(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.)
"Incredibles 2": In this animated, greatly enjoyable Disney-Pixar sequel from writer-director Brad Bird -- which followed the original "Incredibles'' 14 years later -- the superhero clan suddenly is a family without a cause, since the government bureau they worked for has been shut down ... but all might not be lost, since a technology guru (voiced by "Better Call Saul's'' Bob Odenkirk) offers to give them a base to continue protecting the world from evil. Elastigirl (voice of Holly Hunter) specifically is called back into action while her husband (voice of Craig T. Nelson) plays "Mr. Mom'' at home. Keep your eye on the youngest member of the Incredibles' family, Jack-Jack, highly amusing in his own right. Jonathan Banks (also of "Better Call Saul''), Sophia Bush, Isabella Rossellini and director Bird also are heard. DVD extras: audio commentary by animators; "Bao'' short subject. *** (PG: P) (Also on Blu-ray and On Demand)
"Christopher Robin": Just because Christopher Robin grew up doesn't mean he forgot about Winnie the Pooh and his other animal friends in the Hundred Acre Wood. That's the heart-tugging conceit of this pleasant Disney movie, which is in the hands of the right director: Marc Forster, who expanded on the background of another classic story ("Peter Pan'') in "Finding Neverland.'' As played quite well by Ewan McGregor, the adult Christopher Robin is a family man and business drone who has lost many of the qualities that made him special ... not only to himself, but also to the animated Pooh and company. They reunite with him to try to show him the way back, but they all have to be found first -- and that's where Pooh needs Christopher Robin's help. Pooh is voiced by Jim Cummings, who's had the role a number of times, and the voice cast also includes Brad Garrett and Toby Jones. Hayley Atwell co-stars as Christopher Robin's wife. *** (PG: AS) (Also on Blu-ray and On Demand)
"Papillon": Embodied by Steve McQueen and Dustin Hoffman in the 1973 version, Devil's Island convicts Henri Charriere (on whose writings the story is based) and Louis Dega are played by familiar television faces Charlie Hunnam ("Sons of Anarchy'') and Rami Malek ("Mr. Robot'') in this retelling of the saga. Though the two men become close friends, Charriere has an unquenchable thirst for freedom, and Dega agrees to help him escape in exchange for protection within prison boundaries. Co-stars include Tommy Flanagan and Eve Hewson (a daughter of music's Bono), but the true interest here lies in gauging how well the main stars fare with roles previously done so effectively by two screen legends. *** (R: AS, N, P, V) (Also on Blu-ray)
"Succession: The Complete First Season": Corporate intrigue within a family fuels this well-cast HBO drama series, with Brian Cox as the patriarch, a media tycoon whose questionable health puts control of the company in play among him and his four children (Sarah Snook, Alan Ruck, Jeremy Strong, Kieran Culkin). None of their paths is an easy one, given other alliances and conflicts they have both within and outside their bloodline. Peter Friedman, James Cromwell, Caitlin FitzGerald, Eric Bogosian and David Rasche also are in the impressive ensemble of actors for the show, which has been renewed for a second season. *** (Not rated: AS, P) (Also on Blu-ray)
Also Releasing this Week:
"Blackkksman": Producer, director and co-writer Spike Lee's intense, true drama follows a novice police detective (played by John David Washington) who infiltrates the Ku Klux Klan in early-1970s Colorado Springs. He seeks assistance in the mission from a colleague (Adam Driver), and both then risk their safety to maintain their undercover identities as they get ever closer to the heart of the local Klan chapter. The strong cast also includes Topher Grace (as David Duke), Corey Hawkins ("24: Legacy''), Laura Harrier, Alec Baldwin, Ryan Eggold ("New Amsterdam''), Nicholas Turturro and the legendary Harry Belafonte. The music score is by jazz great Terence Blanchard. DVD extras: extended theatrical trailer; "making-of' 'documentary. *** (R: AS, P, V) (Also on Blu-ray and On Demand)
"The Shield: The Complete Series": One of the shows that did much to help establish FX as a major destination for television drama, this much-praised, Shawn Ryan-created program -- making its debut on Blu-ray -- also marked a stunning image change for star Michael Chiklis, an Emmy winner for his portrayal of maverick cop Vic Mackey. Previously lovable in "The Commish'' and "Daddio,'' the actor went quite rogue as a detective who frequently crosses the line as the leader of a Strike Team whose results largely compensate for the manner in which they're achieved ... at least in the eyes of some other characters here. Regular cast members also include Catherine Dent, Walton Goggins, Reed Diamond and Kenny Johnson, with Glenn Close and Forest Whitaker among those doing extended guest turns. **** (Not rated: AS, N, P, V)
"The Meg" (Nov. 13): An enormous prehistoric shark targets an undersea research vessel, sparking a desperate rescue mission; Jason Statham, Rainn Wilson and Ruby Rose star. (PG-13: P, V)
"The Crown: Season Two" (Nov. 13): Emmy winner Claire Foy wraps up her run as Queen Elizabeth II, whose reign faces numerous challenges here, in the much-acclaimed Netflix drama series. (Not rated: AS)
"Mile 22" (Nov. 13): Mark Wahlberg reteams with "Lone Survivor'' director Peter Berg for this adventure about a covert CIA operative trying to protect an information source. (R: P, V)
"Star Trek: Discovery - Season One" (Nov. 13): The latest edition of the sci-fi franchise will be new to those who haven't watched it on CBS All Access; stars include Sonequa Martin-Green and Jason Isaacs. (Not rated: AS, V)
"Dog Days" (Nov. 20): Canines have pronounced effects on several people, including a barista (Vanessa Hudgens) with a conveniently connected customer. (PG: AS, P)
"Sharp Objects" (Nov. 27): Amy Adams plays a reporter back in her hometown to probe a troubling story in the HBO drama based in Gillian Flynn's novel. (Not rated: AS, N, P, V)
Oldies But Goodies:
"Air Force One" (1997): The U.S. president (Harrison Ford) fights terrorists aboard his plane as the adventure makes its debut in 4K Ultra HD. *** (Also on Blu-ray)
"Broadcast News" (1987): A romantic triangle develops among three members (William Hurt, Holly Hunter, Albert Brooks) of a Washington, D.C. television-news bureau. **** (Also on Blu-ray)
"Superman: The Movie" (1978): Christopher Reeve dons the Man of Steel's costume in the fantasy-adventure marks its 40th anniversary with its 4K Ultra HD premiere. **** (Also on Blu-ray)
TOP 10 DVD & Blu-Ray Rentals
(Week ending October 28, 2018, Courtesy of comScore, Inc)
2) "Ant-Man and the Wasp"
3) "Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer"
4) "The First Purge"
5) "Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom"
6) "Sicario: Day of the Soldado"
7) "Solo: A Star Wars Story"
8) "Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again"
9) "Ocean's 8"
FAMILY VIEWING GUIDE KEY: AS, adult situations; N, nudity; P, profanity; V, violence; GV, particularly graphic violence