Manchester By the Sea (Lionsgate) begins on a boat off the New England coast as Lee Chandler (Casey Affleck) jokes with his young nephew Patrick while his brother Joe (Kyle Chandler), Patrick’s father, does the piloting. It looks as if this is an ordinary day for the three. Years later, Lee is a janitor for four apartment buildings in Quincy, Massachusetts, where he gets into arguments with tenants and picks fights in bars.
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Arrival (Paramount Home Entertainment) draws upon a popular theme of science fiction — attempting to communicate with beings from beyond our world. Without warning, twelve huge oval-shaped ships arrive on earth and position themselves in locations across the globe. Because the purpose of these visitors is unknown, leaders of …
New to Blu-ray/DVD: Stake Land II, London Town, The Great Race, The Goodbye Girl, Flo, Wizards and Warriors, Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk, and Judy Collins: A Love Letter to Stephen Sondheim
Stake Land II (Dark Sky Films) is set several years after the events in Stake Land, in which mankind must struggle to survive in the wake of a vampire apocalypse. After trying to start a fresh life in the Canadian safe haven of New Eden, Martin (Connor Paolo) has raised a small family in the midst of a devastated world still full of vampires and cannibals prowling around the urban wasteland. He’s given up vampire hunting, but he still thinks about his …
New to Blu-ray/DVD: It’s Always Fair Weather, Beyond Redemption, Life on the Line, Justice League Dark, Graves: Season One, Look at Us Now, Mother!, The 9th Life of Louis Drax, Vice Principals: The Complete First Season, & Psychomania
It’s Always Fair Weather (Warner Archive), made in 1955 toward the end of MGM’s Golden Age of Musicals, has an original story and some excellent musical numbers, but has never achieved the status of the studios’ other musicals, such as The Band Wagon and Singin’ in the Rain. Three G.I.’s return from Europe and make a pact to reunite at Tim’s Bar and Grill in ten years. But their reunion is a disaster, as Dog (Dan Dailey) is an unhappy …
New to Blu-ray/DVD: Come What May, From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series, Dirty Dancing, Leonard Cohen: I’m Your Man, Burn Country, Nerdland, Little Sister, & The Eagle Huntress
Come What May (Cohen Media Group) takes place in 1940. To escape the imminent German invasion, the inhabitants of a small village in northern France flee their homes, like so many millions of their compatriots. Max (Joshio Marlon), a German boy, travels with them. His father, Hans (August Diehl), opposed the Nazi regime and was imprisoned in Arras for having lied about his nationality. Hans is eventually set free and sets off to find his son, accompanied by a Scottish soldier who is trying to get back home.
Ballers: The Complete Second Season (HBO Home Entertainment) is a comedy/drama series that looks at the lifestyles and real-life problems of former and current football players in Miami, Florida. The show stars Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson as Spencer Strasmore and delves into the often extravagant, high-stakes world of pro-football.
New to Blu-ray/DVD: Inferno, The Men’s Club, Black Girl, Black Girl, Sabotage, USS Indianapolis: Men of Courage, The Monster, Passage to Mars, The Light Between Oceans, The IT Crowd: The Internet Is Coming, Black Society Trilogy, & The Man Who Fell to Earth.
Inferno (Sony Home Entertainment) is the third installment of the franchise based on Dan Brown’s The Da Vinci Code. This time around, Robert Langdon (Tom Hanks) wakes up in a Florence hospital room with a head wound and amnesia. He doesn’t know why he’s in Italy or what caused his injury. When a female assassin shows up at the hospital, Langdon and his doctor, Sienna Brooks (Felicity Jones), make ….
New to Blu-ray/DVD: Roger Corman’s Death Race 2050, The Whole Truth, Train to Busan, Dancer, & Surf’s Up 2: Wavemania
Roger Corman’s Death Race 2050 (Universal Home Entertainment) is a blend of satire and gore from the 90-year-old legendary filmmaker, who has been making low-budget flicks since the mid-1950s with such titles as The Beast With a Million Eyes, Swamp Women, and Not of This Earth. The performances in his latest effort are broad, bordering on camp and sometimes becoming wild excursions into B moviemaking.
New to Blu-ray/DVD: Swamp People, The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson, Sleepy Hollow, The People Vs. Fritz Bauer, Deepwater Horizon, & Stevie D
Swamp People: Season 7 (Lionsgate) is a History Channel series on the alligator hunting season in Louisiana, which begins on the first Wednesday in September and lasts for 30 days. During this period, several alligator hunters earn most of their yearly income from a risky hunt that relies on experience, the weather, and stringent wildlife laws. Hunters are issued a limited number of tags that must be attached to their kills. Once they “tag out” — run out of tags — they are not permitted to kill any additional alligators.
In The Accountant (Warner Home Video), Christian Wolff (Ben Affleck) is a high-functioning autistic man whose mathematical skills have attracted various underworld figures to seek him out to cook their books. Wolff is good at this job, and has managed to survive many encounters with dangerous clients. Operating from a modest storefront in …