Tyler Perry revives his signature character, the tough and vindictive Madea Simmons, for her final film performance in this comedy to die for. Madea and her family head out to a family reunion, but the trip becomes a nightmare when the party suddenly turns into a funeral and threatens to reveal sordid family secrets. Only Madea can bring the entire family together and save the day in her own special way.
Vitals: Director: Tyler Perry. Stars: Courtney Burrell, Tyler Perry, Patrice Lovely, Cassi Davis, Ciera Payton, Rome Flynn, Aeriel Miranda, KJ Smith, Joel Rush, David Otunga.
2019, CC, MPAA rating: PG-13, 109 min., Comedy, Box office gross: $72.722
million, Lionsgate.Extras: Deleted scenes, outtakes, · “Madea’s Tips for Attending a Funeral” featurette, “Making a Madea Family Funeral: An Affair to Remember” featurette, “Hellllur: Looking Back on Madea” featurette.
Julianne Moore stars as Gloria, a free-spirited divorcée who spends her days at a straitlaced office job and her nights at L.A. dance clubs. One evening, Gloria meets Arnold (John Turturro) -- and finds herself in a new romance that shows her love can strike at any time. From Sebastián Lelio, the director of the Oscar-winning film "A Fantastic Woman."
Vitals: Director: Sebastián Lelio. Stars: Julianne Moore, John Turturro, Brad Garrett, Jeanne Tripplehorn, Rita Wilson, Sean Astin, Holland Taylor.
2018, CC, MPAA rating: R, 101 min., Romantic Comedy, Box office gross: $5.339
million, Lionsgate.Extras: “An Extraordinary Woman: Making Gloria Bell” featurette, audio commentary with director Sebastián Lelio.
Set in the 1990s, “Captain Marvel” is an all-new adventure from a previously unseen period in the history of the Marvel Cinematic Universe that introduces the MCU’s first stand-alone, female-franchise title character: Carol Danvers aka Captain Marvel. When we first meet Danvers, she already possesses her superhero powers, having left her earthly life behind and become a member of an intergalactic elite Kree military team called Starforce, led by their enigmatic commander, Yon-Rogg. But after Danvers has trained and worked with the Starforce team, and become a valued member, she finds herself back on Earth with new questions about her past. While on Earth she quickly lands on the radar of Nick Fury, and they must work together against a formidable enemy in the form of the Skrulls -- the notorious Marvel bad guys made even more dangerous by their shape-shifting abilities -- and their leader, Talos, who is spearheading a Skrull invasion of Earth.
Vitals: Director: Anna Boden & Ryan Fleck?. Stars: Brie Larson, Samuel L. Jackson, Ben Mendelsohn, Annette Bening, Clark Gregg, Jude Law, Djimon Hounsou.
2018, CC, MPAA rating: PG-13, 124 min., Sci Fi Action, Box office gross: $423.962 million, Disney.Extras: Introduction and commentary by directors/screenwriters Anna Boden & Ryan Fleck; six featurettes; six deleted scenes; gag reel.
Five Feet Apart
Stella (Haley Lu Richardson) is a vibrant, fun-loving 17-year-old. Unlike most teenagers, Stella has to spend much of her time living at a hospital as a cystic fibrosis patient. When Stella meets Will (Cole Sprouse), a charming and rebellious fellow patient, she feels a powerful connection -- but restrictions dictate that she and Will maintain a safe distance between them. As their feelings grow, Stella and Will face a life-changing question: How does love feel when even a single touch is off limits?
Vitals: Director: Justin Baldoni. Stars: Haley Lu Richardson, Cole Sprouse, Moises Arias, Parminder Nagra.
2019, CC, MPAA rating: PG-13, 116 min., Romantic Drama, Box office gross: $45.678 million, Lionsgate.Extras: Audio commentary with director Justin Baldoni, “Crossing It Off: Making Five Feet Apart” featurette, “On the Set of Five Feet Apart” featurette, “Attention to Detail” featurette, “An Artist’s Eye” featurette, “Theatrical Fan Event” footage, deleted scenes, alternate ending.
A decade since an extraterrestrial force has occupied our planet, deceiving humanity with the promise of peace and unity, Chicago Police Officer William Mulligan (Goodman) is tasked with maintaining law and order in a city on the brink of rebellion. Gabriel (Sanders), the young brother of a fallen militant and the son of Mulligan's ex-partner, is faced with the crucial choice: Collaborate… or fight back.
Vitals: Director: Rupert Wyatt. Stars: Ashton Sanders, Vera Farmiga, John Goodman, Madeline Brewer, D.B. Sweeney, Alan Ruck, Machine Gun Kelly, James Ransone, Kevin J. O'Connor, Kevin Dunn.
2018, CC, MPAA rating: PG-13, 109 min., Science Fiction, Box office gross: $5.958 million, Universal.Extras: "Igniting a War" behind-the-scenes featurette, "Building the World of Captive State" location featurette on shooting in Chicago, feature commentary with director/producer/co-writer Rupert Wyatt.
Set along the North California coastline, Adelaide Wilson (Lupita Nyong’o) reluctantly returns to her beachside childhood home with her family and finds that she is haunted by unresolved trauma from her past along with a string of eerie coincidences. As darkness falls after a tense day at the beach, the Wilsons discover four figures standing in their driveway. They soon realize this is only the beginning of their troubles as they find that the four figures are terrifying and uncanny opponents: doppelgängers of themselves.
Vitals: Director: Jordan Peele. Stars: Lupita Nyong’O, Winston Duke, Elisabeth Moss, Tim Heidecker.
2019, CC, MPAA rating: R, 116 min., Horror, Box office gross: $172,998 million, Universal.Extras: "The Duality of US" featurette in which Jordan Peele goes in-depth on some of the key themes and imagery in US – including Doppelgängers, Hands Across America, The Nutcracker dance scene, rabbits and the infamous 11:11 coincidence; "The Monsters Within US" about how the cast was able to find their characters, whether they were playing one of the Wilsons or their sinister doppelgängers; "Tethered Together: Making US Twice" featurette; "Redefining a Genre: Jordan Peele’s Brand of Horror" featurette; "Becoming Red" behind-the-scenes footage; six deleted scenes; "We’re All Dying" outtakes; "As Above, So Below: Grand Pas de Deux" extended version of the dance sequence from the film, cutting between adolescent Adelaide at her recital to Red in the Underpass. Blu-ray adds "Scene Explorations": The making of three iconic scenes from the film including the Tyler house massacre, Jason’s abduction and Adelaide’s underground flashback.
June, an optimistic, imaginative girl, discovers an incredible amusement park called Wonderland hidden in the woods. The park is full of fantastical rides and talking, funny animals -- only the park is in disarray. June soon discovers the park came from her imagination and she's the only one who can fix it, so she bands together with the animals to save this magical place and bring back the wonder in Wonderland.
Vitals: Stars: Voices of Sofia Mali, Jennifer Garner, Ken Hudson Campbell, Kenan Thompson, Mila Kunis, John Oliver, Ken Jeong, Norbert Leo Butz, Matthew Broderick.
2019, CC, MPAA rating: PG, 115 min., Animated Family, Box office gross: $45.216 million, Paramount.Blu-ray extras: "Gus Yodeling" deleted scene, "The Wonder Chimp Channel," "The Pi Song Sing-Along," "Making Noises (It’s Actually a Job?!!)," "June’s Guide to Wonderland," "June’s Welcoming Crew," Boardwalk Caricatures: drawing Boomer, drawing the Wonder Chimp Pirate, drawing the Wonder Chimp Princess.
Struggling circus owner Max Medici enlists former star Holt Farrier and his children to care for a newborn elephant whose oversized ears make him a laughingstock. But when they discover that Dumbo can fly, the circus makes an incredible comeback, attracting persuasive but sinister entrepreneur V.A. Vandevere, who recruits the peculiar pachyderm for his newest, spectacular, larger-than-life entertainment venture, Dreamland.
Vitals: Director: Tim Burton. Stars: Colin Farrell, Michael Keaton, Danny DeVito, Eva Green, Nico Parker, Finley Hobbins, Alan Arkin.
2019, CC, MPAA rating: PG, 111 min., Family Fantasy Adventure, Box office gross: $112.848 million, Disney.Blu-ray extras: "Circus Spectaculars" cast behind-the-scenes featurette; "The Elephant In The Room" production featurette; "Built to Amaze" production and costume design; deleted scenes; Easter Eggs; "Clowning Around" bloopers and goofs; "Baby Mine" video by Arcade Fire.
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