DVD reviews: ‘Philomena,’ ‘The Secret Life of Walter Mitty’ and ‘Ride Along’ – Tribune
April 17, 2014 - box office
â€œPhilomenaâ€� (2013, PG-13, 98 min., $29.98) Nominated for 4 Academy Awards, including best pattern and best blending screenplay, â€œPhilomenaâ€� was one of a pleasing surprises of 2013. The British film, formed on a 2009 book â€œThe Lost Child of Philomena Lee,â€� is a smashing journey. Filled with humor, unhappiness and a bit of anger, a absolute story grabs viewers and army an romantic connection to a characters. Remarkable performances from Judi Dench and Steve Coogan also propel this film to larger heights. Written by Coogan and Jeff Pope, and destined by Stephen Frears, â€œPhilomenaâ€� follows an comparison lady (Dench) in a hunt of a son she was forced divided from as a immature girl. The detriment has condemned her for a prolonged time, so she decides to find a male her son has become. She partners with publisher Martin Sixsmith (Coogan), who’s essay a story on Philomena’s search. The highway takes them to Ireland and a United States, and that’s where they find their answers. The film carries with it some decent special features, including interviews with Dench and Coogan, a brief contention with a genuine Philomena and commentary. The extras are accessible on customary DVD and Blu-ray. 3.5 Stars
â€œThe Secret Life of Walter Mittyâ€� (2013, PG, 114 min., $29.98) For his latest spin in a director’s chair, Ben Stiller chose a severe plan in â€œThe Secret Life of Walter Mitty,â€� a film blending from James Thurber’s 1939 story of a same name and a reconstitute of a 1947 film from Samuel Goldwyn. Stiller’s chronicle has a lot going for it, including a inspirational story and some conspicuous cinematography. Unfortunately, it all feels a bit hollow, lacking in an romantic punch. It’s formidable to get trustworthy to any of these characters. The story follows Walter Mitty (Stiller), a loner who works as a print dilettante for Life magazine. When an critical print comes adult missing, Walter is forced to mangle out of his bombard and transport opposite a universe to find a photographer (Sean Penn) who took it. The hunt commences even while Walter is perplexing to woo a co-worker (Kristen Wiig) and understanding with a contingent finish of announcement of Life. Standard DVD and Blu-ray packages for â€œThe Secret Life of Walter Mittyâ€� are packaged with extras. The Blu-ray set contains most some-more in a proceed of extras, including making-of featurettes, yet a customary DVD also packs lots of good stuff. 2 Stars.
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â€œRide Alongâ€� (2014, PG-13, 99 min., $29.98) Kevin Hart and Ice Cube are glorious comedic actors, and film fans would cruise a pairing of a dual a good gamble for a fun film. Unfortunately, â€œRide Alongâ€� isn’t a best vehicle. The guys do all they can, yet their user with some terrible material. Directed by Tim Story, â€œRide Alongâ€� is a lousy movement comedy, raid by patrolman cliches, jokes that go nowhere and a predicted storyline. The film follows Ben (Hart), a confidence ensure who wants to be a military officer. He thinks that, with apropos a cop, he’ll land a blessing of his girlfriend’s hermit James (Ice Cube), a tough detective. James wants his sister to dump Ben, so he offers to take him on a float along, anticipating that it will shock him off. It doesn’t work out good for possibly party, as James finds Ben is a usually male he can count on when they run into a most-feared mafiosi in Atlanta. Fans of a film will find some glorious special facilities on a beefed-up Blu-ray package, and a customary DVD set that’s not lacking in extras. Blu-ray offers a good set of making-of featurettes, explanation and deleted scenes, and a customary DVD copies lift a integrate of featurettes with a wisecrack reel. 1.5 Stars.
â€œThe Invisible Womanâ€� (2013, R, 111 min., $35.99) Ralph Fiennes leads and stars, along with Felicity Jones and Kristin Scott Thomas, in a duration square about a lady looking behind on a formidable and sly attribute she had with author Charles Dickens. The film was nominated for an Academy Award for best dress design.
â€œBetter Living Through Chemistryâ€� (2014, NR, 91 min., $19.98) A fantastic expel â€” Sam Rockwell, Olivia Wilde, Michelle Monaghan, Ray Liotta and Jane Fonda â€” stars in this dim comedy about a disrespected pharmacist who embarks on an affair, fueled by ethanol and drugs, with a charming lady in his suburban neighborhood.
â€œBlack Nativityâ€� (2013, PG, 93 min., $29.98) A difficult instrumentation of a play penned by Langston Hughes, executive Kasi Lemmons’ film tells a story of a immature male struggling to live with his despotic grandparents. When he comes around, though, it brings a family closer together. A plain expel includes Forest Whitaker and Jennifer Hudson.
â€œThe Nut Jobâ€� (2014, PG, 85 min., $29.98) Liam Neeson, Maya Rudolph, Brendan Fraser and Katherine Heigl lend their voices to this charcterised journey about Surly, a squirrel on a hunt for a best nuts for winter storage. When Surly finds his spot, a whole store filled with nuts, he skeleton his heist. Unfortunately, a pursuit won’t be easy.
â€œMobiusâ€� (2013, R, 103 min., $19.98) Oscar leader Jean Dujardin stars in this spy-centered thriller, along with Tim Roth. The pattern follows a Russian user attempting to mangle adult an general income laundering operation. The user targets an American landowner as his proceed in, yet realizes anticipating a law will be a tough task.
â€œDate and Switchâ€� (2014, R, 91 min., $19.98) Things get difficult and relations take astonishing turns when high propagandize seniors Michael and Matty make a agreement to remove their decency before their comparison prom. Nick Offerman, Megan Mullally, Gary Cole, Brian Geraghty and Zach Cregger star in a comedy destined by Chris Nelson.
â€œConfession of Murderâ€� (2012, NR, 119 min., $24.98) After a government of stipulations runs out, an author releases a book about all of a murders he’s committed. While a law can’t go after him, a investigator who investigated a box and a families of a victims competence be holding a opposite approach. The pic’s destined by Jung Byung-gil.
â€œGreat Expectationsâ€� (2012, PG-13, 128 min., $22.98) Ralph Fiennes and Helena Bonham Carter have ancillary roles in this instrumentation of Charles Dickens’ classical from a 1800s about a immature waif who receives an estate from an different benefactor. It allows him a improved life, yet there’s deleterious law behind his inheritance.
â€œFlowers in a Atticâ€� (2013, NR, 90 min., $14.98) Based on a bestselling 1979 novel from V.C. Andrews, this made-for-TV film premiered on Lifetime in 2013 with 6.1 million viewers. Starring Heather Graham and Ellen Burstyn, it’s a story of 4 siblings traffic with a genocide of their father and a dim tip that’s hold by their family.
â€œThe Gabby Douglas Storyâ€� (2014, NR, 86 min., $22.99) Another film that premiered on Lifetime follows a story of Gabby Douglas. The Olympian overcame several hurdles to make a 2012 U.S. Women’s Gymnastics team, and afterwards she went out and won dual bullion medals. Regina King, Sydney Mikayla and Imani Hakim have starring roles.
â€œStan Lee’s Mighty 7: Beginningsâ€� (2014, NR, 90 min., $14.93)
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