This week, the latest crowd pleaser from Brett Haley and a beloved Terrence Malick film highlight the titles coming to Blu-Ray and DVD. Yes, we have “Hearts Beat Loud” putting a smile on your face, while Criterion brings a lump to your throat with “The Tree of Life.” Plus, while they’re the best of the slate today, they’re not the only movies worth a damn. Let’s dive in and see!
PICK OF THE WEEK
“Hearts Beat Loud”
One of the most purely enjoyable films of the year, this was the sort of cinema that 2018 almost didn’t deserve. A musical dramedy where a father bonds with his daughter? That’s a simple pleasure when so much of life is vile these days. Haley and Keegan DeWitt craft Oscar worthy original songs, Nick Offerman is at his best, and Kiersey Clemons is a revelation. Moreover, everything just works here. You’ll be humming the songs and smiling from ear to ear Our rave review here on the site had this to say:
A ray of love in a sea of hate, it’s the kind of movie we need right now.
“Hearts Beat Loud” is guaranteed to make you happy. How many movies can say that? This is one of the year’s best, bar none. Plus, check out our interview with Haley here, which is a fun read. It goes without saying, definitely pick up this flick. It’s a joy!
Special Features: N/A
Total Box Office: $2,386,251
Major Awards: None yet
This sequel/franchise reboot managed to be a lot of fun. It’s fluff, but easily enjoyable fluff. Standing in for George Clooney is Sandra Bullock, and that’s not just a gender swap, but a solid casting coup. Watching a heist be planned and then be expertly pulled off is a bit of a blast, that’s for sure. Our take here on the site was a pretty positive one overall, as you can see below:
This isn’t a movie that seeks to change the world or make a statement. It exists simply because it can. And for that reason, yes it should.
“Ocean’s 8” doesn’t stack up to “Hearts Beat Loud,” but it’s another charming option this week. Furthermore, it sets up the possibility of a very fun next extension of the franchise.
Special Features: N/A
Total Box Office: $139,303,241 (and counting)
Major Awards: None yet
In honor of this week’s release of “The Predator,” the pick today will be a prior outing from filmmaker Shane Black. It’s “Kiss Kiss Bang Bang,” Black’s finest hour. Robert Downey Jr. really began his ascent to the top with this, while it represents one of Val Kilmer‘s best roles. You’ll howl with laughter during so much of the flick. For many, it’s a modern crime comedy classic. Entertainment Weekly feted it like so:
[A] deliriously enjoyable noir comedy-thriller.
“The Predator” is a really solid flick. Additionally, if you like Black, you’ll like this one too. In the meantime, “Kiss Kiss Bang Bang” is always worth another watch!
OTHER FILMS BEING RELEASED
Here’s a look at what else is hitting shelves today, besides the two recommended titles in “Hearts Beat Loud” and “Ocean’s Eight”:
You rarely get movies about the first World War. You just don’t. This World War I set drama carves out a small place for itself by being just that. Despite falling through the cracks, it actually had pretty strong reviews. The period setting and cinematography especially got the thumbs up. The Hollywood Reporter sums it up simply by saying the following:
A sober, quietly affecting wartime drama.
Something else to consider this week.
Box Office: $174,325
A remake of the well regarded blaxploitation movie from the 1970’s, this new version never quite found a reason to exist. The general consensus is that it was well made enough, but wholly unnecessary. Alas. Another remake bites the dust. Plus, we should be used to that by now. Variety had this to say:
A competent yet glossy and hermetic street-hustle drug thriller, less a new urban myth than a lavishly concocted episode. It holds your attention yet leaves you with nothing.
Sounds like we can stick to the original.
Box Office: $20,545,116
Special Criterion Collection Section
Our first new Criterion release to talk about this week is a mid-1990’s offering from Olivier Assayas. A period piece set in Paris during the 1970’s, it also has an interesting backstory. Apparently, until now, folks here in America were unable to see this flick. Now, we can. The Collection hits that point in their sales pitch for the movie:
An acclaimed early work by Olivier Assayas, the long-unavailable, deeply felt coming-of-age drama Cold Water can at last be seen in the United States.
Assayas fans should look into this once unavailable release!
“The Tree of Life”
The other new addition to the Collection is the one that most of you are concerned with. It’s, of course, the beloved Malick epic. Not only does it get the patented Criterion Collection treatment, there’s a whole new Extended Cut to dive into. Not only a longer look at the film you all know and love, it functions almost as a whole new Malick movie. It’s that notable a new cut. In addition, the original version remains, just in top shape. This is a taste of how Criterion feels about the flick:
Four decades into an already legendary career, Terrence Malick realized his most rapturous vision to date, tracing a story of childhood, wonder, and grief to the outer limits of time and space.
Especially, if you’re curious about the Extended Cut, this is a must own! Furthermore, it may very well serve some supporting cast members better than you remember. Along with “Hearts Beat Loud,” it’s the class of the week.
“The Big Bang Theory: The Complete Eleventh Season”
“Chicago P.D.: Season Five”
“Great British Baking Show: Season 5”
“The Middle: The Complete Ninth Season”
“Modern Family: The Complete Ninth Season”
“Mom: The Complete Fifth Season”
“Rescue Me: The Complete Series”
“Star: The Complete First Season”
“This is Us: The Complete Second Season”