Movies Out On DVD/Blu-ray This July/August

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Movies Out On DVD Blu-ray This July August

July and August seems to be a promising month for home entertainment, with plenty of blockbusters being released to DVD and Blu-ray over the next few weeks. Whether you’re looking for action-adventure or nail-biting thrillers, Ster-Kinekor and Next Entertainment have you covered. There is something for everyone here.

Kong: Skull Island

This compelling, original adventure from director Jordan Vogt-Roberts tells the story of a diverse team of scientists, soldiers and adventurers uniting to explore a mythical uncharted island in the Pacific, as dangerous as it is beautiful. Cut off from everything they know, the team ventures into the domain of the mighty Kong, igniting the ultimate battle between man and nature. As their mission of discovery becomes one of survival, they must fight to escape a primal Eden in which humanity does not belong.

Those who’ve watched giant-monster movies know that we shouldn’t always expect much from a storyline. In addition, these kinds of action films typically fall into two categories; one which uses the monsters sparingly, drawing in user anticipation for most of the film before the creature is revealed, while the other throws it in your face at every possible angle. Kong: Skull Island is the latter. And it’s better for it. I can’t imagine anyone watching the film and not enjoying any of it. If you’re an action fanatic, watching a giant Ape slam dunk a helicopter or eat a giant squid like noodles should be enough reason to see it. Full review here.

Verdict: 3 / 5


Logan: The Wolverine

In the near future, a weary Logan cares for an ailing Professor X in a hide out on the Mexican border. But Logan’s attempts to hide from the world and his legacy are up-ended when a young mutant arrives, being pursued by dark forces.

Director James Mangold cooks up something special for Hugh Jackman’s final performance as the unbowed and grizzled Wolverine. His bloodied and sensational Western-esque send-off, Logan, is not only the greatest X-Men film ever made, but it just might be one of the greatest superhero films ever made. Full review here.

Verdict: 4 / 5


Power Rangers

Five ordinary teens must become something extraordinary when they learn that their small town of Angel Grove – and the world – is on the verge of being obliterated by an alien threat. Chosen by destiny, our heroes quickly discover they are the only ones who can save the planet. But to do so, they will have to overcome their real-life issues and before it’s too late, band together as the Power Rangers.

Saban’s Power Rangers knows how over-the-top its action scenes are and the film is willing to have some fun with it, occasionally poking fun at the original series. If you enjoy superhero films at all, this is a must watch. Even if you didn’t watch Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers, Saban’s Power Rangers is a hilarious film. Full review here.

Verdict: 3 / 5


Split

Three girls are kidnapped by a man with a diagnosed 23 distinct personalities. They must try to escape before the apparent emergence of a frightful new 24th.

It’s no secret that M. Night Shyamalan’s career has fallen on hard times. Synonymous with ‘the twist’ ending, it seemed like the Sixth Sense director had written himself into a dark corner – trapped with no hope of return. Until The Visit proved otherwise. In his new psycho-thriller, Split, which features a brilliant performance from James McAvoy as a man with 23 personalities, Night may have finally found a return to glory. Full review here.

Verdict: 3.5 / 5

Life

Life tells the story of the six-member crew of the International Space Station that is on the cutting edge of one of the most important discoveries in human history: the first evidence of extraterrestrial life on Mars. As the crew begins to conduct research, their methods end up having unintended consequences and the life form proves more intelligent than anyone ever expected.

Against all, early indicators, Life turned out to be a helluva well-written movie, with some incredible directing, great characters, stunning visuals, and more than a few worthy scares. Recommend to any isolation horror fans who prefer getting to know their characters before they’re eaten. Full review here.

Verdict: 3.5 / 5


Incarnate

A scientist (Aaron Eckhart) with the ability to enter the subconscious minds of the possessed must save a young boy from the grips of a demon with powers never seen before, while facing the horrors of his past.

Aaron Eckhart stars in Incarnate, a half-baked low-budget horror flick that has some interesting ideas (think Inception meets The Excorcist) but suffers from awful execution. Blumhouse Productions has a history of creating some of the best horror films of the last decade, Paranormal Activity, Insidious and The Purge are amongst the long list. Sadly, the direction here falls flat and we’re left with a cliched demonic possession-themed knock-off that never feels fresh.

Verdict: 2 / 5


Visions

After moving to an idyllic vineyard to start a new life with her husband, a pregnant woman, Eveleigh (Isla Fisher) is plagued by terrifying noises and visions of a sinister hooded figure. No one else hears or sees these hallucinations. Desperate to prove her sanity, Eveleigh hunts down locals who reveal the haunted history of the vineyard in which she now resides.

Verdict: 2 / 5


Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk

The film is told from the point of view of 19-year-old private Billy Lynn (newcomer Joe Alwyn) who, along with his fellow soldiers in Bravo Squad, becomes a hero after a harrowing Iraq battle and is brought home temporarily for a victory tour. Through flashbacks, culminating at the spectacular halftime show of the Thanksgiving Day football game, the film reveals what really happened to the squad – contrasting the realities of the war with America’s perceptions.

You have to wonder why a film starring Vin Diesel, Steve Martin, Kristen Stewart and Chris Tucker, directed by Life of Pi‘s Ang Lee, didn’t get much love at the U.S. box office. The problem probably lies with Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk‘s subject matter: war. If there is anything Americans don’t want to see it’s a compassionate war film that doesn’t have traditional propaganda. Full review here.

Verdict: 3.5 / 5


Chronically Metropolitan

Chronically Metropolitan is the comedic tale of Fenton Dillane’s return to New York City, his home, after a self-imposed exile to the West Coast after his disastrous writing debut. He arrives to find his “Mailer-esque” father embroiled in a scandal involving coeds and lobsters, his Mother buying drugs from his best friend and the girl he left behind set to marry someone else.

Verdict: 2.5 / 5


The Hollars

John Hollar (John Krasinski), a struggling NYC artist is forced to navigate the small middle-American town he left behind when news of his mother’s illness brings him home. Back in the house he grew up in, John is immediately swept up in the problems of his dysfunctional family, high school rival, and an over-eager ex-girlfriend as he faces impending fatherhood with his girlfriend in New York.

The performances of Richard Jenkins and Margo Martindale are unquestionably the best thing about the sitcom-esque The Hollars, an indie dramedy that sometimes feels uncertain about whether it should let its audience laugh, cry or choke on the feel-good stuffing at the centre of the film. Although there are a number of strong moments hidden between the syrupy script, the majority of The Hollars feels slightly tipped off balance.

Verdict: 3 / 5


Ghost In The Shell

In the near future, Major is the first of her kind: A human saved from a terrible crash, who is cyber-enhanced to be a perfect soldier devoted to stopping the world’s most dangerous criminals.

Controversy surrounded Ghost In The Shell’s casting of Scarlett Johansson since the moment she was first announced as cyborg hero The Major, a character that has generally been identified as Japanese. However, that seems to be the least of its problems. While Mamoru Oshii’s original Japanese anime was revolutionary and inspired films like The Matrix, Ex Machina and I, Robot, the live-adaption of Ghost In The Shell fails to measure up. Although it awes with breathtaking futuristic visuals, the film’s plot and its characters feel a little outdated and flat. Full review here.

Verdict: 3 / 5


Unforgettable

Heigl stars as Tessa Connover, who is barely coping with the end of her marriage when her ex-husband, David (Stults), becomes happily engaged to Julia Banks (Dawson)—not only bringing Julia into the home they once shared but also into the life of their daughter, Lilly (Isabella Rice). Trying to settle into her new role as a wife and a stepmother, Julia believes she has finally met the man of her dreams, the man who can help her put her own troubled past behind her. But Tessa’s jealousy soon takes a pathological turn until she will stop at nothing to turn Julia’s dream into her ultimate nightmare.

Ironically, Rosario Dawson wastes her talents with the most forgettable film of 2017. Unforgettable is a high-camp melodrama that makes the screenwriters behind Days Of Our Lives seem like geniuses. If bitchy catfights are your cup of tea then you’ll feel right at home here. For rest of us, we prefer our characters with a touch of intelligence.

Verdict: 1 / 5


The Shack

The Shack takes us on a father’s uplifting spiritual journey. After suffering a family tragedy, Mack Phillips [Sam Worthington] spirals into a deep depression causing him to question his innermost beliefs. Facing a crisis of faith, he receives a mysterious letter urging him to an abandoned shack deep in the Oregon wilderness. Despite his doubts, Mack journeys to the shack and encounters an enigmatic trio of strangers led by a woman named Papa [Octavia Spencer]. Through this meeting, Mack finds important truths that will transform his understanding of his tragedy and change his life forever.

The Shack desperately attempts to be a sincere exploration of grief, spirituality, faith and forgiveness but sadly becomes touchy-feely New Age mumbo-jumbo that lends ideas from Oprah’s universal heaven theory, where God cares more about grace than righteousness. Traditional Christians might be offended by the depictions of Christ as an uninteresting Nazarene who loves woodwork and God as a plumb black woman who doesn’t always seem to have all the answers. Even if you can look past some of the odd depictions of the Trinity, the film itself lacks conviction and often dwells into the made-for-TV territory.

Verdict: 2 / 5


King Arthur: Legend Of The Sword

When the child Arthur’s father is murdered, Vortigern (Jude Law), Arthur’s uncle, seizes the crown. Robbed of his birth right and with no idea who he truly is, Arthur comes up the hard way in the back alleys of the city. But once he pulls the sword from the stone, his life is turned upside down and he is forced to acknowledge his true legacy…whether he likes it or not.

Over the years, we’ve had dozens upon dozens of retellings of the story of Arthur. This is definitely not the traditional legend of King Arthur of yesteryear. It might not even be the King Arthur of the present or future. Director Guy Ritchie attempts to breathe life into the mythology by adding big action sequences, a modern soundtrack and choppy editing techniques. Unfortunately, none of the showy gimmicks can save the film from being dull.

Verdict: 2 / 5


The Fate Of The Furious

When a mysterious woman seduces Dom into the world of terrorism and a betrayal of those closest to him, the crew face trials that will test them as never before.

The Fate Of The Furious, the eighth and definitely not the last entry in the Fast And Furious franchise, retains the ridiculous over-the-top fun of previous outings by upping the ante – more exotic cars, a military tank, a submarine, and the inclusion of more well-known action stars – but, sadly, loses a lot of the charm it established in recent films. Could this be the knock-on effect of losing Paul Walker? Full review here.

Verdict: 3 / 5


Going In Style

Desperate to pay the bills and come through for their loved ones, the three risk it all by embarking on a daring bid to knock off the very bank that absconded with their money.

While Going In Style offers nothing new, it’s the three stars (Morgan Freeman, Michael Caine and Alan Arkin) remain charming. Like a big hug from your loving grandfather, you’ll feel engulfed in the heartwarming story of courage. In a market filled with loud action flicks, Going In Style is patient, calm and sufficiently funny when it needs to be.

Verdict: 2.5 / 5


Get Out

It’s time for a young African American to meet with his white girlfriend’s parents for a weekend in their secluded estate in the woods, but before long, the friendly and polite ambience will give way to a nightmare.

With a 99% Rotten Tomatoes score, Jordan Peele’s psychological indie-horror is easily one of the most celebrated films of the year. And rightfully so. Get Out is intelligent, surprising, unpretentious and strong. Not just content with being scary, it’s satirical commentary on racism, slavery, perception and politics. Most of all, it’s really well directed.

Verdict: 4.5 / 5

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