A Wrinkle In Time
More than 50 years after Madeleine L’Engle’s young adult novel “A Wrinkle in Time” was awarded the prestigious Newbery Medal, the big-screen retelling of this timeless classic takes audiences on a transformative journey. Three celestial guides, Mrs. Which (Oprah Winfrey), Mrs. Whatsit (Reese Witherspoon) and Mrs. Who (Mindy Kaling), come to Earth to share their wisdom and love with struggling eighth-grader Meg Murry (Storm Reid) as she journeys across dimensions with classmate Calvin (Levi Miller) and younger brother Charles Wallace (Deric McCabe) in search of her father (Chris Pine), a world-renowned physicist who mysteriously disappeared four years earlier. Vitals: Director: Ava DuVernay. Stars: Oprah Winfrey, Reese Witherspoon, Mindy Kaling, Storm Reid, Zach Galifianakis, Chris Pine, Levi Miller, Deric McCabe. 2018, CC, MPAA rating: PG, 115 min., Family Adventure, Box office gross: $95.620 million, Disney. Blu-ray extras: Extended featurette “A Journey Through Time” provides inside access to the A-list cast and crew; audio commentary by director Ava DuVernay and team; deleted scenes; bloopers; two music videos: “I Believe” performed by DJ Khaled and featuring Demi Lovato, and “Warrior,” performed by Chloe x Halle.
A slick, sharp, pure, vicious dark comedy-teen-thriller by playwright-turned-first-time filmmaker Cory Finley that takes amorality to its ultimate level and luxuriates in it. Childhood friends Lily (Anya Taylor-Joy) and Amanda (Olivia Cooke) reconnect in suburban Connecticut after years of growing apart. Lily has turned into a polished, upper-class teenager, with a fancy boarding school on her transcript and a coveted internship on her resume; Amanda has developed a sharp wit and her own particular attitude, but all in the process of becoming a social outcast. Though they initially seem completely at odds, the pair bond over Lily’s contempt for her oppressive stepfather, Mark (Paul Sparks), and as their friendship grows, they begin to bring out one another’s most destructive tendencies. Their ambitions lead them to hire a local hustler, Tim (Anton Yelchin, in his last role), and take matters into their own hands to set their lives straight — by killing Mark. Vitals: Director: Cory Finley. Stars: Anya Taylor-Joy, Olivia Cooke, Anton Yelchin, Paul Sparks, Francie Swift. 2018, CC, MPAA rating: R, 92 min., Drama Thriller, Box office gross: $2.830 million, Universal. Extras: Deleted scenes, “The Look of Thoroughbreds,” character profiles.
Reimagining and updating of the 1974 revenge thriller “Death Wish” that starred Charles Bronson. Dr. Paul Kersey (Bruce Willis) is a surgeon who only sees the aftermath of his city’s violence as it’s rushed into his ER — until his wife (Elizabeth Shue) and college-age daughter (Camila Morrone) are viciously attacked in their suburban home. With the police overloaded with crimes, Paul, burning for revenge, hunts for his family’s assailants to deliver justice. As the anonymous slayings of criminals grabs the media’s attention, the city wonders if this deadly avenger is a guardian angel … or a grim reaper. Violence for violence sake, with little context (accept the use of a gun as a leveling mechanism). Vitals: Director: Eli Roth. Stars: Bruce Willis, Elisabeth Shue, Camila Morrone, Dean Norris, Kimberly Elise. 2018, CC, MPAA rating: R, 107 min., Crime Thriller, Box office gross: $33.977 million, Fox. Extras: Commentary with Eli Roth and producer Roger Birnbaum, deleted scenes, extended scenes, “Vengeance and Vision: Directing Death Wish” featurette, grindhouse trailer.
An mix of dark comedy, action and dramatic intrigue, Gringo joyrides into Mexico, where mild-mannered businessman Harold Soyinka (David Oyelowo) finds himself at the mercy of his back-stabbing business colleagues (Joel Edgerton and Charlize Theron), local drug lords and a morally conflicted black-ops mercenary (Sharlto Copley). Crossing the line from law-abiding citizen to wanted criminal, Harold battles to survive his increasingly dangerous situation in ways that raise the question: Is he out of his depth — or two steps ahead? Cardboard characters and convoluted situations bring down this attempt at black comedy — despite a great cast. Vitals: Director: Nash Edgerton . Stars: David Oyelowo, Joel Edgerton, Charlize Theron, Sharlto Copley, Thandie Newton. 2018, CC, MPAA rating: R, 111 min., Action Comedy, Box office gross: $4.969 million, Universal. Extras: “Who is Harold?,” “The Stunts of Gringo,” “Filming Gringo in Mexico,” “The Making of Gringo.”
The Hurricane Heist
A crew of thieves plans the ultimate heist, to steal $600 million from the U.S. treasury facility located on the Gulf Coast of Alabama using a hurricane as their cover. When the storm blows up into a lethal CATEGORY 5 and their well-made plans go awry, they find themselves needing a vault code known only by one female Treasury Agent, a need that turns murderous. But the Treasury agent has picked up an unlikely ally, a meteorologist terrified of hurricanes but determined to save his estranged brother kidnapped by the thieves. He uses his knowledge of the storm as a weapon to try to defeat the bad guys. A dumb idea made even dumber by unbelievable plot points. All that’s missing is flying sharks. Vitals: Director: Rob Cohen. Stars: Toby Kebbell, Maggie Grace, Ryan Kwanten. 2017, CC, MPAA rating: PG-13, 103 min., Action Thriller, Box office gross: $6.115 million, Lionsgate. Extras: Deleted scenes, “The Eye of the Storm” featurette, “Hollywood Heist: A Conversation with (director) Rob Cohen” featurette, VFX Reel, audio commentary with Cohen
From the producers of “The Fault in Our Stars” comes this relatable and heartfelt coming-of-age film. Everyone deserves a great love story, but for 17-year-old Simon, it’s a bit complicated. The gay teenager hasn’t come out yet, and doesn’t know the identity of the anonymous classmate he’s fallen for online. Resolving both issues will be a scary, life-changing adventure. Vitals: Director: Greg Berlanti. Stars: Nick Robinson, Jennifer Garner, Josh Duhamel, Katherine Langford, Alexandra Shipp. 2018, CC, MPAA rating: PG-13, 110 min., Comedy, Box office gross: $40.624 million, Fox. Extras: Deleted scenes; five featurettes: The Adaptation,” “The Squad,” “#FirstLoveStoryContest,” “Dear Georgia,” “Dear Atlanta”; # gallery; audio commentary by director Greg Berlanti, producer Isaac Klausner and co-screenwriter Issac Aptaker.
The Strangers: Prey at Night
A family’s road trip takes a dangerous turn when they arrive at a secluded mobile home park to stay with some relatives and find it mysteriously deserted. Under the cover of darkness, three masked psychopaths pay them a visit to test the family’s every limit as they struggle to survive. Vitals: Director: Johannes Roberts. Stars:b Christina Hendricks, Martin Henderson, Bailee Madison, Lewis Pullman. 2018, CC, MPAA rating: R, 85 min., Horror, Box office gross: $24.586 million, Universal. Extras: Alternate ending; “Prep for Night” music video, director’s cut; “A Look Inside The Strangers: Prey at Night”; “Family Fights Back” featurette; “The Music of The Strangers: Prey at Night.”
When Gnomeo (James McAvoy) and Juliet (Emily Blunt) discover their friends and family have gone missing, there’s only one gnome to call – the legendary detective Sherlock Gnomes (Johnny Depp). Working together, the mystery takes them beyond the garden walls and across the city on an unforgettable journey to save the day and bring the gnomes home. Vitals: Director: John Stevenson. Stars: Voices of Johnny Depp, Emily Blunt, James McAvoy, Mary J. Blige, Maggie Smith, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Caine, Stephen Merchant. $42.726 million, Paramount. Blu-ray extras: “Gnome is Where the Heart Is” behind-the-scenes; “All Roads Lead to Gnome” London locations;l “Miss Gnomer: Mary J. Blige and the Music of Sherlock Gnomes”; “Stronger Than I Ever Was” music video performed by Mary J. Blige; “How to Draw”: Sherlock Gnomes, Watson, Moriarty, Goons; “Animating Sherlock Gnomes.”
I Can Only Imagine
The incredible true story behind Christian band MercyMe’s iconic, history-making song “I Can Only Imagine.” Running from a troubled home life and a broken relationship, Bart Millard (J. Michael Finley) found escape in music. Hitting the road in a decrepit tour bus, Bart and his band MercyMe set out on an amazing journey none of them could have ever imagined, in this uplifting, music-filled movie that illustrates the power of forgiveness and God’s love. Vitals: Director: Erwin Brothers. Stars: J. Michael Finley, Dennis Quaid, Trace Adkins, Priscilla C. Shirer, Cloris Leachman, Madeline Carroll. 2018, CC, MPAA rating: PG, 110 min., Drama, Box office gross: $82.503 million, Lionsgate. Extras: Seven deleted scenes, “MercyMe: The Early Days” featurette, “Imagine Forgiveness With Bart Millard” featurette, “Casting I Can Only Imagine” featurette, “The Power of the Song” featurette, “Creating Imagine” featurette, “The Music of Imagine” featurette, “Dennis Quaid: On My Way to Heaven” featurette, audio commentary.
Lara Croft (Alicia Vikander) is the fiercely independent daughter of an eccentric adventurer who vanished when she was scarcely a teen. Now a young woman of 21 without any real focus or purpose, Lara navigates the chaotic streets of trendy East London as a bike courier, barely making the rent, and takes college courses, rarely making it to class. Determined to forge her own path, she refuses to take the reins of her father’s global empire just as staunchly as she rejects the idea that he’s truly gone. Advised to face the facts and move forward after seven years without him, even Lara can’t understand what drives her to finally solve the puzzle of his mysterious death. Going explicitly against his final wishes, she leaves everything she knows behind in search of her dad’s last-known destination: a fabled tomb on a mythical island that might be somewhere off the coast of Japan. But her mission will not be an easy one; just reaching the island will be extremely treacherous. Suddenly, the stakes couldn’t be higher for Lara, who — against the odds and armed with only her sharp mind, blind faith and inherently stubborn spirit — must learn to push herself beyond her limits as she journeys into the unknown. If she survives this perilous adventure, it could be the making of her, earning her the name tomb raider. Vitals: Director: Roar Uthaug. Stars:Alicia Vikander, Dominic West, Walton Goggins, Daniel Wu. 2018, CC, MPAA rating: PG-13, 118 min., Action/Adventure, Box office gross: $56.796 million, Warner. Extras: TBA.
Still scarred from the trauma of being terrorized by a stalker, Sawyer Valentini (Claire Foy) receives treatments at the Highland Creek Behavioral Center. However, shortly after she unwittingly commits herself to the mental institution and is unable to leave, she catches sight of a facility staffer who, she is convinced, is actually her stalker. But is he real or a product of her delusion? Vitals: Director: Steven Soderbergh. Stars: Claire Foy, Juno Temple, Aimee Mullins, Amy Irving, Joshua Leonard. 2018, CC, MPAA rating: R, 98 min., Horror, Box office gross: $7.732 million, Universal. Extras: “Unsanity” featurette.
Pacific Rim Uprising
Ten years after the events of the first film, the Kaiju return in Pacific Rim Uprising with a new deadly threat that reignites the conflict between these otherworldly monsters of mass destruction and Jaegers, the human-piloted super-machines that were built to vanquish them. John Boyega stars as the rebellious Jake Pentecost, a once-promising Jaeger pilot whose legendary father gave his life to secure humanity’s victory against the monstrous Kaiju. Jake has since abandoned his training only to become caught up in a criminal underworld. But when an even more unstoppable threat is unleashed to tear through our cities and bring the world to its knees, he is given one last chance to live up to his father’s legacy. Jake is joined by gifted rival pilot Lambert (Scott Eastwood), 15-year-old Jaeger hacker Amara (Cailee Spaeny), returning veterans and a talented crew of fiercely young cadets. Vitals: Director: Steven S. DeKnigh. Stars: John Boyega, Scott Eastwood, Cailee Spaeny, Charlie Da, Rinko Kikuchi, Burn Gorman, Tian Jing, Adria Arjona. 2018, CC, MPAA rating: PG-13, 121 min., Sci-Fi Action-Adventure, Box office gross: $58.941 million, Universal. Extras: Deleted scenes; “Hall of Heroes” about the awesome weaponry and cutting-edge enhancements of the latest generation of Jaegers featured in the film; “Bridge to Uprising” in which the cast and crew discuss how the world of Pacific Rim has changed in the 10 years since the events of the original film; “The Underworld of Uprising” tour of the coastal “Relief Zones”; “Becoming Cadets”; “Unexpected Villain”; “Next Level Jaegers”; “I Am Scrapper” backstory of Scrapper, Amara’s incredible self-built Jaeger and its many unique abilities; “Going Mega” about the technical and creative challenges of creating the most deadly threat the Pan Pacific Defense Corp has ever faced: the Mega Kaiju”; “Secrets of Shao”; “Mako Returns”; commentary with director Steven S. DeKnight.
The Death of Stalin
The one-liners fly as fast as political fortunes fall in this uproarious, wickedly irreverent satire. Moscow, 1953: When tyrannical dictator Joseph Stalin drops dead, his parasitic cronies square off in a frantic power struggle to be the next Soviet leader. Among the contenders are the dweeby Georgy Malenkov (Jeffrey Tambor), the wily Nikita Khrushchev (Steve Buscemi), and the sadistic secret police chief Lavrentiy Beria (Simon Russell Beale). But as they bumble, brawl, and backstab their way to the top, just who is running the government? Combining palace intrigue with rapid-fire farce, this audacious comedy is a bitingly funny takedown of bureaucratic dysfunction performed to the hilt by a sparkling ensemble cast. Vitals: Director: Armando Iannucci. Stars: Steve Buscemi, Simon Russell Beale, Jeffrey Tambor, Michael Palin, Olga Kurylenko, Paddy Considine. 2018, CC, MPAA rating: R, 107 min., Comedy, Box office gross: $7.958 million, Paramount. Extras: Behind-the-scenes featurette “Dictators, Murderers, and Comrades…Oh My!”, deleted scenes.
Written, directed, and produced by the multi-talented Tyler Perry, the thriller reunites Perry and Taraji P. Henson for the first time in nine years. A faithful wife (Henson) is driven over the edge when it becomes clear she has been betrayed by her devious husband. Vitals: Director: Tyler Perry. Stars: Taraji P. Henson, Lyriq Bent, Crystle Stewart, Ajiona Alexus, Antonio Madison. 2017, CC, MPAA rating: R, 120 min., Thriller, Box office gross: $43.241 million, Lionsgate. Extras: “Unleashing Acrimony” featurette.