The Latest DVD Releases
A MOST VIOLENT YEAR is a searing crime drama set in New York City during the winter of 1981, statistically the most dangerous year in the city’s history. From acclaimed writer/director J.C. Chandor, and starring Oscar Isaac (Inside Llewyn Davis) and Jessica Chastain (Zero Dark Thirty), this gripping story plays out within a maze of rampant political and industry corruption plaguing the streets of a city in decay. J.C. Chandor’s third feature examines one immigrant’s determined climb up a morally crooked ladder, where simmering rivalries and unprovoked attacks threaten his business, family, and–above all–his own unwavering belief in the righteousness of his path. With A Most Violent Year, Chandor journeys in a bold new direction, toward the place where best intentions yield to raw instinct, and where we are most vulnerable to compromise what we know to be right. Chandor brings us once again to thresholds of danger and moral murkiness through the story of Abel Morales, an immigrant reaching for the American Dream in a city fraught with violence, corruption and decay. The film follows three days in the life of Abel Morales (Isaac), a Latin American immigrant who, together with his Brooklyn-bred wife Anna (Chastain), is building a small heating-oil enterprise purchased from Anna’s gangster father. Vowing to run the business legitimately, he discovers that the ladder to success is a crooked one. “Building a business from the ground up is probably what we do best in this country,” says Chandor. “Creatively it’s one of the most fascinating elements of who we are as Americans. But there is also a huge potential for failure.”
THE VOICES A totally wicked psychological horror comedy with Ryan Reynolds as a seemingly ordinary man, who lives in a normal apartment the type you would expect from a young bachelor with his talking dog Bosco, and his cat, Mr. Whiskers.Yet something seems off. As the new guy at work, Jerry is asked to help plan the company picnic, and he meets Fiona (Gemma Arterton), an attractive English girl from accounting. Although Fiona is all Jerry can think about, there’s also an accountant who has her eyes on him (Anna Kendrick). But beware, it definitely is not for the faint-hearted and will delight those looking for outrageous viewing that goes to the extreme in being different, and off-the-wall. If you looking for something different, this is it. It was directed by Marjane Satrapi and written by Michael R. Perry, and received a limited release in 2014, but now available to those who enjoy independent films with a dark edge.
LOST RIVER You will never forget this consummate masterwork from Ryan Gosling that weaves elements of fantasy noir and suspense into a haunting, modern fairy tale.Written and directed by Gosling, this dark and brooding drama is set against the surreal dreamscape of the vanishing city of Lost River. As an actor, Gosling has garnered critical acclaim for his choice of diverse film roles (Place beyond the Pines, Drive, The Notebook) and with Lost River he continues to create distinct characters inhabiting a multitude of worlds for his debut as a feature film writer and director. In the virtually abandoned city of Lost River, Billy (Christina Hendricks), a single mother of two, is lead into a macabre underworld in her quest to save her childhood home and hold her family together. Her teenage son, Bones, discovers a mysterious road that leads into a reservoir, where a once thriving city now lays submerged and forgotten by time. The mystery of this underwater town triggers Bones’ curiosity and sets into motion an unexpected journey that will test his limits and the limits of those he loves. Read more
DANNY COLLINS Al Pacino astounds as an ageing rock star who receives a life-changing letter and decides to find out what his life could have been like. Filled with pathos, humour and heartfelt passion, this inspiring film from writer-director Dan Fogelman shows how important it is to embrace a second chance in life. Read review
THE DUFF A fun rom-com with Mae Whitman as a content high school senior whose world is shattered when she learns the student body refers to her as ‘The Duff’ (Designated Ugly Fat Friend) to her prettier, more popular friends. With her universe turned upside down, she enlists a slick but charming jock (Robbie Amell), to help set her apart from the pack and erase her label forever. In doing so, she hopes to land her crush Toby (Nick Eversman), and find the confidence to overthrow the school’s ruthless label maker Madison (Bella Thorne) by reminding everyone that no matter what people look or act like, we are all someone’s DUFF…and that’s totally fine…
For more rom-com fun, there’s The Rewrite, with Hugh Grant as a washed-up screenwriter who begins teaching at a state university and Marisa Tomei as a single mom with whom the screenwriter finds romance. The film is directed by Marc Lawrence based on a screenplay he wrote.
Two releases that were not released on the big screen locally, are the fun Little Loopers, where a down and out former golf pro tries to turn his life around after he’s forced to coach a rag tag group of young golfers, and in Loitering With Intent two actors want to jump start their careers and end up making a big shot producer think that they have a hot script that everyone wants to get their hands on; they then drive to upstate New York and hole up ina family member’s country home where they spend 10 days to write the said script.