This week, there’s no way around it. “Fifty Shades Darker” is the only thing of note hitting Blu-ray and DVD. It’s that bad of a slate today. Still, let’s check out the new releases for the week:
PICK OF THE WEEK
“Fifty Shades Darker”
Yes, by proxy this has to be the top pick today. Hold your nose if you have to. Artless and still really unsexy, “Fifty Shades Darker” manages to be worse than the already terrible “Fifty Shades of Grey” by far. Dakota Johnson continues to be better than the material, but the distinct lack of chemistry with her co-star is terminal for something like this. Plus, there was that whole debacle with the unintentional laugh found with the “Chronicles of Riddick” poster in Christian Grey’s childhood room. It’s just terrible through and through. Here’s a taste of the pan Salon gave it:
‘Fifty Shades Darker’ is not darker or better. It’s watered down, raincoat-brigade style erotica, even with the spiced-vanilla S&M.
“Fifty Shades Darker” doesn’t deserve your money. Consider this citation as much of a warning as anything else.
Special Features: N/A
Total Box Office: $114,434,010
Major Awards: None yet
In honor of this week’s release of “Snatched,” today’s pick is Amy Schumer‘s breakout role on the big screen. Yes, it’s “Trainwreck,” one of the best romantic comedies of the past five years. Judd Apatow and Schumer combined to make something distinctive and very special. It actually got an absolute rave here at Awards Circuit from yours truly at the time, including the following bit:
If a movie perfects the recipe it sets out to create, that’s a perfect movie. ‘Trainwreck’ is perfect at what it wants to do, so it’s a four star film to me, plain and simple.
Especially with “Fifty Shades Darker” as the prime new release, pop in Schumer’s flick this week and enjoy.
Other Films Being Released
Here’s a look at what else is hitting shelves today, besides “Fifty Shades Darker”:
“A Fantastic Fear of Everything”
This Simon Pegg vehicle was roundly ignored when it hit theaters around two years ago. The AV Club has this to say:
‘A Fantastic Fear Of Everything’ is more amusing than uproarious, and often not even that; it plays like a couple of over-extended sketches featuring the same thinly drawn character.
Box Office: N/A
“Things to Come”
Having not seen this one, it unfortunately can’t be eligible for the top pick today. However, fans of Isabelle Huppert found her as good here as in “Elle.” Clayton liked, but didn’t love this one back at the New York Film Festival. Here’s a bit from his NYFF review:
Anchored by a strong leading turn from Isabelle Huppert, ‘Things to Come’ is an ultimately satisfying examination, even if it slugs through its own narrative.
Huppert fans should grab this one for sure!
Box Office: $388,140
Special Criterion Collection Section
“Jeanne Dielman, 23, quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles”
The only release joining the collection today is this Chantal Akerman film. Criterion has this to say about it:
A singular work in film history, Chantal Akerman’s ‘Jeanne Dielman, 23, quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles’ meticulously details, with a sense of impending doom, the daily routine of a middle-aged widow, whose chores include making the beds, cooking dinner for her son, and turning the occasional trick.
Pick it up if you’re a fan of Akerman’s.
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“Inside Amy Schumer: Season Four”
“Mannix: The Complete Series”
“Orange Is the New Black: Season Four”
“The Streets of San Francisco: The Complete Series”
“XIII: The Complete Series”