Call Me By Your Name
A sensual and transcendent tale of first love, based on the acclaimed novel by Andre Aciman. It’s the summer of 1983 in the north of Italy, and Elio Perlman (Timotheee Chalamet), a precocious 17- year-old American-Italian boy, spends his days in his family’s 17th century villa transcribing and playing classical music, reading, and flirting with his friend Marzia (Esther Garrel). Elio enjoys a close relationship with his father (Michael Stuhlbarg), an eminent professor specializing in Greco-Roman culture, and his mother Annella (Amira Casar), a translator, who favor him with the fruits of high culture in a setting that overflows wit h natural delights. While Elio’s sophistication and intellectual gifts suggest he is already a fully-fledged adult, there is much that yet remains innocent and unformed about him, particularly about matters of the heart. One day, Oliver (Armie Hammer), a charming American scholar working on his doctorate, arrives as the annual summer intern tasked with helping Elio’s father. Amid the sun-drenched splendor of the setting, Elio and Oliver discover the heady beauty of awakening desire over the course of a summer that will alter their lives forever. Nominated for four Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Best Actor, and named the #1 best-reviewed limited released movie on Rotten Tomatoes for 2017 with an adjusted 105.9% score,
Vitals: Director: Luca Guadagnino. Stars: Armie Hammer, Timothée Chalamet, Michael Stuhlbarg, Elena Bucci, Vanda Capriolo, Amira Casar, Victoire Du Bois, Esther Garrel, Antonio Rimoldi, Marco Sgrosso.
2017, CC, MPAA rating: R, 131 min., Drama Romance, Box office gross: $11.355 million, Sony.
Extras: Two featurettes: “Snapshots of Italy: The Making of Call Me By Your Name” and “In Conversation With Armie Hammer, Timothée Chalamet, Michael Stuhlbarg & Luca Guadagnino”; commentary with Timothée Chalamet & Michael Stuhlbarg; music video for “Mystery of Love” by Sufjan Stevens.
The Disaster Artist
James Franco transforms the tragicomic true-story of aspiring filmmaker and infamous Hollywood outsider Tommy Wiseau — an artist whose passion was as sincere as his methods were questionable — into a celebration of friendship, artistic expression, and dreams pursued against insurmountable odds. Based on Greg Sestero’s best-selling tell-all about the making of Tommy’s cult-classic disasterpiece “The Room” (“The Greatest Bad Movie Ever Made”), “The Disaster Artist” is a hilarious and welcome reminder that there is more than one way to become a legend — and no limit to what you can achieve when you have absolutely no idea what you’re doing.
Vitals: Director: James Franco. Stars: James Franco, Zac Efron, Zoey Deutch, Dylan Minnette, Alison Brie, Lizzy Caplan, Bryan Cranston, Kristen Bell, Sharon Stone, Dave Franco, Sugar Lyn Beard, Josh Hutcherson, Seth Rogen, Megan Mullally, Adam Scott.
2017, CC, MPAA rating: R, 104 min., Comedy/Drama, Box office gross: $21.117 million, Lionsgate.
Extras: Gag reel; “Laugh-Out-Loud Audio Commentary” with director-actor James Franco, Dave Franco, Tommy Wiseau, Greg Sestero, and more; “Oh, Hi Mark!: Making a Disaster” featurette; “Directing a Disaster” featurette; “Just a Guy Leaning on a Wall: Getting to Know Tommy” featurette; theatrical trailer.
When scientists find a way to shrink humans to five inches tall as a solution to overpopulation, Paul Safranek (Matt Damon) and his wife Audrey (Kristen Wiig) decide to ditch their stressed out lives in order to get small and live large in a luxurious downsized community. Filled with life-changing adventures and endless possibilities, Leisureland offers more than riches, as Paul discovers a whole new world and realizes that we are meant for something bigger. A social satire from the director of “Election,” “Sideways” and “Nebraska.”
Vitals: Director: Alexander Payne. Stars: Matt Damon, Kristen Wiig, Christoph Waltz, Hong Chau, Jason Sudeikis, Rolf Lassgård.
2017, CC, MPAA rating: R, 135 min., Comedy Drama, Box office gross: $24.442 million, Paramount.
Blu-ray extras: Six featurettes: “Working With Alexander,” “The Cast,” “A Visual Journey,” “A Matter of Perspective,” “That Smile” and “A Global Concern.”
Ferdinand is a giant bull with a big heart. After being mistaken for a dangerous beast and captured and torn from his home and family, he rallies a misfit team for the ultimate adventure to return to his family. Based on the classic children’s book, “Ferdinand.” Set in Spain, “Ferdinand” proves you can’t judge a bull by its cover.
Vitals: Director: Carlos Saldanha. Stars:. Voices of John Cena, Kate McKinnon, Bobby Cannavale, Jack Gore, Jet Jurgensmeyer, Nile Diaz.
2017, CC, MPAA rating: PG, 108 min., Animated Family, Box office gross: $79.456
Extras: Ten featurettes, “Home” music video, gallery.
Based on the unbelievable but true events, “I, Tonya” is a dark comedic tale of American figure skater Tonya Harding and one of the most sensational scandals in sports history. Though Harding was the first American woman to complete a triple axel in competition, her legacy was forever defined by her association with an infamous and poorly executed attack on fellow Olympic competitor Nancy Kerrigan. “I, Tonya” is an absurd, irreverent, and piercing portrayal of Harding’s life and career in all of its unchecked — and checkered– glory. Janney won this year’s Oscar for Best Supporting Actress.
Vitals: Director: Craig Gillespie. Stars: Margot Robbie, Sebastian Stan, Julianne Nicholson, Bobby Cannavale, Allison Janney.
2017, CC, MPAA rating: R, 120 min., Drama, Box office gross: $18.844
Extras: Deleted scenes, behind-the-scenes featurette, commentary with director Craig Gillespie.
Jumanji: Welcome to The Jungle
When four high-school kids discover an old video game console with a game they’ve never heard of — Jumanji — they’re immediately drawn into the game’s jungle setting, literally becoming the avatars they chose: gamer Spencer becomes a brawny adventurer (Dwayne Johnson); football jock Fridge loses (in his words) “the top two feet of his body” and becomes an Einstein (Kevin Hart); popular girl Bethany becomes a middle-aged male professor (Jack Black); and wallflower Martha becomes a badass warrior (Karen Gillan). What they discover is that you don’t just play Jumanji — you must survive it. To beat the game and return to the real world, they’ll have to go on the most dangerous adventure of their lives, discover what Alan Parrish left 20 years ago, and change the way they think about themselves — or they’ll be stuck in the game forever. Based on the book by Chris Van Allsburg.
Vitals: Director: Jake Kasdan. Stars: Dwayne Johnson, Jack Black, Kevin Hart, Karen Gillan, Rhys Darby, Bobby Cannavale.
2017, CC, MPAA rating: PG-13, 119 min., Action-Adventure, Box office gross: $369.076 million, Sony.
Extras: Gag reel, “Jumanji, Jumanji” music video by Jack Black and Nick Jonas, three featurettes: “Journey Through the Jungle: The Making of Jumanji,” “Meet the Players: A Heroic Cast” and “Attack of the Rhinos!” Blu-ray adds Two extra featurettes: “Surviving the Jungle: Spectacular Stunts!” and “Book to Board Game to Big Screen & Beyond! Celebrating The Legacy of Jumanji.”