This week, there are 7 releases on the home video market. Basically, it’s Rogue One: A Star Wars Story and 6 other films you could watch but why would you when you could watch Rogue One: A Star Wars Story again. Here’s what you should buy, rent, stream and skip for the week of April 4, 2017:
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story —MOVIE HOT TAKE REVIEW—
Super Simple Synopsis: What happened right before Star Wars: A New Hope. That’s right, it’s a prequel, sort of.
Duh! It’s a Star Wars story! Rogue One: A Star Wars Story was the #1 movie at the U.S. box office grossing over $500 million and pulled in over $1 billion worldwide. It ranks 7th all-time at the U.S. box office and 20th all-time worldwide. Besides being a Star Wars story, it’s actually very, very good, too. So, see it if you haven’t and see it again if you have.
Paterson –NO REVIEW–
Super Simple Synopsis: A week in the life of Paterson, a bus driver in Paterson, New Jersey.
It’s a Jim Jarmusch film. Jarmusch (Night on Earth, Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai, Broken Flowers, Coffee and Cigarettes) makes interesting art house films with good characters. Plus, Adam Driver is in it and he was Kylo Ren in Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
We Don’t Belong Here –NO REVIEW–
Super Simple Synopsis: A mother is pushed to her limits when her son disappears.
This direct-to-video release has a decent cast. Catherine Keener plays the mom. The son is played by Anton Yelchin who died last year. Kaitlyn Dever, Riley Keough and Annie Stark play the daughters. Keough is the granddaughter of Elvis Presley and Stark who is making her acting début is the daughter of Glenn Close. Cary Elwes, Molly Shannon and Maya Rudolph also appear in supporting roles.
Albion: The Enchanted Stallion –NO REVIEW–
Super Simple Synopsis: A 12 year old girl is transported to another land by a magical black stallion and must save a race of people.
If you read the super simple synopsis and didn’t instantly think you should skip it, maybe this is in the wrong place for you. However, I think most will agree this flimsy premise belongs on the “Skip It!” list.
The Book of Love –NO REVIEW–
Super Simple Synopsis: After losing his wife in a car accident, an introverted architect helps a homeless teen build a raft to sail across the Atlantic.
Even with a strong cast (Jason Sudeikis, Jessica Biel, Maisie Williams, Mary Steenburgen, Paul Reiser, Orlando Bloom) and Justin Timberlake behind the music of the film, the reviews have been terrible and the premise is less than spectacular. Watch Star Wars again instead.
The Bounce Back –NO REVIEW–
Super Simple Synopsis: An author and relationship expert falls in love with a talk show circuit therapist who thinks his relationship advice is terrible.
Didn’t Gerard Butler and Katherine Heigl make this movie a while ago? Haven’t we seen this concept enough?
Office Christmas Party —MOVIE HOT TAKE REVIEW—
Super Simple Synopsis: There’s a sibling rivalry between brother and sister. The sister is CEO of the company and announces she’s closing her brother’s branch. To save the branch, the brother throws a huge Christmas party to impress a potential client.
Even without seeing the film, it’s fairly predictable. The talent (Jason Bateman, TJ Miller, Jennifer Aniston, Kate McKinnon, Olivia Munn, Rob Corddry, Jillian Bell, Sam Richardson, Courtney B. Vance, Vanessa Bayer, Randall Park) can’t save this poorly written script.