OnVideo: SEPTEMBER's Top Movies
BRICK MANSIONSIn a dystopian Detroit, abandoned brick mansions left from better times now house only the most dangerous criminals. Unable to control the crime, the police constructed a colossal containment wall around this area to protect the rest of the city. For undercover cop Damien Collier ("Fast & Furious'" Paul Walker) every day is a battle against corruption. For Lino (David Belle), every day is a fight to live an honest life. Their paths never should have crossed, but when drug kingpin Tremaine (RZA) kidnaps Lino's girlfriend, Damien reluctantly accepts the help of the fearless ex-convict, and together they must stop a sinister plot to devastate the entire city. With stylized action featuring thrilling Parkour stunts. Extras: "Brick by Brick: Creating the Characters," theatrical trailer.Blu-ray adds unrated cut featuring 16 minutes of additional footage, "on Set Action With Paul Walker," "Becoming Tremaine."
CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIERAfter the cataclysmic events in New York with The Avengers, this sequel finds Steve Rogers, a.k.a. Captain America, living quietly in Washington D.C. and trying to adjust to the modern world. But when a S.H.I.E.L.D. colleague comes under attack, Steve becomes embroiled in a web of intrigue that threatens to put the world at risk. Joining forces with the Black Widow, Captain America struggles to expose the ever-widening conspiracy while fighting off professional assassins sent to silence him at every turn. When the full scope of the villainous plot is revealed, Captain America and the Black Widow enlist the help of a new ally, the Falcon. However, they soon find themselves up against an unexpected and formidable enemy -- the Winter Soldier. Extras: Making-of-featurette, deleted scene. Blu-ray adds commentary, more deleted scenes, bloopers, more.
Director: Anthony Russo, Joe Russo. Stars: Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Anthony Mackie, Sebastian Stan, Robert Redford, Samuel L. Jackson, Hayley Atwell, Frank Grillo, Toby Jones, Dominic Cooper, Emily VanCamp, Cobie Smulders, Garry Shandling, Maximiliano Hernandez, Jenny Agutter, Alan Dale. 2014, CC, MPAA rating: PG-13, 128 min., Action, Box office gross: $253.988 million, Disney. Available: 09/09.
CHEFA chef who loses his restaurant job starts up a food truck in an effort to reclaim his creative promise, while piecing back together his estranged family. When Chef Carl Casper (Jon Favreau) suddenly quits his job at a prominent Los Angeles restaurant after refusing to compromise his creative integrity for its controlling owner (Dustin Hoffman), he is left to figure out what's next. Finding himself in Miami, he teams up with his ex-wife (Sofia Vergara), his friend (John Leguizamo) and his son to launch a food truck. Taking to the road, Carl goes back to his roots to reignite his passion for the kitchen -- and zest for life and love. Extras: Commentary with writer-director Jon Favreau and chef/co-producer Roy Choi.
Director: Jon Favreau. Stars: Jon Favreau, Emjay Anthony, Scarlett Johansson, Sofia Vergara, John Leguizamo, Robert Downey Jr., Dustin Hoffman, Oliver Platt, Bobby Cannavale, Amy Sedaris, Garry Shandling. 2014, CC, MPAA rating: R, 114 min., Comedy, Box office gross: $25.921 million, Universal. Available: 09/30.
DRAFT DAYOn the day of the NFL Draft, general manager Sonny Weaver (Kevin Costner) has the opportunity to save football in Cleveland when he pulls off a blockbuster trade and controls the No 1 pick. Up against fan pressure, an ambitious owner (Frank Langella) and a hard-nosed coach (Denis Leary), Weaver faces the biggest decision of his life. Should he go with the consensus No. 1 pick or trust his instincts and risk losing it all? He must quickly decide what he's willing to sacrifice in pursuit of perfection as the lines between his personal and professional life become blurred on a life-changing day for a few hundred young men with dreams of playing in the NFL. Extras: Commentary with writers Rajiv Joseph and Scott Rothman, deleted scenes. Blu-ray adds "On The Clock: The Making of Draft Day" featurette, "Welcome to Primetime" featurette inside look behind-the-scenes of the NFL Draft.
Director: Ivan Reitman. Stars: Kevin Costner, Jennifer Garner, Terry Crews, Tom Welling, Denis Leary, Frank Langella, Sam Elliott, Sean Combs, Ellen Burstyn, Chadwick Boseman. 2014, CC, MPAA rating: PG-13, 110 min., Drama, Box office gross: $27.764, million, Lionsgate. Available: 09/02.
THE FAULT IN OUR STARSHazel and Gus are two extraordinary teenagers who share an acerbic wit, a disdain for the conventional, and a love that sweeps them on an unforgettable journey. Their relationship is all the more miraculous, given that they met and fell in love at a cancer support group. Explores the funny, thrilling and tragic business of being alive and in love. Based upon the No. 1 bestselling novel by John Green. The Little Infinities Edition Blu-ray offers an extended version of Augustus and Hazel's Story and includes an exclusive, limited-time-only Infinity Bracelet. Extras: Commentary by Josh Boone and John Green; promotional featurettes: "The Cast," "The Making of The Fault in Our Stars," "The Transformation," "Literature to Life," "Our Little Infinity," "The Music Behind Our Stars"; gallery. Blu-ray adds six deleted scenes, "The Stars Align: Book to Screen." Little Infinities Edition Blu-ray adds the extended version and an extended cut audio commentary by Josh Boone and John Green.
Director: Josh Boone. Stars: Shailene Woodley, Ansel Elgort, Willem Dafoe, Laura Dern, Nat Wolff, Lotte Verbeek, Sam Trammell, Mike Birbiglia. 2014, CC, MPAA rating: PG-13, 126 min., Romantic Drama, Box office gross: $121.599 million, Fox. Available: 09/16.
GODZILLAAn interesting rebirth to Toho's iconic Godzilla, this adventure pits the world's most famous monster against malevolent creatures who, bolstered by humanity's scientific arrogance, threaten our very existence. Extras: "Monarch: Declassified" uncovers explosive new evidence not contained in the film that unravels the massive 50-year cover-up to keep Godzilla's existence a secret (Operation: Lucky Dragon, MONARCH: The M.U.T.O. File, The Godzilla Revelation); "The Legendary Godzilla" behind the scenes featurettes: "Godzilla: Force of Nature," "A Whole New Level of Destruction," "Into the Void: The H.A.L.O. Jump" and "Ancient Enemy: The M.U.T.O.s."
Director: Gareth Edwards. Stars: Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Ken Watanabe, Elizabeth Olsen, Juliette Binoche, Sally Hawkins, David Strathairn, Bryan Cranston. 2014, CC, MPAA rating: PG-13, 123 min., Sci-Fi Action, Box office gross: $198.355 million, Warner. Available: 09/16.
NEIGHBORSBy all appearances, new parents Mac (Seth Rogen) and Kelly Radner (Rose Byrne) are living the American Dream -- complete with an adorable baby girl and a beautiful new starter home in the suburbs. Still, the early-thirtysomethings want to believe that they have a modicum of coolness left within them. So when they discover that their new next-door neighbors are none other than dozens of Delta Psi Beta fraternity brothers led by charismatic president Teddy Sanders (Zac Efron), they try to play along and make the best of an awkward situation. But when the frat's parties grow increasingly more epic, both sides of the property line begin to fend for their turf. The neighbors' relentless sabotage escalates into outrageous one-upmanship, beginning an epic Greek war for the ages. Extras: Gag Reel, "An Unlikely Pair" featurette, "The Frat" featurette. Blu-ray adds deleted/alternate scenes, Line-O-Rama, "Partying With the Neighbors," On the Set with... ."
Director: Nick Stoller. Stars: Seth Rogen, Rose Byrne, Zac Efron, Dave Franco, Jake Johnson, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Lisa Kudrow. 2014, CC, MPAA rating: R, 97 min., Comedy, Box office gross: $148.636 million, Universal. Available: 09/23.
THINK LIKE A MAN TOOMichael (Terrence J) and Candace (Regina Hall) are finally getting married. Together with their long-time friends, they head for the glitz and glamour of Las Vegas for the big day. But plans for a romantic getaway go awry when a series of misadventures get them into some compromising situations that threaten to derail the wedding. Sequel to the 2012 box office hit "Think Like a Man." Extras: Deleted scenes, featurettes: "Lights, Camera, Vegas!" and "Comedy Last Vegas Style." Blu-ray adds four additional deleted scenes, Gag Reel, featurettes: "Think Like a Man Too According to Kevin Hart," "The Ultimate Sequel."
Director: Tim Story. Stars: Michael Ealy, Jerry Ferrara, Meagan Good, Regina Hall, Taraji P. Henson, Terrence J, Romany Malco, Wendi McLendon-Covey, Gary Owen, Gabrielle Union, LaLa Anthony, Kevin Hart. 2014, CC, MPAA rating: PG-13, 106 min., Romantic Comedy, Box office gross: $65.028 million, Sony. Available: 09/16.
TRANSFORMERS: AGE OF EXTINCTIONAs humanity picks up the pieces following the conclusion of "Transformers: Dark of the Moon," Autobots and Decepticons have all but vanished from the face of the planet. However, a group of powerful, ingenious businessman and scientists attempt to learn from past Transformer incursions and push the boundaries of technology beyond what they can control -- all the while as an ancient, powerful Transformer menace sets Earth in his crosshairs, forcing a mechanic and his family to join the Autobots as they are targeted by a bounty hunter from another world. Blu-ray extras: "Bay on Action" in-depth interview with Michael Bay; seven-part "Evolution Within Extinction" documentary: "Drive Like Hell," "Small Town, Big Movie," "Shadow Protocol Activated," "The Last Stand," "The People’s Republic," "Rise of the DINOBOTS," "The Finishing Touch"; "Just Another Giant Effin' Movie" featurette; "A Spark of Design" featurette; "T.J. Miller: Farm Hippie"; "KRE-O TRANSFORMERS Take Us Through the Movies!"; "The Angry Birds TRANSFORMERS: Origin Story"; trailers.
Director: Michael Bay. Stars: Mark Wahlberg, Stanley Tucci, Kelsey Grammer, Nicola Peltz, Jack Reynor, Titus Welliver, Sophia Myles, Bingbing Li, T.J. Miller, James Bachman, Thomas Lennon. 2014, CC, MPAA rating: PG-13, 164 min., Action, Box office gross: $241.206 million, Paramount. Available: 09/30.
WORDS AND PICTURESA flamboyant English teacher (Clive Owen) and a new, stoic art teacher (Juliette Binoche) collide at an upscale prep school. A high-spirited courtship begins and she finds herself enjoying the battle. Another battle they begin has the students trying to prove which is more powerful, the word or the picture. But the true war is against their own demons, as two troubled souls struggle for connection. Extras: Commentary with director Fred Schepisi, "Behind-the-scenes of Words and Pictures" featurette.
Director: Fred Schepisi. Stars: Clive Owen, Juliette Binoche, Bruce Davison, Navid Nagahban, Amy Brenneman. 2014, CC, MPAA rating: PG-13, 111 min., Romantic Comedy, Box office gross: $1.065 million, Lionsgate. Available: 09/09.
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September 1, 2014