Two Oscar nominees come home this week, Quentin Tarantino’s western “Hateful Eight” and the drug war documentary “Cartel Land”. Both are full of graphic violence, only one of which is done by special effects. Will Smith’s drama “Concussion” about the NFL’s response to the discovery of league’s concussion problem also comes to DVD and Blu-Ray as well. On the other hand, if you’re looking for a terrible movie to make into a drinking game you’ve got two prime specimens in the “Point Break” remake and “Exposed”; two films reviled by critics.
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The Hateful Eight (2015)
R – western
In this Quentin Tarantino Western, bounty hunter John Ruth (Kurt Russell) is escorting fugitive Daisy Domergue (Jennifer Jason Leigh) to the town or Red Rock but along the way they are forced to stop and take refuge at an inn. Here they encounter another bounty hunter (Samuel L. Jackson), a man who has branded himself the sherif (Walton Goggins), a confederate general (Bruce Dern) and several other untrustworthy individuals. The eight are forced to wait out the storm together wondering who will turn on who.
“The Hateful Eight” has done well with critics and was nominated for 3 Academy awards and 3 Golden Globes.
Kurt Russell, Samuel L. Jackson, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Tim Roth, Michael Madsen, Channing Tatum, Walton Goggins, Bruce Dern
Cartel Land (2015)
R – documentary
A documentary about two vigilante groups, one in Mexico and one in Arizona, who both fight against the Mexican drug cartels.
“Cartel Land” has gotten great reviews and was nominated for an Academy Award. It can be hard to watch at times due to the graphic violence that is shown.
PG-13 – drama
Based on the true story of Bennet Omalu (Will Smith) a forensic pathologist who discovered chronic traumatic encephalopathy which eventually led to the NFL and other sports taking concussions much more seriously.
“Concussion” has had mixed reviews which lean positive. Many feel that the film glosses over the issue and doesn’t address it enough. Will Smith was nominated for a Best Actor Golden Globe.
Will Smith, Stephen Moyer, Alec Baldwin, Luke Wilson, Paul Reiser
Point Break (2015)
PG-13 – action
An FBI agent (Luke Bracey) goes undercover in a group of extreme sports enthusiasts responsible for several over the top robberies where he soon begins to question his loyalty to the FBI.
This remake of the 1991 Keanu Reeves and Patrick Swayze film “Point Break” has gotten terrible reviews with most stating that the stunts look amazing but the plot is ridiculously bad.
Luke Bracey, Edgar Ramirez, Teresa Palmer, Delroy Lindo
Archer: season 6 (2015)
Archer (H. Jon Benjamin) is back to being a spy but now also has to deal with being a father.
H. Jon Benjamin, Brian Keith, Aisha Tyler, John P. Ryan, Jessica Walter, Chris Parnell, Judy Greer
R – mystery/crime
Detective Scott Galban (Keanu Reeves) tries to figure out who killed his partner.
“Exposed” has gotten terrible reviews from critics and apparently even the director. The film was originally supposed to tell a much different story but was heavily edited to change the plot. Director Gee Malik Linton was so unhappy with the way the film had been changed that he requested that he be credited as Declan Dale instead of his real name.
Keanu Reeves, Mira Sorvino, Ana de Armas,Big Daddy Kane, Christopher McDonald
R – western
Retired gunfighter John Clayton (Kiefer Sutherland) comes back to his hometown after war. Due to his reputation, other gunfighters attempt to lure him out of retirement but he continues to hold back until he is finally pushed to far.
“Forsaken” has gotten mixed reviews with many critics feeling its a bit too cliche.
Kiefer Sutherland, Donald Sutherland, Demi Moore