This week, as very little new comes to Blu-ray and DVD, we’re going to be doing something a little bit different. With Thanksgiving on Thursday, instead of recommending one of the newest releases, look for a highlight of the best options to either pick up as gifts or to share with your loved ones. It’ll cover not just the latest “Avengers” tale, but under-seen work from Charlize Theron, and more. Read on for the skinny and be sure to have a Happy Thanksgiving!
PICK(S) OF THE WEEK
Without a true top pick, today brings over a half dozen citations of some Blu-ray options already available. Whether you want to get someone a gift, bring a title over for Thanksgiving, or just catch up on quality cinema, the following seven films are beyond reproach. They are: “Avengers: Endgame,” “The Art of Self-Defense,” “Blinded by the Light,” “Long Shot,” “Midsommar,” “The Peanut Butter Falcon,” and “The Public.” The movies offer something for everyone and are sure to be appreciated. What goes better with turkey than some truly great flicks?
In honor of this week’s release of “Knives Out,” the pick today will be a previous detective story from Rian Johnson. It’s “Brick,” a revisionist modern noir that helped make a star out of Joseph Gordon-Levitt. The late, great, Roger Ebert saw the potential in Johnson as a filmmaker even then, writing the following:
This movie leaves me looking forward to the director’s next film; we can say of Rian Johnson, as somebody once said about a dame named Brigid O’Shaughnessy, ‘You’re good. You’re very good.’
Prep for Johnson’s latest with his terrific debut.
OTHER FILMS BEING RELEASED
Here’s a look at what else is hitting shelves today, besides the various recommended titles above.
“Angel Has Fallen”
Somehow, Gerard Butler made a franchise out of the adventures of Mike Banning, a violent and simplistic character. His Secret Service Agent has now starred in three outings, each more ridiculous than the last. If nothing else, The Hollywood Reporter found it a step up from the prior installments:
You begin to think you’re bearing witness to the reincarnation of Hal Needham. It’s all utterly preposterous, and yet Waugh handles the big scenes pretty well…
Box Office: $69,030,436
“Don’t Let Go”
This hybrid detective flick was mostly regarded as a waste of David Oyelowo and Storm Reid. When you have a cast like that, it’s a shame to see them so poorly utilized. Variety hammered that home in their review:
While Oyelowo and Reid are likable enough actors, they behave so frustratingly here… that audiences will want to grab the phones from their hands and commandeer the conversation.
Box Office: $5,215,062
Special Criterion Collection Section
“All About Eve”
Our first option coming to Criterion today is this classic film that took home multiple Academy Awards. Directed by Joseph L. Mankiewicz and starring the great Bette Davis, every bit of praise heaped upon this movie is justified. The Collection sells “All About Eve” to you like so:
Featuring stiletto-sharp dialogue and direction by Mankiewicz, and an unforgettable Davis in the role that revived her career and came to define it, the multiple-Oscar-winning All About Eve is the most deliciously entertaining film ever made about the ruthlessness of show business.
This is a must own!
The other choice joining the Collection this week is another classic, this one another Bette Davis vehicle, but a melodrama. Criterion highlights Davis’ work when reminding you why “Now, Voyager” is an all-timer:
Made at the height of Davis’s reign as the queen of the woman’s picture and bolstered by an Oscar-winning Max Steiner score, Now, Voyager is a melodrama for the ages, both a rapturous Hollywood romance and a poignant saga of self-discovery.
You can’t go wrong here.
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