Some notable films are making their way to DVD and On Demand this week (10/13-10/20). Unlike when theatrical films get released on a Friday (give or take a day), most new DVD and On Demand releases come out on Tuesdays. Don’t ask me why, but that is the way it has been. I understand the weekend release just fine, but the middle of the week or so for others, I have never understood. But if you are looking for a few films to rent here are some choices.
My personal pick is Avengers: Age of Ultron. Although some purists did not care for Joss Whedon’s follow-up to his 2012 smash, I had a lot of fun with it. Lively, clever, with enriched character development and some very funny bits, made the second Avengers a highly effective sequel and sets up the third film rather nicely. Solid acting from all of the returning leads with additions by Elizabeth Olsen, Aaron Taylor-Johnson and a terrific turn for James Spader voicing Ultron, make this my pick of this week.
Tomorrowland was a bit of a disappointment for me, but I was in the minority. My colleagues at Movie Slackers liked it better than I did. But, I will give it points for Britt Robertson and Raffey Cassidy’s performances, stunning visuals and it is family friendly, so I guess it is not too bad. George Clooney is mostly just a sourpuss without much depth and Hugh Laurie is largely wasted in a heavy handed drama that really took some of the wonder out of the film for me. But, like I said, I was in the minority.
Me, Earl and the Dying Girl is a rather sweet, innocent and heartfelt film about Greg, Earl and the dying girl, Rachel who form a friendship based on their love of parodying classic films and the fact that poor Rachel has just been diagnosed with cancer. It is a wonderfully gratifying film with light touches of humor but a bittersweet drama about mortality and how a younger generation look at sickness and dying. Beautifully acted, written and directed. It is PG13 for a reason but nothing that will shock kids at that age.
SPY is a riotous comedy with Melissa McCarthy as a lonely desk jockey for the CIA who gets her lifelong dream fulfilled when she is asked to go undercover to find her fellow agent who has disappeared on a mission. Terrific casting in addition to McCarthy has Rose Byrne, Jude Law and a hysterical Jason Statham (Yes, THAT Jason Statham) all dishing up comic gold. Writer and director Paul Feig serves up the third film collaboration with McCarthy (The Heat and Bridesmaids) and it is a hilarious romp that really delivers the goods. It is rated R and there is an unrated edition and BOTH are filled with bad language so this is not for the kids. But it is funny, but I viewed the unrated version and loved it.
Whether you want to go out to the theater or stay in for a romantic night at the movies, there is a little something for everyone. Hopefully, these titles along with some others that have been released like Magic Mike XXL, Insidious: Chapter 3, Al Pacino in Manglehorn, and the Japanese animated feature, When Marnie Was There will give you something to watch no matter what your palette is. Enjoy!