(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.)
"Game of Thrones: The Complete Seventh Season": Jon Snow and Cersei Lannister (Kit Harington, Lena Headey) both face challenges as leaders as the hugely popular HBO series continues here with its next-to-last season, a shorter one that has seven episodes (three less than the usual). Alliances shift dramatically, but that's not all the involved factions have to worry about, since an army made up of the deceased is approaching the Seven Kingdoms. Peter Dinklage, Emilia Clarke, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Aidan Gillen, Sophie Turner, Maisie Williams and Diana Rigg also continue their roles -- and very notable (and noticeable) in the opening episode is music star Ed Sheeran, whose appearance generated mixed reactions from the "Thrones'' faithful. DVD extras: three "making-of'' documentaries; audio commentaries by cast and crew members. *** (Not rated: AS, N, V) (Also on Blu-ray)
"Detroit": Typically gritty director Kathryn Bigelow's urban drama -- teaming her again with screenwriter Mark Boal ("The Hurt Locker,'' "Zero Dark Thirty'') -- gives a very down-to-earth role to John Boyega, who's now part of the "Star Wars'' family, as a security guard who becomes caught up in the rioting that occurred in the title city in 1967. Assigned to keep a grocery store safe from looting, he eventually becomes an accomplice to a police plan to identify the person who started the turmoil by firing blanks. That turns out to be only the start of trouble for the guard. The cast also includes Will Poulter, John Krasinski, Anthony Mackie and Kaitlyn Dever ("Last Man Standing''). Co-star Algee Smith also performs on the film's music score. DVD extras: five "making-of'' documentaries; music video. *** (R: AS, P, V) (Also on Blu-ray and On Demand)
"Home Again": Hallie Meyers-Shyer, the daughter of filmmakers Nancy Meyers ("The Holiday'') and Charles Shyer ("Father of the Bride''), gets fully into the family business as writer and director of this light romantic comedy casting Reese Witherspoon as a mom of two who has a surprising new romance with one of the moviemakers staying in her guest house (Pico Alexander). The relationship is threatened, though, by the unexpected return of her estranged husband (Michael Sheen). Candice Bergen, who also worked with Witherspoon in "Sweet Home Alabama,'' and Lake Bell (of mother Meyers' "It's Complicated'') also appear. DVD extra: audio commentary by Hallie Meyers-Shyer and producer Nancy Meyers. *** (PG-13: AS, P) (Also on Blu-ray and On Demand)
Also Releasing this Week:
"All Saints": John Corbett ("Northern Exposure,'' "Sex and the City'') has the central role in this inspirational, true drama about a salesman turned clergyman who resisted his assignment to close a church with a small but loyal congregation. He saw a chance to save it when refugees from Southeast Asia became his parishioners, not only building the membership but potentially helping to turn the site into a working farm and cover its expenses. The casting reunites Corbett with fellow "Northern Exposure'' alum Barry Corbin, with Cara Buono and David Keith ("An Officer and a Gentleman'') also co-starring. *** (PG: AS) (Also on Blu-ray)
"Zoo: The Third Season": What turned out to be the final season of the CBS suspense series -- inspired by a novel by James Patterson and Michael Ledwidge -- jumps the saga forward a decade, with the team battling a new form of deadly animal known as a hybrid, giving them yet another challenge in trying to find the creatures' source and destroy it. First, though, the heroes have to reunite ... and Mitch (Billy Burke) is particularly changed, based on what happened to him after he disappeared. His daughter (Gracie Dzienny) figures into the action in a major way here. James Wolk, Kristen Connolly, Nonso Anozie and Alyssa Diaz also continue their roles. *** (Not rated: AS, P, V)
"Dunkirk" (Dec. 19): The Christopher Nolan-directed view of the World War II military operation features Harry Styles and Kenneth Branagh. (PG-13: AS, P, V) "Leatherface" (Dec. 19): The roots of the ``Texas Chainsaw Massacre'' character are explored in this horror prequel; Stephen Dorff and Lili Taylor star. (R: AS, N, P, GV)
"The Lego Ninjago Movie" (Dec. 19): A martial-arts master (voice of Jackie Chan) leads young warriors against an enemy -- the father of one of the heroes. (PG: AS, V)
"Mother!" (Dec. 19): Director Darren Aronofsky's melodrama stars Jennifer Lawrence and Javier Bardem as a couple who receive unexpected visitors. (R: AS, N, P, V)
"Stronger" (Dec. 19): Jake Gyllenhaal plays one of the victims of the Boston Marathon bombing who battles back after losing his legs. (R: AS, N, P)
"American Made" (Jan. 2): Tom Cruise stars in the fact-based story of a pilot whose questionable, cartel-related activities were sanctioned by the CIA. (R: AS, N, P)
Oldies But Goodies:
"Love Actually" (2003): One of Colin Firth's most popular movies typically gets many viewings during the holiday season; Hugh Grant and Emma Thompson are among the many other stars. **** (Also on Blu-ray)
"Point Break" (1991): The original, Kathryn Bigelow-directed version of the action drama stars Keanu Reeves as an FBI rookie pursing a robbery-gang leader (Patrick Swayze). *** (Also on Blu-ray)
"Sweet Home Alabama" (2002): Reese Witherspoon plays a New York resident who returns to her Southern hometown to divorce her estranged husband (Josh Lucas). *** (Also on Blu-ray)
TOP 10 DVD & Blu-Ray Rentals
(Week ending November 26, 2017, Courtesy of comScore)
1) "The Hitman's Bodyguard"
2) "Girls Trip"
3) "The Dark Tower"
4) "Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets"
5) "War for the Planet of the Apes"
6) "Cars 3"
7) "Wind River"
8) "Wonder Woman"
9) "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales"
10) "The Emoji Movie"
FAMILY VIEWING GUIDE KEY: AS, adult situations; N, nudity; P, profanity; V, violence; GV, particularly graphic violence