This week three Academy Award nominated films come home on DVD and Blu-Ray: “Black Mass”, “Steve Jobs”, and “Trumbo”. All three films tell the story of historical figures (James “Whitey” Bulger, Steve Jobs, Dalton Trumbo) in well acted films although the historical accuracy of each has been questioned.
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Black Mass (2015)
R – drama
This is the story of Boston mobster James “Whitey” Bulger (Johnny Depp) who teamed up with the FBI to eliminate his competition.
“Black Mass” has received good reviews mostly centered around Johnny Depp’s portrayal of Bulger which is his most serious and menacing role ever. Depp has been nominated for a Screen Actors Guild award for the role.
Johnny Depp, Benedict Cumberbatch, Joel Edgerton, Jesse Plemons, Dakota Johnson, Rory Cochrane, Julianne Nicholson, Adam Scott, Brad Carter, David Harbour, Jeremy Strong, W. Earl Brown, Corey Stoll, Kevin Bacon, Peter Sarsgaard
Steve Jobs (2015)
R – drama
This Aaron Sorkin film follows 3 periods in Steve Jobs'(Michael Fassbender) life based on 3 milestone product launches: the Apple Macintosh, NeXT, and the iMac.
“Steve Jobs” has received much better reviews than 2013’s “Jobs” however the film has been criticized for it’s loose portrayal of facts and history. “Steve Jobs” won Golden Globes for Best Screenplay and Best Supporting Actress (Kate Winslet). The film has recieved Academy Award nominations for Best Actor and Best Supporting Actress.
Michael Fassbender, Seth Rogen, Katherine Waterston, Kate Winslet, Sarah Snook, Jeff Daniels
This is a biopic about the life of Dalton Trumbo (Bryan Cranston) who went from being Hollywood’s top writer to being blacklisted during the Communist Scare of the 1950’s. Once blacklisted, Trumbo was no longer allowed to write screenplays but continued in secret.
“Trumbo” has been well received by critics and Bryan Cranston has been nominated for the Best Actor Academy Award. The film had two Golden Globe nominations for Best Picture Drama and Best Supporting Actress (Helen Mirren) but failed to win either.
Bryan Cranston, Alan Tudyk, Diane Lane, Elle Fanning, Helen Mirren, John Goodman, Louis C.K.
The 33 (2015)
This film is the story of the 33 miners who were trapped for 69 days when their mine collapsed in 2010.
“The 33” has gotten mixed reviews with many critics feeling an opportunity for great drama and suspense was missed.
Antonio Banderas, Rodrigo Santoro, James Brolin, Juliette Binoche, Cote de Pablo, Juan Pablo Raba, Kate del Castillo, Adriana Barraza, Lou Diamond Phillips, Gabriel Byrne, Naomi Scott, Bob Gunton
Criminal Activities (2015)
unrated – drama/crime
Four friends borrow money from the mob for an investment. The investment goes south and the mob head (John Travolta) offers the friends a deal to get out of debt: they must kidnap a member of another crime family.
“Criminal Activities” has gotten mixed reviews with the overall opinion being that it isn’t a terrible movie its just been done before and more importantly been done better.
Dan Stevens, Michael Pitt, John Travolta, Jackie Earle Haley, Christopher Abbott, Edi Gathegi, Rob Brown
Girls: season 4 (2015)
Season 4 of the HBO comedy about women fresh out of college sees Hannah (Lena Dunham) deal with living in Iowa where she has moved for grad school.
Lena Dunham, Jemima Kirke, Allison Williams, Zosia Mamet, Adam Driver
Togetherness: season 1 (2015)
A couple with marital and financial problems have more stress added when the husband’s friend and wife’s sister move in to help with the rent.
Mark Duplass, Steve Zissis, Abby Ryder Fortson, Melanie Lynskey, Amanda Peet