From Stephen Chow, director of "Kung Fu Hustle," comes China’s highest-grossing film of all time. When greedy real estate tycoon Liu Xuan (Deng Chao) buys up a pristine coastal enclave known as Green Gulf, he plans to turn it into the hottest property on the market. But Green Gulf harbors a secret: It’s home to the last surviving mermaids, and they are done playing nice. Their plan: Send the beautiful Shan (Yun Lin) to seduce Liu and stop the destruction of their beloved oceans. But when Shan falls for Liu Xuan, their plan goes belly-up. When neither humans nor mermaids are willing to back down, a final, fatal frenzy becomes inevitable.
Vitals: Director:. Stars: Deng Chao, Yun Lin, Show Luo, Yuqi Zhang, Pierre Bourdaud.
2016 -- China, CC, MPAA rating: R, 94 min., Comedy Action Fantasy, Box office gross: $3.232 million, Sony.Extras: “The Making of The Mermaid,” “The Mermaid: Behind the Scenes,” Invincible music video.
I Saw the Light
The story of the legendary country western singer Hank Williams, who revolutionized country music with his raw charisma, haunting voice and original songs, and created one of the greatest bodies of work in American music. The film chronicles his meteoric rise to fame and its ultimately tragic effect on his health and personal life.
Vitals: Director: Marc Abraham. Stars: Tom Hiddleston, Elizabeth Olsen, Cherry Jones, Bradley Whitford, Maddie Hasson, Wrenn Schmidt, David Krumholtz.
2016, CC, MPAA rating: R, 123 min., Music Bio-Drama, Box office gross: $1.642 million, Sony.Extras: Two featurettes: "Illuminating a Legend: Inside I Saw The Light' and 'Talking Hank'; commentary with director Marc Abraham. Blu-ray adds deleted scenes; 'A Night in Nashville: Premiere and Musical Performance by Tom Hiddleston' featurette.
The Divergent Series: Allegiant
The third installment of the worldwide hit franchise. After the earth-shattering revelations of "Insurgent", the second installment, Tris (Shailene Woodley) escapes with Four (Theo James) and a team of rebels to go beyond the wall enclosing Chicago. For the first time ever, they leave the only city and family they have ever known. Once outside, old discoveries are quickly rendered meaningless with the revelation of shocking new truths: They travel to the Bureau of Genetic Welfare, a highly advanced city where they learn that years ago, the government believed that society's problems were caused by "damaged genes" and, in an attempt to create a better society, they began to modify people's genes, with disastrous results. Chicago is an experimental city (among others across the remains of the U.S.) set up in the hope that enough genetically pure Divergent individuals could be raised to fix the "genetic damage" left in the wake of the Purity War. Meanwhile, battles are erupting in Chicago and Tris and Four must return to stop the violence ...and return the city to its citizens. Vitals: Director: Robert Schwentke. Stars: Shailene Woodley, Theo James, Jeff Daniels, Miles Teller, Ansel Elgort, Zoë Kravitz, Maggie Q, Ray Stevenson, Bill Skarsgård, Octavia Spencer, Naomi Watts, Ashley Judd.
2015, CC, MPAA rating: PG-13, 121 min., Sci Fi Action Adventure, Box office gross: $65.532 million, Lionsgate.Extras: Audio commentary with producers Douglas Wick and Lucy Fisher; two featurettes: "Allegiant: Book to Film" and "Battle in the Bullfrog: The Stunts and Choreography Behind This Thrilling Sequence." Blu-ray adds four additional featurettes: "Finding the Future: Effects & Technology," "Characters in Conflict: The Motivations Behind the Film’s Antagonists," "The Next Chapter: Cast & Characters," "Building the Bureau."
Everybody Wants Some!!
The comedy follows freshman pitcher Jake as he arrives at college in the summer of 1980 and meets his new rowdy teammates. Together, they must navigate their way between girls, parties and baseball, all in the last weekend before school begins.
Vitals: Director: Richard Linklater. Stars: Blake Jenner, Tyler Hoechlin, Wyatt Russell, Glen Powell, J. Quinton Johnson, Ryan Guzman, Zoey Deutch.
2016, CC, MPAA rating: R, 117 min., Comedy, Box office gross: $3.251 million, Paramount.Blu-ray extras: "Everybody Wants Some!! More Stuff That's Not in the Movie," "Rickipedia," "Baseball Players Can Dance," "Skills Videos," "History 101: Stylin' the 80s."
Miracles From Heaven
When Christy Beam (Jennifer Garner) discovers her 10-year-old daughter Annabel (Kylie Rogers) has a rare, incurable disease, she becomes a ferocious advocate for her daughter's healing as she searches for a solution. After Annabel has a freak accident and falls three stories, a miracle unfolds in the wake of her dramatic rescue that leaves medical specialists mystified, her family restored and their community inspired. Based on the story of the Beam family.
Vitals: Director: Patricia Riggen. Stars: Jennifer Garner, Kylie Rogers, Eugenio Derbez, Queen Latifah, John Carroll Lynch.
2016, CC, MPAA rating: PG, 109 min., Family, Box office gross: $60.071 million, Sony.Extras: "Miracles Abound: The Making of Miracles From Heaven' three-part featurette: 'Bearing Witness,' "Creating Heaven: Concept Art Exploration," "'Your Words' music montage; commentary with director Patricia Riggen and screenwriter Randy Brown. Blu-ray adds deleted scenes, "Accounts From Annabel" featurette.
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice
Fearing the actions of a god-like Super Hero left unchecked, Gotham City’s own formidable, forceful vigilante takes on Metropolis’s most revered, modern-day savior, while the world wrestles with what sort of hero it really needs. And with Batman and Superman at war with one another, a new threat quickly arises, putting mankind in greater danger than it’s ever known before.
Vitals: Director: Zack Snyder. Stars: Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Jesse Eisenberg, Diane Lane, Laurence Fishburne, Jeremy Irons, Holly Hunter, Gal Gadot.
2016, CC, MPAA rating: PG-13, 151 min., Action, Box office gross: $327.255 million, Warner.Extras: "Uniting the World’s Finest," "Gods and Men: A Meeting of Giants," "The Warrior, The Myth, The Wonder," "Accelerating Design: The New Batmobile," "Superman: Complexity & Truth," "Batman: Austerity & Rage," "Wonder Woman: Grace & Power," "Batcave: Legacy of the Lair," "The Might and the Power of a Punch," "The Empire of Luthor," "Save the Bats"
Exploration of one of 20th century music's creative geniuses and jazz innovator Miles Davis (Don Cheadle). In the midst of a prolific career at the forefront of modern jazz, which Davis referred to as "Social Music," he virtually disappears from public view for a period of five years in the late 1970s, his musical voice stifled and numbed by drugs and pain medications. Dave Braden (Ewan McGregor), a wily music reporter, forces his way into Davis' life and, over the next couple of days, the two men unwittingly embark on a wild and sometimes harrowing adventure to recover a stolen tape of the musician's latest compositions. Plagued by years of regret and loss, Davis flirts with annihilation until he once again finds salvation in his art.
Vitals: Director: Don Cheadle. Stars: Don Cheadle, Ewan McGregor, Emayatzy Corinealdi.
2016, CC, MPAA rating: R, 100 min., Bio-Drama, Box office gross: $2.484 million, Sony.Extras: Commentary with Don Cheadle and co-writer Steven Baigelman; "The Truth: Becoming Miles Davis" with Cheadle, members of the Davis family and others discussing Cheadle's transformation and the enduring legacy of the man on which the film is based; Sundance Film Festival Q&A with Cheadle, Ewan McGregor, Emayatzy Corinealdi and LaKeith Lee Stanfield.
The Perfect Match
Charlie (Terrence Jenkins) is a playboy who's convinced that relationships are dead even though his sister (Paula Patton), a therapist, tries to tell him otherwise. His best friends bet him that if he sticks to one woman for one month, he's bound to fall in love. Charlie takes the bet because he believes that he's immune to love ... until he crosses paths with the beautiful and mysterious Eva (Cassie Ventura). Turning on his irresistible charm, Charlie coaxes Eva into a casual affair but soon finds out that Eva has turned the tables on him. Now Charlie's questioning whether he may actually want more than just a one-night stand. Vitals: Director: Bille Woodruff. Stars: Terrence Jenkins, Cassie Ventura, Paula Patton, Kali Hawk Lauren London, Brandy Norwood, Donald Faison. 2016, CC, MPAA rating: R, 96 min., Romantic Comedy, Box office gross: $9.658 million, Lionsgate.Extras: "Making The Perfect Match" featurette, "What's Love Without Comedy" featurette, "Nobody's Perfect" featurette, "Chillin' With the Perfect Cast" cast & director commentary.
Michelle Darnell (Melissa McCarthy), a titan of industry, is sent to prison for insider trading. After doing her time, Michelle emerges, ready to rebrand herself as America's latest sweetheart, but not everyone she steamrolled is so quick to forgive and forget. With nowhere to go and no one to scam, Michelle is forced to move in with former assistant Claire (Kristen Bell) and her young daughter, Rachel. Now at her lowest point, Michelle wastes no time in devising a winner-take-all plan to rebuild her empire. Can she reclaim her status as the No. 1 screwer, or will the love of one family screw her for good?
Vitals: Director: Ben Falcone. Stars: Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Bell, Peter Dinklage, Kathy Bates, Cecily Strong, Tyler Labine.
2016, CC, MPAA rating: R, 99 min., Comedy, Box office gross: $62.374 million, Universal.Extras: Alternate ending, deleted scenes, extended/alternate scenes, gag reel. Blu-ray adds the original sketch from 2005 at the Groundlings of Melissa McCarthy's character "Michelle Darnell," in all its glory; Origin Story of "Michelle Darnell"; "Peter Dinklage Gets to the Point" piece about the "Game of Thrones" star, including on-set and sit-down interviews and showcasing his sword fight and stunt training, eclectic wardrobe and hair styles; "Everybody Loves Kristen Bell" look inside Bell's character, Claire.
In a last-ditch effort to stop a diabolical plot, a dead CIA operative’s memories, secrets, and skills are implanted into an unpredictable and dangerous death-row inmate in the hopes that he will complete the operative’s mission. Bill Pope (Ryan Reynolds) is a CIA agent on a mission in London tracking down a shadowy hacker nicknamed "The Dutchman." When he gets mysteriously ambushed and killed, an experimental procedure is used to transfer his memories into dangerous ex-convict Jericho Stewart (Kevin Costner). When he wakes up with the CIA agent's memories, his mission is to find The Dutchman and eliminate him before the hacker launches ICBMs and starts World War III. But complications soon arise and the mission turns personal.
Vitals: Director: Ariel Vromen. Stars: Kevin Costner, Ryan Reynolds, Gary Oldman, Tommy Lee Jones, Alice Eve, Gal Gadot.
2016, CC, MPAA rating: R, 113 min., Thriller, Box office gross: $14.268 million, Lionsgate.Extras: "Criminal Intent" featurette, "Director’s Notes" featurette, Deleted Scenes, Madsonik's "Drift and Fall Again" music video.
Barbershop: The Next Cut
It's been more than 10 years since the last appointment at Calvin's Barbershop. Calvin (Ice Cube) and his longtime crew, including Eddie (Cedric the Entertainer), are still there, but the shop has undergone some major changes. Most noticeably, the once male-dominated sanctuary is now co-ed. The ladies bring their own flavor, drama and gossip to the shop challenging the fellas at every turn. Despite the good times, big laughs and camaraderie within the shop, the surrounding community has taken a turn for the worse, forcing Calvin and his friends to come together in an effort to not only save the shop, but their neighborhood.
Vitals: Director: Malcolm D. Lee. Stars:. Ice Cube, Cedric the Entertainer, Regina Hall, Anthony Anderson, Eve, J.B. Smoove, Common, Nicki Minaj.
2016, CC, MPAA rating: PG-13, 112 min., Comedy, Box office gross: $53.478
million, MGM/New Line/Warner.Extras: Gag reel, "The Next Cut: Barbershop Bootcamp," deleted scenes.
The first film shot completely in first-person shooter perspective. You remember nothing. Mainly because you've just been brought back from the dead by your wife who tells you that your name is Henry. Five minutes later, you're being shot at, your wife has been kidnapped, and you should probably go get her back. You're also in an unfamiliar city of Moscow, and everyone wants you dead. If you can survive the insanity and solve the mystery, you might just discover your purpose and the truth behind your identity. A groundbreaking wild ride of an action film that's unlike anything you've seen before -- it makes you the title hero.
Vitals: Director: Ilya Naishuller. Stars: Sharlto Copley, Danila Kozlovsky, Haley Bennett, Andrey Dementyev, Aha Charusha, Sveta Ustinova, Tim Roth.
2016, CC, MPAA rating: R, 97 min., Action, Box office gross: $9.244 million, Universal.Extras: Deleted scenes, "Fan Chat": Director Ilya Naishuller and star Sharlto Copley answer fan questions about how "Hardcore Henry" was made, feature commentary with director-producer Ilya Naishuller and star-executive producer Sharlto Copley.
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