New DVD releases Apr 15: ‘Ride Along,’ ‘The Nut Job,’ ‘Philomena’
April 11, 2014 - box office
RIDE ALONG (Universal) Action comedy with Kevin Hart as a big-talk, little-experience high propagandize confidence ensure who goes on a ride-along with his girlfriend’s brother, a no-nonsense patrolman played by Ice Cube (who’s also one of a movie’s producers). (PG-13; violence, passionate content, brief language) ★★★
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PHILOMENA (Weinstein) Judi Dench is a septuagenarian with a tip — she was one of a Magdalene girls, a singular mom in a 1950s whose tot son was sole by Irish nuns. Fifty years later, she sets out to find him and enlists an doubtful partner, a BBC publisher incited supervision orator held in a teenager scandal. Based on a loyal story — constructed and co-written for a shade by Steve Coogan, who also plays a journalist. (PG-13; clever language, mature theme, passionate references) ★★★
THE NUT JOB (Universal) A disreputable squirrel skeleton to sack a town’s biggest bulb emporium as a approach to feed himself and his park friends for a winter. Animated family comedy with voices by Will Arnett, Brendan Fraser, Liam Neeson, Katherine Heigl. (PG; bold humor) ★★1/2
BLACK NATIVITY (Fox) Facing eviction, a singular mother, played by Jennifer Hudson, sends her teenage son to spend Christmas with her parents, a priest and his wife, from whom she’s been prolonged estranged. Holiday-themed musical, desirous by a story by Langston Hughes, with Forest Whitaker, Angela Bassett and Milwaukee local Jacob Latimore. (PG; mature themes, heated scene) ★★1/2
THE SECRET LIFE OF WALTER MITTY (Fox) A shy print lab technician with an overactive imagination is dynamic to collect a puzzling mislaid disastrous and win a heart of his loyal love. Ben Stiller destined and stars in instrumentation of James Thurber’s classical brief story. With Kristen Wiig, Sean Penn. Reviewer: Graham Killeen. (PG; language, movement violence) ★★
GREAT EXPECTATIONS (Fox) Latest shade instrumentation of Dickens’ classical novel, about a immature male encountering several benefactors and enemies on a highway to anticipating loyal loyalty and love. With Jeremy Irvine, Holliday Grainger, Ralph Fiennes, Helena Bonham Carter. (PG-13; unfortunate images) ★★1/2
THE INVISIBLE WOMAN (Sony) Author Charles Dickens keeps his event with singer Nelly Ternan on a QT in 19th-century England. Ralph Fiennes destined and stars in a duration drama. (R; sex) ★★1/2
BETTER LIVING THROUGH CHEMISTRY (Universal) A pharmacist’s life goes off a rails when he gets churned adult with a prize wife. Black comedy with Sam Rockwell, Olivia Wilde, Michelle Monaghan, Ray Liotta. (Not rated; sex, language, drug use) Not reviewed.
MOBIUS (Lionsgate) An representative in office of a money-laundering ring gets churned adult in general intrigue. Thriller with Jean Dujardin, Tim Roth, Cécile De France. In French, Russian and English, with English subtitles. (R; sex, brief nudity, language) Not reviewed.
DATE AND SWITCH (Lionsgate) Things get difficult between dual longtime friends when one informs a other, on a eve of their prom, that he’s gay. (R; sex, pervasive language, drug use) Not reviewed.
INTERIOR. LEATHER BAR. (Strand Releasing) James Franco and Travis Mathews exaggerate a creation of some scenes, after deleted, from a 1980 film “Cruising.” (Not rated; mature themes) Not reviewed.
WRONG COPS (IFC) Ensemble black comedy by Quentin Dupieux (“Rubber”) about a garland of cops who spend some-more time violation a law than support it. (Not rated; language, sex, drug use) Not reviewed.
COPPERHEAD (Warner) Civil War-era play about a New York rancher who is opposite slavery, though also opposite a war, who finds himself a aim of an anti-slavery zealot. (PG-13; an unsettling sequence) Not reviewed.
CAMP DREAD (Image) A executive of 1980s low-budget slasher cinema starts a feign existence show-type foe in a bid to revisit a genre. With Eric Roberts. (Not rated; violence, gore) Not reviewed.
TRAP FOR CINDERELLA (IFC) British thriller about a 20-year-old lady pang from absentmindedness after a tragedy who starts to remember — and uncovers a plot. (Not rated; violence, sex) Not reviewed.
CONFESSION OF MURDER (Well Go USA) A male who becomes a luminary after claiming to have committed a array of killings — after a government of stipulations runs out — is followed by a investigator who felt like he let a killer get away. In Korean with English subtitles. (Not rated; language, violence) Not reviewed.
BEING GINGER (Garden Thieves Pictures) Documentary exploring how and because people describe to — and infrequently reject — redheads. (Not rated) Not reviewed.
BIG BAD WOLVES (Magnolia), BAREFOOT (Lionsgate), THE SUSPECT (Image), SEVEN WARRIORS (Well Go USA), SCREAM PARK (Wild Eye), BETTIE PAGE REVEALS ALL (Music Box)
LABOR DAY (Paramount), GLORIA (Lionsgate), THE LEGEND OF HERCULES (Lionsgate), GIMME SHELTER (Lionsgate), DEVIL’S DUE (Fox), ESCAPE FROM TOMORROW (Gaiam), BAD COUNTRY (Sony), LOCKER 13 (Arc Entertainment), PRINCE KILLIAN AND THE HOLY GRAIL (Shout Factory), THE ROCKET (Kino Lorber)
THE HOBBIT: THE DESOLATION OF SMAUG In a second installment of Peter Jackson’s trilogy formed on J.R.R. Tolkien’s novel, a hobbit Bilbo Baggins and association continue their adventure, finally entrance face to face with a immorality and dangerous dragon Smaug — brought to life with Benedict Cumberbatch’s twisted baritone and splendidly achieved animation. With Martin Freeman, Ian McKellen. (PG-13; heated anticipation movement violence, frightening images) ★★★1/2
AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY Tracy Letts’ darkly comic, Pulitzer-winning play comes to a shade with a high-pedigree cast, led by Meryl Streep as a family’s passionate mama and Julia Roberts as her center daughter and longtime ring partner. With Margo Martindale, Ewen McGregor, Benedict Cumberbatch. (R; language, drug material) ★★1/2
GRUDGE MATCH Sylvester Stallone and Robert De Niro as aging boxers with an unused hate — reignited after 30 years when they suddenly accommodate while taping a video diversion — who are talked into confronting off opposite any other again in a ring. With Kevin Hart. (PG-13; movement violence, language, sex) ★★1/2
JUSTIN BIEBER’S BELIEVE Documentary offers delicately crafted “inside” demeanour during cocktail star’s stability career; follow-up to “Justin Bieber: Never Say Never.” (PG; brief language) Not reviewed.
Compiled by Chris Foran.
Star ratings are from reviews by film censor Duane Dudek and other reviewers for a Journal Sentinel. For more, see jsonline.com/movies.