Director James Wan knows how to do horror films. After his big break with the original Saw, he followed that up with the not-well-received Dead Silence, the pretty good Insidious, and the excellent The Conjuring which hearkened back to the classic haunted house movies where visual scares were more important than overly loud music cues and sound effects. Wan applied what he learned to Insidious 2, and made a sequel superior to the original. Wanting to expand his horizons, Wan took a detour with Furious 7 in 2015, and is now back with Ed and Lorraine Warren in The Conjuring 2.
It’s not very often that a movie comes along that warrants repeat viewing, but Shane Black’s newest, The Nice Guys, is a film that demands repeat viewing. And that’s a good thing, because the film is so densely packed with good stuff that you are certain to have missed little things here and there.
The unrated DVD of Dirty Grandpa (Lionsgate) opens at the funeral of reserved corporate lawyer Jason’s (Zac Efron) grandmother. Her death was cancer-related, but stoner cousin Nick (Adam Pally) thinks she was murdered. Following the funeral service where Jason’s self-absorbed fiancé Meredith (Julianne Hough) does a piss-poor job of comforting him, Jason is recruited to drive grandpa Dick (Robert DeNiro) from Atlanta to Boca Raton.
When we last saw Captain America (in his own movie), he was battling his best friend Bucky and the government in Captain America: The Winter Soldier. When we last saw the Avengers, they were taking on another alien menace that was set on destroying mankind while destroying yet another city and themselves in the process. The residual effects of these storylines are brought to bear in the latest Marvel Studios action flick Captain America: Civil War.
As doc subjects go, 2014’s When Bette Met Mae (MVDVisuals / Reel History Films / Indie Rights), narrated by Sally Kellerman and now available on DVD, is pretty specific. As a “young man of 27, just out of optometry school,” writer/director Wes Wheadon met the iconic Bette Davis and Mae West. Familiar with their films, but less so about their private lives in the days before social, Wheadon had the privilege to get to know them. He was also present the night they met.
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