This week, Daniel Craig doing comedy for Steven Soderbergh highlights the slate of Blu-Ray and DVD titles hitting shelves. Yes, we’re talking about “Logan Lucky” today, one of the year’s more fun films. Plus, it’s the easy top pick in a somewhat barren group. Here goes nothing!
PICK OF THE WEEK
Is this a hillbilly take on “Ocean’s 11” at its core? Sure. Does that mean it’s not still a great time? Of course not. Plus, it’s fun to see Soderbergh tinker with a formula he’s mastered. Once again effectively teamed up with Channing Tatum, the filmmaker also has Craig on hand in his most fun turn yet. It’s just a really nice lark. Clayton summed up well in his review on the site, writing:
Clever, fun, and entertaining, Steven Soderbergh‘s latest comedy thrill-ride, “Logan Lucky,” is a rapturous time at the movies.
“Logan Lucky” is a lot of fun. Especially if you want to see Craig try something different, this is one to pick up for sure!
Special Features: Deleted Scenes
Total Box Office: $27,780,977
Major Awards: None yet
In honor of this week’s release of “The Disaster Artist,” the pick today is something very different. It’s none other than “The Room,” perhaps the worst film ever made. Depending on when you’re reading this, yours truly may have already posted something about Tommy Wiseau‘s movie, so be on the lookout for that. In the meantime, we can let Rotten Tomatoes’ Critical Consensus sum it up for us:
A bona fide classic of midnight cinema, Tommy Wiseau’s misguided masterpiece subverts the rules of filmmaking with a boundless enthusiasm that renders such mundanities as acting, screenwriting, and cinematography utterly irrelevant. You will never see a football the same way again.
“The Disaster Artist” is an instant classic, so do your homework and seek this one out! In addition to “Logan Lucky,” this is the other thing getting a pull court press today!
Other Films Being Released
Here’s a look at what else is hitting shelves today on Blu-Ray/DVD, in addition to the sole recommended title “Logan Lucky”:
“I Do… Until I Don’t”
Lake Bell‘s sophomore directing effort didn’t go over as well as “In a World…” a few years back. In fact, it was labeled a large misfire and a missed opportunity. Time Out had this to say:
Bell’s film ends up stuck between being a standard audience-pleaser and something more subversive. For a movie about marriage, you wish it would commit one way or the other.
What a shame. Stick to “Logan Lucky” when it comes to comedies this week.
Box Office: 280,668
“Super Dark Times”
This suspense flick has gotten some really great reviews, mostly under the radar. Sometimes that just happens. In addition, it’s actually got an RT score in the high 90’s, which isn’t easily achieved. Entertainment Weekly raved as such:
Super Dark Times perfectly nails the minute details of adolescence-a minefield of confusion about right and wrong that leads to all kinds of impulsive bad decisions.
Perhaps give it a shot?
Box Office: $33,109 (and counting)
It does exist! Long shelved by The Weinstein Company, this would be Oscar player achieved near mythic status. Alas, it’s all for nothing. Reviews were odious, with only a few not being out and out scathing. Our review here on the site pans it in the following way:
In the end, “Tulip Fever” would have been far more memorable if it had been permanently shelved.
Box Office: $2,425,664
A trippy drama representing a rare dog from A24, this is all style over substance. That’s a shame too, since Kirsten Dunst is due for a real star vehicle. The AV Club explained why this was a loser in their review, including this bit:
Character development and motivation are practically nonexistent, and the already-thin plot pushes ambiguity to the point of incoherence. It’s like Nocturnal Animals, if the whole movie were Amy Adams taking a bath.
Box Office: $42,603
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