This week offers a number of great catalog titles, and some interesting films from last year — some cult titles, others Oscar bait — but there’s something for everyone this week.
- A.C.O.D.: Adam Scott is an actor who’s come into his own after Step Brothers and his role in Parks and Recreation, which makes me hope this is an entertaining movie as it features Scott and Amy Poehler and other talented comedians.
- Carrie: The remake of the Brian De Palma film (which was based on a Stephen King book) was mostly shot for shot, and ended up being a disappointment, though surely someone will grow up with and defend this version.
- Enough Said: James Gandolfini’s final film shows off a solid performance from the late actor, but the film itself — which stars Julia Louis-Dreyfus as a masseuse who starts dating a client’s ex-husband — is weak otherwise.
- Fruitvale Station: One of the Oscar hopefuls that has fallen by the wayside, Michael B. Jordan plays a young man on the last night of his life in this “important” movie.
- Lee Daniels’ The Butler: Another Oscar hopeful that has fallen out of favor, Forest Whitaker leads an all-star cast in this tale of a man who worked in the White House and had a great view of the changing nation as it dealt with the civil rights movement.
- Riddick: Vin Diesel was able to resurrect his favorite character Richard B. Riddick for this low budget sci-fi film. It’s good to have a super-successful franchise that allows to do things like this, yeah?
- The Spectacular Now: In the John Hughes mold, Miles Teller and Shailene Woodley star in this coming of age film about a young man who’s on the verge of being an alcoholic, who dates an outsider after being dumped but ends up finding himself through their relationship. It’s charming and has a heck of a cast.
- You’re Next: Lionsgate thought they might have a sleeper hit on their hands, but the film came out in late August when no one was looking. It’s too bad so many skipped the film, which is a solid slasher movie.
- Blind Date: Why this Bruce Willis/Kim Bassinger film is hitting Blu-ray, I have no idea.
- Buffalo ’66: Vincent Gallo’s directorial debut is odd and brilliant, and worth seeking out.
- In the Heat of the Night, Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans: Fox is releasing some classics, and – for what it’s worth – Sunrise is one of the most beautiful films ever made.
- Rififi, Thief: These two crime films being released by Criterion are absolutely essential.
What are you picking up this week?