releases. This sequel isn’t the only film follow up hitting today, so read on for more!
PICK OF THE WEEK
“Jay and Silent Bob Reboot”
Kevin Smith crafts a love letter to his cinematic universe with this reboot of/sequel to “Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back.” Not only is this a very funny stoner comedy, it has a big heart as well, shown in full evidence by Ben Affleck showing up to join Smith and Jason Mewes for a scene as his “Chasing Amy” character. Our review here on the site was very fond of the movie:
“Jay and Silent Bob Reboot” takes a bit to find its groove, but Smith is able to not just make this a reboot/remake of “Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back.” It’s very much a sequel as well, while finding time to work in references to/cameos from almost every other Askewniverse production. What could have been too derivative or exhausted quickly finds fuel in the mild tweaks to the formula. Though easily identified as a Smith production, the slight evolution in his style helps make it fresher than it might otherwise have felt.
“Jay and Silent Bob Reboot” is a treat for Smith’s fans. Those who don’t dig his work are unlikely to be converted, but if you love the View Askew universe, this is definitely for you, so pick it up!
Special Features: Featurettes
Total Box Office: $3,412,360 (and counting)
Major Awards: None
“Pain and Glory”
Antonio Banderas scored his first Oscar nomination last week for his work in this new Pedro Almodovar flick. Almodovar’s most personal effort to date, Banderas goes to places we’ve never seen from him before. Out of the Telluride Film Festival, we had this rave review to share:
Good filmmakers make their audiences feel the plight of their subjects, and immerse them into the film and story with sincere and relatable cues. Great filmmakers do all of that almost as an afterthought, and take you to a higher level—they tell a human story that you must care about if you have a soul, and that you must suffer alongside with if you have a heart. There is no question, then, that Almodovar is one of the greats.
“Pain and Glory” is an acting showcase. If you love Almodovar, Banderas, or especially their work together previously, this is for you!
Special Features: N/A
Total Box Office: $4,192,518
Major Awards: Nominated for Best Actor (for Banderas) at the Academy Awards
“Zombieland: Double Tap”
A long in the making sequel, this second installment in the now franchise coasts on its silly visuals and the charm of the cast. What easily could have been a misguided cash grab instead finds a groove to execute its admittedly simple vision. Rolling Stone was on board with this take:
This party-vibe sequel to 2009’s ‘Zombieland” isn’t much of a movie but it sure is irresistible escapism and heaps of fun.
“Zombieland: Double Tap” is more fun than it has any right to be. Give it a look and you’ll almost certainly enjoy it.
Special Features: N/A
Total Box Office: $73,094,302
Major Awards: None
In honor of this week’s release of “Zombi Child,” the pick today is going to be a tie in to one of our Blu-ray releases as well. It’s “Zombieland,” the action comedy that found an all time great cameo for Bill Murray. USA Today was thoroughly charmed by the shenanigans, as you can see:
The humor is vicious and the supporting cast is viscous. But underlying the carnage in Zombieland is a sweetly beating heart.
It’s a zombie centric week!
OTHER FILMS BEING RELEASED
Here’s a look at what else is hitting shelves today, besides the trio of recommended titles in “Jay and Silent Bob Reboot,” “Pain and Glory,” and “Zombieland: Double Tap.”
“The Addams Family”
An animated take on the creepy family never seemed especially necessary, but it did appear like it could be a lot of fun. Apparently, that wasn’t quite the case, as this cartoon just was met with a shrug. The Hollywood Reporter hated it, in fact:
Matt Lieberman’s nearly laugh-free script prefers to rehash Charles Addams’ old one-liners or offer terrible updates.
Families should consider this one.
Box Office: $97,185,807
“Black and Blue”
This cop drama seemed to make no impression whatsoever when it hit theaters last year. Mostly, it apparently was a waste of the talented Naomie Harris. At the very least, that’s where Rolling Stone came down on the movie:
This bargain-basement ‘Training Day’ doesn’t deserve Naomie Harris
If you’re desperate for a procedural, this could be one to consider. Otherwise? Look elsewhere.
Box Office: $22,055,313
A thriller about a murderous phone app? Sure, why not. Sadly, the execution here (no pun intended) is rather lacking. Variety thought the film was dumb as rocks, as you can see below:
[A] bombastically dumb new chiller that probably would have been called “Killer App” if that title hadn’t already been used several times.
Box Office: $25,621,766
Special Criterion Collection Section
“Le petit soldat”
The one and only option coming to Criterion today is this Jean-Luc Godard title. In fact, it’s his sophomore effort, shot before “Breathless” had even come to theaters. The Collection pitches it to you like so:
Banned for two and a half years by French censors for its depiction of brutal tactics on the part of the French government and the Algerian fighters alike, Le petit soldat finds the young Godard already retooling cinema as a vehicle for existential inquiry, political argument, and ephemeral portraiture—in other words, as a medium for delivering “truth twenty-four times per second.”
Definitely worth a shot this week, especially if you’re a Godard fan!
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