This week’s BuRStS features two Oscar nominated films (Hidden Figures and Lion) which are both excellent choices to add to any home video collection. It also features two dump month releases (The Bye Bye Man and Monster Trucks) which took less than 3 months to find their way into the home video market. The remaining 6 releases earned $3.5 million at the box office combined. Here’s MHT’s list of what to buy, rent, stream and skip for the week of April 11th:
Hidden Figures —MOVIE HOT TAKE REVIEW—
Super Simple Synopsis: The untold true story of three brilliant African American women working at NASA who played key roles in the launch of John Glenn into orbit.
Great story, great acting and a rare movie everyone in the family can enjoy.
Lion —MOVIE HOT TAKE REVIEW—
Super Simple Synopsis: A 5-year-old boy gets separated from his family when he accidentally boards a train that takes him thousands of kilometers across India. After surviving the tough streets and being adopted by an Australian family, he decides to seek out the family he left behind 25 years later.
Lion is beautifully told both visually and conceptually. Both Sunny Pawar and Dev Patel do an excellent job of portraying Saroo, the film’s main character. Make sure there are tissues handy!
Toni Erdmann –NO REVIEW–
Super Simple Synopsis: The strained relationship between a practical joker father and his serious daughter.
Nominated for Best Foreign Language Film, Toni Erdmann has received decent buzz. It’s worth a look.
War on Everyone –NO REVIEW–
Super Simple Synopsis: Corrupt buddy cop duo blackmail and frame every criminal in their path until they try to squeeze someone more dangerous than themselves.
Alexander Skarsgard and Michael Pena as corrupt buddy cops seems to be worth the price of a rental based on the trailer. Skarsgard was always compelling in True Blood and Pena helped make a weak movie like CHiPs fun. Those are both good signs.
Brimstone –NO REVIEW–
Super Simple Synopsis: A frontier woman is accused of a crime she didn’t commit and hunted by a vengeful preacher in the old American West.
Brimstone was big in the Netherlands. Originally, Mia Wasikowska and Robert Pattinson were to star in this Western but were replaced by Dakota Fanning and Kit Harrington. Guy Pearce plays The Reverend.
The Bye Bye Man –NO REVIEW–
Super Simple Synopsis: If you think about him or say his name, he’ll appear.
Don’t you want to be able to say you have seen the dumbest idea for a horror movie to be released in a while?
Worlds Apart –NO REVIEW–
Super Simple Synopsis: Three stories of a foreigner falling in love with a Greek in Greece which eventually intertwine.
Unlike the previously mentioned absurd horror flick, this ambitious plot is intriguing and movies like Worlds Apart have a big payoff when they work.
Believe –NO REVIEW–
Super Simple Synopsis: A small town business owner has a change of heart after meeting a 10 year old boy who believes in miracles and decides to save the town’s annual Christmas pageant.
Shouldn’t this be reserved for The Hallmark Channel?
Monster Trucks –NO REVIEW–
Super Simple Synopsis: High school senior Tripp builds a monster truck. After an accident at a nearby oil-drilling site, the monster truck turns into a “monster” truck. Yup! It’s that stupid!
You have dignity and self-respect. (I’m probably going to rent it which tells you a lot about me.)
Walking With the Enemy –NO REVIEW–
Super Simple Synopsis: The story of the German occupation of Hungary and a man who disguises himself as a Nazi officer to discover the fate of his family.
This film has sat on the shelf for nearly three years collecting dust. No need to blow off the dust, just blow it off completely.