This week, Vince Vaughn gets the dramatic role of his career as the highlighted title among Blu-Ray/DVD releases. His film also happens to be the only thing of quality hitting shelves today, so there’s that. If nothing else, hopefully you all enjoyed your Christmas Day yesterday. Still, we press on here!
PICK OF THE WEEK
“Brawl in Cell Block 99”
Outside of certain comedies, Vince Vaughn has never been properly utilized. His hulking frame can be truly imposing, and filmmaker S. Craig Zahler understands this. Building off of his debut “Bone Tomahawk” in a big way, Zahler has crafted easily the most violent film of 2017. Vaughn is tremendous, grounding the brutality of this prison drama. Variety was fond of it, writing the following in their review:
It’s the rare movie that truly evokes the grindhouse ’70s, because it means everything it’s doing. It’s exploitation made with vicious sincerity.
“Brawl in Cell Block 99” takes the “Vince Vaughn” you know and literally tears him to pieces. If you’re a Vaughn fan, brace yourself and prepare for the carnage within!
Special Features: Featurettes
Total Box Office: N/A
Major Awards: None yet
In honor of this week’s release of “Molly’s Game,” the pick today is my favorite screenplay from writer Aaron Sorkin. It’s “The American President,” one of the best romantic comedies out there. Michael Douglas always gives the best performance of his career, beyond it being the best Presidential portrayal to date. Roger Ebert raved back in the day, giving it a four star review that included the following:
It is hard to make a good love story, harder to make a good comedy and harder still to make an intelligent film about politics. Rob Reiner’s “The American President” cheerfully does all three, and is a great entertainment
Be sure to check out “Molly’s Game” now that it’s out, but for a Sorkin fix today, “The American President” works too!
Other Films Being Released
Here’s a look at what else is hitting shelves today, besides the recommended “Brawl in Cell Block 99”:
An unnecessary remake that nobody asked for, this supernatural horror/thriller rightfully was ignored at the box office. Ellen Page and company deserved better, though shame on them for signing on to this dreck. Entertainment Weekly really hammered the point home with their take:
We live in an age of unnecessary remakes – but the new Flatliners movie, by Danish director Niels Arden Oplev, has the distinction of being perhaps the most unnecessary of them all.
Box Office: $16,883,115
Arnold Schwarzenegger needs the Vince Vaughn treatment that the latter just received. This mockumentary could have shown the iconic action star in a new light, but unfortunately the execution was not here at all. Such is often the case with Schwarzenegger pictures. The Hollywood Reporter took it to task in their write-up, stating:
More than anything, Killing Gunther demonstrates that Christopher Guest has a lot to atone for with his pioneering of the mockumentary, which has become the lazy, go-to style for low-budget comedies.
Even Schwarzenegger fans have panned this. That’s all you need to know here.
Box Office: N/A
“The Mountain Between Us”
What a waste of a great case. Idris Elba and Kate Winslet were saddled with absolute trash here. Seriously, it’s sub-Nicholas Sparks level stuff by the end. You’ll be howling when you’re meant to be tearing up. Clayton rightfully dismissed it in his review, saying the following:
…with the waste of two of today’s most gifted actors, Idris Elba and Academy Award winner Kate Winslet, and you have eye-rolling becoming a new Olympic sport by the end credits.
This is one of the year’s worst movies. Alas.
Box Office: $30,348,555 (and counting)
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