Before I Fall
Samantha Kingston has it all: the perfect friends, the perfect guy, and a seemingly perfect future. Then, everything changes. After one fateful night, Sam wakes up with no future at all. Trapped reliving the same day over and over she begins to question just how perfect her life really was. And as she begins to untangle the mystery of a life
suddenly derailed, she must also unwind the secrets of the people closest to her, and discover the power of a single day to make a difference, not just in her own life, but in the lives of those around her — before she runs out of time for good.
Vitals: Director: Ry Russo-Young. Stars: Zoey Deutch, Halston Sage, Logan Miller, Kian Lawley, Elena Kampouris.
2017, CC, MPAA rating: PG-13, 98 min., Mystery Drama, Box office gross: $12.045 million, Universal.
An aging comic icon, Jackie Burke (Robert De Niro) has seen better days. Despite his efforts to reinvent himself and his comic genius, the audience only wants to know him as the former television character he once played. Already a strain on his younger brother (Danny DeVito) and his wife (Patti LuPone), Jackie is forced to serve out a sentence
doing community service for accosting an audience member. While there, he meets Harmony (Leslie Mann), the daughter of a sleazy Florida real estate mogul (Harvey Keitel), and the two find inspiration in one another, resulting in surprising consequences. Through the alchemy of their unlikely friendship, Harmony and Jackie overcome their own emotional damage and emerge as better people.
Vitals: Director: Taylor Hackford. Stars: Robert De Niro, Leslie Mann, Danny DeVito, Edie Falco, Veronica Ferres, Charles Grodin, Cloris Leachman, Patti LuPone, Lois Smith, Harvey Keitel.
2017, CC, MPAA rating: R, 120 min., Comedy, Box office gross: $1.653 million, Sony.
Extras: Deleted scenes, “The Comedian at AFI Fest: Q&A Featuring Robert De Niro, Leslie Mann, Danny DeVito and Taylor Hackford,” “Backstage With The Comedian” featurette.
A Dog’s Purpose
Based on the bestselling novel by W. Bruce Cameron, “A Dog’s Purpose,” from director Lasse Hallstrom (“The Cider House Rules,” “The 100-Foot Journey”), shares the soulful and surprising story of one devoted dog (voiced by Josh Gad) — who is reincarnated numerous times in the form of different breeds — and finds the meaning of his own existence through the lives of the humans he teaches to laugh and love. Prior to theatrical release, controversy arose when behind the scenes footage surfaced and appeared to show a distressed dog being forcibly submerged into turbulent pool water during filming. As a result of the leaked footage, the filmmakers chose to cancel the U.S. premiere. The American Humane Association claims that the video was a fake — two disparate scenes were spliced together to show the dog was being forced into and under water, giving a misleading impression of abuse — but the dog, apparently,
Vitals: Director: Lasse Hallström. Stars: Josh Gad (voice), Dennis Quaid, Peggy Lipton, K.J. Apa, Britt Robertson.
2017, CC, MPAA rating: PG, 100 min., Adventure, Box office gross: $53.645 million, Universal.
Extras: Deleted scenes, outtakes, “Lights, Camera, Woof!” behind-the-scenes featurette, “A Writer’s Purpose” featurette on author W. Bruce Cameron Cameron and his best-selling novel.
Fifty Shades Darker Unrated
Sequel to “Fifty Shades of Grey.” When a wounded Christian Grey tries to entice a cautious Ana Steele back into his life, she demands a new arrangement before she will give him another chance. As the two begin to build trust and find stability, shadowy figures from Christian’s past start to circle the couple, determined to destroy their hopes for a future together.
Vitals: Director: James Foley. Stars: Dakota Johnson, Jamie Dornan, Eric Johnson, Rita Ora, Luke Grimes, Victor Rasuk, Kim Basinger, Marcia Gay Harden, Bella Heathcote.
2017, CC, MPAA rating: R, 118 min., Drama, Box office gross: $112.922 million, Universal.
Extras: Deleted scenes; “A Tease to Fifty Shades Freed,” the next Fifty Shades film; “Writing Darker” featurette with author E.L. James and screenwriter Niall Leonard; “Dark Reunion” featurette with filmmakers and cast. Blu-ray adds “A Darker Direction” featurette with director James Foley; “New Threats” introduction to some new, dark and threatening characters; “The Masquerade” featurette about one of the film’s most iconic scenes; “Intimate With Darker” featurette.
On the last day of the school year, mild-mannered high school English teacher Andy Campbell (Charlie Day) is trying his best to keep it together amidst outrageous senior pranks, a dysfunctional administration and budget cuts that are putting his job on the line just as his wife is expecting their second baby. But things go from bad to worse when Campbell crosses the school’s toughest and most feared teacher, Ron Strickland (Ice Cube), causing Strickland to be fired. To Campbell’s shock — not to mention utter terror — Strickland responds by challenging him to a fist fight after school. News of the fight spreads like wildfire as Campbell takes ever more desperate measures to avoid getting the crap beaten out of him. But if he actually shows up and throws down, it may end up being the very thing this school, and Andy Campbell, needed.
Vitals: Director: Richie Keen. Stars: Ice Cube, Charlie Day, Tracy Morgan, Jillian Bell, Dean Norris, Christina Hendricks, Dennis Haysbert, JoAnna Garcia Swisher, Kumail Nanjiani.
2017, CC, MPAA rating: R, 91 min., Comedy, Box office gross: $32.026 million, Warner.
Extras: Deleted scenes. Blu-ray adds Georgia Film Commission.
A sophisticated, culturally aware horror thriller that takes race relations to a new level. Now that Chris (Daniel Kaluuya) and his girlfriend, Rose (Allison Williams), have reached the meet-the-parents milestone of dating, she invites him for a weekend getaway upstate with parents Missy (Catherine Keener,) and Dean (Bradley Whitford). At first, Chris reads the family’s overly accommodating behavior as nervous attempts to deal with their daughter’s interracial relationship, but as the weekend progresses, a series of increasingly disturbing discoveries lead him to a truth that he could have never imagined. Great take on “White Zombie” (1932).
Vitals: Director: Jordan Peele. Stars: Daniel Kaluuya, Bradley Whitford, Allison Williams, Catherine Keener, Keith Stanfield, Betty Gabriel, Caleb Landry Jones, Marcus Henderson.
2016, CC, MPAA rating: R, 104 min., Horror, Box office gross: $157.845 million, Universal.
Extras: Alternate ending with commentary by writer-director Jordan Peele, deleted scenes with commentary by Peele, “Unveiling the Horror of Get Out” behind-the-scenes featurette, Q&A discussion with Peele and the cast hosted by Chance the Rapper, commentary with Peele.