"The movie business is macabre. Grotesque.
It is a combination of a football game
and a brothel."
-- Federico Fellini
Dec 182018

December 4


  • Mission: Impossible—Fallout

    photo for Mission: Impossible—Fallout On a dangerous assignment to recover stolen plutonium, Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) chooses to save his friends over the mission, allowing it to fall into the hands of a deadly network of highly skilled operatives intent on destroying civilization. Now, with the world at risk, Ethan and his IMF team (Simon Pegg, Ving Rhames, Rebecca Ferguson) are forced to work with a hard-hitting CIA agent (Henry Cavill) as they race against time to stop the nuclear threat. Vitals: Director: Christopher McQuarrie. Stars: Tom Cruise, Henry Cavill, Ving Rhames, Simon Pegg, Rebecca Ferguson, Sean Harris, Angela Bassett, Michelle Monaghan, Alec Baldwin. 2018, CC, MPAA rating: PG-13, 147 min., Thriller, Box office gross: $220.103 million, Paramount. Blu-ray extras: “Behind the Fallout”: Light the Fuse, Top of the World, The Big Swing: Deleted Scene Breakdown, Rendezvous in Paris, The Fall, The Hunt Is On, Cliffside Clash; deleted scenes montage; foot chase musical breakdown; “The Ultimate Mission”; storyboards; theatrical trailer; commentary by director Christopher McQuarrie and Tom Cruise; commentary by director Christopher McQuarrie and editor Eddie Hamilton; commentary by composer Lorne Balfe; isolated score track. 3 stars

  • The Nun

    photo for The Nun When a young nun at a cloistered abbey in Romania takes her own life, a priest with a haunted past and a novitiate on the threshold of her final vows are sent by the Vatican to investigate. Together they uncover the order’s unholy secret. Risking not only their lives but their faith and their very souls, they confront a malevolent force in the form of the same demonic nun that first terrorized audiences in “The Conjuring 2,” as the abbey becomes a horrific battleground between the living and the damned. Vitals: Director: Corin Hardy. Stars: Taissa Farmiga, Bonnie Aarons, Charlotte Hope, Demian Bichir, Jonny Coyne. 2018, CC, MPAA rating: R, 96 min., Horror, Box office gross: $116.118 million, Warner Extras: “A New Horror Icon,” “Gruesome Planet,” “The Conjuring Chronology,” deleted scenes. 2 stars

  • Operation Finale

    photo for Operation Finale Follows the gripping true story of the 1960 covert mission of legendary Israeli intelligence agent Peter Malkin (Oscar Isaac) as his secret mission leads him to infiltrate Argentina and capture Adolf Eichmann (Ben Kingsley), the Nazi officer who masterminded the plans that sent millions of innocent Jews to their deaths in concentration camps during World War II, and bring him to justice. Vitals: Director: Chris Weitz. Stars: Oscar Isaac, Ben Kingsley, Mélanie Laurent, Lior Raz, Nick Kroll, Haley Lu Richardson. 2018, CC, MPAA rating: PG-13, 122 min., Drama, Box office gross: $17.607 million, Universal. Extras: “Inside the Operation” featurette, commentary with director Chris Weitz. 2 stars


December 11

  • The Equalizer 2

    photo for The Equalizer 2 Denzel Washington returns to one of his signature roles in the first sequel of his career. If you have a problem and there’s nowhere else to turn, the mysterious and elusive Robert McCall will deliver the vigilante justice you seek. This time, however, McCall’s past cuts especially close to home when thugs kill Susan Plummer — his best friend and former colleague. Now out for revenge, McCall must take on a crew of highly trained assassins who’ll stop at nothing to destroy him. Vitals: Director: Antoine Fuqua. Stars: Denzel Washington, Pedro Pascal, Ashton Sanders, Bill Pullman, Melissa Leo. 2018, CC, MPAA rating: R, 129 min., Crime Thriller, Box office gross: $102.084 million, Sony. Extras: “Seconds Till Death: Action Breakdown” featurette; “Through Antoine’s Lens: The Cast” featurette; two NBA promos.Blu-ray adds “Retribution Mode” with Denzel Washington and director Antoine Fuqua; 11 deleted & extended scenes; “Denzel as McCall: Round Two” featurette; “The Equalizer 2” pop up trivia track. 3 stars

  • Peppermint

    photo for Peppermint Young mother Riley North (Jennifer Garner) awakens from a coma after her husband and daughter are killed in a brutal attack on the family. When the system frustratingly shields the murderers from justice, Riley sets out to transform herself from citizen to urban guerilla. Channeling her frustration into personal motivation, she spends years in hiding, honing her mind, body and spirit to become an unstoppable force — eluding the underworld, the LAPD and the FBI — as she methodically delivers her personal brand of justice. Vitals: Director: Pierre Morel. Stars: Jennifer Garner, John Ortiz, John Gallagher, Jr., Juana Pablo Raba, Annie Ilonzeh. 2018, CC, MPAA rating: R, 101 min., Action, Box office gross: $35.400 million, Universal. Extras: “Justice” behind-the-scenes featurette with Jennifer Garner and director Pierre Morel, feature commentary by Morel. 2 stars

  • Smallfoot

    photo for Smallfoot An animated adventure for all ages, “Smallfoot” turns the Bigfoot legend upside down when a bright young Yeti finds something he thought didn’t exist — a human. News of this “Smallfoot” throws the simple Yeti community into an uproar over what else might be out there in the big world beyond their snowy village, in a story about friendship, courage and the joy of discovery. Vitals: Director: Karey Kirkpatric. Stars: Voices of Channing Tatum, James Corden, Zendaya, Common, LeBron James, Gina Rodriguez, Danny DeVito. 2018, CC, MPAA rating: PG, 96 min., Animated Family, Box office gross: $81.356 million, Warner. Extras: “Yeti Set Go! Sing-Along,” “Super Soozie” mini movie, “Migo in The Secret of the Yeti Stones,” “Yeti or Not, Here They Come! Imagining Smallfoot,” three music videos: Nial Horran “Finally Free,” Cyn “Moment of Truth” and “Wonderful Life” in 28 languages, sung around the world, five promotional featurettes. 2 stars

  • Colette

    photo for Colette After marrying a successful Parisian writer known commonly as “Willy” (Dominic West), Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette (Keira Knightley) is transplanted from her childhood home in rural France to the intellectual and artistic splendor of Paris. Soon after, Willy convinces Colette to ghostwrite for him. She pens a semiautobiographical novel about a witty and brazen country girl named Claudine, sparking a bestseller and a cultural sensation. After its success, Colette and Willy become the talk of Paris and their adventures inspire additional Claudine novels. Colette’s fight over creative ownership and gender roles drives her to overcome societal constraints, revolutionizing literature, fashion and sexual expression. Vitals: Director: Wash Westmoreland. Stars: Keira Knightley, Eleanor Tomlinson, Dominic West, Fiona Shaw, Ray Panthaki, Aiysha Hart, Denise Gough. 2018, CC, MPAA rating: R, 111 min., Drama, Box office gross: $5.069 million, Universal. Extras: Deleted scenes, “The Story Behind Colette,” “Notes on a Scene,” costume design photo gallery. 2 stars


December 18

  • Venom

    photo for Venom The evolution story of Marvel’s most enigmatic, complex and badass character. Eddie Brock (Tom Hardy) is a broken man after he loses everything, including his job and fiancee. Just when his life is at its lowest, he becomes host to an alien symbiote which results in extraordinary superpowers — transforming him into Venom. Will these powers be enough for this new lethal protector to defeat great evil forces, especially against the far stronger and more weaponized symbiote rival, Riot? Vitals: Director: Ruben Fleischer. Stars: Tom Hardy, Michelle Williams, Riz Ahmed, Jenny Slate, Woody Harrelson. 2018, CC, MPAA rating: PG-13, 112 min., Action, Box office gross: $212.969 million, Sony. Extras: Venom Mode with informative pop-ups throughout the film to provide insight on the movie’s relationship to the comics, and to reveal hidden references that even a seasoned Venom-fan may have missed; deleted & extended scenes; “From Symbiote to Screen” mini documentary about the history of Venom in comics and his journey to the big screen; “The Lethal Protector in Action” behind-the-scenes with the production crew and the stunts; “Venom Vision”; “Designing Venom”; “Symbiote Secrets” hidden references throughout the film; eight select scenes pre-vis sequences; “Venom” by Eminem music video; “Sunflower” by Post Malone, Swae Lee (From “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse”). 3 stars

  • The House With a Clock in its Wall

    photo for The House With a Clock in its Wall After losing his parents, Lewis Barnavelt (Owen Vaccaro) is sent to Michigan to live with his uncle Jonathan (Jack Black). He discovers his uncle is a warlock, and enters a world of magic and sorcery. But this power is not limited to good people: Lewis learns of Isaac Izard, an evil wizard who constructed a magical clock with black magic; as long as it exists it will keep ticking, counting down to doomsday. He died before he could finish the clock, but he hid the clock in his house, where Uncle Jonathan now lives. Now Lewis and Jonathan must find the clock before it finishes its countdown and ends the world. Based on the beloved children’s classic book written by John Bellairs and illustrated by Edward Gorey.Vitals: Director: Eli Roth. Stars: Jack Black, Cate Blanchett, Owen Vaccaro, Renée Elise Goldsberry, Sunny Suljic, Kyle MacLachlan. 2018, CC, MPAA rating: PG, 105 min., Family Fantasy, Box office gross: $68.074 million, Universal. Extras: Alternate opening and ending, deleted scenes, gag reel, “Warlocks and Witches” featurette, “Movie Magic,” “Tick Tock: Bringing the Book to Life,” “Eli Roth: Director’s Journals,” “Owen Goes Behind the Scenes,” “Theme Song Challenge,” “Do You Know Jack Black?,” “Abracadabra!,” :Jack Black’s Greatest Fear,” “The Mighty Wurlitzer,” commentary with director Roth and Black. 2 stars

  • The Predator

    photo for The Predator From the outer reaches of space to the small-town streets of suburbia, the hunt comes home. Now, the universe’s most lethal hunters are stronger, smarter and deadlier than ever before, having genetically upgraded themselves with DNA from other species. When a young boy accidentally triggers their return to Earth, only a ragtag crew of ex-soldiers and a disgruntled science teacher can prevent the end of the human race. Vitals: Director: Shane Black. Stars: Boyd Holbrook, Trevante Rhodes, Jacob Tremblay, Keegan-Michael Key, Olivia Munn, Sterling K. Brown, Thomas Jane, Alfie Allen, Augusto Aguilera, Jake Busey. 2018, CC, MPAA rating: R, 107 min., Action, Box office gross: $50.923 million, Fox. Extras: Deleted scenes, “A Touch of Black” featurette, “Predator Evolution” featurette, “The Takedown Team” featurette, “Predator Catch-Up,” gallery. 2 stars

  • A Simple Favor

    photo for A Simple Favor Mystery centers around Stephanie (Anna Kendrick), a mommy vlogger who seeks to uncover the truth behind her best friend Emily’s (Blake Lively) sudden disappearance from their small town. Stephanie is joined by Emily’s husband Sean (Golding) in this stylish thriller filled with twists and betrayals, secrets and revelations, love and loyalty, murder and revenge. Vitals: Director: Paul Feig. Stars: Blake Lively, Anna Kendrick, Eric Johnson, Jean Smart, Sarah Baker, Gia Sandhu, Henry Golding, Kelly McCormack. 2018, CC, MPAA rating: R, 117 min., Mystery Thriller Box office gross: $53.530 million, Lionsgate. Extras: Three audio commentaries with cast and crew; six featurettes; gag reel; deleted scenes; flash mob. Blu-ray adds two additional featurettes. 2 stars

  • Fahrenheit 11/9

    photo for Fahrenheit 11/9 A Michael Moore documentary examining the state of American politics. Specifically, the filmmaker examines the Donald J. Trump presidency and the failings of the Democratic party in 2016. He also tackles gun violence, and puts a spotlight on specific grassroots democratic movements across America. One grassroot movement he spotlights is the Parkland students in Flint, Michigan. How the water crisis emerged is explained in detail as well as what has happened since. Vitals: Director: Michael Moore. 2018, CC, MPAA rating: R, 128 min., Documentary, Box office gross: $6.352 million, Briarcliff Entertainment. 3 stars


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