What’s going on, ProFans? I’m taking a break from rooting for my beloved UAB Blazers making the Tournament to bring you the newest release to home media for March 16, 2015. In this week’s episode, we discuss biblical history, a cutesy remake, animated penguins, Chris Rock, a video game spinoff, and American history. All ready to get started? Let’s do this.
Exodus: Gods and Kings (PG-13)
Rotten Tomatoes rating: 28%
Christian Bale stars as Moses in Ridley Scott’s retelling of the book of Exodus. When Moses is told by God to free the people of Egypt from bondage, he comes in stark contrast to that of his adopted brother Ramses II (Joel Edgerton), the country’s current king. This dichotomy sets course a wave of events that change the course of history forever. This film, which also stars John Turturro, Aaron Paul, and Sigourney Weaver, is available in a single disc 3D Blu-ray/Blu-ray + Digital Copy version, a single disc Blu-ray + Digital Copy version, and a single disc DVD version. This was a very controversial movie when it was first announced due to the fact that the main characters – who were portraying characters based in the continent of Africa – were all white, whereas the black people they DID have in the movie were sprinkled around in subservient roles with almost no lines. Then, the movie came out…and it wasn’t very good. I preferred this movie better when it was The Prince of Egypt. Watch that instead.
Rotten Tomatoes rating: 28%
Academy Award nominee Quvenzhane Wallis stars as the titular role in this remake of the original comic strip of the same name. Annie is a precocious orphan in NYC who happens upon mayoral candidate Will Stacks (Jamie Foxx). Stacks makes a bold campaign move and takes her in, but it turns into something much more noble. This film, which also stars Bobby Canavale and Rose Byrne, is available in both a two disc Blu-ray/DVD + Digital Copy version and a single disc DVD version. This is yet another movie that got a lot of backlash by pulling a race change on its characters. Whether or not you agree with that is entirely up to you, but this movie was harmless. Wallis and Foxx have good chemistry together, and it was actually more entertaining than it had any right to be. Give it a watch with your family.
Penguins of Madagascar (PG)
Rotten Tomatoes rating: 72%
Those famous penguins from Madagascar are back on the big screen! Skipper, Kowalski, Rico, and Private join the spy organization The North Wind to help Agent Classified stop Dr. Octavius Brine from taking over the world. This film, which features the voices of Tom McGrath, Chris Miller, Benedict Cumberbatch, and Ken Jeong, is available in a two disc 3D Blu-ray/Blu-ray/DVD + Digital Copy version, a two disc Blu-ray/DVD + Digital Copy version, and a single disc DVD version. This movie was inoffensive, but it didn’t do anything special. It simply existed. This franchise is essentially a license to print money, and they went for broke on this one. If you have young kids, give it a watch. Otherwise, let this one go.
Rotten Tomatoes rating: 88%
Andre Allen (Chris Rock) has made it to the big time; once a stand-up comedian, he has catapulted to the realm of superstardom as an actor. But, something seems missing from his life. A chance encounter with journalist Chelsea Brown (Rosario Dawson) forces him to reevaluate his position in life and whether or not being a member of the Hollywood elite is worth losing your soul over. This film, which also stars Romany Malco, Sherri Shepherd, Tracy Morgan, and Gabrielle Union, is available in both a two disc Blu-ray/DVD + Digital Copy version and a single disc DVD version. This pseudo-autobiographical film is one of Chris Rock’s best as an actor, and he shows he’s no slouch when it comes to writing and directing as well. It’s sharp, it’s funny, and it’s my pick of the week.
Jameson Locke (Mike Coulter) is one of the best agents the Office of Naval Intelligence has to offer. But, when his team is the victim of a biological attack on the planet of Sedra, he’s forced to team up with Randall Aiken (Steve Waddington), a commander who has nothing but ill will for the ONI. As things begin to unravel, the only people these two have to trust are each other. This film, which also stars Siennah Buck, Christian Contreras, and Sarah Armstrong, is available in both a single disc Blu-ray version and a single disc DVD version. This movie is really only for the Halo fans out there, but it also gives us a glimpse of Mike Coulter before he dons the mantle as Luke Cage. So, that alone is worth a look.
Turn: Washington’s Spies – The Complete First Season
Abe Woodhull (Jamie Bell) appears to be an unassuming farmer in British-occupied Long Island, but that’s before he decides to join his friends to form The Culper Ring. This band of brothers not only help General Washington turn the tide of the Revolutionary War, but they also give birth to the legacy of spycraft we know today. This series, which also stars Daniel Henshaw, Heather Lind, and Burn Gorman, is available in a single disc Blu-ray version. If history is your thing, then you can’t go wrong with a show that is based on the book Washington’s Spies by Alexander Rose. Plus, you get to see Jamie Bell before he becomes the Thing.
Well, that’s all I’ve got for this week. Got any questions or comments? Did I miss something you wanted to discuss? Feel free to hit me up in the comments section below.
Until next time…