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ChristopherRobinpic1-600x367Goodbye Christopher Robin is the inspirational story of how a father bonded with his young son and created the much-adored Winnie-the-Pooh books.The film is based on Ann Thwaite’s 1990 biography A. A. Milne: The Man Behind Winnie-the-Pooh, which was re-released in 2017 as Goodbye Christopher Robin: A. A. Milne and the Making of Winnie-the-Pooh. The newer version contains a preface by the movie’s screenwriter, Frank Cottrell-Boyce (The Railway Man),  who also wrote the screenplay for the film directed by Simon Curtis.. If there’s one reason to add this DVD to your collection, it’s for the first rate bonus features that include a journey into the making of the film, the cast talking about their characters, the story, and an insightful audio commentary by director Richard Curtis and screenwriter Frank Cottrell-Boyce. Read more about the film

Goodbye Christopher Robin gives a rare glimpse into the relationship between beloved children’s author A. A. Milne and his son Christopher Robin (Will TIlston), whose toys inspired the magical world of Winnie-the-Pooh. Domhnall Gleeson (About Time, Brooklyn) stars as Alan Alexander Milne, a successful playwright and humourist who was traumatised after serving as an officer with the British army during the First World War and carried the horrors of the battlefield into peace time but, like so many men of that generation, rarely spoke of it. Like many families of the time, A.A. Milne (Domhnall Gleeson) and his wife Daphne (Margot Robbie) had a live-in nanny, Olive (Kelly Macdonald) who looked after their eight year-old son, Christopher. Along with his mother Daphne, and his nanny Olive, Christopher Robin and his family are swept up in the international success of the books; the enchanting tales bringing hope and comfort to England after the First World War. But with the eyes of the world on Christopher Robin, what will the cost be to the family?

Peter Rabbit (James Corden) in Columbia Pictures' PETER RABBIT.In the absolutely enchanting Peter Rabbit, , Peter’s war with Old Mr. McGregor, keeper of the vegetable garden, takes a turn when the old man kicks the bucket (a victory Peter is all too happy to claim for himself).  But when his great-nephew, Mr. Thomas McGregor (Domhnall Gleeson), inherits the place, Peter realizes that the battle for control of the vegetable garden – and the heart of their next-door neighbor, Bea (Rose Byrne) – has only just begun.  To help, Peter is enlisting his family and friends – sisters Flopsy, Mopsy, and Cotton-tail, cousin Benjamin Bunny, Jemima Puddle-Duck, Mr. Jeremy Fisher, Mrs. Tiggy-Winkle, and other characters author and illustrator Beatrix Potter created in her original tales. And because Peter Rabbit is so beloved, especially throughout the British Commonwealth, Gluck was able to attract an all-star cast to bring these famous characters to life, including Margot Robbie, Elizabeth Debicki, and Daisy Ridley as the triplets, Grammy winner Sia as Mrs. Tiggy-Winkle, and David Wenham as Johnny Town-Mouse.In addition, the live-action cast did double duty behind the microphone, as Domhnall Gleeson plays the frog Mr. Jeremy Fisher, Rose Byrne voiced Jemima Puddle-Duck, and Sam Neill – on camera as Old Mr. McGregor – gives voice to Tommy Brock, the badger. The superb bonus features include a fun shake-your-cotton-tail dance along and a peek into how the film was made.  Read more about the film

TONYABased on the unbelievable but true events, I, Tonya is a darkly comedic tale of American figure skater, Tonya Harding, and one of the most sensational scandals in sports history. Though Harding was the first American woman to complete a triple axel in competition, her legacy was forever defined by her association with an infamous, illconceived, and even more poorly executed attack on fellow Olympic competitor Nancy Kerrigan. Read an interview with producer and screenwriter Steven Rogers and director Craig Gillespie

SleightFor filmmaker J.D. Dillard, Sleight came out of a desire to look at the seemingly-different worlds of magic and crime and develop an original premise which would weave the two together in a unique genre-bending film. Dillard made Sleight for $250 000, and he shot it in 16 days, and during the first 5 weeks of its release, the film spun its own magic at the box office and raked in $3,930,990.

A young street magician is left to care for his little sister after their parents passing and turns to questionable activities to keep a roof over their heads. When he gets in too deep, his sister is kidnapped and he is forced to use his magic and brilliant mind to save her.

For director and co-writer Dillard, creating the character of Bo – and landing that character somewhere between the familiar and the fantastic – was a priority. “In so many stories, we’ve seen the young black kid who needs to resort to drug dealing. While it may seem overused, we wanted to hit this trope with a sense of empathy. Bo has everything going for him. He’s a brilliant student, a talented magician, and a role model to his little sister. When he loses his parents, a harsh reality sets in – maintaining a decent life for his sister is going to require personal sacrifice. I think Jacob struggles with something we all have – how do we best take care of the people around us while still not losing track of who we are and what we’re passionate about?”  Read more about the film

ACRIMONY 2Love and fury. Few marriages in history have survived without at least some simmering hostilities and irritating offenses. What happens when a long-suffering wife’s love turns acrimonious? This is the mesmerizing portrait that writer-director Tyler Perry and actress Taraji P. Henson create with Acrimony’s Melinda, a smart, dynamic, loving woman who has always devoted herself to what she believes is right … but is overtaken by a primal need for payback when she feels she has been wronged.

In Acrimony, a faithful wife (Taraji P. Henson) tired of standing by her devious husband (Lyriq Bent) is enraged when it becomes clear she has been betrayed.When Melinda (Henson) first met Robert (Bent), she was skeptical of his charming nature but couldn’t deny how attracted she was to him. Once they fell in love, Melinda molded herself into everything he wanted her to be. She sacrificed for him, worked to support his grandiose dreams, and put up with him for better or for worse. Then one day she realized that after all she had done, another woman was reaping the lavish rewards.
That’s when Melinda lost it. And now she cannot let it go. She’s been used, disrespected and unpardonably deceived. Or has she?  Read more about the film

STARTED 4In Just Getting Started, Duke Diver (Morgan Freeman) is the freewheeling manager of the luxury Palm Springs resort, the Villa Capri. Diver may have a mysterious past, but he’s a pro at making sure that life for the high spirited residents is one big, non-stop party. But the status quo is challenged when ex-military charmer Leo (Tommy Lee Jones) checks in, triggering a competition between Duke and Leo for the top spot of Alpha male, as well as for the affections of the newly-arrived Suzie (Rene Russo). When Duke’s past suddenly catches up with him, the rivals put aside their differences and the two men reluctantly team up to stop whoever is trying to kill Duke, and also save the Villa Capri. Read more about the film

my-blind-brotherMy Blind Brother is a wickedly funny movie about terrible people. The awkwardness will make you wince, but it also hits on something true about the lengths we go to in the name of being nice. Bill (Nick Kroll)has always lived in the shadow of his overachieving brother Robbie (Adam Scott) , an arrogant athlete and local celebrity who happens to be blind. After years of thanklessly helping Robbie achieve one goal after another, Bill finally catches a break when he finds a connection with the charming Rose (Jenny Slate ), who is dealing with her own crisis. But when Rose starts dating Robbie, Bill must decide if he can finally put his own happiness over his brother’s and compete for the ultimate prize.