All Eyez on Me
Tells the true and untold story of prolific rapper, actor, poet and activist Tupac Shakur. The film follows Shakur from his early days in New York City to his evolution into being one of the world’s most recognized and influential voices before his untimely death at the age of 25. Against all odds, Shakur’s raw talent, powerful lyrics and revolutionary mind-set propelled him into becoming a cultural icon whose legacy continues to grow long after his passing.
Vitals: Director: Benny Boom. Stars: Demetrius Shipp Jr., Danai Gurira, Kat Graham, Annie Ilonzeh, Lauren Cohan, Keith Robinson, Jamal Woolard, Dominic L. Santana. 2016, CC, MPAA rating: R, 140 min., Drama, Box office gross: $44.724 million, Lionsgate.
Extras: “Legends Never Die: The Making of All Eyes on Me” featurette, “Becoming Tupac” featurette. Blu-ray adds deleted scenes, #”All Eyez on Me Conversations” featurette, Demetrius Shipp, Jr. audition.
Beatriz at Dinner
Provocative and sharply hilarious film about characters from vastly different sociopolitical backgrounds colliding over dinner. Beatriz (Salma Hayek), an immigrant from a poor town in Mexico, has drawn on her innate kindness to build a career as a spiritual health practitioner in Los Angeles. Doug Strutt (John Lithgow) is a cutthroat, self-satisfied billionaire real estate developer. When these two opposites meet at a dinner party, their worlds collide.
Vitals: Director: Miguel Arteta. Stars: Salma Hayek, Chloe Sevigny, John Lithgow, Connie Britton, Amy Landecker, Jay Duplass.
2017, CC, MPAA rating: R, 82 min., Comedy, Box office gross: $6.832 million, Lionsgate.
Extras: Photo gallery.
The Big Sick
Based on the real-life courtship between Kumail Nanjiani and Emily V. Gordon, “The Big Sick” tells the story of Pakistan-born aspiring comedian Kumail (Nanjiani), who connects with grad student Emily (Zoe Kazan) after one of his stand-up sets. However, what they thought would be just a one-night stand blossoms into the real thing, which complicates the life that is expected of Kumail by his traditional Muslim parents. When Emily is beset with a mystery illness, it forces Kumail to navigate the medical crisis with her parents, Beth and Terry (Holly Hunter and Ray Romano) who he’s never met, while dealing with the emotional tug-of-war between his family and his heart.
Vitals: Director: Michael Showalter. Stars: Kumail Nanjiani, Zoe Kazan, Holly Hunter, Ray Romano, Anupam Kher, Zenobia Shroff, Adeel Akhtar. 2017, CC, MPAA rating: R, 120 min., Comedy, Box office gross: $24,547 million, Lionsgate.
Extras: “A Personal Journey: The Making of The Big Sick” featurette; “The Real Story” featurette; 2017 SXSW Film Festival panel;
cast & filmmaker commentary with actor-writer Kumail Nanjiani, writer Emily V. Gordon, producer Barry Mendel and director Michael Showalter; “The Big Sick: The Other Stuff,” deleted scenes, “The Bigger Sick: Stick Around for More Laughs.”
Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie
The story of two overly imaginative best friends, George (Kevin Hart) and Harold (Thomas Middleditch), who hypnotize their principal (Ed Helms) into thinking he’s the hero from their comic books: Captain Underpants Based on the bestselling book series by Dav Pilkey.
Vitals: Director: David Soren. Stars: Kevin Hart, Ed Helms, Nick Kroll, Thomas Middleditch, Jordan Peele, Kristen Schaal, DeeDee Rescher, Brian Posehn, David Soren.
2017, CC, MPAA rating: PG, 89 min., Family Animation, Box office gross: $73.001 million, DreamWorks Animation/Fox.
“Hero Edition” Bluray extras: Featurettes: “The Really Cool Adventures of Captain Underpants Motion Comic,” “The Captain Underpants Guide to Being a Hero,” “The Professor Poopypants (Totally Original and Supercool) Guide to Being a Villain,” “Kevin Hart and Ed Helms Surprise Fans,” “Lunch Lady PSA with Kristen Schaal,” “Sock Puppets Real Stars”; deleted scenes; lyric videos: “Captain Underpants” theme by Weird Al” Yankovic and “A Friend Like You” by Andy Grammer; “Tighty-Whitey Q&A with the Stars – Part 1 and Part 2”; gallery: “Comic Book Covers,” “The Art of DreamWorks Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie.”
One of America’s foremost filmmakers, Kelly Reichardt (“Wendy and Lucy,” “Meek’s Cutoff”) directs a remarkable ensemble cast led by Michelle Williams, Kristen Stewart, and Laura Dern in this stirring look at three women striving to forge their own paths amidst the wide-open plains of the American Northwest: a lawyer (Dern) who finds herself contending with both office sexism and a hostage situation; a wife and mother (Williams) whose determination to build her dream home puts her at odds with the men in her life; and a young law student (Stewart) who forms an ambiguous bond with a lonely ranch hand (radiant newcomer Lily Gladstone). As their stories intersect in subtle but powerful ways, a portrait emerges of flawed, but strong-willed individuals in the process of defining themselves. On DVD and Blu-ray, with a new 2K digital transfer, supervised by director Kelly Reichardt and cinematographer Christopher Blauvelt, with 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray.
Vitals: Director: Kelly Reichardt. Stars: Michelle Williams, Kristen Stewart, Laura Dern, James Le Gros, Rene Auberjonois, Jared Harris, Lily Gladstone.
2016, CC, MPAA rating: R, 107 min., Drama, Box office gross: $1.032 million, IFC/The Criterion Collection.
Extras: New interviews with the film’s cast and crew, including Reichardt and executive producer Todd Haynes; new interview with Maile Meloy, author of the stories on which the film is based; trailer; an essay by critic Ella Taylor.
47 Meters Down
On the rebound after a devastating break-up, Lisa (Mandy Moore) is ready for adventure while on vacation in Mexico. Even still, she needs a little extra persuasion when her daring sister Kate (Claire Holt) suggests they go shark diving with some locals. Once underwater in a protective cage, Lisa and Kate catch a once in a lifetime, face-to-face look at majestic Great Whites. But when their worst fears are realized and the cage breaks away from their boat, they find themselves plummeting to the bottom of the seabed, too deep to radio for help without making themselves vulnerable to the savage sharks, their oxygen supplies rapidly dwindling.
Vitals: Director: Johannes Roberts. Stars: Mandy Moore, Matthew Modine, Claire Holt, Yani Gellman, Santiago Segura.
2017, CC, MPAA rating: PG-13, 87 min., Horror Suspense, Box office gross: $42.414 million, Lionsgate. Extras: TBA.