Fifty Shades of Black
Christian Black (Marlon Wayans) has it all: power, success and an intense desire to get freaky. Into his life comes Hannah (Kali Hawk), a young, virginal girl who may not be as innocent as she first seems. Only one gets to come out on top in this spoof of “Fifty Shades of Grey.”
Vitals: Director: Michael Tiddes. Stars: Marlon Wayans, Kali Hawk, Mike Epps, Andrew Bachelor, Affion Crockett, Jane Seymour, Fred Willard, Florence Henderson.
2016, CC, MPAA rating: R, 92 min., Comedy, Box office gross: $11.612 million, Universal.
Extras: Deleted scenes, “Meet Mr. Black.”
Rising with terrifying grandeur at the base of Mt. Fuji in Japan, the legendary real-life Aokigahara Forest is the suspense-filled setting of this supernatural thriller. A young American woman, Sara (Natalie Dormer), journeys there in search of her twin sister, who has
mysteriously disappeared. In the company of expatriate Aiden (Taylor Kinney), Sara enters the forest having been well warned to “stay on the path.” Determined to discover the truth about her sister’s fate, Sara faces the angry and tormented souls of the dead that prey on anyone who dares come near them, plunging her into a frightening darkness from which she must fight to save herself.
Vitals: Director: Jason Zada. Stars: Natalie Dormer, Taylor Kinney.
2016, CC, MPAA rating: PG-13, 95 min., Horror/Suspense, Box office gross: $26.588 million, Universal.
Extras: “Exploring the Forest” behind-the-scenes featurette, galleries, storyboards, commentary with director Jason Zada.
Ip Man 3
Donnie Yen returns to the role that made him an icon — as Ip Man, the real-life Wing Chun grandmaster who mentored Bruce Lee. This iteration of the Ip Man epic trilogy takes place in 1959 Hong Kong and finds Ip Man (Yen) attempting to save his son’s school from an intimidating property developer (Mike Tyson). With the police unable to help, Ip Man recruits his students to face off against the developer’s lackeys in an action-packed fight sequence that ends with the school’s headmaster being kidnapped. After solving this crisis, Ip Man faces another opponent in a fight to decide the true Grandmaster of Win Chun.
Vitals: Director: Wilson Yip. Stars: Donnie Yen, Mike Tyson, Lyn Hung, Jin Zhang.
2015 — China, CC, MPAA rating: PG-13, 110 min., Action/Adventure, Box office gross: $2.679 million, Well Go USA.
Extras: Making-of featurette, interview with Donnie Yen and Mike Tyson, behind the scenes.
When his dysfunctional family clashes over the holidays, young Max is disillusioned and turns his back on Christmas. Little does he know that this lack of festive spirit has unleashed the wrath of Krampus: a demonic force of ancient evil intent on punishing non-believers. All hell breaks loose as beloved holiday icons take on a monstrous life of their own, laying siege to the fractured family’s home and forcing them to fight for each other if they hope to survive.
Vitals: Director: Michael Dougherty. Stars: Adam Scott, Toni Collette, Allison Tolman, David Koechner, Conchata Ferrell.
2015, CC, MPAA rating: PG-13, 99 min., Horror, Box office gross: $42.592 million, Universal.
Extras: Gag reel, “The Naughty Ones: Meet the Cast,” galleries, commentary with director/co-writer Michael Dougherty and co-writers Todd Casey & Zach Shields. Blu-ray adds “Krampus Comes Alive!” “Behind the Scenes at WETA Workshop: Krampus.”
The Lady in the Van
Alan Bennett’s big-screen comedic adaptation of his own iconic memoir and honored stage play. Bennett’s story is based on the true story of Miss Shepherd (Maggie Smith), a woman of uncertain origins who “temporarily” parked her van in Bennett’s London driveway and proceeded to live there for 15 years. What begins as a begrudged favor becomes a relationship that will change both their lives. Filmed on the street and in the house where Bennett and Miss Shepherd lived all those years, acclaimed director Nicholas Hytner reunites with Bennett (“The Madness of King George,” “The History Boys”) to bring this poignant and life-affirming story to the screen.
Vitals: Director: Nicholas Hytner. Stars: Maggie Smith, Alex Jennings, James Corden, Dominic Cooper, Jim Broadbent.
2015, CC, MPAA rating: PG-13, 104 min., Comedy-Drama, Box office gross: $8.054 million, Sony. Extras: “Playing The Lady: Maggie Smith as Miss Shepherd,” deleted scenes, “The Making of The Lady in the Van,” “The Visual Effects,” commentary with director Nicholas Hytner.
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