Brad Pitt and Marion Cotillard star as intelligence officer Max Vatan and French Resistance fighter Marianne Beauséjour, two of the world’s deadliest spies, who fall in love while undercover on a top-secret mission and marry during World War II. But when Max learns his wife may be secretly conspiring with the enemy, he has only 72 hours to prove her innocence and save his family before he must do the unthinkable. Vitals: Director: Robert Zemeckis. Stars: Brad Pit, Marion Cotillard, Lizzy Caplan, Matthew Goode, Raffey Cassidy, Jared Harris.
2016, CC, MPAA rating: R, 124 min., Action Drama, Box office gross: $39.988
Blu-ray extras: “Story of Allied” featurette, “From Stages to the Sahara: The Production Design of Allied,” “Through the Lens: Directing With Robert Zemeckis,” “A Stitch in Time: The Costumes of Allied,” “‘Til Death Do Us Part: Max and Marianne,” “Guys and Gals: The Ensemble Cast,” “Lights, Pixels, ACTION! The Visual Effects of Allied,” “Behind the Wheel: The Vehicles of Allied,” “Locked and Loaded: The Weapons of Allied,” “That Swingin’ Sound: The Music of Allied.”
When mysterious spacecrafts touch down across the globe, an elite team — lead by expert linguist Louise Banks (Amy Adams) — is brought together to investigate. As tensions mount between fearful governments, Banks discovers the aliens’ true purpose and, to avert global war, takes a chance that could threaten her life, and quite possibly humanity.
Vitals: Director: Denis Villeneuve. Stars: Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner, Forest Whitaker, Michael Stuhlbarg, Mark O’Brien.
2016, CC, MPAA rating: PG-13, 116 min., Science Fiction, Box office gross: $94.213
Blu-ray extras: “Xenolinguistics: Understanding Arrival,” “Acoustic Signatures: The Sound Design,” “Eternal Recurrence: The Score,” “Nonlinear Thinking: The Editorial Process,” “Principles of Time, Memory & Language.”
Bad Santa 2
Sequel to 2003’s cult hit. Fueled by cheap whiskey, greed and hatred, Willie (Billy Bob Thornton) teams up once again with his angry little sidekick, Marcus (Tony Cox), to knock off a Chicago charity on Christmas Eve. Along for the ride is “the kid” — chubby and cheery Thurman Merman (Brett Kelly), a 250-pound ray of sunshine who brings out Willie’s sliver of humanity. Mommy issues arise when the pair are joined by Willie’s horror story of a mother, Sunny Soke (Kathy Bates). A super butch super bitch, Sunny raises the bar for the gang’s ambitions, while somehow lowering the standards of criminal behavior. Willie is further burdened by lusting after the curvaceous and prim Diane(Christina Hendricks), the charity director with a heart of gold and libido of steel.
Vitals: Director: Mark Waters. Stars: Billy Bob Thornton, Kathy Bates, Tony Cox, Christina Hendricks, Brett Kelly, Ryan Hansen.
2016, CC, MPAA rating: R, 92 min., Comedy, Box office gross: $17.544 million, Broad Green Pictures/Miramax.
Extras: “Thurman Then & Now” featurette; “Just Your Average Red Band” featurette”; “Jingle Balls,” an adult version of the classic holiday song; gag reel; alternate opening and ending; deleted scenes. Blu-ray adds “That’s My Willie” original animated series.
The story of world-famous neurosurgeon Dr. Stephen Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch), whose life changes forever after a horrific car accident renders his hands useless. When traditional medicine fails him, he travels to the remote Kamar-Taj in search of a cure, but instead discovers the mystical arts and becomes a powerful sorcerer battling dark forces bent on destroying our reality. From Marvel Studios and Marvel Comics.
Vitals: Director: Scott Derrickson. Stars: Benedict Cumberbatch, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Rachel McAdams, Benedict Wong, Michael Stuhlbarg, Scott Adkins, Mads Mikkelsen, Tilda Swinton.
2016, CC, MPAA rating: PG-13, 115 min., Fantasy Action Adventure, Box office gross: $231.279 million, Marvel/Disney.
Blu-ray extras: Five featurettes: “A Strange Transformation” bringing the Marvel character to life; “Strange Company” behind-the-scenes; “The Fabric of Reality” look at the movie’s sets, costumes and production elements; “Across Time and Space” dance and fight choreography; “The Score-cerer Supreme” with composer Michael Giacchino and a full orchestra during live recording sessions; “Marvel Studios Phase 3 Exclusive Look” early peek at Marvel’s upcoming films, including “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2,” “Thor: Ragnarok,” “Black Panther” and “Avengers: Infinity War”; “Team Thor: Part 2” partnership between Thor and his roommate Darryl in this satirical short; deleted scenes; gag reel; audio commentary by director Scott Derrickson.
The Edge of Seventeen
An honest, comedic look at what it’s like to grow up as a young woman today. Nadine (Hailee Steinfeld) and Krista (Haley Lu Richardson) are inseparable best friends attempting to navigate high school together. But then Nadine’s world gets turned upside down when she finds out that Krista has been secretly dating her popular older brother (Blake Jenner) behind her back. Now with her best friend as her worst enemy, Nadine has to deal with being an awkward loner, while discovering that what may feel like the end of the world is really just the beginning of growing up.
Vitals: Director: Kelly Fremon Craig. Stars: Hailee Steinfeld, Woody Harrelson, Kyra Sedgwick, Haley Lu Richardson, Blake Jenner.
2016, CC, MPAA rating: R, 105 min., Comedy, Box office gross: $14.102 million, Universal.
Extras: Gag reel, deleted scenes.
The extraordinary true story of Desmond Doss (Andrew Garfield) who, in Okinawa during the bloodiest battle of WWII, saved 75 men without firing or carrying a gun. He was the only American soldier in WWII to fight on the front lines without a weapon, as he believed that while the war was justified, killing was nevertheless wrong. As an army medic, he single-handedly evacuated the wounded from behind enemy lines, braved fire while tending to soldiers, was wounded by a grenade, and hit by snipers. Doss was the first conscientious objector to ever earn the Congressional Medal of Honor.
Vitals: Director: Mel Gibson. Stars: Andrew Garfield, Sam Worthington, Luke Bracey, Teresa Palmer, Hugo Weaving, Rachel Griffiths, Vince Vaughn.
2016, CC, MPAA rating: R, 139 min., Drama, Box office gross: $65.362 million, Lionsgate.
Extras: Deleted scenes, Veterans Day greeting with Mel Gibson. Blu-ray adds “The Soul of War: Making Hacksaw Ridge” documentary.