This week, the legal thriller “Dark Waters” leads a small slate of new Blu-ray and DVD releases. For whatever reason, today the group of titles up for grabs is pretty barren. However, we press on. Read on more more.
PICK OF THE WEEK
On the surface, pairing director Todd Haynes with star Mark Ruffalo is a tantalizing prospect. However, when they opted to make an old fashioned legal thriller in “Dark Waters,” that made for strange bedfellows. And yet, the end result was fairly sturdy and quietly effective. The Guardian sums it up rather perfectly:
A movie that works marvellously well within its own generic terms…
“Dark Waters” never broke through during Oscar season. Now, removed from its aborted awards prospects, it should fare much better. Pick it up and you’ll see what we mean!
Special Features: Featurettes
Total Box Office: $11,136,084
Major Awards: None
In honor of this week’s release of “The Way Back,” the pick today is another Ben Affleck vehicle. It’s “The Company Men,” a would-be awards player in which Affleck led quite the ensemble. Acting alongside Maria Bello, Chris Cooper, Kevin Costner, Rosemarie DeWitt, Tommy Lee Jones, and more, they all deserved a better fate. The Hollywood Reporter agreed:
American movies rarely catch the American male so nakedly powerless and shattered.
Prep for a new Affleck drama with this underrated one!
OTHER FILMS BEING RELEASED
Here’s a look at what else is hitting shelves today, besides the sole recommended title in “Dark Waters.”
This early Yorgos Lanthimos effort contains hints of what he would come to be known for, though hidden within one of his weaker efforts. Just ask The Hollywood Reporter. They chimed in with this positive review, one of the few available:
A standoffish debut holds some pleasures for patient viewers.
Box Office: N/A
“Queen & Slim”
This modern day “Bonnie and Clyde” type picture was met with a large amount of praise upon release. However, some of us here at The Awards Circuit found ourselves on the other end of the spectrum. For us, “Queen & Slim” is a well intentioned but flawed effort. To that end, Newsday had a summation of the film that sits quite well with us:
The movie burns with outrage, but its inability to express itself clearly can be maddening.
Consider us in the minority here, so if you disagree, it’s another option to consider today!
Box Office: $43,808,310
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