There aren’t many big new releases available this week on home video, but we’ve at least got one seasonally appropriate release (Deliver Us from Evil), along with a well-received indie dramedy and a handful of smaller films. In addition, we’ve got the complete series of a classic sitcom and a couple of noteworthy releases from the Criterion Collection, including a Jacques Tati compilation. Read on for details:
Also available this week:
- Life of Crime (66 percent), starring Jennifer Aniston and Will Forte in an ensemble caper comedy about a kidnapping gone awry when the corrupt land developer being squeezed decides he’d rather not pay the ransom.
- Zach Braff’s famously crowd-funded Wish I Was Here (46 percent), starring Braff and Kate Hudson in a dramedy about a thirtysomething man coming to grips with his adult life.
- James Franco’s Child of God (37 percent), starring Scott Haze and Tim Blake Nelson in an adaptation of the Cormac McCarthy novel about a Tennessee man whose life misfortune isolates him from society.
- Good People (12 percent), starring James Franco and Kate Hudson in a thriller about a couple in debt who discover a bag of cash and keep it, running afoul of the thief who stole it in the first place.
- The Prince (0 percent), starring Bruce Willis and John Cusack in a thriller about a retired assassin who jumps back into action when his daughter is kidnapped by his old rival.
- Shout! Factory is releasing the Complete Series of WKRP in Cincinnati for all you fans of classic sitcoms. The Emmy-nominated series, which ran from 1978-1982 and followed the eccentric staff at a struggling radio station, aired successfully in syndication for years after its cancellation.
- And lastly, two rereleases from the Criterion Collection: George Sluizer’s 1988 thriller The Vanishing (100 percent) is available in a new DVD and Blu-ray; and a DVD and Blu-ray box set of The Complete Jacques Tati, which contains all six of the French director’s films, including Monsieur Hulot’s Holiday (100 percent) and Playtime (100 percent), as well as seven of his short films and a ton of special features.
It’s that time of year again. The Gotham Independent Film Awards have announced their nominees for 2014, unofficially kicking the film industry into the beginning of the anual awards season. While we still have several prestige films yet to hit the big screen, acclaimed films from earlier in the year like Richard Linklater’s Boyhood and Jonathan Glazer’s Under the Skin are up for multiple Gotham Awards, alongside more recent releases like Alejandro González Iñárritu’s Birdman and Justin Simien’s Dear White People. The awards ceremony is scheduled for December 1 in New York, but you can see the full list of nominees below:
Mark Seman bestows Zach Braff with a new nickname, and also speaks to Kate Hudson, Mandy Patinkin, Josh Gad, and Joey King from the new film Wish I Was Here.
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Also opening this week in limited release:
Fanny, a drama about a woman who marries a rich man before the father of her child realizes he loves her, is at 71 percent.
Alive Inside, a documentary about how music helps to engage people with debilitating memory loss, is at 70 percent.
A Five Star Life, a drama about a luxury hotel critic dealing with a shakeup in her support system, is at 60 percent.
Michel Gondry‘s Mood Indigo, starring Audrey Tautou and Romain Duris in a romantic fantasy about a man who tries to save a woman with an unusual medical condition, is at 56 percent.
Aftermath, starring Edward Furlong in a sci-fi thriller about a group of strangers hiding in a basement in order to survive nuclear radiation and zombie hoards, is at 56 percent.
I Origins, starring Michael Pitt and Brit Marling in a sci-fi drama about a researcher whose study of the human eye leads to a dramatic discovery, is at 50 percent.
Zach Braff‘s Wish I Was Here, co-starring Kate Hudson in a comedy about a thirtysomething dad in the midst of reevaluating his life, is at 29 percent.
Video Games: The Movie, a documentary about the pioneers of the medium, is at 25 percent.
Persecuted, starring James Remar and Bruce Davison in a thriller about an evangelist who runs afoul of a corrupt senator, is at zero percent.