It’s mostly small independent films coming to home video this week. One of those independent films is “Spotlight” which is nominated for 6 Academy Awards including Best Picture. Of the major studio films the only one worth looking at is Pixar’s “The Good Dinosaur”. The rest of the major studio films were miserable flops including one of the worst movies of 2015 Bruce Willis’ “Extraction”.
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The Good Dinosaur (2015)
PG – animation
The asteroid that killed the dinosaurs missed so humans and dinosaurs end up living at the same time. Arlo (Raymond Ochoa), a young dinosaur, befriends a young human and they go on a journey together.
While “The Good Dinosaur” has received favorable critiques many compare it to past Pixar films and feel it’s one of the weaker films the studio has released. So, good compared to other animation but not as good as other Pixar movies. The movie has been praised for it’s animation but has also received complaints for it as well. Pixar spent a lot of time making the backgrounds look amazing and super realistic but the characters themselves look like cartoons. This contrast gives the movie a weird feel and the studio has received criticism for it.
Raymond Ochoa, Jeffrey Wright, Frances McDormand, Steve Zahn, A.J. Buckley, Anna Paquin, Sam Elliott. Marcus Scribner, John Ratzenberger
R – Drama
This film based on a true story is about the 2001 Boston Globe investigation that uncovered a child sex abuse scandal in the Catholic church.
“Spotlight” was nominated for 3 Golden Globes and is nominated for 6 Academy Awards including Best Picture.
Michael Keaton, Mark Ruffalo, Rachel McAdams, Liev Schreiber, Brian d’Arcy James, Stanley Tucci, Billy Crudup, John Slattery
R – drama/comedy
A washed up comedian (Gregg Turkington) plays a bunch of shows at terrible venues while trying to turn his life around and make up with his daughter.
“Entertainment” is getting pretty good reviews but isn’t for everyone. While most reviews seem to be positive some have found it crass and hard to watch.
John C. Reilly, Gregg Turkington, Tye Sheridan, Michael Cera, Dean Stockwell, Kalia Prescott, Lotte Verbeek, Tim Heidecker
I Smile Back (2015)
R – drama
A suburban mom (Sarah Silverman) turns to drugs, alcohol, and sex to cope with her depression which takes a toll on her family.
“I Smile Back” has received mixed reviews. While the script and movie have been criticized, Sarah Silverman’s acting has been praised and was nominated for a Screen Actors Guild award.
Sarah Silverman, Josh Charles, Mia Barron, Skylar Gaertner, Thomas Sadoski
My All American (2015)
PG – drama
This movie is based on the tragic true story of underdog Freddie Steinmark who played football on a scholarship to the University of Texas.
“My All American” has received terrible reviews for being a bland boring movie produced only for true Texas football fans.
Aaron Eckhart, Robin Tunney, Sarah Bolger, Finn Wittrock, Michael Reilly Burke
A group of terrorists kidnap a retired CIA operative (Bruce Willis) and his son (Kellan Lutz) goes on a rogue mission to rescue him. He has to hurry because the terrorists plan to launch a bunch of missiles with the launch codes they’ve stolen.
“Extraction” is one of those rare films that has yet to receive a single positive review. It may in fact be the worst reviewed movie of 2015. Everything from the acting to the script has received criticism. You can see some of the hammy acting in the trailer and the terrible CG that was used for the satellite shot of earth. Imagine an hour and a half of that.
Bruce Willis, D.B. Sweeney, Dan Bilzerian, Gina Carano, Kellan Lutz
R – comedy
The CIA has no faith that Apollo 11 will make it to the moon so they try to hire Stanley Kubrick to stage a fake moonlanding. A CIA agent (Ron Perlman) makes a deal with who he believes to represent Kubrick but is actually just a scam artist (Rupert Grint). With the money partially spent the agent and the scam artist have to figure out how to stage the landing themselves.
“Moonwalkers” has gotten mixed reviews. Some find it funny while others see it as just a drug fueled mess.
Ron Perlman, Rupert Grint
Secret in Their Eyes (2015)
An up and coming team of 2 FBI investigators (Chiwetel Ejiofor and Julia Roberts) and their supervisor is rocked when one of their daughters is murdered. Years later the other investigator finally finds a lead which leads to more shocking discoveries.
“Secret In Their Eyes” has received mixed reviews with many critics preferring the original Argentine film which won the 2009 Oscar for Best Foreign Film.
Chiwetel Ejiofor, Julia Roberts, Nicole Kidman, Dean Norris, Alfred Molina
R – western
A Civil War(Scott Eastwood) veteran tries to rescue his kidnapped wife in the old west.
In “Diablo” Clint Eastwood’s son Scott Eastwood tries to follow in his dad’s footsteps by doing a western. Dad’s films got good reviews. This one hasn’t.
Scott Eastwood, Walton Goggins, Camilla Belle, Danny Glover
Fargo: Season 2 (2015)
Season 2 of the FX series is set in 1979 and follows a husband (Jesse Plemons) and wife (Kirsten Dunst) who try to cover up their hit-and-run accident that killed the son of a mob crime boss. Meanwhile police officers (Ted Danson and Patrick Wilson) are looking for the son because of murders he was involved in.
Patrick Wilson, Kirsten Dunst, Jesse Plemons, Jean Smart and Ted Danson
The Lion Guard: Return of the Roar
Simba’s (Rob Lowe) son Kion (Max Charles) is tasked with assembling the lion guard to protect the Pridelands but comes into conflict with his father when he goes against tradition and doesn’t form the guard solely with lions.
“The Lion Guard: Return of the Roar” is the Disney Channel special that lead into the ongoing “The Lion Guard” series.
Max Charles, Atticus Shaffer, Joshua Rush, Diamond White, Dusan Brown, James Earl Jones, Ernie Sabella, Rob Lowe, Gabrielle Union, Sarah Hyland, Jeff Bennett