It’s the long weekend, and we have an appropriately long list of new releases for your consideration.
The Bronze – No, this is not the story of the popular night club from Buffy the Vampire Slayer, but rather a foul-mouthed comedy about a former Olympian (played by The Big Bang Theory’s Melissa Rauch) who reluctantly trains a new star gymnast. Just in time for the Rio Olympics!
Fathers & Daughters – This compelling new drama from director Gabriele Muccino (The Pursuit of Happyness) follows a contentious father/daughter relationship that asks if its ever too late to reconcile? An all-star cast led by Russell Crowe and Amanda Seyfried make this a difficult and complex drama worth watching.
Mother’s Day – Garry Marshall’s final film is another all-star, holiday-themed comedy, this one set against the back drop of the second Sunday in May. Marshall regulars Kate Hudson, Jennifer Aniston, and Julia Roberts star.
April and the Extraordinary World – From France, a wonderful new animated film featuring the voice of Oscar-winner Marion Cotillard, and set in a steampunk influenced 1941 as a teen girl searches for her scientist parents. The traditional cel animation makes a nice break from the CG worlds of American animation.
A Hologram for the King – Tom Hanks plays an American businessman trying to bounce back from failure by selling, you guess it, a hologram to the king of Saudi Arabia. This one sat on the shelf for years, but even when the movie lets you down, Hanks doesn’t!
The Trust – A new crime thriller star Elijah Wood and Nicolas Cage about a pair of cops that find a mysterious bank vault and become fascinated by what’s within it. But who will come out to play in this one: Wild Nic Cage or Bored Nic Cage? Rent it and find out.
The Tunnel Season 1 – Starring Stephen Dillane and Clemence Posey, this is Sky’s answer to The Bridge, except its the two sides of the Chunnel. A murder mystery that needs French and English to solve, like Bon Cop, Bad Cop except much more serious.
Line of Duty Season 3 – Another mystery series from the other side of the Pond follows a group of internal affairs officers as they try and separate the good cops from the bad. We also have seasons one and two if you want to catch-up.
Dukhtar – A mother/daughter chase with a twist as a Pakistani woman and her 10-year-old take off before the daughter’s marriage to a tribal leader. This film premiered at the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival and is the feature debut of director Afia Nathaniel.
Septembers of Shiraz – Adrien Brody and Selma Hayek lead the cast in this thriller set at the cusp of the Iranian Revolution.
Also now available:
Criminal – Coming off of the smash hit Deadpool, Ryan Reynolds plays a death row inmate who has the ghost of Kevin Costner’s secret agent downloaded inside him to finish a perilous mission. Costner’s backed up by a great supporting cast including Gary Oldman, Gal Gadot, Michael Pitt and Tommy Lee Jones in a flick that offers solid action.
Born to be Blue – In this long anticipated arrival, Ethan Hawke plays the part of jazz legend Chet Baker in this sorta biographical take about the musician’s career resurgence in the 60s. This isn’t a straightforward bio-pic by any means, but its anchored by great performances by Hawke and co-star Carmen Ejogo, not to mention featured Canadian talent like Callum Keith Rennie and Stephen McHattie. Worth checking out
The Lobster – A lot of you have been asking about this one, and we’ve got it now in the store, the dystopian tale of a world where you either find a mate, or you get turned into an animal. Colin Farrell and Rachel Weisz star in this disturbingly sweet tale form the director of Dogtooth, Yorgos Lanthimos.
The Boss – Melissa McCarthy stars as a billionaire blowhard that made a fortune through ripping people off, but unlike a certain presidential nominee she actually goes to jail for it. Can she restore her fortune before the people she bilked get payback? Well, rent it and find out.
See you at the store,
The Thomas Staff