Summer has become the Season of Super Heroes, with assorted saviors in spandex making their way to movie theaters during this lucrative period. Wonder Woman (Warner Home Video) is the latest of the bunch, but this one is different.
Author Dennis Seuling
The title character of “Beatriz at Dinner” is played by Salma Hayek. Beatriz is a masseuse and alternate-therapy healer who works with cancer patients in a hospital and private clients in their homes. She has been summoned to the elegant Pacific coast home of her client Cathy (Connie Britton) to get her in shape to host an important business dinner that …
New to Blu-ray/DVD: The Mummy, Seven Beauties, The Prison, Swept Away, Mamaboy, The Big Knife, Drone Wars, The Ghoul, It Comes at Night, Soul on a String, Erik the Conqueror, and Citizen Jane: Battle for the City
The Mummy (Universal Home Entertainment) stars Tom Cruise as Nick Morton, a soldier stationed in Iraq. Though he’s in the country to fight, he seems more concerned with finding ancient treasures and selling them on the black market. During a heavy firefight, Nick and pal Chris Vail (Jake Johnson), discover tomb that contains the mummy of evil Egyptian princess Ahmanet (Sofia Boutella). Egyptologist Jenny Haisey (Annabelle Wallis) …
New to Blu-ray/DVD: Maurice, The Wedding Banquet, First Kill, The Lion King, The Last Face, All Eyez On Me, Red/Red 2, Narcos, Monsieur Le President, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, The Flash, & Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In
Maurice (Cohen Film Collection) is set amid the conformity of pre-World War I English society. Students Maurice Hall (James Wilby, Howards End) and Clive Durham (Hugh Grant, Four Weddings and a Funeral) find themselves falling in love at Cambridge. In a time when homosexuality is punishable by imprisonment, the two must keep their feelings for one another a complete secret.
New to Blu-ray/DVD: Heal the Living, Ronin, The Slayer, Mouton, Killing Hasselhoff, Inconceivable, The Love of a Woman, Gotham, Batman and Harley Quinn, Black Sails, Bring It On: Worldwide #Cheersmack, New Battles Without Honor and Humanity
Heal the Living (Cohen Media Group) is a French drama that follows a human heart from a catastrophic accident to a transplant operation. On the way home from a dawn surfing trip, teenager Simon (Gabin Verdet) is involved in a car crash, leaving him brain dead. While dealing with the tragedy, Simon’s parents are forced to decide whether to donate his organs. Across Paris, former musician Claire (Anne Dorval) must confront her own worsening degenerative heart with her sons (Finnegan Oldfield, Theo Cholbi).
New to Blu-ray/DVD: Effects, Beggars of Life, Kill Switch, We the Parents, A Blast, Kiki, & Fringe: The Complete Series
Effects (Agfa) is a film put together on a miniscule budget by friends of the late director, George A. Romero (Night of the Living Dead). A group of filmmakers high on cocaine including Tom Savini (Dawn of the Dead), Joe Pilato (Day of the Dead), and John Harrison (Tales From the Darkside: The Movie) gather in Pittsburgh to make a slasher flick called …
Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2 (Buena Vista) opens with the Guardians battling an alien squid-like monster. Typically such a scene would be an action film’s set piece, but here it’s relegated to the background, often in soft focus. In the foreground, shuffling to the Electric Light Orchestra’s “Mr. Blue Sky,” is Baby Groot, the small tree-like being, totally …
Back in 1979, a friend who worked as a publicist for 20th Century-Fox told me about a new science fiction/horror film called “Alien.” He had seen it, and I asked how he thought it would do at the box office. His answer: “Money in the bank.” And he was absolutely correct.
New to Blu-ray/DVD: Everything, Everything, The Lincoln Lawyer, Roaring Abyss, Hickok, How to Be a Latin Lover, Duel in the Sun, Britney Ever After, Bluebeard, Face 2 Face, Hondo: The Complete Series, Once Upon a Time, Looney Tunes Golden Collection , Mickey and the Roadster Racers
Everything, Everything (Warner Home Video) stars Amanda Sternberg (Rue in The Hunger Games) as Maddy, a teen living with a rare immunodeficiency disease that makes her allergic to nearly everything. She’s never left her house, and only has contact with her mother, her nurse, and the one friend she is permitted to bring into the house. Before entering the home, guests must pass through an airtight chamber where they are decontaminated of germs.
New to Blu-ray/DVD: The Dinner, Charlotte, Wolves, I Am the Blues, Re-Animator, The Exception, Diamond Cartel, The Hunter’s Prayer, The Breaking Point, Frankie and Johnny, & The Taisho Trilogy
The Dinner (Lionsgate) is a thriller about how far parents will go to protect their children. A group of four well-to-do people gather to formally discuss a crime committed by their children. The two couples meet at a fancy restaurant. Cynical history teacher Paul (Steve Coogan) and campaigning congressman Stan (Richard Gere) are brothers who don’t much care for each other. Paul’s wife …