What’s going on, ProFans? I’m taking a break from Mass Effect Andromeda to bring you the latest releases to home media for March 28, 2017. In this week’s episode, we discuss a talking tree not named Groot, a return to the magical world, Boston, and an unexpected romcom. Let’s get to it.
A Monster Calls (PG-13)
Rotten Tomatoes rating: 87%
In this story, a young boy named Conor (Lewis MacDougall), moves in with his grandmother (Sigourney Weaver) after his mom (Felicity Jones) falls ill. He finds solace in his current situation with the sudden appearance of a 40-foot tree (Liam Neeson). Conor then embarks on a journey of courage, faith and truth to help him discover himself. This film, which also stars Toby Kebbell, Ben Moor, and James Melville, is available in a two disc Blu-ray/DVD + Digital Copy version and a single disc DVD version. This is a heartwarming story that’s fun for the whole family. Give it a watch.
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (PG-13)
Rotten Tomatoes rating: 73%
We return to the magical world of Harry Potter with this fantastic prequel to this fantastic series. When Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne) appears in 1926 New York, he finds himself wrapped up in the fight between the wizarding world and the No-Majs (what the United States calls Muggles). When No-Maj Jacob Kowalski (Dan Fogler) accidentally helps Newt’s fantastic beasts escape, it’s up to them and disgraced Auror Tina Goldstein (Katherine Waterston) to round them up and save the day. This film, which also stars Colin Farrell, Samantha Morton, and Carmen Ejogo, is available in a two disc 4K UltraHD/Blu-ray + Digital Copy version, a single disc Blu-ray 3D/Blu-ray + Digital Copy version, a two disc Blu-ray/DVD + Digital Copy version, and a two disc DVD version. For fans of the Harry Potter universe, this is a good way to get some backstory, as well as a way to return to this fantastic world.
Patriot’s Day (R)
Rotten Tomatoes rating: 80%
Inspired by the true story, this tells the story of Boston cop Tommy Saunders (Mark Wahlberg) in his tireless quest to bring the perpetrators of the Boston Marathon bombing to justice. Along with Special Agent Richard DesLauriers (Kevin Bacon), Police Commissioner Ed Davis (John Goodman), Sgt. Jeffrey Pugliese (J.K. Simmons), and nurse Carol Saunders (Michelle Monaghan), this film is the epitome of “Boston Strong”. This film, which also stars Jimmy O. Yang, Vincent Curatola, and Alex Wolff, is available in a two disc 4K UltraHD/Blu-ray + Digital Copy version, a two disc Blu-ray/DVD + Digital Copy version, and a single disc DVD version. I sat here for about five minutes trying to figure out how to end this review, but I can’t think of anything so…here we go. It’s Mark Wahlberg. It’s Peter Berg. It’s Boston. If you’re good with those, then go for it. If not, then this isn’t the movie for you.
Why Him? (R)
Rotten Tomatoes rating: 40%
The overprotective father vs. the awkward son-in-law-to-be…a tale as old as time. Bryan Cranston plays Ned Flemming, the loving but overprotective father who, along with his wife Barb (Megan Mullaly), goes to visit his daughter Stephanie (Zoey Deutch) at Stanford for the holidays. When there, they meet Zoey’s boyfriend, a well-intentioned but socially awkward Silicon Valley billionaire named Laird Mayhew (James Franco). When these two cultures clash, the fun begins, but it really ramps into high gear when Ned finds out that Laird plans to pop the question. This film, which also stars Cedric the Entertainer, Keegan-Michael Key, and Griffin Gluck, is available in a two disc 4K UltraHD/Blu-ray + Digital Copy version, a two disc Blu-ray/DVD + Digital Copy version, and a single Disc DVD + Digital Copy version. As a father myself, I loathe the day where I have to meet my daughter’s boyfriend. I have at least…let me think…40 years before I have to worry about that, but if I do, I hope I can handle it with grace and decorum. The last thing I want is to be the plot point in a movie like this.
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…