After an idealistic FBI agent (Emily Blunt) is recruited by a government task-force official (Josh Brolin) to pursue a drug lord, she begins a perilous mission that forces her to question everything she believes -- and pits her against a shadowy consultant (Benicio Del Toro) with a dangerous agenda.
Vitals: Director: Denis Villeneuve. Stars: Emily Blunt, Benicio Del Toro, Josh Brolin, Victor Garber.
2015, CC, MPAA rating: R, 121 min., Action Thriller, Box office gross: $46.241 million, Lionsgate.Extras: "Stepping Into Darkness: The Visual Design of Sicario" featurette, "Blunt, Brolin & Benicio: Portraying the Characters of Sicario" featurette, "Battle Zone: The Origins of Sicario" featurette, "A Pulse From the Desert: The Score of Sicario" featurette.
Infinitely Polar Bear
While most fathers spend their days at work, bipolar Cam (Mark Ruffalo) is more likely to be found working on one of his many half-completed projects. As he recovers from a manic breakdown, his wife Maggie (Zoe Saldana) enrolls in an out-of-state graduate school program in the hopes of building a better life for her family. Cam agrees to become the primary caregiver for his spirited young daughters and quickly finds himself in over his head. Based on a true story, "Infinitely Polar Bear" is a touching and entertaining portrait of the many unexpected ways in which parents and children save each other.
Maya Forbes. Stars: Zoe Saldana, Mark Ruffalo, Keir Dullea, Wallace Wolodarsky, Imogene Wolodarsky, Ashley Aufderheide.
2015, CC, MPAA rating: R, 90 min., Drama, Box office gross: $1.430 million, Sony.Extras: Deleted scenes; commentary with Mark Ruffalo, Maya Forbes and producer Wally Wolodarsky; Q&A from the Los Angeles Film Festival with cast and filmmakers.
The Green Inferno
New York college student Justine (Lorenza Izzo) meets student activist Alejandro (Ariel Levy) when he goes on a hunger strike on behalf of underpaid janitors. Smitten, she agrees to help Alejandro undertake his next project: rescuing an Amazon village from destruction by a greedy multinational corporation. But Justine soon comes to regret her decision when their plane crashes in the Peruvian jungle and the students realize they are not alone. No good deed goes unpunished as the well-meaning students are captured by the cannibalistic tribe they came to save. Vitals: Director:. Stars: Lorenza Izzo, Ariel Levy, Aaron Burns, Kirby Bliss Blanton, Daryl Sabara.
2015, CC, MPAA rating: R, 101 min., Horror, Box office gross: $6.883 million, Universal.Extras: Commentary with co-writer, director and producer Eli Roth, producer Nicolas Lopez, and stars Lorenza Izzo, Aaron Burns, Kirby Bliss Blanton, and Daryl Sabara.
When Becca and Tyler are sent to their grandparents' secluded Pennsylvania farmhouse for a weeklong stay, they quickly discover something is not right with the elderly couple. Faced with strange rules and increasingly frightening behavior, the children soon realize it will take all their wits to make it home alive. A found documentary-style suspense thriller
Vitals: Director: M. Night Shyamalan. Stars: Kathryn Hahn, Ed Oxenbould, Olivia DeJonge, Peter McRobbie, Deanna Dunagan.
2015, CC, MPAA rating: PG-13, 94 min., Horror, Box office gross: $61.158 million, Universal.Extras: Alternate ending, deleted scenes, "The Making of The Visit," "Becca's Photos."
Twelve men have walked on the moon, but only one man -- high-wire artist Philippe Petit (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) -- has ever walked in the immense void between the World Trade Center towers in 1974). Guided by his real-life mentor, Papa Rudy (Ben Kingsley), and aided by an unlikely band of international recruits, Petit and his gang overcome long odds, betrayals, dissension and countless close calls to conceive and execute their mad plan. Director Robert Zemeckis uses advanced technology in the service of an emotional, character-driven story, a love letter to Paris and New York City in the 1970s, but most of all, to the towers of the World Trade Center.
Vitals: Director: Robert Zemeckis. Stars: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Ben Kingsley, Charlotte Le Bon, James Badge Dale, Ben Schwartz.
2015, CC, MPAA rating: PG, 123 min., Drama, Box office gross: $10.137 million, Sony.Extras: "Pillars of Support" featurette.Blu-ray adds deleted scenes, two featurettes: "First Steps" and "The Amazing Walk."
During an Ares III manned mission to Mars, astronaut Mark Watney (Matt Damon) is presumed dead after a fierce storm and left behind by his crew. But Watney has survived and finds himself stranded and alone on the hostile planet. With only meager supplies, he must draw upon his ingenuity, wit and spirit to subsist and find a way to signal to Earth that he is alive. Millions of miles away, NASA and a team of international scientists work tirelessly to bring "the Martian" home, while his crewmates concurrently plot a daring, if not impossible, rescue mission. As these stories of incredible bravery unfold, the world comes together to root for Watney's safe return. Based on the best-selling novel "The Martian" by Andy Weir.
Vitals: Director: Ridley Scott. Stars: Matt Damon, Jessica Chastain, Kristen Wiig, Jeff Daniels, Michael Pena, Sean Bean, Kate Mara.
2015, CC, MPAA rating: PG-13, 134 min.,Science Fiction, Box office gross: $221.110 million, Fox.Extras: "Signal Acquired: Writing and Direction" featurette; "Occupy Mars: Casting and Costumes" featurette; five Theatrical In-World pieces: "Ares III: Farewell," "The Right Stuff," "Ares: Our Greatest Adventure," "Leave Your Mark," "Bring Him Home"; "Ares III: Refocused": Seven years after the events of Ares 3, take a deeper look at the true story behind Mark Watney's daring rescue; gag reel, production gallery.
Hotel Transylvania 2
Sequel to the 2012 animated hit. Everything seems to be changing for the better at Hotel Transylvania ... Dracula's rigid monster-only hotel policy has finally relaxed, opening up its doors to human guests. But behind closed coffins, Drac is worried that his adorable half-human, half-vampire grandson, Dennis, isn't showing signs of being a vampire. So while Mavis is busy visiting her human in-laws with Johnny - and in for a major cultural shock of her own - "Vampa" Drac enlists his friends Frank, Murray, Wayne and Griffin to put Dennis through a "monster-in-training" boot camp. But little do they know that Drac's grumpy and very old, old, old school dad Vlad is about to pay a family visit to the hotel. And when Vlad finds out that his great-grandson is not a pure blood - and humans are now welcome at Hotel Transylvania - things are going to get batty!
Vitals: Director: Genndy Tartakovsky. Stars: Voices of Adam Sandler, Selena Gomez, Andy Samberg, Kevin James, David Spade, Steve Buscemi, Keegan-Michael Key, Molly Shannon, Fran Dresche.
2015, CC, MPAA rating: PG, 89 min., Animated family, Box office gross: $167.394 million, Sony.Extras: Fifth Harmony music video: "I'm in Love With a Monster"; character sketch gallery; commentary with Adam Sandler, Robert Smigel and Allen Covert; commentary with director Genndy Tartakovsky. Blu-ray adds "Sing Along with Monster Scary-Oke!"; deleted scenes; "Make the Scary, Silly Sounds of Hotel Transylvania 2"; "How to Throw the Ultimate Monster Party"; "How to Draw Your Favorite Characters"; "The New Guys: Meet Vlad, Dennis, Kakie and More!"
Soon after arriving to teach at a small town college, Abe Lucas (Joaquin Phoenix) gets involved with two women, Rita Richards (Parker Posey), a lonely professor who wants him to rescue her from her unhappy marriage; and Jill Pollard (Emma Stone), his best student, who becomes his closest friend. While Jill loves her boyfriend Roy (Jamie Blackley), she finds Abe's tortured, artistic personality and exotic past irresistible. Pure chance changes everything when Abe and Jill overhear a stranger's conversation and when Abe makes a profound choice, he is able to embrace life to the fullest again. But his decision sets off a chain of events that will affect him, Jill and Rita forever.
Vitals: Director: Woody Allen. Stars: Joaquin Phoenix, Parker Posey, Emma Stone, Jamie Blackley.
2015, CC, MPAA rating: R, 95 min., Drama, Box office gross: $3.996 million, Sony.Extras: "On the Red Carpet: Los Angeles Film Premiere' featurette, photo gallery.
Found-footage sequel. In the aftermath of the shocking events of "Sinister," a protective mother (Shannyn Sossamon) and her 9-year-old twin sons (real-life brothers Robert and Dartanian Sloan) find themselves marked for death in a rural house as the evil spirit of Bughuul continues to spread with frightening intensity.
Vitals: Director: Ciaran Foy. Stars: Shannyn Sossamon, Robert Sloan, Dartanian Sloan, James Ransone, Ethan Hawke, Clare Foley, Nicholas King.
2015, CC, MPAA rating: R, 98 min., Horror, Box office gross: $27.642 million, Universal.Extras: Deleted scenes, "Time to Watch Another: Making of Sinister 2," commentary with director Ciaran Foy. Blu-ray adds extended kill films.
Straight Outta Compton: Unrated Director's Cut
Tells the true story of how five young cultural rebels -- armed only with their lyrics, swagger, bravado and raw talent -- stood up to the authorities that meant to keep them down and formed the world's most dangerous music group, N.W.A. They spoke the truth and exposed life in the hood, and their voices ignited a musical and social revolution that is still reverberating today. Includes 20 additional minutes.
Vitals: Director: F. Gary Gray. Stars: O'Shea Jackson Jr., Corey Hawkins, Jason Mitchell, Neil Brown Jr., Aldis Hodge, Paul Giamatti.
2015, CC, MPAA rating: R, 147 min., Drama, Box office gross: $161.058 million, Universal.Extras: "N.W.A. The Origins," in which Dr. Dre, Ice Cube, DJ Yella, and many others talk about N.W.A.'s start in the 80s and how it all began; "Impact," an exploration of the impact of N.W.A. and their breakout album; "Director's Journey" featurette; "The Streets: Filming in Compton" featurette; "N.W.A Performs in Detroit"; commentary with director-producer F. Gary Gray. Blu-ray adds deleted scenes; "Becoming N.W.A." casting featurette; never before seen performance.
The Diary of a Teenage Girl
In 1976 San Francisco, Minnie Goetze (Bel Powley) is growing up at the crossroads of the fading hippie movement and the dawn of punk rock. Like most teenage girls, Minnie is longing for love, acceptance and a sense of purpose in the world. Minnie begins a complex love affair with her mother's (Kristen Wiig) boyfriend, "the handsomest man in the world," Monroe Rutherford (Alexander Skarsgard). What follows is a sharp, funny and provocative account of one girl's sexual and artistic awakening -- without judgment.
Vitals: Director: Marielle Heller. Stars: Bel Powley, Alexander Skarsgard, Christopher Meloni, Kristen Wiig.
2015, CC, MPAA rating: R, 102 min., Drama, Box office gross: $1.477 million, Sony.Extras: "Marielle's Journey: Bringing The Diary to Life" making-of featurette; LA Film Festival Q&A with Bel Powley, Alexander Skarsgard and Marielle Heller; commentary with cast & director; deleted scenes.
Ben Whittaker (Robert De Niro), a 70-year-old widower who has discovered that retirement isn't all it's cracked up to be, seizes an opportunity to get back in the game, and becomes a senior intern at an online fashion site founded and run by Jules Ostin (Anne Hathaway).
Vitals: Director: Nancy Meyers. Stars: Robert De Niro, Anne Hathaway, Rene Russo, Anders Holm, Andrew Rannells, Adam DeVine, Celia Weston, Nat Wolff, Linda Lavin, Zack Pearlman.
2015, CC, MPAA rating: PG-13, 121 min., Comedy, Box office gross: $74.592 million, Warner.Extras: "Learning From Experience" featurette. Blu-ray adds "Designs on Life" and "The Three Interns" featurettes.
Inspired by the incredible events surrounding an attempt to reach the summit of the world’s highest mountain, "Everest" documents the awe-inspiring journey of two different expeditions challenged beyond their limits by one of the fiercest snowstorms ever encountered by humankind. The climbers, their mettle tested by the harshest elements found on the planet, face nearly impossible obstacles as a lifelong obsession becomes a breathtaking struggle for survival. Based on the real-life 1996 summit attempt.
Vitals: Director: Baltasar Kormakur. Stars: Jake Gyllenhaal, Keira Knightley, Jason Clarke, Josh Brolin, John Hawkes, Robin Wright, Michael Kelly, Sam Worthington, Emily Watson.
2015, CC, MPAA rating: PG-13, 122 min., Action, Box office gross: $43.309 million, Universal.Extras: "Race to the Summit: The Making of Everest" featurette, "Aspiring to Authenticity: The Real Story" featurette, commentary with director Baltasar Kormakur. Blu-ray adds "Learning to Climb: The Actor's Journey" featurette, " A Mountain of Work: Recreating Everest" featurette.
After moving to a small town, Zach Cooper (Dylan Minnette) finds a silver lining when he meets next-door neighbor Hannah (Odeya Rush), the daughter of best-selling Goosebumps series author R.L. Stine (Jack Black). Stine is very mysterious and a prisoner of his own imagination -- the monsters that his books made famous are real, and he protects his readers by keeping them locked up in their manuscripts. When the monsters are accidentally unleashed and begin to terrorize the town, it's up to Stine, Zach and Hannah to get them back in their books where they belong.
Vitals: Director: Rob Letterman. Stars: Jack Black, Dylan Minnette, Ryan Lee, Odeya Rush.
2015, CC, MPAA rating: PG, 103 min., Adventure Comedy, Box office gross: $78.092 million, Sony.Extras: "Beginners Guide to Surviving a Goosebumps Creature," "Strange Things are Happening ... On-Set." Blu-ray adds alternate opening, alternate ending, deleted scenes, cast blooper reel, All About Slappy," "Creaturefied!," casting gallery.
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