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What’s It About? Judi Dench stars as an Irish woman who wants to find the son she gave birth to as a teen sent to live in a convent; Steve Coogan co-stars as the posh journalist who wants to write a story about her journey.
Why We’re IN: Based on a true story about Philomena Lee’s travels to find her long-lost son, this is a sweet drama with moments of levity, thanks to the chemistry between Coogan and Dench.
Moviefone’s Top Blu-ray of the Week
“Breaking the Waves”
What’s It About? Ah, yes. Another tale by Lars von Trier about tormented love, sex, and religion! Stellan Skarsgård and Emily Watson play newlyweds who are forced into some rather extreme circumstances after he’s paralyzed while working on an oil rig.
Why We’re IN: This tragic tale gets the full Criterion treatment, including select audio commentary from the bad boy LvT himself.
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“Better Living Through Chemistry”
What’s It About? Sam Rockwell plays a straight-laced (and married) pharmacist named Dough who gets tangled up with a pill-popping housewife (Olivia Wilde). Just how far will he go to keep the drugs and sex coming?
IN or OUT: What, you don’t want to watch a comedy about a pharmacist supplying drugs to (and having sex with) a lonely, addicted housewife? It’s okay; you’re not alone.
What’s It About? Kasi Lemmons returns to the director’s chair for this adaptation of Langston Hughes’ Christmas story set in NYC. Starring Forest Whitaker, Angela Bassett, Tyrese Gibson, and Jennifer Hudson, with a special appearance by Mary J. Blige.
IN or OUT: This Christmas story sort of fell through the cracks. If you like religious stories and/or great singing, check it out.
“Date and Switch”
What’s It About? Matty (Hunter Cope) and Michael (Nicholas Braun) pinky swear to lose their virginities before prom, but Michael’s thrown for a loop when Matty comes out. Co-stars Megan Mullally, Nick Offerman, and Gary Cole.
IN or OUT: This disappeared into the ether, so it’s hard to say. However, it did get good reviews from several major outlets, so your mileage may vary.
“Great Expectations” (2013)
What’s It About? The Dickens classic about poor orphaned Pip and gorgeous Estella gets a fancy makeover from director Mike Newell. Starring Jeremy Irvine, Helena Bonham Carter, Ralph Fiennes, and Holliday Grainger.
IN or OUT: Despite the fancy credits (including an adaptation by “One Day” author David Nicholls) and cool cast, there’s almost no evidence that this came out in the US. It looks like BBC fans will enjoy it. Check it out and let us know, would you?
“The Nut Job”
What’s It About? Will Arnett voices Surly the squirrel, a conniving little fella who’s planning to rob a nut store with help from a rat named Buddy. Things get a little… nutty when they discover the human who own the nut store are up to no good. Brendan Fraser, Liam Neeson, and Katherine Heigl also loan their voices for this strange family film.
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What’s It About? Ice Cube plays a cop who decides to put his future brother-in-law (Kevin Hart) to the test by taking him out for a day on the beat. This buddy cop movie crime comedy made eleventy-billion dollars and is already getting a sequel.
IN or OUT: If you like Kevin Hart, you probably can’t go wrong.
“The Secret Life of Walter Mitty”
What’s It About? Ben Stiller directed and stars in this labor of love about a worker bee who dreams of adventure and love and awesomeness. Kristen Wiig co-stars as his love interest.
IN or OUT: What once seemed like a sure-fire Oscar nominee got reamed for being sappy and/or full of product placement. It had its defenders, though.
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What’s It About? Barbara Stanwyck and Fred MacMurray get tangled up in a deadly love affair in this classic noir by Billy Wilder. Be sure and read the fine print on those life insurance contracts, people!
IN or OUT: The movie itself is worth the price of admission, but there are also a bunch of cool extras — such as the TV movie starring Samantha Eggar!
What’s It About? Kevin Smith’s second feature is about two dorky dudes who head to the mall and engage in slackerly activities while pining over their hot exes. Jason Lee and Jeremy London co-star, but Shannen Doherty, Ben Affleck, Jason Mewes, and even Stan Lee show up for some fun.
IN or OUT: “Mallrats” and/or SModcast diehards will be thrilled that this is finally on Blu-ray.
“Reality Bites” (20th Anniversary Edition)
What’s It About? Ben Stiller directed and co-stars in this little comedy about a bunch of twenty-somethings trying to figure out their lives after college. (This was before the Internet.) People are still arguing over whom the babely Lelaina (Winona Ryder) should have picked as her paramour, Michael (Stiller) the businessman or Troy (Ethan Hawke) the poet?
IN or OUT: Do you want to own Lisa Loeb’s video “Stay” on Blu-ray? Done and done.
“Touch of Evil”
What’s It About? Orson Welles nearly outdid himself with this fantastic film noir — after all, it’s hard to outdo “Citizen Kane.” Still, he came pretty close! Welles directed, adapted, and co-stars in this drama about a crooked cop who tries to frame another officer for his misdeed. Then things get really weird.
IN or OUT: Finally, this is out on Blu-ray as an all-region release! It also includes different cuts of the movie, plenty of commentaries, and other cool stuff.