Animated adventure that takes place in the brain of a young girl. Growing up can be a bumpy road, and it's no exception for Riley, who is uprooted from her Midwest life when her father starts a new job in San Francisco. Like all of us, Riley is guided by her emotions -- Joy (Amy Poehler), Fear (Bill Hader), Anger (Lewis Black), Disgust (Mindy Kaling) and Sadness (Phyllis Smith). The emotions live in Headquarters, the control center inside Riley's mind, where they help advise her through everyday life. As Riley and her emotions struggle to adjust to a new life in San Francisco, turmoil ensues in Headquarters. Although Joy, Riley's main and most important emotion, tries to keep things positive, the emotions conflict on how best to
navigate a new city, house and school.
Vitals: Director: Pete Docter. Stars: Voices of Amy Poehler, Lewis Black, Mindy Kaling, Bill Hader, Phyllis Smith, Kaitlyn Dias, Diane Lane, Kyle MacLachlan.
2015, CC, MPAA rating: PG, 102 min., Family Animated, Box office gross: $339.354 million, (Pixar/Disney.Extras: "LAVA" (theatrical short film): inspired by the isolated beauty of tropical islands and the explosive allure of ocean volcanoes,this is a musical love story that takes place over millions of years; commentary with directors Pete Docter and Ronnie del Carmen, and producer Jonas Rivera. Blu-ray adds "Riley's First Date?" exclusive animated short film; "Story of the Story" featurette; "Paths to Pixar: The Women of Inside Out" featurette; "Mixed Emotions" featurette. "Mapping the Mind" in which the movie's artists take you through the years-long process of designing and creating a world everyone knows, but no one has ever seen - the human mind; "Our Dads, the Filmmakers" behind the scenes with Elie Docter (daughter of director, Pete Docter) and Grace Giacchino (daughter of composer, Michael Giacchino); "Into the Unknown: The Sound of Inside Out;" "The Misunderstood Art of Animation Film Editing"; selected scenes; "Mind Candy," a montage of toolkit and interstitials produced for "Inside Out"; trailers.
The next generation of Griswolds are on the road again for another ill-fated family adventure. Following in his fatherís footsteps, a grown-up Rusty Griswold (Ed Helms) surprises his wife, Debbie (Christina Applegate), and their two sons with a cross-country road trip back to America's "favorite family fun park," Walley World. What could go wrong?
Vitals: Director: Jonathan Goldstein & John Francis Daley. Stars: Ed Helms, Christina Applegate, Skyler Gisondo, Steele Stebbins, Chris Hemsworth, Leslie Mann, Beverly DíAngelo, Chevy Chase.
2015, CC, MPAA rating: R, 99 min., Comedy, Box office gross: $57.947 million, Warner.Extras: Deleted scenes, "Georgia." Blu-ray adds "Return to Walley World," "The Griswold Odyssey," gag reel.
The End of the Tour
Tells the story of the five-day interview between Rolling Stone reporter (and novelist) David Lipsky (Jesse Eisenberg) and acclaimed novelist David Foster Wallace (Jason Segel), which took place on a book tour right after the 1996 publication of Wallace's groundbreaking epic novel, "Infinite Jest." As the days go on, a tenuous yet intense relationship seems to develop between journalist and subject. The two men bob and weave around each other, sharing laughs and also possibly revealing hidden frailties -- but it's never clear how truthful they
are being with each other. Ironically, the interview was never published, and five days of audio tapes were packed away in Lipsky's closet. The two men did not meet again. The film is based on Lipsky's critically acclaimed memoir about this unforgettable encounter, written following Wallace's 2008 suicide. Both Segel and Eisenberg reveal great depths of emotion in their performances and the film is directed with humor and tenderness by Sundance vet James Ponsoldt from Pulitzer- Prize winner Donald Margulies' insightful and heartbreaking screenplay.
Vitals: Director: James Ponsoldt. Stars: Jason Segel, Jesse Eisenberg, Anna Chlumsky, Joan Cusack, Mamie Gummer, Ron Livingston, Mickey Sumner..
2015, CC, MPAA rating: R, 106 min., Drama, Box office gross: $2.588 million, Lionsgate.Extras: Commentary by director James Ponsoldt, screenwriter Donald Margulies, and Jason Segel; "Behind the Tour" featurette; "A Conversation With Composer Danny Elfman; deleted scenes.
Best of Enemies
A riveting documentary that takes a look at a rivalry between two of the most cutthroat and opinionated political commentators in American television history: William F. Buckley Jr. and Gore Vidal. In the summer of 1968 television news changed forever. Dead last in the ratings, ABC hired two towering public intellectuals to debate each other during the Democratic and Republican national conventions. William F. Buckley Jr. was a leading light of the new conservative movement. A Democrat and cousin to Jackie Onassis, Gore Vidal was a leftist novelist and polemicist. Armed with deep-seated distrust and enmity, Vidal and Buckley believed each other's political ideologies were dangerous for America. Like rounds in a heavyweight battle, they pummeled out policy and personal insults -- their explosive exchanges devolving into vitriolic name-calling. Live and unscripted, they kept viewers riveted. Ratings for ABC News skyrocketed. And a new era in public discourse was born.
Vitals: Director: Robert Gordon. Stars: William F. Buckley Jr. and Gore Vidal.
2015, CC, MPAA rating: R, 82 min., Documentary, Box office gross: $.876 million, Magnolia Home Entertainment.Extras: Interview with directors Morgan Neville and Robert Gordon, additional interviews, trailer.
Since she was a little girl, Amy (Amy Schumer) has been taught that monogamy isn't realistic. Now a magazine writer, Amy lives by that credo, enjoying an uninhibited life free from stifling, boring romantic commitment. But when she finds herself starting to fall for the subject of a new article she's writing, a charming and successful sports doctor (Bill Hader), Amy starts to wonder if other grown-ups, including this guy who really seems to like her, might be onto something.
Vitals: Director: Judd Apatow. Stars: Amy Schumer, Bill Hader, Brie Larson, Colin Quinn, LeBron James, John Cena, Tilda Swinton, Mike Birbigli.
2015, CC, MPAA rating: R, 122 min., Comedy, Box office gross: $108.712 million, Universal.Extras: Unrated version; "Gag Reel: Part 1"; Line-O-Rama; "The Secrets of the Wu," in which Method Man talks with Norman Lloyd about his experience as part of the Wu Tang Clan and even invites Lloyd to join Wu; commentary with director Judd Apatow, writer-star Amy Schumer, and associate producer Kim Caramele. Blu-ray adds Deleted, alternate and extended scenes; "Behind the Scenes" featurette; "Directing Athletes: A Blood Sport"; "The Dogwalker" movie within a movie with Daniel Radcliffe; "Trainwreck Comedy Tour" featurette, Red Band trailer.
Re-imagining of the classic. In the war of man against machine, Kyle Reese (Jai Courtney) is sent back to 1984 by resistance leader John Connor (Jason Clarke) to protect his young mother, Sarah Connor (Emilia Clarke), who has been marked for death. However, this time unexpected events have altered the past and threaten the future for all humankind. Now Reese must join forces with Sarah and her "Guardian" (Arnold Schwarzenegger) to save the world and stop the next evolution of Terminators.
Vitals: Director:. Stars: Emilia Clarke, Jai Courtney, Jason Clarke, Arnold Schwarzenegger.
2015, CC, MPAA rating: PG-13, 126 min., Science Fiction Thriller, Box office gross: $89.415 million, Paramount.Blu-ray extras: "Family Dynamics": Casting "Terminator Genisys" and how the actors filled some of the most iconic roles in cinematic history; "Infiltration and Termination" behind-the-scenes at the San Francisco and New Orleans filming locations; "Upgrades: VFX of Terminator Genisys" visual effects featurette.
A new twist on the world's most famous detective. In 1947, an aging Sherlock Holmes returns from a journey to Japan, where, in search of a rare plant with powerful restorative qualities, he has witnessed the devastation of nuclear warfare. Now, in his remote seaside farmhouse, Holmes faces the end of his days tending to his bees, with only the company of his housekeeper and her young son, Roger. Grappling with the diminishing powers of his mind, Holmes comes to rely upon the boy as he revisits the circumstances of the unsolved case 30 years before that forced him into retirement, and searches for answers to the mysteries of life and love -- before it's too late. Based on Mitch Cullin's novel "A Slight Trick of the Mind."
Vitals: Director: Bill Condon. Stars: Ian McKellen, Laura Linney, Milo Parker, Hiroyuki Sanada, Hattie Morahan, Patrick Kennedy.
2015, CC, MPAA rating: PG, 105 min., Mystery, Box office gross: $16.110 million, Miramax/ Roadside Attractions/Lionsgate.Extras: "Icon" and "Story" behind-the-scenes featurettes.
In this provocative psychological science fiction thriller, an extremely wealthy man (Ben Kingsley) dying from cancer undergoes a radical medical procedure that transfers his consciousness into the body of a healthy young man (Ryan Reynolds). But he soon finds that neither the procedure nor the company that performed it are quite what they seem, and when he starts to uncover the mystery of the body's origin, he goes up against an organization that will kill to protect its secret cause.
Vitals: Director: Tarsem Singh. Stars: Ryan Reynolds, Ben Kingsley, Matthew Goode, Natalie Martinez, Victor Garber, Derek Luke.
2015, CC, MPAA rating: PG-13, 117 min., Science Fiction, Box office gross: $12.279 million, Universal.Extras: "Inside Self/Less," "Shedding," commentary with director Tarsem Singh. Blu-ray adds "On the Run: The Action of Self/Less."
The Man from U.N.C.L.E.
At the height of the Cold War in the early 1960s, a mysterious international criminal organization plans to use nuclear weapons and technology to upset the fragile balance of power between the United States and Soviet Union. CIA agent Napoleon Solo (Henry Cavill) and KGB agent Illya Kuryakin (Armie Hammer) are forced to put aside their hostilities and work together to stop the evildoers in their tracks. The duo's only lead is the daughter of a missing German scientist, who is the key to infiltrating the criminal organization, and they must race against time to find the missing man and prevent a worldwide catastrophe. The film -- billed as a fresh take on the hugely popular 1960s television series -- is all style and little substance.Vitals: Director: Guy Ritchie. Stars: Henry Cavill, Armie Hammer, Alicia Vikander, Elizabeth Debicki, Jared Harris, Hugh Grant.
2015, CC, MPAA rating: PG-13, 116 min., Action Adventure, Box office gross: $45.391 million, Warner.Extras: "A Higher Class of Hero" featurette. Blu-ray adds "Spy Vision: Recreating '60s Cool," "Metisse Motorcycles: Proper -- and Very British," "The Guys from U.N.C.L.E.," "A Man of Extraordinary Talents," "U.N.C.L.E: On-Set Spy."
In 1921, Jimmy Gralton's sin was to build a dance hall on a rural crossroads in an Ireland on the brink of Civil War. Young people could come to the hall to learn, to argue, to dream ... but above all to dance and have fun. As the hall grew in popularity, its socialist and free-spirited reputation brought it to the attention of the church and politicians, who forced Jimmy to flee and the hall to close. A decade later, as Jimmy reintegrates into the community and sees the poverty and growing cultural oppression, the leader and activist within him is stirred. He makes the decision to reopen the hall in the face of whatever trouble it may bring. Based on a true story.
Vitals: Director: Ken Loach. Stars: Barry Ward, Francis Magee, Aileen Henry, Simone Kirby.
2015, CC, MPAA rating: PG-13, 106 min., Drama, Box office gross: $.548 million, Sony.Extras: Deleted scenes, making-of featurette, commentary with actors Barry Ward and Simone Kirby.
We Are Your Friends
Set in the world of electronic music and Hollywood nightlife, an aspiring 23-year-old DJ named Cole (Zac Efron) spends his days scheming with his childhood friends and his nights working on the one track that will set the world on fire. All of this changes when he meets a charismatic but damaged older DJ named James (Wes Bentley), who takes him under his wing. Things get complicated, however, when Cole starts falling for James' much younger girlfriend, Sophie (Emily Ratajkowski). With Cole's forbidden relationship intensifying and his friendships unraveling, he must choose between love, loyalty, and the future he is destined for.
Vitals: Director: Max Joseph. Stars: Zac Efron, Emily Ratajkowski, Wes Bentley, Johnny Weston, Shiloh Fernandez, Alex Shaffer.
2015, CC, MPAA rating: R, 96 min., Drama, Box office gross: $3.565 million, Warner.Extras: "How Zac Efron Learned to DJ."
Small-town stoner Mike Howell (Jesse Eisenberg) spends most of his time getting high and writing a graphic novel about a superhero monkey. What Mike doesn't know is that he was trained by the CIA as a sleeper agent/lethal killing machine. When the agency targets him for termination, his former handler activates his latent skills, turning the mild-mannered slacker into a deadly weapon. Now, the utterly surprised Mike must use his newfound abilities to save himself and his girlfriend Phoebe (Stewart) from getting wasted.
Vitals: Director: Nima Nourizadeh. Stars: Jesse Eisenberg, Kristen Stewart, Topher Grace, Connie Britton, Walton Goggins, John Leguizamo, Bill Pullman, Tony Hale.
2015, CC, MPAA rating: R, 96 min., Action-Comedy, Box office gross: $14.423 million, Lionsgate.Extras: "Activating American Ultra" documentary, "Assassinating on a Budget" featurette, gag reel, commentary with director Nima Nourizadeh.
Ricki and the Flash
Meryl Streep stars as Ricki Rendazzo, a guitar heroine who made a world of mistakes as she followed her dreams of rock-and-roll stardom. Returning home, Ricki gets a shot at redemption and a chance to make things right as she faces the music with her family.
Vitals: Director: Jonathan Demme. Stars: Meryl Streep, Kevin Kline, Mamie Gummer, Sebastian Stan, Rick Springfield.
2015, CC, MPAA rating: PG-13, 101 min., Comedy-Drama with Music, Box office gross: $26.762 million, Sony.Extras: "Getting Ready for Ricki: The Making of Ricki and the Flash." Blu-ray adds deleted scenes, "Rediscovering Rick Springfield" featurette, cast photo gallery.
Shaun the Sheep Movie
Shaun's a little sheep with big dreams, and lately, life on Mossy Bottom Farm has become a bit dull. When Shaun takes the day off for some fun, he gets a lot more action than he bargained for. A mix up with the Farmer, a caravan and a very steep hill lead them all to the Big City. Now Shaun and his flock must use their wits to hatch a baaaa-rilliant plan to get back home in an adventure for the whole family. From Aardman, the producers of "Chicken Run" and "Wallace & Gromit."
Vitals: Director: Mark Burton, Richard Starzak. Stars: Voices of Justin Fletcher, John Sparkes, Omid Djalili, Richard
Webber, Kate Harbour.
2015, CC, MPAA rating: PG, 85 min., Family Animated, Box office gross: $19.328 million, Lionsgate.Extras: "Making the Shaun Movie" featurette, "Meet the Characters" featurette, "Join Shaun Behind the Scenes" featurette, "Meet the Crew" featurette, parody poster gallery.
All DVDs are screened on a reference system consisting of a
Oppo BDP-83 Blu-ray Disc Player w/SACD & DVD-Audio, a
Rotel RSX-972 Surround Sound Receiver, and Phase Technology 1.1 (front), 33.1 (center),
and 50 (rear) speakers and Power 10 subwoofer.