This week’s new Blu-ray and DVD movies include Riddick (Vin Diesel), Carrie (Chloë Grace Moretz, Julianne Moore), Enough Said (James Gandolfini, Julia Louis-Dreyfus), Lee Daniels’ The Butler (Forest Whitaker, Oprah Winfrey), Fruitvale Station (Michael B. Jordan), and I’m In Love With A Church Girl (Jeffrey ‘Ja Rule’ Atkins). I’ve seen Riddick, Carrie and Enough Said, and enjoyed them all. I hear The Butler is also good, but I have not seen it. Read on for a summary of the new DVD releases.
Blu-ray and DVD movie coming out the week of January 14, 2014
- Riddick (review)
Vin Diesel reprises his role as the antihero Riddick in the latest chapter of the groundbreaking saga. A dangerous, escaped convict wanted by every bounty hunter in the known galaxy, Riddick has been left for dead on a sun-scorched planet that appears to be lifeless. Soon, however, he finds himself fighting for survival against alien predators more lethal than any human he’s encountered. The only way off is for him to activate an emergency beacon and alert mercenaries who rapidly descend to the planet in search of their bounty. With time running out and a deadly storm on the horizon that no one could survive, his hunters won’t leave the planet without Riddick’s head as their trophy. Also starring Katee Sackhoff, Karl Urban and Dave Bautista.
- Carrie (review)
Chloë Grace Moretz and Academy Award nominee Julianne Moore star in this exhilarating reimagining of Stephen King’s iconic best seller. After merciless taunting from classmates and abuse at the hand of her religious fanatic mother (Moore), Carrie’s (Mortez) anger — and her telekinetic powers — are unleashed. And when a prom prank goes horribly wrong, events spiral out of control until the terrifying conclusion of this powerful, pulse-quickening horror story.
- Enough Said (review)
James Gandolfini, Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Catherine Keener shine in this heartwarming comedy. Divorced mom Eva (Louis-Dreyfus) may be falling for Albert (Gandolfini), a sweet, funny, like-minded divorcee. But as their relationship blossoms, Eva befriends Marianne (Keener), who’s always complaining about her ex-husband. When Eva realizes that Albert is the target of Marianne’s rants, she begins to question her own perceptions about first impressions and second chances.
- Lee Daniels’ The Butler
The Butler tells the story of a White House butler who served eight American presidents over three decades. The film traces the dramatic changes that swept American society during this time, from the civil rights movement to Vietnam and beyond, and how those changes affected this man’s life and family. Forest Whitaker stars as the butler with Robin Williams as Dwight Eisenhower, John Cusack as Richard Nixon, Alan Rickman as Ronald Reagan, James Marsden as John F. Kennedy, Liev Schreiber as Lyndon B. Johnson, and many more. Academy Award nominated Lee Daniels directs and co-wrote the script with Emmy-award winning Danny Strong.
- Fruitvale Station
Filmmaker Ryan Coogler makes his feature directorial debut with this drama centered on the tragic shooting of Oscar Grant (Michael B. Jordan), a vibrant 22-year-old Bay Area father who was senselessly gunned down by BART officers on New Year’s Day in 2009, and whose murder sent shockwaves through the nation after being captured on camera by his fellow passengers. Academy Award winner Octavia Spencer, Melonie Diaz, and Kevin Durand co-star.
- I’m In Love With A Church Girl
Miles Montego has it all. Including a past. He was king of the streets as a high-level drug trafficker, and although he has tried to move on, the DEA isn’t convinced. Miles is still rolling with his old friends, and the feds are certain he has not fully retired from his criminal past. When Miles meets Vanessa, a woman who is different than every other woman he’s met, he is drawn to her beauty and her spirituality. As their connection grows deeper, both are tested to their last ounce of faith in God and in each other.