The epic story of Judah Ben-Hur (Jack Huston), a prince falsely accused of treason by his adopted brother Messala (Toby Kebbell), an officer in the Roman army. Stripped of his title, separated from his family and the woman he loves (Nazanin Boniadi), Judah is forced into slavery. After years at sea, Judah returns to his homeland to seek revenge, but finds redemption. Based on Lew Wallace’s timeless novel “Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ.”
Vitals: Director: Timur Bekmambetov. Stars: Jack Huston, Toby Kebbell, Nazanin Boniadi, Rodrigo Santoro, Ayelet Zurer, Pilou Asbaek, Sofia Black D’Elia, Morgan Freeman.
2016, CC, MPAA rating: PG-13, 125 min., Biblical Drama, Box office gross: $26.410 million, Paramount.
Blu-ray extras: “Ben-Hur: The Legacy,” “The Epic Cast,” “A Tale for Our Times,” “The Chariot Race,” deleted & extended scenes, music videos.
Bridget Jones’s Baby
The third installment in the Bridget Jones series follows Bridget as she embraces a new decade in her life, confronts her past with a charismatic old love, and finds new romance using her signature quirk and humor. Forty-something and single again after breaking up with Mark Darcy (Colin Firth), Bridget (Renée Zellweger) decides to focus on her job and surround herself with old friends and new. But her love life takes a turn when she meets a dashing American named Jack (Patrick Dempsey), the suitor who is everything Mr. Darcy is not. In an unlikely twist, Bridget finds herself pregnant, but with one hitch: she can only be fifty percent sure of the identity of her baby’s father.
Vitals: Director: Sharon Maguire. Stars: Renée Zellweger, Patrick Dempsey, Colin Firth, Jim Broadbent, Gemma Jones, Emma Thompson.
2016, CC, MPAA rating: R, 122 min., Comedy, Box office gross: $23.609 million, Universal.
Extras: Alternate ending, Gag Reel, Deleted and Alternate Scenes, “Full Circle: The Making of Bridget Jones’s Baby” multi-part documentary on the making of “Bridget Jones’s Baby” featuring interviews with cast and crew including: “Renée Returns,” “The Difference that 15 Years Makes,” “Bridget’s Boys,” “In London, In Love” and “Sharon’s Show: The Director.”
Florence Foster Jenkins
Based on the incredible true story. Meryl Streep stars as a New York socialite who dreams of becoming a great opera singer. While the voice she hears in her head is beautiful, to everyone else it is hilariously awful. Her husband and biggest fan, St. Clair Bayfield (Hugh Grant) is determined to protect his beloved Florence from the truth. But when Florence stages a huge concert at Carnegie Hall, he faces his greatest challenge to make sure her performance hits all the right notes.
Vitals: Director: Stephen Frears. Stars: Meryl Streep, Hugh Grant, Simon Helberg, Rebecca Ferguson, Nina Arianda, Stanley Townsend, Allan Corduner.
2016, CC, MPAA rating: PG-13, 111 min., Comedy-Drama, Box office gross: $27.328 million, Paramount.
Blu-ray extras: Deleted Scenes, “Ours is a Happy World,” “The Music and Songs of Florence,” “Designing the Look,” “From Script to Screen,” “Florence Foster Jenkins” world premiere, Q&A with Meryl Streep, “Live at Carnegie Hall.”
The fifth installment of the blockbuster franchise sees the return of Matt Damon and director Paul Greengrass. It’s been 10 years since Jason Bourne (Matt Damon) walked away from the agency that trained him to become a deadly weapon, and he survives off the grid by participating in illegal bare knuckle fights around the world. When former spy handler Nicky Parsons (Julia Stiles) attempts to steal some incriminating CIA files for a WikiLeaks-type organization, she inadvertently gets Bourne involved in a new top-secret program created by CIA director Robert Dewey (Tommy Lee Jones), counterinsurgency expert Heather Lee (Alicia Vikander) and social media mogul Aaron Kalloor (Riz Ahmed). Though not the best of the three films with Damon as Bourne — most of the acting is by the numbers — there are still some pretty exciting chase set pieces — and a new, nasty nemesis for Bourne in the person of the wonderful Vincent Cassel. A fun if flawed outing.
Vitals: Director: Paul Greengrass. Stars: Matt Damon, Alicia Vikander, Vincent Cassel, Tommy Lee Jones, Julia Stiles, Riz Ahmed.
2016, CC, MPAA rating: PG-13, 124 min., Thriller, Box office gross: $162.162 million, Universal.
Extras: “Bringing Back Bourne” with Damon and director Greengrass; “Bourne to Fight” behind-the-scenes look at the fight sequences: “Bare-Knuckle Boxing,” “Close Quarters” look at the brutal fight between Jason Bourne and Christian Dassault, “Underground Rumble” final showdown with The Asset; “The Athens Escape” with Matt Damon, stunt coordinator Gary Powell and second unit director Simon Crane discussing the challenges of shooting a chase sequence through cramped city streets; “Las Vegas Showdown” behind the scenes of the final act: “Convention Chaos” and “Shutting Down the Strip.”
The Magnificent Seven
The desperate townspeople of Rose Creek employ protection from seven outlaws, bounty hunters, gamblers and hired guns after the town falls under the deadly control of industrialist Bartholomew Bogue. As they prepare the town for the violent showdown that they know is coming, these seven mercenaries find themselves fighting for more than money. Remake of the 1960 “The Magnificent Seven,” in turn a westernization of Akira Kurosawa’s 1954 “Seven Samurai.”
Vitals: Director: Antoine Fuqua. Stars: Denzel Washington, Chris Pratt, Ethan Hawke, Vincent D’Onofrio, Byung-Hun Lee, Martin Sensmeier, Manuel Garcia-Rulfo, Peter Sarsgaard.
2016, CC, MPAA rating: PG-13, 132 min., Western, Box office gross: $92.251 million, MGM Studios/Sony.
Extras: Four featurettes: “Magnificent Music,” “Directing the Seven,” “The Seven,” “Rogue Bogue.” Blu-ray adds two more featurettes, “Gunslingers” and “The Taking of Rose Creek”; deleted scenes, and the interactive “Vengeance Mode,” where Washington, Pratt, Hawke and the other members of the cast sat down together with director Fuqua to breakdown key scenes, share their best memories from the set and reflect on the extraordinary experience of making a classic western. “Vengeance Mode” combines behind the scenes footage with the group’s lively conversation to give viewers an all-access look at the process of bringing the film to the screen.
Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children
When Jake discovers clues to a mystery that spans alternate realities and times, he uncovers a secret refuge known as Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. As he learns about the residents and their unusual abilities, Jake realizes that safety is an illusion, and danger lurks in the form of powerful, hidden enemies. Jake must figure out who is real, who can be trusted, and who he really is. Based on the best-selling book series.
Vitals: Director: Tim Burton. Stars: Eva Green, Asa Butterfield, Samuel L. Jackson, Ella Purnell, Judi Dench, Allison Janney, Chris O’Dowd, Terence Stamp.
2016, CC, MPAA rating: PG-13, 127 min., Fantasy Adventure, Box office gross: $83.284 million, Fox.
Extras: “The Peculiar Story” behind-the-scenes featurette, “The Peculiars” behind-the-scenes
piece with 15 character pods; “Hollows and Ex-Hollows” featurette, “Map of Days” of Miss Peregrine’s home & Blackpool Tower, “Wish That You Were Here” The Machine music video,
gallery of never-before-seen sketches by Tim Burton and photographs.