This week, there’s another installment of Tom Cruise‘s “Jack Reacher” franchise leading the slate of Blu-ray and DVD titles. Aside from that? It’s another rough group, overall. Today is once again a good day to check out the Vintage pick!
PICK OF THE WEEK
“Jack Reacher: Never Go Back”
Jack Reacher isn’t an especially modern cinematic character, but that’s kind of the point. Tom Cruise kicking ass hasn’t lost its appeal, with this franchise being a gadget-less hero doing the ass kicking, as opposed to the “Mission: Impossible” series. In addition, this is the sort of thing made to be enjoyed for a lifetime on cable, which should be taken as a compliment. The Los Angeles Times found it compelling, stating:
This Reacher outing has its imperfections and its obstacles to overcome, but the strength of the character and the briskness of the action make it acceptable if you are in the mood.
Cruise is undoubtedly effective as Reacher. If you like no frills action outings, this should be for you.
Special Features: Featurettes
Total Box Office: $58,697,076
Major Award: None
In honor of this week’s release of “The Comedian,” we look back on an underrated Robert De Niro performance. It’s “Everybody’s Fine,” a dramedy featuring some of the legend’s best recent work. He’s good in “The Comedian,” but he’s heartbreaking in this one. Variety had this to say about it at the time:
The film is rigorously streamlined to deliver a good emotional uppercut by the end, and purely on the strength of its craft, it connects.
De Niro’s performances have been hit or miss lately, so before checking out this new one, be sure to give this underappreciated one a glance!
Other Films Being Released
Here’s a look at what else is hitting shelves today, besides the new Jack Reacher film:
“Boo! A Madea Halloween”
Another franchise still going strong, Tyler Perry continues to rake in the money with his Madea flicks. They’re never well reviewed, though it never matters. This is more of the same, as The Hollywood Reporter states:
Although there’s a long cinematic tradition of mixing comedy with scares to excellent effect – Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein being a prime example – this lackluster effort manages to be neither funny nor scary.
Make of this one what you will.
Box Office: $73,206,343
This long delayed comedy sat on a shelf for more than a year. That’s never a good sign, especially for a star-studded outing like this one, which includes Kristen Wiig, among many others. Rolling Stone disliked it intensely, writing:
The movie has been on ice awaiting release for over a year, owing to the bankruptcy of its studio. But some of the jokes were moldy long before that happened. ‘Masterminds’ owes us our two hours back.
Unless you really love these cast members, passing seems like the right move here.
Box Office: $17,368,022
“The Queen of Katwe”
A different than usual Disney sports outing, this is a drama from the Mouse about the sport of chess. Bully for Disney, setting a live action film of theirs in Africa and having it star Lupita Nyong’o and David Oyelowo. Reviews were pretty strong for the movie, including our own, which states:
This is a charming film, which makes it difficult to dislike. Even frustrating flaws are nearly forgotten with a bit of well-placed humor or another moment of Nyong’o saying everything while saying nothing.
If you’re looking for a second option this week, here it is.
Box Office: $8,874,389
“Ballers: The Complete Second Season”
“Doctor Who: Power of the Daleks”
“Million Dollar Princess: The Complete Collection”
“Mystery Science Theater 3000 Collection: XV”