(R; 104 minutes; Universal): This is the horror film all your friends have been telling you that you absolutely have to see. But if you’re like me and prefer your scary movies fast-forwardable, the DVD release is what you’ve been waiting for. Written and directed by Jordan Peele – and universally adored by critics – “Get Out” tells the story of Chris (Daniel Kaluuya), a young African American man meeting the parents of his white girlfriend, Rose (Allison Williams), for the first time. Their weekend getaway in upstate New York goes OK at first, but as the weekend progresses, a series of increasingly disturbing discoveries leads him to the horrible truth about these super nice and accommodating white folk. Not only is it scary and funny, critics also called it “complex,” “thought-provoking,” “darkly satiric” and “brilliantly effective.”
Bradley Whitford and Catherine Keener play Rose’s parents. LaKeith Stanfield, Stephen Root and Caleb Landry Jones also star.
(R; 135 minutes; 20th Century Fox): Another extremely popular movie with both critics and fans, “Logan” is billed as the last Wolverine movie in the “X-Men” franchise. Hugh Jackman plays the title character, an isolate and despondent man drinking away his days in a remote border town. But when a mysterious woman appears with an urgent request – that Logan escort a young girl (Dafne Keen) with extraordinary powers to safety – he suddenly has new destiny. To fulfill that destiny, he must battle evil forces and a villain from his own past. Critics say Jackman gives a “gritty, nuanced performance in a violent but surprisingly thoughtful superhero action film that defies genre conventions.”
“Logan” also stars Patrick Stewart (returning as Professor X), Stephen Merchant, Boyd Holbrook and Elizabeth Rodriguez.
(PG; 80 minutes; Summit): Not as popular or successful as the other two releases here, but we need something light-hearted for the kids. In “Rock Dog,” Tibetan Mastiff guard dog Bodi (Luke Wilson) works to protect sheep from a big, bad wolf (Lewis Black) – until he discovers a radio that drops out of a passing airplane and realizes he wants to be a rock star. But to do that he must defy his father’s (J.K. Simmons) orders and leave the mountains for the big city in search of famous rock star Angus Scattergood (Eddie Izzard).
Well, if nothing else, the cast sounds great! Most critical complaints were along the lines of it being fine for tiny, undemanding viewers, but ultimately uninspired and cheap-looking.
Also out May 23
- “The Great Wall”
- “My Life as a Zucchini”
- “Call the Midwife: Season 6”
- “I Am Heath Ledger”
- “Max 2: White House Hero”
- “Outsiders: Season 2”