New DVD and Blu-ray movies this week include Southpaw (Jake Gyllenhaal, Rachel McAdams), Pixels (Kevin James, Adam Sandler), The Gift (Jason Bateman, Rebecca Hall), Max (Thomas Haden Church) and Mulholland Dr (Naomi Watts). I have not seen any of them, but Southpaw, Pixels, and The Gift are at the top of my list. Continue reading for a summary of the new Blu-ray and DVD films for this week.
DVDs coming out the week of October 27, 2015
From acclaimed director Antoine Fuqua (Training Day) and screenwriters Kurt Sutter (Sons of Anarchy) and Richard Wenk (The Mechanic), Southpaw tells the riveting story of Billy, The Great, Hope, reigning Light Heavyweight Boxing Champion of the World (Academy Award nominee Jake Gyllenhaal). Billy Hope seemingly has it all with an impressive career, a beautiful and loving wife (Rachel McAdams), an adorable daughter (Oona Laurence) and a lavish lifestyle. When tragedy strikes and his lifelong manager and friend (Curtis, 50 Cent, Jackson) leaves him behind, Hope hits rock bottom and turns to an unlikely savior at a run-down local gym: Tick Willis (Academy Award winner Forest Whitaker), a retired fighter and trainer to the city’s toughest amateur boxers. With his future riding on Tick’s guidance and tenacity, Billy enters the hardest battle of his life as he struggles with redemption and to win back the trust of those he loves.
When aliens misinterpret video-feeds of classic arcade games as a declaration of war against them, they attack the Earth, using the games like PAC-MAN, Donkey Kong, Galaga, Centipede and Space Invaders as models for their various assaults. President Will Cooper (Kevin James) has to call on his childhood best friend, ’80s video game champion Sam Brenner (Adam Sandler) to lead a team of old-school arcaders (Peter Dinklage and Josh Gad) to defeat the aliens and save the planet.
Jason Bateman, Joel Edgerton, and Rebecca Hall star in a chilling psychological thriller that asks the question, “Can you really go through life having never wronged anyone?” Simon (Bateman) and Robyn (Hall) are a young married couple whose life is going as planned until a chance run-in with Simon’s high school acquaintance sends their world into a tailspin. At first Simon doesn’t recognize Gordo (Edgerton), but after a series of uninvited encounters and mysterious gifts prove troubling, a horrifying secret from the past is uncovered after more than 20 years. As Robyn learns the unsettling truth about what happened between Simon and Gordo, she starts to contemplate: how well do we really know those closest to us, and are bygones ever really bygones?
A military dog from Afghanistan is adopted by his late handler’s grieving family in the U.S., where his close bond with the soldier’s brother leads to a life-altering revelation in this family-friendly adventure from MGM and director Boaz Yakin (who penned the screenplay alongside writer Sheldon Lettich).
A love story in the city of dreams… Blonde Betty Elms (Naomi Watts) has only just arrived in Hollywood to become a movie star when she meets an enigmatic brunette with amnesia (Laura Harring). Meanwhile, as the two set off to solve the second woman’s identity, filmmaker Adam Kesher (Justin Theroux) runs into ominous trouble while casting his latest project. David Lynch’s seductive and scary vision of Los Angeles’s dream factory is one of the true masterpieces of the new millennium, a tale of love, jealousy, and revenge like no other.