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New Video Releases 2019 – PARENTS’ REVIEWS

March

March 5

imageBen Is Back [2018] [R] – 2.3.8
A young man (Lucas Hedges) returns home from drug rehab and tries to stay clean and while his family struggles to welcome him, his mother (Julia Roberts) refuses to give up on him. Also with Courtney B. Vance, Kathryn Newton, Rachel Bay Jones, David Zaldivar, Mia Fowler and Jakari Fraser. Directed by Peter Hedges. [Running Time: 1:43]


imageCreed II [2018] [PG-13] – 3.6.4
In this sequel to 2015’s Creed old enemies — a retired Russian boxer (Dolph Lundgren) and an American champion (Sylvester Stallone) — help their respective protégés (Florian Munteanu and Michael B. Jordon) train for the grudge match that will settle an old score. Also with Phylicia Rashad, Tessa Thompson, Wood Harris, Russell Hornsby and Andre Ward. Directed by Stephen Caple, Jr. Several lines of dialogue are spoken in Russian and Ukrainian with English subtitles as well as a few instances of American Sign Language with English subtitles. [Running Time: 2:10]


imageThe Favourite [2018] [R] – 8.5.5
Dark comedy set in early 18th century England with two rival and manipulative ladies-in-waiting (Emma Stone and Rachel Weisz) that compete with each other, scheming without restraint and sometimes violently, for the affections of frail and depressed Queen Anne (Olivia Colman). Also with Nicholas Hoult, James Smith, Mark Gatiss and Joe Alwyn. Directed by Yorgos Lanthimos. [Running Time: 1:59]


imageInstant Family [2018] [PG-13] – 3.3.5
Comedy about a couple (Mark Wahlberg and Rose Byrne) that wants to start a family and try foster care. But while they’re aiming to adopt one small child, they instead take in three siblings, including a rebellious teenager. Also with Isabela Moner, Octavia Spencer, Gustavo Quiroz, Julianna Gamiz and Tig Notaro. Directed by Sean Anders. A few lines of dialogue are spoken in Spanish with no translation or subtitles. [Running Time: 1:59]


imageVox Lux [2018] [R] – 4.6.6
The story of a singer’s (Natalie Portman) rise to pop star status starts with a high school mass shooting that leaves her with PTSD. Also with Jude Law, Christopher Abbott, Raffey Cassidy, Jennifer Ehle, Stacy Martin and the voice of Willem Dafoe. Directed by Brady Corbet. A few lines of dialogue are spoken in an unidentified language accompanied by English subtitles. [Running Time: 1:50]


imageFree Solo [2018] [PG-13] – 1.3.5
2019 Oscar winner for Best Documentary Feature: Filmmakers follow intrepid rock climber Alex Honnold as he plans and practices and eventually climbs Yosemite’s 3,000-foot El Capitan, the first person to do so free solo, that is without ropes, harnesses or safety gear. Also with Dierdre Wolownick, Tommy Caldwell, Jimmy Chin and Sanni McCandless. Directed by Jimmy Chin & Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi. [Running Time: 1:40]


March 12

imageFantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald [2018] [PG-13] – 3.4.2
Sequel to 2016’s Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them from J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World series: magizoologist Newt Skamander (Eddie Redmayne) and his loyal companion (Dan Fogler) travel to Paris to prevent a dark wizard (Johnny Depp) from leading all the pureblooded wizards in an attempt to take over the world and rule over the non-magical people. Also with Zoë Kravitz, Jude Law, Alison Sudol, Katherine Waterston, Callum Turner and Ezra Miller. Directed by David Yates. A few lines of dialogue are spoken in French with English subtitles. [Running Time: 2:14]


imageGreen Book [2018] [PG-13] – 4.5.5
Inspired by a true story about a working-class Italian-American bouncer (Viggo Mortensen), who becomes the driver of a prominent African-American classically trained pianist (Mahershala Ali) while on a tour of musical venues and racism through the 1960’s southern states. Also with Linda Cardellini. Directed by Peter Farrelly. A few lines of dialogue are spoken in Italian and Russian with English subtitles. [Running Time: 2:09]


imageMortal Engines [2018] [PG-13] – 1.6.3
Based on the Philip Reeve steampunk book series: Centuries after civilization has been destroyed, London is now a mobile predatory city looking for other cities and swallowing them up. Only a young woman (Hera Hilmar) can stop it from devouring what’s the only stationary city left. Also with Hugo Weaving, Robert Sheehan, Jihae, Leila George, Stephen Lang, Frankie Adams, Caren Pistorius and Colin Salmon. Directed by Christian Rivers. A few lines of dialogue are spoken in an unidentified language with English subtitles. [Running Time: 2:08]


March 19

imageMary Poppins Returns [2018] [PG] – 1.2.1
Jane (Emily Mortimer) and Michael Banks (Ben Whishaw) have grown up but not all is well with them and especially with Michael’s children and hence the magical nanny (Emily Blunt) returns to remind them that in every job that must be done, there is an element of fun; find the fun, and then the job’s a game. Also with Pixie Davies, Nathanael Saleh, Joel Dawson, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Julie Walters, Meryl Streep, Colin Firth, Jeremy Swift, Kobna Holdbrook-Smith, Dick Van Dyke, Angela Lansbury and David Warner. Directed by Rob Marshall. A few lines of dialogue are spoken in “Leerie-speak” with English translation. [Running Time: 2:10]


imageSpider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse [2018] [PG] – 2.4.2
Animated feature with a teenager (voiced by Shameik Moore), who discovers a realm of alternate realities, where/when male and female characters have each become Spider-Man. The alternates recruit the young man, the son of a Brooklyn police officer (voiced by Brian Tyree Henry), to join them in order to save all realities from being ensnared in a web of destruction. Also with the voices of Hailee Seinfeld, Jake Johnson, Mahershala Ali, Liev Schreiber, Lily Tomlin, Luna Lauren Velez and Nicolas Cage. Directed by Peter Ramsey, Rodney Rothman & Bob Persichetti. [Running Time: 1:57]


March 26

imageAquaman [2018] [PG-13] – 2.5.4
Introduced in 2017’s Justice League, Aquaman (Jason Momoa) gets his own origin movie: conflicted as the child of two worlds, he is compelled to defend the surface from his aquatic half-brother’s (Patrick Wilson) plans to destroy it, while also feeling allegiance to the underwater denizens and their unique realm. Also with Amber Heard, Willem Dafoe, Nicole Kidman, Dolph Lundgren, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Temuera Morrison, Ludi Lin, Michael Beach, Randall Park and Graham McTavish. Directed by James Wan. A couple of lines of dialogue are spoken in what could be Russian with English subtitles. [Running Time: 2:23]


imageSecond Act [2018] [PG-13] – 4.3.5
A woman (Jennifer Lopez) in a low-paying job wants to make a better life for herself. She finds her chance at a cosmetics firm that receives a fake résumé claiming her to be an accomplished sales consultant with an elite university degree. Also with Leah Remini, Vanessa Hudgens, Treat Williams, Milo Ventimiglia and Freddie Stroma. Directed by Peter Segal. Several lines of dialogue are spoken in Mandarin with English subtitles. [Running Time: 1:43]


imageStan & Ollie [2018] [PG] – 2.3.2
Stan Laurel (Steve Coogan) and Oliver Hardy (John C. Reilly) were once Hollywood’s greatest comedy double act but contract disputes, aging and health problems nearly ended their collaboration. Nevertheless, for their swan song the pair embarks on a challenging variety hall tour of post-war Britain and Ireland, further taxing their friendship and testing their popularity. Also with Shirley Henderson, Stephanie Hyam, Nina Arianda, Danny Huston and Rufus Jones. Directed by Jon S. Baird. [Running Time: 1:37]


imageIf Beale Street Could Talk [2018] [R] – 6.4.5
Based on the James Baldwin book: In 1970s Harlem a woman (KiKi Layne) finds herself trying to negotiate the legal system when her fiancé (Stephan James) is arrested for a crime he did not commit. To make things more complicated, she is also expecting their child. Also with Regina King, Colman Domingo, Teyonah Parris, Michael Beach, Aunjanue Ellis, Ebony Obsidian, Dominique Thorne, Diego Luna, Finn Wittrock, Ed Skrein and Emily Rios. Directed by Barry Jenkins. A few lines of dialogue are spoken in Spanish without translation. [Running Time: 1:59]

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February

February 5

imageThe Grinch [2018] [PG] – 1.2.1
Every Christmas the Whos ruin the peace and quiet of the Grinch (voiced by Benedict Cumberbatch) with joyous celebrations. So, when one year the Whos announce they will make Christmas three times bigger, the Grinch decides to steal the holiday and silence it by posing as Santa Claus on Christmas Eve. However, young Cindy Lou Who (voiced by Cameron Seely) gathers her friends to trap Santa so she can ask him to help her single mom. Also with the voices of Rashida Jones, Angela Lansbury, Pharrell Williams, Ramone Hamilton and Kenan Thompson. Directed by Yarrow Cheney and Scott Mosier. [Running Time: 1:26]


imageThe Girl in the Spider’s Web: A New Dragon Tattoo Story [2018] [R] – 7.7.6
The fourth movie based on a novel by Stieg Larsson features a new cast: Brilliant computer hacker Lisbeth Salander (Claire Foy) and maverick journalist Mikael Blomkvist (Sverrir Gudnason) find themselves caught in a web of cybercriminals, spies, Russian thugs and corrupt government officials to retrieve stolen access codes for nuclear weaponry. Also with Sylvia Hoeks, Lakeith Stanfield and Stephen Merchant. Directed by Fede Alvarez. [Running Time: 1:57]


imageA Private War [2018] [R] – 7.7.8
The story of the real life of intrepid Marie Colvin (Rosamund Pike), one of the most celebrated war correspondents of recent times, who reported on violent conflicts across the globe from Sri Lanka to Syria. Also with Jamie Dornan, Stanley Tucci, Tom Hollander, Greg Wise, Faye Marsay, Nikki Amuka-Bird and Alexandra Moen. Directed by Matthew Heineman. Several lines of dialogue are spoken in Arabic and Sinhalese or Tamilese with English subtitles and others that are not translated. [Running Time: 1:50]


imageThe Sisters Brothers [2018] [R] – 5.8.7
Western about the Sisters brothers (John C. Reilly and Joaquin Phoenix) set in Oregon in the 1850s: the brothers make their living by doing the dirty work for a wealthy man and their final mission is to find and kill a man who had stolen from their benefactor. However, the situation becomes complicated when they discover their target has a very valuable secret. Also with Jake Gyllenhaal, Riz Ahmed, Rebecca Root, Rutger Hauer and Carol Kane. Directed by Jacques Audiard. [Running Time: 2:01]


imageWidows [2018] [R] – 7.6.10
A twisty crime thriller set in Chicago about four women (Viola Davis, Michelle Rodriguez, Elizabeth Debicki and Cynthia Erivo), who have nothing in common except having to deal with the illicit debts left behind by the criminal activities of their dead husbands. Also with Liam Neeson, Jon Bernthal, Manuel Garcia-Rulfo, Coburn Goss, Alejandro Verdin, Bailey Rhyse Walters, Carrie Coon, Robert Duvall, Colin Farrell, Daniel Kaluuya and Brian Tyree Henry. Directed by Steve McQueen. A few lines of dialogue are spoken in Spanish with English subtitles. [Running Time: 2:09]


February 12

imageThe Front Runner [2018] [R] – 2.2.8
In the Democratic presidential primary of 1988 Colorado Senator Gary Hart (Hugh Jackman) seemed like the most likely candidate to win his party’s nomination. However, his campaign was derailed when it was revealed that he had an extramarital affair and he would offer no explanation, dismissing questions from the press as irrelevant and insulting. Also with Vera Farmiga, Mamoudou Athie, Oliver Cooper, Sara Paxton and Molly Ephraim. Directed by Jason Reitman. [Running Time: 1:53]


imageThe Happy Prince [2018] [R] – 7.4.6
The story of the end of the life of Oscar Wilde (Rupert Everett), who after serving 2 years in prison for indecency struggled to find a place where he could live out his final days. Also with Colin Firth, Emily Watson, Colin Morgan and Edwin Thomas. Directed by Everett. Several lines of dialogue are spoken in French and Italian with English subtitles. [Running Time: 1:45]


February 19

imageOverlord [2018] [R] – 3.9.7
WWII horror thriller about American paratroopers trying to survive behind enemy lines on D-Day. Their mission is to attack and destroy a fortified Nazi radio tower but what they discover instead is a lot of Nazi zombie super-soldiers. With Jovan Adepo, Wyatt Russell, Mathilde Ollivier, Pilou Asbæk, John Magaro, Iain De Caestecker, Jacob Anderson, Dominic Applewhite and Gianny Taufer. Directed by Julius Avery. Several lines of dialogue are spoken in German and French accompanied by English subtitles. [Running Time: 1:49]


imageRobin Hood [2018] [PG-13] – 3.6.4
The latest version of the Nottingham hero casts Robin (Taron Egerton) as a Crusader who returns from the Holy Land to find his lands and property confiscated and in ruins. He starts a revolt against the corrupt church authorities and the local Sheriff. Also with Jamie Foxx, Ben Mendelsohn, Eve Hewson, Jamie Dornan, Tim Minchin, Paul Anderson and F. Murray Abraham. Directed by Otto Bathurst. [Running Time: 1:56]


imageA Star is Born [2018] [R] – 7.4.10
A declining country and rock music star (Bradley Cooper) fights alcoholism as he discovers a young singer and songwriter (Stefani Germanotta, aka Lady Gaga) with great star potential but crippled by a profound lack of confidence in her looks or abilities. They begin a relationship and he boosts her to fame, but their romance hits serious obstacles. Also with Sam Elliott, Andrew Dice Clay, Dave Chappelle and Anthony Ramos. Directed by Bradley Cooper. A torch song is sung in French without translation. [Running Time: 2:15]


February 26

imageThe Possession of Hannah Grace [2018] [R] – 3.7.4
A woman (Kirby Johnson) dies during a disturbingly failed exorcism. Months later a morgue worker (Shay Mitchell) receives a mutilated corpse during the nightshift and locked inside the basement in dark hallways, the worker experiences nightmare visions that cause her to believe that the body is possessed by dark forces. Also with Stana Katic, Nick Thune, Louis Herthum and Grey Damon. Directed by Diederik Van Rooijen. [Running Time: 1:25]


imageRalph Breaks the Internet [2018] [PG] – 1.3.2
Sequel to 2012’s animated feature Wreck-It Ralph with Ralph (voiced by John C. Reilly) and Vanellope (voiced by Sarah Silverman), who are now buddies, discovering a Wi-Fi router that allows them to access the Internet. Also with the voices of Jodi Benson, Ming-Na Wen, Irene Bedard, Kristen Bell, Jack McBrayer, Jane Lynch and Gal Gadot. Directed by Phil Johnston & Rich Moore. [Running Time: 1:52]
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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Be aware that while we do our best to avoid spoilers it is impossible to disguise all details and some may reveal crucial plot elements.

We've gone through several editorial changes since we started covering films in 1992 and older reviews are not as complete & accurate as recent ones; we plan to revisit and correct older reviews as resources and time permits.

Our ratings and reviews are based on the theatrically-released versions of films; on video there are often Unrated, Special, Director's Cut or Extended versions, (usually accurately labelled but sometimes mislabeled) released that contain additional content, which we did not review.



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