A Bad Moms Christmas
Three under-appreciated and over-burdened women rebel against the challenges and expectations of the Super Bowl for moms: Christmas. And if creating a more perfect holiday for their families wasn’t hard enough, they have to do all of that while hosting and entertaining their own mothers. By the end of the journey, our moms will redefine how to make the holidays special for all and discover a closer relationship with their mothers. Sequel to 2016’s sleeper hit “Bad Moms.”
Vitals: Director: Scott Moore, Jon Lucas. Stars: Kristen Bell, Mila Kunis, Kathryn Hahn, Christine Baranski, Susan Sarandon, Cheryl Hines, Jay Hernandez, Wanda Sykes, Peter Gallagher.
2017, CC, MPAA rating: R, 104 min., Comedy, Box office gross: $71.358 million, Universal.
Extras: Gag reel, additional scenes, crew music video, trailers.
Despite his family’s baffling generations-old ban on music, Miguel (voice of newcomer Anthony Gonzalez) dreams of becoming an accomplished musician like his idol, Ernesto de la Cruz (voice of Benjamin Bratt). Desperate to prove his talent, Miguel finds himself in the stunning and colorful Land of the Dead following a mysterious chain of events. Along the way, he meets charming trickster Hector (voice of Gael Garcia Bernal), and together, they set off on an extraordinary journey to unlock the real story behind Miguel’s family history.
Vitals: Director: Lee Unkrich. Stars: Anthony Gonzalez, Benjamin Bratt, Gael Garcia Bernal.
2017, CC, MPAA rating: PG, 109 min., Animated Family, Box office gross: $193.543 million, Disney.
Extras: Filmmaker commentary; “Dante”: How the crew fell in love with the uniquely Mexican breed of Xoloitzcuintli (or “Xolo”) dogs that inspired Dante. Blu-ray adds “The Music of Coco”; “Paths to Pixar: Coco”; “Welcome to the Fiesta”; “How to Draw a Skeleton”; “A Thousand Pictures a Day” travelogue through Mexico, visiting families, artisans, cemeteries, and small villages during the Día de los Muertos holiday; “Mi Familia”; “Land of Our Ancestors” in which Pixar artists lovingly construct layer upon layer of architecture from many eras of Mexican history, bringing the Land of the Dead to life; “Fashion Through the Ages”; “The Real Guitar”; “How to Make Papel Picado”; “Un Poco Coco” montage of original animated pieces used to promote “Coco”; “Coco” trailers.
Daddy’s Home 2
When it comes to raising their kids, Dusty (Mark Wahlberg) and Brad (Will Ferrell) finally have the “Daddy’s Home” co-parenting thing down. That is, until Dusty’s macho dad (Mel Gibson) and Brad’s sweet-natured father (John Lithgow) come to town, throwing the whole family into complete chaos. As old rivalries create new problems, Dusty and Brad’s partnership is put to the ultimate test in this hilarious and heartwarming comedy that gives new meaning to the term “blended family.”
Vitals: Director: Sean Anders. Stars: Will Ferrell, Mark Wahlberg, Linda Cardellini, John Cena, John Lithgow, Mel Gibson.
2017, CC, MPAA rating: PG-13, 100 min., Comedy, Box office gross: $102.961 million,
Blu-ray extras: “Making a Sequel,” “Look Who’s Back,” “Co-Dads: Will & Mark,” “The New Dads in Town: Mel & John,” “Captain Sully,” deleted/extended/alternate scenes, gag reel.
Within days of becoming Prime Minister of Great Britain, Winston Churchill (Gary Oldman) must face one of his most turbulent and defining trials: exploring a negotiated peace treaty with Nazi Germany, or standing firm to fight for the ideals, liberty and freedom of a nation. As the unstoppable Nazi forces roll across Western Europe and the threat of invasion is imminent, and with an unprepared public, a skeptical King, and his own party plotting against him, Churchill must withstand his darkest hour, rally a nation, and attempt to change the course of world history. Nominated for six Academy Awards including Best Picture and Best Actor (Oldman).
Vitals: Director: Joe Wright. Stars: Gary Oldman, Kristin Scott Thomas, Ben Mendelsohn, Lily James, Ronald Pickup, Stephen Dillane, Nicholas Jones, Samuel West.
2017, CC, MPAA rating: PG-13, 125 min., Drama, Box office gross: $41.085million, Universal.
Extras: “Into Darkest Hour,” “Gary Oldman: Becoming Churchill,” feature commentary with director Joe Wright.
The Florida Project
Gloriously alive story of a precocious six year-old and her ragtag group of friends whose summer break is filled with childhood wonder, possibility and a sense of adventure while the adults around them struggle with hard times. On a stretch of highway just outside the most magical place on earth, Disney World, Moonee (Brooklynn Prince) and her playmates spend an unforgettable summer at The Magic Castle, a budget motel managed by Bobby (Willem Dafoe). Bobby’s stern exterior hides a deep reservoir of kindness and compassion as he watches over the kids’ adventures, protecting them from some of the harsher realities of life.
Vitals: Director: Sean Baker. Stars: Willem Dafoe, Brooklynn Prince, Bria Vinaite, Valeria Cotto, Caleb Landry Jones.
2017, CC, MPAA rating: R, 111 min., Drama, Box office gross: $5.740 million, Lionsgate.
Extras: “Under the Rainbow: Making The Florida Project” featurette, bloopers and outtakes, cast and crew interviews.
Just Getting Started
Morgan Freeman stars as Duke Diver, the freewheeling manager of the luxury Palm Springs resort, the Villa Capri. Diver may have a mysterious past — he’s an ex-mob lawyer in the Witness Protection Program — but he’s a pro at making sure that life for the high-spirited residents is one big, non-stop party. But the status quo is challenged when ex-military charmer and ex-FBI Agent Leo (Tommy Lee Jones) checks in, triggering a competition between Duke and Leo for the top spot of Alpha male, as well as for the affections of Suzie (Rene Russo). When Duke’s past suddenly catches up with him, the rivals put aside their differences and the two men reluctantly team up to stop whoever is trying to kill Duke, and also save the Villa Capri.
Vitals: Director: Ron Shelton. Stars: Morgan Freeman, Glenne Headly, Tommy Lee Jones, Rene Russo, Joe Pantoliano, Jane Seymour.
2017, CC, MPAA rating: PG-13, 91 min., Comedy, Box office gross: $5.973
million, Broad Green Pictures.