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New Video Releases 2019 – PARENTS’ REVIEWS

January

January 2

imageBad Times at the El Royale [2018] [R] – 3.7.6
Crime drama about seven strangers, each one trying to hide a secret, who meet at a rundown Lake Tahoe hotel, which has its own secrets. With Jeff Bridges, Chris Hemsworth, Jon Hamm, Dakota Johnson, Lewis Pullman, Cailee Spaeny, Cynthia Erivo and Nick Offerman. Directed by Drew Goddard. [Running Time: 2:21]


imageNight School [2018] [PG-13] – 5.5.5
A high school dropout (Kevin Hart) loses his job when he accidentally blows up his boss’s propane grill store. Forced to attend night school to get his GED, he finds that he has a long way to go to earn his certificate while a quirky adult education instructor (Tiffany Haddish) tries to help, fellow students create drama and an old rival resurfaces. Also with Rob Riggle, Taran Killam, Romany Malco, Keith David and Loretta Devine. Directed by Malcom D. Lee. [Running Time: 1:51]


January 8

imageHell Fest [2018] [R] – 4.8.7
A group of six friends goes to a horror themed amusement park with the intent of being scared, but they have no idea just how scared they will be when they encounter a masked killer bent on hunting them down and murdering them one at a time. With Bex Taylor-Klaus, Reign Edwards, Amy Forsyth, Christian James, Matt Mercurio and Roby Attal. Directed by Gregory Plotkin. [Running Time: 1:29]


imageMid90s [2018] [R] – 5.5.10
A 13 year old boy (Sunny Suljic) tries to find his path one summer and falls in with a group of skateboarders but each one has his own issues. Also with Katherine Waterston, Lucas Hedges, Na-kel Smith, Olan Prenatt, Gio Galicia and Ryder McLaughlin. Directed by Jonah Hill. [Running Time: 1:24]


imageThe Oath [2018] [R] – 2.7.10
Dark political comedy about what happens when the U.S. government institutes a loyalty oath for all citizens — while there are ostensibly no penalties for non-compliance, there are tax incentives for taking the oath. Family discussions become more and more heated as the deadline approaches, especially in one household where one member is against signing and tolerates no opposition. With Ike Barinholtz, Tiffany Haddish, Meredith Hagner, Jon Barinholtz, Nora Dunn, Carrie Brownstein, Jay Duplass, Chris Ellis, Chris Ellis, John Cho and Billy Magnussen. Directed by Ike Barinholtz. [Running Time: 1:33]


January 15

imageGoosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween [2018] [PG] – 1.4.1
Sequel to 2015’s Goosebumps and also based on R.L. Stine’s best selling series: Three teenagers (Madison Iseman, Jeremy Ray Taylor and Caleel Harris) find a mysterious locked book in an abandoned house and discover that it is an unfinished tale by a famous author (Jack Black). A crazy ventriloquist’s dummy comes with the book, chanting magical words which animate Halloween decorations and take over the town and its giant power generator. Also with Wendy McLendon-Covey, Chris Parnell and Ken Jeong. Directed by Ari Sandel. [Running Time: 1:40]


imageHalloween [2018] [R] – 6.9.7
The 11th sequel of John Carpenter’s 1979 classic horror movie: A traumatized woman (Jamie Lee Curtis) who escaped Michael Myers (Nick Castle) years ago gets ready for a showdown with the infamous murderer of teenagers on the 40th anniversary of the original attack, which took place on Halloween. Also with Judy Greer, Virginia Gardner, Miles Robins, Andi Matichak and Will Patton. Directed by David Gordon Green. [Running Time: 1:49]


imageThe Old Man & the Gun [2018] [PG-13] – 1.4.5
Set mostly in 1981 the story is based on the true-life adventures of Forrest Tucker (Robert Redford), a criminal and prison escape artist since childhood. As an elderly man with impeccable manners, he is still unable to resist robbing banks, going to jail and then escaping. Also with Casey Affleck, Sissy Spacek, Danny Glover, Tom Waits, Tika Sumpter, Ari Elizabeth Johnson and Teagan Johnson. Directed by David Lowery. [Running Time: 1:33]


January 22

imageFirst Man [2018] [PG-13] – 1.4.5
Based on the book by James R. Hansen: A big screen look at the life of astronaut Neil Armstrong, the first man to set foot on the moon, and the NASA program that led to the celebrated human achievement of July 20th, 1969. With Claire Foy, Ryan Gosling, Pablo Schreiber, Christopher Abbott, Ethan Embry, Ciarán Hinds, Jason Clarke, Kyle Chandler, Corey Stoll, Shea Whigham, Patrick Fugit and Lukas Haas. Directed by Damien Chazelle. [Running Time: 2:21]


imageThe Hate U Give [2018] [PG-13] – 3.6.5
Taken from recent headlines, an African-American teenager (Amandla Stenberg) that attends a wealthy, mostly white prep school witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend by a police officer. Torn between two worlds, she has to decide what it means to do the right thing. Based on the young adult novel by Angie Thomas. With Regina Hall, Russell Hornsby, Anthony Mackie, Issa Rae, Common, Algee Smith, Sabrina Carpenter and K.J. Apa. Directed by George Tillman Jr. [Running Time: 2:12]


imageJohnny English Strikes Again [2018] [PG] – 2.3.2
The third spy spoof sequel after 2003’s Johnny English and 2011’s Johnny English Reborn: After a cyber-attack broadcasts the identity of all active undercover agents in Britain, a geography teacher, who was formerly an agent (Rowan Atkinson), is forced out of retirement to find the computer hacker. Also with Ben Miller, O2a Kurylenko, Adam James, Jake Lacy and Emma Thompson. Directed by David Kerr. A few lines of dialogue are spoken in Russian with English subtitles. [Running Time: 1:36]


January 29

imageBoy Erased [2018] [R] – 5.4.5
Based on the 2016 memoir by Garrard Conley: After being outed as gay to his fundamentalist Baptist parents (Nicole Kidman and Russell Crowe), a young man (Lucas Hedges) is enrolled in a controversial church-supported conversion therapy that claims homosexual behavior is a choice and promises to make him heterosexual. Also with Flea, Xavier Dolan, Troye Sivan, Britton Sear, Joe Alwyn, Jesse LaTourette, Madelyn Cline, David Joseph Craig, Victor McCay, Cherry Jones and Joel Edgerton. Directed by Edgerton. [Running Time: 1:54]


imageHunter Killer [2018] [R] – 1.6.5
Beneath the Arctic Ocean a newly minted U.S. submarine commander (Gerard Butler) is tasked with preventing WWIII by rescuing the kidnapped president of the Russian Federation, with the assistance of Navy SEALs. Also with Gary Oldman, Common, Linda Cardellini, Michael Nygvist and Toby Stephens. Directed by Donovan Marsh. A few lines of dialogue are spoken in Russian without translation. [Running Time: 2:00]


imageSuspiria [2018] [R] – 8.10.5
An American (Dakota Johnson) enrolls in an elite Berlin dance academy in 1977 and finds that it is operated by a coven of witches. The managing witch (Tilda Swinton), the head choreographer (also Swinton) and a psychotherapist (still Swinton) insert themselves into strange occurrences among the troupe members. Also with Mia Goth, Chloë Grace Moretz, Angela Winkler, Renée Soutendijk, Ingrid Caven, Sylvie Testud and Jessica Harper. Directed by Luca Guadagnini. Most of the dialogue is spoken in German with English subtitles and a few lines are spoken in French with English subtitles. [Running Time: 2:32]


imageThe Wife [2018] [R] – 5.3.9
The lives of a husband and wife (Jonathan Pryce and Glenn Close) begin to unravel when he is awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature and they travel to Stockholm together. Also with Christian Slater, Max Irons, Elizabeth McGovern, Harry Lloyd and Annie Starke. Directed by Björn Runge. [Running Time: 1:40]

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