OnVideo: November's Top Movies
THE ATTACKPalestinian surgeon Amin Jaafari (Ali Suliman) is fully assimilated into Tel Aviv society, has a loving wife, an exemplary career and many Jewish friends. But his picture-perfect life is turned upside down when a suicide bombing leaves 17 dead, and the Israeli police inform him that his wife Sihem (Reymonde Amsellem) not only died in the explosion, but was responsible for it. Initially interrogated as a possible accomplice, Amin is shaken further when he receives a posthumous letter from Sihem confirming her role in the carnage. Shattered by this revelation, Amin abandons the relative security of his adopted homeland to enter the Palestinian territories in pursuit of the zealots who recruited his wife. Based on Yasmina Khadra's prize-winning and bestselling novel. In Arabic and Hebrew with English subtitles. Extras: Interview with director Ziad Doueiri, theatrical trailer, photo gallery.
Director: Ziad Doueiri. Stars: Ali Suliman, Reymonde Amsellem, Evgenia Dodena, Dvir Benedek, Uri Gavriel. 2013 -- Lebanon/France/Qatar/Belgium, CC, MPAA rating: R, 95 min., Drama, Box office gross: $1.714 million, Cohen Media Group. Available: 11/12.
BLACKFISHMany of us have experienced the excitement and awe of watching 8,000 pound orcas, or "killer whales," soar out of the water and fly through the air at sea parks, as if in perfect harmony with their trainers. Yet, in our contemporary lore, this mighty black and white mammal is like a two-faced Janus -- beloved as a majestic, friendly giant yet infamous for its capacity to kill viciously. "Blackfish" unravels the complexities of this dichotomy, employing the story of notorious performing whale Tilikum, who -- unlike any orca in the wild -- has taken the lives of several people while in captivity. So what exactly went wrong? Shocking, never-before-seen footage and riveting interviews with trainers and experts manifest the orca's extraordinary nature, the species' cruel treatment in captivity over the last four decades and the growing disillusionment of workers who were misled and endangered by the highly profitable sea-park industry. This emotionally wrenching, tautly structured story challenges us to consider our relationship to nature and reveals how little we humans have learned from these highly intelligent and enormously sentient fellow mammals. Extras: A note from the director; "Death by Mosquito in Marine Parks"; "Recollections of a Former SeaWorld Trainer"; "The Truth About Wild Whales"; "Alternatives to Captivity"; more.
FRANCES HAGreta Gerwig is radiant as a woman in her late twenties in contemporary New York, trying to sort out her ambitions, her finances, and, above all, her tight but changing bond with her best friend, Sophie (Mickey Sumner). Frances lives in New York, but she doesn't really have an apartment. Frances is an apprentice for a dance company, but she's not really a dancer. Frances has a best friend named Sophie, but they aren't really speaking anymore. Frances throws herself headlong into her dreams, even as their possible reality dwindles. Frances wants so much more than she has, but lives her life with unaccountable joy and lightness. "Frances Ha" is a modern comic fable in which director Noah Baumbach explores New York, friendship, class, ambition, failure, and redemption.Extras: Conversation between filmmaker Peter Bogdanovich and the film's co-writer and director, Noah Baumbach; conversation between actor and filmmaker Sarah Polley and the film's co-writer and star, Greta Gerwig; conversation about the look of the film between Baumbach, director of photography Sam Levy, and creative director Pascal Dangin; trailer; booklet featuring an essay by playwright Annie Baker.
Director: Noah Baumbach. Stars: Greta Gerwig, Mickey Sumner, Michael Esper, Adam Driver, Michael Zegen. 2013, CC, MPAA rating: R, 86 min., Comedy, Box office gross: $4.001 million, The Criterion Collection. Available: 11/12.
GETAWAYFormer race car driver Brent Magna (Etahn Hawke) is pitted against the clock. Desperately trying to save the life of his kidnapped wife, Brent commandeers a custom Ford Shelby GT500 Super Snake, taking it and its unwitting owner (Selena Gomez) on a high-speed race against time, following the orders of the mysterious villain holding his wife hostage. Extras: Crash cams, "Destroying a Custom Shelby," "Metal and Asphalt," "Selena Gomez: On Set," "The Train Station."
Director: Courtney Solomon. Stars: Ethan Hawke, Selena Gomez, Jon Voight, Rebecca Budig, Paul Freeman. 2013, CC, MPAA rating: PG-13, 90 min., Action, Box office gross: $10.494 million, Warner. Available: 11/26.
GIRL MOST LIKELYQuirky comedy about a once promising New York playwright who stages a fake suicide in an attempt to reunite with her ex, only to wind up back in her New Jersey hometown in the custody of her gambling-addict mother. Kristen Wiig stars as Imogene, a failed New York playwright awkwardly navigating the transition from Next Big Thing to Last Year's News. After her career and relationship both hit the skids, Imogene is forced to make the humiliating move back home to New Jersey with her eccentric family, including her gambling-addicted mother (Annette Bening) and her mom's oddball new boyfriend (Matt Dillon). Adding further insult to injury, her bedroom is being rented out to a pop-star impersonator (Darren Criss). Through it all, Imogene eventually realizes that as part of her rebuilding process she must finally come to love and accept both her family along with her Jersey roots if she's ever going to be strong enough to get the hell away from them. Extras: "Making Most Likely" featurette, "Life in the Human Shell" featurette, deleted scenes, gag reel.
Director: Shari Springer Berman, Robert Pulcini. Stars: Kristen Wiig, Annette Bening, Matt Dillon, Darren Criss, Christopher Fitzgerald, June Diane Raphael, Natasha Lyonne, Bob Balaban. 2013, CC, MPAA rating: PG-13, 104 min., Comedy, Box office gross: $1.370 million, Lionsgate. Available: 11/5.
GROWN UPS 2After reuniting with his high school classmates three summers before (in 2010's "Grown Ups"), Lenny (Adam Sandler), decides he wants to move his family back to his hometown and have them grow up with his gang of childhood friends and their kids. But his idyllic life is punctuated by the same craziness he thought he left behind: old bullies, new bullies, schizophrenic bus drivers, drunk cops on skis, psycho grade school girlfriends and a group of rowdy local college kids. Extras: Eight deleted scenes, "Shaq and Dante: Police Force" featurette. Blu-ray adds three featurettes: "Look Who Stopped By" look at the cameos throughout the film, "Mr. Spade's Wild Ride" with Spade as he prepares to be rolled down the hill in a tire, and "The Feder House" look at the construction of the sound stage where the Feder house was built.
Director:. Stars: Adam Sandler, Kevin James, Chris Rock, David Spade, Salma Hayek, Maya Rudolph, Maria Bello, Shaquille O'Neal, Nick Swardson, Alexander Ludwig, Milo Ventimglia. 2013, CC, MPAA rating: PG-13, 101 min., Comedy, Box office gross: $130.188 million, Sony. Available: 11/5.
JOBSAshton Kutcher stars as Steve Jobs, the iconic Apple innovator and groundbreaking entrepreneur. The film chronicles Jobs' early days as a college dropout to his rise as the co-founder of Apple Computer Inc. and forced departure from the company. More than a decade later, Jobs returns and single-handedly sets a course that will turn the once-tiny startup into one of the world's most valuable companies. His epic journey blazes a trail that changes technology -- and the world -- forever. The filmmakers were granted unprecedented access during shooting to the historic garage in Palo Alto, that served as the birthplace to Apple Inc. Extras: "Ashton Kutcher IS Steve Jobs," "The Legacy of Steve Jobs," "JOBS: Behind the Score," commentary with director Joshua Michael Stern.
Director: Joshua Michael Stern. Stars: Ashton Kutcher, Dermot Mulroney, Josh Gad, J. K. Simmons, Matthew Modine, Lesley Ann Warren, Ron Eldard. 2013, CC, MPAA rating: PG-13, 129 min., Bio-Drama, Box office gross: $16.052 million, Universal. Available: 11/26.
LOVELACEIn 1972 -- before the internet, before the adult film explosion -- "DDeep Throat" was a phenomenon: the first scripted adult theatrical feature film, featuring a story, some jokes, and an unknown and unlikely star, Linda Lovelace. Escaping a strict religious family, Linda Susan Boreman discovered freedom and the high-life when she fell for and married charismatic hustler Chuck Traynor, who coercived her into the porn industry. As Linda Lovelace, she became an international sensation -- less centerfold fantasy than a charming girl-next-door with an impressive capacity for fellatio. After struggling to break free from Traynor, whose endless abuse nearly killed her, Lovelace made it her life's mission to fight violence against women. Extras: Behind-the-scenes featurette.
Director: Bob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman. Stars: Amanda Seyfried, Peter Sarsgaard, Hank Azaria, Wes Bentley , Adam Brody, Bobby Cannavale, James Franco, Debi Mazar, Chris Noth, Robert Patrick, Eric Roberts, Chloe Sevigny, Sharon Stone, Juno Temple. 2013, CC, MPAA rating: R, 93 min., Drama, Box office gross: $.354 million, RADiUS-TWC/Anchor Bay. Available: 11/5.
MAN OF STEELRebooting of the Superman franchise, with Henry Cavill as the Man of Steel, Amy Adams as Lois Lane, Laurence Fishburne as Perry White, Diane Lane and Kevin Costner as the Kents, Russell Crowe as Jor-El and Michael Shannon as the evil General Zod from Krypton, who comes to Earth to wreak revenge on Kal-El (Superman). Extras: "Strong Characters, Legendary Roles" featurette explores the legendary characters of the Superman mythology and how they have evolved in this new iteration of the Superman story; "All-Out Action" goes inside the intense training regimen that sculpted Henry Cavill into the Man of Steel and Michael Shannon and Antje Traue into his Kyptonian nemeses; "Krypton Decoded" lowdown on all the amazing Krypton tech, weapons and spaceships. Blu-ray adds "Journey of Discovery: Creating Man of Steel" immersive feature-length experience that allows viewers to watch the movie with director Zack Snyder and stars Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Diane Lane and others as they share the incredible journey to re-imagine Superman; "Planet Krypton" exploration of Krypton and its lost society.
Director: Zack Snyder. Stars: Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Michael Shannon, Diane Lane, Kevin Costner, Russell Crowe, Julia Ormond, Antje Traue, Harry Lennix, Christopher Meloni, Laurence Fishburne. 2013, CC, MPAA rating: PG-13, 143 min., Action-Adventure, Box office gross: $113.080 million, Warner. Available: 11/12.
PARANOIAFired from his telecom job, Adam Cassidy (Liam Hemsworth) is forced by company CEO Nicolas Wyatt (Gary Oldman) to infiltrate Wyatt's longtime rival's (Harrison Ford) company to steal trade secrets. Soon, Adam realizes that he's caught between two ruthless players who will stop at nothing to win. But, desperate to win over an Ivy League beauty (Amber Heard) and help his blue-collar father, Adam risks everything in a dangerous race against time. Based on Joseph Finder's New York Times best seller. Extras: Deleted scenes, "Privacy Is Dead" featurette, "The Paranoia Begins" production featurette, "The Players" behind the scenes featurette, theatrical trailer.
Director: Robert Luketic. Stars: Liam Hemsworth, Gary Oldman, Harrison Ford, Amber Heard, Josh Holloway, Embeth Davidtz, Richard Dreyfuss, Lucas Till. 2013, CC, MPAA rating: PG-13, 106 min., Thriller, Box office gross: $7.376 million, Fox. Available: 11/19.
PLANESAn action-packed animated comedy adventure featuring Dusty (voice of Dane Cook), a plane with dreams of competing as a high-flying air racer. But Dusty's not exactly built for racing -- and he happens to be afraid of heights. So he turns to a seasoned naval aviator who helps him qualify to take on the defending champ of the race circuit. Dusty's courage is put to the ultimate test as he aims to reach heights he never dreamed possible, giving a spellbound world the inspiration to soar. Extras: "Klay's Flight Plan," a behind-the-scenes featurette that follows director Klay Hall's personal journey during the making of the film, including his family connection to aviation; "Meet the Racers" featurettes introducing racers El Chupacabra, Ripslinger, Dusty and Ishani.
"Franz's Song," never-before-seen completely finished animated song that features the German mini-car, Franz Fliegenhosen, who encourages Dusty on his flight; deleted scenes; "Top 10 Flyers," a look at the 10 greatest aviators in history hosted by ESPN's Colin Cowherd.
Director: Klay Hall. Stars: Voices of Dane Cook, Val Kilmer, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Brad Garrett, John Cleese, Teri Hatcher, Anthony Edwards, Priyanka Chopa, Stacy Keach, Sinbad, Cedric the Entertainer, Carlos Alazraqui, Roger Craig Smith. 2013, CC, MPAA rating: PG, 91 min., Animated, Box office gross: $89.330 million, Disney. Available: 11/19.
RED 2Retired black-ops CIA agent Frank Moses (Bruce Willis) and his team set out on a global quest to track down a missing, next-generation portable nuclear device that can change the balance of world power. To succeed, they'll need to survive an army of relentless assassins, ruthless terrorists and power-crazed government officials, all eager to get their hands on the technologically advanced super weapon. The mission takes Frank and his motley crew to Paris, London and Moscow. Outgunned and outmanned, they have only their cunning wits, old-school skills and each other to rely on as they try to save the world -- and stay alive in the process. Extras: "The Red 2 Experience" behind-the-scenes featurette, deleted scenes, gag reel.
Director: Dean Parisot. Stars: Bruce Willis, John Malkovich, Mary-Louise Parker, Helen Mirren, Anthony Hopkins, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Byung Hun Lee, David Thewlis, Brian Cox, Neal McDonough. 2013, CC, MPAA rating: PG-13, 116 min., Comedy Action Thriller, Box office gross: $52.210 million, Summit Ent./Lionsgate. Available: 11/26.
THE TO DO LISTSet in 1993, valedictorian Brandy Klark wants to shed her uptight image before college, so she assembles a to do list of all the risque extra-curricular activities she missed out on in high school. Quickly realizing that she's way out of her depth, Brandy solicits her best friends, older sister and burnt-out boss for their help and advice. If the group is going to complete the list by September they'll need plenty of imagination and very open minds. Extras: Commentary with director Maggie Carey and star Bill Hader; "Maggie Carey: Directing the To-Do List" behind-the-scenes featuretter; "Dirty Mouth," a featurette highlighting every naughty word or phrase in the film in one raunchy montage; delted scenes; "The Re-do List" (gag reel).
Director: Maggie Carey. Stars: Aubrey Plaza, Andy Samberg, Clark Gregg, Connie Britton, Donald Glover, Rachel Bilson, Christopher Mintz-Plasse. 2013, CC, MPAA rating: R, 104 min., Comedy, Box office gross: $3.447 million, CBS Films/Sony. Available: 11/19.
TURBO3D comedy about a freak accident that gives an everyday garden snail the power of super-speed and allows him to pursue his biggest dream: winning the Indy 500.
Director: David Soren. Stars: Voices of Ryan Reynolds, Samuel L. Jackson, Maya Rudolph, Snoop Dogg, Ken Jeong, Ben Schwartz, Paul Giamatti, Michael Pena, Luis Guzman, Bill Hader, Richard Jenkins. 2013, CC, MPAA rating: PG, 96 min., Animated, Box office gross: $81.637 million, DreamWorks/Fox. Available: 11/12.
2 GUNSFor the past 12 months, DEA agent Bobby Trench (Denzel Washington) and U.S. naval intelligence officer Marcus Stigman (Mark Wahlberg) have been reluctantly attached at the hip. Working undercover as members of a narcotics syndicate, each man distrusts his partner as much as the criminals they have both been tasked to take down. When their attempt to infiltrate a Mexican drug cartel and recover millions goes haywire, Trench and Stigman are suddenly disavowed by their superiors. Now that everyone wants them in jail or in the ground, the only person they can count on is the other. Unfortunately for their pursuers, when good guys spend years pretending to be bad, they pick up a few tricks along the way. Extras: Deleted and extended scenes, "Undercover and Into Action" featurette, commentary with director Baltasar Kormakur and producer Adam Siegel. Blu-ray adds "The Good, the Bad and the Sexy," "Finding the Vibe," "Living Dangerously" featurettes.
Director: Baltasar Kormakur. Stars: Denzel Washington, Mark Wahlberg, Paula Patton, Bill Paxton, Fred Ward, James Marsden, Edward James Olmos. 2013, CC, MPAA rating: R, 109 min., Action, Box office gross: $75.422 million, Universal. Available: 11/19.
WE'RE THE MILLERSDavid Burke (Jason Sudeikis) is a small-time pot dealer whose clientele includes chefs and soccer moms, but no kids -- after all, he has his scruples. So what could go wrong? Plenty. Preferring to keep a low profile for obvious reasons, he learns the hard way that no good deed goes unpunished when he tries to help out some local teens and winds up getting jumped by a trio of gutter punks. Stealing his stash and his cash, they leave him in major debt to his supplier, Brad (Ed Helms). In order to wipe the slate clean -- and maintain a clean bill of health -- David must now become a big-time drug smuggler by bringing Brad's latest shipment to the U.S. from Mexico. Twisting the arms of his neighbors, cynical stripper Rose (Jennifer Aniston), wannabe customer Kenny (Will Poulter), and the tatted-and-pierced streetwise teen Casey (Emma Roberts), he devises a foolproof plan. One fake wife, two pretend kids and a huge, shiny RV later, the "Millers" are headed south of the border for a Fourth of July weekend that ends with a bang. Extras: Extended cut of the film, "Miller's Unleashed -- Outtakes Overload," "Stories From the Road" behind-the-scenes featurettes ("Extreme Aniston", "The Miller Makeovers," "Road Trippin' With the Millers," "Don't Suck Venom," "Getting Out of a Sticky Situation," "I Am Pablo Chacon," "Rollin' in the RV"), "Livin' It Up with Brad" featurette, "When Paranoia Sets In" featurette, deleted scenes, gags & more outtakes.
Director: Rawson Marshall Thurber. Stars: Jennifer Aniston, Jason Sudeikis, Emma Roberts, Will Poulter, Ed Helms, Nick Offerman, Kathryn Hahn. 2013, CC, MPAA rating: R, 110 min., Comedy, Box office gross: $149.360 million, Warner. Available: 11/19.
WHITE HOUSE DOWNCapitol Policeman John Cale has just been denied his dream job with the Secret Service to protect the President. Not wanting to let down his little girl with the news, he takes her on a tour of the White House, and, coincidentally, during their visit, the complex is overtaken by a heavily armed paramilitary group. Now, with the nation's government falling into chaos and time running out, it's up to Cale to save the president, his daughter ... and the country. Extras: Four Featurettes: "A Dynamic Duo," a look at the chemistry between Tatum and Foxx and their on-screen presence; "Men of Action" featurette on Tatum's willingness and desire to perform his own stunts, as well as the extensive training required; "Roland Emmerich -- Upping the Ante," a look at Emmerich's vision for the film; "Meet the Insiders" on the supporting cast. Blu-ray adds a gag reel and nine more featurettes: "The Beast," a look at the film's presidential limo; "The Full Arsenal: Guns, Grenades, Tanks and Choppers"; "VFX Boundaries Down"; "The Inside Story" about the film's fast-moving rise from concept to the big screen; "Presidential Treatment," a look at the size and scope of the massive production; "Lights, Camera, Heart-Pumping Action"; "Crashing the Oval Office," a look at how the filmmakers constructed a stunt set, then drove an SUV at full speed into the Oval Office; "Drowning the Beast" presidential limo escape from the White House pool; "Recreating the White House," about the meticulous detail that went into replicating the White House.
Director: Roland Emmerich. Stars: Channing Tatum, Jamie Foxx, Maggie Gyllenhaal, James Woods, Richard Jenkins. 2013, CC, MPAA rating: PG-13, 131 min., Thriller, Box office gross: $72.425 million, Sony. Available: 11/5.
THE WORLD'S ENDFive middle-aged friends set out to relive a beer-fueled odyssey from their youth, and end up in an epic battle to save humankind. Simon Pegg and Nick Frost reteam with director Edgar Wright ("Shaun of the Dead," "Hot Fuzz") in this wildly entertaining thrill ride. Twenty years after their first epic pub crawl attempt, the "five musketeers" reunite in their home town to complete the ultimate challenge -- one night, five friends, 12 bars -- a boozy quest on which only the strongest will survive. But after a bizarre series of encounters with the out-of-this-world locals, they soon realize that reaching their final pub, The World's End, may be the least of their troubles. They're having the time of their lives, ready to take on the world ... but tonight they may have to save it. This is the third and final film in Wright's "The Ultimate Three Flavors Cornetto Trilogy," which also features hits "Shaun of the Dead" and "Hot Fuzz," and which is being released to Blu-ray this week. Extras: "Completing the Golden Mile - The Making of The World's End," commentary with Screenwriters Edgar Wright and Simon Pegg. Blu-ray adds: Cast commentary with stars Simon Pegg, Nick Frost and Paddy Considine; technical commentary with director Edgar Wright and director of photography Bill Pope; "Filling in the Blanks: The Stunts and FX of The World's End"; hair and make-up tests; rehearsal footage; stunt tapes; VFX breakdown; "There's Only One Gary King - osymyso's Inibri-8 Megamix" – A mash-up of Gary King's (Pegg) best moments; "The Man Who Would Be (Gary) King"; "Signs & Omens," a film clip montage highlighting all the hidden clues and hints throughout the film; "Edgar & Simon's Flip Chart" in which writers Edgar Wright and Simon Pegg bring back the trusty flip chart to reveal their step-by-step process of creating the story; deleted Scene, outtakes, alternate Edits and more.
Director: Edgar Wright. Stars: Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Paddy Considine, Martin Freeman, Eddie Marsan, Rosamund Pike. 2013, CC, MPAA rating: R, 109 min., Comedy, Box office gross: $25.223 million, Universal. Available: 11/19.
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