It's been three years since the events of "Into Darkness" and three years that the Enterprise has been on its' five year mission. After docking at a Starfleet base called "Yorktown", the Enterprise ventures into a dangerous new uncharted territory, where a ruthless new enemy with a deep hatred of the Federation destroys the Enterprise and strands Kirk and his crew on a remote planet. Can Kirk reunite his crew and stop this dangerous new threat?
Vitals: Director: Justin Lin. Stars: Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Karl Urban, Zoe Saldana, Simon Pegg, John Cho, Anton Yelchin, Idris Elba, Sofia Boutella, Benedict Cumberbatch.
2016, CC, MPAA rating: PG-13, 122 min., Science Fiction, Box office gross: $228.778 million, Paramount.Extras: Deleted scenes, "Beyond the Darkness" with producer J.J. Abrams, director Justin Lin and co-writers Simon Pegg and Doug Jung discussing the inspiration for the Star Trek Beyond storyline and how it came to life; "Enterprise Takedown" behind-the-senes featurette; "Divided and Conquered" featurette; "A Warped Sense of Revenge" with the franchises' newest villain, Krall, as actor Idris Elba reveals the backstory behind his character's terrifying ambitions; "Trekking in the Desert" on set in Dubai; "Exploring Strange New Worlds" production featurette; "New Life, New Civilizations" special effects designs for an unprecedented 50 new alien species for the film to celebrate Star Trek's 50th Anniversary; "To Live Long and Prosper" journey through the past 50 years of Star Trek with J.J. Abrams and the cast as they reflect on the evolution of the iconic sci-fi series; "For Leonard and Anton" tributes to the legendary Leonard Nimoy and beloved crew member Anton Yelchin; gag reel of on-set bloopers.
Amy Mitchell (Mila Kunis) puts her family first, second, and third. But her man-child husband, high-maintenance kids and idiot boss are taking a toll. She gives and gives, and gives and gives, and then gives a little more, but it's never enough. When the alpha moms (Christina Applegate, Annie Mumolo and Jada Pinkett Smith at her kids' school push her too far, Amy finally snaps. Good Amy becomes Bad Amy really fast -- and she doesn't go alone. Teaming up with two other misfit moms (Kathryn Hahn, Kristen Bell, Amy gets a jolt of freedom that shakes up her life and might even make her a better mom. So call a sitter, put on your comfy pants, and pour yourself a double Chardonnay, because these moms are about to get bad with a wild, un-mom-like binge of long overdue freedom, fun and self-indulgence.
Vitals: Director: Jon Lucas, Scott Moore. Stars: Mila Kunis, Kristen Bell, Kathryn Hahn, Jada Pinkett Smith, Christina Applegate, Emjay Anthony, Annie Mumolo, Eugenia Kuzmina, Christina DeRosa, Jay Jablonski.
2016, CC, MPAA rating: R, 100 min., Comedy, Box office gross: $63.591 million, Universal.Extras: Gag reel, deleted scenes, cast and mom interviews.
Based on the extraordinary true story of Operation Anthropoid. Cillian Murphy and Jamie Dornan (Fifty Shades of Grey) star as two Czechoslovakian soldiers sent to Prague for a deadly mission: to kill Hitler’s third in command, the main architect behind the Final Solution, Reinhard Heydrich. Outmanned and facing impossible odds, the two men lead a group of Czech rebels toward a near-impossible mission that may change the course of history.
Vitals: Director: Sean Ellis. Stars: Cillian Murphy, Jamie Dornan, Charlotte Le Bon, Anna Geislerova, Harry Lloyd, Toby Jones.
2016, CC, MPAA rating: R, 121 min., Drama, Box office gross: $2.964 million, Universal.Extras: "The Making of Anthropoid," storyboard to film comparisons.
Based on Philip Roth's late novel, Indignation takes place in 1951, as Marcus Messner (Logan Lerman), a brilliant working-class Jewish boy from Newark, New Jersey, travels on scholarship to a small, conservative college in Ohio, thus exempting him from being drafted into the Korean War. But once there, Marcus's growing infatuation with his beautiful classmate Olivia Hutton (Sarah Gadon), and his clashes with the college's imposing Dean, Hawes Caudwell (Tracy Letts), put his and his family's best-laid plans to the ultimate test.
Vitals: Director: James Schamus. Stars: Logan Lerman, Sarah Gadon, Tracy Letts, Ben Rosenfield, Linda Emond.
2016, CC, MPAA rating: R, 111 min., Drama, Box office gross: $3.216 million, Lionsgate.Extras: "Timeless: Connecting the Past to the Present" featurette, "Perceptions: Bringing Philip Roth to the Screen" featurette.
One sausage leads a group of supermarket products on a quest to discover the truth about their existence and what really happens when they become chosen to leave the grocery store. Vitals: Director: Greg Tiernan and Conrad Vernon. Stars: Seth Rogen, Kristen Wiig, Salma Hayek, Edward Norton, David Krumholtz, Michael Cera, James Franco, Jonah Hill, Craig Robinson, Bill Hader, Paul Rudd, Danny McBride.
2016, CC, MPAA rating: R, 89 min., Animated Comedy, Box office gross: $97.576 million, Sony.Extras: "Animation Imaginatorium," three featurettes: "The Booth," ""The Great Beyond" and "The Pitch." Blu-ray adds an additional featurette, "Shock and Awe: How Did This Get Made?", "Good Food" gag reel, Line-O-Rama.
Thirteen years after the original, audiences get a new chapter in the story of their favorite forgetful blue tang. As returning director Andrew Stanton describes, "I realized that I was worried about Dory. The idea of her short-term memory loss and how it affected her was unresolved. What if she got lost again?" His response is a touching tale of friendship and family that’s truly unforgettable -- perhaps even for Dory. When Dory, the forgetful blue tang (Ellen DeGeneres), suddenly remembers she has a family who may be looking for her, she, Marlin (Albert Brooks) and Nemo (Hayden Rolence) take off on a life-changing quest to find them … with help from Hank, a cantankerous octopus; Bailey, a beluga whale who’s convinced his biological sonar skills are on the fritz; and Destiny, a nearsighted whale shark.
Vitals: Director: Andrew Stanton. Stars: Ellen DeGeneres, Albert Brooks, Ed O’Neill, Kaitlin Olson, Ty Burrell, Eugene Levy, Diane Keaton, Hayden Rolence..
2016, CC, MPAA rating: PG, 97 min., Animnated Family, Box office gross: $482.974 million, Pixar/Disney.Extras: Theatrical Short: "Piper" – A hungry sandpiper hatchling ventures from her nest for the first time to dig for food by the shoreline. The only problem is that the food is buried beneath the sand where scary waves roll up onto the shore. Blu-ray adds "Marine Life Interviews" mini short; "The Octopus That Nearly Broke Pixar" unravels the challenges, frustrations, and rewards of bringing to life the studio’s crankiest and most technically complicated character ever; "What Were We Talking About?" showcases the complex routes Dory’s story took as the filmmakers worked to construct a comprehensive narrative involving a main character with short-term memory loss; "Casual Carpool" with "Finding Dory" writer-director Andrew Stanton as he drives Albert Brooks, Eugene Levy, Ty Burrell and Ed O’Neill to work; "Animation & Acting" behind-the-scenes look examines the process of constructing believable performances through a unique collaboration between the director, voice actors and animators; "Creature Features" in which the cast share cool facts about the creatures they voice in the film;
"Deep in the Kelp" research trip to the Monterey Bay Aquarium to show how far the "Finding Dory" crew went to make Dory’s world feel real; "Skating & Sketching With Character Art Director Jason Deamer"; "Dory’s Theme" discussion among the composer, music editor and director about the musical elements that shape Dory's quirky and joyful theme; "Rough Day on the Reef": Sometimes computers make mistakes. Here you'll see some of the funny, creepy and just plain bizarre footage the crew encountered while making "Finding Dory"; commentary; deleted scenes; "Losing Nemo": While watching the stingray migration, Dory starts to follow two fish that remind her of her parents, leaving Nemo all alone; "Little Tension in Clown Town" alternate version of the film in which Dory tries to "follow her fins" to her parents, but ends up in a strange place with even stranger fish fashion; "Dory Dumped" early version of the story in which Dory's parents had short-term memory loss as well; "Sleep Swimming," in which Dory begins to talk and swim in her sleep, revealing what seem to be clues to her past; "Meeting Hank" the cranky octopus; "The Pig," in which Dory, frantically navigating the pipes of the Marine Life Institute in search of her parents, crosses paths with a terrifying cleaning device; "Starting Over" in which director Andrew Stanton presents four different versions of the movie's opening scene to illustrate the filmmakers' search for the best way to introduce Dory's backstory and to connect this new film to "Finding Nemo." Digital exclusives: "Tank Gang": After a close encounter with a squid leaves them separated from Dory, Marlin and Nemo unexpectedly meet up with the Tank Gang from "Finding Nemo," who make it their mission to get to the Marine Life Institute … by any means necessary; "Hidden Seacrets of Finding Dory": Take a deep dive to catch secret Easter Eggs throughout the movie.
Hell or High Water
A modern western about two brothers who turn to crime in order to save their family farm from the clutches of the bank. When a desperate father (Pine) learns that the bank is going to take his family's land, he and his ex-con brother (Foster) are left with no choice. They decide to rob the bank's branches, putting themselves in the crosshairs of an aging Texas Ranger (Bridges) in a riveting story of crime, punishment, and brotherly love.
Vitals: Director: David Mackenzie. Stars: Jeff Bridges, Chris Pine, Ben Foster, Gil Birmingham, Dale Dickey, Katy Mixon.
2016, CC, MPAA rating: R, 122 min., Thriller, Box office gross: $26.492 million, Lionsgate.Extras:
Follows two friends in their early 20s (Jonah Hill and Miles Teller) living in Miami Beach during the Iraq War who exploit a little-known government initiative that allows small businesses to bid on U.S. Military contracts. Starting small, they begin raking in big money and are living the high life. But the pair gets in over their heads when they land a $300 million deal to arm the Afghan Military -- a deal that puts them in business with some very shady people, not the least of which turns out to be the U.S. Government.
Vitals: Director: Todd Phillips. Stars: Miles Teller, Jonah Hill.
2016, CC, MPAA rating: R, 114 min., Comedy, Box office gross: $43.034 million, Warner.Extras: "General Phillips: Boots on the Ground," "War Dogs: Access Granted," "Pentagon Pie."
A trio of reckless thieves breaks into the house of a wealthy blind man, thinking they'll get away with the perfect heist. When the blind man reveals a dark side, the trio quickly discovers they were dead wrong.
Vitals: Director: Fede Alvarez. Stars: Jane Levy, Dylan Minnette, Daniel Zovatto, Stephen Lang.
2016, CC, MPAA rating: R, 88 min., Suspense-Horror, Box office gross: $88.239 million, Sony.Extras: Deleted scenes, commentary with director Fede Alvarez, co-writer Rodo Sayagues and actor Stephen Lang; five featurettes:
"No Escape," "Creating the Creepy House," "Meet the Cast," "Man in the Dark" and "The Sounds of Horror."
Remake of the 1977 film of the same name. For years, old wood carver Mr. Meacham (Robert Redford) has delighted local children with his tales of the fierce dragon that resides deep in the woods of the Pacific Northwest. To his daughter, Grace (Bryce Dallas Howard), who works as a forest ranger, these stories are little more than tall tales ... until she meets Pete (Oakes Fegley). Pete is a mysterious 10-year-old with no family and no home who claims to live in the woods with a giant, green dragon named Elliot. And from Pete's descriptions, Elliot seems remarkably similar to the dragon from Mr. Meacham's stories. With the help of Natalie (Oona Laurence), an 11-year-old girl whose father Jack (Wes Bentley) owns the local lumber mill, Grace sets out to determine where Pete came from, where he belongs, and the truth about this dragon.
Vitals: Director: David Lowery. Stars: Bryce Dallas Howard, Robert Redford, Karl Urban, Oakes Fegley, Oona Laurence, Craig Hall, Wes Bentley, Isiah Whitlock Jr., Jim McLarty, Tim Wong.
2016, CC, MPAA rating: PG, 103 min., Family, Box office gross: $75.205 million, Disney.Extras: "Making Magic" fun facts about what went into designing the spectacular, lovable dragon. Blu-ray adds "Notes to Self: A Director's Diary"; "Disappearing" Moments" montage of the film's "lost" scenes; "Welcome to New Zealand" location featurette; commentary from director Lowery, co-writer Toby Halbrooks and actors Oakes Fegley and Oona Laurence; music videos "Nobody Knows" by The Lumineers and "Something Wild" by Lindsey Stirling featuring Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness; bloopers.
This month, the world celebrates the 100th anniversary of the birth of Roald Dahl, beloved children's author of family favorites like "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory," "James and the Giant Peach," "Matilda" and Dahl's personal favorite, "The BFG," as well as World Dream Day, an annual event honoring "the dreamer, visionary and innovator in all of us." The classic tale of a courageous little girl named Sophie (newcomer Ruby Barnhill) and a gentle and charming Big Friendly Giant (Mark Rylance) who introduces her to the wonders and perils of Giant Country. The Big Friendly Giant -- despite his intimidating appearance -- turns out to be a kind-hearted soul who is considered an outcast by the other giants because, unlike them, he refuses to eat children. Steven Spielberg employs a new, hybrid style of filmmaking blending live-action and performance-capture techniques for super-photorealistic animation.
Vitals: Director: Steven Spielberg. Stars: Mark Rylance, Ruby Barnhill, Penelope Wilton, Jemaine Clement, Rebecca Hall, Rafe Spall, Bill Hader.
2016, CC, MPAA rating: PG, 117 min., Family, Box office gross: $55.366 million, Disney.Extras: "Bringing The BFG to Life," "The Big Friendly Giant and Me," "Gobblefunk: The Wonderful Words of The BFG," "Giants 101," "Melissa Mathison: A Tribute" homage to Melissa Mathison, the extraordinary, Oscar-nominated screenwriter of "The BFG" and "E.T."
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