Seven years after it left TV, "Veronica Mars" is resurrected as a theatrical feature. Years after walking away from her past as a teenage private eye, Mars (Kristen Bell) gets pulled back to her hometown -- just in time for her high school reunion -- in order to help her old flame Logan Echolls, who's embroiled in a murder mystery. On the eve of graduating law school, Mars has put Neptune and her amateur sleuthing days behind her. While interviewing at high-end New York law firms, she gets a call from Logan, who has been accused of murder. Veronica heads back to Neptune just to help Logan find an attorney, but when things don't seem right with how Logan's case is perceived and handled, she finds herself being pulled back into a life she thought she had left behind.
Extras: "By the Fans: The Making of the Veronica Mars Movie." Blu-ray adds deleted scenes, gag reel, "More On-Set Fun: Welcome to Keith Mars Investigation," "More On-Set Fun: Game Show With Kristen Bell and Chris Lowell," "More On-Set Fun: On Set With Max Greenfield," "More On-Set Fun: Veronica Mars' Backers," "More On-Set Fun: It's Not All About You, Monkey," "More On-Set Fun: Young Veronica." Vitals: Director: Rob Thomas. Stars: Kristen Bell, Enrico Colantoni, Jason Dohring, Tina Majorino, Ryan Hansen, Percy Daggs III, Martin Starr, Jerry O'Connell.
2014, CC, MPAA rating: 107, PG-13 min., Comedy-Crime-Drama, Box office gross: $3.2 million, Warner.
Set in Los Angeles in the slight future, "Her" follows Theodore (Joaquin Phoenix), a complex, soulful man who makes his living writing touching, personal letters for other people. Heartbroken after the end of a long relationship, he becomes intrigued with a new, advanced operating system that promises to be an intuitive and unique entity in its own right. Upon initiating it, he is delighted to meet "Samantha," a bright, female voice (Scarlett Johansson) who is insightful, sensitive and surprisingly funny. As her needs and desires grow, in tandem with his own, their friendship deepens into an eventual love for each other. An original love story that explores the evolving nature -- and the risks -- of intimacy in the modern world.
Extras: "Her: Love in the Modern Age" featurette. Blu-ray adds "The Untitled Rick Howard Project," "How Do You Share Your Life With Somebody."
Vitals: Director: Spike Jonze. Stars: Joaquin Phoenix, Amy Adams, Rooney Mara, Olivia Wilde, Scarlett Johansson.
2013, CC, MPAA rating: R, 126 min., Drama, Box office gross: $25.240 million, Warner.
That Awkward Moment
Three best friends find themselves where we've all been -- at that confusing moment in every dating relationship when you have to decide "So ... where is this going?"
Extras: "Threesome: More Awkward Moments" as the three stars dish about their experiences making the film, four character profiles. Blu-ray adds Gag reel, "Moment of Truth: Behind the Scenes" featurette.
Vitals: Director: Tom Gormican. Stars: Zac Efron, Miles Teller, Michael B. Jordan, Imogen Poots, Mackenzie Davis, Jessica Lucas.
2014, CC, MPAA rating: R, 94 min., Comedy, Box office gross: $25.844 million, Sony.
Two hundred years after his shocking creation, Dr. Frankenstein's creature, Adam, still walks the earth. But when he finds himself in the middle of a centuries old war between two immortal clans, Adam discovers he holds the key that could destroy humankind.
Extras: Commentary with co-writer/director Stuart Beattie; commentary with filmmakers Gary Lucchesi, Richard Wright, James McQuaide and Kevin Grevioux; "Creating a Monster" featurette; "Frankenstein's Creatures" featurette.
Vitals: Director: Stuart Beattie. Stars: Aaron Eckhart, Jai Courtney, Bill Nighy, Yvonne Strahovski, Kevin Grevioux, Caitlin Stasey, Miranda Otto.
2013, CC, MPAA rating: PG-13 , 92 min., Action-Fantasy, Box office gross: $18.718 million, Lionsgate.
The Monuments Men
Based on the true story of an unlikely World War II platoon tasked by FDR to go into Germany to rescue artistic masterpieces from the Nazis and return them to their rightful owners. It was an impossible mission: With the art trapped behind enemy lines, and with the German army under orders to destroy everything as the Reich fell, how could these guys -- seven museum directors, curators, and art historians, all more familiar with Michelangelo than the M-1 -- possibly hope to succeed? But as the Monuments Men, as they were called, found themselves in a race against time to avoid the destruction of 1,000 years of culture, they would risk their lives to protect and defend mankind's greatest achievements.
Extras: Two behind-the-scenes featurettes: "George Clooney's Mission" and "Marshaling the Cast." Blu-ray adds Deleted scenes, "The Real Monuments Men," "A Woman Amongst the Monuments Men."Vitals: Director: George Clooney. Stars: George Clooney, Matt Damon, Bill Murray, Cate Blanchett, Jean Dujardin, Bob Balaban, Hugh Bonneville, John Goodman.
2014, CC, MPAA rating: PG-13, 118 min., Drama, Box office gross: $73.881 million, Sony.
3 Days to Kill
A dying CIA agent is determined to give up his high stakes life in the time he has left to finally build a closer relationship with his estranged wife and daughter, whom he's previously kept at arm's length to keep out of danger. While tentatively reconnecting with his family, he's offered an experimental drug that could save his life in exchange for one last mission -- but it means juggling the two toughest assignments yet: Hunting down the world's most ruthless terrorist and looking after his teenage daughter for the first time in 10 years while his wife is out of town.
Extras: "Covert Operation" featurette, theatrical trailer. Blu-ray adds extended cut, "The Making of 3 Days to Kill," "McG's Method."
Vitals: Director: McG. Stars: Kevin Costner, Hailee Steinfeld, Amber Heard, Connie Nielsen, Tomas Lemarquis, Richard Sammel.
2014, CC, MPAA rating: PG-13, 117 min., Thriller, Box office gross: $28.462 million, Fox.
About Last Night
A modern reimagining of the classic romantic comedy from 1986. Four Los Angeles singles get a thorough workout in the ups and downs of today's dating world. On yet another night of playing wingman to his loud-mouthed best friend Bernie (Kevin Hart), kind-eyed Danny (Michael Ealy) meets Debbie (Joy Bryant), a beautiful, smart and successful woman who is as skittish about relationships as he is. When the chemistry proves to be undeniable, they end up falling into bed together that night ... then another night, and another night. What these starry-eyed lovers soon find is that despite their good intentions and genuine feelings for each other, what started out as a casual and intoxicating intimacy quickly falls prey to the usual trappings of togetherness and monogamy.
Extras: "An Un-Romantic Comedy" featurette. Blu-ray adds "About Last Night Advice" featurette, "I Love You?" featurette, "Word on the Street" featurette.
Vitals: Director: Steve Pink. Stars: Michael Ealy, Kevin Hart, Regina Hall, Joy Bryant, Christopher McDonald, Paula Patton.
2014, CC, MPAA rating: R, 100 min., Romantic Comedy, Box office gross: $27.838 million, Sony.
Set in 79 A.D., this sword and sandal actioner tells the story of Milo (Kit Harington), a slave turned invincible gladiator who finds himself in a race against time to save his true love Cassia (Emily Browning), the beautiful daughter of a wealthy merchant, who has been unwillingly betrothed to a corrupt Roman Senator. As Mount Vesuvius erupts in a torrent of blazing lava, Milo must fight his way out of the arena in order to save her as Pompeii crumbles around him.
Extras: Filmmakers' commentary. "The Assembly" cast and characters, "The Volcanic Eruption" special effects. Blu-ray adds deleted and alternate scenes, "The Gladiators" stunts, "The Journey" production design, "The Costume Shop" costume design, "Pompeii: Buried in Time: Behind the Scenes of Ancient History's Greatest Disaster."
Vitals: Director: Paul W.S. Anderson. Stars: Kit Harington, Emily Browning, Kiefer Sutherland, Jared Harris, Carrie-Anne Moss, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Jessica Lucas.
2014, CC, MPAA rating: PG-13, 105 min., Action-Adventure-Drama, Box office gross: $22.970 million, Sony.
Based on author Richelle Mead's worldwide bestselling series, "Vampire Academy" tells the legend of Rose Hathaway (Zoey Deutch) and Lissa Dragomir (Lucy Fry), two 17-year-old girls who attend a hidden boarding school for Moroi (mortal, peaceful Vampires) and Dhampirs (half-vampire/half-human guardians). Rose, a rebellious Guardian-in-training and her best friend, Lissa -- a royal vampire Princess - have been on the run when they are captured and returned to St. Vladamirs Academy, the very place where they believe their lives may be in most jeopardy. Thrust back into the perils of Moroi Society and high school, Lissa struggles to reclaim her status while Rose trains with her mentor and love-interest, Dimitri (Danila Kozlovsky), to guarantee her place as Lissa's guardian. Rose will sacrifice everything to protect Lissa from those who intend to exploit her from within the Academy walls and the Strigoi (immortal, evil vampires) who hunt her kind from outside its sanctuary.
Vitals: Director: Mark Waters. Stars: Zoey Deutch, Lucy Fry, Danila Kozlovsky, Gabriel Byrne, Sarah Hyland, Joely Richardson.
2014, CC, MPAA rating: PG-13, 104 min., Fantasy/Drama, Box office gross: $7.791 million, The Weinstein Company/Anchor Bay.
When beautiful Jade (Gabriella Wilde) meets charismatic David (Alex Pettyfer), her sheltered world of privilege is turned upside down as the pair's instant desire sparks a reckless summer love affair. While Jade leaves behind her inhibitions and innocence as she falls for David, he works to prove himself worthy of her love. But when David's mysterious past and Jade's over protective father threaten to tear them apart, their romance is put to the ultimate test.
Extras: "The Making of Endless Love." Blu-ray adds extended ending, deleted/extended/alternate scenes.
Vitals: Director: Shana Feste. Stars: Alex Pettyfer, Gabriella Wilde, Bruce Greenwood, Joely Richardson, Robert Patrick, Rhys Wakefield.
2014, CC, MPAA rating: PG-13, 105 min., Romance, Box office gross: $23.393 million, Universal.
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