Life of the Party
When her husband suddenly dumps her, longtime dedicated housewife Deanna (Melissa McCarthy) turns regret into re-set by going back to college … landing in the same class and school as her daughter, who’s not entirely sold on the idea. Plunging headlong into the campus experience, the increasingly outspoken Deanna — now Dee Rock — embraces freedom, fun and frat boys on her own terms, finding her true self in a senior year no one ever expected. Vitals: Director: Ben Falcone. Stars: Melissa McCarthy, Gillian Jacobs, Adria Arjona, Debby Ryan, Julie Bowen, Stephen Root, Maya Rudolph, Chris Parnell, Christina Aguilera. 2018, CC, MPAA rating: PG-13, 105 min., Comedy, Box office gross: $52.121 million, New Line/Warner.
Shaun Russell (Gabrielle Union) takes her son and daughter on a weekend getaway to her late father’s secluded, high-tech vacation home in the countryside where the family soon receives an unwelcome surprise from four men who break into the house in search of a hidden safe. After managing to escape, Shaun stops at nothing to turn the tables on the thieves and rescue her two children being held hostage in a house designed with impenetrable security. No trap, no trick and especially no man inside can match a mother with a mission. Vitals: Director: James McTeigue. Stars: Gabrielle Union, Billy Burke, Richard Cabral, Ajiona Alexus, Levi Maeden, Jason George, Seth Carr, Christa Miller. 2018, CC, MPAA rating: PG-13, 97 min., Thriller, Box office gross: $46.383 million, Universal. Extras: Alternate opening; “One Bad Mother” featurette; “A Filmmaker’s Eye” featurette; “A Lesson in Kicking Ass” featurette; “A Hero Evolved” featurette; deleted and extended scenes.
Avengers: Infinity War
The Avengers reunite to take on their biggest villain yet: Thanos, the “Mad Titan.” After his minions failed to retrieve the Infinity Stones, Thanos heads to earth to get them for himself. He plans to infuse them into a gauntlet that will give him the ultimate power over space and time. Captain America, Iron Man, Thor, Black Widow, and the rest of the Avengers gather together for one last stand against a foe who wields the power of life and death. Vitals: Director: Joe Russo, Anthony Russo. Stars: Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Josh Brolin, Benedict Cumberbatch, Tom Holland, Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Scarlett Johansson, Paul Bettany, Elizabeth Olsen. 2018, CC, MPAA rating: PG-13, 149 min., Action-Adventure, Box office gross: $672.625 million, Marvel/Disney. Blu-ray extras: Three featurettes: “Strange Alchemy,” “The Mad Titan,” “Beyond the Battle: Titan”; deleted scenes; gag reel; commentary.
A terrifying cautionary tale of two thieves uncovering more than what they bargained for when breaking into a house they thought would be an easy score — they stumble upon a woman being held captive by a serial killer. Now they must choose to run and hide, or face the killer whose dark secrets they have exposed. Vitals: Director: Dean Devlin . Stars: David Tennant, Robert Sheehan, Kerry Condon, Carlito Olivero, Jacqueline Byers. . 2018, CC, MPAA rating: R, 107 min., Thriller, Box office gross: $3,345 million, Sony. Extras: Deleted scenes.
Foul-mouthed mutant mercenary Wade Wilson (AKA Deadpool) brings together a team of fellow mutant rogues to protect a young boy with supernatural abilities from the brutal, time-traveling cyborg, Cable. After losing the love of his life, 4th wall-breaking mercenary Wade Wilson (Ryan Reynolds) must protect Russel (Julian Dennison), must assemble a team of mutants and protect Russel from Cable (Josh Brolin), a no-nonsense, dangerous cyborg from the future and Deadpool must learn the most important lesson of all, to be part of a family again. Vitals: Director: David Leitch. Stars: Ryan Reynolds, Morena Baccarin, Josh Brolin, Brianna Hildebrand, T.J. Miller, Hayley Sales, Zazie Beetz, Eddie Marsan. 2018, CC, MPAA rating: R, 119 min., Action-Adventure, Box office gross: $317.668 million, Fox. Extras: Commentary by Ryan Reynolds, David Leitch, Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick; Deleted/Extended Scenes; “Until Your Face Hurts: Alt Takes”; “Deadpool’s Lips are Sealed: Secrets and Easter Eggs”; “The Most Important X-Force Member”; :”Deadpool Family Values: Cast of Characters”; “David Leitch Not Lynch: Directing DP2”; “Roll with the Punches: Action and Stunts”; “The Deadpool Prison Experiment”; “Chess with Omega Red”; “Swole and Sexy”; “3-Minute Monologue”; “Deadpool’s Fun Sack 2”; stills.
Reverend Ernst Toller (Ethan Hawke) is a solitary, middle-aged parish pastor at a small Dutch Reform church in upstate New York on the cusp of celebrating its 250th anniversary. Once a stop on the Underground Railroad, the church is now a tourist attraction catering to a dwindling congregation, eclipsed by its nearby parent church, Abundant Life, with its state-of-the-art facilities and 5,000-strong flock. When a pregnant parishioner (Amanda Seyfried) asks Reverend Toller to counsel her husband, a radical environmentalist, the clergyman finds himself plunged into his own tormented past, and equally despairing future, until he finds redemption in an act of grandiose violence. From writer-director Paul Schrader (“Taxi Driver,” “American Gigolo,” “Affliction”) comes a gripping drama about a crisis of faith that is at once personal, political, and planetary Vitals: Director: Paul Schrader. Stars: Ethan Hawke, Amanda Seyfried, Michael Gaston, Cedric the Entertainer, Van Hansis, Victoria Hill, Philip Ettinger. 2018, CC, MPAA rating: R, 108 min., Drama, Box office gross: $3.122 million,Lionsgate. Extras: Audio commentary with director Paul Schrader, “Discernment: Contemplating First Reformed” featurette.
After a failed attempt to recover a stolen baby panda, police dog Max reluctantly teams up with a human FBI agent named Frank. A hot tip leads Max and Frank to Las Vegas for the world’s most exclusive dog show. To find the panda, Max goes under cover as a contestant to get the lowdown from his fellow canines. With help from their new friends, the crime-fighting duo must now foil another kidnapping plot and rescue other valuable animals from a gang of greedy smugglers. Vitals: Director: Raja Gosnell. Stars: Will Arnett, Stanley Tucci, Natasha Lyonne, Alan Cumming, Gabriel Iglesias, Ludacris, Shaquille O’Neal. 2018, CC, MPAA rating: PG, 91 min., Comedy, Box office gross: $17.681 million, Universal.
Four lifelong friends’ lives are turned upside down to hilarious ends when their book club attempts to shake things up by tackling the infamous “Fifty Shades of Grey.” From discovering new romance to rekindling old flames, they inspire each other to make their next chapter the best chapter. Vitals: Director: Bill Holderman. Stars: Diane Keaton, Jane Fonda, Candice Bergen, Mary Steenburgen, Andy Garcia, Don Johnson, Craig T. Nelson, Richard Dreyfuss, Ed Begley Jr. 2018, CC, MPAA rating: PG-13, 104 min., Comedy, Box office gross: $67.961 million, Paramount. Extras: Deleted & extended scenes; “It All Started with a Book”: The journey from script to screen; “Casting Book Club”: Working with Hollywood icons; “Location, Location, Location”: Visit the set with filmmakers; “A New Chapter”: The cast discuss themes of friendship and romance Living in the Moment; “Creating the Film’s Theme Song.”
For one month every year, five highly competitive friends hit the ground running in a no-holds-barred game of tag they’ve been playing since the first grade — risking their necks, their jobs and their relationships to take each other down with the battle cry: “You’re It!” This year, the game coincides with the wedding of their only undefeated player, which should finally make him an easy target. But he knows they’re coming … and he’s ready. Vitals: Director: Jeff Tomsic. Stars: Ed Helms, Hannibal Buress, Jeremy Renner, Annabelle Wallis, Jon Hamm, Leslie Bibb, Rashida Jones, Isla Fisher, Jake Johnson, Brian Dennehy. 2018, CC, MPAA rating: R, 100 min., Comedy, Box office gross: $53.552 million, Warner. Extras: “Meet the Real Tag Brothers,” deleted scenes, gag reel.
Documentary follows the life of Ruth Bader Ginsburg from her childhood to her career as a groundbreaking attorney, to her current role as a Supreme Court Justice. The 85-year-old’s legacy thrives as she continues her role as one of the most prominent Supreme Court Justices of our time. Taking a stand for an array of voiceless minorities and respectfully dissenting on their behalf, Ginsburg continues to redefine the American way by fighting for change. Affectionately nicknamed “Notorious RBG,” she is known to many as a pop culture icon, but very few are aware of her personal journey toward becoming the phenomenon she is today. Featuring interviews with Ginsburg and those closest to her, RBG highlights the Supreme Court Justice’s untold story and the battles she’s faced in and outside of courtroom. Vitals: Director: Betsy West and Julie Cohen. Stars:. 2018, CC, MPAA rating: PG, 98 min., Documentary, Box office gross: $13.259 million, Magnolia Home Entertainment. Extras: Deleted and extended scenes, additional interviews.