New DVD and Blu-ray movies this week include Alexander and the Terrible, No Good, Very Bad Day (Steve Carrell, Jennifer Garner); Kill the Messenger (Jeremy Renner); Laggies (Keira Knightley, Chloë Grace Moretz); LEGO: DC Comics Super Heroes: Justice League vs. Bizarro League (animated); Nightcrawler (Jake Gyllenhaal); Olive Kitteridge (Frances McDormand); and Predestination (Ethan Hawke). I’m sure Justice League vs. Bizarro League is at the top of my kids’ list. Continue reading for a summary of the new Blu-ray and DVD releases for this week.
DVDs coming out the week of February 10, 2015
Alexander and the Terrible, No Good, Very Bad Day
Disney’s heartwarming comedy will have your entire family laughing out loud. Based on the best-selling book, it follows the exploits of Alexander as he experiences the most terrible and horrible day of his young life and wonders if bad things only happen to him. But he discovers he’s not alone when his dad (Steve Carrell), mom (Jennifer Garner) and family live through their own terrible — and hilarious — day. It will tickle everyone’s funny bone and warm their hearts as they discover how even on rotten days, families can grow closer.
Kill the Messenger
Two-time Academy Award nominee Jeremy Renner (The Bourne Legacy) leads an all-star cast in a dramatic thriller based on the remarkable true story of Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Gary Webb. Webb stumbles onto a story which leads to the shady origins of the men who started the crack epidemic on the nation’s streets and further alleges that the CIA was aware of major dealers who were smuggling cocaine into the U.S., and using the profits to arm rebels fighting in Nicaragua.
Overeducated and underemployed, 28 year old Megan (Keira Knightley) is in the throes of a quarterlife crisis. Squarely into adulthood with no career prospects, no particular motivation to think about her future and no one to relate to, Megan is comfortable lagging a few steps behind — while her friends check off milestones and celebrate their new grown-up status. When her high-school sweetheart (Mark Webber) proposes, Megan panics and- given an unexpected opportunity to escape for a week — hides out in the home of her new friend, 16-year old Annika (Chloë Grace Moretz) and Annika’s world-weary single dad Craig (Sam Rockwell). Lynn Shelton, whose unique directorial voice created such astutely observed comedies as Your Sister’s Sister and Humpday, crafts a sweet, romantic coming-of-age comedy about three people who find their lives intertwined in the most unconventional way as they make through the imperfect realities of modern day life. Keira Knightley shines as Megan, a rare female slacker hero who shows us that while you never stop growing up, you can choose to stop lagging, and start living on your terms.
LEGO: DC Comics Super Heroes: Justice League vs. Bizarro League
Superman’s contrarian clone Bizarro accidentally duplicates the entire Justice League. Now Batman, Wonder Woman and the Green Lantern must team up with their backwards counterparts to defeat Darkseid.
Nightcrawler is a thriller set in the nocturnal underbelly of contemporary Los Angeles. Jake Gyllenhaal stars as Lou Bloom, a driven young man desperate for work who discovers the high-speed world of L.A. crime journalism. Finding a group of freelance camera crews who film crashes, fires, murder and other mayhem, Lou muscles into the cut-throat, dangerous realm of nightcrawling — where each police siren wail equals a possible windfall and victims are converted into dollars and cents. Aided by Rene Russo as Nina, a veteran of the blood-sport that is local TV news, Lou blurs the line between observer and participant to become the star of his own story.
Adaptation of Elizabeth Strout’s Pultizer Prize-winning novel about life in a small Maine town over the course of 25 years as seen through the eyes of Olive Kitteridge, a surly math teacher who is married to the local pharmacist.
Predestination chronicles the life of a Temporal Agent (Ethan Hawke) sent on an intricate series of time-travel journeys designed to prevent future killers from committing their crimes. Now, on his final assignment, the Agent must stop the one criminal that has eluded him throughout time and prevent a devastating attack in which thousands of lives will be lost.