April means it’s time for Chiller Expo to once again set up shop for a three-day celebration of entertainment, horror and science fiction, and fantasy. The semi-annual show will take place at the Hilton Parsippany Hotel in Parsippany, New Jersey from April 21 to 23.
Author Dennis Seuling
New to Blu-ray/DVD: Isolation, Punching Henry, Apocalypse Child, Donnie Darko, The Assassin, & Teen Titans: The Judas Contract
Isolation (Lionsgate) is a thriller about a couple — Lydia (Tricia Helfer) and Creighton (Luke Mably) — who hope to get their shaky marriage back on track by journeying to a remote island in the Bahamas. After a night of drinking, they return to their cabin to find it ransacked. The motives of another couple, Max (Dominic Purcell) and Nina (Marie Avgeropoulos) are unclear. They may be able to help them, or possibly harm them.
“Split” stars James McAvoy as a man with 23 personalities. We never see all of them, but the ones that present themselves are wildly different, often dangerous, and consistently creepy.
The Founder (Lionsgate) is the story of how Illinois milkshake machine salesman Ray Kroc (Michael Keaton) turned a hamburger stand into the global fast-food giant McDonald’s.
New to Blu-ray/DVD: Ludwig, Mad Families, Dead or Alive Trilogy, War On Everyone, House: Two Stories, Daughters of the Dust, & Lonely Boys
Ludwig (Arrow Academy) is the story of Ludwig II (Helmut Berger), the last King of Bavaria who died under a cloud of mystery. Born in 1845, Ludwig ruled from 1864 to 1886. After ascending the throne when he was 18, he displayed an interest only in opera, constructing elaborate castles, and handsome young men. Obsessed with the music of Richard Wagner (Trevor Howard), Ludwig sponsored the composer, but Wagner betrayed the king by …
Lion (Lionsgate) is two stories. The first is the journey of an impoverished five-year-old boy from India, Saroo (Sunny Pawer), accidentally trapped on a train that takes him 1,0000 miles from home, alone and frightened. The second, set 25 years later, focuses on the adult Saroo (Dev Patel, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel), curious about his heritage and determined to seek out his mother, brother, and his very roots.
In 1961, Virginia, the home of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, was still a state in which segregation was law. “Hidden Figures” (20th Century-Fox Home Entertainment) tells the story of three black women mathematicians working for NASA when the United States is racing against Russia to get a man into space.
Million Dollar Quartet, the current production at Millburn’s Paper Mill Playhouse, is based on an evening early in December, 1956, when four young singers gathered at the Sun Records studio in Memphis, where each launched his career.
Youth in Oregon (Sony Pictures Home Entertainment) is about 79-year-old Raymond (Frank Langella) who, gravely ill, is ready to die. He chooses to announce his decision at his 80th birthday dinner, but his family is aghast and refuses to accept his decision. Raymond is off to Oregon, where he can legally kill himself.
New to Blu-ray/DVD: Cinema Paradiso, Patriots Day, September Storm, Child Eater, Arsenal, The Creeping Garden, The Creeping Garden, The Valley of Gwangi, Americana, Finian’s Rainbow, Demon Seed, The Valley of Gwangi, Story of Sin, Property Is No Longer a Theft
Cinema Paradiso (Arrow Academy) is director Giuseppe Tornatore’s valentine to the movies. Salvatore (Jacques Perrin), a successful film director, returns home for the funeral of Alfredo, his old friend who was the projectionist at the local cinema during his childhood. He recalls his Sicilian childhood when he was a kid known as Toto (Salvatore Cascio) who helped out in the local movie theatre’s projection booth, learning to love movie magic and becoming a friend to the projectionist (Philippe Noiret).