New to DVD and On Demand Releases for November 29 - December 5

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02 December 2015
By Jay Bobbin 

Releasing this week:

90 Minutes in Heaven"90 Minutes in Heaven": The title describes what the main character, played by Hayden Christensen, experiences in this sincere and faith-based drama based on the book by Don Piper ... who actually lived the tale. Here, he's a pastor who clinically dies from his injuries in a car accident, but the prayers of others literally restore his life -- yet he still has many struggles to endure, and those eventually take a toll on his family life. Kate Bosworth (who's married to the film's director and screenwriter, Michael Polish) and music stars Dwight Yoakam and Michael W. Smith also appear. (PG-13: V) (Also on Blu-ray)
Grace of Monaco"Grace of Monaco": Though this biography of actress turned princess Grace Kelly boasts Nicole Kidman in the title role, it made its American debut on Lifetime after a theatrical release overseas. The script naturally focuses on Kelly's headline-making marriage to Monaco's Prince Rainier (played by Tim Roth), but it focuses on a period when she was giving serious consideration to resuming her screen career since Alfred Hitchcock -- for whom she had made "Rear Window'' and "To Catch a Thief'' -- wanted her for the title role in "Marnie.'' Coinciding political considerations left her torn. Frank Langella, Paz Vega (as opera great Maria Callas), Parker Posey, Milo Ventimiglia and Derek Jacobi also are featured. (Not rated: AS) (Also on On Demand)
Momentum"Momentum": After playing James Bond's main female ally in "Quantum of Solace,'' Olga Kurylenko sees considerable action again in this melodrama, casting her as a covert operative who ends up in the crosshairs of a professional assassin (James Purefoy, "The Following''). Well-trained in espionage techniques, she deploys her skills to stay alive while also seeking revenge for slain friends. Morgan Freeman, certainly not an unknown commodity in tales of this nature, also stars. DVD extra: "making-of'' documentary. (Not rated: AS, P, V) (Also on Blu-ray and On Demand)
Amy"Amy": The late Amy Winehouse, the decidedly unconventional music star whose personal struggles became as much a media focus as her professional triumphs, is the subject of this documentary. Many other artists whose lives and careers she impacted, including Tony Bennett and Mark Ronson, comment on her ... and while those segments add insight, clearly the most telling content here is that which showcases multiple Grammy winner Winehouse herself in conversation and performance. (R: AS, P) (Also on Blu-ray)


Also Releasing this week:
"Zoo: Season One": A best-selling novel co-written by James Patterson is the source of this well-made CBS suspense series that makes our animal friends ... well, not so friendly. They begin attacking humans around the world, and a zoologist (James Wolk, ``Mad Men'') tries to determine the source of the trouble before the situation gets irreversibly out of control. As for whether that's achieved, let's just say that there will be a second season next year. Kristen Connolly ("House of Cards'') and Billy Burke ("Revolution'') also star. Patterson and filmmaker James Mangold ("Walk the Line'') are among the executive producers. (Not rated: AS, P, V) (Also on Blu-ray)
"A Crown for Christmas": This holiday tale comes to home video just after its debut on Hallmark Channel, a pedigree that gives the title a multiple meaning, since Hallmark's longtime logo is ... a crown. "The Wonder Years'' and "Dancing With the Stars'' alum Danica McKellar stars as a newly unemployed hotel maid who agrees to become a governess to a youngster -- who turns out to be a princess with an attractive, and single, king (Rupert Penry-Jones, "Match Point'') for a father. His growing affection for the newcomer is complicated by his involvement with a countess, but if you can't guess who wins in the end, you've never seen a Hallmark movie. And never sent a Hallmark card. (Not rated)


Upcoming Releases:
"Zoo: Season One" (Dec. 1): CBS' miniseries, based on a novel co-written by James Patterson, puts animals on the warpath around the world; James Wolk and Kristen Connolly star. (Not rated: AS, P, V)
"Ant-Man" (Dec. 8): A thief (Paul Rudd) becomes a scientist's (Michael Douglas) test vehicle for a size-shrinking technology in this Marvel fantasy. (PG-13: AS, P, V)
"Knock Knock" (Dec. 8): A family man (Keanu Reeves) comes to regret answering a knock at his door by two apparently stranded women. (R: AS, N, P, V)
"Minions" (Dec. 8): The animated "Despicable Me'' characters get their own movie, taking them to 1960s-era New York and London; voices include Sandra Bullock and Jon Hamm. (PG: AS)
"The Transporter Refueled" (Dec. 8): Ed Skrein succeeds Jason Statham as the troubleshooter who puts his business suit to the test while fighting villains. (PG-13: AS, P, V)
"Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation" (Dec. 15): Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) is an agent without an agency after the CIA shuts down his team. (PG-13: AS, P, V)
"Ted 2" (Dec. 15): The talking teddy bear (voiced by Seth MacFarlane) runs into trouble in becoming an adoptive parent; Mark Wahlberg also returns. (R and unrated versions: AS, P)


TOP 10 DVD RENTALS (week ending ending November 22, courtesy of Rentrak Corp.)
1) "Jurassic World"
2) "San Andreas"
3) "Terminator Genisys"
4) "Inside Out"
5) "Spy"
6) "Pixels"
7) "Southpaw"
8) "Furious 7"
9) "Pitch Perfect 2"
10) "Magic Mike XXL"


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