Happy Tuesday Flicksided! It’s snowing in Kentucky. It was 80 degrees yesterday-what in the HELL? You may also be stuck inside this week–let’s see what’s what in the rental game.
New Releases to DVD & Blu-Ray:
Sidenote– none of these films outside of Philomena can be found at your local Redbox until May 13. So unless you’re inclined to buy… thank the Gods for the Internets.
Kevin Hart is Hollywood’s current sure thing. I’m surely sure that someone has surely written that before. I’m not being creative here. But the guy is raking in the cash hand over fist with low-budget, high-return films in a way that Tom Cruise, Will Smith, Brad Pitt, and other possibly “bigger” names in film can simply envy.
His two releases of 2014, Ride Along and About Last Night did well. Ride Along did REALLY well–pulling in $134,141,530, good for third at the box office behind only The Lego Movie and Captain America. About Last Night had a not too shabby Valentine’s showing as well, with over $48 million at the office of box.
We all know the difference is #s is Ice Cube–the man glares his way into your wallets.
It’s a fun, goofy, action-packed, slightly romantic buddy comedy along the lines of 21 Jump Street (Ice Cube is everywhere), and is a worthy popcorn rental.
Am I the only person who saw this film in theaters? Thought so.
Kidding, not that hip, but I do feel old. Seeing this film on Christmas day was similar to a trip to Ye Olde Bridge Pub–olds galore.
But this film was an Oscar nominee for a reason, and that reason being–your heart will break again and again and again. Judi Dench is outstanding as always, but not in her usual demure, sophisticated 6 way, but in this character I saw a far more vulnerable, human side to Dench. The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel can’t touch this.
Philomena Lee, the kindest, bravest, and most optimistic Catholic alive, meets a cynical atheist in fired reporter Martin Sixsmith (Steve Coogan), and off they romp, from Ireland to America in search of Philomena’s long lost son.
This is a film for a date night with your mother or girlfriend, or perhaps a tearjearker alone with some boxed wine.
The Secret Life of Walter Mitty
This film was hyped way back in the yesteryear of 2012 then suddenly.. everyone hated it. For no reason. And I did too. Maybe it was the pretentious trailer or the buff Ben Stiller of it all, but this movie….
Should you rent it? Perhaps. Kristen Wiig’s in it, not being funny, so there’s always that.. And Sean Penn and Adam Scott.
The Nut Job
Do you have kids? Otherwise–PASS. This ain’t no Lego Movie.
Based on a stage musical by Langston Hughes, Black Nativity is about a “street-wise” (do people still say bebop too?) teen from Baltimore who has been raised by a single mother; the two travel to NYC to spend Christmas with his estranged relatives. Then he embarks on a surprising and inspirational journey!!!
The cast is ridiculous–Forest Whitaker, Angela Bassett, Jennifer Hudson, Nas, Mary J. Blige, Tyrese Gibson, so while the movie is undoubtedly terrible, the amazing cast may be enough to make it tolerable.
Naw, probably not.
Sadly, you’ll find no Ride Along, The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, The Nut Job, or Black Nativity at Redbox until May 13, but here’s what you will find new.
More Kevin Hart! And De Niro, Stallone, Alan Arkin!
Better Living Through Chemistry
Olivia Wilde and Sam Rockwell!
Intriguing perhaps? Perhaps. Here’s the trailer.
The Invisible Woman
Ralph Fiennes is Charles Dickens, and he has an affair with a lady. She also happens to be invisible. Don’t bring it up–she HATES when people do that.
GO BUY RIDE ALONG ON BLU RAY CUZ ICE CUBE SAYS SO
— Ice Cube (@icecube) April 15, 2014