A Bigger Splash
Tilda Swinton plays a famous rock star vacationing with her lover (Matthias Schoenaerts) on a remote Italian island. While the couple basks in the foreshadowing heat of the Mediterranean sun, their lives are soon disrupted by the unexpected visit of an old flame (Ralph Fiennes) and his seductive daughter (Dakota Johnson), creating a whirlwind of jealousy, passion and – ultimately – danger for everyone involved.
Vitals: Director: Luca Guadagnino. Stars: Tilda Swinton, Ralph Fiennes, Matthias Schoenaerts, Dakota Johnson.
2016 — Italy, CC, MPAA rating: R, 125 min., Drama, Box office gross: $1.936 million, Fox.
Extras: Eight promotional featurettes, photo gallery, theatrical trailer.
Captain America: Civil War
Marvel’s “Captain America: Civil War” finds Steve Rogers (Captain America) leading the newly formed team of Avengers in their continued efforts to safeguard humanity. But after another incident involving the Avengers results in collateral damage, political pressure mounts to install a system of accountability, headed by a governing body to oversee and direct the team. The new status quo fractures the Avengers, resulting in two camps — one led by Steve Rogers and his desire for the Avengers to remain free to defend humanity without government interference, and the other following Tony Stark’s (Iron Man) surprising decision to support government oversight and accountability. Rogers and Stark are joined by a star-studded lineup of Marvel Super Heroes, including Natasha Romanoff aka Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), Bucky Barnes aka Winter Soldier (Sebastian Stan), Sam Wilson aka Falcon (Anthony Mackie) Colonel James “Rhodey” Rhodes aka War Machine (Don Cheadle), Clint Barton aka Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner), Vision (Paul Bettany) and Wanda Maximoff aka Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen), along with new recruit Scott Lang aka Ant-Man (Paul Rudd) and joined by two new additions: T’Challa aka Black Panther (Chadwick Boseman) and Peter Parker aka Spider-Man (Tom Holland).
Vitals: Director: Anthony and Joe Russo. Stars: Chris Evans, Robert Downey Jr., Scarlett Johansson, Sebastian Stan, Anthony Mackie, Sam Wilson, Don Cheadle, Jeremy Renner, Chadwick Boseman, Paul Bettany, Elizabeth Olsen, Paul Rudd, Emily VanCamp, Tom Holland.
2016, CC, MPAA rating: PG-13, 147 min., Action Adventure, Box office gross: $380.230 million, Disney.
Blu-ray extras: “United We Stand, Divided We Fall – The Making of Captain America: Civil War Part 1 & Part 2,” “Captain America: The Road to Civil War,” “Iron Man: The Road to Civil War,” gag reel, deleted and extended scenes, commentary by directors Anthony and Joe Russo and screenwriters Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely.
Bob Stone (Dwayne Johnson), a one-time bullied geek who grew up to be a lethal CIA agent, comes home for his high school reunion and, claiming to be on a top-secret case, enlists the help of Calvin Joyner (Kevin Hart), once the ‘big man on campus,” now an accountant, who misses his glory days. Stone needs Calvin’s number skills to help him save the compromised U.S. spy satellite system. But before the staid numbers-cruncher realizes what he’s getting into, it’s too late to get out, as his increasingly unpredictable new friend drags him through a world of shoot-outs, double-crosses and espionage that could get them both killed in more ways than he can count.
Vitals: Director: Rawson Marshall Thurber. Stars: Dwayne Johnson, Kevin Hart, Amy Ryan, Aaron Paul, Danielle Nicolet, Megan Park, Ryan Hansen, Tim Griffin.
2016, CC, MPAA rating: PG-13, 107 min., Action Comedy, Box office gross: $126.088 million, Warner.
The Conjuring 2
Brings to the screen another real case from the files of renowned demonologists Ed and Lorraine Warren. Reprising their roles, Vera Farmiga and Patrick Wilson star as the Warrens, who, in one of their most terrifying paranormal investigations, travel to north London to help a single mother raising four children alone in a house plagued by malicious spirits.
Vitals: Director: James Wan. Stars: Vera Farmiga, Patrick Wilson, Frances O’Connor, Madison Wolfe, Lauren Esposito, Patrick McAuley, Benjamin Haigh.
2016, CC, MPAA rating: R, 134 min., Horror, Box office gross: $102.216 million, Warner.
Extras: “The Enfield Poltergeist: Living the Horror.” “The Conjuring 2: Hollywood’s Haunted Stage,” “Creating Crooked,” “Crafting The Conjuring 2,” “Sounds of Scary,” deleted scenes.
As a family returns home from vacation at the Grand Canyon, they innocently bring home a supernatural force that preys off their own fears and vulnerabilities, threatening to destroy them from within, while consuming their lives with terrifying consequences. When their young son (David Mazouz) brings home five mystical stones he found on the family vacation, Peter (Kevin Bacon) and Bronny (Radha Mitchell) begin to notice strange things happening in their house. Having awakened dark forces bound to the rocks, the family fights for survival as malicious demons feed off their fears and threatenn to destroy them. Vitals: Director: Greg McLean. Stars: Kevin Bacon, Radha Mitchell, Jennifer Morrison, David Mazouz, Lucy Fry.
2016, CC, MPAA rating: PG-13, 92 min., Horror, Box office gross: $10.732
Extras: Deleted scenes, shocking alternate ending.
Free State of Jones
Set during the Civil War, the film tells the story of defiant Southern farmer Newt Knight and his extraordinary armed rebellion against the Confederacy. Banding together with other small farmers and local slaves, Knight launched an uprising that led Jones County, Mississippi to secede from the Confederacy, creating a Free State of Jones. His marriage to a former slave, Rachel, and his subsequent establishment of a mixed race community was unique in the post-war South. Knight continued his struggle into Reconstruction, distinguishing him as a compelling, if controversial, figure of defiance long beyond the War.
Vitals: Director: Gary Ross. Stars: Matthew McConaughey, Keri Russell, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Mahershala Ali, Jessica Collins.
2016, CC, MPAA rating: R, 139 min., Drama, Box office gross: $20.389 million, Universal.
Extras: “The History of Jones County” featurette.
Love & Friendship
A fresh and witty take on the classic Jane Austen novella “Lady Susan” in which a beautiful young widow, Lady Susan Vernon (Kate Beckinsale), visits her in-laws’ estate while waiting for social chatter about her personal indiscretions to pass. While there, the intelligent, flirtatious, and amusingly egotistical Lady Vernon decides to secure a husband for herself and her rather reluctant daughter, Frederica. Enlisting the assistance of her old friend Alicia (Chloë Sevigny), Lady Vernon attracts the simultaneous attention of the young, handsome Reginald DeCourcy, the rich and silly Sir James Martin and the divinely handsome, but married, Lord Manwaring, complicating matters severely.
Vitals: Director: Walt Stillman. Stars: Kate Beckinsale, Chloë Sevigny, Xavier Samuel, Emma Greenwel, Morfydd Clark, Jemma Redgrave, Tom Bennett, James Fleet, Justin Edwards, Jenn Murray, Stephen Fry.
2016, CC, MPAA rating: PG, 94 min., Romantic Comedy, Box office gross: $13.465 million, Sony.
Extras: “Behind-the-Scenes: Love and Friendship” featurette.
With a new iPhone, an apartment near The Grove and a comfortable bank account left to her by her beloved late husband, Marnie Minervini (Susan Sarandon) has happily relocated from New Jersey to Los Angeles to be near her daughter Lori, a successful (but still single) screenwriter, and smother her with motherly love. But when the dozens of texts, unexpected visits and conversations dominated by unsolicited advice force Lori to draw strict personal boundaries, Marnie finds ways to channel her eternal optimism and forceful generosity to change the lives of others. While making new friends, she finds a new purpose in life and launches into an unexpected romance with a motorcycle-riding ex-cop named Zipper (J.K. Simmons).
Vitals: Director: Lorene Scafaria. Stars: Susan Sarandon, Rose Byrne, J.K. Simmons, Cecily Strong, Jerrod Carmichael, Jason Ritter, Billy Magnussen, Harry Hamlin, Laura San Giacomo, Michael McKean.
2016, CC, MPAA rating: PG-13, 100 min., Comedy, Box office gross: $4.259 million, Sony.
Extras: Commentary with Susan Sarandon and director Lorene Scafaria, two featurettes: “The ‘Real’ Marnie” and “The Making of The Meddler”; gag reel.