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Home Entertainment Guide: November 14, 2019

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    10 NEW TO NETFLIX

    "American History X"
    "Burning Cane"
    "District 9"
    "Fear and Loathing Las Vegas"
    "The Game"
    "Grease"
    "Kicking and Screaming"
    "The Lovers"
    "The Matrix"
    "Shadow"

    8 NEW TO BLU-RAY/DVD

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    "The Angry Birds Movie 2"

    There was a surprising bit of buzz around this summer sequel that proclaimed it one of the shockingly few movies like this to actually be better than the original. By some metrics, this is even the most critically acclaimed film based on a video game of all time! This is what happens when the bar is incredibly low. Sure, this movie is a mild diversion that works well at times, but it's still nowhere near the caliber of most Pixar or recent Disney. If your kids were big fans of the original, they'll enjoy this one too. That's about all the acclaim I'm willing to give it. 

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    Special Features
    ALL NEW MINI MOVIE! - "Live Stream"
    6 Classic Hatchling Mini Movies
    DIY Family Fun!:
    "Hangry Birds: Popcorn Balls"
    "Smarty Birds: Crafty Volcano"
    "Crafty Birds: Pig Snot!"
    "Bird Watching"
    "Meet The New Birds & Pigs"
    "Hatching the Hatchlings"
    "Flocking Together: Making The Angry Birds Movie 2"
    "Happy Thanks-pigging"
    "Jingle Birds: A Holiday Song From The Cast of Angry Birds 2"

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    "The Daytrippers" (Criterion)

    How cool is it that Criterion follows their massive "Godzilla" box set at spine #1000 with one of the smaller indie films in their catalog to start the next thousand movies in the collection? I remember when Greg Mottola's debut landed on the fest circuit back in the mid-'90s, and I never felt like it got the attention it deserved when so much of the indie story of that era was dominated by people like Kevin Smith and Steven Soderbergh. Mottola, who would go on to direct wonderful ensembles in films like "Superbad" and "Adventureland," had a gift for working with actors from the very beginning. Look at this awesome cast, including young turns from Parker Posey, Liev Schreiber, Campbell Scott, and Hope Davis, along with legends like Anne Meara and Stanley Tucci. This is a fun, smart movie. And the commentary track featuring Mottola and producer Soderbergh is a gem. 

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    Special Features
    New 4K digital restoration, supervised by director Greg Mottola, with uncompressed stereo soundtrack on the Blu-ray
    New audio commentary featuring Mottola, editor Anne McCabe, and producer Steven Soderbergh
    New interviews with Mottola and actors Hope Davis, Parker Posey, Liev Schreiber, and Campbell Scott
    The Hatbox, a 1985 short film by Mottola, with audio commentary by the director
    PLUS: An essay by critic Emily Nussbaum

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    "The Farewell"

    As some readers know, I produce a film festival every May called the Chicago Critics Film Festival. In its seven years of existence, I have never seen a film get quite the response as Lulu Wang's "The Farewell," a movie that sold out on a Monday night. People LOVE this movie. They see themselves in it, or at least someone they know. And that's why it became a surprise smash hit for A24, making almost $20 million for the company. Still, while that number is insane for a movie like this, it still means most of you haven't seen it yet. Correct that. This is one of the most essential films of 2019, a movie that really affirms Roger's statement about film being an empathy machine. It's a movie you don't just watch, you feel. 

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    Special Features
    Audio Commentary with Writer-Director Lulu Wang and Cinematographer Anna Franquesa-Solano
    "Nothing but the Truth: Confessions of a Writer-Director" Featurette
    "Going Home: A Conversation with Awkwafina" Featurette
    Deleted Scenes

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    "Fast and Furious Presents: Hobbs and Shaw"

    Why does it feel like the latest "Fast and Furious" movie was kind of a disappointment? Did we really miss Vin Diesel that much? Tyrese Gibson? Ludacris?!?! Whatever the case, "Hobbs and Shaw" was kind of met with a "yeah, sure, it's fine, I guess," while the last few "FF" movies still have passionate defenders (and it made notably less than the last few sequels in this franchise, even if it's still a massive hit worldwide). I think people saw this one as too calculated, lacking some of the heart of the original series. They're not wrong. It's definitely not something Marty would call cinema. But it is fun, and it will play well on your 4K HD set-up at home. At least until we get another proper "Fast" movie. 

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    Special Features
    ALTERNATE OPENING
    DELETED/EXTENDED/ALTERNATE SCENES
    JOHNSON & STATHAM: HOBBS & SHAW 
    PROGRESS OF A FIGHT SCENE WITH DIRECTOR DAVID LEITCH 
    PRACTICAL ACTION 
    THE BAD GUY
    THE SISTER
    HOBBS' FAMILY TREE
    THE MATRIARCH
    NEW FRIENDS 
    ELEVATOR ACTION
    STUNT SHOW AND TELL
    KEEPING IT IN THE FAMILY: A CONVERSATION WITH ROMAN AND DWAYNE
    BLIND FURY
    DWAYNE AND HOBBS: LOVE AT FIRST BITE
    FEATURE COMMENTARY WITH DIRECTOR DAVID LEITCH

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    "Good Boys"

    The SXSW premiere of this raunchy comedy is still one of my favorite movie memories of 2019. Let's just say, it killed. People were loving the adventure of three foul-mouthed kids old enough to Google porn but not old enough to get the childproof cap off the vitamins. While the main draw of the film is its exaggerated humor, this movie doesn't work without the likable performances from the three leads, particularly Keith L. Williams' pitch-perfect comic timing and Jacob Tremblay's remarkable likability. These kids are going to be stars, which will make this early film in their career even more fun in hindsight.

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    Special Features
    UNRATED ALTERNATE ENDING
    UNRATED DELETED AND EXTENDED SCENES
    GAG REEL
    BOYS FOR REAL 
    WELCOME TO VANCOUVER 
    A FINE LINE 
    ASK YOUR PARENTS
    BAD GIRLS 
    GUEST STARS 
    FEATURE COMMENTARY WITH DIRECTOR & CO-WRITER GENE STUPNITSKY AND PRODUCER & CO-WRITER LEE EISENBERG

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    "The Peanut Butter Falcon"

    When I heard about the premise of this SXSW hit, I was very reticent to seek it out, even with so many people I respect telling me it was worth a look. I've just seen way too many indie road dramedies for anyone's lifetime. I was wrong. While there are some beats that are a bit too manipulative and the narrative often feels forced, this is best appreciated as a hang-out movie with some excellent actors, particularly Shia LaBeouf, who again affirms his status as one of the most interesting performers of his generation. He has such a natural, fluid sense of himself in front of the camera, knowing how to play to his strengths but never in a way that feels forced. This is a funny, sweet little movie that's worth a look, even if the commercials and premise would have you thinking otherwise.

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    Special Features
    Photo Gallery
    "Zack's Story: The Making of Peanut Butter Falcon" Featurette

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    "Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping"

    When asked the funniest movie of the '10s, I often name this amazing Lonely Island comedy, now available from Shout in a fantastic steelbook collector's edition with a cover that will be hysterical to anyone who's seen it. The special features are all the same as the standard version, as is the transfer, so this is an upgrade for packaging alone, although it's now the best way to own it if you don't already. As for the movie, it's one of those rare modern comedies that gets funnier every time I see it. It's so smart and daring from front to back that something different hits your funny bone with each viewing. It's a movie that more and more people are watching with each passing year. In a decade, an entire generation will be shocked it wasn't a hit when it first came out. 

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    Special Features
    Audio Commentary With Andy Samberg, Akiva Schaffer And Jorma Taccone
    Deleted Scenes
    Music Videos
    Gag Reel
    Interview Outtakes
    Bonus Footage
    And More!

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    "Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark"

    I don't understand why this wasn't released to rental in time for Halloween, but I've given up trying to figure out the mysteries of studio decisions. I know that next Halloween, my kids will be watching this smart horror movie, a perfect gateway drug for young people interested in the genre that goes bump in the night. Much smarter than most movies like this, Andre Ovredal's film respects its young audience, unafraid of presenting them with actual threats and genuine nightmare fuel. Well-made and smart, this is a movie I expect people to take to over the years and turn into a holiday staple. 

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    Special Features
    "The Bellows Construct"
    "Creatures from the Shadows"
    Mood Reels
    Behind the Scenes Trailers: Set Visits
    Dark Tales
    Retro Horror




    Original: https://www.rogerebert.com/demanders/home-entertainment-guide-november-14-2019
    By: Brian Tallerico
    Posted: November 14, 2019, 2:52 pm

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