Back to business as usual this week with a slew of great titles starting with the new Christian Bale film, Hostiles. Bale plays Joseph Blocker, a United States Cavalry Captain in 1892 who is starting to tire of his long career of fighting Cheyenne, Apache and Comanche natives. When he is ordered to escort a captive and ailing Cheyanne chief, Yellow Hawk (Wes Studi) and his family to their ancestral home in Montana, Blocker is angered to have to help ‘the enemy’. To complicate matters, along the journey they come across a woman, Rosalie Quaid (Rosemund Pike) whose family was slaughtered by marauding Comanches. She joins their party and together they must all learn to survive together to cross a land inundated with hostiles.

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Director Scott Cooper may not be a name you recognize, but for me this guy is really knocking it out of the park. He has only directed 3 films before Hostiles: Crazy Heart, Out of the Furnace, and Black Mass, but what a group of films! And Hostiles just adds to his short but impressive resume. His direction is confidant and feels much more seasoned than Cooper actually is. Bale, Pike and Studi are all phenomenal here with excellent supporting performances by Adam Beach and the underrated Rory Cochrane. The film is violent, unforgiving and bleak, but the story of survival and compassion is a powerful one well worth checking out.

Next up is the newest entry in the Maze Runner series, Maze Runner: The Death Cure. In the epic finale to the Maze Runner saga, Thomas (Dylan O’Brien) leads his group of escaped Gladers on their final mission. In order to save their friends, they must find a way to infiltrate the legendary Last City and find a cure for The Flare, the virus that ravaged the Earth’s population.

The Maze Runner series has done very well and is a very underrated series in my opinion. I find it much more entertaining than the Divergent series with more interesting characters and story. This last chapter does not disappoint, it is filled with favorite characters, fantastically fun action sequences, and a nice wrap up to the series overall. The scope of this entry does seem bigger with more impressive sets and more peripheral cast. It ends with a bang with this maybe being the entry with the most action as well. Fans of the series will not be disappointed and anyone out there who hasn’t checked it out yet, give it a shot.

Lastly this week is Den of Thieves. Gerard Butler plays ‘Big Nick’ O’Brien, the head of an elite unit of the L.A. Country Sheriff’s Department. Nick and his team are successful in what they do but constantly teeter on the line between good and bad as they use any means necessary to catch the bad guys. Now they are up against the state’s most successful bank robbery crews led by Ray Merrimen (Pablo Schreiber) who are just as determined not to get caught as they plan to pull off a seemingly impossible heist of the Federal Reserve Bank of downtown Los Angeles. The two groups will come together head to head to see whose skills and perseverance will win out in the end.

Den of Thieves is one of those action thrillers wherein there is really no one to root for. Butler’s Nick and his team are pretty despicable guys and not far off from criminals themselves. Every character on both sides seems determined to pull off their jobs at any cost necessary, including innocent lives. But action wise, Den of Thieves has lots for the action aficionado including a great shoot out finale amidst a gridlocked off ramp. For action kicks, Den of Thieves does the trick.

Also of note this week is the Blu-ray debut of the three 80s cult classics, Cyborg with Jean-Claude Van Damme, Killer Klowns from Outer Space, and Dan Aykroyd in Doctor Detroit. That should keep the nostalgia flowing for a weekend movie marathon.

Until next week movie lovers.


DVD and Blu-ray Releases for Tuesday April 24, 2018

A Pistol for Ringo & The Return of Ringo: Two Films by Duccio Tessari*

Backstabbing for Beginners

Blood Hook*

Blue Vengeance*

Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story*

Cyborg: Collector’s Edition*

Daughters of Satan*

Dead Justice

Dead Man – Criterion Collection

Den of Thieves

Digimon Adventure tri.: Loss

Disney’s Zombies

Doctor Detroit*

Down Three Streets*

Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool

Five Steps to Danger*

Flesh and Laces: Parts 1&2

Forever My Girl

Gray Lady Down*

Grease: 40th Anniversary Edition*

Him

Hope and Glory*

Hostiles

Joe*

Killer Klowns from Outer Space: Special Edition*

Kyuukyuu Sentai GoGoFive: The Complete Series

L'Atlantide*

Like Me

Liquid Skies*

Little Showoffs

Maze Runner: The Death Cure

Mermaids*

Moon Child*

Paddington 2

Patagonia Treasure Trail

Peter Rabbit

Saltwater: Atomic Shark

Savannah Smiles – MVD Rewind Collection*

Shameless: The Complete Eighth Season

Terror*

The Holy Mountain

The Maze 3D*

The Strange Ones

The Virgin Suicides – Criterion Collection*

Troll/Troll II Double Feature

Vazante

War of the Planets

Went to Coney Island on a Mission from God… Be Back by Five* - MVD Rewind Collection

*Catalog Blu-ray debut

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Bill Howard
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A film fan since he was a wee child and received a full sized Terminator movie poster as a gift, Bill lives for movies. An avid collector of Blu-ray and DVD (and VHS, Beta, and Laserdisc before that), Bill also has his own review site, Fountain Pop.com and has recently completed his first horror novel, 10 Minutes from Home. Bill is often a crusader for the films that no one likes or no one has heard of(he loves Ishtar, Superman Returns, the Star Wars prequels and almost all of the horror remakes...) and just wants everyone to share their love for movies instead of spreading their hate for them.

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Solo: A Star Wars Story

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