This week 3 Oscar films come to DVD and Blu-Ray. “The Big Short” won the Best Adapted Screenplay Academy Award for its take on the 2008 credit collapse. “Brooklyn” received 3 nominations for the tale of a young 1950’s Irish immigrant in love while “Carol” tells a story in the same period about a lesbian affair for which it received 6 nominations. Getting away from the serious films you have “Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip” and “Sisters”, two comedies that were never mentioned in the same breath as the Oscars. “Game of Thrones: season 5” also comes home giving you just about a month to catch up before season 6 premiers April 24th on HBO.
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The Big Short (2015)
R – drama
This is the true story of how Michael Burry (Christian Bale) predicted the credit collapse of 2008 and, along with a small group of investors, was able to profit off the banks’ mistakes.
“The Big Short” has received much praise as well as the Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay.
Christian Bale, Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling, Brad Pitt, Marisa Tomei
PG-13 – drama
This is the story of Eilis Lacey (Saoirse Ronan), a young woman in the 1950’s, who imigrates to the Brooklyn from Ireland and falls in love with an Italian boy only to have to rush back to Ireland where she must choose between her two countries and lives.
“Brooklyn” has gotten great reviews and recieved 3 Academy Award nominations. The BBC is planning a spinoff of the movie that will focus on the boarding house that Eilis lives in when she first moves to America.
Saoirse Ronan, Domhnall Gleeson, Emory Cohen, Eileen O’Higgins
R – drama/romance
In the 1950’s Therese (Rooney Mara) meets Carol (Cate Blanchett) while working at a store. Carol is going through a divorce and Therese is just out of a relationship herself. The two become fast friends and eventually much more which leads to problems in the narrow minded 1950s.
“Carol” has had great reviews and was nominated for 6 Academy Awards.
Cate Blanchett, Kyle Chandler, Rooney Mara, Sarah Paulson
R – comedy
Wild Kate (Tina Fey) and recently divorced Maura (Amy Poehler) have just found out that their parents are selling their childhood home so they decide to throw one last party in the house they grew up in and things get a bit out of hand.
“Sisters” is fairly funny but the criticizm has been over the loose plot that holds the raunchy jokes together.
Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, Maya Rudolph, John Leguizamo, James Brolin, John Cena, Bobby Moynihan, Samantha Bee, Chris Parnell
Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip (2015)
Pg – comedy
The Chipmunks (Justin Long, Matthew Gray Gubler, Jesse McCartney) go on a road trip with Dave (Jason Lee) who they believe is going to dump them after he proposes to his girlfriend so they spend the trip trying to derail things.
Chipmunks movies never do well with the critics and “Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip” is no exception. As usual the scathing reviews point out a weak plot and lame jokes.
Justin Long, Matthew Gray Gubler, Jesse McCartney, Kaley Cuoco, Christina Applegate, Anna Faris, Jason Lee, Bella Thorne, Tony Hale
Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine (2015)
R – documentary
This is a documentary about the life of deceased Apple founder Steve Jobs.
“Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine” has received mostly favorable reviews although many point out that there is nothing new in this documentary as it’s cobbled together from footage that has been shown many other places.
Alex Gibney, Steve Jobs, Steve Wozniak
Game of Thrones: Season 5 (2015)
Stannis Baratheon has made it to the wall where Jon Snow rallies troops against the White Walkers. Daenerys continues to grow her forces while dealing with threats within. The kingdom of Dorne has entered the Game and Cersei Lannister’s scheming catches up to her.
“Game of Thrones: season 5” won 12 Emmys which is more than any other show in history.
Peter Dinklage, Emilia Clarke, Kit Harington, Lena Headey, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Aidan Gillen, Charles Dance, Iain Glen, Maisie Williams