A fast-paced new tale of Lightning McQueen, his classic "Cars" friends and a new spirited trainer Cruz Ramirez. Blindsided by a new generation of blazing-fast cars, the legendary Lighting McQueen finds himself pushed out of the sport that he loves. Hoping to get back in the game, he turns to Cruz Ramirez, an eager young technician who has her own plans for winning. With inspiration from the Fabulous Hudson Hornet and a few unexpected turns, No. 95 prepares to compete on Piston Cup Racing's biggest stage. The third chapter of race car McQueen’s story pays homage to NASCAR with four characters based on real-life stock car racing legends. The film features a score by Oscar-winning composer Randy Newman (“Toy Story 3,” “Cars”), instrumental cues composed by Brad Paisley, and original songs by ZZ Ward and Grammy-winner Dan Auerbach. Vitals: Director: Brian Fee. Stars: Voices of Owen Wilson, Cristela Alonzo, Armie Hammer, Chris Cooper, Isiah Whitlock Jr., team owner and NASCAR racing legend Junior Johnson, Kerry Washington, Margo Martindale, Nathan Fillion, Lea DeLaria, Formula One driver Lewis Hamilton.
2017, CC, MPAA rating: G, 103 min., Family Animation, Box office gross: $151.484 million, Disney.Extras: Commentary with Brian Fee (director), Kevin Reher (producer), Andrea Warren (co-producer) and Jay Ward (creative director); theatrical short “Lou”: When a toy-stealing bully ruins recess for a playground full of kids, only one thing stands in his way: the “Lost and Found” box. Blu-ray adds "Miss Fritter’s Racing Skoool" new mini-movie; "Let’s. Get. Crazy." featurette that takes a look at the world of demolition derby, the “rules” of figure 8 racing, and how Pixar puts the crazy in the Thunder Hollow Crazy 8 race; "Legendary" look at the racing legends Wendell Scott and Louise Smith, whose tenacity and perseverance got them into the race even when they weren’t invited; "Ready for the Race" in which Disney Channel’s Olivia Rodrigo and NASCAR Racer William Byron check out the Hendrick Motorsports campus to showcase how real-world race training influenced the filmmakers; "World’s Fastest Billboard" featurette on all of the graphics and “car-ified” advertisements created by Pixar’s art team to make the ”Cars 3” world as believable as possible; "Cruz Ramirez: The Yellow Car That Could" featurette on the filmmakers' journey to create a race-car trainer turned champion racer; "Generations: The Story of Cars 3" behind-the-scenes featurette; "My First Car" collection of illustrated first-car stories as narrated by members of the “Cars 3” cast and crew; deleted scenes, with an introduction as to why each scene was removed from the film: “The Boogie Woogie,” “The Jars of Dirt,” “Lugnut,” “The Bolt,” and “More Than New Paint”; "Cars to Die(cast) For" takes a look at the phenomenon of die-cast toy collecting and the more than 1,000 unique designs that exist in the "Cars" universe;
The Glass Castle
Chronicles the adventures of a young girl growing up in a an eccentric, resilient and tight-knit family of nonconformist nomads. Larson brings Jeannette Walls’s best-selling memoir to life as a young woman who, influenced by the joyfully wild nature of her deeply dysfunctional father (Harrelson), found the fiery determination to carve out a successful life on her own terms.
Vitals: Director: Destin Daniel Cretton. Stars: Brie Larson, Woody Harrelson, Naomi Watts, Ella Anderson.
2017, CC, MPAA rating: PG-13, 127 min., Drama, Box office gross: $9.705 million, Lionsgate.Extras: Nine deleted scenes, "The Glass Castle: Memoir to Movie," "A Conversation with Jeannette Walls," "Making of Summer Storm by Joel P West," "Scoring The Glass Castle."
Well-written, well-acted and well-directed chilling thriller that follows a rookie FBI agent (Elizabeth Olsen) who teams up with a local game tracker with deep community ties and a haunted past (Jeremy Renner) to investigate the murder of a local girl on a remote Native American Reservation in the hopes of solving her mysterious death. Written and directed by Taylor Sheridan, who previously directed the fabulous modern-cowboy thriller "Hell or High Water," starring Chris Pine, Ben Foster and Jeff Bridges, and the war against drugs thriller "Sicario," starring Emily Blunt, Josh Brolin and Benicio Del Toro.
Vitals: Director: Taylor Sheridan. Stars: Jeremy Renner, Elizabeth Olsen, Gil Birmingham, Jon Bernthal, Martin Sensmeir, Kelsey Asbille, Julia Jones.
2017, CC, MPAA rating: R, 107 min., Thriller, Box office gross: $32.789 million, Lionsgate.Extras: Behind-the-scenes video gallery, deleted scenes.
Set in 1980s Berlin. The crown jewel of Her Majesty's Secret Intelligence Service, Agent Lorraine Broughton (Charlize Theron) is equal parts spycraft, sensuality and savagery, willing to deploy any of her skills to stay alive on her impossible mission. Sent alone into Berlin to deliver a priceless dossier out of the destabilized city, she partners with embedded station chief David Percival (James McAvoy) to navigate her way through the deadliest game of spies.
Vitals: Director: David Leitch. Stars: Charlize Theron, James McAvoy, Sofia Boutella, Bill Skarsgard, John Goodman, Toby Jones, Eddie Marsan, Daniel Bernhardt, James Faulkner, Roland Moller, Johannes Haukur Johannesson, Sam Hargrave, Attila Arpa, Daniel Hargrave, Declan Hannigan.
2017, CC, MPAA rating: R, 115 min., Action/Mystery/Suspense, Box office gross: $51.151 million, Universal.Extras: Deleted/extended scenes; "Welcome to Berlin" location featurette; "Blondes Have More Gun"; "Spymaster" cast and crew behind-the-scenes featurette; "Anatomy of a Fight Scene"; "Story in Motion" storyboards with optional commentary by director David Leitch; feature commentary with Leitch and editor Elisabet Ronaldsdottir.
The Hitman's Bodyguard
The world’s top protection agent (Ryan Reynolds) is called upon to guard the life of his mortal enemy, one of the world’s most notorious hit men (Jackson). The relentless bodyguard and manipulative assassin have been on the opposite end of the bullet for years, and are thrown together for a wildly outrageous 24 hours. During their raucous and hilarious adventure from England to the Hague, they encounter high-speed car chases, outlandish boat escapades, and a merciless Eastern European dictator (Gary Oldman) who is out for blood. Hayek joins the mayhem as Jackson’s equally notorious wife.
Vitals: Director: Patrick Hughes. Stars: Ryan Reynolds, Samuel L. Jackson, Gary Oldman, Salma Hayek.
2017, CC, MPAA rating: R, 118 min., Action Comedy, Box office gross: $74.660 million, Lionsgate.Extras: “Big Action in a Big World” featurette, director’s commentary. Blu-ray adds Outtakes, Deleted Scenes, Extended Scenes, Alternate Scenes, “The Hitman’s Bodyguard: A Love Story” featurette, “Hitman vs. Bodyguard” featurette, “Dangerous Women” featurette.
Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets
Based on the best-selling French comic series “Valérian and Laureline” by Pierre Christin and Jean-Claude Mézières, published by Dargaud -- visionary writer-director Luc Besson ("The Fifth Element," "Lucy") advances this iconic source material into a contemporary and unique science fiction saga. In the 28th century, Valerian (Dane DeHaan) and Laureline (Cara Delevingne) are a team of special operatives charged with maintaining order throughout the human territories. Under assignment from the Minister of Defense, the two embark on a mission to the astonishing city of Alpha -- an ever-expanding metropolis where species from all over the universe have converged over centuries to share knowledge, intelligence, and cultures with each other. There is a mystery at the center of Alpha, a dark force that threatens the peaceful existence of the City of a Thousand Planets, and Valerian and Laureline must race to identify the marauding menace and safeguard not just Alpha, but the future of the universe.
Vitals: Director: Luc Besson. Stars: Dane DeHaan, Cara Delevingne, Clive Owen, Ethan Hawke, John Goodman, Rihanna, Rutger Hauer, Herbie Hancock.
2017, CC, MPAA rating: PG-13, 137 min., Science Fiction, Box office gross: $40.479 million, Lionsgate.Extras: “Citizens of Imagination: Creating the Universe of Valerian” five-part documentary: "Paper, Ink, Flesh, Blood: Origins and Characters," "To Alpha and Beyond: Production and Stunts," "Denizens of the Galaxy: Humans and Aliens," "The Final Element: Visual Effects" and "Wrap Up"; Enhancement Pods; “The Art of Valerian” photo gallery.
Eleven-year-old orphan Félicie (Elle Fanning) has one dream -- to go to Paris and become a dancer. Her best friend, Victor (Nat Wolff), an imaginative, exuberant boy with a passion for creating, has a dream of his own -- to become a famous inventor. In a leap of faith, Victor and Félicie leave their orphanage in pursuit of their passions. But there’s a catch: Félicie must pretend to be the child of a wealthy family in order to gain admittance to the prestigious and competitive Opera Ballet School in Paris. And with no professional dance training, she quickly learns that talent alone is not enough to overcome the ruthless, conniving attitudes of her fellow classmates, led by the devious Camille Le Haut (Maddie Ziegler). Determined to succeed, Félicie finds her mentor in the tough and mysterious school custodian, Odette (Carly Rae Jepsen), who, along with Victor’s encouraging friendship, help her reach for the stars.
Vitals: Director: Eric Summer, Éric Warin. Stars: Voices of Elle Fanning, Nat Wolff, Maddie Ziegler, Mel Brooks, Carly Rae Jepsen, Kate McKinnon.
2017, CC, MPAA rating: PG, 89 min., Animated Family, Box office gross: $12.760 million, Lionsgate.Extras: “In the Recording Booth with Kate McKinnon, Nat Wolff, and Maddie Ziegler” featurette; Behind-the-scenes video gallery: "The Birth of a Dream," "Animating the Dance" and "Reconstructing 19th Century Paris."
Hoping to reverse a "curse" that’s hung over his family for generations, Jimmy Logan (Channing Tatum) hatches a plan to rob the Charlotte Motor Speedway during the Coca-Cola 600, NASCAR'S biggest race of the year. He convinces his bartender brother Clyde (Adam Driver) and hairdresser sister Mellie (Riley Keough) to help him pull everything off -- but first they have to break the safecracker Joe Bang (Daniel Craig) out of jail in broad daylight. Hilary Swank plays a no-nonsense FBI agent determined to bring the Logans to justice and keep them from racing away with the loot.
Vitals: Director: Steven Soderbergh. Stars: Channing Tatum, Adam Driver, Seth MacFarlane, Riley Keough, Katie Holmes, Katherine Waterston, Dwight Yoakam, Sebastian Stan, Brian Gleeson, Jack Quaid, Hilary Swank, Daniel Craig.
2017, CC, MPAA rating: PG-13, 118 min., Comedy, Box office gross: $27.663
million, Universal.Extras: Deleted scenes.
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