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Blu-ray Invasion – April 25th

Sleepless

Vincent Downs is a cop in Las Vegas, who’s partnered with a crooked cop. His partner asks him to steal some drugs, which they do. But what they don’t know is that the drugs belong to a crime family, the Novaks who goes after anyone who crosses them.

A remake of a French action film that, while offering many of the same cliches this action film does, coming from a foreign country,¬†does seem to bring a little bit more to the table despite the star quality of this American remake. It’s not to say that Sleepless is a bad movie, but it’s the kind of movie you’ve seen before. If that’s your thing, Queue it up. You’ll probably enjoy yourself.

While the mental divisions of those with dissociative identity disorder have long fascinated and eluded science, it is believed that some can also manifest unique physical attributes for each personality, a cognitive and physiological prism within a single being.

Though Kevin (James McAvoy) has evidenced 23 personalities to his trusted psychiatrist, Dr. Fletcher (Betty Buckley), there remains one still submerged who is set to materialize and dominate all the others. Compelled to abduct three teenage girls led by the willful, observant Casey (Anya Taylor-Joy, The Witch), Kevin reaches a war for survival among all of those contained within himas well as everyone around himas the walls between his compartments shatter apart.

This is, to put it plainly, a fantastic film. Not just a great M. Night Shyamalan film, but a great film in general. M. Night nails tension as his earlier work masterfully demonstrated and the performance turned in by James McAvoy will be one of the best you’ll see in a horror film all year. There are some good extras, including an alternate ending, and you’ll be glad they went with the ending they did. BUY IT

In a dystopian near future, humanity has been ravaged by a mysterious fungal disease. The afflicted are robbed of all free will and turned into flesh-eating ‘hungries’. Humankind’s only hope is a small group of hybrid children who crave human flesh but retain the ability to think and feel. The children go to school at an army base in rural Britain, where they’re subjected to cruel experiments by Dr. Caroline Caldwell (Glenn Close). School teacher Helen Justineau (Gemma Arterton) grows particularly close to an exceptional girl named Melanie (Sennia Nanua), thus forming a special bond. But when the base is invaded, the trio escape with the assistance of Sgt. Eddie Parks (Paddy Considine) and embark on a perilous journey of survival, during which Melanie must come to terms with who she is.

You might be thinking ‘I’ve seen one zombie movie, I’ve seen them all’, but The Girl with all the Gifts is the exception to the cliche zombie rule. It examines how a world could try to co-exist with this phenomenon. Think of Children of Men meets original Dawn of the Dead and you’ve got The Girl with all the Gifts. This disk has one EPK that runs about 20 minutes which is ok, and more than this type of release ever gets so it is a welcome extra feature. Buy It

La La Land (4k Ultra HD release)

Winner of 6 Academy Awards including Best Director for writer/director Damien Chazelle, and winner of a record breaking 7 Golden Globes Awards, La La Land is more than the most acclaimed movie of the year – It’s a cinematic treasure for the ages that you’ll fall in love with again and again. Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling star as Mia and Sebastian, an actress and jazz musician pursuing their Hollywood dreams – and finding each other – in a vibrant celebration of hope, dreams, and love.

It almost won Best Picture, and Moonlight was a deserving victor, but you can’t say this movie is just plain fun. Ryan and Emma display the same chemistry that has propelled their earlier projects and hopefully there are more collaborations in the future with these two. The disk is loaded with over 3 hours of extras that highlight the amazing opening, the ambitious party scenes, and much much more. BUY IT

 

 

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J.C. De Leon

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Hailing from Austin, Tx. J.C. is maybe the biggest fan of sports movies you'll ever see. He's got an affinity for great writing and two of his favorites are Aaron Sorkin and Shane Black. When he's not watching movies at home, he can be found watching movies at the Alamo Drafthouse. He occasionally tries to play video games, but he's not very good at them. Follow him on Twitter for witty tweets and pictures of his cats.