This week, one of the biggest franchises in Hollywood goes the spin-off route with “Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw.” This action epic leads the way in terms of new release Blu-Ray and DVD options. What else hit shelves today? Read on to find out.
PICK OF THE WEEK
“Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw”
This “Fast & Furious” spin-off centers on Dwayne Johnson‘s Luke Hobbs and Jason Statham‘s Owen Shaw, as they bicker while saving the world. That’s the real appeal, as opposed to the action stunts. The two of them cracking wise is where the entertainment value resides. As our own Courtney Howard said here on the site:
Johnson and Statham bicker and banter, ramping up the comedic drive in between a cacophony of sinewy stunts & car-crunching action.
“Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw” is dumb fun. Between Johnson and Statham’s chemistry, as well as Idris Elba enjoying himself as the villain, this is a mindless good time. Especially if you like the franchise, this is a solid option for a lazy day in with a movie.
Special Features: Alternate Opening, Audio Commentary, Deleted/Extended Scenes, and More
Total Box Office: $173,810,100
Major Awards: None yet
In honor of this week’s release of “Marriage Story,” the pick today is going to be a previous outing by filmmaker Noah Baumbach. Another treatise on divorce — this one largely from a teenager’s point of view — saw Baumbach team with Jeff Daniels, Jesse Eisenberg, and Laura Linney for a powerful experience. Roger Ebert found it to be a perceptive movie, with much to say:
The Squid and the Whale is essentially about how we grow up by absorbing what is useful in our parents and forgiving what is not.
Prep for Baumbach’s best in “Marriage Story” by revisiting his previous top moviemaking effort!
OTHER FILMS BEING RELEASED
Here’s a look at what else is hitting shelves today, besides the sole recommended title “Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw.”
“The Art of Racing in the Rain”
If a film prominently features a dog, there’s a good chance that canine is going to pass away before the credits roll. From our mixed review right here on the site:
Fans of dog-centered cinema will find some things to like about “The Art of Racing in the Rain,” though it forgets to truly center the narrative on the canine star.
Those in need of a good cry will find that here.
Box Office: $26,395,642
This crime drama boasts quite a trio in the central roles. If the movie doesn’t give Tiffany Haddish, Melissa McCarthy, and Elisabeth Moss quite enough to do, Karen felt in her review on the site that they lent it some needed gravitas. From the article:
Melissa McCarthy, Tiffany Haddish, and Elisabeth Moss are a force in Andrea Berloff’s directorial debut.
A cast like this can’t help but make for an interesting film, even if it’s a bit of a missed opportunity for something more.
Box Office: $12,180,032
“Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark”
A fright flick partly from the mind of Guillermo del Toro, it’s one with visual style to spare. The story itself, based on a series of Young Adult horror novels, didn’t work for everyone, but the look of the monsters sure did. This take right here on the site included this bit at the end:
Sometimes the point is not in the plot but only in the visuals, and this is one of those occasions.
A solid horror option this week!
Box Office: $68,947,075
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