From the Big Screen:
"The Judge" and "Fury." For more information on these and other releases this week, see the Weekly Guide to Home Video Releases.
Buzzin' the 'B's:
In "Big Driver" (2014), starring Maria Bello, Ann Dowd, Will Harris, Joan Jett and Olympia Dukakis, a famous writer, on a long drive home following a book signing, gets stranded and is relieved when another driver stops and offers assistance … until she discovers her savior is actually a serial killer who repeatedly assaults her. After her ordeal, she becomes determined to find her rapist and seek revenge, as payback is the only thing holding her together. From Lionsgate … In "Bombshell Bloodbath" (2014), starring Alex Elliott, Ed Ricker, Rob Springer, Jeff Briggs, Doctor Carter risks everything with each step he takes in resurrecting his recently deceased wife as he infuses his formula, Injection C-900, into the corpses stolen from the local graveyard. Every attempt only succeeds in creating hungry, flesh-eating zombies, driving the doctor closer to madness with every failure. After his daughter, Cara, tragically contracts the virus during a scientific experiment gone horribly wrong, she and her sister must take extreme measures to secure more anti-serum needed to prevent her from becoming an undead ghoul. From Monarch Home Entertainment … After the death of their foster mother, two brothers inherit a box that offers clues about their long-lost parents; their quest leads them to the creepy town of Tendale that is home to a mythical Bigfoot-like creature with "a taste for tourists" in "Feed the Gods" (2014), starring Shawn Roberts, Tyler Johnston, Emily Tennant, Aleks Paunovic. From XLrator Media …
In "Open Windows" (2014), starring Elijah Wood, Sasha Grey and Neil Maskell, obsessive fan Nick Chambers (Wood) thinks he's in luck when he seemingly wins a date with his favorite Hollywood actress, Jill Goddard (Grey). When he's jilted by the star, Nick receives a call from a mysterious man named Chord (Neil Maskell) who offers him the opportunity to spy on her via his laptop. Nick agrees to the proposal, but soon finds himself running from a web of lies, blackmail, kidnapping, and possibly even murder. On DVD, Blu-ray Disc from Cinedigm … In "The Remaining" (2014), starring Alexa Vega, Shaun Sipos, Johnny Pacar, Italia Ricci and Bryan Dechart, a group of close friends gather for a wedding, but the celebration is shattered by a series of cataclysmic events and enemies foretold by biblical end-times prophecies. The survivors face a horrifying, uncertain future as they scramble for safety, but as their world collapses around them in chaos and terror will they choose real life through faith, or just try to survive? On DVD, Blu-ray Disc from Sony … A young college student's life is changed forever after her family is murdered and she becomes hell-bent on avenging them in "Born of War" (2013), starring Sofia Black D'Elia, James Frain and Michael Maloney From Lionsgate … "Why Don't You Play In Hell?" (2014 — Japan) is an outrageous actioner that also pays thrilling tribute to classics of the yakuza genre. Ten years ago, the Kitagawa yakuza clan attacked the Muto yakuza clan at Muto's own home, only to have Muto's wife fight back. This unexpectedly left the Kitagawa clan in shambles, with their top hit man Ikegami wounded and Muto's wife in prison. Despite the carnage, the most unfortunate fallout from this attack is when Muto's beloved actress daughter, Mitsuko, has her adorable toothpaste commercial taken off the air. Now, Ikegami seeks revenge, while Muto only has one desire: to have his wife return from prison to see Mitsuko star in her first movie. Enter The F??? Bombers, an eager but untalented group of wannabe filmmakers whose dreams of making movies have come crashing down after 10 years of 8mm efforts. Circumstances have brought them to this fateful moment where they'll be able to film – in 35mm! – the actual climactic battle between yakuzas in an over-the-top, blood-splattering epic for the ages. On DVD, Blu-ray Disc from Drafthouse Films/Cinedigm.
On the Indie Front:
"Days and Nights" (2014) is a comically tender interpretation of Anton Chekhov's "The Seagull." Movie star Elizabeth (Allison Janney) takes her paramour Peter to her lakeside estate to visit her family during Memorial Day weekend. There they meet up with Elizabeth's ailing brother (William Hurt), her artist son (Ben Whishaw), his ethereal muse (Juliet Rylance), the family doctor (Jean Reno), the estate's custodian (Russell Means), its careless caretaker (Michael Nyqvist) and his wife (Cherry Jones), their temperamental daughter (Katie Holmes), and her long suffering ornithologist husband (Mark Rylance) who's the keeper of the sacred land where a bald eagle is trying to raise its young.From IFC Films.