The story of Joy Mangano, a self-made millionaire who created her own business empire. Mangano was a divorced mother with three children in the early 1990s when she invented the Miracle Mop and became an overnight success, after which she patented many other products, often selling on the Home Shopping Network and QVC. The film is a semi-fictional and inspirational portrayal of how Mangano overcame personal and professional obstacles -- including doubting and deceitful friends and family members -- to rise to the top.
Vitals: Director: David O. Russell. Stars: Jennifer Lawrence, Robert De Niro, Bradley Cooper, Edgar Ramirez, Isabella Rossellini, Diane Ladd, Virginia Madsen, Elisabeth Röhm, Dascha Polanco.
2015, CC, MPAA rating: PG-13, 124 min., Drama, Box office gross: $56.430 million, Fox.Blu-ray extras: "Joy, Strength and Perseverance" featurette, Jennifer Lawrence and David O. Russell "Times Talk" with Maureen Dowd, photo gallery. Pre-order "Joy" here.
The 5th Wave
In this science fiction actioner, four waves of increasingly deadly Alien attacks have left most of Earth decimated. Against a backdrop of fear and distrust, Cassie (Chloe Grace Moretz) is on the run, desperately trying to save her younger brother. As she prepares for the inevitable and lethal 5th wave, Cassie teams up with a young man who may become her final hope -- if she can only trust him.
Vitals: Director: J Blakeson. Stars: Chloe Grace Moretz, Liev Schreiber, Nick Robinson, Alex Roe, Maika Monroe, Maggie Siff, Maria Bello, Ron Livingston..
2016, CC, MPAA rating: PG-13, 112 min., Science Fiction, Box office gross: $34.725 million, Sony.Extras: Commentary with director J Blakeson and Chloe Grace Moretz, two featurettes: "Inside The 5th Wave" and "Sammy on the Set." Blu-ray adds gag reel, deleted scenes, three additional featurettes: "The 5th Wave Survival Guide," "Training Squad 53" and "Creating a New World."
Travis is a fun-loving, smooth-talking bachelor living in a small coastal town who's never considered a serious relationship -- until he falls hard for his beautiful new neighbor, Gabby. But when fate threatens Travis and Gabby's love, Travis must make a choice that will alter their lives forever in this syrupy romance. From novelist Nicholas Sparks, the author of "The Notebook" and "Dear John."
Vitals: Director: Ross Katz. Stars: Benjamin Walker, Teresa Palmer, Maggie Grace Alexandra Daddario, Tom Welling, Tom Wilkinson.
2015, CC, MPAA rating: PG-13, 111 min., Romance, Box office gross: $18.666 million, Lionsgate.Extras: Deleted scenes, "Cinematic Choices: Making The Choice" featurette, "Choosing Home: Nicholas Sparks and North Carolina" featurette, "Nicholas Sparks with ..." featurette, "Molly & Moby: Choice Dogs," audio commentary with director Ross Katz and actor Benjamin Walker.
Wade Wilson (Ryan Reynolds) is a mercenary with a Special Forces background. After being diagnosed with cancer, he agrees to be part of an experimental project designed to turn him into a super soldier with accelerated healing and drug, toxin and disease resistance. Yet, this rogue experiment does much more: Instead of destroying his cancer, it makes the cells a permanent part of his body. It disfigures him and destabilizes his mind making him incredibly violent and unpredictable. With a dark sense of humor, a twisted sense of morality and the need for revenge, Wade Wilson becomes the anti-hero known as Deadpool.
Vitals: Director: Tim Miller. Stars: Ryan Reynolds, Karan Soni, Ed Skrein, Morena Baccarin, T.J. Miller, Gina Carano, Michael Benyaer, Stefan Kapicic, Brianna Hildebrand.
2016, CC, MPAA rating: R, 108 min., Action Adventure, Box office gross: $355.108 million, Fox.Blu-ray extras: Deleted and extended scenes; commentary with Ryan Reynolds and writers Paul Wernick and Rhett Reese; gag reel; galleries of conceptual art, storyboards, costumes, and more; "From Comics to Screen to Screen"; commentary with director Tim Miller and Deadpool co-creator Rob Liefeld; "Deadpool's Fun Sack."
Greta (Lauren Cohan), a young American woman who takes a job as a nanny in a remote English village, arrives to discover that the family's 8-year-old is a life-sized doll that the parents care for just like a real boy -- as a way to cope with the death of their actual son 20 years prior. After violating a list of strict rules, a series of disturbing and inexplicable events bring Greta's worst nightmare to life, leading her to believe that the doll is actually alive.
Vitals: Director: William Brent Bell. Stars: Lauren Cohan, Rupert Evans, James Russell, Jim Norton, Diana Hardcastle.
2016, CC, MPAA rating: PG-13, 97 min., Horror-Thriller, Box office gross: $35.480 million, Universal.
Where to Invade Next
Just when we need him most, America's favorite political provocateur, Michael Moore, brings us his latest award-winning film. Honored by festivals and critics groups alike, "Where to Invade Next" is an expansive, hilarious, and subversive comedy/documentary in which the Academy Award-winning director confronts the most pressing issues facing America today and finds solutions in the most unlikely places. The creator of "Fahrenheit 9/11" and "Bowling for Columbine" has returned with an epic movie that's unlike anything he has done before -- an eye-opening call to arms to re-capture the American Dream and restore it to, of all places, America. To show what the USA can learn from the rest of the world, Moore playfully visits various nations in Europe and Africa as a one-man "invader" to take their ideas and practices for America. Whether it is Italy with its generous vacation time allotments, France with its gourmet school lunches, German with its industrial policy, Norway and its prison system, Tunisia and its strongly progressive women's policy and Iceland and its strong female presence in government and business among others, Moore discovers there is much that American should emulate.
Vitals:2015, CC, MPAA rating: R, 120 min., Documentary, Box office gross: $3.603 million, Anchor Bay Entertainment.
Uptight Jason (Zac Efron) is a week away from marrying his boss's daughter. But everything changes when Jason is fooled into driving his foul-mouthed, free-living granddad (Robert De Niro) to Florida for spring break -- and thrown into a series of frat parties, bar fights,
and epic misdeeds on a road trip that gives new meaning to family bonding. In a new, dirtier, unrated version.
Vitals: Director: Dan Mazer. Stars: Robert De Niro, Zac Efron, Aubrey Plaza, Zoey Deutch, Julianne Hough, Jason Mantzoukas, Danny Glover, Dermot Mulroney.
2016, CC, MPAA rating: R/NR, 102/108 min., Comedy, Box office gross: $35.537 million, Lionsgate.Extras: "The Filthy Truth: The Making of Dirty Grandpa" featurette, "Daytona Heat" featurette, "Filthy Filmmakers Who Have No Shame" audio commentary. Blu-ray adds "Lessons in Seduction" featurette, "I Got Nothin' to Hide: A Look at Daytona's Most Vibrant Drug Dealer"
featurette, gag reel.
Set in New England circa 1630, the film follows a farmer who gets cast out of his colonial plantation and is forced to move his family to a remote plot of land on the edge of an ominous forest rumored to be controlled by witches. Almost immediately, strange and unsettling things begin to happen -- the animals turn violent, the crops fail, and one of the children disappears, only to return seemingly possessed by an evil spirit. As suspicion and paranoia mount, everyone begins to point the finger at teenage daughter Thomasin. They accuse her of witchcraft, which she adamantly denies ... but as circumstances become more and more treacherous, each family member's faith, loyalty, and love is tested in shocking and unforgettable ways.
Vitals: Director: Robert Eggers. Stars: Anya Taylor-Joy, Ralph Ineson, Kate Dickie, Harvey Scrimshaw, Lucas Dawson, Ellie Grainger.
2016, CC, MPAA rating: R, 92 min., Horror, Box office gross: $24.094 million, Lionsgate.Extras: Audio commentary with director Robert Eggers, "The Witch: A Primal Folklore" featurette, "Salem Panel Q&A," design gallery.
The Finest Hours
The remarkable true story of the greatest small boat rescue in Coast Guard history. On February 18, 1952, a massive nor'easter struck New England, pummeling towns along the Eastern seaboard and wreaking havoc on the ships caught in its deadly path, including the SS Pendleton, a T-2 oil tanker bound for Boston, which was literally ripped in half, trapping more than 30 sailors inside its rapidly-sinking stern. As the senior officer on board, first assistant engineer Ray Sybert (Casey Affleck) soon realizes it is up to him to take charge of the frightened crew and inspire the men to set aside their differences and work together to ride out one of the worst storms to ever hit the East Coast. Meanwhile, as word of the disaster reaches the U.S. Coast Guard station in Chatham, Mass., Warrant Officer Daniel Cluff (Eric Bana) orders a daring operation to rescue the stranded men. Despite overwhelming odds, four men, led by Coast Guard Captain Bernie Webber (Chris Pine), set out in a wooden lifeboat with an ill-equipped engine and little, if any, means of navigation, facing frigid temperatures, 60-foot high waves and hurricane-force winds.
Vitals: Director: Craig Gillespie. Stars: Chris Pine, Casey Affleck, Eric Bana, Holliday Grainger, Ben Foster, John Ortiz.
2016, CC, MPAA rating: PG-13, 117 min., Drama, Box office gross: $27.452 million, Disney.Extras: "Brotherhood," in which cast members reflect on the bonds they forged during the shoot; "The Finest Inspiration: The U.S. Coast Guard" featurette. Blu-ray adds "Against All Odds: The Bernie Webber Story," "Two Crews" featurette, "What Is Your Finest Hour?" in which a Coast Guard member recounts an incredible rescue.
How to Be Single
There's a right way to be single, a wrong way to be single, and then -- there's Alice. And Robin. Lucy. Meg. Tom. David. New York City is full of lonely hearts seeking the right match, be it a love connection, a hook-up, or something in the middle. And somewhere between the teasing texts and one-night stands, what these unmarrieds all have in common is the need to learn how to be single in a world filled with ever-evolving definitions of love.
Vitals: Director: Christian Ditter. Stars: Dakota Johnson, Rebel Wilson, Damon Wayans Jr., Anders Holm, Alison Brie, Nicholas Braun, Jake Lac , Jason Mantzoukas, Leslie Mann.
2016, CC, MPAA rating: R, 110 min., Comedy, Box office gross: $46.665 million, New Line Cinema/MGM/Warner.Extras: Deleted scenes. Blu-ray adds "The Pros and Cons of How to Be Single," "Rebel Rabble: A Look at Rebel Wilson," "The Best Idea Wins! The Humor of How to Be Single," gag reel, Rebel Wilson outtakes.
Biblical story of the Resurrection, as told through the eyes of a non-believer. Clavius (Joseph Fiennes), a powerful Roman military tribune, and his aide, Lucius (Tom Felton), are tasked with solving the mystery of what happened to Jesus in the weeks following the crucifixion, in order to disprove the rumors of a risen Messiah and prevent an uprising in Jerusalem.
Vitals: Director: Kevin Reynolds. Stars: Joseph Fiennes, Tom Felton, Cliff Curtis, Peter Firth, Leonor Watling.
2016, CC, MPAA rating: PG-13, 107 min., Drama, Box office gross: $36.682 million, Sony.Extras: Three featurettes:
"The Mystery of the Resurrection: Making Risen," "A.D. Jerusalem," "Script to Screen"; commentary. Blu-ray adds deleted scenes, a fourth featurette: "The Battle of the Zealots Deconstructed."
Zoolander 2: The Magnum Edition
Sequel picks up after the original, after male models Derek Zoolander (Ben Stiller) and Hansel (Owen Wilson) were enjoying the wonders of the "Derek Zoolander Center for Kids Who Can't Read Good And Wanna Learn To Do Other Stuff Good Too," and Mugatu (Will Ferrell) -- the evil mastermind they had thwarted -- was behind bars. When a mystery assassin starts killing off the world's most beautiful people, haute-shot Interpol agent Valentina Valencia (Penelope Cruz) learns the key to this deadly plot lies with Derek and Hansel. Recruited for a top secret mission, they must return to the world of high fashion, reclaim their fame, and save the day. The only things standing in their way: the criminal mastermind Mugatu and his evil fashion protege (Kristen Wiig).
Vitals: Director: Ben Stiller. Stars: Ben Stiller, Owen Wilson, Penelope Cruz, Kristen Wiig, Benedict Cumberbatch, Will Ferrell, Justin Bieber, Billy Zane, Olivia Munn.
2016, CC, MPAA rating: PG-13, 102 min., Comedy/Action, Box office gross: $28.837 million, Paramount.Blu-ray extras: "The Zoolander Legacy," "Go Big or Go Rome," "Drake Sather: The Man Who Created Zoolander," "Youth Milk."
Pride + Prejudice + Zombies
A zombie outbreak has fallen upon the land in this reimagining of Jane Austen's classic tale of the tangled relationships between lovers from different social classes in 19th century England. Feisty heroine Elizabeth Bennet (Lily James) is a master of martial arts and weaponry and the handsome Mr. Darcy (Sam Riley) is a fierce zombie killer, yet the epitome of upper class prejudice. As the zombie outbreak intensifies, they must swallow their pride and join forces on the blood-soaked battlefield in order to conquer the undead once and for
Vitals: Director: Burr Steers. Stars: Lily James, Sam Riley, Jack Huston, Bella Heathcote, Douglas Booth, Matt Smith, Charles Dance, Lena Headey.
2016, CC, MPAA rating: PG-13, 107 min., Horror, Box office gross: $10.907 million, Sony.Extras: Two featurettes: "Courtship, Class and Carnage: Meet The Cast" and "From Austen to Zombies: Adapting a Classic." Blu-ray adds two additional featurettes, "The Badass Bennet Sisters" and "Creating the Unmentionables," deleted scenes, Mr. Collins line-o-rama, gag reel.
Based on the incredible true story of Jesse Owens, the legendary athletic superstar whose quest to become the greatest track and field athlete in history thrusts him onto the world stage of the 1936 Olympics, where he faces off against Adolf Hitler's vision of Aryan supremacy.
Vitals: Director: Stephen Hopkins. Stars: Stephan James, Jeremy Irons, Jason Sudeikis, Carice van Houten, William Hurt.
2016, CC, MPAA rating: PG-13, 134 min., Sports Bio-Drama, Box office gross: $18.816 million, Universal.Extras: "The Making of Race," "Becoming Jesse Owens," "The Owens Sisters."
Gods of Egypt
In this fantasy action-adventure inspired by the mythology of Egypt, the survival of mankind hangs in the balance as an unexpected mortal hero Bek (Brenton Thwaites) undertakes a journey to save the world and rescue his true love. In order to succeed, he must enlist the help of the powerful god Horus (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) in an unlikely alliance against Set (Gerard Butler), the merciless god of darkness, who has usurped Egypt's throne, plunging the once peaceful and prosperous empire into chaos and conflict. As their breathtaking battle against Set and his henchmen takes them into the afterlife and across the heavens, both god and mortal must pass tests of courage and sacrifice if they hope to prevail.
Vitals: Director: Alex Proyas. Stars: Gerard Butler, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Brenton Thwaites, Geoffrey Rush, Rufus Sewell, Abbey Lee, Chadwick Boseman, Emma Booth, Courtney Eaton, Bryan Brown.
2016, CC, MPAA rating: PG-13, 127 min., Adventure Fantasy, Box office gross: $30.699 million, Summit Entertainment/Lionsgate.Extras: "The Battle for Eternity: Stunts," "A Window into Another World: Visual Effects" featurette.Blu-ray adds deleted storyboards, "A Divine Vision: Creating a Cinematic Action Fantasy" featurette, "Of Gods and Mortals: The Cast" featurette, "Transformation: Costume, Make-up & Hair" featurette, "On Location: Shooting in Australia" featurette.
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