Blu-ray Invasion – Week of November 8th
Based on the extraordinary true story of Operation Anthropoid, this powerful drama stars Cillian Murphy (The Dark Knight) and Jamie Dornan (Fifty Shades of Grey) as two Czechoslovakian soldiers sent to Prague for a deadly mission: to kill Hitler’s third in command, the main architect behind the Final Solution, Reinhard Heydrich. Outmanned and facing impossible odds, the two men lead a group of Czech rebels toward a near-impossible mission that may change the course of history forever. Also starring Toby Jones (Infamous), Anthropoid is an intense, thought-provoking thriller.
A very slow burn of a war movie that isn’t going to be everyone’s cup of tea. It is an interesting story and it is backed by some very good performances that make this worth a viewing. It would have helped if the supplemental material was a bit more engaging. With as many films as there are about World War II, there are enough different types to satisfy your cinephile appetite, and this one is worth your time. At least once. Queue It
Kevin Spacey, Jennifer Garner and Christopher Walken star in this purr-fect family comedy! Billionaire Tom Brand’s (Spacey) workaholic lifestyle has distanced him from his beautiful wife Lara (Garner) and adoring daughter Rebecca (Malina Weissman). Hoping to make amends, Tom buys Rebecca a cat for her birthday. But a bizarre event lands Tom inside the cat’s body. Now, Tom must either cough up proof that he’s a loving dad – or he’ll spend the rest of his life coughing up hairballs in this hilarious romp directed by Barry Sonnenfeld (Men in Black films)!
Sure, if you really like cats and/or Kevin Spacey why not. Otherwise, really don’t bother. No one else on screen barely bothered, so why should you? Skip It
This pure-pulp thrill ride jumps between past and present as it pieces together the puzzle of a shocking crime. It’s 1978 and a bank robbery gone wrong leaves Vivian (The Last Exorcism’s Ashley Bell) the hostage of two criminals on the run. But things go from bad to off-the-rails berserk when she and her captors wind up on the sun-baked desert outpost of a deranged ex-military sniper (Pat Healy), who ensnares them in his deadly game of cat and mouse.
It isn’t the most original cat and mouse thriller, but Ashley Bell delivers a performance that feels like an homage to a time when movies were made much differently than they are now. This feels gritty, and it’s every bit as grim as the most tense thrillers in the genre. It’s a taught 80 minute thrill ride that’s well worth a short investment in time. Queue It
In this outrageous comedy from the writers of The Hangover, Amy (Mila Kunis) has a seemingly perfect life – a great marriage, over-achieving kids, beautiful home and a career. However she’s over-worked, over-committed and exhausted to the point that she’s about to snap. Fed up, she joins up with two other over-stressed moms (Kristen Bell and Kathryn Hahn) on a quest to liberate themselves from conventional responsibilities – going on a wild, un-mom-like binge of long overdue freedom, fun and self-indulgence – putting them on a collision course with PTA Queen Bee Gwendolyn (Christina Applegate) and her clique of devoted perfect moms
Mila Kunis is a highly underrated comedic actress and she’s given plenty here to make her shine. This movie is immensely enjoyable not only because of her, but the incredible cast of talented ladies that are part of this ensemble. There had to have been great moments behind the scenes and it would have been nice to see a few more extras on this disk. Queue It
An update to the 1989 classic film KICKBOXER, KICKBOXER: VENGEANCE follows the story of Kurt Sloane (Alain Moussi), who travels to Thailand to avenge the death of his brother at the hands of Tong Po (David Bautista). Kurt trains with the legendary Master Durand (Jean-Claude Van Damme) until he is ready to take on Tong Po in a brutal fight to the death.
It would have been hard for this movie to be as iconic as the original KICKBOXER was. The added wrinkle of Jean Claude Van-Damme being the teacher now was a nice touch. The lead actor wasn’t very good, and that hurt the movie overall. All in all, for nostalgia’s sake, if you’re a fan of the original, this one won’t necessarily hold very high favor with you. That being said, there’s plenty to enjoy here for simple action junkies. Queue It