New to DVD and On Demand Releases for September 3 - 9

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03 September 2017
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:
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"Megan Leavey": Kate Mara ("House of Cards'') does an affecting job in this true drama of a Marine officer who forged a strong bond with a military combat dog named Rex ... and together, they effected many rescues in Iraq. In their second deployment, they were injured by an IED, but their story didn't end there; Leavey became a Purple Heart recipient, and her connection to Rex would continue on an even more personal basis. Though a supporting cast including Edie Falco, Bradley Whitford, Common, Damson Idris ("Snowfall''), Tom Felton and Will Patton lends strong support, this is Mara's showcase -- and that of her canine co-star. *** (PG-13: AS, P, V) (Also on Blu-ray and On Demand)
Rough Night"Rough Night": The title is an understatement in the case of this very edgy comedy about a bachelorette party gone way awry. Scarlett Johansson plays a bride-to-be who reunites with her college girlfriends for some premarital fun in Miami ... but the plan and the tone change rapidly after they cause the accidental death of a male stripper hired for the occasion. The more they try to cover up what happened, the worse the circumstances become. Zoe Kravitz, Jillian Bell, Ilana Glazer ("Broad City'') and "Saturday Night Live'' staple Kate McKinnon play the other conspirators, with Demi Moore and Ty Burrell ("Modern Family'') as a couple who might know what happened. Paul W. Downs, who plays Johansson's fiance, also was a writer and producer of the film. *** (R: AS, P, V) (Also on Blu-ray and On Demand)
All Eyez on Me"All Eyez on Me": The story of Tupac Shakur is dramatized in this biography, with Demetrius Shipp Jr. playing the rap and hip-hop legend whose life came to an untimely end when he was only 25. While the profile remains centered on him, several other icons in his field also are portrayed, including Dr. Dre (played by Harold House Moore), Snoop Dogg (Jarett Ellis), Notorious B.I.G. (Jamal Woolard) and Suge Knight (Dominic L. Santana). Kat Graham ("The Vampire Diaries'') appears as Jada Pinkett Smith, and Lauren Cohan ("The Walking Dead'') also is featured. DVD extras: two "making-of'' documentaries. *** (R: AS, N, P, V) (Also on Blu-ray and On Demand)
Homeland: The Complete Sixth Season"Homeland: The Complete Sixth Season": The most recent round of the acclaimed, much-honored Showtime drama series brings Carrie Mathison (Claire Danes) back to America, in a plot that unfolds between the election of a female president (played by Elizabeth Marvel) and Inauguration Day. The story also involves Carrie's efforts to help Muslims in the U.S. through a foundation she's working for. Rupert Friend still is prominent as CIA veteran Peter Quinn, though the character has been incapacitated by a stroke, and Mandy Patinkin and F. Murray Abraham continue their parts. Hill Harper and Robert Knepper ("Prison Break'') are among other cast members of this season. *** (Not rated: AS, P, V) (Also on Blu-ray)

Also Releasing this Week:
"Paris Can Wait": Writer-director Eleanor Coppola -- wife of Francis and mother of Sofia -- moves from documentaries about moviemaking into narrative films with this engaging tale of suddenly separated spouses and a moveable feast. Diane Lane plays the wife of a movie producer (Alec Baldwin), and since an ear infection prevents her from flying with him to a Paris vacation, his professional partner (Arnaud Viard) volunteers to deliver her there by car. The sudden chauffeur has an appetite for any food he can find, and he uses his passenger's credit card to pay for it. The cable network Lifetime was involved as a production entity here. *** (PG: AS, P) (Also on On Demand)
"The Imortal Life of Henrietta Lacks": Oprah Winfrey, also an executive producer here, and Rose Byrne ("Damages'') star in the true HBO drama about the legacy of a woman who unknowingly helped with some medical milestones. Winfrey plays the daughter of the title character, who discovers -- with assistance from journalist Rebecca Skloot (Byrne), whose book the film is based on -- how her mother's cancer became the basis for experimentation that led to landmark developments in the medical field. Tony Award-winning "Hamilton'' alum Renee Elise Goldsberry (seen in flashbacks as Henrietta), Courtney B. Vance, Rocky Carroll ("NCIS'') and veteran talent Leslie Uggams also are in the cast. *** (Not rated: AS, P) (Also on Blu-ray and On Demand)

Upcoming Releases:
"Beatriz at Dinner" (Sept. 12): Salma Hayek has the title role as a holistic practitioner whose car trouble leaves her stranded at a client's (Connie Britton) dinner party. (R: P, V)
"The Mummy" (Sept. 12): A finder and seller of artifacts (Tom Cruise) becomes the target of an ancient princess' malevolent spirit (Sofia Boutella). (PG-13: AS, N, P, V)
"It Comes at Night" (Sept. 12): A man's (Joel Edgerton) defense against the outside world is threatened by a family seeking refuge. (R: P, V)
"This is Us: The Complete First Season" (Sept. 12): The acclaimed NBC drama series focuses on the interconnected lives of several people; stars include Mandy Moore and Milo Ventimiglia. (Not rated: AS, P)
"The Big Sick" (Sept. 19): The critically praised comedy-drama, based on star and co-writer Kumail Nanjiani's life, casts him as a comic whose heritage may get in the way of love; Zoe Kazan also stars. (R: AS, P)

"The Hero" (Sept. 19): While dealing with illness, a former Western star (Sam Elliott) gets an unexpected chance at a career comeback. (R: AS, P)
"Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales" (Oct. 3): Captain Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp) has adventures anew as he seeks an artifact that will keep a murderous enemy at bay. (PG-13: AS, V)

Oldies But Goodies:
"Mr. Mom" (1983): Michael Keaton plays a novice househusband in the comedy, newly available in a Blu-ray ``Collector's Edition.'' ***
"Rebecca" (1940): The Oscar-winning, Alfred Hitchcock-directed suspense classic gets new Blu-ray treatment from the Criterion Collection; Laurence Olivier and Joan Fontaine star. ****
"Under the Tuscan Sun" (2003): Diane Lane gets a nice showcase in this scenic tale of a writer whose getaway to Tuscany may mean a new life for her. *** (Also on Blu-ray)

TOP 10 DVD & Blu-Ray Rentals
(Week ending August 20, 2017, Courtesy of 

1)  "The Fate of the Furious"
2)  "The Boss Baby"
3)  " Snatched"
4)  "Kong: Skull Island"
5)  "Going in Style"
6)  "King Arthur: Legend of the Sword"
7)  "Ghost in the Shell"
8)  "The Circle"
9)  "Gifted"
10)  "Logan"

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