New to DVD and On Demand Releases for April 1 - 7

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01 April 2018
VIEW FROM THE COUCH
By Jay Bobbin Zap2it
(Ratings for each film begin with a "star'' rating -- one star meaning "poor,'' four meaning "excellent'' -- followed by the Motion Picture Association of America rating, and then by a family-viewing guide, the key for which appears below.)

 
Releasing this Week:
 
Father Figures"Father Figures": Upon learning that the man their mother (Glenn Close) has told them was their father really isn't, fraternal twins -- played by Owen Wilson and Ed Helms -- set out to find their real dad in this modestly amusing comedy, marking the directing debut of cinematographer Lawrence Sher (who previously worked with Helms on "The Hangover''). The siblings are shocked to learn of the parental lie, and their resulting road trip yields revelations about everyone in the immediate family. The supporting cast includes Oscar winners J.K. Simmons and Christopher Walken as well as Ving Rhames, Terry Bradshaw, Harry Shearer, June Squibb ("Nebraska'') and comic Katt Williams. DVD extras: deleted scenes. *** (R: AS, P) (Also on Blu-ray and On Demand)
Thirteen Reasons Why: Season One"13 Reasons Why: Season One'': Easily one of the most discussed series Netflix has introduced thus far, this intentionally disturbing drama -- based on Jay Asher's novel -- deals with the aftermath of a young woman's (Katherine Langford) suicide. A classmate (Dylan Minnette, "Don't Breathe''), who had a crush on her, finds cassette tapes she left behind -- spelling out the "whys'' and "whos'' behind her decision to take her own life, and sending her friend on an odyssey through her deeply troubled existence. With Oscar-winning filmmaker Tom McCarthy ("Spotlight'') and actress-singer Selena Gomez among its executive producers, the show also features Kate Walsh ("Private Practice''). DVD extras: seven "making-of'' documentaries; interviews with cast members; character featurettes. *** (Not rated: AS, P, V)
Insiduous: The Last Key"Insidious: The Last Key": The horror franchise continues with this fourth edition, with genre veteran Lin Shaye back as parapsychologist Elise, who goes back to her family home intending to have a conclusive showdown with the sinister spirits that have haunted her throughout most of her life. Leigh Whannell (also the writer and a producer here) and Angus Sampson also return as the supernatural sleuths who accompany her on her quest. Additional cast members include Josh Stewart ("Criminal Minds''), Kirk Acevedo ("Oz''), Caitlin Gerard and Bruce Davison. The movie also is available as part of a new collection that includes the previous three films as well. DVD extras: three "making-of'' documentaries; deleted scenes; alternate ending. *** (PG-13: AS, P, V) (Also on Blu-ray and On Demand)
The Child inTime"Masterpiece: The Child inTime": In the week when it also makes its television debut on the PBS anthology series, this drama based on Ian McEwan's novel stars Benedict Cumberbatch and Kelly Macdonald as a children's author and a musician, partners in a marriage that unravels after the disappearance of the couple's young daughter (Beatrice White) while in her father's care. All might not be lost, though, since the passage of time begins to heal the ruptured relationship -- but the reconciliation could be impacted by the husband's encounter with someone from his past. Stephen Campbell Moore and Saskia Reeves also star. *** (Not rated: AS, P)


Also Releasing this Week:

David Cassidy: I Think I Love You - Greatest Hits Live"David Cassidy: I Think I Love You - Greatest Hits Live'': Both pop music and the television world lost one of its hugely familiar faces and voices with the death of the "Partridge Family'' alum Cassidy last fall, and this concert performance -- recorded in Glasgow, Scotland, in 2001 -- attests to the international popularity he enjoyed. Expectedly, the song set includes "Partridge'' tunes such as the title cut, "I Can Feel Your Heartbeat'' and "I'll Meet You Halfway,'' along with less-expected selections like covers of "Ain't No Sunshine'' and "Hollywood Nights.'' The package also includes a CD of the concert. DVD extras: behind-the-scenes footage; photo gallery. *** (Not rated)
90s Sitcom Starter Set"'90s Sitcom Starter Set": In an interesting approach to introducing viewers to several past television series at once, this compilation includes the first two seasons of each of three different programs. "The Larry Sanders Show'' is the late Garry Shandling's much-acclaimed satire of late-night television, with numerous stars making guest appearances as themselves; "Wings'' casts Tim Daly (currently on "Madam Secretary'') and Steven Weber as brothers who operate a small airline, with Tony Shalhoub ("Monk'') and Thomas Haden Church ("Divorce'') among the co-stars; and "Just Shoot Me!'' features Laura San Giacomo as a reluctant employee of her father's (George Segal) fashion magazine. *** (Not rated: AS, P)

 
Upcoming Releases:

"Phantom Thread" (April 10): Oscar nominees Daniel Day-Lewis and Lesley Manville star in writer-director Paul Thomas Anderson's drama about the life and loves of a dressmaker. (R: AS, P)
"Molly's Game" (April 10): Oscar-winning writer Aaron Sorkin's directorial debut casts Jessica Chastain in the true story of a woman who ran an exclusive poker game. (R: AS, P, V)
"All the Money inthe World" (April 10): Director Ridley Scott recounts the John Paul Getty III kidnapping; Michelle Williams, Mark Wahlberg and Christopher Plummer star. (R: AS, P, V)
"The Greatest Showman" (April 10): Hugh Jackman stars as legendary circus mentor P.T. Barnum in this musical-drama, with songs by ``La La Land's'' Pasek and Paul. (PG: AS, V)
"The Commuter" (April 17): A just-fired insurance salesman (Liam Neeson) gets caught up in intrigue aboard the train he's taken daily. (PG-13: P, V)
"Paddington 2" (April 24): The domesticated title bear (voice by Ben Whishaw) tries to recover the stolen gift he bought for his aunt's milestone birthday. (PG: AS)
"Forever My Girl" (April 24): Returning to his hometown, a country-music star (Alex Roe) is reunited with the love (Jessica Rothe) he left behind. (PG: AS, P)
"Grease" (April 24): In its 40th-anniversary year, the musical based on the stage hit gets a relaunch on home video; John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John play young lovers Danny and Sandy. (PG: AS, P)


Oldies But Goodies:

"Doctor Strange" (2016): Benedict Cumberbatch stars as the Marvel Comics character who relies on mystical powers to stop evildoers. (PG-13: AS, V) (Also on Blu-ray)
"Insidious" (2010): The original thriller stars Patrick Wilson and Rose Byrne as a couple who determine that their son's coma is more than it seems. (PG-13: AS, P, V) (Also on Blu-ray)
"Wedding Crashers" (2005): Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughn play said crashers, buddies whose premise goes awry when they find love themselves. *** (Also on Blu-ray)


TOP 10 DVD & Blu-Ray Rentals
(Week ending March 18, 2018, Courtesy of 
comScore)


1)   "Thor: Ragnorak"
2)   "Coco"
3)  "Daddy's Home 2" Christmas"
4)  "Murder on the Orient Express"
5)   "Wonder"
6)   "Darkest Hour" 
7)   "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri"
8)   "I, Tonya"
9)   "Justice League"    
10)   "A Bad Moms' Christmas"


FAMILY VIEWING GUIDE KEY: AS, adult situations; N, nudity; P, profanity; V, violence; GV, particularly graphic violence



 
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